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Iran’s president issues stark warning to Israel as tensions reach boiling point after attack

Iran’s president has vowed to completely destroy Israel, should it proceed with even the “tiniest invasion” of its country.

President Ebrahim Raisi spoke Wednesday at an annual army parade warning Israel of a “massive and harsh” response, as the country braces for potential Israeli retaliation after Iran’s missile and drone attack over the weekend.

Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones at Israel on Saturday in response to an apparent strike on Iran’s embassy compound in Syria on April 1 that killed 12 people, including two Iranian generals. Iran blames Israel for the attack, although Israel has not claimed any involvement.

Raisi said Saturday’s attack was a limited one, and that if Iran was provoked to carry out a bigger attack, “nothing would remain from the Zionist regime,” the official IRNA news agency reported.

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Raisi’s remarks came during a military parade that was relocated to a barracks north of the capital, Tehran, from its usual venue on a highway in the city’s southern outskirts. Iranian authorities gave no explanation for the relocation.

Uniquely, state TV did not broadcast it live, as it had in previous years.

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On Saturday, Israel, with help from the U.S., the United Kingdom, neighboring Jordan and other nations, successfully intercepted nearly every missile and drone that Iran launched. Israel boasted of a 99% success rate, through the use of its Iron Dome and David’s Sling systems.

Israel has vowed to respond, however, without providing additional details on how or when.

The Jewish country’s military council met on Tuesday to decide on future action while its allies have urged all sides to avoid further escalation.

Israel and Iran have waged a shadow war for decades, with the war coming to a head over the past few months as Iran has supported Hamas, which carried out the deadliest terror attack in Israel’s history on Oct. 7.

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Saturday’s attack was the first direct Iranian military attack on Israel.

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Columnist sends dire message to minorities, raising eyebrows across social media

Washington Post opinion columnist Karen Attiah raised eyebrows on social media Tuesday when she argued that “many will not survive” unless there is a shift in cultural and political systems in the country.

In a lengthy thread on X, Attiah said the last few months have been “clarifying” after referencing the ongoing war in Gaza. She went on to warn “marginalized communities” and minorities to “divest” from institutions and systems in the U.S. and enter into a “self-preservation” mode, arguing that it’s clear they “will not save us.”

“Those of us who are minorities or come from marginalized communities— I hope the last few months have been clarifying. Our governments will not save us. Our institutions will not save us. People of color in high places will not save us. Only we can save us. Adjust accordingly,” she wrote. 

Attiah pointed to the decision by the University of Southern California (USC) to cancel a Muslim valedictorian’s speech at the school’s graduation ceremony after a series of anti-Israel social media posts she allegedly made were discovered.

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“The silence, censorship, racism, and hypocrisies on to the assault, starvation, and depopulation of Palestinians in Gaza is revealing,” Attiah wrote. “For decades, we were told ‘Never Again’ to genocide and mass atrocities. The Holocaust. Rwanda. Bosnia. Darfur. We were taught to spot the warning signs–dehumanizing rhetoric, violence, forced depopulation, and the destruction of culture. We were told to speak out and act.”

The university’s decision, Attiah claimed, “shows that the credibility/legitimacy of many liberal institutions died in Gaza.”

“Western journalistic objectivity died in Gaza. True academic freedom died in Gaza. Do we see how much violence it takes to uphold an imperial status quo?” she went on.

Attiah continued, “Many Black and other PoC are going to withdraw/ divest from these systems and go into self + community preservation mode,” she claimed. “Storms are gathering. We keep trying to educate white folks especially on how to build new shelters, but they keep holding on to old, broken tools.”

“Some of us are using new tools, and will try to build new shelters,” Attiah concluded. “Many will not survive what is ahead of us if our cultural and political systems don’t change course.”

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In October, Attiah was dragged on social media after arguing in a column that, “we cannot stand and watch Israel commit atrocities.”

