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Wife of student murder suspect speaks out after ICE confirms illegal status, prior NYC arrest

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday confirmed that the Venezuelan national charged in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley entered the U.S. illegally in 2022 and had previously been arrested in New York City.

Fox News had previously reported that 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, charged with the murder of Riley on the University of Georgia campus, had crossed into the U.S. illegally near El Paso in September 2022 and was paroled into the U.S.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, ICE confirmed he had been encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Sept. 8, 2022, after entering near El Paso and was “paroled and released for further processing.”

ICE also confirmed that Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, and “charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.”

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When ICE learns that what it believes to be a removable illegal immigrant has been arrested on criminal charges, the agency will normally lodge a detainer – a request asking local law enforcement to keep the suspect in custody until they can be transferred to ICE and put into deportation proceedings.

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In this case, however, ICE’s statement says Ibarra was released before a detainer could be issued. NYC is also a “sanctuary city,” which generally restricts law enforcement from complying with ICE detainers.

In its statement, ICE said that its Enforcement and Removal Operations office in Atlanta “encountered Ibarra pursuant to his arrest by the University of Georgia Police Department and being charged with murder and other crimes. ERO Atlanta lodged a detainer.” 

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Layling Franco, 23, of Venezuela, the wife of Ibarra, told the New York Post that she and her 5-year-old son were in the El Paso facility for five days before they made the journey to New York.

“We got married so we could join our asylum cases,” she told the Post. “He was the person I thought I could see through. We’ve known each other our entire lives.”

Franco, who is not accused of any wrongdoing regarding the case, said Ibarra was a calm person and that he left New York because he wanted to get a better job in Georgia.

“He wasn’t aggressive, none of that,” she told the outlet. “We had problems as a couple, but our problems weren’t physical. We wouldn’t punch, but we’d raise our voices.”

She told the Post that she’s seeing news of the crime “everywhere.”

“I want to talk to [Jose],” she said. “I have a lot of faith that this wasn’t him, that there was a misunderstanding somewhere. But if he did, he has to pay for what he did, truly.”

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Riley, an Augusta University nursing student, was found dead Thursday after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta’s Athens campus, where she made the dean’s list.

Police have charged Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, authorities said on Friday.

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Ibarra appeared in court on Saturday morning, when Clarke County Magistrate Judge Donarell Green denied his bond “for today.” Two translators were present. Ibarra nodded when spoken to.

Ibarra’s brother, Diego, was charged Friday with possessing a fraudulent green card and is being held in state custody. The federal arrest affidavit for Diego Ibarra says that in September 2023, Athens-Clarke County Police charged him with drunken driving and driving without a license. He was later arrested for shoplifting and later skipped court.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Bill Melugin and Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.

NFL officials reportedly meet to discuss rule change ahead of new league year

The NFL competition committee reportedly talked about a rule change involving kickoffs on Sunday as the group of officials met in Indianapolis ahead of the new league year.

The committee could make a proposal to alter the kickoffs to make it look more like how the XFL did in 2023, the Washington Post reported, citing a source. The rule would need to receive 24 votes to be enacted. The NFL changed the rule last season, allowing fair catches on kickoffs. But the Washington Post reported that rule was only made for one season.

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“My perspective has been that we have to keep the kickoff in the game,” Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay told the newspaper. “And to do that, we have to find a way to modernize it and get that play going again because that 20% return rate is not what was intended for that [fair catch] rule.”

In the XFL, kickoffs were taken from the kicking team’s 30-yard line. The members of the kicking team lined up at the receiving team’s 35-yard line and blockers on the receiving team line up on their own 30-yard line. Only the kicker and the returner can move until the ball is caught or 3 seconds after the ball hits the ground. Kickoffs that sail out of bounds or fall short of the receiving team’s 20-yard line move to the kicking team’s 45-yard line.

