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Washington, April 28, 2017: A 56-year-old Indian-American man was killed after getting caught in firing at a motel in the US state of Tennessee.

Khandu Patel worked as a housekeeper at Americas Best Value Inn in Whitehaven, Memphis, a report in Fox13Memphis said. He was staying there temporarily with his wife and two children.

Patel was standing at the back of the motel when he was shot on Monday at 7.30 p.m. (local time), the local Fox affiliate reported.

“He finished his day’s work and was out walking around the property,” Jay Patel, the victim’s nephew, told the channel.

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“Next thing you know he hears some gunshots flying around and one caught him in the chest.”

Patel was shot in the chest and died before he was taken to the hospital.

Jay said his uncle was preparing to move out of Whitehaven to the nearby Southaven in Mississippi for another job after a week.

“He was ready to get out of there,” said Jay. “Just trying to put food on the table. So he had to take what he had at the time.”

According to police, there were witnesses that know who killed Patel, but they were not cooperating.

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Memphis police said multiple suspects sped off in a new silver Nissan Altima or Maxima.

The local NBC affiliate WMCA quoted police as saying that the target of the shooting was someone who was staying at the hotel.

There were about 30 gun shots, an elderly lady told the network.

Police have offered a reward for those providing information on Patel’s killers. (IANS)

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U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter

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US, Dec 31, 2017: The U.S. Library of Congress says it will no longer collect every single tweet published on Twitter as it has been doing for the past 12 years.

The library said this week that it can no longer collect everything across the entire social media platform because of recent changes Twitter has made, including allowing longer tweets, photos and videos.

It said in a blog post this week that its first objective with collecting and archiving tweets was “to document the emergence of online social media for future generations.” The library says it has fulfilled that objective and no longer needs to be a “comprehensive” collector of tweets.

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FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. VOA

The Library of Congress said it will still collect and archive tweets in the future, but will do so on a more selective basis. It said going forward “the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

The library said it generally does not collect media comprehensively, but said it made an exception for public tweets when the social media platform was first developed.

The library said it will keep its previous archive of tweets from 2006-2017 to help people understand the rise of social media and to offer insight into the public mood during that time. “Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations,” it said.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation,” it said. (VOA)

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