Hundreds evacuate homes as Wildfire reaches California coast


A wind-driven wildfire is spreading by the California coast north of Los Angeles prompting hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Evacuations have also been ordered in case of university campus including several farm buildings and recreational vehicles are also under threat as the wildfire also surrounded them. Source: Reuters, LATimes, CBS, Bloomberg, CBS 8

Ricin case: Mississippi man charged with use of biological weapon


The 41-year-old former martial arts instructor James Everett Dutschke, was arrested on Saturday sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker. Dutschke is charged under the section pertaining to use of biological weapon. Dutschke belongs to Mississippi and has denied any involvement in the incident earlier this week. While defending himself Dutschke saidContinue reading “Ricin case: Mississippi man charged with use of biological weapon”

Body found in river recognized as Brown University student


The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office has recognized the body found in a river as that of the missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi. It all came to light with the help of forensic dental examination, according to, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health Dara Chadwick. “At this time, the cause of deathContinue reading “Body found in river recognized as Brown University student”

Rare photos of the last known Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) and causes behind its extinction


Towards the end of the 19th Century, a bounty was offered for killing thylacine. (The photograph was taken more than half-a-century ago in 1933.) The marsupial carnivore became extinct in 1936, over the belief that it kills sheep. Sheep farming which was the backbone of the Australian economy during that era prompted the government toContinue reading “Rare photos of the last known Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) and causes behind its extinction”

Obama seeks to bring Republicans in negotiation mode on Budget, softens stance


The $3.778 trillion spending proposal of President Barack Obama for the next year features few measures to slow the spending growth on Social Security, Medicare etc., With a view to bring Senate Republicans to the table for negotiations. The White House administration has said that it is ready to accept any benefit changes only if theyContinue reading “Obama seeks to bring Republicans in negotiation mode on Budget, softens stance”

Strict anti-abortion law set to come into existence in Kansas


Kansas lawmakers have sent to the governor, a comprehensive anti-abortion bill. The bill is said to ban upon acceptance, Planned Parenthood from providing sex education materials in schools and identifies a life comes into existence at conception. The 70-page bill was passed with 90-30 votes in Kansas House of Representatives on Friday night.  The billContinue reading “Strict anti-abortion law set to come into existence in Kansas”

Novartis loses Glivec patents case in India


The apex Indian court rejected Swiss based pharmaceutical company Novartis AG’s plea for retaining patent of its cancer drug Glivec. The development has the potential for better prospects for Indian pharmaceutical firms over well placed foreign brands. According to analysts, the Supreme Court has set a legal precedent with this decision where it refuses toContinue reading “Novartis loses Glivec patents case in India”

National Zoo artificially inseminated giant panda, soon be able to conceive


The National Zoo has declared on Saturday that a group of scientists and veterinarians had artificially inseminated the Zoo’s female giant panda. Scientists took this decision after natural breeding failed. The statement issued in this regard said that Mei Xiang (female giant panda) was artificially inseminated with both fresh and frozen semen taken from the zoo’s maleContinue reading “National Zoo artificially inseminated giant panda, soon be able to conceive”

Australian PM Julia Gillard announces anti-gang taskforce


  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced plans to establish national anti-gang taskforce to control gang related gun crime and drug dealing. Prime Minister Gillard announced the plan during her five day trip to key electorates in western Sydney. PM Gillard however denied the idea that she is taking such action to win back someContinue reading “Australian PM Julia Gillard announces anti-gang taskforce”

Rescuers stop efforts for recovery of Florida’s sinkhole victim, decides to bring down the house


Officials working towards recovering body of sinkhole victim Jeffery Bush (Seffner) have decided to put the rescue efforts on hold, leaving the body of the victim underneath. The four bedroom home of Bush will be brought down today. The decision was taken not long after two other houses were assessed as compromised by the sinkhole. Florida isContinue reading “Rescuers stop efforts for recovery of Florida’s sinkhole victim, decides to bring down the house”