Judge said he was “astounded” a more rapid reaction to initiate legal proceedings by Tulisa Contostavios did not take place. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

X Factor judge and singer Tulisa Contostavios has been refused permission to bring defamation proceedings against the Irish Sun newspaper arising from(...)

Studio rat: Daniel Lanois. Photograph: Brad Barket/Getty/CBGB

Daniel Lanois is on the road again. He’s calling from a hotel in Seattle as his tour heads up the west coast of the United States and into his nati(...)

Los Angeles County Coroner Ed Winter briefs the media near the house of Andrew Getty (47) in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles on Tuesday. The grandson of the  billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead at  his home on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevork Djansezians/Reuters  1:34

The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a state(...)

A file photograph dated February 28, 1996 shows Joni Mitchell holding two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Album, “Turbulent Indigo,” during the 38th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Mitchell has been taken to hospital in Los Angeles. Photograph: Getty Images/AFP

The folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is being treated in an intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital.The website jonimitchell.com, which desc(...)

Dublin Airport had a viewing of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on Friday in advance of the new routing beginning on June 20th. Ireland(...)

In a separate case, after being arrested while living in Texas disguised as a mute woman, Robert Durst was acquitted of murder in 2001 after convincing a jury that he had fatally shot and dismembered an elderly neighbour in an act of self-defence. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters 1:08

Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s largest real estate empires, has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles Count(...)

There’s plenty of all-star form in Future Brown’s geographically diverse ranks. Between them, Kuwaiti native Fatima Al Qadiri, LA duo Asam Mar(...)

Former US marine Eddie Ray Routh has been convicted of murdering former US Navy Seal Chris Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any US sniper, and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in 2013. Photograph: LM Otero/Pool/Reuters 0:48

Eddie Ray Routh, the mentally disturbed US army veteran who killed Chris Kyle, the former marksman who inspired the movie American Sniper, has been s(...)

An aerial view shows the scene of a double-decker Metrolink train derailment in Oxnard, California. Photograph: Reuters

A commuter train slammed into a tractor-trailer that was on the tracks early on Tuesday and derailed at a crossing in Oxnard, California, about 60 mil(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)