A federal judge in New York rejected former President Trump's appeal of the $83.3 million fine the jury awarded E. Jean Carroll after he denied allegations he raped her in the 1990s. The judge also denied his request for a new trial. A federal jury decided in January Trump must pay $18.3 million in compensatory damages, and $65 million in punitive damages. Trump and his attorneys filed a motion requesting a new trial in the case, arguing that the court limited his testimony during the trial and that statements he made about her allegations were meant to "defend his reputation, protect his family, and defend his Presidency." TRUMP LEGAL TEAM FILES MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL IN E JEAN CARROLL CASEIn their motion for a new trial, Trump's lawyers argued that the court severely limited the former president's testimony, which they say influenced the jury's verdict. Trump's lawyers said he made statements about Carroll in an effort to "defend his reputation, protect his family, and defend his Presidency."Trump attorneys also filed a stay on the $83.3 million judgment. A federal jury ordered former President Donald Trump to pay E. Jean Carroll more than $83 million in damages after he denied allegations he raped her in the 1990s. (Getty Images)A federal jury in New York City decided last year that Trump was not liable for rape but was liable for sexual abuse and defamation. The former president was ordered to pay $5 million in that trial.Carroll, who alleged that Trump raped her at the Bergdorf Goodman department store across from Trump Tower in Manhattan sometime in 1996, was seeking $12 million.TRUMP ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $80 MILLION IN E. JEAN CARROLL DEFAMATION TRIALTrump, the 2024 GOP front-runner, has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegation. His denial resulted in Carroll slapping Trump with a defamation lawsuit, claiming his response caused harm to her reputation.The jury found Carroll was injured as a result of statements Trump made while in the White House in June 2019.The jury awarded Carroll $7.3 million in compensatory damages, other than the reputational repair program, and $11 million in damages for the reputational repair program. The jury found Trump’s statements were made to harm Carroll and awarded her $65 million in punitive damages. In total, the jury said Carroll should be paid $83.3 million.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 
One of the first things tourists look forward to most when traveling abroad is a country's food – and this rings particularly true in Germany.Perhaps this is unsurprising.A large amount of the country's press comes from the world-famous Oktoberfest, a Bavarian celebration once dedicated to the wedding of King Ludwig I that's since become an international phenomenon where German beer and cooking take center-stage.GERMANY TRAVEL GUIDE: DISCOVER THE RICH CULTURE OF DEUTSCHLANDHere's a look at just a few of Germany's culinary must-haves when visiting the country. Bratwurst is among the most popular and prolific German sausages out there. (Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)Traditional German sausagesNo guide to German cuisine would be complete without a dive into its most famous culinary export: its diverse array of sausages.The most popular among them by far is bratwurst, a link sausage generally made from pork, veal or beef. While bratwurst can easily be found in restaurants and pubs across the country, Nuremberg is often dubbed the delicacy's home – historical documentation shows it's been served in the Franconian city since at least 1313.Other common sausage varieties include bauernwurst, a stronger, spicier cousin of bratwurst; and knockwurst, a primarily pork- and veal-based sausage flavored with garlic that originated in Schleswig-Holstein, a state in Germany's far north.Meanwhile, Weiβwurst – which literally translates to "white sausage," and is made from minced veal and back bacon – is a common staple in Bavaria, a state in southern Germany known for its distinct Alpine character and bustling Oktoberfest scene. Popular in Bavaria, Weißwurst, or "white sausage," is made from veal and back bacon. (Photo by: Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)RouladenRouladen is an all-encompassing label that describes several similar dishes that originate from different parts of Europe. However, Rinderrouladen is the version most Germans are referring to when using the term.TAMALES ARE HOT TODAY, YET SAVORY WRAPS ARE AS OLD AS CIVILIZATIONRinderrouladen is typically made up of long, thin strips of meat (generally beef) rolled up with bacon, onion, pickles and mustard, and is generally served alongside potato dumplings or pickled red cabbage.SauerkrautAnother quintessential German culinary staple is sauerkraut, which is cabbage cut or shredded very thin, salted, and fermented for up to six weeks. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERIt's known for its distinct, sour flavor, which earns it its namesake. Sauerkraut literally translates to "sour cabbage."While many consider sauerkraut to be virtually synonymous with German cooking, its origins actually are not German at all.  Sauerkraut, a common German side dish, is made from shredded, fermented cabbage. (iStock)Various accounts suggest that the fermenting or pickling of cabbage can be dated back to Ancient China, when the Great Wall was still being constructed. Others, meanwhile, trace it back to similar practices by the Romans.SchweinshaxeAnother big hit in Bavaria, Schweinshaxe – known locally as Schweinshaxn – is a roasted ham hock, or pork knuckle. Like Rouladen, Bavarians typically serve it alongside potato dumplings and red cabbage. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTypically roasted for about three hours after spending days marinating, or even weeks, Schweinshaxe takes a notoriously long time to prepare. A related dish, Eisbein, which employs the use of ham hock that's pickled, rather than roasted, is popular in other regions of Germany, particularly around Berlin.For more Lifestyle articles, visit www.foxnews.com/lifestyle.


Monica Lewinsky went viral on Wednesday after joining a social media trend involving one of Taylor Swift's new songs as she referenced her time in the White House with former President Bill Clinton. Lewinsky's post, which has over 6 million views as of Thursday morning, references one of Swift's new songs, "Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?" off her new album, "The Tortued Poets Department." Social media users started sharing lyrics from the song, "you wouldn't last an hour in the asylum where they raised me," along with an image referencing a personal memory or anecdote from their past.Lewinsky posted a photo of the White House, along with the Swift lyrics.  Monica Lewinsky went viral on Wednesday after posting a Taylor Swift-themed Bill Clinton joke on social media.  (Left: (Photo by John Nacion/WireImage), Center: (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images), Right:  (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty Images))TAYLOR SWIFT LYRICS APPEAR TO TAKE AIM AT KIM KARDASHIAN ON NEW ALBUMLewinsky, a former White House intern, found herself in the middle of a political scandal in the 1990s after having an affair with Clinton while he was president. The affair resulted in an impeachment trial for Clinton, but he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate and served the rest of his term. Lewinsky's tweet received praise on social media, as some users claimed she "won" the trend. Others suggested everyone else joining in on the Swift reference should give up.After the scandal, Lewinsky became outspoken about cyberbullying and online harassment. She also co-produced the third season of "American Crime Story," which focused on the Lewinsky-Clinton political scandal. The series aired right around the 2020 presidential election.  Monica Lewinsky attends The 23rd Annual Webby Awards on May 13, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Webby Awards)MONICA LEWINSKY DETAILS BILL CLINTON AFFAIR, TERRIFYING MEETING WITH INVESTIGATORS IN NEW DOCClinton recently appeared at a Democratic fundraiser alongside President Biden and former President Obama, which was hosted by late night host Stephen Colbert.The fundraiser raised over $25 million for Biden's re-election campaign. A photo with all three presidents cost attendees $100,000.  Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrive for an official State Dinner held by President Joe Biden in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2024.  (REUTERS/Bonnie Cash)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSwift surprised fans with an additional 15 new songs after the initial release of her album on April 19. The album became the most streamed album in a single day in history on Spotify within 12 hours of its release, according to Billboard. 
