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  • Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

    November 30, 2015 11:42 AM

    NEW YORK - Retailers are rolling out online deals today, the so-called "Cyber Monday." But since shoppers these days are online all the time anyway, the shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, today is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it... more »
  • Study: New docs' suicidal thoughts eased with online therapy

    November 4, 2015 12:26 PM

    CHICAGO - Doctors-in-training face long, stressful hours, sleepless nights and a high risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. A study suggests online self-help behavior therapy could help. Suicidal thoughts were much less common in new doctors who had four half-hour online sessions prior to their first year of post-graduate... more »
  • Lawmaker: 99 percent of people don't pay online sales tax Play Video

    October 28, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A lawmaker is hoping to tackle a growing $808 million loss in tax revenue due to sales being made online. People are not paying the taxes on out-of-state purchases made online. Buyers are supposed to report online purchases each year on tax returns. “You're legally... more »
  • Blighted EBR properties could be sold online Play Video

    October 27, 2015 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mid City woman says she's tired of hearing the drug addicts and prostitutes who've set up shop in the abandoned house right next to hers. "My window is right next to it, so you hear them all night going in and out," said resident Candy... more »
  • Snowden on video at NYC forum to promote privacy treaty

    September 24, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW YORK - Edward Snowden appeared in New York via video to launch a campaign promoting an international treaty to protect privacy. The former National Security Agency systems analyst appeared from Moscow via a video link Thursday at a forum in Manhattan on the so-called "Snowden Treaty." Advocates say the... more »
  • Prosecutors' web posts at issue again in politician's appeal

    September 1, 2015 2:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has heard the latest arguments on whether a new trial should be granted to a woman who served in Louisiana's state House and the New Orleans City Council before being convicted of corruption in 2011. Renee Gill Pratt is serving four-years and... more »
  • CVS Photo website credit card info possibly stolen in breach

    July 17, 2015 1:03 PM

    NEW YORK - CVS is warning customers that its online photo service may have suffered a data breach and has shut it down. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain says the site is being switched off as a precaution and that it has also sealed off related mobile device apps. Payment... more »
  • 2 US agents charged with fraud during Silk Road inquiry

    March 30, 2015 11:56 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Two former federal agents have been charged with stealing digital currency during their investigation into an online black market that allowed users to buy and sell drugs and other illegal items. Carl M. Force of Baltimore was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Shaun... more »
  • US retail sales rise on autos, online purchases

    November 14, 2014 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month after falling by the same amount in September. Excluding gas stations, where falling prices... more »
  • Cat Haven's Mewster Mash, online auction Play Video

    October 28, 2014 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Every good witch needs a sidekick, and you can find yours this weekend at Cat Haven's Mewster Mash. Executive Director Wendy Decker joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning to talk about the event. The Halloween party will serve as a kickoff to the organization's... more »
  • Southern Lab rebounds with online enrollment

    October 6, 2014 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A shift to online education has restored Southern University Lab School's financial health and prospects, perhaps even helping attract local students to the physical campus next to the historically black university in Baton Rouge. Southern Lab's Virtual School, barely a year old, teaches more than 600 students... more »
  • Senate passes minor changes to payday lending

    May 15, 2014 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A measure backed by the payday loan industry has passed the Senate after lawmakers failed to add tougher restrictions. Senators voted 28-10 Wednesday for Baton Rouge Rep. Erich Ponti's bill to require online payday lenders to register with the Office of Financial Institutions and be subject to... more »
  • Cyber Monday shopping

    December 2, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW YORK- It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called Cyber Monday seems to have... more »
  • Surplus auction revenue tops $1 million for BR

    September 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish government in Baton Rouge has hit the million dollar mark in selling off surplus items online. Over the past 18 months the city-parish has sold vehicles, electronics, office equipment and much more for $1,168,290.42 in non-tax revenue. The online surplus auctions started last Spring... more »
  • Men robbed at gunpoint in online dating scam Play Video

