Snapchat Lost $800 Million After Rihanna Criticized Its Offensive Ad

Snapchat came under fire earlier this week after running an ad created by a third party, which modeled itself after a “Would You Rather?” game. One of the “would-you-rathers” asked users to choose whether they would prefer to “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.”  The ad immediately drew criticism from users of the app, as well as from Rihanna herself, whose clap-back post on Instagram apparently cost the app $800 million. The ad was created by a third part,  but still had to undergo an approval process by Snapchat.  And while the ad was immediately taken down, a lot of damage was already done. Snapchat stocks plunged by 4 percent on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal, losing the app nearly a billion dollars this week—evidently due to Rihanna fans who decided to delete the platform from their smartphones.

Rihanna’s Snapchat Criticism Cost The Company Millions

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Fatalities Reported In Florida International University Bridge Collapse In Miami

Several fatalities were reported after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving several vehicles trapped underneath the sprawling wreckage. Florida Highway Patrol said there were several fatalities after the structure, called the “Instant Bridge,” collapsed just before 2 p.m. at the Miami-area university. No official number was released at press time. Miami police confirmed that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had recovered six people with injuries. The bridge, projected to be finished in early 2019, was set to link the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, where an estimated 4,000 students live. The bridge is a $9.3 million project and was just installed on Saturday, with many celebrating the new construction. 

Several dead in bridge collapse in Florida

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley Tells U.N. That Russia Was Responsible For Chemical Attack

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the U.N. Security Council should take action. “The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley said before the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  “The United States stands in absolutely solidarity with Great Britain.”  The former agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter were found collapsed on a bench in southern England on March 4. They were poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, that was smeared on his car door.  The UK has already responded to the incident. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, who she said were Russian spies. May also said the UK would freeze the assets of Russians living in the UK under suspicion of undermining British interests.

Nikki Haley Rips Russia Over UK Chemical Attack in Fiery Speech: Kremlin ‘Must Account for Its Actions’

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actress Sarah Drew To Co-Lead ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Reboot

Less than a week after the announcement that Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sarah Drew will be exiting the series at the end of the current 14th season, she has been hired as Cagney in CBS’ Cagney & Lacey reboot. Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd has been cast as Lacey. The new Cagney & Lacey will follow the two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless played the title characters in the original Cagney & Lacey, which ran on CBS for seven seasons. The series won two best drama Emmys and six lead actress in a drama series trophies — four for Daly and two for Gless. There was strong reaction from Grey’s Anatomy fans last week when news broke the news that longtime cast members Drew and Jessica Capshaw would not return next season. Drew had been on Grey’s for nine seasons. Meanwhile, Michelle Hurd co-starred on Season 2 of NBC’s Blindspot and recently recurred on Lethal Weapon and Hawaii Five-0. 

“Grey’s Anatomy” fans, rest easy — Sarah Drew will be back on TV in the “Cagney & Lacey” reboot

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Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Co-Star Matt Smith For Netflix’s “The Crown'”

Executive producers of the Netflix series “The Crown” confirmed that series star Claire Foy was paid less than co-star Matt Smith. Reports had surfaced that Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, earned less than Smith, who portrays Prince Philip.  Producers said the inequity was influenced by Smith’s experience as an actor. The 35-year-old star joined The Crown after starring as the 11th Doctor in three seasons of the BBC series Doctor Who.  However they did promise that “going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” according to executive producer Suzanne Mackie. It was first reported by Variety that Foy made $40,000 per episode. The 33-year-old actress played Queen Elizabeth in the first two seasons, but will be replaced by Olivia Colman in Season 3 as the show’s timeline progresses. Foy was a relative unknown prior to The Crown and won a Golden Globe for her performance in Season 1. She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Season 1.

‘The Crown’ paid Matt Smith more than Claire Foy, producers vow Netflix series won’t have pay gap in Season 3

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Miami Marlins Third Baseman Martin Prado To Open Season On DL

Marlins third baseman Martin Prado has suffered a setback in his recovery from right knee surgery and will open the 2018 season on the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly stated that Prado wasn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day, but the team had initially hoped he could join them by an April 9 home series against the Mets. The latest news on his knee, however, will push Prado’s return date further back. Hamstring and knee injuries limited Prado to 37 games last year, and he has yet to play in spring training.  In his place, the Marlins will turn to one of their top organizational prospects, Brian Anderson, to man the hot corner early in the year. Prado is still owed a total of $28.5MM over the next two seasons.

Marlins’ Prado (knee) to begin season on DL

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Floyd Mayweather To Begin Training With UFC Champ Tyron Woodley For MMA Debut

Floyd Mayweather is serious about making the move into MMA. The retired boxer confirmed that he plans to start training with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley soon. “We talked a couple of times, so we’re going to start working out real soon,” Mayweather said, adding that it’s going to be “a little difficult” to adjust his game and that he may require several months of training. Mayweather is an unbeaten five-weight world champion boxer. His 10th round knockout win over Conor McGregor in 2017 preserved his professional boxing record of 50 victories from 50 bouts. However, the 41-year-old will said he knows fully well how “difficult” the transition to MMA will be.  

Mayweather: Will begin training soon for MMA

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Country Star Kane Brown Is Now A Guinness World Record Holder

Kane Brown has risen to the top of the country music charts, and now he is in the Guinness World Records book as the first act to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously. Brown was presented with his record certificate at the Sony Music Nashville office in Nashville this week. On Oct. 28, 2017, Brown became the title holder for the first act to top five U.S. country charts simultaneously, including Top Country Albums, Country Digital Song Sales, Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, and Country Streaming Songs. “It feels awesome to be a Guinness World Records title holder and to be the first artist to achieve this with Billboard. I attribute my success to my fans for helping me get to where I am today,” said Brown in a statement. Brown is having an amazing year.  He is also nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year and for Vocal Collaboration for “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina for the ACM Awards, which will be aired live April 15 on CBS.

Kane Brown Sets Guinness World Record, Attributes Success to Fans

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Jason Aldean To Play a Free Pop-Up Show

Country superstar Jason Aldean announced that he will perform a surprise pop-up show in Greenville, S.C., on Friday, March 16th. Aldean will perform at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville to help celebrate the 2018 Geico Bassmaster Classic. The free performance will take place directly following the Day One weigh-in. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  This suprise, special free show is sponsored by Field & Stream, which is owned and operated by Dick’s Sporting Goods. Aldean has been a brand ambassador for Field & Stream since 2016.

Classic: Aldean to perform after Friday weigh-in

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Rapper Juelz Santana Pleads Not Guilty To Weapons And Drug Charges

Juelz Santana pleaded not guilty to drug and gun charges stemming from an incident at the Newark Airport last week. The rapper is expected to appear in court on April 9. Last week authorities revealed that they found a loaded .38-caliber handgun in Santana’s carry-on bag. Airport personnel also said that they found oxycodone pills that Santana did not have prescription for. Santana allegedly fled the scene after learning that his carry-on bag has been confiscated, leaving two bags behind. A day later, Santana turned himself in to the authorities. Santana is required to stay in jail while investigation is still ongoing.  The rapper nor his rep have  yet to release a statement regarding the incident.

Juelz Santana Pleads Not Guilty To Weapons Charges Following Airport Incident

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