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Paul Walker crash: Driver Roger Rodas was not street racing when pair died, police say

The announcement comes as fans of the Fast & Furious actor have been warned against “burning rubber” on the stretch of road where he died

Sheriff's deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, California, north of Los Angeles

Paul Walker: Fast & Furious 7 to go ahead despite death of star

The new film's release will be delayed until after July 2014

Solar projects placed along 'Pacific Flyway' major migration paths are burning wings of birds

Campaigners are calling for research into the number of bird deaths caused by green energy

The actor Tom Hanks was on jury duty in Los Angeles this week

Tom Hanks' jury duty ends after 'star struck' prosecutor accused of misconduct

A domestic violence court case in America, on which Tom Hanks sat as a juror, has been brought to an early end amid allegations of jury tampering after the Hollywood actor was reportedly approached by a “star struck” member of the prosecutor’s office.

Chris Brown given a thousand hours community service

The R&B singer violated probation for assaulting Rihanna after being accused of falsifying records

Plague infected squirrel discovered in National Forest near Los Angeles

The diseased animal - a ground squirrel - was found to be carrying the disease, which if not treated with antibiotics is usually fatal

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Athletes are fragile after an Olympic year says the former gold medallist

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US border authorities declare professional gamers 'athletes'

The visas were issued to professional League of Legends players - a free multiplayer arena-style game

Dad who joined bone marrow register when a friend became ill saves stranger's life just four weeks later

A dad who joined the bone marrow register when a friend became ill has become a match for someone else just weeks after she passed away.

Firefighters lighting a backfire, to scorch shrubland before the out-of-control blaze gets to it

In pictures: More than 1,000 firefighters battle Springs Fire in California

Firefighters say it could take until Monday to contain the inferno

Duncan Roy was charged with extortion after he tried to claim $500,000 damages for structural faults at his house in Malibu

British film director imprisoned in California jail for 84 days despite having been freed on bail Duncan Roy sues Los Angeles police for millions of dollars

A British film director who spent 84 days in a Californian prison, despite having been ordered free on bail, will today file a multi-million dollar wrongful imprisonment claim against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Tony Scott death: Top Gun director dies after jumping from Los Angeles bridge

Tony Scott, the British-born filmmaker who directed Hollywood blockbusters such as Top Gun, True Romance and Crimson Tide, has died after leaping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

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Amir Khan has promised to beat Danny Garcia after his next opponent's father claimed the former world champion was overrated ahead of their July 14 meeting.

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