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Judge lays out next steps after hearing over Trump prosecutor Willis and affair allegations

A Georgia state judge heard closing arguments Friday on allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ affair with special prosecutor Nathan Wade benefited her financially and should disqualify her from the case against former President Donald Trump. 

Willis and her office are leading the sweeping racketeering cases against the former president and 18 co-defendants. Several co-defendants, including Michael Roman, earlier this year accused Willis of hiring Wade while they were romantically involved and that she benefited from his government salary through lavish vacations they took together. 

Willis and Wade have both denied the allegations and have claimed their romantic involvement started after Wade was hired in 2021. Willis claimed in court testimony that she would always reimburse Wade for her portion of their shared travels in cash. There are no receipts for those reimbursements, and one witness claimed their relationship started as early as 2019. 

John Merchant, attorney for Roman, argued Friday that Georgia law is clear in that the judge should use the legal standard of an “appearance” of conflict being enough to disqualify Willis, and said that Wade was “part of the scheme she created intentionally in order to give benefits to her boyfriend.”

Attorney Adam Abbate conversely argued that the legal standard for disqualification is an actual conflict. Fani Willis was present in the courtroom for a time during the state’s presentation.

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Abbate argued against the accusation that Willis hired Wade for financial benefit, because she had asked the court for an expedited trial, meaning that the earlier the trial is scheduled for, the less time she has to reap financial benefits. 

He also argued that if Willis had a “scheme” to hire a prosecutor so that she could benefit financially, then it would have to be assumed she was also dating other candidates she considered for the job.

“[Y]ou’d have to believe that she was also dating Roy Barnes, the former governor, and Gabe Banks, in addition to Mr. Wade, if she has this grand plan scheme in order to profit off of the prosecution of this, because that’s what they’re saying,” Abbate said. 

“Or they’re saying that she telepathically or prophetically was able to know that Mr. Barnes and Mr. Banks would turn down the position so she could then hire Mr. Wade. It’s ridiculous,” he added.

Steve Sadow, attorney for Trump, argued that Wills’ remarks in a church earlier this month insinuating the affair allegations were race-based were a “calculated determination” to “prejudice the defendants and their counsel.”

Each side had 90 minutes to present their case to the judge.

At the conclusion of the hearing, McAfee said he would consider all the arguments and issue a decision in the matter in the next two weeks. 

Harry Macdouagled, attorney for co-defendant Jeffrey Clark, stated that the Willis controversy put “an irreparable stain on the case.”

“Think of the message that would be sent if they were not disqualified. If this is tolerated, we’ll get more of it. This office is a global laughingstock because of their conduct. They should be disqualified, and the case should be dismissed,” he said.

Before closing arguments began Friday, Judge Scott McAfee considered whether newly revealed text message data — allegedly showing that Wade visited Willis’ private home at least 35 times before he was hired — should be admissible as evidence. 

Wade testified last month that he did not visit Willis’ condo more than 10 times before being hired in November 2021. Willis and Wade maintain that their relationship began in early 2022.

Cellphone data seems to show that Wade twice traveled to Willis’ apartment late at night without leaving until the next morning. 

Wade and Willis have both testified that they did not sleep together at Willis’ condo in Haperville.

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The defense is trying to prove the existence and extent of any financial benefit to Willis from Wade from their relationship, which is the crux of their argument that Willis should be disqualified. 

Earlier this week, former law firm partner and divorce attorney Terrence Bradley testified under oath regarding what he knew about Willis and Wade’s personal relationship. Bradley took the stand after McAfee determined Bradley could not claim attorney-client privilege.

Bradley, when pressed under oath, said he could not recall several details and timelines about conversations he had with former client Wade about Wade’s romantic relationship with Willis.

Bradley said he could not recall key details or specific information more than two dozen times in the roughly two-hour testimony in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday. He also said he had only ever discussed Wade’s relationship with Willis once with Wade.

Earlier this month, Willis’ father, John C. Floyd III, took the stand and confirmed what Willis testified to, that her father taught her to keep large amounts of cash on hand at all times. She said it was from these funds that she reimbursed Wade for luxury trips, which is why she had no record of the payments.

Floyd also said he did not meet Wade until 2023 and that he was unaware his daughter had a romantic relationship with Wade until about seven weeks ago, when allegations of Willis’ impropriety were first made in court filings.

