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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Sweet 16 – Midwest Region: (2) Michigan 73 (28-8) – (11) Tennessee 71 (24-13)

(8) Kentucky 74 (27-10) – (4) Louisville 69 (31-6)

East Region: (4) Michigan State 61 (29-8) – (1) Virginia 59 (30-7)

(7) UConn 81 (29-8) – (3) Iowa State 76 (28-8)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 105 (41-31) – Boston Celtics 103 (23-49)

Washington Wizards 91 (37-35) – Indiana Pacers 78 (52-21)

Miami Heat 110 (49-22) – Detroit Pistons 78 (26-46)

Orlando Magic 110 (21-52) – Charlotte Bobcats 105 (35-38) OT

Brooklyn Nets 108 (38-33) – Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (29-45)

Portland Trail Blazers 91 (47-27) – Chicago Bulls 74 (40-32)

Minnesota Timberwolves 143 (36-35) – Los Angeles Lakers 107 (24-48)

New Orleans Pelicans 102 (32-40) – Utah Jazz 95 (23-50)

Oklahoma City Thunder 94 (53-19) – Sacramento Kings 81 (25-47)

San Antonio Spurs 133 (56-16) – Denver Nuggets 102 (32-41)

Phoenix Suns 112 (44-29) – New York Knicks 88 (30-43)

Golden State Warriors 100 (45-27) – Memphis Grizzlies 93 (43-29)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (47-22-5, 99pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (37-30-6, 80pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (39-27-7, 85pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (36-31-8, 80pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (31-29-14, 76pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 3 (42-19-15, 99pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (31-36-7, 69pts) – New York Rangers 3 (41-30-4, 86pts)

Dallas Stars 7 (35-27-11, 81pts) – Nashville Predators 3 (32-32-11, 86pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (26-39-9, 61pts) – Anaheim Ducks 3 (47-18-8, 102pts)

Stephen Colbert on the Defensive After Inflammatory Tweet

(NEW YORK) — The tag #CancelColbert has been trending on Twitter since @ColbertReport’s tweet of a derogatory line from his show late Thursday night, with some users calling for an apology.

The now-deleted tweet from The Colbert Report’s verified Twitter account read, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

The tweet came from a Colbert segment on the controversy surrounding the name of football team Washington Redskins, which many people consider offensive. Colbert was parodying team owner Dan Snyder’s newest charity efforts directed at the Native-American community, and cited the fictitious “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation” as a way to make his point.

But Colbert has now found himself at the center of a social media firestorm.

Fans and viewers weighed in on Twitter. Some in support, others feeling offended, hurt and wanting an apology, even though Colbert says his personal account and the show’s account are separate entities.

@suey_park wrote, “We are waiting for an apology and explanation, @ColbertReport. #CancelColbert.”

Colbert himself chimed in on the controversy, tweeting, “#CancelColbert – I agree! Just saw @ColbertReport tweet. I share your rage. Who is that, though? I’m @StephenAtHome,” including a link to the show segment that puts the taken-out-of-context show line back into context.

The Colbert Report’s official account, with more than a million followers, tweeted, “For the record @ColbertReport is not controlled by Stephen Colbert or his show. He is @StephenAtHome Sorry for the confusion #CancelColbert.”

In an effort to clarify once more, the official Twitter account tweeted, “This is a Comedy Central account, with no oversight from Stephen/show. Here is quoted line in context,” and also provided a link to the segment in question.

Soldier Flies From Afghanistan to Donate Liver to Grandfather

(DALLAS) — U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn Henderson flew back from Afghanistan  in hopes of donating part of his liver to his dying grandfather.

The soldier has been undergoing tests since Wednesday at Baylor  University Medical Center in Dallas to see whether he is a possible  match, his grandfather, Ricky Homer, 62, told ABCNews.com. Homer spent  four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 16 years in the Army.

“I don’t want to look back and say, ‘Hey, I could have done something,'” Henderson, 21, told ABCNews.com.

Calling from Afghanistan, Henderson told Homer what he wanted to do, and Homer was shocked.

“He’s like, ‘Why? You’re young,'” Henderson said. “I had to sit there  and explain, ‘You’re my granddad. I want to do this. You still have  stuff that you need to be around for.'”

Homer said he has a genetic condition called  hemochromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes his body to absorb too  much iron and store it in his liver and other organs. As a result, he  has cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver, which doesn’t allow it to  function properly.

His grandson is his hero, Homer told KLTV, ABC News’ Longview, Texas, affiliate.

“If I don’t get the liver transplant, I die,” Homer told ABCNews.com.

Dr. Giulino Testa, who directs the living liver transplant program at  Baylor, said he found an abnormality in Henderson’s platelet count and  needs to be absolutely sure the liver donation will be safe before  giving it the go-ahead.

If the transplant happens, he added, Henderson’s liver will return to  normal size within a few days and normal function within a few months.

