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Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The extremists of the Islamic State have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of pushback – both from companies swiftly censoring objectionable content and users determined not to let it go viral. Public disgust with the … 0

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes yesterday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a … 0

Homeless man fights Hudson’s panhandling crackdown

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The town of Hudson’s officials and police officers are violating the free-speech rights of the poor and the homeless by harassing and arresting panhandlers who use signs to solicit handouts, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union said yesterday in a lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed against the town in federal court in Concord, seeks a court order that town officials stop interfering with the … 0

Federal autopsy ordered in Missouri teen’s death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban … 2

Top bid for tallest New England lighthouse is $78K

Monday, August 18, 2014

The tallest lighthouse in New England will likely soon have a new owner. The federal government yesterday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s coast. … 0

Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, said Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, … 0

Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza truce talks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Palestinians appeared divided yesterday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to an Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the territory, while other factions, … 0

Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq’s largest dam

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces yesterday wrested back part of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said. The U.S. began targeting fighters from the … 0

Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said yesterday. However, the military acknowledged that another one of its fighter … 0

Texas Gov. Perry defends veto that led to charges

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry yesterday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors. “I stood up … 0

Groups claim insurance discrimination in new forms

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers. The insurance industry responds that critics are … 0

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook’s messenger app

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has … 0

One idea on why women, minorities have trouble advancing

Sunday, August 17, 2014

There’s a question that perplexes management researchers who try to figure out why the glass ceiling is so hard to crack, particularly now that there are more minorities and women in the work world. Why is it, they ask, that women and minorities who successfully climb the corporate … 0