Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Jun 30, 2014

Facebook manipulated emotions in secret study

Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users’ news ...

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Jun 25, 2014

KFC probes whether child's ejection claim a scam

Fried-chicken chain KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and her family to leave because her facial disfigurement disturbed customers. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company is concerned ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

Jun 24, 2014

Park's 'pro-Japan' pick falls on sword in Seoul

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japan’s colonial rule. “I wanted to help President Park Geun-hye. But I believe that my resignation is ...

U.S. seizes suspect in Benghazi attack

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. seizes suspect in Benghazi attack

U.S. special forces seized a “key leader” of the deadly consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. ...

Toronto mayor's saga to be a musical

Jun 17, 2014

Toronto mayor's saga to be a musical

In case anyone has missed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s scandalous confessions, expletive-laden videos and Jimmy Kimmel appearances over the past year, a new theatrical production is bringing his honor’s story to the musical stage. “Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation” held ...

Jun 16, 2014

Top Ukraine official hit over Putin slur

Russia accused Ukraine’s acting foreign minister on Sunday of “going beyond the limits of decency” by calling President Vladimir Putin a “dickhead” during a violent protest outside its embassy in Kiev. A senior member of the Russian parliament called for Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia ...