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SEAN HANNITY: What state will Nikki Haley win if she doesn't win her home state?

Fox News host Sean Hannity weighs in on Nikki Haley's bid to win her home state in the primary election on " Hannity ."  SEAN HANNITY: Tomorrow, former President Trump and former Governor Nikki Haley, they will square off in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. Now, after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, losing by double digits in New Hampshire, losing to the option of none of these candidates in Nevada by more than 30 points, I would argue that everything is pretty much on the line for Nikki Haley in her home state.    DEMOCRATIC MAYOR HANDS OUT $10,800 FOR ECONOMIC EQUITY PROGRAM THAT FUNDS LAVISH 5-DAY TRIP TO MIAMI   Across the board, pundits are wondering, is this the last chance for former Governor Nikki Haley in the presidential primary , as she has promised to stay in the race regardless of the results? Here is the problem and it's very real. According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, she trails former President Donald Trump by more than 25 points. That's a big margin. Now, I would argue as we get closer to Election Day, things always tighten up in the final days of a primary, but where will she win?    What state will she win if she doesn't win her home state? ... While she spent the last week desperately making the case to voters, in what is a last-ditch effort, there is a lot of ground to make up in one single day .  

Nikki Haley says 'Trump will not win the general election' ahead of South Carolina primary

Nikki Haley asserted two days ahead of the South Carolina Republican primary that former President Trump "will not win the general election." "What I'm trying to tell all Republicans and anybody - Independents as well - anybody that's voting in those primaries is if you want a change in the country, which I think the entire country wants a change, is we won't get a change if we don't win an election," the former South Carolina governor told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday. She proclaimed, "Donald Trump will not win the general election. You can have him win any primary you want, he will not win a general election. We will have a female President of the United States: It will either be me or it will be Kamala Harris. But if Donald Trump is the nominee, you can mark my words, he will not win a general election."Some general election polls have shown Haley could fare better against President Biden than Trump, but the former president has a decisive lead heading into the Palmetto State's Saturday primary.  HALEY VOWS TO STAY IN RACE, 'TAKE THE BRUISES' AHEAD OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY AGAINST TRUMP Haley further warned, "Don't complain about what happens in a general election if you don't vote that in this primary.""We can do better," she added, noting that Trump and Biden are the "two most disliked politicians in America." She added that a majority of Americans have said they feel both men are "too old" to hold the office again. "We need someone who can work eight years straight of hard work, day and night, fully disciplined with no drama, no vendettas, just results or the American people," she said.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Haley has already lost the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary to Trump, but has said she has no plans to get out of the race. The Haley and Trump campaigns did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.

Washington GOP chair calls declaring party on outside of ballot 'questionable design' as voters raise concerns

Washington state Republican Chair Jim Walsh has called having voters write their party affiliation on the outside of their mail-in ballot a "questionable design decision" as some Washingtonians have raised concerns. Walsh told Fox News Digital on Friday the requirement to declare one's party is "codified in law" and is only for the primary, not the general election. "The design where the attestation, the declaration is on the outer part of the envelope, that is not state law, that is a guideline, an administrative decision made by the Washington Secretary of State in conjunction with local county level election officials," he said. Walsh added, "That is not statutory, that's just a questionable design decision by the Secretary of State working in conjunction with the local county elections people."  RNC FILES AN ELECTION INTEGRITY LAWSUIT IN MISSISSIPPI CHALLENGING BALLOT COUNTING DEADLINES Walsh said state Republicans have been trying since 2016 to change the law requiring voters to declare their party "so that people can choose to be unaffiliated," but have been blocked by the Democrat-led legislature.One X user snapped a photo of their ballot envelope, showing where voters must declare themselves as Democrats or Republicans, writing on Thursday, "New Washington State envelopes for mail-in ballots. NEVER had to disclose my party declaration on the OUTSIDE of my ballot before. Don't feel really good about this." Cartoonist Scott Adams reposted it, writing, "How can this be real?" and X owner Elon Musk responded, "What!?" VIRGINIA DROPS LAST REMAINING CHARGE AGAINST DC-AREA ELECTIONS OFFICIAL Another voter wrote, "QUESTION- Why am I REQUIRED to list party affiliation on the outside of the envelope to VOTE?"A third X user posted a picture of their envelope, writing, "Washington State Presidential Primary Ballot ... you have to declare on the outside of the envelope?!? Also no option for independents! This is how ballots get tossed before they can even be counted!""We're not keen on the law, but we understand it is the law and that we do need to comply both with state law and with some national and with some national party rules," Walsh told Fox News Digital of the requirement to declare a party. He said the "spirit of the law" is to keep voters from people from "gaming the system, being part of one party and trying to vote in the other party's primary" but he felt there could be genuine security concerns with the declaration being on the outside of the ballot. He told Seattle-area radio host Jason Rantz this week that he suggests voters take their ballot to a ballot box rather than mailing it in. "Deliver it to a ballot box. Or give it to a trusted person to deliver," he said.But Rantz noted in an opinion piece, that "Fraud at the primary stage doesn't make a whole lot of sense this election cycle. Donald Trump will be the nominee and it's unlikely any other candidate would come close enough for stealth fraud to take place. And while fraud (and mistakes) obviously occur, there's been no recent evidence of widespread fraud that would be enough to change national elections. But voters rightly remember the scandal around the recount between then-gubernatorial candidates Dino Rossi (R) and Christine Gregoire (D)."The Washington Secretary of State's Office has included examples of protests voters wrote on their ballots in 2016 - in showing voters the correct way to mark their ballot - that included statements such as, "Actually I'm an Independent but if it makes you happy," "Don't tell me what I need to be ... the voters are furious" and "I feel like I am being forced to choose a party and that's not fair." The voter's party declaration choice is removed after 60 days, according to the secretary of state's office, noting on its website, for the "Presidential Primary   only, the major political parties require voters to mark and sign the party declaration. If you choose to participate, your choice of party will not affect how you may vote in future elections. You must mark and sign the political party declaration (box) on your envelope for your vote to count." The office has not clarified why the declaration is on the outside of the ballot. Fox News Digital has reached out to the secretary of state's office.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fox News Digital has also reached out to the Washington Democratic Party for comment. Washington's presidential primary is on March 12. 

JESSE WATTERS: Gavin Newsom thought he was president

Fox News host Jesse Watters reacts to Gov. Gavin Newsom appearing to make himself at home in the White House on " Jesse Watters Primetime ."  JESSE WATTERS: A few weeks ago, "Primetime" gave Gavin Newsom advice. Throw on a disguise, go undercover and walk your state. See how your policies are playing out like an episode of "Undercover Boss." And Gavin, who never misses a show, followed orders.    PARENTS' RIGHTS LEADER CALLS FOR CONSERVATIVES LAWYERS TO FIGHT LOCALLY AFTER LEGAL SETTLEMENT ON MISGENDERING   The undercover gov has been everywhere. He went undercover as a garbageman. Even though he borrowed someone else's gloves, Gavin Is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He Is hauling everything from crates to car bumpers. Gavin went undercover as a landscaper, planting trees at the Redwoods National Park.   ...   Finally, Gavin went undercover as president. He hosted the Crown Princess of Sweden, where he welcomed Her Majesty with a warm smile and handshake. Sources tell "Primetime" that Gavin's camp considers this a coup because the princess visited him instead of Biden. Now that Gavin has his foreign policy chops, after a five-minute meeting with a Scandinavian royal, he was ready for Washington. Today, Gavin waltzed into the White House and thought he was president.   

