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New wrinkle unveiled in saga of FBI informant accused of lying about Biden’s Ukraine ties

A former FBI informant charged with lying about a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme between a Ukrainian energy company and the Bidens had contacts with Russian intelligence officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. 

In court filings, prosecutors said Alexander Smirnov admitted during an interview before his arrest last week that “officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story” about the president’s son, Hunter Biden. They said Smirnov’s contacts with Russian officials were recent and extensive, and said Smirnov had planned to meet with one official during an upcoming overseas trip.

They said Smirnov has had numerous contacts with a person he described as the “son of a former high-ranking government official” and “someone with ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.” They said there is a serious risk that Smirnov could flee overseas to avoid facing trial.

Prosecutors revealed the alleged contact as they urged a judge to keep Smirnov behind bars while he awaits trial. 

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Smirnov, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, is charged with falsely reporting to the FBI in June 2020 that executives associated with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each in 2015 or 2016. 

Smirnov had only routine business dealings with the company starting in 2017 and made the bribery allegations after he “expressed bias” against Joe Biden while he was a presidential candidate, prosecutors said. Special Counsel David Weiss said Smirnov’s lies were aimed at affecting the 2024 presidential election. 

Smirnov is charged with making a false statement and creating a false and fictitious record. The charges were filed in Los Angeles, where he lived for 16 years before relocating to Las Vegas two years ago.

Smirnov was due in court later Tuesday in Las Vegas. He has been in custody at a facility in rural Pahrump, about an hour drive west of Las Vegas, since his arrest last week at the airport while returning from overseas.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts allowed Smirnov to be released from custody on electronic GPS monitoring while he awaits trial. He must stay in Clark County, Nevada, and is prohibited from applying for a new passport.

Before his arrest, Smirnov had been scheduled to leave the U.S. for a months-long, multi-country trip that – by his own admission – involved meetings with officials of foreign intelligence agencies and governments, prosecutors said. 

Ahead of Tuesday’s hearing, Defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld had argued for Smirnov’s release while he awaits trial “so he can effectively fight the power of the government.”

Smirnov’s claims have been central to the Republican effort in Congress to investigate the president and his family, and helped spark what is now a House impeachment inquiry into Biden. Democrats called for an end to the probe after the indictment came down last week, while Republicans distanced the inquiry from Smirnov’s claims and said they would continue to “follow the facts.”

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Hunter Biden is expected to give a deposition next week.

The Burisma allegations became a flashpoint in Congress as Republicans pursuing investigations of President Biden and his family demanded the FBI release the unredacted form documenting the allegations. They acknowledged they couldn’t confirm if the allegations were true.

Fox News’ David Spunt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

America’s oldest gun maker moves from blue state after more than 200 years

The Remington gun factory nestled in New York’s Mohawk Valley is ready to shutter its doors and move to Georgia after more than 200 years in the Empire State. 

“Two hundred and eight years of history. Gone, gone,” Ilion, New York, Mayor John P. Stephens told the New York Times. “Ilion is Remington. Remington is Ilion.”

Remington is the nation’s oldest gun manufacturer and told union officials late last year that company chiefs at RemArms, the current version of Remington Arms, made the decision to end its New York manufacturing come March. The remaining operations located in Ilion will move to Georgia, where company leaders say the firearms industry is supported and welcomed. 

Residents of the New York village, which is located roughly 230 miles northwest of New York City, are bracing for the manufacturer to officially move, which some say will take part of the town’s identity with it.

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“When Remington leaves, it’s not going to be like a facility leaving, it’s going to be like part of your family has moved off,” Jim Conover, a retired Remington employee who began his career there in 1964, told The Associated Press. 

A furnace operator and technician at the factory, Frank “Rusty” Brown, told the outlet that he and generations of his family worked at the facility and noted he and his wife will be out of jobs. 

“My mom worked there. My dad worked there. My wife works there with me now. My daughter works there with me now. My second daughter works there with me now. And my son-in-law works there,” Brown said. “So it’s a double-hit for me and my wife: two of us out of a job.”

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The closure of the New York location will result in about 300 people losing their jobs in a town of roughly 7,600. The mayor of Ilion told the Daily Mail that the village is expected to lose $1 million in revenue due to the move, in addition to other local businesses taking a financial hit. 

”It’s like the town is losing its soul. It’s almost like losing a family member. That’s the thing that people are struggling with, the nostalgia, the history. It feels like we are losing the identity of the town,” Stephens told the outlet. 

“I’ve spoken to a few businesses, that’s the part financially that’s going to hurt. Even if it’s only 300 people, they still buy gas, they still buy shoes. That’s going to be a hit to the local businesses,” he added. 

