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Trans lawmaker storms out of room, misses vote after GOP leader says ‘yes sir’

A transgender lawmaker stormed out of the Virginia Senate chamber in protest after Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears referred to the lawmaker as “sir” on Monday.

Sen. Danica Roem, a Democrat and the first transgender person to serve in the Virginia legislature, is biologically male but identifies as a woman. Roem asked a question about a piece of legislation during a general session on Monday afternoon.

“Madam President, how many votes would it take to pass this bill with the emergency clause?” Roem asked.

“That would be four-fifths, Senator,” Sears responded.

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“And what would be the exact number of that, Madam President?” Roem asked again.

“Yes, sir, that would be 32,” Sears said.

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Roem could then be heard putting down the microphone and leaving the chamber. The lawmaker did not cast a vote in the roll call vote moments later.

Sears offered an apology for the incident later in the session, though she did not specifically apologize for referring to Roem by the lawmaker’s biological gender.

“I upset Sen. Roem,” Sears said. “Let it be known I am not here to upset anyone. I am here to do the job the people of Virginia have called me to do, and that is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. I myself have at times not been afforded that same respect and dignity.”

“But in this body, as long as I am president of the Senate and by the grace of God, I will be treated with respect and dignity, and I will treat everyone else with respect and dignity,” she added. “It is never my intention to make anyone offended, and I hope that others would consider that they would try not to offend me as well,” she said. “We are all equal under the law. And so I apologize, I apologize, I apologize, and I would hope, I would hope, that everyone would understand there is no intent to offend but that we would also give each other the ability to forgive each other.”

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“I have seen us conduct ourselves in ways that we would not expect of our own children or nieces or nephews, and so I would hope that we would take this opportunity to be kind to each other, to be gracious to each other, to be about the people’s business,” she finished.

Fox News Digital reached out to Roem for comment on the incident and has not heard back.

Actor Gary Sinise’s son dead at 33 following battle with rare form of cancer

Gary Sinise’s son, McCanna “Mac” Sinise has died from a rare form of cancer. He was 33.

The Gary Sinise Foundation shared the news on Instagram of Sinise’s death on Tuesday, with the caption, “In Honor & Memory of McCanna ‘Mac’ Sinise 1990-2024.”

In a statement, the foundation said that on August 8, 2018, Mac was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called Chordoma.

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The foundation said that Chordoma is cancer that originates in the spine and only affects an average of 300 people in the U.S. per year.

Only 12 illegal immigrants apprehended at border sector where Biden will visit Thursday

President Biden plans to visit the southern border in Brownsville, Texas later this week, though according to recent data, apprehensions in the sector are some of the lowest across the border.

On Monday, Border Patrol agents apprehended 4,752 illegal immigrants along the southern border, from California through Texas, according to a chart provided to Fox News from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) source.

Some places saw triple digit numbers, including Eagle Pass Station in the Del Rio Sector, which reported 511 apprehensions; Ajo Station in the Tucson Sector, which reported 481 apprehensions; and Santa Teresa Station in the El Paso Sector, which reported 473 apprehensions.

In fact, 15 of the 35 border stations reported triple digit numbers, while the rest of the stations reported apprehensions on Monday in the double digits.

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Of the remaining 20, the Brownsville Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector reported 12 apprehensions on Monday.

The illegal immigrant activity in Brownsville is nearly nonexistent.

Still, Biden is expected to travel to the area on Thursday to meet with U.S. Border Patrol agents, law enforcement and local leaders.

The same day, former President Trump will travel to Eagle Pass, Texas.

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The two cities are about 325 miles apart.

Biden is expected to use his trip to talk about the importance of passing the Senate’s bipartisan border security agreement, the White House official said, adding that the president will “reiterate his calls for Congressional Republicans to stop playing politics and to provide the funding needed for additional U.S. Border Patrol agents, more asylum officers, fentanyl detection technology and more.” 

In January 2023, Biden visited the border in El Paso, Texas, getting what was considered a watered-down version of the border crisis.

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The number of illegal immigrants that were crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in El Paso appeared to have plummeted at the time, and the Central Processing Center, which was previously overwhelmed with immigrants, was no longer at its capacity of about 1,000 migrants, and the camps of migrants suddenly vanished, CBP sources said.

