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The top five moments from the House hearing into Biden family’s ‘influence peddling’

Two former business associates of Hunter Biden testified publicly on Capitol Hill on Wednesday as congressional Republicans pushed forward with their impeachment inquiry against President Biden, leading to several tense and revealing moments.

Tony Bobulinski, a U.S. Navy veteran who formerly served as Hunter Biden’s business partner, appeared publicly for the House Oversight Committee hearing. Jason Galanis, another Hunter Biden business associate who is serving a 14-year prison sentence, testified virtually from Federal Prison Camp, a minimum-security prison for male inmates in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Democrats invited Lev Parnas, who was sentenced to 20 months for violations connected to campaign finance, wire fraud and making false statements, to testify about his work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine.

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‘Blatant lies’: Bobulinski accuses Hunter Biden of lying under oath

Bobulinski said Wednesday that Hunter Biden lied under oath while speaking to lawmakers earlier this year about his father’s involvement in his business dealings.

Questioning Bobulinski, Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., said, “During his deposition, Hunter Biden repeatedly testified under oath that his father was not involved in his business in any capacity and that there wasn’t even a connection between his father and his businesses. Here is just one example, quote, ‘I just state for the record one more time, under oath and under penalty of perjury, my father has never been involved in my business. I have never asked my father to be involved in my business. My father has never benefited from my business, and I have never asked anyone or my father to do anything for the benefit of anyone I’ve ever done business for.’

“Yet the Ways and Means Committee released a WhatsApp message that was provided by the IRS whistleblowers showing that Hunter Biden wrote on July 30, 2017, quote, ‘I’m sitting here with my father, and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. I’m sitting here waiting for the call with my father.’ Moreover, you testified that Hunter was not shy about his ability to get his father on the phone. And Devin Archer testified that there were multiple instances in which Hunter placed his dad on speaker phone.

“Mr. Bobulinski, was Hunter Biden telling the truth when he testified under oath that his father was never involved in any of his business dealings?” Smith asked.

Bobulinski responded, “No, he was not. Those are all blatant lies.”

Bobulinski claims President Biden’s son, brother committed ‘perjury’

During Wednesday’s hearing, Bobulinski said Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, the president’s brother, committed perjury.

Bobulinski, who claimed that Hunter Biden “lied throughout his testimony” in a transcribed interview to the House Oversight Committee in February, provided what he believed to be one example of Hunter Biden’s “perjury.”

Hunter Biden “lied to the committee on important details concerning his money demands and threats to [the] CEFC” in text messages on July 30 and July 31 in 2017, according to Bobulinski.

“He leveraged his father’s presence next to him in that infamous text to strong-arm CEFC to pay Hunter immediately,” Bobulinski said.

Additionally, Bobulinski claimed Wednesday that James Biden, the president’s brother, “also lied extensively throughout his transcribed interview on Feb. 21 and perjured himself.”

“An example of that, on page 100 of his transcript, Jim is asked specifically, ‘Do you recall having a meeting with Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski and Joe Biden?'”

“Jim’s response: ‘Absolutely not,'” Bobulinski added.

Later in the hearing, Bobulinski claimed James Biden admitted to him during a 2017 meeting that the Biden family was able to conduct its business despite the president’s high profile because of “plausible deniability.”

Committee Democrats, Republicans spar over which party’s witnesses are more credible

Democratic and Republican members sparred during Wednesday’s hearing over which party’s witnesses were more credible.

Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington, D.C., began by noting Galanis’ conviction for financial crimes, saying he is serving a lengthy sentence at a federal prison.

She was followed by ranking member Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who also noted Galanis’ convictions but also attacked Bobulinski for offering “a lot of rhetoric and a lot of hot air but absolutely no facts” that would warrant impeaching President Biden.

“Nobody on their side can even tell us what is the impeachable high crime and misdemeanor, which suggests that they are moving in the direction of criminal referrals, and they should start by looking at their own witnesses,” Raskin said.

Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., pushed back by reminding Norton and Raskin “the witness, Mr. Galanis, was partners with Hunter Biden.”

“That’s why he’s here. We have their partners. You could have invited partners, but you invited this guy,” Comer said, motioning toward Parnas, a former aide to Giuliani.

The members began speaking over each other before Comer moved on to Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., for his questioning.

Grothman began by noting that Parnas was also convicted of crimes and sentenced to federal prison.

