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ISIS claims responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks Russia has seen in years

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack at a large concert hall in the Moscow area that left at least 40 people dead and nearly 150 injured on Friday. 

The attack began when gunmen donning combat gear burst into Crocus City Hall, where concertgoers were gathering to hear the Russian band Picnic, and opened fire. 

The gunmen also threw explosives inside the concert hall during the attack, which set the building on fire, Russian media reported.  

People were being evacuated, but some remained trapped inside the burning building, Russian media said. 

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The Islamic State made the claim on its affiliated social media channels, although Fox News Digital has not been able to independently verify it. 

Before ISIS claimed responsibility, Russian officials said the incident was being investigated as a terrorist attack.

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Gunmen opened fire inside the building and dropped explosives that set it on fire, according to Russian media. 

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it has opened a criminal probe into the attack. 

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Russian Culture Ministry has canceled all mass and entertainment events in the coming days in the area. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

College head coach had one-word message for team during blowout loss to No. 1 UConn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For No. 16 Stetson, their first-ever March Madness game was practically over before it started.

Defending champion UConn, the top seed in the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, got out to an 8-0 lead, led by 20 halfway through the first half and owned a 52-19 lead after the first 20 minutes.

The Huskies’ lead would eventually reach 39 in their 91-52 victory, but admittedly for the Hatters, the game was pretty much over at halftime.

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At that point, Stetson head coach Donnie Jones needed to change his team’s mindset, as his guys were “discouraged.” He did that, he said, by writing just one word on the whiteboard in their locker room: 

“Pride.”

“My biggest thing with them was it’s going to be how we finish today, and we’re going to be proud when we walk off this floor,” Jones said after the game. 

“‘Pride’ was what I wrote on the board. Did not care about the score at that point, just wanted our guys to go out and show the level that we can play at that got us here, go out and have no regret in these last 20 minutes,” he explained.

“There’s no loss with our group tonight. The victory’s already been won.”

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When asked if his guys showed him pride in the second half, Jones said they “definitely” did. UConn outscored Stetson in the second half 39-33, but it was a far cry from the first half.

“That’s who we were all season. This group was a unique group, a group that never quit regardless of the score. They’ve been very resilient. There’s a lot of tears in that locker room, there’s a lot of respect in that locker room, and these guys truly love each other. That’s something we don’t see in teams a lot. A lot of guys are individuals, they play for themselves, and even when some teams are winning, they’re not tight like this. But this group really came together and really believed,” he said.

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UConn will face No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday after the Wildcats’ wild overtime victory against the No. 8 FAU Owls on Friday.

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Stephen Colbert receives legal notice after falsely alleging Prince William affair

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert was reportedly sent a legal notice by lawyers of Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, whom the CBS star recently joked about having an unsubstantiated affair with Prince William. 

“The rumor appears to have entered into the mainstream media recently as a result of another joke made about it on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,'” Hanbury’s attorneys told In Touch Weekly on Thursday. “We have written on our client’s behalf to CBS and various other reputable media organisations to confirm that the allegation is false.”

Representatives for Paramount and Hanbury did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital‘s requests for comment. 

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On the March 12 installment of “The Late Show,” Colbert made a joke at Hanbury’s expense while addressing speculation about Kate Middleton. 

“The kingdom has been all a flutter by the seeming disappearance of Kate Middleton. Well now, internet sleuths are guessing that Kate’s absence may be related to her husband and the future King of England William having an affair,” Colbert told his audience. “So, I think we all know who the alleged other woman. Say it with me –– the Marchioness of Cholmondeley –– what a beautiful name!”

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Mentioning how the rumors first surfaced in 2019, Colbert continued, “According to tabloids back then, when Kate supposedly confronted him about it, he laughed it off saying ‘there was nothing to it.’ Aha! Always a good response when your wife accuses you of cheating. ‘Ha ha, imagine me having an affair!’ It is to laugh,” using a British accent.

After weeks of conjecture about her absence from the public following abdominal surgery, the Princess of Wales revealed on Friday she had been diagnosed with cancer.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery,” Middleton said in the video recorded Wednesday.

“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful,” she added.

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“The Princess will return to official duties when she is cleared to do so by her medical team,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.”

The Princess of Wales, 42, explained that after her abdominal surgery, it was believed her condition was “non-cancerous.” However, further testing showed “cancer had been present.” She was advised to begin chemotherapy by her medical team.

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“This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family,” she continued. “As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.”

“As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits,” Middleton added. “Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.”

Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report. 

Gwyneth Paltrow curses out Bill Clinton for his alleged behavior during movie screening

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow jokingly cursed out former President Bill Clinton for sleeping during a showing of her 1996 film “Emma” in an interview released Thursday.

Paltrow was asked by “Hot Ones” show host Sean Evans if it was true that Bill Clinton once “passed out” during a screening of her movie “Emma” in an episode that aired Thursday.

