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Dem strategist delivers stern warning to Fani Willis ahead of Trump hearing

Democratic strategist Karen Finney warned Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to rein herself in and stop doing media interviews ahead of the court hearing Thursday in the Georgia election interference case against former President Trump.

“Fani Willis, I think, has already made herself a character in this saga,” the former Clinton campaign adviser warned during an appearance on CNN Thursday morning.

Willis has been criticized for speaking publicly to the media about the case and defending her past romantic relationship with former prosecutor Nathan Wade.

“She’s got to bring it down and stay focused on doing the job of prosecuting this case,” Finney scolded on CNN. “I wish she would stop doing interviews and really focus on – just prosecute the case and be very serious in the courtroom. No flair, nothing fancy. Just the facts, ma’am.”

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Willis was forced to remove special prosecutor Nathan Wade from the election interference case after it was revealed she had a past romantic relationship with him. Georgia Judge Scott McAfee ordered Willis to recuse herself from the case or remove Wade. 

After Wade resigned from the case, Willis publicly defended her reputation and relationship.

“I don’t feel like my reputation needs to be reclaimed,” Willis told CNN last week after a reporter asked her about it. “I guess my greatest crime is I had a relationship with a man, that’s not something I find embarrassing in any way. And I know that I have not done anything that’s illegal.”

Although the racketeering case was delayed by two months, Willis said her team hasn’t slowed down. 

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“My team’s been continuing to work it… We were still doing the case in the way that it needed to be done,” she said. “I don’t feel like we’ve been slowed down at all. I do think there are efforts to slow down this train, but the train is coming.” 

Finney’s warning to Willis follows Democratic strategist Donna Brazile admitting that Willis showed “bad judgment” in her relationship with Wade.

“I can’t sit in judgment of her as a human being, but I can say, in terms of her role as a public prosecutor, yeah, she showed bad judgment,” Brazile told The New York Times last month.

“She is undergoing public scrutiny — she’s a public official,” Brazile told the media outlet. “Comes with the territory.”

Thursday will be the first hearing in the Georgia election case since McAfee ruled Willis could remain on the case. 

He will hear arguments “concerning a filing by Trump’s attorney arguing that the former president’s charges criminalize his political speech and advocacy that the First Amendment protects, as well as two motions by former Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer,” Fox5 Atlanta reported.

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Fox News’ Brie Stimson and Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.

Disgraced crypto king Sam Bankman-Fried learns his prison sentence

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Thursday. 

Prosecutors sought a 40- to 50-year sentence for the disgraced crypto king. Bankman-Fried’s defense team will appeal the conviction and sentencing.

His parents, Barbara and Joseph Bankman-Fried, were present in the courtroom. 

Bankman-Fried, 32, was found guilty in November on two counts of wire fraud and five counts of conspiracy following the collapse of his crypto empire FTX in November 2022, which has been compared to Enron. The exchange had merged assets with sister hedge fund Alameda Research amid cash problems, leading waves of customers to withdraw funds. Bankman-Fried was indicted the next month.

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By comparison, disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is serving an 11-year sentence, but faced as much as 80 years in prison. Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years and died in prison.

Bankman-Fried, who capitalized on a rise in bitcoin and at one point accumulated an estimated $26 billion fortune, is also expected to be ordered to pay restitution.

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Bitcoin, which accounted for much of Bankman-Fried’s net worth, fell as low as $15,000 and has since rebounded to the $70,000-plus level, following the approval of a bitcoin ETF by the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year.

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It’s unclear how the rebound in crypto, if at all, will play out in providing restitution to his victims.

Legendary college football coach Nick Saban unveils major lifestyle changes since retiring

Nick Saban has maintained a busy schedule for the past few decades. But earlier this year, the seven-time college football national champion decided to step away from the sidelines.

Shortly after Saban’s retirement, Alabama announced that Kalen DeBoer would leave the Washington Huskies and take the head coaching role in Tusccaloossa. Saban is expected to remain involved in Alabama’s football program in a “supportive” capacity. But, his schedule will certainly no longer be completely filled with the responsibilities that come with being a head coach.

“I want to bring the least amount of attention to me being around here as possible,” Saban told ESPN. “So I want to be supportive. I want to be helpful, but I don’t want to be looking over anybody’s shoulder.”

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Saban will also step into his new role as a panelist on ESPN’s “College GameDay” later this year. But for now, he appears to be enjoying his more laid back lifestyle.

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He recently opened up about the biggest adjustments he’s faced since he stopped coaching.

