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  • Teen sex video filmed in public library

    July 18, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 17-year-old for posting a video onto Facebook of two teens having sex in a public library. Donovann Gordon faces a charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile. According to investigators, Gordon filmed a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl having sex in the... more »
  • Journal expresses 'concern' over Facebook study

    July 3, 2014 5:24 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities about how people's moods spread on the social network is now expressing reservations about the paper. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that as a private company, Facebook had no obligation to... more »
  • Facebook's score: 1 billion World Cup interactions

    June 30, 2014 9:06 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook has passed the 1 billion mark in World Cup interactions. The company said Monday the milestone was reached over the weekend. No other single event has generated this much activity on Facebook in the history of the social media site. More than 220 million people have... more »
  • High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

    June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic formats where the speaker's intent is not always clear. The court on Monday agreed to take up the case of an eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced... more »
  • Woman sues after STD diagnosis posted on Facebook

    June 6, 2014 4:00 PM

    CINCINNATI - An Ohio woman whose medical record was posted to Facebook - revealing her name and a syphilis diagnosis - has sued the hospital where she was treated and the worker accused of accessing her file. The 20-year-old Cincinnati woman filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Hamilton County court. She... more »
  • Councilman issues apology over Facebook "snafu"

    May 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilman Ryan Heck apologized to an LSU graduate student who said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 last week, he was offended by comments Heck made in a private Facebook message. Heck, who called the ordeal a "snafu," first wrote to Swede White "you want... more »
  • The St. George Facebook fiasco Play Video

    May 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Facebook account metro councilman Ryan Heck has been using to discuss topics dealing with city government is no longer active. When searched, the page returns a "sorry, this page isn't available" note from Facebook. The account had been named "Ryan E Heck." The account was... more »
  • Selfie with squirrel goes awry

    May 1, 2014 7:59 PM

    AUBURN, MAINE- A teenager's attempt at a selfie with a squirrel didn't go quite as planned. Brian Genest says he saw what appeared to be a friendly squirrel in a park when he took a trip to a college in Florida. He took the selfie in John Chestnut... more »
  • Facebook mobile users have to download Messenger

    April 16, 2014 7:51 PM

    PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA- Facebook is eliminating instant messaging for mobile and tablet users who will now have to download Messenger, the dedicated texting app Facebook rolled out three-years ago. The company says the change will give users a faster and better experience. The update will first affect Android... more »
  • Facebook buys virtual reality co. Oculus for $2B

    March 25, 2014 5:31 PM

    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook says it has agreed to buy Oculus, a virtual reality technology company, for $2 billion. Facebook Inc. said Tuesday that the deal includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares worth about $1.6 billion. Oculus employees are also eligible for an additional $300 million... more »
  • Tiger baseball team connecting with social media Play Video

    March 21, 2014 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team, when they're not on the field, like to have fun. Much of their personality is shown via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Vine. While head coach Paul Mainieri says he's never tweeted, his team certainly knows what they're... more »
  • Daughter's Facebook post costs father $80K

    March 3, 2014 3:06 PM

    MIAMI- A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement. The father had sued Miami's Gulliver Preparatory School for age discrimination after he lost his job as headmaster. The school agreed to settle the case with Patrick Snay for $80,000. The agreement included a stipulation that... more »
  • Internet for everyone

    February 24, 2014 7:08 PM

    NEW YORK- Mark Zuckerberg spent a lot of time talking up Internet.org, the ambitious project by Facebook and partners to get everyone in the world online at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Zuckerberg said Facebook's acquisition of the WhatsApp mobile messaging system will allow it to focus... more »
  • Apple says no to local DWI checkpoint app

    October 9, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Apple denied an attorney's attempt to push the locations of DWI checkpoints to people's smartphones. Jarrett Ambeau created the app that lists the locations of checkpoints where authorities are checking to see if people behind the wheel are intoxicated. Ambeau said the technology company said the app... more »
  • Fans criticize Alabama athletics Facebook post

    September 11, 2013 2:49 PM

    TUSCALOOSA, Al. - A post on the University of Alabama athletics Facebook page drew ire from fans for asking them to change their profile pictures to an image of late coach Bear Bryant's houndstooth hat. The request was to celebrate what would have been Bryant's 100th birthday Wednesday. Most of... more »
  • Map shows "likes" for LSU, TCU and other Top 25 teams

