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Navalny’s body uncovered as disturbing details emerge about its condition

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s body was reportedly found with “signs of bruising” this weekend, while government officials told his mother on Saturday that Navalny died of “sudden death syndrome.”

Officials at the prison where Navalny died told his mother that his body could not be handed over until an investigation had been completed. They said his body was sent to a nearby morgue. 

An anonymous paramedic claiming to work for the morgue told independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta Europe that the bruising was consistent with a person being held down while suffering a seizure.

“Usually the bodies of people who die in prison are taken straight to the Bureau of Forensic Medicine on Glazkova Street, but in this case it was taken to the clinical hospital for some reason,” the anonymous paramedic told the outlet.

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Meanwhile, world leaders and Navalny’s own spokeswoman have declared that he was, in fact, murdered by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Prison officials said Navalny, 47, fell unconscious and died shortly afterward on Friday. He had been serving a roughly 30-year sentence in a penal colony.

“When Alexei’s lawyer and mother arrived at the colony this morning, they were told that the cause of Navalny’s death was sudden death syndrome,” Ivan Zhdanov, who directs Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, announced on social media.

Sudden death syndrome is a broad medical term that is not a formal condition or diagnosis. It rather refers to a wide range of scenarios that lead to sudden and unforeseen death.

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Navalny’s body remains in government hands, and his family is demanding his remains be turned over to them, according to his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh.

“Alexei Navalny was murdered. His death occurred on February 16 at 2:17 p.m. local time, according to the official message to Alexei’s mother,” said Yarmysh. “An employee of the colony said that the body of Navalny is now in Salekhard.”

“It was picked up by investigators from the IC. Now they are conducting ‘investigations’ with him,” the spokeswoman said. “We demand that Alexei Navalny’s body be handed over to his family immediately.”

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Navalny had previously organized anti-government demonstrations and ran for office to advocate for reforms against what he called corruption in Russia. He was the victim of an alleged assassination attempt in 2020 when he suffered poisoning from a suspected Novichok nerve agent.

President Biden told reporters at the White House Friday that “we don’t know exactly what happened, but there is no doubt that the death of Navalny was a consequence of something that Putin and his thugs did.”

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Navalny’s “death in a Russian prison and the fixation and fear of one man only underscores the weakness and rot at the heart of the system that Putin has built.”

Reuters contributed to this report

Cops and paramedic killed protecting community as SWAT surrounds neighborhood

Two Minnesota police officers and a paramedic were killed Sunday morning while responding to a domestic incident at a home, according to local reports.

The fatal shooting happened at a residence in Burnsville, where law enforcement and emergency vehicles were seen staged near the 12600 block of 33rd Avenue South, FOX9 Minneapolis reported. Several children were reportedly inside the home.

Police officials did not immediately release any details about the reported shooting.

Local media reported that three Burnsville officers were shot, at least two fatally, and a paramedic was also shot and killed. Images from the scene show a SWAT vehicle with what appeared to be at least six bullet holes in its windshield.

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Gov. Tim Walz wrote on Facebook that the officers were responding to protect a family that was in danger when the shooting happened.

“Horrific news from Burnsville,” the Democrat wrote. “While responding to a call of a family in danger, two police officers and one firefighter lost their lives, and other officers were injured.”

Walz added: “We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara asked the public in a post on social media to “keep Burnsville Police Dept in your prayers this morning.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wrote on X that she is praying for the families of the officers. 

“Learned from police this morning that three officers have been shot in Burnsville,” she wrote. “They were doing their jobs. They were protecting our community.”

The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association wrote on X that it is “heartbroken” and “devastated at the horrific loss.”

“These heroes leave behind loved ones and a community who will forever remember their bravery and dedication to keeping Minnesotans safe,” it said.

Officials were expected to release more details at a press conference later Sunday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

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Burnsville is located about 15 miles south of downtown Minneapolis.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Athlete who has only played in 4 NBA games shows up stars in Slam Dunk contest — again

Mac McClung entered NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis with only four games under his belt at the highest level of basketball as he’s spent most of his career in the G League.

But it hasn’t stopped him from showcasing his dunking abilities on one of the biggest stages the league has to offer. On Saturday, he showed out again in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, defeating Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, New York Knicks forward Jacob Toppin and Miami Heat rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr.

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On his final dunk, McClung put Shaquille O’Neal into a jersey with his name on the back. The 6-foot-2 guard then ran from one side of the court behind O’Neal, took the ball out of the hands of the Basketball Hall of Famer and did a reverse dunk over the 7-foot-1 legend.

McClung earned a perfect score on the dunk. He scored 98.8 points in the final round of the contest to top Brown’s 97.8

“Shaq was so cool to put that high school jersey on, man, it almost made me emotional that he would do that,” McClung said. “When he put it on, he said, ‘You better not miss it.’ I said, ‘OK, I won’t miss it.’”

