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  • Fire challenge arrest

    August 12, 2014 7:58 PM

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA- A 41-year-old mom is under arrest for helping her teen son set himself on fire as part of a dare on YouTube known as the "fire challenge." It's where people pour flammable liquids on their bodies and set themselves on fire, hoping to extinguish the flames... more »
  • 551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

    July 31, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 550 new laws take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June. Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time. Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred... more »
  • Mom accused of violating son's medical privacy

    July 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI- A mom is accused of violating her seven-year-old son's medical privacy by taking a picture of him being examined by a doctor. She was ordered to give up her cell phone after she posted the picture to social media. Mandy Kay Wilson says a security guard... more »
  • Parents, kids arrested after party shooting Play Video

    July 2, 2014 5:54 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Sheriff's Deputies arrested two parents and a pair of their children following a shooting at a teen party that left one person injured. It happened early Sunday morning on Daigle Rd. near James Street, where investigators say Austin Rashall, 18, Aronis Gonzalez, 18, and his 16-year... more »
  • Local bakery one of country's top choices for wedding cakes

    June 25, 2014 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Summer is wedding season, which means wedding cake production is in full swing. A local bakery was selected one of the best places in the country to get a cake for your big day. The Ambrosia Bakery in Baton Rouge landed at #22 on a countdown... more »
  • ABA: Lawyers can scour jurors' social media sites

    June 22, 2014 12:04 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors. The American Bar Association says it's ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service - and even jurors in deliberations. But the ABA does... more »
  • Jindal signs bill seeking personal online privacy

    May 23, 2014 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Employers and schools in Louisiana will be prohibited from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor has signed into law the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James, which is called the... more »
  • House votes in favor of online account privacy bill

    May 13, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at prohibiting employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts is headed to the governor's desk after gaining full support from the House. The bill introduced by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, will prohibit employers... more »
  • La. Senate approves social media privacy bill

    May 6, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Senate voted 38-0 Tuesday for a proposal to ban employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts, moving it one step from final passage. The bill (House Bill 340) by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, would... more »
  • Students arrested for Instagram school threats

    April 17, 2014 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the School Drug Task Force arrested two students in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said the pair posted threats against their school on the social media network Instagram. An East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokesperson said the Westdale Middle School students made threats... more »
  • Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

    March 27, 2014 8:52 AM

    Watch what you tweet, sports fans. Security firms are turning to social media to figure out whether or not there's an increased risk of fans storming the court or becoming feisty during sports events. Officials say the practice of watching online chatter before a big game can help them tap... 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 »
  • People still want news

    March 17, 2014 7:57 PM

    WASHINGTON- Social media is helping Americans stay more informed than in previous years, researchers suggest. A new poll by Media Insight Project finds most people say its easier to follow the news now than it was five years ago. Cell phones, tablets and computers help them follow events throughout... more »
  • TIME: New Orleans loves a selfie

    March 10, 2014 7:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- People love capturing life in South Louisiana and posting it to the Internet; and they want to be the star attraction, it seems. TIME Magazine ranked the "selfiest cities" based on data from social media site Instagram. More than 400,000 images were selected since users tagged them... more »
  • Monitoring children and teens on social media Play Video

    January 10, 2014 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social Media expert Christi Domingue talked about different ways you can monitor your children on the web and on smartphones and tablets today on News 2 at 4. She said most parents think Facebook and Twitter are the ones to look out for but apps like... more »
  • Celebs, others buy clicks for social media boost

    January 5, 2014 1:40 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Celebrities, businesses and even the State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from techies who run offshore "click farms," where they tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to artificially inflate social media numbers. An Associated... more »
  • How did those murder rumors start? Play Video

    November 22, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities spent much of the day dispelling bizarre and violent rumors of a serial killer after social media exploded with false claims Friday. "I have an obligation to inform the public," East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, and he needed people to know they were... more »
  • Police: Rumors of "serial killer" false

