Twitter is more profitable despite losing 9 million ‘users’

The company uses its Monthly Active User (MAU) figures as a way of dictating the health of the network. In Q3, Twitter had 326 million MAUs, a big fall from the 335 million it claimed in Q2. But Twitter says that the fall is justified, thanks to a crackdown on automated bot traffic, opinion hacking and other hostile activity. In addition, the company chose to turn down paid-SMS carrier relationships and focus on “the health of the platform.” Not to mention, of course, a drop in system-sent notifications, presumably caused by the bug that affected users in October.

Source: Twitter is more profitable despite losing 9 million ‘users’

Who is George Soros and why is he blamed in so many right-wing conspiracy theories? – CBS News

A day before apparent explosive devices were mailed to top Democratic politicians and CNN’s New York office, one figure on the left was the first target: George Soros.

Police said a device sent to Soros’ New York home “had the components” of a bomb. The package appeared to be sent by the same person who mailed similar devices to the CNN New York newsroom and the homes of Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. The CNN device was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, and another package intended for former Attorney General Eric Holder was rerouted to the “return address,” the office of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Source: Who is George Soros and why is he blamed in so many right-wing conspiracy theories? – CBS News

Megyn Kelly No Longer at CAA (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

The ‘Today’ host has also hired a top Hollywood litigator, signaling Kelly could be preparing for a fight with NBC leading to her exit from the network.

To replace CAA, UTA co-president Jay Sures had been in talks to sign Kelly and had been courting her before Tuesday’s blackface backlash, in which Kelly said on her 9 a.m. show that she didn’t understand why people couldn’t wear blackface on Halloween. Sures is said to have backed out of representing Kelly on Wednesday amid the controversy. A source close to the situation says Sures’ decision came after he made at least one call to NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and had set a meeting with NBC for Friday on Kelly’s behalf.

Source: Megyn Kelly No Longer at CAA (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

Packages sent to Biden, De Niro match other suspicious packages

The packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and Robert De Niro were found Thursday. A suspicious package found Thursday at the building housing Robert De Niro’s office in downtown Manhattan and another addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden discovered in Delaware are similar to the pipe bombs found a day earlier sent to political and media figures, according to law enforcement officials.

 

Source: Packages sent to Biden, De Niro match other suspicious packages

Washington state judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape

“These things don’t happen very often,” Sheriff Rob Snaza said.

CHEHALIS, Wash. — A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed prisoners made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom.

Video obtained by The Daily Chronicle shows Judge R.W. Buzzard leap into action Oct. 16 when the men identified as 22-year-old Tanner Jacobson and 28-year-old Kodey Howard bolt for the door and down a stairwell.

Source: Washington state judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape

Prominent conservative activists and talking heads are promoting a conspiracy theory that Democrats sent explosive devices to Clinton, Obama, and Soros

Many in the right-wing media, including prominent voices like Rush Limbaugh, the talk-radio host, and Candace Owens, a frequent Fox News guest, have promoted a conspiracy theory that Democrats were behind several packages containing explosive devices sent by mail to top Democrats this week.

Source: Prominent conservative activists and talking heads are promoting a conspiracy theory that Democrats sent explosive devices to Clinton, Obama, and Soros

Florida girls plotted to stab dozens of students and drink victims’ blood, police say

Two Florida girls allegedly brought knives to school hoping to kill dozens of students as a part of a plot they hatched after watching scary movies.

Police say the girls — ages 11 and 12 — were found in a bathroom stall, allegedly with multiple knives, a pizza cutter and knife sharpener in their possession. The girls planned to commit suicide after stabbing other students, police say.

Source: Florida girls plotted to stab dozens of students and drink victims’ blood, police say

Tragedy strikes again as family home destroyed by fire | www.latrobebulletinnews.com | Latrobe Bulletin


A fire early Saturday morning destroyed this home on the 5000 block of Route 982 in Derry Township and displaced the family of Marissa Bolish, 17, who was killed Aug. 29 in a car crash along Route 982 in Latrobe. Her father, Michael Bolish III, suffered burns and injuries diving through a front window to escape the fire. State police fire marshals are still working to determine the cause of the blaze. 
Photo by Jim Bates
Photo by Jim Bates
A fire early Saturday morning destroyed this home on the 5000 block of Route 982 in Derry Township and displaced the family of Marissa Bolish, 17, who was killed Aug. 29 in a car crash along Route 982 in Latrobe. Her father, Michael Bolish III, suffered burns and injuries diving through a front window to escape the fire. State police fire marshals are still working to determine the cause of the blaze. 

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