The company, which was sold in 1993, again in 2007 and again in 2020, was rocked by financial woes in recent years, including filing for bankruptcy in 2018 and 2020. In 2022, the company paid $73 million as part of a lawsuit stemming from the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012.

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and state Sen. Mark Walczyk both previously blamed New York’s restrictive gun laws for the move. 

“Hochul must stop her unconstitutional assault on the Second Amendment now,” Stefanik said in December, according to the Times Union. 

Walczyk pinned blame on New York’s Gun Industry Liability Law for pushing the company out of the state. The law, which was signed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2021, allows gun makers to be sued if they “knowingly or recklessly create, maintain or contribute” to violence. 

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The company’s CEO said in a statement late last year that they are “excited” about the move to a state that embraces the Second Amendment. 

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“We are very excited to come to Georgia, a state that not only welcomes business but enthusiastically supports and welcomes companies in the firearms industry,” RemArms CEO Ken D’Arcy said in a statement. “Everyone involved in this process has shown how important business is to the state and how welcoming they are to all business, including the firearms industry.”

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Remington is not the first gun manufacturer to shutter its doors in the northeast for states down south. Smith & Wesson moved from Springfield, Massachusetts, last year, where the company had been located since 1852, to Tennessee. 

Trump challenges Biden to debates during Fox News town hall, asks why Haley won’t quit

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Former President Donald Trump says he’s ready to face off with President Biden on the debate stage.

Trump, the commanding frontrunner for the 2024 Republican race, on Tuesday reiterated his call for Biden to debate him this year as the two move closer to a rematch of their 2020 presidential election face-off.

Asked by host Laura Ingraham during a Fox News town hall held in Greenville, South Carolina if he’ll challenge the president to a debate, Trump quickly answered “I’ll do it right now on your show. I’ll challenge him right now.”

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And Trump, in his “Ingraham Angle” appearance in front of a live audience of several hundred people, added “I’ll take anybody,” as he referred to a debate moderator.

“I think you have an obligation in this case, you really have an obligation to debate, Trump emphasized. “As many as necessary. I could do it starting now.”

And Trump, pointing to Biden, argued “I don’t think he’s going to debate. I really don’t think so.”

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After Trump, who is moving closer to locking up the GOP presidential nomination as he runs a third straight time for the White House, earlier this month challenged Biden to debate, the president said “well, if I were him, I’d want to debate me, too.”

Speaking with reporters during a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Biden argued that Trump has “got nothing else to do.”

But the president, who tangled with Trump at two general election debates in the autumn of 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, has yet to say if he’ll take part in debates as he runs for re-election.

The former president, who skipped the five GOP primary debates, reiterated that “when you debate, you want to be smart. You don’t have to waste your time.” 

Trump’s Fox News town hall comes four days before South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, where the latest public opinion polls indicate he maintains a very large double-digit lead over former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, his last major rival for the GOP nomination.

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And Trump sat down for his town hall hours after his campaign, in a memo, argued that Haley’s White House bid would end “fittingly, in her home state” and that the former president would clinch the nomination by the middle of next month. 

But Haley, in a speech in Greenville, South Carolina a couple of hours before Trump landed in the city, said that “some of you – perhaps a few of you in the media – came here today to see if I’m dropping out of the race. Well, I’m not. Far from it.”

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“I refuse to quit. South Carolina will vote on Saturday. But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere,” Haley emphasized.

And she added that “I have no fear of Trump’s retribution.”

Asked about Haley’s comments, Trump said during the Fox News town hall that “you’re not supposed to lose your home state. It shouldn’t happen anyway and she’s losing it bigly.”

“I don’t think she knows how to get out,” Trump surmised. “She just can’t get herself to get out.”

And Trump reiterated that he’s ruled out Haley as his running mate.

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Supermodel strips down as she celebrates turning 70: ‘I’m finally happy’

Christie Brinkley is “finally happy” when she looks at herself in the mirror.

On Tuesday, the former supermodel took to Instagram to celebrate her 70th birthday. In her mirror selfies, Brinkley posed in a white Alo sports bra and black leggings as she flexed her bicep for the pictures.

“Looking in the mirror on my 70th Birthday and what do I see,” she began her caption which read like a poem. “I’m finally happy with the person looking back back at me. I’m no longer critical and demanding, now I’m grateful and understanding.” 

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She continued, “I’ve put this body thru it. I’ve broken every bone, in tiny miracles I’m all healed in my heart and soul I’m home. It’s taken 70 years to get here, in tears and joy I’ve found my happy , so now I’m going to end this poem, before I get too sappy!”

