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  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high

    March 2, 2015 3:38 PM

    NEW YORK - The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet was probably still dial-up, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq has again closed above 5,000 and is close to topping its... more »
  • Beckham, Brees team up to set world record

    January 30, 2015 5:08 AM

    GLENDALE, AZ - Two of Louisiana's biggest football stars teamed-up Thursday to break a world record. New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and former-LSU Wide Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. shattered the Guinness World Record for most one-handed catches in a minute. The pair combined for 33 catches in just... more »
  • GM set sales record and still got beat

    January 14, 2015 7:48 PM

    DETROIT- General Motors set a record for worldwide sales last year but still got beat by Volkswagen. GM sold almost 10 million vehicles, but the German carmaker, Volkswagen sold 10.1 million. GM saw sales rise in North America and China but fall in Europe and in South America. ... more »
  • Attempting a record HIV screening

    November 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA- The country of Ethiopia is trying to set a world record for the number of HIV screenings in one day. It hopes to break the record in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1. The previous record was made in Argentina in 2012 when 1,380... more »
  • Record number of guns seized at airports

    November 24, 2014 7:39 PM

    WASHINGTON- The TSA has confiscated a record number of guns at airports this year. Through November 17, 1,931 travelers have been caught trying to board planes with guns in carry-ons, which surpasses last year's total. The busiest travel days of the year are still ahead. TSA also confiscated... more »
  • Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

    September 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    NEW YORK - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and... more »
  • City leader exploring the use of police officer body cameras check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 10, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is exploring the possibility of adding more eyes to what's going on during emergencies through the use of police body cameras. Marcelle said body cameras would add more transparency to the police department and would be an additional tool for investigations.... more »
  • Kershaw falls short in quest for scoreless innings record

    July 11, 2014 3:01 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night. Kershaw won his eighth... more »
  • Essence Festival hits record attendance at 550,000

    July 7, 2014 2:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Essence Festival marked its 20th anniversary by setting a record for annual attendance with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome. That's about 10,000 more people than attended the 2013 festival,... 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 »
  • For US fans at work, a streaming milestone

    June 25, 2014 7:01 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - U.S. fans' surging interest in the country's World Cup fortunes, and the surging comfort level with watching games online and on mobile devices, come together in what could be a milestone for live streaming. The Americans' group finale Thursday will be smack in the middle of... more »
  • LSU's 2014 graduating class to be largest

    May 15, 2014 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's flagship campus 2014 graduating class is shaping up to be a record-breaker. Preliminary data shows the class is projected to be the largest in the university's history with 6,367 students receiving degrees. That's more than 2012's 6,251 graduates. The university said Wednesday that this year's graduating... more »
  • La. sets new tourism record

    April 28, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana drew a record 27.3 million tourists to its cities, festivals, outdoor activities and other events last year, drawing $10.8 billion in visitor spending. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne outlined the 2013 figures Monday at a tourism promotion lunch, saying the state attracted more outside visitors than the last... more »
  • A night for the books

    April 15, 2014 9:19 AM

    It only makes sense for this winter that Wednesday Morning may accomplish a wintry feat unmatched in Baton Rouge history. Enough that a record low will likely fall, one more big-chill could etch the 2013-2014 winter in history. On April 15, 2008 the morning low temperature in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Marching through a record-breaking rainfall in Seattle

    April 1, 2014 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As reported in the media, there's no question that rainfall totals in the month of March for western Washington were high. Many locations throughout the state flirted with record rainfall, if not completely shattering prior records. This is what helped initiate the terrible mudslide in the town... more »
  • Winter blast on the bayou

    March 20, 2014 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Twice the average number of freezes, four wintry precipitation events and a top ten coldest month headline winter 2013-2014 in Southern Louisiana. Still unrelenting for some, and as southerners welcome spring with spring-like weather, the WBRZ Weather Center looks back on an undoubtedly harsh winter in... more »
  • Coldest Mardi Gras Ever?