“The biggest change for me as a person is that I lived my whole life for the last 50 years being in a hurry,” Saban told ESPN. “It was, ‘Hurry up to go here. Hurry up to go there. Don’t be late for this meeting. You’ve got another meeting in an hour. What are you going to say to the staff? What are you going to say to the team?’”

Saban added that when he was leading football programs, it was difficult for him to relax even when he was on vacation.

“I mean, it was just deadline after deadline after deadline. Even when I was driving to the lake to go on vacation, I’d be in a hurry, and for what? But that’s just how you were built.”

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But, Saban seems to be finding ways to unplug during his newfound downtime.

“He’s actually texting and reading his own emails and sent his first-ever email,” Saban’s wife Terry told ESPN. “He even took his first trip to the pharmacy to pick up his first prescription. He’s actually quite proud of himself.”

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Biden’s unexpected campaign boost has changed 2024 election

Polling can only tell us so much. It captures a moment in time that can be sustainable or utterly fleeting. It can also be wrong or, as we saw in the 2016 election, capture the most remote possibility. 

That said, it remains an integral data point when it comes to how we view the state of the race and there’s no question that we’re seeing a shift in the results of the presidential contest since the State of the Union.  

I know as well as anyone that typically the State of the Union (SOTU) speech doesn’t have much of an effect. It’s a great opportunity for the president to garner attention and galvanize his base both in the room and at home. But there isn’t often a sustained change in the race. Some good coverage the night of and a little bump that disappears in a couple of days, at best.  

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Not so for President Biden, though. The three weeks since the SOTU have seen demonstrable poll gains, multiple huge cash infusions, and a preview of the campaign that’s to come – and people like it. 

Prior to the SOTU, the coverage of positive polls for former President Donald Trump and concerned essays from Democrats about Biden’s age was near breathless. In particular, the New York Times/Sienna survey, which found Trump gaining considerable ground with Black, GenZ, and female voters was a topic of widespread interest and Ezra Klein’s piece calling on Biden to step down a “hero” dominated the cycle.  

Today, we have seen 12 national polls since the SOTU that have Biden leading Trump and, for the first time in seven months, Biden was up one in the Economist polling average. Now they are in a dead heat. Even in surveys that have been heavily leaning towards Trump throughout the contest, Biden is gaining ground. For instance, in the latest Harvard/Harris poll Biden is down 51% to 49% and has gained two points while Trump has lost two.  

In the race for the battleground states – which we know decides the race! – Biden is finally seeing some good news. The newly released Bloomberg/Morning Consult swing state survey signals a potential Biden comeback.  

The polls show Biden with a one-point lead in Wisconsin and tied with Trump in Pennsylvania and Michigan, a sign that the “Blue Wall” any Democrat needs to win is coming around to him. He’s within the margin of error in Nevada and while still trailing outside the margin of error in Arizona and North Carolina, he’s still gaining. The only state where Trump’s lead grew was in Georgia. 

While we all wish that it didn’t cost billions of dollars to win a presidential election, the reality is that it does. And Biden is blowing Trump out of the water when it comes to cash.  

In the 24 hours after the SOTU, Biden was able to raise an unprecedented $10 million, a sign of how well the speech played with Americans. And the FEC filings for February reveal that Biden raised nearly double what Trump brought in for the month and finished with $71 million cash on hand as compared to $33.5 million for Trump. The Democratic National Committee is also routing the Republican National Committee with $26.5 million to $11.3 million cash on hand. 

In short, when it comes to money, I’d rather be Biden than Trump. 

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We are getting a taste of what Biden’s campaign will look like, and it’s much higher energy than expected. In just the last week, the president visited five cities and, after his trip to North Carolina on Tuesday, will have visited all the swing states since the SOTU. Hardly the “basement campaign” Biden’s detractors were previewing.  

At the same time, Trump has been spending most of his time in South Florida and in various courtrooms complaining about the unfair hand he’s being dealt by the justice system. He had an appearance at a rally in Ohio last week for the newly minted Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, but beyond that his campaign doesn’t even have any events listed.  

Lastly, it’s important to note that as far as the results from the primaries go, Trump rolled through and was able to notch some wins, but major warning signs persist. On Super Tuesday, for instance, a majority of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s voters said they were voting against Trump rather than for Haley, and she won moderate voters by a 2-to-1 margin. While only 20% of the GOP electorate, in close races, like 2020, they can make all the difference. The GOP is far from unified.  

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I’m not naïve enough to think that it’s going to be smooth sailing for Biden. Or that there aren’t millions of Americans that are open to Trump and are buying into his victimhood campaign.  

