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Trump taunts Democrats’ sideline strategy as hush money trial set to pick back up

Jury selection in former President Trump’s historic and unprecedented criminal trial stemming from charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is expected to resume Thursday morning.

Bragg has charged Trump, the 2024 presumptive Republican presidential nominee, with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution,” and maintains his innocence. The former president is expected to testify during his trial.

“I tell the truth,” Trump said last week, when asked about his possible testimony.

Trump is the first president in United States history to stand criminal trial.

By the end of jury selection on Tuesday, seven jurors had been selected and sworn in. The jury pool so far includes four men and three women, all living in New York City. Their professions include law, finance, nursing, technology and more.

Court will not meet for the trial on Wednesdays, and the third day of jury selection is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. in Lower Manhattan.

Tuesday, the second day of the trial, brought a filing from Bragg, who argued that Trump should be held in contempt of court for violating the gag order imposed upon him by Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the trial.

Bragg and prosecutors are arguing that Trump must pay a $1,000 fine each for three alleged violations of the gag order, with all relating to social media posts.

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In the motion, Bragg urged the judge to warn Trump that “future violations” of the gag order can be punished “not only with additional fines, but also with a term of incarceration of up to thirty days.”

But after sitting in a courtroom for more than eight hours of jury selection Tuesday evening, Trump made a campaign stop at Sanaa Convenience Store in Harlem. Trump was met by a large crowd chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump,” “Four more years” and “We love Trump.” The crowd was singing the national anthem.

The visit was intended to highlight rising crime in New York City under Bragg’s watch.

Trump blasted the trial and charges against him, saying it is “rigged,” “all politics” and “coming out of the [President Biden’s] White House.”

“It makes me campaign locally, and that’s OK,” Trump said. “We’re doing better now than we’ve ever done, so I think it’s having a reverse effect.”

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“We’re going to come in – No. 1, you have to stop crime, and we’re going to let the police do their job. They have to be given back their authority. They have to be able to do their job,” Trump said. “And we’re going to come into New York. We’re making a big play for New York, other cities, too. But this city, I love this city.”

Trump said New York has “gotten so bad in the last three years, four years.”

“And we’re going to straighten New York out. So, running for president, we’re putting a big hit in New York; we could win New York,” he said. 

“They want to keep me off the campaign trail,” Trump said. “But based on what I’m doing, I think there’s more press here than if I went out to some [other] location.”

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As for crime in New York City, Trump said, “It’s Alvin Bragg’s fault. Alvin Bragg does nothing. He goes after guys like Trump who did nothing wrong. Violent criminals, murderers? They know there are … hundreds of murders all over the city. They know who they are. They don’t pick them up. They go after Trump.”

He added, “The people of New York are not going to take it. That’s why they’re going to vote for Trump.”

Biden implies uncle eaten by ‘cannibals’ after plane crash — but military has different story

President Biden made a stop in Pittsburgh on Wednesday where he told members of the United Steelworkers Union that his uncle vanished in an area of New Guinea that was populated with cannibals, after his plane crashed during World War II.

Biden told the steelworkers that after D-Day, his mother’s four brothers volunteered to join the military. One of those uncles, he said, was Ambrose Finnegan, who went by the nickname Bozey.

“He was a hell of an athlete, they tell me, when he was a kid,” Biden said, adding that he was in the Army air corps, which was in place before the Air Force came along. “He flew those single-engine planes as reconnaissance over war zones, and he got shot down in New Guinea. They never found the body because there used to be, there were a lot of cannibals, for real, in that part of New Guinea.”

The president spoke with reporters earlier in the day before boarding Air Force One and heading out to Pittsburgh.

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He told reporters he wanted to see how his uncle was memorialized in a World War II memorial for those who lost their lives in the war.

“When D-Day occurred, the next day, on Monday, all four of my mother’s brothers went down and volunteered to join the military,” Biden said. “Ambrose Finnegan, we called him Uncle Bozey, he was shot down. He was Army Air Corps before there was an Air Force. 

“They never recovered his body, but the government went back when I went down there, and they checked and found some parts of the plane,” he added.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has a different record of what happened to Biden’s uncle.

