Published26 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingBy Lucy Manning, Special correspondent & Daniel WittenbergBBC NewsAn Israeli hostage freed from Gaza three months ago has accused the world of forgetting those still held by Hamas and urged the Israeli government to do whatever it takes to bring them home.Itay Regev, 19, told the BBC he was held in "horrific" conditions by "very, very vicious" captors and he did not think he would get out alive.He was kidnapped from the Nova music festival with his sister and a friend.Talks on a ceasefire and hostage exchange have been ongoing for weeks.But as yet there is no deal, with reported sticking points including Hamas's demand for a permanent ceasefire and Israeli troop withdrawal from Gaza, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called "delusional".However, Itay - who was released along with his sister, Maya, and 103 other hostages in return for some 240 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails during a brief truce in November - is clear about what needs to happen."I think we should do anything we possibly can to get them out of there, whatever the cost... It's people's lives," he said, speaking to the BBC in London in his first UK interview. "I'm sure if anyone had their child kidnapped, they wouldn't really care about what price needed to be paid. We need to return the hostages at any cost."About 130 hostages, including Itay's friend Omer, are still being held in Gaza. Israeli officials have said they believe about 30 of those still in Gaza are dead.Itay is in London to raise their plight with British MPs - he said he was there to "scream their cries from Gaza" - and wants the international community to do more to secure their release."The hostages have been there for five months now. The answer is unequivocally, no they're not doing enough," he said."For five months not to see the sunlight and you don't know what's happening with your family, for five months to be in horrific conditions and hungry... They have to be taken out of there as quickly as possible. They have the horrible feeling of not knowing what their fate will be from one second to the next."Describing his 54 days of captivity, Itay said he had to come to terms with the fact that he might be killed."We were very, very hungry. I didn't have a shower for 54 days. My captors were very, very vicious. They didn't care. I had wounds in my legs, big holes in my legs."And you lived there in a horrific sense of fear. Every second that you live with this feeling is a terrible feeling, that you don't really know if you're going to wake up in the morning, or in a minute, if a missile is going to fall on you, if they're going to come in with a Kalashnikov and start spraying us with bullets. The conditions are very, very difficult there."Image source, ReutersThe war began when Hamas gunmen attacked southern Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages. More than 31,200 people have been killed in Gaza since then, the Hamas-run health ministry says.During their early morning assault, Hamas attackers stormed the Nova music festival site near the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence.More than 360 young partygoers were shot, beaten or burnt to death. Another 40 were taken hostage, including Itay.He remembers hearing rockets and shooting as gunmen encircled the festival, followed by screaming."We went in a vehicle trying to escape the place and after five minutes, we encountered a van of terrorists spraying all the vehicles with bullets without any mercy. I got shot in my leg. My sister also got shot in the leg," he said."And the terrorists got out of the van. They pulled me out, they tied my hands, and simply started driving into Gaza."He said he thought he would be murdered when he was taken, with Hamas fighters making throat-slitting gestures at him. "I saw my sister Maya injured and crying. Maya also that day said goodbye to me and told me if I come out of this alive, tell our parents that she loves them. This is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life."Initially, he was taken to a house with a tunnel entrance inside and then, he believes, to a hospital. "We entered Gaza and the terrorists started shouting and screaming and celebrating. It was like a big party. They brought us into the house and in the middle of that house there was a shaft. They made us go down into it."He said he was taken to a hospital where a "very, very anxious" doctor and several Hamas fighters were present. The doctor took the bullet from his leg without any anaesthetic or painkillers, he said."They put the forceps into my leg and they pulled out the bullet without anaesthetics. They told me to be quiet because if I wasn't quiet they'll kill me. In all that time there was more abuse, slaps to the face, spitting."Image source, ReutersHe was separated from Maya, who was also given medical treatment. Her dangling foot was re-attached in surgery, but sideways, at an unnatural angle.But they still managed to communicate. Maya's request to see her brother was refused by her captors, but they passed on a note from her. Itay wrote back and they communicated in this way throughout their ordeal.Maya, who was unable to walk when she was released, is now undergoing extensive rehabilitation on her leg.Itay, who turned 19 last week, is happy to have his freedom but struggles when others like his friend Omer are still held hostage there. "Why is Omer still there and I'm here? Sometimes I feel bad about it. I would simply do anything to bring him back," he said."I was there with him and I know exactly how he is feeling and I want to shout his cry on his behalf because he can't do it himself. He's helpless."More on this storyUN finds 'convincing information' of sexual violence against hostagesPublished5 March
ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel took his recent Oscars night joke about former President Trump’s jail time to a new level Tuesday night, gathering with a group of former inmates and asking them about Trump finding love in prison.During a segment for his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the host spoke to the inmates about how the former president would fare behind bars, with the mockery including a gag about how Trump will find romance with a "big, Black man," as well as the inmates using models of Trump and inmates to simulate him getting assaulted.The bit appeared to be a follow to Kimmel’s Trump joke at the Oscars on Sunday night. Towards the end of the show, Kimmel – who hosted the event – read aloud a Trump Truth Social post to the audience which mocked Kimmel. JIMMY KIMMEL TARGETS TRUMP DURING OSCARS IN RESPONSE TO SOCIAL MEDIA POST: ‘ISN'T IT PAST YOUR JAIL TIME?' Jimmy Kimmel followed up his Oscars joke about former President Trumps  "jail time" with a late night segment about how his life in prison would be. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)After reading the post, Kimmel asked Trump if it was "past his jail time," getting a raucous applause from the A-listers in the audience.During his show Tuesday night, Kimmel played portions of his interview with the four former non-violent inmates who told Kimmel that the former president would "fit right in" at prison. Kimmel asked about the different racial groups in prison and wondered which one Trump might identify with best. "What group would he be in? Is there an orange?"Mocking Trump’s love for fast food, the late-night comic then asked, "How hard would it be for him to smuggle in like a bucket of KFC? How hard would it be for him to make like the eleven herbs and spices in the toilet? Is that possible?" Kimmel continued, asking the inmates whether Trump would be able to post on social media. They said he’d need to smuggle in a phone first, with one of the inmates illustrating how Melania Trump would have to be the one to smuggle in a phone and charger for him during visitation hours.One of the inmates alluded to the way the former first lady might have to smuggle it in. "And there’s only one place to put it up, right?" he asked. He also said, "You also gotta get the charge in too, so…"JIMMY KIMMEL WAS REPORTEDLY TOLD NOT TO READ DONALD TRUMP'S TRUTH SOCIAL POST DURING OSCARS BUT DID ANYWAY Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California.  ((Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images))The inmates also recommended that Trump get some tattoos before going in, with one recommending he get one to represent how he "killed Roe v. Wade." Kimmel found that hilarious.Moving on, the host asked the former inmates, "Do you think he will find love in prison?" One replied, "I think a big, Black man will go ahead and take him under his wing."Kimmel followed up, "So, you’re saying that races can get along in certain situations, be they sexual?"Kimmel then invited the inmates to do "a little bit of role playing," bringing out a miniature prison yard with action figures of Donald Trump in an orange jumpsuit and other inmates, and invited the men to re-enact a day in Trump’s life in jail.During the scene, Trump ­­– played by Kimmel – got pepper sprayed by a prison guard and beat up by the other inmates. The host ended the segment, asking, "All right, well what did we learn here?" "You gotta find someone to protect you," one of the former inmates replied.Kimmel quipped, "Oh, I was gonna say we wasted a lot of money on action figures."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP


Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sparred with CNN anchor Laura Coates on Tuesday over whether there was a "double standard" for President Biden after former Special Counsel Robert Hur's testimony before Congress that day.Hur testified that he chose not to bring charges against Biden after he "willfully retained classified materials" from when he was vice president because he "had to consider" the president’s "memory and overall mental state."Democrats painted Hur as partisan and accused him of trying to help former President Trump in the November election by targeting Biden's memory. CNN's Coates said she found Republicans' "fixation" on Biden's memory lapses "striking," as Democrats showed how Trump had also displayed memory lapses. She asked Jordan to "concede" that both Biden and Trump "have a similar issue."HUR HEARING DREW BIDEN AS ‘ENTITLED CAREER POLITICIAN’ AS REPORT SHOWED HIS MEMOIR WAS A ‘MOTIVE’: GOP REPS Congressman Jim Jordan pushed back against CNN anchor Laura Coates suggestions Biden faced a double standard on memory issues. (CNN/Screenshot)"Oh, come on. Come on. I mean, everyone makes mistakes in life," Jordan scoffed. He argued Biden's memory concerns were "obvious" to the public. "President Trump – he’s as sharp as they come, his memory is as strong – I was just with him over the weekend. I know – and the American people can see it for themselves. They’ve seen these examples of President Biden forgetting things," he argued."Look, I take no satisfaction in saying that. President Biden’s the president of our country. You want our president to have his full faculties, but he obviously doesn’t, and the country knows it, and it doesn’t matter how many times Democrats say something different, the country can see for themselves and they understand it, and that is something that Mr. Hur pointed out," Jordan continued. CNN HOST GETS IN HEATED EXCHANGE WITH GOP REP OVER TRUMP'S INDICTMENT: ‘JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE' Special Counsel Robert Hur testified to Congress about his investigation into President Joe Biden's classified documents scandal on Tuesday. (Getty Images)Coates again pushed back on Jordan's defense of Trump by referring to a montage Democrats played during the hearing of verbal gaffes and memory lapses from the former president."I wonder why, if the notion is that there is a double standard being placed on Donald Trump, isn‘t it true that there‘s also a double-standard then for President Biden with respect to his mistakes? Why should the American people credit one versus the other if both make similar mistakes that had been played in that actual hearing?" she asked.Jordan again laughed off the question."Laura, come on!" he retorted. "I mean, there were three people who have run for president the last three cycles – Secretary Clinton, President Biden, and President Trump – all three have been accused of mishandling classified information. Only one is getting prosecuted!" "Hillary Clinton took a hammer to cell phones, took BleachBit, to laptops and computers. I mean, you gotta be kidding me! The idea that there’s not a double standard and the Justice Department isn’t going after President Trump, I think is laughable to disagree with that. Anybody can see it," he continued.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP New poll found just over half of Americans feel President Biden received special treatment in his probe over mishandling classified documents. (Getty Images)The Republican argued that Democrats had spent years and millions of dollars targeting Trump in probes and impeachments. "Of course, there‘s a double standard and anybody with common sense can see it. And I think that‘s one of the key reasons why President Trump is ahead in every single poll and Joe Biden‘s approval numbers are at what, 35%," he said.More than half of Americans believe Biden received special treatment in the investigation, according to a new poll by Reuters and Ipsos
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Click here.President Biden’s campaign is increasingly out of step with his administration’s positions, and White House officials appear to have their hands tied. When pressed, officials have repeatedly declined to provide clarity on the White House's positions on issues while privately acknowledging any comment would reflect negatively on the incumbent president’s re-election effort.Hours before President Biden’s State of the Union address — in which he would highlight the importance of NATO and contrast his support of U.S. alliances with former President Donald Trump’s — the Biden campaign shot off an email that contained a weighty foreign policy statement, referring to the right-wing prime minister of Hungary, a NATO ally, as a "dictator."TRUMP MEETS WITH HUNGARIAN PM ORBÁN IN FLORIDA, BIDEN CLAIMS ‘HE’S LOOKING FOR DICTATORSHIP' President Biden speaks at the YMCA Allard Center in Goffstown, New Hampshire, on Monday. (Jason Bergman/Bloomberg)"Who’s Donald Trump’s squad? Let’s take a look at their rap sheets," Biden-Harris 2024 Rapid Response spokesperson Sarafina Chitika wrote. "Donald Trump is kicking off the general election with a starting lineup guaranteed to repel the moderate Republicans… Hungarian dictator Viktor Orbán, and convicted felon Roger Stone."The punchy note titled, "Donald Trump: Who U Wit?," was written by Chitika, a 2019 Harvard graduate who was also responsible for a Democratic National Committee statement in January that mocked the end of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s 2024 bid, prompting President Biden to direct his chief of staff to apologize to Hutchinson by phone.In the highly choreographed foreign policy world, statements representing the views of the incumbent President of the United States would not be made without careful consideration — much less in the footnote of a campaign email. In fact, Secretary of State Antony Blinken visibly winced when President Biden referred to Chinese Communist President Xi Jinping as a dictator when questioned by reporters at a recent summit. Chitika’s remark about Hungary’s Orbán also comes as the Biden administration is withholding support for Ukraine’s accession to NATO, citing outstanding democratic benchmarks.Although U.S. officials have previously voiced deep concern over Hungary’s democratic backsliding and close ties