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Mayorkas becomes first Cabinet secretary impeached since 1876

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been impeached by the House of Representatives.

A Cabinet secretary has not been impeached by the U.S. Congress since 1876.

The office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Mayorkas’ impeachment trial will begin later this month. 

“The House impeachment managers will present the articles of impeachment to the Senate following the state work period,” Schumer’s office said in a statement. “Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the trial the next day. Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray will preside.” 

Tuesday evening’s vote marked House Republicans’ second attempt at impeaching Mayorkas. GOP lawmakers targeted the Biden official over the ongoing migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border, accusing him of deliberately flaunting existing immigration law and worsening the situation. 

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The 214-213 vote was always expected to be tight; Mayorkas narrowly escaped impeachment last week when every single House Democrat showed up to shield him, including Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who temporarily left the hospital where he was recovering from surgery to cast his vote.

Three Republicans also voted down the effort: Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Ken Buck, R-Colo., and Tom McClintock, R-Calif.

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Each criticized Mayorkas’ handling of the border but had reservations over whether it rose to the level of impeachment. McClintock warned it could set a precedent for political impeachments that could harm GOP officials in the future.

“Swapping one leftist for another is a fantasy, solves nothing, excuses Biden’s culpability, and unconstitutionally expands impeachment that someday will bite Republicans,” McClintock said last week.

However, Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., dismissed any concerns about precedent in comments to reporters hours before the vote on Tuesday.

“Mayorkas is an exceptional case in U.S. history,” Johnson said, accusing him of having done more “damage on the country than any Cabinet secretary that’s ever been.”

He also addressed the very likely scenario that the impeachment would go nowhere in the Democrat-held Senate. 

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“The House has a constitutional responsibility, as I’ve said many times. It’s probably the heaviest next to a declaration of war. And we have to do our job regardless of what the other chamber does,” Johnson said.

Two impeachment articles were approved against Mayorkas by the House Homeland Security Committee. One accused him of having “refused to comply with Federal immigration laws” and the other of having violated “public trust.”

The Department of Homeland Security criticized House Republicans for holding a second Mayorkas impeachment vote on Tuesday, citing comments by GOP lawmakers who have called the effort a waste of time.

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“House Republicans’ baseless push to impeach Secretary Mayorkas has already failed once, with bipartisan opposition. If Members of Congress care about our national security, they should listen to their fellow Republicans and stop wasting time on this pointless, unconstitutional impeachment – time that could be spent addressing the issue by advancing bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration laws and provide needed resources for border security,” the department said.

A DHS spokesperson said House Republicans “will be remembered by history for trampling on the Constitution for political gain rather than working to solve the serious challenges at our border.”

“While Secretary Mayorkas was helping a group of Republican and Democratic Senators develop bipartisan solutions to strengthen border security and get needed resources for enforcement, House Republicans have wasted months with this baseless, unconstitutional impeachment,” the spokesperson said.

“Without a shred of evidence or legitimate Constitutional grounds, and despite bipartisan opposition, House Republicans have falsely smeared a dedicated public servant who has spent more than 20 years enforcing our laws and serving our country. Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security will continue working every day to keep Americans safe.”

President Biden said that “history will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games.”

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“This impeachment already failed on a bipartisan vote. Instead of staging political stunts like this, Republicans with genuine concerns about the border should want Congress to deliver more border resources and stronger border security.” 

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

At a last-minute prime-time White House press conference Thursday evening, 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.

In the same press conference, Biden made headlines for mistakenly mixing up Egypt’s president with Mexico’s 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 Biden 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 that 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 say they 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 discovery of five dismembered bodies inside a taxi on Jan. 29. The victims were not identified by the attorney general’s office for 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 that drug stores were selling fake opioids to foreigners.

Officials said a four-day raid targeted drugstores in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum that were 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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Other foreign tourists have been killed while visiting resorts near Cancun.

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.

Taylor Swift got Kanye West ‘kicked out’ of Super Bowl, former 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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FBI fears Venezuela migrant gang members teaming up with MS-13 killers

The infamous and bloodthirsty MS-13 gang may be exploring an alliance with a gang of Venezuelan migrants blamed for a crime wave in New York City and trying to plant roots in other parts of the United States, according to the FBI.

MS-13 is known to pragmatically form and break alliances with other criminal groups, according to an FBI threat assessment, ranging from “tenuous alliances” and “vicious rivalries” depending on its needs.

