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Helicopter carrying National Guardsmen and border officer crashes in Texas, multiple dead

A helicopter carrying three National Guard soldiers and a Border Patrol agent crashed Friday near the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, killing at least three on board, officials said. 

The helicopter went down in La Grulla, a border town that sits near the Rio Grande in Starr County.

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera, the county’s top local official, said the fourth person was in critical condition.

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Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the three National Guard soldiers were working on federal orders on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security.

The helicopter was a New York National Guard “Lakota.”

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Fox News Digital has reached out to the Starr County Sheriff’s Office, the National Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

In January, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter on a patrol mission crashed along the state’s border with Mexico lost power and crashed. The co-pilot suffered a minor hand injury and the helicopter was significantly damaged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Bills’ QB comes clean about wardrobe malfunction during date with actress girlfriend

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen received some backlash after a video circulating on social media appeared to show the NFL star rushing ahead of Hailee Steinfeld while the duo attended Paris Fashion Week Monday. 

But Allen quickly shot down any suggestion he was being less than a gentleman, explaining a wardrobe malfunction prompted his urgency. 

“My pants ripped at dinner,” Allen wrote in a post on X. “Didn’t want cheeks out… I love Paris.” 

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The video shared on TikTok shows the couple getting out of a black car and Allen rushing out first with what appears to be a jacket tied around his waist. 

The video evidence certainly backs up his story. 

The actress and singer has been linked to Allen since May 2023, but neither has publicly confirmed their relationship. 

BILLS’ JOSH ALLEN’S EX TALKS HAVING ‘SEX AND THE CITY’ MOMENT FOLLOWING SPLIT FROM NFL STAR

After another heartbreaking loss in the playoffs, the Bills are taking the offseason by storm, and that includes adding reinforcements for Allen and creating space for more. 

On Thursday, the Bills signed backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky to a two-year deal after he was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers last month after going 2-5. Trubisky reunited with Allen after previously spending the 2021 season with Buffalo. 

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The Bills also re-signed tight end Quintin Morris to a one-year deal Friday. 

Earlier in the week, Buffalo made several cap-saving moves, including the release of safety Jordan Poyer, center Mitch Morse, punt return specialist Deonte Harty, cornerback Siran Neal and running back Nyheim Hines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Heavy metal star condemns Hamas in no uncertain terms after receiving gift from fan

David Draiman, frontman of the heavy metal group Disturbed, issued strong support for Israel in a viral clip onstage after a young fan gave him a bracelet with the words “Am Israeli Chai.” 

Draiman is the lead vocalist of the heavy metal group, which is one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century, according to Billboard. The singer explained he couldn’t stay silent on the matter any longer during a show in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 26. 

He explained he has family in Israel and lost friends at the Nova Music Festival that was attacked by Hamas during the October 7 terrorist attack on the Jewish state, which left approximately 1,200 people dead, over 5,300 wounded and resulted in the capture of at least 242 hostages, more than half of whom still remain trapped in Gaza. 

“I miss people that were slaughtered like animals at the Nova Festival,” he onstage. “Rape is not resistance. Slaughtering innocents at a music festival that brings together people from all walks of life is not resistance.”

“I genuinely feel empathy for the Palestinian people despite what everyone on the other side of the equation likes to claim.” he added. “There is not a single Jew on this planet that does not celebrate life. We celebrate life. Hamas celebrates death and they need to be eradicated; not the Palestinians, Hamas. We need to save Gaza from Hamas.”

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He warned it is a “dark time that we are living in, and there are people who like to go ahead and use our fear of one another as an excuse to gain power, as an excuse to profit off of our own misery and our own suffering.”

“It’s dark times, my people,” he concluded. “It is dark times, but sometimes darkness can show you the light.”

Since then, Draiman has continued to speak out in support of Israel, calling for the release of female hostages and flagging antisemitism or misinformation on media outlets across his social account. He has repeatedly posted photos with signs that read #BringBackOurGirls in reference to the girls and women hostages still being held captive in Gaza. 

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Draiman told Breitbart that he has normally been “very careful to not infuse Disturbed performances with any kind of political rhetoric,” and instead “tries to make concerts an escape from that,” but admitted that the gift from the young fan “seemed like a sign.” 

“I couldn’t not acknowledge her very precise, thoughtful gift without being insulting at that point, so I felt compelled to speak about it and I just went completely off the cuff, speaking from my heart and trying to address the elephant in the room, so to speak,” he told the outlet. “I just did the best that I could, and I’m glad that it resonated with as many people as it has apparently so far. Who knows? I can only hope that it has a continuing positive effect.”