    November 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said rumors spreading across social media Friday of a serial killer in Baton Rouge are false. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said today Baton Rouge Police had received many calls about the rumors, which they told people were not true. He said there was no evidence to... more »
  • How to deal with social media "catfishing" Play Video

    September 27, 2013 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue talked about the practice of "catfishing" on social media, and how to watch out for it. She exlained "catfishing" is when people take photos or images from your social media profiles such as Twitter or Facebook, then re-post them with faked... more »
  • Twitter, NFL reach deal to show football videos

    September 26, 2013 9:53 AM

    NEW YORK - The National Football league struck a deal to show game highlights and other video content on Twitter ahead of the short messaging service's initial public offering of stock. The deal is part of Twitter's "Amplify" program, which lets TV broadcasters show ad-supported video clips in users'... more »
  • Mobile apps to help your children learn Play Video

    August 13, 2013 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue talked today about how smartphones and tablets can help your child in and out of the classroom. She says using the devices between 30 minutes to an hour a day is helpful to keep kids learning. Domingue also talked about... 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 »
  • Using new social media to expand your business Play Video

    July 19, 2013 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue-Rangel talked on News 2 at 4 today about how you can utilize social media to expand your business. She specifically highlighted the differences between Vine and Instagram, and how to use them effectively. more »
  • Child's pregnacy sets off abortion debate

    July 5, 2013 7:48 PM

    SANTIAGO, CHILE- An eleven-year-old girl who's pregnant in Chile set off a national debate about abortion in the socially-conservative country. The girl is known as "Belen" and is 14-weeks pregnant. Police say her mother's partner confessed to abusing her. Doctors contend her life and that of the fetus are at... 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 »
  • La. drivers can't tweet or post to Facebook

    May 21, 2013 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Motorists in Louisiana will have to add tweets and Facebook updates to the list of activity banned while driving, in addition to texting. A bill prohibiting posting to social media sites while driving gained final approval with a 34-1 Senate vote on Tuesday. It now heads to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Bill would ban social media posts while driving

    April 10, 2013 2:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Hold that Twitter thought. If you are driving, a proposed state law would make it illegal for you to post status updates or anything else to social media websites. The Senate transportation committee has approved a measure that would add accessing, reading and posting to social media sites,... more »
  • Lawmaker wants to ban social media while driving

    March 29, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Posting to Facebook or Twitter while driving could soon be illegal. Senator Dale Erdey pre filed Senate Bill 147 which would make it illegal to "access, read or post to a social networking site" while driving. The bill keeps the current texting while driving laws... more »
  • Social media expert on Pheed Play Video

    March 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media expert Christi Domingue-Rangel introduced us to the latest social media craze, called Pheed. She said it's a cross between MySpace and Instagram. Christi is teaching a class on Social Media Essentials class at Baton Rouge Community College. The course cost $285 and it's... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Deputies warn they are watching for mass meet-up

    January 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies have a warning for anyone considering a mass meet-up on Saturday: they'll be ready. After a near riot at the Mall of Louisiana last weekend, people on social media started suggesting a second meet-up at another location for this coming Saturday. Deputies said they... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • US Attorney resigns during probe of online posts

    December 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is resigning while the Justice Department investigates alleged misconduct by two of the top deputies in his New Orleans office. The nation's longest-serving U.S. attorney announced his resignation Thursday at a news conference. Two prosecutors who served as supervisors under Letten are targets... more »
  • School releases email on injured player, situation

    November 29, 2012 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- University High sent an email to members of its school community Thursday, discussing the situation surrounding a U High football player injured in a mysterious incident last weekend. D'Vante Dotson was found in a pool of blood in a park on Perkins Road. He had a head... more »
  • Family wants answers after teen was found injured in park Play Video

    November 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Family, police, and friends of a University High School football player are tied-up in a whirlwind of rumor, injury, and investigation. Friday night, D'Vante Dotson was found lying, unconscious, in a BREC park. The U High player was celebrating with friends after a playoff victory. Dotson's... more »
  • NJ storm victims finding lost mementos online

