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Questions mount after Mitch McConnell’s sister-in-law found dead: ‘Not a typical accident’

The death of Angela Chao, CEO of New York-based dry bulk shipping company Foremost Group, sister of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and sister-in-law to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, following a car crash in Texas is being investigated as a crime, reports say.

Chao, 50, “was found dead in her sinking vehicle in a pond on a ranch in Johnson City, near Austin, on Feb. 11,” according to the New York Post. The ranch is owned by a corporation connected to Chao’s husband, Jim Breyer, the Post states.  

A Blanco County Sheriff’s Office statement to the Austin American-Statesman Thursday said emergency medical services personnel attempted to save her, but that Chao “succumbed from being under the water.”

Several media reports say a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from BCSO details the crash “was not a typical accident.”

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Chao was chair and CEO of Foremost Group, a company founded by her parents in 1964 in New York. She worked her way up to leading the company in 2018, previously serving as vice president, concentrating on ship operations and ship management, and later promoted to senior vice president with additional responsibilities, according to Foremost Group’s website.

Chao earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College, graduating magna cum laud in just three years. She attended Harvard Business School, where she wrote a case study on “Ocean Carriers” that became part of the required curriculum for first-year HBS students, according to industry news website MarineLink.

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In June 2016, Chao was appointed Chair of the U.S. Risk and Management Committee of Bank of China U.S.A.

Chao had a distinguished career with many honors, including board membership on the American Bureau of Shipping Council and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board. 

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“She will be greatly missed and leaves a legacy of pioneering leadership — especially for women — in shipping, philanthropy and the arts,” Foremost Group said in a statement.  

Fox Business reached out to BCSO for comment regarding the investigation.

Fox Business’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report. 

Tish Cyrus started dating husband after he had casual relationship with her daughter

Actor Dominic Purcell had a connection to the Cyrus family before he married Tish Cyrus.

Tish began dating Purcell in 2022. They were married last August, but according to a source who spoke with Fox News Digital, Purcell had a casual relationship with Tish’s youngest daughter, Noah, before getting together with his current wife.

As the source explained, Noah and Purcell saw each other on and off, but they had cut ties completely when Tish started seeing him. She was aware of his previous relationship with Noah when she decided to pursue her own romance with him.

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Tish seemed to address the rumors about Noah and Purcell that began circulating earlier this week on her podcast, “Sorry We’re Stoned.” She co-hosts the show with daughter Brandi Cyrus, and at one point during the show, they asked guest Wiz Khalifa to name the craziest rumor he’d ever heard about himself.

He didn’t have an answer, but Brandi took the opportunity to tease Tish, asking, “Mother, would you like to answer that?”

“I don’t think …” Tish began before trailing off. Brandi asked again if there were any crazy rumors about her, and she said, “I don’t think so.”

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“I feel like there’s been some crazy s—,” Brandi pointed out, and at the same time Tish acknowledged that there are rumors going around about her, “but we’re not going to talk about it.”

The question came as part of a game the pair plays on their podcast – if someone passes on answering a question, that person has to “toke.”

“Oh, I’m toking,” Tish said adamantly. “I’m absolutely toking on that one.”

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Rumors about the alleged issues between Tish and Noah go back to Tish’s wedding to Purcell. Noah and her brother, Braison, didn’t attend, and instead she posted a photo of the two of them at Walmart together. She was wearing a Billy Ray Cyrus shirt. Billy Ray and Tish were divorced in 2022 after nearly 30 years of marriage.

Fox News Digital’s source suggested that Noah’s absence had something to do with her previous relationship with Purcell.

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Fans also noticed that during Miley Cyrus‘ acceptance speech for her Grammy Award, she pointedly failed to thank Billy Ray, as well as Noah.

Tish and Brandi attended the awards show with her, and when she thanked her “mommy” and “sister,” she gestured to them. She also thanked her boyfriend and members of her team, then asked, “Anyone else?” before moving on.

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Reps for Noah, Tish and Purcell did not return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

FBI launches investigation after Alaska fishermen discover mysterious debris

The FBI is investigating possible debris from a Chinese spy craft that flew over Alaska early last year after a fisherman reported the curious finding on Friday.

An Alaskan fishing vessel recovered the debris days ago and is expected to return to the coast sometime this weekend and turn it over to the FBI for examination, according to ABC News.

“The FBI is aware of debris found off the coast of Alaska by a commercial fishing vessel. We will work with our partners to assist with the logistics of the debris recovery,” the FBI said in a statement on Friday.

FBI sources emphasized to the outlet that it has yet to determine whether the craft if of foreign origin, but the recovered material is being taken to the FBI lab in Quantico, as was material recovered from a confirmed Chinese spy balloon last year.