But the facts on the ground are changing and even the most sober look at Biden’s positioning shows that he’s gaining and had a very good few weeks.  

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Mexico’s president uses deadly bridge collapse to slam how migrants are ‘treated’ in US

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore shows that “migrants go out and do risky jobs at midnight” and as a result they “do not deserve to be treated as they are by certain insensitive, irresponsible politicians in the United States.” 

López Obrador made the remark as Maryland State Police identified one of the two bodies removed from the Patapsco River on Wednesday as 35-year-old Alejandro Hernández Fuentes, originally from Mexico. 

“Based upon the conditions, we’re now moving from a recovery mode to a salvage operation because of the superstructure surrounding what we believe are the vehicles and the amount of concrete and debris; divers are no longer able to safely navigate or operate around that in the areas around this wreckage,” Col. Roland L. Butler Jr., superintendent of Maryland State Police, said during a press conference Wednesday night. 

Guatemalan Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, 26, was identified by Butler as the other body removed from the water. Divers had found a red pickup truck submerged under approximately 25 feet of water in the middle span of the bridge and discovered the two bodies trapped inside. 

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Four other construction workers are presumed dead following Tuesday’s disaster, in which the cargo ship Dali slammed into one of the bridge’s pillars in the early morning hours, causing the span to collapse. They are also from Guatemala and El Salvador. 

Another victim has been identified as 38-year-old Maynor Yassir Suazo Sandoval, who was the youngest of eight siblings from Azacualpa, a rural mountainous area in northwestern Honduras, according to The Associated Press. 

Sandoval left Honduras for the U.S. 18 years ago and entered the country illegally before settling in Maryland and doing any work he could find, including construction and clearing brush, according to the news agency. He then started a package delivery business in the Baltimore-Washington area, his brother Martín Suazo Sandoval said. 

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“He was the fundamental pillar, the bastion so that other members of the family could also travel there and later get visas and everything,” Martín Suazo Sandoval told the AP. “He was really the driving force so that most of the family could travel.” 

Maynor has a wife and two children ages 17 and 5, his brother also said. The coronavirus pandemic forced Maynor to find other work, and he joined Brawner Builders, the company that was performing maintenance on the bridge when it collapsed. 

Martín Suazo Sandoval said Maynor never talked about being scared of the work, despite the heights he worked at on the bridges: “He always told us that you had to triple your effort to get ahead. He said it didn’t matter what time or where the job was, you had to be where the work was.” 

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The Honduran was moving through the steps to get legal residency and planned to return to his home country this year to complete the process, his brother said. 

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Electric vehicle manufacturer slashes prices in last-ditch bid to avoid bankruptcy

California-based electric vehicle startup Fisker slashed the prices of some of its vehicles as it fights to avoid bankruptcy after a potential deal with another automaker fell through. 

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2023 Ocean electric SUV lineup in the U.S., which is equipped with Fisker’s 2024 Ocean OS software version 2.0, fell by tens of thousands of dollars.

Fisker lowered the MSRP for the 2023 Ocean Extreme trim from $61,499 to $37,499, the company said Wednesday. The 2023 Ultra trim will be priced at $34,999, down from $52,999, and the 2023 Sport will be priced at $24,999, down from $38,999, according to the automaker.

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The company said some of its Ocean vehicles have as much as $7,000 worth of additional options that are included in the discounted prices, which will take effect on Friday. 

Fisker said in a statement that it “is strategically positioning the all-electric Ocean SUV to be a more affordable and compelling EV choice, competitively available to EV buyers in the broadest possible market, and constantly improving via frequent Over-the-air (OTA) software updates.” 

Still, industry analysts believe the company could fall victim to bankruptcy. 

“It’s sad to see any company go bankrupt, but we expect to see more of them in the EV space,” Thomas Hayes, chairman at hedge fund Great Hill Capital, told FOX Business. “At the end of the day, it is unclear whether people actually want EVs, or they simply want Teslas.” Hayes said there is a difference because one is a commodity and one – Tesla – is a brand, lifestyle and ideology.

“That said, in the EV space – over time – there will be Tesla and the major incumbent ICE [internal combustion engine] producing OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] left standing, namely those OEMs who continue to choose to – or are forced by governments – to produce EVs,” such as General Motors, he added. 

The news came just days after the New York Stock Exchange announced that it would delist Fisker’s shares, saying that the “stock is no longer suitable for listing based on abnormally low price levels.” 