She wrote that Palestinians were “rightfully” pointing out “that their own pain and deaths under the actions of the Israeli state have been ignored for years” following Hamas’ unprecedented terrorist attack against Israel and argued that the U.S. can’t let Israel retaliate.

The former global opinions editor for the Washington Post, also faced online ridicule when she warned White women that they are “lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s'” and “not calling for revenge” in a since deleted tweet.

Attiah responded to the backlash at the time by writing, “America is a racist *and* patriarchal society. We cannot dismantle the full range of oppression in this society without addressing how toxic ideas of white masculinity interplay with the notion of ‘protecting’ their women from Black people.”

Attiah also received backlash in the past when she said the Texas Rangers team name “must go,” claiming it “is not so far off from being called the Texas Klansmen.”

Critics were therefore surprised when she announced that she had been promoted to the role of opinion columnist in 2021.

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Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this report.

Hollywood power couple admits to ‘seducing’ adult children with extravagant vacations

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones know what it takes to have their adult children want to spend time with them.

Douglas was a guest on the “Today” show on Tuesday, when he revealed that he and Zeta-Jones “seduce” their children, Dylan, 23, and Carys, 20, to spend time with them.

The actor and film producer says it is always a “treat” when his children are around.

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“Especially when you’re not forcing them. [I] said, ‘Catherine, look, they actually want to hang out with us.’ I said, ‘You know, it’s good,'” Douglas said.

He added, “But we’ve got good trips. We seduce them with good places to go.”

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Douglas, Zeta-Jones and their children enjoy taking family vacations together and recently spent five weeks in India over the holidays.

“Catherine and I are blessed with the fact that our kids Dylan and Carys still like to travel with us,” Douglas said. 

He continued, “And so, we just finished five weeks in India at Christmastime. And we’re always planning next year, what our trips will be and where we’ll go.”

Douglas and Zeta-Jones first met at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival and tied the knot two years later at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Douglas is also a father to his son Cameron, 45, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Diandra Luker.

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Aside from traveling the world with his family, Douglas is still hard at work in his acting career. The 79-year-old revealed on the “Today” show that he has enjoyed portraying “bad boy” roles throughout his long presence in Hollywood.

He also talked to the show’s host, Savannah Guthrie, about his favorite roles he has taken on.

“Well, I hate to say Liberace, but I had a lot of fun with Liberace,” Douglas said of his character in the 2013 film, “Behind the Candelabra.” 

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“‘Romancing the Stone’ – that character, Jack Colton, was a lot of fun,” he continued. “I would probably enjoy the ones that kind of have a little bit of the ‘Franklin’ flair to them. You know, a little tongue-and-cheek, a little humor and try to be a little witty and to be a bad boy.”

Douglas was referring to his latest role in the newly released Apple TV+ miniseries, “Franklin.” Michael portrays Benjamin Franklin in the show. 

During Douglas’ press tour for “Franklin,” the actor told the hosts of “The View” that he wanted to be killed off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the third “Ant-Man” film.

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Douglas even asked for his character, Hank Pym, to have an elaborate death in the “Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantumania” film.

“[Getting killed off] actually was my request for the third one,” Douglas said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I said I’d like to have a serious [death], with all these great special effects. There’s got to be some fantastic way where I can shrink to an ant size and explode, whatever it is. I want to use all those effects. But, that was on the last one. Now, I don’t think I’m going to show up [for a fourth].”

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As of now, plans for a fourth “Ant-Man” film has not been announced by Disney.

Biden makes fiery statement about women’s sports, debate of Caitlin Clark’s WNBA salary

President Biden called for women to be “paid what they deserve” Tuesday as a debate raged online about salaries in the WNBA after Caitlin Clark was selected No. 1 overall in the draft.

Biden’s X account fired off a post regarding women’s sports.

“Women in sports continue to push new boundaries and inspire us all,” Biden wrote on X. “But right now we’re seeing that even if you’re the best, women are not paid their fair share.

