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Tosh Lupoi joins Huskies staff

Tosh Lupoi joins Huskies as defensive line coach, defensive run game coordinator

Tosh Lupoi has joined the Washington Huskies.

The University of Washington athletics site details that Lupoi has been hired as the defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator.

“Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter,” Huskies’ head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting.”

The site continues, “Lupoi was the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008 and remained the youngest Pac-10 coach for two additional seasons. In all, he was associated with Cal football for 12 years having spent six as a Golden Bear player (2000-05, including an extra season due to the granting of a medical redshirt), two as a graduate assistant (2006-07) and four as defensive line coach.”

Read more about Tosh Lupoi here.

Zappos.com hacked

Zappos.com asks users to reset passwords

Zappos.com has been hacked and now the site is asking its 24 million customers to reset their passwords.

CNN reports that Zappos.com was the target of a cyber attack which has put 24 million accounts at risk.  “We were recently the victim of a cyber attack by a criminal who gained access to parts of our internal network and systems through one of our servers in Kentucky,” a posting on the Zappos site details.

The company has posted instructions on their site, and sent out emails to customers, detailing how users can rest their passwords. The server that was hacked allowed the hackers to gain access to Zappos customers’ names, e-mail addresses,  billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit card numbers and encrypted passwords.

Zappos is trying to reassure customers, saying that full credit card numbers and other payment info were stored on a separate server that was not hacked.

Read more about the Zappos.com hack here.

Jon Huntsman quits GOP race

Jon Huntsman leaves race after disappointing performance in New Hampshire

Jon Huntsman has decided to leave the GOP race to the presidency.

AP reports that Huntsman had staked his campaign on his performance in the New Hampshire primary, where he ended up placing a disappointing third place. Because he placed so much emphasis on his performance in New Hampshire, Huntsman did not bother to campaign in Iowa ahead of the caucuses, resulting in a sixth-place finish.

Officials said on Sunday that Huntsman will back Mitt Romney “because he believes Romney is the best candidate to beat President Barack Obama in November.”

Only a week ago, Huntsman introduced an ad spot trying to distinguish himself from Romney, saying that he was a candidate who put “country first.”

You can read more about Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman here.

Ford recalls 490,000 minivans, SUVs

Ford recalls vehicles to fix defects that can cause brakes to catch fire

Ford is recalling 490,000 minivans and SUVs because of a defect that can cause brakes to catch fire.

BIz Journals reports that Ford is recalling 205,896 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans and 244,530 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and about 40,000 Escapes outside the U.S. 

The 2001- and 2002-model Escape SUVs included in the recall may have brake-fluid leaks from the caps of their brake master cylinder reservoirs, leading to corrosion that may cause fire. The 2004- and 2005-model Freestar and Monterey minivans are being recalled because the torque converter output shafts in their powertrains may fail and cause a sudden loss of power.

In order to recitfy the problems, Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the faulty parts free of charge. The recall will begin in April.

Read more about the Ford recalls here.

Natalee Holloway may be declared dead

Judge to begin hearing on whether or not to declare Natalee Holloway dead

Natalee Holloway has been missing since May 2005. Now, a judge is facing the difficult decision of whether or not to declare Holloway dead.

USA Today reports that Probate Judge Alan King is hearing a request by Holloway’s father to have her declared dead. The judge ruled in September that Dave Holloway had met the legal presumption of death for his daughter and it was up to someone to prove that she didn’t die in Aruba. The hearing was set for Thursday to provide time for anyone with evidence to come forward.

Holloway’s attorney, Mark White, says no new evidence has emerged.

The hearing comes a day after Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru in May 2010. Van der Sloot has been a suspect in the Natalee Holloway case, but has not been charged.

Read more about Natalee Holloway here. Read more about Joran van der Sloot here and here.

Khloe Kardashian fights paternity rumors

Khloe Kardashian confirms Robert Kardashian is her father

After a story was published by Star magazine claiming that Robert Kardashian wasn’t Khloe Kardashian’s biological father, Khloe took to Twitter to fight back.

E! reports that Robert Kardashian’s second and third wives, Jan Ashley and Ellen Kardashian, went to Star, claiming that Khloe wasn’t Robert’s biological daughter. Khloe was quick to respond, tweeting, “The audacity you have to mention my father’s name like this! Should be ashamed of urself! I let a lot of things slide but […] this one is really low… YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are).”

E! has taken an extra step to prove Robert Kardashian’s paternity, citing a sworn document where he stated under oath that he had “four biological children.” The document was part of Robert’s peition to annul his marriage to his second wife, Ashley. He and Ashley reportedly agreed to have a child together, but Robert changed his mind saying, “I decided that since I already had four biological children, I did not wish to have any more.”

Read more about Khloe Kardashian here.

Sarah Burke in coma

Sarah Burke in critical condition following halfpipe accident

Candaian skier Sarah Burke is in critical condition after hitting her head on a faulty landing.

ABC News reports that Burke, 29, crashed while on a training run on Tuesday. She is currently in a coma.

“Sarah sustained serious injuries and remains intubated and sedated in critical condition,” Dr. Safdar Ansari, a neurointensivist with University of Utah Health Care said.

“It didn’t look like it was a real stunner of a fall, but obviously it was one of those ones where she hit just right and it was more pointed than it appeared,” Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said.

“Sarah is a very strong young woman and she will most certainly fight to recover,” Rory Bushfield, Burke’s husband, said in a statement.

Read more about Sarah Burke here.

Winter weather advisory affects Midwest

Winter weather hits Midwest, may result in heaviest snow of season

The Weather Channel has announced that there is a winter weather advisory for the Midwest.  As the site details, “An Arctic cold front will sweep south, then east through the Plains, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley through Thursday. As it does, a deepening dip in the polar jet stream will allow low pressure to intensify over Michigan, then southeast Ontario, wrapping moisture into the cold air.”

As a result of this, the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will be facing accumulating snow. The heaviest total snowfall, however, is expected in the Lake Superior snowbelt of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winter weather advisories are being put into effect for parts of the Great Lakes, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and Marquette.

For most areas, the toughest commutes will occur Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Read more about the winter weather advisories here.

Mark Davis and Raiders to return to L.A.?

Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, says it’s possible

Mark Davis may bring the Oakland Raiders back to L.A.

CBS News reports that Davis made the comment during a press conference on Tuesday. Davis also used the conference to announce the firing of coach Hue Jackson and the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Davis said that it is imperative to get the team a new stadium and has had discussions about returning the franchise to SoCal.

“The timetable is yesterday. So that’s where it is. We’ve got to get a stadium. We’ve got to get that done,” Davis said. “It’s such a competitive business. It really is competitive. We can’t compete for a lot of the players that other teams can, at times.”

“We’re trying to get something done up here but if we can’t, we’ve got to get something done somewhere because we need to be able to compete,” Davis added. “And that’s where it’s at.”

Read more about Mark Davis here. You can read our earlier coverage of Al Davis and the Raiders here.

Joran van der Sloot pleads guilty

Joran van der Sloot admits to killing woman in Peru

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores on Wednesday.

MSNBC reports that van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of Flores in Lima, Peru. As we reported last week, the plea is part of a strategy to reduce van der Sloot’s prison sentence.

The murder of Flores occurred five years to the day of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance. Holloway, then 19, disappeared while on a trip to Aruba in 2005. Van der Sloot has long been a suspect in Holloway’s disappearance, but has not been charged.

As we reported last week, if van der Sloot is released from jail, he will likely be sought by the FBI.

Read more about Joran van der Sloot here. Read our previous coverage of Joran van der Sloot here.