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56-year-old Indian-American man killed after getting caught in firing at a motel in US

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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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A majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook

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  • Facebook and Youtube are most popular apps in the US
  • The apps are particularly very popular among youngsters
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When it comes to social media penetration in daily life, a majority of Americans are hooked on Facebook and YouTube but millennials prefer photo-sharing platforms Snapchat and Instagram, a new survey has revealed.

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According to the Pew Research Centre, 68 percent of all Americans use Facebook and three-quarters of that access the social media platform on a daily basis.

Nearly 74 percent of adults use YouTube and 94 percent of young users visit YouTube on their computers or smartphones.

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With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

“Younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71 percent) visit the platform multiple times per day,” the findings showed.

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Similarly, 71 percent of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45 percent) are Twitter users, the survey noted.

“These findings also highlight the public’s sometimes conflicting attitudes toward social media. For example, the share of social media users who say these platforms would be hard to give up has increased by 12 percentage points compared with a survey conducted in early 2014, the Pew Research Centre said.

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By the same token, a majority of users (59 percent) say it would not be hard to stop using these sites, including 29 percent who say it would not be hard at all to give up social media.

Some 88 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds indicated that they use any form of social media. That share falls to 78 percent among those ages 30 to 49, to 64 percent among those ages 50 to 64 and to 37 percent among Americans 65 and older.

Pinterest remains substantially more popular with women — 41 percent — than men (16 percent). LinkedIn remains especially popular among college graduates and those in high-income households.

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“Some 50 percent of Americans with a college degree use LinkedIn, compared with just 9 percent of those with a high school diploma or less,” the survey said.

The messaging service WhatsApp is popular in Latin America, and this popularity also extends to Latinos in the US – 49 percent of Hispanics report that they are WhatsApp users, compared with 14 percent of whites and 21 percent of blacks. IANS