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Musk, others blast media for taking Trump’s ‘bloodbath’ remark out of context

Prominent conservatives on social media tore into several media outlets this weekend for appearing to take former President Trump’s comments at a recent Ohio rally out of context. 

Conservative commentators, Republican lawmakers, and others slammed outlets like Rolling Stone, NBC News, and CBS News for sharing headlines about Trump claiming there would be a “bloodbath” if he didn’t win re-election that didn’t mention he was referring to the automotive industry.

These critics claimed this was a new, anti-Trump “hoax” being manufactured in real time. 

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Trump’s comments came during his recent rally in Ohio on Saturday, where he mentioned putting tariffs on Chinese-made cars that China would sell to Americans.

Addressing Communist Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Trump stated, “If you’re listening, President Xi — and you and I are friends — but he understands the way I deal. Those big monster car manufacturing plants that you’re building in Mexico right now… you’re going to not hire Americans and you’re going to sell the cars to us, no. We’re going to put a 100% tariff on every single car that comes across the line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those cars if I get elected.”

Immediately after, the former president said, “Now if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath for the whole – that’s gonna be the least of it. It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country. That will be the least of it. But they’re not going to sell those cars. They’re building massive factories.”

Prominent media reported on the quote, sharing headlines simply stating that Trump warned of a “bloodbath” if he didn’t win.

Politico’s headline stated, “Trump says country faces ‘bloodbath’ if Biden wins in November.” NBC News’ headline stated, “Trump says there will be a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses the election.” The headline for CBS News stated, “In Ohio campaign rally, Trump says there will be a “bloodbath” if he loses November election.”

Additionally, Rolling Stone’s headline read, “Trump Says There Will Be a ‘Bloodbath’ and Elections Will End if He Isn’t Reelected,” and NPR wrote, “Trump says some migrants are ‘not people’, and warns of ‘bloodbath’ if he loses” for its headline.

When asked about Trump’s comments by NBC News, his campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt clarified them: “Biden’s policies will create an economic bloodbath for the auto industry and autoworkers.”

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Conservatives ripped these headlines on X. Billionaire and X owner Elon Musk criticized NBC News’ headline, calling it “deceptive.” He posted, “This headline is deceptive, as he was referring to the auto industry. Shame on NBC.”

Conservative commentator, U.S. military veteran, and author Sean Parnell blasted NBC as well, posting, “NBC pushing the bloodbath hoax now. Unreal. These ‘news’ agencies need a complete overhaul. They are no different than state run media propaganda.”

Popular anti-leftist account “End Wokeness” shared a screenshot of several of these headlines together, and wrote, “We are witnessing the invention of the ‘bloodbath’ hoax in real-time. Unfortunately for them, we have X.”

Elon Musk commented on End Wokeness’ post, stating, “Yup, hoax-making in process. And it is surprisingly effective.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., shared End Wokeness’ post and commented, “The Democrats and the media lie constantly about what Pres Trump says. They twist his phrases and sarcasm and tell the public he said something he did not. When Trump said there will be a bloodbath if Biden wins, he was talking about the auto industry and he’s RIGHT!”

Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, posted, “Donald Trump said that a bloodbath would happen to the American auto industry if Biden kept on promoting Chinese made EVs. He of course is 100 percent correct. All other reporting about his ‘bloodbath’ comment is complete propaganda. The media should be ashamed.”

Conservative commentator Carmine Sabia shared images of multiple leftists claiming Trump’s quote is evidence he is calling for violence. He wrote, “The shameless lying on Trump’s #bloodbath speech is not stunning. This is what Democrats do and they are supported by a corrupt media that lost the trust of the American people because of it.”

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Concern rises over US ally cozying up to Russia and terror group: Can’t ‘look the other way’

JOHANNESBURG South Africa is under fire for spending millions of dollars talking to terror group Hamas and sending delegations for cozy negotiations with U.S. adversaries Russia and Iran. Some critics say the money would be better spent tackling the “chaos” back home.

South Africa has the highest unemployment rate in the world, rampant crime and widespread corruption, which has led to large parts of Johannesburg having no water for 12 out of the past 13 days, and, nationally, power blackouts between four and 11 hours a day.