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According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the unnamed automaker that had been in talks to make a deal with Fisker had terminated negotiations on March 22. 

Since then, Fisker has been forced to evaluate strategic alternatives, which may include in or out of court restructurings and capital markets transactions. 

If Fisker files for bankruptcy, it would be the second auto startup from CEO Henrik Fisker to fail. Fisker Automotive filed for bankruptcy in 2013. 

Former model exposes dark underbelly of adult online industry after finding faith

Nala Ray, an Illinois-born pastor’s child turned OnlyFans model, left the adult industry after a come-to-Jesus moment led her to reconnect with her forgotten faith. 

The content creator was working as an orthopedic surgery scheduler before a man recruited her for the online site in 2020, but despite her popularity as a top 1% earner on OnlyFans (OF), a subscription-based adult website, Nala had a change of heart.

The ones who are glamorizing [this lifestyle] are men trying to run women’s lives and take a percentage out of it, and it’s horrifying. It’s truly horrifying to be a woman and have men take a percentage of you showing your body on the internet. It’s just like having a pimp… It’s truly horrific that it’s being advertised in that manner, but it makes me want to fight all the more to help women understand that this is not where you want to go,” the influencer said.

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She cited that her perspective continued to shift after being baptized.

“I can’t even tell you how much my life has changed since then. Everything in my life has just kind of come to this room where I can now observe it and then be like, OK, so I don’t really want to do this anymore. I knew that this isn’t what God wanted me to do with my life,” she said.

The content creator said that her current partner helped propel her towards change.

“Honestly, it was crazy. He’s actually a devout Christian, he started praying over me and sending me Bible verses and just being so loving in a way that wasn’t romantic,” she continued.

OF has blown up both in its number of creators and consumers since 2020, a reality Nala says is exacerbated by social media.

“It’s playing a really bad role for younger people because it’s just truly putting it up on a pedestal to make you think that you can have this amazing life,” she added.

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While the majority of social media content surrounding OF advertises the potential earnings of its top 1% of creators, which generate 33% of the site’s total revenue, the median income for a model on the site averages to only $180 a month.

While her journey forged through a reconnection with Christ changed the young adult’s trajectory, the OF model’s website still remains with a single post, a matter she says is due to a delay in tax documentation.

I posted a Christian video because I’m waiting on the tax documents and if I don’t have anything in there, they can completely delete the account while I’m waiting on the paperwork. But we’re deleting it, everything’s been wiped off of it,” she stated.

The online starlet has documented her journey back towards religion on TikTok, and while some welcome her new direction with open arms, others remain reluctant to accept the authenticity of her new path.

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The content creator’s baptism video posted last month garnered over 4 million views on TikTok, generating an opposing debate in the comment section.

While some users wrote that the TikToker is “beyond saving,” others stated that they’re “happy to see people choose Jesus.” A comment with over 17K likes said, “If this change is genuine and you’re doing it for you then don’t let anyone hold you back. God forgives all who truly seek him.” 

Another user’s statement with over 18K likes read, “To anyon[e] that says ‘beyond saving’ go open up your Bible and read the Gospels, He can do anything.” 

Nala has been taking her metamorphosis step by step, most recently getting rid of 13 bags worth of “immodest” clothing, and taking down content as she sees fit in accordance to her newfound relationship with God. 

“I’ve taken everything down that I have felt the Lord truly tell me, like, take this down. I’ve taken everything down without a question and been like, I’ll start over if you want me to God, I don’t even care. Like it’s not worth my eternal soul,” she relayed.

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The middle child of five has also reconnected with some of her siblings but remains estranged from her parents.

To those contemplating setting up a profile on the adult website, Nala offered, “There’s a really good chance that something’s going on in your life that is making you look at this like an option.”

She added, “The Bible talks about how sin is pleasurable, like money, getting money is pleasurable. You know, now that you have finances, you can pay for things. It’s super enticing, but man, if I could go back to myself, I would hug myself so tight and look her in the eyes and shake her and just be like, please don’t make this decision. I’d tell her how worth it she is to this world, [and] how special she is to this world.”

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Stanford student sparks outrage with shocking statement against Biden

Theo Baker, a student at Stanford University, revealed that the debate on campus over the Israel-Hamas war has become extremely hostile, with some students even calling for the death of President Biden

“One of the section leaders for my computer-science class, Hamza El Boudali, believes that President Joe Biden should be killed,” Baker wrote in an Atlantic article published Tuesday. “I’m not calling for a civilian to do it, but I think a military should,’ the 23-year-old Stanford University student told a small group of protesters last month.” 