Illegal immigrant in Virginia faces multiple child porn charges

An illegal immigrant from Honduras has been charged with multiple counts related to child pornography and filming minors in Virginia. Gherson Gonzales Hernandez, 24, faces 10 counts related to child pornography material and two counts of unlawful creation of a videographic or still image of a minor, FOX 5 DC reported. The unlawful filming charge is related to an alleged August 2019 offense. The others are connected to a November 2023 offense. He was arrested Feb. 9. WHITE HOUSE SAYS REPUBLICANS ARE OBSTACLE TO BORDER SECURITY: 'WE DID OUT JOB' In a statement reported by FOX 5, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington, D.C. spokesman James Covington confirmed that Hernandez is a Honduran national and "unlawfully present" in the U.S.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ERO authorities have lodged a detainer request for Hernandez with the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center , where he is being held, according to the statement.The requests ask local authorities to notify ICE agencies to hold specific inmates for up to 48 hours beyond their jail time to allow immigration authorities to take them into custody to begin deportation proceedings. Many jurisdictions ignore such requests because of sanctuary city policies, which prohibits cooperation with federal immigration authorities. ICE has said that a lack of cooperation results in local law enforcement agencies releasing illegal immigrants back into society. 

Maryland House passes bill allowing illegal immigrants access to state healthcare exchange

The Maryland House approved a measure on Friday to enable people to buy health insurance through the state's health care exchange regardless of their immigration status, with the approval of a federal waiver.The House voted 101-34 for the bill, which now goes to the Senate, where similar legislation is under consideration.The measure would require the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to submit a federal waiver application by July 1, 2025, to implement the program. The waiver is needed because of federal restrictions on undocumented immigrants using the marketplace. Washington state received such a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in late 2022. The program in Maryland could start as early as 2026, if a waiver is granted. MARYLAND PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT ERROR COULD COST $250M Maryland's health care exchange was created during the 2011 legislative session to provide a marketplace for people and small businesses to purchase affordable health coverage. Through the Maryland Health Connection, Maryland residents can shop for health insurance plans and compare rates.Since Maryland created its health care exchange through the federal Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid, the state has cut the number of uninsured residents by more than 50%, from about 756,000 to about 350,000, or about 6% of the state's population, said Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, who chairs the House Health and Government Operations Committee.Of the state's remaining uninsured, about 256,000 of them are undocumented immigrants, Pena-Melnyk said. She pointed out that undocumented immigrants who sign up for health insurance through the exchange work in the state, pay taxes in the state and will pay for the plans."It's preventive medicine, cheaper when it's preventive, and it helps all of us. This is not free, not free, not free," Pena-Melnyk said for emphasis.But Del. Mark Fisher, a Calvert County Republican , contended that Maryland residents who are U.S. citizens often have long wait times to get doctor's appointments, and he questioned why the state should expand health insurance coverage through the state's exchange to people who aren't citizens."The term health equity is meaningless if you can't get access to a doctor, absolutely nonsense, and that's the experience that we're having throughout the state, and certainly in Calvert County," Fisher said. "I just do not understand why folks believe that when you are a citizen of the United States that you should get into a queue behind folks who are not citizens of the United States."But Pena-Melnyk said the measure would help everyone because when people without health insurance need care, they end up going to emergency rooms where medical costs are higher."It saves us a lot of money, because guess what? Hospitals last year spent anywhere between $120 million and $150 million in uncompensated care," Pena-Melnyk, a Prince George's County Democrat, said during the debate Friday, while also noting that Maryland has the worst emergency room waiting times in the nation.

Amid Florida measles outbreak, surgeon general lets parents decide whether to send unvaccinated kids to school

Amid measles outbreaks in various parts of the U.S., the Florida surgeon general has issued some guidance to parents regarding kids' school attendance.In a letter issued to parents on Friday, Dr. Joseph Ladapo said the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) "is deferring to parents or guardians to make decisions about school attendance."The letter comes in response to a cluster of measles cases identified at Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston, Florida. MEASLES VIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD AS WHO SAYS MORE THAN HALF THE WORLD HAS HIGH RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS Typical guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is for unvaccinated children who have not had the measles to stay home for up to 21 days in the event of a potential exposure at school. "However, due to the high immunity rate in the community, as well as the burden on families and educational cost of healthy children missing school, DOH is deferring to parents or guardians to make decisions about school attendance," Ladapo's letter stated. "This recommendation may change as epidemiological investigations continue."People who have had the full series of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) immunization or who have had a prior infection are 98% protected against the highly contagious virus, the doctor noted. MEASLES OUTBREAKS IN US, UK HAVE HEALTH AGENCIES ON HIGH ALERT: 'BE VIGILANT' Those who do not have immunity have a 90% chance of contracting measles."If someone in your household contracts measles, all members of the household should consider themselves exposed and monitor symptoms," Ladapo stated in the letter.The doctor did recommend that students with symptoms should stay home from school.Common signs and symptoms of measles include a rash on the face, neck and body; high fever; cough; runny nose; and red, watery eyes. "All children presenting with symptoms of illness should not attend school until symptoms have fully subsided without medication," Ladapo advised.On the Florida Department of Health's website, two doses of the MMR vaccine are listed among the vaccine requirements for children entering, attending or transferring to public and non-public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade.Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, was not involved in the FDOH letter but offered his reaction to the guidance."The measles vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing spread, especially if two shots are given," he told Fox News Digital in a phone interview on Friday."At a time when there's a resurgence of measles in the world and travel is not restricted, and people are coming into this country with measles, it's extremely important that our children be vaccinated against it."The current measles outbreak is a time when "individual choice has to give way to public health and community preservation or safety," Siegel said.While some public health officials may have been "mistaken" about drawing that line with the COVID pandemic, that doesn't automatically mean that it applies to every virus and vaccine, the doctor noted. MEASLES PROTECTION IS PARAMOUNT BEFORE TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE US, SAYS CDC "The problem here is that if kids start going to school unvaccinated against measles, given how contagious it is and how effective the vaccine is, they are putting other children at risk," Siegel said. Referring to measles as "the most contagious respiratory virus on the planet," Siegel warned that an unvaccinated person has at least a 90% chance of catching the illness if they enter a room where measles was present up to two hours prior.The doctor also warned of the severity of the disease, noting that one in five people with measles ends up in the hospital. These dangers can be offset by the vaccine, Siegel said."This is a great vaccine - extremely important, very safe, tested for decades, and [it] prevents the spread of a dangerous virus that's resurging right now."Siegel also said he disagrees with Ladapo's guidance to not require unvaccinated children to stay at home.Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurosurgeon and longevity expert, also reviewed Ladapo's guidance. He said he disagrees with it as well."Measles is not COVID-19," Osborn said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "In fact, measles is one of the leading vaccine-preventable causes of death.""Measles has been well-controlled by national vaccination campaigns, and we have walled off the disease, in essence, as we have polio."The doctor noted that "time-tested" vaccines - such as the MMR, oral polio and DTP - have low complication rates, "unlike the COVID vaccine." "The more people that are vaccinated, the greater the chances of acquiring a state of herd immunity," Osborn said. "The fact that there has been an outbreak in an elementary school in Weston strongly suggests a lack of herd immunity." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR HEALTH NEWSLETTER "Sending unvaccinated children to school amid an outbreak - and inside of the transmissible period - is reckless," he also said. "While it is always the parents' choice whether to vaccinate their children, and whether or not to expose them to the virus directly, decisions should be based on scientific fact."Osborn hypothesized that the COVID pandemic may have contributed to overall vaccine reluctance."Unfortunately, as of the past several years - due to induced vaccine fear, the byproduct of a failed COVID-19 vaccine - vaccination rates generally have decreased," Osborn said. "The result? Viral outbreaks. And measles won't be the last."As of Friday, there have been 35 measles cases reported in U.S. states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, according to the CDC.Fox News Digital reached out to Dr. Ladapo, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education, and Attendance Works (a San Francisco-based national initiative that advocates for improved school attendance) requesting comment. For more Health articles, visit .

