Egypt squeezed between need for reforms and fear of backlash
Twitter's video-sharing mobile app Vine to close
Twitter Inc announced Thursday that it would discontinue the video-sharing mobile app Vine, as it moves to cut 9 percent of its workforce worldwide to keep costs down after beating Wall Street quarterly earnings expectations. The decision comes on the heels of a failed attempt to sell Twitter as it fights against stagnant user growth and mounting competition from other social media platforms. In a post published jointly by Twitter and Vine to the blog platform Medium, the social media services said that the Vine website would stay live even after the mobile app is discontinued, giving users the chance to download and save any videos.
Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infectionsCHICAGO (AP) ? Another folk medicine remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.
Twitter plots new path after merger talks fail
Twitter said Thursday it has a path to growth and profitability, even as the struggling social network unveiled hefty job cuts and more losses after talks to find a buyer collapsed. The company said it would cut nine percent of its workforce after another money-losing quarter, but suggested it could reach profitability for the first time in 2017. Analysts however remain skeptical about Twitter's outlook for expansion, expressing concerns about its ability to entice users beyond its core base.
Italy quakes take out buildings standing after August jolt
The red brick Amatrice city hall resisted the devastating Aug. 24 quake that collapsed buildings all around it, only to crumble under the one-two punch of lesser jolts Wednesday night. They also brought ...
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Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. voting rights advocates scored a string of courtroom victories this year that rolled back some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws. With early voting already under way ahead of the Nov. 8 election, local officials in several states are trying to enforce restrictions that have been suspended or struck down in court, civil rights advocates say. The Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that states with a history of racial discrimination don't have to win approval from the U.S. Justice Department when they want to change the way they conduct elections - the first time the Deep South will be free of federal oversight since 1964.
Prof gives free pass to student who ditched class for SeriesCLEVELAND (AP) ? An Ohio college student who ditched class to head to the opening game of the World Series in Cleveland has won a reprieve from his professor by being honest.
US charges dozens in India-based call center fraud racket
US justice authorities announced action Thursday to shut down a group of Indian call centers that had cheated victims in the United States of hundreds of millions of dollars. The Justice Department said tens of thousands of victims, most of them from South Asia, were extorted by callers pretending to be US tax or immigration officials threatening them with arrest and deportation if they did not remit money to the government. The agency said it had arrested 20 people and unveiled charges against five call centers and 32 individuals in India in the Ahmedabad-based operation.
Florida's latest Zika 'hot zone' not generating so much buzzMIAMI (AP) ? Authorities in Florida went into damage-control mode when Zika-carrying mosquitoes began biting in the Miami area this summer, fearing the economy would suffer as pregnant women were warned to avoid the Wynwood art district and touristy South Beach.