Fired Chris Christie Aide Slams New Report: ‘Venomous, Gratuitous and Inappropriate’

(NEW YORK) — A day after the release of a new report that sought to clear New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of any wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, one of the key figures who the report largely blames for the episode fired back.
Lawyers for Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, called the report, done by a firm hired by Christie, incomplete, slammed its tone as “venomous,” and its commentary as ”sexist.”
The attorney, Michael Critchley, wrote on Friday that the only probe into the scandal with credibility is the one ongoing by federal prosecutors and the FBI.
There “appear to be two distinct versions” of what happened at the bridge — Christie’s and one told by former Port Authority official David Wildstein, Critchley said. Kelly, he added, could set the record straight, so “a pre-emptive strike to isolate Ms. Kelly and impugn her credibility is not surprising.”
But the report lays the blame for the idea, execution and the days’ worth of crippling traffic the lane closures caused squarely on Kelly and Wildstein, a Christie appointee to the agency that runs the George Washington Bridge and other transit links between New Jersey and New York.
Kelly and Wildstein had some sort of “ulterior motive” and “animosity” toward the mayor of Fort Lee, and orchestrated as payback the unannounced closing two of the three local access lanes at the Fort Lee entrance to the bridge, according to the document.
Kelly was fired by Christie in January.
“I terminated her employment because she lied to me,” Christie said at a Jan. 9 news conference.
Here is the full statement by Kelly’s attorney, Michael Critchley, on her behalf:

    Having reviewed the report of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LP as well as listened to the comments of Randy Mastro we note that by Mr. Mastro’s own admission he did not have access to all information.  Of course without reviewing all pertinent evidence any conclusions that are to be drawn are by definition incomplete. The report’s venomous, gratuitous and inappropriate sexist remarks concerning Ms. Kelly have no place in what is alleged to be a professional and independent report.
There appear to be two distinct versions of the GWB lane closings. On the one hand, Mr. Wildstein, through his counsel, has taken one clear position. On the other hand, Mr.  Mastro has staked a different view. Thus, Ms. Kelly’s evidence could be critical to verifying either of the two competing versions of events. A preemptive strike to isolate Ms. Kelly and impugn her credibility is not surprising. Despite Mr. Mastro’s editorialized comments to the contrary, Ms. Kelly is not a liar. She is a single mother of four children who was deeply devoted and committed to her job at the Office of the Governor. She worked tirelessly to pursue the goals of the Office during her tenure.
The only credible investigation into the lane closings is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office. If Ms. Kelly were provided with the appropriate procedural safeguards she will be fully cooperative and provide truthful and complete answers to any questions asked by the appropriate law enforcement authorities

Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/fired-chris-christie-aide-slams-new-report-venomous-gratuito.html#ixzz2xMo57BCj

Plane Search Raises Questions About Sea of Floating Junk

(NEW YORK) — The search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has not turned up any evidence of a crash, but it has trained the world’s gaze on thousands of pieces of junk floating on the ocean’s surface.

Much of that debris could be made up of plastics, old appliances or parts of homes that have washed away from fragile communities, and cargo containers from ships, according to ocean advocacy group One World One Ocean.

Check out some of the facts about what’s really floating in our oceans:

The Pacific Garbage Patches: The most heavily-researched and well-known example of plastic pollution in the ocean is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, made up of some 3.5 million tons of plastic beverage bottles, grocery bags, and plastic goods that have been pushed together by water currents that circulate between the west coast of North America and the east coast of China and Russia.

The Five Ocean Gyres:
Pollutions can easily get caught in one of the five “gyres” of the ocean: the northern and southern Atlantic gyres, the Indian Ocean gyre, and the northern and southern Pacific gyres. The term describes water that moves in a circular, rotational current over a vast space in the ocean, pulling in stray plastics as it moves until they collide and merge with one another. Because these gyres are trafficked heavily by cargo ships, the garbage patches contain large objects that have gone overboard from ships, including entire cargo containers.

Indian Ocean’s Plastic Problem: Researchers only began focusing on plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean in recent years, and in 2010 discovered garbage patches much like the famous Pacific Garbage Patch, according to Coastal Cares, another clean ocean advocacy group.

Plastic Breaks Down: As the garbage floats into the gyres it is broken down by salt and UV rays and begins releasing chemical properties into the water that then enter the food system, according to the Scripps Institute at the University of California San Diego. The plastics also fall into smaller pieces that can make them difficult to clean up.

World Trade Center’s Assistant Security Director Resigns

(NEW YORK) — A top security official for the World Trade Center building has quit.

Assistant security director David Velazquez resigned Friday according to the Durst Organization, the company in charge of security of one World Trade Center.

Under Velazquez’s watch, a New Jersey teenager broke into the site and climbed to the top of the tower to take pictures.

A week after the breach, an investigation revealed a half-blind guard that was hired by the Durst Company was found sleeping on the job inside the Freedom Tower lobby during a surprise inspection. The security guard admitted he could barely see half the lobby.