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Whale of a lawsuit threatens to swallow up Biden green energy agenda

A federal lawsuit pits green energy against saving endangered whales, as three conservative groups are suing the Biden administration to stop what they say would be the largest wind energy project in the world. 

The Virginia Offshore Wind project could cause significant harm to the North Atlantic right whale, according to the 61-page complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia filed by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), the Heartland Institute and the National Legal and Policy Center against federal agencies as well as Dominion Energy. 

The lawsuit names the Interior Department, the Commerce Department, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Marine Fisheries Service, top officials at those agencies and the Virginia-based energy company Dominion, which plans to start construction of the project on May 1. 

“On one hand, the Biden administration says you have to have renewable energy, but in the process, the windmills have an environmental impact, not only on whales but on birds that get chopped up by the windmills,” Paul Kamenar, counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center, told Fox News Digital. “Our position is that it’s a larger issue than the environment, but relying on windmills is also an economic issue that will cost consumers and make energy less reliable.”

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The lawsuit aims to cause Dominion to halt construction on the project until the ocean management agency develops a new “biological opinion” that covers verifiable protection against potential harm to the North Atlantic right whale. The lawsuit claims the agencies illegally approved Dominion Energy’s offshore wind project by ignoring procedural errors that would subject the endangered whales to grave harm.

The lawsuit has no merit, according to Dominion spokesperson Jeremy Slayton. 

“The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has done an extraordinarily thorough environmental review of the project and carefully considered potential impacts to marine wildlife and the environment,” Slayton told Fox News Digital. “The overwhelming consensus of federal agencies and scientific organizations is that offshore wind does not adversely impact marine life. We’ve put in place strong environmental protections for this project, and are confident the North Atlantic right whale will be protected.”

Dominion contends it will be staffed with protected species observers to detect and avoid marine mammals and that its vessels will adhere to strict speed restrictions designed to avoid collisions with marine mammals.

Spokespersons for both the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Marine Fisheries Service responded to Fox News Digital that they do not comment on pending litigation. 

The plaintiffs note that 55 dead whales have washed ashore in other regions of the Atlantic coast since 2017, adding that experts say only about 350 North Atlantic right whales remain with only 70 females capable of producing newborns.

Heartland Institute President James Taylor said in a public statement, “Playing politics with such an iconic species as the right whale is a truly pathetic example of the Biden administration’s allegiance to climate alarmism.”

The litigation asserts that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s “biological opinion” in September 2023 did not evaluate the harm the turbines would cause to the whales. CFACT President Craig Rucker said in a public statement the agency’s analysis “is a textbook violation of the Endangered Species Act.”

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The Virginia Offshore Wind project will span 25 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, and consists of 176 wind turbines with towers taller than the Washington Monument and turbine blades longer than a football field, according to the plaintiffs.

On Jan. 27, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order to act on climate change, and the administration has approved dozens of wind projects along the East Coast. 

The plaintiffs say these whales could be forced to navigate 32 separate federally leased areas from waters in Georgia to Maine. 

The complaint accuses the National Marine Fisheries Service of having a “biological opinion” from September 2023 that only looked at how the wind projects would individually affect the North Atlantic right whale. The plaintiffs say the agency should have done a comprehensive analysis looking at the combined impact of the projects.

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“The agencies haven’t taken into account the cumulative effect up and down the coast,” said Kamenar of the National Legal and Policy Center.  

NBC News ends short-lived relationship with ex-RNC chair after on-air host meltdowns

NBC News has officially terminated its short-lived relationship with former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, according to a memo sent to staff by the network’s boss. 

“There is no doubt that the last several days have been difficult for the News Group,” NBCUniversial News Group Chairman Cesar Conde began Tuesday in a copy of the memo obtained by Fox News Digital. “After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor.”

Conde acknowledged McDaniel’s hiring had undermined the goal of a “cohesive and aligned” newsroom and offered an apology to his staff.

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“I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down,” Conde wrote. “While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.”

He continued, “Our initial decision was made because of our deep commitment to presenting our audiences with a wide diverse set of viewpoints and experiences, particularly during these consequential times. We continue to be committed to the principle that we must have diverse viewpoints on our programs, and to that end, we will redouble our efforts to seek voices that represent different parts of the political spectrum.”

