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37 million Americans brace for 8 trillion gallons of rain as life-threatening storm targets Cali

LOS ANGELES – A dangerous atmospheric river storm is blasting California with widespread impacts from heavy rains, damaging winds and potentially life-threatening flash flooding. 

Forecasters have highlighted Southern California, including downtown Los Angeles, for a rare “high risk” of flash flooding as the storm has already dumped several inches of rain across the region Sunday with more to come Monday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom even declared a State of Emergency for several counties in Southern California to support storm response and recovery efforts. 

The “high risk” is the highest rung on NOAA’s flash flood threat scale and is only issued under the most dire of flooding forecasts. “Life-threatening flash and urban flash flooding possible in the high risk area,” NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) said.

Flash Flood Warnings covered nearly 11 million people in the greater Los Angeles area through Sunday night.  

The storm hasn’t spared the northern and central sections of the state either, with torrential rain and wind gusts climbing over 70 mph. Nearly 900,000 customers were without power across California as of late Sunday evening.

The WPC warned that this is a Category 5 atmospheric river, the top category.

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The flash flood threat into Monday morning.
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The Golden State mobilized and prepositioned a record 8,500 emergency responders ready for flooding, landslide and travel emergencies, according to the Governor’s office. The State of Emergency included Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties.

In Santa Barbara, the swollen Mission Creek forced police to evacuate residents along streets near the downtown corridor. 

The National Weather Service office in Los Angeles continues to use strong language in its forecasts, indicating a significant threat of widespread and dangerous flash flooding through Monday. Forecasters warned that flooding issues would not be confined to the usually prone areas in the foothills, mountains and burn areas and that numerous mudslides and debris flows are expected.

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The NWS in Los Angeles stated that rainfall rates could be up to 1.5 inches per hour in a thunderstorm. Los Angeles usually only sees 3.38 inches of rain for the entire month of January.

A three-hour radar loop showing where rain (green) and snow (blue) are ongoing. Flash Flood Warnings are indicated in green, while Flash Flood Emergencies are indicated in pink. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are indicated in yellow. Tornado Warnings are indicated in red, while Tornado Warnings with a confirmed tornado are indicated in purple.
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‘Extreme’ rainfall totals possible across Southern California

An area of low pressure aims another atmospheric river at the California coast through Monday and bring a slug of moisture straight from the tropics, according to the FOX Forecast Center. 

Unlike the last system, this storm won’t be in a hurry to leave. That will keep the atmospheric river of moisture pointed at California for about three days as the rain lingers into Tuesday.

Already saturated soils, more rain and strong winds continue to knock trees into power lines and the number of Californians without power continues to rise.

Power outages.
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Several televised and sporting events that were supposed to be held in Southern California on Sunday have been postponed due to the extreme threat. 

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Rainfall forecast through Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.
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While all of California will get in on the rain, areas of most concern will be along the southern coastal ranges down through the Los Angeles Basin. The heaviest rain will fall between Sunday and Monday, with the peak rainfall rates expected Sunday night.

On Monday, the Level 4 risk of flooding remains centered right over the Los Angeles metro area, while the Level 3 risk extends from just north of Los Angeles southward to the San Diego area.

Here’s a look at the flash flood threat in California through Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.
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“It shows you the confidence that we know this is going to be a bigger storm,” Merwin said. “It has a lot more moisture to it. There’s a much larger flood threat for Southern California.

The Los Angeles metro area may see 5 inches or more by the middle of the week. Los Angeles only averages just over 14 inches of rain per year. As mentioned earlier, the surrounding mountains and their foothills could see 10-12 inches of rain. Favored mountains and foothills could see 8-15 inches of rain or more.

Rainfall forecast for the Los Angeles area through Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024.
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Several feet of snow likely in Sierra Nevada

The plume of moisture will generate a significant winter storm for the Sierra Nevada, with 4-6 feet of snow likely above 5,000-6,000 feet, the FOX Forecast Center said. Disruptions to daily life, including difficult to impossible travel conditions, are expected. 

In the mountains of Southern California, snow levels are expected to be around 7,000 feet, but 2–4 feet of snow is possible above that level.

A significant winter storm is anticipated for the Sierra Nevada, with several feet of snow likely above 5,000-6,000 feet.
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Damaging winds for San Francisco, Central and Northern California coast

In addition to the heavy rain threat, damaging winds have been punishing the Central California coast southward toward Santa Barbara. This includes parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. 