“I’d be happy if Biden was dead,” the student allegedly said. 

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“I’m not calling for a vigilante to do it,” El Boudali said, “but I’m saying he is guilty of mass murder and should be treated in the same way that a terrorist with darker skin would be (and we all know terrorists with dark skin are typically bombed and drone striked by American planes).” 

“He thinks that Stanford is complicit in what he calls the genocide of Palestinians, and that Biden is not only complicit but responsible for it,” Baker wrote of El Boudali.

“El Boudali has also said that he believes that Hamas’s October 7 attack was a justifiable act of resistance, and that he would actually prefer Hamas rule America in place of its current government (though he clarified later that he ‘doesn’t mean Hamas is perfect’). When you ask him what his cause is, he answers: ‘Peace.'”

Stanford is one of many elite universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia, where the student bodies have become deeply divided over the Israel-Hamas war and over support for Israel. The clash between pro-Palestianian and pro-Israel supporters on campus has gained national cultural significance, with director Steven Spielberg recently saying at an event that the “machinery of extremism is being used on college campuses” to spread hate. 

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Baker argued that “extremism” on the issue has made it “normal for students to be harassed and intimidated for their faith, heritage, or appearance.” On both sides, students “have been called perpetrators of genocide for wearing kippahs, and accused of supporting terrorism for wearing keffiyehs,” he explained. 

Sometimes, adults not affiliated with Stanford will come onto campus and join in yelling and shouting matches between students, Baker wrote. 

Baker shared anecdotes of activists yelling “Go back to Brooklyn!” at Jewish students during an event focusing on “ameliorating anti-Semitism.” 

“One protester, who emerged as the leader of the group, said that she and her compatriots would ‘take all of your places and ensure Israel falls,'” Baker wrote. 

A Stanford University spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement that the school “is committed to an educational environment in which Jewish students and all students can thrive and fully participate in the offerings of the university in an atmosphere free of harassment and discrimination.” 

“We stand against antisemitism, anti-Muslim bias, and all forms of hatred,” the statement reads. 

“We remain committed to providing for the physical safety of all students; to providing reporting mechanisms, appropriate enforcement, and student support resources in cases of unlawful conduct; and to encouraging a campus culture in which the constitutionally protected expression of divergent viewpoints is welcomed yet our discourse is reasoned and evidence-based,” the spokesperson said. “This reasoned dialogue is occurring in many places, and our classes and university activities are continuing.” 

An unverified X account with the same name as El Boudali criticized Baker’s article on Tuesday.

“You portray me as an extremist in your piece,” El Boudali asked Baker. “Here’s a question: what’s so extreme about being happy if a genocidal maniac dies? Would you have been happy to hear the news of Hitler dying in 1945? Or Bin Laden in 2011? If you say yes, then you’re an extremist, apparently.”

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El Boudali told Fox News Digital over email that he believed the story took his words out of context. 

“The quotes are taken out of context and cherry picked, so the meaning is inaccurate,” he wrote. “There are also lies of omission.”

Woman rushed to hospital for life-saving procedure after eating popular crunchy snack

A South American woman was rushed to a hospital after a nefarious object made its way into her bag of pork rinds.

Peru resident Celia Tello, 68, was enjoying a snack in February when she felt something sharp hit her throat, according to Reuters.

The woman soon fell ill and began vomiting blood. After being taken to an emergency room, doctors discovered that the nail was piercing one of her carotid arteries – which help supply oxygen and blood to the brain. 

Tello thought the mysterious object was a bone, but it turned out to be even more unusual: a nail.

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“It never crossed my mind I had this nail or piece of wire,” Tello told Reuters in Spanish.

Surgeon Diego Cuipal explained that a “careful dissection” was done to safely remove the nail from her body. There was a risk of “detaching a clot that could reach the brain,” but doctors conducted the surgery successfully.

“We were able to isolate the affected artery and we repaired it by sectioning it and we joined a healthy artery with another healthy artery,” Cuipal said in Spanish.

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Tello’s x-ray images showed the nail protruding into her throat. The woman, who now has a neck scar, has healed since then.

It is rare for dangerous objects to make their way into food, but similar incidents have occurred. In 2018, a Burger King customer found a fingernail in his burger – and accidentally ate it.

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“It was crunchy man,” Anek said to FOX 8. “I threw up three times.”

A year later, a Chipotle customer in Massachusetts bit into his burrito and allegedly hit a nail, which he said chipped his tooth.

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Fox News Digital reached out to Tello for a statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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