Terrorists take to social media to spread messages

By Andrea Chang, Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times The dark side of social media -- and human nature -- was on display this week when the gruesome beheading of an American journalist and its fallout played out across the world's most popular networks. As social media has become a staple of everyday Western life, its widespread appeal has captured the attention of terrorists who are increasingly exploiting the networks to disseminate graphic videos, images and messages from around the world. "Social ... More

Soldiers hit by lightning at Fort Drum

Associated Press  FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York. A Fort Drum spokeswoman says the soldiers were training on a range when lightning hit the area around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Officials say six soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. Spokeswoman Julie Halpin says four returned to duty as of Friday mornin ... More