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NYC woman sues yoga class after employee pleasures himself next to her

NYC woman sues yoga class after employee pleasures himself next to her New York, Feb 5 : A woman from Upper West Side, has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was meditating after her regular yoga class when she opened her eyes and discovered a maintenance man at the studio pleasuring himself two feet away from her.

Her suit against Equinox said that after Keiko Herskovitz saw the man masturbating, she was quick to respond "What are you doing?"

According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the man quickly covered himself with a yoga blanket and ran out of the room in the alleged incident that happened on January 26, the New York Daily News reported.


Austrian daredevil Baumgartner hit speed of 843.6 mph during record setting skydive

 Austrian daredevil Baumgartner hit speed of 843.6 mph during record setting skydive New York, Feb 5 : Felix Baumgartner, the first man to break the sound barrier in a freefall, was faster than he or anyone else thought during his 24-mile free fall from the edge of the space.

The Austrian parachutist known as "Fearless Felix" reached 843.6 mph, according to the official numbers released.

That's equivalent to Mach 1.25, or 1.25 times the speed of sound, the New York Daily News reports.

According to the report, his top speed initially was estimated last October at 834 mph, or Mach 1.24.


Beyonce was phenomenal at the Super Bowl, says Michelle Obama

Beyonce was phenomenal at the Super Bowl, says Michelle Obama New York, Feb 4 : Michelle Obama was among the millions, who stuck around on Sunday to watch Beyonce perform at the half time of Super Bowl XLVII.

The First Lady -- who dined on Chesapeake crab cakes in honor of Baltimore and San Francisco cioppino stew with sourdough toast during the big game, according to White House pool reports -- tweeted her excitement about the singer's halftime show.

"Watching the #SuperBowl with family and friends. @beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her! -mo," the Huffington Post quoted her as writing.


Dow Jones closes above 14,000 for first time since October 2007

Dow Jones closes above 14,000 for first time since October 2007 New York, Feb. 2 : U. S. stocks surged Friday on generally positive economic data, gaining for a fifth straight week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 14,000, not seen since Oct. 12,
2007.

Wall Street started Friday''s trading on a strong note, following a best performing month since 2011 October, with the Dow jumping 5.8 percent and Standard & Poor''s 500-stock Index climbing 5.0 percent.


Goya painting goes unsold at New York auction

New York, Feb 1 - Jose Francisco de Goya's portrait of his grandson went unsold Thursday in an auction of works by Old Masters at Sotheby's New York.

The highest bid for "Portrait of Mariano Goya", was $5.5 million, short of the undisclosed reserve price.

The piece, painted in 1827 by an 81-year-old Goya, was expected to sell for $6 million to $8 million.

Not seen in public for 60 years, the painting was the "most beautiful" of the works on sale Thursday, Sotheby's Christopher Apostle told EFE, adding that the piece's "sensitivity and simplicity" reflect the character of Goya.

This is not the first time an important Goya painting has failed to sell at auction. The "Portrait of Juan Lopez de Robredo" found no takers in a late 2011 sale at Christie's in London.


Indian-American gets one year prison for Insider trading

Indian-American gets one year prison for Insider tradingNew York, Feb 1 : A former Indian American employee of Galleon Group, who played a key role in the conviction of hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam for insider trading, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Federal district judge Jed S. Rakoff Thursday also ordered Roomy Khan, 54, to serve three years of probation and pay $1.525 million in restitution, money she made by trading on confidential information about Google and Hilton Hotels among others.


Pyongyang nuke test could help US demystify advancement of country’s nuclear programme

Pyongyang nuke test could help US demystify advancement of country’s nuclear programme New York, Jan 31 : Inside the American intelligence community, some officials are quietly hoping that North Korea's nuclear test takes place, as it could give them their first real view in years into whether the isolated nation has made significant progress toward a weapon that could threaten the US or its allies, a report has said.

Since the North's last test, in 2009, during US President Barack Obama's first months in office, America has lost much of its visibility into what a former senior intelligence official says is on the cusp of becoming a "runaway program."


Labrador Retriever crowned US’ most popular dog for 22nd year in row

Labrador Retriever crowned US’ most popular dog for 22nd year in row New York, Jan. 31 : Labrador Retriever beat out competition from German Shepherd to emerge as most popular dog in the US for the 22nd straight year, the American Kennel Club has announced.

