Summary DETROIT (AP) -- After two days of jury selection, lawyers are poised to give opening statements in the trial of a Detroit-area man who opened his front door and shot an unarmed woman, killing her. Opening statements are expected Wednesday. The judge and attorneys screened dozens of potential jurors before settling on seven men and seven women, including two alternates.
Summary He is neither as enigmatic as India's first individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, nor as engaging as the country's first-ever -- RVS Rathore. But it's a good time to stick your neck out and say that Kumar perhaps won India its most-important Olympic medal among the four that the country's collected in the last three editions. The armyman from Himachal aced the ruthless elimination and weeding out process to determine the champion in an international shooting match, while becoming the king of the 'knockout finals format' in London.
Summary A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt. Stephen Silva made an initial court appearance on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. The 9mm Ruger pistol described in the indictment is the same handgun that was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier during the manhunt for the bombing suspects, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.
Summary PARIS, France -- The French capital braced Wednesday for a fresh protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza after similar rallies ended in violence and looting, raising concerns in the Jewish community about anti-Semitism. The government, whose ban on several weekend rallies failed spectacularly after they went ahead anyway and descended into chaos, decided to authorize Wednesday's protest in Paris after discussions with organizers who gave "security guarantees", Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. The protests over the weekend in Paris and in the suburb town of Sarcelles were marred by clashes between demonstrators and the police that sent locals scurrying as tear gas permeated the air, and scores were arrested.
Summary SAN FRANCISCO: IBM's Watson supercomputer is putting its real-world smarts to work helping US soldiers transition back to civilian lives. Virtual intelligence created by IBM and proven in a victorious run on trivia television game show "Jeopardy" has been woven into a Watson Engagement Advisor application to counsel members of the military and their families how to smartly manage shifting to life after stints in the service.
Summary HOUSTON: US oil and gas company Apache Corp told Reuters it is looking at ways to wring more cash out of its valuable mineral rights, as it and other energy companies face investor pressure to tap more profits from the North American shale boom. "We continually review our mineral interest position to determine the best course of action for maximizing value," Apache spokesman Bill Mintz said in response to a Reuters query. "Depending on the location of the acreage and activity in the area, we may look at options to unlock value from our mineral interests when it makes sense to do so."
Summary Sir Chris Hoy: How To Win Gold and 100 Seconds to Beat the World: The David Rudisha Story review - two compelling victory stories. Flashback to Athens 2004: Hoy is last off, everyone before him has flown, records have fallen like flies, or possibly envelopes; the noise, the crowd, and your own hairs are now standing to attention. And suddenly it all pays off, the work and the incremental improvements, dad's chauffeuring and the chimp-caging.
Summary Over the last two years, there has been a 57 percent increase in app usage and 20 percent increase in terms of time spent by users on smartphones in India. Around one-third of the time spent on smartphones is for using apps and this trend is expected to continue, the study stated. "Social and chat apps are the reason why most new users buy a smartphone. However, 40 percent mature smartphone users say their usage is no longer limited to social purposes. (At least) 24 percent of smartphone owners use mobile apps such as WhatsApp and WeChat for business purposes to sell products and services, expanding their reach to new customers," the study revealed.
Summary Amid rebellion in its Assam unit, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is backed firmly by the Congress high command, specifically Rahul Gandhi. Monday's crackdown on dissidents by Tarun Gogoi - backed firmly by the Congress high command, specifically Rahul Gandhi - seeks to send the message, sources said, that the rest of the rebels must fall in line and reconcile with the Chief Minister. The party has reportedly taken a serious view of the rebels, led by Mr Gogoi's number 2 Hemant Biswa Sarma, meeting the Governor to express "no-confidence" in the chief minister.
Summary Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery Deepens: Cops Don't Know Who Did It (ABC News). Bratton said there was a 13-minute gap between the tower lights going out and the white flags going up. When police investigated the scene, they found that the two American flags had been apparently bleached and large aluminum tins had been tied to cover the lights that illuminate the flags.
Summary MANILA, Philippines - Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla lashed back at critics of his recommendation for President Aquino to declare an emergency in the power sector to avert a shortage of electricity in summer of 2015. Casino suspects the same higher priced electricity during the time of Ramos will again happen if the government enters into contracts with power barges and generators. The Employers Confederation of the Philippines said people in general are wary of the word "emergency", due to its Martial Law connection.
Summary The 30-second TV spot is part of Greenpeace's Save the Reef campaign. Greenpeace program director Ben Pearson told Business Spectator , "Right now, environment minister Greg Hunt's finger is on the button. If he presses go, the consequences for Australia's most precious natural place will be dramatic." If the Carmichael coal mine goes ahead, it will be the largest-ever in Australia.
Summary Israeli wounded in West Bank shooting; Palestinian killed in E. Jerusalem.
Summary Robert Newhouse (44) Dallas Cowboys running back, runs between Chicago Bears' Ron Rydalch (76) tackle; Jim Osborne (68) and Bill Newsome end, to go for a two yard gain in the first quarter of the NFC Playoff in Irving, Tex., Sunday, Dec. 26, 1977. the family said in the statement. "He was #44 in the program, but he was #1 in our hearts!".