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Trash collector shows patriotism in retrieving fallen flag

Jeremy Fischer, a trash collector for Pride Disposal in Sherewood, Ore., was going about his regular work duties last week when he noticed an American flag, which had blown off a flagpole during a storm, on the ground.

 
Viral online drinking game turning deadly

A viral drinking game, said to have started in Australia and spreading like wildfire the last few weeks on Facebook and other social media, has claimed the lives of five men under the age of 30, and now the game is sweeping the globe.

 
Facebook introduces customizable gender options

Facebook is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

 
1 million friends help mom celebrate son’s birthday

People the world over responded in heartwarming fashion after a Missouri mom started a Facebook page to wish her son happy birthday.

 
Report: Children, young adults regularly consuming caffeine

Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn’t budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

 
Facebook helps grieving parents look back at son’s life

Facebook’s Look Back videos have saturated users’ news feeds this week, allowing users to share with their friends their biggest moments on the site. But a Missouri man who cared more about seeing his son’s biggest moments petitioned Facebook to make it possible.

 
‘Biggest Loser’ winner faces firestorm of criticism on social media

A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of “The Biggest Loser,” after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn’t focused on her $250,000 win — but rather the criticism surrounding her loss.

 
Scathing UN report slams Vatican on sex abuse, abortion

The Vatican “systematically” adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a U.N. human rights committee said Wednesday, urging the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes.

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