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Michael Roman, a GOP political operative and co-defendant in the Trump case, first alleged that Willis had a conflict of interest in the case because she benefited financially from hiring her lover. Four co-defendants have made similar accusations.

The defense, led by John Merchant, is also trying to prove Willis and Wade were romantically involved prior to Wade’s employment in the DA’s office.

Robin Yeartie, a former “good friend” of Willis and past employee at the DA’s office, testified she had “no doubt” Willis and Wade’s relationship started in 2019, after the two met at a conference. 

Willis dismissed Yeartie’s testimony and said she no longer considers Yeartie a friend.

The highlight of the two-day proceeding was Willis’ own — and unexpected — testimony, which was described by one expert as “belligerent.”

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She verbally sparred with lawyers for hours, at one point prompting the judge to threaten to strike her testimony. She also raised eyebrows by appearing to wear her dress backward. She did not return to the witness stand the following day. 

McAfee said at the start of the proceedings this month that it’s “clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced demonstrating an actual conflict or the appearance of one.”

Fox News Digital’s Chris Pandolfo and Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.

Woman charged with killing bride on wedding night sprung from jail less than a year later

A South Carolina woman who was charged with killing a bride on her wedding night in a DUI crash last April has been released from jail less than a year later. 

Jamie Komoroski, 26, posted her $150,000 bail on Friday, and was released from the Charleston County jail at 3:16 p.m., jail records showed. 

On April 28, 2023, Samantha Miller, 34, died and her groom, Aric Hutchinson, 36, was seriously injured, when Komoroski allegedly rear-ended their golf cart while she was driving twice the posted speed limit after the blissful newlyweds left their reception in Folly Beach, South Carolina, under a canopy of sparklers.

Komoroski, whose blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit, had previously been held without bail after the wreck. 

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“She didn’t just kill my child,” Lisa Miller, the bride’s mother, told the court last year while arguing that Komoroski didn’t deserve to be released. “She killed all of us.”

Komoroski will be fitted with a SCRAM ankle monitor, jail records showed. The monitor measures the wearer’s alcohol level by sampling their sweat every 30 minutes, according to its website. 

She was also forced to surrender her passport and cannot drive and is not allowed to leave her home except for medical emergencies or court dates, according to the New York Post. 

A judge ruled previously that she could be allowed bond if her trial didn’t start before this March. Her trial date hasn’t been set. 

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“I want that to include house arrest, ankle monitoring and not being able to leave the state,” Miller told the Post. “We were all expecting she would have been bonded out first time [last summer] but luckily the judge kept her in, I think that was to do with our impact statements.”

Komoroski’s lawyer told the Post: “She now looks forward to demonstrating her continued commitment to rehabilitation upon her pretrial release from detention,” adding that she isn’t a flight risk or danger to the community. 

Komoroski has been charged with three counts of felony DUI resulting in death and one count of reckless homicide. 

Earlier on the night of the fatal crash, Komoroski drank “copious amounts of alcohol” while barhopping with friends, the groom alleged in a civil wrongful death lawsuit.

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According to an affidavit obtained by Fox News Digital, Komoroski refused to take a sobriety test at the scene and appeared “very unsteady on her feet and almost fell down.”

Moments before Komoroski allegedly plowed into the couple in her Toyota Camry, Miller told her new husband she wanted the “night to last forever.”

Hutchinson suffered brain bleeding, broken bones and facial fractures that have required numerous surgeries.

Fox News Digital’s Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report. 

Study finds specific 5-day diet could reduce your ‘biological age’ by over 2 years

Could adopting a fasting-like diet help slow down aging?

That’s the claim of researchers from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles, who led a study on the benefits of a “fasting-mimicking diet” (FMD).

In addition to reducing biological age and immune system aging, the diet was linked to reductions in insulin resistance and liver fat, according to a press release from the university.

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The findings, published in Nature Communications on Feb. 20, were based on clinical trials that included 100 men and women between 18 and 70 years old.

Half of the group was randomly assigned to the FMD, adhering to the diet for five days followed by 25 days of normal eating for three or four cycles.

The control group ate either a normal diet or a Mediterranean-style diet.

The people in the FMD group showed decreased abdominal and liver fat, as well as reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Those on the experimental diet also showed signs of a more youthful immune system.

