US News  February 09, 2016
IS widow charged over US hostage death
Palestinians protesting against "terrorism" carry a poster of US aid worker Kayla Mueller, who died as a hostage of Islamic State group jihadistsThe widow of late Islamic State group financial leader Abu Sayyaf has been charged for her alleged role in the death of US aid worker Kayla Mueller last year.Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, a 25-year-old known as Umm Sayyaf, was accused of conspiring to provide support to the violent extremists, forcibly detaining Mueller and other captives in the cou...  Full Story
Sikh American says barred from Mexico-US flight over turban
A Sikh Indian-American actor and designer says that he was barred from boarding an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York because he refused to remove his turbanA Sikh Indian-American actor and designer says that he was barred from boarding an Aeromexico flight from Mexico City to New York because he refused to remove his turban."This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my @aeromexico flight to NYC because of my turban," Waris Ahluwalia wrote in his Instagram account.The 41-year-old bearded...  Full Story
New Hampshire prepares for crucial US vote
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks at a town hall meeting on February 7, 2016 in Londonderry, New HampshireNew Hampshire heads to the polls Tuesday in the crucial first US presidential primary with Donald Trump chasing victory and Hillary Clinton looking to narrow the gap with Bernie Sanders.The small northeastern state, home to just 1.3 million, is the battleground that could shake out a crowded Republican field of candidates, pitting Trump and arch-co...  Full Story
USOC 'will not prevent athletes from competing' over Zika
A municipal agent sprays the Sambadrome on January 26, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilThe United States Olympic Committee has refuted an "inaccurate" report that it had advised American athletes to reconsider competing in the Rio Games because of Zika virus fears."The reports that the USOC has advised US athletes to reconsider competing in Rio due to the Zika virus are 100 percent inaccurate," USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said...  Full Story
Rules change for Oscars acceptance speeches
The rules for acceptance speeches at the Oscars are to change this year with the names of people winners wish to thank scrolled at the bottom of the screenWe've all yawned each year as Oscar winners rush through the names of the people they want to thank during their brief acceptance speeches, hoping no one is forgotten.Well, things are about to change.The producers of the annual Academy Awards announced on Monday that this year's winners will be able to hand over a list of the people they wish to th...  Full Story
California grants driver's licenses to 605,000 undocumented
Some 605,000 undocumented immigrants who live in California were granted driverSome 605,000 undocumented immigrants who live in California were granted driver's licenses in 2015, the first year they have been able to enjoy that benefit, officials said Monday.The law known as AB60 took effect on January 2, 2015. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) expects a total of some 1.4 million people will get their license ...  Full Story
More than 30 hurt after US casino bus flips over in snow
Three to seven inches (7.5-18 centimeters) of snow were forecast to fall on southwestern Connecticut on Monday, according to the National Weather ServiceA bus driving from New York to a casino in neighboring Connecticut overturned on a snow-covered highway Monday, injuring more than 30 people and forcing police to close the major route.The charter bus was heading to the Mohegan Sun Casino -- a drive of about two hours and 15 minutes -- when it flipped over on its side on Interstate 95 near the town...  Full Story
Beyonce takes US by storm with new activist role
Beyonce performs during Super Bowl 50 at LeviWith slogans against police brutality and celebrations of African beauty in her new song, Beyonce has suddenly transformed from crowd-pleasing entertainer to outspoken spokeswoman for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement.The 34-year-old superstar, who had been relatively quiet in 2015, returned in spectacular fashion Saturday with a surprise ...  Full Story