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Virginia school assistant principal faces charges after 6-year-old shot teacher

A former assistant principal at a Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old student shot first-grade teacher Abigail Zwerner now faces criminal charges.

A special grand jury in Newport News finds that Ebony Parker showed “reckless disregard” for the well-being of Richneck Elementary School students on Jan. 6, 2023, according to a criminal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

The charging document alleges that Parker, who was responsible for Richneck students, “feloniously did commit a willful act or omission in the care of such students, in a manner so gross, wanton and culpable as to show reckless disregard for human life.” 

Parker, 39, is charged with eight felony counts which are each punishable by up to five years in prison.

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Her attorney, Curtis Rogers, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Parker and other school administrators are already defendants in a $40 million lawsuit brought by Zwerner that claims Richneck officials ignored warning signs ahead of the shooting. A complaint filed in Newport News Circuit Court contends that other staffers had told Parker the boy might be carrying a gun on the day of the shooting.

Newport News police have said the student who shot Zwerner retrieved his mother’s handgun from atop a dresser at home and brought the weapon to school concealed in a backpack.

Zwerner’s lawsuit describes a series of warnings that school employees gave administrators before the shooting. The lawsuit said those warnings began with Zwerner telling Parker that the boy “was in a violent mood,” had threatened to beat up a kindergartner and stared down a security officer in the lunchroom.

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Other teachers warned Parker their students spotted the boy with a gun at recess, but the assistant principal allegedly “forbade” them from searching the boy’s backpack a second time, believed his pockets were too small to hide a handgun and said his mother would pick him up at dismissal, according to the complaint.

The boy shot Zwerner later in class as she was sitting at a reading table in front of the room, police said. In interviews, Zwerner said the bullet passed through her left hand, rupturing the middle bone, index finger and thumb. The gunshot then entered her upper chest and collapsed one of her lungs. 

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Zwerner’s lawsuit states she spent two weeks in the hospital and required multiple surgeries to recover, although she has ongoing emotional trauma. 

“There’s some things that I’ll never forget, and I just will never forget the look on his face that he gave me while he pointed the gun directly at me,” Zwerner told NBC on March 21, the first time she spoke out following the shooting. “That’s something that I will never forget. It’s changed me. It’s changed my life.”

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The targets of Zwerner’s lawsuit, including a former superintendent and the Newport News school board have sought to block the case from proceeding. They claim Zwerner’s injuries are covered by Virginia’s worker compensation law. However, their attempts to block the lawsuit have so far proved unsuccessful, and a trial date is scheduled for January.

The mother of the boy who shot Zwerner, Deja Taylor, was sentenced to two years in prison for felony neglect and federal weapons charges

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Juan Williams doesn’t mince words after editor rebukes NPR over alleged bias

Fox News senior political analyst Juan Williams, whose 2010 firing from his longtime perch at NPR came following analysis he offered on Fox News, responded Tuesday to allegations by an editor for the public radio broadcaster detailing rampant bias and absence of registered Republicans in its newsroom.

Veteran NPR editor Uri Berliner gave a lengthy rebuke of his employers’ media coverage of major news stories over the last few years in an essay Tuesday for the Free Press. He blew the whistle on the outlet’s coverage and cataloged voter registration records, which he said depicted an 87–0 Democratic bent in its newsroom. Berliner alleged there is an absence of “viewpoint diversity” and avoidance of terms such as “biological sex” in the NPR newsroom.

Williams suggested he was not surprised at Berliner’s comments that an “an open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR… [that is] devastating both for its journalism and its business model.”

On “The Ingraham Angle,” Williams recounted the aftermath of his firing over a decade ago after an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in which he expressed apprehension about witnessing Muslim garb in airports after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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“I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country, but when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” he said at the time.

Williams noted Tuesday that that was enough for NPR to cut ties with their longtime, left-leaning analyst, as he quipped to host Laura Ingraham.

“I don’t think I’m any wild-eyed conservative, but they thought I was too conservative a Black guy for their kind of company,” he said.

“Not only did they fire me — they called me a psycho. I mean, they said horrible things about me quite publicly. So, no, it doesn’t surprise me what [Berliner] had to say.”

Williams noted his controversy happened long before former President Trump appeared on the political scene in 2015 and threw the media into fits that continue today.

“So they are a very much an insulated cadre of people who think they’re right, and they have a hard time with people who are different,” he said.

