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US seeks to avoid a 'fiscal cliff'

Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) After weeks of wrangling over how to avoid what has been described as the fiscal cliff that may push America into another recession, President Barack Obama has turned to Senate leaders to work out a last-minute deal.

Police seek woman who shoved Indian under New York train

New York, Dec 29 (IANS) Police are searching for a heavyset woman in her 20s, wearing a ski jacket and sneakers, who allegedly shoved an Indian man to his death in front of a train on a New York City subway platform.

Indian gang rape story gets prominence in US media

Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) The life and death struggle of an Indian woman, whose gang-rape aboard a bus in New Delhi ten days ago spawned days of mass protests across India, was covered prominently by the American media.

Indian shoved under New York subway train

New York, Dec 29 (IANS) Police in New York are searching for a woman who allegedly shoved an Indian immigrant man to his death in front of a train on a New York City subway platform.

Mandela aware of rumours about imminent death

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, at home after a long hospital stay, is aware of social media rumours that he is close to death, his granddaughter Zaziwe Manaway told CNN Friday.

Tom Cruise enjoying singlehood?

New York, Dec 28 (IANS) Actor Tom Cruise is reportedly not ready to settle down again as yet. He recently got officially divorced from Katie Holmes.

US consumer confidence tumbles amid looming fiscal cliff

New York, Dec 28 (IANS) US consumer confidence fell sharply in December, as the looming "fiscal cliff" imposed a negative effect on consumer sentiment, the Conference Board said.

Five US banks fined for improper payment to lobbyists

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) Five leading US banks were fined over $4.4 million in total for using municipal and state bond funds to pay lobbyists, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced.

US jobless claims come down

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) The number of US people initially applying for unemployment aid last week reversed the previous week's rise, authorities said.

Asian-Americans outraged over racist Google app

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Asian-American groups in the US are demanding from Google to remove an application (app) from its Google Play store called "Make Me Asian" which allows users to alter their photos to resemble Asian stereotypes.

Badal seeks dismissal of US human rights case

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sought dismissal of a human rights violation case filed against him in a US court on the ground that he was not served the court summons.

Welser-Most to conduct Vienna concert

Vienna, Dec 28 (IANS/EFE) Austrian orchestra conductor Franz Welser-Most, who will lead the Vienna Philharmonic at its New Year's Concert for the second time, said that wielding the baton for this celebrated event gave one "an incredible feeling of happiness".

Retired US general Schwarzkopf is dead

Washington, Dec 28 (IANS) Retired US general Norman Schwarzkopf, who led the coalition forces to drive former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's army out of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm, died at age of 78, reported Xinhua citing a media report Thursday.

Starbucks puts political message on coffee cups

Washington, Dec 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Customers heading into Starbucks in Washington this week will get more than just their normal dose of caffeine. The international coffee company has asked baristas in the US capital to write "Come Together" on each cup sold as a message to lawmakers to compromise and reach a deal on the impending "fiscal cliff".

Winslet, Rocknroll tie the knot

New York, Dec 27 (IANS) Actress Kate Winslet exchanged vows with long-time partner Ned Rocknroll in a secret ceremony here.

US to reach $16.4 trillion debt ceiling Dec 31

Washington, Dec 27 (IANS) The US federal government will reach its debt limit of $16.4 trillion Dec 31, which is the amount the US federal government is allowed to borrow, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday.

US home prices continue to show recovery

New York, Dec 27 (IANS) US home prices slipped in October due to seasonal weakness but were still up from a year earlier, indicating that the most-battered economic sector remains on the track of sustained recovery.

Six dead as snowstorms hit US

Washington, Dec 27 (IANS) Six people, including two young children, were left dead in weather-related accidents, as winter snowstorms complicated travel for many Americans in the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday

High marks for Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton in CNN poll

Washington, Dec 27 (IANS) President Barack Obama's outgoing cabinet received mixed reviews in a new poll, but his wife, first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, still got high marks.

Obama to end holiday early as `fiscal cliff' looms

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama plans an early return to Washington, leaving his family in Hawaii for rest of the holiday vacation, the White House said.

Americans less hopeful about future than in 2008

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS) Heading into 2013, only a half of the Americans are "hopeful" about their lives in the new year before the start of US President Barack Obama's second term, which is less than four years ago, a poll showed Tuesday.

Sanjay Amin elected tri-state FIA chief

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS) Sanjay Amin, an IT professional, has been elected as the new president of the Federation of Indian Associations (Tri-State) of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Actor Charles Durning is dead

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS/EFE) Charles Durning, a decorated World War II veteran and multifaceted actor who was twice nominated for the Oscar, died of natural causes at his home in New York City, his agent told People magazine Tuesday. He was 89.

8 Indians among world's best performing CEOs

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS) Eight Indian CEOs have made it to Harvard Business Review's (HBR) list of 100 best performing global chief executives headed for the last 17 years by the late Steve Jobs of Apple.

Man who shot firefighters in US planned more killings

Washington, Dec 26 (IANS/EFE) The New York man who killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two before taking his own life left behind a note suggesting he planned more deaths, police said Tuesday.

