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AP Exclusive: If California dam failed, people likely stuck
AP Exclusive: If California dam failed, people likely stuck

Communities immediately downstream of California's Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself - rather than its spillways - were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation's tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago.

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U.S.' Tillerson calms allies on Syria ahead of Geneva talks

By John Irish and Sabine Siebold BONN, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, trying to reassure allies that Washington was not tilting towards Moscow over the Syrian conflict, told them on Friday that the United States backed U.N. efforts to broker a political solution to the war, officials and diplomats said. Tillerson also said military ties with Russia hinged on its stance towards rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad, who Russia backs.

Trump tweet celebrates Wall Street rally
Trump tweet celebrates Wall Street rally

President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed Wall Street's continuing rally, tweeting out a celebratory message as the White House continues to be roiled by internal divisions and scandal. "Stock markets hit new high with longest winning streak in decades," Trump tweeted. Sent in the hours before stock markets opened on Thursday, the tweet followed the fifth straight all-time record finish for all three major stock indices, which have risen on hopes that Trump will soon release details of a new tax plan.

The look on this man
The look on this man's face in Melania Trump's latest tweet is actually perfect

Melania Trump will soon learn that a picture is worth a whole lot more than 1,000 words once it's posted to Twitter. Though the new FLOTUS doesn't live in the White House, on Wednesday she took a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture with Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After posting a photograph from her trip to Twitter, users on the very outspoken platform began to highlight the Trump family's rocky relationship with race and  noticed a hilariously perfect facial reaction lurking in the background. SEE ALSO: Ashton Kutcher blew a kiss at John McCain and lol what...

Fifty Shades author EL James trolls Piers Morgan following Twitter spat with JK Rowling
Fifty Shades author EL James trolls Piers Morgan following Twitter spat with JK Rowling

Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James has left Piers Morgan red-faced on Twitter after the British broadcaster was humiliated in front of millions by JK Rowling last weekend. Morgan engaged in a Twitter feud with the Harry Potter author after she praised Australian comic Jim Jefferies for telling Donald trump supporter Morgan to "f*ck off" on US talk show Real Time with Bill Maher.

I humiliated myself in front of 120,000 people on Facebook Live for Valentines Day, and the insults have stayed with me
I humiliated myself in front of 120,000 people on Facebook Live for Valentines Day, and the insults have stayed with me

The logistics of the scenario went as follows: it was a Cilla Black-meets-First Dates deal where they'd picked three girls to have 15 minute dates with their writer, all to be broadcast on Vice's Facebook. The anonymous hatred (while still hurtful) is always easier to deal with than that which has a name and a face and a Facebook profile.

Did Kim Jong-nam
Did Kim Jong-nam's Facebook fixation lead to his death?

By posting images of his playboy lifestyle in Macau, Shanghai and Singapore on Facebook, Kim Jong-nam may have made it easier for agents acting for North Korea to track him down and kill him in Malaysia. The NK News web site reported Thursday that Mr Kim used the social media site extensively, using the alias Kim Chol - which was also the name printed on his travel document when he collapsed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday. The profile says "Kim Chol" studied at an international school in Geneva and in Moscow and lives in Macau, all of which tie in with Kim Jong-nam's background.

Cheryl breaks Twitter silence - but not to announce her
Cheryl breaks Twitter silence - but not to announce her 'pregnancy'

The former Girls Aloud singer, who is rumoured to be heavily pregnant with Liam Payne's baby, had not tweeted since New Year's Eve. Today she posted a new update, though it did not refer to her 'pregnancy' which she is yet to personally confirm. "I am so happy excited to tell you all that after a 5 year relationship with @PrincesTrust and a 2 year mission along with Cheryl's Trust we have finally found a centre in the heart of Newcastle that will be opened this summer!" she wrote.

Kim Jong-nam: North Korea exile
Kim Jong-nam: North Korea exile's 'careless' use of Facebook could have helped killers track him down

Kim Jong-nam may have been tracked down by alleged assassins because of his "careless" use of social media, an intelligence official has suggested. The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un died in suspicious circumstances after falling ill at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday. Malaysian police said the man was carrying a passport in the name of "Kim Chol", a pseudonym linked to the North Korean exile for several years.

