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Biden refuses to take questions during White House address attacking Trump

President Biden explicitly told reporters on Tuesday he was not taking questions during remarks he made at the White House following last week’s explosive press conference. 

“I’m not going to be taking any questions, but I’ll be taking questions tomorrow or the next day,” Biden said as he approached the podium. “But I don’t want anything to get in the way of this statement.”

Biden stuck to the script for roughly eight minutes, speaking about the Senate passing the $95 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and urging House Republicans to pass the bill. He railed against those opposing the bill, saying they’re “playing into Putin’s hands.”

He also attacked former President Trump for his recent comments about not protecting NATO allies from Russia if they haven’t paid their commitments. 

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Biden typically ends his speeches with “May God protect our troops.” This time he said, “God bless you all. May God protect our Speaker.”

“And I promise I’ll come back and answer questions later. Thank you,” Biden added before walking away.

The president’s refusal to take questions immediately comes just days after he lashed out at several reporters following the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s damning report that fueled more questions about his mental acuity. 

At a last-minute primetime White House press conference Thursday, Biden took questions from reporters with many exchanges turning combative. 

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy was the first to catch Biden’s attention. 

“Something the special counsel said in his report is that one of the reasons you were not charged is because, in his description, you are a ‘well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,'” Doocy said.

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“I’m well-meaning and I’m an elderly man and I know what the hell I’m doing,” Biden responded. “I’ve been president and I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation—”

“How bad is your memory? And can you continue as president?” Doocy asked. 

“My memory is so bad I let you speak,” Biden shot back. 

Washington Post reporter Tyler Pager asked Biden whether he was concerned that the report would “fuel further concern about your age,” to which Biden swiped, “Only by some of you.”

The president later got into a combative exchange with CNN correspondent MJ Lee, who pressed him on his previous comments urging Americans to “watch me” when he’s asked about his age.

“Many [of the] American people have been watching, and they have expressed concerns about your age,” Lee said.

“That is your judgment!” Biden shouted at her. “That is your judgment! That is not the judgment of the press.”

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“They’ve expressed concerns about your mental acuity,” Lee continued. “They say that you’re too old. Mr. President, you told me in December that you believe there are many Democrats who could defeat Donald Trump. So why does it have to be you now?”

“Because I’m the most qualified person in this country to be President of the United States and finish the job I started,” Biden responded. 

Biden also made headlines for mistakenly mixing up Egypt with Mexico when discussing the Israel-Gaza war. 

Hur, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents, concluded he would not bring charges against him in part because a jury would find him to be a “sympathetic, well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory,” despite the acknowledgment that the documents were “willfully” obtained by Biden both as vice president and as a senator. 

Hur’s report also revealed Biden had a “hazy” memory about when he was previously in office and when his son Beau died.

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These revelations, in addition to his recent slew of gaffes, continue to fuel concerns among voters that 81-year-old Biden is too old to seek a second term, which polls have repeatedly shown. 

Gang members arrested for machete attacks that left 8 dead in tourist hot spot

Mexican authorities have arrested six members of a drug gang in connection to the brutal slaying of at least eight people in Cancun.

Officials said the arrests were made after the horrifying discovery of five dismembered bodies inside a taxi on Jan. 29 this year. The victims were not identified by the Attorney General’s Office of the state of Quintana Roo. 

Prosecutors alleged the six suspects hacked up five people with a machete and dumped three other victims in a shallow grave. Mexican police seized drugs from the group, including marijuana, cocaine and crack, as well as two firearms exclusively used by the military, two motorcycles allegedly used to transport the mutilated bodies, and two cars including one that was reported stolen, authorities said.

The attorney general’s office also announced the arrest of 23 people who allegedly operated a fake tour agency as cover for a drug operation in Cancun.

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The drug ring allegedly operated a “call center” that offered tourist trips and sports equipment in the popular resort city on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. That business served as a facade to carry out activities related to drug dealing, prosecutors said. Drug deals would allegedly be made over the phone and then delivered via motorcycle.