A network insider told Fox News Digital, “There was virtually no way out of this situation but to reverse the decision.” They added that while MSNBC figures led the protest, it had the support of a lot of NBC staffers who thought McDaniel was unacceptable for even a non-partisan network.

NBC did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital‘s requests for comment.

A person close to McDaniel, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told Fox News McDaniel found out about the termination through media reports and that as of now she hasn’t heard from NBC.

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NBC’s announcement last Friday of McDaniel’s hiring sparked intense backlash from the network’s biggest stars.

Chuck Todd kicked off the avalanche of on-air attacks towards McDaniel following her NBC debut on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think our bosses owe you an apology for putting you in this situation, because I don’t know what to believe,” Todd told “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker. “She has credibility issues that she still has to deal with. Is she speaking for herself or is she speaking on behalf of who’s paying her?” 

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Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s biggest star, confirmed to viewers Monday that McDaniel “will not be on MSNBC.” 

“The fact that Ms. McDaniel is on the payroll at NBC News – to me that is inexplicable,” Maddow said. “I mean you wouldn’t hire a wise guy, you wouldn’t hire a made man, like a mobster to work at a D.A.’s office, right? You wouldn’t hire a pickpocket to work as a TSA screener. And so I find the decision to put her on the payroll inexplicable, and I hope they will reverse their decision.”

Other MSNBC hosts, including Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Nicolle Wallace, Joy Reid, Jen Psaki and Lawrence O’Donnell joined the chorus of in-house critics with on-air lashings at their employer.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report. 

Mega Millions announces single winning ticket in $1.13 billion jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot announced a winner in Tuesday night’s estimated $1.13 billion drawing after 30 previous drawings without a winner.

The winning numbers Tuesday night were: 7, 11, 22, 29, 38 and gold Mega Ball 4. The Megaplier was 2X.

The winning ticket was sold in New Jersey. This was the fifth-largest prize in the history of the game, Mega Millions said in a news release.

In addition to the jackpot, 12 players — one each in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio and two each in Florida, Georgia and New York — matched all five white balls to win $1 million and another player in New York matched all five white balls and the Megaplier to win $3 million.

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“Lottery fever continues to spread throughout the country,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said ahead of Tuesday’s drawing. 

The $1.13 billion grand prize carries a one-time cash payout option of $537.5 million. 

Winners typically select the cash prize over the Mega Millions annuity paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.

The odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the game.

Before Tuesday’s drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot was last won on Dec. 8, when two winners in California matched all six numbers to take home the $395 million prize.

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The record $1.602 billion jackpot was won in Florida on Aug. 8, 2023. That prize is the world’s largest lottery ever won on a single ticket.

The next drawing will be held on Friday, when players will attempt to win the estimated $20 million grand prize, which carries a cash option of $9.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline for purchasing a ticket is 9:45 p.m. on draw nights.

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Drawings are conducted at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta, Georgia.

‘Moderate’ senator’s Biden history at odds with Democrat’s narrative

Longtime Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who many refer to as a “moderate” Democrat that often works across the aisle, has a voting record in lock step with President Biden nearly 100% of the time, sparking allegations of hypocrisy from his opponents.

Brown, who began serving in the U.S. Senate in 2007, is often referred to in media publications as a practical “moderate” in touch with blue-collar workers in the Buckeye State and as recently as this week campaigned on “standing up for people and fighting for Ohio.”

A review of his voting record since Biden took office using VoteView, a database maintained by political scientists from UCLA, shows that Brown voted with Biden 99% of the time from 2021-2023 and 97% of the time since 2023 while representing a state Trump carried by 8 points in 2020.

Brown’s allegiance to Democrats did drop during the Trump years, as he voted with Democrats 91% of the time from 2019-2021 and 95% of the time from 2017-2019. During the eight years of the Obama administration, Brown voted with Democrats 95%-98% of the time.

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The Ohio Democrat has also been a reliable vote for Biden when it comes to confirming nominees to high-profile positions. During the Biden presidency, Brown has voted to confirm Biden nominees over 99% of the time compared to 33% in the Trump administration.

During the Obama administration, Brown voted for 100% of the nominees before the Senate.

Brown’s adherence to Biden’s policies is expected to become a major issue on the campaign trail against his GOP challenger, businessman Bernie Moreno, who was propelled to a commanding victory in the primary by Trump’s endorsement, given that Biden is facing historically low approval numbers and is underwater on several key issues.