    August 9, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a group is using a fake female profile on a dating website to rob men. 25-year-old David Washington has already been charged with six counts of robbery in connection to the crime. Police believe there are at least two other accomplices, including a woman.... more »
  • Craigslist baby

    August 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    NEW YORK- A man is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after he tried to sell a woman's two-month-old on Craigslist for $100. Authorities say Paul Marquez had been out with the baby's mother a few times but felt she wasn't paying him enough attention. Police... more »
  • White: Course Choice list 'cannot be ignored'

    July 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 1,000 students are on a waiting list for a state education department program offering courses to Louisiana students online. The "Course Choice" program was limited to a pilot program after a court ruling that the Legislature had illegally chosen to fund it through a program... more »
  • Child predator crackdown

    July 15, 2013 7:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Hundreds of accused child sex predators were busted in a nationwide crackdown dubbed Operation I-Guardian. It focused on identifying and rescuing victims of online sexual exploitation from May through June and 255 people were busted. Authorities say one of the men traded and produced online child pornography and face... 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 »
  • Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

    May 7, 2013 7:13 AM

    WASHINGTON - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the... more »
  • Are you a tax cheat if you shop online tax-free?

    May 5, 2013 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - Buy anything on the Internet lately without paying sales tax? In all but a few states, you're probably a tax cheat. That's right, even if Internet retailers don't collect sales tax at the time of purchase, you're required by law to pay it in 45 states and the... more »
  • Internet sales tax could be forced at purchase Play Video

    April 23, 2013 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Online shoppers could be in for a surprise if lawmakers pass a bill that would allow states to require Internet retailers to charge sales tax on out-of-state purchases. Right now, companies that sell online but don't have a "brick-and-mortar" presence in the state aren't required to... more »
  • Louisiana state tax extensions must be filed online

    March 26, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayers in Louisiana who need more time to submit their individual income or Corporation Income and Franchise Tax returns can no longer file an extension the traditional paper way, according to the state Department of Revenue. A spokesperson said extensions must be filed online before the... more »
  • LSU now available online

    March 5, 2013 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is set to extend its campus beyond Baton Rouge. On Monday, the university launched LSU Online, a new, completely Web-based, distance-learning initiative. Administrators hope the online program will increase enrollment, generate revenue and build the university's "brand" nationwide. The initial launch offers graduate students a choice... more »
  • ISP: Copyright alert system meant to educate, not punish Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In efforts to curb illegal downloading and file-sharing on-line, a number of Internet companies are initiating an educational approach to help customers understand their actions. It's called the Copyright Alert System. Providers including AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner and Comcast, with the help of copyright holders,... more »
  • Bill would force online retailers to charge you tax Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Marketplace Fairness Act, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases. The bill is intended to help small businesses that often lose out to online retailers who don't have to charge... more »
  • Southern faculty criticize online contract

    February 15, 2013 7:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University System President Ronald Mason spent the bulk of a Thursday faculty meeting fending off charges that he's recklessly negotiated a partnership with an online education service provider that will hurt the university in the long run. Members of Southern's Faculty Senate accused Mason of freezing... more »
  • IRS says quit checking so much

    February 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    The IRS requests taxpayers stop checking its website and phone app every few minutes for updates on when their refunds are going out. It says its "Where's my refund?" feature is being overwhelmed. Instead of checking every five minutes, the IRS says check the site once a day. The agency... more »
  • Online dating in the age of social media Play Video

    February 14, 2013 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue talked with News 2 on Valentine's Day about the recent explosion of online dating. About 45 million people use online dating sites to meet other people. Domingue says a lot of dating services have apps as well, which puts online... more »
  • College credit recommended for free online courses

    February 7, 2013 2:40 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online classes that are reshaping higher education. The American Council on Education says it's recommending degree credit for five courses offered by Coursera, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that offers so-called massive open... more »
  • Report: Online holiday sales up 14 percent

    January 3, 2013 4:25 PM

    RESTON, Va. - A report released Thursday says holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago. ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.... more »

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