San Francisco

  • 2 planes collide over San Francisco Bay, 1 pilot missing April 28, 2014

    San Francisco: Two small planes have collided over San Francisco Bay, leaving a pilot missing after only one of the aircraft landed safely. US Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart said a water search is underway after debris was spotted in the water following Sunday afternoon collision. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor...
  • Indian-origin tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal convicted of kicking his girlfriend 117 times, escapes jail time, ordered community service April 25, 2014

    An Indian-origin tech CEO, who pleaded misdemeanor, domestic violence and battery charges, escaped without any jail time and was asked to do community service despite kicking his girlfriend 117 times, recorded in the security footage of his home, the Huffington Post reported. RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, 31, dodged 45 felony counts...
  • Dozens of Indian passports stolen from San Francisco March 11, 2014

    Washington: Several dozen Indian passports have reportedly been stolen from a private company, to which the Indian Consulate in San Francisco outsourced various visa and passport related services. The serious breach of security is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Department. Both the Indian Consulate and the local police have...
  • Google's commuter buses get security guards January 17, 2014

    San Francisco: First, San Franciscobased commuters to Google got buses with plush seats and free WiFi. Now, they are getting security. In recent days, men with earpieces have closely monitored passengers boarding Google commuter buses at the site of at least one bus stop in San Francisco's Mission District. Their presence...
  • Bullet bounces off robbery victim's face, shoots mugger dead! January 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: In a bizarre mugging incident, a 16yearold robber was killed after a bullet fired by an accomplice ricocheted off their victim's face and hit him. A man was walking along the Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco when a group of boys approached him and demanded his cellphone, police said. One...
  • Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation December 5, 2013

    San Francisco: The agency that oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California has begun a formal investigation into the construction of a secretive Google Inc barge on an island in the bay. The probe, which began in the past week, will examine what permits are needed to build the...
  • Scientists invent new sunglasses that power your cell phone November 17, 2013

    What can you do with your sunglasses when the Sun goes down? You can use them to charge your smartphone! An Indian designer based in the US has turned a pair of sunglasses into a smartphone charging device by adding solar panels to them. Sayalee Kaluskar's The RayBan Shama Shades are part...
  • 5yearold Batkid 'saves' San Francisco, becomes social media darling November 16, 2013

    San Francisco: Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5yearold boy who has battled leukaemia for years fulfilled his wish on Friday to be his favourite superhero. In the process, Miles Scott became a darling of social media...
  • Google says mysterious barges will be interactive learning space November 7, 2013

    Internet giant Google says it is exploring using two large barges on the East and West coasts as interactive learning centres. A statement released Wednesday from Google's press centre helps end weeks of speculation about the purpose of structures on two barges, one being built in the San Francisco Bay, another...
  • What secret project is Google building in San Francisco Bay? November 5, 2013

    San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a fourstory structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead...
  • United Airlines to honour free tickets it accidentally gave away to lucky customers September 14, 2013

    United Airlines has said that it will honour the tickets it accidentally gave away for free. The decision is good news for people who snapped up the tickets on Friday after United listed airfares at USD 0. Many customers got tickets for USD 5 or USD 10, paying only the cost...
  • Fast-moving wildfire near Yosemite threatens power in San Francisco August 25, 2013

    A wildfire raging at the edge of Yosemite National Park is threatening power lines that provide electricity to San Francisco, prompting California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. The fire has damaged the electrical infrastructure serving the city, and forced the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to shut...
  • Hyperloop: PayPal cofounder Elon Musk unveils 1100 kmph transport concept August 13, 2013

    Los Angeles: Imagine strapping into a carsized capsule and hurtling through a tube at more than 700 mph (1126.54 kmph) not for the thrill of it, but to get where you need to go. On Monday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a transportation concept that he said could whisk passengers...
  • Watch: Annual march for graduated Penguins in US July 29, 2013

    In a San Francisco zoo, a group of baby penguins waddled to their new home on Penguin Island. This annual march celebrates their graduation from the 'Fish School'. After graduation, they get to reunite with their fellow penguins in the world's largest captive Magellanic penguin colony. ...
  • NTSB apologises for gaffe over derogatory Asiana pilot names July 13, 2013

