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Alleged squatters pull Shake Shack receipt as proof they occupy nearly $1M home

Two alleged squatters attempting to oust the legal property owners of a New York duplex included a fast food receipt as part of their evidence that they legally lived in the residence, according to court filings.

Denis Kurlyand and Juliya Fulman bought the Queens property several years ago through an LLC, Lakewood Queens Property, and invested $530,000 in it. But in early March, Top Nest Properties broker Ejona Bardhi Shyti told the couple two squatters had moved in, changed the locks and refused to leave, the Daily Mail reported.

“This is an abuse of the system and real tenant right,” Rizpah Morrow, Kurlyand and Fulman’s attorney, told the Daily Mail. “Now we are waiting until April 5 for a resolution.”

The two alleged squatters, Lance Hunt Jr. and Rondie L. Francis, brought mattresses and luxury items into the Queens duplex, including a massage table and flat screen television, according to the Daily Mail. They quickly claimed the property was legally theirs and on March 14 sued Lakewood Queens Property and Shyti to prove their rights to the unit and for damages.

The property, located in the Jamaica neighborhood, is listed for nearly $930,000 dollars, according to Zillow.

Hunt and Francis submitted a residential lease agreement, utility bills and mail addressed to them at the duplex, along with a $25.27 Shake Shack receipt delivered through Uber Eats to the Queens address on Jan. 15, 2024, as proof of legal residency. They also claimed that they had paid $4,000 for the security deposit and $2,000 for the first month’s rent, according to the legal filing. 

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The alleged squatters in the suit also claimed that, with the help of the police, they were “illegally and unlawfully forced” out of the premises and found the front door locks were changed.

But Kurlyand told the New York Post on Sunday that the alleged squatters provided counterfeit documents. 

“Everything they’re presenting is fraudulent,” Kurlyand told the Post. Fulman said the documents were “clearly photoshopped.”

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Squatters and tenants’ rights laws vary across the country. In some states where laws make it difficult for police to intervene, including New York, homeowners and landlords are left with few options to reclaim their property. Many victims are forced to submit to costly and lengthy civil processes. 

“The system is what failed us and that is why we are now in court having to pay attorney fees just to deal with these squatters,” Shyti told the Daily Mail. “Enough is enough. It’s time for the homeowners to fight back.”

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Dennis Harris, the alleged squatters’ attorney, told the Daily Mail that his clients provided ample documentation. 

“They showed me a rental application, a lease, text messages and correspondence,” Harris said. “They showed me enough for me to believe they were living there.”

“Is it possible that this is a big scam? Certainly anything is possible, but I don’t believe it,” he continued. “If there is a scam, they may have been scammed by someone else pretending to be the landlord.”

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An emergency lockout hearing was scheduled on March 22, and the next court date is April 5, the Daily Mail reported. 

Morrow did not respond to requests for comment. Harris declined to comment without his clients’ consent and pointed Fox News to the court filing. Fulman also declined to comment. 

WATCH: Diddy raid surveillance video released as mogul’s sons hire notorious mob lawyer

Dramatic home surveillance video from one of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ mansions shows federal investigators in tactical gear rushing into the luxe manor and escorting his sons out as they served one of two search warrants on the mogul’s properties last week. 

Misa Hylton, Combs’ ex and the mother of two of his children, shared an edited video showing a portion of the raid on her Instagram Tuesday and revealed her sons had retained the high-powered lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, who previously represented figures who included cartel lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and John Gotti Jr.

“Did Justin need several laser beams from firearms pointed at his chest?? Did Christian need a gun pointed at the back of his head while he was handcuffed??” she wrote.

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Lichtman would be investigating the use of force in the raid, she said.

“The over zealous and overtly militarized force used against my sons Justin and Christian is deplorable,” Hylton wrote. “If these were the sons of a non-Black celebrity, they would not have been handled with the same aggression.”

The edited video shows armored vehicles carrying officers in tactical gear arriving at the home and entering the compound. One officer can be seen knocking a surveillance camera off of its mount. Others swarm inside, detaining individuals, two of whom Hylton identified as the sons she shares with Combs, Justin and Christian.

Derrick Parker, a former member of the NYPD’s rap intelligence unit, said allegations in recent civil suits referenced gun possession and narcotics, prompting federal agents to take protective measures when raiding Combs’ properties.

