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Trump and Biden deadlocked in swing state, Fox News poll shows

The Keystone State saw nail-biters in both the 2016 and 2020 elections and looks to be headed for a repeat this November.

Former President Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential race by less than a percentage point, while President Biden squeaked out his 2020 win by just over a point.

In the presumptive 2024 rematch, Trump (49%) has a narrow edge over Biden (47%) among Pennsylvania registered voters, according to the latest Fox News Poll released Wednesday. That 2-point difference is within the poll’s margin of error.

Biden held a campaign event near Philadelphia on Friday, and Trump last visited in February.

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Biden sees his strongest support from nonwhite voters (64%), White voters with a college degree (57%), suburban women (57%) and those ages 65 and over (50%).

For Trump, it is White evangelical Christians (73%), White men without a college degree (63%), rural voters (59%) and Gen Xers (54%). 

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Both candidates have mostly locked down voters from their own parties, as roughly 9 in 10 Democrats and Republicans support their party’s presumed nominee.  

In a potential five-way matchup, the race is a tie, with Biden and Trump getting 42% apiece. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. comes in third with 9%, while Jill Stein and Cornel West get 2% each.

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A quarter of Republicans (24%) do not identify with the MAGA movement and Trump is hurt in the five-way because of it, as 4 in 10 of them support either Biden or third-party candidates. Among these non-MAGA Republicans, the race goes 52% Trump, 19% Biden and 19% Kennedy. Support among independents splinters: 29% Trump, 25% Biden and 21% Kennedy.  

In the two-way race, non-MAGA Republicans are more solidly behind Trump (70%), yet 2 in 10 still back Biden (22%). Independents go for Trump over Biden by 7 points (44%-37%), which is well within the margin of sampling error. 

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“Non-MAGA voters are hurting Trump a bit and Biden’s coalition is less frayed in Pennsylvania than it is in other battleground states,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson. “The key seems to be rosier economic perceptions in this state, as 59% say the economy is getting better or holding steady, and Biden is golden among those voters.” 

The economy once again comes out on top as the most important issue to voters when deciding who to cast a ballot for in November, and most Pennsylvanians are feeling either neutral or positive about their financial situation.  

Six in 10 say they are holding steady (45%) or getting ahead (14%), and these voters go overwhelmingly for Biden. The remaining 4 in 10 feel they are falling behind, and they strongly support Trump.  

Six in 10 Pennsylvanians (61%) say the economy will be extremely important to them come November. That’s followed by more than 5 in 10 saying it is election integrity (55% extremely important) and immigration/border security (52%). All other issues are below 50%: health care (47% extremely important), foreign policy (40%), abortion (39%) and climate change (27%).

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There is little partisan agreement on the issues. For Democrats, health care, abortion and election integrity are extremely important, while for Republicans and independents it is the economy, immigration/border security and election integrity. 

When asked which candidate would better handle these issues, Biden and Trump each have advantages. Of the top three, Biden is seen as better on election integrity (+7 points), while Trump is better on the economy (+12) and immigration/border security (+16). 

Among lower-ranking issues, Biden is favored on abortion (+8 points), health care (+8) and climate change (+17), while Trump is seen as slightly better on foreign policy (+4).

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Being mentally sound (74% extremely important) and honest and trustworthy (73%) are the top candidate traits voters will consider when deciding their choice in the fall. That’s followed by being willing to fight for people like you (69%) and being a strong leader (68%). Fewer prioritize voting for a candidate who is not too extreme (38%). 

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Biden is preferred among voters who say honesty and not being too extreme is extremely important, while Trump is the choice among those saying the same about being mentally sound, a strong leader and willing to fight. 

“Pennsylvania looks relatively stable since 2020,” says Anderson. “It is still a tossup, but it hasn’t drifted away from Biden to the degree we’ve seen in some places. But we have a long way to go, and many things could change, including perceptions of the economy, the candidates’ integrity and their mental capacity, all important drivers of vote choice.” 

