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    Uber Sexual Harassment Claim, Alex Trebek Rapping, Rick Ankiel Drank Vodka

    Warrior-scholar to join Warrior-monk in Trump administration … CIA analyst quit because of Donald Trump … Protecting Trump Tower is costing NYC $500,000 per day per Chuck Schumer … Trump emboldens anti-vax movement … David Cassidy reveals battle with dementia … Hunters who blamed illegal immigrants shot each other … Milo Yiannopoulos’ book deal is canceled … Breitbart employees threaten to leave if Milo doesn’t … Russia’s UN ambassador died … Parkour accident leaves man stuck in a chimney … Oral sex for Taco Bell … Goat yoga? Goat yoga … Don’t count on China to rein in North Korea … Morning sex is best … Boom time for the Trump wig industry …  Texas Monthly to move in a “lifestyle” direction … Crackdown on British Pirates … LA has the world’s worst traffic …

    Reflecting on one very strange year at Uber [Susan J. Fowler]

    Lane Kiffin was “disinterested” in being USC head coach in 2010. [Al.com]

    DeMarcus Cousins can’t jump. [FiveThirtyEight]

    Exploring Cuba, Guided By Graham Greene [Atlas Obscura]

    P.J. Fleck Wants Minnesota to be the next Clemson. [Detroit News]

    The 10 Commandments of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. [Fox Sports]

    Former Duke and Florida player Alex Murphy still going at Northeastern [Providence Journal]

    Sutton United’s 280-pound reserve goalkeeper ate a pie during FA Cup match with Arsenal. [ESPN FC]

    Charlotte QB Kevin Olsen, brother of Greg Olsen, charged with rape. [Charlotte Observer]

    Rick Ankiel drank vodka to deal with yips in 2001. [InsideSTL]

    U.S. officials: Indications found of files deleted closer to Malaysian Airline flight

    American investigators reviewing a hard drive belonging to the captain of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have found that there were deletions of information even closer to the final flight than first indicated by Malaysian officials, U.S. law enforcement officials tell CNN.
    The forensic search of the computer files by government experts found files were removed even after February 3, the date Malaysian authorities have cited for when some data was cleared from the drive of the captain.
    Investigators are examining the contents of drives belonging to both pilots. Copies of the hard drives are at the FBI's forensics lab facilities in Quantico, Virginia, and one is being analyzed with the assistance of consultants the FBI uses to help analyze such electronic data.
    It's not clear why Malaysian officials cited the February 3 date and if they knew of the other deletions. The type of software used for flight simulation takes up a lot of room in hard drives and investigators believe that could be one reason for deletion of files.
    It's possible too that some damage could have been done during the first examinations done by Malaysian investigators.
    Law enforcement officials say that they aren't drawing any conclusions about the subsequent deletions, or the earlier ones, just two days into reviewing the hard drive contents, which officials described as a large volume of data. More couldn't be learned about the nature of the deletions, and who made them.

    Some senior U.S. counterterrorism officials say that an accident is the leading operative theory as cause for the disappearance of Flight 370. That's because there is no other information indicating foul play.
    "Barring other information to suggest otherwise one has to first think this was a tragic accident," a U.S. law enforcement official said. But investigators have not ruled out terrorism or other theories.
    Investigators have focused on the pilots because of the lack of any other information. But there isn't proof that they did anything wrong.
    U.S. investigators have compiled profiles of the two pilots, based on interviews with friends, neighbors and family members conducted by Malaysian investigators, and on a search of their online activities, U.S. officials say.
    Those interviews haven't turned up anything that could suggest any explanations for the plane's disappearance.

    Security Agent Is Killed at Los Angeles Airport

    A 23-year-old man wielding an assault rifle and carrying 100 rounds of ammunition shot and killed a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning, sending travelers fleeing in panic and paralyzing one of the world’s busiest airports for hours.

     Two other people, one of them a security agent, were shot and at least four others were injured in the melee.

    The gunman entered Terminal 3 just before 9:3o a.m., pulled a weapon from a bag and began firing as he forced his way through a security checkpoint, officials said. Airport police officers chased him through the bustling terminal as he continued to fire, before shooting him near a departure gate and arresting him.

    The T.S.A. agent who was killed was the first to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

    Thousands of travelers throughout the airport were evacuated and flights were grounded for hours, with some incoming flights diverted to nearby airports and others held on the tarmac while the shooting unfolded. Passengers spent hours in waiting areas, parking lots and nearby hotels as they waited for flights to resume. Air traffic across the country was stalled in a ripple effect from the shutdown.