The U.S. helps South Africa gain billions of dollars a year in trade benefits through the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA.  Orde Kittrie, law professor at Arizona State University and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital it’s time for South Africa to be thrown out of the program. 

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“The ANC-led South African government has, in its relations with both Russia and Hamas, violated the requirement that AGOA beneficiaries not undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy and, with regard to Hamas, violated the requirement that AGOA beneficiaries not “provide support for acts of international terrorism,” said Kittrie, who also served as a State Department attorney and policy officiaL

“The AGOA law’s requirements really leave the Biden administration no choice but to terminate South Africa’s AGOA benefits unless such activities cease.”

South Africa continually makes controversial diplomatic moves, including allowing Russian ships to play war games just off the coast and permitting a Russian arms ship, the Lady R, to dock at a South African military base. This has attracted the attention of Sen. Tim Scott, the ranking Republican member of the Senate subcommittee on Africa and a member of the Senate subcommittee on banking. 

“South Africa has harbored sanctioned Russian ships, expanded relations with Iran and issued statements against Israel’s right to defend itself following Hamas’ recent terror attacks,” Scott said in a recent statement.

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Also, according to the USAID dashboard, Washington gave South Africa $660 million in aid in 2023.

Herman Mashaba, president of the relatively new political party ActionSA, told Fox News Digital, “The ruling party prioritizes Cold War-era alliances above the interests of the South African people. Our close relationship with Russia has jeopardized investment into the country, which cost jobs which South Africa cannot risk losing.” 

“At the same time, 86 people are killed in South Africa per day,” Mashaba continued.  “Every 11 minutes, a woman is raped in this country. The ruling party has in 30 years been unable to address these crises and instead pays attention to everything except finding solutions to these issues.” 

The State Department weighed in, telling Fox News Digital. “Russia is waging a brutal war against the people of Ukraine, and we are constantly working to cut off support and funding for Putin’s war machine and to undercut Russia’s ability to carry out this conflict,” a department spokesperson said. “We have strongly urged countries not to support Russia’s war.” 

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On Tehran, the State Department spokesperson noted, “Iran is an adversary and the leading state sponsor of terrorism. It seeks to sow instability in the Middle East and around the world.

“We call on all countries to condemn Hamas, as Hamas is a designated terrorist organization and deserves condemnation,” the spokesperson said.

J. Brooks Spector, a former U.S. diplomat and associate editor of  The Daily Maverick, spoke of his concerns to Fox News Digital:

“South Africa has rarely supported America internationally in grave crises such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Beyond AGOA eligibility, South Africa might find itself at risk of seeing the major American contributions of PEPFAR funds combating HIV/AIDS begin to lessen or even end, as funds are shifted to other nations.” 

This would be disastrous. Even with support from the U.S., South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Part of the challenge for South Africa, going forward, is its desire for a foreign policy strategy that seeks to be a visible player in resolving international disputes far afield from its home continent such as Ukraine and Gaza, while largely ignoring equally urgent issues nearer to home,” Spector said.

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South Africa has “a completely chaotic approach to foreign policy in recent years,” Emma Louise Powell told Fox News Digital. Powell is shadow minister for international relations for the country’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, or DA.

Powell criticized the government for getting involved in talks on the Israel-Hamas war, “given the bloodbath unfolding in South Africa’s backyard, on the African continent, in countries such as Sudan, the DRC and across West Africa. This is not to mention the political and economic crisis in neighboring Zimbabwe.

“South Africa has not even condemned Russia’s illegal invasion. This is intellectually dishonest, given the funding the ANC is receiving from Russian-linked oligarchs and companies, and we see that this position is leading to South Africa’s increasing isolation.”

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Spector added, “Such a mix of behaviors means South Africa risks becoming increasingly irrelevant internationally, both as a country with real political heft and as a valuable investment and trade partner with anyone besides China.”

Then there’s the systemic corruption. Two years ago, hundreds of senior politicians and businessmen, mostly linked to the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, were accused in the 5,000-page State Capture report for links to corruption, yet very few have been prosecuted. 

