New York kids look for $2,000 in treasure hunt

Jun 15, 2014

New York kids look for $2,000 in treasure hunt

The frenzied scavenger hunt for large sums of cash hidden in public hit New York on Saturday, with $2,000 in envelopes stashed across Central Park and Brooklyn. The brainchild of a group of wealthy friends in California, it was the first time the treasure ...

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

Jun 13, 2014

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, the government has said. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons ...

Jun 7, 2014

Spy agency uncovers sense of humor in debut tweet

For a spy agency that likes to blend into the background, the CIA’s debut on Twitter has revealed a covert sense of humor. In a medium heralded for its snide remarks, the Twittersphere gave high praise Friday for the intelligence agency’s first tweet, under ...

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

Jun 6, 2014

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of the 1992 “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free to view Internet porn is “like taking heroin” ...

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

Jun 3, 2014

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

by Didi Tang

Born in 1989, Steve Wang sometimes wonders what happened in his hometown of Beijing that year. But his curiosity about prodemocracy protests and the crackdown on them passes quickly. “I was not part of it,” he said. “I know it could be important, but ...

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Jun 2, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

by Joe Mcdonald

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were “inappropriate publicity.” This year, a discouraged Shi hasn’t posted anything about the anniversary ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 30, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

May 28, 2014

China targets 'hostile' users of smartphone messaging services

China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls infiltration of hostile forces, in the latest move restricting online freedom of expression. Such services incorporate social media functions that allow ...