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GOP gov steps up, agrees to send National Guard troops to border after Biden ‘fails to act’

Tennessee is deploying National Guard members to the southern border as Republican governors continue to support Texas in its showdown with the Biden administration over immigration enforcement.

Gov. Bill Lee, who visited the southern border in Eagle Pass, Texas, earlier this month, met with Tennessee National Guard members at Millington Tennessee Army National Guard Armory ahead of their voluntary deployment.

“As America faces the most severe border crisis in decades, TN is showing the rest of the country what it means to lead,” the Tennessee governor posted on X. “Today, I joined TN National Guard members who will soon deploy on a voluntary mission to secure the Southern border as the federal government fails to act.”

The initial deployment will consist of 50 members and last through March before a second wave replaces them later in the spring. It was unclear where exactly they would be sent.

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During his visit to Eagle Pass, Lee gathered with Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry and other Republicans in a show of force to support Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 

Abbott has butted heads with Biden and his administration, accusing the federal government of not being tough enough on illegal crossings.

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Republicans have long criticized the Biden administration for reversing Trump-era border policies and creating a crisis at the southern border that is seeing waves of migrants illegally cross daily.

In December alone, U.S. Border Patrol reported there were more than 300,000 encounters – an all-time record. 

Meanwhile, Biden and his administration have sought to shift the blame for the crisis onto the shoulders of Republicans. The administration says it is working with a broken system that needs significantly more funding and comprehensive immigration reform. 

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Both Biden and former President Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, made dueling visits to the southern border in Texas on Thursday as immigration remains a top concern for voters.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

Gangs free thousands of inmates in jailbreak as chaos emerges in Caribbean country

Armed gangs in Haiti’s capital released roughly 4,000 inmates from the country’s largest prison after a days-long gun battle with police on Sunday.

The vast majority of the 4,000 men held in the Port-au-Prince jail successfully escaped, according to reports from local media. Many of the inmates were gang members charged in connection with the 2021 assassination of Hatian President Jovenel Moise.

Armed gangs launched their attack against the prison earlier this weekend when Prime Minister Ariel Henry left the country on a visit to Kenya, seeking assistance in the fight against domestic gangs.

Gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, a former police officer, called on various armed groups to overthrow Henry’s regime. Gangs attacked both the National Penitentiary and the country’s main container port.

HAITIAN LEADER HEADS TO KENYA IN HOPES OF REVIVING ANTI-GANG POLICE FORCE PLANS

“All of us, the armed groups in the provincial towns and the armed groups in the capital, are united,” Cherizier said.

Henry had vowed to step down from his position by the end of February, but he argued the gang violence needed to be overcome before free and fair elections could be held.

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Haiti has not held an election since 2016.

Henry succeeded in negotiating an agreement in Kenya on Friday.

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Kenya had agreed in October to lead a U.N.-authorized international police force to Haiti, but the Kenyan High Court in January ruled the plan unconstitutional, in part because of a lack of reciprocal agreements between the two countries.

Last week’s agreement ensures that Kenya will send 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean nation to help combat ongoing gang violence.

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Kenyan President William Ruto said in a statement that he and Henry witnessed the signing of the reciprocal agreements between the two countries on Friday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Former Border Patrol chief drops bombshell on lack of contact with Biden, Harris

The former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol told 60 Minutes that President Biden never spoke to him during his two years on the job. Neither did Vice President Kamala Harris, tapped as the administration’s “border czar” by President Biden in May 2021.

Raul Ortiz served as the U.S. Chief of Border Patrol under President Biden and deputy chief under former President Trump before retiring in May 2023. 

In an interview that aired Sunday, Ortiz excoriated politicians – Republicans and Democrats alike – who engage in media ops in a “two-mile stretch,” neglected hundreds of miles of open borders. 

But he expressed particular frustrations for the president, saying that in his two years in office, “I’ve never had one conversation with the president or vice president.” 

“I was the chief of the Border Patrol, I commanded 21,000 people. That’s a problem,” he said. 