    August 30, 2013 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Facebook researched data of where people "liked" teams on the AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings then created a map of the United States highlighting with colors each county, or parish in Louisiana. LSU covers most parishes and nearly half the counties in Mississippi and Arkansas. TCU,... more »
  • Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users

    August 27, 2013 9:02 AM

    WASHINGTON- Social networking giant Facebook says government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users of the service in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States. Facebook made the statement Tuesday. It is the latest technology company... more »
  • Technology helps drunk drivers avoid jail time Play Video

    August 21, 2013 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's an app for that. A Baton Rouge lawyer says he's taking advantage of social media, by helping out drivers who enjoy an occasional drink. "I'm not there to argue with anyone," said Jarrett Ambeau of Ambeau Law Firm, LLC. "Or to change antibody's view.... more »
  • Man accused of soliciting girl on Facebook

    August 19, 2013 5:26 PM

    CLINTON - Investigators arrested a Jackson man after they said he tried to get a girl younger than 12 to have sex with him. Deputies arrested Chadwick Blackard, 21, after the victim's mother checked her daughter's Facebook account and noticed Blackard had been chatting with the girl. According... more »
  • Experts: hostage killer's Facebook shows deranged mind Play Video

    August 14, 2013 10:45 PM

    ST. JOSEPH - Some disturbing posts on Facebook show a bizarre glimpse into the mind of the killer involved in the Tensas Parish standoff. Fuaed Ahmed, 20, stormed a St. Joseph bank around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. His posts are something state police looked at after he shot two hostages,... more »
  • Social media banned while driving Play Video

    August 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's already against the law in Louisiana to text and drive, but new laws are putting the brakes on using social media while driving. Most people News 2 spoke to today admitted that in the past, they've used their phone will driving. "All the time...that's... more »
  • Facebook ban while driving is among La.'s new laws

    July 31, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Starting Thursday, tweeting while driving can get you a ticket. Posting the names of people who apply for concealed handgun permits can land you in jail. And selling cakes and cookies you bake at home face looser regulation. Those are among nearly 250 statutory changes that hit... more »
  • Do's and don'ts of sharing online info Play Video

    June 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - News 2's social media expert talked about the do's and don'ts of sharing your online information with a significant other today. Christi Domingue discussed what to keep in mind if you're sharing accounts with someone you're in a relationship with, as well as reasons why you... more »
  • Facebook introduces hashtags

    June 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them. Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that people will be able to click a hashtag to see a feed of discussions other users... more »
  • Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter

    May 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that teens are sharing more about themselves on social media. They're also moving increasingly to Twitter to avoid their parents and the "oversharing" that they see on Facebook. In the Pew Research Center poll, 94 percent of teens who are social media users have... more »
  • House backs ban on drivers using social media

    May 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books. Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea. The proposal has one more stop before reaching final passage after getting unanimous House backing Thursday.... more »
  • Lawmakers back ban on drivers using social media

    May 6, 2013 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - An attempt to ban posting to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites while driving is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal, approved Monday by the House transportation committee, is designed to close what lawmakers call a loophole in the state law that... more »
  • Sore thumbs, texting declines

    May 2, 2013 7:35 PM

    NEW YORK- Texting is declining as Internet applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to take over. Texting was once the cash cow for phone companies. The CTIA-The Wireless Association says Americans are texting about 19 times a day, down about 5 percent.Text message became the rage in 2007 as... more »
  • Committee backs social media privacy bill Play Video

    April 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would ban employers and school officials from requesting personal online login and passwords of employees or students is working its way through Louisiana legislature. State House Representative Ted James introduced the bill that passed the House Commerce Committee Monday. It will next be considered... more »
  • Social media source for Boston Bomber manhunt Play Video

    April 19, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As viewers kept their eyes glued to the TV while the Boston Bomber manhunt ensued, they also used social media to keep updated on events. Whitney Breaux, a social media expert, knows the release of the suspects' images was a watershed moment for the case, thanks to... more »
  • Journalist charged with hacking

    March 21, 2013 8:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES- A social media director at Reuters accused of conspiring with hackers to change a Los Angeles Times story took to Facebook tp say he's innocent. Matthew Keys is accused by federal prosecutors of giving the hacking group Anonymous login information to access the computer system of the Tribune... more »
  • Police: Slidell man used profile to lure teen

    March 11, 2013 10:09 AM

    SLIDELL - A 41-year-old man faces felony charges after police say he engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenager he met online. Slidell Police say Wilmer Segue met the 15-year-old in January through the Facebook account for his alleged online bakery business. The teen's mother contacted police... more »
  • Facebook ready to change News Feed