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Christie concluded her caption with wishing herself a “Happy Birthday Indeed!”

The mother-of-three received praise in her comment section. 

“You look incredible!!! and you exude confidence!” one user wrote. Another added, “You are a bright light in this world and one of my favorite people to follow for your consistently upbeat posts. Keep shining, girlie.”

Leading up to her milestone birthday, the Sports Illustrated model has been celebrating. Brinkley posted a carousel of photos earlier this month of her and two of her kids on vacation in Turks & Caicos. 

The photos show her sitting on a cabana at the beach and her and her kids smiling under a balloon arch and happy birthday banner.

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“We made it here just in time for a golden sunset at lucky house,” she captioned the post. “And swipe to see what the kids did to our living room so I don’t forget I’m turning 70 on Friday! isn’t that S W E E T!!!!”

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Speaking with People in January 2024, ahead of her milestone birthday, Brinkley admitted it has led the model to think of all the things she still wants to accomplish in life.

“I still have to see India,” she shared. “I’ve never been to Tahiti or Thailand. I want to go to Bali also. I’ve got to do an eat, pray, love.”

Brinkley told the outlet she is approaching 70 “with a lot of reverence and emotion.” She explained she feels similar to when she turned 50, saying both birthdays are “a time when you look both back and forward.” 

“The big 7-0 is another one of those [ages] that’s up there in giant block numbers that loom over,” she told the outlet. “At 62, you start thinking, ‘Well, I’m almost 70.’ It cast a shadow all over that whole decade down.”

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Despite initially thinking she was going to throw “a big blowout” party, she admitted to being so busy she didn’t have time to plan much. 

“That’s absolutely fine with me,” Brinkley said.

The actress made waves as a model after being discovered in Paris in 1973. She went on to make history multiple times as a model, while also making appearances in popular movies and TV shows.

In addition to being a highly successful model, Brinkley is also a proud mother to three children and has started many successful businesses. Going forward, she isn’t going to let growing older keep her from pursuing new projects.

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“What’s the big deal about 30? What’s the big deal about 40?” Brinkley told Tamron Hall in September 2023. “If you take good care of yourself, and you eat right, and you exercise, and you have a good mental attitude — lots of laughter, lots of curiosity, lots of adventures — that keeps you young. In short, age is just a state of mind, so I just don’t think about it.” 

Fox News Digital’s Lori Bashian contributed to this report.

Border town resident makes ‘unsettling’ discovery outside home as illegal crossings soar

A Vermont resident sounded the alarm Tuesday about the northern border after making “unsettling” discoveries outside her home and on her property. 

Highgate resident Kristy Brow caught migrants on security cameras outside her house and has even discovered abandoned belongings as the number of encounters at the northern border continues to soar. She joined “Fox & Friends” to discuss why she fears for her safety and refuses to go outside by herself. 

“It’s scary to know that you don’t know what’s lurking around in your woods,” Brow told Griff Jenkins on Tuesday. 

“We never know what we’re going to find out back in our field. We found… clothes, as you see in the video. Water thermoses. You never know what you’re going to find out there. My son has been out there, and, of course, Border Patrol was following footprints… You don’t feel too safe.”

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Brow lives in the Swanton Sector, which has been hit particularly hard by the surge of illegal crossings. 

“Since Oct. 1, 2023, Swanton Sector Border Patrol Agents have apprehended more than 3,100 people from 55 countries,” U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia wrote in a prior post on X this month, noting those apprehensions in just the last quarter make up more than the total illegal crossings in fiscal 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 combined for the Swanton Sector.

He shared a photo that shows an early morning apprehension of four adult males from Bangladesh on Feb. 1, near Mooers, N.Y.

The Swanton Sector makes up Vermont; the Clinton, Essex, Franklin, St. Lawrence and Herkimer counties of New York; and the Coos, Grafton and Carroll counties of New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, northern border encounters spiked 241% overall in 2023 in comparison to the previous year, a number that echoes the parallel surge at the U.S.-Mexico border thousands of miles away. 

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“It’s definitely increasing, the amount of people coming over,” Brow said. “We don’t see it daily, but at least, every other week… you see some kind of sign that someone was out there. We did have video footage on our trail cam of three people coming across. The guy in the front… saw our flash go off, so he motioned to the other guys to stay still. Once, I guess he felt it was safe, then he motioned for them to continue, so they just continued on their way.”

“Our neighbors, they’ve actually seen people on our property as well going to our field, so, yeah, it’s just kind of unsettling,” she continued. “You don’t know what anyone’s intentions are.”

Jenkins asked Brow if Border Patrol told her family to protect themselves and made them aware of the possible safety threats that stem from the influx of illegal border crossings. 