to Russia, no U.S. administration has deemed Hungary to be a dictatorship. In 2014, Sen. John McCain sparked a diplomatic feud that prompted Hungary’s foreign minister to summon the U.S. envoy after McCain said in a speech that Hungary was "on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator."For several days following Chitika’s email, White House and campaign officials ignored or declined requests to comment. At Tuesday’s White House briefing, national security adviser Jake Sullivan dodged answering whether the U.S. officially sees its NATO ally as a dictatorship. At the White House briefing, national security adviser Jake Sullivan dodged answering whether the U.S. officially sees its NATO ally as a dictatorship. (Susan Walsh)"I know why you're asking the question. I'm not going to speak on behalf of the Biden campaign. You should direct those questions to the campaign," Sullivan said. "What I will say, as the Biden administration, is that we have made no bones about our deep concerns about Hungary's assault on democratic institutions, including the judiciary, Hungary's corruption and other erosion of democracy in Hungary from the leadership there."Orbán has openly supported former President Donald Trump’s 2024 candidacy, including in a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in Florida last week. Biden remarked on it at a campaign stop near Philadelphia on Friday. "[Trump] thinks Putin is a strong, basically decent guy," Biden said. "You know, he’s meeting with today down at Mar-a-Lago, Orbán in Hungary — who stated flatly he doesn’t think democracy works. He’s looking for dictatorship."Hungary protested Biden’s comments as a "very serious insult" and burden to the bilateral relationship, demanding a meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Budapest. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at a press conference, "We are not required to take such lies from anyone, even if that person is the President of the United States." President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Viktor Orbán, Hungary's prime minister, at the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)Sullivan, asked about the incident Tuesday, again attempted to walk the delicate line between upholding the campaign-trail commentary of his boss and the official positions of his boss’s government. "The president stands by his statement, and I’m not walking back his statement," Sullivan said. "All I’m saying is that our position is totally consistent."DEFYING TRUMP, HOUSE GOP PLANS TO FORGE AHEAD WITH TIKTOK BILL THAT COULD BAN APPThe Biden campaign has also encountered contradictions with the administration’s official position through its embrace of TikTok. Despite reportedly vowing last year that it would not join the app, the campaign launched an account last month as part of its strategy to "reach the voters where they are."The decision boxed in White House officials once again, with the federal inter-agency committee known as CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) still mulling its decision to recommend a nationwide ban over national security concerns. White House national security adviser John Kirby said in a Feb. 12 briefing, "I can only tell you that it’s not allowed on government devices. That policy remains the case. And I just can’t speak for the campaign on their decisions."Kirby declined to answer why the president would partake in videos on a platform his administration deems to be a threat. Despite reportedly vowing last year that it would not join TikTok, the Biden campaign launched an account last month as part of its strategy to "reach the voters where they are." (iStock)This week, FBI Director Christopher Wray affirmed at a Senate worldwide threats hearing that the app is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and poses a significant national security concern, in part because its algorithm could be manipulated to help or hurt candidates in the 2024 U.S. election.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The key point is that the parent company is, for all intents and purposes, beholden to the CCP," Wray said.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill with both Democratic and Republican support that could pave the way for TikTok to be banned in U.S. app stores.
Published15 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesUS actress Olivia Munn has revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and has had four operations in the past 10 months.Posting on Instagram, the 43-year-old Newsroom star said her surgeries had included a double mastectomy.Sharing a message alongside pictures and a video from hospital, Munn said she had "wanted to get through the hardest parts before sharing"."Surprisingly, I've only cried twice," she wrote. Munn's health update comes three days after she attended the Oscars with her husband, comedian John Mulaney. They share two-year-old son Malcolm. The actress, who has appeared in Magic Mike, Iron Man 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse, said she found out about the cancer after testing for 90 different cancer genes and going for a mammogram.Although those tests were negative, Munn said her doctor worked out her "breast cancer risk assessment score" - which later led to further tests including a biopsy, which showed "I had Luminal B cancer in both breasts". 'I'm lucky'She wrote: "Luminal B is an aggressive, fast moving cancer."Thirty days after that biopsy I had a double mastectomy. I went from feeling completely fine one day, to waking up in a hospital bed after a 10-hour surgery the next."I'm lucky," she added. "We caught it with enough time that I had options."Munn ended the post by praising Mulaney, her family and friends, as well as doctors, nurses and hospital staff."I'm so thankful to John for the nights he spent researching what every operation and medication meant and what side effects and recovery I could expect," she said."For being there before I went into each surgery and being there when I woke up, always placing framed photos of our little boy Malcolm so it would be the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes."Thank you to the friends who've had breast cancer and the friends who connected me to friends who've had breast cancer for guiding me through some of my most uncertain and overwhelming moments."More on this storyOlivia Munn 'lonely' after scene cutPublished10 September 2018
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Published16 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, ReutersThe UN agency for Palestinian refugees says a member of staff was killed and 22 others were injured when Israeli forces hit a food distribution centre in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said attacks on its facilities had "become commonplace in blatant disregard to international humanitarian law".The Hamas-run health ministry said an Israeli air strike killed five people.The Israeli military has so far not commented on the incident.Rafah is crammed with an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians who are seeking shelter from Israel's ground offensive elsewhere in Gaza.The UN's secretary general has warned that a threatened Israeli assault on the city could "plummet the people of Gaza into an even deeper circle of hell".The war in Gaza began when Hamas gunmen attacked southern Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,200 people and taking 253 others as hostages. More than 31,200 people have been killed in Gaza in the military campaign that Israel launched in response, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Gaza medics tell BBC that Israeli troops beat and humiliated themInside the US plan to get food into Gaza by sea'My son Ali has already died': Father's plea for Gaza's starving childrenWednesday's explosion reportedly hit the eastern side of the food distribution centre, which is in the eastern part of Rafah. Those killed were said to be a 15-year-old boy and four men aged between 27 and 50."It's a UNRWA centre, expected to be secure," Rafah resident Sami Abu Salim told the AFP news agency as he surveyed the damage."Some came to work to distribute aid to the people in need of food during the [Islamic] holy month of Ramadan. Suddenly, they were struck by two missiles."UNRWA spokeswoman Juliette Touma told the BBC that up to 60 people were believed to have been working in the distribution centre at the time.Mr Lazzarini said in a statement that it was one of the very few UNRWA distribution centres still operating in Gaza after five months of war."