Over half of Pennsylvania voters, 54%, disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president, while 45% approve. They are also more likely to strongly disapprove (43%) than strongly approve (25%) of him.   

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Six in 10 believe Biden was legitimately elected president, and of those, 20% support Trump if the election were held today (75% Biden). Thirty-five percent say Biden was not legitimately elected and nearly all of them back Trump (97%).

Republican candidates for the U.S. House fare slightly better than their presidential standard-bearer in a 2024 matchup. When asked about their congressional vote, 46% of Pennsylvania voters would go for the Democratic candidate in their district vs. 49% for the Republican.

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Conducted March 7-11 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with a sample of 1,149 Pennsylvania registered voters randomly selected from a statewide voter file. Respondents spoke with live interviewers on landlines (222) and cellphones (632) or completed the survey online after receiving a text message (295). Results based on the full sample have a margin of sampling error of ±3 percentage points. Weights are generally applied to age, race, education, and area variables to ensure the demographics of respondents are representative of the registered voter population.

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Billie Eilish, Mark Ruffalo called out for wearing red pin linked to brutal 2000 murder of 2 Israelis

The Israeli government and other critics are calling out celebrities wearing what they believe is a Palestinian “symbol of bloodlust” that was canonized in its culture from a bloody lynching almost 25 years ago.

Billie Eilish, her brother Finneas and Mark Ruffalo were among the many stars calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East who sported a pin with a red hand symbol at the Oscars Sunday evening

“To those who wore the red hand pin at the Oscars, this is what every Israeli and Palestinian thinks of when he sees a red hand: the lynching of 2 Israelis by Palestinians in 2000 in a police station,” Ofir Gendelman, an Israeli government spokesperson, wrote on X. “The murderers drenched their hands in their victims’ blood, celebrating their murder. Don’t support that.”

In October 2000, two IDF reservists, Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz, were lynched by a massive mob in Ramallah, West Bank, after they made a wrong turn in the Palestinian Authority-controlled region. After rumors spread about their whereabouts at a police station, around 1,000 Palestinians gathered around the station. 

One particular image from the carnage became infamous when one of the killers, Aziz Salha, waved his bloodied hands to the crowd from the police station’s window after dozens broke in. 

According to the Times of Israel, Salha later explained that the Palestinians present were “in a craze to see blood.” As he waved his hands, the Palestinian mob cheered: “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic. 

Salha had said, “We were in a craze to see blood. I entered the room… I saw an Israeli soldier sprawled on the floor in front of the door,” according to court documents reported in the Times of Israel. 

“I came closer to him and saw a knife lodged in his back, near his right shoulder. I removed the knife and stabbed him in the back two or three times… while others in the room continued to kick him. I put my hand over his mouth and the other on his shoulder, in order to strangle him.”

“I saw that my hands were drenched with blood, and so was my shirt,” Saleh continued. “So I went over to the window and I waved my hands at the people who were in the courtyard.”

The mob then threw the bodies out of the station and desecrated them.

“The ‘red hand pin’ is a grotesque symbol of homicidal Jew-hatred, and wearing it reflects, at best, the wearer’s stunning ignorance, or, at worst, support for the genocide of the Jewish people,” said Brooke Goldstein, the executive director of the Jewish civil rights firm Lawfare Project, in a statement to Fox News Digital

“The origins of this pin… is a symbol of bloodlust” that is part of an “Islamist agenda,” Goldstein added. 

“The red pins were meticulously fashioned under the guise of a ‘ceasefire,’ yet their sinister origins trace back to the grim events of 2000,” Liora Rez from the group StopAntisemitism told Fox News Digital. “Amidst the glamour of Hollywood, an insidious undercurrent of antisemitic sentiment persists.” 

“Their bodies bore the marks of unspeakable violence, with limbs torn apart and eyes gouged out, while the assailants brazenly displayed their bloodied hands as a grotesque trophy. This atrocity unfolded amidst the tumult of the Second Intifada, a dark chapter akin to October 7th,” Rez said.  

