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M50 on the first day of Level 5 lockdown. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Over a decade ago, environmentally-conscious California introduced stricter standards for car emissions than those that applied elsewhere in the Unite(...)

People survey the aftermath of the Silverado Fire in Irvine, California on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

As two wildfires raged across southern California on Tuesday, nearly doubling in size overnight and forcing thousands more people to flee their homes,(...)

Maureen Bartee, associate director for global health security within the Center for Global Health at the CDC,  in Kazakhstan in 2007

Maureen Bartee has seen a lot during her two decades with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) in the United States, but when news sta(...)

“Their number is negligible and they are stupid,” wrote Dwight D Eisenhower of those conservatives who could not reconcile themselves to the New Deal. They would grow beyond a thoughtless cult to become the organisational and intellectual core of the Republican Party. Photograph: Getty Images

If a man helps to win the greatest war ever fought among our species, some four-lane highways he built later on will tend not to define him. Sure enou(...)

Painted fingernails of silicone RealDoll sex dolls  at the Abyss Creations factory in San Marcos, California. Photograph:  David McNew/Getty Images

Looked at closely and compassionately male desire is more complicated than many assume it to be As I took in the rows of heads mounted on the wa(...)

Joe Donovan, originally from America, at Ballybricken Green, Waterford City.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Joe Donovan has spent most of his life on the move. Born in California and brought up in Utah, he joined the US Marine Corps after school which brough(...)

Tom Lochtefeld’s wave pool in Palm Springs, California. Photograph: Akasha Rabut/NYT

A surfer on a 5-foot wave, crouched and grabbing the board’s edge, emerged from behind the curl of the water to onlookers’ cheers. Who did he have to (...)

Linda Keitasha. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first time Linda Keitasha spent Christmas in Ireland, away from her family, she didn’t realise all the shops would be closed on Christmas Day. The(...)

Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom, both professors at Stanford, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for improving how auctions work. That research that underlies much of today’s economy,  from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from  government. Photograph: Andrew Brodhead/Stanford News Service via AP

When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday that the American economists Paul Milgrom and Bob Wilson had won the Nobel prize for ec(...)

 Rory McIlroy will be back in action at this week’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy hasn’t played since the US Open at Winged Foot last month but returns to competition at this week’s limited-field CJ Cup – which has move(...)

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