High Wind Warnings for gusts to 70 mph will work their way down the coast through the evening and overnight hours. 

Already, Funt Ranch saw an 88 mph gust, while San Francisco International Airport clocked two gusts over 70 mph, including a 77 mph gust Sunday afternoon. Pebble Beach saw a 65 mph gust and Oakland a 62 mph gust.

Some 50 miles north of San Francisco in Santa Rosa, a driver was injured after a tree fell onto their vehicle on Highway 101 northbound on Sunday morning, according to the Sonoma County Fire District.

Elsewhere in Sonoma County, homes were damaged in Bodega Bay after a falling tree struck them on Sunday morning. Officials said no injuries were reported in this incident.

Even stronger winds are likely in the mountains around Southern California, with gusts reaching as high as 70-80 mph. 

In southern Santa Barbara County, the strong winds toppled a massive 70-foot tree onto a condominium complex in Goleta early Sunday morning, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer Scott Safechuck. At least four adults and one dog were displaced from the complex.

At the coast, these winds will also whip up the Pacific Ocean into a frenzy with 10-20 foot waves likely to slam into beaches up and down the state.

Moisture streaming in behind the storm will keep periods of rain in the forecast through much of this week, though there will be longer dry periods between the showers to wring out.

First-ever Hurricane-Force Wind Warning issued off Central California coast

The NWS office in the Bay Area issued its first-ever Hurricane-Force Wind Warning for the waters off parts of the Central California coast, where mariners could encounter wind gusts over hurricane force (74-plus mph). Point Conception Lighthouse did register a gust of 74 mph Sunday afternoon.

“Extremely strong winds will cause hazardous seas which will likely capsize or damage vessels and severely reduce visibility,” forecasters wrote in the warning.

Biden camp reportedly worried pics in classified docs probe could devastate 2024 campaign

President Biden’s team reportedly is fearing that photos included in Special Counsel Robert Hur’s imminent report on the handling of classified documents could impact his 2024 reelection bid. 

Axios reported that Biden’s aides do not expect criminal charges as a result of the investigation, but they are concerned about potentially embarrassing photos included in Hur’s expected report that could be released as soon as this week. The images could show how Biden stored classified materials, which were discovered in late 2022 in the garage of Biden’s Delaware home as well as in a private office. The classified documents were carried over from Biden’s time as former President Obama’s vice president.

Biden’s aides told Axios that they are fearful former President Trump’s campaign could use the photos against the Democrat incumbent ahead of their likely 2024 rematch.

Trump himself is facing more than 40 counts, including obstruction of justice and willful retention of national defense information, for improperly storing classified documents at his private residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida after leaving the White House, following a probe by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

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With Hur’s report looming, Biden’s aides are concerned Trump’s campaign could attempt to contrast the handling of the two investigations.

Hur, a former U.S. attorney nominated by Trump in 2017 and a former clerk for conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist, is obligated to write a report about the investigation, and Biden’s aides told Axios they expect the report could come as soon as this week, though the exact timing of its release is unknown.

Biden has defended the storing of classified documents in the past.

“By the way, my Corvette is in a locked garage, so it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” he once said.

In a CBS “60 Minutes’ interview last fall, Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to make public a special counsel’s report related to another matter – the one related to Hunter Biden – “to the extent permissible under the law” and promised to explain the “decisions to prosecute or not prosecute, and their strategic decisions along the way.”

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“Usually, the special counsels have testified at the end of their reports, and I expect that that will be the case here,” Garland said.

The Justice Department told Axios that Garland is also committed to releasing Hur’s report as well.

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Anthony Coley, a former senior adviser to Garland, accused the Biden team of slow-walking discovery in the case.

“Against the backdrop of former President Trump’s indictment on charges of willful and deliberate retention of classified documents, the Biden team’s drip, drip, drip of information made the discoveries seem even worse,” he wrote in an op-ed.

ABC host abruptly ends interview with JD Vance over Supreme Court remarks

Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, was shut down by ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday after suggesting that former President Trump could defy “illegitimate” Supreme Court rulings. 

“The Constitution says that the Supreme Court can make rulings, but if the Supreme Court ― and look, I hope that they would not do this ― but if the Supreme Court said the president of the United States can’t fire a general, that would be an illegitimate ruling and the president has to have Article 2 prerogative under the Constitution to actually run the military as he sees fit,” Vance said.