The NYPD last week announced a crackdown on a Venezuelan gang after linking it to more than 62 robberies in four of the city’s five boroughs. That gang is now believed to be Tren de Aragua, a violent Venezuelan organization with international ambitions.

One attack, caught on video, shows a pair of muggers dragging a woman by her purse from the back of a scooter before they tore it loose and she slid into a metal pole. The gang used social media to recruit thieves to snatch specific model phones, according to the NYPD, and then used hackers to break into them and drain bank accounts and payment apps. 

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Once the money runs out, the phones are then shipped to Colombia to be reprogrammed and resold, police said.

The New York Post on Monday identified Tren de Aragua as the gang behind New York City’s soaring robberies, adding the gang was taking advantage of the Big Apple’s sanctuary policies to plant members in the U.S. and generate profits for its “sprawling criminal empire.

“While these gangs wouldn’t normally mix, it’s always going to be a concern as the gang [Tren de Aragua] expands in strength and establishes a foothold,” El Paso FBI Special Agent in Charge John Morales told the Post. “Right now we are working with our local law enforcement partners and sharing intelligence in order to stop the growth of Tren de Aragua.”

The gang began in a Venezuelan prison, according to Paul Mauro, a former NYPD inspector, and has expanded recruitment efforts and its footprint in other countries, including the U.S.

The gang’s presence on American soil is new, he told Fox News Digital, as it has cropped up on the radars of law enforcement in New York, Texas and Miami.

“[I] don’t ever recall dealing with them as an organized entity,” when he was on the job just a few years ago, Mauro said. 

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Tren de Aragua began its international expansion with a turf war across the Colombia border in 2018, according to InSight Crime, a nonprofit group that studies criminal organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Facing tough competition in the drug trafficking business, the gang took up human trafficking and smuggling instead.

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As it expanded, it violently seized territory from smaller local groups, according to the nonprofit. It now operates in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil, in addition to its new efforts in the U.S.

In Lima, Peru, the turf war left 24 prostitutes dead, and the group allegedly posted videos of some of the murders online to scare off competition, according to the Post.

MS-13 was well established in parts of the U.S. when Donald Trump became president in 2016 and began targeting members for deportation after a spate of brutal murders involving machetes, knives and other primitive weapons.

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In 2022, five years after a group of MS-13 members brutally executed four young men on Long Island, the local ringleader “Diablita,” or “Little Devil,” was convicted of federal racketeering and murder charges.

The victims, non-gang members, were murdered because photos of them emerged online showing them flashing MS-13 hand signals. The gang also killed two teenage girls in the area in September 2016. A month later, carrying bats and machetes, they beat a 34-year-old man to death, believing he was a rival gang member.

The following January, they gunned down a 29-year-old man in a deli because he was wearing a football jersey with the number 18 on it, according to federal prosecutors. 

Impeachment inquiry heats up after bombshell testimony from ex-Hunter Biden associate

Hunter Biden’s ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski testified that Joe Biden is “the Big Guy” and said the president “continues to lie” to the American people about his involvement in his son’s business dealings.

Bobulinski, who worked with Hunter Biden to create the joint-venture SinoHawk Holdings with Chinese energy company CEFC, and said he met with Joe Biden in 2017, provided “unshakeable” testimony behind closed doors at the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees Tuesday.

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His testimony, which came as part of the House impeachment inquiry against President Biden, lasted for more than eight hours.

A source familiar with his testimony told Fox News Digital that he testified that he “personally met” with Biden in May 2017 in Los Angeles on the sidelines of the Milken Conference for somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour.

Fox News Digital first reported on that meetings between Bobulinski and Biden in October 2020.

Joe Biden, on May 3, 2017, spoke at the conference, hosting “A Conversation with the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.” 

Just days after the May 2, 2017, meeting, the now-infamous May 13, 2017, email, which included a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Biden as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” in a reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a note that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” with no further details.

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Bobulinski testified Tuesday that Joe Biden is “the big guy.”

Bobulinski has, since 2020, said “the big guy” was Joe Biden. But IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who claimed that politics had influenced the yearslong federal investigation into Hunter Biden, also said “the big guy” was known to be Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, Bobulinski testified that from his “direct personal experience,” it is “clear” that Joe Biden was “‘the Brand’ being sold by the Biden family.’”

