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Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Voter turnout in U.S. hits 20-year low in 2016

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 12 : The voter turnout in the United States has fallen to nearly its lowest point in two decades this year.

As the ballots are still being tabulated by the election officials, the 126 million votes which have already been calculated accounts for 55% of voting age citizens cast ballots this year, reports the CNN.

The turnout has been the lowest in a presidential election given that it was 53.5% in 1996.

The turnout figures will change as outstanding ballots -- such as provisional ballots and those with write-ins are seen by election officials.

For reaching a turnout of 2008 in which nearly 64% of voting age citizens casted a vote, it would take another 18.7 million votes.

President Obama assured by Trump's commitment: White House

President Obama assured by Trump's commitment: White House

Washington D.C. (United States), Nov. 11 : White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted that President Obama is filled with renewed confidence in the commitment of the President-elect Donald Trump to engage in an effective, smooth transition after meeting him at the White House.

"We are committed to doing what is required on our part to make sure that that happens. And the President was pleased to hear a similar commitment expressed by the President-elect," said Earnest while responding to a question.

Legalization of marijuana in California making Miley Cyrus' day

Legalization of marijuana in California making Miley Cyrus' day

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 10 : Looks like Miley Cyrus, who was crying after Donald Trump's election win, can feel better about the outcome once she starts smoking.

According to Hollywood Reporter, a source close to the 23-year-old singer revealed that the one thing that is " making her day" a little better is the fact that Marijuana is legal in California.

The state recently cleared ' Proposition 64' allowing people 21 years and older to legally possess up to an ounce of weed (approximately 28 grams) and grow six marijuana plants at home.

"She is all about it and is very excited that California is progressive and making things a little easier for her and other people that want to enjoy the benefits of marijuana," the source told the magazine.

Brad Pitt clears child abuse investigation

Brad Pitt clears child abuse investigation

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 10 : Looks like the wind is in favour of Brad Pitt, who is currently in the custody battle for his six children with Angelina Jolie.

The 52-year-old actor has been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services, reports TMZ.com.

According to the article, the department has closed its child abuse investigation into an incident on a private jet between Pitt and 15-year-old Maddox.

A spokesperson for Jolie released a statement that said, "The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children."

'Fifty Shades Darker' gets R rating for 'strong erotic sexual content'

'Fifty Shades Darker' gets R rating for 'strong erotic sexual content'

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 10 : James Foley's 'Fifty Shades Darker', which earlier teased fans with masquerade parties and steamy sex scenes, is probably not dodging the censor bullets yet again.

According to the statement recently issued by the 'Motion Picture Association of America,' the highly anticipated sequel of the blockbuster has just been given an R rating for "strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity and language," reports E! Online.

The upcoming flick will see Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan's return to the big screen once again as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey from 'Fifty Shades of Grey', the first movie in the franchise based on the writings of E. L. James of the same name.

Scouting helps in better mental health in later life: Study

Scouting helps in better mental health in later life: Study

Washington D.C. [USA] Nov. 10 : Taking part in the scouts and guides not only help you in physical, mental and spiritual development, but also lower the risk of mental illness in later life.

A study by the University of Edinburgh suggests that children, who participate in the organizations, which aim to develop qualities such as self-reliance, resolve and a desire for self-learning, are likely to have better mental health in middle age.

Such activities, which frequently involve being outdoors, also seem to remove the relatively higher likelihood of mental illness in those from poorer backgrounds, the results showed.

It's time to stop 'ageism' cliche: Charlize Theron talks gender problem in H'wood

It's time to stop 'ageism' cliche: Charlize Theron talks gender problem

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 10 : Hollywood actress Charlize Theron recently opened up about prevailing gender inequality issues, impacting Hollywood.

The 41-year-old Oscar-winning actress sat down with 'Vanity Fair Italy' for their November 2016 issue in which she pointed out the "real problem" saying, "Hollywood's gender problem is nothing compared to the society's problem," reports E! Online.

