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Suspect in Joel Osteen church shooting identified, had message written on gun

Police in Houston, Texas, have identified the shooter who opened fire at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, Fox News has confirmed.

Moreno, originally from El Salvador, who had a lengthy criminal record, also previously used the name Jeffrey Escalante Moreno, investigators said. The shooter was killed after off-duty police officers at the church responded to the incident. Police said two people were injured – a 57-year-old man and the child who accompanied the shooter. 

Preliminary reporting indicated the shooter was transgender, but in a Monday news conference, investigators identified her as a woman and the biological mother of the 7-year-old child.

A search warrant showed that Moreno pointed an AR-15 at the officers who then fired upon her and killed her in self-defense.

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The preliminary reporting also indicated that the message “Free Palestine” was written on the rifle; investigators said later it was just “Palestine.”

Moreno, 36, had a criminal history including convictions for assaulting a police officer in 2009 and forgery in 2010. 

Members of the FBI, the Texas Rangers, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Conroe and Houston Police Departments were investigating a property Monday in Conroe, north of Houston, that was believed to be Moreno’s residence, KPRC reported.

The shooting unfolded Sunday afternoon before the Houston megachurch’s 2 p.m. Spanish service was set to begin.

Moreno entered the church with a long rifle, wearing a backpack and a trench coat and accompanied by the child, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

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After the shooter opened fire, off-duty officers at the scene “engaged” the shooter and returned fire. Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was shot in the head, authorities said. The child is not expected to survive, a Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson told the Houston Chronicle.

Commander Christopher Hassig of the Houston Police Department’s homicide division said, in addition to the AR-15, a .22 caliber rifle was also found in Moreno’s possession.

Investigators said they will look into how Moreno was able to purchase the two guns, one of which, Hassig said, was legally purchased in December.

Authorities said antisemitic writings were found inside the vehicle Moreno drove to the place of worship. Police did not say what was written, but suggested it may have stemmed from a familial dispute involving Moreno’s ex-husband and his family – some of whom police said are Jewish. 

During a Sunday news conference, Osteen thanked law enforcement and said that he was “devastated” by the shooting.  

“We don’t understand why all these things happened, but we know God’s in control,” Osteen said. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting “tragic.” 

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The motive for the shooting was unclear.

Finner said officers were wearing body cameras at the time, which will be reviewed as part of the investigation, along with security cameras at the church.

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.

Grammy-winning rapper clashes with ‘The View’ host over praise for Republican gov

Rapper Killer Mike clashed with host Sunny Hostin on “The View” Monday after offering some praise of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, while also explaining he’s focused on local elections when asked to explain why he wasn’t endorsing President Biden yet.

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin asked Killer Mike, a longtime progressive activist, about why he was hesitant to endorse Biden, to which he replied people should focus on their local communities.

“We get caught up in the soap opera of federal elections and that’s fine, but if you are concerned with the federal election, and you don’t know your city council, your wardsman, you don’t know who your mayor is, and you don’t have a good list of state representatives or governor, then you’re just a part of whoever wins the Super Bowl, the fanfare,” he responded during his media appearance.

The rapper supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016 and also worked with Georgia’s Democratic Sens. Jon Osoff and Raphael Warnock in their successful campaigns, which broke longtime Republican winning streaks in the state.

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He said the most important election for him is going to be Atlanta’s mayoral race and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, who he said was doing a good job with housing in the city. Killer Mike, an Atlanta native, also offered some praise for Kemp, who he said has done a good job with businesses in Georgia. 

“In terms of nationally, I’m just kind of doing what my grandfather said. Staying out of White folks’ business and watching what happens. I’m going to see what happens. If there’s a candidate that pops up around September, October, that needs a push that’s really, policy-wise is good for us that’s going to jump up, but right now I don’t want to be involved in the soap opera because I’m worried about what’s going on in Atlanta on the hyper-local level,” he said. 

Kemp has a unique place in politics, becoming a villain among Democrats for his gubernatorial victories over party favorite Stacey Abrams in 2018 and 2022, as well as his support for voting reforms that liberals maligned as suppression tactics. However, he also ran afoul of former President Trump by not going along with his stolen election narrative in the state in 2020.

Hostin told Mike she lost him with his “support of Kemp,” and the rapper pushed back.

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“Not support of Kemp,” he said. “That’s some misinformation. You can not like me, but don’t lie on me.” 

