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5.3-magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles LOS ANGELES: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The quake's epicenter was near La Hambra, about 30 miles (45 km) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.Car alarms were reported to have been set off in some areas by the one-mile deep quake, which came 11 days after a 4.4-magnitude one jolted Angelenos out of bed on March 17.Friday's late-evening quake was followed minutes later by a strong aftershock. California has long braced for the "Big One." The western US state is on the so-called Ring of Fire, which circles the Pacific and has produced a number of devastating quakes including Japan's March 2011 quake-tsunami, which killed thousands of people.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Canada bill to cap wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates OTTAWA: The Canadian government introduced legislation on Friday that would cap wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates as promised by preventing wireless providers from charging other companies more than they charge their own customers for wireless services. The provision, included in an omnibus bill to implement February's February budget, is designed to encourage smaller competitors to the large telecommunications companies. Industry Minister James Moore announced plans for the cap on Dec. 18.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Mexican forces kill 10 Zetas cartel suspects in clash VERACRUZ: Ten suspected Zetas drug cartel members died Thursday in a gunfight with soldiers and police in eastern Mexico, authorities said.The clash erupted after security forces were shot at from a house as they drove down an avenue in the city of Perote, the Veracruz state public security agency said."As a result of this clash, nine men and one woman were killed," the agency said in a statement.The authorities said the suspects were part of ...
Newlywed Jordan Linn gets 30 years for pushing husband off cliff LOS ANGELES: A US newlywed who pushed her husband off a cliff barely a week after the couple married was jailed for 30 years Thursday, officials said.Jordan Linn Graham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder over the death of her husband Cody Lee Johnson in July last year in Glacier National Park in Montana, where they had gone hiking.The 22-year-old initially told police that Johnson, 25, had gone missing after telling her he was going for ...
US Senate panel sets April 2 hearing on GM auto recalls WASHINGTON: A US Senate panel will hold its first hearing on April 2 to probe how General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration handled recalls over the past decade of malfunctioning GM ignition switches, which are linked to 12 deaths. The Senate's Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance will hold the hearing one day after the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on the same topic. ...
Obama secret agents sent home from Europe after boozing: report WASHINGTON: Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting US President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, a newspaper reported.The three agents have been placed on administrative leave, the Washington Post said late Tuesday, quoting three unnamed people familiar with the case. The embarrassing incident comes two years after an April 2012 scandal involving Secret Service ...
US landslide death toll rises to 24 ARLINGTON: Rescuers digging through the debris of a monster US landslide found another 10 bodies Tuesday, officials said, bringing the death toll to 24 with potentially more than 170 still unaccounted for.A day of rain hampered efforts to find survivors in the vast pile of mud and timber which crashed into the tiny town of Oso on Saturday."Unfortunately, we didn't find any signs of life," Snohomish County fire district chief Travis Hots told reporters, three ...


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