"The time has come for women to realize that the way we look outside is not the most important thing and it's not true we are worth less when we age," she said.

The 'Mad Max: Fury Road' star also dismissed fellow female stars who claim that ageism is alive and well in the entertainment industry.

Love trumps hate: Lady Gaga protests Donald Trump's win

Love trumps hate: Lady Gaga protests Donald Trump's win

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 10 : While most of the celebrities in the United States are still digesting Donald Trump's win, Lady Gaga seems to have already stepped out to express her dissent.

The 'Bad Romance' singer, who was a well-known Hillary Clinton supporter, stood outside Trump's building and held a sign that read "Love trumps hate," reports E! Online.

Gaga is seen wearing a full black strapless jumpsuit standing beside the front fender of a big white sanitation truck.

As the election results on Tuesday became clearer declaring the Republican candidate would win the presidency, Gaga tweeted, "In a room full of hope, we will be heard. Stand up for kindness, equality, and love. Nothing will stop us. Say a prayer America."

Shootings at an anti-Trump rally in Seattle, many injured

Shootings at an anti-Trump rally in Seattle, many injured

Washington D.C. (U.S.) Nov. 10 : Many persons have been injured in shooting in Seattle, Washington, as hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's victory in 2016 Presidential election.

According to American media report, the shooting took place at Pine Street and 3 Avenue and the police have arrived at the scene.

The investigation into the incident is underway.

Trump was yesterday elected the President of the United States.

The Republican nominee won after capturing Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes, putting him over the 270 threshold.

Trump's surprising performance at the polls ended Hillary Clinton's quest to make history as the first female president of the United States.

Hillary winning popular vote underscores her national campaign support: John Earnest

White House Press Secretary John Earnest

Washington DC [USA], Nov. 10 : Despite Donald Trump emerging triumph in the presidential election, White House Press Secretary John Earnest has said that his Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote underscores her ability to built support for a national campaign.

Responding to a poser as to whether the poll have rejected not only Clinton but also incumbent Barack Obama by casting their votes in Trump's favour, Earnest wondered whether anybody has direct answer to the same.

Earnest drew the attention of the media towards some relevant facts to put forth his stand.

Male chimps spends time in grooming offspring: Study

Male chimps spends time in grooming offspring: Study

Washington D.C. [USA] Nov. 9: A recent study has found that male chimpanzees are more concerned about their own offspring than previously thought.

The research suggested that the male, associated with mothers of their offspring early in infancy and interacted with their infants more than expected.

The study comes on the backdrop of question that whether male chimpanzees could recognize their offspring.

Because males spending time with nursing mothers did not increase the likelihood that they would be the father of that mother's next infant, the findings support the paternal effort hypothesis, in which males associate more with mothers in order to protect their offspring, rather than curry favor with the female.

Donald Trump to be the 45th president of US

Donald Trump to be the 45th president of US

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 9 : Republican Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States and Mike Pence will be his Vice President.

Trump's surprising performance at the polls ended Hillary Clinton's quest to make history as the first female president of the United States.

Trump, a 70-year-old celebrity businessman who had never before run for office, is poised to become the oldest president ever elected to a first term, reports the Washington Post.

Women have sharper memory than men: Study

Women have sharper memory than men: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 9 : Proving the notion wrong, that man are more intelligent and have sharper memory, a recent study found that middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures.

However, the research further suggested that the memory of women declines as she enter post-menopause. Women report increased forgetfulness and "brain fog" during the menopause transition.

In addition, women are disproportionately at risk for memory impairment and dementia compared with men. Despite these conditions working against them, middle-aged women still outscore their similarly aged male counterparts on all memory measures, according to the study.

c achieves ISO 27001 certification for its global delivery centre in Chandigarh

TestingXperts achieves ISO 27001 certification for its global delivery

Pennsylvania [United States], Nov.9 : TestingXperts, a specialist Software Testing and QA company, is pleased to announce the achievement of 'ISO 27001:2013' certification for its state of the art global delivery centre in Chandigarh.

