California

  • Osmania University graduate Viji Murali named CIO of US varsity July 14, 2014

    Washington: An Osmania University, Hyderabad, graduate Viji Murali, has been named chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology at the University of California, Davis. Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, is coming to Davis from Washington State University, where she has served as vice president for...
  • Nanny from hell? Frustrated California family says 64-year-old caretaker refuses to leave their home even after being fired June 28, 2014

    A California family is exasperated - and fearful - after a 64-year-old woman they hired as a live-in nanny stopped working and has refused to move out of their home after being fired. Marcella Bracamonte says she and her husband, Ralph, hired Diane Stretton in early March to do chores and...
  • The Eagles know why the fans turn up - to hear the oldies June 24, 2014

    London: When veteran California rock band the Eagles hit the stage in London at the weekend, there was no pretense about why people had come to see them or what the band was expected to do. It was a case of play the songs we know, dudes, and please don't change...
  • 10-year-old Indian-origin prodigy graduates US high school June 12, 2014

    Los Angeles: A home-schooled 10-year-old Indian-origin genius has surprised one and all by becoming one of the youngest ever in the US to graduate high school. Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento, California, received his high school diploma at a private ceremony at California Auto Museum on Sunday. Home-schooled since the age...
  • Military jet crash sets home ablaze in California June 5, 2014

    Imperial : A Marine jet crashed into a residential area in a Southern California desert community on Wednesday, exploding and setting two homes on fire. The pilot ejected safely, and there was no immediate word of any injuries on the ground. The Harrier AV-8B went down at 4:20 p.m. in Imperial,...
  • Yosemite: 20 breathtaking photos of the national park the latest Apple Mac OS X version is named after June 3, 2014

    The next Mac operating system will be called Yosemite, after the national park, now that Apple is naming it after California locales rather than cats. The Yosemite National Park covers an area of 3,026.87 square kilometres in the central eastern portion of the US state of California. These images are...
  • Grumpy? Now, a free online course on happiness! University of California, Berkeley, will teach 'The Science of Happiness' May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Bookstores, online shopping websites and social media are full of quotes, excerpts and videos about happiness -- or the quest for happiness. According to Huffington Post, there are over 75 million Google search results for the term and 40,000 happiness-related books available for purchase on Amazon.com. It is clear...
  • California gunman identified as Hollywood director's son May 25, 2014

    Goleta (California): The son of a Hollywood director stabbed three men to death in his apartment, gunned down two women outside a sorority and killed a sixth person in a rampage that was foreshadowed by a chilling Internet video in which he vowed to his victims that he would "take...
  • Seven dead in drive-by shooting near University of California May 24, 2014

    Santa Barbara: A gunman went on a drive-by shooting rampage in a Santa Barbara student enclave and at least seven people were killed, including the attacker, authorities said. Investigators believe a gunman driving a black BMW acted alone in the shootings late on Friday night near the University of California, Santa...
  • California: Woman found 10 years after her kidnapping May 22, 2014

    Santa Ana: A woman who disappeared as a teenager a decade ago was reunited with her family after she went to police and told them her mother's ex-boyfriend drugged and kidnapped her in 2004, forced her to marry him and fathered her child. Isidro Garcia, 41, of Bell Gardens, was...
  • Thousands flee Southern California wildfires, university evacuated May 15, 2014

    Wildfires roared out of control in Southern California, forcing authorities in San Diego county on Wednesday to order thousands of people to abandon their homes, including students at a state university, though no major injuries were reported. Television images showed several homes in flames, with thick black smoke filling the sky...
  • Indian-American named dean of a top US law school May 14, 2014

    Washington: An Indian-American expert in comparative constitutional law has been named the dean of a top law school in the US state of California. Sujit Choudhry, 44, is currently the Cecelia Goetz Professor at New York University School of Law and is the founder of its Centre for Constitutional Transitions....
  • Watch plane stowaway Yahya Abdi's unbelievable story: Hawaii releases video showing the teen hopping from a jet's wheel well May 7, 2014

    The security footage looks unassuming at first: a Hawaiian Airlines jet parked at a gate at the Maui airport under overcast skies, and workers going through their regular routine. Then, the 15-year-old's legs dangle briefly from the plane's belly and he drops to the concrete. Hawaii transportation officials released video Tuesday...
  • How jet stowaways can survive cold, lack of oxygen April 22, 2014

    Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner. The latest example is a teenager who, according to authorities, stowed away on a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose, California, to Hawaii. While the number of known stowaway...
  • US boy flies 3,700 km hidden in jet's landing gear April 21, 2014

    Washington: A teenager stowaway in the US survived a 3,700-km flight from San Jose in California to Hawaii hiding in the landing gear of a jetliner, the media reported on Monday. The 16-year-old managed to sneak into the wheel well of the Hawaiin Airlines' Boeing-767 after jumping an airport fence. But...
  • 16-year-old stowaway on plane survives flight April 21, 2014

    Honolulu: FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on...
  • Rajasthani folk music group 'Barmer Boys' on a two-week US trip April 19, 2014

    Keeping alive the centuries-old musical tradition of the Manganiyars, a hereditary caste of Muslim musicians in India's desert state of Rajasthan, the "Barmer Boys" are on a debut two week coast-to-coast US tour. Barely in their 30s and yet seasoned performers of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music, the group, during its...
  • 66-year-old actor Arnold Schwarzenegger spends 2 hours a day in the gym; performs his own stunts April 17, 2014

    London: Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed that he still performs the stunts on his own despite his age. The 66-year-old actor, who has performed all his stunts in the latest film 'Sabotage', said it is a part of his job, reported Daily Express. "I still get picked up and thrashed...
  • Passenger tries to open plane's door mid-air, flight diverted April 14, 2014

    Sacramento, California: A California-bound Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Omaha, Neb. on Sunday after witnesses said a passenger tried to open a door. The captain of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight landed on Eppley Airfield to "have an unruly passenger removed" before continuing on to Sacramento, the airlines said in a...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger defends violence in his film 'Sabotage'; says video games are worse March 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has defended the level of violence in his new movie 'Sabotage', saying that video games are worse. In the film, the former politician plays a boss within the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), whose members meet an unpleasant end after they rob a drug...
  • Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes southern California: USGS March 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the Los Angeles area in southern California on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.3, was very shallow, only 1.2 miles deep, with its epicenter located just 2 miles east of the town of La Habra and...
  • California toddler survives 3-storey fall, saved by couple who threw a mattress under him before he plunged to the ground March 20, 2014

    A California toddler survived a three-story fall, saved by a couple who were moving into a new home and threw a mattress under the boy before he plunged to the ground, fire officials and local media said. The couple called emergency responders after spotting the 3-year-old as he was about to...
  • US: 14 teens break into mansion, charged for $ 1 million damage March 19, 2014

    Authorities have filed criminal charges against 14 teenagers who allegedly broke into a Southern California mansion and held a party that caused more than USD 1 million in damage and losses, including the theft of a stuffed snow leopard. Los Angeles County prosecutors announced the charges on Tuesday. Authorities say the...
  • Powerful earthquake strikes off North California coast March 10, 2014

    Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there were no early signs of a tsunami. The US Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 pm PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka. USGS...
  • California third-graders, 8 and 9 years old, caught smoking pot in school bathroom March 6, 2014

    Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys' bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered. The three boys - two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old - were caught last Thursday by another student,...
  • Couple finds rare coins worth $10 million while walking their dog February 26, 2014

    Los Angeles: A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David...
  • US: Polio-like illness seen in up to 25 California children February 25, 2014

    San Francisco: A rare and mysterious polio-like illness may have afflicted up to 25 children in California, several of whom have suffered limb paralysis, and health experts were struggling to identify the cause of the ailment, medical researchers said on Monday. Since 2012, between 20 and 25 previously healthy children from...
  • 10 Indian-Americans in race for 2014 elections in US February 24, 2014

    Even as the 2014 general elections in the US are still more than eight months away, as many as 10 Indian-Americans have already announced their decision to enter the race for elected public offices, including the House of Representatives. Ami Bera, the only Indian-American Congressman and the third ever, is seeking...
  • US lawmakers push for kill switch for lost or stolen phones February 8, 2014

    San Francisco: Legislation unveiled on Friday in the state of California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen - a move that could be the first of its kind in the country. State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco...