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1 officer killed, 1 seriously hurt in NYC shooting


(AP) — A New York Police Department officer was killed and another gravely injured at night after responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to a law enforcement official.
A suspect was also killed in the shooting in Harlem, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity.
The official said a call had come in shortly after 5 p.m. of a mother needing help with her son. Three officers responded to the ground floor apartment on 135th Street.
They spoke to the mother in a front room, and then two officers went to a back room where the son was, and shots rang out, the official said.
Police dispatch audio captured some of the chaotic scene, including an officer screaming for assistance and another officer informing the dispatcher that two officers had been shot.
One officer asks for “three buses” or ambulances to the scene, a six-story apartment building, and police to block off traffic on the route to nearby Harlem Hospital. The building is on a block between two iconic Harlem avenues: Malcolm X Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.
Mayor Eric Adams was at the hospital where the officers were taken after the shooting, the third time in four days that officers have faced gunfire on the job. Inside the hospital entrance, a line of officers stood shoulder to shoulder at the top of some stairs.
An officer was wounded in the leg Tuesday night in the Bronx during a struggle with a teenager who also shot himself. On Thursday, a narcotics detective was shot in the leg on Staten Island.
The last NYPD officer fatally shot in the line of duty, Brian Mulkeen, was hit by friendly fire while struggling with an armed man after chasing and shooting at him in the Bronx in September 2019.
Mulkeen’s death came about seven months after Det. Brian Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while he and other officers were confronting a robbery suspect at a cell phone store in Queens.
In 2015, a man who’d been riding a stolen bicycle shot and killed Officer Randolph Holder as Holder and his partner approached him on a footbridge over a Manhattan highway.
The year before, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot by a man who ambushed them as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The man, whose threatening posts online included a vow to put “wings on pigs” — ran into a subway station and killed himself.

2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Killed in Shooting in Harlem


Two New York City police officers were killed in a shooting in Harlem, officials said. They were the third and fourth officers to be shot in the line of duty this week, according to the Police Department.
The police did not immediately provide information about what had precipitated the shooting of the officers, who were taken to Harlem Hospital. One suspect was also shot, officials said. Information on the person’s condition was not immediately available.
The shooting happened around 6 p.m. near the intersection of Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street. Within an hour, dozens of officers were in the area, which was sealed off by yellow caution tape and a half-dozen patrol cars.
Mayor Eric Adams — who had been in the Bronx earlier attending a vigil for an 11-month-old girl who was hit in the face by a stray bullet on Wednesday night — was headed to the hospital, a spokesman said.
Late, another officer was shot in the leg as he scuffled with a teenage suspect during a confrontation in the Bronx. Early Thursday, a detective was shot in the leg when a man fired through a door during a search for drugs at a Staten Island home, officials said.

Rapper, 16, accused of shooting NYPD cop could make bail from record label deal


A rising 16-year-old rapper charged with shooting a New York City police officer could be freed on a $250,000 bond as soon as Friday using cash from a record label deal, sources told Fox News Digital.

Camrin Williams – known as C Blue – signed with Interscope records recently and used part of his advance of several hundred thousand dollars to hire celebrity bondsman Ira Judelson to arrange his bond, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Williams’ family paid more than $15,000 to Judelson to submit all the bail paperwork to the Bronx district attorney’s office.

But before he can be released, prosecutors have up to 72 hours to examine the source of the funds to ensure that none of the money came from illegal activity related to his alleged gang ties.

Judelson, a high-profile bondsman, who has worked with countless celebrities – including disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and late rapper DMX, declined to comment.

Interscope records didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

The up-and-coming musician, whose music videos have garnered over 1 million views on YouTube, was arraigned on one count each of second degree assault and firearm possession and three counts of weapons possession in Bronx Criminal Court

He allegedly shot NYPD officer Kaseem Pennant in the leg Tuesday in Belmont by accident, according to a criminal complaint.

His loaded 9mm pistol discharged while tussling with cops after he tried to flee, the complaint says.

The bullet struck Williams in the groin before exiting his thigh and hitting Pennant, according to his lawyer, Dawn Florio, who blamed cops for the mishap.

“My client is in pain, he has open wounds,” she said. “They started searching him for no reason and when he tried to walk away, they jumped on top of him. Because of the police officer’s actions, my client got shot and so did the police officer.”

The complaint does not say why cops tried to search Williams who was standing on a sidewalk. Pennant is one of three officers to be shot in New York City so far this year.

