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Justin Bieber’s wife posts emotional birthday tribute after dad requests prayers for couple

Justin Bieber’s wife, Hailey Bieber, shared a tribute to the singer on his 30th birthday after her father, Stephen Baldwin, asked fans to pray for the couple.

The 27-year-old model posted a carousel of photos and videos of herself with the “Peaches” hitmaker on Instagram to celebrate his birthday Friday.

“30!!!!!!!????!!????!!! that was fast. words could never truly describe the beauty of who you are. Happy Birthday to you… love of my life, for life,” Hailey wrote in the caption.

TheRhode beauty founder began her slideshow with a black-and-white video in which the couple kiss.

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Hailey also shared a throwback photo of the two-time Grammy Award winner as a young child and an image of her and Bieber embracing while on a boat.

The pair were seen kissing while on a boat in one snap and sharing another passionate kiss in a close-up. Hailey posted a black-and-white image from their September 2018 wedding and a shot of Bieber’s white, two-tiered birthday cake with 30 yellow candles.

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The Arizona native also included a photo of the couple hugging while Hailey looked at Bieber with a soft smile as the pop star playfully stuck his tongue out. 

Hailey concluded her Instagram post with a snap of the pair strolling down the street while holding cups of iced coffee.

The Elle cover star’s birthday tribute to her spouse comes after her father, Stephen Baldwin, sparked concerns for the couple among fans after sharing a reel from Victor Marx, founder of All Things Possible Ministries. 

In a since-deleted post, Marx uploaded a 2020 video of the singer performing the Delirious? and Hillsong Worship song “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” and implored his followers to pray for the couple.

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“Christians, please when you think of Justin & Hailey, take a moment to offer a little prayer for them to have wisdom, protection and to draw close to the Lord,” Marx wrote on the clip he shared last week.

In the caption of his post, Marx explained that his wife Eileen and Hailey’s mother, Kennya Baldwin, “often pray” together for their children. 

“I seldom like to post about certain folks in the limelight because of the negative comments that we get,” he wrote. “Eileen and Hailey’s mother pray often together for J&H and our children as well. 

“There are certain challenges that people in high visibility positions face and also the enemy doesn’t want them to draw closer to Jesus.

“So often regardless of the material things or the accolades they often face spiritual warfare that intense and seeks to ship-wreck their faith, marriage and life in general. So thank you.”

Baldwin, 57, later shared Marx’s post on his Instagram story, which led to widespread speculation about what prompted the plea for prayers for the couple.

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Hailey and Bieber have not publicly commented on Marx’s post or Baldwin’s repost.

On Wednesday, the pair, devout Christians, were photographed attending a late-night service at their church, the Churchome Church at Los Angeles’ Saban Theatre.

Farmers warn perfect storm could be pushing United States into food crisis

American liberals who join their global counterparts in applauding the acclaim of “sustainability,” among other interests, are ignoring the damage their policies are already wreaking on U.S. agriculture, farmers told Fox News.

While nationwide organizations like the FFA are going strong and statewide affairs like the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show and Iowa State Fair continue to draw exhibitors and guests alike, beneath the surface are troubling signs, two guests on  “The Ingraham Angle” warned this week.

Globalist “green” policies as well as inflation and rising costs have led to thinner herds, and in some instances, foreclosure or shuttering of farms altogether, bringing with them a potential domestic food crisis, they said.

“Farmers are going out of business every day,” said John Boyd Jr., founder of the Black Farmers of America.

“What’s happening is America’s beef cattle producers are depleting their herds. So they’re not having more calves so they can multiply.”

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Boyd said there has been a one billion pound decrease in U.S. beef production over the past year, warning it is an impending crisis that every American could discover one day at their grocer or butcher.

He noted the feds are keen on financially aiding farmers abroad, particularly in war-torn Ukraine, but have done little to help American agriculture.

“We have farmers facing foreclosure. And the USDA will not stop farm foreclosures in this country for direct loans, guaranteed loans and other agricultural lenders,” he said.

“And I’ve made that request on your network many times,” added Boyd, who previously but unsuccessfully dipped his toe in the political waters himself in 2000, when he faced off as a Democrat against then-Rep. Virgil Goode, I-Va.