According to a Fox News analysis published last week, nearly 7.3 million migrants are known to have illegally crossed the southwest border since Biden took office

That number is greater than the population of 36 individual states. It comes from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September. If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

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The total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486, CBP data shows.

White House officials did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital on the matter.

Danielle Wallace and Bradford Betz of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

Basketball legend reveals surprising meal he used to eat before NBA games

At the height of his NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal was considered the most dominant force in the league. 

The superstar center was able to blend size with athleticism. Apparently, O’Neal was able to remain one of the best basketball players on the planet despite some of his off-court habits.

O’Neal detailed his former unconventional pregame traditions, which involved staying awake until at least 4 a.m. and consuming fries and soda.

“I never go to bed early. Since (I was) 18 years old, I’ve never gone to bed before 12 o’clock,” O’Neal said on a recent edition of the “The Big Pod with Shaq” alongside fellow NBA legend Allen Iverson.

“Shaq, we’re playing at 7,” Iverson replied.

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O’Neal added that he would eat club sandwiches, french fries and drink pineapple soda after he finished a morning shootaround session. 

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“That’s what I’m saying, you can take a nap. That was my thing, stay out all night, right? Like just 4:00. Get up at 10:00. Go to shootaround, mess around, come back. Two turkey clubs, fries and a pineapple soda, and then I’ll sleep the four hours.”

The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar suggested that some of his lifestyle faced unfair scrutiny.

“That’s what I need before the game. Like if I get that three hours before the game, no matter what I did the night before, I’m killing somebody. They always try to make a big deal of him going out,” O’Neal noted.

“It’s only basketball man,'” Iverson chimed in. “I don’t care what time the game is… I’m gon play harder than anybody. Man you owe it to the fans. You owe it to your team. You owe it to God for giving you the talent… I played every game like it was my last.”

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O’Neal won three NBA titles with the Lakers. He was named to seven All-Star teams during his storied eight-year run in Los Angeles.

O’Neal went one to win a fourth championship with the Miami Heat. He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Georgia fisherman ties state record with surprise ‘trophy-size’ catch

A fisherman recently reeled in a bright-colored catch to tie a record that was first set in Georgia 10 years ago.

Emerson Mulhall, 20, a resident of Cumming, was out on Lake Burton on Feb. 18, when he caught hold of something unlike anything he had before.

“I was confused when I hooked the fish because it didn’t fight like a bass, which is what I typically pursue, and then surprised when I saw the yellow coloring – but got really excited when we realized it was a huge perch,” Mulhall told the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Georgia DNR) in a recent press release.

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“I called my dad, who is the one who taught me to fish, and he encouraged me to get off the lake and go get it weighed on a certified scale.”

Mulhall has now tied the state fishing record that was first set in 2013 for yellow perch after catching his own 2 pound, 9 ounce fish which measured 16 inches long.

Yellow perch are known for their golden yellow color and vertical stripes from the back of the fish to the belly.

This species can weigh up to 3 pounds, but it is more common to catch one under one pound, the Georgia DNR reported.

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These larger, “trophy-size” yellow perch are a product of North Georgia’s walleye stock program, officials with the Georgia DNR added.

If you are looking to get your hands on some of these record-setting sizes, Georgia DNR officials noted that these larger fish are typically reeled in early spring.

“I would bet that holding a state record tie is a great motivator for Emerson, and all anglers, to take advantage of the amazing angling opportunities all over the state and try to land that next record,” Scott Robinson, chief of fisheries for the wildlife resources division, said in the press release.

“Don’t let someone else beat you to it–get outdoors and Go Fish Georgia!”

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Robinson hopes Mulhall has inspired some other young fisherman who hope to reel in something special.

“It is exciting to see someone young like Emerson get this kind of accomplishment as we hope it fires up more anglers of his age,” Robinson told Fox News Digital.

“Georgia has some amazing and varied fishing resources, and you never know when that next state record is just waiting on you to get out there. Worst case scenario, if we can call it that, is that you end up having ‘just’ a day of fishing on the water. I would say that is a sacrifice we all would like to make,” Robinson added.

Mulhall may not have reeled in his usual catch, but it appears that he was not disappointed with the surprise.

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“I like to say that there are no ‘bad’ days on the lake, but some days are better than others. This was definitely one of those days,” Mulhall said.

Fox News Digital reached out to Mulhall for comment.

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Disney hit with lawsuit after doctor has fatal allergic reaction

Disney and the company doing business as the Disney Springs restaurant Raglan Road have been hit with a lawsuit following the death of a New York doctor due to an allergic reaction.