“True. He was snoring right in front of me,” Paltrow said, laughing. “I was like, ‘Wow, I guess this is going to be a real hit movie.’ But it was. So f–k you, Bill Clinton.”

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Based on the Jane Austen novel, “Emma” was a box office success, making $40 million worldwide on a budget of less than $8 million, according to Variety. It was one of several hits Paltrow made in the 1990s as she became an A-list movie star.

She has supported Democrats politically throughout her career, including Pete Buttigieg when he ran for president in 2020.

Paltrow also talked about her experience running her company Goop, a lifestyle brand that focuses on fashion, wellness and beauty products. 

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In a interview with Bustle in 2023, Paltrow said that while she is “not ready to sell” her expanding empire in Goop, she has thought about what her next move will be. 

“I will literally disappear from public life. No one will ever see me again,” she said, noting she does not think she would sell Goop for “a few more years.”

Paltrow is currently married to television writer and director Brad Falchuk. Her first marriage was with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. 

The Clinton Foundation did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital

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SEE PICS: Mark Zuckerberg treats himself to $300M ‘Launchpad’ to luxury

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly rewarded himself with a luxurious gift: a $300 million super yacht.

The billionaire Meta Platforms CEO reportedly purchased the 287-foot vessel with the name Launchpad, according to The Sun and New York Post. 

FOX Business reached out to Meta Platforms and a Zuckerberg personal spokesperson for comment on the vessel.

The vessel reached America a few days ago, cruising into Fort Lauderdale’s port in the Sunshine State, according to Business Insider. Prior to that, it had recently completed its first-ever official sailing.

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In photos, the dark blue-hulled Launchpad appeared to have multiple decks.

Superyacht Times pegged its gross tonnage at about 5,000. It can reportedly sail as fast as 24 knots.

Feadship, a well-known yacht builder headquartered in the Netherlands, constructed the superyacht.

Only 70 motor yachts measuring over 100 meters currently exist, according to BOAT International. Some are believed to belong to other members of the three-comma club.

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The Sun reported the 118-meter Launchpad came at a nine-figure cost.

Zuckerberg has amassed a personal fortune that, according to Forbes, sat around $178 billion as of Thursday evening.

He has Meta Platforms, the corporate parent of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Threads, to thank for that. He co-founded Facebook about 20 years ago.

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“20 years ago I launched a thing,” he wrote on the platform in early February. “Along the way, lots of amazing people joined and we built some more awesome things. We’re still at it and the best is yet to come.”

He has identified artificial intelligence and the metaverse as long-term focuses of Meta Platforms.

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CNN host shocked at how Trump, Biden poll in two swing states: ‘World is upside down’

CNN host Dana Bash marveled Friday at how former President Trump is leading against President Biden on most key issues in Michigan, most notably on the Israel-Gaza war.

Bash spoke about polling conducted in Michigan and Pennsylvania showing Trump leading in the Great Lakes State and the presumptive candidates tied in the Keystone State. 

She said that if Trump wins both, Biden cannot afford to lose any other swing states, such as “Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, or Nebraska’s second congressional district, or he will not win the White House.”

The news host went on to express shock that “abortion and democracy” are “the only two issues” where Biden has an advantage in both states. 

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“Then you look at other issues: U.S and world affairs, economy, immigration, Israel/Gaza, Trump has an advantage and it’s actually- if you look at the Israel-Gaza question, the fact that Trump has a 20-point advantage in Michigan. I mean, the world is upside down,” she said.

CNN political director David Chalian argued that Trump’s advantage may not be enthusiasm for his policy, but the dissatisfaction of Michigan’s large population of Muslims and Arab Americans with Biden’s position on Israel.

Chalian said, “But I think that finding probably explains a lot of Joe Biden’s troubles in Michigan right now as well. I mean, it’s obviously an issue that we saw in the primary where the uncommitted vote against him, we see young voters, independents, people who have been affiliated with this, calling for a ceasefire movement, very frustrated with the president and his policies, and so that’s clearly partly at play here in Michigan.”

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“Yeah. No question,” Bash replied. “But it’s hard to imagine that Donald Trump will be any more sympathetic to what’s going on in Gaza than Joe Biden is, which is what is so surprising.”

“It has nothing to do with their actual policy positions, right, necessarily or what he’s proposing,” he said.

In February, 100,000 people voted “uncommitted” in the Michigan Democrat primary as a warning to Biden that they may stay home on Election Day if he continues his current stance on Israel.

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Biden press secretary bashed for claiming illegal migrants storming border is Texas’ fault

Social media users ripped White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for suggesting on Friday that viral video showing illegal immigrants rushing the Texas National Guard at the southern border should be Gov. Greg Abbott’s concern, not President Biden’s.

When asked if Biden had seen or weighed in on the “dramatic” video of the migrant surge, Jean-Pierre replied, “I mean look, I have not spoken to the president about that video. What I can say is this, you know, I really, truly believe that’s a question for the Republican governor of Texas.”