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McClung, who plays for the Orlando Magic’s G League affiliate, the Osceola Magic, became the sixth player to win at least two dunk contests and the first to win it in back-to-back years since Zach LaVine in 2015 and 2016.

McClung wasn’t sure if he was going to go for a third.

“We’ll think about it,” he said.

Nate Robinson is the only NBA player with three dunk titles, but they didn’t come in a row.

McClung joined the Magic organization after spending last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He helped the 76ers’ G League team, the Delaware Blue Coasts, win the championship. He was also named the 2022 G League Rookie of the Year for the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League team, the South Bay Lakers.

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Last season, McClung earned some time with the 76ers’ main roster weeks after he won the Slam Dunk Contest. But it’s unclear if the Magic will call him up this season.

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Customer throws lemonade at teen car wash worker — she responds with her power hose

A teen in Indiana is going viral after she defended herself against a rude customer who threw lemonade in her face inside a car wash.

The video shows Anna Harycki, 18, spraying water from a powerful hose through the open window of a rude customer’s vehicle while working at an Indiana car wash.  

The 14-second clip shows Harycki power-washing a white sedan when the driver suddenly rolls down her window and chucks lemonade from a plastic cup at her.

In response, Harycki swiftly retaliates, without missing a beat, and sprays the driver with water from her power hose. 

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“I was loading the car like I did with so many cars before that, making sure they safely entered the car wash belt,” Harycki told What’sTheJam. “Once I pulled the car in all the way, I put the numbers into the system, so they got the car wash they paid for.”

Many viewers have commented on the video which has gone viral on X, formerly Twitter, saying the customer got what they deserved.

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“How miserable do you have to be to throw a drink at a teenager doing her job?” one person commented.

“What could possibly inspire someone to treat a completely innocent stranger like that??” another person wrote.

Harycki, who is a student, said her employer sided with her to ensure her workplace safety.

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“I told my managers, who were not OK with [the customer] throwing a drink at me,” she told the New York Post. 

The customer and her boyfriend were then banned from the car wash for life, according to the New York Post. 

Kansas City mayor accuses gov of racist trope for calling parade shooters ‘thugs’

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas accused Missouri Gov. Mike Parson of using a racial “dog whistle” when referring to the suspected shooters at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade as “thugs.”

Lucas made the comment during an appearance on local radio show “Up to Date” on Friday. He told KCUR host Steve Kraske that he has seen similar incidents of alleged racism “time and again.”

Following the shooting, Parson had said, “We can’t let some thugs just take over and ruin what happened.”

“I have respect for the governor. We get along well,” Lucas told Kraske. “I disagree strongly with how he would describe that situation. I certainly do think this was criminal activity. It was lawlessness, and I think that that’s troubling. But ‘thugs’ is a dog whistle in the most classic sense.”

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“I’ve seen this dog whistle time and again. There’s this kind of giant conservative theory on social media now that the reason these mug shots haven’t been shown is because the purported defendants are Black, and if it were a White defendant we would have just shown them. That is absolutely preposterous. There are protections to juveniles,” he added.

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Two minors were charged with gun-related offenses in relation to the shooting last week, which killed one person and injured 22 others.

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“Two juveniles were charged on Thursday, February 15, 2024, by the Office of the Juvenile Officer related to the incident at the Chiefs’ rally on February 14, 2024,” the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri announced Friday.

“The juveniles are currently detained in secure detention at the Juvenile Detention Center on gun-related and resisting arrest charges,” the court added.

At least 11 children were wounded during the shooting, but were expected to recover as of Wednesday night. Nine of them were shot, while two sustained other injuries.

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The court’s Friday statement added: “It is anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues.”

Jordan Spieth’s disqualification over scorecard roils golf fans: ‘Dumbest rule in all of sports’

Jordan Spieth, a 13-time PGA Tour winner, missed out on a potential 14th win as he was disqualified from the Genesis Invitational on Friday after he signed for the wrong score.

Spieth owned up to the infraction, but several names in the sports world came to his defense.

Longtime caddie Kip Henley, retired NHL referee Tim Peel, golfer Ted Purdy and beach volleyball pro Ty Looms all weighed in on the rule on X.

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“Another benchmark in the dumbest rule in all of sports,” Henley wrote.

“Is this the stupidest thing. Almost every shot is televised. Cmon #PGA you’re living in the dark ages!” Peel wrote.

“The @PGATOUR is the most outdated league ever. With all the modern technology, and man power, they can’t even keep score?” Loomis wrote.

Purdy, a member of the PING Tour, shared his own experience.