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 President Biden’s administration was met with a firestorm last year after U.S. intelligence tracked a Chinese balloon as it entered U.S. airspace over Alaska and then crossed the entire continental U.S. before being shot down just off the coast of South Carolina.

U.S. intelligence admitted at the time that the balloon was not an isolated incident, and the debris recovered in Alaska this week may be of the same origin.

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The U.S. intercepted another high-altitude balloon over Utah in late February, but officials said they determined it was a hobbyist balloon and it eventually left U.S. airspace.

“The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon,” NORAD said. “The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

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China initially claimed that last year’s balloons were merely weather balloons that blew off course and sailed into U.S. airspace. U.S. authorities deemed that to be untrue, noting surveillance equipment found on the craft.

Key member of Pittsburgh’s vaunted ‘Steel Curtain’ defense dead at 82

Former NFL linebacker Andy Russell, who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers transition from a struggling franchise into championship contenders, has died, the team confirmed on Saturday. He was 82.

The cause of Russell’s death was not immediately known. 

Russell won two Super Bowls during his storied run with the Steelers. He was a 16th-round draft pick in 1963 and went on to play in the NFL for 12 years. But he hit pause on his football career for two years after his rookie season to fulfill his military commitment required as an ROTC member.

Russell was named to seven Pro Bowl teams and had a ten-year stint as a team captain.

“Andy was part of the foundation of the great Steelers teams of the 1970s,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “He was one of the few players kept by Coach Chuck Noll on the team after he became our head coach in 1969. Andy was the team captain and his leadership was a critical part of Coach Noll’s development of the 1970s Steelers, which paved the way to four Super Bowl Championships.”

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Russell’s greatness was on full display during the 1975 postseason, when he set a playoff record for the longest fumble return. During a game against the Baltimore Colts, Russell picked up the ball and ran 93 yards for a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Sam Hubbard broke Russell’s earlier this year when he had a 98-yard return in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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A two-way star during his collegiate career at Missouri, Russell was discouraged from playing in the NFL by his father, who told him it would be an “embarrassment to the Russell family” if Andy were to go to the NFL.

Russell followed his father’s orders. When NFL teams sent him a questionnaire that included a query on whether he wanted to play professional football, Russell checked the box marked “No.”

The only team that didn’t mail him a survey was the Steelers, who made Russell the 220th pick and then offered him a $12,000 contract and a $3,000 signing bonus.

Russell’s initial plan was to play one season for the money and then pursue an MBA. An injury to linebacker John Reger in the season opener against Philadelphia led Russell to enter the lineup to fill in, and he never left.

 Russell did eventually fulfill his goal, earning an MBA in finance in 1967 and launching a series of businesses, including an investment firm tied to Wall Street, and starting an investment bank.

Russell retired after the Steelers lost to Oakland in the 1976 AFC championship game. He had two sacks in a divisional round blowout win over Baltimore.

Charles Andrew “Andy” Russell was born on October 29, 1941, in Detroit. He was a standout at Ladue Horton Watkins High in the St. Louis, Missouri, suburbs in the late 1950s before earning three letters at Missouri from 1960-62, playing both running back and linebacker.

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Russell wrote three books about his career after his retirement and was an avid climber, reaching all 54 peaks in Colorado that reach an elevation of at least 14,000 feet. He remained active in the Pittsburgh community and launched the Andy Russell Charitable Foundation, which supported a variety of local charities across western Pennsylvania.

Russell, a member of the inaugural class of the Steelers Hall of Honor in 2017, is survived by his wife, Cindy, two children and seven grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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See why 8-year-old’s rendition of national anthem before NBA game is going viral

A social media video of a young girl’s performance of the national anthem prior to the tipoff of a recent Indiana Pacers game continues to draw millions of views.  

Kinsley Murray stood at center court inside the Pacers’ home arena Feb. 26 wearing a patriotic dress and white gloves and delivered her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Pacers posted a video of her pregame performance on the team’s TikTok account, and the video had gotten more than 23 million views and 2.2 million likes as of Friday evening.

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“The passion. the outfit. this anthem performance was unmatched.” the Pacers captioned the post. Murray has performed the national anthem at hundreds of sporting events over the years.

She also performed “O Canada” before singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Monday.

A social media user identifying himself as a school teacher and Kinsley’s father, Shafer Murray, said she performed at a Washington Huskies basketball game in early 2022.

In 2021, Kinsley gained attention for her national anthem performance before the start of a Gonzaga women’s basketball game.

“I love to honor our country,” Kinsley, who was 6 years old at the time, told KREM-TV. “The louder the roar, the better I get.”