An attorney for former President Donald Trump in the presidential immunity hearing clashed with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan over a hypothetical question on whether a president who "ordered" a "coup" could be prosecuted. "If it's an official act, there needs to be impeachment and conviction beforehand," Trump's attorney John Sauer argued Thursday before the Supreme Court, which is being broadcast publicly via audio only. Sauer's statement was in response to Justice Elena Kagan's hypothetical question, asking if a president who is no longer in office directing the military to stage a coup would constitute an "official act.""He's no longer president. He wasn't impeached. He couldn't be impeached. But he ordered the military to stage a coup. And you're saying that's an official act?," Kagan asked.LIVE UPDATES: TRUMP NY TRIAL TESTIMONY RESUMES AS SUPREME COURT HEARS IMMUNITY ARGUMENTS Justices of the US Supreme Court pose for their official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on October 7, 2022. - (Seated from left) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, (Standing behind from left) Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.  (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)"I think it would depend on the circumstances, whether it was an official act. If it were an official act, again, he would have to be impeached," Sauer responded. "What does that mean? Depend on the circumstances? He was the president. He is the commander in chief. He talks to his generals all the time. And he told the generals, 'I don't feel like leaving office. I want to stage a coup.' Is that immune [from prosecution]?" Kagan pressed.SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY CASE Former President Donald Trump exits Trump Tower in New York City, Monday, April 15, 2024. Jury selection begins today in the so-called hush money trial in Manhattan Criminal Court this morning. (Probe-Media for Fox News Digital)Sauer responded it would "depend on the circumstances of whether there was an official act" if the hypothetical president would be immune from prosecution. "That answer sounds to me as though it's like, 'Yeah, under my test it's an official act.' But that sure sounds bad, doesn't it?" Kagan said.TRUMP SAYS NY JUDGE MERCHAN 'THINKS HE IS ABOVE THE SUPREME COURT' AFTER BARRING HIM FROM IMMUNITY ARGUMENTS"That's why the framers have a whole series of structural checks that have successfully, for the last 234 years, prevented that very kind of extreme hypothetical. And that is the wisdom of the framers. What they viewed as the risk that needed to be guarded against was not the notion that the president might escape, you know, a criminal prosecution for something, you know, sort of very, very unlikely in these unlikely scenarios," Sauer responded."The framers did not put an immunity clause into the Constitution. They knew how there were immunity clauses in some state constitutions. They knew how to give legislative immunity. They didn't provide immunity to the president. And, you know, not so surprising. They were reacting against a monarch who claimed to be above the law. Wasn't the whole point that the president was not a monarch and the president was not supposed to be above the law," Kagan said.  Justice Elena Kagan joined the Supreme Court in 2010 after being nominated by former President Barack Obama. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)The back and forth came as the Supreme Court weighs whether Trump is immune from prosecution in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s election interference case. Smith’s case is currently on pause until the Supreme Court issues a ruling. The case charged Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights. The case stems from Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of Trump breached the U.S. Capitol. TRUMP SLAMS 'BIDENOMICS' AHEAD OF COURT, CLAIMS TO HAVE A 'GOOD CHANCE' OF WINNING LIBERAL STATE WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Special Counsel Jack Smith arrives to give remarks on a recently unsealed indictment including four felony counts against former U.S. President Donald Trump on August 1, 2023 in Washington, DC.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges in August, and called on the Supreme Court to weigh whether a former president can be prosecuted for "official acts," as the Trump legal team argues. The Supreme Court is expected to reach a resolution on whether Trump is immune from prosecution by mid-June. Trump is also part of an ongoing trial in New York City where he is accused of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. He pleaded not guilty to each charge. The trial prevented Trump from attending the Supreme Court hearing Thursday. BIDEN INSISTS RED STATE WON TWICE BY TRUMP IS SUDDENLY 'IN PLAY'The NY v. Trump case focuses on Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen paying former pornographic actor Stormy Daniels $130,000 to allegedly quiet her claims of an alleged extramarital affair she had with the then-real estate tycoon in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPProsecutors allege that the Trump Organization reimbursed Cohen, and fraudulently logged the payments as legal expenses. Prosecutors are working to prove that Trump falsified records with an intent to commit or conceal a second crime, which is a felony.  Prosecutors this week said the second crime was a violation of a New York law called "conspiracy to promote or prevent election."Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 
Trump: I can win NY in 2024 Former President Trump speaks on the stock market slowing, presidential immunity and setting his sights on winning New York before heading into court.Most American voters have little confidence that President Biden possesses the physical and mental fitness required to serve another term in the White House, while a similar majority is concerned that former President Trump would not act ethically if elected, according to a new poll.The Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday shows that most American voters do not appear happy with a Biden-Trump rematch just six months ahead of the presidential election. The survey shows that roughly 15% of voters are extremely or very confident that Biden has the physical fitness needed to do the job of president, with 20% being somewhat confident and approximately 65% of respondents saying they have little or no confidence.Just 21% are extremely or very confident in Biden’s mental fitness to act as president, according to the survey, with 16% somewhat confident, and 62% having little or no confidence.NEW POLL REVEALS HOW VOTERS' VIEWS ON ABORTION HAVE CHANGES AS DEMS SEEK TO MAKE ISSUE A CENTRAL 2024 THEME Former President Trump received more confidence from voters over President Biden regarding their physical and mental fitness to serve as president. (Curtis Means/DailyMail.com via AP, Pool)Trump garnered more confidence from respondents regarding both physical and mental fitness, with roughly 36% saying they are extremely or very confident he is physically fit for office, 24% somewhat confident, and 40% with little or no confidence. As far as being mentally fit, 38% were extremely or very confident in the former president, 14% were somewhat confident, and 48% had little or no confidence.Biden continued a streak of public gaffes on Wednesday, when he appeared to read a script instruction off a teleprompter during remarks at a trade union conference in Washington, D.C."Imagine what we could do next. Four more years, pause," he said before laughing as the audience began chanting, "Four more years." President Biden received more confidence from voters over his ability to act ethically in office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Just one day earlier, Biden was mocked for inadvertently claiming that he could not be trusted over former President Trump.TRUMP CUTS INTO BIDEN'S LEAD AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC TRADITIONALLY DOMINATED BY DEMS: POLL"I don’t know why we’re surprised by Trump. How many times does he have to prove we can't be trusted?" Biden said.More voters favored Biden when it came to his ability to act ethically in office, with 34% being extremely confident compared to 26% for Trump. About 59% said they have little or no confidence that the former president can act ethically if elected.Despite this broad criticism of both Biden and Trump, the survey found that the presidential race remains a virtual tie, with 49% of registered voters favoring or leaning toward voting for Trump, while 48% support or lean toward Biden.CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTrump is currently standing trial in New York City for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the final days of the 2016 campaign. Trump has denied wrongdoing.Trump also faces separate state and federal charges of alleged election interference, and federal charges for allegedly retaining classified documents.  Fox News Digital's Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.