Additionally, most political experts believe that courting independent voters and perhaps moderate Republicans will be key to Brown’s success in November. Brown’s critics tell Fox News Digital that Brown’s voting record shows he is anything but “moderate.”

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“Sherrod Brown parades around Ohio telling voters that he is a moderate, while he votes with Joe Biden 99% of the time and consistently sells out Ohio workers,” Reagan McCarthy, Communications Director for the Moreno campaign, told Fox News Digital. 

“Brown has supported every single reckless spending package that has resulted in rampant inflation, voted for Biden’s attacks on American energy in favor of green energy schemes, and enabled Biden’s open-border invasion. We look forward to exposing his left-wing record and sending him packing in November.”

Philip Letsou, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Fox News Digital that Brown “can’t run from his record.”

“He’s a far-left liberal who has spent 50 years rubber-stamping the Democrat agenda,” Letsou said. “As Joe Biden has crushed working Americans with an open border and out of control inflation, Sherrod Brown has been there for him every step of the way.” 

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Brown has managed to win multiple re-elections in Ohio despite the state’s shift toward the GOP in recent years by appealing to Republican and Independent voters. Brown told Politico last month that he is going to “run my own race” and “my own brand” while at the same time is “not going to run away from Biden.”

“He’s also delivered more than any president in recent history.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Brown campaign spokesperson Reeves Oyster said, “Sherrod works for Ohio, which is why he’s stood up to presidents of both parties to block bad trade deals, worked with Republicans to make sure border patrol agents and law enforcement officers have the resources they need, and demanded the Biden Administration crack down on Chinese solar products that undercut Ohio manufacturers.” 

The Friends of Sherrod Brown campaign pointed Fox News Digital to examples of Brown standing up to the Biden administration several times, including on trade issues involving China and on the issue of immigration when Biden overturned Title 42.

The campaign also pointed to Brown’s opposition to the nomination of Nelson Cunningham for Deputy U.S. Trade Representative due to his lobbying for foreign union-busting companies and his vocal opposition to Biden EPA emissions rules that negatively affected Ohio.

Illegal thieves cross border with high-tech skimmers, drain American bank accounts

Prosecutors in California say the Romanian mafia has given a new look to an old scam — debit card skimming — by placing devices to steal personal information on self-checkout machines in grocery stores.

Debit card skimmers have long been problematic at gas stations and ATMs. Now a highly organized network of crooks is branching out. 

“They’ll have people sitting outside a Walmart or a Target, and it looks like they’re panhandling,” says Kimberly Edds, director of public affairs with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. “Sometimes they’ll have a couple of kids. And they are actually using Bluetooth technology that’s connected to the skimmers inside the stores. So it’s like a two for one, getting cash that people give them and stealing the numbers off the skimmers.”

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Surveillance video obtained by the El Cajon Police Department shows suspects can place a skimmer over the checkout’s credit card swipe in just seconds — and they look almost exactly like the real thing.

Police recommend tugging on a credit card swipe before inserting your card. If it wobbles or comes off, it’s fake.

Authorities say they’ve already busted dozens of suspects, most of them with ties to organized crime in Romania.

And despite large busts in December and January of dozens of suspects in the U.S., Europe and Mexico, where they are teaming up with cartels in tourist hot spots like Tulum, the thefts are increasing as thieves double down on their efforts, authorities said. 

They could be raking in up to $9 million a month — much of it at taxpayers’ expense.

The skimmers, which can target EBT card users as well, have allegedly drained accounts the moment that the state releases monthly payments, according to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s office, which announced a major crackdown on such crimes earlier this year. As a result, more than $100 million worth of thefts robbed taxpayer-funded welfare programs and their recipients.

“The victims are single mothers struggling to put a roof over their children’s heads and food on the table and hardworking people who need a helping hand who find themselves standing at the checkout line with bags full of groceries only to be humiliated when they find that they have no money in their account because a thief has surreptitiously taken everything,” Spitzer said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the thieves are using this money to fund organized crime, to buy luxury cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and to lead a life of luxury that the true recipients can only dream about.”

On top of that, the porous southern border gives the mobsters a steady supply of new muscle, while a combination of lax bail policies and incomplete criminal records allow members to cut off their ankle monitors and flee justice if they get arrested.

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“Thousands of criminals suspected to be tied to organized Romanian crime have been identified to be in the United States, with a large portion of them entering the United States illegally, mainly through the southern border,” Edds told Fox News Digital. “A smaller portion of this population is entering as asylum seekers.”

