Nation Briefs

Some users briefly kept from Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook says some users were briefly unable to access the site because of a technical glitch.

The social-networking site with more than 1 billion users worldwide said Monday it made a change to its domain name system setup. The change resulted in some users temporarily not being able to reach the site.

Facebook did not say how many users were affected or for how long. Some technology blogs say the problems lasted about 20 minutes.

Fla. woman guilty in lottery winner’s slaying

TAMPA, Fla. – A woman was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner in central Florida and was sentenced to mandatory life without parole by a judge who called her “cold, calculating and cruel.”

Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore showed no emotion as a jury foreman read the verdict. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to an additional minimum mandatory 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony. Moore has 30 days to appeal.

Jurors deliberated for more than three hours before finding Moore guilty of the first-degree murder charge in the death of Abraham Shakespeare, who won millions in 2006. Shakespeare’s mother was in the courtroom but showed no emotion.

GOP looks into what went wrong

WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee on Monday announced an inquiry to look at what went wrong in 2012’s presidential election and how the GOP can respond to the nation’s shifting demographics and adopt smarter political strategies.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus asked a group of five respected party leaders to examine how the GOP can better talk with voters, raise money from donors and learn from Democrats’ tactics. Preibus also asked the group, known as the Growth and Opportunity Project, to look at how campaigns are best organized and deployed, how they can work with independent groups such as super political action committees, and how the party should approach the 2016 presidential primaries as part of a top-to-bottom review.

Mitt Romney’s loss Nov. 6 to President Barack Obama has left the GOP without a clear leader but with many questions about its future. Exit polls indicated Obama carried female, black, Hispanic and Asian voting blocs. He also won among voters younger than 45 and those who lived in mid- to large-sized cities.

Associated Press