[It] comes as food supplies are running out, hunger is widespread and, in some areas, turning into famine," he warned."Every day, we share the co-ordinates of all our facilities across the Gaza Strip with parties to the conflict. The Israeli army received the co-ordinates including of this facility yesterday."UNRWA says at least 165 of its 13,000 employees in Gaza have been killed and more than 150 of its facilities have been hit since the start of the war.More than 400 people have also been killed while seeking shelter under the UN flag, according to the agency.Israel has accused UNRWA of supporting Hamas, which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the UK, US and other countries. The agency has denied this, but in January it sacked nine of the 12 employees accused in an Israeli document of playing a part in the 7 October attacks.The UN has yet to publish the results of an internal investigation launched as the US and other donors paused funding in response to the allegations.More on this storyEU says starvation being used as a weapon in GazaPublished9 hours agoGaza medics tell BBC that Israeli troops beat and humiliated themPublished1 day ago‘We don’t feel the joy of Ramadan’Published1 day ago'My son Ali has already died': Father's plea for Gaza's starving childrenPublished7 days ago
Join Fox News for access to this content Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account - free of charge. 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.As PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan expressed hope a deal could be reached with the Saudi backers of the renegade LIV Golf series, Scottie Scheffler pinned the division in the sport on those who defected.Scheffler and several others descended on Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for The Players Championship this week. The field is missing top golfers like Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and others because they decided to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. But the defending TPC champion isn’t exactly here for fan furor because the tournament won’t technically feature the best players in the world.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Scottie Scheffler holds the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)"If the fans are upset, then look at the guys that left," he told reporters on Tuesday, via ESPN. "We had a tour, we were all together and the people that left are no longer here. At the end of the day, that's where the splintering comes from."As far as our tour goes, like I said, we're doing our best to create the best product for the fans, and that's really where we're at."Scheffler added that he’s not going to slight the others for taking the money that LIV offered. But he’s still trying to build the best product he could with the players on the course with him.ANTHONY KIM, WHO CHOSE LIV GOLF OVER PGA TOUR FOR LONG-AWAITED RETURN, FINISHES LAST IN FIRST EVENT Signage during the LIV Golf Invitational - Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Country Club on Feb. 10, 2024. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Monahan expressed confidence that a deal with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia would come and that he’s the one to lead the sport forward.He added that while the negotiations are "accelerating," the details had to remain private."While we have several key issues that we still need to work through, we have a shared vision to quiet the noise and unlock golf’s worldwide potential," he said.Still, the four rounds of The Players Championship are expected to go off with a few key names on the list. Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Shane Lowry, Tony Finau, Wyndham Clark, Rickie Fowler, Harris English, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth, Tommy Fleetwood, Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy are just some of the bigger names in the field.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP PGA commissioner Jay Monahan on the 18th green after the Tour Championship, Aug. 27, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)The first round begins Thursday at 7:40 a.m. ET.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.
Two U.S. lawmakers are set to introduce legislation on Thursday to significantly expand government foreign investment reviews of real estate purchases by buyers from China and other foreign countries posing national security concerns.Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat, and Republican Blake Moore are proposing to expand the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) over foreign real estate purchases."We need to have official national security experts review these land purchases with clear-eyed expertise, and without fear or favor," Slotkin said.REPUBLICANS UNVEIL EFFORT BARRING CHINA, RUSSIA FROM BUYING US LANDCongress in 2018 passed legislation to expand CFIUS oversight to explicitly include real estate transactions in close proximity to key airports, maritime ports and some military installations.CFIUS is a Treasury-led inter-agency committee that reviews some transactions involving foreign investment in the United States. The Treasury in May proposed to expand the number of military installations covered. U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin speaks to United Auto Workers members and others at a rally after marching in the Detroit Labor Day Parade on Sept. 4, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan. Slotkin is one of the lawmakers behind a proposal to expand the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) over foreign real estate purchases. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)The planned legislation seeks to expand CFIUS' jurisdiction to review U.S. real estate acquisitions by designated "foreign entities of concern," including China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, of 100 acres or more or $1 million or more in value or if CFIUS determines transactions were structured to avoid review. It would also scrutinize existing real estate holdings.In July, a group of 15 House lawmakers introduced legislation to expand CFIUS reviews to nearly all Chinese purchases and intensify CFIUS scrutiny of Chinese acquisitions around national security sites, critical infrastructure, and farmland.U.S. senators have separately been pushing legislation to limit who can own American farmland.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA U.S. appeals court last month blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on Chinese citizens owning homes or land in the state against two Chinese nationals who were in the process of buying property when the law was adopted.Lawmakers in several Republican-led states including Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama are considering similar restrictions on Chinese citizens owning property. China's foreign ministry said last year that such laws "violate the rules of market economy and international trade rules."In October, Arkansas ordered Syngenta to sell 160 acres of farmland in the U.S. state within two years on Tuesday because the company is Chinese-owned, drawing a sharp rebuke from the global seeds producer.