Judge Denis Boyle, who has come under fire in the past for his low bails, ordered Williams held on $200,000 cash over $250,000 bond over the objection of prosecutors who requested that he be held without bail.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch blasted Boyle’s decision as ‘horrendous judgement” that is putting cops and the community in danger. “There is absolutely no justification and no excuse for setting bail in this case,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday. “This individual was previously arrested for carrying an illegal gun. Then he violated his probation, carried another gun and shot a cop. If he gets another opportunity to go free, he will use it to cause more violence and mayhem.”

Both Williams and the officer were treated for minor injuries and released.

“We are extremely fortunate that our @NYPD48Pct brother was able to leave the hospital the same night he was shot while keeping New Yorkers safe. Praying for a speedy recovery,” the police association wrote Tuesday in a tweet, along with a video of the officer leaving the hospital.

Mayor Eric Adams praised the officers during a Tuesday night press conference.

“I want to commend our NYPD officers for taking an illegal gun and a violent criminal off the streets in the Bronx tonight,” he said. “Our officer is alive and will make a recovery. We’re grateful. But we’re also frustrated that this shooter and weapon were on the streets in the first place.”

The suspect was on probation at the time of the shooting for possessing an unloaded gun on a set when he was 14, sources told Fox News Digital.

The Bronx native has been featured in the music videos of rapper Kay Flock, who is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting dead a 24-year-old Manhattan man.

In an interview with Fusion TV posted to YouTube, Williams talked about his upbringing in the Bronx.

‘It wasn’t too bad for me. I got what I needed I got what I wanted if I wanted more I was going to take it,” he said as he puffed on a blunt.

Before focusing on music, Williams said he wanted to be a biochemist.

“I was really into science,” he said.

Williams, who is being tried as a juvenile offender, is due back in court Jan. 24.

Gabby Petito FBI closing investigation into disappearance and death of the 22-year-old


The FBI is closing its investigation into the homicide of Gabby Petito and the subsequent suicide of her fiancé Brian Laundrie, who had been previously named a person of interest in her murder.

“All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.

The FBI’s primary focus throughout the investigation was to bring justice to Gabby and her family.”

Schnieder added that the public’s role in helping the FBI “in this endeavor was invaluable as the investigation was covered in the media around the world.”

Petito’s family was in Florida on morning, roughly four months after their daughter was found strangled to death in Wyoming. An attorney representing Laundrie’s family said they had reached an agreement about how the couple’s property – including a notebook found with his remains – will be distributed.

The notebook contained “written statements by Mr. Laundrie claiming responsibility for Ms. Petito’s death,” according to the FBI.

“Gabby’s family would like to thank the FBI, specifically the Wyoming, Denver, New York and Tampa offices, all of their task force members and their assisting agencies,” Petito/Schmidt family lawyer Rick Stafford said in statement. “Gabby’s family would like to thank the FBI’s Victim Services Department for all they have done for them. Victim Services has been there for support from the earliest stages of this investigation and helped their entire family navigate through the worst moments of their lives.”

Stafford continued: “We truly appreciate the FBI’s diligent and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case. The quality and quantity of the facts and information collected by the FBI leave no doubt that Brian Laundrie murdered Gabby.”

Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino said the tragedy “has caused enormous emotional pain and suffering to all who loved either or both” Petito and Laundire.

“We can only hope that with today’s closure of the case each family can begin to heal and move forward and find peace in and with the memories of their children.May Gabby and Brian both rest in peace,” he said.

Petito disappeared in late August 2021 while on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie in her converted camper van.

Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, where the couple’s trip began, on Sept. 1 without Petito, who was no longer responding to her family’s texts or calls.

A missing person case was officially opened on Sept. 11 when Petito’s mother reported her disappearance to authorities on Long Island, where Petito and Laundrie met in high school.

Laundrie, meanwhile, went missing himself two days later on Sept. 13, but his parents did not report him missing until Sept. 17.

While authorities in Florida scoured the nearby Carlton Reserve for any sign of Laundrie, search teams looked for Petito around Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which was her last known location.

Her remains were eventually found on Sept. 19 in the Spread Creek camping area, just north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A coroner ruled her death a homicide by manual strangulation.

One day after finding Petito’s remains, the FBI raided the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents in North Port, where Petito and Laundrie lived while saving up money for their trip.

About a month later, Laundrie’s remains were found along with a backpack and other personal items in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, which is adjacent to the Carlton Reserve. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy later revealed.

When Laundrie’s parents reported him missing in mid-September, they turned over all their firearms to the FBI, but one was missing, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News. It is unclear if this is the gun that Laundrie used to commit suicide.

Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor and president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, told Fox News that when Laundrie’s remains were found in October, the criminal investigation was essentially over unless law enforcement could determine any other persons of interest.

“The criminal case is done. There’s no prosecuting a dead person,” Neama Ramani, told Fox News at the time. “Both the ATM fraud and the likely murder indictment that was coming — the criminal case goes away.”

Comedian Louie Anderson dead at 68


Comedian and actor Louie Anderson, whose career spanned more than four decades, has died. He was 68.

Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer, said Glenn Schwartz, his longtime publicist. Anderson had a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Schwartz said previously.

Anderson is known for his unlikely performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets.” The role won him a 2016 Emmy for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Christine Baskets, mother to twins played by Zach Galifianakis.

He was a familiar face elsewhere on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and in frequent late-night talk show appearances.

Anderson voiced an animated version of himself as a kid in “Life With Louie.” He created the cartoon series, which first aired in prime time in late 1994 before moving to Saturday morning for its 1995-98 run. Anderson won two Daytime Emmy Awards for the role.

He made guest appearances in several TV series, including “Scrubs” and “Touched by an Angel,” and was on the big screen in 1988′s “Coming to America” and in last year’s sequel to the Eddie Murphy comedy.

Anderson also toured regularly as a stand-up comedian.

The “Coming to America” actor and comedian was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Schwartz told The Associated Press Tuesday.

At the time, his publicist said Anderson was undergoing treatment and was “resting comfortably.”

In March 2020, Anderson opened up about the lifestyle changes he has been making, including that he’s been working on losing weight.

He added at the time that he wanted to continue to reach his target goal weight of 275 pounds.

“I’m on the intermittent fast. One minute I’m eating, the next minute I’m not. Then I’m eating again,” he said. “I figure, that way, I’m only eating for 30 minutes out of 60, which is half. I’m trying to get down to 40/20, so I’m not eating for 40 and eating for 20.”

He added, “No, it’s a wonderful thing, the intermittent fasting.”

NCAA ‘isn’t protecting women’ amid transgender participation policy, female athlete says


A female athlete is fighting back against the NCAA’S decision to update its transgender participation policy.
Chelsea Mitchell, a college athlete who as a high school student sued several Connecticut districts, and the state’s athletic conference, to stop trans athletes from competing in women’s sports, argued that the NCAA’s decision is “disappointing” and that the policy “isn’t protecting women.”
“In high school, I raced against transgender athletes all four years of my high school career, and I lost four state championships…countless other opportunities to advance and compete,” Mitchell told “America Reports,”
“It’s really disappointing that the NCAA didn’t take this opportunity to stand up and protect women and girls.”
The NCAA’s revised policy on transgender athletes was approved by its Board of Governors on Wednesday. The new approach to allowing transgender athletes will follow a sport-by-sport model similarly adopted by the U.S. and International Olympic committees. Trans athletes are now required to document sport-specific testosterone levels before championship selections.
“There’s no amount of hormone suppressants that can overcome the physical advantages that a man has over a woman,” Kristen Waggoner, ADF general counsel and Mitchell’s attorney, told “America Reports” co-host Sandra Smith.
The NCAA should be ashamed of themselves today, and they have violated their legal obligations they have to student female athletes.
The attorney added that the law requires the NCAA to “stand up for women.”
“It’s not just about who wins the races,” Waggoner noted. “We’re talking about women pushed off the podium, but also not even getting a place on the playing field, and that’s wrong.”
Meanwhile, Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, when asked about the success of trans swimmer Lia Thomas, has spoken out against transgender athletes born biological males participating in women’s sports.
She was born a biological boy,” Jenner pointed out. “She was raised as a biological boy. Her cardiovascular system is bigger, her respiratory system is bigger, her hands are bigger, she can swim faster. That’s a known.”
Mitchell said she shared Jenner’s views.
“I completely agree. These biological differences are why we have sex-separated sports,” Mitchell told Smith. “The advantage is very obvious. Racing against these transgender athletes…the differences are [incomparable].”
In May 2021, the Connecticut collegiate athlete published an op-ed titled, “I Was the Fastest Girl in Connecticut. But Transgender Athletes Made it an Unfair Fight.” Mitchell was the first case challenging transgender policies in athletics.
“Sports is all about fairness, and it isn’t fair to put a biological male in the female category, and that’s why we have sex-separated sports,” Mitchell concluded.
“There’s a place for everyone in sports, but the question is ‘where’s it the [fairest]?’ And it isn’t fair to have these transgender athletes in the female category.”

