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Obama's a champ at swatting flies with rolled up magazines!

Obama's a champ at swatting flies with rolled up magazines!New York, Jan 2 : Barack Obama recently showed off his skills at keeping his Oval Office pest free by swatting a pesky fly with a rolled up magazine.

The US president rolled up a magazine, squatted, and whacked the bug, which had landed on the carpet, the New York Post reported.

White House said in the photo caption of the incident, which was released as part of the White House's "2014: A Year in Photos" collection, that aides laughed as President Obama swatted a fly that was invading his space in the Oval Office . (ANI)


Tennessee man admits his CNN hacking threat was 'a joke'

CNNNew York, Jan 02 : The hacking threat directed at cable network CNN has turned out be just another hoax.

According to New York Post, a Tennessee man named David C. Garrett Jr. came out on social media Wednesday as the "boy who cried Wolf."

It was believed that the threat was issued by the group that hacked into the computer network of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Garrett tweeted that the threat was a joke and that he did not think it would be taken so seriously.

The report said that the man posted pictures of his Internet history as "proof" of the hoax and said that information on Pastebin is not reliable. (ANI)


Sony hackers threaten cyber attack on US news organization

Sony hackers threaten cyber attack on US news organizationNew York, Jan 01 : The group of hackers that breached Sony Pictures Entertainment has threatened to attack a US news organisation.

New York Post reports Guardians of Peace, the cyber-terrorists behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment intrusion, has warned that their wake of destruction "may extend to other such organizations in the near future," according to an FBI and Department of Homeland Security Joint Intelligence Bulletin that was obtained by The Intercept.

It is reported that the media organisation that the group has threatened to attack is CNN.


2-year-old US boy accidentally kills mom with concealed gun

2-year-old US boy accidentally kills mom with concealed gunNew York, Dec 31 : A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart after he reached into her purse and her concealed gun fired.

According to the cops, the woman who was shopping with a lot of children, had a concealed weapons permit, the New York Post reported.

According to the officials, the woman and the children were in the back of the store near the electronics area when the shooting occurred and the witnesses and video surveillance from the store helped deputies determine the shooting was accidental. (ANI)


Al Qaeda's online magazine gives crash lessons on bomb-making

Al Qaeda's online magazine gives crash lessons on bomb-makingNew York, Dec 29 : The Al Qaeda group released a new edition of its online magazine giving crash lessons on how to get through airport security and bomb passenger planes using homemade explosives.

According to New York Post, the militant magazine, Inspire, names American, United, Continental and Delta airlines, as well as British Airways, EasyJet and Air France, as desired targets.

The group, in its latest magazine edition, also advised its supporters to target and kill high-profile "economic personalities" like former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and "wealthy entrepreneurs or company owners" like Bill Gates.


Amy Pascal hopes success of `The Interview` will help her stay employed amidst Sony hacking scandal

Amy Pascal hopes success of `The Interview` will help her stay employed amidst Sony hacking scandalNew York, Dec 29 : Amy Pascal has revealed that she hopes the success of "The Interview" will be enough to keep her job in the wake of the Sony hacking scandal.

The Sony executive is banking that the Seth Rogen comedy will be able to get enough attention, the New York Post reported.

Sony had pulled " The Interview," a farce about the planned assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, after the company was attacked by cyber hacks, while hackers had uncovered a stash of embarrassing emails between Sony officials, and threatened more attacks if the film was released as scheduled. (ANI)


UN chief calls on Sri Lanka to cooperate in human rights abuse probe

UN chief calls on Sri Lanka to cooperate in human rights abuse probeNew York, Dec 25 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call to Sri Lanka to cooperate with the on-going UN investigation of alleged human right abuses.

Responding to a media query on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterating that he will not participate with outside investigations, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, was quoted by the Lanka Page web site, as saying that the secretary general has always encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to comprehensively address the post-war agenda.


