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Biden dons mysterious new shoes reportedly in effort to provide ‘maximum stability’

President Biden’s newest shoes have opened up renewed debate about his health and physical condition, with some speculating they were designed to prevent the president from falling.

“Biden’s handlers are forcing him to wear a new pair of ‘lifestyle sneakers’ because he trips so much,” reads a tweet from RNC Research on Saturday, referring to Biden’s new shoes.

Observers have likened the shoes to “boat anchors” and “piers,” but the “Inside Edition” report attached to the tweet revealed that the president’s new shoes are actually “lifestyle sneakers” that are made by the shoe brand Hoka.

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The “Inside Edition” report notes that the shoes are “designed for maximum comfort and support while walking or hiking.”

Biden’s specific shoe is called the “Hoka Transport,” the report said, a shoe that has a “wide sole” that is “no doubt great for stability.”

The report notes that the president “does have a history of stumbling” but that the shoe is “quite comfortable” and feels like “walking on air.”

“The shoe bears the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Association for being beneficial to foot health,” the report said, noting Biden’s physical last month revealed that the president suffers from sensory peripheral neuropathy in his feet.

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“Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to nerves,” said Dr. Gabrelle Laurenti, a podiatrist interviewed for the report. “Whether it’s from trauma or a disease, there’s some kind of damage to nerves.”

Biden has had multiple public stumbles, falls and near misses as president, the most recent example coming while he climbed the stairs to board Air Force One last month. In that incident, the president was able to catch himself on the handrail before continuing his climb.

That stumble came after a number of near misses on Air Force One stairs in 2021 prompted the White House team to employ shorter stairs that would allow the president to climb them more easily, and a New York Times report from February noted that the Secret Service now positions an agent at the bottom of the stairs when Biden disembarks the plane.

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Biden has also taken falls when not climbing stairs, including an infamous trip while onstage during the 2023 Air Force Academy commencement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

Speaker Johnson’s message to Republicans campaigning against each other in primaries

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is telling Republicans who are going after sitting GOP lawmakers in contentious primaries to “knock it off,” in order to tamp down on divisions within the party, according to a report. 

Johnson, R-La., attended the House Republicans’ annual member retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, last week to unify the often-fractious conference as at least four sitting Republicans in South Carolina, Illinois, Texas and Virginia are going to battle against Republican challengers.

“I’ve asked them all to cool it,” Johnson told CNN during the retreat. “I am vehemently opposed to member-on-member action in primaries because it’s not productive. And it causes division for obvious reasons, and we should not be engaging in that.”

Johnson is trying to figure out how to guide his razor-thin majority through a series of legislative hurdles that divide Republicans, including how to provide military aid for Ukraine, finish government funding and reauthorize a federal surveillance program – all while trying to make a case that voters should re-elect a GOP House majority.

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“So I’m telling everyone who’s doing that to knock it off,” Johnson told the outlet, referring to challenging incumbents within the GOP. “And both sides, they’ll say, ‘Well, we didn’t start it, they started it.’”

Johnson took the speaker’s gavel late last year after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted from office in a historic move that left Republicans deeply divided and mired in dysfunction.

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Johnson told Fox News Digital last week that he is aiming to stay at the helm of the House GOP next year regardless of whether they keep the House majority.

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“I have not given a lot of thought about the next Congress, because I’m so busy with my responsibility right now,” Johnson said. “My intention is to stay as speaker, stay in leadership, because we’re laying a lot of important groundwork right now for the big work that we’ll be doing.”

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bullets fly as gunman opens fire outside bars during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Police in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, responded to an active shooter incident in the downtown area Sunday evening that left one person dead and two others injured.

Multiple suspected shooters remain on the loose, Jacksonville Beach police told local outlet WFOX.

Authorities initially asked everyone to shelter in place, but the order was later lifted at 10:54 p.m. as officers continued to work at the scene of the shooting. A large police presence was observed in the Jacksonville Beach area near 2nd Ave. North and 1st St. North.

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The downtown district/bar area and the beachfront in Jacksonville Beach were “locked down” after the scene of the incident expanded into that area, Sgt. Tonya Tator said at a media briefing Sunday night, according to ABC News.

Eyewitnesses told WFOX they observed multiple ambulances and patrol cars near the scene.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said two people were transported to the hospital – one in serious condition and another with non-life-threatening injuries. The third victim has been pronounced dead.

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The two surviving victims are said to be in stable condition.

One victim was reportedly shot in the Sneakers parking lot and left in critical condition, while the two others were reportedly shot at 2nd Ave. North.

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Authorities are asking people to avoid the crime scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Business owner laments multiple targetings of his shop since ‘grand reopening’

Police in Washington state are investigating an incident involving an “improvised explosive device” found outside a cannabis shop in Tacoma on Friday. 

A suspect can be seen dropping off the homemade device and then throwing the Molotov cocktail at the shop in a video Tacoma Police shared with Fox 13.

James Bean, the owner of Craft Cannabis, is asking for help in identifying the individual caught on camera during the March 15 incident.

“I think this could have been a very different story had the person been successful,” Bean told Fox 13. 

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Bean owns three other pot shops in Wenatchee and Vancouver and opened the Tacoma store two years ago, but told Fox 13 he noticed the location started being targeted back in February.

Bean told Fox 13 it all started with his 35% off signs being stolen.  

“It all started after we finished our remodel and had a grand reopening,” Bean said. “We even started getting threatening phone calls.”

However, all the thefts and threats took a serious turn on Friday when someone attempted to burn one of his buildings down.

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“They rolled some type of fire starter onto the side of the building, and they threw a Molotov cocktail against the building,” Bean described to Fox 13. “It’s a good thing he had bad aim.”

Tacoma Police responded and safely disposed of the device.

Unfortunately, Craft Cannabis was hit again on Sunday morning, with part of its sign partially burned down.

At approximately 6:00 a.m, Sunday, police said an officer drove by the shop to investigate reports of a fire. 

Officials told Fox News Digital that two individuals ran from the scene. The fire was extinguished immediately, no one was arrested and no one was injured.  

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the attacks to contact them.

Tacoma Police told Fox News Digital that they are continuing to investigate the incidents that they believe are related to other incidents. A follow-up will also be done to determine the motive, officers said. 

Police added that the owner feels the attacks are retaliation for providing a product for a lower price than competitors.

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In addition, Bean said he is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Mike Tyson issues intimidating message to opponent Jake Paul ahead of fight

Mike Tyson’s boxing match against Jake Paul this summer is likely to be one of the biggest spectacles the sports world will have to offer ahead of the Olympics.

And it doesn’t appear that the 57-year-old boxer who was spotted with a cane only two years ago is backing down from the challenge that the YouTube-star-turned boxer has presented to him.

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Tyson posted a 14-second montage of training videos to his X account on Friday, and with it was a message to Paul.

“You still wanna f*** with me?”

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In the video, Tyson said he was on his third day of training.

The fight was announced this month. Tyson and Paul will square off on July 20 on Netflix at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

“It’s crazy to think that in my second pro fight, I went viral for knocking out Nate Robinson on Mike Tyson’s undercard. Now, less than four years later, I’m stepping up to face Tyson myself to see if I have what it takes to beat one of boxing’s most notorious fighters and biggest icons,” Paul said in a statement released by Netflix and Most Valuable Promotions (MVP).

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“My sights are set on becoming a world champion, and now I have a chance to prove myself against the greatest heavyweight champion ever, the baddest man on the planet and the most dangerous boxer of all time. This will be the fight of a lifetime.”

The fight will mark Paul’s second bout of the year and Tyson’s first since his exhibition match with Roy Jones Jr. in 2020.

“He’s grown significantly as a boxer over the years, so it will be a lot of fun to see what the will and ambition of a ‘kid’ can do with the experience and aptitude of a GOAT,” Tyson’s statement reads. 

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“It’s a full circle moment that will be beyond thrilling to watch; as I started him on his boxing journey on the undercard of my fight with Roy Jones and now I plan to finish him.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Chick-fil-A to open new restaurant concept — but only for certain customers

New York City is getting a Chick-fil-A restaurant geared solely toward delivery and mobile pickup orders.

When the test restaurant opens next week at 79th and 2nd in the Big Apple, it will differ from other Chick-fil-A restaurants in that it “will not offer a seating area or dine-in services,” the fast-food chain said Wednesday.