The site said on May 14, 1944, an airplane carrying a crew of three and one passenger, identified as Finnegan, left Momote Airfield on Los Negros Island for a courier flight to New Guinea.

“For unknown reasons, this plane was forced to ditch in the ocean off the north coast of New Guinea,” the report reads. “Both engines failed at low altitude, and the aircraft’s nose hit the water hard.”

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The report also said three men failed to emerge from the sinking wreck and were lost in the crash, while one crew member survived and was rescued by a barge. Finnegan has not been associated with any of the remains recovered from the area after the war and is still not accounted for, according to the report.

Biden is no stranger to making questionable claims. Earlier this week, he claimed he was the “first” person in his family to “go to college,” while speaking in Wisconsin.

“I, like an awful lot of people in this audience, was the first in my family to go to college,” Biden told the crowd. However, less than two years ago, during a speech in Pennsylvania, Biden told an audience his grandfather played college football. In the statement, he said his “Grandfather Finnegan” was an “all-American football player” in Santa Clara.

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Years before, when he ran for president in 1987, Biden exaggerated his academic record by bragging he graduated “in the top half” of his class while berating a reporter on the campaign trail. 

“I think I have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect,” Biden told the reporter in New Hampshire at the time. “I went to law school on a full academic scholarship, the only one in my class to have a full academic scholarship.

“In the first year of law school, I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class,” he said. “And then I decided to stay, went back to law school and, in fact, ended up in the top half of my class.”

He later admitted that he graduated 76th in a class of 85. 

“I did not graduate in the top half of my class at law school, and my recollection of this was inaccurate,” he told The New York Times.

“I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science,” he said. “My reference to degrees at the Claremont event was intended to refer to these majors. I said ‘three’ and should have said ‘two.'” 

The outlet pointed out Biden received a single bachelor’s degree in history and political science.

Since then, Biden has told numerous stories that have also been deemed exaggerations. Mainstream outlets, including The Washington Post, have even called him out on them, including the publication’s top fact-checker, Glenn Kessler.

Some stories Kessler addressed include Biden’s claim he and his father saw two men in suits kissing each other in public when he was a teenager, that he was arrested for trying to see Nelson Mandela in South Africa and how, as vice president, he arranged for his uncle to be presented a Purple Heart that he was owed and never received. The uncle died in 1999, long before Biden was vice president. 

Biden also repeated a false claim last year about his house burning down in his attempt to relate to those who lost their homes to wildfires ravaging Maui.

“I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it was like to lose a home,” Biden said. “Years ago, now, 15 years, I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press’… Lightning struck at home on a little lake outside the home, not a lake, a big pond. It hit the wire and came up underneath our home, into the … air condition ducts.

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“To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette and my cat,” the president added.

A 2004 report from The Associated Press, archived by LexisNexis, said lightning struck the Bidens’ home and started a “small fire that was contained to the kitchen.” The report said firefighters got the blaze under control in 20 minutes and that they were able to keep the flames from spreading beyond the kitchen.

Fox News Digital’s Jessica Chasmar, Gabriel Hayes, Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Joe Schoffstall and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.

Meghan’s brand skewered for not practicing what she preaches, favors 1% over poor

Meghan Markle has launched the first product from her lifestyle brand – and it’s already raising eyebrows among royal watchers.

On March 14, the Duchess of Sussex teased her latest venture, American Riviera Orchard, as she launched a new Instagram account. There was no formal announcement made by the former American actress or her husband, Prince Harry.

On April 15, fashion designer Tracy Robbins and Delfina Blaquier, a photographer and wife of polo star Nacho Figueras, were among the first to share a photo of the brand’s first product, strawberry jam, on Instagram Stories.

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The brand’s logo on the jar appears to be Markle’s handwriting. The mother of two previously had a part-time job teaching calligraphy during her acting days, People magazine reported.

Kinsey Schofield, host of the “To Di For Daily” podcast, implied that the timing of the launch was in poor taste as both King Charles III and Princess of Wales Kate Middleton are battling cancer. Schofield noted that this would have been the perfect time for the families to make amends and put on a united front.