Indian man in NY charged with causing injuries to his son

Indian man in NY charged with causing injuries to his sonNew York - A 28-year-old Indian man has been charged with assaulting his four-month-old son and causing life-threatening injuries, including multiple severe skull fractures and brain damage to him and faces 25 years in jail.

Jagsheer Singh of Queens was charged with first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. His bail has been set at USD 200,000.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that according to the charges, the baby's mother Reena Malhotra left her son with her husband Singh on the night of December 19 before going to work.


Pakistan should halt execution of alleged child offender

Pakistan should halt execution of alleged child offenderNew York, Dec 23 : Pakistan's government should immediately halt the apparent pending execution of an alleged child offender and commute his sentence, Human Rights Watch said today.

News reports suggest that Shafqat Hussain, who was 14 or 15 when sentenced in 2004 for kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old boy, is among the several hundred prisoners facing imminent execution in Pakistan.

The United Kingdom-based human rights organization Reprieve issued a statement alleging that security forces in Pakistan's Sindh province had tortured Hussain into confessing to the crime.


Pakistan: School attack reaction tramples rights, says HRW

Pakistan: School attack reaction tramples rights, says HRWNew York, Dec 20 - The Pakistani government should order an immediate stop to executions of death-row prisoners for terrorism-related offenses, Human Rights Watch said today.

The government executed two convicted militants in Punjab province on December 19, as an explicit reaction to the December 16 attack by the Pakistani Taliban splinter group Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan that left at least
148 dead - almost all of them children.


US hotelier Chatwal avoids jail in illegal donations case

Sant Singh ChatwalNew York : Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal on Thursday avoided jail time and was sentenced to three years probation and a USD 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns.

Chatwal, 70, a Padma Bhushan awardee and major fundraiser for former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had pleaded guilty in April this year to violating the Federal Election Campaign Act by making more than USD 180,000 in campaign donations to three candidates through straw donors and to witness tampering.

He was sentenced today by US District Judge I Leo Glasser in the Eastern District of New York federal court here.


Meet the man who found woman with same name as ex for free world trip

Meet the man who found woman with same name as ex for free world tripNew York, Dec 18 - A man who had earlier made headlines for offering a free around-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his former girlfriend has finally found his match.

Jordan Axani and his then- girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher had booked heavily discounted around-the- world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn't want her ticket to go to waste, the New York Post reported.

The ticket had a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, any Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher would have been able to use it.


PETA ropes in celebs for horse carriage ban ad campaign

PETA ropes in celebs for horse carriage ban ad campaignNew York, Dec 15 - PETA's latest ads to support Mayor de Blasio's proposed horse-carriage ban will feature Tim Gunn, Anjelica Huston, Edie Falco and Russell Simmons.

The organization said that the ads feature a horse that died on the street in 2011, with a photo of one of the celebs and a quote, the New York Post reported.

Fashion consultant Gunn said that carriage drivers have been filmed spewing racist, sexist and homophobic taunts at anyone who dares express concern for the unfortunate horses. (ANI)


Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocalls

Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocallsNew York, Dec 13 : A Florida couple, who sued Bank of America for harassing them with more than 700 collection calls, have won 1 million dollars in compensation.

According to New York Post, the couple, Nelson and Joyce Coniglio, said the bank badgered them after they had fallen behind on their house payments.

The couple reportedly sued the bank under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and was awarded a little over 1 million dollars by a federal judge in Tampa.

Nelson said that the bank treated them very badly and there was no two ways about it. (ANI)


New York tops 'most livable city' list for under-35s

New York tops 'most livable city' list for under-35sNew York, Dec 10 - A new survey has revealed that New York is the most livable city for people under 35.

The "Livability Index" by Vocativ took into account "lifestyle factors" such as the number of singles, racial diversity, LGBTQ-friendliness, cost of Wi-Fi, walkability, availability of takeout food and price of marijuana the New York Post reported.


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