Twitter Inc's monthly active users rose a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter as the online messaging service mostly succeeded in stemming a dwindling pace of growth, sending its shares soaring almost 30 percent after hours. Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of user growth, grew users to 271 million, still dwarfed by rival Facebook Inc's 1.3 billion. On Tuesday, Twitter reported a 124 percent jump in quarterly revenue to $312 million, beating Wall Street's expectation for $283.1 million. Wall Street had been divided on whether Twitter can transform itself into a mainstream Internet platform on the same scale as Facebook.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — President Theodore Roosevelt once came to North Dakota's Badlands to find solitude and solace amid the area's "desolate, grim beauty." But Roosevelt's Dakota is barely visible today.