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“It’s time that we give our daughters the same opportunities as our sons and ensure women are paid what they deserve.”

Biden’s post came hours after the Indiana Fever selected Clark with the top pick in the draft. Cameron Brink went No. 2 to the LA Sparks, and Kamilla Cardoso went No. 3 to the Chicago Sky. The draft sparked increased interest in WNBA salaries, and Spotrac provided the information.

The online contracts-centric website posted Clark’s rookie contract numbers. Clark will likely sign a four-year, $338,056 deal. She’ll earn $76,535 in 2024, and it will increase each year. If the team option is picked up in 2027, she’ll earn $97,582.

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Some of the WNBA’s highest-paid players include the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale, Phoenix Mercury’s Kahleah Copper and Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd. They all make nearly $242,000 per year, according to Spotrac.

While players like Russell Wilson called for female athletes to get paid more, Spotrac’s Michael Ginnitti made note of how revenue was being shared.

“The biggest stumbling block with the growth of WNBA player compensation is the way that revenue is being shared,” he wrote on X. “Per the 2020 CBA, the league must hit a certain budgeted revenue threshold annually before any revenue sharing kicks in. 

“While overall revenue is increasing, player’s ability to capitalize is still very limited. Change is imminent.”

Clark, like many athletes coming out of college, can still earn endorsement money from NIL deals. Clark has deals with State Farm, Panini America and Nike, among others.

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The 2023 WNBA season was the most watched regular season in 21 years, averaging 505,000 viewers among ESPN, ABC and CBS, the league said in September. WNBA attendance was also up 16% compared to last year. The average attendance in 2023 was 6,615 fans, and the total attendance was at 1,587,488.

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LIZ PEEK: Marjorie Taylor Greene is an idiot. She is trying to wreck the GOP

It’s high time someone in the Republican Party told Marjorie Taylor Greene to turn all that bombastic self-serving showmanship and drama queen energy on Democrats, and stop trying to defeat her own party. 

The Georgia Republican, who famously displayed sexually explicit photos of Hunter Biden during a committee hearing and called fellow representative Lauren Boebert a bitch on the House floor, is known for wild antics and equally harebrained conspiracy theories.   

Currently, she is threatening to oust Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson. The Louisiana Representative, with a five-vote majority in the House, is attempting to keep his caucus intact as he navigates treacherous issues including funding Ukraine, which has become unpopular with some conservatives, and reauthorizing the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He also struggled to pass a funding bill, which required relying on Democrats to get another big spending package over the threshold.

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To be sure, not all Republicans approve of spending billions more to arm Ukraine, especially since our own border remains wide open; many in the GOP wanted Johnson to demand border enforcement in exchange for support of Kyiv. Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world (which is perhaps why Hunter Biden was so richly employed there) and it not clear that America’s billions sent to fight Vladimir Putin have all been spent towards that end. There is almost certainly inadequate oversight, as I wrote early in the war.

Nonetheless, countering Russia’s power-mad dictator is the right thing to do. Putin’s ambitions will not stop at Ukraine. The next target might well be a NATO ally, which would put U.S. boots on the ground.

Though the war has taken a terrible toll on the valiant people of Ukraine, it has revealed Russia to be vulnerable. If President Biden had allowed an all-out aggressive war against Moscow, we would not be at a seeming stalemate. Because he dithered, Ukraine is now losing ground and urgently needs weapons and ammunition. This can be remedied; we need to provide the funding and push the White House to outline the path to victory.

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As to the FISA, Republicans are wary of allowing warrantless surveillance and rightly so. The law has been abused in the past, and is most hated today for having enabled surveillance of Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton’s apparatchiks. Nonetheless, it was not that long ago that the United States came under attack by Islamic terrorists; given the millions who have entered the country illegally since Biden became president, hundreds of whom are on the terror watch list, it is imperative that we up our vigilance against terrorism, not dumb it down.