“Once they had information that there were probably weapons in the house, and the drugs, that had to be careful,” he told Fox News on Friday. “They mounted a SWAT team to go in and take care of that safely.”

Hylton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“My son’s Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman is investigating the excessive use of force which was unnecessary and certainly not required by this search warrant,” Hylton added.

Combs’ team declined to comment on the Instagram post.

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The raid came as part of a federal sex-trafficking probe into Combs, who has denied similar allegations in a series of recent lawsuits.

Lichtman did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment.

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But he “liked” Hylton’s post of the video and in a post of his own, he confirmed that he would be representing at least one of Combs’ sons and called the search warrants “over the top.” At time of publication, it had been viewed almost 600,000 times.

“The government rarely fights fair when they have a major target in its sights, and they certainly haven’t played fair in Diddy’s case thus far,” he wrote.

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Combs’ ex-girlfriend, Casandra Ventura, better known as the R&B singer Cassie, sued him in November, alleging rape and other abuse.

They settled a day later without the billionaire Combs admitting wrongdoing.

However, since then, at least four other accusers filed lawsuits against the billionaire, including three women and a male music producer, Lil Rod, whose real name is Rodney Jones.

Despite the federal investigation, Combs has not been charged with a crime and denied all accusations of wrongdoing. 

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He has characterized the accusations as an attempt at collecting cash.

“Lil Rod (Rodney Jones) is nothing more than a liar who filed a $30 million lawsuit shamelessly looking for an undeserved payday,” Combs’ lawyer, Shawn Holley, previously told Fox News Digital. “His reckless name-dropping about events that are pure fiction and simply did not happen is nothing more than a transparent attempt to garner headlines.”

Homeland Security investigations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Strange rock uncovered during sea search turns out to be historically significant

Italian archaeologists discovered a “practically intact” metal battle helmet during a recent search in the Ionian Sea.

The Superintendence of the Sea (SopMare), a Sicilian governmental organization responsible for protecting ancient artifacts in sea waters, announced the discovery on Thursday. The object was found in waters outside Vendicari, a small island on Sicily’s southeast coast.

In a Facebook post translated to English, SopMare explained that the object was sitting around 16 feet deep in the Ionian Sea. Researchers from the University of Naples assisted with the search.

Pictures show that the infantry helmet blended in with the rocks on the sea floor. It was found covered in concretions, which are masses of mineral cement. 

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According to officials, the helmet was likely produced between the late 1400s and 1600s. It was a “cabasset” or “capacete” helmet – which are Spanish and Portguese words, respectively, meaning that the helmet is of an Iberian style.

A scuba diver carefully helped bring the object back to the water’s surface – which is possibly the first time it had been out of water in as many as 600 years.

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“This type of helmet consists of a semi-spherical or oval cup with a tense more or less inclined along the entire edge and, in the specific case, a low upper ridge wavy or reinforced by metal spheres,” SopMare explained.

“It is a type of helmet very widespread among the infantry of that period and also used by ship troops.”

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The statement adds that teams will continue searching the area for more information.

“Further underwater reconnaissance in the area of the invention will try to clarify if it is an isolated invention or if it is possibly related to the presence of a late medieval or modern relic,” SopMare said.

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Basketball Hall of Famer shocked Caitlin Clark dominated against ‘Black girls’

Caitlin Clark was, once again, the best player on the court Monday night.

The NCAA’s all-time leading scorer dropped 41 points to send No. 1 Iowa to the Final Four after the Hawkeyes beat No. 3 LSU 94-87.

Clark was a first-team All-American for the third year in a row while setting numerous records before she heads to the WNBA later this year.

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It was her fifth 40-point game of the season and the third time she hit nine three-pointers. However, one basketball Hall of Famer was surprised that the normally-dominant Clark put up such a performance.

Paul Pierce insinuated that because Clark was playing against a Tigers team comprised of mostly Black players, she wouldn’t be able to handle the competition.

“We saw a White girl in Iowa do it to a bunch of Black girls. That gained my respect,” Pierce said on FS1’s “Undisputed.” “She didn’t do this to some other little White girls that was over here in Colorado or whatever. She did this to some girls from LSU, who we thought were dogs, defending champs. 

