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Internet Helps Autistic Girl Replace Beloved Shirt—150 Times

'It's been very, very touching,' says mom Deborah Skouson

(Newser) - Ever since Deborah Skouson came home with a pink flowered shirt for her daughter five years ago, Cami, who has autism, has been "fixated" on it. It quickly became her favorite piece of clothing, leading Skouson to scour eBay each time her daughter's current shirt became unwearable. But... More »

Your Facebook Posts About Politics Aren't Making a Difference

Per a new poll, 'Wired' writer reports

(Newser) - Your carefully thought-out Facebook post about why all your friends should vote for a particular candidate may have gotten a lot of "likes," but Wired has bad news for you: "Sorry, But Your Astute Election Posts Aren't Changing Anybody's Mind," it declares in a... More »

Sheriff's Easter Facebook Post Makes Atheists $15K

'He is risen' to the tune of $41K total

(Newser) - An eastern Tennessee sheriff's Facebook post celebrating Easter has made a group of atheists $15,000 richer, the AP reports. News organizations report that Bradley County reached a settlement Thursday with the American Atheists organization over Sheriff Eric Watson's post on the department's Facebook page over Easter.... More »

On Facebook, Cat People Are 'Tired,' Dog People 'Excited'

Cat people prefer fantasy and anime, while dog people go for romance and, well, dogs

(Newser) - Facebook analyzed the behaviors and preferences of 160,000 people who posted photos of cats and dogs, at once both confirming and busting several prevailing pet myths. For instance: Cat owners have 26 fewer friends on Facebook, yet are more likely to be invited to events than their canine-loving... More »

Man Ordered to Pay $114K Over Facebook Post

He ruined life of Aussie motel owner

(Newser) - An Australian man has been ordered to pay $114,000 to the motel owner whose life he wrecked with a single post on Facebook. Kenneth Rothe, a 74-year-old motel owner and former deputy school principal, was threatened repeatedly and beaten so badly he spent six months in the hospital after... More »

3 Men Gunned Down on Facebook Live Stream

They were listening to music when shots rang out—and the phone kept recording

(Newser) - Three men in a car in Norfolk, Va., were ambushed and shot Tuesday evening, and the phone of one of the men streamed the entire incident on Facebook Live, USA Today reports. In the video, a man IDed as TJ Williams is seen hanging out with two other men, listening... More »

Cop Fired for Facebook Threat to 5-Year-Old Black Girl

'We'll see how much her life matters soon,' Kansas cop posted

(Newser) - On Thursday night, someone posted a chilling comment on LaNaydra Williams' Facebook page under images of her young daughter. "We'll see how much her life matters soon," the post on the Dallas woman's page read. "Better be careful leaving your info open where she can... More »

Mom Faces Jail for Not Posting to Facebook After Son's Death

Unusual part of judge's sentence following death of Ezekiel Stephan

(Newser) - A judge's highly unusual order has added an extra layer of controversy to a contentious child death case in Canada. Last month, David Stephan was sentenced to four months in prison and his wife, Collet Stephan, was sentenced to three months of house arrest for failing to provide the... More »

Man's Flag Burning Fires Up Internet, Gets Him Arrested

But it wasn't Bryton Mellott's free-speech exercise alone that brought the heat

(Newser) - In almost 30 years, the Urbana Police Department hasn't had to enforce a flag desecration statute on the books, but that changed Monday with the arrest of a 22-year-old Illinois man, Forbes reports. Bryton Mellott posted pictures on Facebook Sunday showing him burning the American flag (only one image... More »

Facebook Reunites Lost-at-Sea Pup With His Family

Ryder's humans thought he couldn't swim when he went overboard off Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Facebook isn't always used for good , but a Connecticut woman whose puppy fell overboard is now giving the social media site a giant "like" after what happened over the weekend. Clare Shaw and her family were out on their boat Sunday outside of Noank when Ryder, their 8-month-old... More »

Maybe You Should Borrow This Security Trick From Zuckerberg

He covers his laptop's camera with tape

(Newser) - It was meant solely to be a celebratory post by Mark Zuckerberg about Instagram reaching the milestone of 500 million users. But as CNET reports, the Internet was far more interested in what Zuckerberg revealed inadvertently: His laptop is in the background, and it shows that Zuckerberg puts a piece... More »

Heartbreaking Image of Girl Standing on Toilet Goes Viral

What she's doing there is devastating

(Newser) - Stacey Feeley thought she'd caught a silly moment recently when she found her 3-year-old daughter standing atop one of their home's toilets. She took a picture, planning to send it to her husband to amuse him. Then the little girl told her mom what she was doing: practicing... More »

If Clinton Wants to Be Bold, This VP Pick Would Do It

Columnist makes the case for Sheryl Sandberg

(Newser) - The smart money is on Hillary Clinton making a predictable pick for her running mate—think Tim Kaine or Sherrod Brown, or perhaps Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, or Julian Castro, writes William Whalen at RealClearPolitics . But Whalen suggests another name that doesn't appear on the regular short lists: Facebook... More »

Facebook Live, Where Murder Is Broadcast in Real Time

Antonio Perkins' murder was apparently broadcast live

(Newser) - Lately, logging on to your favorite social media site has gotten a little more gruesome than watching videos of your friends' kids or pets: With Facebook Live allowing people to broadcast live video to followers, Facebook users were recently privy to the apparent live killing of one Chicago man and... More »

Florida Assistant State Attorney Bashes Orlando on Facebook

Kenneth Lewis has been suspended

(Newser) - While the rest of the country organized blood drives and memorials for the 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last weekend, Florida Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis penned a Facebook post blasting the entire city, which he called a "national embarrassment" and a "melting pot of... More »

Marine's Jaw-Dropping Photo: 'Coming to Gay Bar Near You'

1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised 'appropriate action'

(Newser) - Two Marines are under investigation after a photo was posted Wednesday to Facebook showing a uniform-clad corporal with his hand on the trigger of a rifle aimed at the camera and the message, "Coming to a gay bar near you!" The image, believed to be from Snapchat, was... More »

Cops: Gang Member Films Own Shooting on Facebook Video

The last image is of blood-spattered grass

(Newser) - Chicago police say they're investigating the killing of a gang member who appears to have captured his own fatal shooting in a real-time video post on Facebook, the AP reports. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 28-year-old Antonio Perkins. He was shot Wednesday. Police... More »

Shooter Ranted on Facebook Hours Before Slaughter

Gunman even searched for posts about Pulse as shooting was underway

(Newser) - Omar Mateen used Facebook before—and even during—the Orlando mass shooting, ranting against the West and searching for posts on the massacre, according to a lawmaker's letter to Mark Zuckerberg. Sen. Ron Johnson, GOP chair of the Homeland Security Committee, quotes posts including: "The real muslims will... More »

Facebook Blunder Implies Philippines Is at War

Oh, and happy Independence Day

(Newser) - The Philippines is at war—according to Facebook. The social media site accidentally posted a banner celebrating Independence Day in the Philippines on Sunday with an image of the Philippine flag upside down, per the Philippine Star . As several users pointed out, Philippine law requires that the flag be displayed... More »

Facebook Makes Move for Zuckerberg's Power If He Leaves

Board wants to curb his voting clout if he departs

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine Facebook without the face of Mark Zuckerberg at its helm, but that's exactly what the site's board of directors is anticipating in its latest proposal to the SEC. Per Reuters , the board submitted a proxy filing Thursday, notifying the federal agency that it... More »

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