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Donald Trump confident of winning Republican nomination

US News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 08:57
Donald Trump confident of winning Republican nomination

Columbia: Controversial Republican front- runner Donald Trump on Sunday exuded confidence that he was on his way to win the party's presidential nomination, defying the projection of political pundits who have been "wrong forever".

"So far, I'm really on my way," Trump told CNN after he netted back to back wins in South Carolina and New Hampshire following a close second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Trump's win today gave him a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada's Republican caucuses on Tuesday.

When asked if a strong opposition inside the party against him would result in a brokered convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July, Trump said he doesn't think "we're going to have a brokered convention. I think it is unlikely."


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Stop using hoverboards till deemed safe: Swagway tells customers

US News - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 15:30
 Swagway tells customers

New York, Feb. 21 - Swagway, one of the leading hoverboard sellers in the United States, has called on all the customers to stop using its products till they are deemed safe by the US Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after its months-long investigation on Saturday declared hoverboards as unsafe.

"In complying with the CPSC's requirements, we ask customers who have purchased a Swagway to refrain from using their boards in the interim. We will issue a recall if necessary, as soon as we fully understand the exact specifics that need to be addressed according to the CPSC requirements and will offer a remedy for our customers accordingly," a Swagway representative told Mashable.


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Michigan shooting: Six killed, gunman still at large

US News - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 13:53
 Six killed, gunman still at large

Washington D. C., Feb. 21 - At least six people were killed during a shooting spree by an unidentified gunman in Kalamazoo County, Michigan on Sunday.

According to CNN, a total of nine people were shot in three locations in which two people are critical and one is in serious condition.

The first shooting occurred when a woman was shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot.

Shortly after that, three people were shot a car dealership in which two of the three were killed.

Then four people in two cars were shot outside a restaurant a few miles away from the dealership.

Three of them were killed; the fourth, a teenager, is in critical condition, authorities said.

All three shooting incidents appear to be related, authorities say.


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Donald Trump wins South Carolina

US News - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 11:52
Donald Trump wins South Carolina

New York, Feb 21 - Republican front-runner Donald Trump late on Saturday won the South Carolina Republican primary.

The victory is seen as a tremendous show of strength in the heart of the Deep South that validates his status as the GOP's national front-runner, CNN reported.

Trump's win, following his victory in New Hampshire earlier this month and a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, gives the former reality television star a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada's Republican caucuses on Tuesday and the slate of 13 states voting on Super Tuesday on March 1.


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Jeb Bush drops out of White House race

US News - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 10:53
Jeb Bush drops out of White House race

Columbia: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush -- brother and son to two US presidents -- has dropped out of the White House race, ending a campaign that never really took off despite major donor backing and his name recognition.

"Tonight, I am suspending my campaign," Bush said after a disappointing showing in South Carolina 's Republican primary, appearing to fight back tears.

"I'm proud of the campaign that we have run to unify our country."

The 62-year-old Bush never could shed the narrative that he was a tarnished candidate unable to generate enthusiasm for yet another Bush presidency amid the current appetite for outsiders like Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.


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Now, talk to businesses directly on Twitter

US News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:29
Now, talk to businesses directly on Twitter

New York, Feb 20 - Micro-blogging website Twitter has launched new feature that is making it easier for businesses to directly receive messages from customers and address their problems.

"The social network would roll out new tools to improve two-way conversations with companies who want to use Twitter for online customer service," The Verge reported on Friday.

"Starting today (Friday), businesses and brands on Twitter can attach a 'send a private message' link to their tweets so customers can jump right into a Direct Message thread with a representative," the report added.


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Record number of Americans apply to be astronauts: NASA

US News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:08
 NASA

Washington, Feb 20 - US space agency NASA said on Friday that a record number of Americans have applied to be astronauts this year.

NASA said in a statement it has received more than 18,300 applications for its 2017 astronaut class, almost three times the number it received in 2012 for the most recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of
8,000 in 1978.