“Her ultimate objective today is to build an empire, change public perception through related Netflix content, and build a lifestyle brand through retail and content creation,” Schofield told Fox News Digital. “But some might see it as Meghan just reverting back to influencer. This is a space that she feels confident in, so she could make it work, but compared to the hype that surrounded her upon exiting the royal family … this feels like settling for something very … shallow.”

“Had Meghan had patience and more respect for the royal institution, 2024 would have been the year that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle saved the day, saved the monarchy,” Schofield said. “It would have been their time to shine. Instead, Meghan is dropping off preserve baskets to the 1% in Santa Barbara. So much for living a life of service.”

Markle, 42, an American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry in 2018.

Harry, 39, has had a troubled relationship with the royal family since he quit royal duties in 2020 and moved to California with his wife. According to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media prompted the move.

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The couple now lives in the wealthy coastal city of Montecito; Santa Barbara County is known as the “American Riviera.”

British royals expert Hilary Fordwich told Fox News Digital the launch made her scratch her head. In 2021, the couple’s office announced that they “remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role.”

“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal,” the statement reads.

“The former power couple, who were going to change lives for the better, influence world opinion and leaders, improve the environment and declared their life of service with their ‘service is universal’ statement, are now reduced to flogging jam,” Fordwich said.

“Since they have publicly preached humanitarianism, what happened to helping the poor and starving?” she said. “One wonders if the proceeds from the jam will be donated to humanitarian causes. Is she going to feed them her jam? In keeping with their charitable and humanitarian causes, perhaps all the proceeds will be donated?”

People magazine noted that in 2021 the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lost their patronages – or their involvement with numerous U.K. charities – when it was confirmed that they wouldn’t return to their royal roles. According to the outlet, Harry also lost his honorary military appointments.

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But according to Christopher Andersen, author of “The King,” the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

“Obviously, Meghan was inspired by her father-in-law, who, as Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, launched a line of food products under the Duchy of Cornwall label,” said Andersen about the king.

“One of his most successful was a line of homemade jams, jellies and preserves,” he said. “When Charles became king, Prince William and Kate Middleton inherited the duchy and all it produces – to the tune of a not-too-shabby $30 million annually.”

“A jar of Duchy of Cornwall strawberry jam sells for $3.50, but it’s doubtful that Meghan is aiming that low,” he said. “Since only 50 jars of jam have been produced so far by Meghan’s American Riviera Orchard brand, it’s more likely she will follow the lead of celebrities like Julianne Moore and LeBron James, who have sold limited editions of honey for $250 a jar – all of it going to charity. Smucker’s it ain’t.”

“American Riviera Orchard is being touted as a high-end gourmet food, kitchenware and tableware brand – kind of Williams-Sonoma meets the Windsors,” Andersen continued. “It seems a very safe choice, unless, of course, they go ahead and plaster a $250 price tag on their jams and jellies and pocket the proceeds. It just won’t look good, especially with everyone pulling for William and Kate – purveyors of jams and jellies that sell for only $3.50 – as she battles cancer.”

Doug Eldridge, an agent, celeb branding and marketing expert as well as the founder of Achilles PR, told Fox News Digital the Duchess of Sussex has her work cut out for her as several other celebrities have already launched successful lifestyle empires.

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“Markle is neither Martha Stewart nor [Rachael] Ray – the former had a sophisticated take on decor and dinner parties, while the latter cornered the market with minute meals from the relatable girl next door,” Eldridge said. “By contrast, Markle – who has no prior foothold in DIY, decor or creative entertaining – should try to follow in the footsteps of other Hollywood starlets who turned box office bucks into billion-dollar brands.”

“Gwyneth Paltrow cashed in with Goop,” Eldridge said. “Reese Witherspoon hit a home run with Draper James. Jessica Alba nailed it with The Honest Company. Jennifer Garner has a cash crop with Once Upon a Farm Organics. Each of these actresses had more star power than Markle, so they arguably had a head start when it comes to launching a brand and leveraging an engaged audience, but Markle could succeed, nonetheless.”

It appears that Markle is just getting started. The duchess filed two additional trademark applications, on March 9 and March 19, that expanded the lifestyle brand into cosmetics and gardening.