    March 7, 2013 7:46 AM

    NEW YORK - Amid chatter of "Facebook fatigue," the world's biggest social networking company is getting ready to unveil a new look for its News Feed, the flow of status updates, photos and advertisements its users see on the site. Facebook is hosting an event at its Menlo Park, Calif.,... more »
  • Viewer questions about plastic surgery Play Video

    February 28, 2013 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Doctor Anthony Stephens dedicated his entire WBRZ at 4pm segment to answering viewer questions posted on Facebook. The questions included plastic surgery of the face, neck and full body. If you would like to ask Dr. Stephens a question visit our WBRZ Facebook page every... more »
  • EBR Schools monitoring social media Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media has changed the way many people interact on a daily basis. Sites like Facebook and Twitter is a great tool for communication, but it can also act as a gateway for cyberbullying and threats. This week, police arrested 18-year-old Kyle Blackburn after they said... more »
  • Facebook says it was hacked, no data compromised

    February 15, 2013 4:45 PM

    UNDATED - Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack. The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. The attack occurred when... more »
  • Investigators reach man who posted dog fight video

    February 8, 2013 9:54 PM

    LAFAYETTE- State Police have made contact with a man who posted a vicious dog fighting video on his Facebook page earlier this week. The video shows two dogs tearing at each other's neck, and a group of people watching, cheering the dogs on. Animal rights activists were enraged... more »
  • Illegal sales going on in Walker

    February 5, 2013 11:00 PM

    WALKER- Police took to social media Tuesday, warning about illegal door-to-door sales. "We have received several reports of the activity, as has the sheriff's office," the post on the Walker Police Department's Facebook read. Peddling is illegal inside city limits. "No 'permit' is available to allow anyone... more »
  • Police investigating dog fight posted on Facebook Play Video

    February 5, 2013 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are searching for a man who posted a video to Facebook Monday showing two dogs fighting while a group watched and cheered for one of the dogs. The video is extremely graphic. Spectators can be heard saying one dog is "old enough" and "ready."... more »
  • Pew: Majority of Facebook users have taken break

    February 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    NEW YORK- A new report says about 61 percent of Facebook users have taken a break from the site for at least a few weeks for reasons that range from being busy to getting bombarded with "too much drama." A Pew survey released Tuesday says that of American adults who... more »
  • Concerns about new Facebook search function Play Video

    January 25, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Facebook has changed the way many people socialize and communicate, and the changes aren't through yet. The company announced recently plans to update their search engine to "Graph Search", a new feature which will let people find other people, places and businesses based entirely on what... more »
  • Fake social media profiles appear in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 17, 2013 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend fiasco isn't the first time a ficticious social media profile has caused trouble, nor will it be the last. Just ask Ashley Hebert, a legislative analyst at the State Capitol and a beauty pageant queen. "I had a... more »
  • Facebook unveils social search feature

    January 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a new search feature on the world's biggest online social network. Called "graph search," the new service lets users search their social connections for information about people, interests, photos and places. Until now, Facebook users were unable to search for... more »
  • Facebook tests $100 charge to message Mark Zuckerberg

    January 11, 2013 12:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Would you pay $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook says it's testing some "extreme price points" to let users pay to have their messages seen by people who are not their friends. The tech blog Mashable reported early Friday that some users trying to message Zuckerberg are... more »
  • Questions about liposuction Play Video

    January 3, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today on News 2 at 4, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens answered viewer questions about liposuction. Dr. Stephens also answered questions on the WBRZ Facebook page prior to his interview. If you have a question for the doctor, join us on Facebook next Thursday or... more »
  • Federal prosecutor withdraws from landfill case

    December 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prosecutor has withdrawn from the case against a landfill executive charged with plotting to defraud a construction management company. A lawyer for River Birch executive Dominick Fazzio had asked a judge to recuse Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Kennedy from the case, claiming Kennedy failed to... more »
  • 100 Canadians can smell like fresh pizza

    December 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    DALLAS - Oh, to be one of 110 select Canadians! They'll find in their mailboxes a bottle of pizza-scented perfume before Christmas, courtesy of Pizza Hut Canada. The Canadian subsidiary of the Dallas-based pizza chain selected the 110 from more than 1,000 responses to a social media-based promotional campaign. The... more »
  • A cold front brings us some rain and colder temperatures