"It's not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars," said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, himself a former astronaut.

"A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from US soil on American-made spacecraft."


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US dollar falls amid diving oil

US News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:02
US dollar falls amid diving oil

New York, Feb 20 - The US dollar decreased against most major peers on Friday as plunging oil prices raised market demand for safe-haven currencies, including the Japanese yen and Swiss francs.

Oil prices declined sharply on Friday, with both the US oil and Brent crude slumping over three percent, after government data showed a rise in the US crude stockpiles.

The yen and Swiss francs climbed 0.55 percent and 0.26 percent respectively against the greenback during the session, as the falling oil renewed market worries about global economic growth, triggering demand for safe-haven assets.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six other currencies, was down 0.33 percent at 96.634 in late trading, reports Xinhua.


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Want to win an argument on Facebook? Read on

US News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 11:09
Want to win an argument on Facebook? Read on

New York: If you have never won an argument on Facebook while reacting to burning social or relationship issues on your friends' timeline, don't fret. Here are certain simple rules which, if followed properly, can make you a winner in online arguments.

According to Chenhao Tan, a PhD candidate in computer science from Cornell University, the team followed 18,000 threads on social networking website Reddit under the subreddit "r/changemyview" over two and a half years to find out that people need to follow certain rules if they want to win online arguments.

"We find that persuasive arguments are characterised by interesting patterns of interaction dynamics such as participant entry-order and degree of back-and-forth exchange," Tan noted.


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President Obama along with the nation mourned Harper Lee's demise

US News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:10
President Obama along with the nation mourned Harper Lee's demise

Washington D. C., Feb. 20 : President Barack Obama was one of those many Americans whom honoured and mourned the demise of author Harper Lee, announced on February 19.

The author of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', who died at the age of 89, was once declared by the US president as an author "who changed America for the better" with her works, reports the Guardian.

The Obama family in a statement said Lee never wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for an award or famer, rather "she was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it."

"But what that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves," the statement added.


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Astronomers record rotation of cloudy 'super-Jupiter'

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:36
Astronomers record rotation of cloudy 'super-Jupiter'

Washington, Feb 19 - In a maiden attempt to decode the rotation of a massive exoplanet, astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope have measured the rotation rate of a cloudy "super-Jupiter" by observing the varied brightness in its atmosphere.

The planet called 2M1207b is about four times more massive than Jupiter. It is a companion to a failed star known as a brown dwarf, orbiting the object at a distance of five billion miles.

By contrast, Jupiter is approximately 500 million miles from the Sun. The brown dwarf is known as 2M1207. The system resides 170 light-years away from Earth.

“The result is very exciting. It gives us a unique technique to explore the atmospheres of exoplanets and to measure their rotation rates,” said Daniel Apai from University of Arizona in Tucson.


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Nole Marin sued for screwing couple of models

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 15:22
Nole Marin sued for screwing couple of models

Washington D. C., Feb. 19 : 'America's Next Top Model' judge Nole Marin is more of 'America's Top Swindler', claims a couple of models.

Marin has been sued by some models for screwing them over by faking gouts, reports TMZ. com.

Devon White, who models for Yves Saint Laurent, claims in a new lawsuit, Marin booked him for gigs but only made small cash payments so he could buy food and other necessities. When the model asked for his money, the latter had nothing but excuses.

Another model, Iana Khanashevich, claimed as her primary language is Russian; he used English to screw her over. She even claims to owe thousands.(ANI)


Don't know if America is ready for woman president: Hillary

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 13:09
 Hillary

Washington: Hillary Clinton has said she is not sure if the US is ready to elect its first woman president even as the Democratic presidential front-runner emphasised that there has been a "big improvement" in people's perception in this regard.

"I really don't know. I think it's gotten better. I think there still is a very deep set of concerns that people have, which very often they're not even aware of or they couldn't articulate," Clinton, 68, said.