“This is just basic constitutional legitimacy. You’re talking about a hypothetical where the Supreme Court tries to run the military. I don’t think that’s going to happen, George. But of course, if it did, the president would have to respond to it. There are multiple examples throughout American history of the president doing just that.”

Stephanopoulos asked if the president must abide by legitimate Supreme Court rulings, and when Vance responded, the ABC News personality said, “You’ve made it very clear you believe the president can defy the Supreme Court.”

Vance attempted to respond by saying, “No, no, George …” but had his mic muted before the show went to break.

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The two sparred over remarks the Ohio senator made in 2021 on a podcast about how former President Trump should clean house if he were to be reelected in 2024.

“I think that what Trump should do, like if I was giving him one piece of advice, fire every single mid-level bureaucrat, every civil servant in the administrative state, replace them with our people. And when the courts – because you will get taken to court – and then when the courts stop you, stand before the country, like Andrew Jackson did, and say the chief justice has made his ruling, now let him enforce it,” Vance said on the podcast.

“Fire everyone in the government, then defy the Supreme Court. You think it’s OK for the president to fire the Supreme Court?” Stephanopoulos asked.

Vance argued that he did not say to fire everyone in the government, he said mid-level bureaucrats.

 Stephanopoulos interjected, “You said every civil servant in the administrative state.”

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“Let me finish the answer, George, you asked the question. We have a major problem here with administrators and bureaucrats in the government who don’t respond to the elected branches. Let’s just give one very real-world example of this. In 2019, Donald Trump, having defeated ISIS, said that we should redeploy our troops in Syria and Jordan out of the region. You had multiple members of the Defense Department bureaucracy who fought him on that. So, what happened? We have people who are sitting ducks in the Levant right now, three of whom just got killed because the bureaucrats aren’t listening to the political branches,” he said.

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“That’s a fundamental component of our government, George, that whoever is in charge, agree or disagree with them, you have to follow the rules. If those people aren’t following the rules, then, of course, you’ve got to fire them,” Vance said. “And, of course, the president has to be able to run the government as he thinks he should. That’s the way the Constitution works. It has been thwarted too much by the way our bureaucracy has worked over the past 15 years.”

South Dakota tribe bans Gov. Noem from reservation after remarks on US-Mexico border

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was banned from the Pine Ridge Reservation after speaking about wanting to bolster the U.S.-Mexico border by sending razor wire and security personnel to Texas, adding that cartels are infiltrating the state’s reservations.

Tribe President Frank Star Comes Out issued a statement on social media on Friday regarding Noem’s comments.

“Due to the safety of the Oyate, effective immediately, you are hereby Banished from the homelands of the Oglala Sioux Tribe,” Star Comes Out said in a Friday statement addressed to Noem. “Oyate” is a word for people or nation.

In a four-page letter shared on Facebook, Star Comes Out accused the South Dakota governor of using the issue at the border to get former President Trump reelected while boosting her chance of becoming his choice for vice president.

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Star Comes Out said he believes many people coming to the southern border in search of jobs and a better life are indigenous people from places like El Salvadore, Guatemala and Mexico and do not deserve to be “dehumanized and mistreated” by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and “his cohorts.”

“They don’t need to be put in cages, separated from their children like during the Trump Administration, or be cut up by razor wire furnished by, of all places, South Dakota,” Star Comes Out said.

The tribal leader also took offense to comments made by Noem about the “Ghost Dancers,” saying they are affiliated with cartels. Star Comes Out said the Ghost Dance is “one of the most sacred ceremonies” and accused Noem of using the term with “blatant disrespect” and of insulting the Oyate.

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Noem’s comments were made last Wednesday, and at the time, the Republican governor blasted conditions at the border.

During a speech to a joint session of the legislature, Noem said the U.S. was in a time of invasion, which was coming over the southern border.

“The 50 states have a common enemy, and that enemy is the Mexican drug cartels,” Noem said. “They are waging war against our nation, and these cartels are perpetuating violence in each of our stages, even right here in South Dakota.”

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In response to Star Comes Out’s comments, the governor said it was unfortunate he chose to bring politics into a discussion about the federal government’s failures to enforce federal laws at the southern border and on tribal lands.

“My focus continues to be on working together to solve those problems,” she said. “As I told bipartisan Native American legislators earlier this week, ‘I am not the one with a stiff arm here. You can’t build relationships if you don’t spend time together,’” Noem said. “I stand ready to work with any of our state’s Native American tribes to build such relationships.”