Overall, the FMD adopters’ biological age was reduced by an average of 2.5 years based on the functioning of their cells and tissues, the researchers found.

“I think it is surprising that three cycles of the FMD done for only five days a month (15 days total) — which allow people to have modified/low calorie but regular meals and without changing the normal diet of the participants for the rest of the month — can have such an effect on biological age, body fat and a range of disease risk factors,” senior author Valter Longo, USC Leonard Davis School Professor, told Fox News Digital.

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If the cycles were continued for three cycles a year for 20 years, Longo projected that the FMD could reduce biological age by 11 years and reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes by 10% to 30%. 

“However, these are only simulations — and additional studies are necessary to confirm this potential of the FMD cycles,” he added.

Prior studies in mice have identified additional benefits of the FMD, including reduced risk of age-related diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, Vongo pointed out.

The diet has been previously to reduced chemo side effects, greater stem cell regeneration and reduced signs of dementia, the release stated.

What is the fasting-mimicking diet?

Originally developed by Longo, the FMD is a five-day diet that is low in overall calories, protein and carbohydrates and high in unsaturated fat.

The eating plan is designed to mimic a pure fast while still allowing consumption of essential nutrients.

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“The fasting-mimicking diet (FMD), also known as the ProLon Diet, has been around for approximately seven years and has been studied in multiple clinical trials,” Erin Palinski-Wade, a New Jersey-based registered dietitian, told Fox News Digital.

“By following a structured, very low-calorie nutrition plan for five days, the goal is to provide the benefits of a prolonged fast while still allowing individuals to eat,” said Palinski-Wade, who was not involved in the USC study.

“The diet is designed to transition the body into a fasting state while nourishing it with specific nutrients to avoid activating food-sensing pathways.”

In the USC study, the fasting-mimicking diet included energy bars, plant-based soups, chip snacks, energy drinks and tea, according to the release. 

The FMD group also received a supplement with “high levels of minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids.”

The specific diet that was tested in the two trials is commercially available, but Longo said that university rules prevent him from sharing the name of the product.

“In an era obsessed with superficial youth and quick fixes, the fasting-mimicking diet offers a tangible method to systematically reverse aging and enhance metabolic health.”

“I think it is important to begin to consider the plant-based FMD intervention described here for two to three times a year as a way to prevent and treat some diseases, together with the right type of drugs,” Longo said. 

This could aid in “returning to full health and living longer and healthier, rather than continuing to take progressively more drugs as we age,” he added.

For people aiming to prevent or treat diseases through the use of an FMD, Longo said people should first talk to a doctor.

Other experts weigh in on the diet

Melanie Avalon, an Atlanta-based health influencer who hosts “The Intermittent Fasting Podcast,” was not involved in the study, but noted that the research provides “solid data” on how dietary and lifestyle changes affect the aging process.

“Our society’s fascination with youth and longevity is well-known; however, measuring progress and biological improvements is often subjective,” she told Fox News Digital. 

“The concept of ‘chronological age’ can mislead when assessing the body’s aging rate and predicting lifespan,” Avalon went on. 

“For the first time, this study reveals that a fasting-mimicking diet can reduce one’s biological age.”

While traditional fasting can be daunting for some, FMD can be a more feasible alternative.

“It allows for physical, biological and epigenetic benefits without the need for prolonged water-only fasts,” she said. 

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While fasting is often pursued for its visible weight loss benefits, Avalon noted that this study highlights FMD’s extended benefits for metabolic health.

“In an era obsessed with superficial youth and quick fixes, the fasting-mimicking diet offers a tangible method to systematically reverse aging and enhance metabolic health,” she said.

“Unlike the costly and extreme measures of ‘biohacking,’ the FMD provides an accessible and practical solution to reduce biological age.”

Potential risks and limitations

Tanya Freirich, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Charlotte, North Carolina, who practices as The Lupus Dietitian, cautioned that she would not recommend the fasting-mimicking diet to any person who has struggled with an eating disorder in the past or who has trouble controlling their blood sugar.

“Restricting and changing eating patterns may have negative effects,” she said. 

Palinski-Wade agreed that those with underlying health conditions should speak to their physician before considering a restrictive diet plan. 

“A very low-calorie diet may not be appropriate for those with uncontrolled diabetes, a history of hypoglycemia, a history of disordered eating, or those who are pregnant or nursing,” she said.

