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The police accused him of not cooperating before blasting him with pepper-spray and forcing him to the ground.(AFP)

US police officer fired for pepper-spraying Black soldier

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 05:27 AM IST
Lieutenant Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, repeatedly asked what he had done wrong and said, "This is really messed up," as two police officers holding guns demanded he get out of his car.
Workers trim the flowers of hemp plants at Hempire State Growers farm in Milton, New York.(Bloomberg)
Workers trim the flowers of hemp plants at Hempire State Growers farm in Milton, New York.(Bloomberg)

Virginia becomes first southern US state to legalize pot

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 02:23 PM IST
  • Several other US states, including New York and Colorado, have approved similar measures, but Virginia is the first to do so in the socially and politically conservative US south.
Virginia Beach police put up police tape across Pacific Ave. at the Oceanfront on Saturday, March 27, 2021, morning after a fatal shooting the night before in Virginia Beach, Va. A pair of overnight fatal shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach wounded several people in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.” (Stephen Katz /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)(AP)
Virginia Beach police put up police tape across Pacific Ave. at the Oceanfront on Saturday, March 27, 2021, morning after a fatal shooting the night before in Virginia Beach, Va. A pair of overnight fatal shootings along the beachfront in Virginia Beach wounded several people in a scene described by authorities on Saturday as “very chaotic.” (Stephen Katz /The Virginian-Pilot via AP)(AP)

State police to probe Virginia Beach police shooting

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 01:12 AM IST
Donovon W. Lynch, 25, was shot by a Virginia Beach police officer in the last of three separate shooting incidents along the city’s popular oceanfront strip of hotels and restaurants. The shootings left one other person dead and eight others wounded.
The bill was a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of colour under current marijuana laws. (AP)
The bill was a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of colour under current marijuana laws. (AP)

Virginia votes to legalize marijuana, end disparate treatment of people of color

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 10:29 AM IST
With a compromise bill clearing the House and Senate, Virginia becomes the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia.
Terwilliger, 39, is the youngest US Attorney in the country and has led the office since 2018, but his connections to the office go back to 1999, when he worked there as an intern. He also served for years there as a line prosecutor.(Reuters file photo)
Terwilliger, 39, is the youngest US Attorney in the country and has led the office since 2018, but his connections to the office go back to 1999, when he worked there as an intern. He also served for years there as a line prosecutor.(Reuters file photo)

US Attorney in Eastern Virginia announces resignation

ALEXANDRIA | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:09 PM IST
G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining the private sector with a post at the Vinson and Elkins law firm.
Americans face new Covid-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving(Twitter/merrick_ivy)
Americans face new Covid-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving(Twitter/merrick_ivy)

Covid-19: Americans brace for new restrictions after Thanksgiving amid nationwide surge in coronavirus cases

Associated Press | By Associated Press | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 09:38 AM IST
The holiday gatherings over the long weekend in America have resulted in a disastrous fallout of Covid-19 cases across the US which is already leading the world with the highest coronavirus transmissions, stay-at-home orders and strict new measures imposed for those travelling
US President Donald Trump arrives to a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)
US President Donald Trump arrives to a Thanksgiving video teleconference with members of the military forces at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

Trump, still defiant, says he’ll give up power if electoral college backs Biden

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:35 PM IST
Trump said he’ll soon stage a rally in Georgia, where voters return to the polls in early January for a pair of runoff Senate races that will determine control of the chamber.
From just Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, the number of Indian-Americans in US congress has risen to five — Kamala Harris in the Senate and Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna in the House of Representatives. But 2020 is when politics came into their homes, touched their festivals and their culture.(AP)
From just Dalip Singh Saund in 1956, the number of Indian-Americans in US congress has risen to five — Kamala Harris in the Senate and Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna in the House of Representatives. But 2020 is when politics came into their homes, touched their festivals and their culture.(AP)

The birth of a new political constituency

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:08 PM IST
“We have arrived,” proclaimed a string of Indian Americans in news profiles of the community’s sudden shot into prominence politically
Maya Gebler and Cate Carroll read letters they've received from fairies in Norfolk, Va., on Monday Oct. 12, 2020. In the last few months, more than 700 letters have arrived at a fairy tree village outside the home of a journalist and children's book author.(AP)
Maya Gebler and Cate Carroll read letters they've received from fairies in Norfolk, Va., on Monday Oct. 12, 2020. In the last few months, more than 700 letters have arrived at a fairy tree village outside the home of a journalist and children's book author.(AP)

Kids in Virginia find advice and respite in letters from ‘fairy godmother’

NORFOLK, Virginia | By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2020 01:25 AM IST
Word spread online and now youngsters arrive wearing pixie wings or princess gowns and a website connects children who live farther away.
Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar
Kabir Akhtar is an Indian-origin American director of the series Never Have I Ever and is the nephew of lyricist Javed Akhtar

The new Akhtar on the block

Hindustan Times | By Lubna Salim
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 06:32 PM IST
Meet the Emmy-winning director-editor who talks as passionately about racism as his love for samosas
Weeks of nationwide unrest have struck several US cities since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.(AFP)
Weeks of nationwide unrest have struck several US cities since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.(AFP)

