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Oprah Wins! OWN Ratings Are Up!

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Rejoice!

Ratings for Oprah's network OWN are finally rising!

And it's all because of, well… Oprah!

Since she's been giving herself more face time on the network with her show Next Chapter and other primetime specials, February ratings have risen a pretty impressive 12% in primetime and 29% for the total day.

With her Joel Osteen interview, raking in a record 1.6 million viewers, and her special on Whitney Houston, Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview bringing in almost 1 million viewers, it seems that the channel has finally found its niche.

Basically, just keep Oprah on the air!

LOLz! We could have told ya that!

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The Big Bang Theory And The Secret Circle Dominate The Thursday Night Ratings While Other Networks Air Re-Runs!

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Thursday night was a success in the ratings for The Big Bang Theory!

With the World Series on, most NBC comedies and X Factor took the night off, so the successful CBS comedy managed to garner an eight percent week-to-week and delivered the series' second-most watched Thursday episode ever with 14.7 million tuning in, while also matching its all time Thursday high in the 18-49 demographic, with a 4.9 rating!

CW's Secret Circle also went up around 13 percent week-to-week, with a 2.11 million viewership!

Wow! Guess the World Series wasn't as successfully as some networks anticipated!

Well done, guys!

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How 50 Cent Made $8.7 Million In One Day!

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Holy shiz! This is absolutely INSANE.

50 Cent reportedly pulled in a whopping $8.7 million yesterday, and all because he chatted up a penny stock company in which he's invested called H&H Imports - on Twitter!

Fiddy got involved with the venture, owned by Kevin Harrington in Clearwater, FL, in October, when he received 30 million shares in a private placement, which included a series of warrants that granted him the opportunity to cash in as the stock rose.

And although there's been growing concern with the venture due to financial problems, that didn't stop the rapper from ca$hing in on his pull as a celeb!

He posted:

"You can double your money right now. Just get what you can afford."

"They are no joke get in now."

And through those, he helped pop the shares by 290 percent!

H&H closed at 39 cents, which boosted the rapper's share by $8.7 million!

Yeesh! We guess it pays to be 50 Cent!

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Ambulance Fees Rising All Over The Country!

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This is so unfortunate.

The bad economy is truly hitting the USA hard, and is now even affecting ambulance providers all over the country to the extent that many have had to increase their prices!

According to Stephen Williamson, president of the American Ambulance Association, a lot of this has to do with rising costs, decreased support from local government, low Medicare reimbursement rates, and a rise in uninsured people.

Williamson goes on to cite a 2007 Government Accountability Office report explaining that providers were previously paid in a Medicare reimbursement rate 6% below cost, but in remote areas, the gap had widened 17% - and is continuing to grow!

Furthermore, while providers used to be able to use subsidies from their local government, a lack of resources have cut that down significantly, forcing the usage fees to increase!

Steve Weigand, the director of servicing for the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, elaborates:

"We're having to raise the rate on everyone else because of the people who don't have insurance."

Nobody should have to suffer an injury, illness, or worse - and then have to be concerned about paying for an expensive ambulance fee!

Hopefully soon our government will find a way to rectify this serious issue.

Sad.

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