Twitter temporarily limiting users for abusive behaviour
Twitter temporarily limiting users for abusive behaviour

Twitter appears to be placing temporary usage restrictions on accounts it detects "potentially abusive behaviour" from. Several users of the micro-blogging site claim to have received a message from the site, telling them that their account has been limited for 12 hours. The penalty cuts the reach of the user's updates, making them visible to their followers only, and not the wider Twitter community.

Twitter is temporarily restricting the reach of abusive accounts
Twitter is temporarily restricting the reach of abusive accounts

Twitter is reportedly putting abusive users in the naughty corner. The social platform's latest safety measure places a temporary timeout on accounts deemed to be using abusive language against other users.

Ian Wright in furious Twitter meltdown and labels Arsenal defeat by Bayern Munich a
Ian Wright in furious Twitter meltdown and labels Arsenal defeat by Bayern Munich a 'f****** shambles'

Arsenal great Ian Wright had to turn off the embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich after going into a Twitter meltdown over what was unfolding at the Allianz Arena, with his former club heading for a seventh Champions League last-16 exit in a row. 53-year-old Wright hinted last week that Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal may be nearing its conclusion after the manager told him he is "coming to the end", a revelation that caused a stir among Arsenal fans across the globe.

Twitter is going nuts over this cheating ex video
Twitter is going nuts over this cheating ex video

Grab a pillow, you're going to need something to punch and/or scream into. Every now and again, a video comes along that gets the people fired up, but rarely does Twitter content take you on a man-hating emotional rollercoaster quite like this. We. Are. Shook.  SEE ALSO: Sexual assault survivors share powerful handwritten letters of self-love The Scene's video title says it all, really: "He cheated on her and now she wants to know why." Featuring an ex-couple sitting across from each other, the video sees our graceful heroine (who seems to be a woman called Kourtney Jorge) ask her "JERK EX" why he cheated on her multiple times. God, just look at his smirking...

Twitter is adding Periscope live-streams to its top trends feed
Twitter is adding Periscope live-streams to its top trends feed

Twitter wants you to watch more videos. To help give user-generated clips and professional live-streams maximum exposure the platform is surfacing video in more places, including the top trends feed.

Facebook now lets you find and apply for jobs on mobile and desktop
Facebook now lets you find and apply for jobs on mobile and desktop

Looking for work? You can now add Facebook to the long list of career sites that can help you find a new job. On Wednesday, the company announced it is launching a new jobs bookmark on its mobile apps and the web.

You are what you tweet: Twitter reveals how America eats and exercises
You are what you tweet: Twitter reveals how America eats and exercises

Called the Lexicocalorimeter, a new tool is scanning Twitter for mentions of food and exercise to track how America is eating and staying healthy. Or, judging from all the pizza and TV references, how we're not.

Chicago toddler
Chicago toddler's fatal shooting streamed live on Facebook

A toddler and a man were fatally shot while riding in a car in a Valentine's Day attack captured in a live video on Facebook. Police said Wednesday that they were still searching for a suspect in the shooting which shocked Chicago, a city grappling with a surge in violence so severe that it has drawn the condemnation of President Donald Trump. The two-year-old boy, identified by officials as Lavontay White, was shot in the head on Tuesday and died at a hospital.

The Latest: Woman recovering from shooting that killed boy
The Latest: Woman recovering from shooting that killed boy

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on deadly violence in Chicago (all times local):

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's Twitter feud with Piers Morgan just took an unexpected twist

LONDON - The ongoing Twitter feud between J.K. Rowling and Piers Morgan just keeps getting better and better. SEE ALSO: 27 times J.K. Rowling was the hero we all needed in 2016 First, a quick recap: it all started on Saturday, when J.K. Rowling gleefully shared a video of Piers Morgan being told to "fuck off" by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies.  Morgan then responded by saying he'd never read "a single word" of Harry Potter , the two started sparring back on forth on Twitter, and the whole thing led to Morgan being expertly trolled by a North London bookshop and J.K. Rowling setting what may be the world's greatest subtweet trap. Basically, Piers Morgan is...