“[She] put them on her knee and spanked them. I didn’t expect that.”

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Clark was 13-for-29 from the field, draining 9-of-20 shots from beyond the arc. LSU guard Hailey Van Lith contested those shots, especially the deep 3-pointers Clark is known to dazzle with, but all she could do was shrug when she watched them go in. 

With the game tied at 45 at the half, Iowa went on an 8-0 run to start the third quarter as LSU struggled to knock down shots. By the end of it, Clark had drained four of her nine threes in the quarter, and Iowa owned a 11-point lead, 69-58, entering the fourth. The Tigers shot 5 of 26 in the third quarter as a team, and the Hawkeyes never looked back despite LSU’s valiant efforts for a comeback.

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Iowa will face No. 3 UConn in the Final Four. UConn is fresh off Paige Bueckers’ 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists against USC’s freshman phenom JuJu Watkins.

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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Biden green agenda targeting car emissions handed devastating blow

A federal district court has overturned the Biden administration’s climate rule that required states to track and set reduction goals for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on highways.

In a sweeping judgment late Monday, Judge Benjamin Beaton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ordered the Federal Highway Administration to stand down on the rules, which the agency finalized in November. The ruling represents a major victory for the State of Kentucky, which challenged the regulations alongside 21 other states.

“President Biden’s radical environmental agenda has lost touch with reality, and Kentucky families, farmers and workers are paying the price,” Republican state Attorney General Russell Coleman said on Tuesday. “Like all Americans, Kentuckians love our trucks, cars and vans. With this victory in court, we’re slamming the brakes on the Biden administration’s politics that make no sense in the commonwealth.”

Kentucky filed the lawsuit in December, one month after the FHWA finalized the regulations. According to the lawsuit, the FHWA overstepped its legal authority in attempting to regulate vehicle emissions since it attempted to force states to implement federal regulations.

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Beaton agreed in his ruling, declaring that the regulations exceed the FHWA’s statutory authority and are “arbitrary and capricious.” Instead of granting plaintiff states’ motion for preliminary injunction – which would have blocked the rule during litigation – he granted their motion for summary judgment, vacating the rule immediately.

“If Congress did purport to give the Administrator authority to set state policy, that would raise a different and arguably bigger problem,” Beaton wrote in his ruling. “Modern constitutional doctrine allows Congress to demand much from states, but it cannot commandeer or coerce the apparatus of state governments into mere administrative districts of the federal government.”

“If the Administrator were allowed to shove national greenhouse-gas policy into the mouths of uncooperative state Departments of Transportation, this would corrupt the separation of sovereigns central to our lasting and vibrant system of federalism,” he continued. “Neither the Constitution nor the Administrative Procedure Act authorizes administrative ventriloquism.”

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After FHWA finalized the rules on Nov. 22, the agency said the action supports President Biden’s “whole-of-government approach” of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said at the time that the regulations provide states with the flexibility to set their own climate targets.

But the 22 states that challenged the action in court, in addition to industry groups such as the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, argued the regulations did the opposite, restricting state efforts and mandating they conform with federal efforts.

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In addition, the ruling Monday comes shortly after a federal court in Texas similarly struck down the regulations. In that case, Texas had filed a lawsuit as the sole plaintiff.

“The Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration remain committed to supporting the Biden-Harris administration’s climate goals of cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” an FHWA spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We are reviewing the court’s decision and determining next steps.”

Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis video slapped with disclaimer

Kate Middleton released her video sharing her cancer diagnosis to the world to a generally warm reception, but the clip is under new scrutiny.

Getty Images added a disclaimer to the video on their site, which was provided to the agency by Kensington Palace.

“EDITOR’S NOTE: This Handout clip was provided by a third-party organization and may not adhere to Getty Images’ editorial policy,” the caption reads, along with the standard information about the clip being provided by the palace.

In a request for comment about the disclaimer, a spokesperson for Getty told Fox News Digital, “Getty Images includes a standard editors note to handout content provided by third party organizations.”

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Representatives for Kensington Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Images and video from Middleton and the royals have been questioned ever since early March, when The Princess of Wales posted an altered photo of herself and her children for U.K. Mother’s Day, causing a worldwide frenzy.