'Ultrasound safer than CT scans'

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Ultrasound scans relying on sound waves are safer than CT scans or X-rays which use radiation to confirm or rule out surgery to remove the appendix, according to an American study.

Holiday gotging derails food clock

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) The sinful excess of holiday eating could derail your food clock - a complex mechanism of interacting genes and molecules that keeps the metabolism in shape.

'Transfusions harmful for anemic heart patients'

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) A meta-analysis of 10 studies involving more than 203,000 heart patients suggests that major blood transfusions for those with anemia may increase their death risk.

'Rapid environmental changes drove human evolution'

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Rapid environmental changes may have driven human evolution, occurring one after the other in east Africa about two million years ago, American researchers say.

Now, tougher aircraft frames, biomediccal implants

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Harnessing 'molecular levers' could help engineers make more efficient and durable material from airplane frames to biomedical implants, according to an American study.

Loss of microbes in deforestation harming Amazon

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Researchers have sounded alarm bells over the loss of microbes helping preserve the Amazon ecosystem following its systematic deforestation.

Blacklisting of Russians backing US adoption ban urged

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The White House has been flooded with tens of thousands of requests to blacklist Russian officials who are supporting a ban on US adoptions of Russian kids amid an escalating diplomatic feud.

Newsweek publishes its last print issue

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The venerable US weekly news magazine Newsweek released its final print issue Monday, publishing a cover featuring a vintage black and white photograph of the former Newsweek building in Midtown Manhattan contrasted with an apt hashtag phrase: #LASTPRINTISSUE.

Two US firefighters killed in apparent 'trap'

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two volunteer firefighters, responding to a house fire in a small US town Monday were shot and killed, when someone opened fire shortly after crews arrived on the scene.

White House urged to punish Russians backing US adoption ban

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The White House has been flooded with tens of thousands of requests to blacklist Russian officials supporting a ban on US adoptions of Russian children amid an escalating diplomatic feud.

Scientists map how brain makes sense of what we see

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) How do we make sense of the thousands of images flooding our retinas daily? Scientists have found that the brain is wired to make sense out of all the categories of objects and actions that we see.

Researchers uncover genetic cause of eczema

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) Researchers have uncovered a genetic cause of a type of eczema most common in infancy that also affects millions of adults around the world with dry, itchy and inflamed skin lesions.

Even monkey brains are wired to give

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) Researchers have found, as the season for giving sets in, that even monkey brains respond to the act of giving.

Fresh research brings more worry over Western Antarctica ice

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) The western part of the Antarctica ice sheet is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought, raising concerns about its contribution to rising sea levels.

Millions in Colorado basin to face water shortage: Study

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) Warmer weather and a growing population may in a few decades cause a water shortage for 40 million people who depend on the Colorado river in the US, researchers say.

US pro-gun group refuses support to new gun control law

Washington, Dec 24 (IANS) An official of the largest gun-rights organization in the US Sunday refused to support new gun-control legislation, but insisted on the group's push for putting armed guards in schools in response to the Dec 14 school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jennifer Lopez, Wisin & Yandel perform in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Dec 24 (IANS/EFE) Jennifer Lopez and the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo of Wisin & Yandel put on a spectacular show in San Juan during the much anticipated return of the New York singer to Puerto Rico after 11 years away from the Caribbean island.

De Niro wanted Cooper's real mom for 'Silver Linings Playbook'

New York, Dec 24 (IANS) Movie veteran Robert De Niro originally wanted Bradley Cooper's real mother Gloria to portray his onscreen wife in the film "Silver Linings Playbook".

Why the world did not end on Dec 21

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) Dec 21 has come and gone with the prophecy that the world would come to an end turning out to be all hot air and hype.

Hawaii mountains withering away

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) In the future, Oahu's Koolau and Waianae mountains in the volcanic island chain of Hawaii may be reduced to a flat, low-lying land. The rocks that comprise these mountains are dissolving from within, say scientists.

Gatlin driven by dream of conquering Bolt, Blake

New York, Dec 23 (IANS/CMC) The lure of beating undisputed sprint champion Usain Bolt has become the driving force behind American Justin Gatlin's training during the tough winter months.

Bolt makes Forbes' 30 under-30 sports list

New York, Dec 23 (IANS/CMC) Jamaican Usain Bolt's astonishing repeat success at London Olympics, coupled with his $9 million per-year deal with Puma, has catapulted him onto Forbes Magazine's 2012 prestigious 30 under-30 sports list.

US: 'Renegade' returns to face fiscal cliff and gun lobby

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) Despite a still sputtering economy, President Barack Obama created history again in America's most expensive and contentious White House race only to face another looming financial crisis and a massacre of the innocents that left the nation traumatised.

Indian-Americans emerge from the shadows

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) Prominent in administration, well educated and well-heeled, with their population touching three million, Indian-Americans emerged from the shadows to join politics in large numbers in 2012 with a California physician creating history by winning a Congressional seat.

Loving herself made Osbourne happy

New York, Dec 23 (IANS) Singer Kelly Osbourne says her weight loss is not what made her happy. The key was loving herself.


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