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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTRALIA) — The 2015 Australian Open has had a major upset.

In straight sets, Tomas Berdych defeated No. 3 ranked Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-0, 7-6, Tuesday to move on to the semi-finals.

“I was ready for everything and I think that was the difference,” Berdych said. “I started pretty well, but when you’re playing Rafa you have to keep going to the last point.”

Berdych, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic, had lost 17-straight times to Nadal. The 18th time, Berdych was focused, showing little emotion during the match and kept Nadal off balance.

“I’m feeling ok, just was not my day,” said Nadal, the 2009 winner of the Australian Open. “I didn’t play with the right intensity, the right rhythm and the opponent played better than me.”

Berdych will face Andy Murray in the next round.

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent his Monday night inside, tweeting back and forth with his constituents and followers as a blizzard rocked the Northeast.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, Christie announced a travel ban would go into effect at 11 p.m., preventing any vehicles from being on New Jersey roads — excluding emergency vehicles, public safety personnel and utility companies — in an effort to keep New Jersians safe. Shortly thereafter, the governor tweeted, asking his nearly 500,000 followers how they were spending the “Blizzard of 2015.”

Alright, its 9pm New Jersey. What’s everyone doing at home tonight? #blizzardof2015

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015

It seems most of Christie’s followers were abiding by the travel ban, with many followers saying they were spending time with the families or friends.

awesome. send us a pic when you’re done RT @AmericasMazz: @GovChristie building a Lego batmobile. 3500 pieces. Incredible fun with my boys

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015

pokemon is still a thing? RT @Americapaldi: @GovChristie playing some pokemon and enjoying your awesome tweets

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015

looks awesome RT @warren_kruse: @GovChristie pic.twitter.com/IuBrPCS3j6

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 27, 2015

me too. Summer cant come soon enough RT @dnj1999: @GovChristie thinking about this summer down the shore

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives canceled the votes scheduled for Monday night due to the impending blizzard.

The announcement from the House Majority’s office is likely due to the number of lawmakers who were set to travel back to Washington on Monday following a three-day weekend in their districts. The inclement weather which was expected to hit the Northeast from D.C. up through Maine caused weather problems for many.

Instead, the House Majority’s office said, the first votes of the week would occur no earlier than 1 p.m. Tuesday. The House is slated to discuss human trafficking suspensions and the export of liquefied natural gas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft speaks to the media on Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – An attorney hired by the NFL to investigate the Deflate-gate scandal acknowledged on Monday that the investigation would last beyond this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“We are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation of the issue of the footballs used in the AFC Championship,” Ted Wells said, regarding the game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts for which the Patriots allegedly provided 12 footballs, of which 11 were under-inflated by about two pounds per square inch.

“This work began last week, stretched through the weekend, and is proceeding expeditiously this week notwithstanding the Super Bowl.” Wells said he expects his investigation to take “at least several more weeks,” saying that “in the interim, it would be best if everyone involved or potentially involved in this matter avoids public comment concerning the matter until the investigation is concluded.”

Wells also noted that the results of the investigation will be made public.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had previously told ESPN that he would not be interviewed regarding the incident until after the Super Bowl. Wells’ comments represent the first confirmation that the investigation wouldn’t be resolved before Sunday, however.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, spoke out on Monday, saying that he had spoken with Brady and head coach Bill Belichick about the matter. Both Brady and Belichick told Kraft that they had no knowledge of what happened. Kraft affirmed his belief in the two men, saying that he “has never known them to lie to him.”

Kraft further expressed disappointment that the “reputations and integrity” of Brady and Belichick — “and by association that of our team” — has been called into question.

“If the Wells investigation is not able to definitively determine that our organization tampered with the air pressure in the footballs,” Kraft said, “I would expect and hope that the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular to Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they have had to endure this past week.”

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Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is suing the show’s producer, 19 Entertainment, and its affiliated companies to get out of his contract.

The singer claims in paperwork that he’s been “manipulated” by the company over the past few years.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” Phillips told ABC News in a statement. “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

Phillips, 24, filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, claiming that he was obligated to play gigs that did not benefit his career, such as one show he did for free for JetBlue, and that the production company regularly withheld information about his career from him. For example, he claimed he only found out the name of his album when the public did. Phillips also alleged that 19 Entertainment receives as much as 40 percent of any of his endorsement deals.

At the core of the petition is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states that only licensed talent agents can negotiate gigs for their clients. Phillips’ legal team aims to show that the producers were violating the TAA.

Phillips’ lawyer, Howard King at King Holmes Paterno & Berliner, called the deal “oppressive” and “fatally conflicted.” In a statement, he said: “Phillip appreciates the opportunity provided to him by American Idol and always expected the producers to share in the rewards of his subsequent success. However, he never anticipated that the producers would favor their own interests above his career or commit egregious violations of the California’s Talent Agencies Act. Thankfully, California has a long history of protecting artists from being victimized by people illegally operating as de facto talent agencies.”