Mike Johnson opposed the FISA renewal in the past; asked why he changed his mind, he said that having received a classified briefing on the issue, he had changed his mind. I believe him. 

Greene, who was elected by a total of 170,162 voters in 2022 in a district that the Cook report rates R+22, doesn’t like any of it and would rather burn down the House, metaphorically speaking, than work towards the greater good. The greater good, unless she and her fellow discontents in Congress have forgotten, is defeating Joe Biden in November. 

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Our country is facing enormous challenges, many the result of the wrong-headed and dangerous polices of the Biden White House. 

If Biden wins four more years in the Oval Office, we will be forced to travel even further down the road towards erratic and unreliable green energy while our bounteous and inexpensive domestic oil and gas resources go to waste.   

If Democrats win control of Congress, which Ms. Greene may well facilitate, they will likely push through tax increases that will undermine investment and productivity, thereby depressing wage increases, and open the door to even more wasteful spending. We will see a further erosion of law enforcement, and conceivably millions more people entering the country illegally. Our education system will continue to deteriorate and an entire new generation of inner-city boys and girls will emerge from that system unable to move up our ladder of opportunity.

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Democrats will push to empower unions, trampling the rights of those who choose not to join, and may attempt to pack the Supreme Court in order to ramrod through measures like widespread student loan forgiveness and “clean” energy mandates which the court in its wisdom has prevented. 

In short, there is much at stake.  

Last October, other GOP malcontents ejected Kevin McCarthy from the Speakership of the House. It was not a smart or productive move; several House Republicans have since resigned, disgusted by the rancor and self-aggrandizement of those who threw the chamber into convulsions. As a result, what had been a slim majority is now on life support, making governing that much more difficult.  

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The ouster of the popular McCarthy also torched the public’s view of the GOP. In May 2023, registered voters were evenly split between approving and disapproving of the Republican Party. Today, there is a 25-point gap, with 61% disapproval and 36% approving. That will not help win elections. 

The internal squabbles of the party need to stop. If Marjorie Taylor Greene and others want to oppose aid to Ukraine or the FISA bill, they can vote against it. That’s how democracy works. 

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The future of the U.S. is on the line. Former President Donald Trump, who very much wants to kick Joe Biden out of office, knows how dangerous the tumult in the House can be. He recently met with Mike Johnson in Florida and gave him an important and well-deserved vote of confidence. “I stand with the speaker,” Trump declared; he also said he thinks Johnson is “doing a very good job – he’s doing about as good as you’re going to do.” 

My message for MTG? Borrowing from Hillary Clinton: Get over yourself. The mission today is to elect Donald Trump

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GOP senator drops bombshell claim about Laken Riley’s alleged killer

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., posted to social media that the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to him that Laken Riley’s alleged murderer was paroled into the U.S. illegally because the Central Processing Center in El Paso, Texas, was capped.

Jose Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, has been charged in the murder of Riley. The 22-year-old Augusta University nursing school student was killed Feb. 22, while jogging at the University of Georgia in Athens.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed with Fox News Digital previously that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered Ibarra Sept. 8, 2022, and he was “paroled and released for further processing.”

Now, Graham has found out more about Ibarra’s release.

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“DHS just confirmed to me that the man charged with Laken Riley’s murder was paroled into the U.S. illegally, ‘due to detention capacity at the Central Processing Center in El Paso, Texas,’” Graham posted to X on Tuesday. “He wasn’t granted parole because he provided a significant benefit to the country or that he had a humanitarian need, as the law requires.”

Graham also accused the Biden administration of breaking the law at the expense of innocent Americans.

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The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital seeking additional information about the claim.

ICE previously stated Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year after being paroled, on Sept. 14, 2023, and was “charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.” The agency later corrected the record saying he was arrested Aug 31, 2023.

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Riley was found dead in February after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta’s Athens campus, where she made the dean’s list.

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Police have charged Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another person.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw and Stepheny Price contributed to this report.

