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Facebook forced to reveal identities of cyberbullies

A mother has won court backing to force Facebook to reveal the identities of cyberbullies who targeted her with a string of abusive messages on the website. Nicola Brookes, 45, was granted a high court order after receiving “vicious and depraved” abuse on Facebook after she posted a comment in…

Facebook opens online center for social apps

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook began rolling out an App Center for mini-programs that plug offerings such as Pinterest or Draw Something into the leading social network. The App Center feature opened its virtual doors in the United States with 600 programs geared for Web browsers as well as those for…

Same sex marriage opponents in Washington seek to overturn law in November

Opponents of Washington’s new same sex marriage law have submitted enough signatures to place a repeal of the law on the November ballot. Preserve Marriage Washington on Wednesday submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the state’s attorney general, well over the number of signatures they needed to qualify Referendum 74…

Romney outraises Obama in May dash for cash

WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney thumped President Barack Obama in campaign fundraising in May, and while the incumbent’s team is dismissing the surge, it could sow concern among Democrats five months from the election. Figures released Thursday show Romney outraised Obama for the first time in the White House race,…

North Dakota’s oil boom brings damage along with prosperity

Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller’s formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses. But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the…

F-16s scramble for Obama aircraft alert

LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 fighters were scrambled Thursday after three small planes violated a flight ban imposed for a fundraising visit by President Barack Obama in California, officials said. The military jets intercepted a Cessna 206 at around 9:00 am (1600 GMT) and a Cherokee PA 28 about 30…

House Dems propose $10 per hour minimum wage

A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives proposed this week a bill that would raise the nation’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour, which they say will help consumer purchasing power catch up to the rate of inflation since the late 1960s. It’s primary sponsor,…

Virginia 13-year-old suspended after he ‘touched the flag’

The parents of a 13-year-old boy in Virginia Beach who was suspended for touching the American flag say that their son was unfairly treated because he is black. Virginia Beach Public Schools Spokesperson Eileen Cox claimed the suspension was ordered after a teacher at Plaza Middle School observed Moses Hinton…

Romney pledges not to be ‘president of deception’ like Obama

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday suggested that Barack Obama had been governing as a “president of doubt and deception.” At a campaign event in Saint Louis, the former Massachusetts governor blasted Obama for not understanding the “free enterprise system.” “Sadly, it’s become clear that this president simply doesn’t…

Boy shoots self in head because ‘manhood’ questioned on Skype

An 18-year-old Philadelphia boy is not expected to live after he accidentally shot himself in the head because someone questioned his “manhood” during an online video chat. East Detectives Capt. John Gallagher said that the teen was engaged in a webcam chat on either Skype or ooVoo when the person…

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