“Many Washington foreign policy insiders are now for the first time seeing the ANC for what it has, sadly, become since (President Nelson) Mandela’s retirement, a party whose rampant financial corruption has impoverished South Africa’s people and led it to ally itself with America’s enemies including Russia, Iran and Hamas,” FDD’s Kittrie warned.

Earlier this week, Sen. Tim Scott tweeted, “The U.S. cannot continue to simply look the other way when it comes to corruption in South Africa. As we consider AGOA reauthorization, it’s important that we take steps to ensure the program’s eligibility requirements are actually enforced.”

The State Department is so concerned about corruption in South Africa it sent Fox News Digital an additional statement that some analysts say contains a veiled threat. 

“The fight against corruption is a core U.S. national security interest,” the statement said. “The United States considers the use of several foreign policy tools for countering corruption, including but not limited to financial sanctions. Beyond this, it is the policy of the United States to not comment on internal deliberations regarding the use of sanctions or to preview potential actions.”

Kittrie added, “U.S. officials are noticing that the ANC is not itself holding its corrupt officials accountable, with the ANC-led South African government reportedly making no significant progress in prosecuting South African officials who were bribed and, most recently, the ANC placing several corruption-tainted officials on its list for re-election.”

Action SA’s Mashaba added “it is unacceptable that two years after the State Capture Report was submitted, not a single high-profile individual has successfully been prosecuted”

Last week, the South African Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, announced any South Africans with dual nationality who are fighting for Israel in Gaza will be arrested when they return. 

“We are ready. When you come home, we will arrest you,” the minister said, referencing a long-standing law that South Africans may not fight in wars for other countries. Yet, when the Iraqi ambassador here claimed as many as 300 South Africans had left to take up arms for the terror group Islamic State in Syria in 2015, there were no such public threats of arrests for returning fighters.

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Analysts predict Foreign Minister Pandor could face some tough questions during her visit to Washington, scheduled for this week. 

The ANC government is likely to lose sole and majority power of South Africa in elections coming in May. Last week’s latest poll by the Brenthurst Foundation predicts the ANC will only get 39% of the vote. The party is likely to go into coalition, with analysts predicting this probably will be with the “revolutionary” EFF, the Economic Freedom Fighters. 

The EFF wants to grab White-owned farmland with no compensation, according to its election manifesto. 

“As the EFF, we have never promised [White people] that we will not take the land. We don’t owe them anything,” EFF leader Julius Malema told cheering crowds at the manifesto’s launch. 

And the China-leaning EFF warned the 600 U.S. companies operating in South Africa that if the Americans working for them don’t like the EFF’s policies, “they can leave with immediate effect.”

Fox News Digital reached out to both the South African Foreign Ministry and the ANC but did not receive a response.

Grandma thrown in jail after criticizing local government — now her case heads to SCOTUS

A small town political feud that wound up with a Texas city council member behind bars is headed to the Supreme Court this week, where justices will consider whether the councilwoman can sue city leaders for politically motivated retaliation.

“I would never believe that I would be going to the Supreme Court,” Sylvia Gonzalez told Fox News. “I would never believe that I was in jail, either.” 

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Gonzalez and her attorneys at the nonprofit Institute for Justice are suing Castle Hills Mayor JR Trevino and other officials, alleging they plotted to remove her from office as retaliation for criticizing the city manager, thereby violating her First Amendment rights.

“In America, we don’t arrest our critics,” IJ attorney Anya Bidwell said.

Gonzalez’s story began in 2019, when the then-72-year-old retiree won a seat on the Castle Hills City Council. She said constituents had complained extensively that city manager Ryan Rapelye was unresponsive, particularly to their concerns over the condition of their streets.

In America, we don’t arrest our critics.

— Anya Bidwell, Institute for Justice attorney

As soon as she was elected, Gonzalez championed a non-binding petition calling for the city manager to be replaced with a previous manager citizens felt had done a better job. Another resident introduced the petition at Gonzalez’s first city council meeting. Discussion of the manager’s job performance “grew contentious,” according to court records, and the meeting was extended through the following day.

At the end of the meeting, Gonzalez said she straightened up the papers strewn across her dais and put them in her binder before going to talk to a constituent.

