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WATCH: Governor leaves wake for slain NYPD officer after tense confrontation

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul appeared to leave the wake of slain New York City Police Officer Jonathan Diller just minutes after arriving at the funeral home on Friday afternoon, video showed. 

Video showed the governor speaking with a man outside the Massapequa Funeral Home on Long Island, then turning around and heading out. Clapping could be heard as she left. 

The incident came a day after the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association President Vincent Vallelong said in a letter to union members, “I’m sure that many elected officials will attend PO Diller’s funeral, shed a few crocodile tears, and prominently seat themselves for a good photo opportunity. The sad reality is we don’t want them there.”

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“Their presence is more than a distraction,” Vallelong continued. “It is a stain on the legacy of a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the scores of dedicated and committed public servants who will carry on his mission despite their constant criticism, cynicism, negativity, and frivolous accusations.”

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Former President Trump attended Diller’s wake on Thursday, saying, “The Diller family will never be the same – you can never be the same, and we have to stop it. We have to get back to law and order.”

Vallelong said he found it infuriating to see city politicians who have supported movements to “defund” police and let criminals out of jail posting politically motivated condolences on social media.

Diller was fatally shot on Monday during a traffic stop in Queens after a man with 21 prior arrests allegedly shot him in the stomach as Diller was trying to get the suspect, Guy Rivera, 34, to exit the vehicle. Rivera opened fire on Diller and his partner at about 5:45 p.m. Monday. The officers approached the vehicle because it was illegally parked at a bus stop. 

Diller was 31 years old and lived in Massapequa Park with his wife and nearly 1-year-old son, Fox News Digital previously reported. He had served three years with the NYPD before his death. 

Rivera, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was injured when the officers returned fire. He was charged with first degree murder of a police officer, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the case, police announced this week. 

Another man who was in the vehicle at the time of Diller’s death, Lindy Jones, was also charged following the death, including for criminal possession of a weapon and defacing a weapon.

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Fox News Digital has reached out to the governor’s office and the Sergeants Benevolent Association. 

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Emma Colton contributed to this report. 

At least 6 passengers rushed to hospital after United Airlines flight diverted to New York

At least six people on a United Airlines flight bound for New Jersey were hospitalized when the plane was diverted Friday to an upstate New York airport because of high winds and a sick passenger, officials said. 

United Airlines flight 85 landed safely at New York Stewart International Airport in New Windsor around 6:45 p.m. after high winds were reported at Newark Liberty International Airport, a United statement to Fox News Digital stated. 

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The plane originally departed from Tel Aviv, Israel, the Federal Aviation Administration told Fox News Digital. 

Twenty-five EMTs and paramedics responded to the New Windsor airport after the plane experienced turbulence, New Windsor EMS said in a social media post. 

However, a United spokesperson told Fox News Digital that there was no “extreme turbulence.”

“One passenger deplaned due to a medical incident, and a few other customers were seen by medical personnel for possible motion sickness,” United said. “The flight refueled and continued to Newark tonight.”

Of the 310 passengers and crew on board, some were treated for minor ailments and six were taken to local hospitals. 

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The FAA is investigating the incident. 

Florida golfer captures terrifying alligator sighting: ‘Never seen anything like this’

A man was recently playing a game of golf when he encountered an alligator that had a turtle trapped in its jaws.

Casey Yabrough was on the 14th hole at a golf course in Naples, Florida, when he heard something unexpected.  

“We heard a loud sound, like a gun went off,” Yarbrough told FOX 35 on Monday. 

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It wasn’t until he approached the next hole that he learned the source of the sound. 

Yarbrough saw what looked like a 14-foot-long alligator with something large in its mouth, Fox 35 reported.

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The massive alligator had its jaws around a large turtle that Yarbrough estimated to weigh about 50 pounds, according to the station.

Yarbrough said that the rattling he heard was the sound of the alligators’ jaws cracking through the turtle’s shell.

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Yarbrough was apparently stunned after witnessing this event.

“I’ve been playing golf for almost 50 years and have never seen anything like this before,” he told Fox 35.

