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Bigger weddings may make for happier marriages

Bigger weddings may make for happier marriagesWashington, Aug 21 - A new study has revealed that couples who opt for big formal weddings -- 150 guests or more-have a better shot at a happy marriage than those who have small, intimate weddings.


U.S.' secret summer operation to rescue Americans in Syria ended in failure: U.S. officials

Barack ObamaWashington, Aug 21 - According to Senior Obama administration officials, a secret operation launched by the U. S. special operations forces to rescue Americans held by Islamic State militants in Syria including the photojournalist James Foley who was beheaded by the IS group had resulted in a failure, said senior Obama administration officials.

According to the Washington Post, two senior officials said that the U. S. had launched the operation earlier in the summer in an attempt to save American citizens.

U. S. President Barack Obama said in a conference after the journalist James Foley was beheaded that the Islamic State militants did not deserve to live in this century.


American journalist execution video 'authentic': White House

American journalist execution video 'authentic': White HouseWashington : The disturbing video released by jihadist militants showing American journalist James Foley being brutally executed is authentic, the White House said on Wednesday.

The video released by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also showed another US journalist Steven Sotloff, and appeared on the social media yesterday.

It has now been taken off most of these websites.


John McCain shows off 'robot moves' with Jamie Foxx

John McCainNew York, Aug 19 - Republican Senator John McCain recently set the crowd roaring when he took to stage and showed off his robot dance moves with actor Jamie Foxx.

It was after Gov. Chris Christie danced with Foxx and The Roots at a Hamptons benefit held at Ron Perelman's East Hampton estate, that McCain decided to flaunt some moves of his own, the New York Post reported.

The audience included Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Paul McCartney, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Robert De Niro, Bill O'Reilly and Matt Lauer. (ANI)


US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, Irbil

US military conducts airstrikes near Mosul Dam, IrbilWashington - The US military has conducted air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Irbil and Iraq's largest dam in an effort to help Kurdish forces retake it from violent extremists.

American fighter and remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducted airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said yesterday.

These strikes were carried out under the authority to support humanitarian efforts in Iraq, as well as to protect US personnel and facilities, it added.


Amazon CEO gets soaked in ice bucket, dares star trek actors next

Amazon CEO gets soaked in ice bucket, dares star trek actors nextWashington, Aug 16 : Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the latest to take part in the ice bucket challenge after Bill Gates and further challenged Star Trek actors to get soaked in the water.

Bezos went on to the stage during a company all-hands meeting to soak himself in water in an inflatable pool, reports the Verge.

Bezos passed the Ice Bucket challenge to Star Trek actors Patrick Stewart, George Takei and William Shatner.

The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to either get soaked in the water or donate money to a charity for Lou Gehrig's Disease. (ANI)


Bill Gates accepts Zuckerberg's challenge, takes ice bucket on head

Bill Gates accepts Zuckerberg's challenge, takes ice bucket on headWashington, Aug 16 : Bill Gates has taken a bucket of ice water over the head in the name of charity after Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid down the challenge before him.

The Ice Bucket Challenge dares someone to either get soaked in the water or donate money to a charity for Lou Gehrig's Disease.

People who accept the challenge often end up getting soaked as well as making the charity, reports the Verge.

Bill Gates joined the growing list of people who have taken the challenge. (ANI)


Paul Walker's car crash thief sentenced for 6months

Paul Walker's car crash thief sentenced for 6monthsWashington, Aug 15 - Paul Walker's car wreckage thief has been sentenced to six months in prison after he was caught on camera pulling off parts of the Porsche Carrera GT that killed the actor last year.

Jameson Witty, 18 and his partner in crime Anthony Edward Janow, 26, were spotted by the tow truck that was removing the wreckage from the accident scene, Conatctmusic reported.

Witty and Janow pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges.


Michelle Obama needs to drop a few pounds, says Fox's panelist Keith Ablow

Michelle Obama needs to drop a few pounds, says Fox's panelist Keith AblowWashington, Aug 13 : Keith Ablow, a panelist at Fox News, has opined that the US President's wife, Michelle Obama, "needs to lose a few" pounds.

According to Media Matters, Ablow, who's a prominent member of the network's 'Medical A-Team', claimed that Mrs. Obama doesn't eat well, and hence, was not a credible voice on school nutrition.

However, Ablow's female co-hosts were surprised by his statement and changed the topic soon after. (ANI)


New poll reveals 'tech tycoons' not considered sexy

New poll reveals 'tech tycoons' not considered sexyWashington, Aug 13 : A poll conducted by an adultery site, Victoria Milan, showed that women don't find geeks attractive at all.

The website had asked 7,685 men and women that who they would prefer to have an illegal affair with amongst the 'tech tycoons', CNet reported.

Thought Victoria Milan declared the results, it was found the respondents didn't really find geeks attractive, while 59 percent seemed to recoil at the concept.

When pushed to come to a conclusion, at least 56 percent of the female members thought Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore was the peak of being 'sexy', followed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who got 25 percent votes.


Three-fourths of Syria's chemical stockpile destroyed: OPCW

Three-fourths of Syria's chemical stockpile destroyed: OPCWWashington, Aug 13 - A report has revealed that almost three-fourths of Syria's chemical weapons have been destroyed.

A U. S. container ship, MV Cape Ray, along with 35 mariners, 64 chemical specialists, a security team, and a contingent from the U. S. European Command were tasked with destroying Syria's 620 tons of chemical weaponry on July 7.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that they have already destroyed 74.2 percent of the stockpile, reported The Washington Times.


Pentagon may send more US advisors to Iraq

Pentagon may send more US advisors to Iraq Washington: A senior US defense official says the Pentagon is considering sending more military advisors to Iraq.

Their role would be to help determine future course of action for the US, based in part on the impact of several days of targeted airstrikes on the Islamic extremist fighters and how that has affected Kurdish forces opposing them in northern Iraq.

The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because no decisions about expanding the advisor team have been made.


Attacks in Afghanistan kill NATO soldier, 3 policemen

Attacks in Afghanistan kill NATO soldier, 3 policemenWashington, Aug 12 : At least three policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan, while a NATO service member died in a separate attack in the war-torn country on Tuesday.

ABC News reports the three policemen died when their patrol vehicle struck a bomb planted along the road in the district of Bahrami Shahid in southern Gazni province, according to the province's deputy police chief, Asadullha Ensafi.

Ensafi said that a fourth policeman was injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, NATO confirmed that it lost one of its service members in an attack in the east on Tuesday.


Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in people

Reading fiction stories increases 'empathy' in peopleWashington, Aug 12 : Scientists have claimed that reading fiction stories can make one more empathetic.

Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling in his session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.

Mar explained that understanding stories was similar to the way people understand the real world, and when they read stories, personal experiences are invoked.


Celeb promotion of charities 'largely ineffective' at raising awareness

Washington, August 12 - A new study has shown that celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness, but it can make the stars more popular with the public.

According to the study, celebrities are "generally ineffective" at encouraging people to care about "distant suffering" as their "ability of celebrity and advocacy to reach people is limited".

The researchers said that the survey shows that while awareness of major NGOs brands was high, awareness of celebrity advocates for those brands was low, and added that even though celebrities did not support charities in order to promote themselves, this was the unintended outcome of their work.


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