    November 12, 2012 8:13 AM

    A cold front is moving through Southeast Louisiana this morning. We have a few showers over the area, but the rain should come to an end by late morning. Then we will be left with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures are in the 50s. The cold front will be to... more »
  • Social media abuzz with hurricane chatter

    October 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Whether you call it Frankenstorm, Stormpocalypse or simply Hurricane Sandy, the giant weather system barreling into the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family, relay emergency information and lighten the... more »
  • Mostly sunny and almost hot today

    October 5, 2012 12:14 PM

    Expect a delightful afternoon across the Capital City. An area of high pressure is to the east of Louisiana and that will bring in southerly winds. This will make it mostly sunny and almost hot with high temperatures in the upper 80s. The weather will remain nice this evening... more »
  • Facebook will charge to 'promote' user posts

    October 3, 2012 3:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is rolling out a feature in the U.S. that lets users pay to promote their posts to friends, just as advertisers do. Facebook has been testing the service in New Zealand, where it tries out a lot of new features, and has gradually introduced it in... more »
  • NJ woman accused of cancer scam for wedding, cash

    September 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. - Authorities say a New Jersey woman scammed relatives and others out of cash, meals and even a wedding by falsely claiming she had bladder cancer. The Burlington County prosecutor has charged 40-year-old Lori Stilley of Delran with theft by deception. Officials say in February 2011, Stilley... more »
  • Hostage-taker posts to Facebook, page pulled

    September 21, 2012 12:45 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Facebook has shut down the profile page of a man police say took a hostage inside a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise and posted updates as authorities tried to negotiate with him. The profile page for 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton was shut down around 1 p.m. Friday, about five hours... more »
  • Politics on Facebook, Twitter off limits to state workers

    September 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a social media crackdown in some state government offices. Facebook "Likes" and Twitter "Follows" connected to political candidates are off limits to Civil Service Employees. Leaders say it's an online "bumper sticker" or "yard sign." Many of those are not allowed for workers. "When we... more »
  • Facebook updates iPhone app to speed it up

    August 23, 2012 12:03 PM

    NEW YORK- Facebook wants to address what's perhaps the biggest complaint with its iPhone app: It's releasing an update that's faster. Facebook Inc. says it is launching the newest version of the app on Thursday. Rather than add a slew of new features, the company says it rebuilt it from... more »
  • Man charged with defamation over Facebook post Play Video

    August 21, 2012 3:55 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- Three Livingston Parish Council members filed complaints against a resident in Livingston Parish following a facebook post. The post News 2 obtained mentions five council members, but only three filed complaints. Cindy Wale, James Norred and Chance Parent all allege the post by Royce McLin defamed... more »
  • Austria cartoon likened to Nazi depiction of Jews

    August 20, 2012 7:28 PM

    A right wing leader in Austria was called to task for being anti-Semitic by the head of Vienna's Jewish community over a cartoon on Facebook. It depicts a banker with a large hooked nose and Star of David cuff links profiting from Europe's financial crisis. Heinz-Christian Strache's cartoon showed the... more »
  • Facebook stock rebounds after dropping below $19

    August 20, 2012 3:33 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook's beleaguered stock got an afternoon boost after hitting its lowest level ever earlier in the day. Facebook Inc. hit a new low of $18.75 before bouncing back to $20.01 by the time the stock market closed. That's up 96 cents, or 5 percent, for the day.... more »
  • Facebook stock near half of public offering value

    August 17, 2012 11:01 AM

    NEW YORK- Facebook's stock has come a penny short of hitting $19 for the first time, meaning it has nearly lost half of its market value since its public offering in May. It hit $19.01 on Friday, a day after the expiration of a lock-up period that has provided some... more »
  • Facebook insiders can sell stock as "lock-up" ends

    August 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    MENLO PARK, Calif.- Facebook's early investors and a handful of top executives become eligible on Thursday to sell stock they own in the social networking company. It marks the beginning of a time-honored process for public companies, which will culminate in the fall, when many Facebook employees receive the same... more »
  • 83 million Facebook accounts are fake

    August 3, 2012 11:09 AM

    Facebook is trying to disable 83 million of its accounts that are fake. Some are malicious and others are pages created for pets. The social network says more than eight-percent of its 955 million monthly active users worldwide are duplicate or false accounts. Facebook has divvied them up into... more »
  • Morgan City loses power, again