Before making any dietary changes, Freirich stressed the need for “extensive education” to be provided.

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“While changing the timing and amount of our food intake is an approach worth examining, it is also important to remember to choose health-promoting foods daily,” the dietitian continued. 

“The food choices we make daily have a large impact on our weight, blood sugars, heart health, immune system and more. If fasting doesn’t feel like the right choice for you, speaking with a registered dietitian about the dietary changes for your health is always recommended.”

The study had some limitations, both dietitians noted.

“It was a small sample size of healthy young-ish individuals,” Freirich said. “The results may be helpful and useful for other people after more research is completed in a larger age range and including people with other medical concerns.”  

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Palinski-Wade reiterated that the studies on FMD have included smaller sample sizes of generally healthy adults, which means the results cannot be generalized to all populations.

“FMD may offer promising benefits and may be an excellent tool to consider for those looking to improve long-term health and reduce future disease risk, but more research is needed on larger and more diverse populations to fully understand the benefits it may offer,” she added.

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Drew Barrymore apologizes to FAA for ‘Mile High Club’ recommendation

Drew Barrymore revealed she is a fan of sex in the skies. 

“Doesn’t it feel wild? It’s not the same,” she told Christina Aguilera after the two bonded over both being members of the “Mile High Club.” 

While chatting on her talk show, Barrymore added, “If you’re curious like ‘Why are people doing it?’ I’m telling you, elevation, it feels different. I can’t recommend it more. Sorry FAA!”

“I was like, ‘Whoa!’” she continued, laughing. 

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The “Burlesque” star told Barrymore she had mixed things up mid-flight “multiple” times. 

“You have to,” the singer said. “We spend a lot of time on planes. We’ve got to figure it out.”

The behavior can be risky though. Those who engage in sex on a passenger plane could potentially face arrest for indecent exposure or interfering with a flight crew. 

The two women also bonded over how their daughters have used their racy pasts to push the boundaries with clothing choices.

Barrymore shared, “My daughter wants to wear a crop top, and I’ll say ‘No,’ and she’ll say, ‘You were on the cover of ‘Playboy.’” 

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Aguilera said she knew it would come back to her the moment she wore chaps in her 2002 music video for “Dirrty.” 

“My daughter wants to wear a crop top too, and I’m just like ‘Can we pull it down?’” 

The 43-year-old said she tells her daughter that “certain people out there have good intentions and bad intentions.”

“Make it about other people,” Barrymore noted, “That’s interesting.” 

Aguilera said she does not want to “scare” her daughter and have her “be afraid of the world” but “I think it’s important for her to have a strong sense of self but also to be very empowered with her body.”

The “Genie in a Bottle” singer added that she felt, with “Dirrty” and Barrymore’s “Playboy” cover, “We were expressing ourselves and how it felt best, I think, at the time,” adding that it was not about pleasing anyone else. 

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Barrymore added, “I loved every minute of it.”

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Aguilera continued, “It’s empowering being a female and embracing your body.”

Barrymore has two daughters: Olive, 11, and Frankie, 9, and Aguilera has son Max, 16, and daughter Summer, 9. 

Fox News’ Ashley Hume contributed to this report. 

Biden admin ignites backlash with one word as illegal migrant crisis surges to record levels

Congressional representatives and conservative commentators mocked the Biden administration for referring to those illegally crossing the border as “newcomers,” arguing it is the latest of many euphemisms for illegal immigrants.

In a fact sheet distributed by the White House press office to advocate for the bipartisan border agreement President Biden has endorsed, officials pointed out that the bill includes $1.4 billion “for cities and states who are providing critical services to newcomers.”

This was scorched by the official House Republicans account on X, writing, the “Biden White House is now referring to illegal immigrants as ‘newcomers.’ Joe Biden is not serious about stopping the illegal immigration into the United States. This is a catastrophe by design.”

This post went viral on social media, and multiple public figures roasted the Biden administration’s rhetoric. 

“We’re witnessing the planned and controlled destruction of our nation at the hands of our own leaders,” former NCAA swimmer and women’s sports activist Riley Gaines wrote.

“From illegal immigrants to migrants to ‘newcomers.’ It is all an attempt to normalize this invasion,” media personality and radio host Lisa Boothe wrote.