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Bobulinski targets Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, says he ‘begged’ him to look at phone evidence

Bobulinski said Wednesday he “begged” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and his staff to sit down with him to review the text message evidence he had on his Blackberry cellphone regarding the alleged wrongdoings by members of the Biden family.

Bobulinski’s comments came after Khanna refused to question him and spoke only to Parnas.

“If you noticed, Congressman Khanna scurried out of here very quickly, and I’m actually disgusted as I sit here that he didn’t address me based on the fact that I’m sitting here in front of the world trying to testify to the truth,” Bobulinski said shortly after Khanna’s time expired.

“I have messages I’m willing to produce to both the Democrats and the Republicans that Ro Khanna sent to me saying, ‘You have always demonstrated to me that you’re nothing but honest with the highest integrity individual,'” Bobulinski said. “I was begging for him to go CNN and tell the world in October 2020.”

“I have extensive emails with Congressman Ro Khanna in 2021 and 2022, where I begged him and his staff to sit down with me and look at my BlackBerry phones that the Democrats are so focused on, to hire forensics experts and go through all of the factual information I had,” he added. “So, the fact that he did not even address me and then scurried out of here is disgusting to me.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital about the matter, Khanna said, “I have reviewed extensive information presented to the committee on this matter. I have always respected Tony’s past service to our nation as I value anyone who wears the uniform, and I will continue to take my duty seriously on the committee and review all the evidence.”

Regarding Bobulinski’s claim that he had spoken to the California lawmaker about the evidence, a Khanna spokesperson told Fox, “Tony reached out a few times, and Rep. Khanna was always gracious because he respects Tony’s service, but made it clear that any evidence would have to be reviewed through committee procedure.”

Democrat taunts GOP committee chairs to hold Biden impeachment vote

Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla., challenged Comer and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to hold a vote on impeaching Biden during Wednesday’s hearing, claiming they would do so if they had truly found enough evidence he committed high crimes and misdemeanors.

The exchange took place after Moskowitz asked Bobulinski if he felt Biden had committed high crimes and misdemeanors and should be impeached.

“I believe with all the evidence he’s gathered, yes, he’s proven that Joe Biden has committed high crimes and misdemeanors,” Bobulinski said.

Moskowitz went on to ask Bobulinski if he felt Comer and Jordan had proven Biden committed high crimes and misdemeanors. “I know that he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. I was involved and saw them happen,” Bobulinski responded.

“My point is that the chairman has not yet moved for that. And, so, look, chairman, we got, like, 3½ minutes here. I mean, let’s just do the impeachment,” Moskowitz facetiously suggested. “I mean, why continue to waste millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money if we’re going to impeach because you believe you’ve shown he’s committed a high crime and misdemeanor?”

Moskowitz went on to mockingly motion for a vote, asking Jordan or Comer to second that vote, but neither did.

Jordan responded that the committees under GOP leadership don’t do “snap impeachments,” referencing the one Democrats undertook against President Donald Trump in 2019.

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In announcing the hearing earlier this month, Comer invited Hunter Biden to testify publicly, per the first son’s repeated requests. Through his attorney, Abbe Lowell, Hunter rejected the invitation.

Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Republican polling ahead of both top Dems in blue state Senate race

Could a longtime deep blue state provide Republicans a path to winning back the Senate majority in November’s elections?

A new poll suggests the answer may be yes.

Former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland holds double-digit leads over both of his potential Democratic rivals in his home state’s Senate race, a Washington Post/University of Maryland poll released on Wednesday indicates.

Hogan, whose surprise announcement last month that he would launch a Senate campaign rocked the campaign world, tops Democratic Rep. David Trone 49%-37% if the general election were held today, according to the survey.

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And the poll indicates that Hogan leads the other major Democrat running for their party’s Senate nomination — Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks — by a 50%-36% margin.

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But the survey, which was conducted March 5-12, also indicates that by a 20-point margin, Maryland voters say they’d prefer if the Democrats retained control of the Senate.

In the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, the poll indicates Trone leads Alsobrooks 34%-27% in their party’s primary on May 14, with nearly 4 in 10 Democratic voters undecided.

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Trone, the co-founder and co-owner, along with his brother, of the successful alcohol retailer Total Wine & More, has vastly outspent Alsobrooks to date in the Democratic Senate primary.

Hogan, a vocal GOP critic of former President Donald Trump, won election and re-election in 2014 and 2018 as governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a roughly 2-to-1 margin.

