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As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred – NPR (blog)

As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become BlurredNPR (blog)Social monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now,…

Hollande: France Seeks to Preserve CAR Unity – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFrench President Francois Hollande visited the Central African Republic Friday, and pledged to help hold the war-torn country together amid a wave of sectarian violence. Mr. Hollande met…

Crimea’s Bloody Past Is a Key to Its Present – New York Times

New York TimesThe Crimean War ensnared Russia, the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. Credit Hulton-Deutsch Collection, via Corbis. the main story. the main story. the main story Share This…

Pope calls for calm and dialogue amid Venezuela unrest – Reuters UK

Reuters UKCARACAS (Reuters) – Pope Francis called on Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead…

Chris Christie’s Sandy Problem – NPR

NPRNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing criticism over what was once a source of his political strength — his handling of Superstorm Sandy. While national attention focuses on accusations…

Getting ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Made Took Tenacity And ‘Will’ – NPR

NPRDallas Buyers Club is based on a real person. Borten learned about Ron Woodroof in the early 1990s when an ex-girlfriend mailed him a newspaper clipping about Woodroof and buyers…

Mary Grace Canfield, Ralph Monroe On ‘Green Acres’, Dies At 89 – NPR

NPRMary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show Green Acres, has died. She was 89. Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died…

Scores of SA miners feared trapped – BBC News

BBC NewsScores of illegal miners are feared trapped in an abandoned gold shaft near Johannesburg, South African emergency officials say. Emergency services told Reuters that they were communicating with a…

Fall 2014 Fashion Trend: A Fresh Take on Shearling, Straight From New York … – Glamour (blog)

Glamour (blog)Coming off of New York Fashion Week (having spent the last eight days trudging through the snow in single-digit temperatures), I’ve been on the hunt to find the warmest…

Turkish lawmakers brawl, then pass law – CNN

CNNIstanbul (CNN) — After a hard-fought battle — one that landed a lawmaker in the hospital — Turkey’s parliament in Ankara voted Saturday to approve anti-corruption measures. The approval, by…

The Ebony Fashion Fair: Changing History On The Catwalk – NPR

NPRThe Johnson Publishing Company, and its flagship publication, Ebony Magazine, helped to fashion the black middle-class in America for five decades. For 50 years, from 1958 until 2009, the Ebony…

‘The Hindus’: Penguin warns of ‘intolerant’ laws – Times of India

Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Under criticism for withdrawing American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ from the country, Penguin Books India on Friday said it had an…

Treasuries Rise as Letta Resignation in Italy Drives Safety Bid – Bloomberg

BloombergTreasuries rose for a second day after Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he plans to quit, spurring investor appetite for the relative safety of U.S. debt. It will now…

Muppets help play Fallon off on ‘Late Night’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJimmy Fallon formally concluded his run on NBC’s Late Night on Friday, one night after Jay Leno signed off of The Tonight Show. “I’m really going to miss being…

Super Bowl 2014: Seattle trounces Denver, 43-8 – CBS News

CBS NewsThe Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time…

Super Bowl commercials: Best, worst of Super Bowl 2014 ads – SI.com

SI.comThe trend has been going on for quite some time now that a lot of people watch the Super Bowl more for the advertising than for the game. How many…

At Home, With Mom And Her Murderous Beau – NPR

NPRSo here’s the setup: It’s 1987. Frank, a convicted murderer, has escaped from a New Hampshire prison, and he’s holding Adele, a fragile divorcee, and her 12-year-old son, Henry, captive…

Is It Love, or Stockholm Syndrome? – New York Times

New York TimesJosh Brolin is an escaped criminal, and Kate Winslet plays a hostage of sorts in “Labor Day,” directed by Jason Reitman. Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures. The heaving, bubbling euphemism…

Pakistan guards die escorting Spain cyclist Javier Colorado – BBC News

BBC NewsGunmen have shot dead at least six guards who were escorting a Spanish cyclist through Pakistan’s volatile Balochistan province. They were about 50km (31 miles) west of the provincial…

Rabbit hidden in ear of Nelson Mandela statue – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCheck out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions. View Your Contribution. Oops! Your submission didn’t go through. Please…

High stakes, low expectations for Syria peace talks – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — A new peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war convenes Wednesday in Switzerland, where the international community hopes to apply a tourniquet to the Middle East’s…

Tom Brady says he won’t watch Super Bowl – SB Nation

SB NationOn Monday, Brady said he won’t be watching the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Broncos, instead preferring to treat the season as over, per the Boston Herald.…

French Respect Hollande Privacy Except When They Don’t (Correct) – Businessweek

BusinessweekFor all the French public’s assertions that President Francois Hollande has the right to a private life, it hasn’t given up its prurient curiosity. According to an Ifop poll, 77…

Is ’16 And Pregnant’ An Effective Form Of Birth Control? – NPR

NPRThe U.S. teen birthrate — one of the highest in the developed world — has been dropping in recent years. There are a number of reasons for the decrease, and…

‘Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music’: Houston’s Mexican Mass – NPR

NPRIt’s a musical tradition found in Mexican-American enclaves mostly in southwestern U.S. cities. The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and…

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he…

Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast and Canada Powerless – NPR

NPRChristmas is less than merry and far from bright for hundreds of thousands of families from the upper Midwest to the far northeast and into Canada, where ice storms have…

3 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign over probe – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has…

Peyton Manning’s Record* Means Little If He Doesn’t Win Super Bowl – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportHe passed Tom Brady for the most touchdown passes in a season—a record set just six years ago—with 51. Incredible. Better than incredible. He’s like a human Madden. Look…

WATCH: A ‘Mistletoe Drone’ Descends On San Francisco – NPR (blog)

WATCH: A ‘Mistletoe Drone’ Descends On San FranciscoNPR (blog)Most would agree: We don’t usually think of drones as charming. But two artists — George Zisiadis and Mustafa Khan — have…

2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — Two women from the punk group Pussy Riot serving two-year prison terms for staging a protest performance against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral…

Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBERLIN (AP) — The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia.…

Arrest, detention of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar – CNN

CNN(CNN) — The arrest and detention of an Indian consular official in New York on visa fraud charges has created a diplomatic uproar with punitive steps taken against State Department…

Former Microsoft Exec Picked to Fix HealthCare.gov – PC Magazine

PC MagazinePresident Obama today announced that former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will serve as a senior advisor on HealthCare.gov. As part of the “One Microsoft” effort, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve…