Fans of dreamy, hazy indie pop will already have come across this LA band. Wildcat! Wildcat! have all the right ideas and cast all the right shapes, t(...)

Racial disparities in Ferguson’s police force were blamed for the killing of Michael Brown on August 9th. About two-thirds of the city’s population of about 20,000 are African-American, while the 53-strong Ferguson police force has just four black officers. Photograph: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are to be investigated by the US justice department into policing practices in response to last month’s killing of an u(...)

Jillian Banks: ‘I think the second I discovered what music did for me and for my soul, I knew that it would be the biggest love of my life’

Calling your debut album Goddess might seem like the mark of an overinflated ego, but in many senses, Jillian Banks is the mistress of her own univers(...)

The Google drone vehicle lowering a package to the ground in Queensland, Australia. Photograph: Google

Google is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the company said on Thursday.The e(...)

Jenny Slate in Obvious Child

As this nation sets in for another poisonous debate on the subject of abortion – a problem stubbornly resistant to lazy “Irish solutions” – we welcome(...)

Texas governor Rick Perry will likely run for the US presidency on the basis that he knows how to create prosperity. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Governor Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punchline? I have absolutely no idea. T(...)

 Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America  has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The US justice department is poised to announce a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over accusations that it duped investors into buying (...)

Demonstrators hold up a sign  reflecting the protester chant of ‘Don’t shoot’ during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing earlier this month of teenager Michael Brown.  Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 1:06

Neglecting lessons of past civil disturbances such as the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, police inflamed tensions that have fuelled more than(...)

 Robin Williams  as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in ‘Good Morning Vietnam’.  Williams, whose free-form comedy and impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. Photograph: AP Photo/Touchstone Pictures 2:16

The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams who was found dead in his California home took his own life, police have confirmed.Lieute(...)

Eirtech Aviation managing director Niall Cunningham. Photograph: David Sleator

Los Angeles private equity firm Vance Street Capital has bought Shannon-based aircraft coating company Eirtech Aviation. Vance Street did not disclos(...)