The social media reaction to Kinsely’s latest performance varied widely. Some offered their applause, while others voiced criticism.

Some defended the young performer and pushed back against comments some viewed as negative.

“I watched that video and seeing all of the disgusting comments, all the hatred, all the bully comments to that girl is absolutely atrocious,” TikTok user Midnight Michaelson wrote. “I would like to see everybody come on here now and tell you how sorry I am and how apologetic you are for attacking this little girl.”

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The New Orleans Pelicans host the Pacers Friday night. Indiana entered Friday’s game seventh in the Eastern Conference standings with a 34-26 record.

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Authorities ask for public’s help after ‘extremely concerning’ video from gas station emerges

Police in a west Valley suburb of Phoenix are asking the public to help identify two people involved in an apparent assault and abduction at a gas station.

The incident happened at a Circle K near Intersate 10 and Watson road in Buckeye, police said on Facebook. 

Surveillance video shows just after 10 p.m. that evening, a gray SUV pulled up to a gas pump before a female got out of the passenger seat and started running towards the convenience store. A man can be seen getting out of the driver’s seat, grabbing the female and dragging her back into the vehicle.  

The SUV that police say resembles a 2021-23 Nissan Rogue then took off on Watson Road heading towards Interstate 10.

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“That video is extremely concerning to us, and we understand that that video would be concerning to the viewers that are watching it, so that’s why we were here today, asking for information from the public to help us identify these two subjects, to help identify them and see if this woman is OK,” Sgt. Tamela Skaggs with the Buckeye Police Department told FOX 10 Phoenix.

The sergeant added police know nothing about the male and female, including if they are in a relationship.

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“The timing in this investigation is extremely crucial. Watching that video, we are concerned for that female. There’re too many unknowns in this investigation. That video right now is all that we have,” Skaggs said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 623-349-6411 or submit a tip online. 

Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett levels explosive allegation against LeBron James

Kevin Garnett stepped away from the NBA after the 2015-16 season. His career spanned more than two decades, and during that time, Garnett had numerous head-to-head battles on the basketball court against LeBron James. 

James is in the midst of his 21st season in the NBA and is still playing at a high level. James enters Saturday night’s game against the defending champion Denver Nuggets just nine points shy of 40,000 career points.

James’ oldest son, Bronny, has been a topic of conversation in recent days. As the college basketball regular season comes to a close, there have been more and more questions about whether USC freshman Bronny will declare for the 2024 NBA Draft, but the elder James recently took issue with a mock draft that excluded Bronny. 

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“Can yall please just let the kid be a kid and enjoy college basketball,” the Los Angeles Lakers superstar wrote on X, the company formerly known as Twitter. “The work and results will ultimately do the talking no matter what he decides to do. If y’all don’t know he doesn’t care what a mock draft says, he just WORKS! Earned Not Given!”

At one point during a recent episode of the “KG CERTIFIED w/ Kevin Garnett” podcast, Garnett began discussing how Bronny would project as an NBA player. 

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“Bronny can get a bucket on Bron,” NBA champion Paul Pierce asserted.

Garnett quickly pushed back saying, “No, no, no he can’t.”

“Man, c’mon, that little dude is explosive,” Pierce responded.

But Garnett’s argument about James being able to prevent Bronny from scoring during a hypothetical game did not center around age, size, or experience. Instead, Garnett suggested that James used steroids.

“His dad on that BALCO, he on that new juice,” Garnett said.

Garnett did not offer any additional context or information to support the claim he made on the podcast.

Fox News Digital contacted James’ representatives. Emails seeking comment did not immediately receive a response.

James, notably, has never failed a drug test during his lengthy professional basketball career. He had previously been embroiled in a PED-related controversy when documents surfaced linking some of James’ associates to the Biogenesis scandal.

The 2013 federal Biogenesis probe, which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents unofficially referred to as “Operation Strikeout,” resulted in the conviction of Anthony Bosch, a self-described biochemist, and several associates.

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The DEA ultimately cleared James following the probe. James was also cleared following ESPN’s 2023 report on the Biogenesis investigation.

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Top tourism spot closed ‘indefinitely’ after multiple deaths in two years

Sequoia National Forest’s Miracle Hot Springs closed indefinitely Monday after the second death in two years, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. 

A person was found dead on February 17 in one of the Miracle Hot Springs tubs, with another deceased individual found in the same area in October 2022. 

The manner of death was not disclosed. 

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“Public safety is of utmost importance to Forest Service officials. With a second death that can be attributed in part to the hot springs, the area will remain closed until a sustainable long-term solution is reached,” District Ranger Al Watson said in a statement released. 

The statement said that an area closure order would block access to the hot springs, tubs, and general vicinity.

