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US city council to implement minimum wage $15 per hour

CALIFORNIA: Pasadena, California, lawmakers have taken action to raise the city’s minimum wage, following the lead of neighboring Los Angeles Pasadena of the minimum wage for fast food workers by the New York State Fast Food Wage Board during a rally in New York City, July 22, 2015. Advocates urged the City Council to implement minimum wage regulations that would ... Read More »

California City national RBC deal, announces $11b community reinvestment Act plan

CALIFORNIA: The National Diversity Coalition, an umbrella group of community organizations based in Daly City, announced in a letter to federal officials that it has withdrawn its opposition to the deal. When deciding whether to sign off on bank mergers, regulators judge banks on their compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires lenders to serve small businesses and minority ... Read More »

California, Syria can teach about adaptation gap

MEXICO: At first glance, California and Syria appear to have little in common other than Mediterranean climates. But two new studies – focusing on severe droughts in these places half a planet apart – highlight a yawning gap in the abilities of developed and many developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change. Each study, appearing in the ... Read More »

Big white shark lurking near Washington State’s Ocean Shores

MEXICO: Washington State’s Fish and Wildlife Department is warning people along the coast that a great white shark is swimming in its waters after a dead half eaten seal was found on the beach. A harbour seal that washed up on the beach in the tourist town of Ocean Shores this week had been partially devoured by the predator, providing ... Read More »

Mountain-size asteroid that buzzed Earth has its own moon: NASA

LONDON: The mountain-size asteroid that gave Earth a close shave has its own moon, new radar images of the object reveal. Asteroid 2004 BL86 flew about 1.2 million km from Earth, about three times farther than the moon, with the closest approach coming at 16:19 GMT Monday. While it posed no threat to Earth, the flyby did provide astronomers an ... Read More »

Asteroid that buzzed by earth has its own moon at 745,000 miles

NEW YORK: NASA has discovered an asteroid that traveled unusually close to the Earth orbited by a smaller asteroid moon. The small natural satellite was spotted in radar images taken by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna located in California. NASA released a GIF composed of 20 images showing the pair of space rocks. At a distance of 745,000 miles, the ... Read More »

New Earth-like planet discovered by Kepler space telescope

HONG KONG: The search for intelligent life has pointed its ears towards a new Earth-like planet discovered by the Kepler space telescope late last year. The Allen radio telescope array at Hat Creek, California, was tilted towards a piece of the Pisces constellation which has been under Kepler’s careful scrutiny in recent years — it’s sensitive instruments seeking the tiny ... Read More »

Mountain-size Asteroid to pass at 745,000 miles distance from Earth

HONG KONG: A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth Monday (Jan. 26), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027. Due to the large size of the asteroid, which scientists at NASA believe to be approximately 1,800 feet across, people who want to catch a glimpse of the space rock should be able to from their ... Read More »

World’s biggest trees in California dying due to climate change

NEW ZEALAND: Recently California is observing a huge fall of big trees. Although a number of causes have added to the tumbling number of trees over years in California like disease, fire, logging and development, scientists suggest that the recent decline owes to an added factor which is global warming. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of ... Read More »

US Customs arrests woman, seizes half pound cocaine in ‘her body cavity’

CALIFORNIA: A 28-year-old woman attempted to smuggle a half-pound of heroin across the border by stuffing the drugs inside “her body cavity,” according to US Customs and Border Protection. The 28-year-old woman Customs and Border Protection didn’t release her name, but identified her as a United States citizen attempted to cross the border from Mexico to Calexico, California. Federal court ... Read More »

World’s biggest trees in California dying due to climate change

NEW ZEALAND: Recently California is observing a huge fall of big trees. Although a number of causes have added to the tumbling number of trees over years in California like disease, fire, logging and development, scientists suggest that the recent decline owes to an added factor which is global warming. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of ... Read More »

NASA VolcanoBot 1 dives into old lava crater

MEXICO: Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have invented a robot that will be able to dive inside and explore its fissures. Dubbed “VolcanoBot 1,” this geological trooper was inspired by JPL postdoctoral fellow Carolyn Parcheta’s longtime fascination with volcanoes. Recalling a pivotal moment when she witnessed a researcher take a lava sample on a science TV ... Read More »

Scientists puzzled by mass deaths of seabirds along Pacific Coast

FRANCE: Scientists have been baffled by mass deaths of seabirds, whose bodies are being found by the hundreds along the US Pacific Coast. There have been mass deaths of small, white bellied gray birds known as Cassin’s auklets from British Columbia to San Luis Obispo, California. Experts are now concerned because they have not yet been able to identify a ... Read More »

Disney World starts accepting Apple Pay, Google Wallet in last week of December

FLORIDA: Those headed to Walt Disney World for the holidays may infrequently have to pull out a credit card. Disney has promulgated that its massive Orlando-area theme park and resort will now accept contactless forms of payment like Apple Pay and Google Wallet beginning this Wednesday in the last week of December. In size and attendance, Walt Disney World is ... Read More »

Apple posts ‘Best of 2014’ free and paid apps with alluring Candy Crush

CALIFORNIA: The Cupertino, California-based Apple has posted in its App Store the year’s top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPad, plus the top grossing ones. Apple’s “Best of 2014” apps show the sweet allure of Candy Crush is still alive, and Microsoft got its money’s worth buying the company behind Minecraft for billions. Read More »

Fight between seal and octopus, superb view

LONDON: The hungry seal fancied a bit of octopus for supper – but it’s not easy biting off its rubbery appendages. The hungry seal spots the octopus and decides that it would make a great breakfast, so goes in for the killer move. But the little octopus puts up a fight by wriggling about and wrapping its clingy tentacles around ... Read More »

Roche buys diagnostics firm to assess risk of genetic abnormalities

ZURICH: Roland Diggelmann said that the Roche acquired San Jose, the California-based Ariosa Diagnostics, Incorporate, a molecular diagnostics firm which makes a prenatal test to assess the risk of Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities. Roche diagnostics executive Roland Diggelmann said the acquisition of Ariosa is another example of Roche’s commitment to advanced molecular diagnostics. Financial details of the deal ... Read More »

US customs foils 3000 lbs Marijuana smuggling, 7 arrested

CALIFORNIA:   The officials approaching the panel van saw that it contained between 60 and 90 large bales of marijuana. The amount of marijuana is estimated to be between 2,000 and 3,000 lbs based on the size of the bales. The deputies followed the vehicle and upon observing a vehicle code violation they stopped it on Highway One at Vista ... Read More »

Scientist to determine Earth’s ‘Star Trek’

CALIFORNIA: Scientist’s team discovers an invisible “Star Trek” called killer electrons 7,200 miles above Earth. The electrons, which travel at near light speed, are proficient of damaging space electronics and can put astronauts in danger. Director of Colorado University Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Professor Daniel Baker said that it’s almost like these electrons are running into a ... Read More »

Nexus 6 earns decent score for renovate ability

CALIFORNIA: The Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship smartphone, earns a decent score for refurbish ability. The Nexus 6, release earlier this month, features a 5.96 inch screen and is develop through a partnership with Motorola. It runs the latest Google mobile operating system, Android 5.o Lollipop. It’s available in 32GB and 64GB versions and starts at $649 for an unlocked ... Read More »