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Published7 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, ReutersBy Mattea BubaloBBC NewsHaiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry resigned on Thursday as a new council was sworn in to lead the country gripped by deadly gang violence.A recent outbreak of violence forced officials to move the ceremony from the National Palace to the outgoing prime minister's office.Mr Henry agreed to step down last month after armed groups blocked his return to the country.Gangs now control most of the capital, Port-au-Prince.They have capitalised on the power vacuum left by the prime minister's exit and expanded their control over swathes of the country, which has effectively become lawless in places.Mr Henry said he would resign after being prevented from returning from Kenya, where he had signed a deal to import a multinational security force in a bid to restore law and order. His resignation was formally presented in a letter signed in Los Angeles, dated 24 April.Nine members of the transitional council have now been sworn in, seven of which have voting powers. Mr Henry's finance minister, Patrick Boisvert, will serve as the interim prime minister.The council will try to restore order and democratic rule in Haiti, and is backed by other Caribbean nations and the US.It will set the agenda of a new Cabinet, form a national security council and appoint an electoral commission to pave the way to a vote.Its non-renewable mandate will expire on 7 February 2026, when a new president is expected to be sworn in.Image source, Getty ImagesThursday's swearing-in ceremony itself was caught up in the gang violence sweeping the country.Gunfire heard near the National Palace, where it was meant to take place, forced a change of venue to the prime minister's office, known as Villa d'Accueil.Gangs who had previously attacked the palace promised to derail the ceremony. On Wednesday, police used tear gas to disperse crowds on nearby streets.One of Haiti's most powerful gang leaders, Jimmy Chérizier, issued a threat in a social media video: "Whether or not you're installed, this message is for you: Brace yourselves."Mr Chérizier, also known as Barbecue, is the most prominent figure in a loose alliance of gangs known as Viv Ansanm (Live Together), which controls around 80% of Port-au-Prince. Last month, he said he would consider laying down weapons if armed groups were allowed to take part in talks to establish the new government.He said he was "not proud" of the spiralling violence in Haiti, and warned the crisis could continue if groups like his - which rail against "corrupt politicians" - are not part of a future government.Haiti situation 'catastrophic' and growing worse - UNThe situation in Haiti was described as "cataclysmic" by the United Nations in a report published last month.It said more than 1,500 people had been killed and 800 injured in the first three months of 2024. The report detailed the "harrowing practices" of the gangs, which are accused of using extreme violence and sexual abuse as a means of punishment and control.Aid groups have reported difficulties in getting food and water into the capital, warning that millions are unable to find sustenance - with some on the verge of famine.Haiti: The basicsThe Caribbean country shares a border with the Dominican Republic and has an estimated population of 11.5 millionIt has a land area of 27,800 sq km, which is slightly smaller than Belgium and about the same size as the US state of MarylandChronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters in recent decades have left Haiti the poorest nation in the Americas An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economyA UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilise the country and only withdrew in 2017In July 2021, President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in Port-au-Prince. Amid political stalemate, the country continues to be wracked by unrest and gang violenceMore on this storyPowerful gang leader demands role in Haiti talksPublished30 MarchHaiti situation 'catastrophic' and growing worse - UNPublished2 days ago
Students who formed an encampment at Columbia University in New York City, in protest of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, were met with the full force of the New York Police Department after the school reversed course to allow law enforcement personnel on campus. The decision prompted backlash from Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and ignited a tiff between the lawmaker and the police force online."Good SAT scores and self-entitlement do not supersede the law," NYPD Chief John Chell wrote in a tweet early Thursday morning."Columbia decided to hold its students accountable to the laws of the school," he added. "I am sure you would agree that we have to teach them these valuable life skills."The comment came after Ocasio-Cortez complained Wednesday that Columbia made "the horrific decision to mobilize NYPD on their own students."UT-AUSTIN PRESIDENT DEFENDS SHUTTING DOWN ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTS: 'OUR RULES MATTER AND THEY WILL BE ENFORCED' NYPD officers arrest anti-Israel protesters as they block the roadways outside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Brooklyn home in New York City on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. (Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)The students are protesting Israel’s war in Gaza, which has resulted in tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths.Fox News Digital reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's office for additional comment, but a response was not immediately received.On Thursday, the NYPD responded to AOC, applauding the school for holding its students "accountable" for "the consequences of their actions.""Truly amazing! Columbia decided to hold its students accountable to the laws of the school. They are seeing the consequences of their actions. Something these kids were most likely never taught," Chell wrote Thursday.COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MOVES TO HYBRID LEARNING ON MAIN CAMPUS AMID ANTISEMITIC PROTESTSHe continued: "Secondly, I was with those ‘units’ last Thursday that you describe as having, ‘the most violent reputations.’ These ‘units’ removed students with great care and professionalism, not a single incident was reported." The NYPD responded to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's criticism of Columbia University's decision to use law enforcement officers to restore peace. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)And, "The only incidents that day on campus were the student's hateful anti-Semitic speech and vile language towards our cops."The police chief also urged the lawmaker to "rethink" her comments and thank the NYPD officers."I am sure you agree any hateful speech is unacceptable. You should rethink your comments to a simple thank you to the NYPD and hate has no place in our society," he wrote, adding: "Lack of accountability = consequences."COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTERS: 5 DRAMATIC MOMENTS FROM A WEEK OF CHAOS"Hate from anyone, anywhere has no place in our city and country," Chell concluded.NYPD Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry also weighed in, pointing to how the protests are impacting other students at the school."Everyone has a Constitutional right to protest, it’s one of the pillars our great democracy is built on. But kids also have a right to go to school without being harassed, threatened, intimidated or assaulted," Daughtry wrote. NYPD officers patrol as anti-Israel protesters demonstrate outside of Columbia University’s campus in New York City on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Peter Gerber for Fox News Digital)The deputy commissioner added: "There is nothing ‘horrific’ about protecting the safety of Columbia’s young students who are just trying to go to school. We’ve said it time and time again, the NYPD will always protect and defend your right to protest but just because you hold a sign while you’re threatening, harassing, intimidating and assaulting people doesn’t give you a free pass from criminal conduct."ANTI-ISRAEL CAMPUS PROTESTERS MAKE DEMAND OF ADMINISTRATORS, VOW TO STAY PUT UNTIL UNIVERSITIES MEET IT"Being anti-Semitic and spewing hate to kids will never ever be tolerated in our city. Our officers are the best and most highly trained law enforcement professionals in the world. Everyday, they have to endure insults, threats, and hate speech merely because the uniform they wear as they try to keep the peace and protect everyone’s rights," his tweet continued.The NYPD deputy commissioner also encouraged Ocasio-Cortez to visit Columbia and to walk through the campus to see the protest."I promise our officers will, like always, do their job, and protect you like they have protected everyone on campus regardless of what your political beliefs are. We’ll also take a report if you feel threatened," he concluded.On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez, who has publicly expressed her support for the protests – which she has described as "peaceful" – criticized the school’s decision to call for law enforcement officers to help restore order on campus."Not only did Columbia make the horrific decision to mobilize NYPD on their own students, but the units called in have some of the most violent reputations on the force," she tweeted. "NYPD had promised the city they wouldn’t deploy SRG [Strategic Response Group] to [the] protests." A row of Palestinian flags is seen on the fence at the anti-Israel encampment at Columbia University in New York on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)Columbia continued to negotiate with students to clear the encampment after there were over 100 students arrested, but the several failed attempts have been mostly fruitless.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPColumbia University averted another confrontation between students and police earlier Wednesday as the school extended the negotiations to reach an agreement on clearing an encampment through a midnight deadline that University President Minouche Shafik had set on Tuesday. The school extended negotiations for another 48 hours.Police said 133 protesters were taken into custody at the New York university this week.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nearly two thirds of Americans believe illegal immigration is a real crisis, and not a media narrative, according to a poll published on Thursday. The Axios survey conducted by The Harris Poll also found that 51% of Americans would support mass deportations of illegal immigrants, which included 42% of Democrats, 46% of Independents and 68% of Republicans. Illegal immigration remains a top issue for voters in the upcoming election, amid a record number of border crossings since President Biden took office.The Biden administration ranks higher than any other factor in who is to blame for the border crisis, the survey found, as 32% believe it is "most responsible."  A new poll found that nearly two thirds of Americans believe illegal immigration is a real crisis and not a media narrative.  (Left: (Photo by David Peinado/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Right: (Photo by Curtis Means-Pool/Getty Images) Right: (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images))7.2M ILLEGALS ENTERED THE US UNDER BIDEN ADMIN, AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN POPULATION OF 36 STATESNearly 7.3 million migrants have illegally crossed the southwest border since President Biden took office in 2021, a number greater than the population of 36 individual states, Fox News reported in February."I think they're just sending a message to politicians: 'Get this under control,'" chairman of The Harris Poll and former Clinton pollster Mark Penn told Axios, adding that the results should serve as a warning to Biden."Efforts to shift responsibility for the issue to Trump are not going to work," Penn said of the president. Both Biden and former President Trump visited the southern border in late February, following news of multiple crimes allegedly carried out by illegal immigrants. A group of over 100 migrants attempting to enter the US illegally rush a border wall Thursday, March 21, 2024. In the process the migrants knock down Texas National Guardsmen before they are halted  by the border wall. (James Breeden for New York Post / Mega)ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CHARGED IN ‘HORRIFIC’ CHILD SEX CRIME ARRESTED BY ICE AFTER POLICE LET HIM GOBoth Biden and Trump have blamed each other for the ongoing border crisis, as bills on border security remain tied up in Congress. A spokesperson for House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., suggested to Fox News Digital that the Democrat-controlled Senate won't pass any border security legislation this year. With Republicans and Democrats still far apart on the issue, House GOP leaders are relying on Trump to take back the White House next year for any meaningful border policy changes to take place, the spokesperson said.The poll found that 21% of Americans cited "increased crime rates, drugs and violence" as their biggest concern about the crisis. Eighteen percent said "the additional costs to taxpayers," and 17% cited a "risk of terrorism and national security." Americans generally support legal immigration, as 58% support "expanding legal pathways for orderly immigration. Forty-six percent said, "asylum seekers should be protected if their cases are legitimate." President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.  (Getty Images)CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPAxios' poll was conducted online from March 29-31, April 5-7, and April 12-14. "The data for this population is accurate to within +/- 1.5 percentage points using a 95% confidence level," the poll said. A Monmouth University poll released in February found that 61% of Americans say illegal immigration is a "very serious problem."The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Biden has repeatedly criticized the immigration system as "broken" and was harshly critical of Republicans who blocked a bipartisan border bill earlier this year, saying it was done for political reasons to assuage former President Trump. The White House called the bill's measures the "toughest and fairest reforms to secure the border we have had in decades."Republicans shot back that such rhetoric was "preposterous" and Biden owned the problem.Fox News' Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.