Join Fox News for access to this content Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account - free of charge. 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 been nearly five months since beloved "Friends" star Matthew Perry passed away. His stepfather, Canadian broadcaster and "Dateline" correspondent Keith Morrison, is addressing Perry's absence, admitting the grief is difficult and the circumstances are "not fair.""He felt like he was beating it. But you never beat it, and he knew that, too," Morrison said of Perry's past with addiction while appearing on Hoda Kotb's podcast, "Making Space."MATTHEW PERRY'S CAUSE OF DEATH LISTED AS 'ACUTE EFFECTS OF KETAMINE' "Dateline" correspondent Keith Morrison spoke about the grief he's experiencing in the wake of his stepson Matthew Perry's death. (Getty Images)"He was happy, and he said so. And he hadn't said that for a long time," Morrison admitted. "It's a source of comfort, but also, you know he didn't get to have his third act, and that's not fair."An autopsy report revealed in December that Perry died from acute effects of ketamine. Coronary artery disease and buprenorphrine effects were also listed as additional conditions that contributed to his death. The actor was found dead in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home in October. Keith Morrison was photographed outside Matthew Perry's home, where the actor was found dead in his hot tub. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)LIKE WHAT YOU’RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS"As other people have told me, hundreds of times, it doesn't go away. It’s with you every day. It’s with you all the time, and there’s some new aspect of it that assaults your brain," Morrison said of the grieving process. "It’s not easy. Especially for his mom," referencing his wife, Suzanne."Toward the end of his life, they were closer than I've seen them – had seen them for decades. Texting each other constantly. Him sharing things with her that most middle-aged men don't share with their mothers." A grief-stricken Suzanne Perry was seen outside her son's home after it was reported that he had died. (MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERMorrison, who was photographed arriving on the scene the night Perry died, also spoke about whether the news of Perry's death surprised him. "It was the news you never want to get, but you think someday you might," he shared. "Yes and no, I guess is the answer to that." Matthew Perry died at the age of 54 from acute effects of ketamine. (Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"He was a larger-than-life person," Morrison added of Perry. "He was always the center of attention everywhere he went… That kind of personality. He was goofy, he was funny, he was acerbic. But even if he didn't say a word, he was the center of attention.""It's gone, but you still feel the echo of it everywhere," he said of Perry's presence.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Congress-mandated group cut short a fact-finding mission to Saudi Arabia after officials in the kingdom ordered a Jewish rabbi to remove his kippah in public, highlighting the religious tensions still present in the wider Middle East.Speaking to The Associated Press, Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom sought to distance the order over his skullcap from what he described as progress made in the kingdom under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on quietly allowing different faiths to worship privately. He also said Saudi Arabia may release four Uyghur Muslims held prisoner in the kingdom for asylum in the U.S. over possible persecution they could face if they return to China. However, displaying any religious symbols other than Islamic ones remains criminalized, the kingdom two years ago carried out its largest mass execution ever that included minority Shiites, and authorities continue a harsh crackdown on any perceived dissent against Prince Mohammed. “The situation in Saudi Arabia is very complex,” said the Rev. Frederick Davie of New York City, the commission’s vice chair. “And not everybody’s on board, and this may be an example of that.” Officials in Saudi Arabia, as well as at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, did not respond to questions from the AP over the kippah incident. A message from the embassy released online called it “unfortunate” and “a misunderstanding of internal protocols,” without elaborating. The commission, accompanied by members of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, had been attending meetings for about two days when they made a visit on March 5 to Diriyah, a mud-walled village that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Saudi capital. About a third of the way through the village, a Saudi official handed a phone to Cooper, on which an official told him to remove his kippah, a skullcap worn by some Jews also known in Yiddish as a yarmulke. “It’s a pretty stunning request, considering we’re there as a vanguard for international religious freedom and we’re preparing a report on Saudi Arabia,” said Cooper, who lives in Los Angeles. “It’s like asking somebody in Saudi Arabia to remove her hijab. I didn’t take off my kippah 50 years ago in the Soviet Union — I was there for a month — I’m surely not taking off my kippah for you.” Cooper refused and the rest of the group agreed to cut their visit short over the demand. However, Davie noted that Cooper’s kippah hadn’t been an issue in government meetings or while eating in public earlier on the trip. Some Jewish online influencers have made trips into the kingdom, publicizing their visits. The current Saudi sensitivity may come in part because of Israel’s grinding war targeting Hamas in the Gaza Strip after the Oct. 7 militant attack that killed 1,200 people and took 250 others hostage. In the months since, Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip has killed over 31,000 Palestinians there and left the seaside enclave on the brink of famine, particularly enraging Muslims across the Mideast as they mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Saudi Arabia’s Al Saud royal family, which bases part of its legitimacy on protecting the holiest sites in Islam in the kingdom, particularly feels that pressure. Just before the war, it had been negotiating a U.S.-mediated deal to potentially diplomatically recognize Israel in exchange for a series of concessions. That deal now appears largely abandoned. A chance meeting last month between Israeli Economy Minister Nir Barkat and Saudi Arabian Commerce Minister Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasab at a summit of the World Trade Organization in Abu Dhabi drew an angry retort from Riyadh, which referred to Barkat as an “Israeli occupation official.” “We’re not naive. We live in the real world. I have eight grandchildren in Jerusalem, so I have literally skin in the game,” Cooper said. “Of course, we would prefer if people weren’t dying right now in the Holy Land. … I think they would have canceled our meeting if they decided that they want to send a message to Washington and Jerusalem.” Responding to questions from the AP, the State Department said it had “raised our concerns with Saudi government authorities” over the order given to Cooper to remove his kippah. “The United States fully supports freedom of religion or belief, including the right to express beliefs through religious attire,” the State Department said. “The United States continues to work with our Saudi counterparts on religious freedom issues and we hope the net effect of this incident will push Saudi Arabia to make further strides on these issues.” The Gulf Arab states, particularly the United Arab Emirates, have grown more religiously accommodating. Both Bahrain and the UAE reached a diplomatic recognition deal with Israel in 2020. A prominent synagogue now sits in Abu Dhabi’s capital, and a new Hindu temple just opened as well. But things have moved slower in Saudi Arabia, once dominated by ultraconservative Wahhabi religious leaders before the rise of Prince Mohammed. A U.S. religious freedom report has noted there recently have been “large Christian worship services discreetly and regularly without substantial interference” in the kingdom. Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and its main rival, Shiite-power Iran, reached a détente last year as well, easing tensions between the denominations. Davie said there was “cautious optimism” those relations were improving in the kingdom with its own minority Shiite population. Meanwhile, Cooper also said the U.S. government is prepared to take four Uyghur Muslims imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and “get them refugee status immediately in the United States.” The State Department also acknowledged the case and said it has “engaged with Saudi officials” over it, without discussing the rabbi’s claim they could be released. It warned that Uyghur Muslims and other minority groups face possible “detention and torture” if they are returned to China. “We also continue to urge the PRC to cease its genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” the State Department said, using the abbreviation for the People’s Republic of China, the country’s formal name. China’s embassies in Riyadh and Washington did not respond to requests for comment over the Uyghur prisoners.
(RNS) — As we broke our fast for the first time this Ramadan, my family, gathered for the day’s iftar, had a simultaneous realization: We weren’t just grateful for the blessing of food that we often take for granted, but guilty knowing that the same money we used to purchase our meal finds its way via our tax dollars and U.S. aid to Israel to bomb and starve the people of Gaza.Every Ramadan is a little different. I recall how the global Muslim community, including here in the United States, navigated the uncharted territory of COVID-19 restrictions on religious and social gatherings during Ramadan in 2020. The pandemic was a new phenomenon for our generation. Over the millennium of Islamic history, Muslims have navigated war, famine and death during Ramadan. But this year, and for arguably the first time in recorded history of the holy month of fasting and prayer, Muslims are witnessing — and some of us experiencing — an active genocide. On average, roughly 200 Palestinian men, women and children have been killed every 24 hours in Gaza in the past five months. This wholesale murder of a predominantly Muslim population is unfathomable, and fundamentally alters how Muslims are experiencing this holy month. On Oct. 11, only four days into Israel’s brutal reprisal, I wrote that “more than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 300 Palestinian women and children, consistent with Israel’s record of about a quarter of its victims being women and children.” Since then, the martyred list has grown 30 times, with more than 31,000 Palestinians murdered in cold blood by Israeli bombing and an ensuing ground invasion.  The women and children death ratio? Over 80%, according to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The genocide many predicted has come to fruition. Muslim worshippers perform “tarawih,” an extra lengthy prayer held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Rafah, Gaza Strip, March 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair) Cellphone footage of the violence exacerbates its evil. Thousands of videos posted to social media serve as further evidence of an indiscriminate bombing campaign by Israeli forces. Watching on social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram and X, we can see what the mainstream media, in a calculated measure, hides from us. In one individual’s video, Israeli soldiers are seen killing an elderly deaf Palestinian man as he attempted to sign to Israeli soldiers, later congratulating one another about it. In another, viewers see the immediate aftermath of an Israeli airstrike, with buildings flattened and bodies scattered across a street. None of this started Oct. 7. Gaza has endured a 17-year-long blockade by Israel. The Palestinian territories have suffered through Israeli occupation, apartheid, harassment and dehumanization. In 2023, before Oct. 7, Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinians, including children, and rarely did it appear in headlines. Now, more than five months into a generational tragedy, Muslims welcome Ramadan. Can we celebrate, and what does that joy look like?  In an interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered” this past week, I was asked how this Ramadan is being observed under these circumstances and how Muslims can celebrate Ramadan amid genocide. The truth is, the concept of joy is multidimensional. At times, we experience the joy of celebration — smiles, laughter and the like. Other times, we are comforted by the joy of perspective, the knowledge that our loved ones — the murdered of Gaza — are in a better place. We celebrate that there is ease after hardship, light after darkness. That is one of the central lessons of Ramadan. After the deprivation of a long day of fasting, there is fulfillment. After death and destruction, victory and peace. And God willing, after the Israeli occupation, Palestinian sovereignty.  We celebrate that Ramadan offers a month of blessings unmatched by any other, and that God has historically granted victory to the oppressed in this month. But as the threat of an Israeli ground invasion turns to Rafah, we focus our prayers and efforts on the people of Gaza with the goal of securing their safety, establishing justice and achieving a lasting freedom. As Ramadan commences, our eyes remain on Rafah, and our hearts remain with Gaza.
Artificial Intelligence words are seen in this illustration taken on March 31, 2023.  (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)Welcome to Fox News’ Artificial Intelligence newsletter with the latest AI technology advancements.IN TODAY’S NEWSLETTER:- US-funded report issues urgent AI warning of 'uncontrollable' systems turning on humans- Nvidia faces lawsuit from authors over alleged copyright infringement in AI models- AI deepfakes are endangering democracy. Here are 4 ways to fight backRISE OF THE MACHINES: The U.S. government has a "clear and urgent need" to act, as swiftly developing artificial intelligence could potentially lead to human extinction through weaponization and loss of control, according to a government-commissioned report.'SMALL, SMART, CHEAP': The Pentagon will look to develop new artificial intelligence-guided planes, offering two contracts that several private companies have been competing to obtain.  The Pentagon is seen from a flight taking off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)2024 DANGERS: With the recent explosion of AI, dazzling images, videos, audio and texts can now be easily generated by anyone with just a few simple inputs. While this technology offers many astonishing benefits, it also poses significant dangers.VIEWING HABITS: A number of NBA fans use the league’s mobile app to watch their favorite team. Given the growing popularity of its digital platforms, the NBA is tapping into artificial intelligence to enhance fans' viewing experience. The NBA logo is seen on a backboard before the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz at Ball Arena on Oct. 30, 2023, in Denver.  (C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)AI LAWSUIT: Tech giant Nvidia is facing a lawsuit from a group of authors who said it used their copyrighted works without their permission to train its artificial intelligence platform NeMo.'INEVITABLE': Director James Hawes testified in the House of Commons as part of its inquiry committee on British film and high-end television, explaining he spoke with the legal team that represented SAG and the WGA last summer about how long it would be before a show could be AI-generated. Screen grab taken from Parliament TV of director James Hawes giving evidence on British film and high-end television to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the Houses of Parliament, London. Picture date: Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. (House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images)Subscribe now to get the Fox News Artificial Intelligence Newsletter in your inbox.FOLLOW FOX NEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitterLinkedInSIGN UP FOR OUR OTHER NEWSLETTERSFox News FirstFox News OpinionFox News LifestyleFox News HealthDOWNLOAD OUR APPSFox NewsFox BusinessFox WeatherFox SportsTubiWATCH FOX NEWS ONLINEFox News GoSTREAM FOX NATIONFox NationStay up to date on the latest AI technology advancements and learn about the challenges and opportunities AI presents now and for the future with Fox News here.