Urban charter schools bode success for low-income, non-Whites, college enrollment: Report

A new study released on Thursday by the University of Michigan showed that urban charter schools bode well for low-income, non-White students and college enrollment due to certain practices by these institutions. "We can think of the individual charters and charter management organizations with big impacts on student trajectories as existence proofs: These are school models that can change young people's lives," said Sarah Cohodes, associate professor of public policy at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy.Cohodes and her colleague Susha Roy of the RAND Corporation analyzed 40 previous charter school studies that took place in large cities like Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. OVER 30 ORGANIZATIONS VOW TO END 'DISCRIMINATORY' PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES THAT 'PROMOTE SEGREGATION' They found a trend in urban charter schools "dramatically" improving students' performance in math and reading compared to traditional public schools."Studies find that lower-scoring students experience the largest gains from charter attendance relative to their peers," Cohodes said. The analysis of the studies showed further that certain practices in charter schools yielded positive results in student performance on standardized test scores and college enrollment.The researchers wrote that practices conducted by these urban charter schools emphasized "stricter discipline, extended learning time, high achievement expectations, tutoring, strong school culture, teacher quality, and data-driven instruction and school leadership." THESE STATES PLAN AN AGGRESSIVE UNIVERSAL SCHOOL CHOICE PUSH IN 2024: 'TEACHERS UNIONS OVERPLAYED THEIR HAND' The analysis of the 40 studies that reviewed the effectiveness of urban charter schools showed a trend in improving college attendance with lower-income, non-White and special education students being the most pronounced among other demographics."Effects tended to be more pronounced among disadvantaged populations," the study reported.The Michigan study comes after another recent study by the National Alliance For Public Charter Schools [NAPCS] showing that Black and Hispanic families have been flocking to charter schools . CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Debbie Veney of the NAPCS told Fox News Digital that charter schools have more flexibility and control over what happens at the school compared to public schools that operate under a more centralized structure. She added that a charter school is free to do "site-based hiring and firing."

Suspected Colorado dorm shooter threatened to 'kill' roommate over taking out trash: court docs

A man charged with killing his roommate and a woman, said he was going to "kill him" a month before the fatal shooting if the victim told him to take out the garbage again, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday.Nicholas Jordan, 25, and Samuel Knopp, 24, were warring roommates before Jordan fatally shot Knopp and Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, who was reportedly in a relationship with Knopp, in Jordan and Knopp's shared University of Colorado- Colorado Springs dorm room on Feb. 16. A neighboring roommate and Knopp reported Jordan several times for "unsafe living conditions" and smoking in the room, which were documented in at least three campus police reports since early January, according to the affidavit. On Jan. 9, Knopp and Jordan fought over a bag of trash. Jordan allegedly "told (Knopp) that he would 'kill him' and there would be consequences if Jordan was asked to take out the trash again," the affidavit says. COLORADO UNIVERSITY DORM MURDER SUSPECT 'STILL POSES A THREAT,' PROSECUTION WARNS JUDGE "Mr. Knopp collected (the garbage bag) and placed [it] near Mr. Jordan's door," according to the affidavit, which is included in its entirety below. That allegedly sparked Jordan's alleged death threats, the affidavit says. The same person who called 911 told police that Jordan had been smoking marijuana, cigarettes and his living area was a mess. Jordan's Facebook page is filled with several videos of him smoking, including his last post on Jan. 29.  DISPATCH AUDIO FROM DEADLY COLORADO DORM SHOOTING REVEALS RESPONDERS 'NOT SURE' IF GUNMAN WAS STILL AT LARGE  A day before Knopp was killed, he expressed relief to his music teacher, Jon Forshee, that Jordan was moving the next night (the Friday of the shooting), according to a report by the . "He told me he was scheduled to move out the following night," Forshee told "He said he was eager to move out, that his dorm life wasn't comfortable."Around 6 a.m. on Feb. 16, gunshots woke up one of the victim's roommates, who called 911 told police that he heard "the sound of a person moaning," according to the affidavit. Responding officers found Knopp and Celie Montgomery, who wasn't a student but was reportedly in a romantic relationship with Knopp, with gunshot wounds and "obviously deceased." DISPATCH AUDIO FROM DEADLY COLORADO DORM SHOOTING REVEALS RESPONDERS 'NOT SURE' IF GUNMAN WAS STILL AT LARGE  He told police he locked the door and called 911. At that time, law enforcement documented a blurry figure running from the scene that they say is Jordan.Prosecutors said during Friday morning's court appearance that the Detroit native was a new student who was in the process of withdrawing from UCCS, which was part of their argument about why he was a flight risk. Jordan's brother, Brandon, came to his defense in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit, where he said police should "Keep looking because you got the wrong guy.""I love you bro. I love you dude. I know you didn't do it bro," Brandon Jordan said.  BROTHER OF COLORADO DORM MURDERS SUSPECT BREAKS SILENCE: 'I love you dude. I know you didn't do it bro' Law enforcement and prosecutors dispute Nicholas' brother's assertions in the affidavit, including security cameras unknown to students. At 5:56 a.m. on Feb. 16, "a person in dark clothing is observed running out" out the dorm buildings .... It is believed the subject running would have parked in the area to the north to avoid observation in known cameras." READ FULL PROBABLE CAUSE AFFIDAVIT Law enforcement were looking for Jordan's black 2099 Ford Escape, which was pulled over on Jan. 20 for making an illegal U-Turn, according to the affidavit. Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, Colorado Springs Police Department's Motor Vehicle Theft Unit spotted the truck, police said on X (formerly Twitter), and a tactical team arrested him about 30 minutes later without incident.Arresting officers found an AK-47 and a handgun in his car, prosecutors alleged during Jordan's second court appearance Friday morning.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Jordan was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, felony menacing and committing a crime of violence, and is being held on $5 million cash bail in a jail in El Paso County, Colorado. A status conference has been scheduled for March 15, and his next court date is scheduled for March 27. 

MSNBC warns Biden 'has a problem' in MI as his 2020 voters turn on him: Not 'stupid enough to elect you again'