The entertainment industry typically falls on the left side of political issues, but the Israel-Hamas war has divided Hollywood in a way no other issue has, as many celebrities have spoken out against antisemitism and the October 7 attack. 

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who served for two years in the Israel Defense Forces in her 20s, spearheaded a Hollywood screening of a 47-minute video of the atrocities committed by Hamas during the October 7 surprise attack on Israel in the wake of the attack. But, the November screening prompted violent protests and was criticized as “insensitive” to Palestinians.

Jewish Actress and comedian Amy Schumer, who has been particularly outspoken in her support of Israel since Hamas’ terror attack on October 7, said she has lost a number of friends over her stance. Schumer also trended on X after she posted a video clip of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. denouncing antisemitism and asserting Israel’s right to exist, which was widely criticized. 

Gadot, Schumer, Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and hundreds more Hollywood figures condemned Hamas and encouraged President Biden to get all hostages freed in an open letter in October. Other Hollywood signatures included in the letter belonged to actors Aubrey Plaza, Bob Odenkirk, Constance Wu, Shawn Levy and conservative actor Dean Cain.

Many other celebrities have also spoken out in support of Palestinians in the weeks and months since October 7. 

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Fox News’ Gabriel Gays and Yael Halon contributed to this report. 

5 things to do every day for a long life, according to a neurologist and aging expert

While certain factors are out of our control, there are some things we can do to extend our lives.

“For the average individual, everyday behaviors under our own control have a greater impact on healthy longevity than genetics,” Dr. Gary Small, a memory, brain and aging expert at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, told Fox News Digital.

“Even people with a genetic predisposition to developing Alzheimer’s disease can stave off symptoms for years by living a healthy lifestyle,” he added.

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Small, who is also the behavioral health physician-in-chief for Hackensack, shared the five most important behaviors to adopt in order to live a longer, healthier life.

Check out his tips. 

No. 1: Stay positive

There is scientific evidence that keeping a positive outlook helps us live longer and healthier, Small noted. 

“Optimists have fewer physical and emotional difficulties, experience less pain, enjoy higher energy levels and are generally happier and calmer in their lives,” he said. 

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“Optimism also has been shown to boost the body’s immune system so that we can better fight infection.”

Research has shown that when people make a conscious effort to be more optimistic, it can actually transform their attitude, Small said. 

“Expressing feelings of gratitude can increase levels of optimism,” he added.

No. 2: Get active

Numerous studies have linked regular physical activity to a longer life expectancy.

“Cardiovascular conditioning improves circulation, elevates endorphins and proteins that strengthen brain cellular communication, and boosts heart health,” Small said. 

“Many people find that it is difficult to get started, but once they do, they enjoy better energy, sleep and mood, and those benefits motivate them to continue their exercise routine for the long haul,” he went on.

Experts recommend a combination of strength training (lifting weights) and aerobic exercise.

“Everyday behaviors under our own control have a greater impact on healthy longevity than genetics.”

For those who are just starting an exercise program, it’s best to start out slow, set modest goals and gradually build stamina, the doctor said. 

He recommended finding an exercise program that’s enjoyable, whether it’s jogging, cycling, swimming, yoga, spinning or pickleball. 

No. 3: Eat well

A healthy diet can have a major impact on life expectancy by lowering the risk for heart disease, cancer and other age-related illnesses, according to Small.  

“Obesity in mid-life increases the risk for dementia later in life, so portion control protects brain health,” he told Fox News Digital.

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Omega-3 fats from fish and nuts also reduce heightened inflammation, which can damage the brain and heart, Small noted. 

“Antioxidant fruits and vegetables reduce age-related oxidative stress, which can cause wear and tear on cells throughout the body,” he said.

The doctor also recommends minimizing the consumption of processed foods and refined sugars to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, which has been linked to higher chances of dementia.

No. 4: Manage stress

As chronic stress increases the risk for dementia and heart problems, Small recommends incorporating a stress reduction program into the daily routine.

“Meditation and relaxation exercises support healthy longevity,” he said. 

“Just 10 minutes of daily meditation not only improves mood, it also boosts cognitive abilities.”

No. 5: Take care of your health

Common chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels increase the risk for cognitive decline, heart disease and shorter life expectancy, Small warned.

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“These illnesses can be treated effectively with medications and healthy lifestyle habits, particularly exercise and a healthy diet,” he said.

Staying up to date with health screenings can also help increase longevity. 

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Some of the most common recommendations include mammograms for breast cancer, colonoscopies for colorectal cancer, skin cancer screenings, sleep health monitoring, cervical cancer screenings, eye exams and prostate checks for men.

