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Mexican Facebook page administrator threatened over drug violence posts

A Facebook wall post denouncing crime is apparently dangerous stuff in Mexico’s drug-infested north, where the administrator of a popular page on the social network has received threats. The page Valor por Tamaulipas has more than 164,000 “likes” as people follow its updates on gunfights, kidnappings, the presence of gunmen…

China reports year’s second fatal case of bird flu

A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year. The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department said in a statement, adding that no other human…

Rio sex motels to house World Cup, Olympics fans

A shortage of hotel rooms has led Rio authorities to invest millions of dollars to convert raunchy motels to accommodate the legions of tourists expected for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics. Shalimar, located in the upscale beach district of Leblon, is one of 60 such “sex”…

Bees use the ‘force’ to choose the best flowers: study

Bees use the 'force' to choose the best flowers, study finds If you’re a bee having a hard time finding that flower trying to tell you it’s loaded with nectar and pollen, use the force, bee, use the force. For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that the interaction of…

Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down: Vatican Radio

The pope’s official Twitter account, which has more than two million followers in nine languages, will close next week when Benedict XVI leaves office, Vatican Radio said Friday. After a high-profile launch on December 12 under the name @pontifex, the pontiff’s online musings quickly attracted over 1.5 million followers in…

Obama asks Supreme Court to overturn same-sex marriage ban

The Barack Obama administration on Friday formally asked the US Supreme Court to strike down a 1996 law defining marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. The request was contained in a legal brief filed to the US high court, whose nine justices plan next month…

Microsoft the latest to be hit by hackers

Microsoft joined Facebook and Apple on the list of US technology titans targeted in recent cyberattacks. “As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion,” Trustworthy Computing team general manager Matt Thomlinson said in a blog post. “During our investigation, we…

Maddow guest: Texas senator claimed 12 Harvard professors were ‘Marxists’

On Rachel Maddow’s Friday show, the host discussed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and whether he bears any similarity to the infamous Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who instigated a communist witch hunt in the 1950s. Cruz has been part of the GOP opposition to the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel…

Glenn Beck turns down WWE invitation after anger over tea party characters

World Wresting Entertainment invited Glenn Beck onto the program Raw after the conservative radio host criticized the organization for creating characters that appear to be caricatures of anti-immigrant tea party conservatives. In response to the WWE’s invitation, Beck tweeted on Friday evening, “Unfortunately I am currently booked doing anything else.”…

Nevada state senator to push dispensary bill amid confusing medical marijuana law

A Nevada state senator announced that he would push legislation to create a system to regulate for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries, reported the Las Vegas Sun. His announcement came after a hearing on medical marijuana during which legislators from both parties agreed that changes to the law needed to be made,…

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