Finding lifeless Bobbi Kristina was traumatizing, boyfriend says

The boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown said on Wednesday he tried to revive her after finding her in a bathtub last year in an incident that recalled the death of her mother, singer Whitney Houston.Nick Gordon also said Brown, who died in July 2015 at the age of 22 after suffering irreversible brain damage, became addicted to drugs after Houston's death in 2012.Gordon, 26, denied responsibility for Brown's death in interviews with the Daily Mail online on Wednesday and with U.S. television personality Dr. Phil to be aired Thursday and Friday.He said the couple had gotten into a fight the night before Brown was found in January 2015 and that when he arrived back at the Atlanta home they shared, she had been drinking and was "messed up." They later made up and Gordon went to play a videogame.A friend who was staying at the house later found Brown in the bathtub, Gordon said. "I ran to my room and then I saw my girl on the floor," Gordon told the Daily Mail online. "It was so traumatizing. I dropped to my knees and kept giving her chest compressions and blowing into her mouth."Gordon said Brown spat up some water. "I thought she was going to come round but that never happened," he said.An could not establish whether the death of Brown, the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, after six months in a coma was accidental or intentional. It found she had cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and anxiety medication in her system and that her face had been immersed in water. In a 2015 civil lawsuit filed by the conservator of Brown's estate, Gordon was accused of causing her death and stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. Gordon's spokesman has called the lawsuit "slanderous and meritless."Gordon told Dr. Phil that Brown smoked marijuana socially before her mother died but that her drug use increased after Houston drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub in 2012. "It’s unfortunate but at the time, that’s kind of the only way we knew how to deal with what had happened," Gordon said, according to advance excerpts of the TV interview.(The online version of this story was corrected to fix a typo in the headline) (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bill Trott) Read more

Hornets push Heat to the brink with Game Five win

(The Sports Xchange) - Courtney Lee did it again. From virtually the same spot on the floor and for the second game in a row, Lee grabbed a crucial long rebound off the offensive boards.This time, Lee went back up and drained a 3-pointer with 28.9 seconds left, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 90-88 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.Lee also had a key block on Heat guard Dwyane Wade with 2.6 seconds left. But Lee's heroics started with his rebound."I guess his anticipation," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said when asked how the 6-5 Lee grabbed the biggest boards two games in a row. "He's a terrific athlete, and he has good timing."Thanks in large measure to Lee, the Hornets, who have won three straight games, have a 3-2 lead over Miami in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.Charlotte can end the best-of-seven series with a win at home on Friday.Miami, who have won 21 of their past 28 playoff series, still have a shot but the Heat will likely have to play better in the clutch to advance.The Heat led 88-87 in Wednesday's final minute. Hornets guard Kemba Walker missed a jumper, and that is when Lee swooped in. He not only grabbed the rebound, he also made the shot even though he was only 1-of-8 from the floor at the time.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he noticed Lee was in "the deep corner" of the court when the key sequence began."(Wade) went to block out (Hornets center Cody Zeller)," Spoelstra said. "It was a long rebound, and those end up being pursuits. ... It was a tough bounce, a long bounce. Then it becomes a scramble. And we didn't scramble." Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Lee made Charlotte's big play. After all, Lee is the only Hornets player with NBA Finals experience, having played for the 2009 Orlando Magic.After Lee's 3-pointer, Wade, who had a game-high 25 points, had a chance to tie the score when he drove the left baseline, drawing Zeller in front and Lee trailing. Lee got the block, but the Heat thought Wade was hacked."I thought I did," Wade said when asked if he got fouled. "But it wasn't called. It's pointless now. There's no reason for me to look at it."Spoelstra said he does not need replay, either. "I don't need to," Spoelstra said about any video. "He got fouled."There were seven lead changes in the game. Charlotte had a 14-0 run in the first quarter and a 15-3 surge in the second but still led just 49-47 at halftime.Miami surged to a 71-65 lead after three quarters. The Heat held Charlotte to 26.1-percent shooting in the quarter, outscoring the Hornets 24-16.Overall, the Heat won most of the hustle categories. They were plus-nine on rebounds, plus-seven on second-chance points, plus-nine on fast-break points and plus-14 on paint points.But here's where the Hornets prevailed: They made 12-of-24 on 3-pointers compared to 5-of-18 for Miami. The Hornets survived on a night in which Walker, who had been averaging 25 points in the series, was held to 14 on 4-of-18 shooting.Walker, though, was understandably upbeat as his team prevailed."We want to go home and win," he said. "That's our mindset right now."Wednesday's game was the first time in the series that the home team lost."It hurts losing at home," Spoelstra said. "But welcome to the playoffs. The playoffs just started. When a team beats somebody on the road, OK, now it gets real. As raw as this feels, we have 48 hours to regroup and get ready for a heck of a battle." (Editing by Peter Rutherford) Read more