“They don’t tell us to protect yourself,” she said.  “We protect ourselves anyway. We’re hunting family here… We have a lot of protection here.. and that’s all you really gotta do is… stay protected and lock everything up.”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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Newsom learns his big spending has put California into massive debt

California’s budget crisis is projected to expand more than previously thought and could hit a record deficit of $73 billion, according to a new report from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).

The LAO laid out the grim forecast in a Tuesday report that cautions that a $24 billion “erosion in revenues” corresponds to a $15 billion increase in the state’s budget problem. Due to this, the budget deficit, which last month was estimated to hit $58 billion, could now go as high as $73 billion.

“The actual increase in the state’s budget problem will depend on a number of factors, including formula-driven spending changes, most notably Proposition 98 spending requirements for schools and community colleges,” the report said.

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H.D. Palmer, the deputy director of the California Department of Finance and Newom’s spokesperson on budget matters, responded to the new LAO report by telling Fox News Digital that their budget shortfall differs from the $38 million they estimate.

“From now through April, more than $51 billion in income and corporate tax receipts are forecast to come in,” Palmer said. “No one can say today with certainty how those numbers may change the budget estimate of a $38 billion shortfall.”

“A responsible step would be for the Legislature to act now on the early action budget measures needed for $8 billion in solutions to help close this gap,” he added.

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The projected bad news comes as Newsom has worked to increase his profile nationwide. It also occurred as California experienced a mass exodus.

California saw its first-ever population decline in 2020 when the state imposed rigid lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. From January 2020 to July 2022, the state lost well over half a million people, with the number of residents leaving surpassing those moving in by almost 700,000.

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Census data has shown that Texas is the most popular destination for residents fleeing the state, followed by Arizona, Florida, and Washington. 

Fox News Digital’s Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.

Parents warn nation after child removed from home for improper pronoun usage

A Catholic couple in Indiana is asking the Supreme Court to hold the state accountable for keeping their child out of their home after they declined to use his chosen name and pronouns. 

In M.C. and J.C. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, Mary and Jeremy Cox are appealing to the Supreme Court after they were investigated by Indiana officials for refusing to refer to their son using pronouns and a name inconsistent with his biological sex. 

Becket is pursuing the case on behalf of the Coxes, arguing state courts allowed Indiana to keep the child from living in his parents’ home due to their disagreement with the child’s gender identity because of their religious beliefs. Notably, upon completing the investigation, the state determined the allegations of abuse against Mary and Jeremy were unsubstantiated, but still argued that the disagreement over gender identity was distressing to their child. 

Lori Windham, vice president and senior counsel at Becket, told Fox News Digital that no parent should ever have to endure what Mary and Jeremy have been forced to go through. 

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“Keeping a child away from loving parents because of their religious beliefs—even when the state admits there was no abuse or neglect—is wrong and it’s against the law,” she said. “The Court should take this case and make clear that other states can’t take children away because of ideological disagreements.”

In 2019, Mary and Jeremy’s son told them that he identified as a girl, but in line with their Catholic religious beliefs that God created human beings with an immutable sex, male or female, they did not believe in referring to him using pronouns and a name inconsistent with his biology. 

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In addition, the Coxes believed their son was struggling with underlying mental health conditions, including an eating disorder, so they sought therapeutic care for both.

But, in 2021, Indiana officials began investigating the Coxes after a report found they were not referring to their child by his preferred gender identity, removing the teen from their custody and placing him in a “gender-affirming” home. Despite the unsubstantiated claims of abuse, they claimed the Coxes made the child’s eating disorder worse even though it worsened after he was removed and placed in a transition-affirming home.

The Indiana Department of Child Services declined a Fox News Digital request for comment, saying, “DCS does not comment on ongoing litigation.” 

“This is what every parent is afraid of,” Mary and Jeremy Cox said in a press release. “We love our son and wanted to care for him, but the state of Indiana robbed us of that opportunity by taking him from our home and banning us from speaking to him about gender.”

“We are hopeful that the Justices will take our case and protect other parents from having to endure the nightmare we did,” they added. 

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When the case was first heard in trial court, Indiana officials argued the child “should be in a home where she is [ac]cepted for who she is” and restricted the Coxes’ visitation time to a few hours once a week, which barred them from speaking to him about their religious views on human sexuality and gender identity. Even though the court determined the Coxes were fit parents, it upheld the removal of their child which was later upheld by the appeals court. 

“If this can happen in Indiana, it can happen anywhere,” Windhamn said. “Tearing a child away from loving parents because of their religious beliefs, which are shared by millions of Americans, is an outrage to the law, parental rights, and basic human decency. If the Supreme Court doesn’t take this case, how many times will this happen to other families?” 