MSNBC is sounding the alarm that President Biden "has a problem" in Michigan as a group of voters who backed him in 2020 are turning on him ahead of November. On Friday, MSNBC correspondent Yasmin Vossoughian previewed a conversation she had with Michigan Democrats who are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with Biden, specifically over his handling of the ongoing Israel-Hamas war . "Biden has a problem, Alex, in Michigan with the voters that I've been speaking to," Vossoughian told MSNBC's Alex Witt. "These are all folks that voted for Biden in 2020. They have committed to voting 'uncommitted' in the Michigan primary next Tuesday, and two of them are very much on the fence in voting for him for reelection November. The other two absolutely will not be voting for him. They are angry about Gaza, they are angry he has not called for a permanent ceasefire as of yet, and they are angry that he has not come through on the promises he made when he was running for president back in 2020." BLACK MALE VOTERS TELL MSNBC WHY TRUMP APPEALS TO THEM: 'WE'RE BROKE WITH BIDEN... WITH TRUMP, WE HAD MONEY' Among those Vossoughian spoke with were Farah Khan and Khalid Turaani, founders of the Abandon Biden movement.When asked whether there was a "pathway forward for her" when it comes to supporting Biden, Khan replied, "Absolutely not.""You cannot keep killing people with our money and just keep thinking that 'Oh, we are stupid enough to elect you again because we'll fall in line, we'll forget.' How can- this is an insult to me as a voter," Khan said, regarding U.S. support for Israel. QUESTIONS OF BIDEN'S AGE AMONG DEMS, MEDIA, COMEDIANS KEEP PILING UP FOLLOWING HUR REPORT Turaani told Vossoughian he's willing to allow former President Trump to become president again, comparing sitting out in November to the "short-term pain for long term gain" of taking a vaccine."I'm willing to let go of Joe Biden and oppose Joe Biden... punish Joe Biden by making him a one-term president and burying his loss with the genocide in Gaza," Turaani said.Mikal Goodman, a councilman in Pontiac, Michigan, said Biden's "pathway forward" to earn his support is for the president to call for a "permanent immediate ceasefire" and "stop aiding Israel in their war crimes.""It is... insane to me to have the Democratic Party and the Biden administration sit here and essentially say, 'if Trump happens, it's your fault,'" Goodman said. "Why is having a Trump presidency more important than those people's lives?" University of Michigan graduate student Annie Wisner asked. "Why is our democracy more important than thousands of men, women and children being killed?"Vossoughian summarized her exchange with the Michigan Democrats by saying they are in the position they're in "because of the Democratic Party" and that this is a "warning shot" in order to demand change. BIDEN LASHES OUT AT REPORTERS ASKING ABOUT AGE CONCERNS AFTER SPECIAL COUNSEL REPORT: 'THAT IS YOUR JUDGMENT!' CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "These voters are saying, 'It's not on us. This is not our responsibility. It is not our fault. This is the fault of the two-party system in this country. It's the fault of the Democratic Party for not producing the candidates that we want and for not coming through and following through on the issues that we feel like they need to be following through on. So if we have to go through... this kind of short-term pain of another Trump presidency, that's what needs to happen,' as they see it, to break the system," Vossoughian told Witt. "Because they have slept through so many election cycles in which they see as choosing the lesser of two evils. And they're exhausted. And that is what I'm hearing most from voters here in Michigan."A recent Fox News poll shows Biden trailing behind former President Trump by two points in Michigan.

King Charles enjoys cheeky get-well card from one of his supporters

King Charles III hasn't had to wonder if he's had his country's support since sharing his cancer diagnosis earlier this month. The royal family revealed the monarch has received over 7,000 letters and cards from all over the world.In a video shared on social media, the King is seen opening dozens of notes, some of which had cheeky messages. He appeared particularly tickled by one card with a dog."At least you don't have to wear a cone!" it said.In addition to acknowledging the immense support, the text on the video said, "As His Majesty has said, 'Such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.'" LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS "I wanted to tell you I am thinking of you as you face your own diagnosis and treatment and send prayers and every good wish for a speedy recovery," one message in the video said. "Chin up, chest out, remain positive and don't let it get you down," another said. "Trust me, it works, but the main thing is family."The video's release comes just days after Charles met with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. "Wonderful to see you looking so well," Sunak said upon meeting the King at Buckingham Palace. His Majesty joked it was "all done by mirrors." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER "We're all behind you, the country is behind you," Sunak added."I've had so many wonderful messages and cards which reduce me to tears most of the time," Charles said. "I hear that there's been a lot more attention [and] interest on those main, wonderful cancer charities, many of which I've been patron for years."Buckingham Palace announced Feb. 5 that during the king's hospital stay for an enlarged prostate, "a separate issue of concern was noted" and later identified as cancer ."His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual," a press release said. "The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible." APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW INSTAGRAM Days later, the king, 75, made a statement of his own. "I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days," he said. "As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

"It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organizations which support cancer patients and their families across the U.K. and wider world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience." Buckingham Palace has not disclosed what type of cancer the king is battling.

Wendy Williams speaks out for the first time since dementia, aphasia diagnosis announced

Wendy Williams has spoken out for the first time since it was revealed she was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia.The 59-year-old television personality was diagnosed with the conditions in 2023, her representatives confirmed in a statement Thursday. On Friday, Williams' representatives shared a personal statement from the talk show host that was facilitated by her care team. "I want to say I have immense gratitude for the love and kind words I have received after sharing my diagnosis of Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)," Williams wrote. "Let me say, wow!  Your response has been overwhelming."The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion. I hope that others with FTD may benefit from my story."  WENDY WILLIAMS CONTROVERSY: INSIDE DEMENTIA, EXPLOSIVE DOCUMENTARY, FAMILY WAR TO VISIT TALK SHOW QUEEN "I want to also thank the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for their kind words of support and their extraordinary efforts to raise awareness of FTD," Williams added."I continue to need personal space and peace to thrive. Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated." In their Thursday statement, Williams' representatives explained they were revealing her diagnoses on her behalf to "correct inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health." "Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy's ability to process information, and many have speculated about Wendy's condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times and have difficulty understanding financial transactions," the statement said."In 2023, after undergoing a battery of medical tests, Wendy was officially diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Aphasia, a condition affecting language and communication abilities, and frontotemporal dementia, a progressive disorder impacting behavior and cognitive functions, have already presented significant hurdles in Wendy's life."Specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine are credited as part of her "current care team" who help Wendy "receive the medical care she requires." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER "The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy, but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances," the statement said. "Unfortunately, many individuals diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia face stigma and misunderstanding, particularly when they begin to exhibit behavioral changes but have not yet received a diagnosis."Wendy is still able to do many things for herself. Most importantly, she maintains her trademark sense of humor and is receiving the care she requires to make sure she is protected and that her needs are addressed. She is appreciative of the many kind thoughts and good wishes being sent her way." Actor Bruce Willis was diagnosed in 2022 with the brain disorder that affects communication. FTD is "the result of damage to neurons in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain," according to the National Institute on Aging. "Many possible symptoms can result, including unusual behaviors, emotional problems, trouble communicating, difficulty with work or difficulty with walking."Williams has largely remained out of the spotlight since her self-titled talk show was canceled in June 2022, but a new Lifetime documentary, "Where is Wendy Williams?," attempted to capture Wendy's comeback as she launched a podcast career, only to witness her struggles with alcohol addiction and health issues.The crew stopped filming in April 2023 when Wendy entered a facility to treat "cognitive issues" reportedly due to alcohol abuse, and her family claimed in an interview with People magazine that they only communicate with Wendy through a court-appointed legal guardian.On Friday, Lifetime confirmed to Fox News Digital the documentary will air this weekend as scheduled despite a lawsuit filed by Williams' temporary guardian against the network's parent company, A&E Television Networks.Williams' temporary legal guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, filed a lawsuit under seal in New York County Supreme Court against A&E Thursday, according to USA Today. Morrissey is suing Lifetime for injunction relief and a temporary restraining order in an effort to halt the airing of the documentary, according to the outlet.However, a representative for Lifetime confirmed to Fox News Digital Friday that the network is moving forward with the release of the two-part documentary on Saturday and Sunday."Lifetime appeared in court today, and the documentary 'Where is Wendy Williams?' will air this weekend as planned," a spokesperson wrote in a statement.The legal documents state that Morrissey is "acting in her capacity as Temporary Guardian of W.W.H," The initials "W.W.H" presumably stand for Williams' legal name after the host began using her former husband Kelvin Hunter's last name following their marriage, according to the outlet.Entertainment One Reality Productions, the company that produced "Where is Wendy Williams?" was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, according to USA Today.Representatives for Williams told Fox News Digital Friday they "do not know anything related to the situation with Lifetime."Part 1 of "Where is Wendy Williams?" will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 24, with Part 2 airing at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 on Lifetime. Fox News Digital's Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

Kyiv residents speak out as Ukraine war enters third year: 'I try to be optimistic'

Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv spoke out to Fox News as the war with Russia enters its third year, and scars of battle are rife throughout civilian areas.Most of those interviewed by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier expressed hope for a resolution that would ultimately keep Ukraine sovereign and safe."I try to be optimistic. I didn't leave Kyiv even when Russian troops were near Kyiv," said Tanya, a local resident. "I always [have been] in Kiev. If we lose, I can't stay in Ukraine under Russian [control]. I will have to leave but I don't know - I don't want this. I want to live in Ukraine. I want to be Ukrainian. I want to live in Kyiv. It's my city," she added. ZELENSKYY'S RETURN TO DC FOR MORE UKRAINE WAR CASH A 'DISGRACEFUL CHARADE': SEN. VANCE Bret Baier walked around a city square, where remnants of Russian vehicles destroyed by the Ukrainian military sat as a testament to its countrymen's efforts. Not far away, another square featured numerous Ukrainian flags, one for each militiaman lost during the conflict."It's not normal, it's not OK," Tanya added. "Everyone in Ukraine has some relatives, some friends who died or who are fighting now, who are in Russian prisons..."The city's airport remains closed as long throughout the war, given the unsafe airspace, but an overnight train still shuttles people hours westward to neighboring Poland. SEAN PENN SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HIS TIME IN UKRAINE, MEETING ZELENSKYY Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Baier his countrymen understand there is no alternative to the way of life people in Kyiv have had to adjust to."Of course, it's difficult... People are tired. Closer to the front lines, it is more difficult, but I think everybody understands for what we are doing this. That's it. It's our life, our homeland," he said.Another Kyiv resident, Julia, was visiting the memorial to the fallen at Independence Square. She said she was afraid to go there because of the missile attacks in the area, but wanted to express her national pride."I really want to cry. Our people are really strong enough, so they are not giving up and they [are] trying to protect our country," she said. CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Ali, an Iranian-born Ukrainian who grew up in Scandinavia, said conditions in Kiev remind him of when the then-Soviets were trying to occupy Finland during World War II. He recounted how they were rebuffed by the much smaller nation, saying it is an example of trying to "defend your country at any price - so I feel proud."Every resident of Kyiv is also expected to download an application to their phone that acts as a digital air raid siren, allowing the population to quickly seek cover during a detected Russian attack.The dismissal message emitted once the threat subsides appears to be a nod to the United States: "May the force be with you."

'Jeopardy!'s' Ken Jennings hopes Taylor Swift joins Emma Stone if actress is chosen to compete on game show

Could Taylor Swift make an appearance on "Jeopardy!"?During a recent interview with USA Today, "Jeopardy!" host Ken Jennings said it "would be exciting" to get Swift in the audience, or even as a contestant on the game show."Is Emma Stone in Taylor's squad? Could we get Taylor to a game if Emma got on the show? It seemed that Emma implied she's keeping a low profile when she tries out, so maybe she's going to get on 'Jeopardy!' in disguise," he joked. "Maybe we've already seen her and didn't recognize her. We're very excited to have her keep trying out."The Academy Award-winning actress and the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter have been friends since they first met in 2008 at the Young Hollywood Awards.  'JEOPARDY!' SUPERFAN EMMA STONE APPLIES TO GAME SHOW EVERY YEAR: INSIDE HIT SHOW'S SELECTION PROCESS Swift recently supported Stone on the red carpet at the premiere of her latest movie, "Poor Things," and was there to cheer her on when she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy. Stone also supported Swift on her Eras Tour when she performed at a stop in Glendale, Arizona, last year."I was lucky 'cause we've been friends for a really long time," Stone told Vanity Fair in June about getting tickets to the show. "I've known her since we were 17 and 18, so she hooked me up, which was very nice 'cause I know those tickets are impossible to get."The actress recently made waves when she revealed she's been trying out to be a contestant on the show for years, saying she applies every June and never hears anything back.The application process for the show is lengthy, requiring contestants to take two online quizzes and go through an interview stage. LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS "You can only take the test once a year with your email address, and I've never gotten on the show. I watch it every single night and I mark down how many answers I get right. I swear, I could go on 'Jeopardy,'" Stone told the "Variety Awards Circuit" podcast in January. "They just say, 'We'll let you know in the next nine to 12 months if you got on the show.' And guess what, I haven't gotten on the show.""Jeopardy!" has been undergoing some changes recently, with one of its co-hosts, Mayim Bialik , announcing in December that she was not asked to return to the show.During the "Unscripted Storytellers" panel at the 2024 Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Michael Davies, a showrunner on "Jeopardy!," shared that he felt "forced into" the co-hosting situation, but after two seasons, decided to let Bialik go in order to achieve more "consistency.""I think he was right. He talked about how 'Jeopardy!' is a symbol of consistency and reliability for a lot of our viewers. It's part of the ritual of their day," Jennings told USA Today about Davies' comments. "They want to turn in and know what they're going to see, and not wonder, 'oh, which host do I see tonight?' And I do understand that." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER Jennings went on to say that he loved Bialik as a host, noting she seemed "very confident on stage in a way that [he] was not at first" and that he "learned a lot from watching her."Jennings previously told The Hollywood Reporter that Bialik's announcement caught him "off guard" and that he would miss working with her.

Fargo loses challenge to North Dakota's crackdown on local gun control laws

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by North Dakota's largest city that challenged a new law banning zoning ordinances related to guns and ammunition.Fargo sued last year, calling the law unconstitutional and a swipe at the city's home rule powers. State District Judge Cherie Clark on Tuesday granted the state's motion for summary judgment and dismissed the city's complaint."While the Court agrees that (the North Dakota Constitution) intends for 'maximum local self-government,' the law is not settled that this language alone provides home rule cities the right to legislate on topics the state legislature has limited," the judge wrote. GOP NORTH DAKOTA SEN. KEVIN CRAMER RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION But she also expressed concerns about the Legislature's actions: "If the legislature continues to pare home rule powers, home rule cities lack the discretion to address important issues impacting their respective and unique communities."Fargo has an ordinance banning people from conducting certain businesses out of their homes, including gun and ammunition sales, mortuaries, dog grooming and vehicle repair.In 2020, about 33% of federal firearms licensees operated from residential premises, surpassing all other types of zoned locations, including commercial, according to a report from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Massachusetts is the only state where home-based gun dealers are banned, but many local governments may enact zoning laws that prohibit the practice, according to information from Brady, which advocates for gun control.Residential or "kitchen table" dealers present concerns that include the possibility of relatives living in the home where they operate, business records and gun inventories becoming mixed with personal items, and dealers working another job that might hinder them from keeping up with regulations, according to Brady. No federal laws require guns' safe storage at a dealer, and homes are less likely to have the "robust" security measures against burglary and robbery, according to the group.The ATF St. Paul Field Division couldn't immediately provide data on home-based dealers, but noted that licensees whose business premises are their residences are relatively common in the area. The agency doesn't keep a list of cities with ordinances similar to Fargo's, but said others do exist.Last year, North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature passed the law restricting the ability of cities and counties to regulate guns and ammunition, including purchase, sales and possession. The law took effect in August. It voids existing ordinances.Previously, Fargo successfully challenged a similar 2021 law. Mayor Tim Mahoney said city officials will meet with their legal team on next steps."The previous time that we challenged it, it did it come back in our favor, so that's what we're going to have to see - what's changed and do we need to take a different position on it," he said.In its lawsuit, the city said it doesn't want residents to use their homes as gun stores but added that the case hits at a larger issue of whether the Legislature can "strip away" Fargo's home rule powers, which allow the city certain authority, such as zoning public and private property.Republican Rep. Ben Koppelman, the 2023 bill's sponsor, told a Senate panel last year that the issue came to greater attention in 2016 when, because of the ordinance, the ATF refused to renew the federal firearms licenses of Fargo dealers who sold out of their homes. At issue in the bill was whether gun regulations should be a locally or state-controlled issue, he previously said.Koppelman welcomed the ruling as the right decision upholding that there are "certain things reserved under the jurisdiction of only the state." Likely less than a dozen dealers were affected when Fargo's ordinance came to a head, and as few as five or six dealers might remain now, he said."I think that if the desire is for the city of Fargo to be like a stand-alone kingdom or city-state or whatever they wish they could be, obviously this didn't go their way," Koppelman said.