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Click here.Hunter Biden will not attend a House Oversight Committee hearing next week regarding alleged influence peddling and the Biden family's business dealings, his lawyer said in a letter Wednesday.House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., invited Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski, Devon Archer and Jason Galanis to testify at a public hearing on March 20 at 10 a.m. COMER INVITES HUNTER BIDEN, BUSINESS ASSOCIATES TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY MARCH 20 AMID IMPEACHMENT INQUIRYAll four individuals have already testified behind closed doors as part of the impeachment inquiry, but Comer said the public hearing would "examine inconsistencies among the witnesses’ testimonies in order to get the truth for the American people."But on Wednesday, Biden attorney Abbe Lowell sent a letter to Comer, blasting the hearing and the investigation altogether, and rejecting the invitation to what he called a "carnival side show." "To begin, even if that hearing was a legitimate exercise of congressional authority, neither Mr. Biden nor I can attend because of a court hearing the very next day in California," Lowell said. "The scheduling conflict is the least of the issues, however." "Your blatant planned-for-media event is not a proper proceeding but an obvious attempt to throw a Hail Mary pass after the game has ended," Lowell continued.  Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs a House Oversight Committee meeting at Capitol Hill on January 10, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)Lowell reminded Comer of a statement he made in January when he said: "All we need are people to come in for the depositions and then we’ll be finished. We just need people to show up to the depositions and we’ll wrap this up. Nobody wants to wrap this up more than I do."Lowell said his client, the president's son, "did just as you asked and, as you did when you announced that witnesses could choose depositions, you want to ignore what you said."  "I must confess my surprise by your hasty request," Lowell wrote. "After that six-plus hour deposition on February 28, 2024, along with the realization that your inquiry was based on a patchwork of conspiracies spun by convicted liars and a charged Russian spy, I thought even you would recognize your baseless impeachment proceeding was dead." Lowell said that "even before Mr. Biden testified, witness after witness undermined the central premise of your partisan charade." "President Biden has done nothing wrong and certainly nothing, even in your misapplication of the impeachment provisions of the Constitution, to warrant further proceedings," Lowell said. HUNTER BIDEN ADMITS HE PUT HIS FATHER ON SPEAKERPHONE, INVITED HIM TO MEETINGS, BUT DENIES 'INVOLVEMENT'Lowell added that Hunter Biden's answers to questions during his deposition "were the final nail in the coffin of your wasteful year-long misadventure." "As Mr. Biden said numerous times, backed up by an accurate reference to the records in the Committees’ possession, his father was never involved in or derived any financial benefit from Mr. Biden’s businesses," Lowell said. "Your allegations of any wrongdoing by anyone comes only from your taking a word, phrase, or line out of context in a few communications usually written by people other than Mr. Biden or when Mr. Biden explained he was in the throes of addiction."  Hunter Biden, left, son of President Joe Biden, arrives with attorney Abbe Lowell at the O'Neill House Office Building for a closed-door deposition in a Republican-led investigation into the Biden family, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)He added: "In total, your entire house of cards impeachment inquiry is built on one of those isolated texts, a drop-by hello at a dinner where Mr. Biden was pitching support for the World Food Program, a handshake hello in the lobby of a hotel, one of your colleagues not knowing the difference between ‘having a meeting’ and ‘meeting’ someone, Mr. Biden’s father chipping in to pay his share of a family bill, or Mr. Biden’s uncle paying back a loan he owed." JOE BIDEN ALLEGEDLY CONSIDERED JOINING BOARD OF CCP-LINKED COMPANY, WITNESS TESTIFIES FROM PRISONLowell said all of that is "far from the ‘smoking guns’ you claim," and said "the ‘evidence’ does not amount even to droplets from a water pistol." Meanwhile, as for the March 20 hearing, Lowell said it is "not a serious oversight proceeding."  Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22, 2020.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)"It is your attempt to resuscitate your Conference’s moribund inquiry with a made-for-right-wing-media, circus act," he said. "Your idea of congressional ‘fact-finding’ is, amazingly, to have Mr. Biden appear with the discredited ‘witnesses’ you continue to promote." JOE BIDEN 'ENABLED' FAMILY TO SELL ACCESS TO 'DANGEROUS ADVERSARIES,' TONY BOBULINSKI TESTIFIESLowell went on to blast Bobulinski and Galanis, claiming they have lied.  "Mr. Biden declines your invitation to this carnival side show," Lowell wrote.  WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, arrives at the O'Neill House Office Building before testifying to the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Hunter Biden appeared for a highly-anticipated deposition last month before both the House Oversight and Judiciary committees and maintained that his father was never involved in and never benefited from his businesses. The committee also heard testimony from James Biden, the president’s younger brother, who testified the same. Hunter Biden did admit, however, that he put his father on speakerphone with his business associates and invited him to drop by his business lunches. Archer testified before the House Oversight Committee last year that Hunter Biden put his father on speakerphone at least 20 times with business associates.  Jason Galanis worked with Hunter Biden's partner Devon Archer before pleading guilty to fraud. (Facebook Profile)And Bobulinski testified he personally met with Joe Biden in 2017 for more than 45 minutes. He also testified that Joe Biden "enabled" his son Hunter to sell access to America's "most dangerous adversaries," including the Chinese Communist Party, Russia and more. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMeanwhile, Galanis, who is serving a 14-year sentence, testified from prison that Joe Biden was allegedly considering joining the board of a joint venture created by Hunter Biden and his business associates with ties to the Chinese Communist Party after he left the vice presidency.Galanis also said that the words "lean in" were "used often by Devon and Hunter in our business dealings as a term for access to Vice President Biden’s political influence."This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 
Mississippians voted in party primaries Tuesday for all four of the state's U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat.The general election is Nov. 5.Here's a look at the races and candidates:TOP RED STATE OFFICIAL DEMANDS ANSWERS ON BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER 'ATTEMPTING TO REGISTER' ILLEGALS TO VOTESENATESen. Roger Wicker defeated two challengers in the Republican primary — Ghannon Burton and Dan Eubanks.Wicker will face Democrat Ty Pinkins in the general election.Pinkins was unopposed for his party’s nomination. He is an attorney and ran for Mississippi secretary of state in 2023. He said he wants to fight poverty and improve access to health care. The shadow of a voter entering the precinct at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gluckstadt, Miss., is cast on a privacy divider for people filling out ballots during the primary election on March 12, 2024. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)Wicker was appointed to the Senate in 2007 by then-Gov. Haley Barbour after fellow Republican Trent Lott stepped down. He is an attorney and served in the Mississippi state Senate before winning a U.S. House seat in north Mississippi in 1994. Wicker is the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee and has pushed to expand shipbuilding for the U.S. military. He has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.Burton is a military veteran. He said he believes the 2020 presidential election was rigged, and he criticized Wicker for voting to certify the results. Burton said he wants to close the U.S. border but he believes "globalists want it open." Burton also said he believes COVID-19 vaccines are poison.Eubanks is a state representative and a Presbyterian pastor. He said he believes "J-6ers" — people charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol — have been denied due process and are "rotting away in jail." Eubanks said he wants to reduce federal spending and he believes Wicker’s record is "anything but conservative."HOUSE DISTRICT 1Business owner Dianne Dodson Black won the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District. She advances to the general election to face Republican Rep. Trent Kelly, who was unopposed in his primary.This will be a rematch of the 2022 race, when Kelly defeated Black.MISSISSIPPI ALLOWS AUTOMATIC MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR PREGNANCY WHILE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSEDKelly is a former district attorney and has been in the House since winning a 2015 special election. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Black defeated Bronco Williams, who is a teacher. Black said she wants to support President Joe Biden’s economic policies, restore abortion rights and limit access to semiautomatic rifles.HOUSE DISTRICT 2Ron Eller and Andrew Scott Smith have advanced to an April 2 runoff for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.The winner will go to the Nov. 5 general election to face Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson. He has held the office since 1993, when he won a special election, and is the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.The 2nd District encompasses most of the city of Jackson, plus rural areas in the Delta and along the Mississippi River.Eller is a military veteran and physician assistant who ran unsuccessfully for the 2nd District nomination in 2022. He said he supports construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and expansion of domestic energy production.Smith has worked in farming and commercial real estate. He said he wants to rejuvenate agriculture, rebuild infrastructure, reinforce the southern border and require more transparency in government.The candidate eliminated in the primary was Taylor Turcotte, who has worked in advertising.HOUSE DISTRICT 3Republican Rep. Michael Guest was unopposed in the primary and also will face no opposition in the general election for central Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District. Guest is a former district attorney who was first elected to the U.S. House in 2018. He is chairman of the House Ethics Committee and vice chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.HOUSE DISTRICT 4First-term Rep. Mike Ezell has defeated two challengers to win the Republican nomination in south Mississippi’s 4th District.He advances to the general election to face Craig Elliot Raybon, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.Ezell is a former sheriff who was endorsed by Trump. He has voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and to end military assistance to Ukraine.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEzell defeated Carl Boyanton and Michael McGill in Tuesday’s primary.Boyanton owned a produce distribution company. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for the 4th District seat in 2020 and 2022. He said he wants to enact term limits, eliminate some federal agencies and limit spending.McGill is a military veteran. He said he wants to improve power grids, highways and other infrastructure, as well as increase funding for mental health services and eliminate pay disparities between women and men.