A police officer interrupted the conversation, telling Gonzalez that Trevino wanted to speak with her, according to court documents. Gonzalez went back to the dais and Trevino asked where the petition was. Gonzalez said she didn’t know. Trevino allegedly asked her to look in her binder, saying he could see a clip inside.

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Indeed, the petition was in the binder, so Gonzalez handed it over and thought nothing of it. But two months later, she learned from a neighbor that there was a warrant out for her arrest.

“I didn’t even know what I was accused of,” Gonzalez told Fox News. “I’d never been in jail … and it was very scary to an old lady like me.”

Trevino and police chief John Siemens used the briefly displaced petition to launch a criminal investigation into Gonzalez, her lawsuit claims. Three weeks into the investigation, the police chief assigned a “trusted friend and local attorney” to take over as a “special detective,” according to Gonzalez’s complaint.

The special detective produced an arrest affidavit alleging Gonzalez had “been openly antagonistic” toward the city manager from her first meeting, “wanting desperately to get him fired.” The affidavit also accused Gonzalez of misleading a woman by “telling her several fabrications” about Rapelye in order to get her signature, according to court documents.

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Detectives found probable cause to believe Gonzalez intentionally stole the petitions, violating a Texas ban on intentionally removing or destroying government records, according to court documents from the defendants.

The statute is usually used in cases involving fake Social Security numbers, forgeries of official checks and counterfeit green cards, Bidwell said. IJ looked at 10 years of Bexar County data and couldn’t find “anything even remotely similar” to Gonzalez’s case, she added.

Rather than seek a summons for the nonviolent misdemeanor, the special detective took the unusual step of asking for an arrest warrant, the lawsuit contends. The special detective also went straight to a district court judge, circumventing the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.

“They wanted to punish me, and they wanted to make sure I went to jail. And they did a good job,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez turned herself in, was handcuffed, spent the day sitting in jail and had her mugshot splashed across the evening news. Even though the DA’s office dropped the charge, her brief political career was over.

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Gonzalez sued Trevino, Siemens, special detective Alexander Wright and the city in 2020, alleging they deprived her of her rights under the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Attorneys for Trevino and the other defendants did not return a request for comment.

The city officials invoked qualified immunity, a defense commonly used to shield government officials from liability unless it can be proven that they violated a clearly established constitutional right.

They wanted to punish me, and they wanted to make sure I went to jail. And they did a good job.

— Sylvia Gonzalez, Former Castle Hills city councilwoman

A district court judge initially denied the defendants’ immunity, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling. In a 2-1 decision, the court determined Gonzalez failed to prove her arrest was retaliatory because she could not cite cases in which other individuals had not been arrested for actions similar to hers.

The 5th Circuit cited Nieves v. Bartlett, which involved police officers making “split-second decisions,” Bidwell said. IJ hopes the Supreme Court will decide that this special protection from First Amendment lawsuits should not be extended to other government officials.

“When it comes to mayors, when it comes to other desk-bound bureaucrats who want to throw their critics in jail, First Amendment comes first, and they should be held accountable for violations of people’s constitutional rights,” Bidwell said.

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Gonzalez will have her case heard Wednesday.

Bidwell said Gonzalez’s case could have wide-reaching implications, including in the 2023 police raid of a local newspaper office in Marion County, Kansas. The police chief was allegedly “infuriated” the newspaper was investigating his background, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed in the case.

To hear more from Gonzalez and Bidwell, click here.

Ramiro Vargas contributed to the accompanying video.

Video of Florida police forcibly removing pop singer from car goes viral

A woman who was stopped and removed from her car in Florida was reportedly stopped for using a fake diplomatic tag on the vehicle, an Audi Q5. 

“The woman, identified as 32-year-old Ceceilia Mercardo, is a singer who goes by the name Sessi and has over 195,000 Instagram followers,” NBC 6 reported

Mercardo’s Instagram and X accounts do not indicate any posts about her run in with the police as of the posting of this story. 

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The video shows police officers pulling Mercardo out of the car as another occupant in the vehicle yells at officers.

“Please bring your supervisor now, you’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened!” the person yells in the video. “You’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened, I feel threatened, I feel threatened!” the man yells at the officers in the video. “Get off of her right now, get off of her right now.” 