“He’s the governor of my state, I have to be involved with him, I can’t divorce myself,” he continued. “But let me say this, if you criticize someone, don’t lie. Don’t say I didn’t support [Stacey] Abrams because I did. Don’t say I don’t support Democrats because I’ve helped get three Democratic mayors elected, two state representatives elected, but if someone is in the king’s seat, I’m not going to not have dinner with the king on behalf of my people. I have to do that.”

Hostin then provided Killer Mike with a list of Biden administration accomplishments for the Black community, citing low employment, investments in HBCUs, increases in Black wealth and more. She told the rapper that she hoped he’d consider her points.

The rapper was recently arrested at the Grammys, and told the co-hosts of “The View” that he couldn’t speak about the arrest, but said it was water under the bridge.

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“I think the backstage was overcrowded. I think the winners were exuberant, and I think security got a little over-zealous, and it’s water under the bridge for me,” he said.

49ers players make candid admission on overtime rules following loss to Chiefs

NFL fans saw the league’s new postseason overtime rules in effect during Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

As the game went into overtime, the league reminded fans on X about the rules. Both teams have the opportunity to get the ball at least once during overtime unless the team kicking off received a safety on the team’s initial possession. If one team has more points than its opponent after the two possessions, it is declared the winner.

If the game is tied after the two possessions or neither team scored on their first possession, then the game goes into sudden death.

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Chiefs players said they had gone over a strategy in case the game went into overtime. Niners players admitted they didn’t know the rules for overtime. San Francisco won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first.

“You know what? I didn’t even realize the playoff rules were different in overtime,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said after the game, via ESPN. “I assume you just want the ball to score a touchdown and win. I guess that’s not the case. I don’t totally know the strategy there. We hadn’t talked about it, no.”

Niners defensive end Arik Armstead also didn’t know the rules.

“I didn’t even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me,” he said, via ESPN. “I didn’t even really know what was going on in terms of that.”

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Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested he had a strategy for overtime.

“If both teams matched and scored, we wanted to be the ones with the chance to go win it,” he said. “We got that field goal, so we were hoping to hold them to at least a field goal. If we did, we felt it was in our hands after.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said they had a plan for overtime no matter how the coin toss went.

Patrick Mahomes threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman to top the 49ers, 25-22. He said the team had an overtime strategy.

Mahomes said Hardman was confused if he actually won the game.

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“I threw a touchdown to this dude at the end of the game, and he looked at me, and he had no idea,” Mahomes told the NFL Network. “I said, ‘Dude, we just won the Super Bowl!’ He blacked out, he had no idea. He didn’t even celebrate at the beginning.”

US tennis star’s girlfriend says ‘gross’ fans harassed her at Super Bowl

Morgan Riddle, the girlfriend of U.S. tennis star Taylor Fritz, posted about her frightening experience at Super Bowl LVIII and the harassment she faced across the weekend in Las Vegas.

Riddle posted early Monday morning recalling the situation she faced. She wrote on her Instagram Stories she was groped over the weekend and couldn’t enjoy the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

“Wasn’t going to post about this but I actually think it’s important to,” she wrote. “I can’t believe the levels of harassment we dealt with this weekend from men. In the last 3 days, I’ve been grabbed, gropped (sic), harassed, cat called incessantly – basically every few minutes when we were out in public. And it was really bad at the game today. 

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“We couldn’t even enjoy the game without getting bothered by drunk, rude, gross male fans, its (sic) extremely stressful and scary.”

In one post, Riddle wrote that she stayed in the bathroom through the third quarter because she was having a panic attack.

She later expanded on that moment in a video.

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“There was a father at the game with his son who looked about 10 years old. He used his kid as a vehicle to try to hit on us – and his own son, a child, turned to him and said, ‘dad, what are you doing?’ How do you think little boys become obnoxious men?” Riddle wrote.

“I have male sports fans who follow me and luckily I’ve never experienced something like this with tennis but I hope any guy reading this understands the gravity of your words and action. We’re all just there to try and watch a football game.”

She added, “getting grabbed by grown men is scary and I’m sensitive.”

Riddle, 26, and Fritz 26, have been dating since at least 2020, according to the New York Post.

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Fritz recently made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

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Bill Maher reacts to SCOTUS case on Colorado’s Trump ballot ban

“Real Time” host Bill Maher offered his approval of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling to strike down Colorado’s ballot ban of former President Trump, insisting it’s not “the way” to go about defeating him in 2024. 

Maher kicked off a panel discussion Friday night by saying the courts “are gonna be everything in this election” and that they’ll ultimately be “the decider.”