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Ortiz said the U.S. needs to send a clearer message to Central and South America that they will be sent back if they do not have a legitimate asylum claim. 

Asked if he believed the White House has sent mixed messages to migrants, he said: “most definitely.” 

Ortiz presided over Border Patrol during some of the most high-profile incidents, including 15,000 Haitian migrants under the bridge in Del Rio, agents being falsely accused of whipping, the end of Title 42 expulsions, and record-setting illegal crossings. 

Ortiz testified under oath in March 2023 during a House field hearing in McAllen, Texas that the border is not secure. He retired two months later. 

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His interview comes after Biden and Trump made dueling trips to the southern border, underscoring how central the border is to the 2024 presidential election. 

Questions raised after YouTuber-turned-boxer knocks out opponent in first round

Jake Paul’s first-round TKO of Ryan Bourland on Saturday night was the talk of social media and the YouTube star-turned-pro boxer had a bunch of callouts.

Former NFL star Le’Veon Bell and former WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia were among them.

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Bell, who previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, wrote on X that Paul should at least be able to fight someone who knows “how to defend themselves.”

“lol bra, this is laughable,” Bell wrote. “I don’t even care if he decides to fight me or not, just fight somebody who actually knows how to defend themselves.”

Garcia, who is prepping for a fight against Devin Haney for the WBC super lightweight title, said he was ready to end Paul’s entire career.

“Okay enough, it’s on I’m going to have to do this! I’m going to end this JAKE PAUL BOXING THING,” Garcia added on X. “BRING IT ON JAKE IM DEAD F—–G SERIOUS F— YOU! HIT MY TEAM UP.”

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Paul responded to Garcia’s challenge in his post-fight press conference.

“Ryan, I love you, you know that bro, but you got to chill out,” Paul said. “You just seem like you’re losing your mind. Acting thirsty and desperate. … I’m just saying, just chill, bro. If you do want to fight, to me, that’s light work. You got no footwork, and as long as you’ve been in the game, I’m a better boxer than you.”

After Paul won against Bourland, he called out Canelo Alvarez.

“Hey Canelo, stop ducking. I know you want it,” he said.

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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.

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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Dad allegedly served drug-laced smoothies to daughter’s young friends at sleepover

An Oregon father allegedly drugged his daughter’s 12-year-old friends with laced smoothies and subsequently watched as they drifted off to sleep during a sleepover, according to police.

Michael Meyden, 57, surrendered at the Clackamas County Jail on Wednesday after he was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges in connection with the sleepover on Aug. 26, Lake Oswego police said in a news release.

Officers responded to a hospital in August after three 12-year-old girls tested positive for benzodiazepine, a depressant that produces sedation and hypnosis. The girls told officers they were at a friend’s house the night before for a sleepover in which Meyden, their friend’s father, made mango smoothies and “insisted they drink them,” according to a probable cause affidavit, FOX TV Stations reported.

The girls watched movies and did facials in the basement before Meyden allegedly pressured them to drink the laced smoothies.

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The smoothies had “tiny white chunks throughout and sprinkled on top,” the girls told police.

One girl attempted to decline the smoothie, but Meyden allegedly insisted she try it. She then said she had a few sips but did not drink much of the smoothie, and Meyden monitored her consumption and grew angry when he observed the girls drinking out of each other’s drinks. He claimed he gave each of them a different colored reusable straw and insisted they drink out of their own cup.

Police said one girl reported feeling “woozy, hot and clumsy” after drinking the smoothie before falling over, blacking out and going into a “thick, deep sleep.”

Another girl managed to stay awake and said she “could feel him watching her by his presence as she kept her eyes shut, pretending to be asleep,” the document stated. She said she believed he was “doing tests to make sure we weren’t awake,” including by allegedly putting his finger under a girl’s nose and twice moving a girl’s arm and body on the bed during his repeated trips to the basement where the girls were sleeping.