A touchback occurs when the ball travels into the end zone or bounces into the end zone. If it sails into the end zone without touching the ground, the receiving team gets the ball at the 35. If it bounces into the end zone, the receiving team gets the ball at the 15.

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A team can request an onside kick. It has to travel at least 10 yards but not more than 20 yards. A team could also decide to go for the 4th-and-15 option instead of the kickoff. If they convert, they keep the ball.

“We just have to be open-minded enough to say: Can we bring plays back in the game that have gone out of the game? And if we can in a creative way, we should consider it,” McKay added.

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It’s unclear which part of the XFL’s rules the NFL competition committee was considering. The XFL merged with the USFL this year to become the United Football League.

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Man gunned down in his home by masked assailants while his family is present

A Houston man was shot and killed Sunday morning after three men tried to steal his truck before entering his home, according to police.

FOX 26 in Houston reported that Detective David Hicks of the Houston Police Department’s homicide division said the victim, only identified as a 36-year-old-man, watched via his home security cameras as three masked men tried to steal his pickup truck.

The surveillance cameras were located outside the house near the truck, police said.

After the three men failed to take the truck, they broke into the home and turned off the lights, investigators said.

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Once the men were inside, they shot the man multiple times as his wife and children were inside the home with him.

Officers responded to the shooting on Castle Creek Drive where they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds inside his home.

Hicks told the station the family did not see the man get shot.

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The man’s wife told detectives she and her husband saw the three men try to break inside the truck.

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She told investigators they found the man dead after hearing gunshots.

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The victim’s stepdaughter told investigators she was not inside the home when the shooting happened, also saying she was not sure why the family was targeted.

Thousands offer advice to man whose wife went on girls’ trip and cheated on him

More than 4,500 people have reacted so far and some 4,000 have commented on a man’s social media post over the weekend in which he announced that he is not going to forgive his “cheating wife” after she went away on a “girls’ trip” and wound up with another man.

Indicating his personal turmoil, however, he labeled his post, “Am I wrong for not giving my cheating wife another chance?”

Sharing his story on the Reddit page known as “Am I wrong,” the man said he’s 39 years old and his wife is 33.

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The couple have been together for 14 years, said “HippoOK9111,” have been married for 10 years and have a 7-year-old daughter. 

He said that recently she “went away on a girls’ trip. I was not worried at all. I have never had a reason to distrust her.”

The man said she’s “never done anything to give me a cause for concern — and it’s not like she was even going abroad.”

He added, “She was going to a Butlins half an hour away,” referencing a seaside resort chain in the U.K

He noted that she “went with her sister and a few other girls.”

“She [had] only been away one night of a three-night trip.”

That wasn’t the end of it, though.

He wrote, “She called me up this morning, and I didn’t expect anything other than her checking in. She [had] only been away one night of a three-night trip.”

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However, when the man answered the phone, he said his wife “was crying, and incoherent.” 

He said, “When I finally calmed her down, she told me she had slept with someone else the night before.”

The Reddit poster shared all the details that his wife apparently relayed to him.

The couple apparently “flirted a little, and danced together, and she thought that was as far as it would go. But he supposedly just charmed her into a kiss, which turned to making out, which turned to her asking him to walk her back to her hotel — which turned into them having sex.”

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He went on in some detail, adding that the man in question “is supposedly 10 years younger than her, and she said she lied and told him she was going through a divorce. She says she doesn’t know what came over her, and she just wanted to ‘see if she still had it’ but got carried away.”

“Am I wrong for not even considering forgiving her?”

The husband said, “I want to leave her. She’s begging me not to, offering marriage counseling, never going out again, never drinking again, etc.”

He noted, “I’ve always been a ‘one chance’ sort of guy. I just told her to go f— herself and have been ignoring her … Now her friends and sister are calling me, too.”

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He continued, “I just want them all to leave me alone.”

The husband said that when he told his mother about the drama “she said I should ‘think of my family’ and that my wife seems genuinely remorseful and didn’t try and hide anything, and came clean straight away. That it’s ‘not like she had an affair.’”