“They have no jurisdiction over you,” the man says. “She is not a United States citizen, they have no jurisdiction.”

Another local outlet released video of Mercardo appearing to leave prison after being “bonded out.” 

In a short interview, Mercardo appeared to contradict claims in the original video that she was not an American citizen. “I’m a United States national. I was born in the Bronx Navy Yard,” she said. 

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“You are going to get fired from your job and she is going to get $250,000,” a “passenger” tells the officers in the video, per NBC 6. “I will see you in court, I will see you in court. Hey, if you wanna play, I will see you in court.”

“The video posted online does not capture the full incident from beginning to end,” a Sunny Isles Beach Police statement released to NBC 6 reads. “[S]he repeatedly refused to comply with officers’ orders … it was determined that the diplomatic tag that was affixed to the car was counterfeit and the female driver was arrested for driving with a counterfeit tag.” 

Mercardo did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

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Burglary suspect runs off after making series of mistakes while trying to break into home

Deputies in Texas are searching for a burglary suspect and his alleged lookout after their attempt to break into a home was unsuccessful, and caught on video. 

The attempted break-in took place around 4:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Culebra and Galm roads, known as the far west side of the San Antonio metropolitan area, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

A man described as “a heavyset Hispanic male with a mustache, glasses, and tattoos on both forearms” can be seen approaching the door of a home. Video shows him noticing the front door camera, and even appearing to put his hand over it in an attempt to manipulate its functionality. 

The suspect could be seen knocking on the home’s door and tugging on the security door. After no one answered, he used what deputies called a “prybar” to try to bust it open. When his attempt proved difficult, he turned around to look at someone before going back to work. 

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“What you wanna do?” the suspect asked his alleged lookout when he could not get the door open. He gave a thumbs up, then returned to try to bust the door open.

The suspect then heard someone inside the home start screaming, and pulled away from the door, motioning for his alleged lookout to be quiet before he took off running. 

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Deputies say the suspect has the name “Sofie” tattooed on high right forearm and “Rosa” on his left forearm. 

Anyone with information about the suspect or his lookout is urged to call BCSO at 210-335-6000 or email bcsotips@bexar.org.

Critics blast Rob Reiner’s failed documentary as anti-Christian, bigoted

Actor Rob Reiner’s documentary warning about Christian nationalism, “God and Country,” did poorly at the box office, but it is being called one of the year’s best examples of “religiophobia” on the silver screen.

The description for the documentary states that the film “looks at the implications of Christian Nationalism and how it distorts not only our constitutional republic, but Christianity itself.” The summary also noted that the film features “prominent Christian thought leaders” and “asks this question: What happens when a faith built on love, sacrifice, and forgiveness grows political tentacles, conflating power, money, and belief into hyper-nationalism?”

Catholic League President Bill Donohue, leader of the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, wrote a withering critique of the film in March. 

“Rob Reiner, more commonly known as ‘Meathead,’ released a movie last month that demonstrates the pervasiveness of religiophobia in Hollywood,” Donohue wrote. “’God and Country’ is about an alleged threat to American democracy posed by so-called Christian nationalists. The Meathead would have the audience believe that we are on the verge of a theocratic takeover, though few outside of Hollywood and other secular subcultures pay any attention to this fable.”

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Donohue also responded to The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film, which argued, “The movement bears an unfortunate similarity to the rise of Nazi Germany.” Donohue declared, “Shameless is too kind a word to describe this characterization.”

The Catholic civil rights leader also argued that the Founding Fathers “did not want the establishment of a Christian nation, but it is also true that they recognized, and indeed applauded, the founding of a Christian-inspired nation.”

“Here’s the good news. ‘God and Country’ is a bomb,” Donohue wrote. “It took in a whopping $38,415 in its first weekend—over four-days—playing in 85 theaters. As one movie critic put it, this means it averaged $451 per theater, a stunning achievement, even for the Meathead.”

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He concluded by writing, “Time for Hollywood to award an Oscar for Best Performance for Religiophobia. Call it reparations to the faithful, especially Christians.”

Shortly after the film’s initial release, another religious source, The Christian Post, also shredded the film.

