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Brian Powell is a contract writer for WebProNews. In his day job, he is a teacher and tutor for The Princeton Review. He also serves as an assistant coach to Transylvania University's Speech and Debate team.
East Harlem Building Collapse: 2 Dead, Many Injured East Harlem Building Collapse: 2 Dead, Many Injured

At 9:31 am EST, New York City firefighters responded to an explosion and building collapse at 1644-46 Park Avenue in East Harlem. Thus far, two people been reported dead, with at least 16 more suffering from injuries. Prior to the …

Elephants are Acute Listeners of Human Voices Elephants are Acute Listeners of Human Voices

The 1967 Disney classic, The Jungle Book, provided the American populace (and unfortunately the Republican party) with one of our most favorite adages: “An elephant never forgets.” Despite championing this particular phrase multiple times throughout the movie, the writers also …

2014 Volkswagen Passat Makes One Big Change 2014 Volkswagen Passat Makes One Big Change

The 2011, Motor Trend named the 2012 Volkswagen Passat its Car of the Year. That generation of the Passat has been on the market for 3 years now and while winning many awards, has had its fair share of complaints …

Rich Peverley Collapses During Dallas Stars Game Rich Peverley Collapses During Dallas Stars Game

At the 13:37 mark of the first period in yesterday’s Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars hockey game, play was halted by the officials due to Rich Peverley, a Centre for the Dallas Stars, collapsing on the bench. The scene …

Camila Giorgi Stuns Sharapova at BNP Paribas Camila Giorgi Stuns Sharapova at BNP Paribas

If one had asked the general US population who Camila Giorgi was before yesterday’s third round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, one probably could have expected several response: An Italian runway model, a fashion designer …

Rashard Mendenhall Retires from NFL at Age 26 Rashard Mendenhall Retires from NFL at Age 26

As a culture writ-large, Americans are obsessed with sports, with the NFL being perhaps the most obsessed sport of all. Our fixation on football, and especially the athletes which play the game, has increased so much over the years that …

Bill Guarnere, of Band of Brothers Fame, Dies at 90 Bill Guarnere, of Band of Brothers Fame, Dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Sr. was rushed to a hospital from his home in Philadelphia Saturday morning. By the time Saturday night had arrived, Guarenere had died from a ruptured stomach aneurysm. Guarnere was 90 years old. Bill Guarnere rose …

Neil Young Set to Unveil Pono, a New Music Player Neil Young Set to Unveil Pono, a New Music Player

With the advent of the smartphone, the world was introduced to another way to degrade the quality of music by attempting to stuff all media into one, singular device with extremely limited storage and processing capabilities. Unfortunately, this trend of …

Sheryl Sandberg Wants to Ban the Word “Bossy” Sheryl Sandberg Wants to Ban the Word “Bossy”

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, recently became one of the world’s youngest female billionaires. The Harvard alum and former Google executive joined Facebook in March of 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. After joining Facebook, Sandberg …

Household Wealth Reached New High in 2013 Household Wealth Reached New High in 2013

A report released by the Federal Reserve last Thursday revealed that household wealth in the United States rose 14 percent from 2012 to 2013, topping off at $80.7 trillion – a record high. Household wealth is figured by assessing the …

Dodge Viper Ordered to be Destroyed by Chrysler Dodge Viper Ordered to be Destroyed by Chrysler

Last month, every car enthusiasts’ hearts were broken as news was reported that a sinkhole had swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Unfortunately, the nightmare for car aficionados everywhere has yet to end. A …

Chuck Schumer Pushes Drug and Immigration Reform Chuck Schumer Pushes Drug and Immigration Reform

Lately, much attention has been brought to the plight that is heroin addiction here in the United States, with much unfortunate thanks going to the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose last month. The …

Ronda Rousey Boasts She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather Ronda Rousey Boasts She Could Beat Floyd Mayweather

Ronda Rousey has taken the MMA world by storm since signing a contract with the UFC in 2012. Over that time period, Rousey has won all 9 of her fights in dominating fashion: 8 by arm-bar submission, and her latest …

Newt Gingrich Eyeing Sec. of State Position? Newt Gingrich Eyeing Sec. of State Position?

In a Twitter rant last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sounded-off against current Secretary of State John Kerry for comments he made in a speech to students in Jakarta, Indonesia, going as far as to ask John …

Antarctica Storm Photographed by Satellite Antarctica Storm Photographed by Satellite

People here in the United States are simply tired of hearing about winter weather; The polar vortex and winter storm Titan have brought enough cold and precipitation to last the eastern US for quite some time. That being said, looking …

“Normal Barbie” Project Set to Hit Shelves “Normal Barbie” Project Set to Hit Shelves

Since 1959, Barbie has been one of the most successful toys in the United States, making her way into the homes of young girls for generations. Those 55 years have not gone without its fair bit of controversy, however. Much …

USS Truxtun Deployed to Black Sea Amid Crimea Crisis USS Truxtun Deployed to Black Sea Amid Crimea Crisis

Early Thursday morning, the USS Truxtun, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was deployed from Greece towards the Black Sea. The move comes as part of supposedly scheduled and routine drill procedures with the Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces in the Black …

Eskom, S. Africa’s Power Utility, Imposes Blackouts Eskom, S. Africa’s Power Utility, Imposes Blackouts

Thursday morning in South Africa, Eskom, the state-owned power utility which provides 95 percent of the country’s energy supplies, declared a power emergency for the entire country. This is the fourth such emergency to be declared since the beginning of …

Identity Theft is Top Complaint of Consumers in 2013

Each year, the Federal Trade Commission collects data on consumer complaints and analyzes said data in order to improve consumer experiences in the United States. And for the 14th consecutive year, identity theft tops the charts as the most reported …

USPS Stamps: 2014 Line-Up Emphasizes Pop-Culture

Each time the Earth makes one revolution around the Sun, the denizens of the planet get excited for all of the new possibilities, opportunities, innovations, and creations that inevitably result with the coming of a new year – things such …

Sleep Apnea May Contribute to Diabetes Complications Sleep Apnea May Contribute to Diabetes Complications

Last summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs was tasked with a strange goal. The VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation asked the VA to find ways to address the epidemic that was claims being filed for those veterans suffering from …

Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah Weapon Shipments Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah Weapon Shipments

In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34 day battle which ultimately resulted in nothing gained but many lives lost. This conflict, known as the 2006 Lebanon War or 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, was just part of the much larger Israeli-Iranian …

Mini Cooper: New Changes Attempt to Modernize Mini Cooper: New Changes Attempt to Modernize

The first generation of the new Mini Cooper was released in the United States in 2002, and, since then, the world has not looked back. Sales of Mini Coopers have nearly doubled over the past 12 years, even though the …

Bitcoin Heists Test Currency’s Legitimacy Bitcoin Heists Test Currency’s Legitimacy

In startling news Tuesday morning, one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox, ceased existing, leaving millions of dollars worth of bitcoins unaccounted for. The Tokyo-based exchange company has stated that a security leak that has been present since …