The March 9 application listed items like bath soaps, body creams, cosmetics, scented oils, fragrances and incense. It also listed “Non-medicated skin care preparations; Bath and shower gels and salts not for medical purposes; Non-medicated hair preparations.”

The latest filing on March 19 broadened the brand, including “Gardening trowels; Garden weeding forks; Gardening shears; Bags specially adapted for holding gardening hand tools; Garden tool gift set, comprised of hand tools for gardening.”

The original trademark application, filed in February, included textiles, cutlery, “jellies, jams; marmalades” and assorted food spreads. It also said the brand might feature “coffee services in the nature of tableware; tea services in the nature of tableware; serving ware for serving food and drinks; decanters” and other beverage wear.

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The filing also said cookbooks and retail space should be covered by the application.

Jam may impress the real housewives of Montecito, but for the rest of America, the jury is still out.

“The question is what the market looks like for jam,” said Eldridge. “Most people can name Smucker’s, Welch’s or the classic Polaner All Fruit. … Ironically, jam is arguably more popular in the United Kingdom than it is in the United States. Unfortunately, Markle burned the boats in spectacular fashion when it comes to the royal family and the U.K. consumer base, so we’ll have to see how it plays on this side of the pond.”

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

AOC silent as migrants and prostitutes ignore the law in ‘Third World’ district

The NYPD raided an illegal open-air “flea market” operating in Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district earlier this week, confiscating counterfeit goods and other items.

But some sellers have thumbed their noses at law enforcement and are back on the streets peddling their merchandise.

The sellers, many of whom are reported to be migrants, have been blocking sidewalks in the Queens neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst, shilling various items such as second-hand goods and clothes. 

Local residents say the neighborhood looks like a Third World country due to its shabby-looking and unsanitary-like conditions. Prostitution is also rampant in the area, with some nicknaming the neighborhood’s main strip along Roosevelt Avenue as the “avenue of the sweethearts.”

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Video obtained by Fox News Digital last month shows an endless stream of vendors with piles of clothes stacked along the streets of Roosevelt Avenue and 91st Street, while others sell sneakers, pots and pans, toys and photo frames. It’s not all family-friendly merchandise: Prostitutes are also known to frequent the area.

In another video shot last Saturday, more illegal vendors could be seen lined up next to each other along a 1,000-foot stretch just a few blocks away on Junction Boulevard.

But on Monday and Tuesday, police were seen raiding the now notorious hotspot along Roosevelt Avenue near 91st Street and loading the goods into the back of an NYPD truck. The sanitation department and other agencies also took part in the raid, police say.

“Now you see it… now you don’t,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry wrote on X Tuesday. “This ‘flea market’ has been at the center of many quality-of-life complaints in Jackson Heights. We conducted an operation yesterday in response to these community concerns… we addressed the unlicensed peddlers, selling counterfeit goods on the streets of Queens!”

Police also posted a photo of dozens of large see-through trash bags filled with phone covers and other accessories from inside the local precinct. The New York Post reports that at least one vendor on the sidewalk had been selling power tools bearing tags from a nearby Home Depot.

In video shot on Tuesday by state Assembly candidate Ramses Frías, a former Democrat turned Republican, illegal vendors could be seen back on the streets flouting the law and pushing their goods.

Frías says it proved that the raid was short-lived and warned that conditions will only get worse once the weather heats up. 

“If there isn’t a consistent police presence and/or team set in place to educate these illegal vendors then this will all continue,” Frías, who has lived in the area his whole life, tells Fox News Digital. 

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“The constant neglect from the actual representatives of this area like Ocasio-Cortez, Assembly Members Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas and Catalina Cruz and the rest have angered and frustrated the residents here in these communities. We are done with the mess being brought about by prostitution, open-air illegal markets and crime,” he adds. “Things are spiraling out of control and the lawlessness must come to an end.”

The raid took place on the edge of Ocasio-Cortez’s 14th Congressional District. The long strip along Junction Boulevard is also part of the progressive congresswoman’s district.

