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Israel and Hamas fight on social media

The state of Israel and Hamas are not only fighting with rockets and weapons, but are using social media platforms as new arenas for battle, reported the Washington Post. The Israeli military media office has a Twitter account, @IDFSpokesperson, which tweeted on Nov. 14 to announce a “widespread campaign on…

Synthetic drug use rising in Europe

Europe is being bombarded with an array of new, synthetic drugs of which the ingredients and effects on users are unknown, the continent’s drug agency warned in a report on Thursday. While cocaine and cannabis remain the most popular illicit drugs, new synthetic substances are being detected at a rate…

Rappers’ brains shift when freestyling, says study

Freestyle rap, an improvised style of the music genre associated with back-to-front baseball caps, baggy jeans and gold chains, has burst onto the science stage, shedding light on the workings of the brain. Researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders in the United States have examined…

Hostess threatens to liquidate due to striking bakers

Hostess, maker of the cream-filled treat Twinkies, is threatening to shut its doors and liquidate the company if striking employees don’t return to work, reported Fox News. Hostess filed for bankruptcy in January after the company failed to resolve wage and health care disputes with unions. While Hostess eventually struck…

Postal Service losses tripled to $16 billion

The US Postal Service tripled its losses in 2012, bleeding $15.9 billion as the state-owned enterprise faces tough competition and what it calls onerous and unfair retirement funding requirements. The US mail said its losses rocketed in the year to September 30 from a $5.1 billion loss last year, with…

Deadline extended for state decisions on health care exchanges

The Obama administration has extended the deadline for states to decide whether to set up health care exchanges in accordance with the Affordable Care Act one month, till Dec. 14, reported The Hill. Originally, that deadline was Friday, Nov. 16. However, states that decline to create such exchanges — likely…

FDA looks into potential energy drink-related deaths

The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating 13 deaths that may be linked to consumption of an energy drink called 5-hour Energy, an FDA spokeswoman said Thursday. “FDA is continuing to investigate reports of illness, injury or death of people who took products marketed under the label 5-Hour Energy,”…

Judge OKs immigration check, blocks other parts of S.C. law

A federal judge has blocked most of a South Carolina immigration law that, similar to the infamous Arizona law, created strict laws surrounding undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Supreme Court threw out parts of the similar Arizona law this past summer but let stand the ability of police officers to check…

Wal-Mart workers begin Black Friday disruptions

Strikes and protests aimed at disrupting the retail giant Walmart during next week’s Black Friday sales events began on Thursday with walk-outs at a number of stores and the promise of more actions in the lead-up to what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. The news comes…

Florida man threatens to ‘hunt down’ and kill President Obama

Police in Melbourne, Fla., are holding a man over threats he made on Facebook to kill President Barack Obama, reported Florida Today. On Nov. 1, Christopher Castillo wrote on the social network that if Obama were re-elected, he would “hunt down” the president and “watch the life disappear from his…

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