French sailor launches bid for LA-Honolulu speed record

French adventurer Alain Thebault has pushed off from Los Angeles in his trimeran sailboat in a bid to reach Hawaii in record time.

NDA has numbers to pass land bill in joint Parliament session: Jaitley
NDA has numbers to pass land bill in joint Parliament session: Jaitley

Visiting Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has told participants at an event in California that the NDA Government could consider calling a joint session of parliament if the Rajya Sabha stalled the passing of the Land Acquisition Bill.

Firefighters battle major blazes as US West faces more heat
Firefighters battle major blazes as US West faces more heat

 Firefighters in Alaska, Oregon and drought-hit California on Monday fought several massive wildfires that have blackened swathes of overheated U.S. West Coast states, as crews braced for warmer temperatures later this week, officials said.

Steven Tyler's daughter weds in California Ceremony
Steven Tyler's daughter weds in California Ceremony

 Chelsea Tyler and fiance Jon Foster tied the knot in Carmel, California.

Irish students killed in US balcony collapse flown home
Irish students killed in US balcony collapse flown home

The bodies of five Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in California were set to return home Saturday, and a sixth Irish-American victim was buried in the state, as parents appealed for privacy to mourn the deaths.

Obama golfs in drought-stricken California desert

US President Barack Obama played golf near the desert city of Palm Springs, California Saturday, shrugging off criticism that ambling around thirsty, lush greens was unseemly during a historic drought.

One killed as US patrol vessel hits Mexican smuggling boat

A woman was killed Thursday when a boat carrying 20 Mexican migrants collided with a US border patrol vessel off the California coast, authorities said.

'Uber drivers are employees, not contractors'
'Uber drivers are employees, not contractors'

A California labor board has ruled that drivers for the ride-sharing service Uber are employees, not independent contractors -- a decision that could have major implications for the global startup.

Facing backlash, US Muslims counter with new advertising campaign

In California’s capital city of Sacramento this month, stark black billboards loomed over highways and faded commercial strips, offering solace to the troubled: “Looking for the answers in life?” one asked. “Discover Muhammad.”

Five Irish killed in California balcony collapse

 Five Irish nationals died and eight other people were injured in the early hours of Tuesday when an apartment balcony collapsed in the California university town of Berkeley, authorities said.

Five killed in California balcony collapse: Reports
Five killed in California balcony collapse: Reports

Five people died, including several Irish citizens, and eight more people were injured early Tuesday when an apartment balcony collapsed in the college town of Berkeley, California, local media reported.

NASA lander to carry tiny spacecrafts for Mars fly-by
NASA lander to carry tiny spacecrafts for Mars fly-by

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars - a stationary lander in 2016 - the flight will include two revolutionary CubeSats.

California drought grips tourist magnet Yosemite

It is one of America`s most popular natural wonders. But even Yosemite National Park cannot escape the drought ravaging California, now in its fourth year and fueling growing concern.

Squirrel knocks out power to thousands in San Francisco bay area

A squirrel knocked out power for some 45,000 energy customers in the San Francisco Bay area on Monday, according to officials and the local Contra Costa Times newspaper.

Chipmaker Atmel exploring sale: Sources

Atmel Corp , a maker of small processors called microcontrollers that are used in a variety of electronics, is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sale, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Google to release monthly data on self-driving car accidents
Google to release monthly data on self-driving car accidents

Google Inc said it would give monthly updates of accidents involving its driverless cars. 

Pollution closes more beaches in California

A four-mile stretch of coastline south of Los Angeles was closed Thursday as workers cleared up tar balls from beaches, in the latest such shutdown in the last few weeks, officials said.

World's oldest living cat dies: Guinness

 Tiffany Two, the holder of world's oldest cat living record, has died in her sleep at the age of 27 years, 2 months and 20 days, Guinness World Records said.

Sikh victim of hate crime still awaits justice in US

An 82-year-old Sikh man who was brutally assaulted outside a Gurudwara in the US state of California in 2013 is still awaiting justice with a third delay in sentencing of the accused who reportedly mistook him to be a Muslim.

Hurricane Andres strengthens to Cat 4 over eastern Pacific

Andres has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane far out to sea in the eastern Pacific, and is generating swells that are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip currents on parts of the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.