The girl stayed awake in fear that Meyden was “going to do something,” the affidavit said. She texted her mother asking her to come and pick her up because she did not feel safe around Meyden.

“Mom please pick me up and say I had a family emergency,” the girl texted her mother at 1:43 a.m. “I don’t feel safe. I might not respond but please come get me (crying emoji), Please. Please pick up. Please. PLEASE!!”

The affidavit said the girl was eventually able to get in touch with a family friend who came and picked her up and woke up the girl’s parents, who notified the other girls’ parents.

At 3 a.m., when the parents of the other girls drove to Meyden’s house to pick them up, he resisted and asked them to return in the morning. The parents informed him that they would be bringing their children home immediately.

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One of the girls allegedly could not walk on her own and kept asking “what happened,” which prompted her parents to take her to the hospital. When officers spoke to the girl less than 12 hours after she drank the smoothie, they said she “walked slowly and used the assistance of her mother for balance, her eyelids were heavy, and she spoke slowly,” according to the affidavit.

Meyden was charged on Feb. 26, six months after the sleepover took place. He is facing six felony charges and three misdemeanors: three counts of causing another to ingest a controlled substance, three counts of application of a Schedule 4 controlled substance to another and three counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.

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He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday in Clackamas County Circuit Court and posted $50,000 bail.

According to court records, Meyden and his wife divorced on Oct. 17, less than two months after the sleepover. They had owned a home in Lake Oswego at the time of the sleepover.

Tactical agents kill criminal robbing illegal immigrants crossing into US

Border patrol agents in California shot and killed a bandit who was robbing other migrants as they crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Multiple U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources confirmed that a criminal migrant who crossed the border in the San Diego sector was shot and killed by a member of the Border Patrol’s elite Border Patrol Tactical unit, or BORTAC, early Sunday morning.

The incident happened in a remote area where the bandits had been seen crossing into the U.S., robbing migrants and returning to Mexico.

Border Patrol agents responded to “bandit activity” on Sunday morning, when they came across a small group of bandits who were robbing migrants as they were walking to an area where migrants surrender to agents so they can be processed.

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One of the bandits was shot and killed while the others returned to Mexico. None of the Border Patrol agents were harmed during the encounter.

The 26th Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Jason Owens, shared images of armed bandits on Feb. 26, 2024, on the social media platform X.

“USBP surveillance technology near Chula Vista, CA captured these images of armed bandits robbing several groups as they attempted to enter the country illegally,” the chief posted. “Yet another example of the dangers these criminals & smugglers pose to the public, the migrants and our agents.”

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Owens posted last week that so far this fiscal year, Border Patrol has apprehended over 890,000 immigrants and has had more than 120,000 known “gotaways.”

He recently revealed that agents have caught nearly 180 illegal immigrants with gang affiliations so far this year. The gangs, including Paisas and MS-13, are involved with murder, extortion, narcotics, weapons/human trafficking and prostitution, Owens wrote on X.

Owens also wrote that in fiscal year 2024, Border Patrol has apprehended more than 6,400 subjects with criminal convictions.

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It comes as more than 21,000 Chinese citizens have already been apprehended in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector alone during the 2024 fiscal year, sparking national security concerns.

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Nearly 7.3 million migrants have illegally crossed the southwest border under President Biden’s watch, a number greater than the population of 36 individual states, a Fox News analysis found.

Fox News Digital’s Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

Identical twins allegedly traded places after 2 Amish children killed in crash

Identical twins from Minnesota are accused of swapping places after one of them, allegedly driving high on a rural highway, rear-ended an Amish horse-drawn carriage and killed two children.

Police spent months building the case before announcing charges. But, according to one expert, the damning evidence might not be as strong as it appears.

Prosecutors now allege Samantha Jo Petersen was behind the wheel Sept. 25, 2023, when a motor vehicle slammed into a horse-drawn carriage, killing two children and injuring their two siblings. It was not her identical twin sister, Sarah Beth Petersen, who took responsibility at the scene, who was driving, the prosecutors say.