It will only do delivery and mobile orders for pickup. The location, described as “uniquely designed” for “on-the-go” New Yorkers, is the first of its kind, according to Chick-fil-A.

Under the test concept, the soon-to-open Chick-fil-A restaurant will utilize geofencing to make its timing for preparing the orders that customers have placed digitally for delivery or pickup as efficient as possible, the chain said. 

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Those picking up the order, whether that’s the customer themself or a delivery person, will have the ability to see the status of the food using in-store designated screens, per Chick-fil-A.

The company said guests would still get the “warm hospitality and care” they are used to at Chick-fil-A locations at the mobile pickup test restaurant.

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Chick-fil-A has another restaurant design it will explore this year.

The other, first announced last summer, will position the kitchen above four drive-thru lanes, as FOX News Digital previously reported. 

It will be set up in Atlanta, the same city where Chick-fil-A has its headquarters. The company is targeting later in the year for its debut.

Both concepts aim to “meet the evolving needs of our customers who desire speed and convenience,” Chick-fil-A has said. Digital methods have particularly gained popularity.

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The company, which is privately-owned and famous for being closed Sundays, has been around since the 60s.

Fox News Digital’s Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.

Iconic rapper suffered multiple strokes while hospitalized for deadly brain aneurysm

In 2021, music mogul Dr. Dre was treated for a brain aneurysm and confined to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for two weeks. Years later, Dre is talking about his hospitalization, revealing he suffered three strokes during his stay.

A guest on SiriusXM’s “This Life of Mine with James Corden,” the rapper detailed events leading up to his stay in the ICU.

“I just woke up and I felt something right behind my right ear,” he recalled. “Worst pain I ever felt. And I got up and I went on about my day and I thought that I could just lay down and take a nap. My son had a female friend that was there. [She was] like, ‘No, we need to take you to the hospital.’ So they took me to urgent care. And I got to urgent care and they’re like, ‘No this is serious.’”

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“Next thing you know I’m blacking out. I’m in and out of consciousness and I end up in the ICU,” he explained. 

“I was there for two weeks,” he shared. “I’m hearing the doctors coming in, [saying] ‘You don’t know how lucky you are.'”

During that two-week period, Dre said, he experienced three strokes.

Dre, whose real name is Andre Romell Young, remembers asking doctors if there was anything he could have done to prevent this.

“I had no idea that I had high blood pressure or anything like that,” adding that he was actively lifting weights and running to stay in physical shape at the time of his aneurysm. “I said, ‘Would that have prevented it, if I had worked out a little bit harder or ate different or something like that?’” 

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Doctors informed him that high blood pressure was hereditary and commonly detected in Black men. “They call it the silent killer,” he said. 

“It definitely makes you appreciate being alive, that’s for sure, when you go through that situation,” he told Corden of the ordeal. “It’s crazy. Especially when I was on my way home from the hospital because, possibly, that couldn’t have happened.”

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“Now knowing I had no control over that, it’s just something that could happen out of the blue. You wake up and go, ‘S—. OK, I’m here.’… Isn’t that the weirdest thing?” he admitted to Corden. “It’s just something you can’t control.”

‘Step by Step’ co-stars fondly remember late actress at 90s Con

Suzanne Somers was honored by the cast of “Step by Step” nearly five months after her death.

Somers died from breast cancer at her home in Palm Desert on Oct. 15. She was 76.

On Sunday, her former “Step by Step” co-stars reunited at ’90s Con and shared some of her legacy working on television for decades as a leading actress.

Christopher Castile, Patrick Duffy, Staci Keanan, Christine Lakin, Jason Marsden and Sasha Mitchell reunited for the first time in years.

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“Step by Step” debuted in 1991 and ran for seven seasons before its last episode aired in 1998.

Duffy and Somers starred as single parents Frank Lambert and Carol Foster, who fell in love, married and joined their families together. Not only were the newlyweds starting over again as adults, they each had three children and created a new idea of family.

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“Suzanne gave the most beautiful, thoughtful gifts, and she was a person of immense style and glamour in her real life, and I will never forget [that] and I still have them. One Christmas, she gave me a pair of Prada, cashmere tights,” Keanan said, per People magazine. 