Lawyers file $220 million damage claim against EPA in Flint water crisis

Lawyers for residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a $220.2 million damages claim alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contributed to dangerous lead levels in the city's water supply.In a statement issued on Tuesday, Michael Pitt said his firm Royal Oak, Michigan's Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, along with others, had filed an administrative complaint on Monday with the EPA alleging injuries to over 500 people. They said they would file a similar complaint next week covering 250 more Flint residents.Federal law requires that such complaints be filed as precursors to actual lawsuits against government agencies like the EPA.The complaint comes days after two Michigan state officials and a Flint employee were charged with criminal offenses in the crisis.Flint was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in April 2014 when it switched its source of water from Detroit's municipal system to the Flint River to save money. The river water was more corrosive than the Detroit system's and caused more lead to leach from its aging pipes. Lead can be toxic and children are especially vulnerable. The city switched back in October after blood tests found lead in some children.According to the complaint, the EPA should be held liable for acts and omissions of its employees, citing an email from agency water expert Miguel Del Toral to a regional chief in June 2015 that said it would border on criminal neglect not to warn Flint residents about widespread lead contamination.The complaint alleges past and future personal injury claims ranging from lead poisoning, rashes, hair loss, deprivation of quality of life, as well as economic losses and lost earnings. The EPA will review the complaint, an agency spokesman said."If the EPA had followed the advice of its own expert, many of the injuries to the people of Flint could have been avoided or minimized," Pitt said on Tuesday. Pitt's group has brought class actions in county, state and federal courts for Flint residents in addition to Monday's administrative complaint.Del Toral as early as February 2015 told the EPA it was questionable whether the state or city were using required corrosion controls on the Flint River water.One resident, Jan Burgess, reported in October 2014 a major violation to the EPA stemming from the water switchover, which was not investigated until earlier in April, the complaint said. (Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Anthony Lin and Marguerita Choy) Read more

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, failed to show that Apple made "affirmative misrepresentations," despite citing online complaints and Apple marketing statements calling the laptops "state of the art" or the "most advanced" on the market."Plaintiffs have failed to allege that Apple's logic boards were unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality," Alsup wrote. "Both plaintiffs were able to adequately use their computers for approximately 18 months and two years, respectively."Alsup gave the plaintiffs until Jan. 22 to amend their lawsuit, which sought class-action status, against the Cupertino, California-based company. Omar Rosales, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Apple did not immediately respond to a similar request.The plaintiffs claimed that Apple's sale of MacBooks since May 20, 2010, violated consumer protection laws in California and Texas, where the lawsuit began last May before being moved.They also contended that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was told about the defective logic boards in 2011, but did nothing. Logic boards contain computer circuitry and are sometimes known as motherboards.A separate and still pending lawsuit in California accuses Apple of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook Pro laptops in 2011 that contained defective graphic cards, causing screen distortions and system failures. MacBooks are part of Apple's Mac line of desktop and laptop computers. The company reported unit sales in that business of 18.91 million in its latest fiscal year.The case is Marcus et al v. Apple Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 14-03824. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York. Editing by Andre Grenon) Read more

Curry injured again as Warriors rout Rockets 121-94

(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors overcame the absence of guard Stephen Curry in the second half to rout the Houston Rockets 121-94 in Game Four of their Western Conference first-round playoff series on Sunday.Klay Thompson and Draymond Green paced a three-point barrage in the third quarter that carried the Warriors to a 3-1 lead in the series.Moments after losing All-Star Curry to a right knee sprain, Thompson and Green unleashed a hail of three-pointers that turned a nip-and-tuck affair into a 21-point lead entering the fourth quarter in Houston.The Warriors can close the series in Oakland on Wednesday. Thompson finished with 23 points while Green added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Thompson and Green combined to score 25 of the Warriors' 41 third-quarter points in levying the knockout blow.Golden State set an NBA postseason record with 21 three-pointers. Curry, who missed the second and third games with a right ankle injury, injured his knee slipping on a wet spot as the back-and-forth first half came to a close. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player returned to the court during halftime, briefly warmed up but returned to the locker room as the third quarter commenced. (Editing by Andrew Both) Read more

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