A day earlier, prosecutors confirmed that an American woman and a man from Belize were shot to death on Feb. 9 in an apparent dispute between drug dealers at a beach club in the resort city of Tulum, south of Cancun.

The Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office said the woman had no connection to the man, an alleged drug dealer, and was unfortunately caught in the crossfire.

Prosecutors said the dead man had transparent bags containing white powder that resembled cocaine on his person, transparent bags with red and orange pills and a transparent bag containing brown granulated powder. They have identified suspects in the shooting who are now wanted by authorities. 

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The illegal drug trade is a source of ongoing violence and danger to tourists in the state of Quintana Roo.

Last year, Mexican authorities closed down 23 pharmacies at Caribbean coast resorts after a research report warned drug stores were selling fake opioids to foreigners. 

Officials said a four-day raid targeted drugstores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum accused of pushing pills passed off as oxycodone, Percocet and Adderall without prescriptions. 

The raid came months after the U.S. State Department warned travelers about counterfeit pills sold at pharmacies in Mexico that often contain fentanyl.

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Foreign tourists visiting resorts near Cancun have been killed in drug disputes before.

In 2021 in Tulum, two tourists — one German and a California travel blogger born in India — were killed while eating at a restaurant. They apparently were caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between rival drug dealers.

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Last year, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert warning travelers to “exercise increased situational awareness” especially after dark, at Mexico’s Caribbean beach resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Even so, Mexico’s tourism industry is booming along the Caribbean coast. Government figures show foreign tourists spent almost $31 billion in Mexico in 2023, an increase of 10% from 2022. Nearly half of all foreigners who travel to Mexico go to Cancun. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

John Kirby frustrated by Karine Jean-Pierre’s role in his briefings

John Kirby is reportedly frustrated by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s role in calling on reporters during his press briefings, following reports of tension between the two White House officials. 

“Mr. Kirby had privately acknowledged, when asked, that he would one day like to be named press secretary, and he has expressed frustration that Ms. Jean-Pierre picked the reporters who ask him questions at briefings,” The New York Times reported, citing the people they interviewed for the article. 

Kirby has been appearing alongside Jean-Pierre relatively often since Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attacks. Kirby was officially promoted on Sunday to a role that will put him in charge of coordinating communications across several agencies.

A U.S. official said Kirby’s new title will be White House national security advisor, elevating him from deputy assistant, up to assistant to the president.

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In the new role, Kirby will direct a small team, separate from the National Security Council’s press office. “He evinces a clarity and comfort at the lectern that can sometimes elude Ms. Jean-Pierre, 49, a more rote public speaker with less experience tussling with an adversarial press,” the Times reported.

The New York Times reported that Jean-Pierre spent nearly “half the time” at the press briefing lectern on Friday after White House Counsel Ian Sams’ spoke to reporters and answered questions about Biden’s memory.

“The situation was awkward from the start,” the outlet reported. The report also said Jean-Pierre had “growing pains.” 

“At a May 2022 reception on the Truman Balcony, held in honor of Ms. Psaki’s departure, Mr. Biden was speaking with a group of aides when he tried to reassure Ms. Jean-Pierre not to worry about filling Ms. Psaki’s shoes, according to two people with direct knowledge of their exchange,” the report read.

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Biden reportedly told her, “you’ll have an admiral looking over your shoulder.” The White House told the Times Biden never made the comment.

Both Jean-Pierre and Kirby praised each other in statements given to the Times. The White House also provided the statements to Fox News Digital. 

“Admiral Kirby is an excellent colleague and I’m proud to work with him. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and have great respect for his service to our country.  His military experience and the work he has done as part of the national security team have been immensely helpful to the White House, particularly with two ongoing conflicts around the world,” Jean-Pierre said in the statement. Kirby similarly praised Jean-Pierre as a “ground-breaking, trail-blazing professional and a role model.”

“I don’t know anyone more dedicated to the task of explaining the goals of this administration. It’s a privilege to be in her company, to watch her work and to learn from her. And I’m lucky to get to do that every day,” he continued. 

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Axios reported on some ongoing tension between Jean-Pierre and Kirby in January. 

The report said their relationship was “fraught with tension.” 

