Obama seeks Twitter help on ‘fiscal cliff’

US President Barack Obama’s campaign for his “fiscal cliff” plan includes the Twitter-verse. The White House has set up a new Twitter hashtag: “My2K,” a reference to the extra $2,200 in taxes it says the average family will pay if all the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year.

‘Bodies on the streets’ in Syrian crackdown

Human rights activists and residents of Homs, Syria’s third largest city, are reporting intense gunfire as security forces conduct raids and arrests. A resident told the Reuters news agency by phone that the army fired at worshippers in eastern Khalidiya district as they left the Khaled Ibn al-Walid mosque