    March 5, 2014 1:11 PM

    Yesterday came very close to setting the record for the coldest Mardi Gras of all-time, while the day itself fell much later than usual! New Orleans recorded an official high temperature of 41° just prior to midnight but most of the daylight hours were spent in the upper 30s. Should... more »
  • Southern defends Monday's 104-point win check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 31, 2013 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern basketball woke up today to criticism from several national media outlets questioning why the Jaguars scheduled, then beat Champion Baptist College by 104 points Monday night. Some of that criticism even came from CBC's own head coach Eric Capaci, who questioned why Southern would keep... more »
  • Southern sets NCAA record vs Champion Baptist

    December 30, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern set an NCAA record by scoring the first 44 points of the game en route to a 116-12 rout of Champion Baptist College on Monday. The Jaguars (4-9) broke the all-divisions record that used to be held when Seton Hall scored the first 34 points against... more »
  • Colonial era Psalm book

    November 26, 2013 7:32 PM

    NEW YORK- A book of psalms printed in 1640 sold at auction for $14.2 million, setting a record for a printed book. It's a tiny book and is believed to be the first printed in what's now the United States. The book sold at Sotheby's auction house and... more »
  • Lafayette airport sets passenger record

    November 21, 2013 7:54 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Regional Airport enjoyed the best October in its history for record-breaking numbers of passengers boarding and departing. Airport Deputy Director Michael Burrows says October is usually a slow month but the airport reported 22,459 passengers boarding and departing. Burrows says that's up from 19,494... more »
  • Wal-Mart driver honored for 4 million accident-free miles

    September 21, 2013 4:26 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A long-distance truck driver for Wal-Mart has been recognized for traveling 4 million miles without an accident. Warren Greeno of Loveland, Colorado, reached the milestone this year. Today, Wal-Mart executives in Arkansas presented him with a new rig painted red. The 59-year-old rolled up the... more »
  • Nyad defends herself to skeptics of Cuba-Fla. swim

    September 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    MIAMI - Addressing her skeptics, Diana Nyad claimed the right to set the ground rules for future swims from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Speculation that she had gotten into or held onto a boat during part of her 53-hour journey drove Nyad and her team to... more »
  • Third gator record in a week set at 741.5 pounds

    September 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco... more »
  • Despite the bombs, Hollywood posts a record summer

    September 2, 2013 11:31 AM

    NEW YORK - Despite some spectacular flops, Hollywood's summer concluded with a record $4.7 billion in box-office revenue. The summer movie season closed out on Labor Day weekend as the boy band concert film "One Direction: This Is Us" took in an estimated $18 million from Friday to Monday for... more »
  • Chestnut downs 69 dogs to win 7th-straight contest

    July 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Joey Chestnut has downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the annual hot dog eating contest. The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws scarfed down the dogs and buns to win the Fourth of July contest. He takes home $10,000 and a mustard-yellow champion's... more »
  • Scherzer looks for lucky 13

    July 3, 2013 10:35 AM

    UNDATED - Max Scherzer is the first major league pitcher in 27 years to be sporting an unblemished record after 12 straight decisions to open a season. The Tigers right-hander is looking to make it 13-0 when he makes a scheduled start against the Blue Jays in Toronto tonight.... more »
  • Judge strikes detective statements on Zimmerman

    July 2, 2013 10:02 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - A prosecutor has gotten a judge to strike from the record an opinion from a Sanford police detective who testified that he found George Zimmerman credible in his account of how he got into a fight with Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson on Tuesday told jurors to... more »
  • Disgraced Armstrong says he still holds the record

    June 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    PORTO VECCHIO, Corsica - Lance Armstrong says he still considers himself the record-holder for Tour de France victories, even though his titles were stripped from him for doping. In an interview with the French paper Le Monde, Armstrong claimed it was impossible in his era to win cycling's showcase... more »
  • Powerball hits record $600M jackpot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 17, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lottery spokespeople in Louisiana said the quickly-growing Powerball jackpot has hit a new record high. The Louisiana Lottery said the jackpot for the May 18 drawing is now $600 million, the highest Powerball jackpot on record. It would pay out $376.9 million for the cash option.... more »
  • The one that didn't get away

    May 14, 2013 7:55 PM

    BLACK WARRIOR RIVER, ALABAMA- James Bramlett doesn't have to talk about the one that got away since he landed a monster fish in Alabama in February. It set a new world record for landlocked striped bass at 69-pounds-nine-ounces. The International Game Fish Association did the measuring and called him on... more »
  • Dow closes at highest of the year, nearing record