    Federal officials identified the gunman as Paul Ciancia of Los Angeles, who had previously lived in New Jersey. A senior federal official said that he had a note with “antigovernment and anti-T.S.A. ramblings.” Mr. Ciancia was being treated at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said.

    Former classmates at the Salesianum School, a private boys’ school in Wilmington, Del., said Mr. Ciancia was a quiet student. He played the tuba in the school band for all four years he attended, 2004 to 2008, said Jesse Sooy, 23.

    “He was a really quiet kid,” Mr. Sooy said, describing a slight young man, no taller than 5-foot-7, with dark brown hair, who rarely spoke unless spoken to. “His dream was to work in his dad’s collision company,” Mr. Sooy said, naming it as Salem County Collision, an auto repair shop in Pennsville, N.J. “I was so shocked that he was even at LAX.”

    In Pennsville, neighbors of the Ciancia family described them as hard-working people who had lived in the community for at least 20 years and kept to themselves.

    “Paul, the father, has been a well-respected businessman here for many years, and has always taken care of people well,” said Gary Hankins, who lives across the wooded street in the suburban South Jersey community of about 14,000.

    Rich Garry, 68, of Fullerton, Calif., said he had been at Terminal 3 on Friday morning headed for a flight to New York to visit family members. He said that a security officer had just checked his boarding pass and that he was waiting in line at the security checkpoint when he heard two shots.

    “I heard a ‘pop-pop’ and I looked down a floor below, and the T.S.A. guy was on the floor,” he said. “He had been shot.”

    Mr. Garry said he believed it was the same security officer who had inspected his boarding pass.

    As the gunman moved through the terminal, Mr. Garry said, “he was very calm. When he got to the top of the stairs where the security checkpoints are, he looked around. If he would have come up the ramp, he would have had a field day with all the people lying on the ground, like me.”

    Mr. Garry said he and several others crawled to a nearby elevator and went to the ground floor. Once there, he saw police officers for the first time, and told them to go to the second floor.

    Girl, 5, Collects Hundreds Of Dollars For Peace Selling Lemonade Outside Westboro Baptist Church

    What happens when a little girl decides to set up a lemonade stand for peace outside the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Kansas? Members of the community step out in droves to show support, even as the hate group tries to quash it.

    Five-year-old Jayden, the daughter of Jon Sink, founder of the philanthropic arts group FRESHCASSETTE - Creative Compassion, decided to set up a stand selling pink lemonade at The Equality House on Friday afternoon. The Equality House is a rainbow-colored building directly across the street from Westboro's Topeka compound. The house, which was painted the colors of the pride flag in March, was bought by Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-pronged nonprofit set up in 2004 and aimed at spreading goodwill and equality around the globe.

    Jayden, who is from Kansas City, decided to set up her stand at the Equality House after her parents explained to her the significance of its construct. After being told that the church across the street had a message of hate, she set a goal of raising money to go towards a message of love and peace.

    So she painted a banner for the event reading, "Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation." She put the stand in the grass and waited. But the waiting didn't take long. Supporters came in by the droves and $1 turned into hundreds of dollars.

    During the day, Westboro sent representatives outside to try and find a way to stop the event. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn't work, like calling a group of soldiers who rode out on their motorcycles to suport the event "bastards."

    Westboro's hate couldn't stop Jayden. She not only raised $400 during the day on Friday, but she has also collected over $1000 with an online campaign set up through Crowd Rise. Some people donated as little as $10 and as much as $230. One person gave $26 for every person killed six months ago in the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

    "As we all know, the Westboro Baptist Church puts a lot of hate into the world," Jackson told HuffPost in an email Friday. "Since we cannot stop them, the next best thing is to smother it with love. That is what 5-year-old Jayden accomplished today! Jayden set up a lemonade stand in front of the church. Not only did she quench the thirst of a lot of loving supporters, the money she raised was donated to Planting Peace so she could help Planting Peace promote a more peaceful world."

    St. Louis Shooting 4 Dead After Shots Fired Inside Business

    Four people are dead and several others are in custody after a shooting at a St. Louis business, officials said.

    Police say two men and two women were shot dead at about 1:40 p.m. at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator, according to KTVI. There is no active search for shooting suspects; The St. Louis police tweeted that the shooting was a murder-suicide and that "the shooter and three victims are deceased."

    The 4,000-square-foot building houses 10 small businesses. The Post-Dispatch reports that the shooter opened fire after having a brief argument with people inside one of the businesses.

    The building was evacuated and police interviewed witnesses on the scene, according to the paper. One witness, Kevin Johnson, told the paper that he was having lunch across the street when he saw a barefoot woman run out of the business screaming. She met with arriving officers and pointed to the business.