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Dem state cracks down on gas lawn mowers, leaf blowers used by landscapers

Colorado state environmental regulators unanimously approved a measure to crack down on certain uses of gas-powered lawn equipment as part of the state’s broader climate push.

In an 8-0 vote, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) green-lit regulations that prohibit gas-powered lawn and garden equipment from being used on public property statewide. Under the finalized rules, the ban will be enforced beginning in 2025 and, according to the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), represents the first effort of its kind in the nation.

“Given the significant pollution generated by gas-powered lawn equipment and the severe air pollution problem in our region, I’m glad the state is taking action to accelerate the switch to cleaner, quieter electric lawn equipment,” said Kirsten Schatz, the clean air advocate at CoPIRG, which pushed for the measure. “This vote is the first step toward eliminating this unnecessary source of harmful air pollution.”

“It doesn’t make sense to allow air pollution that damages our health when we cut grass or blow leaves – especially when cleaner, quieter electric options are readily available,” Schatz continued. “Soon, Coloradans won’t have to worry about fumes or obnoxious noise from gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers when they head to public parks.”

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She added that the action will “allow more people to enjoy a lovely summer day.”

CoPIRG — an affiliate of the left-wing U.S. Public Interest Research Group — published a report in October showing that gas-powered lawn mowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers and chainsaws produce a large amount of air pollution and noise. The report estimated that, in 2020, the appliances generated 671 tons of fine particulate air pollution in Colorado, the equivalent of more than 7 million cars in a year.

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The so-called Regulation 29 approved by the AQCC largely adopts recommendations outlined by CoPIRG, including calling for state and local governments to lead by example and ban gas-powered equipment on public properties.

Overall, the AQCC’s regulatory action bans gas-powered landscaping tools under 25 horsepower on state property during the summer months every year between June and August. And it directs the state’s Air Pollution Control Division to track the market share of electric lawn equipment and to consider regulations restricting commercial use of such equipment and prohibiting economy-wide sales of such equipment.

The commission’s action comes months after Democrat Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order directing state agencies to reduce air pollution in their operations. The order specifically calls for agencies to phase out gas-powered, push and handheld lawn and garden equipment used at state facilities.

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“I always want to ensure that our state government is leading by example when it comes to pressing issues like the housing crisis, workforce and job creation, and now we are doubling down on our commitment to lead the way in reducing pollution,” Polis said after signing the order in September. “We are doing our part to save people money, protect water and our planet.”

“Colorado is leading the nation on commonsense ways to reduce pollution and ensure Colorado can thrive,” the governor continued.

The move was applauded by Democrat state Rep. Cathy Kipp, who chairs the House Energy and Environment Committee, and Democrat state Sen. Faith Winter, who chairs the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee.

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“I am pleased to see Colorado leading by example as we transition toward a more sustainable future,” Kipp said.

Thrift store employees stunned after learning rare LEGO goes for over $30K at auction

Employees at a Dubois, Pennsylvania, Goodwill Industries warehouse came across a rare 14-karat gold LEGO mask, which has since been put up for auction and could fetch thousands.

Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania posted on its Facebook page that the 14-karat gold LEGO Bionicle Hau mask’s story had gone viral with some groups, adding that the item is listed on its website.

“The last time this item was listed the bidding got up to $33,000, but the final bid was from a fake account, so we thought the fairest thing to do was relist it,” the charity’s post read. “While we don’t expect it to get that high again, it is still a very rare item.”

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According to Goodwill location’s social media post, only 30 of the 14-karat gold LEGO masks were made.

Some of the gold items were given to Lego employees, the post continued, while the others were awarded as prizes through a magazine contest in 2001.

Fox News Digital reached out to Goodwill Industries, both at the national and local levels, but did not immediately hear back.

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Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania spoke to a local CBS station in Altoona, Pennsylvania, saying they were unaware of what they had come into possession of at first.

“It came in a box full of random jewelry from the State College Store,” Jessical Illuzzi, the local chapter’s social media and public relations coordinator told the station. “So, it had already been processed through donations there.”

Chad Smith, the vice president of e-commerce and technology at Goodwill told the station LEGO made silver and platinum masks as well. He also said if the auction reaches $5,000, that would be the highest amount for which one has actually sold.

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LEGO did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for confirmation on the story surrounding the rarity of the 14-karat masks.

Still, if the mask is valued at what Goodwill hopes, it should pull in a pretty penny for the organization.

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As of Tuesday evening, the auction for the gold mask, which is on shopgoodwill.com, had reached more than $7,000.