A woman wearing a face mask in Monterey Park, California. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The number of coronavirus cases is growing as more than 98,000 people are infected globally and more than 3,300 deaths. California declared a State o(...)

Firefighters respond to a scuba diving boat fire just off Santa Cruz Island in Southern California early on Monday. Photograph: Santa Barbara County Fire Department/New York Times

Divers were searching for bodies on the wreckage of a scuba diving boat off California on Tuesday, after a fast-moving fire trapped dozens of people (...)

Sonos’s  devices support Alexa and, soon, Google’s Assistant, as well as dozens of music streaming services, including Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify. Photograph: Jesse Wild/Getty Images

Sonos jumped on its market debut on Thursday, as investors were lured to the US maker of smart speakers whose shares were priced lower than expected d(...)

Rescue workers on Friday search cars for missing persons after a mudslide in Montecito, California. Photograph: Kyle Grillot/Retuers

The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California’s scenic Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find (...)

Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from a collapsed house  in Montecito. Photograph: Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News/Reuters

More than a dozen people are missing and at least 17 are known to have died after mudslides in southern California destroyed homes and swept away cars(...)

 An aerial view from a Ventura County Sheriff helicopter shows a site damaged by mudslide in Montecito, California. Photograph: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen peo(...)

Firefighters watch the Thomas wildfire in the hills outside Montecito, California, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

A raging California wildfire powered by fierce winds grew into the third-largest in state history last night as forced evacuations turned neighbourhoo(...)

Firefighters tackle flames as they advance on homes  in Carpinteria, California. Photograph: Reuters

The largest California wildfire advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fuelled(...)

Volunteers rescue horses at a stable during the ‘Lilac fire’ in Bonsall, California, on Thursday. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters on Friday battled an expanding front of southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed at least 500 structure(...)

 Bishop Mary Bridget Meehan celebrates Mass.

Five women who believe they have a vocation to the Catholic priesthood have contacted a US delegation visiting Ireland this month to recruit female p(...)

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