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US stocks end mixed

US stocks end mixed

New York, March 15 : US stocks pared early losses to close narrowly mixed as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting later this week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 15.82 points, or 0.09 percent, to 17,229.13 on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The S&P 500 fell 2.55 points, or 0.13 percent, to 2,019.64. The Nasdaq Composite Index edged up 1.81 points, or 0.04 percent, to
4,750.28.

The Fed will start its highly-anticipated policy meeting on Tuesday and hold a press conference on Wednesday. (IANS)


US dollar rises ahead of Fed meeting

US dollar rises ahead of Fed meeting

New York, March 15 : The US dollar increased against other major currencies as investors were awaiting the closely-watched Federal Reserve meeting.

In late New York trading on Monday, the euro fell to $1.1083 from $1.1155 of the previous session, and the British pound dropped to $1.4299 from $1.4378, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar went down to $0.7496 from $0.7573.

The dollar bought 113.82 Japanese yen, higher than 113.73 yen of the previous session.

The dollar increased to 0.9880 Swiss francs from 0.9819 Swiss francs, and it inched up to 1.3270 Canadian dollars from 1.3218 Canadian dollars.

Fed officials will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the country's economic performance and monetary policy. (IANS)


Indian-origin dean resigns after sexual harassment allegation in US

Indian-origin dean resigns after sexual harassment allegation in US

New York: A 45-year-old Indian-origin dean of a prestigious US law school has resigned from his post, days after a lawsuit was filed against him by his executive assistant alleging that he sexually harassed her over a period of several months.

Sujit Choudhry had initially taken an indefinite leave of absence after the lawsuit was filed earlier this week but the Berkeley Law School announced that he had resigned from his post and his resignation was accepted on Thursday.

Choudhry had also "admitted" in a campus investigative report, dated July 2015, that he had hugged and kissed his executive assistant but there was no "sexual intent" to his conduct towards her.


Individual rewards can `supercharge` team performance

Individual rewards can `supercharge` team performance

Washington D. C, Mar 12 : Reward systems that focus on individual performance can boost employees' work zest, raising the performance of the team as a whole.

Co-author Bradley Kirkman said that the findings are based on laboratory and field experiments in China and those findings tell them that recognizing individual team members can supercharge team performance.

In lab experiments, the researchers at the University of Iowa, Texas Christian University and Tsinghua University had 256 students at a large Chinese university perform individual tasks (making small boxes) and then combine into groups to perform a team task
(building the boxes into towers).


Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

San Francisco: In a hate-fuelled attack, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was assaulted in the US with the attacker apparently mistaking him for a Muslim.

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk, said he was attacked during a visit to Hood River in Oregon state.

The brown robe-clad Sampson's car door was kicked into his head by a man who abused him and then fled on foot, according to the Hood River Police Department.

Police described the assailant as a white male with brown hair. Investigators are probing the incident that took place on February 29 as a possible hate crime.

Sampson told the New York Daily News he suffered a small cut, some memory loss and was "stunned for a minute or two" after the man attacked him on his trip to take his dogs to obedience training.


US Senate rejects resolution to block sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan

US Senate rejects resolution to block sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan

Washington, Mar.11 - The United States Senate has rejected by a two-thirds vote a resolution to block the proposed sale of eight F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

Lawmakers voted 71 to 24 against an attempt introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to prevent the sale under legislation known as the Arms Control Act, reports Dawn.

President Barack Obama's administration announced on February 12 that it had approved the sale to Pakistan of the aircraft, as well as radars and other equipment. It drew immediate criticism from India and concern from some members of Congress.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar the use of any US funds for the deal.


Bristol Palin, Dakota Meyer get joint custody of baby girl

Bristol Palin, Dakota Meyer get joint custody of baby girl

Washington D. C., Mar. 11 : Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer's custody battle has come to an end with an Alaskan judge granting the joint custody.

The judge ruled that the former couple would share interim joint legal and physical custody of their daughter Sailor Grace, reports E! Online.

Palin previously requested that Meyer should only receive reasonable visitations and no overnight stays, but the judge said it would be in the baby's best interest to have equal access to both the parents.

Meyer will make the trip to Alaska from Kentucky twice a month and stay for four days on each visit. His visits are set to start this month, but sleepovers won't commence until May.

Sailor was born in December, seven months after Palin and Meyer called off their engagement. (ANI)


PETA upset with Kate Middleton over fur gloves

PETA upset with Kate Middleton over fur gloves

Washington D. C., Mar. 11 : Kate Middleton and Prince William's recent pictures from their family ski vacation might have wooed many, but they ended up upsetting PETA.