An alligator making a meal out of a turtle is not out of the ordinary, because turtles are common prey for large reptiles to feed on, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Adult alligators are known for being “opportunistic feeders,” according to the FWC’s website.

They will eat turtles, snakes, small mammals, birds, fish and sometimes smaller alligators.

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A woman in Florida recently captured several images of a large alligator devouring a smaller version of itself.

She said the moment left her “creeped out,” but she went on with her run, being sure to warn others about the gator that was lurking around the bend.

The FWC has a variety of safety tools and tips on its website for those who find themselves in the presence of a nuisance alligator.

“Alligators less than 4 feet in length are not large enough to be dangerous to people or pets, unless handled,” says the FWC’s website. 

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“You should never handle an alligator, even a small one, because alligator bites can result in serious infection and it’s illegal.” 

It also says, “If there’s an alligator under 4 feet in your swimming pool, on your porch or in a similar situation, call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).”

Fox News Digital reached out to the FWC and Casey Yarbrough for comment.

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Volunteers searching for autistic teen forced to make impossible choice after threats

The search for missing Tennessee teenager Sebastian Rogers has taken another twist with the volunteer force looking for the 15-year-old boy with autism claiming its members have received threats – forcing them to scale back their search efforts. 

United Cajun Navy, a non-profit search and rescue group, announced Friday that it had called off its search for the day due to “increasing security concerns” surrounding its operations to find Rogers, who has been missing for more than a month since he left his bedroom in Hendersonville barefoot and with a flashlight.

“Today’s search for Sebastian Rogers has been called off. Due to increasing security concerns and with the upcoming Easter holiday, the decision has been made as of this morning to pull back and regroup,” the group posted to Facebook. “This decision was not taken lightly [and was] made with the safety of all volunteers in mind. We want to thank all the volunteers that planned to be out searching today.”

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The post did not go into detail about the threats, but Brian Trascher, the vice-president of the United Cajun Navy, tells Fox News Digital that two of the group’s members have received threats. 

Trascher says that a male volunteer was confronted by a man in a hotel parking lot and intimidated him.

A female volunteer, Trascher says, was also threatened over the phone by another man, a recording of which he shared with Fox News Digital.

In the tape, the man calls up the female volunteer and accuses the woman and another volunteer of driving onto his property and drawing a crowd. He says that he contacted the sheriff’s office about the incident. 

“We are letting the community know about you,” the man says, claiming he was making the call to make sure the group aren’t doing anything illegal. “You guys are just out of control and we as a community are going to make sure you guys get out of here.”

The female volunteer goes on to say that the person who she was with in the car is a local and that the vehicle in question was trying to turn around at the time. She said that she even tried phoning the man ahead of time for guidance on where to park. 

Trascher says that the incidents have raised safety concerns for his team, resulting in the public search being called off. They will continue searching for Rogers privately but won’t be disclosing the search locations. 

Fox News Digital reached out to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office but did not receive a response. 

The incident is the latest twist in the puzzling case. 

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office issued an Amber Alert for Sebastian last month after he was last seen in the area of Stafford Court.

Sebastian’s mother, Katie Proudfoot, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning that the family do not know where he is.

“Honestly, we don’t know where he is… We haven’t found any substantial evidence to locate where he’s been or where we went,” Proudfoot said. That’s why we’re pleading for help.”

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Katie said she overheard noise coming from Sebastian’s room on the evening of Feb. 25 and told him to keep it down. The next morning, he was gone.

Following the teenager’s disappearance, Katie drove about three hours away from home to meet up with her husband and Sebastian’s stepfather, Chris Proudfoot, prompting some to wonder why she would travel so far from the area where her son was last seen.

“We are posting fliers every direction we can. But at the same time, there were quite a bit of people that were sending some very threatening and hateful messages to us. They’re following us. They’re driving past our house at all hours of the day or night, disturbing the neighborhood, and the neighborhood is very upset and concerned. They’re worried about their safety at this point,” Katie said, adding that she felt that leaving the neighborhood would help calm things down.