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Former NTSB investigator explains new theory about Malaysia Airlines mystery

A new theory based on the pilot’s intent would mean the bulk of the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is almost 3,500 miles north of the search’s focus, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator told Fox News Digital. 

Alan Diehl, who has over 30 years of experience investigating plane crashes, believes the missing Boeing 777 plummeted into the Andaman Sea, which is northwest of Malaysia.

The plane disappeared 10 years ago on Friday, on March 8, 2014. Diehl believes the pilot – Zaharie Ahmad Shah – wanted to make a political statement against the current regime “by commandeering the airplane, flying it clandestinely across Malaysia, taking it to the American military base in Diego Garcia, where he expected to broadcast his manifesto en route, land the plane and release the passengers.”

There are countless theories with wide-ranging levels of plausibility, but Diehl’s new idea – if true – would completely change the search efforts, which largely focused on the southern part of the Indian Ocean near the southwestern coast of Australia. 

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Ten years later, the only thing the 239 victims’ families and friends can cling to are these theories – no matter how kooky some might be – because the reality is the governments involved have no definitive answers. 

It’s still hard to fathom how a routine flight on March 8, 2014, from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing, China, veered off course after a series of bizarre, harsh turns, lost radar contact and then vanished. 

Diehl, a research psychologist who dedicated his life’s work to recreating the pilot and crew’s possible actions by analyzing their mental states, believes the turns and the plane’s electronics going dark were intentional. 

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“This plane is electronically dark, and he (the pilot) probably turned off the lights too, and it’s shooting across Thailand and Malaysia, in and out of the airspace,” according to Diehl, who said it would have looked like nothing more than a “little blip” to radar operators, “if they were awake and diligent enough to see it.”

There was a verbal message at 1:19 a.m. local time by the pilot to Malaysian air traffic: “Good night. Malaysian three-seven-zero.” That was the last known communication but the systems were cut off.

Then the flight pattern went haywire. While air traffic control lost the plane, the Malaysian military radar was able to follow the aircraft, which showed it made unscheduled, sharp turns. 

Prevailing theories vs Diehl’s new theory

Some believe the pilot was suicidal, and intended to make the plane disappear in one of the world’s most remote spots, off Australia’s southwest coast, where it’s believed to have crashed. 

This theory involves the pilot locking his first officer – Fariq Abdul Hamid – out of the flight deck, cutting off all communications and depressurizing the aircraft until the passengers died of hypoxia, before plummeting into the ocean.  

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But information in the public domain doesn’t suggest any motive for a suicide mission, Diehl said, and there’s a way for the first officer to get back into the cabin by going through the electronics bay.

The official report, which was released in 2018, said, “There was no known history of apathy, anxiety, or irritability. There were no significant changes in his lifestyle, interpersonal conflict or family stresses.”

“So that really doesn’t fit,” Diehl said, but he didn’t dismiss the idea that the first officer was locked out.

If he wanted to disappear, Diehl believes he would have flown in the opposite direction toward the Mariana Trench, an oceanic trench in the Pacific Ocean that’s over a mile farther from sea level than the peak of Mount Everest and about 1,580 miles long and over 40 miles wide. 

“That tells me he didn’t want to disappear,” Diehl said. 

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Another theory that garnered a lot of attention was an idea that the pilot, a known activist, wanted to embarrass the country’s regime, and was shot down before he could execute a 9/11-style suicide flight into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. 

That target would have been en route, so he would not have had to make that sharp left turn, Diehl said, “which leads me to my theory that he wanted to make a political statement, nothing more, but something happened to the aircraft.”

There are countless other wild ideas, like the pilot made a “D.B. Cooper” type hijacking and jumped out of a plane to meet a lover. Of course, there are alien and black hole conspiracies. 

“During all this initial hoopla several of these theories seem credible,” Diehl wrote in his book, “Best Laid Plans.”

“For example, a cargo fire may have occurred, or a passenger or stowaway may have hijacked the jet.

“While others seemed bizarre, like the idea that the CIA had it shot down because U.S. computer experts were aboard and might be defecting to China, or that erstwhile KGB agents electronically took control of the aircraft and flew it to an abandoned cosmodrome in the former Soviet Union.”

Revisiting why first officer may have been locked out and how it fits into Diehl’s theory 

Diehl dives deeper into his theory in his new book, “Best Laid Plans,” which introduces his theory while using fictional characters and dialogue, except for the pilot and the first officer. 

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He presents a fictional – but plausible theory – that the first officer was purposely locked out, so he wouldn’t be involved in the pilot’s conspiracy to make a political statement, Diehl told Fox News Digital. 