“The premise of the film is schizophrenic, demonizing Christians with inflammatory insinuations that invoke the Third Reich, while at the same time deriding them for having a persecution complex because they fear a growing cultural hostility.”

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The review from Christian Post reporter Jon Brown added further, “By stringing together disjointed, out-of-context clips that lump together John MacArthur and Billy Graham with obvious charlatans and screeching fringe preachers, the filmmakers reveal either their profound ignorance or their cynical desire to assign the pejorative Christian nationalist label as widely as possible.”

Experts warn deadly threat to pets is sweeping across the United States

A parasite that can potentially kill dogs has been discovered for the first time in the Colorado River in Southern California, a study from University of California, Riverside said. 

The parasite is called Heterobilharzia americana, which is a flatworm more commonly known as a liver fluke. 

It had previously mainly been found in Texas and other Gulf states, has now spread west. 

“Dogs can die from this infection, so we are hoping to raise public awareness that it’s there,” UC Riverside nematology professor Adler Dillman told the UC Riverside News. “If you’re swimming in the Colorado River with them, your pets are in peril.”

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Researchers with the school headed to Blythe, California, on the border with Arizona, and collected and tested 2,000 snails on the banks of the Colorado River there after finding out several dogs infected by the parasite had all swum there. 

The study said their findings suggest “a wider distribution [of the parasite] than previously reported. Our findings have implications for public health, veterinary medicine, and biodiversity conservation, contributing to developing effective control strategies to prevent the spread of this emerging infectious disease.”

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“In our study, we successfully confirmed the presence of Heterobilharzia americana for the first time along the shores of the Colorado River, infecting two species of snails, Galba humilis and Galba cubensis,” the study authors said. “This significant finding marks the westernmost record of this endemic North American schistosome in the U.S. The identification of the parasite in an area with a documented history of canine schistosomiasis emphasizes the persistence and potential expansion of this parasitic threat.”

Heterobilharzia americana is endemic to the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic region of North America, but has also been found in states such as Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and most recently, Utah. 

Along with dogs, it can infect mammals such as raccoons, marsh rabbits, horses, nutria, bobcats, mountain lions and opossums, the study said. 

Once inside the skin, the parasite migrates into the lungs where it can cause hemorrhaging.

“It gets into the veins of the intestinal lining, and that’s where it develops into an adult and mates,” Dillman told the UC Riverside News. “The presence of the adults in the veins isn’t the problem. It’s the eggs that get into the lungs, spleen, liver, and heart. The immune system tries to deal with it, and hard clusters of immune cells called granulomas form. Eventually, the organ tissues stop functioning.”

Eleven dogs in three counties have been confirmed to have the disease, and one has died, the UC Riverside News said, adding that symptoms, including “loss of appetite, and eventually include vomiting, diarrhea, profound weight loss, and signs of liver disease,” can take months to show up. 

“Treatment typically involves use of multiple medications and close monitoring of the dog by a veterinarian,” Emily Beeler, a veterinarian with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told the newspaper. 

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The parasite can cause swimmer’s itch in humans, but not an infection. 

Boyfriend nodding off during key moment with girlfriend lights up social media

A relationship drama is lighting up social media on Sunday morning — and sleep, or lack thereof, is involved. 

In just a few hours, the post received some 2,000 reactions, with more than 500 comments posted.

“My girlfriend had a dinner party with some family friends last night,” wrote a user by the name of “hellokittuh” on the Reddit page known as AITA (“Am I the a–hole”). 

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The young woman “and her friends were discussing their relationships with their parents, and my girlfriend ended up realizing how much she couldn’t relate to them,” the man wrote.

“Her friends apparently spoke highly of their dads and [fondly] recalled their memories — while my girlfriend and her father don’t have the strongest relationship by any means.”

He said the woman “felt sad that she didn’t share the same relationship or experiences with her dad.” 

The boyfriend added, “While she’s talking, I can feel myself falling asleep (because it’s 3 a.m.), so I tell her I’m falling asleep and good night.”

“She feels upset that I didn’t have anything to say and went to sleep.”