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A group of Southern California counties, including Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, has seen about 15% of the Romanian mob’s activity within the US., she said.

In addition to sending stolen money back to Romania to fund luxe lifestyles and European sports cars, the crooks are also trading in food stamps for baby formula and energy drinks, which are then resold in Mexico in an alliance with local cartels.

Many of them even flaunt their ill-gotten gains on TikTok, including a 14-year-old suspect who police captured driving a $250,000 sports car and wearing a Rolex.

One of the men implicated in the plot was already on Romania’s most wanted list — Florin Duduianu.

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The 39-year-old was convicted in January after police watched him make multiple withdrawals using different cards from the same ATM in Placentia, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. They caught him with four Visa gift cards that had been reprogrammed into clones of four different victims’ debit cards.

Duduianu is expected to get 30 years in federal prison at his sentencing later this week, according to the Justice Department.

In December, the FBI announced it was partnering with Romanian police to raid dozens of locations in the European country connected to the California skimming thefts.

The joint operation resulted in 48 arrests and the recovery of more than $1 million and 11 luxury vehicles.

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Many of the suspects arrested in Romania also had ties to Mexico’s Riviera Maya gang, which itself is blamed for millions of dollars in skimming thefts in tourist hot spots that are popular with Americans, including Tulum and Cancun in Quintana Roo.

The gang’s leader, Florian Tudor, is awaiting trial on fraud charges in Mexico and is wanted for attempted murder in Romania, as well.

Fox News’ Elyse Perry contributed to this report.

Bud Light continues to fight controversial sponsorship, taps new heavyweight

After Bud Light began an ad campaign featuring transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney and sending personalized packs of Bud Light decorated with Mulvaney’s face to the influencer, the historic brand was canceled by many consumers.

Late last month, parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev said revenue in the U.S. market declined by 9.5% in 2023 and dropped by 17.3% in the fourth quarter “with sales-to-retailers (STRs) down by 12.1%, primarily due to the volume decline of Bud Light.” 

U.S. volumes were also weaker than expected, falling 15.3% in the fourth quarter. Beer Business Daily publisher Harry Schuhmacher told Fox News Digital he believes May and June will be critical for the brand, as it will be able to tout year-over-year growth without pre-boycott data factored in. 

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But that did not stop the UFC from once again making Bud Light the official beer of the MMA promotion late last year.

Although UFC fighter Sean Strickland recently blasted the company, saying he was “so sick of these c—s” who “force feed your kids f—ing pride flags.” not every UFC fighter feels the same.

In fact, fresh off his UFC 299 knockout earlier this month, Dustin Poirier has joined the company as a partner.

“Dude, I’m pumped up about this. Bud Light, Budweiser is an American brand that’s been around. It’s historic, it’s been involved in sports forever. When I got the call to be on the team, I was super excited,” Poirier told Fox News Digital in a recent interview.

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Of course, backlash is bound to happen, but Poirier isn’t afraid of it one bit, considering the UFC and Bud Light have been in business for a long while.

“It is what it is. Of course, people want clickbait, and any kind of traction they can get, but in life, in fighting, in business, there’s ups and downs. We go through life and learn and keep moving. That’s what it’s all about, that’s what fighting’s about. We keep it forward,” he said.

“I didn’t have any stress being in line with this brand. Obviously, this year they’re starting a new partnership with the UFC, but they’ve been in the Octagon for a long time.”

Poirier admitted that Bud Light “learned [its] lessons,” but compared his fighting career to the company’s tumultuous year.

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“I can beat anybody in the world, but I can lose to anybody in the world, too, because I’m human. Listen, man, I have 50 fights. I’ve been at the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows in this sport. And just like I said, aligning with this brand, Bud Light, you have to keep moving forward. You learned your lessons, be better than you were the last time — keep training, keep fighting and keep living. That’s life, man,” he said.

Poirier is expected to take on Islam Mackhachev at some point this year for the lightweight title.

FOX Business’ Breck Dumas contributed to this report.

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Whoopi Goldberg gets up during show, calls out audience member: ‘I can see you’

Whoopi Goldberg called out an audience member during the live broadcast of “The View” on Tuesday for presumably using a camera to record, and told the person not to pull it out again. 