“Biden Admin calls illegal immigrants ‘newcomers.’ California Gov. and politicians call homeless ‘the unhoused,’ and ‘clients,’” Katy Grimes, the Editor in Chief of the California Globe wrote. “What do they call US citizens – the people paying for their subversion?”

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Many congressional representatives and political figures slammed White House leadership as well.

‘ILLEGAL’ – Forbidden by law. ‘ALIEN’ – Terminology in Title 8 of U.S. Code to describe a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States,” Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., wrote. “If a noncitizen enters the United States unlawfully & without U.S. authorization, they are by definition, an ‘ILLEGAL ALIEN.’”

“How many more ‘newcomers’ will you welcome in to murder Americans?” Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas., asked.

“Wholly unserious,” the press office for Rep. Cammack, R-Fla., wrote.

“Newcomers? The flood of illegals coming across our southern border are breaking the laws of the United States and many have been found to be known terrorists,” Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., wrote. “Let’s close the borders and enforce the laws of the land. Biden isn’t serious about the crisis at the border.”

“These are not serious people,” Former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf wrote. “The American people want solutions, not the aggressive use of a thesaurus.”

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“Just a reminder that the illegal ‘newcomers’ that ‘qualify’ include individuals who entered our country ILLEGALY and evaded detection for 14 days,” Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., wrote. “It also provides MORE taxpayer dollars for cities who have already received and spent BILLIONS aiding illegal immigrants.”

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

Former employee pulls back curtain on Google’s ‘echo chamber’ after woke AI disaster

A former Google software engineer sounded off against the tech giant and its company culture following the launch of its new Gemini AI that has garnered harsh criticism over its large language model.

Speaking exclusively to FOX Business, Mike Wacker, who worked at Google from 2014 to 2019, says the flaws at Google run much deeper than the algorithm, which led its Gemini AI chatbot to generate historically “woke” and inaccurate images.

“The AI is more humanlike. But, on the flip side, it is more susceptible to the biases of the humans who are training these systems,” said Wacker “The echo chamber problem has always been there for a long time, but the introduction of AI has really amplified it.”

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Wacker was fired from Google, in his opinion, for being outspoken about politics and his conservative views. He ran a Republican newsletter that became the target of several HR complaints during his time at the company. 

Wacker described a hostile workplace environment where progressive views were reinforced and conservative points of view were punished. This environment bled into Google products.

“If you are a conservative or you’re Christian, you must very carefully measure your words. If you went into the wrong topic, maybe it’s just better not to speak at all,” said Wacker. “That definitely has an impact when they’re getting feedback internally — which voices do you hear, and which voices don’t you hear?”

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Google posted a blog addressing the controversy surrounding Gemini, writing the AI image generator “missed the mark” and has suspended the service upon further review. In a company-wide memo, CEO Sundar Pichai called the AI blunder “unacceptable.”

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Wacker also recalls a specific incident at Google where the company’s team in charge of search manually manipulated the results for abortion.

“There was a list of search query terms. An alternative algorithm would be used for those search terms. I found the exact change which added abortion and abortions to the special list,” Wacker claims. 

“This happened weeks after Pichai told Congress in sworn testimony, ‘We don’t manually intervene in any particular search result.'”

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Google is the most frequently used search engine worldwide, dominating more than 80% of the global search engine marketplace, according to Statista. The company is fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. The DOJ is accusing Google of being a search engine monopoly.

‘The View’ co-host Sunny Hostin spars with medical expert over miscarriages

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin sparred with ABC News medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton on Friday over the sensitive topics of pregnancy and miscarriages, and what constitutes a baby in the eyes of some mothers versus the scientific community.

Hostin argued that she and many women feel that having a miscarriage is losing a baby, while Dr. Ashton appealed to science to insist that miscarriages early in pregnancy were “definitely not a baby” and at a certain point not even a “fetus.” 

The conversation happened during a discussion on Alabama’s Supreme Court recent ruling that human embryos are children under the law regarding wrongful death suits. 

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Disputing the court’s ruling during the episode of the daytime talk show, Ashton described the embryo transferred to the mother’s uterus during IVF as a “ball of about 200 cells,” adamant that it’s not yet a baby.

She said, “If you look at science, however, science and medicine, what is transferred during that IVF procedure is called a blastocyst. That’s a big word for a ball of about 200 cells.”

