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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.
Manuel Uribe, Once World’s Heaviest Man, Dies at 48 Manuel Uribe, Once World’s Heaviest Man, Dies at 48

In 2008, Manuel Uribe had just one wish – to be able to walk down the aisle during his wedding to Claudia Solis. At the time, Uribe weighed approximately 700 pounds, down 535 pounds from his Guinness World Record weight …

Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU

On Sunday, 21 of the 28 member-states of the European Union held votes for seats in the European Parliament, a vote which occurs every five years. The European Parliament is effectively the legislative body of the European Union and is …

Jimmie Johnson Wins NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 Jimmie Johnson Wins NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson, 6-time series champion of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, has experienced his fair share of pressure and stress over the years. In his 14 years as a NASCAR competitor, Johnson has competed in 447 races and has won 67 of …

Jamie Varner Suffers Broken Ankle at UFC 173 Jamie Varner Suffers Broken Ankle at UFC 173

Admittedly, UFC 173 was not billed as a blockbuster event. Most people dismissed the headlining fight between bantamweights Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw, seeing Barao as the much more talented fighter, having won his last 22 fights and going into …

Pope Francis Stresses Peace During Holy Land Visit Pope Francis Stresses Peace During Holy Land Visit

Monday wrapped up the end of an arduous, three day trip to the Holy Land for Pope Francis, only the fourth such trip by a pope since the inception of the Catholic church some 2,000 years ago. Before embarking on …

Kevin Durant Hits Improbable Shot; OKC Loses Kevin Durant Hits Improbable Shot; OKC Loses

The MVP race in the NBA this year was and still is absolutely no contest. Kevin Durant has been the best basketball player in the world in 2014, by far. His statistics prove just how unreal his 2013-14 campaign has …

‘Ice Road Truckers’ Star Arrested for Kidnapping Prostitute ‘Ice Road Truckers’ Star Arrested for Kidnapping Prostitute

The show Ice Road Truckers on The History Channel showcases multiple different truckers driving on frozen lakes and rivers near the Arctic in places such as Canada and Alaska. The show’s appeal comes from the adrenaline rush viewers receive by …

Big Bang Theory Doubted by Majority of Americans Big Bang Theory Doubted by Majority of Americans

A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-GfK sought to test public perception, knowledge, and confidence in certain scientific principles which are whole-heartedly accepted as fact by the scientific community – things such as smoking’s impact on cancer rates, the …

Aereo TV Service Threatened by Supreme Court Case Aereo TV Service Threatened by Supreme Court Case

In a case which alludes to the 1984 Betamax case, the pseudo-TV service Aereo is being threatened by a lawsuit from major cable companies. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments from both sides. Two years ago, Aereo …

Obama: Clemency Guidelines Must be Expanded Obama: Clemency Guidelines Must be Expanded

On Monday, Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder released a video in which he called for the expansion of clemency criteria for nonviolent drug offenders. If the clemency guidelines are expanded, it could lead to reduced sentences for …

Stock Market Distrust Shown for Third Straight Year Stock Market Distrust Shown for Third Straight Year

As it currently stands, the stock market is in a fairly good spot. Interest rates on fixed income and cash are low, market returns in 2013 exceeded 30 percent, and the market itself is setting record highs. Despite all of …

Maria Sharapova Hopes to Continue Success in Germany Maria Sharapova Hopes to Continue Success in Germany

Maria Sharapova, currently ranked No. 9 in the world, last saw Grand Slam success at the French Open in 2013, reaching the finals of said event after easily defeating China’s Li Na. Sharapova would finish as the runner-up, though, after …

Oakland Raiders Look to Trade Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders Look to Trade Terrelle Pryor

In 2011, the Oakland Raiders and former owner Al Davis decided to select Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft, a special draft held for those players who did not qualify for the regular draft, whether it …

‘Jessie’ Lead Marrying in Disney Channel First ‘Jessie’ Lead Marrying in Disney Channel First

The Disney Channel openly admits that its target demographic is six to eleven year old children, despite the propensity of many adults tuning in to the channel as well. Because of this target demographic, however, there are certain concepts Disney …

Ukraine and Russia Make Plans to Ease Tensions Ukraine and Russia Make Plans to Ease Tensions

Thursday morning, a four-party meeting was held in Geneva between the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine, with the intention being to create a plan which would lead to decreased overall hostilities between Ukraine and Russia and the …

Masahiro Tanaka Dominating MLB Hitters Masahiro Tanaka Dominating MLB Hitters

In the 2013-14 Major League Baseball offseason, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, a Japanese major league baseball team, listed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka as an available player to the MLB postings at a fee of $20 million. Shortly following the listing, …

North Dakota Abortion Law Overturned by Judge North Dakota Abortion Law Overturned by Judge

Last year, North Dakota’s Republican-led legislature and governor signed into law what abortion rights advocates called the most restrictive law against abortion in the United States. The law, referred to as the fetal heartbeat law, called for the outlaw of …

Tatiana Maslany Ready for Season 2 of ‘Orphan Black’ Tatiana Maslany Ready for Season 2 of ‘Orphan Black’

Tatiana Maslany is one of the quickest rising, yet most unheard of stars in television currently. The 28-year-old Saskatchewan, Canada native has been in the acting business since 1997, yet most of her roles over the course of those 17 …

Vidalia Onion Rule Postponing Shipment to Markets Vidalia Onion Rule Postponing Shipment to Markets

The state of Georgia is currently experiencing one of its more highly contested court cases in quite some time. While the state has hosted important cases which affected the state of tribal sovereignty in the United States and the validity …

AC/DC News: Rock Group is Not Retiring AC/DC News: Rock Group is Not Retiring

Yesterday, rumors abounded on the internet claiming that the famed rock group AC/DC was on the verge of retirement due to the failing health of one of its band members. Today, the band released a statement assuring fans that, while …

Ukraine Anti-Terror Campaign Begins in East Region Ukraine Anti-Terror Campaign Begins in East Region

On Tuesday, acting president of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov surprised many by following-up on his ultimatum laid down against Russian sympathizers in Eastern Ukraine on Sunday. The deadline for Russian supporters to lay down their arms and submit peacefully expired at …

Exotic Hadron Particle Confirmed by LHC Exotic Hadron Particle Confirmed by LHC

Quarks, or subatomic, elementary particles of other subatomic particles, have only been known to exist since the 1960′s. Since that time, though, scientists have made great progress with identifying key characteristics of quarks and their utility. Quarks come in six …

Mississippi Storm Overturns 25 RV Trailers Mississippi Storm Overturns 25 RV Trailers

At approximately 8 p.m. Monday night, the Santa Maria RV Park in Gautier, Mississippi experienced a strong storm which left as many as 25 RV trailers damaged or destroyed in its wake, along with downed power lines and much debris. …

Microsoft Office 365 Personal Launches Today Microsoft Office 365 Personal Launches Today

In another bold move to increase its market-share and win back its customer base, Microsoft has released a new installment of its most famous Office product. Prior to today, Microsoft had limited its Office products to two categories – a …