“His family’s foreign influence peddling operation—from China to Ukraine and elsewhere—sold out to foreign actors who were seeking to gain influence and access to Joe Biden and the United States government,” Bobulinski said in his opening statement, exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Joe Biden was more than a participant in and beneficiary of his family’s business; he was an enabler, despite being buffered by a complex scheme to maintain plausible deniability,” Bobulinski said. “The only reason any of these international business transactions took place—with tens of millions of dollars flowing directly to the Biden family—was because Joe Biden was in high office.”

Bobulinski added: “The Biden family business was Joe Biden, period.”

Bobulinski served in the U.S. Navy’s Naval Nuclear Power Training Command as a decorated master training specialist instructor; the Command’s chief technology officer, holding “Q security clearance” from the Energy Department and from the National Security Agency; and later served as a direct input officer for the command in his final Navy Fitness Report.

Another source familiar with Bobulinski’s testimony told Fox News Digital that he told committee investigators that Jim Biden, the president’s brother, was never concerned about the optics of Joe Biden’s involvement in the family’s foreign business dealings, saying he could claim “plausible deniability.”

Bobulinski also told congressional lawmakers that he was never approached by the Justice Department, or Special Counsel David Weiss, to answer questions or provide testimony on anything related to the Bidens. 

“Tony Bobulinski articulated under oath that Joe Biden was ‘the brand’ the Bidens sold to enrich the family,” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said in a statement after Bobulinski’s testimony. “Joe Biden not only knew about his family’s dealings with a Chinese Communist Party linked energy company, but he also enabled them and participated in them. Tony Bobulinski testified he believes Joe Biden committed wrongdoing and continues to lie to the American people about his participation in his family’s influence peddling schemes.”

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Comer went on to say Bobulinski “was unshakeable in his testimony today, providing facts Democrats didn’t want to hear.”

“As such, Democrats put on a shameful display as they yelled at Mr. Bobulinski, cut him off, belittled him, and threatened him,

“Comer said, blasting his Democratic colleagues for  “behavior that I’ve frankly never seen before in a transcribed interview.”

Comer said he will “soon release the transcript to provide the American people with transparency about Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s shady schemes and Democrats’ efforts to smear him for blowing the whistle.”

But the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said Bobulinski “offers absolutely no testimony that indicates any criminal activity by President Biden… or evidence that President Biden was involved in Hunter Biden’s businesses.”

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Meanwhile, as Bobulinski left Capitol Hill Tuesday, he turned to reporters and said: “It was a great day for the American people.”

Next up before the committee as part of the impeachment inquiry is the president’s brother, Jim Biden, on Feb. 21. Hunter Biden is expected to appear for his deposition on Feb. 28.

Woman goes viral for ‘lazy girl’ makeup trend as dermatologists share warning

A 25-year-old woman took to TikTok to show off what she deemed the “lazy girl” makeup trend. 

Kaycee Ogle, from Flint, Michigan, was seen sharing a new makeup trend by using self-tanning lotion overnight. 

She revealed her process and her reasons for the new habit, noting she simply doesn’t want to do her makeup every day.

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“The modern-day woman in 2024 is busy and working hard,” she told SWNS. 

“We want to work smarter, not harder,” she said.

In the video, which has over 1.3 million TikTok views, Ogle showed how she applies a self-tanning lotion to the areas of her face that she would usually contour.

She applies self-tanner to her cheeks, eyelids and other areas before giving herself a fake-freckle look. 

She leaves it on overnight; then, in the morning, she washes her face. 

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As shown in the video, Ogle can be seen admiring her work. 

“I think she looks pretty good,” she said, looking in the mirror. 

She added, “The little freckles are super cute, [and] I’d say that was a win.”

Ogle said she’s been using this hack for about five years, and that the makeup at the end is lightweight.

“It looks like I have eye shadow [on], and it gives a really pretty natural glow,” she told SWNS. 

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She continued, “This method is an easy solution to feel your best with minimal effort and, in a short period of time, [give] you time to focus on the things that actually matter.”

She uses a regular self-tanner, Ogle said — but noted that an organic face tanner is probably safer. 

Commenting on the TikTok trend, New York dermatologist Dr. Fayne Frey, M.D., shared some cautions about the tanning applications.