The complaint, submitted to a Florida court on Thursday, is being brought by Jeffrey Piccolo, the husband of Dr. Kanokporn Tangsuan, who the filing said died in early October from an allergic reaction after eating at the Irish restaurant on Disney World’s property. It claimed negligence by Disney and the restaurant resulted in her death.

Piccolo asked the court to award him damages “in excess of” $50,000 from the entertainment giant and the restaurant, according to the complaint. It said he has experienced mental pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other damages since the death of his wife.

The suit alleged Disney and Raglan Road breached its duty of care to Tangsuan to “ensure that food that was designated as allergen free and/or food that was requested to be prepared allergen free, was in fact free from allergens that would cause death or serious physical harm to guests with food allergies.” 

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While at the restaurant, the couple had let their waiter know about Tangsuan’s severe dairy and nut allergies and sought assurance multiple times that the food she would get would not contain those ingredients, according to the suit. She wound up getting fritters, scallops, a vegan shepherd’s pie and onion rings, all of which the lawsuit claimed the staff said were dairy and nut-free when they brought them out despite some not having allergen-free flags.

It claimed Disney and Raglan Road failed to “educate, train, and/or instruct” the staff on ensuring food meant to be allergen-free actually was. It also accused Raglan Road staff, whom it alleged Disney was liable for, of several failures, like not warning her the food had allergens in it and not preparing it according to policies without allergens.

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Tangsuan’s ultimately fatal allergic reaction occurred while she was perusing shops not long after her and her family’s dinner at Raglan Road, the lawsuit claimed. She was 42, according to an obituary.

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FOX Business reached out to Disney for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Raglan Road has operated in Disney Springs since 2005. It is known for offering Irish food as well as “live Irish music and dance,” according to the Disney Springs website.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and girlfriend show off their workout routine

Arnold Schwarzenegger showed off his workout routine recently with his physical therapist girlfriend Heather Milligan as they discussed avoiding joint injuries in a video for his Pump Club. 

“Heather Milligan is not only my girlfriend, she’s also a great, if not the best, physical therapist in the world,” the 76-year-old action star said as Milligan, 49, stood beside him in a video for his Pump Club YouTube channel last Friday. 

“That’s actually how we met. She fixed my shoulder, but we’re not here to talk about our relationship, we’re talking here about physical therapy. And since she has been treating people, thousands of patients: football players, basketball players, UFC fighters, boxers, track and field athletes, young kids, old kids, anyone and everybody, I’m talking about thousands, she knows how to take care of joints.” 

The former bodybuilder admitted, “I’ve been having knee problems all my life from all the squatting and the skiing and bump skiing and running and jogging and stair climbing and all those kind of things. So, she’s the expert in that, so she can show you how to take care of knees.” 

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Milligan went on to show people prone to knee problems the best way to work up to certain exercises, even getting Schwarzenegger to model the proper form for a wall sit. 

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“Oh, showing us your legs, that’s impressive,” Milligan joked as Schwarzenegger pulled up his shorts while leaning against a wall to show off his muscular thighs. 

“Well now you know why I come here regularly to Elite OrthoSport to get my knees straightened out and my shoulders and my back and all those different things because there’s a pain here and a pain there but Heather always fixes it,” the former California governor said with his arm around Milligan while she couldn’t contain her smile at the end of the video. “So, now listen to her carefully. She will fix your problems, too.” 

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Schwarzenegger and Milligan first met in 2012 after he separated from ex-wife Maria Shriver when he went to her for shoulder problems, according to People magazine. 

The former couple shares four children together: Katherine, 34, Christina, 32, Patrick, 30, and Christopher, 26. Schwarzenegger also shares Jospeh Baena, 26, with former housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena. 

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Last year, he told the Hollywood Reporter of their relationship: “I have a wonderful girlfriend, Heather Milligan, who is very successful. I’m really proud of her, and I love her.” 

Comer drops bombshells on Biden family biz probe as ‘very concerning’ details emerge

The investigation into the Bidens’ businesses is heating up in the House as Republicans continue to dig into the family’s “very concerning” patterns.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chairman of the House Oversight Committee that’s spearheading the investigation into the first family, revealed the findings that are surfacing in the probe, during his appearance on “Mornings with Maria” Tuesday. 

