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Tracy Morgan blames sickness on high altitude

Tracy Morgan’s collapse at Sundance was due to the high altitude

Tracy Morgan is recovering from his collapse at the Sundance Film Festival and is blaming his sickness on the high altitude.

Morgan tweeted from his official Twitter account Monday, saying, “Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn.”

Morgan continued, “Thank U 2 the hospital staff. Back at work 2morrow shooting 30 Rock. Holla at me!” adding, “Gotta thank the AMAZING medical staff and all my supporters! Love you. #GOgiants @Giants #ALLIN”

TMZ reports that Morgan was spotted leaving Utah breathing from an oxygen tank.

Follow Tracy Morgan’s tweets here. Read our previous coverage of Tracy Morgan here.

Wake Tech on lockdown

Wake Tech on lockdown after reports of man with gun on campus

Wake Tech Community College is on lockdown after a man with a gun was reportedly spotted on campus.

Fox News reports that Wake Tech spokeswoman Laurie Clowers is working with sheriff’s deputies to determine the severity of the situation. Wake Tech students and faculty have been told to lock themselves in their classrooms and offices until they receive an all-clear signal.

Deputies are on the scene and have begun investigating. The report of the gunman came in shortly before 9 a.m.

Wake Tech has five campus locations and two academic centers, enrolling more than 63,000 students. It is located in North Carolina.

Read more about Wake Tech and the ongoing situation here.

Boston University students injured in off-campus fire

Seven Boston University students have been injured

Seven Boston University students were injured when a fire destroyed their off-campus rented home on Sunday.

Fox News reports that at least one Boston University student was critically injured after he leaped from the upper floor of the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The identities and conditions of the students were not immediately released. Boston University officials said they are working to find housing for the students.

Read more about the Boston University students affected by the fire here.

Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes surgery

Sen. Mark Kirk has surgery following stroke

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) underwent surgery Monday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Kirk checked himself into the hospital on Saturday. “On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck,” his office said in a statement.

Kirk’s office continued, “He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. Early this morning, the senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful.

“Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead.”

Kirk, 52, won President Barack Obama’s vacated seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Read more about Sen. Mark Kirk here.

Sen. Rand Paul refuses TSA pat-down

Sen. Rand Paul refuses pat-down in Kentucky airport

Sen. Rand Paul refused a pat-down by TSA agents at the Nashville Airport and has ended up in local law enforcement custody.

The Daily Caller reports that an anamoly was found when Paul submitted to the body scan. The anamoly on his knee triggered an alarm. Paul refused to submit to a pat-down and was then denied access to the secure gate area. Paul was “escorted out of the screening area by local law enforcement,” according to the TSA.

The TSA explains “when an irregularity is found during the TSA screening process, it must be resolved prior to allowing a passenger to proceed to the secure area of the airport. Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area in order to ensure the safety of others traveling.”

Paul has long been an opponent of the TSA’s pat-down tactics.

“I think you ought to get rid of the random pat-downs,” Paul said in June 2011. “The American public is unhappy with them, they’re unhappy with the invasiveness of them.”

The situation is ongoing.

Read more about Sen. Rand Paul here.

Kyle Williams receives death threats following 49ers' loss

Kyle Williams defended by teammates following loss

Following the Giants’ 20-17 win over the 49ers Sunday night, the 49ers have been receiving a lot of negative attention. Unfortunately, Kyle Williams has gotten the worst of it, with some fans even threatening him.

Many alleged fans tweeted vitriolic and violent comments to Kyle Williams on Sunday. One such tweet read, “Hey @kylewilliams_10 u suck u dumb bitch. I hope you die,” and another that received many retweets read, “@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.”

Many fans and spectators, however, were offering some much needed sanity. “Stunning, ridiculous, infuriating that Niners WR Kyle Williams would receive death threats. In the end, still a GAME!!! Perspective please,” one tweeted.

Williams’ teammates were also quick to defend him, CBS Sports reports. “We all lost this game,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “We play as a team — it’s 45 of us out there. It’s not Kyle’s fault, so don’t go over there and act like it is. Cause it’s not.”

Read more about Kyle Williams and the 49ers here.

Kristin Cavallari is pregnant

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler are expecting their first child

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler have beeen in the news a lot in the past year as the media has covered their on-again/off-again relationship. Now, the couple has announced that they are expecting their frist child.

MTV reports that Cavallari and Cutler confirmed the pregnancy. “We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together. It’s an amazing time in our life and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to our growing family.”

“[Cavallari] is really happy. She is in the early stages, but she can’t wait to be a mom,” a source told USmagazine.com. “They have just bought a house in Tennessee and can’t wait to start their family.”

Cavallari and Cutler became engaged in April 2011, but broke off the engagement in July. In November, we reported that the coupld had reconciled and that the engagement was back on. At the time, Cavallari tweeted, “This time its official…Jay and I are engaged again.”


"SOPA is dead" takes over Internet

Users relieved to hear SOPA is dead

“✹BREAKING✹ – Rep. Lamar Smith has WITHDRAWN SOPA from the House. THIS IS VICTORY! http://goo.gl/0DrFS SOPA is DEAD!” is what hacktivist group Anonymous tweeted Friday afternoon upon hearing that Rep. Smith had withdrawn the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill from the House of Representatives.

The announcement that SOPA is dead comes just days after several sites, like Reddit and Wikipedia, went black to protest the bill. It also comes one day after the massive file-sharing site Megaupload was shut down by federal prosecutors.

Although Facebook didn’t go black in protest of SOPA, Facebook officials were happy to hear that SOPA had been declared dead.

We are relieved that Congress has recognized the serious damage the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could cause to the Internet and are pleased that congressional leaders have decided not to move forward on these bills. We want to thank the millions of Facebook users who shared their views with us, with members of Congress, and with their friends and families on this important issue, and who changed the direction of this harmful legislation. We appreciate that lawmakers have listened to our community’s concerns, and we stand ready to work with them on solutions to piracy and copyright infringement that will not chill free expression or threaten the economic growth and innovation the Internet provides. You can read more about Facebook’s view on this legislation by clicking the “Anti-Piracy Bills” tab on the left side of the Facebook Washington DC page.

Read all of our previous reports on SOPA here.

Etta James dies

Etta James succumbs to leukemia

A month ago, we reported that Etta James was facing incurable leukemia. We are sad to report that James has now died.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tweeted, “Just in to #CNN: Etta James passed away, according to her longtime friend and manager. #RIP.”

As we reported last month, James was under the care of Dr. Elaine James who had been caring for Etta since March 2010. Etta’s manager Lupe De Leon said in December, “Etta has a terminal illness. She’s in the final stage of leukemia. She has also been disgnosed with dementia and hepatitis C. She’s in a home right now and mostly sleeps. She is under the care of a live- in doctor from Riverside Community Hospital and two others who have placed her on oxygen. Her husband is with her 24 hours a day and her sons visit regularly. We’re all very sad. We’re just waiting.”

James would have been 74 on January 25.

Remember Etta James’ life and legacy with her beautiful hit “At Last.”

Vanessa Bryant wins big in divorce property settlement against Kobe

Vanessa Bryant leaves marriage with $75 million

Vanessa Bryant has won big in the property divorce settlement against ex-hubby Kobe.

TMZ reports that Vanessa scored $75 million which represents half of their total assets. Vanessa has also been awarded all three of the couple’s mansions in the Newport area. This includes the mansion Vanessa’s mother was living in, the mansion she and Kobe lived in and the new mansion that was just completed.

Reportedly, the property settlement is a done deal.

Check out photos of the mansions Vanessa Bryant scored in the divorce here.