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US subway, rail commuters at greatest risk of terrorist attack, says study

US subway, rail commuters at greatest risk of terrorist attack, says studyPhoenix, Oct 12 : A new study by Arnold Barnett, George Eastman Professor of Management Science at MIT's Sloan School of Management has revealed despite improvements in homeland security since September 11,
2001, subway and rail commuters still face higher risks of falling victim to terrorists and mass violence than frequent flyers.

While successful criminal and terrorist acts against aviation have fallen sharply, those against subways and commuter trains have surged, the study said.


Tuscon shooting rampage: Accused Loughner ruled mentally unfit for trial

 Tuscon shooting rampage: Accused Loughner ruled mentally unfit for trial Phoenix (Arizona, US), May 26 : U. S. District Judge Larry A. Burns has declared Tuscon shooting rampage accused Jared Lee Loughner mentally unfit to stand trial.

It maybe recalled that Loughner seriously wounded Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others on January 8, 2011.

Judge Burns declared an agitated Loughner a schizophrenic and remanded him to a federal facility in Springfield, Mo., where he will receive treatment aimed at restoring his competency, The Washington Post reports.


Has Palin bought a house in Arizona?

Has Palin bought a house in Arizona?Phoenix (Arizona), May 23: For months, rumors have circulated in Arizona political circles that former Alaska governor and possible 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin either was shopping for homes in Scottsdale or had already bought one.

A just-closed deal on a secluded luxury home in far north Scottsdale might fit the bill, and talk has begun that this may be the one, the Arizona Republic daily reports.

According to the paper, Palin has gone in for an 8,000-square-foot, dark-brown stucco home with a guard gate that can keep unwanted visitors away.


Arizona Governor vetoes presidential ‘birther bill’

 Arizona Governor vetoes presidential ‘birther bill’Phoenix, Apr 19: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U. S. citizenship in order to get their names on the state''''s election ballot.

Brewer, a Republican, said the bill would allow officials to judge who is eligible to run for office.

A lingering "birther" conspiracy theory asserts Obama was not born in the US and is thus ineligible to hold the office. But the bill''''s Republican backers insisted it was not aimed at Obama.


Obama needs Palin on the same ticket to win Arizona in 2012

Obama needs Palin on the same ticket to win Arizona in 2012Arizona (US), Feb. 3: US President Barack Obama''s best hope of winning the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, according to a new poll, lies in him having former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin on the same ticket when general elections take place in 2012.

Democrats have taken Arizona in only one presidential race since 1952.

The survey by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, according to Politico, found Obama topping Palin 49 percent to 41 percent in the state.


Shot US Congresswoman Giffords moved to rehab center in ''good'' condition

Shot US Congresswoman Giffords moved to rehab center in ''good'' conditionTucson (Arizona, US), Jan. 27: Democratic Party Representative Gabrielle Giffords has been moved from a Houston hospital to a nearby rehabilitation center after doctors upgraded her condition from "serious" to "good.

According to the Washington Post, the Arizona Democrat had been in the neuro-intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center since arriving in Houston on Friday, and now she will continue her long-term recovery at the TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation center.


Trial of Muslim man accused of daughter’s ''honor killing,'' begins in US

 Trial of Muslim man accused of daughter’s ''honor killing,'' begins in USPhoenix (Arizona, US), Jan. 25: The trial of an American Muslim father accused of his daughter's "honor killing" began here on Monday.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki is accused of using his Jeep Cherokee to run over 20-year-old Noor Almaleki in October 2009. She died from her injuries days after the alleged attack, during which the mother of her boyfriend was also hurt.

According to the New York Daily News, 48-year-old Almaleki was allegedly angry because he believed his daughter had become "too Westernized."


Loughner indicted in Arizona shooting of US congresswoman Giffords

 Loughner indicted in Arizona shooting of US congresswoman GiffordsTucson (Arizona, US), Jan 20: A federal grand jury has indicted Jared Lee Loughner for attempting to assassinate US Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Giffords, and 18 others were shot on January 8 when 22-year-old Loughner opened fire at a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Arizona where she was meeting with her constituents.

