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NASA astronaut coming back to Earth but efforts on to reach Mars

US News - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:54
NASA astronaut coming back to Earth but efforts on to reach Mars

Washington: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in March last year will return together to Earth in little more than a week.

Kelly paved the way for future missions including Mars when he embarked on a one-year mission. The year-long endeavour has seen Kelly accomplishing several key missions, including growing the first space vegetable and flower, the US space agency said in a statement.

NASA has partnered with other space agencies to conduct numerous human research investigations to see how the human body changes during a year in space.


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Facebook inserts 'social' in its virtual reality dreams

US News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:07
Facebook inserts 'social' in its virtual reality dreams

New York: In its bid to further explore immersive new virtual reality (VR) experiences that will help people connect and share, Facebook has created a social VR team focused entirely on exploring the future of social interaction in VR.

This team will explore how people can connect and share using today's VR technology, as well as long-term possibilites as VR evolves into an increasingly important computing platform.

The team members will work closely with US-based virtual reality technology company Oculus and other teams at Facebook to build the foundation for tomorrow's social VR experiences on all platforms.


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Bristol Palin to keep daughter in Alaska

US News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:49
Bristol Palin to keep daughter in Alaska

Washington D. C., Feb. 22 : Bristol Palin is not giving her baby to her baby daddy Dakota Meyer and will be keeping her in Alaska.

Legal documents report that Meyer's DNA matches with two-month-old Sailor Grace, but Palin is still pushing back on his bid for a joint custody, reports TMZ. com.

Sources revealed that Bristol wants primary physical custody of her daughter. However, she is ok if Meyer gets visitation.

Apart from this, Bristol also wants child support and Meyer has filled documents saying that he is ready to pay. (ANI)


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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I-League 2015-16: Mohun Bagan vs Sporting Clube de Goa - Preview

Sports News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 13:28
 Mohun Bagan vs Sporting Clube de Goa - Preview

Kolkata: Defending champions Mohun Bagan would look to maintain their unbeaten run intact when they face an in-form Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League football clash at the Vidyasagar Krirangan at Barasat on Saturday.

The Mariners have not lost a single match this season but come tomorrow their defence will be wary of their former striker Odafa Okolie who has seven goals from five matches this season.

Four of Okolie's seven goals have come in last three matches as the Sporting Goa captain has been in menacing form and will give the Mohun Bagan defence a challenging time.

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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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Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles for 60m dash bronze

Sports News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 12:08
 Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles

Doha: Long jumper Mayookha Johny fetched India a gold medal while sprinter Dutee Chand settled for a bronze after shattering national record in 60m dash in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships here.

Mayookha controlled the long jump competition from the very outset and finished on top of the podium with a leap of 6.35m, an effort that propelled her to India's first Asian indoor title in the event.

Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam took the silver with a 6.30m jump while Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan finished third with an effort of
6.22m.

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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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Preity Zinta's wedding bells to ring in April with both Catholic, Rajput rituals

Entertainment News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:28
Preity Zinta's wedding bells to ring in April with both Catholic, Rajput rituals

New Delhi, Feb. 20 : Preity Zinta's marriage is surely the talk of the town at this moment with loads of updates coming in every moment.

After a rumour that the very cute 41-year-old actress is tying knot in next 10 days, a leading web portal now says it will take place in the month of April in Los Angeles.


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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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Varun Dhawan celebrates 1yrs of `Badlapur`

Entertainment News - Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:09
Varun Dhawan celebrates 1yrs of `Badlapur`

New Delhi, Feb. 20 : The 2015 action film `Badlapur`, starring Varun Dhawan has clocked one year and the `Dilwale` actor is celebrating it on the social media.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the 28-year-old actor shared a picture, captioning it as, "#1YearOfBadlapur."

The crime drama thriller that also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi and Yami Gautam was released on 20 February 2015.

According to a Bollywood entertainment website Koimoi, the film had collected 32 crores in five days at the domestic box-office, with 7 crore on the first day.


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