While discussing former President Trump’s bond payment, which was reduced to $175 million on Monday, Goldberg interrupted co-host Sunny Hostin and got up to reprimand the audience member. 

“Sir, I have to stop you with the camera. Because I can see you. So do me a favor, don’t pull it out again. I’d appreciate that. Thank you,” Goldberg said. 

Co-host Sara Haines also thanked the audience member, as co-host Joy Behar asked, “what was he doing?”

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Goldberg returned to her seat as Hostin resumed talking. 

The liberal co-host has scolded the show’s live audience before, mostly during interviews with Republican guests. 

Goldberg has attempted to stop the show’s audience from booing Republican guests such as Kellyanne Conway, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

During Scott’s interview on “The View” in June 2023, Goldberg said, “This is ‘The View.’ We accept – we don’t have to believe everything people say, but you cannot boo people here, please. You cannot do it. Please continue.”

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Behar recently called out male members of the audience during their interview with Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. While discussing Ford’s new book, detailing her experience in testifying before the Senate during the Kavanaugh hearings, Behar asked about the thousands of letters Ford received in support. 

Ford noted just 10% of the letters were from males. 

“They need to understand, they have to step up to help us. We can’t do this ourselves. I notice, I watch when people were clapping. Some of the men did not clap in this audience,” Behar said, gesturing toward those in attendance. 

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After the interruption on Tuesday, Hostin argued Trump’s decreased bond payment was “very appropriate,” and declared she was comfortable with it. 

“The lowering of the bond was very appropriate, right? We always say that we want everyone to be treated across the legal spectrum in the same way and that we want the law to apply equally in the same way, bonds are not supposed to be punitive,” Hostin said. “They are only supposed to make sure that the person returns to court and answers, you know, whatever charges have been alleged.” 

Bride-to-be sets internet ablaze with simple text from future father-in-law

A recently engaged woman from Florida is attracting attention on social media after she revealed the text message she received from the man who will become her father-in-law once she weds his son.

Mia Amabile, 27, a content creator based in Miami, is set to marry the love of her life, Alex Rudolph, so she’s gaining a new family: her in-laws.

While there’s a stereotype about tumultuous relationships with in-laws, that is apparently not the case for Amabile and the Rudolphs.

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Amabile is so close with the family that after the proposal, her future father-in-law, Doug Rudolph, sent her a text message to express how he felt about the milestone event.

“My Dearest Mia, Now that it is official, I wanted to take a moment to directly and personally tell you how overjoyed we all are to have you become an official member of our family, and us of yours!” the text read. 

“We have loved you from the moment we met you, and could always see that you and Alex were absolutely meant to be together forever!”

He went on, “The most important thing is that you guys clearly unconditionally love each other, and take care of each other, and that is by far the most important thing that ever matters!” 

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He concluded, “We are so greatly looking forward to all of the amazing times we will get to spend together. All our love forever, Doug.”

Amabile and Alex Rudolph, a restaurateur and Miami native, have been together for over two years and during a special trip to St. Barts, he proposed. 

However, the special moment became “perfectly imperfect,” Amabile told Fox News Digital.

Amabile said she was left stunned when Alex Rudolph got down on one knee during an intimate lunch on the cliff near the hotel.

“He reaches into the little beach bag that we brought for the picnic … and he grabbed the cardboard box, which was holding the actual ring box, and it was empty,” she recalled.

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Amabile said her fiancé started to look pale before panicking and saying, “I don’t have the freaking ring.”

Alex Rudolph rushed back to the hotel room to exchange boxes and came back ready to propose all over again.

“He got down on a knee again and he goes, ‘Are you ready for your real moment?’ It’s amazing. I got two proposals,” Amabile said with a laugh.

The joy did not stop there for Amabile as she pulled out her phone to discover the heartwarming text from her future father-in-law, Doug Rudolph.

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Amabile continued to cry tears of happiness after taking in the touching words that Doug Rudolph shared with her.

“It was just from the heart and exactly how I felt.”

— Doug Rudolph

“I wasn’t surprised at all. That was the most ‘Doug thing’ ever,” she said.

Amabile said what she loved most about the text was seeing the way Doug Rudolph perceived the relationship she had with his son.

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“I think what was really sweet was him recognizing how beautiful [our] relationship is and that he was able to see that as well. Also, I love that he spoke about me joining his family as well as him joining mine,” Amabile said. 

