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Don Carter, Owner Who Helped Bring NBA To Dallas, Passes Away At 84

Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.  The Dallas County medical examiner says Carter died Wednesday night of undisclosed causes. Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club’s first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake. Current owner Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000.  Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami after the Mavericks won their only championship in 2011. ...Read more

Mikaela Shiffrin Starts Off Olympics With Gold In Giant Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin took home the gold in the women’s giant slalom in thanks to a magnificent second run. The American finished her first run in third place, and was left having to wait as her competitors kept pushing the time to beat. Manuela Moelgg, who finished the first run at the top, struggled in her second run following second. The Italian made several crucial errors which would land her in eighth. Shiffrin is far from finished in PyeongChang. The 22-year-old is expected to return to the snow on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to defend her Olympic slalom title. ...Read more

17 Dead, 15 Wounded After Shooting At Florida High School By Expelled Student

At least 17 people were killed when a teen opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. At least 15 others were wounded, five of whom suffering life-threatening injuries Wednesday night, hospital officials said. Authorities said the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was arrested in nearby Coral Springs. Broward County schools said Cruz had recently been expelled from Douglas for disciplinary reasons and was enrolled elsewhere in the district. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz was believed to have been armed with a AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines. The gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed, Israel said. All of those victims have been identified, he said, but no identities will be made public until the families of all of those affected have been notified. ...Read more

Shaun White Lands Historic Third Gold And 100th For US In Winter Olympics

Shaun White cemented his status in the sport of snowboarding with a third Olympic halfpipe gold medal and a 100th overall at a Winter Games for Team USA. The 31-year-old pulled off an epic final run to add to his legacy following golds in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.  White scored a remarkable 98.50 out of 100 to lead after qualifying, and maintained his momentum with a top score of 94.25 in the opening round of Wednesday’s final. The US team now trails only Norway (118 going into PyeongChang 2018) in the total of Winter Olympics gold medals. ...Read more

Chicago Point Guard Kris Dunn Returns To Line-Up For Bulls

Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn will play for the first time since his nasty fall against Golden St. almost a month ago.  Dunn sustained a concussion and damage to his front teeth when he landed face first on the court after losing his balance on a slam dunk. Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn will start and play about 20 minutes as the Bulls host the Raptors in their last game pre All-Star Break. Dunn says his conditioning still needs a lot of work, he graded it a C-Minus. ...Read more

Lena Dunham Reveals She Underwent Hysterectomy Amid Battle With Endometriosis

Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham has revealed that, following a brutal years-long battle with endometriosis, she underwent a total hysterectomy in 2017. Dunham shared the revelation in a personal essay, titled “The Painful Truth,” from the upcoming March issue of Vogue.  Excerpts reveal that Dunham’s decision to have her cervix and uterus removed came after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” failed to alleviate her chronic pain. In the essay, Dunham also discusses her hopes to someday start a family, suggesting that adoption or using a surrogate is her plan. In April 2017, Dunham underwent surgery to remove her ovaries from her rectal wall. On May 1, while attending the Met Gala in NYC, Dunham was rushed to a hospital after suffering complications caused by the condition. ...Read more

Former ‘Charles in Charge’ Actor Alexander Polinsky Claims Abuse By Scott Baio

A former “Charles in Charge” actor says Scott Baio assaulted and “mentally tortured” him during their time together on the show in the 1980s. Alexander Polinsky made the allegations Wednesday in Los Angeles during a news conference. Polinsky says Baio exposed himself, talked about gay sex acts with the young actor and once threw a hot cup of tea in his face. Another former “Charles in Charge” co-star, Nicole Eggert, came forward last month with claims that Baio sexually assaulted her when she was a minor while they worked together on the hit show. Baio called those allegations false, saying he and Eggert were involved in a consensual relationship when she was of legal age. Brian Glicklich, Baio’s spokespman, said the new claims would be addressed at a news conference. ...Read more

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Lawyer, Says He Paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 Out Of His Own Pocket

Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for President Trump, told the New York Times he personally paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 of his own money after she claimed to have had an affair with Trump. In a subsequent statement, Cohen suggested that the money was not an admission that Daniels’s claims were true. Cohen’s payment to Daniels was first reported by the Wall Street Journal last month. The newspaper said Daniels “privately alleged” her rendezvous with Trump took place at a celebrity golf tournament where they met in 2006, and reported that Cohen gave Daniels the six-figure sum as part of a nondisclosure agreement that barred her from discussing her alleged dalliance with Trump.  “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.” ...Read more

Mitt Romney Set To Announce His Utah Senate Bid

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he’s running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch. The former Republican presidential candidate will release an online video Thursday announcing he’s running for the seat. His first public appearance as a Senate candidate will be Friday night at a county Republican party dinner in Provo. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is expected to easily win the Senate seat in Utah. The 70-year-old Republican moved to Utah after losing the 2012 presidential election and is very popular in the state. Romney isn’t expected to face any serious challenges for the seat. Orin Hatch plans to retire after 2018, following more than four decades in the Senate. One of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history, Hatch began floating Romney’s name last year as his potential successor. ...Read more

Man Behind New York Bomb Attack Gets Multiple Life Sentences

A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to multiple terms of life in prison. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was criticized by a prosecutor for failing to show remorse.  Manhattan’s U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said it was hard to reconcile the “reasonable enough” man he saw in court with the terrorist who tried to kill as many people as he could. Berman called Rahimi, 30, a “clear and present danger” and said it was too big a risk not to impose a life sentence, especially after Rahimi offered “not an ounce of justification” for his crimes. The bombings triggered a two-day manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. Rahimi was shot several times but survived. Police officers also were injured. ...Read more