Businesses push to combat California drought

General Mills and Coca-Cola back plans to conserve water supplies

US DoJ will not charge Ferguson officer

Probe finds routine violations of African-Americans’ rights

Petraeus pleads guilty over leaks to lover

Deal caps spectacular fall for celebrated former CIA boss

US labour market in charts

Snapshots of the US labour-market’s performance

Basketball tactic of losing games can pay off

Practice of ‘tanking’ seems to be widespread in the NBA

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: Actor Leonard Nimoy (L) and wife Susan Bay arrive at the Premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek Into Darkness" at Dolby Theatre on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek dies

Actor best known for his role as Spock dies after suffering lung disease

Avijit Roy

US-Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death

Avijit Roy had been threatened over his secular beliefs

Border agency threat exposes US migration rift

Deal to fund homeland security faces uncertain future in House

US workers need more than $10 an hour

Short-notice rotas and low pay are key to protests across America, writes Linda Tirado

US shale town ‘hurting bad’ in oil slump

Producers retrench after near halving of prices since summer

New York men charged with Isis conspiracy

Arrests of Brooklyn residents heighten radicalisation concerns

US not to charge killer of unarmed black man

Probe into Trayvon Martin’s death finds ‘insufficient evidence’

Lobbyists pervert politics and earn infamy

A contract to lobby government was unenforceable in the courts

Walmart pay rise obscures job market shift

Employers are saving money with flexible scheduling, but the cost to workers can be high

Miami: US gateway for Latin America

Start-ups drawn by chance to tap into Spanish speaking community

Yahoo and NSA chief clash on data privacy

Tech group warns on ‘backdoor’ access to systems by US

US cracks down on pension advisers

Obama presses ahead with rule to protect clients

‘Birdman’ swoops to Oscars win

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s movie prevails in close race at awards

Higher wages finally come to Walmart

Employers will need to rethink labour policies in tighter markets

Rahm’s edge cuts both ways in Chicago

Hard-nosed former Obama aide faces tough mayoral re-election fight