Downtown LA jolted by quake
An earthquake east of downtown Los Angeles rippled across southern California before dawn yesterday, jolting millions of people awake.
There were no reports of damage, injuries or power outages. The magnitude 4.4 quake was centred about 16km east of downtown Los Angeles.
Musician feared death in the snow
A 67-year-old musician, who spent four days in his car stuck on a remote mountain road, said he wrote a goodbye letter and was preparing himself for death when he was rescued.
Louis Rogers left Montana's Flathead region Thursday to make a trip to Idaho. About 15km in, the road got too snowy and he got stuck in a snowbank. He was weak and losing hope on Sunday when a couple came upon Rogers' car and rescued him.
Drunk mum killed kids in lake crash
A woman who drove into a lake after a late-night party, killing her three young sons, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of child endangerment after tearfully telling the court she had been drinking alcohol the night of the accident.
US judge Jerry Don Ramey sentenced Amber Turley (27) to three two-year prison terms, which will run concurrently. She will also be on probation for four years after her release.
Georgia 'invasion' sparks new row
A fake report of a Russian invasion of Georgia turned into a real international incident yesterday as the British and French ambassadors issued angry protests at being included in the spoof news report.
Denis Keefe, the British envoy to Georgia, and Eric Fournier, his French counterpart, demanded apologies from Imedi Television, which showed them making statements in its now notorious programme alleging that a fresh Russian invasion had begun.
Internet wiping rare newt out
A RARE salamander is being driven to the brink of extinction in the wild because of internet trading, conservationists say.
The little-known Kaiser's spotted newt, found only in Iran, is thought to be the first creature to face the threat of extinction from e-commerce. Amphibian enthusiasts are willing to pay as much as £200 (€220) for one. An investigation by the wildlife trade monitoring agency Traffic found 10 websites claiming to stock the species.