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Hundreds join Missouri protest of police shootings

Ferguson - Hundreds of demonstrators stood within touching distance from officers in riot gear late yesterday before dissipating at the start of protests over the 2-month-old death of Michael Brown that activists say was racially motivated.

Organisers of the four-day Ferguson October events expected 6,000 participants. The initial protest yesterday outside a St. Louis County prosecutor's office didn't draw nearly that amount.

Later, tensions increased, with protesters outside the Ferguson Police Department chanting anti-police remarks such as, "How many kids did you kill today?"

A wall of about 100 officers in riot gear stood near them. The St. Louis County Police Department announced that it would arrest anyone who touched an officer.


Here's who would win a Bush-Obama debate

Here's who would win a Bush-Obama debateWashington, Oct 11 - A new study has claimed that the U. S President Barack Obama's speechmaking is on the same level as the former President George W. Bush.

According to the analysis by Vocativ, a media company headquartered in New York City, Obama's State of the Union speeches as more dumbed-down than Bush's, showing that Obama's speeches averaged 9.5 to Bush's 9.4, the Washington Times reported.

The firm, which used the Flesch-Kincaid readability test to grade speeches by presidents all the way back to George Washington, said that Bush's (State of the Union) speeches were a grade level higher than are Obama's.


Proof of Modi's pudding will be in the eating

Proof of Modi's pudding will be in the eatingWashington, Oct. 11 - India and the United States need a few "early wins" to prove that there is substance in the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to encourage American investments.

In the first public comments by senior US officials since the successful, high-visibility visit, it was clear that while Modi managed to revive interest in India in both the official and corporate worlds, the hard-nosed Americans want to see concrete steps before declaring that "happy days are here again."


US destroys airplanes worth $486M, sells scrap metal for $32,000

US destroys airplanes worth $486M, sells scrap metal for $32,000Washington, Oct 10 : The US has reportedly destroyed 16 cargo planes worth nearly half a billion dollars that were purchased for the Afghan Air Force, and sold it as scrap metal for 32,000 dollars.

According to ABC News, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is asking the Air Force why the fleet of G222 aircraft were turned into scrap metal this past August.

The aircrafts were left unused for years on the tarmac at Kabul International Airport after it was found that the aircraft were not fit for the dusty conditions of Afghanistan and needed constant maintenance and spare parts to keep them running.


Sarah Palin's daughter called 'slut' during violent brawl

Sarah PalinWashington, Oct 10 : Sarah Palin's family had gotten into a huge party brawl as violent, where her daughter Bristol Palin was allegedly dragged around a lawn by her legs and called a slut.

According to TMZ.com, the incident, which took place near Anchorage, Alaska in September, started when the Palin's family members Todd and his kids Willow, Track, and Bristol had gone to a friend's house party, where the 23-year-old TV star went after a woman who had supposedly pushed Willow.

According to the police report, Bristol claimed that the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, pushed her to the ground and dragged her around, while calling her a slut and a c**t.


Hillary Clinton says IS group more powerful than al Qaeda

Hillary ClintonNew York, Oct 10 - Former U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the Islamic State (IS) group is more powerful than al Qaeda because it is the most professional and the best-funded group that the world has ever seen.

According to CBS News, Clinton, in interview conducted by the national co-chairman of her 2008 presidential bid, said that IS group is more advanced and richer than al Qaeda ever was.

She also supported President Barack Obama's plan to conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the IS group.


Turkey refuses to send ground troops to defend Kobane despite violent protests

Turkey refuses to send ground troops to defend Kobane despite violent protestsWashington, Oct 10 - Despite condemning the Islamic State (IS) actions in the Syrian town of Kobane and declaring that it is "on Kobane's side," Turkey has refused to yield to the violent protests demanding more action against the IS and send more troops to save the town from falling into the hands of the group.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Thursday that the nation supports Kobane but refused unilaterally to send ground troops to save the town, reported the CNN.


Managers can boost employee creativity by empowering leadership, earning trust

Managers can boost employee creativity by empowering leadership, earning trustWashington, Oct 9 : A new study has revealed that managers can boost employee creativity by "empowering leadership" and earning employees' trust.

According to a new study by Rice University and American University, empowering leadership may be especially effective at promoting creativity for those who have high levels of both uncertainty avoidance and trust in their supervisors.


Talking while driving safest when partner can see what driver sees

Talking while driving safest when partner can see what driver seesWashington, Oct 9 - A new research has revealed that driving with a talking partner who can see what the driver sees is one of the safest methods.

Researcher Arthur Kramer from University of Illinois said that they have done years of study on driver distraction, and previous studies suggested that passengers often aren't distracting, rather, passengers can be helpful, especially if they're adults who have had experience and also are active drivers themselves.


HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape case

HRW urges new Afghan leadership to delay executions in rape caseNew York, Oct 8 : Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani to delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang-rape of four women in Paghman district near Kabul.

The men, who were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex (zina), are scheduled to be executed today.

President Ghani should order an independent review of the handling of the case by the government, including the police and the prosecutor's office, Human Rights Watch said.


Acknowledge your looks to grab masculine jobs

Acknowledge your looks to grab masculine jobsWashington, Oct 8 : A research has revealed that acknowledging appearance may reduce bias when beautiful women apply for male-dominated jobs.

The study at the University of Colorado Boulder found that when an attractive woman applied for a job typically filled by men, like a construction job, and said, "I know I don't look like your typical applicant," or "I know there aren't a lot of women in this industry," and pointed out successes on her resume, she received higher ratings from reviewers than counterparts who made no mention of their looks.


Barack Obama's brother-in-law joins ESPN as color commentator

Barack ObamaWashington, Oct 8 - Barack Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson has joined ESPN as a color commentator for this season's college basketball coverage.

According to the network's announcement, Robinson, a native of Chicago married with four children and is the oldest brother of U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and Stan Heath, the former head coach at the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, are added to its commentator ranks.

The pair of former coaches will debut during ESPN's mid-November season-opening Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and Robinson's first game will be Nov. 18, on ESPN2, in a game between Iona and Wofford. (ANI)


Women were lashed for not covering eyes: Former IS female fighter

Women were lashed for not covering eyes: Former IS female fighterWashington, Oct 07 : A former Islamic State (IS) fighter, who joined the terror group's women's brigade, has reportedly revealed that women were not allowed to show their eyes and were lashed for not adhering to the rules outlined by the terror group.

The 25-year-old fighter, who called herself Khadija, said that the group was responsible for patrolling the streets of Raqqa and ensuring that women abided by the codes of conduct laid down by the IS that banned form-fitting or beaded abayas, reported the CNN.

The squad is called Khansa's brigade and comprises about 25 to 30 women led by commander Umm Hamza, she said.


Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jams

Floating toll path on Thames to let London cyclists travel without traffic jamsWashington, Oct 7 : Artists, architects and engineers have come together with a proposal to create a bike path that would float along roughly seven miles of river Thames, creating protected bike lanes in traffic-clogged London.

The path, which will be called the Thames Deckway, would run east-west along the river's southern bank for about seven miles, from Battersea to Canary Wharf, the Verge reported.


Familiar voices help children better learn languages

Familiar voices help children better learn languagesWashington, Oct 7 : A new study has shown that a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren't in their vocabularies.

The concept, known as the 'familiar talker advantage', comes into play in situations where it is difficult to hear. For example, in a loud or crowded room, adults can better understand those whose voices they already know.


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