Black teenager killing case: US declares emergency in Missouri

Black teenager killing case: US declares emergency in MissouriWashington - Emergency has been declared in the American State of Missouri ahead of grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer.

The killing of Michael Brown,18, in August had resulted in large scale violence in certain parts of the State.

A grand jury decision is expected anytime now.

The decision by the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to declare emergency is seen as a preventive measure to prevent any violence in this sensitive state now.


2015's top 5 flavor trends to follow revealed

2015's top 5 flavor trends to follow revealedWashington, Nov 17 : Researchers have revealed the top 5 flavors that would be trending in the year 2015.

Foodies have always been open to trying new flavors, and fortunately, they would have more varieties of flavors to choose from than ever before with the choices expanding every day.

Senior Digital Editor Kelly Hensel at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), has written about the top five flavor trends that flavorists, chefs and trendspotters predict consumers would be seeking out in the coming year. These include:


Paul Cezanne's wife's influence on his paintings was 'more than met the eye'

Paul Cezanne's wife's influence on his paintings was 'more than met the eye'Washington, Nov 17 : Paul Cezanne's wife, Marie-Hortense Fiquet, influence on his artwork and importance to modern portraiture was more interesting than conventionally thought.

According to a Rutgers art historian, Cezanne's "secret" wife changed the course of modern portraiture.

Susan Sidlauskas, Rutgers University professor of art history, said that Fiquet was a crucial presence to Cezanne, as he needed a subject to whom he was attached but who was not of his flesh, not his father whom he feared or his son whom he spoiled.


U.S. State Department shuts down e-mail system after hackers attack its computers

U.S. State Department shuts down e-mail system after hackers attack its computersWashington, Nov.17 - Computers at the U.S. State Department have reportedly been hacked, and its technicians have taken the unprecedented step of shutting down the entire unclassified e-mail system to repair possible damage caused by the hacker attack.

Media reports quoted officials of the department, as saying on Sunday that an "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network in October.


Uber cars may soon stream passenger's Spotify tunes

Uber cars may soon stream passenger's Spotify tunesWashington, Nov 16 : Uber car passengers may soon be able to listen to their own Spotify tunes.

The ride-sharing outfit and the music-streaming service are set to announce a system that would allow you to step into an Uber vehicle and hear your own Spotify selections, CNET reported.

The report notes that Uber sent out media invites last night for a Monday conference call involving a "special partner guest" and a "first-of-its-kind partnership," which shows a music staff.


Four killed, one injured in chemical plant leak in Texas

Four killed, one injured in chemical plant leak in TexasHouston - At least four workers have been killed and one seriously injured after an hazardous chemical leak at an industrial plant in the US state of Texas.

The accident occurred yesterday at a DuPont plant in La Porte on the eastern outskirts of Houston. Officials believe a leaky valve was partly to blame for chemical accident.

"There are no words to fully express the loss we feel or the concern and sympathy we extend to the families of the employees and their co-workers," manager of the plant in La Porte, Randall Clements said.


Harold Hamm's ex-wife calls $1 b divorce settlement 'disappointing'

Harold HammWashington, Nov 15 : The multibillionaire energy tycoon Harold Hamm's ex-wife has planned to appeal a court ruling that awarded her nearly 1 billion dollars in a divorce settlement.

Attorney Ron Barber said that Sue Ann Hamm is disappointed in the outcome of this case as she dedicated 25 years as the 68-year-old oil baron's faithful partner in family and business, the Oklahoman reported.

Harold was told to pay her about 322 million dollars by the end of the year, followed by monthly payments of at least 7 million dollars until the remaining 650 million dollars is paid.


U.S. Navy Seal who claimed to have shot Bin Laden fears Pentagon prosecution

U.S. Navy Seal who claimed to have shot Bin Laden fears Pentagon prosecutionWashignton, Nov 15 - The U.S. Navy SEAL who claims to have shot Osama Bin Laden said that he is afraid the Pentagon might prosecute him for openly telling the story of the May 2011 raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Abottabad in Pakistan.

