CALIFORNIA

  • Nearly half of Americans threatened by earthquakes 14 hours 18 minutes ago

    Washington: Nearly half of Americans 150 million people are threatened by possibly damaging ground shaking from earthquakes, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have warned. More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes, with as many as 28 million people...
  • Leaders want topless sunbathing in L.A.'s Venice Beach 3 days ago

    Leaders in the Los Angeles beach district of Venice have asked that women be allowed to sunbathe nude on the beach, saying they want equality and a more European feel at the popular tourist destination, local media reported on Wednesday. The Venice Neighborhood Council voted 12-2 to approve the recommendation, saying...
  • Shirley Temple memorabilia goes on tour before July auction March 31, 2015

    Los Angeles: Costumes, toys, photos and autographs from Shirley Temple's 1930s film career are coming to a city near you. A spokeswoman for the late actress said Monday that a collection of keepsakes from Temple's time in Hollywood will be exhibited at museums across the country before being put up for...
  • Rats can reason just like humans: Study March 30, 2015

    Washington: Rats can reason and have the ability to link cause and effect such that they can expect, or imagine, something happening even if it is not, according to a new study. "What sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is our prodigious ability to reason. But...
  • Rock legend David Crosby hits California jogger with car March 24, 2015

    Los Angeles: Legendary rock musician David Crosby struck and injured a jogger while driving his car in southern California at the weekend, police said on Monday. Crosby hit 46-year-old Jose Jimenez while driving his Tesla sedan in Santa Ynez, some 30 miles (50 km) northwest of the coastal city of Santa...
  • New smart bandage detects bedsores even before human eyes can do so March 18, 2015

    Washington: This new bandage can detect bedsores before they can be seen by human eyes, thereby making timely treatment possible. Pressure ulcers, or bedsores, are injuries that can result after prolonged pressure cuts off adequate blood supply to the skin. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a new 'smart...
  • Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown revived after found unresponsive in tub February 1, 2015

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived and rushed to a hospital, police said. The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar who...
  • Famous Southern California white cobra gets Hindi name 'Adhira' January 5, 2015

    San Diego: A white monocled cobra that briefly became a national celebrity after it roamed a Southern California neighborhood for several days in September now has a new name. The San Diego Zoo tells the Los Angeles Times that the cobra will be called Adhira, which in Hindi means "lightning." The Times...
  • California battles whooping cough epidemic December 12, 2014

    San Diego: California officials are battling the worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine. Doctors emphasize that the inoculation has led to fewer deaths than in the past and in instances where...
  • US dollar 1 lakh found in bag at Burger King outlet owned by Indian November 28, 2014

    Los Angeles: An abandoned backpack with US dollar 100,000 in cash has been found at a Burger King restaurant owned by an Indian-origin man in California on his birthday. The blue backpack had been left on a chair during the hectic lunch hour at the Burger King at 1305 North Bascom...
  • Mystery revolves around Virgin Galactic's space plane crash November 5, 2014

    The probe of Virgin Galactic's space plane crash in California hinges on a central mystery: Why a seasoned test pilot would prematurely unlock the craft's moveable tail section, setting off a chain of events that led to destruction of the ship and his death. The National Transportation Safety Board was expected...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during flight test in California, 1 dead November 1, 2014

    Mojave, California: A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight...
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight November 1, 2014

    Cape Canaveral: A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately...
  • Wage disclosures could lead to salary cuts, job change: Study October 29, 2014

    Washington: Publicly disclosing personal information - such as government officials' income - may result in unintended consequences, a new US study suggests. Using California as a case study, a researcher from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs showed that city managers - typically the highest-paid city...
  • 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India becomes an issue in USA's California election race October 18, 2014

    Sacramento: Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest congressional races in the country. Some Sikh political activists and the California Republican Party are campaigning against Democratic Congressman Ami Bera, saying he refuses to acknowledge the alleged involvement of...
  • NASA selects new science teams for astrobiology research October 7, 2014

    Washington: NASA has awarded five-year grants totalling almost USD 50 million to seven research teams in the US to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. "With the Curiosity rover characterising the potential habitability of Mars, the Kepler mission discovering new planets outside our solar system,...
  • Strict parenting may lead to low self-esteem in kids September 23, 2014

    Washington: Are you a strict parent? Your child may be at risk of depression! Less supportive and punitive parenting techniques may lead to the development of low self-esteem and school adjustment difficulties in children and leave them vulnerable to depression and problem behaviours, according to a new study. "Our research shows...
  • Researchers create ceramic that recovers shape after being smashed September 16, 2014

    New York: Researchers have developed a technology that can lead to production of a material that is thermally insulating but also extremely lightweight and nonbreakable. The team of researchers from California Institute of Technology in the US has developed the method by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids exhibit...
  • Evolutionary approach can save earth: Scientists September 13, 2014

    Washington: Evolutionary thinking is not just about the past anymore. It is about the present and the future and addressing societal challenges such as food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss in a sustainable way, says a significant study. The age of the Anthropocene the scientific name given to our...
  • FDA approves weightloss drug Contrave September 11, 2014

    Washington: US regulators are greenlighting a new weightloss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for antiobesity treatments. The drug was developed by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc, based in La Jolla, California. The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that it is approved for use by people...
  • Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Pacific ocean August 25, 2014

    Mexico City: Hurricane Marie has grown in strength as it moves out into the Pacific, reaching Category 4 status and provoking dangerous waves along Mexico's western coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Marie had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) and was located 485 miles (785...
  • Strong California quake causes injuries, damage historic buildings August 24, 2014

    Napa (California): The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California's wine country on Sunday. The 6.0magnitude earthquake that struck at 3:20 AM about 6...
  • WKL: United Singhs smash California Eagles in a stiff competition August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: United Singhs knocked down a stiff defence put up by California Eagles to win their second match 6054 in the World Kabaddi League on Saturday. The Sonakshi Sinhaowned team started on a high note and remained in lead position throughout but the Eagles levelled the score in the third...
  • Punjab beat California 6548 in World Kabaddi League August 17, 2014

    Birmingham: The "curfew" imposed by their coach after the opening loss paid off on Sunday for Punjab Thunder as they outplayed California Eagles 6548 in their second match of the Wave World Kabaddi League here on Sunday. Punjab, who had lost to United Singhs in the opening match in London, came...
  • Watch: A robot with every room is what a New California hotel promises August 17, 2014

    A nice pool, a great bar and a robot with every room is what a New California hotel is promising it's visitors. A robot has been programmed with room numbers and they move around the hotel for service. ...
  • Watch: The Genius of Robin Williams August 13, 2014

    Oscarwinning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at age 63 on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, authorities said. Here is a tribute to the man who made millions laugh. ...
  • Oscarwinning actor Robin Williams dies at age 63 August 12, 2014

    Oscarwinning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at age 63 on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, authorities said. His high octane brand of comedy was his trademark public persona. ...
  • Ebola therapy hopes shift to small California biotech August 5, 2014

    Hopes of finding a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus shifted on Monday to a small Californiabased biotech company whose experimental drug has been used to treat two American missionary workers. The drug, developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc, was used to treat two aid workers, one from the Samaritan's Purse group...
  • California woman spooks neighbours by leaving porcelain dolls resembling their daughters anonymously on their doorsteps July 26, 2014

    A California woman who spooked her small community by anonymously leaving porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of fellow churchgoers that eerily resembled their daughters told police she is embarrassed by the incidents, authorities said on Friday. The dolls, some wearing fuzzy slippers or frilly gowns, turned up at more than a...