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Four U.S. Marines killed in shooting rampage in Tennessee, gunman dead

Four U.S. Marines killed in shooting rampage in Tennessee, gunman dead

Washington, July 17 - Four U. S. Marines were killed on Thursday at two military bases by a 24-year-old gunman in Tennessee.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified the shooter as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who was also killed in a firefight with the police.

Three other persons were injured, including a police officer, a Marine Corps recruiter and a Navy sailor.

The last such incident took place in 2013, when an attack on a Navy Yard in Washington left 12 dead. In 2009, an attack on Fort Hood in Texas left 13 dead.

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch was quoted, as saying that the FBI would take the lead in the "national security investigation of this heinous attack on members of our military.


Former US President George H. W. Bush 'stable' after breaking neck bone

George H W Bush

New York, July 16 - Former U. S. President George H. W. Bush reportedly fell at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and broke a bone in his neck but the injury is not 'life threatening', his spokesman Jim McGrath has said.

He added that Bush had been hospitalised, was 'very stable' and would be treated with a neck brace, reported the CNN.

"We are not expecting a long stay," said McGrath.

The former president turned 91 last month and has been suffering from a form of Parkinson's disease. (ANI)


Hundreds killed in Yemen as Saudi steps up airstrikes

Hundreds killed in Yemen as Saudi steps up airstrikes

New York, July 7 - Hundreds of people have died in Yemen after airstrikes have been stepped up in the country over the past three days, health workers and security officials said.

The airstrikes were carried out by a military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, which has been trying to defeat the Houthis, a Shiite rebel group from northern Yemen for months, reported New York Times.

On Monday, 80 people were killed in a twin blast near the southern port city of Aden and in the Amran Province in the north, according to a local security official.

Smaller casualties were reported in separate attacks.

Full-scale war in Yemen erupted in March, when Saudi Arabia launched its offensive to drive the Houthis from the capital, Sana'a. (ANI)


Baker couple 'silenced' for refusing to bake cake for gay wedding

Baker couple 'silenced' for refusing to bake cake for gay wedding

Washington DC, 7 July - After the Christian owners of the bakery Sweet Cakes By Melissa refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, the authorities slapped them with a fine and a cease and desist order.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) have ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay 135,000 US dollars to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013 as compensation, Fox News reported.

In addition to this, the state also banned the bakers from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex nuptials.

Mrs. Klein wrote on Facebook that the order stripped them off of all their First Amendment rights, as now they neither had freedom of religion or freedom of speech.


44 killed in twin blast in Nigerian city of Jos

44 killed in twin blast in Nigerian city of Jos

New York, July 6 - Two bombs have exploded at a mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigerian city of Jos, killing at least 44 people.

Sixty-seven people have been injured in the blast and are being treated at hospitals, ABC News quoted National Emergency Management Agency coordinator Abdussalam Mohammed, as saying.

According to the survivors, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, the explosion at the Yantaya Mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia organization, which preaches peaceful co-existence of all religions, was addressing a crowd during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Jos has been frequently attacked with violent religious confrontations. It has been targetted with bomb blasts by Boko Haram militants.


Hillary Clinton accuses China for hacking government information

Hillary Clinton accuses China for hacking government information

New York, July 6 - Hillary Clinton has recently aired accusations against China claiming that it hacks everything that doesn't move in America.

During a campaign event in the state of New Hampshire, the 67-year-old presidential candidate claimed that the Chinese hackers have stolen huge amounts of government information, reported the Quartz.

Further, US officials have also blamed China for several cyber-security breaches over the past few years.

Commenting on the issue, the US director of national intelligence James Clapper said that China is a leading suspect in the hack of OPM, but Beijing has denied the allegations.


Nigeria: Five killed in church suicide bombing

Nigeria: Five killed in church suicide bombing

Washington DC, July 6 - At least five people have been killed at a church in the Nigerian town of Potiskum, after a suicide bomber blew himself up, said police and witnesses.

According to CNN, a priest, a woman and her two children were among victims of the attack at the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet but it is believed to be carried out by militant Islamist group Boko Haram since the method, target and location are consistent with the group's past attacks.

Potiskum, the commercial hub of Yobe state, has been often targeted with multiple deadly attacks by Boko Haram. (ANI)


Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres' touching words to troubled gay teen

Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres' touching words to troubled gay teen

Washington DC - Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres responded to a gay teenager's future worries on acceptance by society with some kind words.

The post in Humans of New York showed a young boy with his head in his hands, looking troubled, with the caption reading, "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me," Us magazine reported.

The 67-year-old Former United States Secretary of State, who's pretty social-media savvy, immediately reached out and wrote on the Facebook post, "Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you - there will be lots of them."


