The execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants, gruesomely displayed in a video that surfaced this week, was a palpable reminder of the shadowy business of kidnappings in the Middle East.
For years, extremist groups like the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Foley’s murder, have plied this grisly trade. In the process, they have earned millions of dollars in ransoms, further fueling the radicals’ rise.
Just about anyone who has been on the internet in the past couple of decades has fallen victim to the unfortunate fraud of contact form ambiguity. You fill out a form in order to get some information or to be contacted by someone, only to receive the wrong information or to be contacted by the wrong (or even multiple) people. It has gotten to the point that contact forms in general often leave a negative taste in web surfers’ mouths.
Moreover, they rarely have the right information even in…
DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S.
The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year.
The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power…
Complaining about a flight on Twitter has become common practice for frequent travelers, but for one Minneapolis man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media.
He was asked to leave the plane — before eventually being allowed to re-board.
Duff Watson had priority status to board Southwest Airlines flight 2347 from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday. At the gate, his two children were not…
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Strangers fondled their luggage, read their diaries, and pored over their effects spread out in the burned field of the crash site: Teddy bears, magazines, I love Amsterdam T-shirts. According to some reports, credit cards, cell phone and even a wedding ring were looted. And for days, the bodies just lay there — some only partially clothed.
Today, the first victims were returned to the Netherlands and finally honored, almost a week after they were killed as…
Talk about a camera ham.
A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man’s front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose.
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Facebook revenue surged to nearly $3 billion in the June quarter on the strength of its ad sales, handily beating Wall Street estimates.
Facebook reported earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of $2.91 billion for the June quarter, compared to the consensus estimate among analysts for earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion.
Revenue for the quarter was up more than 60% from the same quarter a…