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Virginia GOP reconsiders voter pledge

Virginia GOP reconsiders voter pledge

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Virginia Republican Chairman Pat Mullins announced Wednesday on Facebook there would be a meeting Jan. 21 to reconsider a voter loyalty pledge, officials say.

Swedish man accused of raping teens

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Swedish man is accused of raping five teenage girls he allegedly met on Facebook, prosecutors said.

Nail that elusive job, promotion or raise

CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Finding a job in 2012 will be hard but not hopeless, Chicago human resources firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Tuesday.

Town mourns father, 2 sons killed in fire

SICAMOUS, British Columbia, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A small town in British Columbia is mourning the New Year's Day mobile home fire that killed a 28-year-old man and his two sons, 3 and 4, police said.

Son of Motown's Joe Billingslea killed

DETROIT, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The manager of a Detroit nightclub was shot and killed while trying to break up an altercation between customers on New Year's Day, police said.
U.S. envoy to Syria appalled by violence

U.S. envoy to Syria appalled by violence

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The killing of hundreds of people at the hands of Syrian security forces is a tragedy condemned by much of the world, the U.S. envoy to Damascus said.

Student's accused killer: I am 'Psycho'

MANCHESTER, England, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The 20-year-old Englishman charged with killing an Indian university student gave his first name as "Psycho" during a brief court appearance Monday.

Offensive Facebook images trigger riots

ASSUIT, Egypt, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Rioting broke out in Assuit, Egypt, after a 15-year-old Coptic student allegedly posted offensive images of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, authorities say.

Juror kicked off for Facebook request

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man removed from a civil trial jury after sending a Facebook friend request to a defendant was "very close to going to jail," an attorney said.

Ultra-conservative Jews adopt Nazi theme

JERUSALEM, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The use of Nazi symbols and Holocaust prisoner uniforms by protesting ultra-Orthodox Jews in a Jerusalem neighborhood sparked a national outcry Sunday.

Slain student's family angry at police

MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The family of an Indian student shot dead in Manchester say British authorities have not given them full information about the killing.

Downturn influences meal-planning trends

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Great Recession changed many things about U.S. family life, including how families spend their time, what they buy and what they eat, a food expert says.

Fox apologizes for 'Who killed Jesus' poll

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Fox Latin America says it has pulled and apologized for an online poll that asked who was responsible for Jesus' death and included Jews as a possible answer.

Police: Parents bound young kids with tape

ASH FORK, Ariz., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Police in Arizona said they arrested two parents after pictures appeared online of their children bound at the wrists and ankles with duct tape.
Russian patriarch: Listen to protesters

Russian patriarch: Listen to protesters

MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Patriarch Kirill I, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has backed the right to protest and urged the government to listen to the protesters.

Dad learned of son's killing on Facebook

MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The family of an Indian university student killed in England learned of their son's death from Facebook, police said Friday.

No bail for teen in Facebook riot threat

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A Scottish court has denied a request for bail by a teen sentenced to three years in jail for trying to incite a riot using the Facebook social networking site.
Kahne apologizes for breastfeeding tweets

Kahne apologizes for breastfeeding tweets

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has apologized for Twitter postings in which he criticized a mother for breastfeeding a baby at a North Carolina grocery store.

Facebook pictures lead to stolen ring

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Vermont said a man was arrested for stealing an engagement ring after his fiancee posted pictures of the item on Facebook.
By consensus, Google+ is growing quickly

By consensus, Google+ is growing quickly

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Internet giant Google's social networking Web service Google+ is adding 4,375,000 users every week, an unofficial monitor of the service said.

Kidnapped woman gets help through Facebook

SANDY, Utah, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Utah woman whose boyfriend allegedly held her and her 17-month-old son hostage, beat her and choked her, got help by posting a plea on Facebook, police said.

'SNL' writer Joe Bodolai dead at 63

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Comedy writer-producer Joe Bodolai has been found dead of an apparent suicide in a Los Angeles hotel room, E! News said Tuesday. He was 63.
Syrian forces fire on protesters

Syrian forces fire on protesters

HOMS, Syria, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Syrian security forces fired tear gas and bullets at demonstrators in the restive city of Homs Tuesday as Arab League observers arrived, activists said.

Family: Missing man in Hong Kong is dead

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian man missing in Hong Kong since Dec. 21 has been found dead, his sister posted on her Facebook page Tuesday.

Sudan police crack down on student protest

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Sudanese police used violence to break up a student protest at the University of Khartoum, arresting more than 70 students, the students say.
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