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Williams noted that, after he made the comment about becoming nervous in the airport, he defended the right of Muslims to build property near Ground Zero — as Sufi Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf had caused a firestorm at the time over his planned Park51 development a stone’s throw from the former World Trade Center.

During his appearance on the “Factor,” he also noted that Christians in turn should not be blamed for terrorism committed by people like Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

“[Y]et they threw me out the door, so this doesn’t surprise me at all,” Williams told host Laura Ingraham.

“I think what you’re seeing now, especially after Trump, is that we live in a very polarized media landscape, and they have established a beachhead on the far-left.”

Williams said Berliner correctly cited NPR’s audience is disproportionately further to the left than ever and that “you see fewer conservatives tuning in.”

At the time of Williams’ NPR firing, then-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said in an email to member stations that news analysts may not “take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation.”

On Tuesday, Ingraham pointed to a posting from Heritage Foundation national security fellow Mike Gonzalez from Jan. 29, which called for the government to halt taxpayer funding to “biased [and] woke public broadcasting.”

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When reached for comment on Berliner’s allegations, an NPR spokesperson directed Fox News Digital to a memo to staff by editor-in-chief Edith Chapin, where she said she and her team “strongly disagree” with Berliner’s assessment of the quality of NPR’s journalism and integrity.

“We’re proud to stand behind the exceptional work that our desks and shows do to cover a wide range of challenging stories. We believe that inclusion — among our staff, with our sourcing, and in our overall coverage — is critical to telling the nuanced stories of this country and our world,” she wrote.

“Journalism is a collaborative process. Rigorous debate and self-examination are necessary parts of our pursuit of the facts, and exploring the diverse perspectives that drive world events is necessary to our public service mission. That’s why we have built in processes to verify accuracy and why we adhere to the highest editorial standards… “

“With all this said, none of our work is above scrutiny or critique. We must have vigorous discussions in the newsroom about how we serve the public as a whole, fostering a culture of conversation that breaks down the silos that we sometimes end up retreating to. Ideally, we engage in this debate respectfully, with the goal of lifting up and strengthening each other’s work. As our emerging strategic focus brings new insights into what audiences we do and do not currently serve, we have an obligation to more rigorously consider and measure how our coverage fulfills our public service to all audiences.”

“Let’s not forget that the reason we remain one of the most trusted news organizations in the country is that we respect people’s ability to form their own judgments,” Chapin added.

Fox News Digital’s David Rutz contributed to this report

Yankees legend comes out swinging for Donald Trump with 2024 endorsement

New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera expressed his belief that former President Trump could knock it out of the park if he is elected as president in November, and he endorsed him on Tuesday.

Rivera appeared on WABC radio’s “Sid & Friends” with Sid Rosenberg and said he would vote for his friend in a presumptive race against President Biden.

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“President Trump, he’s my friend,” the all-time Major League Baseball saves leader said. “I can’t deny that. I will tell that to anyone. Before he was the president, he was my friend. Because of that, I’m going to vote for him.”

Trump awarded Rivera the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019. Trump, a Yankees fan, praised Rivera as “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time.”

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“Throughout Mariano’s incredible career, he remained a humble man with a deep Christian faith. The Lord doesn’t care about wealth or fame. The Lord cares about goodness and love in our hearts,” Trump said at the time.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and Rivera followed in the footsteps of other great athletes – Tiger Woods and Jerry West.

Rivera told Rosenberg receiving the medal was an “amazing moment.”

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The former Yankees closer spent his entire career in New York. He played 19 seasons, recorded 652 saves and won five World Series championships.

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Michael Avenatti’s shocking take on Trump’s hush money case

Disgraced former attorney Michael Avenatti joined MSNBC for a surprise interview from prison Tuesday and discussed the New York hush money case against former President Trump, which he said was “stale.”

Host Ari Melber asked Avenatti, who rose to liberal media stardom in 2018 before flaming out spectacularly and landing behind bars, about the strength of the case.

“I think what I’m about to say is going to surprise a lot of people and that is that, you know, I think this is the wrong case at the wrong time, Ari. I think that the case is, in many ways, stale at this juncture,” Avenatti said, speaking on the phone from Terminal Island Prison in California.

He further explained, “You’re talking about conduct that occurred some eight years ago. I think the fact that it’s occurring in state court in New York is a mistake. And I think that when you are going to potentially deprive tens of millions of Americans of their choice for the presidency of the United States, whether we agree with those folks or not or regardless of what we may think of Donald Trump, I think it’s a mistake to do it based on a case of this nature.”