Hogan, a successful business leader before entering politics, seriously mulled a run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and made numerous trips in 2022 to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the GOP nominating calendar.

But in March of last year, Hogan announced he wouldn’t seek his party’s presidential nomination.

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During his last year as governor, Republican leaders in the nation’s capital and in Maryland heavily courted Hogan to run for the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections against Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen.

But Hogan declined, saying in a news conference in February of that year that “as I have repeatedly said, I don’t aspire to be a United States senator.”

But fast-forward two years, and Hogan is now running for the open seat in a state where it’s been nearly four decades since a Republican served in the Senate.

Hogan, who steered Maryland in a bipartisan way, left office with high approval and favorable ratings. And the new poll indicates he remains popular, with a 64%-23% favorable/unfavorable rating.

The survey also indicates that Trone and Alsobrooks are not well known among many Maryland voters.

Democrats currently control the U.S. Senate with a 51-49 majority, but Republicans are looking at a favorable Senate map this year, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs. 

Three of those seats are in red states that Trump carried in 2020 — Ohio, Montana and West Virginia, where Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is not running for re-election.

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Arkansas airport exec injured in shootout with federal agents won’t survive, brother says

The executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Arkansas, who was wounded during a firefight at his home Tuesday morning, allegedly shot at federal agents as they were attempting to serve a search warrant, authorities said. 

Bryan Malinowski, 53, was struck during the gunfire exchange just after 6 a.m., as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrived, the agency said. 

“The subject of the investigation was injured with gunshot wounds and treated on scene by paramedics before being transported to a local hospital,” the ATF said in a statement. 

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The wounded agent had non-life-threatening injuries, the ATF said. 

On Wednesday, Malinowski’s older brother, Matthew Malinowski, 55, told Fox News Digital that his brother was shot in the head and that doctors didn’t expect him to survive. He was unconscious as of Wednesday, he said. 

The ATF declined to say what the search warrant was in relation to, and Matthew Malinowski, a Pennsylvania resident, said he hadn’t been told anything about the circumstances of the case. He noted that his brother was an avid collector of firearms. 

“It’s all speculation at this point,” he said. “I got a feeling that he bought something he shouldn’t have. That’s the only thing I can think of.”

The shooting came as a shock to the elder Malinowski, who said his brother was in Washington D.C., a few days ago meeting with Arkansas senators. 

“That’s the circle he ran in,” he said. 

Bryan Malinowski also owned five properties, made somewhere between $270,000 to $280,000 annually, and was responsible for around 2,000 employees under him at the airport in Little Rock, his brother said. 

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“When you’re in that position, life is great. Why would you screw it up with a small infraction?” Matthew Malinowski said. “He always kept his nose clean. He had no enemies that I know of.”

Bryan Malinowski’s mother, Barbara Haigh, expressed grief at the situation. 

“That’s my baby. That’s one of my babies,” she said. 

Arkansas State Police are investigating the case. 

Shane Carter, public affairs director for the Clinton National Airport, previously told Fox News Digital that Bryan Malinowski is the airport’s executive director. He declined to comment further. 

Hours after the shooting, however, Airport Commission Chairman Bill Walker named Tom Clarke as acting airport executive director.

“Today’s incident saddens us, and we pray for everyone involved,” he said Tuesday. “As the chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, I have named Tom Clarke, the airport’s deputy executive director, as acting executive director. The airport’s day-to-day operations continue as normal.”

Bryan Malinowski joined Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in 2008 as director of Properties, Planning and Development and was promoted to deputy director in 2009, according to his biography on the airport website. He became executive director in 2019, according to a profile on the airport’s website. 

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He brought more than 30 years of airport leadership experience when he was hired, holding positions with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, El Paso International Airport and Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Shea De Bruyn, who lives next to Bryan Malinowski, told FOX 16 that she woke up to gunfire across the street.

“I heard about five or six, like, loud bangs,” De Bruyn said. “My heart was racing and the dogs were barking. I’m just really curious as to what was going on just a few houses down.”

New movie calling White people ‘most dangerous animal’ on planet bombs at box office

A satire film intended to send a provocative message about race relations bombed at the box office on its opening weekend.

Focus Features’ “The American Society of Magical Negroes” took the 9th spot at the box office last weekend, grossing $1,304,270 while playing in 1,147 locations around the U.S.

The film centers around a young man who is recruited to be part of a “society” where Black people use their magical powers to make White people comfortable, so that they don’t hurt Black people. 