“Jean-Pierre and Kirby have split the podium in the White House press room more frequently since the Israel-Hamas war began in October — aggravating tensions that began in the spring of 2022, when Jen Psaki departed as press secretary, current and former Biden officials said,” Axios reported.

Taylor Swift got Kanye West ‘kicked out’ of Super Bowl, ex-NFL star says

An A-list celebrity rivalry that began almost 15 years ago is apparently still going strong.

On Sept. 13, 2009, Taylor Swift, then 19 years old, was accepting the MTV Video Music Award for the Best Female Video in “You Belong With Me.”

During her speech, she was infamously interrupted by Kanye West, who shocked the world with a few sentences.

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“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I [will] let you finish,” he began. “But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!”

West was referencing Beyonce’s video for “Single Ladies,” and the audience booed as Swift was clearly flustered. West was removed from the show and “Single Ladies” wound up winning Video of the Year — yet the R&B artist brought Swift on stage so she could finish her speech.

Well, Swift apparently hasn’t forgotten about that.

Swift was at the Super Bowl this past weekend in support of her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, whose Kansas City Chiefs won, 25-22, in overtime for their second straight title.

The suites at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas were filled with A-listers, including Swift and, apparently, West was supposed to be one.

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But former NFL star Brandon Marshall says Swift actually had the rapper booted from the stadium.

“Kanye West pulls up to Vegas. Kanye West buys a ticket right in front of [Taylor Swift]’s booth,” Marshall said on the “I Am Athlete” podcast. “Taylor Swift gets pissed off. She boom boom makes a call or two. Everybody’s involved. He gets kicked out the stadium. He was trying to leverage her celebrity.”

West rapped about the VMA incident in his 2016 hit song “Famous,” saying the incident made Swift famous.

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b—- famous,” he rapped. The song was nominated for a Grammy.

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Kelce had nine receptions for 93 yards in the Super Bowl, and Swift celebrated with him on the field postgame. She, Kelce, Patrick Mahomes and other members of the Chiefs celebrated at an after-party held at Zouk in Las Vegas.

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State attorney general calls on Harris to declare Biden unfit to be president

FIRST ON FOX: Republican West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is officially calling on Vice President Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment and seek to remove President Biden from office.

In a Tuesday letter to Harris, Morrisey cites the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report last week, which detailed numerous memory lapses by Biden, and other frequent gaffes that Biden has committed during his time in office as reasons for such drastic constitutional action to be taken.

“For too long, Americans have had to stand by and watch as their President has experienced a profound cognitive decline. Over the last few months alone, President Biden has mixed up world leaders and political figures, strained to address basic issues in public speeches, and wandered out of events in a disoriented state,” Morrisey wrote in the letter.

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“These serious mental missteps have equally serious consequences,” he added before detailing multiple instances in which Biden’s advanced age and apparent cognitive decline appeared to surface in his interactions with foreign leaders.

Those gaffes included when Biden appeared to fall asleep during the COP26 climate change conference in 2021, and when he was forced to clarify the U.S.’s “One China” policy after committing to defend Taiwan militarily should it be attacked.

“I am writing to urge you to invoke your powers under Section 4 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment and declare that President Biden is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” Morrisey added.

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Fox News Digital has reached out to the White House and Harris’ office for comment.

Hur’s damaging report, stemming from the investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, said the president would face no charges partly because his defense would possibly be that “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

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The report cited examples when investigators said the president’s memory lapsed, including when his older son, Beau, died, and caused a heightened concern among Democrats who previously backed the president despite Republican attacks on his ability to serve.

Other elected officials have also called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked after the release of the Hur report, including Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa.

Missouri university asked to pay $74 billion to descendants of slaves

Descendants of the enslaved Black people who built a university in Missouri calculated that they were owed up to $74 billion in unpaid labor.

The calculation was announced on St. Louis University’s campus [SLU] on Thursday – an effort being pushed by the Descendants of St. Louis University Enslaved [DSLUE]. 

DSLUE was joined by a state lawmaker, a civil rights attorney, and economists to announce their estimation of the monetary value of unpaid labor in the construction of SLU.