‘Silent epidemic’ impacting 1 in 4 Americans could be caused by lack of sleep

More than a third of adults fail to get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night — and the scarcity of shuteye can have a surprising effect.

Lack of sleep can lead to what some experts refer to as a “silent epidemic” — a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which affects more than one in four American adults, according to the American Heart Association.

What is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)?

As its name implies, NAFLD is marked by the presence of fat in the liver.

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The primary cause is weight gain, along with metabolic risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and obstructive sleep apnea, according to Ibrahim Hanouneh, a gastroenterologist with MNGI Digestive Health in Minnesota.

“Heavy alcohol consumption can also lead to fatty liver, but NAFL refers to fatty liver that occurs in the setting of metabolic syndrome and weight gain in the absence of heavy alcohol consumption — hence the name ‘non-alcoholic,’” Hanouneh told Fox News Digital.

The condition is also known as MASLD (metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease) to reflect the association between fatty liver and metabolic syndrome.

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A family history of fatty liver can also increase the risk, noted Hanouneh, who is also co-author of the book “Regenerative Health: Discover Your Metabolic Type and Renew Your Liver for Life.”

NAFL is known as the “silent epidemic” because it often has no symptoms. 

“In some studies, fatty liver has affected 25% to 33% of the general population — almost one out of four individuals — but the vast majority of individuals have no symptoms at all, particularly in the early stages,” said Hanouneh.

Some people may have non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue, foggy memory and abdominal pain.

“Generally speaking, fatty liver disease does not cause major symptoms until it is too late — for example, when the patient has already developed cirrhosis or liver cancer,” Hanouneh said.  

Fatty liver disease is associated with an increased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.  

“The vast majority of individuals have no symptoms at all, particularly in the early stages.”

“NAFLD has become the leading indication of liver transplantation and the leading cause of liver cancer in the Western world,” noted Hanouneh.  

Patients with this disease are also at an increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, he warned.  

“Some studies also suggest that patients with NAFL are at an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes,” he added.

Not all people with NAFLD experience liver damage. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the more severe form, leads to swelling or inflammation of the liver and damage to liver cells, according to the American Liver Foundation’s website.

This can ultimately lead to fibrosis, or scarring, of the liver.

Link between sleep and NAFLD

Lack of high-quality sleep has been linked to weight gain, an increase in hunger and adverse blood sugar control in multiple studies, according to Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic and co-author of “Regenerative Health.”

“Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for abnormal amounts of fat in the liver,” said Kirkpatrick.

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The risk is particularly high for postmenopausal women, she noted. One study found that chronic short sleep duration led to a 20% increase in insulin levels among that group, compared to 15% overall.

“The stress on the body caused by a lack of sleep can cause adverse metabolic changes that ultimately may lead to NAFLD,” Kirkpatrick said.

The expert also cited a new study in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) showing that short sleep duration increased the risk for type 2 diabetes.

“Though some risks could be offset by a healthy diet, a majority could not be reversed by a nutrient-rich dietary pattern,” she said.  

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“Type 2 diabetics have a significant increase in risk of developing NAFLD.”

Maintaining consistent sleeping hours may help with weight management, Kirkpatrick told Fox News Digital. 

“That means going to bed and waking up at the same time on weekdays and weekends.”

Screening, treatment and prevention

Due to the “silent” nature of NAFLD, experts stressed the importance of screening for fatty liver in patients with risk factors — even if there are no signs or symptoms of liver disease.

“NAFLD is a preventable disease,” Hanouneh told Fox News Digital. 

“It is also a reversible disease at early stages.”

Three main types of tests are used to diagnose the condition, according to JAMA Network.

Blood tests can measure inflammation in the liver. 

Imaging tests, such as ultrasounds or CT scans, can visually assess the appearance of the organ.

“NAFLD is a preventable disease — and reversible at early stages.”