“I think we’ve established a pattern, a pattern that Joe Biden did communicate with every single person that wired his family millions of dollars. We’ve uncovered a pattern that they were selling the brand,” Comer said. 

“There’s no buying businesses when the media says Hunter Biden and Jim Biden owned an energy company, they didn’t own an energy company. They owned an influence-peddling scheme. That’s all this is,” he declared.

On Friday, Biden announced that the U.S. will impose more than 500 new sanctions on Russia as a result of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. However, it has since been revealed that two Russian oligarchs linked to Hunter Biden were spared in the president’s decision, Yelena Baturina and Vladimir Yevtushenkov.

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In August, the committee provided screenshots of bank records they say demonstrate that Baturina, the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton on Feb. 14, 2014. Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner Devon Archer confirmed the payment during his interview.

“That [sanctions] looks like a policy decision that Joe Biden made in return for millions of dollars that his family received from an adversary,” Comer said.

The Kentucky GOP rep. continued, calling the act “very concerning” as he highlighted the “firm evidence that the Bidens took millions of dollars from a shady character in Russia” and as a result, failed to put sanctions on “this particular Russian oligarch.”

Comer argued that the Bidens have “failed to say one single thing they did to receive that money” as the committee continues to find “new accounts from Joe Biden every day.”

“At the end of the day, we know the Bidens have taken, you know, over $20 million from our adversaries around the world,” he stressed. 

The House Oversight leader continued to analyze the investigation’s findings further, suggesting that the Biden family was “getting paid to help China,” the country’s greatest adversary. 

“I’ve never seen such hypocrisy on anything in politics,” Comer claimed.

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“What the Bidens are trying to say to please their left wing liberal base and what they were trying to do in the private sector to profit from the Chinese Communist Party is daylight and dark,” he stressed. 

One of the things Americans “need to understand” about the deal with China, Comer added, was that China was “going to pay the Bidens.”

“They paid Hunter Biden millions of dollars. They were expecting Joe Biden to be a 10% owner, was to implement the Belt and Road Initiative in the United States, take over American energy, take over American manufacturing, buy American farmland,” he said. “That’s what we are trying to get China not to do in the United States.” 

As the committee continues to unravel the web of the Biden family’s past business deals, Comer said the intelligence community has been a major and consistent “player in the cover-up of the Biden crimes.” 

The Kentucky GOP rep. voiced his frustration over the accountability the Bidens seem to evade, telling Bartiromo that he has “zero confidence” in the country’s intelligence community

“What we found in this investigation over the past seven or eight years, the Biden family has been investigated by the FBI, the DOJ, the IRS, the Securities and Exchange Commission. The list goes on and on of government agencies that have investigated this family for fraud, for financial crimes,” he said.

“All I’m trying to do is get the truth to the American people,” he said. 

“I think the American people deserve the truth, and they haven’t been given the truth by the mainstream media or by our government agencies.” 

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Suspect in NYC hotel killing indicted in Arizona court for attempted murder

An Arizona grand jury on Tuesday indicted Raad Almansoori, the suspect tied to a string of violent crimes against women around the country, including a murder in a New York City hotel and two stabbings in Arizona, according to the Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.

In a press release, Mitchell announced that Almansoori was indicted for two counts of attempt to commit first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempt to commit armed robbery, two counts of attempt to commit sexual assault, and one count of theft of means of transportation.

The charges stem from two separate criminal acts against two women in Phoenix and Surprise on Feb. 17 and 18. Almansoori was detained by officers from the Scottsdale Police Department the same day as the second alleged attack. 

After Scottsdale police captured him, he also allegedly admitted to stabbing “an attractive younger female” later identified as a 22-year-old woman in Phoenix, and to brutally killing Denisse Oleas-Arancibia at the SoHo 54 hotel in Manhattan, New York. 

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The grand jury indictments replace the direct charges filed against Almansoori last week.

On Monday, Almansoori was denied bond after a bail hearing in Maricopa County. The suspected killer has also had his bail revoked in Orlando, Florida, where he had pending charges in connection with the sex assault and carjacking of another woman.

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If convicted, Almansoori would be sent to New York to stand trial for Oleas-Arancibia’s murder before he begins his Arizona sentence. 

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Court records show Almansoori has prior charges in Arizona as well, including a 2018 conviction for aggravated assault.

Fox News Digital’s Michael Ruiz and Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.