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Melber, who appeared surprised by Avenatti’s response, asked if the former Stormy Daniels attorney had been in touch with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. 

He declined to answer whether he’s been in touch with Bragg, but argued that the case had a lot of problems. Avenatti argued that Trump wouldn’t get a fair trial in New York, and said he would likely be convicted. 

“I don’t think he can get a fair trial in New York. And to the people who claim that in fact he can get a fair trial in New York with a New York jury, I would ask them if they were to go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and found out that the case had been moved to Mississippi or Alabama, would they still think the trial was going to be fair? I think if they were being honest, they would answer no,” Avenatti said. 

Avenatti suggested Bragg might bring Daniels and Michael Cohen in as primary witnesses, which he argued was a bad idea. He called Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and fixer who served prison time for tax evasion and campaign finance crimes, a “serial liar.”

Melber pushed back on Avenatti, who previously said Trump should have liability in this case, and argued for his indictment when he was president. 

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“I advocated for the indictment of then sitting President Trump. I stand by that 100%. I advocated for federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York to bring campaign finance charges,” Avenatti said. “First of all, cases are not like fine red wine, Ari. They don’t get better with age. And this case hasn’t gotten better with age. Number two, I don’t believe this case belongs in state court and I think it rests on a legally tenuous theory. Namely, that the crime that was attempted to be covered up was a federal election crime. I think that could be a problem potentially on appeal.”

Melber asked about details Avenatti mentioned previously that had not been made public. “Have those since seen the light of day? What are you referring to?” Melber asked. 

Avenatti said he wasn’t sure if such evidence would come up during the trial and also told Melber that some of the things he learned from Daniels while representing her were completely untrue. 

“I came to learn a number of things, unfortunately, from her [Stormy Daniels] that turned out to be completely untrue. And a lot of that is what led me to terminate my representation of her in February of 2019. One of the big things that I learned, unfortunately, is that what I had been sold by Miss Daniels relating to how this payment had came about and what I had subsequently advocated on television and others in reliance on what she had told me, turned out to be completely false,” he said. 

“It had been represented to me that she had not attempted to extort Donald Trump in the campaign in the waning days of 2016. That they had come to her and I believed her when she told me that repeatedly. Unfortunately, in early 2019, I came to learn that was not true,” he said. He added that from a legal perspective, it didn’t really matter, but from an optics standpoint, it could.

Avenatti became popular in the liberal media after taking on Daniels as a client in 2018, as he made hundreds of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and elsewhere, Fox News Digital previously reported. He even appeared as a “guest co-host” on ABC talk show “The View,” where Ana Navarro compared him to the

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Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2022 for cheating four former clients out of millions of dollars and trying to obstruct the IRS from collecting payroll taxes from a coffee shop that he owned. 

He was also already serving a five-year prison sentence for stealing $300,000 from Daniels and attempting to extort footwear manufacturer Nike out of $25 million. 

Golf legend stuns fans during Masters practice round: ‘He’s buff’

The only sound between the Hole 8 green and Hole 9 tee box was the rustle of pine needles and scurrying of shoes across freshly manicured grass during an overcast Tuesday morning at Augusta National Golf Club

Golf fans from far and wide were moving as fast as they can – no running at the Masters – to get just the right spot by the ninth tee box to await the threesome that captivated the entire day, led by five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods. 

Woods’ presence is everywhere. Fans wear sweaters with a tiger swinging a club, don his famous “Sunday Red” outfit from head to toe, and there are likely hundreds of conversations about him leading into the week. 

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As he made his multiple practice putts and chips from the eighth green and started walking toward the ninth tee, the sounds switched to whispered excitement. 

“There he is, there he is,” said virtually everyone, no matter if they were talking to family, friends or a stranger. 

Someone bold enough to speak over the murmurs shouted, “C’mon now Tiger!” which led to whistles and cheers. Justin Thomas, a close friend of Woods, was in the group with him for the nine holes of the day, while 1992 Masters winner and fan-favorite Fred Couples – “Boom Boom” as he is affectionately known – joined as well. 

As everyone picks the club they want to use on Hole 9 — the par-4, 460-yard hole that heads downhill with a narrow opening to its fairway with trees on either side – everyone who has been following Woods, and those who realized he was on the tee, picked their spot to stand and watched as he teed off. It was the final tee shot he would hit on a day when fans saw confident play from the golfer everyone wants to see make the cut this week. 