There are also some newer tests that measure the amount of fat in the liver — “such as transient elastography, an ultrasound-based test that measures how stiff the liver is” — but they may not be very reliable for diagnosing more advanced liver disease, JAMA Network stated.

For those who have been diagnosed, a low-carbohydrate diet is key to managing fatty liver disease, experts agreed.

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“Studies suggest that a low-carb diet that leads to weight loss of 5% to 10% can potentially reverse fatty liver disease,” Hanouneh said.  

“Also, cut back or abstain from alcohol depending on the degree of fatty liver disease.”

It’s also important to follow up with a health care professional to manage metabolic risk factors, he said — particularly type 2 diabetes, which is “crucial in the management of fatty liver disease.”

For people with NAFLD, Hanouneh also recommended incorporating regular exercise, particularly interval training, three times a week.  

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Coffee has also shown potential benefits for fatty liver.  

“I typically recommend one to two cups of black coffee a day if possible,” Hanouneh said.

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Valerie Bertinelli opens up on ‘toxic, horrible marriage’ to ex-husband

Valerie Bertinelli opened up about how unresolved childhood trauma contributed to the end of her marriage to her ex-husband, Tom Vitale.

During a Monday appearance on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the 63-year-old actress reflected on taking responsibility for her part in her divorce from the financial planner.

“I can’t just blame my ex-husband for a toxic, horrible marriage,” Bertinelli told Barrymore and co-host Ross Matthews.

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Bertinelli continued, “It’s not his fault. What led me to that? Oh, childhood! That’s the stuff I got to start working on.”

The “Valerie’s Home Cooking” alum and Vitale dated for seven years before marrying at her Malibu home on New Year’s Day in 2011. In November 2021, Bertinelli separated from Vitale after 10 years of marriage. The former couple’s divorce was finalized a year later.

Bertinelli was previously married to late rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died in October 2020 at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Van Halen and Bertinelli shared a son, Wolfgang, 33.

In an October 2023 interview on the “Out Comes The Sun” podcast, Bertinelli shared her perspective on finding the positive aspects of her painful split from Vitale.

“I think because that divorce was so wicked, and it’s really brought me to my knees, but I think of that as a gift because I get to learn so much about myself through this,” she said. 

Bertinelli continued, “I get to learn so much about my character. I get to learn so much about my healing. I get to talk to my inner child more, so this wicked part of my life is actually very healing for me.” 

“I get to choose every day whether I’m thankful and in gratitude or whether I just want to be b—- and just scream. And I choose to be grateful and be thankful because I also get to learn so much.”

While appearing on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Bertinelli explained that launching her career in the entertainment industry at a young age played a part in her childhood trauma. 

Bertinelli rose to fame at 15 when she landed the role of Barbara Cooper in the hit sitcom “One Day at a Time,” which aired from 1975 to 1984.

“The business can really mess with a child’s head,” she told Barrymore, who is also a former child star.

“I’m still going back on the childhood stuff,” she continued. “I’m working on that.”

During her appearance on the talk show, Bertinelli also gushed over recently finding love again. Earlier this month, the two-time Golden Globe winner revealed that she was dating an East Coast-based writer 10 years her junior. 

Bertinelli explained that her new romance with the younger man, who she has not named yet, was “not supposed to happen.”

“I was not going to date. I was going to die alone with my six cats and my dog and be very happy alone,” Bertinelli quipped. “He was not supposed to come into my life and here he is. He’s 10 years younger.”

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The Delaware native went on to say that her new beau is “amazing.”

“He would like to think he’s complicated and brooding, but he’s thoughtful and kind and ridiculously talented,” she shared.

“He’s an amazing writer,” Bertinelli continued. “He’s gorgeous, like so hot. He does it for me. Big time.”

“We all have our type. Like he’s just hot,” she added.

Bertinelli then revealed that her new boyfriend had accompanied her to Barrymore’s show, which is taped in New York City. 

“He’s probably backstage blushing right now,” she said with a laugh, adding that the pair’s relationship was “totally unexpected.”

