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Video of dad singing Beatles song to dying son goes viral

Video of dad singing Beatles song to dying son goes viral

A grieving father who sang the Beatles' ballad "Blackbird" as his infant son clung to life told mourners Saturday that he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support after a video of the tender moment gained widespread Internet attention. Chris Picco told mourners at a memorial service for his wife, Ashley, and...

No drugs in Robin Williams suicide

No drugs in Robin Williams suicide

Robin Williams was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his suicide, authorities in California have revealed. The actor, 63, was found dead in his California home on 11 August in what authorities soon ruled a suicide. A Marin County coroner's report released on Friday found Williams died from asphyxia...

Mind reading possible?

Mind reading possible?

It might seem the stuff of science fiction, but a mind-reading device is being developed by scientists which can evesdrop on your inner-voice. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a machine and computer programme which converts brain activity into sounds and words. Speech activates specific neurons as the brain works interpret...

Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills pilot

Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills pilot

A pilot was killed and another injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert. The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as "a serious anomaly". It was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles. Virgin...

Is Brad Pitt a good actor at all?

Is Brad Pitt a good actor at all?

He's been nominated for an acting Oscar three times but has never won, and the suspicion remains that his extraordinary good looks have landed him roles others might have handled better. If you look, for instance, at some of his early performances in films like Interview with the Vampire, Sleepers, The Devil's Own and...

Mysterious US spaceplane returns to Earth

Mysterious US spaceplane returns to Earth

A US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet. It touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday morning. The purpose of...

Princess Diana's dresses to go on sale

Princess Diana's dresses to go on sale

A collection of the late Diana, Princess of Wales's dresses which she auctioned off for charity in London in 1997 herself, will go under the hammer again this December in Beverly Hills, California, reports the Daily Mail Online. The outfits, all but one designed by the late Catherine Walker, Diana's personal couturier and close...

Strong California causes injuries, damage

Strong California causes injuries, damage

A large earthquake rolled through California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, knocking out power to thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. The extent of the damage wasn't immediately clear. Two major injuries have been reported, and hospitals have been very busy with moderate injuries, Napa...

US sends more advisors to Iraq

US sends more advisors to Iraq

The US has sent 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says. The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defence official said. The US has been carrying out air strikes against fighters from militant...

Williams death confirmed as suicide

Williams death confirmed as suicide

US actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life at his California home, police have confirmed. Marin County Sheriff's Lt Keith Boyd said Williams, 63, had been treated for depression and killed himself by hanging. The entertainer was last seen alive by his wife on Sunday evening, and was found dead at about noon...

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