    Several people seen taken out in handcuffs on the scene were reportedly not suspects. They were simply inside during the shooting.

    Michael Graff, who has a law office inside the building, said the business where the incident took place is owned and staffed by Somalian immigrants, according to the Post-Dispatch. He said he's recently heard heated arguments coming from the business.

    Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce from Wendi Deng Photo

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, worth $12.3 billion, has filed a divorce action in Manhattan against his wife of thirteen years, Wendi Deng.

    Legal documents indicate their union has been “irretrievably broken” for more many months.  They were last photographed together at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Hollywood at the end of February.

    The divorce action comes two weeks before News Corp. plans to break up the media empire into two separate companies – an entertainment unit called 21st Century Fox and a publishing entity that will retain the News Corp. name.

    Deng was born in China and met Murdoch at a Hong Kong cocktail party in 1997.   The 30-year-old graduate of Yale School of Management was working as a junior executive for STAR TV in Asia.  She left her position after they wed aboard his private yacht in 1999.

    Wendi Deng Murdoch, 44, has amassed an unspecified number of non-voting shares in the company over the course of her marriage and their girls are beneficiaries of 8.7 million non-voting shares that are currently held in trust.

    Murdoch’s wife gained international attention in July 2011 when she deflected a cream pie that a protester hurdled at her husband when he was being questioned by members of British parliament regarding his knowledge of a phone hacking scandal.

    Upon Murdoch’s death, his four eldest children, who have voting shares, will have a controlling interest in News Corp.

    Eyeball Licking Causing Pinkeye In Japan

    A dangerous fetish has eye experts seeing red and those who practice it seeing pink.

    It is eyeball licking -- a strange erotic activity wherein participants actually put each other's tongues on each other's peepers.

    Alternatively called "oculolinctus" or "worming," eyeball licking has few public advocates but they include Elektrika Energias, a 29-year-old environmental science student in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    "My boyfriend started licking my eyeballs years ago and I just loved it. I'm not with him anymore, but I still like to ask guys to lick my eyeballs," she told The Huffington Post. "I just love it because it turns me on, like sucking on my toes. It makes me feel all tingly."

    It's also a very intimate act, she said.

    "I don't ask just anyone to do it. Guys I like a lot are more likely to not think it's so weird. I've never had anyone turn me down though," she said.

    Eyeball licking has been around at least since the mid-2000s and a simple YouTube search brings up hundreds of videos from oculolinctus lovers who want to share their peeper porn with others.

    However, eye experts are worried that this dangerous fad is gaining popularity with preteens, especially after news reports of elementary school students in Japan who dared to test their ocular boundaries and caused multiple cases of pinkeye, otherwise known as conjunctivitis, the Daily Caller reported.

    In one classroom of 12-year-olds, one third of students confessed to "worming" or being "wormed." Officials only noticed something was up when some of the licked students showed up to school wearing eyepatches, ShanghaiList.com reported.

    Currently, eyeball licking is only attempted by a small percentage of adventurers, including HuffPost Weird News journalist Andy Campbell, who said he had his own eyeball tongued to see what it's like.

    "It's strange to have something touch the eye without it hurting," Campbell said. "I was a receiver, not a giver. I don't see it as a sexual thing. But you have to be comfortable with someone."

    San Diego ophthalmologist Dr. David Granet are worried that the news of eyeball licking will cause it to spread.

    "Nothing good can come of this," Granet warned HuffPost. "There are ridges on the tongue that can cause a corneal abrasion. And if a person hasn't washed out their mouth, they might put acid from citrus products or spices into the eye."

    Dr. David Najafi, an ophthalmologist in La Mesa, Calif., said if the licker has a cold sore, it is possible to spread herpes into the eye as well.

    "The cornea is very sensitive and could be scarred," he warned.

    Other dangers from "oculolinctus" include conjunctivitis or "pink eye," a swelling of the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the white part of the eye.

    Deadly tornadoes touch down near Oklahoma City

    Deadly tornadoes touched down Friday west of Oklahoma City, crumbling cars and tractor-trailers, trapping motorists and killing at least two.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said troopers found the bodies of a mother and a child near a vehicle along Interstate 40 west of the city Friday.

    The broad storm hit during the evening rush hour, causing havoc on I-40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city.

    To the south, winds approaching 80 mph were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20. Meanwhile, at least 54,000 people were affected by power outages. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported motorists injured or trapped in their cars in the Oklahoma City area while others were missing.

    The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city's downtown, airport and several suburbs. The weather service issues an emergency if a storm with tornadoes is heading toward large metropolitan area. The warning covered Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, which was evacuated at 6:30 p.m. while staff and passengers were taken to an underground tunnel until the threat passed, and there were no flights inbound or outbound.