But the first officer knew he could reopen the cockpit by going through a hidden trap door that leads to the E&E (electronics and equipment) bay, an area of “electronic racks and black boxes, with spaghetti-like wire bundles running everywhere,” according to Diehl’s book. 

While in the E&E bay, the pilot may have made a sharp turn, which could have created disaster as he tried to brace himself. 

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“With all the high voltage in there, if he bumped something, he could’ve started a fire accidentally, probably killing himself and causing a major problem,” Diehl said. “The plane would’ve filled with smoke and probably burned a hole in the fuselage … and at 35,000 feet that would have caused an explosive decompression.

“And the rest, as they say, is history.”

Diehl looked at the history of the Boeing 777 itself, which he called a “safe aircraft,” but there have been high-profile crashes involving fires in the E&E bay. 

The search and how Diehl’s theory changes search site 

The search for the vanishing plane covered more than 2 million square nautical miles and focused on an area off the coast of Australia. 

The underwater search was officially called off in January 2017 after the Australian, Malaysia and Chinese governments scoured nearly 50,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean floor, which reportedly cost about $150 million. 

In January 2018, the Malaysian government began its partnership with a private contractor called Ocean Infinity, which is still involved.

Since the 2014 crash, pieces of debris were found along the coasts of South Africa and on the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues.

If Diehl’s theory is right, and the plane was headed for the U.S. military base in Diego Garcia, the search, he said, should be focused in the Andaman Sea near Malaysia. 

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“Right now, I think they’re basing the search on the assumption either the pilot was suicidal and wanted to fly as far as he could, seeping into the Indian Ocean by staying high and getting the best fuel economy and the greatest range or that the autopilot was set on high altitude,” Diehl told Fox News Digital. 

“I don’t think either theories are correct … We know that somebody was alive at 2:25 a.m. (local time) and they took into the Indian Ocean, and when the sun came up at 7 a.m., they would’ve discovered that they needed to head to the east to get to Indonesia or Australia, but they ran out of fuel.”

That’s why Diehl believes a “far more fertile area” to search would be along the eastern edge of the 2,500-mile “Seventh Arc.”

The wreckage ‘is the Rosetta Stone’

The greatest air disaster mystery will likely remain unsolved without the wreckage, Diehl said. 

“That’s the Rosetta Stone that will make this clear. That’s the single biggest piece of evidence,” he said. “And until they start looking again, and maybe not, maybe but also look at that Eastern end like they’ve been advocating.”

Malaysian officials said earlier this week that the government was going to discuss a new search operation after being approached by Ocean Infinity. 

Oliver Plunkett, the chief executive of Ocean Infinity, said in a statement to news outlets that the company has been analyzing data to narrow the search area since the first go around. 

“This search is arguably the most challenging, and indeed pertinent one out there,” he said. “We’ve been working with many experts, some outside of Ocean Infinity, to continue analyzing the data in the hope of narrowing the search area down to one in which success becomes potentially achievable.”

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Diehl said he hopes by putting out this book – with a new theory – that it will accomplish two things. 

“One, I want the Malaysian government to sign the f—— contract. And two, to say, you know, maybe this other theory about the Eastern Arc is something, and maybe get guys out there too.”

At the end of Diehl’s book, he wrote, “What happened after the aircraft disappeared was the largest, most expensive and protracted aviation search effort ever undertaken. One which, unfortunately, has yet to discover the location of the Malaysian jet’s wreckage.”

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Curto contributed to this report. 

Attack on zookeepers by silverback gorilla captured on video

Two zookeepers found themselves in a frightening situation as they encountered a silverback gorilla in a World of Primates exhibit at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.

In a now-viral moment garnering 14 million views, the gorilla, who is named Elmo, was captured on video as he appeared to aggressively charge towards one zookeeper.

The zookeeper is seen running before reaching for a door and using a two-way radio to call for help. The ape then crashes into a bucket of food and pauses to watch the zookeeper who is standing in the doorway.

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A man named Ben, who told Fox News Digital that he was the “responding security officer” at the time, shared the video today on his TikTok page under the handle, @ben306069 (See the video at the top of this article). The incident occurred in fall of 2023.

The video also shows a second zookeeper who was unable to escape until Elmo moved into an area that was far enough away from the enclosure’s exit.

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The employee kept watching the movements of the gorilla and remained still after setting something down on the ground.

After Elmo fled into the corner of the enclosure, the second zookeeper escaped.

A woman and a man can be heard praying for the zookeepers as the workers try to safely escape the area.

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“God help her. God help her. God help her,” a woman can be heard saying in the background of the TikTok video.

“Please protect her,” a man said.