Added the husband, “I feel like I’m insane. Am I wrong for not even considering forgiving her?”

In a long update to his original post, the man told others in part, “As for my mother, she still thinks I should forgive her … She loves her. And she just wants everything to be OK.”

He also wrote, “My daughter has no idea what is happening … I still have no idea what I’m going to do. Honestly, I’m still reeling.”

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Among the comments posted from others on the site was this opinion, which represented the way many other people felt: “Say bye … It will happen again and again and again if you let it.”

Wrote another person with a completely different point of view, which was also seconded by others: “Marriage counseling for sure. It is possible to get past this.”

And this commenter took a more middle-of-the-road view of the situation: “Take some time and seriously think everything through. No need to make a decision right now if it just happened. You’ll feel different emotions every day and each week that passes.”

Added that same commenter, “Let time filter out your disgust, anger, disappointment and every other emotion and see what’s truly left.”

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Licensed clinical psychologist Kathy Nickerson — who has presented marriage and relationship advice at more than 70 conferences, according to her website — believes that “most people who cheat [on a partner] are trying to deal with some pain they’re experiencing.”

She also wrote on her blog that those who have been betrayed by a spouse or partner may “feel shocked, devastated, betrayed, horrified, blind-sided and profoundly hurt.”

The California-based psychologist noted that people “can get through this … This doesn’t mean your partner doesn’t love you. You are not going crazy. You are just very, very hurt.”

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One of our nation’s greatest freedoms falls by the wayside as American beliefs targeted

Anti-Christian hatred is accelerating in the United States, according to a Christian nonprofit that has tracked violence against U.S. churches since 2018.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) released its annual Hostility Against Churches report last week, finding there were 436 hostile incidents against churches in 2023. This is more than double the number tracked in 2022 and more than eight times as many as the group found in 2018.

The group said it used publicly available data to track 915 acts of hostility against churches over the past six years. Most of the incidents were acts of vandalism. The report also found gun-related incidents, arson and bomb threats used against churches. 

“From January 2018 to November 2023, there were at least 709 occurrences of vandalism, 135 arson attacks or attempts, 22 gun-related incidents, 32 bomb threats, and 61 other incidents (assault, threats, interruption of worship services, etc.). In 39 cases, multiple types of hostility occurred (e.g., vandalism and arson),” the report states.

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Vandalism against churches may be a sign of the culture’s increasing irreverence for places of worship and the Christian religion in general, the report said.

“Americans appear increasingly comfortable lashing out against church buildings, pointing to a larger societal problem of marginalizing core Christian beliefs, including those that touch on hotbutton political issues related to human dignity and sexuality. Attacks on houses of worship may also signal a discomfort with religion in general,” the report continues.

FRC President Tony Perkins said the hostility toward Christians displayed by the Biden administration is mirrored by the growing persecution against Christians worldwide. 

“There is a common connection between the growing religious persecution abroad and the rapidly increasing hostility toward churches here at home: our government’s policies,” Perkins said in a statement. “The indifference abroad to the fundamental freedom of religion is rivaled only by the increasing antagonism toward the moral absolutes taught by Bible-believing churches here in the U.S., which is fomenting this environment of hostility toward churches.”

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Some of President Biden’s critics have accused his administration of waging a war on Christians after several pro-life activists were charged with violating federal law for protesting at an abortion clinic in 2021. The activists could face up to 11 years in prison.

FRC report author Arielle Del Turco said the documented incidents show there is a “growing disdain for Christianity and core Christian beliefs” in the United States.

“Although the motivations for many of these acts of hostility remain unknown, the effect is unmistakable: religious intimidation. They send the message that churches are not wanted in the community or respected in general. Our culture is demonstrating a growing disdain for Christianity and core Christian beliefs, and acts of hostility against churches could be a physical manifestation of that. Regardless of the motivations of these crimes, everyone should treat churches and all houses of worship with respect and affirm the importance of religious freedom for all Americans.”