Loughner was also charged with two counts of attempting to murder Giffords' congressional aides, Ron Barber and Pam Simon, U. S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke announced.

Those charges carry maximum sentences of life in prison and 20 years, respectively.


Shot congresswoman Giffords to move to Texas rehabilitation clinic

 Shot congresswoman Giffords to move to Texas rehabilitation clinicTucson (Arizona, US), Jan 20: US Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords will begin in-patient rehabilitation at a facility in Texas on Friday, two weeks after surviving an assassination attempt.

According to the BBC, Giffords will be moved to Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston.

Giffords' husband Mark Kelly, a space shuttle astronaut, said that doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, where Giffords has undergone a series of operations, had stabilised her to the point she could move into the rehabilitation phase of recovery.


Growing hatred against Tunisian President Ben Ali portrayed in Wikileaks

Growing hatred against Tunisian President Ben Ali portrayed in WikileaksTucson (Arizona, US), Jan 16 : US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website `Wikileaks' have portrayed a deepening ambivalence toward the rule of Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, focussing not only on the corruptions of the country's first family, but also praising Ben Ali's cooperation against terrorism and the stability he long imposed.

In the recent weeks, the revelations helped fuel the anger on the streets that eventually forced Ben Ali to flee the country, which he ruled for 23 years.


Shot congresswoman Giffords taken off ventilator in Arizona

Shot congresswoman Giffords taken off ventilator in ArizonaTucson (Arizona, US), Jan 16 : US Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was in critical condition after being shot in Tucson, has reportedly been taken off a ventilator.

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and 18 others were shot last Saturday by a gunman outside a supermarket where Giffords was meeting with her constituents.

The BBC quoted hospital officials as saying that a tracheotomy tube has been inserted in her windpipe to protect her airways, freeing her from the breathing tube.


Giffords'' husband keeps agonizing vigil by her side

 Giffords'' husband keeps agonizing vigil by her sideTucson (Arizona, US), Jan. 12: Critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords husband is holding her hand while keeping an exhausting vigil by her side, clearly showing the family's agony over the ordeal.

Giffords'' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, has been by her side since shortly after she was shot on Saturday, allegedly by 22-year-old Jared Loughner, on Saturday.

The picture of him tenderly holding his wife''s hand reinforces an image described by their friends of a couple very much in love, ABC News reports.


Shot US Congresswoman chances of survival 101 percent, say doctors

 Shot US Congresswoman chances of survival 101 percent, say doctors Tucson (Arizona, US), Jan. 12 : Doctors attending to critically wounded Democrat Representative Gabrielle Giffords have said that her chances of survival are now 101 percent, and added that she is making a remarkably strong recovery.

Giffords'' was shot in her head on Saturday.

"She has a 101 percent chance of surviving," ABC News quoted trauma chief Dr. Peter Rhee, as saying on Tuesday.

He added: "She will not die. She does not have that permission from me."


Congresswoman’s attacker to appear in court today, charged on five federal counts

Congresswoman’s attacker to appear in court today, charged on five federal countsTucson (Arizona, US), Jan. 10: Twenty-two-year-old college drop-out Jared L. Loughner was charged with five federal counts on Sunday, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, for his role in a shooting rampage that left 20 people wounded, six of them fatally, on Saturday morning.

According to the New York Times, evidence seized from Loughner's home, about five miles from the shooting, indicated that he had planned to kill Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona.


Cell towers by Verizon and AT&T at McCain Ranch

Cell towers by Verizon and AT&T at McCain RanchAfter the Wednesday report of The Washington Post website, about the efforts to bring cellular service to the McCain ranch, two of the country’s largest telephone companies - Verizon and AT&T – said they have installed temporary communications towers there. At the same time, both also added that they did so for business reasons, and not at the request of Senator John McCain.


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