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Authorities said the crash killed 7-year-old Wilma Miller and 11-year-old Irma Miller and sent two of their siblings, ages 9 and 13, to the hospital.

Samantha Petersen had an expired driver’s license and no insurance for her silver Toyota 4Runner at the time of the crash, according to court documents obtained by Fox News Digital.

Sheriff John DeGeorge told local media in February dozens of charges had been filed against the sisters after a “lengthy investigation” found suspicious “inconsistencies” that later led to the unraveling of the alleged plot.

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“Sarah was on scene a short time before our first deputy arrived,” he said in televised remarks. “That allowed them to come up with this story where Sarah would take responsibility for the crash and start to mislead the investigation from that very point.”

When police arrived, she told them she was the driver and that she hit the buggy.

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The sisters allegedly pulled off the switcheroo because Samantha Petersen was high on drugs at the time of the crash and was scared she’d be sent to prison, according to court documents. 

Sarah had recently been in prison as well, according to the filings, and may have felt she owed her sister a favor for taking care of her kids while she was locked up.

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Responding officers allegedly found “a couple of burnt marijuana blunts” and a tin can of pot in the crashed vehicle, and investigators later found evidence she was also using methamphetamine.

An officer left his recorder running and walked away during the investigation, and it also allegedly recorded Samantha Petersen telling her sister, “I think one of the guys is onto me, but I really don’t care … there’s no way they would ever know the difference between the two of us, so they can’t tell.”

Detectives allegedly found damning evidence in a text exchange between Samantha Petersen and someone investigators have identified as “DH” that said, in part, “i don’t think you realize that i did that…i hit that amish buggy and killed two people…made sarah come there and take the fall for it so i wouldn’t go to prison.”

Detectives also allegedly found evidence the suspect did searches on her phone for phrases that included “what happens if you get in an accident with an Amish buggy and kill two people?”

She has a prior record of charges including at least two prior DWI arrests and giving a false name to law enforcement, court records show. 

Now she’s facing 21 counts, including vehicular homicide, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. She’s due in court March 25.

Sarah Petersen is due in court April 1 on 16 felony charges, including aiding and abetting and trying to take responsibility for a crime.

“There’s a huge circumstantial case as it relates to impaired operation,” against the suspected driver, said David Gelman, a former prosecutor and now a defense attorney.

But it wasn’t a particularly high-speed crash, he said, so it could be a hindrance for prosecutors at trial. On the other hand, he said the “negligence” threshold under Minnesota law is easier to prove than “recklessness” required in some other states.

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“It’s a challenging case from a vehicular homicide standpoint, for the state, I think, but [the suspects] certainly didn’t do a lot to help themselves with the antics of trying to switch drivers at the scene,” he said. “Sometimes juries get really, really angry and upset when they see that type of shenanigans.”

The case against Sarah Petersen, the sober sister, could be even harder to prosecute as charged, he said, but authorities could be looking to pressure her into a plea deal to secure her testimony against Samantha Petersen.

“She can’t really be proven to have done more than hinder the investigation,” he said. “She was not the driver. She may have given false statements, which again goes to hindering.”

He pointed out some other items he said defense attorneys could turn to. The affidavit states that one of the suspects moved a vehicle during the initial investigation.

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“The scene was contaminated immediately by the women moving the scene, moving around willy billy,” he said. “As a defense attorney, I’m going to be pounding them. … They did not protect that crime scene.

“At the end of the day, you have innocent people who are dead, and juries don’t like that,” he said. “But the defense does have good talking points here.”

Fox News’ Stepheny Price contributed to this report.

Drillers make ‘dream’ discovery in Minnesota site, could be game-changer for the US

A potential helium reservoir was discovered in Minnesota last week after drillers bored deep beneath the forest floor of the state’s Iron Range as supplies of the noble gas dwindle in the U.S.

