Small earthquake rattles Northern California

Small earthquake rattles Northern CaliforniaCovelo - A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California.

The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck yesterday at 1:17 pm (local time) about six miles (10 kilometres) south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles (193 kilometres) from west of Sacramento.

No damage was reported.

The quake was about 150 miles (240 kilometres) north of the epicenter of a magnitude 6.0 temblor that caused extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area on August 24. (PTI)


Hillary Clinton's 'new chapters in American dream' remarks stoke 2016 speculation

Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby shower with Hillary ClintonWashington, Sep 15 - Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly hinted at running the 2016 Presidential elections at a fundraising event in Iowa, a report said.

Addressing a crowd at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, held in honor of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa who is retiring from Congress this year, Clinton said although her immediate focus is helping fellow Democrats in the midterm elections but she has also been thinking about "that other thing," reported Fox News.


White House seeks coalition in Mideast war

White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughWashington - The White House today said it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the Islamic State group, something the United States does not plan to do.

Meantime, McDonough said, US personnel will train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group, also known as ISIS and ISIL.


Ugandan authorities foil Al-Shabab terror plot in capital

Ugandan authorities foil Al-Shabab terror plot in capitalWashington, Sep 14 : The authorities in Uganda foiled an attempted terror attack by the notorious al-Shabaab group in the country's capital Kampala.

The authorities thwarted the attack just days after the terror group threatened to take revenge in response to US air strikes that killed its leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.

Several suspects were arrested and explosives were recovered in the country's capital city on Saturday, Fox News reported.

The US embassy in Uganda had earlier warned Americans in the country that an attack was "imminent" and advised them to stay indoors.


US military mission to combat ISIS in Iraq focuses on 'defeating its ideology': Pentagon

US military mission to combat ISIS in IraWashington, Sep 14 : The Pentagon has sought to downplay the United States military's role in combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by saying that America's game plan focuses on defeating the militant organization by "defeating its ideology."

Rear Adm. John Kirby, spokesman for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, said on Friday that the ground fighting has to be done by "indigenous forces." He ruled out the possibility of U. S. troops going into the field on combat missions to directly aid the Iraqi and Kurdish forces, reported The Washington Times.


Monica Lewinsky felt compassion for celeb nude photo leak victims

Monica LewinskyWashington, Sept 14 : Monica Lewinsky has revealed that she felt "compassion" for Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and the numerous other female celebs who were victims of the recent nude photo leak.

The 41-year-old said in the last week or two, as new batches of nude celebrity pictures have circulated around the Web, again violating the privacy of the women depicted, and she was reminded of the few moments of sheer panic she had undergone before she realized her photos were not real, E Online reported.


Here's how to make your profile pic effective on online dating sites

Here's how to make your profile pic effective on online dating sitesWashington, Sept 14 - Founder of online dating site OKCupid, Christian Rudder, has revealed about the things that make online users' profile photos good.

Rudder said that earnest pictures might be more effective than ironic ones on the site, the Huffington Post reported.

By giving an example of a former OkCupid user, who didn't have much luck on the site, Rudder explained that his profile snap, which displayed only the lower half of his face and a piece of cake, might have pushed away potential matches.


IS using Twitter to attract mates for fighters in Syria

IS using Twitter to attract mates for fighters in SyriaWashington, Sep 13 : The Islamic State group is taking to social network Twitter to find mates for its jihadists fighting in Syria.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the account called @JihadMatchmaker finds partners for militants in Syria, purporting to set up liaisons that measure up to the terrorist organization's interpretation of Islam, FOX News reports.

The account's tagline reads that Jihad Matchmaker is here to link up those seeking marriage in Syria in a "halal" manner- that translates to anything that is sanctioned by the Muslim religion.


Gwyneth Paltrow to host October fundraiser for President Obama in LA

Barack ObamaWashington, Sept 13 - Gwyneth Paltrow is all set to host Barack Obama for a fundraiser in October in LA, it has been revealed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, reception and dinner will be held at the Paltrow's home.

An official e-mail stated that Obama will take the questions at an intimate dinner after the reception.

The seats at the event range from 1,000dollars to 32,400 dollars.

The Academy Award winner, who is a longtime supporter of the president, had earlier held a fundraiser for Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012. (ANI)


Tim Cook says Apple not interested in making foray into social networking space

Apple's CEO Tim CookWashington, Sep 13 - Apple's CEO Tim Cook has denied any interest in the social networking area and said that Facebook and Twitter are like partners rather than competitors.

According to CNET, Cook also denied rumours that the company was looking forward to buy the social networking site Path.

Path provides photo sharing and messaging service to more than five million users, according to the company's CEO Dave Morin.

Morin refused to comment on what he called speculation about Apple's acquisition of his company.

However, Apple has a little history with social networking. In 2010, it announced Ping, a music-based social network tied to iTunes. (ANI)


Sarah Palin's family gets 'involved in drunken brawl' at house party

Sarah PalinWashington, Sept 13 - Sarah Palin's family allegedly got into a drunken brawl at a birthday bash in Alaska.

According to an insider, the fight started when the 50-year-old former Governor of Alaska's son, Track Palin, confronted one of his sister Williow's former lovers after arriving at the party, Us Magazine reported.

An attendee said that Palin's daughter Bristol Palin then got involved and started "really" punching a man in the face like six times, which seemed like an assault.

The Anchorage Police Department said in a statement to the Alaska Dispatch News that it was "verbal and physical altercation" in which about 20 people were involved.


Happy wives make for happy marriages regardless of hubbies' happiness

Happy wives make for happy marriages regardless of hubbies' happinessWashington, Sept 13 - A new study has revealed that it is the wife's happiness that plays key to a happy marriage for their husbands.

According to the new research by Rutgers University finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials.


Experts believe Pistorius' disability can act as factor affecting his sentence

Experts believe Pistorius' disability can act as factor affecting his sentenceWashington, Sep 13 - Experts have said that Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius' disability could be a factor affecting his sentence when the judge presiding in his case begins sentencing hearings next month.

Experts believe that Pistorius might get the maximum 15 years in prison or a much lighter sentence, even no prison at all, in light of his disability.


World's tallest dog Zeus dies at 5

World's tallest dog Zeus dies at 5Washington, Sept 13 - The Michigan Great Dane named Zeus, who was the world's tallest dog, has died at age 5.

Kevin Doorlag, owner of the dog, said that Zeus, who was 44 inches tall at the shoulder and 7 ft 4 inch on his hind legs, was entered in the Guinness World Records as the tallest living dog the made in 2012 edition, CBS News reported.

The Otsego resident said that Great Dane, who weighed 165 pounds and consumed a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks, was a local celebrity in the Kalamazoo area and acted as a therapy dog at local schools and hospitals.


Obama to hold talks with medical experts on Ebola

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama would travel to Atlanta next week to talk with leading medical experts on the deadly Ebola virus that has erupted from Africa, a presidential spokesperson has said.

"The President will travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the US response to that outbreak, and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers who are helping those affected by the disease at home and around the world," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, yesterday.


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