    July 3, 2012 5:40 PM

    MORGAN CITY- People in this South Louisiana city are sweating again after another power failure. A week ago, a transformer exploded leaving virtually everyone on the city power grid in the dark. Since then, crews have been working to install a new transformer and power has been supplied from... more »
  • Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo

    June 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    NEW YORK - In yet another change that upset users, Facebook has replaced the email addresses users chose to display on their profile pages with (at)facebook.com addresses. Previously, users may have displayed their personal yahoo.com or gmail.com address to let people know how to contact them outside of Facebook. Now,... more »
  • Facebook signs apps privacy agreement

    June 22, 2012 1:15 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook became the seventh company to agree to give people advance warning if its mobile applications pull personal information from mobile phones and tablet computers. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said Friday that the agreement includes Facebook's own applications, as well as those made by third parties... more »
  • Facebook stock slips even as broader market gains

    June 7, 2012 10:52 AM

    NEW YORK- Facebook's deflated stock is inching lower once again even as the broader market is advancing. The stock fell 40 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $26.41 in late morning trading Thursday. It's down 30 percent from its initial public offering price of $38. Facebook's stock began trading publicly on... more »
  • Miss Pennsylvania resigns, claims pageant rigged

    June 6, 2012 12:37 PM

    PITTSBURGH - Pennsylvania's representative at the Miss USA pageant is stepping down because she says the contest was rigged, while pageant officials counter she just disagrees with the organization's decision to allow transgender contestants. A posting on Sheena Monnin's Facebook page dated Monday says she's resigned. In another post, Monnin... more »
  • Laptop snaps thief's photo, leading to his arrest

    June 5, 2012 12:34 PM

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Open an app. See a flash. Get arrested. Police in Michigan say a stolen laptop took a picture of the thief and sent it to a security website, leading to his arrest. The computer's owner, Logan Chadde, installed Orbicule security software before a weekend break-in at... more »
  • Kids could someday get on Facebook, without lying

    June 4, 2012 1:37 PM

    NEW YORK - Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age. Now, the company is testing out ways to allow younger kids on its site without needing to lie. It would be under parental supervision, such as by connecting... more »
  • Sex offenders fight for right to use Facebook

    May 30, 2012 3:46 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in state courts. Sex offenders have successfully challenged many of the restrictions, arguing that the laws infringe on free speech and their right to participate in common online discussions. The legal battles in Indiana,... more »
  • Facebook stock climbs, still down from IPO

    May 30, 2012 1:09 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook's stock is getting some relief, inching higher following a steep decline in the wake of its initial public offering. Shares of Facebook Inc. are up 43 cents to $29.27 in morning trading on Wednesday. That's still down about 23 percent from its IPO price of $38.... more »
  • Facebook's stock falls below $30 for first time

    May 29, 2012 11:10 AM

    NEW YORK- Facebook's stock has fallen below $30 for the first time. The stock fell $2.01, or 6.3 percent, to $29.90 in midday trading Tuesday. That's down 21 percent since its much-awaited public stock debut this month. It went as low as $29.65. Facebook Inc. began trading publicly on May... more »
  • Stocks gain on Wall Street; Facebook falls

    May 21, 2012 11:03 AM

    NEW YORK- U.S. stocks are rising, shaking off their worst weekly performance since November, as investors latched on to a relatively optimistic report from economists. The Dow Jones industrial average is up 78 points to 12,448 after six days of losses. If it finishes the day with a gain, it... more »
  • Facebook falls flat in public debut

    May 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    NEW YORK - After all the hype, Facebook's first day as a public company ended where it began. In its much-anticipated debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market, Facebook's stock closed Friday at $38.23, up 23 cents. It had been priced at $38 per share on Thursday night. After an anxiety-filled... more »
  • Investors watching Facebook's debut on Wall Street

    May 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is updating its status to "public company" as its stock jumps in its debut on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock opened at $42.05 on Friday morning. It later settled at $39. CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiled as rang the opening bell from Facebook's headquarters in... more »
  • Facebook prices IPO at $38 per share

    May 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook says it has priced its initial public offering of stock at $38 per share. That's the high end of its expected range of $34 to $38. It means investor demand is strong for the world's largest online social network. Facebook now stands to reap as... more »
  • Facebook set to price initial public offering

    May 17, 2012 10:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook's initial public offering could be one of the largest in history if its stock prices at the high end of its expected range on Thursday. Facebook Inc. will likely price its IPO late Thursday, meaning that the investment banks orchestrating the offering will determine the price... more »
  • Sex offenders banned from social networks, again Play Video