“Okay, so it’s Prada. You know, fancy and everything. But beyond that, she was like, ‘These will keep you warm. And even if you have a long skirt, you could just wear these underneath to keep you warm.’ [It was] so sweet. She will be missed.”

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“I think watching her as a young person, [I] would see her on television. I watched a lot of reruns growing up, so I knew ‘Three’s Company.’ I didn’t know ‘Dallas,’ sorry,” Lakin said.

She continued, “Growing up with her and watching her as a woman, as a businesswoman, as someone who was a huge star who had a bright light, who was so gorgeous, who was also so down to Earth and someone I just really admired. She was someone that made me think, as a young female in Hollywood, you can be kind and you can be generous and you can be successful and all of those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

“She was so sweet and loving. Her heart was so big, and we really miss her.”

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Watson, who played her daughter Angela on the show, formed a core memory with Suzanne.

“For me, it was being able to do the mother-daughter reunion pageant where we tap dance together and sang … That was so amazing. Like, the highlight of my career,” she said.

Shortly after her death in October, Duffy honored Somers with a moving tribute to his friend. 

“As with everyone who knew her, I was stunned yesterday by the news that my dear and deep friend Suzanne had passed. For that brief moment it was unbelievable,” he posted on Instagram. “But indeed she has passed. She beautifully passed through my life on this leg of her endless journey. My task now is to remain on the roadside as she continues on.”

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He added, “I am not alone in wishing I had one more face-to-face with her and Alan, but had we had that meeting last Friday I would still be yearning for just one more today. It is the painful beauty of our present human reality.

“What strength and support I can muster I send to Alan and Bruce and her family and to her I say; When the stone of your life dropped in this pond you made quite a ripple my friend. Thank you.”

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The “Three’s Company” actress was diagnosed with cancer twice before. She suffered skin cancer in her 30s and breast cancer in her 50s.

Somers married her second husband, television host Alan Hamel, in 1977. She regularly discussed their loving relationship with each other.

In addition to son Bruce, they have three granddaughters: Camelia, Violet and Daisy.

Former pilot discusses Boeing’s ‘self-inflicted wounds’ – says problems not all their fault

An aviation attorney said Sunday that Boeing has had a lot of “self-inflicted wounds” in the past few months due to a series of recent mishaps, but some say the blame lies with the airlines themselves. 

Fox News has tracked at least four incidents with Boeing aircraft in January, two in February and as many as 10 as of mid-March.

Arthur Rosenberg, a former pilot, highlighted a case earlier this month when a tire came off a United Airlines plane taking off from San Francisco International Airport.

Video from the incident showed a tire coming off the Boeing 777-200 during takeoff and landing in an airport employee parking lot, damaging several cars. 

“That’s not really a Boeing problem. That’s an old airplane,” Rosenberg said on “Fox News Live.” “Tires get changed, maintenance people, mechanics at United, change the tires. Something went amiss. I would say, on a recent tire change or some repair, which caused that to come off. That’s not really a Boeing problem.” 

A second United Airlines plane landed in Medford, Oregon, on Friday with an external panel missing. The Boeing 737-800 plane had 139 passengers and six crew members onboard. 

Rosenberg said the photo of the missing panel does not indicate a “Boeing problem.” “To me, that smacks of a maintenance problem of United Airlines,” he explained. 

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However, the aerospace engineer said the door plug that blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet mid-flight in January was a manufacturing defect. “There’s really no excuse for that,” he added. 

“That was a failure of the internal policies and procedures of Boeing. And apparently, if you look at the long history leading up to that and even after, in my view, it’s become… it’s endemic and a pandemic inside of Boeing.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary investigative report that four key bolts from the door plug were missing and have not been recovered. 

It will hold an investigative hearing into the incident in early August. 

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Rosenberg said he believes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is understaffed and overworked and that it has a dual policy of not just safety but economics. 

“They don’t want to crush an airline. They don’t want to put them out of business with protocols and safety procedures. But they are the watchdog. And in my view, they’ve failed one of their primary purposes, which is aircraft safety,” the aviation expert explained. 

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He added that he believes the flying public can trust that airline travel is safe.

“The FAA will get it right and Boeing will hopefully get it right. And only time will tell,” he said.