Pennsylvania man convicted of using drone to help hunters find deer carcasses

A Pennsylvania man who uses drones to try to locate wounded deer shot by hunters so they can retrieve their carcasses has been convicted of violating state hunting laws.Joshua Wingenroth, 35, of Downingtown, plans to appeal the verdicts handed down Thursday by Lancaster County District Judge Raymond Sheller. The case apparently marked the first time anyone has been cited and tried in Pennsylvania for using a drone to recover a dead game animal and it hinged on whether Wingenroth was involved in hunting as defined by state law."The Legislature needs to address this," Sheller said as he delivered his verdict. "Everyone is playing catchup to science." WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY APPROVES BILL TO HIKE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE FEES FOR OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS Wingenroth, who openly advertised his business in area publications, was told by state game wardens last year that such an activity was illegal, authorities said. Wingeroth, though, told them his lawyer "has a different interpretation" of the law.On Dec. 6, an undercover game commission officer contacted Wingenroth and asked him to meet and help him find a deer he shot in the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve. Wingenroth met the officer there within the hour and had the officer sign a waiver stating he wanted to recover the deer carcass but, if the deer was found to still be alive, he agreed to "hunt the deer another day."Wingenroth, who did not know the shot deer story was a fabrication and part of a sting operation, soon launched a drone and piloted it around remotely while using a thermal camera setting to show the scenery in black and white. He soon caught view of a live deer, and turned on the camera's infrared setting to show it on a heat map.He later turned that setting off and activated a spotlight to view the deer normally. However, he and the officer were soon approached by a game warden who confiscated the drone and cited Wingenroth for two counts of using illegal electronic devices during hunting and single counts of disturbing game or wildlife and violating regulations on recreational spotlighting.Since the legal definition of hunting includes tracking, hunting, and recovery, authorities said Wingenroth technically used the drone to "hunt" game. He was convicted on all four counts and fined $1,500.Wingenroth's attorney, Michael Siddons, said his client planned to appeal the verdict. Siddons argued at trial that the state laws concerning the use of devices while hunting are "archaic," saying they have been patched over time to cover new technologies but do not yet address the use of drones.Siddons said if Wingenroth used the drone to locate an animal before shooting it that would have been illegal poaching, but Wingenroth instead believed there was a dead deer. He also only used a drone after hunting hours had ended and was never intending to hunt.

Rams coach Sean McVay casts doubt on Stetson Bennett's 2024 status: 'We don't have a backup quarterback'

Shortly after the the Los Angeles Rams ' season ended, head coach Sean McVay seemed cautiously optimistic about quarterback Stetson Bennett, who was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list in September after leaving the team early for an undisclosed reason.However, apparently he got more of an answer, and it's not looking pretty for the two-time champion at Georgia .McVay seemed to admit that the team will have a roster spot open. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Really in our minds, we don't have a backup quarterback that's on this roster," McVay said, via the New York Post . "But we'll see what that looks like in terms of how that affects Stetson and the draft or free agency."Bennett made a public appearance at a Georgia football game in November. At the time, McVay said Bennett's absence was "bigger than football."McVay said Thursday he would connect with Bennett at "the appropriate time.""I think the first thing is you connect with him, which we'll do that at the appropriate time, and you figure out, where are you at and is this something that we feel like is best for him and for our football team to bring him back into this ecosystem?" he said. "Those will be conversations that we will have. And then, I think once we have a better idea of what we'll do with that, then that will give clarity." EAGLES' A.J. BROWN CALLS INTO PHILADELPHIA RADIO STATION TO CALL OUT HOSTS FOR 'MAKING UP' RUMORS The Rams selected Bennett in the fourth round of last year's draft, and he spent the preseason with them. But he was placed on the reserve/non-football list in mid-September."Out of respect for him and the situation, I'm going to leave all the specifics and particulars in-house," McVay told reporters at the time. "And I want to be able to do that out of respect for that situation, so I'm not going to really have any follow-up information or anything that I'll give in that regards."Bennett played four seasons at Georgia, his final two in a starting role. He totaled 8,429 yards with 66 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over 42 games, including a tremendous senior season with 4,128 yards, 27 touchdowns and a national championship in a blowout win over TCU in 2023.  Fox News' Scott Thompson contributed to this report. Follow Fox News Digital's  sports coverage on X  and subscribe to  the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter .

Minnesota man convicted of double murder now eligible for parole due to federal, state law changes

A Minnesota man who was convicted in the killing of a mother and her 10-year-old son in Minneapolis in 2008 was re-sentenced Friday to two concurrent life sentences with the possibility of release, officials confirmed to Fox News Digital. Brian Flowers, 32, was 16 when he helped his accomplice Stephon Edward Thompson in the stabbing deaths of Katricia Daniels and her son, Robert Shepard, 10, the Ramsey County District Attorney's office said in a release sent to Fox News Digital. Flowers' original sentence didn't allow the possibility of parole, but due to federal and state changes to the law between 2012 and 2016 during the Obama administration - and because Flowers was charged as a minor - he is now eligible to be released. He would have been eligible for parole in 2038 (30 years later) under the new laws, but a state law change last year that says convicts serving concurrent life sentences are eligible in 15 years makes him eligible now.  PENNSYLVANIA BROTHERS WHO KILLED PARENTS, YOUNGER SIBLING IN 1995, OFFERED CHANCE AT PAROLE Ramsey County District Attorney John Choi, whose office took over prosecuting the case from Hennepin County, noted in a statement sent to Fox News Digital that the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Flowers was "far less" involved in the murders than Thompson. He said his office concluded that Flowers should serve his sentences concurrently, not consecutively, as he was originally sentenced. "Because we were not involved with the protracted and contentious litigation that this case generated for over eleven years, we could independently evaluate Mr. Flowers' culpability and, in hindsight, take into consideration past judicial rulings and the significant changes to Federal and State laws that occurred during this lengthy litigation," Choi said.  GEORGIA INVESTIGATORS CONDUCT SEARCH NEAR APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE THEY QUESTIONED PERSON OF INTEREST IN STUDENT HOMICIDE He added, "The law is an expression of our community's values and when the law changes to it is important guidance on how prosecutors should exercise our decision making. From our perspective, it is significant that, on appeal, the Minnesota Supreme Court determined in 2010 that Mr. Flowers' role in this case was far less than his co-defendant. We came to the same conclusion after reviewing this case for the past 10 months and therefore resolved this case in a manner that reflected his lesser culpability, achieved an end to the litigation, and recognized the reality that the distinction between consecutive and concurrent sentences for Mr. Flowers was small due to retroactive changes in the law made by the Minnesota Legislature in 2023."Flowers had to agree to drop his motion for a new trial and cease his post-conviction legislation, Choi's office said. Fox News Digital has reached out to Choi's office and the Hennepin County Court where he was resentenced. His office said the changes to the law would allow a person serving two life sentences consecutively eligible in 60 years, and someone serving concurrently 30 years.  Flowers was re-sentenced to serve his life sentences concurrently in 2017."What happened in the 3600 block of 1st Avenue South on June 12, 2008, was horrific. But it appears Flowers played a lesser role than his codefendant; even the Minnesota Supreme Court found it to be a close case with regard to Flowers," the Hennepin County District Court said at the time.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP That sentence was reversed in 2018 upon appeal by the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

Judge rejects Chicago measure to raise luxury property tax, fund homeless services

A Cook County judge has rejected a Chicago ballot measure that would have raised a one-time tax on luxury properties to fund services for homeless people after objections from real estate and business groups.The ruling Friday by Judge Kathleen Burke came as early voting for Illinois' March 19 primary has already started. The tax measure appears on the ballot.The measure would have raised what's called the real estate transfer tax on properties valued at over $1 million, but lower it on properties under that amount. CHICAGO SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO REMOVE UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS FROM SCHOOLS Supporters, including first-term Mayor Brandon Johnson , estimated it would have brought in about $100 million a year, which would be used to fund housing and other services including mental health care. Cities including Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico have adopted similar tax increases.Maxica Williams, board president of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, issued a statement expressing disappointment in the ruling."We are outraged by the fact that this small minority of wealthy real estate interests would rather spend thousands of dollars on legal fees to preserve a brutally unjust status quo than pay their fair share in taxes," Williams said.Roughly 68,000 people experience homelessness in Chicago.Business groups, including the Building Owners and Managers Association International, argued the tax would disproportionately hit commercial real estate as Chicago's downtown is still struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.Attorneys for Bring Home Chicago, who championed the ballot measure, have said they would appeal any decision thwarting their efforts to get the question on the ballot.