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“I have nothing against tanners per se, but do keep in mind … [tanners are] not approved to be inhaled because [doctors] don’t know the risks of the pulmonary damage that could be done,” she said. 

Frey also said using tanners on the face can lead to unknown allergic reactions for some people, depending on the ingredients in the products.

Additionally, Frey said that henna is not approved for skin application.

“It is not approved for skin application in any form — no direct application to the skin,” the dermatologist told Fox News Digital. 

She continued, “It makes these products what we call unadulterated, so if there’s real henna in this, it’s not even a legal product in this country.”

Frey also said she found the video, in her view, to be disturbing — and advises any others who might be thinking of trying the new “lazy girl” makeup trend to look away. 

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“They don’t need to spend one bit of time, energy and money on this particular trend, which is not only going to make your pillowcase dirty, but potentially cause allergies to your skin,” she said. 

Over 600 comments have been posted on the viral TikTok video so far — with many people saying the hack is genius. 

One user wrote, “Girl WHAT that looks SO GOOD.”

Another person commented, “I would buff it into my hair line just a little more, but it looks great!” 

Some, however, were skeptical of the trend. 

“I am [a] side sleeper that moves from side to side, [so] absolutely not for me,” another TikTok account said. 

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Dr. Mariano Busso, a Beverly Hills- and Miami-based dermatologist, told Fox News Digital that anyone interested in the trend should remember that results can vary based on certain skin types. 

“It’s good to keep in mind that some preparations are better for certain types of skin,” he said.

He told Fox News Digital as well, “Also, before using products containing dihydroxyacetone, the skin must be free of inflammation, wounds and growths — otherwise you will end up with an uneven color and a splotchy appearance.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Ogle for additional comment.

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School closes after homeless infiltrate campus, expose students to drugs and nudity

A private school in Los Angeles serving the city’s Black and Latino youth has been forced to close its doors over public safety concerns stemming from the homeless crisis, a lawsuit alleges. 

Academy of Media Arts founder Dana Hammond filed suit over the school’s closure, claiming there was a breach of contract with the building where the school was located, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

Hammond joined “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday to discuss why he felt he had no choice other than to shut down the school after students were exposed to drug use, nudity, human feces and even intruders.

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“There’s a breach of contract and extension that the city continues to house…. over 400 of some of the highest needs individuals, homeless individuals, that [are] suffering from drug illness and drug addiction,” Hammond told host Carley Shimkus.

“My mom suffered from drugs, illness, which is why I started this work in terms of preparing students for the future of work, and it’s just been intruders after intruders, indecent exposure,” he continued. 

“I’m sitting in my office today at Third and Fig in our classrooms. Our students get the chance to see the… Intercontinental Hotel, but they also have to deal with individuals who are nude in the back, doing drugs in the back. It’s just on and on, smoking marijuana in front of our school.”

Hammond decided to close the school, which was located in the L.A. Grand Hotel, in January. The same hotel has been used in recent years as temporary housing for the homeless population, according to the Times. 

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He claims he found crack pipes and drugs on the property as well as human feces, which ultimately led him to the decision to shut down the school. 

Despite the billion-dollar effort to get residents off the streets and back on their feet, city officials worry the homeless rate could continue to climb for a variety of reasons. 

Clearing Los Angeles streets of the homeless population had been one of Mayor Karen Bass’s key campaign promises. Since her election in 2022, she has moved more than 21,000 people into temporary housing, according to the Associated Press. 

Hammond previously blamed Bass’s handling of the homeless crisis as a reason why his school was forced to close.

Bass spokesperson Clara Karger told the Times the mayor’s team had been cooperating with Hammond regarding his concerns, despite his criticism, through additional fencing, visits and cooperation with security personnel. 

Even so, Hammond warned he had no choice other than to close because someone was “going to die” if the current trend continued. 

“If we ask them to move… it becomes quickly escalated in a fight with one of our security guards,” he said. “It just has been a disaster that we’ve lost enrollment, and then on January 10th, we had an intruder high on LSD enter our classrooms, enter our campus… Someone’s going to die, and I had to get our students out of here.”

In 2023, officials reported more than 75,500 people were homeless on any given night in LA County, a 9% rise from a year earlier, and about 46,200 within the city of Los Angeles.

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Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report. 