The image was pulled from Getty and other agencies, like Reuters and The Associated Press, after people began to question the elements of the photo.

Middleton apologized a day after sharing the photo, writing on social media, “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused.”

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After the admission, Instagram put an “altered photo” label on the post as well.

On March 14, Phil Chetwynd, global news director of AFP, a leading photo agency, explained on an episode of the BBC’s “The Media Show” that the palace was “absolutely not” a “trusted source” anymore.

The altered photo also sparked a flurry of speculation about Middleton’s whereabouts, as she had been absent from the public eye since Christmas.

It was announced in January that she underwent abdominal surgery, but with no sightings and the edited photo, conspiracy theories reached a fevered pitch. 

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On March 22, Middleton announced in a video message that she had been undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment after a planned abdominal surgery showed “cancer had been present.” Kate did not elaborate on the form or extent of the cancer in her video.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

“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.”

Middleton and Prince William, as well as their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were absent from Easter services this past Sunday.

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King Charles III, Queen Camilla and other members of the royal family were in attendance. The Easter appearance marked the first significant public appearance from the monarch, who is also dealing with a cancer diagnosis and scaling back his royal duties.

Parents of rich-kid gang charged with killing teen allegedly tried to protect them

The millionaire parents of one teen gang member accused of murdering his 16-year-old peer on Halloween weekend last year in Queen Creek, Arizona, allegedly helped cover the suspects’ tracks following Preston Lord’s beating death, according to a report.

Police call the teenage gang the “Gilbert Goons” in thousands of pages of recently released documents obtained by FOX 10 Phoenix. Treston Billey, 18, Jacob Meisner, 17, Taylor Sherman, 19, Talan Renner, 17, Dominic Turner, 20, William Owen Hines, 18, and Talyn Vigil, 17, have all been charged in Lord’s murder.

One witness told police Nov. 4 that Renner apparently admitted to a friend he was the first one to punch Lord at a party in the Phoenix suburb, allegedly over a $10 gold necklace stolen from one of Lord’s friends, according to FOX 10.

Renner’s parents, Becky and Travis Renner, owned multiple Orangetheory Fitness studios in different states. Becky allegedly took the 16-year-old to a lawyer following Lord’s attack and “was told by the attorney that he would ‘get off’ [not in trouble] because of the amount of kids that were said to be involved.” 

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Renner’s family allegedly transported him to their cabin in Show Low, about three hours from their home in Maricopa County, as his father’s ex-girlfriend told police, according to local news outlet AZ Family. Renner’s attorney allegedly advised his family to allow his hands time to heal before bringing him home, the outlet reported, citing police documents.

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Additionally, less than two weeks after Lord’s murder, Renner was allowed to play in a football game at his high school, American Leadership Academy (ALA) Gilbert North, on Nov. 10 despite widely circulated rumors that he was being investigated in the teenage victim’s death. He was named player of the game a day later, according to 12News.

The ex-girlfriend also apparently told police Renner “holds in a lot of aggression,” and “when he snaps, he snaps,” AZ Family reported.

“As new evidence came to light, measures were taken to remove the student from our school, and we terminated the football coach,” an ALA spokesperson told the outlet.

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On Oct. 31, after police publicized a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in Lord’s death, one of the suspects texted, “My mom wants in on the [$10,000],” FOX 10 reported.

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Renner’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News Digital.

All defendants are charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping. Billey, Meisner and Turner are also charged with aggravated robbery. They have also all pleaded not guilty and are being held on $1 million bond each.

None of the suspects’ parents have been charged in Lord’s death, according to AZ Family.

Lord’s parents, Nick Lord and Autumn Curiel, said the arrests “represent a step towards accountability and justice for our son Preston,” according to a statement issued by their lawyer after police initially announced the suspects’ arrests.

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Police initially responded to reports of an assault in the area of 194th Street and Via Del Rancho in Queen Creek at 9:49 p.m. Oct. 28, 2023. Authorities later located Lord “in the roadway” and transported him to a nearby hospital to be treated for “life-threatening injures.” He was pronounced dead Oct. 30.

Lord’s family attorney declined comment due to the early and ongoing stage of the prosecution process.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

Harvard prof urges university to eliminate DEI statements for faculty and staff

A Harvard Law School professor is urging the Ivy League university to eliminate mandatory Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statements that force faculty and staff to “toe a political line.”

