Writer Wes Craven  known for the “Scream” films and “Nightmare on Elm Street” died at his Los Angeles. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Files 1:09

Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and Scream franchises, died on S(...)

The Chevrolet Volt is eligible for special high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California

If you want to figure out what the cars of the future will look like go to California. Quite apart from the high percentage of high-earning future-gaz(...)

Infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California. File photograph: Reuters 2:02

Infidelity website Ashley Madison and its parent company have been sued in federal court in California by a man who claims that the companies failed t(...)

Gene Simmons of Kiss. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

Police in Los Angeles have raided the home of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons in a child pornography investigation. The 65-year-old rock star, turned busin(...)

Sarah Byrne excelled for Ireland in basketball at the Special Olympics this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We’ll trust that Aer Lingus overlooked excess baggage charges when they were bringing Ireland’s Special Olympics team home after they’d won, between t(...)

NWA

The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

Vehicles burnt in Tianjin’s warehouse explosion on August 14th. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

One of the most powerful images from last week’s devastating explosion in Tianjin was the charred remains of rows and rows of cars lined up in logisti(...)

A demonstrator marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown participates in a protest on West Florissant Avenue on on Tuesday night  in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 0:26

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over last year’s police killing of an unarmed black teenager ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, law enforcement of(...)

Los Angeles police said Steve-O - born Stephen Glover in London - drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site where he climbed a crane towering at least 100ft. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/AP Photo.

A cast member of US TV show Jackass has been arrested for climbing a crane in Hollywood in a protest against Seaworld. Los Angeles police said Steve-O(...)

Health’s third album comes in the wake of a six-year gap, during which the LA band composed the soundtrack for video game Max Payne 3; this, a(...)