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Ranlo is a town located in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,198. (More Info and Source) Ranlo Real Estate

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Was Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast apology sincere?

During a typical Comedy Central roast, the subject of said roast doesn't normally apologize at the end.

But Justin Bieber surprised us all Monday night by getting serious and taking the opportunity to express regret for the things he's done in the past. And no, we're not joking.

"I was thrown into this at 12 years old, and I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. There's been moments I'm really proud of, and a lot of moments I look back and I'm pretty disappointed in myself for. I'm a kindhearted person who loves people, and through it all I lost some of my best qualities. For that, I'm sorry," Bieber said on "The Roast of Justin Bieber."

Whoa, this is even more shocking than that time TMZ caught the Biebs peeing in a restaurant mop bucket ... (Video via TMZ)

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Or that time he got arrested for driving under the influence and drag racing in Florida ...

Or that other time he caused $80,000 worth of damage to his neighbor's house with some good old fashioned egging. OK, you get the point.

But still, the apology got Bieber's roast trending on Twitter worldwide long after the show ended Monday night.

And so the question becomes: Was it sincere?

A lot of fans out there were quick to assume the opposite, with some even accusing the "Boyfriend" singer of saying "I'm sorry" to get himself back on the entertainment industry map. (Video via The Island Def Jam Music Group / Justin Bieber)

But, of course, this isn't the first time Justin has publicly apologized for his wrongdoings.

He begged his fans for forgiveness in a Facebook video after his apparent arrogant appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier this year. (Video via Warner Bros. / "Ellen")

"But I was really nervous. And I think I was nervous because I'm just, I was afraid of what people are thinking about me right now."

And, for what it's worth, Ne-Yo totally has the Bieb's back.

"I think it was very big of Justin to apologize, especially in that I feel like it was a sincere apology. I feel like he really knows that he made a lot of mistakes, and he was sincerely and genuinely sorry for it." (Video via MTV)

Well, looks like we'll have to wait and see if Bieber is really abandoning his bad boy ways and making a comeback. But if he is, this is definitely a good start.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:37:20 -0400

House, Senate give preliminary OK to NC gas tax deal

(AP) — Gasoline taxes in North Carolina appear headed downward by a little bit very soon as the General Assembly voted Monday night for a compromise plan that avoids a sharp drop this summer that bill supporters said would wreck future road-building plans.

The House and Senate gave preliminary approval to the agreement announced late last week. Additional votes in each chamber are expected Tuesday before it heads to the desk to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has already praised the final product, reached after a few weeks of negotiations.

As part of the deal, the tax would drop from the current 37.5 cents per gallon to 36 cents starting this Wednesday, then fall to 35 cents next January and 34 cents in July 2016. Starting in January 2017, the tax would be adjusted based on increases in state population and a consumer energy price index.

The change occurred because North Carolina's gas tax — usually among the nation's highest — was expected to drop below 30 cents per gallon come July 1. That's because the current tax is linked to the wholesale price of gas, which has been falling nationwide.

Republican lawmakers who promoted the compromise said it would give a small, quick reduction for motorists at the pump and keep construction funds flowing for projects that otherwise would be delayed. Without a formula change, state transportation coffers stood to lose more than $236 million during the next fiscal year alone, according to legislative analysts.

The bill's GOP authors also said it's a short-term solution while lawmakers look at how to narrow a gap between transportation revenues and needs in the tens of billions of dollars through 2040.

"This bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate provides immediate tax relief for drivers as we pursue long-term transportation funding reform," Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, one of bill's chief negotiators, said in a release. Rabon was the only person who spoke on the bill on the Senate floor, which passed 40-9 with the help of nearly half the Democrats.

But most House Democrats voted against the final bill, with some complaining the measure is a tax increase because the rate won't going as far as down as it would have under the current formula.

Others were unhappy about one provision in the final bill unrelated to the gas tax that firms up decisions on which new federal tax rules also will apply to state tax returns that are due April 15.

The bill included the Senate's demand to treat cancelled debt during certain home sales as income for state tax purposes, even though federal rules exclude it as income. That means the debt, written off from borrowers dealing with foreclosure, would be subject to state taxes. The provision could affect 4,000 homeowners, according to legislative staff, and would have cost the state $14 million in lost revenues if the state excluded the income, as the House version sought.

Retaining the Senate's mortgage provision "is tantamount to saying we're going to stomp folks while they're down and then we're going to dance on them," said Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg, who voted against the bill, approved 69-49. Ten Republicans ended up opposing the bill, too.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:55:28 -0400

Reports: Police seek armed prisoner who escaped from Virginia hospital

Police are searching for an armed prisoner who reportedly overpowered a security guard and escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Fairfax County police described the suspect as a "black male wearing a hospital gown only." According to WRIC-TV, the suspect's name is Wossen Assaye.

Click here or scroll down to see the latest updates from social media.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:52:25 -0400

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