A Colorado medical examiner has completed an autopsy for Suzanne Morphew, a mom of two who went missing in 2020 before her remains were found in October 2023.Authorities announced last year that Morphew's remains were located in the area of Moffat, Colorado, in Saguache County — about 45 miles south of her home in Maysville, Colorado, where the 49-year-old mother was reported missing on May 10, 2020.Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson Rob Low confirmed to Fox News Digital that the autopsy of Morphew's remains "is complete," and Chaffee County Coroner Jeff Graf "anticipates being able to release the autopsy report on Monday."Morphew's remains were "NOT found anywhere in the vicinity of her home, the town nearby, or the county she lived in," attorney Iris Eytan, who represents Morphew's husband, Barry Morphew, and his family, said in an October 2023 statement. SUZANNE MORPHEW'S REMAINS FOUND IN ‘SHALLOW GRAVE,' HUSBAND'S ATTORNEY SAYS The Suzanne Morphew murder case has become even more muddied after a Colorado attorney counsel accused 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley, who filed since-dropped murder charges against Suzanne's husband, Barry Morphew, of prosecutorial misconduct in an Oct. 30 complaint. (Chaffee County Sheriff)"[H]er remains were found in a shallow grave in a dry desert field of sagebrush and natural grasses. Contrary to prior accusations, her remains were not found in a rocky mountainous region near her home, not in a location that was a ‘difficult spot’ to get to," Eytan said at the time.Autopsy results will likely include a cause and manner of death for Morphew, bringing her family one step closer to answers surrounding her mysterious disappearance and death, four years after she vanished from a Mother's Day bike ride.SUZANNE MORPHEW'S HUSBAND, DAUGHTERS ‘STRUGGLING WITH IMMENSE SHOCK AND GRIEF’ AFTER REMAINS FOUND Authorities announced last week that Morphew's remains were located in the area of Moffat, Colorado, in Saguache County — about 45 miles south of her home in Maysville, Colorado, where she was reported missing on May 10, 2020. (Colorado Bureau of Investigation)Morphew's bicycle was discovered in a ravine along Highway 50 and County Road 225 in Chaffee County, near her family's Maysville home the same day she went missing. Barry said he was working in Broomfield, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, at the time.Barry was initially accused of killing his wife when he was charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in 2021 in connection with her disappearance and presumed death. REMAINS OF MISSING COLORADO MOM SUZANNE MORPHEW FOUND THREE YEARS AFTER DISAPPEARANCE Barry Morphew was previously accused of killing his wife before prosecutors dismissed charges against him in 2022. (Courtesy of Suzanne Morphew's Family)A year later, prosecutors dropped charges against Barry, saying they wanted more time to find his wife's body. A judge accused 11th Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley of procedural violations just before Barry was set to stand trial.Barry's legal team filed a $15 million lawsuit against prosecutors and investigators in 2023, accusing them of violating his constitutional rights.MISSING SUZANNE MORPHEW'S HUSBAND SEEKS $15M AFTER MURDER CHARGES DROPPED Suzanne Morphew's remains were found in a ‘shallow grave’ more than three years after she went missing in 2020. (Fox News)Investigators never found any traces of blood near the Morphew home in Maysville or in their family vehicles. DNA was found, however, on Suzanne Morphew’s glovebox. The partial profile investigators were able to obtain matched profiles developed in sexual assault cases out of Chicago, Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, CBI agent Joseph Cahill said during a hearing in 2021, as The Denver Post reported. Barry's DNA did not match that sample, his lawyers told KUSA-TV at the time.Text messages from Suzanne and Barry that were unsealed in June 2023 suggest they were both having affairs just before her disappearance.FOLLOW THE FOX TRUE CRIME TEAM ON X Suzanne Morphew, 49, went missing May 10 after leaving her Colorado home to go on a bike ride. (Chaffee County Sheriff's Office)Four days before her disappearance, Suzanne sent Barry a text saying she was "done." "I could care less what you’re up to and have been for years," she wrote, adding that they needed to figure things out "civilly."CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPNo other arrests have been made in the case. The charges against Barry Morphew were dismissed without prejudice, so prosecutors can still decide to pursue charges against him.Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact (719) 312-7530.
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(RNS) — It’s an election year. Perhaps you’ve heard?You couldn’t escape the news if you tried. But perhaps you — or we — or I — might try to take in a bit less of so much news. I’m trying. Not in an attempt to put my head in the sand or be a less responsible citizen. Quite the opposite, in fact. I am what in today’s parlance is called a “knowledge worker.” I’m also a recovering news junkie, one whose addiction goes way back before the 24-hour news cycle and endless social media feeds. Indeed, I come from a newspaper family. I don’t mean I’m descended from media magnates like William Randolph Hearst, Michael Bloomberg or Rupert Murdoch. No, I mean my grandfather, father and uncles all delivered newspapers for some portion of their working lives. I’m a third-generation daily reader of local, print, home-delivered newspapers. And most days, I watch the evening news, local and national, almost religiously. Until recently. These days, I skim the paper, if that. I catch the nightly news if I’m not writing, reading, Zooming or — now that spring is here — sitting on the front porch. These changes in my habits owe in part to the fact that, like many people today, I get more and more of my news from social media. By the time the latest breaking story hits the local presses and gets dropped off in my newspaper box in the morning, it’s old news. (Some days, the newspaper doesn’t even come. I don’t think the folks who deliver newspapers get paid enough to keep a reliable vehicle. I do try to tip well, but the newspaper business is dying in more ways than one.) I also care less these days about the latest news. I don’t mean I care less about the suffering, dying, missing, beaten, assaulted, arrested, tried, convicted, newly appointed, recently retired, campaigning, elected, impeached, awarded, overdosed, underpaid, celebrated, decried, defamed, scammed, vindicated, ordinary and extraordinary souls who fill the headlines. Rather, I care about them so much that I want to know fewer of the sordid sorts of details that sell so well. I want to know less about the things that divide us and more about the things that unite us. Less about the scandalous and personal and more about the transcendent and universal. I want to know more about the church moving into my neighborhood, converting a closed bank building into a sanctuary and a ministry center that, I’m told, meets the needs of neighbors and strangers alike. I want to watch the slow resurrection of blooms on the orchid on my windowsill that I thought had died long ago. I want to hear the cicadas that are getting ready, right now, right under the very ground on which my neighbors and I are walking about, to emerge, after 17 years of preparation, in a massive, hurtling cacophony of sound. And when their short lives on earth have been spent, I want to collect their empty exoskeletons from the foliage and offer them as a feast to the fowl who feed my family. I want to observe the life span of dogwood trees, half a dozen of which grow in my yard. Three are young, and three are very, very old. I hope they all live for a long time. I want to know more about my niece, the one living the #vanlife, who called me from a ski slope in the western mountains to catch up. Her call came just as the nightly news was coming on with a story I thought I wanted to watch, but I couldn’t turn that television off quickly enough to take her call. Now I don’t even remember what that news story was. But I recall every vulnerable and funny word my loved one shared with me. I want to know more about my other niece’s serious boyfriend, too, and how he came to love Wendell Berry. Because anyone who loves him (and her) is someone I care about. I want to know more about Taylor Swift. Well, not her exactly. But I want to know more about what it is that her words and music and person mean to so many people and why. I love that she is beloved by so many. I love the way something or someone can come along once in an age and tap into something so very much of that age and yet possibly so much more than that age. Isn’t that what we should all want to be? I want to know a little less news because all this information we are inundated with has created — paradoxically — what James Bridle calls “a new dark age.” Bridle describes this current condition as “an apparent inability to see clearly what is in front of us, and to act meaningfully, with agency and justice in the world.” Perhaps by knowing, not less, but more — more deeply — we can regain our agency and better fulfill the demands of justice. Agency and justice begin and end, after all, on the ground, bodily, in community and real relationships, in flesh and blood. In the midst of the darkness that besets us in the digital world, Bridle urges us to “seek new ways of seeing by another light.” In contrast to the darkness brought by the information (and misinformation) overload of the digital age, Bridle points to the wisdom of the unknown medieval Christian mystic who wrote “The Cloud of Unknowing.” “Go after experience rather than knowledge,” the mystic writes. Echoing 1 Corinthians 8:1, he continues: “Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest.” It is not, of course, an either/or proposition. Escaping the “new dark age” doesn’t entail returning to the old one. But in a time of information excess and the compassion fatigue it inevitably generates, the need of the moment for many of us is more love and more rest. Sometimes unknowing can be better than certain kinds of knowing. 
