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ESPN fires employee over Jeremy Lin controversy

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ESPN fired the employee who wrote a racially offensive headline about basketball player Jeremy Lin and suspended an anchor who used the same slur, the sports network said Sunday.

The headline "Chink in the Armor," referenced the New York Knicks' loss Friday night, said CNN.

The phrase has two meanings. One implying the loss, the other being an ethnic slur for those of asian descent.

According to CNN, the headline was up for 35 minutes on Saturday morning before being removed.

"Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent." said the Star Tribune. "He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court."

EPSN also apologized for an anchor using the term on Wednesday night. A third reference was made on Friday, according to CNN.

Lin addressed the controversy during a news conference. "I don't think it was on purpose," Lin said. "At the same time, they've apologized. I don't care anymore."

Whitney Houston dies at 48

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Pop superstar Whitney Houston died Saturday in Beverly Hills California at the age of 48.

The singer and actress was found in her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel at 3:55 p.m. Paramedics spent 20 minutes attempting to revive her to no avail, authorities said.

The cause of Houston's death is yet to be determined, but authorities indicated no signs of foul play. "There was no visible signs of trauma," said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

"While Houston had battled drug addiction for years, she was attempting a comeback," The New York Times.

Cold Snap in Europe

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Intense cold and heavy snowfall buried parts of Europe over the past few days, claiming hundreds of lives.

Eastern Europe was hit especially hard. According to CNN, "Ukraine appears to be the worst so far, with Poland, Romania, Serbia and Belarus also suffering much more severe winter conditions than usual."

122 people have died in Ukraine since the cold spell started more than a week ago.

The New York Times reported that "about half of Sunday's 1,300 flights at Heathrow Airport near London were canceled."

Occupy protestors clashed with police on Saturday as they attempted to take over the vacant Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.

The demonstration, dubbed "Move-In Day," was part of Occupy Movement plans to set up a commune-like establishment in the vacant building, where movement command operations could be carried out.

In an open letter to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Wednesday, the group warned that if police attempted to interfere with the takeover, "indefinite occupation" of Oakland's airport, port and City Hall could follow.

Police prevented attempts by the group to enter the building, only to encounter movement occupation of the Oakland Museum of California, the YMCA and City-Hall, all of which resulted in arrests.

Police told The New York Times that throughout the chaos, protestors used bottles, metal pipe, rocks, spray cans, improvised explosive devices and burning flares to attack them. Police responded with smoke, tear gas and bean bag projectiles.

Collectively, Occupy Oakland events have resulted in around 400 arrests.

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