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“There’s a little bit,” Kent Halder from Iowa told Fox News Digital when asked if he noticed a limp from Woods earlier in the practice round, “but boy is he in shape. He’s buff. He still looks like a defensive back [in the NFL], no doubt about it.”

Woods wasted no time once he picked out his line and stepped up to the ball. He made solid contact, and all heads flipped from the tee box to finding it in the air heading down nine. There were some cheers like a normal tournament round when Woods hit it, but he was not too satisfied. It cut into the trees on the right side, and though Woods would find it hit a tree and landed in the fairway, he teed up again, this time hitting it the way he wanted. 

Matt Myers from Dayton, Ohio, knew he had to see Woods on his first trip to Augusta after winning the coveted ticket lottery. Like Halder was, Myers was focused on Woods’ health, which has played a major factor in him not participating in many tournaments over the past few years. However, the Masters has been the exception for Woods, who prepares well before the week begins to be able to play.

“He looks like he’s walking around just fine,” Myers said as Woods walked next to Couples, laughing and talking his way to his approach shot. “I think the big concern is can he survive four days of doing this? I think he’ll be able to.”

Halder said the same. 

“I’m hoping he can compete and make the cut at least and play all four days. Stay healthy during the event,” he explained. “It’ll be tough walking this course, so hopefully they can manage that. With his previous events, having to pull out, it’ll be wonderful to see him play all 72 holes.”

Like his tee shot, Woods quickly stepped up to his shot as the large contingent following him down the ninth fairway stopped in their tracks. He had a three-quarters swing and appeared to catch the ball a bit thin off the fairway, landing it six or seven yards short of the green lined with two bunkers on its left. Thomas and Couples both got on without a problem, but Woods was not kicking himself. After all, it was just practice. 

He was ready to hit his chip shot, picking out the spot he wanted to hit behind it and let it check with backspin to run it toward the hole. He got it within four feet after making crisp contact, and fans cheered like it was a Thursday round where he had a chance to save par. 

The greens are where every golfer gets extra work during practice rounds, and Woods, Thomas and Couples all showcased that, tossing multiple golf balls down to get the different angulations, seeing what they might have to do come time for those putts to count. Long, short, up and down hills, on the fringe and further off, Woods hit them all as fans continued to crowd the area around the green. 

For many, a one-day pass to witness Woods, even in a practice round, was like Sunday during the tournament. There was a tense air for fans every time his clubs were placed behind the ball. However, for Woods himself, he seemed confident and relaxed. His post-round press conference proved that to be the case. 

“If everything comes together, I think I can get one more,” he told reporters. 

Ask any golfer, and they will say coming to Augusta is not just to enjoy golf heaven – they want to win the tournament. For Woods, who already has five Green Jackets, the thirst for another major will never leave him. 

However, through injuries and other ailments – he pulled out of the Genesis Invitational earlier this year due to flu-like symptoms – golf fans simply hope Woods can stay healthy enough to compete like his normal self. 

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Tuesday’s practice round provided hope for those fans crossing their fingers, or praying at “Amen Corner,” that Woods can work some more magic at a course he’s created countless memories at for almost three decades.

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Eerie warning from Iran’s leader immediately draws response from Israel

Iran’s leader on Wednesday threatened to take action against Israel during a prayer ceremony. He also criticized the U.S. and the West for their involvement amid tensions in the region.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke at a prayer ceremony celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when he promised to retaliate against Israel — saying “it will be punished” — for an airstrike that demolished Iran’s consulate in Syria earlier this month.

In his remarks, Khamenei said the strike, which left several Iranian generals dead, was “wrongdoing” and akin to an attack on Iran itself.

“When they attacked our consulate area, it was like they attacked our territory,” Khamenei said. “The evil regime must be punished, and it will be punished.”

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Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz posted a tweet shortly after the remarks in an apparent response, vowing that Israel will respond if Iran attacks.

“If Iran attacks from its own territory, Israel will respond and attack in Iran,” Katz said on X.

Israel has not acknowledged its involvement in the airstrike, which left 12 people dead, including seven Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, four Syrians and a Hezbollah militia member.

Israel is still at war with Hamas, the terror group which governs the Gaza Strip, and has been bracing for an Iranian response amid its long-running shadow war. Hamas is funded by and has received support from Iran, as does Hezbollah, another terror group that has attacked Israel from Lebanon and Syria in recent months.