The former First Lady and the top American diplomat who is aiming to create history by becoming the first woman president of the US was responding to question if the country is ready for it.


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Six Indian-Americans among early-career scientists honoured by Obama

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:42
Six Indian-Americans among early-career scientists honoured by Obama

Washington, Feb 19 - President Obama has named 106 researchers, including six of Indian origin, as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest US government honour for young independent researchers.

The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.

"These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness," Obama said.

"We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people."


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Silicon Valley wants 'dramatic expansion' of H1-B visa: Veritas CEO

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:36
 Veritas CEO

Washington: With IT firms struggling to find quality and right number of professionals, a top American CEO has called for a "dramatic expansion" of the H-1B visa scheme -popular among Indian tech firms- to meet the growing demand.

"The entire Silicon Valley believes that the H-1B visa policy needs to be dramatically expanded," Bill Coleman CEO of Veritas told PTI in an interview.

"We can't hire enough good people. They are just not available here. The salaries here are going through the roof, because everybody is competing to hire from everybody else," he said. Coleman, a former chairman of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, is involved with the Silicon Valley for about 40 years.


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Why it's easy to get people to go bad

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:27
Why it's easy to get people to go bad

Washington D. C, Feb 19 : When it comes to convincing good people to do bad things, it is quite easy and now, a new study has provided new evidence that might help to explain why it is so.

According to the new work by researchers at University College London and Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, when someone gives us an order, we actually feel less responsible for our actions and their painful consequences.

Patrick Haggard said, "Maybe some basic feeling of responsibility really is reduced when we are coerced into doing something. People often claim reduced responsibility because they were 'only obeying orders.' But are they just saying that to avoid punishment or do orders really change the basic experience of responsibility?"


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Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

US News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 08:44
Obama okays tougher sanctions on North Korea

Washington: US President Barack Obama has signed into law the legislation to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea, the White House said Thursday.

The US House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed the bill with a 408-2 vote. The legislation was approved by the senate earlier last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

The legislation requires the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear program, luxury goods, money laundering and human rights abuses.

The move cones after North Korea said it had launched on February 7 a Kwangmyongsong-4 Earth observation satellite into orbit earlier this month and tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb last month.(IANS)


Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 16:43
Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

New York, Feb 18 - Aiming to take Twitter to a new level amid an existential crisis, the micro-blogging website is now bringing video support to Direct Messages.

"The company keeps plugging away at basic features to bring the service up to speed with competitors like Facebook Messenger. Following the addition of a GIF button on Wednesday, Twitter is rolling out this feature globally to iOS and Android smartphones," The Verge quoted the company as saying on Wednesday.

However, on twitter. com, user will be to send videos from within Direct Messages threads, but won't be able to record them directly on the website.

A GIF button and a video support don't do much to fix those longstanding issues but they may bring the website up to compete with Facebook and Google.


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Apple refuses to unblock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:36
Apple refuses to unblock iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter

Washington, Feb 18 - US technology giant Apple has vowed to fight an order to unblock an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead.

In a statement, CEO Tim Cook said the court order sought and obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is investigating the December 2015 attack, would pose a serious threat to data security.

"The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers," Cook said on Tuesday in a message on the company's website.

"We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand."


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Neanderthals had sex with modern humans much earlier: Study

US News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 13:29
 Study

New York: Before early modern humans migrated 'out of Africa' to spread across the world, they started having sex with the Neanderthals some 100,000 years ago and not 47,000-65,000 years ago as previously thought.

Using several different methods of DNA analysis, an international research team found strong evidence of an interbreeding event between the Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred tens of thousands of years earlier than any other such event previously documented.

More specifically, they provide the first genetic evidence of a scenario in which early modern humans left the African continent and mixed with archaic (now-extinct) members of the human family prior to the migration "out of Africa" of the ancestors of present-day non-Africans, less than 65,000 years ago.


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