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The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.

UFC president reacts to wild brawl in the stands: ‘The crazy thing about that fight…’

UFC Fight Night in Mexico City produced more than just knockouts inside the octagon on Saturday night. 

Video captured a massive brawl in the stands, where one UFC fan was knocked out cold during the fight with fellow spectators.

It’s unknown what started the fight, but everyone in Arena CDMX was locked in as several fans started throwing punches.

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One of the fighters in the stands had his guard down as the fight seemed to be winding down, but his “opponent” tossed a left hook that landed square on his cheek, sending him flying to the ground.

The fan eventually stood up again, but he was wobbling as the fight began to stop.

During the fight, there’s no sign of security trying to step in and stop the brawl. UFC President Dana White commented on that aspect of the situation.

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“The crazy thing about that fight [is], when that fight broke out, it felt like it kept going forever,” White said after the event. “I ran over there, and I was watching it. Nobody stopped it. I was waiting for security to come in. They just let them go until it was over. That’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.”

White doesn’t feel it’s a bad look on his brand that the fight went to its conclusion.

“I don’t think it’s a bad look for the UFC. It happened and that was the end of that. I think after everybody else saw that s—, nobody else wanted to try that again. No security. The fight just went on until the fight was over. I’ve never seen any s— like that in my life. Crazy.”

For the event itself, Mexicans Brandon Moreno and Yair Rodriguez were part of the co-main event that White put together. 

Rodriguez wasn’t able to win his match against Brian Ortega, who made him submit in the third round. Rodriguez had previously won against Ortega via technical knockout, but Ortega got his revenge this time around. 

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As for Moreno, he fell to Brandon Royval by split decision after five rounds.

Haley loses major donor after SC loss, raises another $1M from grassroots supporters

AFP Action, the conservative wing of the powerful and influential conservative Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, has pulled funding for the presidential campaign of Nikki Haley. 

In an email to staffers obtained by Fox News, AFP Action senior adviser Emily Seidel said the group did not believe that “any outside group can make a material difference to widen [Haley’s] path to victory.” 

“And so while we will continue to endorse her, we will focus our resources where we can make the difference. And that’s the U.S. Senate and House,” Seidel wrote. 

The news was first reported by Politico earlier Sunday. 

AFP Action endorsed Haley in November, giving her a major grassroots and organizational boost.

The deep-pocketed fiscally conservative network launched an ad blitz on behalf of Haley in January, including mailers, digital ads, and connected TV spots. 

AFP Action, which pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars to help push the Republican Party past former President Trump as it endorsed Haley in late November, said last month it was putting an initial $27 million behind this new wave in their ongoing campaign.

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The news came after Haley’s GOP rival, former President Trump, won the GOP primary in Haley’s home state of South Carolina on Saturday.

Despite the loss, and defying calls to exit the race, Haley has said it’s not the “end of our story” as she traveled Sunday to Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday. 

In the less than 24 hours following her Saturday night loss, Haley’s campaign said that she had raised $1 million “from grassroots supporters alone,” Fox News previously reported. 

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Haley’s campaign argued that the money raised “demonstrates Haley’s staying power and her appeal to broad swaths of the American public.”

Asked Sunday about losing funding from AFP Action, Haley said she was “not worried.” 

“Americans for Prosperity was an amazing partner. They strongly believe in freedom. They believe in limited government. They believe in all the things that I, as a conservative, believe. And they’ve been fantastic through these states,” Haley said, vowing to continue fighting “for the 70% of Americans that don’t want to see a Trump-Biden rematch.” 

With his win Saturday in the first-in-the South contest, Trump has now swept every primary or caucus on the GOP early-season calendar that awards delegates. His performances have left little maneuvering room for Haley, his former U.N. ambassador.

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Still, Haley insists she is sticking around even with the growing pressure to abandon her candidacy and let Trump focus entirely on Democratic President Joe Biden, in a 2020 rematch.