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Sandy Flat Campground, near the Miracle Hot Springs day use area, would remain open to the public and would continue accepting reservations. 

Fox News Digital reached out to Sequoia National Forest for additional comment. 

The hot springs stand at an elevation of 2,300 ft. in Sequoia National Forest. They lie southwest of Lake Isabella and approximately 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield, California, according to the park website. They are managed by the Hot Spring Angels, Kern River Conservancy, and the Forest Service.

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The hot springs underwent damage in 2020, with the damage sustained being “relatively minor and cosmetic,” according to a statement released at the time. 

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Recreation and Law Enforcement staff visited the site at the time to assess the damage. No details as to the particular damage sustained were disclosed. 

What to expect when National Rugby League kicks off season in Vegas

Aussies are bringing rugby to the states. No pads? No helmets? No problem.

The National Rugby League (NRL) will kick off its season, Saturday, for the first time on American soil, live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app. 

The wildly popular NRL bills itself as one of the most-watched programs on Australian television, attracting more than 100 million viewers each year. A large American audience will now have a chance to witness the fast-paced sport when Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas hosts the historic season-opening double header. 

Ahead of the double header, “FOX & Friends Weekend” spoke to members of four New York-area rugby clubs about the sport, so they could give Americans unfamiliar with it a taste of what to expect.

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Co-host Pete Hegseth asked the men – a mix of team captains and coaches from the New York, Suffolk, Rockaway, and Long Island rugby clubs – what new audiences should look for if they’re tuning into the sport for the first time on FS1. “It looks like sports we’re familiar with, but not exactly the same,” the co-host commented. 

“I wanna say, you’re going to be looking for nonstop action, hard hits and a good time,” team captain Wesley Bybel said. 

Co-host Will Cain then asked the Long Island club coach, “Max, what attracts guys in America, in Long Island, New York to rugby?” Max Witowski noted that his love of football eventually led him to it. “Well, I started playing in college – wanted to be a football player – didn’t quite make the team. And some guy said, ‘Come try rugby.’ I said I’d never really known the sport before that.” He said that soon after, he went to the rugby field, started playing, and has been playing for the 15 years since.

Dan Bamford, an Englishman who coaches one of the New York clubs, told the co-hosts where the sport is most popular. He said, “It’s played all across Europe, mainly in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland.”

“So we’re taught from a very young age, from like six, seven, or eight, and then we carry on all the way through, to adulthood,” Bamford added. 

The Englishman was then asked to explain a drill that was being conducted by several rugby players just off camera. He said, “What’s happening is, in Rugby basically, you have to obviously pass the ball backwards. So they’re just doing a little three-on-two drill at the moment, cause you play both sides of the ball. You play offense and defense.” 

He continued, “So what they’re doing at the moment, you have three attackers taking on two defenders, trying to move the ball past them in a traditional sense.”

The men answered a few of Hegseth and Cain’s more specific rugby-related questions, like about what happens in the “scrum” and where the bigger guys on the team usually play. 

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Bamford explained that teams want their faster guys, the guys “with the wheels,” on the edge of the field, so they can take the ball “all the way into the try zone” – the rugby equivalent of the end zone. 

Hegseth marveled at the fact that these players do not use helmets or pads while playing. Witowski remarked, “It is really a game for all shapes and sizes, whether you’re big, small or in-between, you can come down and play and have a good time.” Wesley followed up, declaring, “You gotta have the heart.”

“That’s what football should look like,” Cain added. 

The co-host also noted that there are a lot of injuries associated with the sport. However, he said there are fewer concussions than in American football. 

One of the captains, Ciaran O’Hara, explained this, saying, “You tend to develop better technique playing rugby than in football, because you don’t feel indestructible the way you do when you’re wearing a football helmet, and pads and everything.”

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles face off with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 9:30 p.m. ET, followed by Sydney Roosters against the Brisbane Broncos at 11:30 p.m. ET. For a breakdown of the rules, the NRL released a promotional video on X earlier this month narrated by Australian actor Russell Crowe.

“Arguably the fastest, most aggressive ball-in-hand football game that exists,” Crowe, co-owner of South Sydney, explained. 

As explained by the “Gladiator” actor, each team has 13 players on the field with just four on the bench playing in an 80-minute game with two halves. The game is played on a 100-meter field (approximately 110 yards) with an oval-shaped ball. 

Unlike American football, rugby features no pads or helmets, no timeouts, no forward passing, and every player can tackle, pass and kick the ball when necessary. Instead of four downs, teams have six tackles to attempt to move the ball forward, and there are more scoring opportunities, which range from one point to four. 

Fans can tune in live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app. 

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Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.