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Jasmine Allen is a passionate freelance writer and multimedia journalist addicted to thrift shopping. Every now and then she enjoys indulging in cotton candy of all flavors! Follow her on Twitter: @ThriftThrive, Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/jasminerallen, IG: roseyjhearts
Gaviota Pier: Damaging Waves Rip into Popular Fishing Dock

A historic pier at Gaviota State Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., collapsed Saturday morning due to damaging waves. Gaviota Beach is popular for camping, hiking, and surfing. However, one feature that attracts visiting tourists and local residents is the windy …

I-25 Pileup in Denver Injures 30, Kills One

A vehicle pileup occurred on Interstate 25 in Denver, Colo., Saturday. The multiple-crash was first reported at 10:50 a.m. The Colorado Department of Transportation has determined that the 104-vehicle pileup involved two separate accidents. The northbound interstate was closed for nearly five hours …

Soldier Flag Salute: An Instagram Photo Stirs Online Outrage

Yet another Instagram photo has a U.S. military soldier under public scrutiny. Just last Wednesday February 19, a Madison, Wisconsin-based soldier from the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment posted a rather disrespectful photo to her Instagram. The ‘comical’ photo, which …

Homeless Sign Contest: Two Texas Cops Suspended

Two Midland, Texas police officers were suspended for three days after the police department learned of a panhandling game. According to the Associated Press, Derek Hester, 25, and 26-year-old Daniel Zoelzer, were suspended without pay for competing in a game …

Tiny Houses Shelter the Homeless in the U.S.

Tiny portable houses are being built all across the U.S. These tiny structures were originally used for downsizing or environmental purposes, but now homeless activists are taking advantage of the security it could provide to someone living on the streets. …

Grant Hackett: Australian Olympic Swimmer Seeks Rehab Treatment

An urgent family intervention Tuesday on the Gold Coast prompted Australian Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett to seek help for a drug addiction. Now, Hackett is on his way to the United States to admit himself into a rehab facility. The 33-year-old gold-winning …

Bus Driver Bible Stops Two Bullets to the Chest, Saves His Life

According to the Bible’s King James Version, Isaiah chapter 54 verse 17 starts the scripture with: No weapon that is formed against thee, shall prosper… [/timeout] To some, this statement is literally just another read from a trendy book, but for a Dayton, …

Salma Hayek’s Brother Survives Car Crash, Famous Photographer Dies

Mexican Actress Salma Hayek’s brother was hospitalized Sunday evening following a vehicle accident in the Bel Air community of Los Angeles, California. The collision sadly took the life of one person. Sami Hayek, 40, was traveling eastbound on Sunset Boulevard …

Wedding Hall Owner Shot in Oheka Castle Parking Lot

The owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York was shot Monday in the property’s parking lot. Gary Melius was entering his car when a gunman disguised in a mask attacked him. The 69-year-old succumbed to a gunshot to the head. …

Waffle Taco, a New Menu Item from Taco Bell, Will Launch Next Month

It appears that McDonald’s breakfast menu will be facing more competition next month. McDonald’s holds a reputation for being the pioneer of providing appetizing fast food breakfast in the morning. The Egg McMuffin is one of their most popular breakfast …

Kerry Kennedy Goes to Trial for Drugged Driving

On July 12, 2012, Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was arrested for drugged driving and causing a vehicle collision on New York City’s interstate 684. Now, the 54-year-old is facing trial for ramming her Lexus …

Anne Frank Literature: 265 Books Destroyed in Tokyo

Since January, a vandal has been making the rounds, ripping pages out of Anne Frank books in libraries across Tokyo, Japan. Police investigators have counted a total of 265 damaged books. One of the most renowned, historical books of the …

Garrick Utley: Former NBC TV Correspondent Dies at 74

One of the most legendary broadcast news correspondents has passed away from prostate cancer. Garrick Utley was 74-years-old when he died in his New York home Thursday night.  He’s been battling the illness for two years. In a very extensive …

Mariska Hargitay: From On-Camera to Behind-the-Scenes on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

One on-camera detective is now pursuing other fulfilling roles. Mariska Hargitay, 50, recently took a shot at directing one of the upcoming episodes for NBC’s TV drama, Law & Order: SVU. Hargitay revealed to E! News how passionate she is …

Sara Ylen Fakes Cervical Cancer, Sentenced to One Year for Fraud

On Wednesday, a 38-year-old Michigan woman was sentenced to one year in prison for money fraud against a healthcare insurance company and generous local supporters. Sara Ylen of Lexington, Mich., accepted thousands of dollars in donations for years by publicizing …

‘Son of God’: Jesus Remains, Satan is Cut

The New Testament story of Jesus Christ will once again hit the big screens on February 28th. This time it has taken a different approach to Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, which focused more on the …

Nun Sentenced to 35 Months in Prison for Anti-Nuclear Protest

A Federal District Judge sentenced an 84-year-old Roman Catholic nun to 35 months in prison Tuesday for breaking into a nuclear facility on July 28, 2012. Sister Megan Rice was found guilty of damaging more than $1,000 worth of U.S. …

Kate Middleton Supposedly Pregnant with Second Child

Well, it looks like Her Royal Majesty will soon welcome yet another great-grandchild into Buckingham Palace, or so sources say. Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly to be pregnant with baby number two. According to the Inqiuistr, Star Magazine …

Telluride Plane Crash: Three Arizona Pilots Killed in Colorado

A plane crash Sunday 16 in Telluride, Colo., killed a flying trio near the town’s Regional Airport. The identities of the victims were finally released Monday following a series of autopsies done by the local coroner’s office. Eric Durban, 48, …

Craigslist Killer Admits to Slaying 22 Others

A craigslist killer charged in the November murder of a man has confessed to slaying 22 other victims within the past six years. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her newlywed husband are facing criminal homicide charges in the death of 42-year-old …

Irish Nanny Charged in Baby Death Requests Bail

New evidence in favor of an Irish nanny accused of murder may be a turning point in the case of a deceased Cambridge, Mass., baby girl. Aisling Brady McCarthy, 35, is facing charges in the death of 1-year-old Rehma Sabir, …

Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash: Two Pileups Injure 30 People

Two pileups occurred during Friday’s rush hour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike right outside of Philadelphia. The icy road-blockage, which affected commuters traveling eastbound near the Route 1 exit, was reported around 8:30 a.m. The traffic jam was nearly five miles …

Cameron Diaz Pranked by The Mask Impersonator on The Ellen Show

Thursday Feb. 13 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1994 superhero action film The Mask. What better way to celebrate the movie than to play a prank on one of its starring actors? Yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cameron Diaz made …

Winter Storm PAX Knocks Out Power Lines in Georgia, Heads for Northeast
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A winter storm that The Weather Channel has now named PAX is currently hitting a number of states located in the Southeast. Rain and sleet came down hard in Georgia Wednesday, resulting in cities being forced to go without power–but hopefully …