Seth Rogers, Sebastian’s father, told WSMV that he is searching the Natchez Trace State Park in West Tennessee, because he fears his son may have been “dropped off” there, but he did not specify why he thought so.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is encouraging Hendersonville locals to “to check their property, their outbuildings, under decks, inside boats or cars …anywhere a teen may be able to hide.” First responders covered about 2,000 total miles within the first few days of their search for the missing 15-year-old, according to the agency.

“At this stage in the investigation, there are few clues to indicate what happened to Sebastian, or where he may be,” the FBI said in a March 22 update. “There is no proof at this time that there is any criminal element involved in his disappearance. But also, there is not any proof that there is not a criminal element involved. So agents and investigators are reviewing any possibility at all that may indicate where Sebastian is.”

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Sebastian is described as a white male, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 120 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants and glasses.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Sumner County Emergency Communications Center at 615-451-3838 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

Experts slam federal judge for ‘inappropriate’ comments about Trump amid hush money case

A federal judge from Washington, D.C., is facing criticism for what experts are calling “inappropriate” comments about former President Trump in a media interview as Trump faces a federal trial in the judge’s district. 

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton for the District of Columbia appeared in an interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Thursday after Trump criticized the daughter of New York Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the hush money case scheduled to go to trial April 15. 

Walton, in a rare media appearance for a sitting judge, sat for the interview Thursday and criticized Trump’s comments, calling them “very disconcerting.”

But legal experts tell Fox News Digital that Walton’s comments were “inappropriate” because Trump is a defendant in Walton’s district in a separate case brought by special counsel Jack Smith’s case.

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“Judge Reggie Walton is a sitting federal judge in a district where Donald Trump is currently a criminal defendant with an active case. He should not be publicly commenting in media interviews on anything related to him, full stop,” said Kerri Kupec Urbhan, former counselor to Attorney General Bill Barr and Fox News legal editor.

“This is yet another example of a lack of regard for the appearance of fairness when it comes to Donald Trump, which, whether you like Trump or not, flies in the face of what judges and the justice system are supposed to be about.”

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Merchan this week imposed a gag order on the former president and 2024 GOP presumptive nominee ahead of the trial next month. In a Truth Social post Thursday, Trump referenced the judge’s daughter by name and called her a “Rabid Trump Hater” for her associations with a firm that’s consulted Democratic candidates and causes, suggesting that “totally compromised” her father and calling for his removal from the case. 

Merchan issued the gag order against Trump Tuesday, pointing to his “prior extrajudicial statements,” saying they establish “a sufficient risk to the administration of justice.” 

Merchan ordered that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about witnesses concerning their potential participation or about counsel in the case — other than Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — or about court staff, DA staff or family members of staff.

Trump also referred to a Twitter account formerly owned by Merchan’s daughter that features a picture of Trump behind prison bars as the profile image. 

Walton, who has also presided over Jan. 6, 2021, cases in his district, told CNN he was “concerned” about Trump’s comments. 

“We have had judges who’ve lost their lives or family members who’ve lost their lives as a result of individuals who have been litigants in their courtroom. And I think it’s important in order to preserve our democracy that we maintain the rule of law,” he said.

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“The rule of law can only be maintained if we have independent judicial officers … and that the law is applied equally to everyone who appears in our courthouse.

“I think it’s important that, as judges, we speak out and say things and reference to things that conceivably are going to impact on the process, because if we don’t have a viable court system, we have tyranny.” 

Walton’s office declined to comment when reached by Fox News Digital.

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John Shu, a constitutional attorney who served in both Bush administrations, told Fox News Digital Walton’s comments were “unseemly.” 

“It’s unseemly for Judge Walton to publicly discuss Trump or a Trump case, regardless of which one, because one of Trump’s active criminal cases is in Judge Walton’s court, the federal district court in D.C.,” he said. 

