American author John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968). He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1939 novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Steinbeck, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, died 50 years ago today. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Ten y(...)

Volunteer members of an El Dorado County search and rescue team search the ruins of a home, looking for human remains, in Paradise, California. Photograph: Sudhin Thanawala/AP

Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash-covered debris of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains that (...)