    Floodwater collected in streets and troopers requested a number of ambulances at I-40 near Yukon, west of Oklahoma City.

    "I'm in a car running from the tornado," said Amy Sharp, who last week pulled her fourth-grade daughter from the Plaza Towers Elementary School as a storm approached with 210 mph winds. "I'm in Norman and it just hit Yukon where I was staying" since last week's storm.

    "I'm with my children who wanted their mother out of that town," Sharp said, her voice quivering with emotion.

    Hail and heavy rain pelted the metro area to the point that emergency workers had trouble responding to reports of injuries.

    2 California police officers killed while investigating alleged sexual assault

     Two police detectives were shot and killed when they tried to question a man over a report of a sexual assault, and the man later died after a brief chase, authorities said.

    Sgt. Loren Butch Baker, who was married and the father of two daughters, and Detective Elizabeth Butler, who had two sons, were shot and killed Tuesday during an altercation at the home of the man, according to police and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office.

    They were shot while following up on allegations that 35-year-old barista Jeremy Goulet made inappropriate sexual advances on a co-worker at her home, authorities said. Goulet was arrested Friday, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that he was fired the next day.

    Baker, a 28-year veteran of the force, and Butler, a 10-year veteran, had gone to the house where Goulet was living to follow up on the case, authorities said. They were subsequently fired upon and called for backup, and responding officers found Goulet, who died in the gunfire that followed, the sheriff's office said.

    "There aren't words to describe this horrific tragedy," said Police Chief Kevin Vogel. "This is the darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz police department."

    The shootings prompted the lockdown of two schools and an automatic police call to nearby residents, warning them to stay locked inside. The ordinarily quiet residential neighborhood echoed with a brief barrage of gunfire that killed the suspect about a half hour after the officers were shot.

    2nd blizzard in less than week slams Plains region

    Blizzard conditions slammed parts of the central Plains Monday, forcing the closure of highways in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand anew just days after a massive storm blanketed the region with snow.

    National Weather Service officials in Kansas and Oklahoma issued blizzard warnings and watches through late Monday as the storm packing snow and high winds tracked eastward across West Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Forecasters also warned of possible tornadoes further southeast.

    Snow covered Amarillo, Texas, where forecasters said up to 18 inches could fall, accompanied by wind gusts up to 65 mph. Paul Braun, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transport, said whiteout conditions and drifting snow had made all roads in the Texas Panhandle impassable. Interstate 40 was closed from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line.

    "It's just a good day to stay home," Braun said.

    "This is one of the worst ones we've had for a while," he said. "And we kind of know snow up here."

    The weather service issued a blizzard warning for the Oklahoma Panhandle and counties along the Kansas border, warning that travel in the area would be "very dangerous" until Tuesday morning with near zero visibility and drifting snow.

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed all highways in the Panhandle, citing slick roads and limited visibility. Trooper Betsy Randolph said the patrol advised its non-essential personnel to stay home until Wednesday.

    Forecasters said up to 16 inches of snow could accumulate in some areas, with wind gusts reaching up to 55 mph.

    About a dozen flights were canceled at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The Chicago Department of Aviation reported normal operations at Midway and O'Hare — the bellwether air hub of the Midwest.

    Matt Lehenbauer, emergency management director for Woodward County, Okla., told The Associated Press he was expecting whiteout conditions and that although there was plenty of salt and sand on hand to clear roads, delays were still likely.

    "We may not get the roads cleared until midday Tuesday if we get the expected amount of snow and wind. As it's falling, in the blizzard-like conditions, we just won't be able to keep up," Lehenbauer said late Sunday.

    The weather service warned of similar high winds and upward of a foot of snow across south-central Kansas. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback amended a state of emergency declaration to include the new weather.

    "This storm has the potential to be more dangerous than last week's storm," Brownback said late Sunday. The storm late last week dumped more than a foot of snow in some places, closing airports and leading to several deadly traffic accidents.

    Brownback urged motorists to "stay off the road unless it's absolutely critical," adding that drivers who must travel should pack charged cellphones and emergency kits containing food, water, blankets, road flares and shovels.

    "It would have been nice if we'd had a few days to recover, to do some equipment rehab," Joe Pajor, deputy director of public works in Wichita, Kan., told The Wichita Eagle. The city saw its second-highest snowfall Thursday with 14.2 inches.

    The southern Kansas town of Zenda saw 18 inches of snow last week, while 17 inches fell in Hays, Kan., about 13 inches in northeast Missouri and 12 inches in parts of Kansas City.

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