    May 15, 2012 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Facebook and other social networking sites are again off-limits for a list of certain sex offenders in Louisiana. A similar previous law was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge, so lawmakers rewrote the provision, hoping tightened language could stand up to judicial scrutiny. The House gave final passage... more »
  • Facebook raises IPO price as offering nears

    May 15, 2012 7:22 AM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is raising the price at which it plans to sell stock to the public. The social networking company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it expects to sell its stock for between $34 and $38 per share. That's higher than a previous range of... more »
  • Threat on Facebook, student arrested

    May 11, 2012 5:19 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - Police say a 17-year-old student at Parkway High School has been arrested after school officials found a posting on Facebook describing violent threats to the high school. Bossier Parish sheriff's deputies say the teen was arrested Tuesday on a charge of terrorizing after posting a detailed sketch... more »
  • Bossier City student arrested for posting threats to Facebook

    May 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    BOSSIER CITY - Police say a 17-year-old student at Parkway High School has been arrested after school officials found a posting on Facebook describing violent threats to the high school. Bossier Parish sheriff's deputies say the teen was arrested Tuesday on a charge of terrorizing after posting a detailed sketch... more »
  • Severe thunderstorm watch until 8 PM for South Mississippi Counties

    May 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 PM for Amite, Pike and Wilkinson Counties in South Mississippi. These Counties are part of the WBRZ Viewing area. The storms could contain quarter to half-dollar size hail along with winds 60 mph or greater. The storms... more »
  • Outspoken Marine's Last Day

    May 3, 2012 7:35 PM

    It was the last day of military service for Marine Corps Sergeant Gary Stein at his base near San Diego. Stein was kicked out of the Marines for criticizing President Obama on Facebook. Members of the military are limited in their speech and Stein got an other-than-honorable discharge and will... more »
  • Fake Bieber accused of abusing NJ girl online

    April 18, 2012 12:25 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - Authorities have accused a Justin Bieber impersonator in Canada of threatening and sexually abusing a 12-year-old New Jersey girl on a video chat site. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says 34-year-old Lee Moir of Toronto, Ontario, posed as the pop star on Facebook. Authorities allege he... more »
  • Governor's deputy subject of fake Facebook account

    April 17, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A controversial posting has been made to a Facebook page by someone posing as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's Deputy Chief of Staff, Kristy Nichols, that's according to the Governor's office. Facebook has since taken down the fake profile of Nichols. The posting appeared on a page... more »
  • Teen arrested for alleged Facebook threats

    March 26, 2012 11:20 AM

    MANDEVILLE- A 14-year-old student at a school in St. Tammany Parish has been arrested on suspicion of posting threats against teachers and other students on the Facebook social networking website. Sheriff Jack Strain's office said the boy wrote that students were "going to die" Monday at Monteleone Junior High School... more »
  • Ohio man not jailed for stopping Facebook apology

    March 19, 2012 11:21 AM

    CINCINNATI- An Ohio man who made comments about his estranged wife on his Facebook page and was threatened with jail unless he posted daily apologies for a month won't be locked up even though he stopped making amends early. A domestic relations judge told Mark Byron in Cincinnati on Monday... more »
  • Patchy fog this morning with some storms this afternoon

    March 13, 2012 8:15 AM

    We have some dense fog this morning with visibilities less than 3/4 mile at times. Please use caution as you travel around town. Otherwise, it is mostly cloudy with some mist and temperatures in the 60s. The fog will dissipate around 9 AM, and we will be left with... more »
  • 2 teens arrested following Facebook post

    March 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    SPRINGFIELD- Two students at Springfield High School were arrested after deputies say they posted a threat of violence on Facebook. The Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned party that a post had been placed on Facebook advising that a shooting was to occur at Springfield High School on... more »
  • Sheriff: Judge's stolen nameplate seen on Facebook

    March 9, 2012 9:08 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla - Authorities in South Florida say a man is facing charges after he was seen in a photo on Facebook holding a judge's stolen nameplate. Twenty-one-year-old Steven Mulhall was arrested Thursday on violation of probation charges. Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Mulhall... more »
  • Law banning sex offenders from social media thrown out Play Video

    February 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor's administration plans to appeal a judge's decision to allow sex offenders back on social media websites like Facebook. Last week, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson threw out the recently-passed law banning registered sex offenders from social media sites. Jackson said the law went too... more »

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