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.
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.
Washington D. C., Mar 8. : Sudden insights are often more accurate at solving problems than thinking them analytically, says a series of experiments conducted by a team of researchers.
John Kounios, a team member, said conscious, analytic thinking can sometimes be rushed or sloppy, leading to mistakes while solving a problem.
"Insight is unconscious and automatic - it can't be rushed," he added.
Experiments with four different types of timed puzzles showed those answers that occurred as sudden insights, also described as Aha! Moments, were more likely to be correct.
New York, March 8 : Oil prices surged on Monday as data showed oil producers cutting output amid low prices.
The US energy firms cut oil rigs for the eleventh straight week, according to the data released by oil service company Baker Hughes Friday. Analysts expected major US shale oil companies continue to slash spending, Xinhua news agency reported.
The US crude production fell to 9.077 million barrels a day by the week ended February 26, a drop of 25,000 barrels daily, according to the report published by the US Energy Information Agency recently.
Market was also boosted as Saudi Arabia and Russia announced recently that they would halt increasing production, and encourage other major producers to follow the suit.
New York: A 69-year-old Indian-origin doctor in the US has been convicted of illegally receiving benefits for referring elderly patients to a financially struggling hospital in Chicago.
Venkateswara Kuchipudi of Illinois became the fifth physician and 10th defendant overall to be convicted for taking part in the massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme at the now-shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital.
He was convicted after a five-week trial on one count of conspiracy to defraud the US and nine counts of illegally soliciting or receiving benefits in return for referrals of patients covered under a federal health care programme.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.
Washington: Claiming that she got more popular votes than Donald Trump, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has said her Republican rival's "bigotry, bullying and bluster" are not supported by Americans.
"The last time I checked as of last night, Donald Trump had received 3.6 million votes, which is a good number. There is only one candidate in either party who has more votes than him and that's me," Clinton said during a Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan.
Clinton, 68, said she is "building a broad, diverse coalition" across the country, which will help her defeat 69-year-old Trump.
Washington, Mar. 5 : The United States Department of State has removed dozen sensitive e-mails sent to the personal accounts of former secretary of state Colin L. Powell and the staff of his successor Condoleezza Rice from its unclassified electronic archives.
A memo about the move was released by the agency's watchdog.
Washington post reported that the department's undersecretary for management Patrick F. Kennedy wrote in a memo to department's inspector general Steve Linick that two e-mails sent to Powell and 10 e-mails sent to aides, who worked for Rice, have been placed in secure storage.
Washington: Amidst stiff opposition from India and top American lawmakers, the US government has formally published federal notification for the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
"This proposed sale contributes to US foreign policy objectives and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia," said the notification which was published by the federal register yesterday, along with a copy of the February 11 letter, which the Defense Security Cooperation Agency wrote to the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.
The total cost of these F-16 is estimated to be nearly USD 700 million, said the federal notification. It added that the Government of Pakistan had requested for this sale.
Washington: Madrasas along the Af-Pak border and tribal areas, in particular North Waziristan, had become a hub of terrorist activities, Pakistan's top diplomat has said, but blamed it on the Afghan refugees, who entered the country when the US pushed the Taliban out of power after the 9/11.
These madrasas had well-oiled terror infrastructure, beyond imagination, running bomb-making factories, terrorists training centers and those to train suicide bombers all under multi-storied basement under the mosque, Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told a group of defence writers here this week.
Washington: Heading into the next round of presidential nomination contests over the weekend, tough talking Republican front-runner Donald Trump made clear that he would not order the US military to violate international laws to fight terrorism.
Pundits were quick to see "an abrupt about-face" in the brash billionaire`s explanation who has tied the Republican establishment into knots with his statements advocating something "tougher than waterboarding" and going after the families of terrorists.
During Thursday night`s debate on Fox News, Trump reaffirmed his willingness to target the families of terrorists and supported the use of waterboarding.
Washington D. C., March 4. : According to a group of women, it is time to sue New York State for imposing sales tax on tampons.
Five women have filed a class action lawsuit against the Empire State for not giving tampons the same preferential treatment that male medical products get, reports TMZ. com.
For instance, male products like Rogaine, condoms and foot powder are exempt from the standard 4 percent sales tax in New York.
According to the Department of Taxation and Finance, tampons are used to "control a normal bodily function and to maintain personal cleanliness," hence tax should be imposed.
But the complainant argued that tampons are not luxury items, rather are medical necessities to avoid infection and other nasty circumstances, hence tax should be lifted. (ANI)
Washington: In an apparent hate crime, a gurdwara in the US state of Washington was vandalised by a "naked" man who desecrated sacred items of the Sikh worship place, drawing condemnation from the community leaders.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when Jeffrey C Pittman, 44, broke into the gurdwara in Spokane.
Deputies say that Pittman was arrested early Thursday morning wearing nothing but a sheet taken from the temple's furnishings. He was also holding the gurdwara's ceremonial sword. He also desecrated sacred items of the gurdwara.
Pittman was booked in Spokane County Jail connection with charges of burglary, malicious mischief and malicious harassment, which is the state's statute for a hate crime, The Seattle Globalist reported.
Washington D. C, Mar 4 : Many studies have highlighted that underemployed people experience lower objective career success and lower subjective career success, but little is known about the lasting effects of taking a job below one's skill level.
To make ends meet in the short term, many workers may accept part-time positions, seek work from temporary agencies or take jobs below their skill level, but a University of Texas study revealed that accepting a job as such can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent.
Washington: Terming the slump in global oil prices as a "large windfall" for India, the IMF said this has allowed the country to spend more on goods and services, and a "sharp decline" in inflation.
"The collapse in global oil prices is a large windfall gain for India," Paul Cashin, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team for India, said yesterday.
"The windfall has made room for more spending on goods and services, helped improve the external and fiscal positions, and allowed a sharp decline in inflation," he said.
Crude prices have plunged around 70 per cent over the past 18 months to around USD 35 a barrel.
Washington: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Wednesday he does "not see a political path forward" in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race, essentially ending a campaign that soared early last year only to steadily lose steam.
"I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people," he said in a statement.
Carson, the only African-American in the race to succeed President Barack Obama, said he will discuss his political future on Friday in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, near Washington. (PTI)
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