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YouTube Banned By Turkish Government Less Than A Week After Twitter Ban YouTube Banned By Turkish Government Less Than A Week After Twitter Ban

Just a few days after the Turkish government blocked popular social networking site Twitter, it also imposed a crackdown on the video streaming site YouTube. Twitter, which has an estimated 10 million Turkish subscribers, was blocked by Prime Minister Recep …

Johnny Manziel Lives Up To Hype In Pro Day Workout Johnny Manziel Lives Up To Hype In Pro Day Workout

College football player Johnny Manziel recently had his official workout for the annual drafts of the NFL teams, and it drew attention from former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, and Texas governor Rick Perry. During the workout …

Several Tornadoes Hit Northern California [Video] Several Tornadoes Hit Northern California [Video]

The National Weather Service announced the touchdown of several tornadoes in California on Wednesday. Jeff Ranieri, chief meteorologist of the NBC Bay Area, said that there were reports of six funnel clouds and four tornadoes in the region. The National …

Gilford Beatty Went To Jail For 5 Robberies He Didn’t Commit; How Could 5 Eyewitnesses Be Wrong? Gilford Beatty Went To Jail For 5 Robberies He Didn’t Commit; How Could 5 Eyewitnesses Be Wrong?

Gilford Beatty, a man from Houston, Texas, was charged with five robberies that he did not commit. The legal troubles all began when he received a phone call from a bonding company. The company left a message on his mobile …

Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets Pink Dwarf Planet “Biden” Found Beyond Pluto, Hints At More Planets

Scientists discovered a pink dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system, long thought to be a celestial no-man’s land. The object, officially called 2012 VP-113, is nicknamed “Biden” in jest after incumbent US Vice President Joe Biden. The …

Trace Adkins And Wife Are Divorcing Trace Adkins And Wife Are Divorcing

The wife of country singer and actor Trace Adkins has filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage. According to court documents, Rhonda Adkins filed the paperwork on Tuesday in Williamson County, Tennessee. The documents cited “irreconcilable differences” as the …

Chief Keef: Rapper In Custody Following Shooting Incident In Northfield, Illinois Chief Keef: Rapper In Custody Following Shooting Incident In Northfield, Illinois

Chief Keef surely isn’t liking where he is now. The rapper behind “I Don’t Like” is currently in the custody of the Northfield Police department in Chicago. According to reports, he was present during a shooting incident in a home …

Slippery Roads Cause 61-Vehicle Pileup At Mendota Bridge [Video] Slippery Roads Cause 61-Vehicle Pileup At Mendota Bridge [Video]

The icy roads caused 61 vehicles to pileup on the westbound lane of Minnesota’s Highway 55 on Monday. The accident occurred in the afternoon during icy conditions. According to State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske, what ignited the incident were two …

Mother Thrown In Jail For Breastfeeding While Drinking; Charges Dropped Mother Thrown In Jail For Breastfeeding While Drinking; Charges Dropped

In November of last year, a 28-year-old mother from Toad Suck, Arkansas was arrested and charged for endangering the welfare of a minor after she decided to breastfeed her child while drinking alcohol at a restaurant. The stay-at-home mom, whose …

Northwestern University Football Players Granted Right To Form Union Northwestern University Football Players Granted Right To Form Union

The unionization efforts of the football players of Northwestern University are starting to pay off. On Wednesday, a National Labor Relations Board official ruled that the players have the right to form a union as they are considered employees of …

Albuquerque Police Involved In Another Deadly Shooting Albuquerque Police Involved In Another Deadly Shooting

The Albuquerque Police Department is under scrutiny once again as they are involved in another deadly shooting, the second in the last 10 days. The first shooting was on March 16, when officers fired stun guns, six live rounds, and …

Mary Virginia Jones Released After 32 Years In Prison For Murder Charge Mary Virginia Jones Released After 32 Years In Prison For Murder Charge

Mary Virginia Jones, a 74-year-old woman, was released from prison on Tuesday after spending 32 years in jail. She went to jail on the account of a murder that her ex-boyfriend committed back in 1981. The release from Lynwood County …