Noem has deployed South Dakota National Guard troops three times to the border, including last year, and she has visited several times, including on Friday. Other Republican governors have deployed troops and visited the border, too.

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In 2021, Noem drew criticism for accepting a $1 million donation offered by a wealthy Republican donor to help cover the cost of a two-month deployment of 48 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Houthis issue furious response after US, UK launch more strikes on Iran-backed group

Houthi rebels vowed “escalation” in reaction to U.S. and U.K. strikes launched in Yemen on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Iran-backed group vowed to continue its campaign of disrupting regional trade “no matter the sacrifices it costs us.” The U.S. and U.K. launched a series of attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen this weekend in reaction to a lethal drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan last week.

“The US-British coalition’s bombing of a number of Yemeni provinces will not change our position, and we affirm that our military operations against Israel will continue until the crimes of genocide in Gaza are stopped and the siege on its residents is lifted, no matter the sacrifices it costs us,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed al-Bukhaiti wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Our war is moral, and if we had not intervened to support the oppressed in Gaza, humanity would not have existed among humans. The American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered, and we will meet escalation with escalation,” he added.

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Tensions in the region have skyrocketed since three U.S. soldiers were killed in the attack in Jordan. President Biden vowed an ongoing response, targeting Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also refused to rule out the possibility of carrying out strikes within Iran in the near future on Sunday.

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“The president has approached this with a straightforward principle, which is that the United States will step up and respond when our forces are attacked. And the United States also is not looking for a wider war in the Middle East. We are not looking to take the United States to war. So we are going to continue to pursue a policy that goes down both of those lines simultaneously, that responds with force and clarity, as we did on Friday night, but also that continues to hew to an approach that does not get the United States pulled into a war, that we have seen too frequently in the Middle East,” Sullivan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” 

“Inside Iran? Would you rule that out at this point?” Bash asked. 

 “Look, sitting on a national TV program, I’m not going to rule in and rule out any activity anywhere. What I am going to say is that the president will do what he thinks needs to be done and again, reinforce the point that he’s going to defend our forces, and also that he is not looking to get into a war,” Sullivan said.

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Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Hezbollah threaten to open another front in Israel’s current war against Hamas. Hezbollah, an Iran-backed terror group in Lebanon, has launched hundreds of missiles across Israel’s northern border since Oct. 7, and Israeli military officials warned Sunday that they would not hesitate to invade.

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“We do not choose war as our first priority, but we are certainly prepared,” IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said. “We will continue to act wherever Hezbollah is present, we will continue to act wherever it is required in the Middle East. What is true for Lebanon is true for Syria, and is true for other more distant places.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report

Parents’ rights group rips ‘astonishing’ BLM Week of Action curriculums

FIRST ON FOX – As the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Week of Action kicks off this week in liberal school districts across the country, one parents’ rights group is taking aim at the controversial principles it seeks to impart on young students, including “fostering a queer-affirming network,” and “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”

The BLM Week of Action, which runs Feb. 5-9, is driven by the left-wing organization Black Lives Matter at School. The group says it’s founded on a list of four demands, including mandating Black history and ethnic studies courses, as well as 13 guiding principles, such as promoting trans ideology and globalism.

A report released Monday by Parents Defending Education (PDE), a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting indoctrination in the classroom, details the various BLM Week of Action curriculums being promoted by a number of school districts in various states, as well as the past repetition of Hamas terrorists’ talking points by Black Lives Matter at School.

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The PDE’s report rips many of the curriculums’ critical approach to Israel, which appears to stem from Black Lives Matter at School’s statement following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas terrorists that resulted in the murder and rape of more than 1,200 Israeli men, women, and children, including babies. In the statement, the group blamed Israel for the attack.

“BLM@School wants to be clear in our recognition that this unfolding loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives is the direct result of decades of Israeli settler colonialism, land dispossession, occupation, blockade, apartheid, and attempted genocide of millions of Palestinians. Palestinians are reminding us that decolonization is not a metaphor or abstraction, but requires real, daily struggle,” it said.

The report shows how that concerning sentiment reflects within the principles of BLM Week of Action, including in the curriculum being pushed by the Chicago Teachers Union that plans to promote a 10-point plan from The Black Panther Party, a radical organization most prominent during the Civil Rights era.

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That 10-point plan originally included a reference to “robbery by the White man” of the Black community, but other versions replaced “White man” with “Capitalists,” including the version that will be taught to Chicago school children this week.