He first approvingly cited the federal appeals court’s ruling that Trump was not immune from prosecution in the 2020 election case. He then expressed frustration that “we may not even get the big trial” before November because the courts are “moving too slow.”

“So f— them,” Maher exclaimed. 

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The HBO star then pivoted to last week’s Supreme Court arguments pertaining to Colorado’s controversial decision to bar Trump from the primary ballot based on his actions leading up to the events of Jan. 6. 

But unlike many liberals in the media championing Colorado’s case, Maher took Trump’s side. 

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“The Supreme Court [is] about to rule, and it looks like it’s going to go in Trump’s favor, about whether individual states can bar someone from running under the Insurrection Act because January 6,” Maher said. “Now look, even people who do not want Trump to be president and I think that everybody at this table- many of those people including myself, I must say, not opposed to this ruling like because I just don’t think this is the way you can do it.”

“First of all, it’s a little murky whether that January 6 was an ‘insurrection,’” Maher continued. “It certainly was a riot. It was a bunch of- a lot of those people- some of them were definitely there to stop that election. A lot of them were just like, ‘Oh good, Trump. I love him and ooh, the Capitol is open now.'”

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Maher went on to point out that “half the country” has not been convinced about Trump’s alleged wrongdoing between the impeachment trial, the Jan. 6 committee and the media’s constant coverage attacking the former president. 

“If they do this, if they bar Trump from running, or he loses the election because he couldn’t run in two states, this will become the norm,” Maher added. 

Game show exec gives behind-the-scenes info on why Mayim Bialik got canned

An executive producer is sharing behind-the-scenes info about the recent “Jeopardy!” hosting shake-up.

During the “Unscripted Storytellers” panel at the 2024 Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Michael Davies, a showrunner with “Jeopardy!” spoke about the decision to let Mayim Bialik go and make Ken Jennings the sole host.

“When I took over the show, we were really forced into that situation from everything that happened before, the guest hosting period,” Davies said, per a report from People. “Mayim was left hosting the primetime versions; I brought in Ken to guest-host once Mayim had her schedule on her FOX sitcom [‘Call Me Kat’].”

He further explained that the decision was part of an overall desire for “consistency” for the game show.

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“Over the past two-and-a-half seasons, what we’ve heard from a lot of television stations and other interested parties is that they wanted more consistency,” Davies said during the panel. “They wanted a single host.”

Davies didn’t rule out Bialik coming back in the future.

“Mayim is a superb host,” he said. “We hope to keep working with her on primetime versions and other spinoffs.”

He added, “Those conversations are ongoing – but Ken really won the job.”

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Fox News Digital reached out for comment from “Jeopardy!” but did not immediately hear back.

Bialik announced that she was let go from the hosting gig at “Jeopardy!” in December on social media. 

“As the holiday break begins in Hollywood, I have some Jeopardy! news,” she wrote. “Sony has informed me that I will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of Jeopardy!”

She continued, she was “honored” to have been part of the show, including earning an Emmy nomination for hosting, and wrote, “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Jeopardy! family.” 

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In a statement shared to the official “Jeopardy!” Instagram page, the show shared, “Mayim Bialik has announced she will no longer be hosting the syndicated version of ‘Jeopardy!’ We made the decision to have one host for the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated ‘Jeopardy!’”

“We are truly grateful for all of Mayim’s contributions to ‘Jeopardy!’ and we hope to continue to work with her on primetime specials,” the statement concluded.

Jennings later told The Hollywood Reporter he had been caught “off guard” by Bialik’s exit.

“It took me off guard, because I loved working with my Mayim, and I’m gonna miss her,” he told the outlet in December. “I can’t speak to her decision-making process or her opinions about it.”

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As for being sole host of the show, Jennings said, “I’m just a fan of ‘Jeopardy!’ and I’m always delighted to host when they call upon me. I just feel extremely lucky to have even been considered for this job as a non-broadcaster.”

Jennings and Bialik began hosting “Jeopardy!” in 2021 as part of the show’s audition process following the death of Alex Trebek. In 2022, they were announced as new permanent hosts, and took turns hosting regular episodes and tournaments, while Bialik solely handled “Celebrity Jeopardy!”

Fox News Digital’s Emily Trainham, Brie Stimson, and Ashley Hume contributed to this report.

US tourist killed in crossfire between rival drug dealers in Mexico resort town

An American woman died in the crossfire of an apparent drug deal gone bad at a popular Mexican beach resort in the municipality of Tulum. 