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Amid a growing push among child welfare organizations to reunite families rather than keep children in institutional homes, Kenyan authorities are set to adopt a new national program that will phase out traditional orphanages over the next decade.Church leaders in the country, whose denominations run hundreds of orphanages, have expressed support for the plan, saying children’s homes have exposed children to abuse. Other faith leaders back private institutional operators in opposing the change. Roman Catholic Bishop Willybard Kitogho Lagho of Malindi said the Catholic Church supports the government plan because many of the institutions are no longer safe for children.  “There have been a lot of abuses in these homes,” said the bishop. “Children have been sexually, physical and emotionally abused. There have also been cases of child trafficking.” Some orphanages, he alleged, were founded by “unscrupulous people who want to gain from donor funding.” The treatment of orphans in Africa has come under fire in recent years as recent studies have shown that as many as half of children in six low-income countries on the continent have been abused. While some better-funded homes provide education that children could not get in their home villages, many children in residential care show signs of developmental delays and neglect.  Experts also say that donations from developed countries have also skewed the priorities of some children’s welfare agencies. Anglican Bishop Alphonse Baya Mwaro of Mombasa likened some Kenyan children’s homes to businesses. “They do not genuinely support children who are orphaned or who find themselves without family support,” he said.  Faith organizations with long histories in Africa now question whether even the best care is more beneficial than finding relatives who will take in children who have lost parents or have become homeless or destitute. Several have closed their residential homes and instead support family reunification.  (Photo by Seth Doyle/Unsplash/Creative Commons) In Africa, uncles, aunts and other relatives have traditionally stepped up to care for young family members, said Lagho. “This is the most natural environment for children to grow up,” he said. The system has in some cases promoted the separation of children. “When you look at the children in the institutions, most of them have families,” said Selastine Nthiani, a manager at the Child Welfare Society of Kenya. They are often sent away from home “for education or because their families are poor. Very few of them are total orphans or children without any parents,” she said. Nthiani said the government’s changing approach to children’s care was part of an international trend. “The world is moving away from institutional care of children to family- and community-based care,” she said. Janet Mwema, a senior officer at Kenya’s National Council for Children’s Services, said the government will not shutter institutions, but transition responsibility for destitute children to family and local communities over time. According to Mwema, some residential homes will continue to operate as educational centers. “A child might be residing in ​a home because of education. We want to strengthen the families and community such that the child can get the education while living with the biological parents or community,” said Mwema. In Kenya, 3.6 million children are orphans, some 47% of whom lost parents to HIV and AIDS. An estimated 45,000 children live in more than 845 private institutions in Kenya, according to the State Department for Social Protection. Another 1,000 to 1,200 live in 28 government-run institutions. Mwaro said there are challenges the new program has yet to resolve, such as how to monitor domestic violence and mistreatment of the children by family members. Some children, said Mwaro, are safer at an orphanage. Bishop Johnes Ole Meliyio of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church said that while “the centers cannot be the permanent homes for the children,” closing church homes, which play an important role by supporting needy children without government support, was ill-advised. “Taking the children back to the community is a good idea, but shutting the homes is another issue,” he said. Some church leaders and government officials have alleged child trafficking in the centers, but there are no reliable statistics. 
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The University of Michigan is informing students of the rules for upcoming graduation ceremonies: Banners and flags are not allowed. Protests are OK but in designated areas away from the cap-and-gown festivities.The University of Southern California canceled a planned speech by the school’s Muslim valedictorian — and then “released” all its outside commencement speakers. At Columbia University, where more than 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested last week, the protests have included a large tent encampment on the Ivy League school’s main lawn, the very place graduating students and families are set to gather next month. This is commencement season 2024, punctuated by the tension and volatility that has roiled college campuses since Hamas’ deadly Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel. Militants killed about 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and took roughly 250 hostages. In response, Israel has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, according to the local health ministry. Since the war began, colleges and universities have struggled to balance campus safety with free speech rights amid intense student debate and protests. Many schools that tolerated protests and other disruptions for months are now doling out more heavy-handed discipline. A series of recent campus crackdowns on student protesters have included suspensions and, in some cases, expulsions. Columbia University President Minouche Shafik said the Middle East conflict is terrible and she understands many are experiencing deep moral distress. “But we cannot have one group dictate terms and attempt to disrupt important milestones like graduation to advance their point of view,” she wrote in a note addressed to the school community Monday. The new measures have done little to stop protests. In recent days, pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up encampments on campuses around the country, including at Columbia, the University of Michigan, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University, where several dozen protesters were arrested after officials said they defied warnings to leave. While the majority of protests across college campuses have been peaceful, some have turned aggressive. Some Jewish students say much of the criticism of Israel has veered into antisemitism and made them feel unsafe. Protesters are asking universities to take a number of actions, such as calling for a cease-fire in the war, or divesting from defense companies that do business with Israel. “The weapons being made in this country are being sent to Israel and being used in the war on Gaza,” said Craig Birckhead-Morton, a Yale senior who was arrested Monday after refusing to leave a protest encampment. “We have to highlight the difficulties the Palestinian people are going through.” At MIT, protesters also have asked the university to stop what they say is funding from the Ministry of Defense in Israel to university projects with military objectives. “We believe that we have a platform that students in other universities don’t have because of our unique ties to the Israeli military,” said Shara Bhuiyan, a 21-year-old senior studying electrical engineering and computer science. The intense emotions on both sides have created a climate that has unsettled both Jewish and Muslim students. More than half of such students, and a fifth of all college students, reported feeling unsafe on campus because of their stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a report published in March by the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats. Among the commencement speakers likely to encounter protesters is President Joe Biden, who is speaking at ceremonies next month for Morehouse College and the U.S. Military Academy. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League sent an open letter to college and university presidents urging them to “take clear decisive action” to ensure graduation ceremonies run smoothly and safely. “We remain deeply concerned regarding the possibility of substantial disruptions during commencement ceremonies,” Shira Goodman, the ADL’s senior director of advocacy, said in an emailed statement. The protest movement ramped up nationally after Shafik, the Columbia president, summoned New York City police on Thursday to clear a pro-Palestinian tent camp from the university’s campus after student protesters ignored demands to leave. She described the move as an “extraordinary step” to keep the campus safe. All 100 or so students arrested were charged with trespassing and then several were suspended — but as of Tuesday, the large protest encampment remained on the main lawn where grandstands for Columbia’s May 15 commencement have already been installed. The arrests came a day after Shafik pledged during a congressional hearing on antisemitism to balance students’ safety with their right to free speech. Following similar testimony last year, the presidents of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania — answering accusations that universities were failing to protect Jewish students — resigned. Several other college campuses around the country kicked off the new year with revised protest rules. In January, American University banned indoor protests. Harvard started the spring semester with guidance effectively limiting protests to outdoor areas. The University of Michigan drafted a proposed “Disruptive Activity Policy” earlier this month. Violations of the policy, which has not yet been implemented, could result in suspension or expulsion of students and termination of university staff. The proposal came in response to a raucous March 24 protest that halted the school’s annual honors convocation, a 100-year-old tradition preceding the May 4 graduation. Protesters interrupted a speech by university President Santa J. Ono with shouts of, “You’re funding genocide!” and unfurled banners that said: “Free Palestine,” forcing an abrupt end to the ceremony. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan said in a letter to Ono that the policy “is vague and overbroad, and risks chilling a substantial amount of free speech and expression.” But in a letter to the campus, Ono remarked that “while protest is valued and protected, disruptions are not.” “One group’s right to protest does not supersede the right of others to participate in a joyous event,” he wrote. At Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, more than two dozen anti-Israel demonstrators stormed the university president’s office in late March, refusing to leave for hours. Three of the students were expelled, including freshman Jack Petocz. “It’s a very scary moment,” said Petocz, 19, who is appealing the decision. “It’s about the crackdown on free speech on campuses but it’s also about campuses becoming police states.” Last Monday, the University of Southern California cited “substantial risks relating to security and disruption at the commencement” when it announced it would break from tradition and not allow valedictorian Asna Tabassum, a first-generation South Asian American Muslim, to deliver a speech at the May 10 commencement. The decision sparked outrage and several days of protests on campus, prompting another unexpected shake-up days later: the cancellation of a keynote speaker for the first time since 1942. The events at USC have raised concern that other schools will bow to pressure and erode free speech, said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, a civil rights attorney and national deputy director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “I am worried that schools might decline to select a qualified visibly Muslim student who advocates for Palestine, to avoid what happened at USC,” he said. “Schools are going to do more harm than good if they try to censor and silence commencement speakers, and especially students who have received the honor of speaking at their graduation ceremonies.” ___ Gecker reported from San Francisco. ___ The Associated Press’ education coverage receives financial support from multiple private foundations. AP is solely responsible for all content. Find AP’s standards for working with philanthropies, a list of supporters and funded coverage areas at AP.org.
(AP) – Thousands of United Methodists are gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, for their big denominational meeting, known as General Conference.It’s a much-anticipated gathering. Typically it is held every four years, but church leaders delayed the 2020 gathering until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the 11-day gathering runs from April 23 to May 3. Among those assembling are hundreds of voting delegates — the United Methodists from across the globe who were elected to represent their regional church body — though as many as one-quarter of international delegates are not confirmed as able to attend. The delegates, half clergy and half lay Methodists, are the decision makers at General Conference. WHAT HAPPENS AT GENERAL CONFERENCE? General Conference — the only entity that can speak for the entire denomination — is a business meeting where delegates set policy, pass budgets and address other church-wide matters. It’s the only body that can amend the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which includes church law. It also includes Social Principles, which are non-binding declarations on social and ethical issues. There’s worship and fellowship, too. IS THERE SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MEETING? Yes. This will be the first General Conference since more than 7,600 mostly conservative congregations left the United Methodist Church between 2019 and 2023 because the denomination essentially stopped enforcing its bans on same-sex marriage and having “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” serving as clergy and bishops. WILL THE GENERAL CONFERENCE LIFT THOSE LGBTQ-RELATED BANS THIS YEAR? It’s possible. The delegates in Charlotte are expected to vote on whether to eliminate them. Similar efforts have failed in years past, but with the election of more progressive delegates and the departure of many conservatives, supporters of removing the bans are optimistic. WHAT OTHER KEY ISSUES ARE UP FOR CONSIDERATION? — Disaffiliations: The rules that allowed U.S. congregations to leave between 2019 and 2023. It allowed them to leave with their properties, held in trust for the denomination, under friendlier-than-normal legal terms. Some want similar conditions for international churches and for U.S. churches that missed the 2023 deadline. —Regionalization: A proposal to restructure the denomination into regional conferences around the world, rather than having distinct names for U.S. and other jurisdictions. It would define the role of regions more precisely and put American congregations into their own regional body. Under this proposal, all regions would be able to adapt church policies to their local contexts, including those on marriage and ordination. —Budgets: Because of all the disaffiliations, the conference will vote on a much-reduced budget proposal for the coming years. HOW IS THE CONFERENCE STARTING OFF? New York Area Bishop Thomas Bickerton, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, addressed the recent schism head-on in feisty remarks during Tuesday’s opening worship, which included music and Communion. Bickerton spoke of his recent visit to a Texas conference that had lost more than half its congregations and said those remaining were committed to rebuilding the church. He said those at the General Conference should be doing the same – not continuing the controversy. “Are you committed to the revitalization of the United Methodist Church?” Bickerton said to applause. “Are you here to work for a culture marked by compassion, courage, and companionship? … If you can’t agree to that, what are you doing here anyway? Maybe, just maybe, you’re in the wrong place.” He alluded to criticism of the denomination during the disaffiliation debates and said it was holding on to its core beliefs. “Don’t you tell us that we don’t believe in Scripture,” he said. “Don’t you tell us that we don’t believe in the doctrine of the church. And Lord have mercy, don’t tell us that we don’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. … We have got to rebuild the church and we’ve got to do it together.” WHERE ARE THE DELEGATES COMING FROM? Though thousands of Methodists with be attending the conference, there are only 862 official voting delegates, from the following regions of the church: • 55.9% from the U.S. • 32% from Africa • 6% from the Philippines • 4.6% from Europe • 1.5% from concordant (affiliated) churches WILL THEY ALL BE THERE? No. As of last week, only about three-quarters of international delegates were confirmed as able to attend, the Commission on the General Conference reported Thursday. The other quarter includes 27 delegates unable to get visas or passports, others who couldn’t attend for various reasons, and 62 delegates still unconfirmed. African groups have strongly criticized denominational officials, faulting them for delays in providing necessary paperwork and information and raising questions about whether African conferences will accept voting results from the conference. However, denominational officials defended their work Tuesday, telling the General Conference that visa requirements are stricter than in the past, that some regional conferences hadn’t followed correct procedures in sending reserve delegates — and that some would-be delegates received invitations sent by “an unauthorized person or people.” Delegates now must wear picture badges amid heightened scrutiny that their credentials are authentic. The conference overwhelmingly approved a resolution “to make every effort to listen to and carefully consider voices from regions that are underrepresented.” HOW ARE CONGREGATIONS PREPARING? That varies widely, but those long active in the movement to repeal LGBTQ bans are focused strongly on the conference. First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, for example, held a commissioning service on April 14 for three members attending the conference in varying capacities. “It will be deeply meaningful for me personally to vote for those changes,” said member Tracy Merrick, who will be a delegate. WHAT ARE UNITED METHODISTS, ANYWAY? They’re part of a larger worldwide family of Methodists and other groups in the tradition of 18th century British Protestant revivalist John Wesley, who emphasized evangelism, holy living and social service. They hold many beliefs in common with other Christians, with some distinct doctrines. United Methodists traditionally ranged from liberal to conservative. They were until recently the third largest and most widespread U.S. denomination. Methodist missionaries planted churches worldwide, which grew dramatically, especially in Africa. Some became independent, but churches on four continents remain part of the United Methodist Church. HOW MANY UNITED METHODISTS ARE THERE? 5.4 million in the United States as of 2022, but that will decline significantly due to 2023 disaffiliations. 4.6 million in Africa, Asia and Europe. That’s lower than earlier estimates but reflects more recent denominational reports. ___ SOURCES: General Council on Finance and Administration and other United Methodist entities. ___ Associated Press religion coverage receives support through the AP’s collaboration with The Conversation US, with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. The AP is solely responsible for this content.