The area is mostly represented by progressive politicians, including Congresswoman Grace Meng, Assembly Members Cruz, González-Rojas, Steve Raga and Council Member Shekar Krishnan. State Senators Michael Gianaris and Jesscia Ramos, both Democrats, also represent the district.

Democrat Council Member Moya also represents the district and has been a vocal opponent of illegal vendors and prostitution and in the neighborhood, often at odds with his fellow party colleagues. 

The NYPD raid was carried out in conjunction with Moya, who also teamed up with the mayor in January to raid several brothels in the neighborhood. Neither of the raids resulted in arrests, police say.

“The number one complaint to my office is the congestion and garbage caused by illegal street vendors,” Moya wrote on Instagram following Sunday’s crackdown. “Mothers can’t push their strollers through our sidewalks, businesses are being robbed and undercut steps from their doors and residents are being put at risk from unsafe food handling. Enough is enough.”

Meanwhile, following the police sweep, New York City Mayor Eric Adams pinned the blame on illegal immigrants not being able to work. He has often said migrants have a “right to work” in the U.S. and not allowing them to do so is “anti-American.”

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“Some of the problems we’re facing in our city, this is the byproduct of bringing thousands of people to a city and telling them they cannot work… this is what we’re seeing,” Adams said Monday, according to Fox 5 New York. “Some of the illegal shops, sex trafficking that is taking place, all of this is a by-product. … I keep telling folks, you have 3,000 people on Randall’s Island [migrant facility] that cannot do anything all day. That’s just not right.”

A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Millions of Americans can’t call 911 for help, compare it to one of the biggest horror franchises

Residents in at least three states were cut off from placing an emergency 911 call on Wednesday evening after states and towns reported that they were experiencing 911 call outages.

Local law enforcement used social media on Wednesday evening to inform residents that emergency 911-calls were not working in South Dakota, Nevada and Texas.

Reports on social media first indicated that eight states had been affected by 911 outages. Other states mentioned were Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. That led many social media followers to chat of a possible “purge.”

It got to the point that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that they were aware of outages across the country, and that their 911 system was working fine but would continue to monitor its availability. 

Here are reports of the three states that, in fact, lost 911 coverage during Wednesday night through Thursday morning in some, or all, parts of their borders.

South Dakota:

The entire statewide emergency calling system in South Dakota experienced an outage Wednesday evening, the Rapid City Police Department said.

“911 SERVICES DOWN STATEWIDE: South Dakota State Radio has advised us that 911 services are currently down statewide,” the department announced on X.

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Nevada: 

Cities as large as Las Vegas, Nevada also experienced widespread outages.

“Dial 911 on a mobile device, and we will be able to see your number and will call you back right away,” the Las Vegas Police Department (LVMPD) said. “911 calls from landlines are NOT working at the moment. There is no estimate for restoration.”

At 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, the LVMPD announced that 911 phone service had been restored.

The city announced they’d called everyone who had attempted to call during the outage.

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Dundy County, Nebraska, and surrounding areas experienced outages, the sheriff’s office stated in a Facebook post.

Texas: 

Multiple cities in Texas also had outages, including Del Rio and Kilgore.

The Del Rio Police Department said the outage was an issue with the “carrier” and the city’s systems.

“We are aware of an outage with a major cellular carrier affecting the ability to reach 911,” the department announced. “This issue is with the carrier and not the City of Del Rio systems.”

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Kilgore Police Department posted on Facebook it was experiencing intermittent outages, and urged residents to call 903-983-1559 ext 1 to report any emergencies.

Tiny plastic particles are finding their way into the brain, new study shows

Two new studies have described the ways in which tiny microplastics can end up in humans’ organs – and even in the brains of mice.

One of the studies, published in Environmental Health Perspectives on Apr. 10., involved feeding healthy mice microplastics over a period of four to eight weeks. Scientists later found that various organs in the mice were contaminated.

“In mice that ingested microspheres, we detected polystyrene microspheres in distant tissues including the brain, liver, and kidney,” the study’s results section reads.

“Additionally, we report on the metabolic differences that occurred in the colon, liver, and brain, which showed differential responses that were dependent on concentration and type of microsphere exposure.”