Fires set, windows shattered in Virginia in solidarity with protestors of Portland

Richmond | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Virginia State Police and Richmond police worked to clear the crowd of a several hundred demonstrators late Saturday.
Donald Trump is seeking re-election to the White House in the November 3 presidential elections.(AP)
Donald Trump is seeking re-election to the White House in the November 3 presidential elections.(AP)

Donald Trump grateful for Indian-Americans’ support: White House

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 02:09 PM IST
According to the survey results conducted by Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian-American Finance Committee, more than 50 per cent of Indian-Americans in the battle ground states of Michigan, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia are crossing over to support Trump.
One man was left with life-threatening injuries after a shooting erupted in a Virginia shopping mall, police said.(Reuters (Representative image))
One man was left with life-threatening injuries after a shooting erupted in a Virginia shopping mall, police said.(Reuters (Representative image))

At least one injured in shooting at a Virginia mall: Police

Richmond | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 08:28 AM IST
Chesterfield Police Maj. R.M. Louth said police received a call at 6:09 p.m. that there was a fight in the food court area of the mall, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Louth said the shooting victim had life-threatening injuries.
The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, who was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police, has found a new home at a Virginia zoo.(AP)
The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, who was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police, has found a new home at a Virginia zoo.(AP)

Huge alligator snapping turtle weighing 65-pound gets a new home

ALEXANDRIA | By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2020 12:20 PM IST
Animal control officers initially took Lord Fairfax to the county animal shelter, and then to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The bankruptcy filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, allows J. Crew to stay in business while cutting its borrowings.(Unsplash)
The bankruptcy filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, allows J. Crew to stay in business while cutting its borrowings.(Unsplash)

Retail chain J. Crew Group file for bankruptcy protection

Bloomberg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 04:25 PM IST
J. Crew Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy, unable to revive flagging sales of its preppy clothing line amid the coronavirus pandemic and crushed by debt rooted in a long-ago leveraged buyout.
A health department employee scans a driver at the entry point of a grain market, Chandigarh, April 17, 2020(Ravi Kumar /Hindustan Times)
A health department employee scans a driver at the entry point of a grain market, Chandigarh, April 17, 2020(Ravi Kumar /Hindustan Times)

Irresponsible actions in US, Brazil, Pakistan can undermine global efforts

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 05:31 PM IST
Political considerations, which are clearly motivating the leaders who are advocating dangerous behaviour, have to be put aside for now. This could mean the difference between life and death.
The word lynch has sadly been heard again in Delhi as violence claimed 53 lives two weeks ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The word lynch has sadly been heard again in Delhi as violence claimed 53 lives two weeks ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Shashi Tharoor’s Word of The Week: Lynch

Hindustan Times | By Shashi Tharoor
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 01:13 PM IST
Though ‘lynching’ is always illegal, perpetrators often escape justice
Gurpreet Singh Bajwa, 49(HT PHOTO)
Gurpreet Singh Bajwa, 49(HT PHOTO)

Punjab-origin doc pleads guilty to prescribing illegal medicines in US

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2020 09:42 PM IST
Gurpreet Singh Bajwa, 49, of Fairfax, Virginia, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on May 22
An Indian-American woman, who raised her voice against alleged discrimination in admission of Asians in IV League schools, has announced that she will run for US House of Representative(Manga Anantatmula/Twitter)
An Indian-American woman, who raised her voice against alleged discrimination in admission of Asians in IV League schools, has announced that she will run for US House of Representative(Manga Anantatmula/Twitter)

Indian-American woman to run for US Congress from Virginia

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2020 03:47 PM IST
Asian Americans, including Indian-Americans normally support Democratic party candidates, but she hopes to turn the tide in the November Congressional elections by defeating six-term incumbent Congressman Gerry Connolly.
In a setback for US President Donald Trump, Republicans failed Saturday night to deny Louisiana’s Democratic governor a second term(REUTERS)
In a setback for US President Donald Trump, Republicans failed Saturday night to deny Louisiana’s Democratic governor a second term(REUTERS)

Another poll setback for Trump-led Republicans; president in ‘great’ health

Hindustan times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2019 09:41 PM IST
Democratic governor John Bel Edwards fended off Republican challenger Eddy Rispone , a businessman, winning 51% of the votes.
Four Indian Americans, including a Muslim woman and a former White House technology policy advisor, have won state and local elections held in the United States on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Four Indian Americans, including a Muslim woman and a former White House technology policy advisor, have won state and local elections held in the United States on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

4 Indian-Americans win state, local elections in US

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 06:23 PM IST
Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi, a former community college professor, created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate, while Suhas Subramanyam, who served as the White House technology policy adviser to former president Barack Obama, has been elected to the Virginia State House of Representative.
Republicans also conceded the assembly and senate in Virginia.(REUTERS)
Republicans also conceded the assembly and senate in Virginia.(REUTERS)