According to the report, in California, the Berkeley Unified School District’s teaching resource guide includes one resource titled, “4 Things We Can Do to Prepare to Teach BLM at School Week,” that calls upon teachers to “reflect” how they are “implementing restorative justice practices, demanding mandated Black history and ethnic studies curricula, and ensuring classrooms are ‘Trans affirming and Queer affirming.’”

The report also points to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s plan to teach Black Lives Matter at School’s 13 guiding principles, which includes a goal to work “towards a queer-affirming network where heteronormative thinking no longer exists.” 

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The principles also promote a belief labeled as “Black villages,” which the group describes as “the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics.”

Other schools across the country plan to promote the BLM movement as a whole, as well as anti-“whiteness” and anti-Israel principles.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, PDE President Nicole Neily said, “It’s truly astonishing that districts around the country are still choosing to hold BLM Week of Action.”

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“For years, parents have been concerned about a week of activism that prioritizes ‘queer affirming’ and ‘disrupting the western nuclear family’ over remediating learning loss – but BLM’s unabashed support for Hamas should have been the nail in the coffin of this abysmal curriculum. The best way to set all students on a path to success is to teach them reading, writing, and math skills – not to encourage division and victimhood.”

NFL analyst can’t believe the odds as sports bets pour in ahead of Super Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and they could be ushered in as the next NFL dynasty if they win their third. 

Yet, despite the experience of Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, sportsbooks around the country believe the San Francisco 49ers, the winners of the NFC, are the slight favorites in this matchup. 

That has one NFL analyst very confused heading into the week before the big game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. 

“How in the world are the 49ers favored in this game?” Ross Tucker, the former NFL offensive lineman turned analyst, said on “Fescoe in the Morning.” “The Chiefs, I felt like, were clearly the better team in all three of the playoff games – including at Buffalo and at Baltimore. 

“The Niners, guys, I can name six plays right now off the top of my head in the Packers game where if they went the other way, the Packers win that game.… And then the Lions were killing the Niners until they peed down their leg like I’ve never seen before, one of the most epic meltdowns of all time. Honestly, I’m not a Lions fan, but that was hard to watch.

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“So, you’re telling me you’re going to say the Niners are the favorite? They’re like going off yards per play from the regular season, give me a break, bro. You’ve got to be kidding me. In a close game, you’re going to take Brock Purdy and Kyle Shanahan over Mahomes and Andy Reid? Yeah, not me. I’ve seen this movie too many times – I’m going to take the Chiefs.”

Like Tucker mentioned, perhaps oddsmakers are looking at the entire season as a whole when setting betting lines for this game. The 49ers were the second-best offense during the regular season in terms of yards per game. They averaged 398.4 per game with the third-most points per contest with 28.9. 

They also had a top-10 defense, finishing eighth in yards allowed (303.9) and the third-best average points allowed per game (17.5).

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Meanwhile, the Chiefs were still a great offense despite their issues throughout the year, finishing ninth in total yards (351.3 per game). However, they finished 15th in points scored (21.8). 

But nothing in the regular season matters when the playoffs roll around. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys understand that after a great regular season, leading to a division win, all just to lose at home in the wild-card round. Any team can get hot at the right time. 

The Chiefs did win the AFC West again this season, but some believed the Miami Dolphins – the top offense in the regular season – would be able to take them down on the road. And even if they didn’t, the Chiefs would have to go through Buffalo and Baltimore, both of which were Mahomes’ first career road playoff games. 

In the end, Mahomes and his unit look like they have in recent playoff trips, moving the ball well through Kelce, Isiah Pacheco and whoever else Reid is scheming open. 

The 49ers have had a more troubling two playoff games. Brock Purdy & Co. had to fight to take the lead late in the fourth quarter against the Packers, where Jordan Love eventually threw a bad interception on a potential game-winning drive for San Fran to escape with the win. 

Then, last week against the Detroit Lions, Tucker mentioned the epic breakdown that occurred where the Lions owned a 24-7 lead at halftime only to give it up in the second half. 

There’s no doubt both of these teams are matched up well, but Mahomes has the experience factor in the final game of the season, while this will be Purdy’s first trip to the Super Bowl. 

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That fact, regardless of the talent San Francisco possesses on the offensive side of the ball, is why many believe the Chiefs have the upper hand. But sportsbooks are thinking otherwise by a slight margin. 

Taylor Swift makes history at the Grammys as she announces brand new album for fans

Taylor Swift announced a new album Sunday night at the 2024 Grammys.

