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Missouri girl, 14, faces social media bullying after shooting elk she mistook for buck

November 15, 2017 |

A 14-year-old Missouri girl spotted giant antlers and pulled the trigger, thinking she had just nabbed a white-tailed buck, only to discover the animal was an elk — an innocent mistake that some social media users have bullied her about, her father said.
FOX News

On 8K-Year-Old Shards, Proof of Ancient ‘Social Lubricant’

November 14, 2017 |

Wine has been used as a “social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity” throughout the ages. Now, a discovery just south of Tbilisi details just how far back through the ages the beverage has existed, the BBC reports. Per a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…
Newser

Social Security benefits to rise by 2% in 2018

October 13, 2017 |

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2% increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012 but amounts to a bump of only $ 25 a month for the average beneficiary.

The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA,…


L.A. Times – Business

Social Security Recipients Get Largest Raise in Years

October 13, 2017 |

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2% increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012 but comes to only $ 25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) Friday. The COLA affects benefits for more…
Newser

Dove apologizes for ‘racist’ ad that caused outcry on social media

October 8, 2017 |

Soap company Dove is apologizing for a Facebook ad it says “missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully.”
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Harvard faculty to discuss proposed ban on social clubs

October 1, 2017 |

Faculty members at Harvard University are expected to discuss a proposal that would ban fraternities and single-gender clubs on campus.
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Feds Plan to Collect Social Media Info of Immigrants

September 26, 2017 |

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new rule in the Federal Register that will allow it to collect the social media information and search results of immigrants, BuzzFeed reports. And the rule doesn’t just apply to new or soon-to-be immigrants. The social media accounts of green card holders, permanent…
Newser

Social Security Numbers of 143M Exposed in Equifax Hack

September 8, 2017 |

The Social Security numbers and birth dates of up to 143 million US consumers were stolen from Equifax in what appears to be one of the largest data breaches in history, Bloomberg reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting firms in the…
Newser

‘Netflix Is a Joke’ Billboards Confound Social Media

September 6, 2017 |

Stark-white billboards with a single message—”Netflix is a joke”—written on them have been causing confusion among passers-by and on social media since popping up in Los Angeles and New York this week, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Mashable quotes some of the reactions on Twitter: “Who’s behind this billboard???”…
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Harvard’s Proposed Social Group Ban Isn’t Entirely Popular

August 23, 2017 |

Some Harvard University professors are fighting a proposal that would ban all fraternities and single-gender clubs on campus, the AP reports. More than 20 faculty members have signed their support for a new rule that would forbid Harvard from punishing students for joining “any lawful organization.” The professors say they…
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