He continued, “I guess she feels upset that I didn’t have anything to say and went to sleep. She said I should’ve at least tried to console her, but I was genuinely falling asleep because I was tired.”

So, he asked others on the platform, was he wrong about how he handled this?

The man was not wrong, said a commenter in the top “upvoted” remark, which some 2,000 people agreed with, according to the post.

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“It’s weird to dump that huge pile of trauma onto you at 3 a.m.,” said a user going by the name of “trick_boysenberry495.” 

“She should’ve waited ’til the next day.”

The same commenter also said of the boyfriend, “He might feel guilty, but that doesn’t make him responsible.”

As for the woman, “she might feel hurt by what ‘he’s done,’ but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of anything.”

The commenter finished with this pronouncement: “Human emotions are tricky like that.”

“She can call him but she can’t get offended if he falls asleep” at that hour. 

Another responder agreed largely with those sentiments, saying the young man was not wrong, as “I would argue that at 3 a.m. this would be entirely within the parameters of expected [behavior] for most people.”

Someone else wrote, “I wouldn’t be able to stay awake at 3.”

In response to that, someone else said, “I wouldn’t be able to stay awake after midnight.”

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And then another person wrote, “10 for me… Sheesh, what are you whippersnappers doing, lol.”

Taking a completely different tack, another commenter chimed in with, “She can call him, but she can’t get offended if he falls asleep” at that hour. 

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Remarked someone else, “I think [the original poster] could have said it a bit kinder, like, ‘Hey, I can’t listen properly right now because I’m really tired, but I’ll be happy to listen once I’ve had some sleep.” 

The person added, “But of course, being tired means you won’t always get it right.”

Fox News Digital reached out to a psychologist for further insights. 

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Shopper banned from Buc-ee’s after bringing service duck inside store

A man who brought his service duck into a Buc-ee’s store in Tennessee has been banned from the chain, according to a YouTube video he posted. 

Justin Wood brought his service pet known as Wrinkle the Duck into the store, where they shopped around and received plenty of positive attention from shoppers who wanted to pet Wrinkle and ask about her. 

Wrinkle remained inside a stroller for most of the visit, occasionally coming out to high five interested onlookers with her beak.

Wood posted the video to his YouTube channel “SeDUCKtive” recently, where he has dozens of videos of his excursions around the country with Wrinkle. The channel has 2.7 million subscribers and that video had nearly 170,000 views by Saturday evening. 

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After they entered the store, they were approached by an employee who told him that “service dogs” were the only animals allowed inside the store. “She’s a service duck,” Wood responded.

They were allowed to continue on until a second employee told him, “Pets are not allowed in here.”

“OK, but she is a service animal” he said, adding that he could give the store three forms of identification to prove it. They were allowed to keep shopping until a third employee told him, “unfortunately your animal can’t be in here.” 

“There’s no pets in here. Your animal, even if it’s considered a service animal, you have to be able to contain it, and it can fly out,” she added. “If it was a dog it’d have to be on a leash.” 

“Can I put her on a leash?” he asked, and the employee said it would be fine. At that point, Wood put Wrinkle on an imaginary leash and the duck continued to follow him around the store. 

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As he made his purchases, he was informed by an employee that “the cops are outside.”

Once he left the store, he was approached by a police officer who told him, “They’re requesting you to be banned from the store,” adding that it was, in fact, every Buc-ee’s location and that he would be charged with trespassing if he was caught in another one duck or no. 

The officer reminded Wood it wasn’t his decision during their friendly exchange. 

“Who loves Buc-ee’s?” Wood said in the video. “He don’t love us. That’s OK.”

He added with a shrug, “She did nothing but make everybody happy in there.” 

Wood ended the video by saying, “It’s not an adventure if something doesn’t go wrong … Whenever you get some downs you know some ups and waiting around the corner.” 

Buc-ee’s pet policy says “The Health Code prohibits live animals, including dogs, where food could potentially be contaminated. There are exceptions, however, for service animals and animals that work with police officers. For people with disabilities, specially trained service animals play an absolutely vital role. They make it possible for those with disabilities to work, travel, stay safe, and, in some cases, stay alive.”

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Fox News Digital has reached out to Buc-ee’s and Wood for comment.