PETA U. K. was not pleased to see the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a pair of Restelli Guanti gloves lined with possum fur, reports E Online.

Mimi Bekhechi, the director of PETA said that if the gloves are indeed made of real fur, they will be contacting Middleton, who they imagine is unaware that possums killed for their fur are often caught in bone-crushing steel-jaw traps.

Meanwhile, according to an online portal WhatKateWore. com, the Duchess has been wearing these particular gloves since 2008.
(ANI)


Five killed in shooting at US home

Five killed in shooting at US home

Washington, March 10 : Five people were killed after a shooting at a home in Pennsylvania state, the media reported on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in Wilkinsburg borough of Allegheny county, CNN reported.

According to police, there were multiple gunmen involved.

A senior police official said a "backyard party" was underway at the time of the shooting.

The victims were four women and a man. Three other people were hospitalised. Two of them are in critical condition.(IANS)


US, India agree to fight against terrorist organizations

US, India agree to fight against terrorist organizations

Washington, Mar. 10 : In a bid to tackle the growing terrorist networks, India and the United States have decided to deepen their counter-terrorism, particularly the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and American National Security Adviser Susan Rice held a meeting at the White House in Washington. D. C. on Tuesday, where the two also affirmed their commitment in deepening bilateral cooperation on climate change, trade, and defense.

The White House, after the meeting, issued a press release where it said that both officials discussed US-India collaboration against LeT, JeM, and other terrorist threats.

India has blamed the two terrorist groups orchestrating a number of attacks on Indian soil.


Dory looks so lost in new ` Finding Dory` poster

Dory looks so lost in new ` Finding Dory` poster

Washington D. C., Mar. 10 : Dory is on the search to find her family again, but in the newest 'Finding Dory' poster by Disney-Pixar she seems to be a little lost.

The poster shows Dory surrounded by stingrays, turtles, sharks, bigger fish and even an octopus. There are some clown fish and Blue Tang on the horizon as well, reports E! Online.

Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, unveiled the poster by tweeting, "They really captured my eyes And my tail fin. #HaveYouSeenHer."

'Finding Dory' is slated to be released on June 17. (ANI)


White House unveils new broadband initiative

White House unveils new broadband initiative

Washington: The White House has announced a new broadband initiative that aims to connect 20 million low-income Americans to high-speed internet by 2020.

"Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Today, because of a digital divide, low-income Americans have a harder time accessing these tools, and unemployed workers without home internet access take a longer time to find employment."

As part of the ConnectALL initiative, the White House said it supports the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s proposal to reform a $1.5 billion per year phone subsidy programme to turn it into a national broadband subsidy to help low-income Americans get online, Xinhua news agency reported.


Next-gen clothing tech to let you live like The Jetsons

Next-gen clothing tech to let you live like The Jetsons

Washington D. C, Mar 10 : A shirt that can adjust itself according to your needs sounds like something that belongs in Hanna- Barbera produced animated sitcom 'The Jetsons' and now, it may also belong in the real world as a team of engineers developed a new technology that takes care of the thermal, moisture and flow-technical behaviour of smart clothing.

In its Smart Clothing project, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd developed a technology that can be utilised in smart fabrics and clothing, able to calculate whether the wearer needs to be cooled or warmed based on initial data measured from the person and the environment.


SHOCKING! Muslim women escorted off plane in US for "staring" at crew member

SHOCKING! Muslim women escorted off plane in US for "staring" at crew member

Los Angeles: In a shocking incident, two Muslim women were escorted off of a plane by police after a cabin crew member accused them of "staring" at her.

The pair had flown from Boston to Los Angeles in the US without incident but were singled out after the JetBlue passenger plane landed, witnesses said.

Passengers said they had heard a member of cabin crew tell a coworker that she "did not appreciate" being stared at by the women, "The Sun" reported. "The flight attendant had casually relayed to a coworker that she did not appreciate being stared at - she did not

seem rattled or scared - just smug," said Sharon Kessler, who was on board the flight.


14 injured as commuter train derails in California

14 injured as commuter train derails in California

California, Mar. 8 : A commuter train derailed in Central California last night, injuring at least 14 people, authorities said.

"It was dark, wet, it was raining. It was very chaotic. This is an absolute miracle that no one was killed, no passengers or first responders," said Ray Kelly, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt, reported abc news.

Kelly said that the crew had to fight the creek's fast-moving currents to pull riders from the partially submerged rail car.

Four people were seriously hurt, while 10 others had minor injuries, he said.


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