Emergency personnel stand near a sinkhole that opened up on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in  California on Saturday and in which two cars were trapped. Photograph: EPA

A powerful Pacific storm left two people dead in California as winds of more than 70mph downed power lines and brought trees down. Evacuations of hom(...)

Flames burn near high power lines as a wildfire sweeps through Cajon Junction, California, USA, 16th August 2016. Photograph: Eugene Garcia/EPA

A fire that was raging out of control north of San Bernardino, California, on Tuesday night has forced the evacuation of 82,000 residents and consume(...)

The FBI wants Apple to help it hack into  encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Photograph: EPA

The US department of justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple to comply with a judge’s order to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging(...)

 Apple chief executive Tim Cook: Argues that  a move to create a backdoor to iOS would undermine encryption. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

The confrontation between the technology industry and the FBI over encryption has deepened after Apple pledged to fight a court order that it help unb(...)

People attend a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California for victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting  which left 14 dead and at least 17 injured. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

The San Bernardino County coroner has released the names of the 14 victims of Wednesday’s mass shooting, who ranged in age from 26 to 60. “This sho(...)

FBI and police investigate the area around an SUV in which  two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, December 3rd, 2015. Authorities  were working to determine why Syed Rizwan Farook (28), and Tashfeen Malik (27),  opened fire at a  party of his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 17. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

At age 28, Syed Rizwan Farook inspected restaurants and public pools. A Muslim, he was from a self-described religious but modern California family. (...)

Law enforcement officers investigate the home of a suspect Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 in Redlands, California after a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, left their 6-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother, telling her they were dip(...)

FBI and police investigators examine evidence at the scene of the investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 3rd, 2015. Photograph:  Mike Blake/Reuters

Investigators are searching for the motives behind why a husband and wife allegedly opened fire with military-style weapons, killing 14 people and wou(...)

This still video image from a helicopter, courtesy of KABC TV in Los Angeles shows a shooting scene in San Bernardino, California. Photograph: KABC TV/AFP/Getty Images.

Hours after up to three gunmen stormed a service centre for people with disabilities, in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, killing at least 14 (...)