Key Trump ally loses poll, witness affirms Ukraine quid pro quo

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 11:04 AM IST
But first, the elections. Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, lost to Democrat Andy Beshear largely due to his own unpopularity. But Trump, who had put his full weight behind Bevin, will end up shouldering some of the blame.
The Kentucky governor’s race remained too close to call late Tuesday, with Democratic challenger Andy Beshear threatening to oust Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a day after President Donald Trump came to the state in a last-ditch effort to save the embattled incumbent.(REUTERS)
The Kentucky governor’s race remained too close to call late Tuesday, with Democratic challenger Andy Beshear threatening to oust Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a day after President Donald Trump came to the state in a last-ditch effort to save the embattled incumbent.(REUTERS)

Kentucky governor race too close to call; Dems flip Virginia

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 09:13 AM IST
In Virginia, Democrats used increasing suburban support to flip control of the state Senate and state House and gain outright control of state government in a presidential battleground.
Royal Children in Malta: Lady Mountbatten lends a steadying hand as Princess Anne probes a tempting paddling pool. Elder brother Prince Charles dangles his feet into a pool unaided, but a watchful eye is kept on him by Uncle Dickie - Earl Mountbatten.(Alamy Stock Photo)
Royal Children in Malta: Lady Mountbatten lends a steadying hand as Princess Anne probes a tempting paddling pool. Elder brother Prince Charles dangles his feet into a pool unaided, but a watchful eye is kept on him by Uncle Dickie - Earl Mountbatten.(Alamy Stock Photo)

When infamy seeps into royalty

Hindustan Times | By Navneet Vyasan
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 04:56 PM IST
Andrew Lownie’s latest book is an account of an almost failing royal marriage in the backdrop of a tumultuous subcontinent
Going somewhere? Some places offer trips to the unknown.(Unsplash)
Going somewhere? Some places offer trips to the unknown.(Unsplash)

Going somewhere? Now you can plan a trip to a place unknown

Charleston, W.Va. | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 08:56 AM IST
The West Virginia Division of Tourism arranged the free trip earlier this month to promote the state as a perfect fall destination.
On that Saturday in October 2017, the 52-year-old athlete showed Donald Trump exactly what she thought of him, as his imposing convoy of black SUVs passed her on the road outside the Trump National Golf Club.(Juli Briskman/Facebook image)
On that Saturday in October 2017, the 52-year-old athlete showed Donald Trump exactly what she thought of him, as his imposing convoy of black SUVs passed her on the road outside the Trump National Golf Club.(Juli Briskman/Facebook image)

Cyclist who flipped off the president running for local office

Sterling, United States | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 11:47 AM IST
Aside from a small bicycle-shaped pin worn above her heart, Briskman rarely mentions “the incident,” as she delicately calls it.
Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at movie theatre that is part of a popular mall.(Representative Image/Reuters File Photo)
Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at movie theatre that is part of a popular mall.(Representative Image/Reuters File Photo)

Reports of shooting prompt panic at Virginia mall, cops say no evidence found

Arlington | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 07:18 AM IST
The Arlington County Police Department tweeted Saturday night that authorities were continuing to conduct a search the theater at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington, but investigators had not found any victims or evidence that a shooting took place.
An event venue in the southern United States refused to host a mixed race couple’s wedding.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
An event venue in the southern United States refused to host a mixed race couple’s wedding.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

US venue cites Christian ‘beliefs’ in refusing mixed race wedding

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:52 AM IST
The husband-and-wife-to-be -- he black and she white -- had been in contact with Boone’s Camp Event Hall in Mississippi for several days, before receiving an email rejecting their request to hold their nuptials at the facility.
Yashveer (right) lost his parents Gurmeet Singh and Jasleen Kaur, and his 6-year-old sister after a pickup truck driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into their minivan in Virginia on August 15 this year.(Sourced)
Yashveer (right) lost his parents Gurmeet Singh and Jasleen Kaur, and his 6-year-old sister after a pickup truck driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into their minivan in Virginia on August 15 this year.(Sourced)

Sikh community raises Rs 1.29 cr for boy who lost family in US car crash

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 11:37 AM IST
The boy, Yashveer lost his parents and 6-year-old sister after a pickup truck driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into their minivan in Virginia on August 15.
Police and first responders gather at the Gannett headquarters, home of USA Today, in McLean, Virginia, on August 7, 2019. - The newspaper USA Today evacuated its headquarters in northern Virginia on Wednesday following an alleged sighting of an armed man at the building, but later said the report was "mistaken. Fairfax County police said they had "found no evidence of any acts of violence or injuries." (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)(AFP)
Police and first responders gather at the Gannett headquarters, home of USA Today, in McLean, Virginia, on August 7, 2019. - The newspaper USA Today evacuated its headquarters in northern Virginia on Wednesday following an alleged sighting of an armed man at the building, but later said the report was "mistaken. Fairfax County police said they had "found no evidence of any acts of violence or injuries." (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)(AFP)

USA Today building evacuated after report of armed man

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 07:41 AM IST
Police officers with rifles surrounded and entered the building in McLean, Virginia, according to images posted on social media.
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