Pulsar Helium Inc., a Canadian-based company, announced in a news release on Thursday that its team encountered gases with concentrations of up to 12.4% helium when its drilling rig reached a total depth of 2,200 at the Topaz Project drill site. Helium concentrations above 0.3% are considered economically viable.

Thomas Abraham-James, Pulsar’s president and CEO, said he is “delighted” about the “outstanding result.”

“It is a big day for helium exploration, confirming the original discovery in the new jurisdiction of Minnesota. I look forward to keeping the market updated with further results as they are received,” Abraham-James said.

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The concentration was measured with a mass spectrometer at the drill site, and samples of the collected gas will be sent to a “specialist gas laboratory for full molecular composition, removal of atmospheric (air) contamination, and isotopic characterization,” the company said.

Abraham-James told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that nearly all helium is a byproduct of natural gas production, but the lesser gas isn’t a priority for those companies.

Helium’s unique qualities make the gas an important and desired resource.

While known as a lightweight gas that can fill balloons and blimps, helium can also take a liquid form that acts as a coolant for superconducting magnets needed to operate MRI machines and in the manufacturing of semiconductors. The gas also has applications in the defense industry, from rocket engine testing to air-to-air missile guidance systems and more.

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In January, the Compressed Gas Association warned in a letter that the U.S. government’s selling of its Federal Helium Reserve system (FHR) “could lead to severe disruptions in the U.S. helium supply chain.”

The FHR spans Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and provides 20% of the U.S. helium supply.

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The Minnesota helium reservoir was accidentally found in the Iron Range in 2011 when a company called Duluth Metals was drilling for platinum and palladium, according to local news outlets. 

Caitlin Clark speaks her mind after breaking NCAA all-time scoring record

Senior Day couldn’t have gone better for Caitlin Clark, who set the NCAA’s all-time points record in Division I college basketball during the Iowa Hawkeyes’ win over Ohio State, 93-83. 

Clark buried two free throws as the first half of the game was ending, beating Pete Maravich’s previous record of 3,617 points during his years at LSU. She came into the game needing 18 points, and she got all of them in the first half following the technical foul free throws. 

Clark finished with 35 points as well as nine assists and six rebounds in her final regular season game at home.  

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After the record-setting performance, Clark and her other Hawkeyes senior teammates – Gabbie Marshall, Sharon Goodman, Molly Davis and Kate Martin – were honored for their years of commitment. 

“I think just reflecting back over my four years, I’m just very grateful,” Clark said to the crowd when asked what her journey has been like to this point. 

Holly Rowe, the veteran journalist who MC’d the Senior Day post-game ceremony, noted that Clark always shouts out her teammates during interviews over the years despite her awe-dropping performances that led to college basketball history. 

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For Clark, it’s something that isn’t forced. Her humble nature comes naturally. 

“I think it’s easy,” she said about showing love to her teammates. “These people are my best friends and that’s not for show. They have my back, and they do a lot of dirty work for me to have fun and take crazy shots.… They’re my best friends off the court.”

Clark loved that the Hawkeyes “came out and dominated” on Senior Day against a Buckeyes team that’s ranked No. 2 in the country and beat No. 6 Iowa earlier this season. 

“We played with a lot of energy,” she said. “…I’m just proud of our girls. Five seniors that have been together for a long time, and we wanted to go out and send them off on their home court.”

Clark said she was “soaking it all in” during her last regular season game at home. However, thanks to top teams in the NCAA Tournament hosting games, there could be a maximum of two more games at home this month. 

“It’ll be a little less bitter,” Clark said. “… Probably won’t hit me for a little bit more later.”

While the ceremony was a nice way to honor these Hawkeyes, a group led by Clark who changed college basketball not just in Des Moines but across the country, they know the job isn’t finished. 

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The Hawkeyes will need Clark continue tacking on points to that all-time record next in the Big 10 Tournament before the NCAA Tournament comes around. Her performance is crucial for Iowa to get back in the national championship, where they lost to the LSU Tigers last season.