.code-block { display:none !important; } A groundbreaking global Initiative led by Christine Caine and Daniela Freidzon-McCabeTULSA, Okla. — Empowered21 (E21) launched its Global Women’s Alliance at a two-day gathering in Orange County, California, which was attended by 120 key leaders coming from 24 nations and 26 different states. The Empowered21 Women’s Alliance was established to create ecosystems for Spirit–empowered women to connect, commune, and collaborate. This initiative will focus on cultivating authentic relational connections, establishing pathways for women’s leadership development, and creating opportunities for genuine collaboration around the globe. The Alliance is chaired by Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign, Propel Women, and Zoe Churches in Europe, with Daniela Freidzon-McCabe, Executive Pastor of King of King’s Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, serving as Vice-Chair. The Global Chair of Empowered21, Dr. Billy Wilson, participated in the event and shared, “The launch meeting for the Empowered21 Women’s Alliance was amazing! Godly women, full of the Holy Spirit, connected with one another and collaborated for Christ’s Kingdom, all to make a positive difference for the future of Spirit-empowered Christianity. Special thanks to Christine Caine for her great leadership. Christian history was made by convening these high-level women leaders from every continent. Exciting days are ahead for this effort.” The two-day meeting featured key voices from around the world, deep times of worship, prayer, ministry, panel conversations, table discussions, and opportunities for women to share what is happening in their respective nations. “I’m so excited about the future,” noted Caine. “The potential of uniting and mobilizing Spirit-empowered women from every continent on Earth for the purpose of reaching our world with the Gospel is stunning. This is a historic moment.” Co-Chair Freidzon-McCabe affirmed, “It has been a true joy and a great inspiration to have spent two days at the launch of the Women’s Alliance network of Empowered21. Women from 24 nations gathered to have powerful and insightful conversations, be united, and be encouraged to see a generation of women arise around the world for the purpose of God’s Kingdom.” The Alliance plans to roll out a comprehensive strategy to establish regional cabinets to continue to connect and empower global leaders worldwide, as well as continue to meet digitally and in person throughout the year. Participating Leader Quotes “Empowered 21 Women’s Alliance has surpassed every expectation I had. Women leaders from 24 nations prayed, learned together, received the power of the Holy Spirit, and committed to a Spirit-empowered mission for our day and the rising generation. We’re building new relationships and dreaming about how we collaborate together. We’re pressing on to see the Kingdom come. I can’t wait to see what God does with this movement of women consecrated, united, and empowered.” — Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing, Author, Speaker, Theologian, and Honorary Lecturer Divinity the University of Aberdeen. United Kingdom  “I was in Orange County, California with women leaders from over 20 nations, what an amazing launch of the E21 Women’s Alliance! Empowering women and reviving Jesus’ mandate to release and make disciples from all nations! It was absolutely inspiring to connect, commune, and collaborate with these beautiful daughters of God who’re walking out their purpose on earth as it is in heaven. God be praised for this precious time together!” — Pastor Daphne Yang, Co-founder of Cornerstone Community Church, Singapore  “The moments of prayer and worship with women leaders from so many nations will stay with me for a long time.  God has ministered to my heart in so many ways.  I have been encouraged and filled to rise up and step out in greater confidence and expectation for what the Lord has called me to, particularly to be a spiritual mother in my nation.” — Trudi Sayers, Pastor of Red Church in Melbourne and National Director of 24-7 Prayer, Australia  “God has gifted women with a special ability to reach deep and connect with Him so intimately, and this was evident at this gathering. We had such beautiful Holy Spirit moments like I’ve never experienced at other gatherings, and the Lord poured into us. The women in that room have so much to offer to the body of Christ, and the church will be better because of what happened at Empowered 21 Women’s Alliance.” — Vernita Rwotlonyo, Watoto Church Uganda Alliance Launch Attendees The following leaders were present for the launch of the E21 Women’s Alliance. Katia Adams Rachel Aguirre Elizabeth Anduvate Nina Baratiak Sophia Barrett Karyn Barriger Jamie Bates Lisa Bevere Sephora Boukorras Sarah Breuel Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns Jennifer Brown Joanne Brozozog Jessica Cabrera Zai Chandler Noemi Chavez Faith Cho Anne Christiansen Lindy Cofer Ellie Cotter Nicole Crank Ashlyn Crank Pfulger Judith Crist Josefin Cummings Priscila Cunha Rosaria Damore Whitney Davis Sonia de Luna Destiny Deas Elaine Edelman Yvonne Fermin Lisa Fields Debra Fileta Elaine Fisher Miriam Fleming Lillie Flock Eden Fontaine Shimoda Melanie Foust Rachelle Francey Betty Freidzon Daniela Freidzon-McCabe Angela Gaeta Christina Gard Shelley Giglio Courtney Good Kyndal Green Nicole Hammond Lisa Harper Carrie Headington Carla Hornung Rachel Hughes Amy Hughes Lisa Hughes Dawn Jackson Becky Johnson Jenn Johnson Jessica Koulianos Rebekah Layton Tara Beth Leach Ashlyn Lee Allison Lih Emily Manginelli Anne Martin Nicole Martin Michelle Mayorquin Oneka McClellan Lydia McLaughlin Sara Mecum Damsy Mich Muscan Lorisa Miller Anna Morgan Julie Mullins Alli Munsey Dianna Nepstad Lina Nielsen Shannon Nieman Madeline Nix Bianca Olthof Amy Orr-Ewing Wendy Perez Dr. Anita Phillips Kara Powell Monica Prescott Elizabeth Prestwood Joy Qualls JoAnne Ramos Andrea Ramos Stephanie Reader Beth Redman Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez Kristin Reinhardt Angie Richey Meghan Robinson Vernita Rwotlonyo Meredith Ryburn Khuloud Samawi Trudi Sayers Alex Seeley Natasha Shapoval Leslie Siebeling Christa Smith Stephanie Sposeto Kelly Spyker Jennifer Toledo Miranda Torrence Liz Turner Rebeca Valbuena Muñoz Debbie Vanderkolk Jemima Varughese Lana Vasquez Holly Wagner Sarah Wehrli Tracy Wilde Sharon Witton Hosanna Wong Daphne Yang Ruth Yang Sarah Yardley About Empowered21Empowered21 (E21) is the world’s largest Spirit-empowered relational network. E21 is comprised of a global council, international and regional leadership teams, and various work groups. E21 organizes regional and global events to inspire the Spirit-empowered community. E21 mobilizes efforts to recognize and implement effective models to answer the cry for spiritual fathers and mothers, connecting generations for intergenerational blessing and impartation and focusing on crucial issues facing the movement. For more information about Empowered21 and Amsterdam 2023, visit empowered21.com and amsterdam2023.com, where the entire EveryONE conference is still available for online viewing. The closing global worship rally is archived at facebook.com/empowered21/videos Media ContactAshley Wilson, Empowered21[email protected] ### Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Religion News Service or Religion News Foundation.