2015 Fourth of July deemed busiest travel weekend since 2007

2015 Fourth of July deemed busiest travel weekend since 2007

Washington DC, 4 July - Planning to hit the California road this weekend? You may want to change your mind as this Fourth of July is projected to have a record breaking rate of travel since 2007.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 41.9 million Americans, and 4.8 million California residents are expected to be travelling at least 50 miles this year's holiday weekend.

The vacation plans are a result of how low gas prices and the money saved because of it, and AAA Wisconsin spokesperson Nick Jarmusz said that the average American family had saved over 500 dollars on gas costs as compared to what they paid for the first six months of 2014.


Power of Purse! Expensive designer bags are conveyers of status

Power of Purse! Expensive designer bags are conveyers of status

Washington DC, July 3 - There's a lot more to a handbag than just carrying things, as women use high-end handbags and other expensive accessories to signal other women not just their higher ranks but to steer clear from their me, claim several researchers.

Wednesday Martin's book 'Primates of Park Avenue' has definitely portrayed the image of the obscenely wealthy wives of Manhattan's rarified Upper East Side very well as they are best in flaunting tres expensive Hermes Birkin bags to impress the women in their neighborhood.

The research conducted by Vladas Griskevicius and Yajin Wang asked women to draw luxury-brand logos on purses and as a result some women drew larger logos to make other women feel jealous, Slate. com reported.


Hillary Clinton flaunts `hair Inspiration` on newly launched Pinterest page

Hillary Clinton flaunts `hair Inspiration` on newly launched Pinterest page

Washington DC, 3 July - Hillary Clinton has launched Pinterest page and is touting her "hair inspiration" on it.

The 67-year-old former United States Secretary of State, is one sporty lady and is already in on the humour regarding her hairdos with her official Twitter profile describes her as a "hair icon, pantsuit aficionado," Glamour magazine reported.

On the Pinterest page, Clinton, who's been sporting a classic blond bob for the longest time now, states that her pins will be "granddaughter gift ideas, hairstyle inspiration, favorite moments, and some other things."

However, the platform is most likely a campaign move to attract potential social-savvy voters for the 2016 President elections, and hence one should not expect latest hairdos and trends to show up on the page. (ANI)


Bhutan Queen looks `flawless` in latest official royal pics

Bhutan Queen looks `flawless` in latest official royal pics

Washington DC, 3 July - As always, the Queen of Bhutan, Jetsun, looked absolutely flawless in the newly released official royal images.

King Jigme and the Queen Jetsun pose for official photos that are released on the first of every month for the public, who use them as their desktop and cell phone backgrounds, Glamour magazine reported.

Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is praised for her hair, the Queen of Bhutan is admired for her skin, which looks like it never had any sort of spot, blemish, or nick. (ANI)


Princess Diana's iconic Versace dress claimed for $200K at auction

Princess Diana's iconic Versace dress claimed for $200K at auction

Washington DC, 3 July - Princess Diana's Iconic Atelier Versace Dress has been claimed for 200,000 dollars at an auction.

The elegant icy blue figure-hugging design, embellished with gold-tone studs, was up for bidding at Julien's Auctions with a starting price of 30,000 dollars, and since the final estimated bid was about 80,000 dollars, the closing bid money came as a major surprise.

The Duke of Cambridge's late mother had first worn the dress for a 1991 photo shoot with photographer Patrick Demarchelier, however, it was used on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in 1997 after the her tragic death, People magazine reported.

The gown is believed to be the first Gianni Versace (Donatella's brother and founder of the label) had designed for the royal beauty. (ANI)


Fictional 'bad' FLOTUS Robin Wright introduces Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Washington DC, 3 July - It was fiction meets reality when actress Robin Wright, who plays "evil" First Lady in 'House of Cards,' introduced real life "good" FLOTUS Michelle Obama at the recently held MORE Magazine Impact Awards.

President Barack Obama's wife, who has garnered a spotless image as first lady and is MORE July issue guest editor, was the keynote speaker at a Newseum ladies' luncheon, the Politico reported.

She started by thanking Wright for her introduction and for her humanitarian work on behalf of Congo, and said that she was inspired by the actress, quickly adding but not from her character Claire Underwood.

Obama talked about her vision for her initiative Let Girls Learn, which is aimed at promoting the importance of educating girls worldwide.


Chris Christie jumps into 2016 US presidential fray

Chris Christie jumps into 2016 US presidential fray

New York, July 1 - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has launched his bid for the United States presidential elections in 2016, promising to bring back 'strength and authority' to the Oval Office.

During the launch of his bid, Christie walked up to the stage without a prepared text and vowed to campaign and lead as a 'colourful teller of hard truths'. He told a gathering of supporters at his alma mater, Livingston High School, "There is one thing you will know for sure: I say what I mean and I mean what I say," reported The New York Times.

Christie portrayed himself as the only candidate in the Republican field who was 'forthright and forceful enough' to run the U. S. He declared that he was not running for the post as surrogate for being elected 'prom king of America'.


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