Based on “labor for 24 hours per day, 365 days per year for 70 enslaved people from 1823-1865,” economist Julianne Malveaux estimated that $365 million in unpaid labor is owed. Furthermore, adding interest over time amounts to $70 billion.

Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney and the lead counsel for DSLUE, reportedly sent a letter to St. Louis University President Fred Pestello, saying that the institution needs to do more to redeem itself even though the institution has already “taken steps to recognize and memorialize its history through the Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project (SHMRP.)”

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The SHMRP was a report issued in 2016 based on an investigation of SLU’s ties to the institution of slavery.

“That report revealed that Jesuits forcefully relocated slaves from Maryland in 1823 to St. Louis specifically to exploit their stolen labor and skills to build St. Louis University,” Martin said. 

Noting that SLU owned, sold, and trafficked slaves until 1865, Martin said that “those enslaved were robbed of wages, and treated with cruelty and disregarded for their humanity.” 

She explained further that although SLU acknowledged its ties to slave practices, mere “acknowledgments” do not make her clients “whole.”

“I look forward to working with university leadership to come up with a plan to compensate the descendants for what they are rightfully owed,” Martin said.

Martin is representing over 200 descendants of Henrietta Mills and Charles Chauvin who are part of DSLUE. 

Robin Proudie, a great-grandaughter of Mills, said at the press conference that “We’re not asking for a handout.”

She explained further, “We’re asking for their debt to be paid.”

DSLUE was founded by Proudie who started the organization after learning that Mills, her great-grandmother, was born into slavery at St. Louis University in 1844–information she discovered from original documents from the Saint Louis University Archives.

According to the DSLUE website, Proudie studied Saint Louis University, the USA Central, and Southern Province Jesuits’ “ties to the institution of slavery.”

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“The research has since revealed that over a hundred of her ancestors were trafficked by SLU and the Jesuits in Missouri from 1823-1865,” the DSLUE stated. They went on to say, “For Robin, the names on the records breathed back to life the dry bones of a people, ancestors who had been used, slained, and forgotten.”

SLU officials sent Fox News Digital the following statement.

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“We understand and share the sense of urgency expressed by several members of the descendant community. SLU’s participation in the institution of slavery was a grave sin. We acknowledge that progress on our efforts to reconcile with this shameful history has been slow, and we regret the hurt and frustration this has caused.”

“Continuing this work is a priority for SLU and the Society of Jesus. As we move forward, we hope to re-establish and build deeper relationships with all descendant families, to explore together how best to honor the memory of those who were enslaved by the Jesuits.”

Tom Brady defends Travis Kelce’s sideline outburst at Andy Reid

Before the Kansas City Chiefs won their second consecutive Super Bowl, Travis Kelce went viral for all the wrong reasons.

The star tight end, who had enough eyeballs on him with it being a Taylor Swift-included Super Bowl, quickly became the talk of the night when he screamed in the face of his head coach in Andy Reid.

The incident occurred shortly after an Isiah Pacheco fumble in the first half while Kelce was not on the field. Kelce ran over to Reid and gave him an earful, appearing to grab his arm and bump in the process before Jerick McKinnon had to pull him away.

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Both Kelce and Reid downplayed the incident afterward — Kelce admitted he was mic’d up, so that may “[tell] the world” what he really said, but he left it at, “I was just telling him how much I love him.”

That’s obviously tough to believe, but Reid actually said he “love[d]” the passion from Kelce, and that “the guy wants to play and wants to be in there playing.”

Maybe that’s coach speak, and Reid probably just didn’t care about it anymore as he was celebrating yet another Super Bowl. But, it might actually be the truth, because even the GOAT says so.

Tom Brady shared his fair share of emotion on the field during his 23 glorious years in the NFL, and seven Super Bowls seem to hint that it worked out.

And that’s why he recently defended Kelce.

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“There’s always little family issues, and of course I don’t mind seeing it ’cause I was a part of a lot of those things. Emotions are so high. You are definitely not centered and balanced. You’re not in a meditative state at that point. You are fully determined to go out there and to win,” Brady said on his Sirius XM show “Let’s Go!” with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.