The movie’s title plays off a trope of Black characters in films who are set up to help White characters in their pursuits, like Michael Clarke Duncan’s character in “The Green Mile,” according to a review from the Los Angeles Times.

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In the trailer, protagonist “Aren,” played by Justice Smith, learns he must put White people’s needs before his own so that the secret society maintains their magical powers.

White people, when they are uncomfortable, are “the most dangerous animal on the planet,” David Alan Grier’s character “Roger” explains to Aren. 

“That’s why we fight White discomfort every day. Because the happier they are, the safer we are,” he says in one scene that’s featured in a theatrical trailer.

Society members also use a “White Tears” sadness barometer to track White discomfort in the film.

The pic did poorly with reviewers, earning just 31% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Even critics who were sympathetic to the movie’s political message said it failed to deliver.

Film critic Carlos Aguilar panned the pic as “too timid to land any satirical blows.”

“The movie’s predictably speechified resolution, with Aren literally taking the stage to speak his truth, finally renders the sociopolitical critique mild and inconsequential, a disappointing outcome for a premise that had the potential to be truly incendiary,” he wrote in the Times.

The Washington Post film critic Michael O’Sullivan also was dissatisfied with the movie’s execution, calling it a “bloodless satire that’s too eager to please.” 

“In Aren’s satisfying flash of anger, ‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’ briefly gets real. Otherwise, like Aren, the film itself feels overly deferential at times: as if it wants to make people comfortable when it should want to make them squirm, at least a little,” he wrote.

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Dad who filmed new Kate Middleton farm shop video slams conspiracy theories

The man who reportedly captured Kate Middleton’s first public outing since her abdominal surgery is slamming “delusional” conspiracy theories surrounding the video.

Nelson Silva spoke to The Sun about Middleton’s visit with Prince William to a Windsor Farm Shop on Saturday. 

The outlet, and TMZ, released footage of the Princess and Prince of Wales leaving the farm shop, which has since gone viral, with many social media users sharing their opinions about the video.

“I’m not so much shocked that these comments have continued, I’m just confused how exactly they can continue,” Nelson told the outlet. “This is a video clearly showing her and William. I saw them with my own eyes. It was a completely relaxed situation.” 

He added that anyone questioning if that was Kate in the video is “delusional.”

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“What more do you need to lay off her? I thought after this was released they’d go quiet. But these people are so invested in the drama now,” he continued. “They’ve put so much time and energy into these rumors and lies that they can’t pull the plug.”

The Sun reported that Silva is an engineer who lives with his wife and daughter in the area and was shopping for steak when he saw William and Kate. He said the couple appeared “relaxed and happy.”

“I had about 40 minutes to kill and decided to get some produce. I went into the shop and at first I noticed their figures, they were standing near the bread,” Silva explained. 

Nelson ended up behind the royal couple when shopping and witnessed Kate and William talking to the farm shop staff.

Silva said, “I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but the staff seemed overwhelmed in a nice way. When I went to pay for my produce, the girl at the counter was so shocked she was hardly breathing.”

He described the situation as having a “really nice atmosphere” during Kate and William’s visit. 

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After Silva left the Windsor Farm Shop, he decided to take a video of Prince William and Kate to send to his family in Portugal, he told The Sun.

“I started to record as they walked towards the car park. They just looked very happy and relaxed together. William was obviously protective of Kate, and I quickly stopped recording because I didn’t want to make them uncomfortable,” he explained.

Silva told the outlet that he only intended to share the video with his family, but realized the footage could end the rumors surrounding Middleton.

“It shows she (Kate) is OK and getting better,” Silva said of the video. “To be honest, recording the video was totally out of my comfort zone but it was only for my family at the time.”

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He added, “I’m still not comfortable in the spotlight. But I realized that this video of two people happy and shopping could help make all these rumors fall flat.”

Middleton’s outing at the Windsor Farm Shop was her first public sighting in nearly three months.

Middleton’s every move since her hospitalization has created controversy, and this latest sighting is no exception. Social media users have gone wild with a #FakeKate hashtag, claiming the woman shown in the video from Saturday wasn’t actually the Princess of Wales.

The princess was admitted to a hospital for a planned abdominal surgery on Jan. 17. On March 10, Middleton shared a photo on Instagram of herself alongside her and William’s three kids for U.K. Mother’s Day. 