Fox News Digital contacted reps for Eilish, Finneas and Ruffalo but did not immediately receive a response. 

Terror expert Jonathan Schanzer weighed in, telling Fox News Digital, “Hollywood types may not realize it, but red hands are something of a trigger for Israelis in this [current] conflict.”

The trigger, Schanzer explained, was that Salha was released along with 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, many of whom were terrorists, in exchange for an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas and taken into the Gaza Strip 10 years later. 

“A post-script to this story came in 2011. Salha had been in jail for ten years. He was released in a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas. Among the others released was Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader widely credited for launching the current war,” he said. 

The pins come from a campaign by Artists4Ceasefire. 

Hundreds of celebs joined Artists4Ceasefire, a campaign calling for a ceasefire after the Oct. 7 terror attacks against Israel. The Jewish State believes that over 134 hostages remain in the Gaza Strip, including two children. 

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Artists4Ceasefire explained their mission was to consolidate losses on both sides and stand for a “common humanity.” 

“Artists4Ceasefire is a group of artists and advocates who have come together in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Israel and Palestine. We are here to lend our voices and our platforms to amplify the global call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, the safe return of all hostages, and the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilians in Gaza,” the campaign said. “We stand for our common humanity, and a future rooted in freedom, justice, dignity and peace for all people. We cannot be silent. Compassion must prevail.” 

The website states of the pin’s design and symbolism, “The Artists4Ceasefire enamel pin is composed of a red background to symbolize the urgency of the call to save lives. The orange hand conveys the beautiful community of people from all backgrounds that have come together in support of centering our shared humanity. The heart being cradled in the center of the hand is an invitation for us to lead with our hearts, always, to lead with love. When we lead with love, we understand that all of our fellow beings deserve to be loved and protected.”

Sen. Katie Britt reacts to Scarlett Johansson’s impression of her on ‘SNL’

Sen. Katie Britt thought it was “awesome” that actress Scarlett Johansson was picked to roast her on “Saturday Night Live” following her Republican rebuttal to President Biden’s State of the Union address last week.

In an appearance on Sen. Ted Cruz’s “Verdict” podcast, the Alabama senator said being portrayed by Johansson on “SNL” wasn’t on her “bingo card” for 2024.

“How awesome is that?” Britt said of the casting selection. “I actually was pretty pumped about that.”

“They bring in someone from ‘Avengers’ to play me in the cold open, I’m here for it,” the Alabama senator said.

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Cruz argued that at least Britt got someone “hot” to play her.

“Scarlett Johansson is hot,” Cruz said. “And I am genuinely jealous because, look, ‘SNL’ has come after me a bunch of times. They don’t ever have Tom Cruise play me!”

Johansson skewered Britt in “SNL’s” opening segment after the senator delivered the Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address.

“I have the honor of serving the great people of Alabama, but tonight I’ll be auditioning for the part of scary mom,” Johansson quipped. “And I’ll be performing an original monologue called: This Country is Hell.”

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I’m not just a senator, I’m a mother, a wife, and the craziest b–ch in the Target parking lot,” Johansson said.

“Kitchens are where families have the hard conversations, like the one we’ll have tomorrow about how mommy freaked out the entire country,” Johansson continued.

The “SNL” skit came after some criticized Britt’s rebuttal for being “cringe-inducing.” 

Britt, a first-term senator from Alabama, criticized current immigration policies in the GOP’s State of the Union response.

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“President Biden inherited the most secure border of all-time. But minutes after taking office, he suspended all deportations, halted construction of the border wall, and announced a plan to give amnesty to millions. We know that President Biden didn’t just create this border crisis. He invited it with 94 executive actions in his first 100 days,” she said.

Britt, long considered a rising star within the Republican Party, has been rumored as a potential vice presidential running mate for former President Donald Trump in the general election this November.

Fox News has reached out to Sen. Britt’s office for comment.

Christie Brinkley reveals cancer diagnosis: ‘Stitched me up to perfection’

Supermodel Christie Brinkley took to Instagram Wednesday to announce she had been diagnosed with skin cancer. 