Hollywood residents growing frustrated with local leaders over homeless problem

Some Hollywood residents are fed up with homelessness in their area and may end up switching their votes in local elections.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday about growing issues with homeless encampments around Cahuenga Boulevard, Wilcox Avenue, Franklin and other parts of the city. 

“In that area, at least four fires have broken out at homeless encampments over the last three months. Although no injuries have been reported, some people in the area have been on edge. Residents say that, over the past few years, they also have had to contend with screaming in the middle of the night, human waste on sidewalks and doorsteps, open-air drug use and, on occasion, threats of violence,” the report read.

The article noted that some residents have felt “disappointed” in Democratic Mayor Karen Bass and are considering voting against Councilmember Nithya Raman

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“People are scared for their safety,” LAPD’s Community Police Advisory Board co-chair Alexa Iles Skarpelos said. “That next fire could cause a devastating fatality, and not just property damage.”

Skarpelos told the L.A. Times that she will be voting for Deputy City Atty. Ethan Weaver as city councilman in the upcoming local election on March 5.

Resident Jeanie Griffin, who moved in 2017 to be closer to family, stated she regrets voting for Raman and has also hoped that Weaver will win. As a therapist specializing in addiction, Griffin noted that many local homeless residents “have shown signs of serious methamphetamine use” and “have acted out in frightening ways — confronting passersby, yelling at cars or masturbating in public.”

“They’re agitated. They’re combative. They’re talking to themselves,” Griffin said.

Debra Gainor, who owns two rental units in the area, also told the LA Times that she will be voting for Weaver.

“We’re exhausted dealing with this,” Gainor said.

While Weaver stated that he is open to designating more areas as no-encampment zones in the city, Raman has rejected the idea claiming it would push the homeless “deeper into residential and business areas.”

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“I’m really trying to find a pathway forward that will actually get people off the streets for good,” Raman said.

Fox News Digital reached out to City Councilmember Raman and Los Angeles Mayor Bass for a comment.

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’ Bailee Hill contributed to this report.

Ex-NFL star appears to be involved in massive melee at football tournament

NFL MVP Cam Newton appears to have gotten into a brawl during a 7-on-7 football event this weekend.

Video has gone viral on social media of Newton, the former Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots quarterback, getting into an altercation with several men apparently from Top Shelf Performance, who had teams playing in the first “We Ball Sports” 7v7 tournament in Atlanta before the fight was ultimately broken up. 

Newton’s “C1N” 7v7 team was also participating in the event.

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It’s unknown how the fight started, but it began under a pop-up tent that was seen at the top of a football field. It eventually spilled over to a fence, where Newton was seen not letting go of someone as people tried to break the fight up. 

Then a man in a white T-shirt came in and threw a big punch, though it didn’t appear anyone got severely injured. A security officer ended up jumping in the middle of things, too, as everyone started to disperse. 

Instagram Stories of Newton’s “C1N” team account show him wearing the all-black outfit with a top hat, which was also seen in the video. 

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The altercation may have stemmed from a certain Newton video in which he said, “If you beat my team – 15U C1N Red or 18UC1N Platinum – I will pay every single player on the team. Tell me who’s doing that. If that ain’t putting your money where your mouth is, I don’t know what to say.”

This comment came before this tournament, but it’s something that Newton has said in the past. 

“We need that up out ya @cameron1newton or you can write a check payable too [sic] @topshelf7v7,” TopShelf Performance’s general manager, Steph Brown, wrote on his Instagram Story on Saturday.

He added a different post on his Stories that read, “It Ain’t No Fun When the [rabbit emoji] Got the [watergun emoji,” while tagging C1N’s 7v7 team account. 

TopShelf Performance’s squad took down Newton’s 18U C1N Platinum squad on the first day of the tournament. 

Brown and TSP CEO TJ Brown didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by Fox News Digital. 

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“C1N” also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.