Couples married for over 50 years share the secrets of long-lasting love

Two couples from Texas, who have been together through the highs and lows of marriage for more than five decades, are sharing their secrets to a long-lasting love. 

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Joel and Helene Kutnick and Arline and Stan Willbanks shared how today’s generation can find and woo the love of their lives and keep the romance alive.

Some of the tips they shared were about not being scared of blind dates and making sure to carve out time for one another, especially as the years go on. 

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Don’t get stuck in a box of your “type”

Joel Kutnick said he was a “nerd” when he met his future wife Helene, but she still took a chance on him. She shared how that “there has to be so much more to a relationship than an initial attraction” and that one should never settle, but should be open to many different kinds of people. 

I was a nerd, no doubt about it,” Joel said. “I still look back at things and say, ‘I can’t believe that she said yes when I proposed.'”

“I’ve been trying to ‘un-nerd’ him for 58 years, so part of it works,” Helene responded.

Don’t be scared of blind dates

Both the Willbanks and the Kutnicks found “the one” after being set up by friends on blind dates.

I had a good friend invite me to come over for a weekend,” Arline said. “She called back and said, ‘Would you like to have a blind date?’ And I thought, well, why not?”

I thought, yeah, she’s beautiful,” Stan admitted. “We started dating right away. Although she lived 28 miles [away] we carried on, dating like that.”

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Love letters played a big role in the development of both these couple’s long-lasting marriages. 

I wrote a 12-page letter to him, kind of pouring out my feelings. I mailed it, he received it and called me immediately, and I went back to Miami, and we got together,” Helene said.

Stan shared about the brief time he was apart from his future bride-to-be and how he wrote to Arline early on in the relationship.

“The best way [he] could [talk to her] was just [to] write a letter,” he said. 

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Make time for date nights in your youth and later years

The Willbanks and the Kutnicks both said they prioritized date nights as young adults, and continue to do so even now after 50 years together. Both couples cited the living community where they all reside, Hacienda at Georgetown, helps them find opportunities to experience new things together.

“I think it’s our base of compatibility that has really kept our spark alive. We still look forward to discovering new things and trying out new stuff, and neither one of us has yet become a stick in the mud,” Mrs. Kutnick said.

Make the small days the most romantic

“We try to do special things together. [He would] have a date night with me and make it very special. You know that meant so much, those kinds of little things [matter],” Arline shared.

The couple advised that they make an effort to celebrate all holidays: birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Days and more, ensuring that they always make each one special.

The Willbanks shared that while happy days are the easiest, deciding to stay committed through hardship is what makes the good days even sweeter. 

“I think today it’s so easy if any little thing goes wrong to just end it, you know? There’s no commitment. I feel that one thing that has been a big part of our marriage is commitment. We’ve had our tough times, but because we made a commitment, we have stuck with it, and to me, that’s one of the biggest things,” Arline continued.

Helene added, “Many of our values and ideas, you know, we’re on the same political page, which I think in today’s day and age is vitally important. When all is said and done, we really do have very similar values and thoughts. I mean, it’s hard to say, what do I want in ten years? We’ve been married for 58 years. And what do I want when I [am] the age I am now? But you have to hope that you’re going to have similar goals.”

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According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of the population – 47% of all Americans – say that dating is harder than it was a decade ago, and 67% of those looking for a relationship say their dating life is not going well.

With the highest divorce rates the country has ever had, one has to ask, what are younger generations doing wrong?

I’ve made the observation when we go out to a restaurant, and I see a young couple dining together, and both of them are looking at their cell phones. I think to myself, how can they find out about one another [by] just looking at their cell phone? I’ve seen that time and time again. I think you have to look each other in the eye and communicate, that’s one way to really find out if you’re compatible with one another,” Joel relayed.

Couples from all generations face obstacles, but despite the cliché, it appears the age-old advice of prioritizing communication holds true.

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Considering their expertise on the building blocks of a healthy relationship, presumably one of Mr. Kutnick’s most profound insights was related to the difficult conversations that couples often face throughout their time together.

Both of us come from very poor families. I’m a first-generation American. My parents immigrated from Russia, and now I’m living proof of the American dream. But, you know, I was in medical school. [We were] very poor. I was hardly ever seeing the kids. We had to make a decision on what’s more important: the money or family life. And we decided, we’ll do with less money, it wasn’t worth more [than] family life. That was the best decision we ever made,” Joel said.