In the Harvard Crimson column “Mandatory DEI Statements Are Ideological Pledges of Allegiance. Time to Abandon Them,” contributing opinion writer and professor Randall L. Kennedy said requiring hires in higher ed to sign diversity statements “poses a profound challenge to academic freedom.”

These requirements, he said, often tell applicants to submit a statement of teaching philosophy that includes a description of their “orientation toward diversity, equity and inclusion practices.”

Kennedy, who works as the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, claimed these statements are essentially “pledges of allegiance” that “enlist academics” to adopt tenets of the DEI movement through “soft-spoken but real coercion.”

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“If you want the job or the promotion, play ball—or else,” Kennedy said is the message sent.

He claimed that diversity statements exert pressure towards “leftist conformity” and “abets cynicism.”

“Detractors reasonably suspect that underneath the uncontroversial aspirations for diversity statements — facilitating a more open and welcoming environment for everyone — are controversial goals including the weeding out of candidates who manifest opposition to or show insufficient enthusiasm for the DEI regime,” Kennedy continued.

The Harvard Law School professor asked readers to imagine the backlash that would ensue if a school asked a candidate for a faculty position to submit a statement in favor of capitalism, patriotism, or Making America Great Again with a “clear expectation of allegiance.”

“Universities are under a legal, moral, and pedagogical duty to take action against wrongful discriminatory conduct. But demands for mandatory DEI statements venture far beyond that obligation into territory that is full of booby-traps inimical to an intellectually healthy university environment,” Kennedy wrote.

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He suggested that “resorting to compulsion” and imposing “ideological litmus tests” without allowing for open discourse and criticism is leading the current DEI regime to discredit itself.

“I am a scholar on the left committed to struggles for social justice,” Kennedy wrote. “The realities surrounding mandatory DEI statements, however, make me wince. The practice of demanding them ought to be abandoned, both at Harvard and beyond.”

On March 21, the Harvard College Intellectual Vitality Initiative and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences co-sponsored an event at which academics debated the importance of DEI in higher education.

The panel, hosted by the Harvard Safra Center, was the latest in a series of events about civil disagreement.

In a January letter, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo, criticized the university’s DEI initiatives and claimed they exclude Jewish students and shut down dissenting opinions. He claimed Harvard’s actions could cause them to lose their tax-exempt status.

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Costco launches new $179 program to help customers lose weight

Costco is jumping into the weight loss game by giving members access to sought-after medications such as those made by pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk

Effective immediately, Costco members can sign up for a weight loss program through its partner Sesame, a health care marketplace aimed at helping those with high-deductible plans or no health insurance afford medical care.

Members at Costco locations nationwide will get three months of clinical consultation as well as other services for $179. 

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Clinicians will be able to write prescriptions for medications, including Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic and Wegovy, as well as Eli Lilly’s Mounjaro and Zepbound, all of which have surged in popularity after their weight loss benefits were touted online by high-profile figures. 

“We are witnessing important innovations in medically-supervised weight loss,” Sesame CEO David Goldhill said. “Sesame’s unique model allows us not only to make high-quality specialty care like weight loss much more accessible and affordable, but also to empower clinicians to create care plans that are specific to — and appropriate for — each individual patient.”

Costco and Sesame first partnered in 2023 so Costco members could get low pricing for core health care services like virtual primary care, health checkups and virtual mental health therapy. 

The new expanded partnership, announced Tuesday, applies to members in all 50 states. It comes shortly after Lilly made it easier for patients to gain access to in-demand weight loss drugs through its own telehealth service, LillyDirect. 

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WeightWatchers, in a bid to turn around its business, also launched a program earlier this year that targets consumers who use weight loss-related medications.

It’s called the WeightWatchers GLP-1 Program, and it offers “tailored behavioral support for individuals on a GLP-1 medication,” according to the company.

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Companies have continued to find ways to broaden access to these drugs all while medical professionals and drug manufacturers have continued to warn that they are not lifestyle medications

With Sesame, the company said clinicians will first collect a patient’s medical history and help determine appropriate diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications.

“When clinically appropriate, the clinician may pair these interventions with medications, subject to their availability,” the company said in a statement.