Washington, Sep 11 - Twelve years after the 9/11 attack, the US national security team pledged to take "measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of US persons and facilities abroad", a White House statement said.
US President Barack Obama has reportedly met Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and other national security officials on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the Sep 11 attacks and reviewed security measures, reports Xinhua.
"September 11th has been a day of remembrance for Americans and others around the world," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in the statement.
Chicago, Sep 10 - Taking aim at "Obamacare" and the national debt, India-born Manju Goel is seeking Republican nomination for a Congressional run to challenge incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth.
Goel, an Aurora resident and conservative is backed by a national group of Republicans, including Texas congressman Pete Sessions, in her run for 8th Congressional District of Illinois state, according to Chicago Daily Herald
Outlining her campaign platform at a rally in Elk Grove Village Sunday, Goel took particular aim at "Obamacare," which she called the "biggest of all job killers."
Washington, Sep 8 - US President Barack Obama will hold interviews Monday with six major American television networks in another push to make the case to the public for a military strike on Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
Obama, who returned Friday night from the G20 summit in Russia, will tape his interviews with anchors of ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and Fox News, Xinhua cited the White House as saying.
The TV networks will air the interviews Monday night ahead of a planned televised speech to the nation that Obama will make from the White House Tuesday, in another push to win support for his military plan on Syria.
Washington, Sep 8 - A US Senate panel has released 13 videos showing the victims of the alleged chemical attack near Damascus Aug 21, although there was no independent verification of the videos' authenticity, a media report said Sunday.
The videos, posted by the Senate Intelligence Committee on its website, show graphic images of adults and children convulsing and foaming despite no blood and obvious wounds on their bodies, signs of suffering from a chemical attack, Xinhua reported.
The videos were first played for the members of the committee Thursday at the request of its chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.
New York, Sep 7 - Police Friday blamed a fight over a basketball game for a deadly shooting in the US city of Houston.
The shooting happened Thursday night in northwest Houston, Xinhua reported.
Two groups of men were playing basketball at a park. After the game, the losers followed the winners for a few blocks and a fight started.
Police said during the fight someone pulled out a gun and started shooting. One man was hit. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not been released.
No suspect has so far been detained. Police are talking with witnesses to track down the shooter. (IANS)
Washington, Sep 7 - Two Indian-Americans running a grocery store in the US state of Indiana have been shot dead by masked men during a robbery attempt, sending shock waves among the Sikh community in the country.
The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Jagtar Singh Bhatti from Preet Nagar in Jalandhar and 20-year-old Pawan Preet Singh from Munnan village in Hoshiarpur, according to the North American Punjabi Association (NAPA).
New York, Sep 6 : A 19-year-old man was killed when his own remote-controlled model helicopter struck him in the head at a park in Brooklyn, media reports said.
An avid helicopter enthusiast, Roman Pirozek Jr. of Woodhaven, Queens, was piloting the large model at a park Thursday when he lost control and it hit him, the New York Times reported.
The helicopter blades sliced off the top of his head, police were quoted as saying.
The accident occurred at Calvert Vaux Park, popular with enthusiasts eager to try out new stunts with powerful model helicopters that they have either built themselves or adapted.
Washington, Sep 5 - A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others were injured during a fight at a high school in the US state of Texas early Wednesday, media reported.
The stabbing took place in a hallway leading to a cafeteria on the Spring High School campus in Houston area, Xinhua reported citing a report from the Houston Chronicle.
One student died on the spot and a 16-year-old boy in critical condition was flown to a medical facility. The boy's parents told reporters that he is expected to survive.
Two other students suffered minor injuries and one of them has been discharged from hospital, the report said.
Washington, Sep 4 - Ariel Castro, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and holding captive three women, was found hanging in his Ohio prison cell.
Castro was found hanging in his prison cell at 9 p. m. Tuesday at Correctional Reception Centre in Orient, Ohio, officials said.
Castro was not part of the general prison population and was kept alone, the officials said.
After finding Castro in his cell, prison staff tried to revive him, ABC News reported citing corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith.
Castro was taken to Ohio State University Centre and was declared dead at 10.52 p. m.
Washington, Sep 4 - In a bid to curb the deadly US drone campaign, Al Qaeda's leadership has assigned cells of engineers in Pakistan to find ways to shoot down, jam or remotely hijack US drones, according to the Washington Post.
The terrorist network is hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses against it, the influential US daily reported Wednesday citing top-secret US intelligence documents.
Washington, Sep 3 : Pakistani military and intelligence leaders orchestrating a wave of extrajudicial killings of terrorism suspects for years even plotted to "eliminate" prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir during a visit to India, the Washington Post reported citing secret documents.
Classified documents given to the Post by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden reveal that "US spy agencies for years reported that senior Pakistani military and intelligence leaders were orchestrating a wave of extrajudicial killings of terrorism suspects and other militants".
Washington, Aug 31 - US President Barack Obama will not have a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders' Summit slated for Sep 5-6 in St. Petersburg, Russia, a senior US official said.
"At this time there is no bilateral meeting or pull-aside expected between the presidents," Xinhua quoted the official as saying Friday.
"This is less a visit to Russia than a trip to the G20, which happens to be hosted by Russia," he added.
Washington, Aug 31 - A man who allegedly threatened to decapitate the first Hindu-American lawmaker, Tulsi Gabbard, was ordered to remain in jail for now after a court appearance in San Diego, California.
The accused Aniruddha Sherbow allegedly made two threats to murder the Democratic House member from Hawaii earlier this month, CNN reported Friday citing newly unsealed court documents.
On Aug 1 Sherbow allegedly left an expletive-laden voicemail on Gabbard's cell phone, with the message including a threat to her life.
Washington, Aug 31 - The US Thursday said that it "assesses with high confidence" that the Syrian regime was responsible for the Aug 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in some areas of Damascus that is believed to have killed scores.
Releasing its assessment report of the alleged attack that the Bashar al-Assad regime has denied, the US, in a statement, accused the Syrian government of having used a "nerve agent" in the attack.
Houston, Aug 29 : A US military court sentenced to death the Fort Hood shooter who killed 13 people and injured more than 30 at a Texas army base in 2009, media reports said.
The same jury, which convicted US Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan last Friday, reached the unanimous verdict to put Hasan on death row after several hours of deliberations Wednesday, Xinhua reported citing the Houston Chronicle.
The 42-year-old America-born Muslim, who has been acting as his own attorney, presented no witness or evidence during the sentencing phase of his trial which began Monday. He also declined to give a closing argument Wednesday.