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Political opinions can influence how people perceive candidate's facial characteristics: Study
12/13/2013 3:15:00 PM

Washington, Dec. 13 (ANI): A new study has found political bias can influence how people perceive the facial characteristics of a presidential candidate - even after seeing his face on TV thousands of times.

The study of Ohioans immediately before and after the 2012 presidential election showed that people's mental representation of Republican candidate Mitt Romney's face differed based on their political persuasion.

Though attitudes are known to influence how people perceive

Pregnant women likelier to experience discrimination in job search process
12/13/2013 3:15:00 PM

Washington, Dec.13 (ANI): Researchers have claimed that a pregnant woman is more likely to experience discrimination in the job search process than a nonpregnant woman.

Their experiment measured formal discrimination (whether applicants were told a job was available and allowed to complete a job application) and interpersonal discrimination (whether sales personnel attempted to prematurely end the conversation, pursed their lips, exhibited hostility, treated the applicant rudely, furrowed

Many Americans view Saddam's removal not worth loss of life
12/13/2013 3:15:00 PM

Washington, Dec. 13 (ANI): A number of Americans think removing Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power was not worth the loss of American life and other costs of attacking Iraq, according to a new poll.

The CBS News Poll found that 49 percent of respondents said that removing Hussein was not worth the costs of going to war with Iraq, as compared to 36 percent who said it was worth.

According to CNN, the poll found that a number of Republicans think toppling Hussein was worth the

NSA bosses divided over providing amnesty to Snowden
12/13/2013 12:18:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 13 (ANI): The National Security Agency executives are reportedly in a split about the idea of providing amnesty to whistleblower Edward Snowden who revealed classified data about the controversial mass surveillance programmes by the US.

NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander has made Rick Leggett as in charge of the Snowden leak task force.

According to CBS News, the task force is intended to avoid future leaks and is also analyzing how much damage Snowden has caused, who

Snowden hopes NSA leaks will improve govt. transparency
12/12/2013 2:11:00 PM

Johannesburg, Dec. 12 (ANI): NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he hopes that the leaks of classified documents will lead to greater transparency by governments for the citizens.

Snowden said that he chose to defy his obligations when he learned the scope of surveillance programmes conducted without being disclosed to the society, News24 reports.

Snowden, who is living in Russia under temporary asylum, said he took the risk of publicising the data because of the dangers that

IKEA wolf toy becomes symbol of dissent in Hong Kong
12/11/2013 3:29:00 PM

London, Dec. 11 (ANI): A toy wolf made by Swedish furniture giant Ikea has become the symbol of protest in Hong Kong.

Based on the Red Riding Hood fairytale wolf, the toy was sold out in a few hours as people queued up for it from morning.

According to the BBC, an anti-government protester is said to have thrown the toy at Hong Kong's leader CY Leung over the weekend.

A spokesman for Ikea Hong Kong said that customers arrived at Ikea stores to queue for the toy at 07:00

Former US actress admits to sending ricin to Obama, Bloomberg
12/11/2013 2:53:00 PM

Sydney, Dec. 11 (ANI): A former U.S. actress has pleaded guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Shannon Guess Richardson entered her plea in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin, news.com.au reports.

Richardson was arrested in June after authorities said she tried to implicate her husband, Nathan Richardson, after he had filed for divorce.


Brit man pleads guilty to terror charges in US
12/11/2013 2:05:00 PM

London, Dec. 11 (ANI): A British man extradited to the United States on charges of terrorism after an eight-year legal battle has pleaded guilty.

Babar Ahmad admitted providing support to terrorists at a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut.

He now faces up to 25 years in prison, when he is sentenced in March, Sky News reports.

According to the report, another man, Syed Talha Ahsan, is also expected to change his plea.

The pair was to have faced trial after

Uruguay becomes first country in world to legalize marijuana
12/11/2013 10:45:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 11 (ANI): Uruguay has become the first country to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana in a bid to fight against drug trafficking.

A government-sponsored bill approved by 16-13 votes in the Senate legalizing marijuana is aimed at extorting the business from criminals in the small South American nation, CBS News reports.

According to the report, the Uruguayan residents, who are above the age of 18 and are registered on government database monitoring

George H.W. Bush joins Twitter
12/11/2013 12:12:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 11 (ANI): Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has become the latest high-profile political figure to join Twitter.

Bush joined the micro-blogging site on Tuesday, and first tweeted to honor late South African President Nelson Mandela on the day of his funeral.