The former Food Network star recalled that she first found her future boyfriend years ago on social media.

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“I actually started following him on Twitter back in 2016 or 17. He has a really amazing Twitter following. He’s very funny, very acerbic, and political at that time,” she said. “And I started following him. I was like, ‘There’s something about this guy, I got to know more about him.'”

“I kind of got little butterflies when I followed him, and then he didn’t follow me back for two years,” Bertinelli admitted.

“And then he started DMing me once in a while, and then started following my Instagram account,” she continued. “I followed him first there again. And then he would just DM once in a while just like sweet little nice comments. Nothing pushy.”

“Like, really friendly. He didn’t want to get involved with anybody either.”

Bertinelli recalled that the two began DMing each other every day starting at the beginning of January. The DMing progressed to texting and then to five-hour long daily calls and FaceTiming.

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“Then I met him in New York a month ago, and I’m just gone,” she said. 

Bertinelli, who is based in Los Angeles, confirmed that she plans to be bi-coastal now due to the pair’s blossoming romance. 

In a recent interview with People magazine, Bertinelli shared that she and her new boyfriend are making their long-distance romance work by visiting each other every three weeks.

“We never go longer than that without seeing each other,” she said. “After all, it’s about finding the joy in life and sharing it.”

Boeing whistleblower doubles down on major safety concerns: Could ‘fall apart’ in mid-air

Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour has doubled down on his claims that Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes need to be grounded due to widespread safety concerns.

Salehpour, a Boeing engineer, previously alleged in documents to the FAA and during an interview with The New York Times that shortcuts taken when manufacturing the jets could become a serious problem as the airplanes get older, raising even more questions regarding the company’s manufacturing practices.

“I think it’s as serious as I have ever seen in my lifetime,” Salehpour told NBC News in a Tuesday interview. “The entire fleet worldwide, as far as I’m concerned, needs attention.”

When asked what would happen in the event of a fatigue failure on a 787 at altitude, Salehpour told NBC, “The plane will fall apart at the joints we’re talking about.” He added, “Once you fall apart, you’re gonna descend all the way to the ground.”

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Salehpour is slated to offer testimony before a Senate investigations subcommittee on Wednesday. He will be joined by former Boeing 787 program manager and fellow whistleblower Ed Pierson, as well as other technical experts.

Boeing has consistently disputed Salehpour’s claims, telling NBC News, “We are fully confident in the 787 Dreamliner because of the comprehensive work done to ensure the quality and long-term safety of the aircraft. These claims about the structural integrity of the 787 are inaccurate.”

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The FAA previously confirmed to FOX Business that it was investigating the report but did not offer further details.

“Voluntary reporting without fear of reprisal is a critical component in aviation safety. We strongly encourage everyone in the aviation industry to share information,” the FAA said in a statement. “We thoroughly investigate all reports.” 

This comes as Boeing – which recently overhauled its leadership team – continues to deal with fallout stemming from the plug-in door that blew off an Alaska Airlines flight in January. 

In his report, Salehpour said he discovered quality issues with how Boeing was assembling the fuselage of the 787, according to the Times. It is fitted together by several large pieces from different manufacturers, according to Salehpour. 

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After raising concerns about shortcuts the company was taking in joining these pieces together, Salehpour, who worked for Boeing for more than a decade, was reportedly transferred to work on the 777 – another widebody jet – where he found issues with how that fuselage was being assembled, his lawyer, Debra S. Katz, told the outlet.

Boeing told FOX Business that the “claims about the structural integrity of the 787 are inaccurate” and that the “issues raised have been subject to rigorous engineering examination under the FAA oversight.” 

“This analysis has validated that these issues do not present any safety concerns and the aircraft will maintain its service life over several decades,” Boeing said, adding that it will “continue to monitor these issues under established regulatory protocols and encourage all employees to speak up when issues arise. Retaliation is strictly prohibited at Boeing.” 

FOX Business’s Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.