However, the photo was pulled from major photo agencies due to “manipulation” concerns.

Metadata from Middleton’s Mother’s Day photo revealed the image had been digitally altered multiple times before it was published on the official royal social media platforms, Fox News Digital previously confirmed.

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Information included in the photo data showed timestamps indicating the photo was first edited at 9:54 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Photoshop. On March 9, the image was altered once again at 9:39 a.m. The data does not indicate who altered the photo.

The Princess of Wales apologized one day later and admitted that the image shared online had been edited.

“Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing,” she wrote. “I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day.”

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Earlier this month, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace told Fox News Digital, “Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the Princess’s recovery, and we’d only be providing significant updates. The guidance in January stands that the Princess would be recuperating at home in Windsor.”

The spokesperson reiterated the princess is “doing well.”

Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

AOC says Trump ‘willing to sell the country’ as lawmakers react to potential property seizures

Democrats on Capitol Hill don’t have much sympathy for former President Trump as he struggles to come up with a $464 million appeal bond due in less than a week.

“He’s broke, and he’s willing to sell the country for a dollar in order to make whatever he needs for himself,” New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News Wednesday.

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A New York Appeals Court judge late last month denied the 2024 GOP front-runner’s request to delay payment of the $464 million owed as a result of Attorney General Letitia James’ civil fraud lawsuit.

Trump has until Monday to secure an appeal bond. If he doesn’t, James previously warned that she would move to seize his assets. Those could include prominent New York City properties like Trump Tower and 40 Wall Street.

“A jury of his peers has decided on this case,” said Rep. Jahana Hayes, although there was no jury involved in the trial.

“It’s not in the hands of Congress,” Hayes, a Connecticut Democrat, added. “So I think that people should obey the law.” 

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“If he didn’t want to get his property seized, if he didn’t want to be fined, he shouldn’t have committed crimes,” Rep. Sean Casten, a Democrat from Illinois, said of the civil case.

Trump’s attorneys said in a court filing this week that obtaining a bond “of this enormous magnitude” is “unprecedented for a private company” and a “practical impossibility.”

“It seems very punitive, directed in a political way, and it’s something that seems overwhelming,” Rep. John Moolenaar said.

“I don’t know anyone that could put up that kind of money,” the Michigan Republican added.

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Rep. Michael Cloud said that although he had not read all the details of the former president’s case, the potential seizures rang alarm bells.

“We are seeing a [Department of Justice] that is weaponized, in many ways, against the American people, President Trump being a key target of that,” the Texas Republican said.

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Alarming discovery made in search for missing woman who vanished walking her dog

A 27-year-old Texas woman went missing during a routine walk with her beloved dog in Houston, police said.

The Houston Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that Christina Johnson was last seen March 9, when she took her 10-year-old mutt, Max, on their evening walk.

Her father, Emmanuel Johnson, told Fox News Digital that he wanted to give his daughter space before contacting local authorities.

“She’s a 27-year-old woman, and I know that she’s not going to share all the information with me that is going on in her life,” Johnson said. “But once day two passed, I had a strange feeling that something was wrong.”

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Johnson, a recent graduate from Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia, had decided to move back in with her father following graduation.

Her father said that she was a homebody who ate most of her meals at home.

“Typically, it’s really not her personality,” he said. “She has all her meals here. And she left her credit cards and laptop here.

“I’m very concerned at this point as to where she is,” Johnson said. “Where is she eating? Where is she sleeping? It’s very concerning.”

Johnson said that one of the scariest moments was when his daughter’s dog, Max, was found nine days later — without her.

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“I don’t know what prompted the separation, between Max and her,” he said. “But that is the most concerning thing.”

The father said that his daughter did not have a cellphone when she mysteriously disappeared.

He explained that her phone broke a week before she had disappeared.

“The problem was that a week or so before she broke the phone,” Johnson said. “And, my brother came and retrieved the phone to get it repaired, and she took off that day.

“The next day he had the phone repaired,” Johnson added. “So, one more day she would have had her phone with her.”

Johnson said that police are doing their “due diligence”. 

“We have sightings of and potential sightings of her, but, we’re still working on where she is,” Johnson said. “I’ve handed out a lot of fliers in the area where she was last.”

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The Houston Police Department said that they scanned the area with drones to find the 27-year-old.

Christina Johnson is described as 5-foot-4 and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, blue denim shorts, pink socks, and Crocs shoes. She was carrying a gray backpack and did not have her phone with her.