“So I think a lot of the things that are said during the games, people should just let them fly off their back. And I actually think coach Reid handled it just awesome, like he always does, ’cause he just said, ‘I was a little off balance and Travis is such a competitor.’ And I love that because it just speaks to his leadership ability.”

Kelce ended the game with a team-high 93 yards on nine catches to help collect his third Super Bowl ring of his career. Unsurprisingly, the two were able to hug it out in the celebration.

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It was the Chiefs’ third title in five years, officially joining the dynasty conversation.

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Shocking testimony from parents on both sides in Gabby Petito lawsuit

Brian Laundrie told his parents “Gabby’s gone” repeatedly in a “very nervous and very scattered” phone call from Jackson, Wyoming, two days after he is believed to have killed her at a campsite outside of town, according to court transcripts made public Monday.

Both Christopher and Roberta Laundrie conceded in depositions for a civil lawsuit that they had concerns for Petito’s welfare after the conversations.

Petito’s father, in a fiery deposition of his own, called Laundrie a “piece of s—” who was “raised by pieces of s—.”

Both of Laundrie’s parents could not identify any girlfriends prior to Petito. However, they described him as an outgoing person with a lot of friends. They recalled meeting Petito for the first time and revealed that they had been under criminal investigation in the fall of 2021 in connection with the case. Neither parent was charged. 

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He asked his father for help with a lawyer, and although Christopher Laundrie denied knowledge of Petito’s murder at the time, he told Petito family attorney Pat Reilly that, “after the conversation of how frantic he was and, you know, it was something I thought we had to consider.”

Roberta Laundrie, giving her own deposition a day later, also recalled the event.

“I just know from the tone of Chris’s voice it was something serious,” she told Reilly.

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They took it seriously enough to contact their attorney, Steve Bertolino, and send him $25,000 to retain a Wyoming-based law firm on behalf of their son, but they said they did not know what actually happened to Petito at the time.

“If she just left and walked away, do you think he would have needed an attorney for that?” Reilly asked.

You want me to assume that they spent all this money on an attorney because a boy broke up with his girlfriend?

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“It was – it was a situation of how frantic he was,” Christopher Laundrie replied in his deposition. “I had no idea what to think. He asked me to get a lawyer, and I couldn’t get any more information from him.”

Days later, when the killer showed up on his parents’ driveway in Petito’s van, “like a kid who came home, you know, in trouble,” his father said. 

“Let’s connect the dots,” Reilly said. “He told you Gabby was gone. He’s frantic, and he’s upset. He’s like a kid that came home, and he was in trouble. Did that lead you to believe he murdered Gabby?”

“No,” Christopher Laundrie replied. Ultimately, he said, Bertolino told him not to try and discuss Petito’s disappearance with his son – and he said it was not “his place” to send an anonymous tip to police as the case picked up nationwide attention in September 2021.

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A Florida court published the testimony of Brian Laundrie’s parents regarding what and when they knew about the death of Gabby Petito on Monday as part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

Read the deposition of Christopher Laundrie

Christopher Laundrie said he did not know the couple had left on their cross-country road trip until he saw a phone bill that showed his son called a realtor in Utah.

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He said that when his son flew home for a few days in August 2021 after a domestic violence incident in Moab, Petito “didn’t feel safe” so his son “put her in a hotel.” However, he said he was not aware of the police stop until after it was reported in the news. Roberta Laundrie said she did not know about the stop until after her son was dead, even though he had come home twice by then.

Christopher Laundrie repeatedly called his son on the suspected day of Petito’s murder before the two spoke for about five minutes, Petito family attorney Pat Reilly said during his deposition. 

Read the deposition of Roberta Laundrie

“Do you know why you would have called him three times within a three-hour period and left him a voice mail message?” Reilly asked.

“I might have just been wanting to talk to him,” Laundrie replied. He said he could not recall what the two spoke about when he finally got through. He said they had a “very good conversation” the following day, but Aug. 29 became “the day everything you know, hit the fan.”