Boyd, who farms soybeans, grain and cattle in Boydton, Va., a small community between South Boston and South Hill, warned Black farmers like himself are “facing extinction,” with the combination of adverse public policy and higher input costs.

He cited the spike in diesel fuel over the past few years as one example of a financial crunch facing tracts like his.

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“This is why farmers can’t stay on the farm,” he said, adding the Biden administration has failed to properly address issues facing American ag.

Additionally, host Laura Ingraham pointed to news stories like a recent PBS expose on what it described as problematic methane emissions from cattle and their “high-fiber diet.”

The public broadcaster went on to claim that makes beef “one of the least climate-friendly” food sources.

She also pointed to Biden Climate Czar John Kerry, a former Massachusetts Democratic senator who said in recent comments abroad that agriculture purportedly contributes to one-third of all harmful emissions, which the host said suggests a global push to shrink the emissions, and thereby shrink the ag sector itself.

Ingraham reported that, in her words, the U.S. cattle population has not been this low since Kerry was infamously testifying before Congress about the Vietnam War in the early 1970s – and that the negative repercussions of elites’ policies are “what they want.”

Shad Sullivan, a rancher in Olney, a small town south of Wichita Falls, Texas, said globalism is indeed the overarching issue.

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“It’s the global elites — claiming that climate change is ruining the world and that we must implement sustainability: which is just production and consumption control across the world,” Sullivan said.

“We see it going on all over — because of this, we’re becoming vertically integrated, in our system. The beef cattle industry is the last bastion of freedom.”

He said it is therefore time to fittingly “take the bull by the horns” and stop global elites from implementing sustainability regulations that would cripple Western agriculture – particularly ripping claims that cattle are a danger to the world.

He warned that corporate agricultural interests have already invested resources in studying consumption of insects including crickets as a potential replacement for purportedly dangerous beef and pork – citing a report that chicken titan Tyson Foods earlier this month invested in a Dutch insect ingredient maker.

However, in comments to CNN, Tyson CFO John Tyson said the company’s focus is more on “ingredient application with insect protein” rather than “consumer application.”

Sullivan later added such problems are however, “liberty and freedom issue[s]. And that’s where we have to focus on. We have to stop this,” he said.

Gun rights groups pounce after Republican launches bid to take McConnell’s place in Senate

Gun Owners Of America came out swinging against Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, after he entered the race to succeed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Aidan Johnston, Gun Owners Of America’s (GOA) Federal Affairs Director, said tCornyn has failed to stand firm on conservative values and has instead, compromised with Democrats on gun control bills.

“Every time gun control gains steam in Congress, Senator John Cornyn is right there working with Democrats on a ‘compromise.’ That isn’t conservative leadership, it’s capitulation!,” Johnston said. 

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The GOA said that Sen. Cornyn’s record on gun rights makes him “wholly unfit” to become the Senate minority leader.

“In the eyes of gun owners and all those who treasure our liberties, the traitor from Texas’ record makes him wholly unfit to lead Republicans in the Senate,” Johnston said.

The conservative gun rights group said Cornyn has helped pass a series of bills that are “gross infringements” on the Second Amendment.

The GOA pointed to Cornyn over the Safer Communities Act, which he cosponsored with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy in 2022.

The bill incentivizes states to pass extreme risk protection laws, also called “red flag” laws, that allow members of the public and law enforcement to petition the courts for a civil order to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms for fear that person might do violence. 

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After gun rights advocates raised Second Amendment concerns, Congress included requirements that states applying for federal grants to implement red flag laws include certain due process protections.

“Sen. Cornyn is responsible for helping pass the so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that, among other things, bribes states to enact ‘red-flag’ gun confiscation laws, creates a national de facto wait period for young adults to buy a gun, and creates a backdoor ATF rule to eliminate the private sale of firearms,” Johnston said. “These are gross infringements on the Second Amendment.”

“The best thing Senator Cornyn could do for gun rights is join Mitch McConnell in retirement,” he said.

Another conservative group, the National Association for Gun Rights, also came out against Cornyn’s bid to replace McConnell. 

“Cornyn is the most anti-gun Republican in Congress,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “His sponsorship of ‘Fix NICS’ and proud role in passing the largest gun control bill in decades (Biden’s so-called Bipartisan Safer Communities Act) is repulsive to law-abiding gun owners.”