Khamenei did not elaborate on the way Iran would retaliate.

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In the speech, he also criticized the West, particularly the U.S. and Britain, for supporting Israel in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

The Iranian leader specifically condemned the West for not doing more to end the war.

“It was expected they (would) prevent (Israel) in this disaster. They did not. They did not fulfill their duties, the Western governments,” he said.

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Iran supports anti-Israeli terror and militant groups and does not formally recognize Israel.

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Columbine survivor raises alarm on parents’ sentence for Michigan shooting

A Columbine High School shooting survivor warned the prison sentences for Michigan high school shooter Ethan Crumbley’s parents set a “dangerous precedent” by removing responsibility from the criminal, who “knew what he was doing.”

“I think that it removes responsibility out of the hands of this teenager,” Craig Scott said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

“I speak at a lot of schools across the country and deal with emotional resilience and try to affect cultures of schools and students’ lives by inspiring kindness and resilience, and I think this is a bad and dangerous precedent to take the blame of a teenager who knew what he was doing was wrong. He had a dark motivation for wanting to be infamous. And now they’re giving 10 to 15 years to the parents… and I think it’s wrong.”

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Jennifer and James Crumbley became the first parents in the U.S. to be held criminally responsible for a mass shooting perpetrated by their child, leaving many to speculate what impact the historic sentence could have on future cases involving minors.

Their son Ethan, who was 15 years old at the time, carried out the crime at Oxford High School in Michigan in November 2021, killing four and injuring seven others before being taken into custody.

Prosecutors suggested the Crumbleys, who stopped by the school to meet with counselors about disturbing content Ethan had drawn in class the day the shooting took place, could have prevented the incident.

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Two separate juries later found Jennifer and James guilty on four counts of manslaughter in association with Ethan’s crime and they were sentenced Tuesday to 10-15 years in prison. 

Scott, responding to a question concerning allegations that Ethan’s parents ignored warning signs about their son, said the sentencing could make parents more “cautious,” but the method is still problematic.

“This teenager admitted in court that he lied a lot. He was lying to his parents, he was lying to everyone around him. Ultimately, it was his decision that he was making, and he knew what he was doing was wrong,” he said.

“Yes, I think it will make parents more cautious, but there’s all kinds of people that could be opened up to being attacked for someone else’s decisions.”

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Scott’s sister Rachel was one of 13 killed by students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris during the Columbine High School massacre in April 1999. 

When asked if there were warning signs that the two shooters were going to open fire on their schoolmates, Scott said, “Hindsight is 20/20.”

“The mother of one of the shooters is now friends with my family, with my mother,” he continued. 

“She was a special education teacher, a wonderful person, and she had no idea [the shooting would happen]. She saw the depression. She saw the mental health issues. She saw the volatile anger issues, but she could have never predicted what her son was going to do.”

Scott added if Ethan Crumbley’s parents had foreseen his crime, they wouldn’t have bought him a gun as a Christmas present, referencing the firearm the family purchased for him shortly before the shooting occurred. 

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Alarming video shows illegal immigrants swarming New Mexico hotspot: ‘It’s theirs’

EXCLUSIVE: Fox News video from the southern border shows a flood of illegal migrant activity in New Mexico, while elsewhere along the border agents are catching sex offenders and other criminals attempting to enter the United States.

Footage taken by Fox’s team in New Mexico showed men walking around the border wall in Sunland, New Mexico, before one takes off into the United States. Elsewhere, coyotes and scouts could be seen monitoring Fox’s crew and Border Patrol agents.

Separate footage showed Border Patrol busting migrants in the desert after they crossed into the United States. One Border Patrol agent told Fox Border Patrol has lost control of nearby Mt. Cristo Rey to human smugglers,

“It’s not ours. … It’s theirs,” the agent said. 

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The U.S. is now in the fourth year of a historic migrant crisis at the southern border, which has shown few signs of slowing. Migrant traffic frequently moves, and New Mexico is becoming a top destination for those seeking to get into the U.S.

In Nogales, Arizona, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized multiple weapons and cash in ten separate incidents, including one man with a gun strapped onto his chest. 

Things are much quieter in Eagle Pass, Texas, where migrant flows have reduced since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doubled down on border security measures at the key crossing point, including the seizure of a staging area in January.

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In El Paso, however, there have been a number of surges toward the border, including multiple instances in which migrants have cut razor wire before surging toward the wall.