Shu added that “it seems that the interviewer wrongly conflated Trump’s harsh social media critiques about Judge Merchan and his daughter – which probably fall within First Amendment protections – and the awful, actual threats that Judge Walton and his family faced, which are considered criminal behavior and thus not protected speech.”

“Just like the awful, actual threats that Justices Alito, Coney Barrett, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Roberts and Thomas and their respective families had to deal with after the Dobbs draft opinion leak,” Shu noted. 

Following the leak of the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court opinion, which eventually overturned Roe v. Wade, crowds of protesters swarmed the homes of several of the justices in the majority opinion for several days. One man was charged with plotting an assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Carrie Severino, the president of Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) and former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, said ensuring the safety of judges and their families is critical for the rule of law. 

But, she said, “it’s surprising that some of the people who have praised Judge Walton for his comments weren’t speaking out when there was an attempted assassination of Justice Kavanaugh, or when left-wing groups doxxed six of the justices and illegally protested at their homes after the Dobbs opinion leaked.”

Merchan announced Monday that the trial will begin April 15. 

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Duke advances to Elite Eight with win over No. 1 seed Houston

Duke men’s basketball is back in the Elite Eight after outlasting a physical Houston with a 54-51 win in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Friday night. 

Houston’s top-ranked defense kept Duke at bay in the first half, but the Cougars suffered a tough blow when All-American guard Jamal Shead went down with an apparent foot injury while driving towards the basket with just a little over six minutes left in the half. 

After remaining on the ground visibly in pain, Shead was helped up and eventually walked back to the locker room. 

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According to reports, his X-rays came back negative, and he was diagnosed with a severely sprained right ankle. He would remain on the sidelines for the rest of the game. 

But without Shead, Duke managed to pull away in the second half. 

Kyle Filipowski had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the charge, but Jeremy Roach’s 14 second-half points kept the momentum going. 

“I’m really proud of these guys and really proud of the game tonight – that was a big time college basketball game,” Duke head coach Jon Scheyer said after the game. 

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Scheyer went on to compliment Houston’s fortitude despite the loss of Shead, and made a point to silence any criticisms about Duke’s own toughness after a loss to Tennessee in the second round last year. 

“Look, we started four freshmen last year,” he began, “I think for us, some of the criticism about toughness or whatever – try being at Duke as a freshman or sophomore and battling your ass off in the tournament, and then talk to me about being tough.” 

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Duke now moves on to face Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina State for a spot in the Final Four.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Liberal comedian blasts ‘dangerous’ Squad: ‘I think they’re cons’

Comedian and pro-Israel advocate Michael Rapaport shredded what the modern Democratic Party has become and explained why he is increasingly considering voting for Trump in a new interview.

As part of a series about the Israel-Hamas conflict that rages in the Middle East, an interviewer from Visegrad24 spoke to Rapaport on the shores of an Israeli beach and asked, “Have your political views shifted? You’ve been a very vocal anti-Trump – probably the most vocal anti-Trump celebrity out there. Have your views shifted? I mean, a lot of Israelis are very supportive of Donald Trump, right?”

Rapaport explained that his views have radically shifted toward the former president, particularly amid the war in Gaza.

“In all honesty, I have educated myself so much since 2016, and I have a ways to go. My political views have changed immensely and they’re changing at a rapid pace,” he said. “I will not vote for Joe Biden. I do not support anybody from The Squad, I think they’re totally full of s—, I think they’re dangerous, I think they’re race hustlers, I think they’re cons, I think inevitably they want to get themselves production deals to produce documentaries, I think they’re three-card monte-playing bulls— artists, I think they totally have an agenda.”

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He also reiterated a claim he has made in the past, “I have said, you know, not to go down the rabbit hole – that at this point, when we’re doing this interview, voting for Trump is on the table.” 

Rapaport explained that when people question him about this, he can cite concrete reasons that stem from modern political realities.

“People are like ‘What are you talking about?’ That’s my reality, that is my reality. I will not support anybody who’s anti-Israel,” adding he is also against anybody who is against “making America safe.”

He also juxtaposed America’s open border with strict airport security.