Leland Yee, California State Senator, Arrested For Bribery And Arms Dealing Leland Yee, California State Senator, Arrested For Bribery And Arms Dealing

Senator Leland Yee, 65, candidate for California Secretary of State and author of gun control legislation, was apprehended Wednesday during an FBI sweep in the Sacramento and San FranciscoBay area. He was accused of wire fraud and conspiracy to illegally …

Gwyneth Paltrow Separates From Rock Star Hubby Chris Martin Gwyneth Paltrow Separates From Rock Star Hubby Chris Martin

Another Hollywood marriage bites the dust. Celebrity power couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made a huge announcement Tuesday – they have decided to end their 11-year marriage. The statement, which was entitled “Conscious Uncoupling”, was published on Paltrow’s lifestyle …

Arnold Schwarzenegger Dons Apron At ‘The Tonight Show’ With Jimmy Fallon Arnold Schwarzenegger Dons Apron At ‘The Tonight Show’ With Jimmy Fallon

It’s not every day that one gets to see The Terminator in an apron, but that’s just what Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 24. The 66-year-old actor dropped by the …

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Plays ‘Hercules’ In Brett Ratner Film [Trailer] Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Plays ‘Hercules’ In Brett Ratner Film [Trailer]

There are only a few actors in Hollywood that could effectively portray the mythological hero Hercules, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is definitely one of them. The former pro-wrestler turned actor appeared at CinemaCon Tuesday for the promotion of his …

Shaq Under Investigation For Assaulting TNT Co-Worker Robert Williams Shaq Under Investigation For Assaulting TNT Co-Worker Robert Williams

Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal is the subject of an investigation for an attack that occurred last May. O’Neal, 42, played for six different teams during his almost two-decade career in the NBA. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, he was drafted …

Ralph Wilson, Owner Of The Buffalo Bills, Passes Away At 95 Ralph Wilson, Owner Of The Buffalo Bills, Passes Away At 95

American Football League co-founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson, died in his home on Tuesday. The official announcement was made by Russ Brandon, the Buffalo Bills’ president, during the yearly National Football League owners’ meeting held in …

USS Mahan: Shooting Investigation Continues USS Mahan: Shooting Investigation Continues

On Monday night, two people were reportedly killed onboard the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer. The Navy ship was docked at the Naval Station in Norfolk. It has been there since September after it spent over eight months in deployment. …

Barkhad Abdi: ‘Captain Phillips’ Star Stopped From Re-Entering US Over Criminal History Barkhad Abdi: ‘Captain Phillips’ Star Stopped From Re-Entering US Over Criminal History

Actor Barkhad Abdi is set to meet with the United States customs officials for a hearing after he was detained at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on February 17. The actor had just come back from London where he received …

Colorado River Flows Into Mexico Again Due To Minute 319 Colorado River Flows Into Mexico Again Due To Minute 319

American and Mexican scientists teamed up to create an engineered spring flood to allow the Colorado River to flow into Mexico again for the first time in six decades. The Colorado River is the main river of the Southwestern United …

Houston Fire: Man Saved From 5-Alarm Blaze [Video] Houston Fire: Man Saved From 5-Alarm Blaze [Video]

A large apartment complex with 396 units that was under construction caught fire on Tuesday in Houston. The fire was first reported at 12:30 local time, and firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene. There is no report on how …

Girl Scout Breaks National Record For Number Of Cookies Sold Girl Scout Breaks National Record For Number Of Cookies Sold

A Girl Scout from Oklahoma City broke the organization’s record for Girl Scout cookies sold last Sunday. Katie Francis, a sixth grade student, sold 18,107 boxes in seven weeks. The previous record-holder was Elizabeth Brinton, who sold 18,000 boxes back in …

US Retail Giant Wal-Mart Admits Dependence On Food Stamps To Keep Margins Up US Retail Giant Wal-Mart Admits Dependence On Food Stamps To Keep Margins Up

Wal-mart Stores, Inc. declared an interesting factor in their bottom line when they filed their Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The world’s largest retailer officially admitted that certain changes in government assistance programs, especially the …