Washington, Nov. 26 - President Barack Obama has said he is not a "particularly ideological person," but remains passionate about certain values.
Obama listed those values as: making sure that everybody gets a fair share and is treated with dignity, regardless of what they look like or who they are, providing a strong defense, and leaving a planet that is as spectacular as the one that was inherited from past generations, Politico reports.
Washington, Nov 26 - A report on the December 2012 "massacre of the innocents" at a US elementary school says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but failed to find his motive for the crime.
In the years leading up to the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, gunman Adam Lanza went from a merely shy pre-teen to a mentally ill recluse obsessed with school shootings, according to the report released Monday.
The report by Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky said Lanza, 20, was obsessed in particular with the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Washington, Nov 26 - Researchers has revealed that rain as acidic as undiluted lemon juice may have contributed to massive die-offs on land millions of years ago.
About 252 million years ago, the end of the Permian period brought about a worldwide collapse known as the Great Dying, during which a vast majority of species went extinct. It is the most severe mass extinction in Earth's history.
Washington, Nov 26 - In Thanksgiving spirit, President Barack Obama has indicated a willingness to split the new immigration legislation into pieces, if that will get it passed, as he rejected a plea by a heckler to stop deportations by executive fiat.
"That's okay," Obama said in a speech in San Francisco Monday as he urged House Republicans to back new immigration legislation to resolve the issue of 11 million illegal immigrants, including nearly 300,000 Indians.
"It's Thanksgiving. We can carve that bird into multiple pieces - a drumstick here, breast meat there," he said.
Washington, November 26 - Tickets for the much awaited Monty Python reunion show was sold out within 43 seconds.
The tickets, which were sold for as little as 32 pounds, reappeared on eBay for 750 pounds, CNN reported.
The PR agency came into action after the tickets were sold out, and announced more shows on July 2-5, which will feature the five surviving stars' first show on stage together since 1980.
Tickets are priced from 32 pounds to 106 pounds including booking fees, with full details announced on the troupe's website montyphythonlive. com.
Washington, Nov 26 - The US expressed concern about a new Egyptian law regulating demonstrations in the country, saying it will not help Egypt in its transition towards democracy.
"We are concerned about the potential effects of the new demonstrations law on peaceful assembly in Egypt," Xinhua quoted State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki as saying Monday.
She argued that it imposes restrictions on Egyptians' ability to assemble peacefully and express their views.
She said the new law "does not meet international standards and will not move Egypt's democratic transition forward".
Washington, Nov 26 - The Yale University said Monday that there was a gunman on the loose on its New Haven, Connecticut state, Old Campus, while advising all to stay indoors.
In an alert posted on its website, the US university said: "There are confirmed reports of a person with a gun on the Old Campus. The shelter-in-place lockdown continues," Xinhua reported.
Teams from Yale Police, New Haven and the State Police were on the scene and searching for any gunman, the school said.
The New Haven Police said that it received an anonymous call from a phone booth reporting about a person on the Yale campus with a gun.
Washington, Nov. 25 : President Barack Obama has reaffirmed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on working out a comprehensive solution for preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, after the latter condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Tehran as a "historic mistake."
Netanyahu said that Sunday's deal gave Iran much-needed relief from the sanctions, but left most of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact.
Obama called Netanyahu to discuss the interim nuclear deal that the U. S. and five other world leaders reached to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting some sanctions, Fox News reports.
Washington, Nov. 25 : Researchers have claimed to have found how whales successfully adapted to ocean environment.
Whales roam throughout all of the world's oceans, living in the water but breathing air like humans. At the top of the food chain, whales are vital to the health of the marine environment, whereas 7 out of the 13 great whale species are endangered or vulnerable.
In this study, researchers conducted de novo sequencing on a minke whale with 128x average depth of coverage, and re-sequenced three minke whales, a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), a bottlenose dolphin, and a finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides).
Washington, Nov 25 - US Secretary of State John Kerry called for quick signing of a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan after the country's tribal elders agreed to the pact that governs future ties between Washington and Kabul.
Loya Jirga, or grand assembly of Afghan tribal elders, approved and urged Sunday that the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States be signed by the end of this year, Xinhua reported.
Kerry said "I can't imagine a more compelling affirmation from the Afghan people themselves of their commitment to a long term partnership with the United States and our international partners."
Washington, Nov 25 - US President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday to discuss the P5+1's first step agreement with Iran regarding Tehran's nuclear programme, according to a White House statement.
During the phone call, both leaders "reaffirmed their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon".
Obama assured Netanyahu that "the P5+1 will use the months ahead to pursue a lasting, peaceful, and comprehensive solution that would resolve the international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear programme", Xinhua reported.
Washington, Nov. 23 - A new app for the social networking giant Facebook lets users create memorial pages for their loved one who has passed away and allowing them a private virtual space to mourn the loss.
The app called Sanctri has been developed by Jono Milner, who got the idea of creating the app when his friend passed away and he wanted to express his loss not on his page, but on a separate space as Facebook is a very public forum.
According to ABC News, Milner created Sanctri so that it could serve as a separate space from all of Facebook for people to collaboratively grieve.
Washington, Nov. 23 - Twitter has reportedly added an advanced security technology that that makes spying on its users harder, an attempt to thwart the alleged government surveillance.
The short messaging service used traditional HTTPS encryption since 2011 and has now introduced an advanced layer of protection for HTTPS known as 'forward secrecy'.
The company said that served completely over HTTPS since inception, and now it has become clearer how important the step to introduce stricter technology to protect their users' privacy, Huffington Post reports.
New York, Nov 23 - A former Miss Italia finalist has been busted in Milan as part of an alleged international cocaine trafficking ring, according to the police.
Samantha Scarlino was detained in a hotel after being accused of delivering cash from Italy to drug cartel bosses in Peru, the New York Daily News reported.
The 32-year-old beauty queen was part of a gang that allegedly tried to import vast quantities of the narcotic into Europe and she was reportedly nose-deep in a 1,100-pound exchange.
She was a finalist in the 1999 edition of the beauty pageant when she was 17.
Washington, Nov 23 - Researchers have discovered a new species of carnivorous dinosaur, which is one of the three largest ever discovered in North America.
The newly discovered species, Siats meekerorum, lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago and was the apex predator of its time, and kept tyrannosaurs from assuming top predator roles for millions of years.
Named after a cannibalistic man-eating monster from Ute tribal legend, Siats is a species of carcharodontosaur, a group of giant meat-eaters that includes some of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever discovered.
Washington, Nov. 23 - ESA's three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher on November 22.
ESA's three-satellite Swarm, for four years, will monitor Earth's magnetic field, from the depth of our planet's core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.
The Swarm satellites will give us unprecedented insights into the complex workings of the magnetic shield that protects our biosphere from charged particles and cosmic radiation.
They will perform precise measurements to evaluate its current weakening and understand how it contributes to global change.
Washington, Nov 23 - As Americans remembered the tragic assassination of charismatic John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, President Barack Obama, who was just two then, said "thankfully" his own safety does not weigh heavily on his mind.
"It's not something I think about," Obama told ABC in an interview set to air in full next Friday. "Mainly, because we've got a Secret Service that does such an outstanding job every single day."
"Obviously, tragedy reshaped the Secret Service in many ways, but they do an outstanding job, and it's, thankfully, not something that I spend a lot of time thinking about."
Washington, Nov 22 - A new study has revealed that one in 10 women feels more strongly about her pet than her actual partner.
The poll conducted by the Brooke, an international animal welfare organization, also found that more than half of the women said they turn to their pets for emotional support just after an argument with their partners, Mashable reported.
Earlier, another survey conducted by OpinionMatters revealed that one in five has cancelled social plans to be with their pet. (ANI)
Washington, Nov. 22 - NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is set to gather detailed data about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky.
LADEE now orbits the moon about every two hours at an altitude of eight to 37 miles (12-60 kilometers) above the moon's surface.
Washington, Nov. 22 - U. S.-based multinational mass media company AOL is likely to sell its most famous media player Winamp to Microsoft.
According to the Verge, the rumors of the potential deal came just a day after Winamp announced that it would be shutting down within a month.
The deal might also include the internet radio service, Shoutcast, that was built by Winamp's creator, Nullsoft, the report added.
The most customizable and once quite-popular media player has been around for over 15 years now.
The deal has not been finalized yet, but the two companies are reportedly working out a price. (ANI)