“This is something that he should address, that he should actually speak to,” she continued, saying, “The president has worked with Congress, in the Senate, as I just spoke to, about getting an immigration bill done, making sure that we deal with the border challenges that we’re now seeing.”

She added, “And you have a governor of Texas who has continued to politicize this.”

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Pierre blaming Abbott proved contentious for critics who see Biden as having done little to nothing to secure the southern border throughout his first term, during which more than seven million illegal immigrants have attempted to get into the country.

Republican communications guru Matt Whitlock observed, “I’m not entirely sure KJP knows that her boss the President has repeatedly sued the Governor of Texas to PREVENT him from addressing it.”

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Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich rebuked Jean-Pierre, posting, “Incredible. The spokesperson for the President of the United States won’t comment on a blatant sovereignty violation of an international border.”

Twitchy’s Doug Powers condemned the statement, saying, “’The U.S. border getting invaded is not the president’s problem but the responsibility of a Republican governor’ — and now I’ve seen and heard it all. Beyond the pale.”

TownHall.com web editor Rebecca Downs replied, “The Republican governor who has done everything and then some to protect the people of his state!!!”

Political commentator and Canary CEO Dan Eberhart posted, “It’s simply beyond belief that the Biden administration continues to do this. Absolutely no one can look at the border crisis and think it’s Greg Abbott’s fault. Biden’s horrible policies and inaction are 100% to blame.”

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia called the official’s words an “Abdication of duty to the American people.”

RNCResearch Strategic Communications Director Tommy Pigott corrected Jean-Pierre, writing, “It’s actually a question for Joe Biden. Joe Biden has abdicated his responsibility to secure the border, created the crisis with his open-border agenda, refuses to end it by reversing his executive actions, and is actively undermining border security.”

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Kevin O’Leary warns Trump fraud case is having impact on global financial markets

“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary is blaming New York for “tainting the American brand” as former President Trump is at risk of losing properties following the ruling in his civil fraud case.

“What’s going on in New York, it has nothing to do with Trump. That case is over. What’s going on now is concerning financial markets all around the world,” O’Leary told Fox News host Jesse Watters Thursday.

Trump has until Monday to secure the $464 million bond required by the court, or else face the possibility of the attorney general beginning to seize assets, an effort that O’Leary said “is not a good look on New York.”

“I mean, seizing assets after 22 days, in a bankruptcy court you get years to resolve this,” the O’Leary Ventures chair stressed.

Trump’s lawyers said in a filing earlier this week that obtaining one is a “practical impossibility under the circumstances presented,” claiming the Trump Organization has been turned down by roughly 30 surety companies.

“I don’t care what color you are, red or blue or independent, doesn’t matter. We are the bastion of safety when it comes to investing large pools of capital,” he told the host.

The T.V. personality went on to add that “we [U.S.] are the bastion of safety when it comes to investing large pools of capital. That’s what America represents. We have property rights. We have an appellate system. We have law people trust, and we give you good returns with the least amount of resistance.

O’Leary voiced that he’s “very disturbed” by the legal turmoil unraveling in New York City, arguing that “it doesn’t matter that it’s Trump, it could be anybody.”

He added that the same sentiment is resonating with investors during his appearance on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning. 

Most of us that are investors in financial services want the process to continue and get an appellate court involved here for a second set of eyes,” O’Leary said.

The way I view this and the way it’s viewed internationally is this was like dress up court with kids running some kind of a Halloween party with no adult supervision. We need the adults now,” he demanded.

“We need the adults to look at this.”

FOX Business’ Breck Dumas and Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report

Field trip with pre-K students to Texas zoo takes deadly turn on the way back to school

A man and child were killed Friday following a Texas school bus crash with a concrete truck, as the bus carrying more than 40 people was returning from a field trip to a zoo, officials said. 

A Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) bus rolled over around 2:15 p.m. near Texas State Highway 21 and Caldwell Road in Bastrop County, FOX Austin reported. 

The cement truck veered onto the school bus’ lane, which killed a child. The driver of a Dodge Charger crashed into the bus, killing a man inside, authorities said at a news conference.

There were 44 students and 11 adults on the bus, the school district said.

The bus was carrying Tom Green Elementary pre-K students as they were returning from a field trip to the Bastrop Zoo.

“Parents of students on the bus have been notified directly from the campus. The district is in the process of conducting reunification. Hays CISD transportation staff, counselors, safety and security personnel, and other administrators have all joined first responders either at the accident scene or at the reunification location,” Hays CISD said in a statement.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave his condolences and praised first responders. 

“Cecilia and I are saddened to hear about this tragic incident, and we ask all Texans to join us in prayer for Tom Green Elementary students and families during this difficult time,” he said in a statement. “I’ve spoken with Hyas CISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright and offered the state’s full support as they help their community through this tragedy.”

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