The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation into the Feb. 9 incident which saw the death of an alleged drug dealer from Belize and an American woman, later identified as 44-year-old Los Angeles native Niko Honarbakhsh, according to ABC News. 

The dead man had cocaine and “transparent bags with red and orange pills” as well as bags with “brown granulated powder” in his possession when he was killed, leading the prosecutor’s office to determine that he was likely a drug dealer and part of a gang. 

Local reports tried to connect the pair and indicated they were involved in a relationship, but the prosecutor’s office dismissed these reports as inaccurate, according to a statement. 

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Prosecutors maintain that Honarbakhsh died as a result of a stray bullet. Both bodies will undergo autopsies as part of the investigation. 

Prosecutors have identified suspects and have started pursuing leads to apprehend them. None of the suspects have been named.

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Other tourists in recent years have died in gang-related crossfire in Tulum. Two such tourists, which included a California travel blogger and a German, were killed in 2021 while eating in a restaurant after rival drug dealers started shooting each other. 

Tulum is located south of Cancun and just a few hours north of the border with Belize, which also sits on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. 

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The U.S. last year issued “Do Not Travel” warnings for parts of Mexico ahead of the popular March spring break travel period, citing gang violence and noting that U.S. citizens have “become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.” 

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Cartel members kidnapped four Americans who traveled across the border seeking cosmetic surgery, but two of the Americans and an innocent Mexican bystander died during a shootout. 

The U.S. State Department did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment by time of publication. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Passenger dies mid-flight after violent illness: ‘Everyone was screaming’

A Lufthansa German Airlines passenger died on a flight from Bangkok to Munich last week after spitting up “liters” of blood, according to Swiss media. 

An airline spokesperson said flight crew and a doctor on board administered aid but the passenger died midflight, forcing the plane to turn around after about an hour and a half in the air. 

Passengers on board flight LH773 described the horror that unfolded, leading up to the 63-year-old passenger’s death. 

One passenger, a 55-year-old nursing specialist named Karin Missfelder, told Swiss outlet Blick she noticed something was wrong with the passenger in the row in front of her. 

“He had cold sweats, was breathing much too quickly, and was already apathetic,” she said. 

A 30-year-old Polish doctor on board the plane evaluated the passenger’s condition. The passenger was then given a chamomile tea, and he began to “spit blood into the bag that his wife held out to him.” 

The passenger was said to have lost “liters” of blood. 

“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Missfelder recalled. 

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Flight attendants tried to resuscitate the passenger for half an hour, but it was too late. 

Per flightradar24, the flight had left Bangkok International Airport just after midnight before turning around. 

FOX Business has reached out to Lufthansa for more information. 

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The passengers on board the canceled flight were later rebooked to other flights, Lufthansa said. 

Internet makes NFL legend eat his words for poorly aged hot take about Patrick Mahomes

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman learned the hard way Sunday night into Monday that time flies by real fast and that social media is forever.

A September 2019 post on X from Aikman attempted to tamp down on the hype around Patrick Mahomes as he came off a season in which he threw 50 touchdown passes. By the night of Sept. 29, 2019, Mahomes had the Chiefs at 4-0 with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Athletic’s Kansas City X account wrote, “ICYMI: ‘Patrick Mahomes has thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.’” They promoted one podcast interview.

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Aikman fired back with, “iCYMI: Talk to me when he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles.”

Nearly five years later, Mahomes has 100% of Aikman’s Super Bowl titles and then some.

The Chiefs quarterback solidified himself as one of the all-time great players as he led Kansas City to a Super Bowl championship on Sunday, 25-22, over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime.

Naturally, Aikman heard about it on social media.

“Well, @PatrickMahomes now has three Super Bowl rings, Troy,” journalist Roland Martin wrote on X.

“100% with 3 MVPs. Oops,” SiriusXM’s Andreas Hale wrote.

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CBS Sports’ Shehan Jeyarajah wrote: “Patrick Mahomes has thrown 132% of Troy Aikman’s passing touchdowns and won 100% of his Super Bowls in about 58% of his career games.”

Kansas City Sports Network’s account added: “Narrator: Patrick Mahomes would go on to earn 100% of Troy Aikman’s Super Bowl Titles before turning 29 years old.”

Aikman congratulated the Chiefs on Monday.

“Congratulations to the Hunt family, Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization. What an amazing run they are on!”

Mahomes has 5,135 passing yards and 41 touchdowns in 18 postseason games. He’s also on a seven-game winning streak after having won back-to-back titles.

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In 16 postseason games, Aikman had 3,849 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes.

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