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The actor also declared, “I’m not supporting anybody that is cool with the fact that it takes me 2 and a half hours to get back into America from Toronto,” due to passport control, “as it should,” while on the other hand, “it takes you two minutes to cross the border, I’m not down with that s—t.”

Rapaport also referred to a viral video he filmed where a man appeared to shoplift bags full of items from a Rite-Aid in New York, slamming the idea that somebody can nonchalantly steal and then calmly exit, “walking like you’re on a beautiful spring day walk.”

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He concluded, “I’m not down with any of that s—, so any of these people that support it, I’m not voting for them. So, yes, my political views have changed a lot. I’m voting with my money, and I’m voting with Israel. I’m not getting caught up or suckered into these race politics or any of that bulls— anymore. Yeah, they have changed, and they’re going to continue to change and evolve. It’s a crazy time in American politics.”

Accused shoplifter says she was playing game when caught with stolen goods

A Florida woman bragged to police officers after she played a game to steal a cartful of merchandise from Walmart.

The Flager County Sheriff’s Office released body camera footage of their interaction with 30-year-old Amber McCann at a Walmart store in Palm Coast, Florida on Monday, March 25.

“We’re doing an investigation right now,” an officer is heard telling McCann in the Walmart parking lot. “Apparently someone walked out with…”

“A cart? Yeah, that’s me,” McCann is heard telling the officer.

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McCann told police that she was playing a game called “21,” which involves a person grabbing as much merchandise as they can from a store and walking out without paying — while trying not to get caught.

“It was a game I was playing,” McCann said. “It’s really, really fun!”

“Well it’s not a game, it’s theft,” a police officer told her. “Okay, going to jail is fun.”

She claimed that she placed that merchandise in a “random” car and then left when she noticed police in the area.

After McCann was taken into custody, she admitted to police that the car had not been random, but belonged to her boyfriend.

“My boyfriend doesn’t know that I steal. And he doesn’t know that I put all this sh– in the car, neither,” McCann said. “So I’m going to be really in trouble with him, but that’s the thing.”

When removing approximately $1,030 in stolen goods from her boyfriend’s vehicle, authorities discovered illegal drugs in her car.

Police said that they found a digital scale, hashish, a glass pipe with burnt residue, and empty bags of marijuana, methamphetamine and alprazolam.

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Inside a locked safe, deputies found several 1-ounce silver bars and rounds, copper bars, and a 1-gram platinum bar.

McCann was arrested and faces charges of grand theft, marijuana possession, hashish possession, alprazolam possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking in methamphetamine. 

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She is being held in the Flagler County Jail on bond of $34,000.

Costco shoppers are going wild for popular cake that’s back on shelves

Costco fans in the United Kingdom were excited to see the company’s round chocolate nest cake had returned to some stores ahead of Easter weekend

The cake looks like a bird’s nest made out of chocolate flakes, with colored chocolate eggs nestled in the middle, according to a photo posted on social media. 

“Giant Choc Nest Cakes are back at Costco!!” user Newfoodsuk posted on Facebook Friday with starry and heart-eyed emojis. 

“Wow, Choco heaven,” one commentator wrote. “I’d give it a try.” 

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Another wrote, “Tastes amazing got one for my baby shower last week and the whole thing got dimolished [sic] in no time – [definitely] recommended.” 

Another person said they had already bought one the same morning, posting their own photo of the chocolaty treat. 

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“I need this when u [sic] go [to] cosco [sic] tomorrow please x,” a fourth person wrote. 

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A fifth added, “They were doing tasters of this in store yesterday…yum.” 

Newfoodsuk’s post got more than 400 likes. 

The user last posted about the treat, which appeared to retail in the U.K. for £11.99 (just over $15 U.S.), in March 2021, writing at the time: “These look delicious!” 

Costco sells many of its own food products through its Seattle-based Kirkland Brand. 

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FOX Business has reached out to Costco to find out if the cake is available at stores in the United States. 

Costco’s bakery is accessible to those who buy a membership with the wholesaler, which starts at around $60 annually in the U.S.