Amabile could not help but praise and admire her future family, especially her future father-in-law, and it appears Doug Rudolph shares the same admiration for her.

“The very first time I met her, I could tell it was different from all his other relationships we’ve had. I could just tell this one was special … [I thought], ‘This could be the one,’” Doug Rudolph told Fox News Digital.

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“There was just something kind of magical … about watching the two of them together.”

Doug Rudolph said he had no pre-written message or thoughts to send Amabile, but felt a natural desire to welcome her into the family.

And the last thing he expected was that it would go viral.

“It was just from the heart and exactly how I felt, and I just wanted [her] to know how happy I was that she was coming into the family, and we were all going to be together, and I never thought about it again,” Doug Rudolph said.

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Amabile shared the text on her TikTok page, where it garnered some 3.7 million views and comments from women sharing their own stories — both joyous and sorrowful.

“Obviously it was a very sweet text, but once I posted it I didn’t think that it would blow up like that,” Amabile said.

“For every girl that [wishes] their father-in-law and mother-in-law felt this way about them,” one user commented.

“My current bf’s dad doesn’t even acknowledge me … Oh how I dream for this kind of love one day,” another woman wrote. 

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“This is the best. My future MIL said, ‘I will not let you ruin my son’s life,'” one TikToker shared.

“Cherish that. Not all of us get that in-law love,” another user shared.

“We just feel like we’ve gained another daughter. You don’t always get lucky, but we got really lucky.”

— Doug Rudolph

Amabile is still stunned that this text took over TikTok, but she can understand why it might have touched so many viewers.

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“A lot of women aren’t even getting words like that from their partners … so I think that’s a really big thing. And then, obviously, people really don’t have great relationships with their in-laws. And I know that’s a stereotype for many people, like having a tough mother-in-law, but I didn’t know it was this extreme,” Amabile said.

“It made us almost kind of sad because people don’t have these relationships that we obviously took for granted because we think this is normal for us.”

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To make things even more special, Amabile and Alex Rudolph asked Doug Rudolph to officiate at their wedding.

He had the opportunity to show even more lovely words at the couple’s Italian-themed engagement party.

“We just feel like we’ve gained another daughter. You don’t always get lucky, but we got really lucky,” Doug Rudolph said.

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Distressed massive alligator seen by golfers had unusual headpiece and needed help

A South Carolina alligator was found with a strange object on its head – and wildlife experts in Georgia were called to get to the bottom of it.

The University of Georgia Coastal Ecology Lab made a Facebook post about the 11-foot-long alligator, which has been named King Arthur, on Monday. 

The lab explained that it was recently contacted about a “dominant male alligator” wearing an unusual contraption at Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort in St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

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“After talking with them and looking at the pictures they sent, it appeared that this alligator had somehow gotten a tomato cage stuck over his head!” the lab said.

The UGA Coastal Ecology Lab’s staff cautioned against any human intervention at first, as animals can sometimes free themselves after being trapped in an object.

“The first step in situations like this is to monitor the animal closely to see if the object is affecting their normal behaviors and if they are making progress in getting free,” the lab explained.

“With this alligator, it seemed like his ability to eat might be impacted, but after 2 days he was able to break part of the cage and free his head. However, it was still attached fairly tightly around his neck.”

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After a few days, the Georgia researchers decided to take matters into their own hands – with help from the resort’s head naturalist.

“Since it did not seem like he would be able to get the cage off himself and things were getting caught on it, we were worried that he would get stuck on something underwater and drown if he could not get free,” the Facebook post read. “For those reasons, we decided human intervention was necessary.”

After traveling up to the Palmetto State and capturing the reptile, experts were able to remove the tomato cage from its head. It proved to be difficult, as the cage was located where a gator would usually be snared.

“However, after several tries, we were able to capture this 11′ 2″ male and safely remove the tomato cage,” the UGA Coastal Ecology Lab reported. “Now that he is free, he can safely resume living his best alligator life.”

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It is unclear how the alligator got trapped in the metallic object to begin with. The UGA Coastal Ecology Lab posits that the gator rammed through the tomato cage while swimming through a pipe.

“This is an excellent example of why it is so important to properly dispose of your trash,” the lab said.

“This is just one of many examples where an animal has had complications because of trash that was improperly disposed of.”

Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort expressed gratitude to the wildlife experts who saved the gator on Facebook, and thanked them for “helping our beloved King Arthur!”

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