The 70-year-old model shared that she recently had basal cell carcinoma removed from the side of her face.

“The good news for me is we caught the basal cell Carcinoma early,” she wrote in part. “And I had great Doctors that removed the cancer and stitched me up to perfection like an haute couture Dior…”

Brinkley shared with her Instagram followers that she will be making lifestyle changes now that she has received her diagnosis.

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“The good news for you is that all of this can be avoided by being diligent with your sun protection!” she wrote. “I got serious a bit late so now for this ole mermaid/gardener, I’ll be slathering on my SPF 30, reapplying as needed, wearing long sleeves and a wide brim hat. And doing regular total body check ups..that is a MUST !”

Brinkley shared that she didn’t visit the doctor for her own concern, but was accompanying her daughter on her appointment.

“The Doctor was looking at each freckle with a magnifying glass… it wasn’t my appointment so I wasn’t going to say anything but at the VERY end I asked if he could just look at a little tiny dot I could feel as I applied my foundation,” Brinkley wrote. “He took a look and knew immediately it needed a biopsy! He did it then and there! So make your own good luck by making that check up appointment today. And slather up my friends!”

Brinkley thanked several doctors at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York at the end of her Instagram caption.

Brinkley’s daughter with Billy Joel, Alexa Ray Joel, left a comment under her mom’s post. “Love you Mom…” she began. “let’s get Arnica Cream & Supplements, it’ll help your skin heal faster.”

Other fans left the mother -of three words of encouragement. “So glad they caught it Christie heal well!” one user wrote.

Another added, “So glad that you are okay! Blessings to you love.”

Brinkley’s cancer diagnosis comes just a few weeks after the former supermodel celebrated her 70th birthday. In a series of mirror selfies, Brinkley posed in a white Alo sports bra and black leggings as she flexed her biceps for the pictures.


 

 
 

 

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“Looking in the mirror on my 70th Birthday and what do I see,” she began her caption, which read like a poem. “I’m finally happy with the person looking back back at me. I’m no longer critical and demanding, now I’m grateful and understanding.

“I’ve put this body thru it. I’ve broken every bone, in tiny miracles I’m all healed in my heart and soul I’m home. It’s taken 70 years to get here, in tears and joy I’ve found my happy , so now I’m going to end this poem, before I get too sappy!”

Brinkley concluded her caption by wishing herself a “Happy Birthday Indeed!”

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Speaking with People in January, ahead of her milestone birthday, Brinkley admitted it has led the model to think of all the things she still wants to accomplish in life.

“I still have to see India,” she shared. “I’ve never been to Tahiti or Thailand. I want to go to Bali also. I’ve got to do an eat, pray, love.”

Brinkley told the outlet she is approaching 70 “with a lot of reverence and emotion.” She explained she feels similar to when she turned 50, saying both birthdays are “a time when you look both back and forward.” 

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“The big 7-0 is another one of those [ages] that’s up there in giant block numbers that loom over,” she told the outlet. “At 62, you start thinking, ‘Well, I’m almost 70.’ It cast a shadow all over that whole decade down.”

In addition to being a highly successful model, Brinkley is also a proud mother to three children and has started many successful businesses. She isn’t going to let growing older keep her from pursuing new projects.

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“What’s the big deal about 30? What’s the big deal about 40?” Brinkley told Tamron Hall in September 2023. “If you take good care of yourself, and you eat right, and you exercise, and you have a good mental attitude — lots of laughter, lots of curiosity, lots of adventures — that keeps you young. In short, age is just a state of mind, so I just don’t think about it.” 

Musk defends cutting Don Lemon’s deal: His approach was ‘CNN, but on social media’

X owner Elon Musk is defending his decision to cancel his platform’s partnership with Don Lemon, claiming the former anchor was approaching his forthcoming show as “CNN, but on social media.”

