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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...

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, California police say. Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local time. Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society and...

California hit by raging wildfires

California hit by raging wildfires

Two fast-moving wildfires in California have destroyed 10 homes and have forced the evacuation of hundreds more, US officials say. In the Sacramento region, a fire has spread to cover an area of about 4,000 acres, while another blaze threatens homes around Yosemite National Park. The Sacramento fire is around 35% contained, officials told local...

Google satellites to cover entire planet

Google satellites to cover entire planet

The world wide web may seem like a global community, but two-thirds of the planet still remain without access. Now, Google is planning to change this by launching a fleet of 180 satellites to provide web access for the 4.8 billion people not yet online, according to sources close to the company. The California-based giant...

US police confirm drive-by killer

US police confirm drive-by killer

US police have confirmed that a man who killed six people in a rampage in California was 22-year-old Elliot Rodger. The student was the son of Hollywood filmmaker Peter Rodger, who was assistant director on The Hunger Games. At a press conference, police said Elliot Rodger had stabbed three male room-mates to death at his...

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In and Around California

In and Around California

No trip to Southern California is complete without a trip to a couple of neighboring states – Nevada and Arizona. If you choose not to drive the 330 miles from Irvine to Las Vegas (LV), you may book yourself a tour with one of the many companies that operate the routes everyday. I suggest...

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m

Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6m (£71m) to Apple by a US court for infringing two of its patents. A jury in California delivered its verdict in a federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants. During the month-long trial, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents...

Yurok tribe to release condors in California

Yurok tribe to release condors in California

Yurok tribal tradition holds California condors as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers. Now, after five years of research, the far northern California-based tribe has received permission to release captive-bred condors into the Redwood Coast, where they haven't soared...

Teen survives 5-hr Hawaii flight in jet wheel well

Teen survives 5-hr Hawaii flight in jet wheel well

A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on...

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