“He was not calm, and he got very exciting and told me things had – you know, ‘Gabby’s gone,’ and he got very frantic,” Laundrie said of his conversation with his son that day. “Everything was frantic and quick. So you know, Gabby’s gone.”

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The father said he had “no idea” what his son meant.

“He said, you know, ‘Can you help me,’ you know, and he might need a lawyer,” Christopher Laundrie said.

Laundrie, the only suspect in Petito’s death, is believed to have killed her around Aug. 28, 2021. According to his father’s deposition, he made a “frantic” phone call to his parents the next day, telling them “Gabby was ‘gone’” and that he needed a lawyer. Christopher Laundrie soon sent a $25,000 check to Bertolino to retain a Wyoming lawyer for Brian.

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Petito’s parents filed a lawsuit against the Laundries, and later Bertolino, alleging they knew about the murder, tried to help the killer avoid justice and caused emotional distress with a public statement expressing “hope” that she would be “reunited with her family” more than two weeks after her death.

Wayne Pollock, an attorney and media consultant who specializes in “the court of public opinion,” argued the statement was reasonable and ethical as part of an effort to end the case against him. In part, he argued that the controversial statement was warranted because Rick Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s parents, had been publicly demanding answers from the Laundries. 

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The filings were made public as part of Bertolino’s motion for summary judgment – which, if successful, would allow the judge to make a ruling in the case without a full trial. The parties are scheduled for mediation on Feb. 21.

The depositions of Petito’s parents were also made public. Her father, in a fiery, 59-page document, said that after reading Bertolino’s Sept. 14 statement he was furious and that he’d learned that before Laundrie’s remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, “rodents ate him.”

The FBI and police in North Port, Florida, recovered partial skeletal remains in the swamp after searching there for weeks when floodwaters  finally receded. Laundrie shot himself in the head with a revolver and left behind a confession in a waterproof bag, in which he admitted to killing Petito and tried to frame the murder as a sympathetic act.

If the case goes to trial, it is scheduled to begin on May 13.

Petito’s parents have started a foundation in her name, which donated $100,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline last year.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE).

‘Rocky’ star and wife become US citizens: ‘America has given me an amazing life’

“Rocky” star Dolph Lundgren and his new wife Emma Krokdal got their U.S. citizenship this week. The actor explained that his naturalization ceremony came 40 years after he moved to the country. 

“Finally did it!” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I’ve been in this country on and off for 40 years now. First as a student then as a fighter and an actor. America has given me some wonderful opportunities and an amazing life. I’m proud to become a US citizen and officially make this my home.” 

Lundgren, 66, shared a photo of himself holding his papers and an American flag after the Monday ceremony.

Krokdal, 27, also shared a photo of herself holding the flag along with her citizenship papers. 

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“Feeling lucky to now have two homes [US/Norway] two very different countries, but the mix of the two have made me who I am today,” she wrote on her Instagram.

Lundgren was born in Sweden, and Krokdal is originally from Norway. 

The two met at a gym in Los Angeles in 2019 where he was a member, and she worked as a personal trainer. They married in a small ceremony at their villa in Mykonos, Greece, last summer.

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“Emma is great,” Lundgren told Fox News Digital in January. “She’s wonderful. Great support.”

“And we work together on a bunch of projects,” he added. “She’s very clever, and she’s very smart for her age or for any age. So we produce stuff together.”

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The 66-year-old actor just directed and starred alongside his wife in the new movie “Wanted Man.” They’re also both producers on the film. 

“We have another project. We’re working on a comedy,” he said. 

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Lundgren told Graham Bensinger last year that Krokdal, who is nearly 40 years his junior, is “very mature for her age, for sure. She’s had an interesting life. She came over here from a small town in Norway. She was married here, and she went through a difficult divorce and went through a lot of stuff that most young people her age don’t have to deal with.”

“So she’s quite mature and at the same time, I think I’m quite youthful,” he added. 

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Lundgren’s first starring role in a movie was as Ivan Drago in 1985’s “Rocky IV.”

He’s also in “The Expendables” franchise and was in “Aquaman and the Last Kingdom” last year.