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FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, a view of an iPhone in Washington showing the Twitter apps among. Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is proactively looking at other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. The announcement signaled efforts by Twitter to automatically identify tweets supporting terrorism, reflecting increased pressure placed by the U.S. government for social media companies to respond …

Cruz’s 2016 strategy focuses on turning out white voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Ted Cruz has mapped out a path to the White House that all but ignores the explosion of minority voters in America. The Texas senator’s general election strategy depends almost wholly upon maximizing turnout among millions of conservative white voters — mostly evangelical Christians and the white working class — …

Dems ready for long, pricey primary between Clinton, Sanders

Friday, February 5, 2016

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Just one week into primary voting, Democrats are preparing for a long and expensive head-to-head battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that could go deep into the spring or even beyond. Clinton and Sanders are both flush with campaign cash. Clinton has overwhelming support among Democratic Party leaders, but Sanders foresees staying competitive by drawing new and younger …

San Diego settles sex suit against former mayor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN DIEGO — San Diego agreed to pay $667,000 on Tuesday to settle one of three unresolved sexual battery and harassment lawsuits against former Mayor Bob Filner. The payment ends a sexual harassment suit filed by Benelia Santos-Hunter, who worked as the mayor’s executive assistant before accusations of …

Generals: Women should have to register for draft

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the …

Slain Va. girl talked of online ‘boyfriend’

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A 13-year-old girl who vanished from her bedroom was stabbed to death by a Virginia Tech student, and another freshman already charged with hiding the body was more deeply involved, authorities said Tuesday. A neighbor …

Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DALLAS — Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. The unidentified person had not traveled but …

GOP leaders, Obama find consensus elusive

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama’s final year? Don’t get your hopes up. There were scant signs of consensus Tuesday as Obama …

Increasingly, hoaxers threatening schools online

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES — On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona, the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female voice was on the line with a disturbing message: “I can see children. …

Groundhog sees no shadow, ‘predicts’ early spring

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring. “Is this current warm weather more than a …

South Korea warns North against launching satellite

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea warned on Wednesday of “searing” consequences if North Korea doesn’t abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a banned test of ballistic missile technology. The South’s rhetoric about unspecified …

Flight attendants in fist fight ground Delta flight

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By Tim Harlow Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Passengers endured an unpleasant “Delta Experience” on a recent Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul flight when fighting flight attendants forced the pilot to make an unscheduled landing in Salt Lake City. Attendants on Flight 2598 began sparring over work …

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders neck and neck

Monday, February 1, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. …