However, 19 Entertainment stands by the deal.

“We’re very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together with Phillip, working closely to help nurture his extraordinary talent and advance his career. We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip,” a spokesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter. “We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships.”

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Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is suing the show’s producer, 19 Entertainment, and its affiliated companies to get out of his contract.

The singer claims in paperwork that he’s been “manipulated” by the company over the past few years.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol,” Phillips told ABC News in a statement. “The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

Phillips, 24, filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, claiming that he was obligated to play gigs that did not benefit his career, such as one show he did for free for JetBlue, and that the production company regularly withheld information about his career from him. For example, he claimed he only found out the name of his album when the public did. Phillips also alleged that 19 Entertainment receives as much as 40 percent of any of his endorsement deals.

At the core of the petition is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states that only licensed talent agents can negotiate gigs for their clients. Phillips’ legal team aims to show that the producers were violating the TAA.

Phillips’ lawyer, Howard King at King Holmes Paterno & Berliner, called the deal “oppressive” and “fatally conflicted.” In a statement, he said: “Phillip appreciates the opportunity provided to him by American Idol and always expected the producers to share in the rewards of his subsequent success. However, he never anticipated that the producers would favor their own interests above his career or commit egregious violations of the California’s Talent Agencies Act. Thankfully, California has a long history of protecting artists from being victimized by people illegally operating as de facto talent agencies.”

However, 19 Entertainment stands by the deal.

“We’re very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together with Phillip, working closely to help nurture his extraordinary talent and advance his career. We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip,” a spokesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter. “We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships.”

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Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game, apologized on Monday for comments he made on a PBS show in which he used the term “colored” to describe black actors.

While discussing diversity in Hollywood on Tavis Smiley, Cumberbatch said, “I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K.” Many people on social media and elsewhere called Cumberbatch’s choice of words inappropriate and racist.

On Monday, Cumberbatch said in a statement that he was devastated to have offended anyone, calling himself an idiot.

“I offer my sincere apologies,” Cumberbatch said. “I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.”

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Miss Universe Paulina Vega isn’t the first beauty from Barranquilla, Colombia, to compete and win in pageants.

In fact, Sofia Vergara’s character Gloria was Miss Barranquilla on Modern Family, according to ABC.

In real life, Vergara, 42, is really from this town that also boasts pop icon Shakira.

Vergara was so happy with Vega’s win, representing her hometown, that she posted on WhoSay and Tweeted, “Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!!”

Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!! http://t.co/68EW4C8qhN

— Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) January 26, 2015

Barranquilla is one of Colombia’s largest cities, along with Bogota, Medellin and Cali. The city in Northern Colombia is a major port and has a rich and illustrious history dating back to the early 1600s.

Other notable people that hail from Barranquilla include baseball player Edgar Rentería and soccer player Fredy Montero.

Paulina Vega from Colombia is crowned Miss Universe 2014! http://t.co/8UUplK47DK

— Paulina Vega (@MissUniverse) January 26, 2015

For more on the similarities between Vergara and Vega, head to ABC.go.com and check out — Barranquilla, Colombia: Gloria & Miss Universe 2015’s Connection.

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Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A former CIA officer was convicted of illegally disclosing national defense information on Monday.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling broke the law by providing information on an unidentified country’s weapons capabilities to a reporter. FBI Director James Comey said that Sterling “violated his sworn duty to protect our nation’s secrets and he betrayed our country.”

Attorney General Eric Holder called the conviction “a just and appropriate outcome,” adding that Sterling’s actions “compromised operations undertaken in defense of America’s national security” and “placed lives at risk.”

According to evidence presented at trial, Sterling was employed by the CIA from May 1993 through January 2002. For a portion of that time, he was assigned to a classified clandestine operational program that was intended to undermine the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The DOJ says that Sterling “pursued administrative and civil actions against the CIA” in 2000. When the CIA refused to settle those actions on terms he deemed favorable, Sterling “disclosed information concerning the classified operational program and [a] human asset” to a New York Times reporter.

Sterling is set to face sentencing in April.

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Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A former CIA officer was convicted of illegally disclosing national defense information on Monday.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling broke the law by providing information on an unidentified country’s weapons capabilities to a reporter. FBI Director James Comey said that Sterling “violated his sworn duty to protect our nation’s secrets and he betrayed our country.”

Attorney General Eric Holder called the conviction “a just and appropriate outcome,” adding that Sterling’s actions “compromised operations undertaken in defense of America’s national security” and “placed lives at risk.”

According to evidence presented at trial, Sterling was employed by the CIA from May 1993 through January 2002. For a portion of that time, he was assigned to a classified clandestine operational program that was intended to undermine the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The DOJ says that Sterling “pursued administrative and civil actions against the CIA” in 2000. When the CIA refused to settle those actions on terms he deemed favorable, Sterling “disclosed information concerning the classified operational program and [a] human asset” to a New York Times reporter.

Sterling is set to face sentencing in April.

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