Swift will release “The Tortured Poets Department” on April 19.

The singer-songwriter announced the news after being awarded the Grammy for best pop vocal album for “Midnights.” Later in the evening, Swift also made history by winning her fourth album of the year award, also for “Midnights.”

“I love it so much. It makes me so happy,” Swift said while accepting the Grammy. “All I want to do is keep doing this. Mindblown. Thank you so much.”

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“This is my 13th Grammy, which is my lucky number,” she told the audience. “I don’t know if I’ve ever told you that.” She explained that she wanted to celebrate by “telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the past two years.”

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Swift appeared at Sunday’s award show without NFL star Travis Kelce. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end is preparing to play in Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 11.

The singer plans on being in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, Fox News Digital has learned. The global pop star is even planning how she’ll spend her time in Nevada, the source said.

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Ahead of the awards show, Swift changed her Instagram profile photo for a black and white version – potentially dropping a hint to fans of what was to come. The “Midnights” singer is known to give out “Easter eggs” – hinting at things that are set to happen for her fans to decipher.

“When I was 15 and putting together my first album … I decided to encode the lyrics with hidden messages using capital letters,” Swift previously told the Washington Post. “That’s how it started, and my fans and I have since descended into color coding, numerology, word searches, elaborate hints and Easter eggs.”

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The singer is known as a “mastermind,” even penning a song using the word. Swift sings, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail/Strategy sets the scene for the tale” in the hit song from her latest album, which landed her six Grammys nominations this year.

“I think the best messages are cryptic ones,” Swift told Entertainment Weekly. “Easter eggs can be left on clothing or jewelry. This is one of my favorite ways to do this because you wear something that foreshadows something else, and people don’t usually find out this one immediately, but they know you’re probably sending a message.”

“They’ll figure it out in time. Lots of examples of this exist through the history of my career.”

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Swift is set to return to “The Eras Tour” on Feb. 7 in Tokyo.

“The Eras Tour” is the first tour to ever cross the billion-dollar threshold, Pollstar found. Swift’s tour additionally brought in $200 million in merchandise sales and “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” earned the singer-songwriter roughly $250 million, marking it the highest-grossing concert film.

Man gains millions of TikTok followers for posting clever home repair hacks

A Florida man has accrued nearly 50 million likes and three million TikTok followers for sharing his simple – but clever – home repair hacks.

The TikTok user, who goes by the childhood name Gator, has posted hundreds of videos.

Gator, who hails from Tallahassee, told Fox News Digital that he was inspired to join TikTok after his son encouraged him to.

“[My son] posted a couple silly videos… and they did really well, close to a million [views],” he explained.

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“And I was like, ‘Well, let me just get that app.’ And then I actually started posting videos.”

Gator originally used his account to post funny videos. He was at 200,000 followers before someone suggested that he share his home repair expertise on the short-form video app.

“I went live with somebody and I was actually working at a rental house. And then they were like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m just fixing a water heater.'”

“They said, ‘Why don’t you make this your content?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. I never even thought about it.'”

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Gator told Fox News Digital that the first home repair video he posted amassed 20 million views in the first two days.

“And the whole comment section was just like, ‘Can you show me how to do another tape measure hack?’ ‘How do you use a drill?’ ‘Can you fix a toilet, do you fix a door?'”

“And I was like, this is crazy.”

The Florida resident said that he learned about home repair when he began building houses at 18.

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“We didn’t really have the Internet back then,” Gator explained. “So you had to either ask somebody or know somebody.”

The TikTok star said that he thinks his videos are popular because many young people aren’t taught basic skills. 

“When I was young, you had to get out and learn something. With social media and the technology, people are getting different jobs that don’t require them being out there working to learn anything,” he theorized.

“So they go to the Internet to find that.”

The unexpected social media personality called his TikTok stardom “a complete accident.”

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“I’ve never been on social media until a little over two years ago. Not ever. No Facebook. No nothing.”

A high point for Gator was when WD-40 reached out to him to offer a sponsorship deal.

“I’ve been using [WD-40] my whole life. My dad was in the Army, so I started showing WD-40 hacks…so then [they] contacted me.”

Despite his extensive construction experience, Gator maintains that he focuses on making videos that are accessible to all audiences.

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“I’m not showing you how to knock out a wall and remodel your bedroom. I’m showing you how to unclog a dishwasher and fix your garbage disposal.”

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