August 26, 2019

Diaspora social network founder dead at 22

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the co-founder of Facebook rival Diaspora, has died. The 22-year-old was one of four New York-based students who launched Diaspora as a "privacy-aware, user-controlled" social network. It was set up in response to criticism that Facebook was not handling the privacy of its … [Read more...]

Woman claims US Presidential candidate groped her

A woman has told a news conference in New York that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain groped her in the 1990s when she asked for his help finding work. Perhaps Herman thought he would find work in her knickers. Sharon Bialek, a former employee of a restaurant lobby group, said Mr Cain … [Read more...]

Police use tear gas on Occupy Wall Street protesters

US Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday, with clashes in Oakland involving tear gas being used on demonstrators. Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint … [Read more...]

Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies at 70

Dennis Ritchie, a pioneer in computer programming, has died at age 70. Ritchie created the popular C programming language and helped create the Unix operating software. The C programming language, which Ritchie developed in the early 1970s while working for Bell Labs, is still popular. It has … [Read more...]

Raj Rajaratnam jailed for 11 years for insider trading

Raj Rajaratnam, a former hedge-fund manager has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in New York for one of the biggest insider trading cases in American history. Rajaratnam, 54, was also fined $10m but the Galleon Group founder made well over $50m from his illegal trading activities, said the … [Read more...]

French prosecutors drop Dominique Strauss-Kahn case

A French inquiry into attempted rape claims by Tristane Banon against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped. The prosecutor's office said the evidence suggested sexual assault - a less serious offence than attempted rape, with a shorter statute of limitations. Writer Tristane … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irene hits New York

After 14 deaths in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida a weakened Hurricane Irene last night hit New York. It is the first hurricane to hit the New York for decades and despite winds dropping to around 100kph it also packed lightning, tornados and torrential rainfall. This morning New York … [Read more...]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn charges dropped

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dropped, with prosecutors claiming hotel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo could not be trusted to tell the truth. "Our inability to believe the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt means, in good faith, that we could not ask a jury to … [Read more...]

Earthquake hits US East Coast

A strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the East Coast of the United States of America and Canada, shaking buildings and forcing evacuation of office buildings. Buildings in Boston were evacuated, and the earthquake has been felt as far away as Toronto. Traffic lights were knocked out … [Read more...]

Hypersonic test plane disappears over the Pacific

The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) has disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean today. US military scientists launched the hypersonic aircraft from California aboard a Minotaur IV rocket. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the unmanned test was … [Read more...]

New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo gives interview

Nafissatou Diallo, the New York hotel maid who accuses former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in a Sofitel Hotel suite has given her first interview. Diallo, 32, has told Newsweek magazine that she told the truth about the incident on 14th May and that "I want him to … [Read more...]

Stun gun found on JetBlue passenger aircraft

A stun gun has been found on a JetBlue aircraft in New Jersey on Friday night and the FBI are curious about how it got there. "Airline crew found the stun gun in a seatback pocket while cleaning the plane after it landed at Newark Liberty International Airport around 10 p.m.," JetBlue spokesman … [Read more...]

Disabled war veteran dies in roller coaster fall

A disabled US Iraq war veteran has fallen to his death from a 63m high roller-coaster, bringing a tragic end to a triumphant rehabilitation from horrific injuries. US Army Sergeant James Hackemer, 29, a double amputee, fell from the Ride of Steel roller-coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park & … [Read more...]

Mating turtles shut down JFK runway

More than 150 turtles have crossed over an active runway and disrupted air traffic at New Yorks' John F Kennedy airport on Wednesday so that they could continue their mating season. The diamondback terrapins were trying to get to a sandy area to lay their eggs but to get there they had to cross … [Read more...]

Obama announces US troop withdrawls from Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced that all of the 33,000 extra US forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be back in the USA within the next 15 months. President Obama said that 10,000 of the "surge" forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would … [Read more...]