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Another study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials on Apr. 5 experimented on both humans and mice. Researchers found that patients under 50 years old had significantly higher toxic substances in their gallstones – which are hardened pieces of excess bile in the gallbladder. After being fed microplastics, the gallstones of the mice in the study had formed at a faster rate. 

“Our study revealed the presence of microplastics in human gallstones, showcasing their potential to aggravate chololithiasis by forming large cholesterol-microplastic heteroaggregates and altering the gut microbiota,” the paper stated.

The impacts of microplastics on humans is being investigated, and has caused widespread concern – especially because most Americans have been exposed to them their entire lives. Dr. Janette Nesheiwat told Fox News Digital that microplastics “are everywhere.”

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“We are consuming them unknowingly at unprecedented levels, ingesting them and inhaling them,” she explained. “Microplastics, especially at high levels, cause inflammation in the body.”

“Any foreign body such as a microplastic can cause irritation and inflammation in the body which can accumulate, disrupt normal cell function, and lead to an increase in organ injury.”

Nesheiwat said that microplastics have distinctly harmful effects depending on which organ they find their way to. To lower one’s microplastic intake, she recommends choosing glass over plastic products and choosing foods with lower microplastic contamination.

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“Microplastics can affect the liver by causing stress and inflammation and impairing liver function,” she said. “In the brain, it causes neuroinflammation and disrupts brain signaling.”

Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, however, told Fox News Digital that the impacts of microplastics on humans are still unknown.

“Though we need to track this, there is still no direct evidence that microplastics in cells lead to untoward health outcomes,” he explained. “This may be proven wrong as more accumulate, and I am certainly concerned about cancer risks from chemical spills or in contaminated water or areas where waste was poorly stored in the environment.”

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“At the same time, the greatest health risks still come from sedentary behavior, obesity, untreated high blood pressure, poor sleep and little exercise,” he added.

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‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ nova explosion will be visible to the naked eye

Another special cosmic event is to occur this year, and it could be a “once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunity,” according to NASA.

It’s a nova explosion located in a star system 3,000 light years away from Earth and astronomers predict it will be visible to the “unaided eye” sometime in 2024.

“Unfortunately, we don’t know the timing of this as well as we know the eclipse,” Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told Fox News Digital. 

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“But when it happens, it’ll be something you’ll remember.”

T Coronae Borealis, nicknamed “the blaze star,” is one of 10 known recurrent novas in the galaxy.

“A typical nova consists of a star, like a red giant — a star bigger than the sun — and a white dwarf, which is a star about the size of the Earth,” Cooke said. 

“And that red giant is dumping material on the surface of that white dwarf. They’re orbiting each other, and they’re real close together.”

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When enough material is dumped on the surface of the white dwarf, the temperature gets so hot that it starts a thermonuclear runway on the surface of that white dwarf, Cooke explained. 

“When that happens, that white dwarf blows all that material out in space, and it gets very bright, hundreds of times brighter than what it was before,” Cooke said. 

“And if it’s close to us or relatively close to us, we will see a new start to appear in our sky.” 

Before, that star may have required a telescope to see, Cooke explained, but all of a sudden it will flare into brightness that can be seen with the unaided eye. 

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“T Coronae Borealis is unusual in that it doesn’t blow its stack once,” Cooke said. “It does it every 79 years or so.” 

The last time it exploded was in 1946. This time around, sky watchers will be viewing a star that exploded 3,000 years ago because that’s how long it took the light to get here, according to NASA’s blog.

“At the time that star blew up, 3,000 years ago, the Bronze Age was ending,” Cooke said. “You had the rise of the kingdom of David in Palestine. You had all this stuff going on, but that’s how far back in time that explosion occurred — 3,000 years.”

Right now, T Coronae Borealis is magnitude +10, which means you’d need a small telescope to see it. 

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“But when it blows its stack, it’s going to reach about magnitude +2,” Cooke said.

“So to give you an idea of how bright that is — it’s about as bright as Polaris, the North Star.”

The explosion — which is the light generated when the white dwarf blows all that matter off its surface — will be visible just to the right of the constellation Hercules. 

“You [will] see a new star suddenly appear there,” Cooke said. 