The National Association of Realtors expects that the median home price will grow from $389,800 in 2023 to $403,800 in 2024. The median new home price is expected to decline from $428,600 in 2023 to $426,100 in 2024 due to construction of smaller-sized homes. The National Association of Realtors commented: “Home prices are expected to rise roughly in line with consumer price inflation and wage growth over the next two years.” U.S. Dollar Index settled near the 105.80 level as traders reacted to the Pending Home Sales report. Most likely, traders will stay focused on the disappointing GDP data, which was released earlier. Treasury yields are moving higher, but this move does not provide sufficient support to the American currency. Gold is trading near the $2320 level despite rising Treasury yields. Demand for safe-haven assets remains strong, which is bullish for gold markets. SP500 moved away from session lows but stays under strong pressure. It remains to be seen whether the better-than-expected Pending Home Sales data would provide sustainable support to SP500 and other major indices as traders are worried about the performance of the U.S. economy and high Treasury yields. For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.
A Jewish Democrat in the House called out Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after he claimed it was a "dark day" following the passage of a foreign aid package that included billions of dollars for U.S. ally Israel, which is embroiled in a war with terrorist group Hamas in Gaza. Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., took to X this week to scrutinize Sanders for his statement on his amendments to restore United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) funding and to end "unfettered" aid to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which were both blocked from consideration prior to a vote on the package. "It is a dark day for democracy when the Senate will not even allow a vote on whether U.S. taxpayer dollars should fund Netanyahu’s war against the Palestinian people," Sanders wrote on X. HELP CHAIRMAN BERNIE SANDERS AVOIDS AGREEING TO CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM HEARINGS Rep. Jared Moskowitz called out Sen. Bernie Sanders for not being vocal against antisemitism. (Getty Images)Moskowitz responded in his own post, writing, "Bernie, now do AntiSemitism. Why so quiet?"Both Moskowitz and Sanders are Jewish and each are members of the Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate, despite Sanders' status as an Independent. Sanders did not provide comment to Fox News Digital in time for publication. After Moskowitz's criticism, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., came to the senator's defense: "Sen. Sanders’ family was killed in the Holocaust. He dedicates his every moment to realizing tikkun olam. His commitment to protecting innocents in Gaza stems FROM his Jewish values," she wrote to her fellow Democratic representative. "He and many other Jewish leaders deserve better than to be treated this way. This is shameful."The Florida Democrat hit back at Ocasio-Cortez, writing, "My family was also killed in the Holocaust. In Germany and in Poland. My grandmother was in the kinder-transport." During an Earth Day press conference, AOC said the protests at Columbia University were "peaceful." (Fox News)GOP LAWMAKERS DEMAND BIDEN ADMIN PROSECUTE ‘PRO-TERRORIST MOBS,’ HOLD SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE"They also instilled values in me. It’s why I voted for aid to Israel and for aid to Gaza," he said.  He also slammed the New York congresswoman for responding to him over the internet, adding, "We see each other at work, we are both better than doing this here." Rep. Jared Moskowitz attends a hearing in Rayburn Building on July 26, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)BIDEN ADMIN NOTES 'URGENT' CONCERN OVER ISRAEL IN GAZA HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTMoskowitz's question to Sanders on antisemitism comes as anti-Israel demonstrations spread across U.S. college campuses, several involving alleged incidents of threats and intimidation of Jewish students. Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), refused to say whether he would consider holding hearings over antisemitism on college campuses when prompted several times by Fox News Digital.  Sen. Bernie Sanders would not say if he would hold HELP committee hearings on campus antisemitism. (Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe was urged to do so by his counterpart, HELP committee ranking member Bill Cassidy, R-La., in the wake of the encampments persisting on campuses nationwide. Moskowitz's office did not provide additional comment on Sanders' refusal to say whether he would consider hearings in his capacity as HELP chairman. 
Join Fox News for access to this content You have reached your maximum number of articles. Log in or create an account FREE of charge to continue reading. Please enter a valid email address. By entering your email and pushing continue, you are agreeing to Fox News' Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which includes our Notice of Financial Incentive. To access the content, check your email and follow the instructions provided. Having trouble? Click here.It's natural to be leery regarding the ways in which people may use artificial intelligence to cause problems for society in the near future. On a personal level, you may be concerned about a future where artificial intelligence takes your job or creates a Terminator that comes back in time to try to eliminate a younger you. (We admittedly might be overthinking that one.)One fear regarding AI on a personal level that you should know about because it's very much in the present is the creation of deepfake photos, including those that strip you of the most basic of privacy rights: the right to protect images of your body.Two German artists recently created a camera called NUCA that uses AI to create deepfake photos of subjects by stripping away their clothing. The automated removal of the photo subject’s clothing occurs in close to real-time, speeding up the creepy factor exponentially.CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK VIDEO TIPS, TECH REVIEWS AND EASY HOW-TO’S TO MAKE YOU SMARTER NUCA AI camera. (NUCA)Why would someone create an AI camera that removes clothing?The two German artists, Mathias Vef and Benedikt Groß, decided to create the camera to show the implications of AI's rapid advancements. The pair were trying to think of the worst possible uses of AI to affect someone’s privacy, and they realized that the technology needed to create a camera like NUCA was already possible.WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)?The two artists hope that people will consider the dangers of continuing to develop AI technologies like this, which could eliminate the expectation of privacy. They hope it will spark debates about the direction of AI. NUCA camera. (NUCA)MORE: HOW SCAMMERS HAVE SUNK TO A NEW LOW WITH AN AI OBITUARY SCAM TARGETING THE GRIEVINGHow does a camera that digitally strips away clothing work?The German artists used 3D design and print software to create the lenses and the shell for controlling the camera. It then uses a smartphone on the inside of the shell that handles the image capture. NUCA passes the photo to the cloud for the application of AI that removes the subject’s clothing. The result of NUCA camera using AI to strip away clothing. (NUCA)Of course, NUCA is not actually creating a photo of your naked body. Instead, it analyzes your gender, face, age and other aspects of your body shape to develop a replication of what AI believes your naked body would look like.GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE Illustration of what NUCA camera analyzes to create image. (NUCA)MORE: ARE AI DEEPFAKES THE END OF ACTING AS WE KNOW IT Doesn’t deepfake nude photo technology already exist?Deepfake nude photos, usually of celebrities, have been around for a long time on pornography websites, but the photos from NUCA require almost no technical know-how. Even more frightening, NUCA is able to perform the process within about 10 seconds. The immediacy of the creation of the deepfake nude photo is what sets NUCA apart from other fake nude photos that typically require quite a bit of editing skill and time.  NUCA camera. (NUCA)MORE: AI WORM EXPOSES SECURITY FLAWS IN AI TOOLS LIKE CHATGPTNUCA’s deepfake dilemma: Artistic innovation or ethical Invasion?Bottom line: Anyone could use the technology that’s found with NUCA to create a deepfake nude photo of almost anyone else within several seconds. NUCA doesn’t ask for permission to remove your clothing in the photo.It's worth emphasizing again that the two artists have no plans to allow others to use NUCA for commercial gain. They will showcase its capabilities in late June at an art exhibition in Berlin all in an effort to spark public debate.However, the next people who develop a similar technology may choose to use it in a far different way, such as to potentially blackmail people by threatening to release these fake nude photos that other people won’t necessarily know are fake. NUCA camera. (NUCA)Kurt’s key takeawaysIf it feels like AI is expanding wildly in dozens of different directions all at once, you aren’t all that far off. Some of those directions will be helpful for society, but others are downright terrifying. As deepfakes continue to look more and more realistic, the line between a fake digital world and reality will become increasingly difficult to discern. Guarding our privacy will almost certainly be more and more difficult as AI strips away our safeguards … and, potentially, even our clothing. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAre you concerned about AI-created deepfake photos and videos affecting you personally? What safeguards should exist around the use of AI? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/ContactFor more of my tech tips & security alerts, subscribe to my free CyberGuy Report Newsletter by heading to Cyberguy.com/NewsletterAsk Kurt a question or let us know what stories you'd like us to cover.Answers to the most-asked CyberGuy questions:Copyright 2024 CyberGuy.com. All rights reserved.