According to CNN, Robert O'Neill said that sharing the details for the families of 9/11 victims and military veterans killed makes the risk worthwhile.

He also said that he did this in the way that it didn not violate any rules or tactics.

He said that being prosecuted concerned him and that if it comes up then he would address it.


Facebook to reduce number of promotional messages appearing in users' News Feed

Facebook to reduce number of promotional messages appearing in users' News FeedWashington, Nov 15 - Facebook says that it aims to reduce the number of promotional messages appearing in users' News Feed.

According to CNET, the move would mean that companies that previously sent advertisements from their free Facebook Pages would now have a harder time reaching fans.

Facebook said in a statement on Friday that through this change, it intended to give people the best Facebook experience possible.

The social network site said that the idea was to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories including Page posts that people see in their News Feeds.


World's first real-life 'Batmobile' up for sale

World's first real-life 'Batmobile' up for saleWashington, Nov 15 - The oldest-known "Batmobile" is going under the hammer by Heritage Auctions, it has been revealed.

The custom car, which was designed in the early 1960s, was built by New Hampshire teenager Forrest Robinson, simply to tool around town himself, Fox News reported.

The Batmobile, which was completed in 1963, two years before Barris began to build the famous version of Batman's ride for the TV show 'Batman,' caught the eye of a representative for All Star Dairy that was selling a line of Batman ice cream and drink products at the time.


4 in 10 new marriages in US are remarriages

4 in 10 new marriages in US are remarriagesWashington, Nov 15 - A new study has revealed that remarriage is on the rise in the US with 40 percent of the newlyweds being previously married or widowed people tying the knot for the second time.

Pew Research Center's report on remarriage also confirmed that remarried men are far likelier than remarried women to have a spouse at least 10 years younger, the Washington Post reported.

The study also captured a sharp disparity in the way men and women view marriages, as in, most men are eager to marry a second time, while most women say one time was enough.


Black Hole at centre of Milky Way may be origin of 'mystery' neutrinos

Black Hole at centre of Milky Way may be origin of 'mystery' neutrinosWashington, Nov 14 : A new study has revealed that the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be producing mysterious particles called neutrinos.

Through the three NASA satellites, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Swift gamma-ray mission, and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), the scientists looked for violent events in space that corresponded with the arrival of a high-energy neutrino here on Earth.


NASA's Hubble finds young galaxies on track to becoming `red and dead`

NASA's Hubble finds young galaxies on track to becoming `red and dead`Washington, Nov 14 : Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have uncovered young, massive and compact galaxies that are dying earlier than expected.

The researchers said that the firestorm of star birth has blasted out most of the remaining gaseous fuel needed to make future generations of stars and are on track to possibly becoming so-called "red and dead galaxies," composed only of aging stars.


Pinterest says men now account for one-third of all sign-ups on site

Pinterest says men now account for one-third of all sign-ups on siteWashington, Nov 14 : Pinterest says that men now account for one-third of the total number of sign-ups on the site, hinting at its growing male audience.

According to Tech Crunch, Pinterest says it has doubled the number of active male users in the past year.

The company claimed that more men in the US were using Pinterest than the total combined audience of Sports Illustrated and GQ.

Pinterest reportedly has a 50 percent male audience in India, Korea and Japan- where the site has a more even demographic split between males and females. (ANI)


Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospital

Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospitalNew York, Nov 14 : A woman from southwest Florida and her daughter both gave birth at the same hospital on the same day.

Heather Penticoff and her daughter Destinee Martin each found out that they were pregnant on the same day and even had same due dates and, for separate medical reasons, doctors at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers decided to induce both of them Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

Penticoff's daughter Madeline was born first and Destinee's son Damien was born almost three hours later, making Penticoff's grandson roughly the same age as her newborn daughter. (ANI)


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