“When it is transferred into the uterus, there is no guarantee that those cells will continue to divide. There is no guarantee that that cell ball will attach to the wall of the uterus. There is no guarantee that it will implant, and there is no guarantee that a heartbeat will develop.”

Hostin, who often reminds viewers she personally pro-life and said she felt the embryos she used in her own IVF treatment were her children, began to dispute Ashton.

Following up on the doctor’s last point, she said, “Does not equate to a live birth, but an embryo is not necessarily gonna become a puppy, right? An embryo’s going to be–” 

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The medical correspondent cut her off, saying, “No, not going to be. That’s the point.”

Hostin persisted, adding, “No, no, if it’s implanted and if it continues to grow…”

“Nope, but that’s a lot of ifs. There are many steps,” the doctor continued.

Hostin continued, asking, “Does it become a child?” to which the Ahston replied, “If, if, if, if, if, if.” 

“And there are many, many steps along that process… Every person is absolutely within their right to say, ‘When I first conceive of having a child mentally in my mind,’ that’s the moment — I respect that. That’s their opinion,” Ashton said.

She added, “But in medicine and science, that ball of cells is not guaranteed for any of the steps that follow.”

Not done, Hostin brought up another scenario, saying, “But the other thing is, let’s say you have a miscarriage at two months. Have you miscarried just a bunch of cells or a baby?” 

Ashton said, “It’s definitely not a baby. That’s an incorrect term and it’s also not a fetus. “

“But some women feel that way,” Hostin said.

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“That’s where we have to distinguish between medicine and facts and science and what you or you or any patient, any woman, any couple believes. And we can’t try to make them the same thing,” Ashton replied. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, most miscarriages occur in the first trimester, or 13 weeks, of pregnancy, and about 10-to-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, although that number could be even higher. Many miscarriages occur before women even know they’re pregnant.

Hero firefighter who rappelled down to save driver dangling from bridge recounts rescue

Following the harrowing rescue of a semi-truck driver who was stuck dangling over the Clark Memorial Bridge in Kentucky, the city’s fire chief praised the first responders for their daring rescue.

“All the credit goes right here,” Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said in a press conference Friday. “These are some serious heroes. This was some really professional, well-practiced, well-trained stuff.”

“These men and women make me so proud,” O’Neill said. “This motivates the heck out of me every day.”

The firefighter who rappelled down to the driver and carried her to safety was identified as 29-year-old Bryce Carden, who specializes in high-angle rescues.

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“This guy is probably one of the nicest, happiest guys that you’ll ever want to meet in your life, and he is the exact right person to put down there to try to keep that patient calm,” O’Neill said, speaking of Carden.

O’Neill said that this is a “once in a career” type of rescue.

“This is very much a worse case scenario and something that you don’t expect to happen,” he said. “This is a once in a career kind of thing.”

Carden said that he was not nervous because he knew that his team had his back and that the woman was calm and collected. 

“I was not nervous at all going over the edge because I knew that they had me on the top side. Once I reached her, she was super calm, collected and helped me do what I needed to do to get her to safety, essentially. And it all worked out for the best, and we’ll go back to quarters and get ready to do it again if we have to,” he said.

She was praying a lot, and I was praying right there with her.

— Bryce Carden, Louisville Fire Department

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“She was praying a lot, and I was praying right there with her,” he added.

Carden said this rescue operation “tops” everything else he has done so far in his career. 

“We’ve definitely done a few crazy things, but yes, this tops it so far. Like I said, we trained for this situation probably a hundred times, but they actually put it in action. It felt good,” Carden said.

The initial crash was reported around 12:15 local time on Friday afternoon. 

The truck was moving northbound on the bridge when it apparently crossed the lane and crashed through the bridge’s guardrail, according to local reports. 

Dramatic video showed Carden being lowered to the semi truck from a ladder in order to lift the female driver to safety. 

The trailer of the truck could be seen wedged against the beams of the bridge, stopping it from falling into the water below. The hood of the truck also popped open and could be seen hanging from the truck’s cab.

In addition to the semi, three other vehicles – two passenger vehicles and a pickup truck – were involved in the wreck. Two people in one of those vehicles were also taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.

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The bridge remained closed following the rescue.

The bridge was built in 1929. It’s four lanes, two in each direction, with a speed limit of 35 mph.

Fox News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.