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Former “Top Chef” Judge Johnny Iuzzini Accused of Sexual Harassment by Four Former Employees

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and former judge of Top Chef: Just DessertsJohnny Iuzzini has been accused of sexual harassment by four former employees. Two pastry chefs and two unpaid externs who directly reported to Iuzzini at the famed Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City between 2009 and 2011 alleged a culture of sexual harassment perpetuated by the now 43-year-old chef. All four former female employees also alleged that Iuzzini — a judge on upcoming series The Great American Baking Show — could be verbally abusive.  ...Read more

Erik Jones Becomes The First NASCAR Driver To Win Rookie of the Year In All Three National Series

Erik Jones has made NASCAR history by becoming the first driver to win Rookie of the Year for all three national touring series: 2015 – Truck Series Rookie of the Year, 2016 – Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year, and 2017 – Cup Series Rookie of the Year.  Jones will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017 to drive the No. 20 Toyota previously driven by Matt Kenseth. ...Read more

Carlos Beltran Interviews To Become New York Yankees Manager

Carlos Beltran as interviewed to become manager of the New York Yankees, four weeks after the final game of his 20-year major league career. Beltran, 40,  played for the Yankees from 2014-16. Though he does not have managerial experience, he mentored young teammates during his final seasons as a player, when he often was a designated hitter. Beltran won his first World Series title this season with Houston, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch credited Beltran’s clubhouse presence with steadying the team during the series. Beltran met with team officials Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. ...Read more

White House Responds To President Trump Retweets Of Far-Right Group’s Anti-Muslim Videos

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that it doesn’t matter whether the anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump are real or not, because “the threat is real.”  Trump shared three videos on Twitter early Wednesday from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, far-right fringe group in Britain.  The group, Britain First, claims to be fighting the “Islamization” of England, and the graphic videos purported to show Muslims committing violent crimes. ...Read more

New Reports Detail More Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Matt Lauer

New reports are surfacing accusing Matt Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior toward multiple women, hours after NBC News announced he had been fired after a detailed complaint from a colleague. Variety reporters tweeted they had been investigating Lauer for months and interviewed dozens of current and former employees, and reported Wednesday that they had spoken to three women who said they were victims of sexual harassment by Lauer. Several women claimed that they had complained to network executives about his behavior in the past. ...Read more

NBC News Fires ‘Today’ Show Host Matt Lauer For Sexual Misconduct

NBC News fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, the network announced on Wednesday. “While it is the first complain about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” NBC said in a statement. Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to announce the news Wednesday morning on “Today.” ...Read more

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile In New Test

North Korea defied President Donald Trump and the world again by firing another ballistic test missile on Tuesday. The North Koreans fired the ICBM at 1:17 p.m. ET from a base in Sain Ni, North Korea, that traveled about 620 miles before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, a Pentagon spokesman said.  It was the first missile launch since September and came as Trump and Senate Republicans were trying to pass a tax code overhaul, but the President gave no details or signals of a change in strategy. So far the North Koreans have test-fired rockets 18 times since he took office in January.  ...Read more

FBI Joins The Search For Missing North Carolina Toddler

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s help in their search for a missing North Carolina toddler. Mariah Woods was last seen Sunday night on Dawson Cabin Road in Jacksonville, N.C. Her mother says her boyfriend saw the toddler around midnight after he told her to go to bed, but by Monday morning Mariah was missing. Since then K9 units were searching for clues around the trailer where she was last seen. Multiple agencies are helping the mother desperate to find her daughter and to bring her home. ...Read more

Tiger Woods Hopes To Be Winner In Another Comeback Attempt

Tiger Woods makes another return to competitive golf this week and despite 10 months on the sidelines recovering from a fourth back surgery, the 14-time major winner’s goal remains the same — to win. However, Woods may have to temper his expectations at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He takes on an elite 18-player field that includes eight of the top 10 in the current world rankings. ...Read more

Geno Smith To Start In Place Of Eli Manning For NY Giants

The New York Giants on Tuesday announced that Eli Manning will be benched for Week 13 in favor of backup quarterback Geno Smith. The announcement came as a shock to the NFL world, particularly because Manning had the longest active streak of games started by a quarterback, the second-longest ever. While speaking to the media, Manning looked visibly upset when discussing his future with the Giants.  Of potentially playing his last game with the Giants, Manning said: “I don’t know. I’ll take it one week at a time.” ...Read more