Gabby Petito’s family back in Florida after 4 months; parents reach agreement regarding couple’s property


The family of Gabby Petito was in Florida on morning, roughly four months after their daughter was found strangled to death in Wyoming, Fox News Digital has learned, as an attorney representing her fiance’s loved ones says they have reached an agreement about how the couple’s property – including the notebook found with his remains – will be distributed.

Steven Bertolino, the attorney who represents Brian Laundrie’s parents in the case involving his disappearance and subsequent suicide, told Fox News Digital that he did not know what news might be coming out of Tampa, Florida, where the Petitos were that day. He added that he and the Petito family attorney, Rick Stafford, had “been working together to come to an agreement on the distribution of property to be released from law enforcement.”

He added that he and Stafford had compiled a written agreement “to detail how the property” would be distributed when the time comes and said the belongings included the notebook found with Laundrie when his remains were recovered.

Bertolino would not say which family would get the notebook. Stafford did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Thursday.

Meanwhile, North Port Police Department spokesperson Josh Taylor told Fox News on Thursday said he was “unaware” of any developments in the case that would have led to it being closed.

He added: “We knew they would be meeting after the first of the year. I would think we would be briefed if in fact something was  wrapping up.” 

The FBI told Fox News Digital Petito’s family did meet with investigators on Thursday for a briefing, but would not provide any additional information.

Brian Laundrie’s remains were found on Oct. 20, 2021, in Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located in the 23-year-old’s hometown of North Port. His parents made the grim discovery while hiking with law enforcement in the area, where they had told authorities their son was known to frequent.

Laundrie was considered a fugitive and was a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.The FBI had issued a warrant for his arrest on charges related to his unauthorized use of a bank card.

Laundrie and 22-year-old Petito left for a trip in mid-June with the plan to visit national parks in her white converted Ford Transit. The couple had met years earlier on Long Island, New York, where they grew up and later moved into the North Port home with Brian’s parents.

During their travels through Utah, Moab Police received a report of a domestic violence incident involving the couple. A witness told 911 he saw a man, later found to be Brian Laundrie, hitting and “slapping” the woman, Petito, on August 12.

The call appears to contradict a police report in which an officer states “no one reported that the male struck the female.”

One of the officers on the scene wrote that the incident could be “more accurately categorized as a mental/emotional health ‘break’ than a domestic assault.”

An outside investigation found “unintentional mistakes,” and recommended the officers involved in the case be placed on probation, according to a report released Jan. 12.

Laundrie arrived back in North Port on Sept. 1 — with the van, but without Petito.

Parents Chris and Roberta Laundrie said Brian, 23, left his family’s North Port, Florida, home on Sept. 13 to hike in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, located alongside the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve. The Laundries’ attorney had initially identified the date of Brian’s disappearance as being Sept. 14 before changing the timeline weeks later.

After his disappearance, state, local, county and federal law enforcement extensively searched the reserve and the Myakkahatchee, where Laundrie was said to have parked his car at the time.

His family did not announce until Sept. 17 – four days after he allegedly left – that he had not returned.

Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, reported her missing to Suffolk County Police in New York on Sept. 11. Search teams discovered Petito’s body near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19 and announced shortly thereafter that she had been the victim of a homicide.

Authorities later said she died of “manual strangulation.”

The worst school lunches caught on camera


Even Rikers Island has better food than this.

An upstate New York school has prompted outrage after a father shared a photo of his son’s meager cafeteria offerings.

Chris Vangellow, whose children attend the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, shared a photo to Facebook blasting the unsavory-looking meal, which consisted of a few scrimpy chicken nuggets, some off-color carrots and a small side of white rice.

“I got this photo today.

It really is ridiculous. Don’t come at me with the ‘you get what you pay for’ or ‘just send them with food’ crap either,” the Potsdam father of four wrote on Facebook.

“The problem is that not all families can do that. We don’t live in a very rich area. Some kids may not get much or anything when at home and this is what they have to survive on.”

Jailhouse sources on Rikers Island took a look at Vangellow’s photos Wednesday and said even the inmates are eating better than that.

“Jail is better, but not by much,” a source quipped.

“It’s sad and pathetic, but typical of government,” they said of the school’s poor offerings.

Sources said detainees receive three meals a day that are more substantial than what the kids are getting and detailed some typical jailhouse fare.

A typical lunch at the infamous jail complex could be cold cuts, rice, juice, steamed vegetables and whole wheat bread while dinner offerings include items such as baked chicken, Jamaican beef patties, fish, beef stew, mashed potatoes, juice and more whole wheat bread.

“It’s better than school lunch,” another source quipped. “It tastes like the KFC baked chicken.”