Lemon made a splash on social media Wednesday, revealing Musk had canceled his contract, saying the billionaire tech tycoon was “mad” at him over the interview Lemon conducted on Friday. 

But when asked about why he cut Lemon, Musk suggested Lemon couldn’t shake off his CNN “approach.” 

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“His approach was basically just ‘CNN, but on social media’, which doesn’t work, as evidenced by the fact that CNN is dying,” Musk told an X user Wednesday. “And, instead of it being the real Don Lemon, it was really just Jeff Zucker talking through Don, so lacked authenticity. All this said, Lemon/Zucker are of course welcome to build their viewership on this platform along with everyone else.”

A spokesperson for Lemon leveled a legal threat towards X, telling Puck News, “Don has a deal with X and expects to be paid for it. If we have to go to court we will.”

X announced in January that it had inked a deal with Lemon, along with other talent, to produce content on the platform. 

But that came to a crashing halt on Wednesday for Lemon, after the former CNN star had interviewed Musk on Friday as his inaugural guest on “The Don Lemon Show,” which was set to launch next week.

“Elon Musk has canceled the partnership I had with X, which they announced as part of their public commitment to amplifying more diverse voices on their platform. He informed me of his decision hours after an interview I conducted with him on Friday,” Lemon wrote in a statement posted on social media. 

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“Elon publicly encouraged me to join X with a new show, saying I would have his ‘full support,’ and that his ‘digital town square is for all.’ He and his team pursued the deal in numerous conversations and made significant commitments about the support X would provide for the show. I made the decision to work with them in a unique partnership that I believed would ultimately assure that my work would be available to most people, in the largest possible venue. I took Elon and his management’s team’s word that they, for the first time, were interested in working directly with new and diverse voices,” Lemon wrote. 

“There were no restrictions on the interview that he willingly agreed to, and my questions were respectful and wide-ranging, covering everything from SpaceX to the presidential election. We had a good conversation. Clearly he felt differently,” he continued. “His commitment to a global town square where all questions can be asked and all ideas can be shared seems not to include questions of him from people like me.” 

Lemon’s interview with Musk will still be shared on X as well as YouTube and all podcast platforms on March 18. 

In a statement to Fox News Digital, an X spokesperson said, “X is a platform that champions free speech, and we’re proud to provide an open environment for diverse voices and perspectives. The Don Lemon Show is welcome to publish its content on X, without censorship, as we believe in providing a platform for creators to scale their work and connect with new communities. However, like any enterprise, we reserve the right to make decisions about our business partnerships, and after careful consideration, X decided not to enter into a commercial partnership with the show.”

Lemon took a swipe at X’s statement, writing “Clean up on aisle X.”

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He also took on Musk directly, who had posted earlier in the day that “Free speech is the bedrock of democracy.”

“You canceled my contract after our interview. I don’t think you believe in free speech,” Lemon told Musk. 

Lemon was fired from CNN last year by then-CNN CEO Chris Licht, who was shown the door himself weeks later.

Former MLB great Steve Garvey surges ahead of Adam Schiff in California Senate race

Baseball legend Steve Garvey has edged ahead of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff in California’s U.S. Senate primary.

As of Wednesday morning, Garvey, a former 10-time MLB All-Star, led Schiff by an incredibly slim margin of just 4,801 votes with more than 5 million votes tallied — about 85% of expected returns.

“As California’s votes are counted, it’s clear that our message of unity, common sense, and compassion resonates across the state,” Garvey said. “I am deeply honored by the trust and support shown in these preliminary results. 

Despite millions being spent against Garvey in the state’s most expensive U.S. Senate primary election, Garvey’s trajectory is remaining competitive to finish in first place.

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“I’m energized by our campaign’s momentum and ready for the challenge ahead,” Garvey said. “I look forward to a spirited campaign on the critical issues facing us.”

Schiff, one of the leading Democrats in the U.S. House, will face Garvey, a Republican, in November to determine who succeeds the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein. California also puts all candidates, regardless of party, on the same primary ballot, and the two who get the most votes advance to the general election.