According to the AKC top 10 list released on Wednesday, the Golden Retriever came at third place and the Beagle came in at fourth position, the New York Post reported.

AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said that larger breeds dominated the "pint-sized, portable pooch."

The rest of the pack: Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Boxer, Poodle, Rottweiler and Dachshund. (ANI)


Chinese hackers attacked NYT for last 4 months ‘to get reporters’ passwords’

Chinese hackers attacked NYT for last 4 months ‘to get reporters’ passwords’ New York, Jan 31 : The New York Times has revealed that over the last four months, it has been repeatedly attacked by Chinese hackers, trying to infiltrate its computer systems and get passwords for its reporters and other employees.

The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on October 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China's prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business dealings.


Egyptian general warns of ‘state collapse’ amid continued violence

Egyptian general warns of ‘state collapse’ amid continued violence New York, Jan 30 : A top Egyptian general has warned that that the country is in danger of collapse if the feuding civilian leaders could not agree on a solution to restore order, according to a report.

Thousands of residents poured into the streets of the three cities, protesting against President Mohamed Morsi's attempt to quell the anarchy.

Morsi appeared powerless to stop them, he had already granted the police extralegal powers to enforce the curfew and then called out the army as well.


New York City loses war against ‘ignored, rarely enforced’ ‘Don’t Honk’ signs

New York City loses war against ‘ignored, rarely enforced’ ‘Don’t Honk’ signs New York, Jan 30 : New York's Department of Transportation has announced that it was bowing to reality and taking down its rarely enforced "Don't Honk" signs.

Officials said they are making the move to help remove clutter from the streets and that all the signs should be gone by the end of the year.

The law against unnecessary honking, however, will remain on the books and continue to carry a 350 dollars fine, the New York Daily News said.

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who represents the noisy upper West Side, however, thinks that these signs make a difference and wants them to stay.


A web site that makes others' dreams come true

A web site that makes others' dreams come trueNew York, Jan 28 : Argentine Martin Parlato has created a web site so that netizens can help make other people's dreams come true, a project he began in honour of his father who died when he was a child.

The US-registered site Posibl. com, which went online last November and has already helped several youngsters fulfill their dreams, began out of "personal necessity", Parlato told EFE.

"I believe social networks have an immense potential to be truly social and perhaps the way they are used is not focused on that. That's why I felt the need to create a tool that was different," he said.


Apple no longer most valuable listed company

Apple no longer most valuable listed companyNew York, Jan 26 - Oil giant Exxon Mobil has regained the crown from Apple as the most valuable listed company after losing it to the tech giant a year ago.

By the closing Friday, Apple's shares slid 2.36 percent to $439.88 per share for a market value of around $413 billion. Exxon's shares gained 0.42 percent to $91.73 per share for a market value of some $418.2 billion, reported Xinhua.

Compared with its historical intraday high of $705.07 per share set Sep 21, 2012, Apple's share price has retreated 38 percent.


Babe Ruth and Al Capone autographed baseball to go under the hammer

Babe Ruth and Al Capone autographed baseball to go under the hammer New York, January 24 : A baseball bearing the signatures of Babe Ruth and Al Capone, who became symbols of the Jazz Age along with speakeasies and flappers, is up for auction.

Babe Ruth and Al Capone, two icons of the roaring twenties, reportedly both signed the same baseball at Comiskey Park on Chicago's south side in 1931, the New York Daily News reported.

Shortly before Capone's incarceration for tax evasion, future Hall of Fame Yankee Herb Pennock was with the Big Bambino in Chicago to play the White Sox.

The American gangster, a known baseball fan, was in attendance.


Workers in China revolt over 2min bathroom-break policy

 Workers in China revolt over 2min bathroom-break policy New York, Jan 23 : Hundreds of Chinese factory workers angry about the strictly timed bathroom breaks and fines for starting work late, held their Japanese and Chinese managers hostage for a day and a half before police broke up the strike.

About 1,000 workers at Shanghai Shinmei Electric Company held the 10 Japanese nationals and eight Chinese managers inside the factory in Shanghai starting Friday morning until 11:50 pm Saturday, a statement from the parent company, Shinmei Electric Co., released Monday.

It said the managers were released uninjured after 300 police officers were called to the factory.


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