A pair of Brooklyn high schoolers blasted their own school lunches prepared at city public schools and said they often choose to go without over noshing on “mad hard” chicken and “old” bread.

“I personally don’t eat school lunch because it’s not appealing to me at all. I feel like it’s disgusting,” Hawafadima Camara, a 16-year-old junior at Achievement First Brooklyn High School in Crown Heights, told The Post Wednesday after class.

One Big Apple student took a photo of a lunch stuffed into a plastic bag that was given Wednesday at the NEST+m public school on the Lower East Side, which consisted of a cheese sandwich, apple sauce and a random snack.

“Yes, they may be low on budget, but at least give us something that’s hot and fresh,” Camera said.

Jayden Villega, an 18-year-old senior at the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, lamented the poor nutritional value of the meals his school serves.

“It seems to be very mediocre and not really promoting a healthy diet as it’s advertised to do,” Villega said.

“It’s often hamburgers and fries or chicken nuggets and fries.”

In response to the backlash upstate, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District Superintendent William Collins apologized for the frugal meals and said he’s created a new working group called “Reimagining School Lunches” to address the issues.

“In fairness to the cafeteria, students are allowed one more serving of fruits or vegetables and one additional nugget than appeared in the photograph; however, this doesn’t alter the message that many students and parents are dissatisfied with school lunches,” Collins wrote on Facebook.

“The Cafeteria Manager and I are creating a group to address the dissatisfaction with school meals,” he said. “This group will explore ways to make school meals more appetizing while still meeting the strict USDA requirements of the National School Lunch Program.”

Cop, suspect shot on Staten Island during drug bust


An NYPD detective and a suspect were shot on Staten Island during a drug bust, according to police sources and officials.
Police were executing a search warrant at an address on Rockne Street between Ellwood Avenue and Villa Nova Street in Heartland Village around 6 a.m. when Nelson Pizarro, 39, apparently fired through a bedroom door, striking narcotics Detective Dominick Libretti in the right leg, authorities and sources said.
Cops fired back at Pizarro — who was not the target of the warrant — hitting him in the leg, according to the sources.
A tourniquet was used on Libretti, and he was taken to Staten Island University North Hospital in stable condition, according to cops and the sources.
He was described as “conscious and alert,” the sources said.
“One NYPD detective was shot, and is in hospital. We pray for him,” Detectives Endowment Association president Paul DiGiacomo said. “Unless we get the help we need to get the guns off our streets, and keep repeat offenders in jail, gunmen will continue to rule our city.”
Pizarro, who also goes by the nickname Pizz, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police sources said.
He has eight prior arrests — the last two in 2016 for reckless endangerment and driving with multiple suspensions on his license, the sources said.
The others were drug busts with one gun charge back in 2004, according to the sources.
The incident comes two days after both a cop and a suspect were shot in the Bronx, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

Cardi B will pay the funeral expenses for the Bronx apartment fire victims


Cardi B has volunteered to pay for the burial costs of the 17 people who were killed in a deadly fire that destroyed a New York City high-rise building earlier this month.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the Grammy-winning rapper had offered financial relief for victims of the fire.The rapper grew up in the Bronx and holds a special connection to the area.

Many of the victims had ties to Gambia, and the families of several of the victims planned to bury them in their West African homeland.

Cardi B has committed to paying the repatriation expenses for the victims who will be buried in Gambia, the mayor’s office said.

“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still. So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help,” Cardi B in a statement.

“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”

In a statement provided to TMZ, Mayor Adams said: “We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims.

The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”

The fire, which was New York City’s deadliest in three decades, was sparked by a faulty space heater, according to authorities.

Officials confirmed that the victims, which included eight children and nine adults, died from smoke inhalation

Dozens more victims were hurt when the fire broke out in a duplex apartment of a 19-story building at 333 East 181st Street in the Bronx’s Fordham Heights neighborhood. Initial reports said that 19 people were killed in the fire, but authorities later modified the death toll.

FDNY Fire Marshals said Monday the fire was caused by an “accidental, malfunctioning space heater.” The blaze started on the second and third floors and was then exacerbated by open doors in part of the building, which allowed the fire and smoke to spread throughout.

Officials have said the building had no sprinkler system and no fire escapes.

Following the devastation, the American Red Cross provided temporary housing for 22 families, including 56 adults and 25 children, while other displaced families stayed with loved ones and friends, a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams and local officials announced the creation of the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to provide financial aid for those who were displaced or affected by the blaze. Adams’ office has also promised to help provide victims with access to safe housing options. Cardi B is reportedly working with that program as well.

Representatives for Cardi B did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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