February 3rd, 2014
10:37 AM ET

Football Coaches Gone Too Far?

Two coaches  on Esquire network's new reality TV show "Friday Night Tykes,"  now find themselves facing consequences for encouraging young children in San Antonio to play harder. CNN's George Howell reports.

According to CNN affiliate KENS,  Charles Chavarria was suspended after cameras caught him telling players to hit the other team in the head.

Chavarria says, "I have regrets with my actions and behaviors. I do have regrets with the show. I've lost a lot."

Another coach, Marecus Goodloe, was also suspended, reportedly for encouraging profanity.

He apologized on Twitter saying, "Its been a learning experience and will definitely make me a better person/mentor moving forward."

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February 3rd, 2014
10:03 AM ET

Sources: Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead of Apparent Drug Overdose

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said.

Police said Hoffman, 46, was found on the bathroom floor and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two bags of what is believed to be heroin inside the fourth-floor apartment, law enforcement officials said.

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving," Hoffman's family said in a statement. "Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

Hoffman was last seen alive at 8 p.m. Saturday, a law enforcement official said. He was expected to get his children on Sunday, but didn't show up, the official said.Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and found him dead, the official said.

A needle was in the actor's left arm, and eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin were found in the apartment, law enforcement sources told CNN.

The bags were stamped with "Ace of Hearts" and "Ace of Spades" - street names for the heroin, the sources said.

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February 3rd, 2014
10:00 AM ET

Report: Hotels Company Apparently Hacked

White Lodging - a company that maintains Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin hotel franchises - has apparently suffered a data breach that exposed guests' credit and debit card information in 2013, independent security researcher Brian Krebs said.

Banking industry sources noticed fraud among hundreds of cards that had been previously used at Marriott hotels, wrote Krebs, who first reported that Target had suffered a massive data breach around Black Friday last year.

"But those same sources said they were puzzled by the pattern of fraud, because it was seen only at specific Marriott hotels, including locations in Austin, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Louisville and Tampa," Krebs wrote.

"Turns out, the common thread among all of those Marriott locations is that they are managed" by White Lodging, he said.

White Lodging, which is based in Merrillville, Indiana, issued a statement Sunday night in response to the findings.

"An investigation is in progress, and we will provide meaningful information as soon as it becomes available," White Lodging said in a statement.

Marriott said it will continue to monitor the situation.

"We are working closely with the franchise management company as they investigate the matter," spokesman Jeff Flaherty said. "Because the suspected breach did not impact any systems that Marriott owns or controls, we do not have additional information to provide."

White Lodging is just the latest American business to investigate a security breach.

The hacking of Target's systems could be the largest breach in U.S. retail history. It affected up to 110 million customers, including 40 million credit and debit cards and up to 70 million customers' personal information.

The retailer discovered the breach in mid-December, notified customers several days later, and launched an investigation with the help of a private security firm and law enforcement.

Since Target's disclosure, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus announced over 1 million customer cards were compromised in a breach last summer.

And last month, crafts retailer Michaels said its systems may have been breached.

It isn't immediately clear if these possible attacks are related. Security experts have warned it is likely other companies were targeted by the hackers who hit Target.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about a federal investigation at a Senate hearing last week.

"We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches, but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud," Holder said.

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February 3rd, 2014
09:58 AM ET

Sochi Olympic Hotels Report Construction Delays

Four days before the opening of the Winter Games, some of the hotels being built for the Olympics are reporting construction delays that could affect the tens of thousands of visitors expected to descend on the region.

The Sochi 2014 organizing committee announced that at least one of the hotels built to accommodate visiting journalists would not be ready.

"Dear Media," the committee wrote, "this is to inform you that the official opening of the hotel Gorki Grand has been postponed due to technical reasons."

In a subsequent phone conversation, Anna Efimchenko, a Sochi 2014 spokeswoman, explained to CNN that the Gorki Grand Hotel was "having some troubles with the water."

The committee said it would temporarily accommodate guests in another hotel.

In the seven years since Russia won its bid to host the 2014 Olympics, authorities have built a highway, a high-speed train line, electric power stations and an entire series of resort villages in the Caucasus Mountains, where the alpine sport events will take place. The massive project is estimated to have cost more than $50 billion.

But on Monday, construction crews were still hard at work in Gorki Gorod, a cluster of six- and seven-story buildings on the banks of the Mzymta River, a short distance from the Olympic ski jump.

Road crews were hammering in paving stones on a sidewalk, while yellow cranes stretched up to buildings where the interior was clearly still under construction.

The delays appear to have affected at least one international hotelier.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency, the manager of Swissotel Sochi said his hotel would accept its first customers on the eve of the opening of the Olympics, rather than in January as had originally been planned.

"It was slightly delayed, we actually planned to open already last month," Swissotel's Oliver Kuhn told Reuters. "Certainly I have worked in areas where the construction speed was a bit faster than here, but at the end of the day we have reached our target to be ready for the Games."

The International Olympic Committee is downplaying concerns.

"There are still some issues to be solved as it is always just before the Games, but also in this respect we are in contact with the organizing committee and we hope the situation will be solved in the next couple of days," IOC president Thomas Bach told journalists.

Athletes have been arriving to this Black Sea resort in recent days. The Winter Olympics are set to open Friday.

As for the Gorki Grand Hotel, it continues to advertise on its website "the elegance of hotel's 194 rooms and suites," and it still offers online reservations for February, next to the announcement "Opening Soon."

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