Also in the El Paso Sector, which includes parts of Texas and New Mexico, 29 migrants were found in a human smuggling stash house. Meanwhile, in the Del Rio Sector, agents arrested two confirmed sex offenders, including one with a conviction for child sex offenses, this week.

The border remains a top political issue heading into the 2024 election. The Biden administration has said it is dealing with a hemisphere-wide crisis and trying to implement consequences for illegal crossings while expanding “lawful migration pathways.”

It has said it needs more funding from Congress and immigration reform to fix what it says is a “broken” system. It has appealed for the passage of a bipartisan Senate bill to do just that.

But Republicans have argued the crisis is caused by the rolling back of Trump-era policies and Biden-era moves to expand “catch-and-release” and reduce interior enforcement.

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The battle over that policy is seen in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott is entangled in multiple legal battles with the administration, including over the establishment of razor wire and a Texas law to grant power to police to arrest illegal immigrants.

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Amid that battle, Abbott has touted the state’s efforts to reinforce the barrier, including adding extra concertina wire.

“Texas will exercise our sovereign authority to protect our southern border — and our nation — because President Biden refuses to enforce federal immigration laws,” Abbott said this week.

Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report.

McDonald’s ‘deal’ goes viral, California’s minimum wage increase blamed

A viral social media video about a $25 McDonald’s “deal” recently sparked an online debate about California’s minimum-wage increase.

A TikTok user who posts videos under the username @shannon_montipaya shared the video on March 27. She was in the drive-thru of a Southern California McDonald’s location when she saw a sign for a 40-piece Chicken McNugget meal deal, which also included two large fries.

The price of the meal bundle was $25.39 – including sales tax, it would come to roughly $27. In the video, the social media user lamented that the meal didn’t even include a drink.

“OK, so it’s $25.39 for 40-piece nuggets and two large fries,” she said. “You couldn’t even throw in the Sprite?”

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“You couldn’t even throw in, like, a medium Sprite in there? Holy crap.”

While the meal is designed to serve four people, it demonstrates how prices at the fast-food chain have risen over the years. A recent study by FinanceBuzz found that McDonald’s prices have increased by 100% since 2014.

Ten years ago, the average price of a 10-piece McNugget meal was $5.99. Now, the meal usually goes for $10.99.

The video ended up amassing 2 million views, bringing thousands of TikTok users to its comments section – many of whom were nostalgic about past McDonald’s prices.

“Remember when 40 pieces nuggets was $5 and a large drink was $1,” one comment read.

“The managers special used to be 40 nuggets, a gallon of tea, and a LG fry for like 20 dollars SMH,” another said.

“I spent $48 there yesterday…my jaw on the floor,” a third commenter wrote.

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Inevitably, some social media users pointed to the recent legislation in California that increased the minimum wage for fast-food workers from $16 to $20.

“20 minimum wage…..welcome to your new normal,” one person said.

“Welcome to California,” another chimed in.

Other users shared their local McDonald’s prices – and very few came close to being as high as California’s.

“50 nuggets here is 15 [dollars],” one Florida resident said.

“It’s $6.19 in Dallas for a 20 piece and 2 large fries,” a Texan wrote.

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Some viewers thought the video was an overreaction and were unfazed by the price of the meal deal.

“12.50/person isn’t that crazy,” a user wrote.

“You getting a good deal and you complaining,” another said.

While the wage increase went into effect on Apr. 1 – four days after the TikTok video was posted – fast-food businesses in the Golden State had been bracing for the wage increase for months.

MOD Pizza recently closed at least five California locations before the minimum-wage increase kicked in on April 1. Several California fast-food establishments, particularly pizza chains, have been laying off employees in recent months, the Wall Street Journal reported last month, including Pizza Hut and Round Table Pizza.

A former MOD Pizza employee in Clovis told FOX 26 Fresno that it “just kind of seemed like the right timing, two weeks before all of the fast-food locations in California got that increase that we closed.”

McDonald’s USA told Fox Business that the FinanceBuzz report is “not an accurate representation of pricing at McDonald’s restaurants.”

“As the [FinanceBuzz] report itself notes, pricing is set by individual franchisees and varies by restaurant,” the statement read. “This is not an accurate representation of historical or current pricing at McDonald’s restaurants, and the 2024 average prices listed are significantly inflated.”

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“Value is part of McDonald’s DNA, and we’re committed to offering customers great value through everyday affordable pricing plus special offers and deals on our App and through the MyMcDonald’s Rewards program.”

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