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) apologised on Friday after an intern mistakenly confirmed to a local television station racially offensive fake names for the pilots of an Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco. "The National Transportation Safety Board apologises for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as...
  • San Francisco: Asiana flight tried to abort landing July 8, 2013

    San Francisco: A federal safety official said the cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 showed the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport. National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said at a news...
  • San Francisco: Survivor could see runway through hole in tail July 8, 2013

    San Francisco: A man who walked out of the back of the jetliner that crashed in San Francisco says he saw the runway from a gaping hole in the back of the plane where the aircraft's kitchen used to be. Shi Da, a product manager at an Internet company, says...
  • San Francisco: Two killed in plane crash; three Indians among 305 lucky survivors July 7, 2013

    San Francisco/Washington: Three Indians were among 305 passengers who miraculously survived when an Asiana Airlines flight crashed, broke into pieces and caught fire while landing at San Francisco airport, killing two Chinese students and leaving 49 others seriously injured. Flight OZ214 had 307 people on board 291 passengers and...
  • No signs of terrorism in Boeing 777 plane crash, say security officials July 7, 2013

    An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with 307 people on board crashed and burst into flames as it landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul, killing two people and sending more than 180 to local hospitals. ...
  • Snapshot: Heartbreaking images of San Francisco plane crash July 7, 2013

    An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in California. The plane with 307 people on board crashed and burst into flames as it landed on the airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul, killing two people and sending more than 180 to local hospitals. ...
  • US: Boeing 777 crash lands; 2 killed, many injured July 7, 2013

    San Francisco: An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with 307 people on board crashed and burst into flames as it landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul, and initial reports said two people were killed and more than 130 sent to hospitals. After approaching the airport...
  • US sheriff sentenced for dispute with wife March 20, 2012

    San Francisco: San Francisco's sheriff has been sentenced to three years' probation and must undergo a domestic violence programme for a New Year's Eve dispute with his Venezuelan actress wife. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's sentence today was part of a deal struck with prosecutors over allegations that he bruised his wife's arm. Mirkarimi...
  • Surgeons place pacemaker in 15minuteold baby February 18, 2012

    San Francisco: The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old. A team of doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital determined the girl born nine weeks...
  • Police: Picasso drawing stolen from SF gallery July 6, 2011

    San Francisco: Police are on the hunt for a man who walked into a San Francisco art gallery, grabbed a valuable pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso off the wall and fled in a waiting taxicab. Police on Tuesday said the drawing, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was taken from the...
  • San Francisco hopes tech boom isn't Bubble 2.0 April 11, 2011

    San Francisco: A certain feeling is back in San Francisco. Murmurings of stock market riches. Twentysomething entrepreneurs as celebrities. Lamborghinis parked next to taco trucks. Driven by social media and mobile startups, the money is flowing in the city's tech industry again, a decade after the dotcom boom minted overnight millionaires...
  • New forms of 'zombie ant' fungi discovered March 14, 2011

    San Francisco: Scientists have discovered four types of fungus in the Brazilian rainforest that can take control of ants. These zombie fungi alter the behaviour of the Carpenter ant and kill the insect in a spot where the fungus has ideal conditions for its spores. The fungi were found in the Brazilian...
  • First gay museum opens in US January 13, 2011

    San Francisco: The first gay museum in the US is opening in San Francisco, cementing the city's reputation as a mecca for alternative lifestyles. The institution, which gets its grand opening Thursday, is known as the GLBT History Museum, using the common acronym for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender. The museum...
  • Hijack threat halts American Airlines flight August 20, 2010

    San Francisco: A hijack threat halted an American Airlines flight just before takeoff, leaving the New Yorkbound jet sitting on the tarmac for several hours while it was searched and passengers were removed for extra scrutiny. The FBI later determined that the telephoned threat wasn't credible, but in the wake of...
  • 60 injured in US light-rail collision July 20, 2009

    Washington: At lea st 60 people were injured when two light-rail trains collided at a station in San Francisco on Saturday, local media reported. One train slammed into the back of another train standing at a platform at about 3 pm, the CBS 5 television news reported. The front car of the...
  • Love triangle of penguins creates story at zoo July 17, 2009

    A trio of the fifty total penguins in a San Francisco zoo have set the gossip mills churning. Two male penguins who were a couple for six days have split over the love interest of one of them. A female penguin walked into the life of the pair and whisked...