2 National Guard members killed in Mississippi helicopter crash

Two National Guard members died after a helicopter crashed Friday afternoon during a training flight in northeast Mississippi , officials said. 5 MARINES KILLED IN CALIFORNIA HELICOPTER CRASH ARE IDENTIFIED The aircraft went down in a wooded area near Baldwyn, Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar told WTVA-TV. The site is about 115 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee .The helicopter was AH-64 Apache "flying a routine training flight," the Mississippi National Guard said in a news release.In a statement Friday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said safety crews were working the scene of the crash with local authorities. He confirmed the death of the two unidentified National Guard members."Mississippi will always be grateful for their service and we will never forget them," Reeves said.

US appeals court panel declines to delay execution of one of longest-serving death-row inmates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. appeals court panel on Friday declined to delay Idaho 's scheduled execution next week of one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates.Thomas Creech was sentenced to death in 1983 for killing a fellow prison inmate, David Jensen, with a battery-filled sock. Creech, 73, had previously been convicted of four murders and was already serving life in prison when he killed Jensen. SINCE IDAHO ABORTIONS WERE BANNED, DOZENS OF OBSTETRICIANS HAVE CLOSED SHOP, REPORT SAYS He is also suspected of several other killings dating back half a century.His attorneys had asked a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in San Francisco to delay Creech's death by lethal injection, set for Wednesday.They said they needed additional time to pursue a claim that, under the nation's evolving standards of decency, his death sentence should be set aside because it was issued by a judge - not a jury. Among people on death row around the country, just 2.1% were sentenced to death by a judge alone, they said.During oral arguments Thursday, the three judges expressed skepticism. They noted that while arguments about "evolving standards of decency" have been used to bar the execution of juveniles or people with severe developmental delays, Creech's lawyers had presented little or no evidence that the people in the U.S. increasingly disfavor the execution of inmates who were sentenced by judges rather than juries."We gave you an opportunity to tell us what evidence you have of an evolving standard, and you haven't provided anything," Judge Jay Bybee told Jonah Horwitz, an attorney for Creech. "This feels like it's a delay for delay's sake and it's a shot in the dark."The Idaho attorney general's office opposed Creech's request for a stay, arguing that Creech could have raised the issue long ago but waited until the last minute to try to forestall the execution: "This is a claim that was basically being held in the back pocket of Creech's counsel, waiting until there was an actual execution that had been scheduled," said Deputy Attorney General LaMont Anderson.Creech's attorneys in recent weeks have filed three other challenges regarding his execution. Two are with the U.S. District Court in Idaho, over the adequacy of his recent clemency hearing and over the state's refusal to indicate where it obtained the drug it intends to use to kill him. The other is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.An Ohio native, Creech's history of being involved in or suspected of murders dates back half a century. In 1974, he was acquitted in the stabbing death of 70-year-old retiree Paul Shrader in Tuscon, Arizona; Creech was a cook who lived at the motel where Shrader's body was found.He then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he worked as a maintenance worker or sexton at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The body of 22-year-old William Joseph Dean was found in Creech's living quarters on Aug. 7, 1974, and a grocery store worker in Salem, Sandra Jane Ramsamooj, was shot to death that same day.In November, Creech and his 17-year-old girlfriend were hitchhiking in Idaho when two traveling housepainters picked them up. The pair - John Wayne Bradford, 40, and Edward Thomas Arnold, 34 - were found shot to death and partially buried along a highway. Creech was convicted. His girlfriend testified against him.During police interrogations, Creech made some far-fetched claims - claims that his attorneys say he made under the influence of so-called truth serum - that he had killed 42 people, some in satanic rituals and others in contract killings for motorcycle gangs in several states. Authorities were unable to corroborate most of his claims, but said they did find two bodies based on information he provided and they did tie him to nine killings: two in Nevada, two in Oregon, two in Idaho and one each in Wyoming, Arizona and California.Authorities initially didn't believe one of the stories that Creech told them. Creech claimed that while he was being treated at the Oregon State Hospital following a suicide attempt, he earned a weekend pass, traveled to Sacramento and killed someone, and then returned to the treatment center.Based on that information, California police retested fingerprints found at the home of murder victim Vivian Grant Robinson - and they matched Creech. They also realized he had called the treatment center from her home to say he'd be returning a day late. Creech was convicted of that case in 1980.During Creech's clemency hearing last month, the state offered new information - without supporting evidence - that Creech had committed another killing in California, that of Daniel Walker in San Bernardino County in 1974. Prosecutors there say they do not intend to file charges, noting Creech's upcoming execution.Creech was initially sentenced to death following his 1975 Idaho conviction, but after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that automatic death sentences were unconstitutional, it was converted to a life term. After killing Jensen he was again sentenced to death.

Kid Rock describes his Bud Light protest as 'tantrum with a machine gun,' became friends with company CEO

Kid Rock recently weighed in on the viral video of him shooting Bud Light cans last year in protest of the beer company's woke initiatives.The musician described his infamous protest during an episode of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast that aired Thursday, telling host Joe Rogan that it was simply him "having fun" and venting his anger at Bud Light."Man, I was just having fun, to be honest with you," Rock told the host, adding, "I was pissed, but it wasn't like it was going to wreck my day, let alone my life. I was just kind of like, 'What the f-k are they doing?'" TOBY KEITH REMEMBERED BY KID ROCK FOR 'INCREDIBLE TALENT': HE WAS A 'GREAT PATRIOT' Rock's viral video, which involved him shooting multiple cases of the beer at an outdoor shooting range last April, was a response to Bud Light making biological male and transgender woman Dylan Mulvaney a brand spokesperson.After ripping through the cans with his weapon, he turned to the camera and said, " f--- Bud Light and f--- Anheuser-Busch ."That month, Mulvaney prompted major backlash for the brand after sharing a video of Bud Light cans with her face on them and announcing the news of her partnership with the beer brand.Bud Light's consumer base, which consists mostly of conservatives, abandoned the brand and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch, for months and cost the brand serious revenue. Last month, it was reported that Bud Light's year over year revenue was still down nearly 30% almost a year after the partnership started.Rock admitted to Rogan that his viral clip seemed to make him the "face" of this major backlash."Well, you were the straw that broke the camel's back," Rogan told Rock, to which the artist admitted, "I became the face of it, yes. I'm not the pied piper. To sit around and think that people follow what Kid Rock does - I just became the face of it."Rock made fun of himself, describing his actions in the video as "throwing a tantrum with a machine gun."Mocking his own whining at the time, he said, "Wah, wah! They wanna let guys play in girls sports. Wah!" BUD LIGHT DECLINE 'COULD LAST FOR A WHILE,' CUSTOMERS NOT 'COMING BACK,' EXECS WARN The host remarked that that video was the death knell for the beer's sales. "If there's one moment that they look back on and f----- go, 'S---!' It's that moment."Rock explained that he's recently become friends with Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth despite the drama. "We've become friends," Rock said, with Rogan commenting, "he's a good guy."Rock agreed and then recalled meeting Whitworth while hanging out with former President Trump at a UFC event. "He's a great guy. After five minutes of talking to him - I'm with Trump, there in Dana's [White] green room. I go to Trump, I go, 'See that dude behind me?' I go, 'That's the CEO of Bud Light - er, of Anheuser-Busch.' And Trump's like, 'You wanna go talk to him?' which in my mind Trump said, 'You wanna go f--- with him?'""And I'm like, 'Yes. Absolutely,'" Rock added.The star admitted that once they all started talking they had a "great conversation," and Rock found out Whitworth was a hunting enthusiast. He noted that during that conversation, he invited the CEO out to his place in Nashville, and Whitworth ended up visiting him."F----- we broke bread. Got f----- up on Bud Light. We f----- bowled. Did all this fun s---," he said, noting that he did not take up Whitworth's offer for a corporate gig, though he said they still talk. Rock still admitted that the company "f----- up." CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Laken Riley case: Georgia authorities identify murder suspect in custody in nursing student's slaying