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A Republican hasn’t been elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate since Pete Wilson in 1988, when he won re-election over Leo T. McCarthy. Wilson stepped down when he became governor of California in 1991 and appointed John Seymour to serve in his place.

Feinstein defeated Seymour in the state’s 1992 election and held the seat until her death in September. Laphonza Butler was appointed to serve out the remainder of Feinstein’s term.

Garvey said his campaign is about bringing together Californians from all walks of life to address shared challenges. 

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“I will continue to listen, learn, and lead with compassion and work to build consensus on the real issues that matter to our communities. Thank you to everyone who believes in the California comeback, together, we will make that vision a reality,” Garvey said. 

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The race will not be finalized until all mail-in ballots are counted, including ballots postmarked on March 5.

Fox News Digital’s Kyle Morris and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Researchers reveal reason why your hangover may be getting worse

Drinking too much is often a recipe for a morning-after disaster.

But for long COVID patients, hangover symptoms might be much worse, according to research.

A small study by Stanford University, which was published in the journal Cureus, examined alcohol sensitivity in four people with post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), or long COVID.

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Two patients reported worse headaches after drinking the same amount of alcohol they would have consumed prior to having COVID.

One patient, a 40-year-old woman with a history of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type III, asthma, anemia, hypotension and migraines, claimed that she could tolerate seven mixed drinks containing hard liquor in one night before long COVID struck.

But ever since getting COVID, the woman reported that her hangovers feel like she “suffers from alcohol poisoning after drinking even small amounts of alcohol and feels ‘terrible’ for several days after consumption,” the study reported.

The woman noted that her tolerance had decreased so significantly that one beer would result in a “severe hangover, along with exacerbation of PASC symptoms for three days thereafter.” 

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Another patient, a 49-year-old woman with a history of type 1 diabetes, celiac disease controlled by diet, and breast cancer — who consumes several drinks per week — said she noticed a decreased alcohol tolerance after her COVID infection.

After drinking just one glass of wine, she reported experiencing “such a bad reaction that she felt she could not move,” the researchers noted.

The woman described her symptoms as “similar to a bad hangover, with a headache, grogginess and ‘overwhelming’ fatigue the next day.”

The research concluded that new-onset alcohol reactions and sensitivity can occur after COVID-19 infection in patients with PASC. 

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“Clinicians assessing PASC patients should inquire about alcohol consumption and tolerance in their social history, as this information can provide insights into potential triggers for worsening symptoms and help guide lifestyle management strategies,” the study suggested.

Stanford Internal Medicine director and study co-author Linda Geng noted how “the clinical observations from this paper raise important questions about the link between long COVID and alcohol sensitivity,” as provided in a statement sent to Fox News Digital.

“Studying this further might provide insights about the mechanism(s) of long COVID and other post-viral syndromes,” she said. 

“Additionally, patients with long COVID should be cautious about the use of alcohol, and some may feel better if they avoid it altogether.”

“Alcohol can worsen the post-COVID symptoms.”

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, who was not involved in the study, noted that although this research surveyed only four patients, he also has recognized an increased sensitivity to alcohol in some of his own PASC patients.

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“[This study] builds on previous research that in the case of post-viral syndromes (including mononucleosis), sensitivity to alcohol can increase,” Siegel said via email to Fox News Digital.

“I have seen this in some of my patients with post-COVID syndromes,” he went on. “The symptoms are similar: headache, nausea, fatigue, body aches. And alcohol can worsen the post-COVID symptoms.”

Siegel explained that both post-COVID symptoms and alcohol can “lead to inflammation and affect the immune system.”

“And recent research shows that COVID can lead to some leakiness in the blood brain barrier so that inflammatory chemicals (including those from alcohol) can get into the brain at least temporarily, causing headache, nausea and dizziness,” he said.

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Bala Munipalli, M.D., an internist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, also weighed in on this study, noting to Fox News Digital that post-viral persistence of symptoms is “not unique to COVID-19.”