AP FACT CHECK: Democrats cite fake tweet to condemn Flynn
AP FACT CHECK: Democrats cite fake tweet to condemn Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fake Michael Flynn Twitter account has fooled two top House Democrats who cited a series of tweets in condemning President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

Facebook rolls out autoplay sound, new TV app in video-focused update
Facebook rolls out autoplay sound, new TV app in video-focused update

Facebook is rolling out new playback features on its mobile app, like autoplay sound and picture-in-picture, and introducing another video app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Fire TV.

Twitter has a field day roasting Sean Spicer
Twitter has a field day roasting Sean Spicer's softball Skype questions

When things get tough at the White House's daily press briefings, Press Secretary Sean Spicer turns to his new Skype seats. SEE ALSO: Hundreds of people are trolling Sean Spicer on Venmo The questions that come in via video chat have been derided as softballs ever since they were included in the daily meetings at the beginning of the month. Tuesday's session, though, saw them taken to the next level. Everyone online was laughing about a particularly easy question about regulations, which was thrown Spicer's way from a reporter at conservative online outlet The Federalist Papers . Here it is: After that question, which had nothing to do with the chaos unfolding in the Trump...

Roses are red, violets are blue, Twitter has anti-Trump Valentines for you
Roses are red, violets are blue, Twitter has anti-Trump Valentines for you

Yes, it's technically Valentine's Day, but considering events of the last 24 hours - not to mention the past four weeks - you'd be forgiven for feeling distracted.  Instead of compartmentalizing your romantic and political anxieties, mash them together into a Valentine's Day poem and hope we're all still here this time next year. SEE ALSO: 6 ways to push your online activism into the real world in the Trump era Here's some writing inspiration, courtesy of Twitter: Roses are redviolets are bluethe @EPA saves livesand #vaccines do too.#valentinesday2017 - Hope Jahren (@HopeJahren) February 14, 2017 Roses are red,The revolution will be tweeted.The people...

JK Rowling
JK Rowling's Twitter scrap with Piers Morgan prompted a bookstore to take drastic action

Harry Potter author JK Rowling and former CNN anchor Piers Morgan got into a fight on Twitter recently. Lots of their followers were quick to get involved, though one British bookshop's response certainly stood out.

Twitter kills off latest safety update after wave of negative feedback
Twitter kills off latest safety update after wave of negative feedback

Twitter is reversing a safety update aimed at combatting harassment on its site after it was criticized by users of the social platform. Twitter quickly admitted that the change was a"misstep" on its part.

Facebook scores Mexican soccer league live-streams courtesy of Univision deal
Facebook scores Mexican soccer league live-streams courtesy of Univision deal

Sports live-streams on Facebook just received a huge boost thanks to the site's latest deal with Univision to stream soccer games from the most-watched soccer league in the United States: Liga MX.

'Please tell me that's not your penis' is the TV cliffhanger cracking up Twitter

Look, we're not accustomed to New Zealand's TV scene, but the cliffhanger ending to an episode of the country's biggest (and possibly only) soap opera Shortland Street makes us wish we were. Let's set the scene: Two teenagers enter a home, hoping to do what teens do when there's an empty house. The only problem is the boy's dad is there, and he knows all about what's about to go down. SEE ALSO: Distracted beagle wins everyone's heart at Westminster Dog Show We'd explain the rest, but it's better if you just watch it.  With the crescendo of drums at the ending, New Zealanders (and now the world) have been gripped by this epic cliffhanger on...

Facebook meets with record labels in bid to steal YouTube
Facebook meets with record labels in bid to steal YouTube's music video crown

Facebook is meeting with record labels and chasing song licensing deals to position itself as the premier site for music videos. There is just one (giant) obstacle that stands in its way: YouTube.

Chris Evans channeled Captain America as he gave a unifying response to a hateful tweet
Chris Evans channeled Captain America as he gave a unifying response to a hateful tweet

Cap has no time for rude people. Chris Evans, the super handsome man who plays Captain America on the big screen, is known for his insane muscles and sweet personality. He's also no stranger to bringing the values of his character into his real life. SEE ALSO: Captain America would be proud of this San Jose councilman So, when David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, asked Chris Evans over Twitter on Sunday why the movie star "hates the women of his own people," Evans responded with a message of love and unity. Why does Chris Evans, who plays the Jewish inspired super hero, Captain America, hate the women of his people so much? #WhiteGenocide...