The University of Georgia Police Department have taken a suspect in custody in connection with the suspected homicide of a 22-year-old nursing student from Augusta University who police found dead on the University of Georgia campus Thursday.Police have charged Jose Antonio Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark said during a news briefing Friday evening. The suspect is not a U.S. citizen, according to authorities. "The evidence is robust," he told reporters, crediting campus security cameras in part for the arrest.Clark said he believed the attack was a "crime of opportunity" and that the suspected killer had no known connection to the victim. Ibarra is not a UGA student, he added. UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA POLICE QUESTIONING 'PERSON OF INTEREST' IN LAKEN RILEY HOMICIDE Ibarra's immigration status was not immediately known to investigators, the chief said, adding that he believed the suspect is from Venezuela."Right now I don't know his full status," he said. "He is not a citizen of the United States."Police initially swept up three to four people during the early stages of the investigation but were only arresting and charging Ibarra, Clark added. "While the perpetrator's legal status is unclear, if the Chief's statement is accurate and that he is a Venezuelan migrant - potentially admitted under the continuing 'special status' program - it is past time to recognize the obvious: Maduro has taken a page from Castro's book and is emptying his criminals into the U.S., and we are holding the door open for them," Paul Mauro, a retired NYPD inspector, told Fox News Digital.Riley had previously attended UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta's Athens campus, where she made the Dean's List.Police were asking anyone who saw anything "relevant or suspicious" between 7 a.m. and noon Thursday around UGA's Intramural Fields and Lake Herrick to call 706-542-2200.That's where they found Riley - with "visible injuries" - within 30 after they received a call from a concerned friend who said she went for a run and didn't come back.According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, multiple officers began searching for Riley near the Intramural Fields around 12:07 p.m. At 12:38, a UGA police officer spotted her on the ground. "I called out to Riley, and I did not get a response," the officer wrote. Read the incident report : She had visible injuries, and police could not locate a pulse. They began CPR anyway. A sergeant arrived with a defibrillator minutes later and unsuccessfully attempted to revive the victim."Based on the injuries and Riley's physical condition, I suspected that foul play was involved," the police report reads. Investigators were reviewing the officer's bodycam for additional evidence. GEORGIA NURSING STUDENT FOUND DEAD ON UGA CAMPUS IDENTIFIED AS LAKEN RILEY Autopsy results remained pending Friday, but authorities said they were investigating her death as a homicide. Clark said it appeared as though she had been killed by blunt-force trauma.Classes and events at both universities were canceled Friday.Lake Herrick is part of UGA's campus, nestled between various university practice fields and Oconee Forest Park. The lake is bordered by a pedestrian trail and has a recreational beach. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area as they investigate.The last time UGA reported a homicide on campus was 20 years ago, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark said during a Thursday evening news conference. The police chief said that there was not "immediate danger" on campus.

Pro soccer player sentenced to 1 year in prison for breaking man's skull with rock

A professional soccer player in England is slated to be behind bars in his home country of Belgium for a year.Ilias Chair of the English Football League Championship's Queens Park Rangers was sentenced to a year in prison for breaking a man's skull with a rock.The assault occurred during an altercation while kayaking in Belgium and France. Chair attacked the driver of a truck and was ordered to pay nearly 16,000 euros, or $17,000. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM There was a "mass confrontation among the traveling tourists" while they tried to get back to France.The driver, who is only known as Neils T in court documents, via The Guardian, lost consciousness and still suffers from his injuries today.Two other men, one of whom is Chair's brother, were also found guilty in the attack, and their prison sentences range from six to 12 months.Chair is expected to appeal the verdict, and while the appeal is in process, his team is making him available to play."The club are, and have been, in regular contact with Ilias Chair's legal team regarding a charge of assault which has been made against him," Chair's team said in a statement. "The legal proceeding is yet to reach its conclusion. As such, the club will be making no further comment at this stage."It is unknown if Chair will suit up for the Rangers' game on Saturday against Rotherham United.Chair, 26, also plays for the Morocco national team, having participated in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar . The team made the semifinals, where they lost to France. France eventually lost to Argentina in an epic final.Chair has played for the Rangers since 2017, making 193 total appearances for them. Follow Fox News Digital's  sports coverage on X  and subscribe to  the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter .

NYC firefighters perform daring rescues during apartment fire that left 1 dead, 17 injured

New York firefighters performed a series of daring rescues during a fire at an apartment building that left one person dead Friday and injured more than a dozen others, as people were seen hanging out of windows and fire escapes to get away from the flames and one jumped onto the ground. The two-alarm blaze broke out just after 2 p.m. on the third floor of a six-story building located at 149th Street and St. Nicholas Place in Harlem. The flames had spread into the hallways and trapped people in the floors above, fire officials said.When firefighters arrived, there were "numerous" people on the fire escapes, the New York Fire Department said.  POLICE: MISSOURI FIRE THAT KILLED A WOMAN AND HER FOUR CHILDREN WAS MURDER-SUICIDE "It was so dangerous that firefighters had to make three rope rescues, which is something very unusual for us to do at one fire," an FDNY official said at a news conference. The department performs one rope rescue per year on average, said FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens, citing the severity of the blaze. He said one person jumped out of a window as the flames and smoke spread throughout the building. "Unfortunately, due to the severity of this fire , one of the victims had to basically jump out of the window," he said. "They were hanging there for a little bit and they couldn't hold on any longer and fell."A witness, Michelle Paradis, told FOX 5 NY that she saw the window jumper.  2 DEAD IN FIRE AT LONG ISLAND SENIOR HOUSING COMPLEX "They were on the window sill, and they were trying to escape, but it's all the way on the top floor ... they were hanging onto the window," she said. "I guess they couldn't hang on for long, and they fell to the ground."Overall, 18 people were injured. Twelve of them were taken to area hospitals. Five of those victims are in critical condition. It was not clear if the person who died was the one who jumped out of a window. To save those hanging outside of windows because of the heavy smoke, firefighters performed the rope rescue - where a firefighter is attached to a rope being held from the roof and lowered off the side of a building. From there, the firefighter grabs the person trapped and both are lowered to the ground with assistance from the NYPD Special Ops Aviation Unit."A very heroic action," FDNY Chief of Department John Hodgens said of the firefighters' actions Friday. One of the two firefighters involved in the dangerous rescues was a probationary firefighter with less than a year on the job. On the upper floors, three people were found unconscious and given life-saving care, said Hodgens. The cause of the fire has not been determined. 

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