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Social networking top online activity in U.S.

US Internet users are spending nearly a quarter of their online time at blogs and social networks, with Facebook the most popular destination, according to a survey released by Nielsen. “Social media’s popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch and buy,” Nielsen said in a…

Amazon says tax delay will save jobs

Amazon said legislation allowing online retailers to delay for one year the collection of sales tax in California would save jobs and provide time for a national law to be drawn up. Debt-stricken California desperately needs revenue but a bill that could compel online shoppers to pay tax for the…

Rugby World Cup fans book hotel in wrong country

Two South African rugby fans scoured the Wellington suburb of Eastbourne for their hotel, only to find it was half a world away in the British seaside town of the same name, a report said Tuesday. Michael and Sunette Adendorff travelled to the New Zealand capital to watch the Springboks…

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s son cited for marijuana possession

The 21-year old son of Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was issued a citation for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana early Saturday. “This is a private matter that will be handled through the municipal process,” the governor said in a statement. “My son is a fine young…

Tea party audience boos Ron Paul for explaining motive of al Qaeda

Ron Paul was booed at the CNN/Tea Party Republican debate on Monday night after saying that al Qaeda did not attack the United States because “we’re free,” but because of U.S. military operations in the Middle East and the nation’s “unfair” treatment of Palestinians. “This whole idea that the whole…

Bachmann calls out Perry for taking money from HPV vaccine company

During the CNN Tea Party Express debate Monday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann went after fellow candidate Rick Perry for taking campaign contributions from Merck, a company that sells the HPV vaccines that he had, as the governor of Texas, tried to mandate for all young girls in the state.…

Michael Jordan slapped with fine

NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has slapped Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan with a $100,000 fine for comments about the league’s labour dispute, ESPN reported Monday. The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the collective bargaining process. League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty but declined to…

U.S. universities hit with copyright infringement suit

NEW YORK — The Authors Guild and writers from Australia, Britain and Canada filed a copyright infringement suit Monday against five US universities and the HathiTrust digital library project. The complaint submitted in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York claims the universities obtained unauthorized scans…

Former Sen. Bob Graham calls for new 9/11 investigation

Former Democratic Senator Bob Graham on Monday called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation into 9/11 after a report found that links between Saudi Arabia and the hijackers were never disclosed by the FBI to the 2002 joint Congressional intelligence committee investigating the attacks. “In the final report…

North Carolina House passes same sex marriage ban

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The Republican-controlled House passed the proposed amendment in a 75 to 42 vote on Monday after a three-hour debate. If the state Senate also…

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