    February 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    NEW YORK- The Dow has closed at its highest level so far this year, coming within 146 points of its record high of 14,164 in October of 2007. It rose 47 points to 14,018 on Tuesday. The latest gain was powered by impressive results from two big consumer... more »
  • Super Bowl falls short of ratings record

    February 4, 2013 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - An estimated 108.4 million people watched the Super Bowl, making it fall short of setting the fourth straight viewership record. The Nielsen Company said Monday that the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the third most-viewed program in television history. Both the 2010... more »
  • Ravens' Super Bowl win sets likely ratings record

    February 4, 2013 10:20 AM

    NEW YORK - The Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers has set a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history. The Nielsen company reported the game scored a 48.1 rating and 71 share in its select measurement of big cities. That's 1 percent over a similar... more »
  • Defense nominee Hagel defends his record in Senate

    January 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending himself against critics who have seized on his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel says he cannot be defined by a single vote or quote. He insists that his worldview hasn't changed and the United... more »
  • NORAD Santa record

    December 28, 2012 7:30 PM

    Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve led to a record number of phone calls and social media followers for NORAD. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says volunteers answered more than 114,000 calls, up 12,000 from last year. The Santa Facebook page had more than 1.2 million followers, up about a... more »
  • 2012 hurricane season another for the record books

    November 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    MIAMI - The 2012 hurricane season has come to an end and it's another one for the record books, above and beyond the destruction of Sandy. There were 19 named storms in what meteorologists consider an above-average year that tied as being the third most-active season since 1851. Even without... more »
  • Jack Taylor scores 138 points for Grinnell

    November 21, 2012 10:40 AM

    GRINNELL, Iowa - Jack Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night. Taylor made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts... more »
  • Pa. merchant finds rare Robert Johnson record

    November 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh record store owner has found what he calls "the holy grail of 78s" in a box of old albums he picked up for $50. Jerry Weber says he discovered a copy of the second song ever recorded by Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson, "I Believe I'll... more »
  • NCAA grad rates improving in football, basketball

    October 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - The latest figures from the NCAA show that football and men's basketball players are graduating in record numbers. The annual Graduation Success Rate figures, released Thursday, show both sports hit an all-time high based on the one-year measurement of freshmen who enrolled in 2005-06. Men's basketball players made... more »
  • World matched record for hottest September

    October 15, 2012 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The globe last month matched a record for the hottest September. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that September was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal. That matches 2005 for the hottest September. Records go back to 1880. For most of the... more »
  • Mortgage rates hit all-time low check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 27, 2012 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mortgage rates are at a national all time low at 3.4% on a 30-year fixed rate. The low rates come as the Federal Reserve continue to stimulate the housing sector. "The rates have stayed historically low, which has allowed quite a few people to refinance, cutting their... more »
  • Hispanics set school, college enrollment records

    August 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pew Hispanic Center reports young Hispanics have reached a couple of education milestones. Last year, more than 2 million Hispanics ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college and nearly a fourth of all pre-K through 12th grade public school students last year were Hispanic. Pew Hispanic... more »
  • Phelps takes record 19th Olympic medal

    July 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    LONDON - Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record Tuesday with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul... more »
  • Livingston sales taxes soaring

    June 7, 2012 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- April was a record breaking month for Livingston Parish sales tax collections. In fact, it was the highest April on record. That may only be the start of the good news. The parish opened a new Walmart in the Watson area. Sales from that store have not... more »
  • Record heat takes aim at Indy 500 fans, drivers

    May 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Tens of thousands of fans are arriving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for what could be the hottest Indianapolis 500 on record. Temperatures were forecast to climb into the mid-90s during Sunday's race, and many fans brought ice, extra water and misting fans with them for the "Greatest... more »
  • Students caught changing attendance records

    April 19, 2012 5:20 PM

    BERKELEY, CA. - Dozens of students at Berkeley High School are facing suspension or expulsion after school officials say they got into a computer system and changed their attendance records. Principal Pasquale Scuderi said Wednesday that 50 students will be suspended and two or three expelled. Access into the... more »
  • Super Bowl draws record 111.3M viewers

    February 6, 2012 3:08 PM

    NEW YORK - For the third consecutive year, the Super Bowl has set a record as the most-watched television show in U.S. history. The Nielsen Co. said Monday that an estimated 111.3 million people watched the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots on Sunday night. That narrowly... more »
  • Governor tells public to act like Morganza will be opened

    May 11, 2011 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he was almost certain the Morganza Spillway would be opened in the next few days, and people needed to act like the order had already been given. "I don't want people waiting," he said during today's press briefing on river levels. "Everything... more »
  • NOAA: Record 312 tornadoes in 24 hours last week

    May 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Preliminary government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day last week than any other day in U.S. history. Government analysts said Monday there were 362 tornadoes during last week's outbreak, including a record-setting 312 in one 24-hour period. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric... more »
  • Brett Favre's record for consecutive starts ends at 297

    December 13, 2010 5:15 PM

    Brett Favre's record consecutive starts streak ended at 297 on Monday when he did not suit up for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the New York Giants. The streak, dating back to 1992, ended because of a right shoulder injury on Minnesota first series Dec. 5 against Buffalo. Jeff Anderson,... more »
  • Pink diamond sells for record $46M at auction

    November 16, 2010 3:07 PM

    A rare pink diamond has smashed the world record for a jewel sold at an auction Well-known British gemstone dealer, Laurence Graff, bid just over $46 million for the precious 24 carat stone. The price easily tops that of the blue 35.56-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond auctioned for $24.3... more »
  • Highway deaths down first half of 2010, gov't says

    September 27, 2010 11:30 AM

    The government estimated Monday that traffic fatalities fell to fewer than 15,000 deaths during the first half of 2010, putting the year on pace for another record low. The Transportation Department said earlier this month that traffic fatalities fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950.... more »
  • Judge records scuffle with Baker city attorney

    September 23, 2010 5:53 PM

    Baker Police are investigating a city hall scuffle involving City Judge Kirk Williams and City Attorney Ron Wall. Williams was requesting access to public records at the time. He brought a camera to the counter as he viewed the records. Video from the camera appears to show Wall attempting... more »
  • LSU's Patrick Peterson among SEC players of the week

    September 6, 2010 11:54 AM

    The Southeastern Conference named Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan and LSU cornerback/return specialist Patrick Peterson players of the week. Peterson set an LSU record with a combined 257 combined yards on kickoff and punt return yards in the Tigers' 30-24 win against North Carolina. Newton rushed... more »
  • Oil spill hits record in Gulf of Mexico

    July 1, 2010 10:36 AM

    BP's massive oil spill hit a record today, becoming the largest oil spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the highest of the federal government's estimates. Thursday, the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf hit 140.6 million gallons. That number eclipses the Ixtoc oil spill off Mexico's... more »
  • May shrimp catch could be 2nd-worst on state record

    June 20, 2010 3:10 PM

    Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the shrimp catch in May could be the second-worst on record, because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Courier says reasons cited include both areas closed because of the spill and some shrimpers' decisions to clean up oil instead of... more »
  • Federal budget deficit hits April record

    May 12, 2010 2:11 PM

    The month of April was not a good one for the U.S. economy, as the federal budget deficit hit an all-time high. Treasury Department officials say the April deficit soared to $82.7 billion, the largest deficit ever for that month. Economists say the lack of income tax payments... more »
  • Record attendance at WWII museum

    April 13, 2010 5:20 AM

    The National World War II museum in New Orleans reporting record-breaking attendance. More than 100,000 visitors have visited the museum since the start of the year. March saw the best one-month attendance since the museum opened with 43,301 visitors. The previous record of 41,000 was set in 2001. more »
  • Teen on solo sail around globe to stop in Mexico

    February 1, 2010 5:51 AM

    The 16-year-old Southern California girl attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone says she is stopping in Mexico with power problems. On her blog, Abby Sunderland wrote Saturday she's headed for Cabo San Lucas to add a "new battery or two" because solar panels and... more »
  • Record returned after 47 years

    December 17, 2009 8:38 PM

    Someone returned a vinyl record checked out of a library in Illinois 47 years late and quietly slipped out the door. The album by the 1950's pop singer Julius La Rosa was checked out in February of 1962 and was returned this month to the Fondulac Library in East Peoria... more »
  • Baton Rouge man breaks restaurant's oyster record

    September 26, 2009 9:22 PM

    Adrian Morgan, 26, ate 23 dozen oysters in just 20 minutes Saturday at the Acme Oyster House in Baton Rouge. He broke the restaurant's previous record of 16 dozen. Morgan's meal was free, and the restaurant gave him a free t-shirt and hat. more »

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