This bookshop is forcing Piers Morgan to read
This bookshop is forcing Piers Morgan to read 'Harry Potter', 1 tweet at a time

LONDON - Remember that abrupt Twitter feud that took place between J.K. Rowling and Piers Morgan over the weekend? The one that ended with Morgan saying he'd never read Harry Potter ? Well, there have been some entertaining developments. SEE ALSO: 27 times J.K. Rowling was the hero we all needed in 2016 Shortly after the tiff took place on Saturday, one North London bookshop decided to begin what can only be described as a monumental campaign - to tweet the entirety of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at Morgan in bite-size, 140-character snippets. .@piersmorgan Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to saythat they were perfectly normal, thank...

Donald Trump, Mark Cuban Feud on Twitter

President Donald Trump and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban engaged in a heated Twitter exchange Sunday morning, though exactly what prompted it is a bit of a mystery. "I know Mark Cuban well," Trump tweeted. Cuban first tweeted back "Lol" quoting Trump's tweet, then followed up with a screenshot of advice he gave Trump during the campaign and a dig at the president's tweeting habits.

Burberry is being dragged for this very awkward Twitter mix-up
Burberry is being dragged for this very awkward Twitter mix-up

LONDON - British fashion house Burberry has come under fire after they they captioned a photo from the BAFTAs with the wrong actor's name on Twitter. SEE ALSO: Stephen Fry shuts down Donald Trump with the most British insult ever On Sunday, Burberry tweeted a photo of Riz Ahmed on the red carpet.  "Celebrating the #EEBAFTAs in London this evening, Best Actor in a Supporting Role winner #DevPatel wears a @Burberry custom made navy tuxedo," read the caption. The tweet was deleted, but screengrabs remained. Someone should inform @Burberry that this is not #devpatel ... It's @rizmc ...  pic.twitter.com/zfgKAdlEr9 - Preeya Kalidas (@PREEYAKALIDAS) February 13, 2017 It...

Sharenting: Do You Share Too Much About Your Children on Social Media?

As a pediatrician, I get questions from parents almost weekly about how to monitor and moderate their children's screen time, especially their use of social media. It's common for parents to post about their children online. In fact, more than 90 percent of American children have an online presence before the age of 2, according to a study by the internet security firm AVG.

Marine biologist claps back at that Facebook user
Marine biologist claps back at that Facebook user's hilarious sunfish rant

You must have seen it by now, but just in case - a Facebook status from Cincinnati resident Scout Burns, listing all the reasons why they hate the mola mola a.k.a ocean sunfish, has gone super-viral, and with good reason. It's a hilarious take down of the species called "the biggest joke played on earth," and included gems like "They are so completely useless that scientists even debate about how they move," and "They mostly only eat jellyfish ... something that has no brain and a possibility of drifting into their mouths." But after earning over 76,000 shares on Facebook, a helpful marine biologist has come along to burst the bubble of ocean sunfish...

Two NHL Teams Trolled The NBA For Its Bizarre New Social Media Rules
Two NHL Teams Trolled The NBA For Its Bizarre New Social Media Rules

The NBA's new social media rules have been in the spotlight over the last few days for being kind of strange. There are a few guidelines for teams to follow, but to more or less oversimplify them, team accounts are no longer allowed to ridicule opponents on their social media accounts. Two squads - the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks - had a little bit of fun with this the other night.

Social media mocks Education Department for misspelled tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of a prominent African-American sociologist.

Social media mocks Education Department for misspelled tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of a prominent African-American sociologist.

Social media mocks Education Department for misspelled tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of a prominent African-American sociologist.

Facebook and Netflix binges sucking up your life? Xooloo to the rescue
Facebook and Netflix binges sucking up your life? Xooloo to the rescue

Xooloo's apps for kids, teens, and parents has even broader application for anyone who wants to curb their digital time expenditure. While the apps were developed for parents and children, they can help anyone trying to manage digital device use.