Munipalli was also not involved in the study.

“We have seen this occurring since the 1918 Spanish flu, and saw it with SARS-CoV-1 in 2003 and with Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012,” she said. 

“Individuals with PASC have shared symptoms with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, mast cell activation syndrome, and dysautonomia: fatigue, brain fog, un-refreshing sleep, myalgias, and food and medication sensitivities,” Munipalli added.

In each of the syndromes mentioned, Munipalli detailed how the brain processes sensory input faster, causing the sensory signals to become “amplified and more widespread as more areas of the brain become activated.” 

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“This results in the central nervous system becoming sensitized,” she said. “And I suspect this is what is happening with patients who have PASC and demonstrate alcohol sensitivity.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms of alcohol use disorder should seek help from a doctor, therapist or counselor, experts recommend.

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Costco gives major update on the price of one of its most popular items

Departing Costco CFO Richard Galanti provided an update Tuesday on whether customers might see changes to the cost of the warehouse retailer’s $1.50 hot dog and soda combo.

The deal “is probably safe for a while” after his decades-long tenure as Costco’s CFO ends Friday, Galanti told Bloomberg. Former Kroger CFO Gary Millerchip will succeed Galanti.

The hot dog and soda combo has long been a fixture of Costco’s food court, and so has its $1.50 price. 

The company hasn’t increased the combo’s cost in the roughly four decades it has offered it, thanks to a pledge from its founders, FOX Business previously reported.

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The retiring CFO previously faced questions about maintaining the combo’s price tag. In September 2022, when inflation was much higher than its current level, Galanti said the margin on its gas and travel businesses “help us be more aggressive in other areas or … hold the price on the hot dog and the soda a little longer, forever.”

Meanwhile, Costco has made some recent changes to food options at its food courts.

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The retailer stopped offering its churro. In place of the sweet treat, Costco added a chocolate chip cookie, Galanti said on Costco’s second-quarter earnings call. The cookie costs $2.49.

Costco’s food courts also recently began offering a $6.99 turkey sandwich, according to Galanti.

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The retailer has said its ancillary businesses like food courts and gas stations encourage Costco members to visit its warehouses more often. 

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Luke Bryan breaks silence after college student vanishes leaving his Nashville bar

Country music star Luke Bryan shared his reaction on social media after University of Missouri student Riley Strain disappeared after leaving his Nashville bar on Friday night.

“Y’all this is scary,” Bryan posted on his Instagram story. “Praying for his safe return.”

Five days after his disappearance, Strain is still missing. Police said Strain was kicked out of Bryan’s bar on lower Broadway on Friday night and hasn’t been heard from since.

Bryan said TC Restaurant Group, the owner and operator of Luke’s 32 Bridge, is continuing to work closely with the Metro Nashville Police Department to provide security camera footage and any other potentially helpful information to aid in the search for Strain.

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The country singer also shared a post from Nashville Metro Police, asking anyone with information on Strain’s disappearance to come forward.

“If you have any information that could help, please reach out to the number above,” Bryan added. 

On Tuesday, Metro Police shared surveillance video showing Strain appearing lost on 1st Avenue North and Gay Street. 

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When Strain left the bar, however, he appeared to walk in the opposite direction of his hotel. His phone last pinged between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in the area of Public Square Park, located near the sheriff’s office and the Cumberland River, according to FOX 17.

More video footage captured Strain on Church Street. He was seen wearing the same black and brown shirt his friends last saw him wearing. The video also shows Strain seemingly falling down as he runs through downtown Nashville.

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Strain had traveled to Nashville with his fraternity brothers for a convention, according to Fox 17. He told his friends he’d walk back to their hotel, the Tempo by Hilton, about five blocks away. The bar staff felt he had too much to drink, according to his family. 

His phone has not been active since, Fox 17 reported.

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Police said they deployed a helicopter Tuesday morning to search the area where Strain was last seen, including the riverbank area. 

Authorities are asking anyone who believes they may have seen Strain to call police immediately at 615-862-8600.