County of Los Angeles paramedics examine a potential Covid-19 patient sitting on the sidewalk before transporting him to a hospital in Hawthorne, California on December 29th. Photograph:  Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty

The US marked the first day of 2021 by surpassing the dismal landmark of 20 million coronavirus cases, as hospitals, undertakers, vaccine administrato(...)

A Vacaville firefighter burns a field ahead of a wildfire in Fairfield, California, US. Photograph: Max Whittaker/The New York Times

Two people have been killed fighting lightning-sparked California wildfires, and tens of thousands have evacuated homes as the state scrambles to find(...)

Police officers speak to demonstrators in front of the police station in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

A man has been shot and killed by law enforcement in Louisville, Kentucky during protests on Sunday night. It was unclear if he was protesting. Police(...)

The National Guard and Rhode Island State Police at a checkpoint at the Rhode Island-Connecticut state border on Saturday to advise New Yorkers to maintain a 14-day quarantine after arriving leaving the state. Photograph: Kayana Szymczak/The New York Times

US President Donald Trump considered then abandoned ordering a quarantine for the coronavirus hotspots of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Mr T(...)

Bourbon Street in New Orleans earlier this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital, walked out into the car park in full protective gear early this month to meet a woman(...)

A Delta Airlines jet empties its fuel tanks as it makes an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, seen from Ocean View Elementary School in Whittier, California,  in this still video image obtained by Reuters.

An airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel that fell on dozens of schoolchildren while the plane made an emergency return to Los Angeles Internat(...)

Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill announced her resignation on Sunday and followed up with the video statement in which she condemned ‘my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives’. Photograph:    Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill, who has quit amid allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a member of her staff, released an(...)

Rick Shaw bartends using light from a lantern at the Town Square Sports Bar in Sonoma, California, on Wednesday. photograph:  Brittany Hosea-Small/AFP

Electricity was shut off to nearly 750,000 California homes and workplaces on Wednesday as Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) imposed a string of (...)

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at a gala for the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, March 6, 2017. When the actress was implicated in the college admissions scandal, it stunned people in her acting circles and at the prestigious high school her older daughter attends. Photograph: Deidre Schoo/The New York Times

Felicity Huffman hated the myth of the perfect mother. “She should go the way of the dinosaur, extinct,” Huffman wrote in exasperation a few years ago(...)

A house is consumed by wildfire, as seen   from a helicopter, in the Calabasas section of Los Angeles. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP Photo

A wildfire that tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes in southern California has killed two people and more than doubled in si(...)

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