“There isn’t a worse feeling in professional golf. It is very expensive and embarrassing. I did it twice on @PGATOUR. One of the times I got me and my Amateur partner, Herb @Kohler, DQ’d at @attproam … Herb forgave me, but I still haven’t forgiven myself.”

Spieth bogeyed the par-3 fourth hole at the southern California course, but it was written down that he had a par.

The 29-year-old shot a 2-over 73 on the day — not a 72 like the card said — putting him at 3-under for the tournament. Spieth shot a 66 in the first round, putting himself in good position.

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Normally, someone a golfer is paired with, a “marker,” will keep score for that golfer.

The USGA and R&A define a marker as “the person responsible for entering a player’s score on the player’s scorecard and for certifying that scorecard.” The rule also states that the marker “may be” a player, although it almost always is.

It is that golfer’s responsibility to make sure the scores are correct. Spieth was paired with Patrick Cantlay, who owned a five-shot lead at 13-under at that time, and Tom Kim. Spieth and Cantlay have participated in numerous Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups together as American teammates.

Spieth was 10 shots back of Cantlay when he was disqualified, but he was well within the 1-over cutline.

Spieth apologized to the fans who came out to Riviera to see him play.

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“Today, I signed for an incorrect scorecard and stepped out of the scoring area, after thinking I went through all procedures to make sure it was correct. Rules are rules, and I take full responsibility. I love this tournament and golf course as much as any on @PGATOUR so it hurts to not have a run at the weekend. Really appreciated the support in LA,” he wrote on X.

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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Radio icon Charlamagne tha God deals devastating blow to ‘uninspiring’ Biden

Charlamagne tha God said Sunday that President Biden is an “uninspiring candidate,” and argued that there was nothing about the president that makes people “want to listen to him.”

ABC host Jonathan Karl asked Charlamagne about why Biden’s messaging on Trump being a threat to democracy was not resonating. 

“He’s just an uninspiring candidate, like, you know, there’s nothing about Joe Biden that makes you want to listen to him,” he said. “He should be leaning on people who are more inspiring than him, who are more charismatic than him. And he should just be, I guess if you want to call it the brains of the operation behind the scenes. Like that sounds crazy that we’re saying that about a president of the United States of America, but he has no main character energy at all.”

Charlamagne suggested Biden lean more on Vice President Harris and other, more “charismatic” Democrats like Govs. Gavin Newsom and Josh Shapiro.

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He said the reason had nothing to do with age and everything to do with Biden himself. 

“Donald Trump is, what, four years, three years younger than President Biden. But he just comes off a lot more youthful. He comes off, you know, like he has a lot more energy. And I always say this about him. Donald Trump seems more sincere about his lies than Joe Biden does about his truth,” he said during the media appearance.

The radio host emphasized that Trump was “absolutely a threat to democracy,” and said even though Democrats have been saying it for years, this time it was true. 

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Karl also asked him about whether Harris, who he has been critical of, has met his expectations. 

“No she hasn’t. But, I don’t think it’s too late for her to pivot. You know, I think that right now, historically, vice presidents have always kind of played their role. Their role is to just basically parrot the president, you know, speak on behalf of the president,” he said. “She serves a unique purpose, right? Because she is the first woman of color in that position. So there is things that she could talk about, things that she could say that he can’t.”

Charlamagne previously said he felt burned over his 2020 endorsement of Harris and Biden. 

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“I’ve learned my lesson from doing that,” he told Politico in January. “Once they got in the White House, she… kind of disappeared.”

Charlamagne, however, has also argued that while he believes Biden is a “sh—y elected official,” Trump “is the end of democracy as we know it.”

NBA broadcaster takes heat over comments on WNBA star after 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and New York Liberty sharpshooter Sabrina Ionescu put on a 3-point spectacle during NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday night.

It was the first time a 3-point contest between NBA and WNBA superstars occurred. Ionescu nearly topped Curry in the matchup but lost 29-26. Ionescu was shooting from the NBA 3-point line, which is about 12 to 18 inches farther from the WNBA line depending on the area of the floor. She used the WNBA basketball, which is smaller than the NBA basketball.

Ionescu was able to hold her own.

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“This was so authentic for the both of us to be able to be here, finally not in a closed gym, shooting in front of everyone watching and understanding what it means for ourselves but also the bigger picture,” she said afterward. “This is where I wanted to be…. It’s changed the landscape of how people view what we’re doing.”

The commentary during the matchup was something that caught the eye of viewers. Basketball fans were particularly upset with TNT broadcaster Kenny Smith and his suggestion after Curry had only beaten Ionescu by three points.

“She should have shot it from the women’s line,” the former Houston Rockets guard said. “That would have been a fair contest. I still support Sabrina. But she should have shot it from at the women shoot from.”