This achievement is a testament to TestingXperts' commitment to implementing highest standards of information management.

This adds to the existing certifications that TestingXperts has on quality and security including but not limited to ISO 9001.

Brad Pitt spotted for the first time post split from Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt spotted for the first time post split from Angelina Jolie

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 9 : Brad Pitt recently made his first appearance in Los Angeles following his very public split from estranged wife Angelina Jolie in September.

Almost two months after the divorce announcement, the 52-year-old actor attended a private screening of 'Moonlight' in Los Angeles, where he was joined by longtime pal and 'Ocean' co-star Julia Roberts, reports People magazine.

This news comes one day after a rep for the 'Salt' actress released a new statement saying that the former couple have reached a legal agreement that states all six of their children that include 15-year-old Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will remain in Jolie's custody.

I Voted: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, H'wood celebs share voting pics from election day

I Voted: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, H'wood celebs share voting pics from election

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 9 : The US presidential election is whirling in its political fiesta and celebrities prove they are also a part of it.

Several pop stars and actors including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Olivia Wilde and many others posted photos from their respective polling areas to tell fellow citizens that they have performed their civic duty.

Also seen a lot on the pictures, along with the celebs, is the 'I Voted' stickers, some of which are oval in shape and has the same words written in more than five languages.

Swift took to her Instagram handle to share a photo of her queuing up with the others standing in front of the 'Voters entrance'. The caption reads, "Today is the day. Go out and VOTE us."

Drake sends Taylor Swift loads of luxurious gifts for her cats

Drake sends Taylor Swift loads of luxurious gifts for her cats

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 8 : Looks like fans of Drake and Taylor Swift are in for another big 'collaboration' only this time it could be a 'romantic' call.

The 30-year-old rapper is showing Swift just how much he cares about her by doing something sweet for something near and dear to her heart- Tay's cats, reports HollywoodLife.com.

An insider told the website, "Drake knows the way to Taylor's heart and he's going for it in a big way."

The source also mentioned that the 'Hotline Bling' singer stopped into a pet store and went "buck wild on cat accessories" for her.

Bees recall past experiences before collecting pollen: Study

Bees recall past experiences before collecting pollen: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 8 : A recent study has found that bees make an overall sensory assessment of their experience at a particular flower before deciding, where to forage for pollen.

According to the University of Exeter study, they recall memory of previous experiences and use a variety of senses before collecting pollen.

The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an "overall sensory assessment" of their experience at a particular flower.

Bees typically do not eat pollen when they collect it from flowers, but carry it back to the nest via special "sacs" on their legs or hairs on their body.

Child's academic performance linked to gestational age

Child's academic performance linked to gestational age

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 8 : How your child performs in school has got a strong link with his/her gestational age, finds a recent study.

The study indicates that being born either too early or too late is likely to affect their academic performance.

The risk of cognitive and developmental problems in premature infants is well-established, but preventing preterm birth is limited clinically. By contrast, less is known about what happens to cognitive performance in children born post-term, or about the influence of birth weight variations within post-term populations, where there may be more scope for intervention.

Gold nanoparticles helps in delivering drugs into cancer cells

Gold nanoparticles helps in delivering drugs into cancer cells

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 8 : A recent research found that gold nanoparticles helps in delivering a drug right into the heart of cancer cells,

According to the new laboratory research, transferring effective drugs into cancer cells, particularly to where the chromosomes are stored, was one of the biggest hurdles in treating cancer. Gold nano-particles have proven to be well suited to being absorbed into cells, safely delivering drugs that could otherwise be blocked.

Researchers have been working on better ways to transport a drug directly into the control room of cancer cells, where the chromosomes are kept. This specific drug targets a molecule - telomerase - that builds up the protective caps at the end of chromosomes called telomeres.

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