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Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call HPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840, or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.

Major American airline leaving 5 cities as it cuts unprofitable routes

Low-cost airline JetBlue is planning to eliminate routes to five cities and reduce its service to Los Angeles as it looks to improve its financial performance after a federal court blocked its proposed merger with rival budget carrier Spirit Airlines.

The airline will eliminate routes to Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Bogota, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru. JetBlue will also eliminate service to Newburgh, New York, which has been suspended since 2020, and cut the number of flights in Los Angeles from about 34 to 24 daily flights. The changes are expected to take effect in June.

“These decisions are never easy, however, these markets have recently fallen short of our expectations,” JetBlue told FOX Business in a statement. “These moves will allow us to redeploy our fleet to increase frequencies on well-performing routes from JetBlue’s focus cities while continuing to increase crucial ground time for our aircraft, reducing the chance of delays for our customers.

“The changes will also help us during a time when aircraft availability is limited – particularly with some of our aircraft grounded due to Pratt & Whitney GTF engine inspections.”

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The airline is dealing with a shortage of aircraft due to an issue with the RTX Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines in seven of its Airbus A320neo airliners that are grounded. JetBlue said that number is expected to rise to as many as 15 by the end of 2024.

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“Most of our customers impacted by these changes will be able to select alternate flight options themselves on JetBlue.com. Where alternate routes are not available, customers will be provided with a refund,” the company said in its statement to FOX Business.

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JetBlue network planning head Dave Jehn wrote a memo discussing the changes, which was reviewed by Reuters. In the memo, Jehn told the airline’s crew members that its financial performance has suffered in certain short-haul routes in the western U.S. and Midwest markets, as well as South America.

“More than ever, every route has to earn its right to stay in the network,” Jehn wrote. He added that the move doesn’t change the airline’s capacity outlook for this year, which is expected to drop by a low single-digit percentage rate from 2023.

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New JetBlue CEO Joanna Geraghty has vowed to take “aggressive action” to return the airline to profitability. The measures include the deferral of about $2.5 billion in aircraft capital expenditures and cutting costs through buyouts to employees in corporate, airport and customer support functions. JetBlue is also trying to generate an extra $300 million in revenue this year.

JetBlue’s proposed merger with Spirit Airlines was blocked by a federal judge in January after the court found that the merger would hurt consumers by combining two low-cost airlines that would otherwise compete for passengers.

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In the wake of the ruling, JetBlue and Spirit officially terminated the proposed merger and have looked to restructure their operations to improve their financial performance.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Metal detectorist finds rare medieval pilgrim badge used to ward off evil

A metal detectorist in southeastern Poland recently unearthed a Christian pilgrim badge from the Middle Ages, state officials say.

The badge was found in the village of Wólka Nieliska, less than 50 miles southeast of Lublin, according to the Lublin Provincial Conservator of Monuments (WKZ).

The pendant, made from lead and alloy, has a diameter of around 2.8 centimeters and is 1 millimeter thick.

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In a Facebook post that was translated to English, the WKZ said that the badge “features a dragon enclosed in a circle.”

Archaeologist Thomsz Murzyński told Fox News Digital that the artifact was given to him by an anonymous metal detectorist. Murzyński then handed the badge over to the government.  

Medieval pilgrims wore badges for a variety of reasons: not only did they believe it could protect them from disease and danger, but it also marked them as Christian travelers as they journeyed through unfamiliar territories. 

“Such badges served as a kind of talisman, intended to provide the person wearing it with success in the journey and to protect such a person from all kinds of ‘evil,’ i.e. assault, theft, diseases and other random accidents,” the WKZ described.

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“They were also a way to distinguish yourself and manifest your destination.”

Travelers could also purchase the badges as souvenirs at pilgrimage sites, which many did as a commemoration of their trips. According to the WKZ, not many medieval badges have been found in Poland.

The badges date back to the early Middle Ages and gained popularity in the 12th century after Thomas Becket’s death inspired mass pilgrimages to Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrim badges fell out of favor by the 16th century.

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According to the WKZ, the badges could depict anything from exotic animals to Christian symbols.

“They had various forms and shapes – spiral, square, in the form of cross, shells, rings, shield,” the Facebook post read. “They featured figures of saints, knights, human heads and chests, as well as zoomorphic figures (birds, animals, dragons).”

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Fox News Digital reached out to the WKZ for comment. 

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