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  • Rajasthani folk music group 'Barmer Boys' on a two-week US trip 18-04-2014 10:21 PM

    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...
  • 66-year-old actor Arnold Schwarzenegger spends 2 hours a day in the gym; performs his own stunts 17-04-2014 08:35 AM

    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...
  • Passenger tries to open plane's door mid-air, flight diverted 14-04-2014 02:08 PM

    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 29-03-2014 12:41 PM

    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...
  • Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes southern California: USGS 29-03-2014 10:15 AM

    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...
  • California toddler survives 3-storey fall, saved by couple who threw a mattress under him before he plunged to the ground 20-03-2014 12:59 PM

    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...
  • US: 14 teens break into mansion, charged for $ 1 million damage 19-03-2014 02:24 PM

    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...
  • Powerful earthquake strikes off North California coast 10-03-2014 11:30 AM

    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...
  • California third-graders, 8 and 9 years old, caught smoking pot in school bathroom 06-03-2014 09:43 AM

    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...
  • Couple finds rare coins worth $10 million while walking their dog 26-02-2014 04:33 PM

    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...
  • US: Polio-like illness seen in up to 25 California children 25-02-2014 12:13 PM

    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...
  • 10 Indian-Americans in race for 2014 elections in US 24-02-2014 11:37 AM

    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...
  • US lawmakers push for kill switch for lost or stolen phones 08-02-2014 03:15 PM

    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...
  • US: Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in home 30-01-2014 08:59 AM

    Santa Ana (California): A school teacher has been arrested after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled suburban California home. As investigators wearing respirator masks carried the reptiles out of the house by the score and stacked them in...
  • Indians a rising force in California politics 26-01-2014 10:29 PM

    When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of America's most ethnically diverse states. Kashkari is part of a surge of second-generation Indians...
  • Indian-American Neel Kashkari to run for California governor 22-01-2014 12:39 PM

    Former Indian-American US Treasury official Neel Kashkari, architect of the bank bailout during the 2008 financial crisis, plans to run for governor of California with a pledge to create jobs and improve public schools. "Today, the gift of a good education and the opportunity it creates are out of reach...
  • Politics cost me money, says Arnold Schwarzenegger 01-01-2014 03:20 PM

    London: Action star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger says he lost out on millions of dollars when he was the Governor of California. The 66-year-old Austrian actor took a seven-year break from acting to pursue his political dreams and while he loved being able to give something back to the people of America,...
  • Tiger Woods takes control with a 62 at Sherwood 07-12-2013 08:50 AM

    California: Tiger Woods regained his putting touch at Sherwood Country Club as he fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 to surge two strokes clear in Friday's second at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. A day after struggling with the slick pace of the greens at the elite 18-man event which he...
  • Snapshot: 'Fast & Furious' actor Paul Walker's crashed car 01-12-2013 10:55 AM

    A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the 'Fast & Furious' movie series died in a car accident. He was 40. In these photographs, Sheriff's deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in...
  • Men and women regret different things after sex: study 26-11-2013 11:36 AM

    Austin: Men most often regret not having sex with more people while women frequently regret having sex with the wrong partner, according to a recently released study. The study from researchers at the University of Texas and University of California-Los Angeles aimed to show that the feeling of regret is...
  • US: Firing at Los Angeles airport, gunman reported shot 01-11-2013 10:59 PM

    Los Angeles: The Los Angeles International Airport said on Friday that police were responding to an incident at the airport, and California media reported that a gunman with a high-powered rifle was shot at by law enforcement agencies. The airport said on social media that there was "an incident underway...
  • India, Turkey leads in 143.3m false Facebook accounts 01-11-2013 05:31 PM

    An estimated 14.3 crore accounts on the popular social networking site Facebook may be false or duplicate, with a major chunk of them coming from developing markets like India and Turkey. Facebook, which boasts of 119 crore accounts globally, in a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing said it...
  • 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes off western Mexico coast 20-10-2013 12:20 AM

    A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the western coast of Mexico on Saturday the US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake hit56 miles (90 km) southwest of Huatabampo in Sonora state, . The quake hit at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) in the Gulf of California, USGS said. ...
  • California criminalises 'revenge porn' in a first-of-its-kind law 03-10-2013 05:53 AM

    Los Angeles: California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-of-its-kind state law criminalising what has become known as revenge porn, the distribution of private, explicit photos of other people on the Internet, usually by ex-lovers or spouses, to humiliate them. The measure, which passed both houses of the Democratic-led state legislature...
  • Kelly Osbourne planning to sue former landlord 20-09-2013 03:57 PM

    Los Angeles: Actress Kelly Osbourne is reportedly planning to sue former landlord for not returning her security deposit. The landlord has refused to return $18,700 deposit. They e-mailed her claiming the estimate bill of damages and cleaning expenses would wipe out the entire lump sum, reports tmz.com. According to Osbourne,...
  • NASA's Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system 13-09-2013 08:36 AM

    Washington: Thirty-six years after being launched and having travelled about 19 billion kilometres from the sun, America's spacecraft Voyager 1 has become the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space, according to NASA. At a news conference on Thursday, NASA said new and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has...
  • Indian-American Sunil Kulkarni named judge in California 06-09-2013 11:16 AM

    Washington: A leading Indian American lawyer, Sunil R. Kulkarni, has become the first South Asian American state judge in Northern California with his appointment to Santa Clara County Superior Court. Palo Alto, California, resident Kulkarni, 41 who since 2011 has served as a senior counsel in the litigation group at...
  • Firefighters trying to curb massive wildfire in California's Yosemite National Park 03-09-2013 10:24 AM

    Firefighters in California gained ground on Monday against a massive wildfire burning part of Yosemite National Park, although complete containment may be weeks away, officials said. Crews working through the night got an edge on the so-called Rim Fire, a 350-square mile (906-square km) blaze that has charred the California...
  • 25 years in making, Encyclopedia of Hinduism unveiled in US 27-08-2013 12:31 PM

    A 25-year quest by nearly 1,000 scholars to document and present one of the world's oldest living traditions came to fruition when the 'Encyclopedia of Hinduism' was unveiled in Columbia on Tuesday. Hundreds of scholars, dignitaries, students, Hindu leaders and the public converged on the University of Southern California campus...