Washington, Aug 31 - A man who allegedly threatened to decapitate the first Hindu-American lawmaker, Tulsi Gabbard, was ordered to remain in jail for now after a court appearance in San Diego, California.
The accused Aniruddha Sherbow allegedly made two threats to murder the Democratic House member from Hawaii earlier this month, CNN reported Friday citing newly unsealed court documents.
On Aug 1 Sherbow allegedly left an expletive-laden voicemail on Gabbard's cell phone, with the message including a threat to her life.
Washington, Aug 31 - As President Barack Obama hinted at an imminent US military strike to punish Syria for its alleged use of banned chemical weapons, analysts took note of the administration's increasing isolation over the issue.
Washington, Aug 31 - The US Thursday said that it “assesses with high confidence” that the Syrian regime was responsible for the Aug 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in some areas of Damascus that is believed to have killed scores.
Releasing its assessment report of the alleged attack that the Bashar al-Assad regime has denied, the US, in a statement, accused the Syrian government of having used a “nerve agent” in the attack.
Washington, Aug 31 - Any action that the US might take on Syria is likely to be “limited and tailored response” to ensure that the Bashar al-Assad regime is held “accountable” for an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
In a statement, that outlined the findings of a US assessment report on the alleged chemical weapons attack Aug 21, Kerry also said the US action would “not involve any boots on the ground” and would not be “open-ended”.
Washington, Aug 31 - The US Thursday said that it "assesses with high confidence" that the Syrian regime was responsible for the Aug 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in some areas of Damascus that is believed to have killed scores.
Releasing its assessment report of the alleged attack that the Bashar al-Assad regime has denied, the US, in a statement, accused the Syrian government of having used a "nerve agent" in the attack.
Washington, Aug 30 - The US secret intelligence budget has gone up greatly since the 9/11 terrorist attack more than a decade ago, a media report said.
The reason behind this is the aggressive new efforts made to hack into foreign computer networks, the Washington Post reported Thursday citing new documents revealed by former defence contractor Edward Snowden.
The newspaper said the US spy agencies have built "an intelligence-gathering colossus" since the attacks of Sep 11, 2001, but remained unable to provide critical information to the US president on a range of national security threats, Xinhua reported.
Washington, Aug 30 - US fixed mortgage rates fell for the first time in five weeks on speculation that the US Federal Reserve may delay scaling back its bond purchases, according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac.
The US mortgage giant Thursday said the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) fell to 4.51 percent in the week ending Aug 29, after hitting a two-year high of 4.58 percent in the previous week, Xinhua reported.
The 15-year FRM, a popular choice for those looking to refinance, edged down to 3.54 percent this week after rising to the highest level since July 2011 in the previous week.
Houston, Aug 29 : A US military court sentenced to death the Fort Hood shooter who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 at a Texas army base in 2009, media reports said.
The same jury, which convicted US Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan last Friday, reached the unanimous verdict to put Hasan on death row after several hours of deliberations Wednesday, Xinhua reported citing the Houston Chronicle.
The 42-year-old America-born Muslim, who has been acting as his own attorney, presented no witness or evidence during the sentencing phase of his trial which began Monday. He also declined to give a closing argument Wednesday.
Washington, Aug 29 - Unemployment rates in the US were lower in July compared to a year earlier in 320 out of the 372 metropolitan areas in the country, the Labor Department said.
Unemployment rates were higher in July than a year earlier in 38 large cities, and unchanged in 14 large cities, Xinhua reported.
Of the 49 metropolitan areas with a population of one million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario in California had the highest unemployment rate in July at 11 percent, followed by Detroit-Warren-Livonia in Michigan with an unemployment rate at 10.4 percent.
Washington, Aug 29 - Using data from instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have found evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.
Using US space agency NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the moon's interior, on the surface of the moon.
Washington, Aug 29 - Kapil Parakh, an Indian-origin cardiologist working in Washington area, is among a dozen people chosen by the White House for its prestigious fellowship programme for 2013-14.
A Zambia University graduate, Parakh is the director of heart failure at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre and assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Behaviour and Society.
Washington, Aug 29 - Thousands of Americans converged on the national mall to hear America's first black president as they sought to recapture the magic of Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech fifty summers ago.
Standing on the same steps of the Lincoln Memorial from where the civil rights leader spoke in the afternoon of Aug 28, 1963, President Barack Obama Wednesday recalled how King "gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions" as a multitude of black, white and people of other varied shades listened.
Washington, Aug 29 - A rocket carrying a spy satellite lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US state of California Wednesday, sources said.
The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, announced through its Facebook and Twitter webcast that the satellite was launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket, the largest of the kind, at 11:03 a. m. local time, Xinhua reported
However, it did not say when the satellite would enter the orbit.
Washington, Aug 29 - US President Barack Obama Wednesday said that he has not made a decision about how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in Syria's internal conflict, media reported.
"I have not made a decision," the president said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour at the White House, reiterating he is weighing options in the wake of the chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus, capital of Syria, Aug 21, in which 1,300 people were reportedly killed, Xinhua reported.
But he said the international norm against the use of banned weapons needs to be "kept in place".