Employees of the Richmond Wildlife Center in Virginia are doing their best to act like mother foxes as they feed and care for an orphaned kit that found her way into their care.In a video posted to the center’s Facebook page Tuesday, Executive Director Melissa Stanley is shown wearing a red fox mask and rubber gloves while feeding the tiny kit from a syringe. The kit sits on top of a large stuffed animal fox that is supposed to look like her mother, Stanley said.The same Facebook post explained why staff are wearing the mask to feed her, minimizing human sounds, creating visual barriers and taking other precautions. "It’s important to make sure that the orphans that are raised in captivity do not become imprinted upon or habituated to humans," the post said.BEARS WORK TOGETHER TO STEAL TRASH CAN FROM CONNECTICUT HOMEAll those measures make it more likely the kit could be reintroduced into the wild someday.Stanley said in an interview Tuesday that the kit was admitted to the center on Feb. 29 after a man walking his dog found her in an alley in Richmond. Thinking she was a kitten, he turned her over to the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She was less than 24 hours old and her umbilical stump was still attached. Executive director and founder of the Richmond Wildlife Center Melissa Stanley wears a fox mask as she feeds an orphaned red fox kit on March 10, 2024, in Richmond, Va. (Richmond Wildlife Center via AP)Wildlife center staff initially tried to locate the kit's mother and her den site so they could reunite them. They found the den site, but were told by the grounds superintendent that the foxes had been trapped and removed. Stanley said she suspects the fox kit either fell out of a trap or off the back of the trapper's truck.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPStaff at the wildlife center have been taking turns feeding the kit every two to four hours, all while wearing the fox mask. In addition to the large stuffed animal meant to mimic the kit's mother, staff also put a smaller stuffed red fox in her enclosure. She cuddles up to the smaller stuffed animal at the end of the video."The goal is to release animals back into the wild, not only to give them a greater chance of survival, but to recognize their own species and to reproduce to carry on their wildlife population," Stanley said.To that end, the center immediately began looking for other red fox kits of the same age and weight within the rehabilitation community. Staff located three other kits in a rehabilitation setting in northern Virginia. The fox kit will be transferred to the Animal Education and Rescue Organization, which plans to eventually release the kits back into the wild together.
FIRST ON FOX: Twenty-six attorneys general across the U.S. penned a letter to Senate leadership on Wednesday urging the passage of H.R. 7511, or the Laken Riley Act, which would detain illegal immigrants for some criminal offenses until they can be deported.Led by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, the lawmakers wrote to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., saying the bill needs "immediate attention.""President Biden’s repeated actions of ignoring the rule of law and abandoning successful policies have created a border crisis of historic proportions," the letter states. "As attorneys general, we are fighting to preserve the rule of law and keep our states safe when the federal government fails to act or, in the case of illegal immigration, actively makes it worse. To that end, we applaud the bill’s enforcement provision for State Attorneys General."REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN INTRODUCES ‘LAKEN RILEY ACT’  Laken Riley’s killing has gripped the nation as the border crisis continues. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images)"Unfortunately, the entire country has seen the news of the tragic and avoidable murder of Laken Riley. In broad daylight, Jose Ibarra is alleged to have brutally attacked and killed Riley while she was on a morning run. Reports show Riley’s skull was beaten so violently with an unidentified object that her skull was disfigured," the attorneys general wrote."Riley’s death could have been prevented on multiple fronts, but the system failed her," the prosecutors wrote, adding that H.R. 7511 is "a strong bill that can act as another arrow in the quiver when it comes to combatting illegal immigration and protecting Americans."In addition to Florida and South Carolina, attorneys general in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah and West Virginia all signed the letter.The House of Representatives last week passed the Laken Riley Act, which would require federal immigration authorities to detain illegal immigrants charged with local theft or burglary, after Ibarra, who was accused of similar offenses, was arrested for Riley's murder. LAKEN RILEY’S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ‘AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY’ AFTER DAUGHTER’S FUNERAL  A group of migrants wait to be processed in Jacumba, California. (Fox News)The act, which was passed by a 251-170 vote, is named after 22-year-old Laken Riley, a college nursing student who was recently killed on the campus of the University of Georgia.  Jose Antonio Ibarra, the illegal immigrant from Venezuela charged with the brutal murder, was arrested in New York prior to the murder, but was not detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Before being charged with felony murder, Ibarra was once arrested in New York for endangering a child, and he was cited in Georgia for misdemeanor shoplifting in October 2023 along with his brother, Diego Ibarra, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.After the bill's passage in the House, the author of the bill, Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., urged the Senate to take up the legislation immediately to "ensure justice for Laken and give ICE more tools to detain and deport criminal illegal aliens before they commit more serious crimes."TRUMP MET WITH LAKEN RILEY’S FAMILY BACKSTAGE BEFORE GEORGIA RALLY: 'PROFOUNDLY HONORED' A red, black and white bow is among scores of memorials attached to trees, Feb. 29, 2024, in preparation for the funeral at Woodstock City Church for nursing student Laken Riley. (Robin Rayne for Fox News Digtial)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn addition to requiring ICE to issue a detainer for illegal aliens charged with theft or burglary, the bill will also allow individual states to take action against the federal government "if an immigration related action harms the state or its citizens." On Wednesday, two Senate Republicans introduced the Senate version of the bill as a companion to H.R. 7511.Fox News' Kyle Morris, Greg Norman, Aubrie Spady, Thomas Phippen, and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.