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  • NYPD plans to double size of gang unit

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is planning to double the size of its gang unit to 300 detectives to combat teen violence fueled by dares and …


  • Pa. hostage call prompts social media training

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police plan to train their officers to be fluent in social media, joining other departments nationwide, days after a man armed with a hammer and kitchen …


  • Pa. hostage call prompts social media training

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police plan to train their officers to be fluent in social media days after a man armed with a hammer and a kitchen knife used a …


  • Packers’ loss ripples from Lambeau to White House

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Entire stadiums have booed them. The Patriots’ Bill Belichick grabbed one by the arm and the Redskins’ Kyle Shanahan was so hopping mad he followed …


  • Union-buster Walker calls for return of union refs

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing brings political enemies together in Wisconsin like the Green Bay Packers. Following a controversial game-ending call by replacement referees that cost Green Bay a win …


  • Boy who inspired firefighter photo project dies

    DALLAS (AP) — A 4-year-old Dallas boy whose battle with cancer inspired his father’s firefighting crew, then firefighters from across the country to post photos of support for him on …


  • SHOW BITS: Moore a wallflower, Klum a traffic cop

    IT’S NOT TV, IT’S AN AFTER-PARTY Show Bits brings you the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with …


  • SHOW BITS: Stewart drops f-bomb; Party starts

    Show Bits brings you the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. …


  • SHOW BITS: Hanks gets a grip; Keep the line moving

    Show Bits brings you the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. …


  • Facebook posts worry police in Pa. hostage-taking

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building — and not just because …


  • After Facebook posts, Pa. hostage-taker surrenders

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Klein Michael Thaxton hadn’t been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced …


  • Hostage-taker posts to Facebook, page pulled

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An armed man with a military background took a hostage inside a downtown office building Friday and posted Facebook updates saying he had “lost everything” before his …


  • Man holds hostage in Pittsburgh, posts to Facebook

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An armed man with a military background took a hostage inside an upper floor of a downtown Pittsburgh office building on Friday and posted Facebook updates saying …


  • Pittsburgh hostage-taker posts Facebook updates

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who has taken a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise is posting Facebook updates as police try to negotiate the release of the man he’s …


  • Chick-fil-A makes another statement on controversy

    ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A is once again in the public relations fryer. The controversy flared up this week when a Chicago politician said the company was no longer giving to …


  • Carter grandson arranged Romney video’s release

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Midway through a routine Internet search, James Carter IV stumbled upon a video that just didn’t seem right. The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a …


  • Twitter hands over records in NY Occupy case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter on Friday agreed to hand over about three months’ worth of tweets to a judge overseeing the criminal trial of an Occupy Wall Street protester, …


  • Ky. teen who ID’d attackers on Twitter testifies

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge heard Friday from a 17-year-old sexual assault victim who identified her attackers on Twitter despite a gag order because she thought their plea deal …


  • Subject of explosives hoax later arrested in Texas

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man flying home to Texas to celebrate his 29th birthday instead spent the day as the unwitting victim of a midair explosives hoax that forced the …


  • What a birthday: Hoax removes man from Philly jet

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man flying home to Texas to celebrate his 29th birthday instead spent Thursday as the unwitting victim of a midair explosives hoax that forced the plane’s …


  • Spin Control: Social media leads to inane politics

    It’s not clear yet whether this year’s campaign staffs are hell-bent on testing Marshall McLuhan’s theorem that “the medium is the message” or are so enamored with high tech that …


  • Study: We’re getting less friendly on Facebook

    Whether it’s pruning friends lists, removing unwanted comments or restricting access to their profiles, Americans are getting more privacy-savvy on social networks, a new report found.


  • Region stories find big audience on Internet

    Readers shared hundreds of Spokesman-Review news stories on Facebook and other social media in 2011. As we prepare to ring in 2012, here’s a look back at The Spokesman-Review stories …


  • Social media a growing part of foreign intelligence

    McLEAN, Va. – In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the “ninja librarians” are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything …


  • Avista social media man talks his trade

    It’s a good thing Dan Kolbet is thick-skinned. Because he is “Dan_at_Avista,” the company’s social-media man who blogs and tweets about his company, and wades into the vitriol of online …


  • Not so corny: Facebook game lets users play farmer

    ST. LOUIS – Even while calling Chicago home, Laura Hawkins Grimes is a country bumpkin. Her scenic rural spread has three dairy farms, two ponds and a log cabin, all …


  • Can all that Twitters turn to gold amid the gloom?

    SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter Inc. has spawned a new way to communicate by limiting messages to 140 keystrokes. So here’s a way to describe the Internet’s latest craze within Twitter’s …

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