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  • Young Americans less likely to drive

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Driving is becoming so last century. Since the end of World War II, getting a driver’s license has been a rite of passage for teens, but that’s less and less the case. The share of people in their teens, 20s and 30s with driver’s licenses has dropped significantly over the […]
  • Police: Dubai watching the web round the clock

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A senior Dubai cyber-crimes investigator says authorities are now conducting round-the-clock monitoring of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The stepped up web watching in the United Arab Emirates comes amid rising crackdowns on alleged political dissent, including recent arrests of activists for Internet postings deemed challenges […]
  • Philly councilman: Tweet contract justified

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Philadelphia city councilman is spending $28,000 in taxpayer money 140 characters at a time. The Philadelphia Daily News ( reports Councilman Jim Kenney is paying an outside contractor $28,800 to send Twitter and Facebook updates on his behalf. The 53-year-old Kenney says he contracted ChatterBlast to communicate with younger constituents. […]
  • Israel Museum showcased in Google Art Project

    Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) – Until Tuesday, if history buffs wanted a glimpse of the Israel Museum’s vast collection _ including a 9,000-year-old carved human face found in the Judean Desert _ they would have to travel to Jerusalem to see it. Now, through a joint venture with Google Inc., people from around the world […]
  • Hail to the new NYC taxi; Nissan cab unveiled

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – In a cab and your cellphone just died? No problem. Just plug it in. New cabs hitting the streets of New York City next year will have charging ports for riders’ electronics. They’ll also have more leg room, a large skylight roof to gaze at the city skyscrapers and […]
  • RI to get $230M from $500M Google forfeiture

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that participated in an investigation that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting $500 million last year are receiving $230 million of that money. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha (nuh-ROH’-nuh) said Monday that the attorney general’s office, East Providence police and North Providence police will each receive $60 million. […]
  • ‘Texting lane’ just for laughs, but issue serious

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter used April Fools’ Day to have a little fun with what he says is a real problem _ distracted walking. City officials painted lines and oblivious stick-figure pictures on one stretch of John F. Kennedy Boulevard near City Hall as a jab at pedestrians who keep their eyes […]
  • Palestinian woman held for alleged Facebook insult

    Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – A Palestinian woman accused of defaming the president on her Facebook page has been detained for two weeks while an investigation is carried out, activists said Monday, in what they say is a growing crackdown on writers who criticize the West Bank government. Palestinian security forces arrested Ismat […]
  • Young Syrian activists put life on hold in revolt

    Associated Press TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) – Last year, Khalid was a 19-year-old Syrian university student whose modest dreams were to land a job and earn enough to marry his girlfriend _ not simple tasks given Syria’s weak economy and his lack of connections to the ruling elite. Since then, he’s become a fugitive activist in […]
  • Brazil takes on websites that promote sex tourism

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil is asking more than 2,000 websites to remove sexual content that promotes Latin America’s biggest country as a sex tourism destination, the Tourism Ministry said Tuesday. In 2011, the ministry identified 2,169 websites with photos of women in sensual poses and invitations for sexual encounters with minors, the ministry said […]