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8 Dead After Flooding And Mudslides Force Thousands To Flee In California

At least eight people are dead and 25 are injured in California from weather-related incidents, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The southern part of the state has been drenched with severe rain just weeks after several fires tore through the area. Flash flooding, debris flow and mudslides are affecting counties hit hard by the Thomas and La Tuna fires. In the community of Montecito, some homes have been ripped from their foundations as a result of the torrential conditions, and excessive flooding and debris made some parts of Santa Barbara impassable. Routes in and out of Santa Barbara have been shut down from the south, and various roadways have been swallowed by the floods. The only way into some of the washed-out homes is by air. ...Read more

Steve Bannon Steps Down From Breitbart News

Steve Bannon, who returned to run Breitbart News after a stint as White House chief strategist last year, said on Tuesday that he was stepping down from his post as the outlet’s executive chairman. The move comes as Bannon deals with backlash from Michael Wolff’s explosive book, Fire and Fury, in which Bannon harshly disparaged several members of the president’s inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner. On Sunday, Bannon offered a quasi-apology for his statements, but it does not seem to have stopped the fallout.  Reports claim that Bannon’s departure was forced by Rebekah Mercer, a Republican mega-donor whose investment in Breitbart gave her a seat on the board. In an article on Breitbart News, the site announced that “Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.” ...Read more

Tonya Harding Goes Head-To-Head With Piers Morgan During ‘Good Morning Britain’ Interview

Former Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding is making the rounds helping to promote the biopic about her life, I, Tonya, and on Tuesday morning Harding participated in an interview with Good Morning Britain.  I, Tonya largely portrays Harding as a sympathetic figure who was forced into figure skating by her cruel mother and later abused by her husband, Jeff Gillooly, who helped mastermind the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. Harding said that she hoped her movie would help others, however GMB host Piers Morgan accused her of playing the victim card. “Maybe it suits you to play the victim, but the victim in all this wasn’t you, it was Nancy Kerrigan who had her Olympic dream shattered,” Morgan interjected. After he refused to drop the line of questioning, Harding attempted to end the interview. “Thank you so much I appreciate being on your show, but I think I’m going to have to say have a good night,” she told him. ...Read more

Gayle King Says Oprah Winfrey Is ‘Intrigued’ By 2020 Presidential Run

“CBS This Morning” host Gayle King on Tuesday said her pal Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run in the wake of her Golden Globes speech on Sunday — but doesn’t think it will be enough to persuade Winfrey to run.  King said “I absolutely don’t think that her position has changed.  I was up talking to her late last night. I do think she is intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that after years of watching the ‘Oprah Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”  King also offered her explanation of what Winfrey’s longterm partner, Stedman Graham, meant when he told the press “It’s up to the people — she would absolutely do it.”  King said that Graham thought the reporter asked, “Would she make a good president?” to which he responded, “Absolutely, she would.” ...Read more

Carolina Panthers Fire Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula And Quarterbacks Coach Ken Dorsey

The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the team announced Tuesday. Shula has been with Carolina for the last seven years, spending his first two seasons with the team as the quarterbacks coach before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013. Dorsey has also been with the squad over the last seven seasons, serving as a scout for the first two years of his tenure and quarterbacks coach over the last five. This season the Panthers were fourth in the league in rushing; however, the team struggled in the passing game, averaging just 192.3 yards, which was the 28th in the league this year. ...Read more

Chicago Bears Introduce Matt Nagy As Their New Head Coach

The Chicago Bears’ general manager, Ryan Pace, has named Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, 39, their new head coach. Nagy was the sixth and final NFL assistant to interview with Pace. The two spoke on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs’ upset loss to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Nagy will be the sixth current NFL head coach to have been an assistant under Reid.  The Bears’ new head coach was introduced at a Halas Hall news conference on Wednesday. ...Read more

Sports Journalist Found Safe After Reportedly Being Followed Home

A college football reporter was found unharmed Monday morning, 36 hours after she vanished and told friends she had been followed home by a suspicious man. Courtney Roland disappeared late Saturday after covering a Texas A&M elite football camp in Houston, her family said in social media posts. “We believe she was confused because of a reaction to medications that she had been taking,” Houston Police Capt. Mark Lentini said during a news conference Monday afternoon. Roland was discovered at around 8:15 a.m. local time Monday morning by a citizen who said she was passing underneath an overpass walking toward a Chick-fil-A. Roland was taken to a local hospital for a routine evaluation, where she remains with family and friends, police said. ...Read more

Thousands In California Ordered To Evacuate Over Threat Of Mudslides

Officials have ordered thousands of people who were affected by recent wildfires in Southern California to evacuate as an upcoming winter storm poses a threat for mudslides and flash floods. Mandatory evacuations were issued for about 7,000 people in mountainous areas affected by the Thomas, Whitter, Sherpa and Rey fires. Another 23,000 people were under evacuation warnings, officials said. The storm is the West Coast’s first significant winter storm of the season, and heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the area through Tuesday, bringing “strong potential” for flash flooding and mud in areas where wildfires recently burned through. ...Read more

Andy Murray Aims For A Wimbledon Return After Having Hip Surgery In Melbourne

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery and is hoping to return to action in time for this year’s Wimbledon. The 30-year-old, who has not played a competitive match for six months and last week withdrew from the Australian Open, posted an update on Facebook. “Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said. “I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season.”  Murray said he can get himself back to “95 per cent of my best”. “I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level,” he added. “No question.” Murray, who ended 2016 as world No.1, has slipped to 19th in the rankings. ...Read more

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Is First Openly Gay U.S. Man To Ever Qualify For Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon made history on Sunday when he was named as one of the three male figure skaters who will represent the United States next month at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Not only is he the oldest American figure skating Olympic rookie since 1936, Rippon became the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon was in second place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships when he fell to fourth place on Saturday after falling on his opening quad jump in his free skate, then missing two triples late in the program. The committee, however, decided to select Rippon (over Ross Miner, who finished in second place) because Rippon has a better track record. This was Rippon’s third attempt at making the Olympic team — he placed fifth at the nationals in 2010 and then eighth in 2014.  ...Read more