With staff cuts, Twitter sees road to profit
Still losing money and without a merger partner, Twitter said Thursday it sees a path to profitability as the struggling social network unveiled job cuts as part of a reorganization. The messaging platform said it would cut nine percent of its workforce after another money-losing quarter, but suggested it could reach profitability for the first time next year. "We have a clear plan, and we're making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth," chief executive Jack Dorsey said.
Wisconsin student accused of assaulting 4 more women
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? A University of Wisconsin-Madison student already accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment after a date this month was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting four other women since early 2015.
Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? YouTube has emerged as a break-out star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers looking for amusement, news and music on their smartphones.
Police begin arresting pipeline protesters in North Dakota
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) ? Armed soldiers and law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear on Thursday began arresting protesters who had set up a camp on private land to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Mom says noose leaves life-changing emotional scar on son
WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) ? A black 15-year-old in Mississippi shook in fear as he described how white schoolmates put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight, leaving no physical scars but perhaps a life-changing emotional wound, his mother said Thursday.
Parole considered for Charles Manson's 'right-hand man'SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California officials are considering whether the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson should be released from prison. It would come 47 years after he orchestrated the killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others.
Judge lets Flint residents' lawsuit against state move ahead
LANSING, Mich. (AP) ? A Michigan judge ruled in favor of Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit against the state and state officials over the city's lead-contaminated water, rejecting a motion to dismiss the case entirely.
NATO seeks to manage Russia's new military deployments
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's high-profile military deployments aim to showcase Russian power in any global confrontation with the West, NATO officials say, but the alliance will not seek to match Moscow's actions. Curtis Scaparrotti, the U.S.-led alliance's top commander, told allied defense ministers on Wednesday that more than 120,000 Russian troops took part in exercises in September which culminated with the firing of a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, diplomats said. As Russia's sole aircraft carrier passed Europe's shores this week, reports of its warships equipped with nuclear-capable missiles in the Baltic alarmed allies.
Obama shortens prison sentences for 98 convict: White House
U.S. President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 98 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his latest round of commutations, the White House said on Thursday. Obama has granted 688 commutations this year, for a total so far in his presidency of 872. The commutations are part of Obama's push to reform the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
Amazon's quarterly profit misses estimates, shares tumble
Amazon, whose shares were down 6.8 percent in after-hours trading, said its net income rose to $252 million, or 52 cents per share, from $79 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier. It was company's sixth straight profitable quarter. Total operating expenses rose 31.5 percent to $10.94 billion as the company invests in Amazon Web Services, expands its Prime program internationally, builds up its warehouse and delivery infrastructure and increases its original video offerings.