    November 23, 2012 6:47 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey residents devastated by Superstorm Sandy are being reunited with lost photographs and objects through social media. There are at least four Facebook pages targeted to New Jersey residents that help connect them with their possessions. People who find lost mementos can post photos of them... more »
  • Sec. State to examine social media and ballots after election

    November 6, 2012 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Every day people share all kinds of things through social networking, from who they're with right down to what they're about to eat. People in Louisiana, though, should think twice before snapping a pic of who they voted for today. According to Louisiana law, it... 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 »
  • Lehrer's philosophy on moderator's role tested

    October 4, 2012 3:15 PM

    NEW YORK - Former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer says a debate moderator should be like a baseball umpire - get out of the way and let the candidates play. That philosophy may have compounded his troubles during the first presidential debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney as... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Twitter users in UK, US experience issues

    July 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    LONDON- People in Britain, the United States and elsewhere appear to be having difficulty accessing Twitter, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are due to officially launch and spike activity on the site. The social network's main website is unreachable from New York, London and Johannesburg. Twitter spokeswoman Rachel... more »
  • Local video makers explain how they make money with YouTube Play Video

    July 9, 2012 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Making money on YouTube could be as simple as a few clicks, but it's not always that easy, just ask the creators of the 'Lil' Final Boyz' videos, Myles Laroux and Logan Baudean. The pair burst into the viral video scene after making a spoof video about... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • ACLU sues over limits on sex offenders' Web access

    August 15, 2011 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing to block enforcement of a new state law that limits sex offenders' access to social networking websites and other online forums. The federal suit filed Monday in Baton Rouge claims the law is overly broad and violates... more »
  • Employers requiring social media background checks

    July 22, 2011 4:53 AM

    The New York Times says some companies are now requiring job candidates to pass a social media background check before being hired. Social intelligence searches the Internet for everything potential employees have said or done online over the past seven years. The Federal Trade Commission has determined this... more »
  • Obama to host social media town hall at Facebook

    April 20, 2011 12:21 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook users are deluging President Barack Obama with questions as he readies for a town hall meeting at the Silicon Valley headquarters of the social media giant. More than 36,000 users of the site have said they will virtually attend the Wednesday afternoon meeting that will... more »
  • Feds, state using Twitter and Facebook for terror alerts

    April 8, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government will no longer be using the color code system for terror updates. Some updates will be released using social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. The state has routinely used social media for critical information since Hurricane Gustav. About two million... more »
  • Learn more about social media at Coastal Social

    September 27, 2010 7:15 AM

    Learn more about how to use social media in your business or group at Coastal Social. Coastal Social is a one-day summit for regional social media professionals, enthusiasts and business owners. Come meet the South's leaders in social media marketing and learn from the best in the business. Coastal... more »
  • Face behind Facebook: Raising Cane's

    May 19, 2010 10:06 PM

    Raising Cane’s is one of the most popular restaurants in Baton Rouge. Now, they also have one of the most popular Facebook pages in the city. The page, which boasts more than 80,000 self-proclaimed "Caniacs," uses its Facebook clout to promote contests and community projects, as well as interact with... more »
  • Face behind Facebook: LSU Sports

    May 13, 2010 10:09 AM

    Last night at 10:00p.m., News 2 reporter Rob Krieger took us behind the scenes to meet one of the many faces behind LSU Athletics and their 18 facebook accounts. Click on the video icon to view the story in its entirety. And be sure to follow us on... more »
  • Face behind Facebook: LSU page

    May 6, 2010 10:24 AM

    In case you missed it last night at 10:00p.m. - we've posted this again for you. And we hope you'll follow us on facebook. Just type in "WBRZ" in the search bar! The social networking website Facebook is a growing obsession. Its fans range from “baby boomers”... more »

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