Napa Valley

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California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Rarely has a measuring stick proven so effective at making a point. It was April Fool’s Day but this was no joke. Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor at(...)

Graeme McDowell in action on the golf course

For a guy who spends half the year on the road, Graeme McDowell is not a huge fan of travel. His ultimate ambition is to avoid airplane travel alto(...)

A forklift is partially buried in some of the hundreds of earthquake-damaged wine barrels at the Kieu Hoang winery in Napa, California. Photograph: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

The earthquake that struck the Napa wine-making region of northern California on Sunday injuring dozens of people and devastating historic buildings (...)

The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek performs on stage at the Miller Rock Thru Time in New York IN 2004. Photograph: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images

Ray Manzarek, a founding member and keyboardist of 1960s rock group The Doors, died yesterday at a medical clinic in Germany at age 74 followin(...)

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