Australia

Angus & Julia Stone recorded their newest album “Snow” in a remote Byron Bay setting. (Courtesy Jennifer Stenglein)

Angus & Julia Stone take to nature for inspiration

Angus Stone knows it sounds ironic, but before he and his sister…

 

Australia’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard plays three Northern California shows next week. (Courtesy Lee Vincent Grubb)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard keeps on experimenting

At first, Melbourne native Stu Mackenzie didn’t notice that King Gizzard and…

 

Surveillance cameras, right, are mounted underneath a metal table with chairs bolted to the floor where addicts can inhale heroin fumes in a clinic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look

Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in…

 

The City has seen strong enrollment in its renewable energy program. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

With strong enrollment in CleanPowerSF, focus shifts to renewable energy projects

San Francisco’s renewable energy program appears to be off to a strong…

The City has seen strong enrollment in its renewable energy program. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s renewable energy program, is expected to begin in May, though notices of automatic enrollment will be distributed this month. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

CleanPowerSF initiates first wave of automatic enrollment

For more than a decade, the effort by San Francisco to launch…

CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s renewable energy program, is expected to begin in May, though notices of automatic enrollment will be distributed this month. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)
Troye Sivan’s soulful pop debut album is “Blue Neighborhood.” (Scott Gries/Invision/AP)

Troye Sivan moves from movies to music

Eight years ago, South-African-born, Australian-raised neo-soul singer Troye Sivan was attending school…

Troye Sivan’s soulful pop debut album is “Blue Neighborhood.” (Scott Gries/Invision/AP)
Four emus got loose in a Tuscon neighborhood on Thursday. They were eventually captured and returned to their owner. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Arizona authorities capture 4 emus on the lam in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County authorities say four emus that got loose…

Four emus got loose in a Tuscon neighborhood on Thursday. They were eventually captured and returned to their owner. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, center, speaks during his meeting with leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON — Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific…

In this Nov. 10, 2014 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, center, speaks during his meeting with leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Chris Brown's plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday, after the Australian government formally warned the troubled R&B singer that he is likely to be denied a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Scoop: Chris Brown may not be allowed to go Down Under

Chris Brown’s plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday…

Chris Brown's plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday, after the Australian government formally warned the troubled R&B singer that he is likely to be denied a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne drops a punt return during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Santa Clara on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Jarryd Hayne calls fumbled punt disappointing in NFL debut

SANTA CLARA — Jarryd Hayne recalls his forgettable debut in what is…

San Francisco 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne drops a punt return during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Santa Clara on Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP ImagesIn this Jan. 25

Australia threatens to euthanize Johnny Depp's dogs

Get out of Australia, Johnny Depp — or the doggies get it.…

Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP ImagesIn this Jan. 25
Courtesy photoJohn Butler

Aussie rocker John Butler keeps it green for real

Aussie musician and activist John Butler didn’t intend to have a high-noon-style…

Courtesy photoJohn Butler
courtesy photoCourtney Barnett left her bartending job in Melbourne to tour the States.

Courtney Barnett swaps bar for bus and hits the road

Australian indie artist Courtney Barnett admits that her bartending job at Melbourne…

courtesy photoCourtney Barnett left her bartending job in Melbourne to tour the States.
Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber went from lending a hand in the Philippines to making fun of a girl's weight.

Scoop: Justin Bieber picks on plus-sized sunbather

Was Justin Bieber incredibly mean to a large girl in a bikini…

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty ImagesJustin Bieber went from lending a hand in the Philippines to making fun of a girl's weight.
Manu Fernandez/APLionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored Argentina’s goal in a 1-0 victory against Switzerland.

U.S. women’s soccer team gives Sermanni win over old team Australia

Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the…

Manu Fernandez/APLionel Messi celebrates with Angel di Maria after di Maria scored Argentina’s goal in a 1-0 victory against Switzerland.
Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoBelfast native Martin Finnegan isn’t exactly Australian

Town Tavern evokes S.F.’s hidden Aussie tales

When Ireland native and second-generation bartender John Lillis decided to open a…

Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoBelfast native Martin Finnegan isn’t exactly Australian
Courtesy PhotoLong way from home: Tame Impala from Australia is bringing antipodal anthems to San Francisco this week.

Tame Impala marching to the beat of his own drummer

On 2010’s “Innerspeaker” — his first album with the fuzz-rocking, neo-psychedelic Aussie…

Courtesy PhotoLong way from home: Tame Impala from Australia is bringing antipodal anthems to San Francisco this week.

Stanford Solar Project's Wesley Ford on racing experimental solar car

The financial director of the Stanford Solar Project is heading to Australia…

Woman tries to sell children on eBay

Dim Bulb: An Australian woman who put her children up for sale…

The Black Ryder plays the Rickshaw Stop

When then-married couple Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper split from Australia’s…