Staying the course - Jack Dorsey to remain at the helm of both Twitter and Square
Staying the course - Jack Dorsey to remain at the helm of both Twitter and Square

Jack Dorsey is at the helm of both Twitter and Square. And despite the many challenges, that's how things are going to stay. Twitter missed Wall Street's revenue targets, posting just 1 percent year-over-year growth.

The Hawks And Kings Brilliantly Trolled The NBA
The Hawks And Kings Brilliantly Trolled The NBA's New Social Media Policy

On Thursday, word broke that the NBA issued a league-wide memo to its teams regarding social media policy and something of a "crackdown" on what individual franchises should be posting. Just 24 hours later, though, the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings brilliantly trolled the league with back and forth banter throughout the first half of a game between the two teams. The Kings' account got things rolling with a tribute to Hawks All-Star power forward Paul Millsap.

Trump on Twitter (Feb 10) - Japan, NYT, Tom Price

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : -LAWFARE: "Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute." A disgraceful decision! [0815 EST] -The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying "Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14. ...

Facebook Live torture suspects plead not guilty in Chicago court
Facebook Live torture suspects plead not guilty in Chicago court

Four suspects charged with a hate crime in a brutal attack on a mentally disabled teenager that was streamed on Facebook Live pleaded not guilty Friday in a Chicago courtroom.

Facebook to have outside audit of ad data
Facebook to have outside audit of ad data

Facebook on Friday promised an outside audit of data it provides advertisers in a move apparently aimed at quelling concerns about accuracy. The news came just months after the leading social network announced it was working to fix flaws in its metrics calculations that led to audiences being overestimated at times. "We are committing to an audit by the Media Rating Council to verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners," Facebook said in an online post aimed at businesses.

NBA urges its teams to avoid Twitter wars
NBA urges its teams to avoid Twitter wars

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA wants its teams to avoid Twitter wars.

Trump on Twitter (Feb 10) - Court decision, NYT, China

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : -LAWFARE: "Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute." A disgraceful decision! [0815 EST] -The failing @nytimes does major FAKE NEWS China story saying "Mr.Xi has not spoken to Mr. Trump since Nov.14." We spoke at length yesterday! [0835 EST] -- Source link: (http://bit.ly/2jBh4LU) (http://bit. ...

Twitter tanks and becomes fodder for M&A chatter again

Twitter Inc.'s disappointing fourth quarter and its confusing comments around increased usage further confirmed its user growth has seriously stalled, putting the company at the center of takeover chatter ...

Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Had An All-Time Twitter Meltdown Over Donald Trump
Indians Pitcher Trevor Bauer Had An All-Time Twitter Meltdown Over Donald Trump

Remember Trevor Bauer? Bauer ended up bleeding everywhere and was removed during the first inning of Game 3 of the ALCS. Proving he could still take an 'L,' Bauer went on a Twitter rant late Thursday that revealed he may not understand how Twitter works while announcing that "almost all" of his teammates support Donald Trump.

Phil Jackson makes peace offering for
Phil Jackson makes peace offering for 'misunderstood' tweet

NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Jackson has made a peace offering on Twitter, saying his previous tweet that appeared to be a dig at Carmelo Anthony was "misunderstood."

Gordon Ramsay delivers Twitter food reviews with classic brutality
Gordon Ramsay delivers Twitter food reviews with classic brutality

Gordon Ramsay is known for being a tough, no-nonsense judge on television shows like Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef . Recently, though, he decided to broaden his criticisms to a new platform. SEE ALSO: This unique artist creates famous faces out of food Ramsay's followers have been tweeting him pictures of their homemade meals and asking the chef for his feedback - and Ramsay has responded with some brutal honesty. First up was this salmon dinner. @GordonRamsay what do you think of my first attempt cooking pic.twitter.com/wcTb5e6qsP - Jamie Chambers (@jaychambers21) February 8, 2017 To which Ramsay responded: Who stole your Asparagus tips ? Lost for words https://t.co/FoJWu2MAj0...

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