“When the most anti-gun President in history calls an anti-gun Republican ‘rational’ that should set off alarm bells in every law-abiding gun owners’ head,” Brown added.

The gun groups’ statements on Sen. Cornyn came after McConnell, 82, announced Wednesday that he plans to step away from leadership after becoming the longest-serving party leader in Senate history.

“I am asking my Republican colleagues to give me the opportunity to succeed Leader McConnell,” said Cornyn, 72, in a statement released Thursday.  

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In the developing pool of potential successors, Cornyn is frequently mentioned as one of the “three Johns” likely to next lead the conference. The other two are Sens. John Thune, R-S.D. and John Barrasso, R-Wyo. 

Sen. Cornyn’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

Jake Paul earns second-straight first-round victory, calls out Canelo Alvarez

Jake Paul predicted a second-round knockout on Saturday night – he was too generous.

The YouTuber turned boxer earned a first-round victory over Ryan Bourland on Saturday night in Puerto Rico (he was accurate in his sub-six-minute victory).

Paul clearly wanted to get things over with early, striking early and connected on a hard shot to the ribs – Bourland’s left side was clearly red after the blow.

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But shortly after, Paul took it a step further, piecing up Bourland in the face and making the former Golden Gloves champion dazed.

Bourland couldn’t even return with any jabs, going in straight self-defense mode. But it wasn’t enough.

Trapping him in the corner, Paul threw a bunch of haymakers, and the referee called it a night. The fight lasted just two minutes and 37 seconds.

“I wanted it to be a little longer to give the fans some more time,” he admitted post-fight. 

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Paul also told Fox News Digital earlier this week he was “pissed” that his previous fight also lasted less than one round.

Paul called himself “the face of this sport,” rhetorically asking, “who’s doing more for boxing than me?”

He probably would admit, though, he isn’t the best yet – but he did call out someone in that category.

“Hey Canelo, stop ducking. I know you want it,” he said, firing at current WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO champion Canelo Alvarez.

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It was Paul’s ninth victory in his 10th professional fight, each of the last two having come against fellow boxers after fights against MMA fighters like Nate Diaz and Anderson Silva. His lone loss is to Tommy Fury, the brother of Tyson.

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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. 

Opposing players immediately call for help after attempt at diving catch takes terrible turn

There was a scary moment in the Grapefruit League Saturday when a player had to be carted off the field after he tried to rob a home run.

In Fort Myers, the Boston Red Sox were hosting the Washington Nationals in spring training action, and Daylen Lile was making his first appearance of the spring.

Lile was playing right field for the Nationals when Tyler Miller crushed a fly ball toward the right-center field gap at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers.

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Miller’s blast cleared the wall, but not without a valiant effort by Lile to record an out. The 21-year-old leaped to try to rob Miller of a solo shot, but he flipped over the wall instead.

Lile looked like Torii Hunter during David Ortiz’s famous game-tying grand slam in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS. The spring training park is a replica of Fenway, and the low outfield wall in right tends to do that to outfielders who try to rob homers.

However, the situation quickly became serious when Red Sox relievers in the bullpen almost immediately called on medical personnel.

Through a crack in the outfield wall that opens up, Lile could be seen rolling around in the bullpen.

The game was delayed several minutes, and Lile was placed on a stretcher with a neck brace on the warning track.

After the game, Nats manager Dave Martinez said Lile was transported to a hospital for a CT scan of his lower back and had movement in his arms and legs. Lile gave a thumbs-up to the crowd while leaving the field.

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“When you see someone go over the wall like that, and you don’t see them get up, then everyone in the bullpen started calling like that, you think, ‘Oh no,’” said Martinez. “You just hope he didn’t hit his head, his neck. All these things go through your mind.”

Lile was drafted by the Nats in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft, playing 19 games of rookie ball that year. He missed the entire 2022 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and split last year between low- and high-A ball.

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He hit .291 with an .891 OPS in 66 low-A games, but struggled to adjust at the next level. In 40 high-A games, he slashed .234/.310/.357.

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FBI to examine possible debris of Chinese spy craft found by Alaskan fishermen

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.

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.