Washington, Jan 29 : First lady Michelle Obama - along with presidential pets Bo and Sunny - hosted a training camp at the White House for this year's Puppy Bowl's competitors.
The White House hosted 13 puppies from shelters and rescue groups to "work out" before the Puppy Bowl, held annually on Super Bowl Sunday , featuring pooches playing inside a model stadium.
Michelle said in a statement that it was fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House, asserting that this year's pooches showed that getting active and drinking lots of water are important ways to keep bodies healthy and energized.
Washington, Jan 26 - Three people were killed Saturday morning in a shooting at a shopping mall in the US state of Maryland, police said.
The Howard County Police confirmed on Twitter the deaths, adding that the identities of the victims remained unknown, Xinhua reported. One of the dead was located near a gun and ammunition, they said.
People inside the mall were ordered to stay in place until police clear each area safely. TV footage showed police surrounding the Columbia mall.
The entrance to the mall was blocked by the police right after the incident was reported. Roads near the building were also closed.
Washington, Jan 25 : An Indian-American physiotherapist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay over $10 million in restitution for allegedly participating in a Medicare fraud scheme that totalled almost $11 million.
Chiradeep Gupta, 39, was sentenced by US District Judge Denise Page Hood in the Eastern District of Michigan Friday, according to the Justice Department.
In addition to his prison term, Gupta was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants.
Washington, Jan. 25 : Bill Gates reportedly lost a chess match against the world's best chess player Magnus Carlsen on a popular Norwegian-Swedish television talk show.
The Microsoft genius was allotted 2 minutes for each of his moves, while 23-year old Carlsen was given just 30 seconds.
Carlsen took a total of nine moves to checkmate Gates, who sportingly took up the challenge and said that the game had "a predetermined outcome", Verge reported.
Magnus Carlsen has held the title of grandmaster since the age of 13 and is currently the World Chess Champion. (ANI)
Washington, Jan 25 - One student was shot on campus in South Carolina State University of the US Friday, police said.
"Police have not yet apprehended a suspect but they are currently in pursuit of the person they believe to be the perpetrator," the university said via its twitter account, Xinhua reported.
As the police continue to search for the suspect, the university is currently on lock-down and students are urged to take precautions.
Officials of the university said the shooting took place in a dormitory, media reports said.
Washington, Jan 24 : Pope Francis has reportedly said that the internet is a "gift from God", in a statement for the Catholic Church's World Communications Day.
The Pope while acknowledging the benefits of internet said that internet created a sense of unity among human family, adding that unprecedented advances in technology and digital media have made it easier to engage with people of different religions.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis also pointed out the drawbacks of using internet and said that the speed of social media does not allow users to engage in self-reflection, Verge reported.
Washington, Jan 23 : First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that Jane Fonda is one of her role models.
During an interview with People Magazine, Obama said that she admires Fonda's political savviness and would like to look and live like her when she's "70 or 80" years old.
Obama also listed Cicely Tyson as another role model, saying that she just wants to see the 80-year-old actress on Broadway. (ANI)
Washington, Jan 23 - A distinguished Indian-American scholar and teacher, Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS), has been named dean of Harvard College, a prestigious Ivy League institution.
Khurana, who earned his PhD through a joint programme between HBS and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1998, is also professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and co-master of Cabot House
Washington, Jan 23 - All schools in a Texas city were placed on lockdown Wednesday after an unidentified man made a threat against at least one campus.
Authorities in Columbus, a city about 128 km west of Houston city, received the phone threat Wednesday morning, reported Xinhua citing the Houston Chronicle.
Though officials did not release details about the threat or the suspect, they said it was mainly directed toward a high school.
Police said officials with the Columbus Independent School District locked down all schools as a precaution. No injuries were reported and the lockdown was lifted about an hour later, according to the report.
All activities have returned to normal, police added.
New York, Jan 22 : Michelle Obama has proved that she has got basketball skills after she shot a video with Miami Heat's title-winning team for her 'Let's Move' campaign.
In the video, video bomber LeBron James can be seen holding a mini-hoop which is dunked on by Michelle, the New York Post reported.
After the dunk, the First Lady celebrates with an amazing look on her face.
Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and coach/host Erik Spoelstra also appeared in the video. (ANI)
Washington, Jan 22 - A huge snowstorm hit most of the US northeast Tuesday, causing cancellations or delays of over 2,000 domestic and international flights.
According to the National Weather Service, the snowstorm will produce moderate to heavy snow with dropping temperatures in the area. The snow storm is expected to end by Wednesday evening, Xinhua reported.
The storm is expected to bring a maximum 30 cm snowfall with a temperature drop of about 5 degrees centigrade.
It also warned that scattered snow falls and temperature drop will hit midwest and the Great Lakes during the week.
New York, Jan 21 : The Human Rights Watch has reportedly said that Indian government's inability to protect women and children from sexual violence and rape undermines its commitment to uphold the rights of all Indians.
HRW in its World Report 2014 noted that Indian authorities also failed to enforce laws that protect vulnerable communities including Dalits, religious minorities, and tribal groups, while the government's efforts to increase mass surveillance raised concerns over rights to privacy and free speech.
Washington, Jan 21 - DNA testing has helped solve one of the Titanic's oldest and supposedly last mysteries which haunted a lost child's family for almost 70 years.
According to Cnet, when the ship sunk in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912, it was believed that only a 2-year-old girl from the first class had died, Loraine Allison, but her body was never found.
But, in 1940, a woman named Helen Kramer came forward to claim that she was indeed Allison and lobbied the wealthy Allison family trying to prove that she was kin, the family, however, never believed her.
Washington, Jan. 21 - Google reportedly came up with a peaceful rendition on Martin Luther King Jr. on its doodle section, to pay homage to the legend, who played a prominent role in America's Civil Rights Movement.
The peaceful rendition of Dr. King by the popular search engine on Martin Luther King Jr. day gave a serene depiction of a man, who stood up against racial segregation with peaceful protests.
The doodle featured flying doves and Martin Luther King Jr. himself, which on a single click, opened a page providing historical information on him, Cnet reported.
Washington, Jan. 21 - The United States is helping Russia in hunt for four female potential terrorists, including 'White Widow', world's most wanted woman terrorist, who could pose threat to Sochi Olympics.
Ruzanna Ibragimova, the 22-year-old widow of a jihadist killed by Russian security forces, is believed to have traveled from Dagestan to Sochi.
According to Fox News, an intelligence source called Ibragimova ' white widow', and explained that the term is used for jihadists' widows who seek to 'blend in' to mount attacks.
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