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An aircraft drops fire retardant on a ridge during the Walbridge fire,  in Healdsburg, California on August 20th. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds of wildfires burning across central and northern California that have already killed six people more than doubled in size on Friday, becoming(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

MDMA is the main active constituent of ecstasy, a recreational drug that induces feelings of euphoria and enhances sensory perception. Photograph: iStock

Taking the ecstasy drug MDMA may help people recover from psychologically damaging traumatic experiences, early research has found. US scientists com(...)

The San Francisco Bay area is suffering from an acute housing crisis, in part a side effect of the booming tech industry. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Silicon Valley comes into view. Nestled behind the Santa Cruz Mountains that separate the peninsula from the Pacific ocean, the towns of Palo Alto, Mo(...)

Philip McNamara,  organiser of the Achill Island CEO and venture capitalist  kitesurfing event  and VP of Voxpro

From kitesurfing camps to driverless cars, Philip McNamara has had his finger in many an exciting pie since moving to the land of coding, milk and hon(...)

Jack O’Neill, pictured in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006. Photograph: Dan Coyro/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP

Jack O’Neill, the eye patch-wearing surfing pioneer who helped invent the wetsuit and created one of the world’s best-known surf brands, has died at t(...)

Accell Group, the maker of Dutch bicycle brands Sparta and Batavus, said on Tuesday it had received a takeover proposal that values its stock at €845 million from investor Pon Holdings

Accell Group, the maker of Dutch bicycle brands Sparta and Batavus, said on Tuesday it had received a takeover proposal that values its stock at €845 (...)

Craig and Annie Stoll, owners of Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto: restaurants in the area are increasingly struggling as rents soar. Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York Times

You know something strange is going on when the mayor of a city complains that there are too many jobs. You know something stranger still is happening(...)

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