As the second zookeeper escapes, one of the bystanders can be heard saying, “Thank you, Lord.”

The comments on the video are filled with TikTok users responding to the prayers being heard in the background.

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Based on the video, it appears the zookeepers were able to escape the situation safely.

Elmo the silverback gorilla turned 34 years old on March 5, based on a Facebook post shared by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) – an Ohio-based nonprofit. Elmo was born at the Buffalo Zoo, which is located in Buffalo, New York.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Fort Worth Zoo for comment.

A representative for the Fort Worth Zoo told People Magazine in a statement today that, “On Oct. 20, 2023, an incident led to two of our zookeepers sharing space with our 34-year-old silverback gorilla. Thankfully, there was no physical contact between keepers and gorilla; and all staff and animals are safe.”

“Every day, the zookeepers shift the gorilla troop into their indoor habitat so that keepers can place the animals’ lunch in their outdoor habitat. Due to keeper error, staff entered the yard unaware that the silverback was still in its habitat,” the statement continued.

“The zookeepers work with and train these animals every day and thanks to their knowledge and expertise, they navigated the situation calmly and were able to exit the yard safely.”

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Top MLB prospect set for Opening Day abruptly suspended 80 games

Top MLB prospect Noelvi Marte burst onto the scene for the Cincinnati Reds last year after being a late-season callup.

The infielder made his MLB debut on Aug. 19, and he gave Reds fans more of a reason to be optimistic about the team’s short- and long-term futures.

Marte, 22, hit .316 with an .822 OPS in his 35 games, and entering this season, he was the Reds’ top prospect and the 21st ranked in all of baseball.

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However, the Reds will need to change their Opening Day plans, as well as their plans going into this summer.

That’s because Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Marté signed with the Seattle Mariners from the Dominican Republic for a $1.55 million bonus in July 2018. He was traded to the Reds in July 2022, along with three other prospects, for All-Star right-hander Luis Castillo.

Under the rules, a first suspension is worth 80 games, while a second offense results in a full-season ban. A third positive test would lead to the player being banned permanently.

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Marte was expected to be the Reds’ starting third baseman this season, joining Cincinnati’s core of young players that includes Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand.

The Reds had perhaps their most impressive season in quite some time last year — they went 82-80 and even led the NL Central in early August. The team was officially eliminated from postseason contention on the penultimate night of the regular season. It came just two years after winning 83 games, but the Reds were expected to finish well below .500 and shocked just about everyone.

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The Reds, however, still continue to seek their first non-COVID-season postseason appearance since 2013, where they lost the NL Wild Card Game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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GOP senator stands by decision not to support Trump in 2024 race

Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young told the media on Friday, days after former President Trump’s commanding Super Tuesday performance, that he will not be endorsing the former president.

“Nothing’s changed from my standpoint,” Young told CNN after WWEV 44 News reported that Young will not support Trump due to the former president’s position and comments on Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“I trust the people I represent to make their own decisions on who they’re going to vote for.”

The outlet reported that Young has not decided who he will support in November.

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Young’s position reiterates comments he has made in the past, including nine months ago when he said he doesn’t “intend to support him.”

“Where do I begin?” Young said when asked what the reasons for not supporting Trump are.

“I think President Trump’s judgment is wrong in this case,” Young previously said, referring to Trump declining to call Putin a “war criminal” in 2023. “Putin and his government have been engaged in war crimes. . . . That’s why I don’t intend to support him for the Republican nomination.”

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Young took office in 2017 and was re-elected to the Senate in 2022, beating his Democratic challenger Thomas McDermott Jr. by about 20 points.

Young was one of only four GOP senators Trump did not endorse for re-election that year, according to Politico.

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Young is the third sitting Republican senator to decline to support Trump, along with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
 

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $735M after no grand prize winner

The Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $735 million after no ticket matched the winning numbers during Friday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 19, 20, 22, 47 and 58 with a Mega ball of 1. The Megaplier was 3X.

Nobody claimed the $687 million grand prize Friday night, but two players – one in Georgia and one in Texas – matched all five white balls to win the game’s second-tier prize of $1 million.

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The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Tuesday when players will hope to win the estimated $735 million jackpot, which carries a cash option of $356.7 million. Winners typically select the cash prize over the Mega Millions annuity paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.

The odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the game.

The Mega Millions jackpot was last won on Dec. 8, when two winners in California matched all six numbers to take home the $395 million prize.

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The record $1.602 billion jackpot was won in Florida on August 8, 2023. That prize is the world’s largest lottery ever won on a single ticket.

The current $735 million jackpot is the sixth-largest prize ever offered by the game.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline for purchasing a ticket is 9:45 p.m. on draw nights.