Smith’s broadcast partner, Reggie Miller, wondered why Smith would want those boundaries on her when “she wanted to shoot from there.”

“She should have shot from the line. There is a women’s tee in golf and there is a men’s tee for a reason,” he added.

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After an awkward exchange about playing with dolls, Smith said he wanted Ionescu to shoot from where she shoots from in the WNBA.

Smith was immediately met with criticism.

“Kenny Smith was an absolute clown last night lol,” Savage Sports wrote on X. “Sabrina Ionescu narrowly loses to Steph Curry in the 3 point contest.  She would’ve tied the other men for the lead. And all Kenny Smith has to add is ‘she still should’ve shot from the women’s 3 point line.’ NBA probably should do better than that lol.”

“Still thinking about Kenny Smith’s commentary during the Steph/Sabrina event,” ESPN’s Justin Tinsley wrote, adding that Smith came off “condescending as hell.”

ABC’s LZ Granderson added: “That was a chance to be an elder statesman… he decided otherwise.”

“We needed a woman on the headsets, too. So much nuance & storytelling missed,” WNBA legend Sue Bird wrote.

The Athletic’s Andrew Marchand panned Smith’s commentary in a column, saying he “spoiled an otherwise great 3-point contest moment.” He added that Smith’s comments should have been made before the contest started.

“What Smith said as the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry edged out the New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu in a made-for-great-TV 3-point contest was distracting because of its lack of logic and timing,” he wrote. “We watched a fun sports Picasso, and Smith could strangely only talk about the canvas not being exactly right in his eyes.”

The competition raised money for each of their foundations. While the competition was fierce, they both left with smiles on their faces.

“I don’t know what’s going to come out of it, but me and Sabrina talked about how cool of an opportunity it is to do something that’s never been done before in our game,” Curry said.

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“And for her to have a presence on this stage is going to do a lot to inspire the next generation of young boys and girls that want to compete and see themselves in either one of us. Wherever it goes from there, we know we can kind of plant our flag as doing something really special.”

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Gen Z has found their state of choice and it’s not California or New York

The Lone Star State has become anything but lonely in the post-COVID era – but there’s one generation in particular that’s set their sights on Texas living.

A recent analysis from housing platform Zillow using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) found that Texas “far and away” gained the most Gen Z movers year-over-year.

“Texas offers job opportunities and relative affordability. Many parts of Texas have been successful [in] building a lot of new housing to better accommodate its new residents,” Zillow’s principal population scientist Edward Berchick told FOX News Digital.

Texas had a net gain of more than 76,000 new Gen Z residents, followed by California with nearly 44,000, then Florida with just over 41,000 Gen Zers.

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When looking across all ages and generations, Census data also confirmed Texas experienced the largest numeric change in the nation during this year, adding 473,453 people.

Not only did California experience the highest outbound migration among all out-of-state movers, but it also welcomed the second-most Gen Z residents in 2022. Zillow’s population scientist noted California has “a lot” of urban areas with people of all generations moving in and out.

“People have different priorities at different stages of their lives. Young adults may be more willing to be flexible in their living standards or put a larger share of their income toward housing when starting their careers. California is still attracting young movers, particularly those in the military, in tech and in arts, media and entertainment,” Berchick said.

Also in the list of top 10 states where Gen Z moved includes more expensive states like Washington, Colorado and Virginia.

Over three-quarters (77%) of Gen Z adults surveyed report they’re renting in these states. Zillow broke down further ACS numbers which found that renters can expect to pay more to rent in California ($1,856), Washington ($1,592), Colorado ($1,594) and Virginia ($1,440). At the time of publication, America’s median rental price is $1,300.

“Our analysis of this data shows that younger workers are moving to more expensive states. This could suggest several things: These states offer higher-paying job opportunities that make it financially viable to live there, or that younger workers are willing to be flexible in their living arrangements to afford living in places that offer the amenities and opportunities they want,” Berchick explained.

“They may be more open to living with roommates,” he continued, “living in a smaller place or living somewhere farther away from the city center when starting their careers. It’s likely a bit of both.”

States with the lowest Gen Z net migration included Michigan, Maryland and Idaho; and Michigan was the only state with a negative trend, where more Gen Zers left than moved in.

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“As movers age, they might look for states where they can afford to put down roots, start a family and buy a home,” Berchick pointed out. “And then, later in life, they may prioritize living somewhere that offers particular amenities and a lower cost of living ahead of retirement.”

Gen Z is defined by individuals born between 1996 and 2004. Zillow said in its report that the statistics exclude those who reported attending school or university in the past three months, to avoid capturing temporary moves relating to college.

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FOX News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.