According to Politico, Barbara and I wish we could have joined the U.S. delegation honoring President Mandela today. He, and his countrymen, are in our prayers, - George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) December 10,

US cellphone carriers reveal police made 1.1mn 'snoop data' requests in 2012
12/10/2013 1:42:00 PM

Washington, Dec. 10 (ANI): US cellphone carriers have reportedly revealed that the law enforcement agencies made around 1.1 million user data requests related to location, text messages, browsing history and call logs in 2012.

Seven major US cellphone carriers including AT and T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are the latest to have surfaced in the ambit of the huge debate surrounding the US' alleged mass surveillance programmes.

According to Mashable, AT and T said that it denied

Experts say line between professional and personal life 'blurring'
12/10/2013 11:30:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 10 (ANI): A new study has shown that now-a-days employers disregard the motto of keeping professional and personal lives separate, and like to profit from their employees 'free' time and non-professional aptitudes.

Last century, it was very clear where work stopped and play started - managers at offices and factories encouraged a formal environment. Personal lives were left at the door as employees clocked in.

Today, jobs increasingly allow us to work flexible

Costa Concordia Captain abandoned ship leaving almost 300 people on board
12/10/2013 12:18:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 10 (ANI): An Italian court has heard that a coastguard official aboard the doomed cruise liner Costa Concordia had told its captain, Francesco Schettino, to get back on the ship as he fled on a lifeboat leaving almost 300 people to die in the capsizing vessel.

The phone conversations between Commander Gregorio De Falco and Captain Schettino were played in the court which revealed that about two-and-a-half hours after the impact of the ship with the rocks, Schettino was

US Senate approves 10-year extension on plastic guns ban
12/10/2013 12:18:00 AM

London, Dec. 10 (ANI): The U.S. Senate has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic guns invisible to metal detectors.

The Senate however rejected tougher restrictions called for by gun-control advocates.

According to the BBC, the bill was approved by a Senate voice vote one week after it passed the House of Representatives.

The ban has gained new relevance with the spread of at-home 3D printing.

The proposed 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act

Sarah Palin to make reality TV comeback in 2014
12/10/2013 12:18:00 AM

Washington, December 10 (ANI): Sarah Palin is set to make a comeback on reality TV in 2014 with her upcoming show 'Amazing America with Sarah Palin'.

The weekly series hosted by Palin will explore some of the most original, interesting and sometimes inspiring people, places and pastimes connected to America's outdoors lifestyle, Politico reported.

The 49-year-old former governor Alaska said in a statement that she is excited to help shine light on all the great American

FBI can secretly turn on your web cam without your knowing!
12/9/2013 11:06:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 9 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has developed advanced surveillance techniques giving it the power to secretly activate web cameras to spy.

Tech savvy G-men can remotely turn on cameras that transmit real-time images to investigators, without turning on the light that shows the camera is in use.

According to the New York Post, the FBI can also carry out surveillance into a suspect's computer and download files, photographs and stored e-mails.


Obama says chances of nuke agreement with Iran 50/50, diplomacy best way
12/8/2013 11:50:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 8 (ANI): President Barack Obama has said diplomacy is the best way to solve Iran's nuclear programme as striking a nuke agreement has only partial chances of success.

The comments from Obama came as he said the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, but still defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.

According to the Huffington Post, during a question-and-answer session with a pro-Israel

Odd working hours affect parent-child relationship
12/7/2013 2:33:00 PM

Washington, Dec. 7 (ANI): A new North Carolina State University study has found that parents, who work at odd hours, have troubled relationships with their children.

Also, children with such turbulent relationship are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviors such as vandalism, hurting others badly, theft and skipping school, the study found.

To determine the impact of nonstandard work schedules, which are anything outside the conventional 9 to 5 framework, such as night or evening

US military developing advanced 'radar-evading' drones
12/7/2013 11:24:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 7 (ANI): The US military is reportedly working on super advanced drone technology that can evade radar systems along with an all-electric, fuel cell-powered UAV launched from a submerged submarine.

The advanced drone, dubbed the RQ-180, is designed to penetrate deep into heavily defended airspace.

Despite the current drones working well for the US military in wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, where enemy fighters had little to no air-defense capabilities, analysts

President Obama lights up National Christmas Tree while grooving with elf
12/7/2013 12:20:00 AM

Washington, Dec. 7 (ANI): US President Barack Obama flaunted his dance moves at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony when he tried to groove with a little girl, dressed as an elf in Mariah Carey's performing troupe.

The President later joked that the show is always a great way to get in the holiday spirit and every year he rehearses his own little act, but organisers couldn't squeeze him into the program, yet again, ABC News reported.

While lighting up a 31-foot-tall

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