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“It’ll look like it appears out of nowhere, and it’ll stay visible for about a week before it dims back down,” he added.

And then it will happen again in 79 more years.

“It’s kind of like Halley’s Comet, but most people don’t know much about it,” Cooke said. “Halley gets all the press.”

There have been other nova explosions, like in 1975, Cooke said. 

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But it wasn’t a recurrent one, and it wasn’t as bright as astronomers expect T Coronae Borealis to appear.

“Is it going to be the star of Bethlehem? No,” Cooke said. 

“But there will be a new star appearing in our sky for about a week. And let’s face it, how often do you see a star explode?”

Cooke suggests that as soon as you hear news about the explosion, go outside to see it as soon as possible.

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“Bear in mind, you’re only going to have a few days to see it,” Cooke said, adding that the explosion will eventually “fade away.”

Cooke said viewing T Coronae Borealis rivals the Great American Solar Eclipse that occurred on April 8.

“I’ve been to a few eclipses, and it’s one of nature’s most awesome spectacles,” he said.

“But frankly, there are two solar eclipses a year. And if there’s not one over the U.S., I could travel to Egypt in 2027 to go see one. We don’t see a star explode very often. So that’s its uniqueness.”

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Are you struggling to sleep? The food you must stop eating right now

When creating an ideal sleeping environment, you might think of lighting, temperature and sound — but what about food?

What you eat during the day can have a surprising impact on how well you sleep at night, according to experts.

Food choice is an essential consideration for ensuring good sleep quality. Some types of food promote sleep while others may cause sleep disruption,” Dr. Chelsie Rohrscheib, head sleep expert at Wesper, a sleep analysis company in New York, told Fox News Digital.

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Here’s what to know. 

Signs that food is interfering with sleep

If after eating you’re struggling to fall asleep, waking up often during the night or experiencing heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion, your food choices could be the culprit, according to Dr. Raj Dasgupta, chief medical adviser at Sleepopolis in California.

Other warning signs include experiencing restlessness or stomach discomfort, needing more frequent bathroom breaks at night, or waking up feeling groggy or unrested.

“Having intense dreams or nightmares or noticing changes in your usual sleep routine” are other indications that food could be interfering with sleep, Dasgupta said.

“Paying attention to these cues can help you figure out if certain foods or drinks are messing with your sleep quality, so you can make adjustments as needed for better rest,” he said.

Best foods to eat for quality sleep

Foods that encourage better sleep include meals with a good amount of lean protein, meals that are high in fiber, and meals that are rich in complex carbohydrates, according to Rohrscheib.

“This food combination keeps us feeling full and satisfied throughout the night and prevents us from waking up from hunger,” she said. 

“It also reduces the risk of indigestion and heartburn.” 

Foods containing dairy are especially beneficial, she said, because they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is essential for the production of serotonin and melatonin, two chemicals needed for sleep.

“Food choice is an essential consideration for ensuring good sleep quality.”

Bananas can also help promote sleep, according to Dasgupta.

“They contain magnesium and tryptophan, which can help you relax and boost production of sleep-inducing hormones,” he told Fox News Digital. 

Almonds also provide magnesium for muscle relaxation; they contain protein and healthy fats to keep blood sugar levels stable, he said. 

“Cherries contain natural melatonin, potentially helping to regulate your sleep-wake cycles,” Dasgupta said.

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Oatmeal is also a sleep-friendly food. 

“Its complex carbohydrates increase serotonin levels, while its melatonin content helps to regulate sleep,” said Dasgupta.

As we all hear around Thanksgiving time, turkey is rich in tryptophan, facilitating the production of serotonin and melatonin, Dasgupta noted. 

“Kiwi is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and serotonin, all of which support sleep pattern regulation,” he said.

Dasgupta also recommends eating Greek yogurt to promote improved sleep, as its calcium content assists in the body’s use of tryptophan for melatonin production, while its protein helps maintain blood sugar levels.

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“Finally, warm milk, with its tryptophan content and comforting warmth, can help you relax” for a good night’s sleep, he said. 

Those who are lactose-intolerant can opt for warm almond milk.

Foods that can disrupt sleep

Some foods are more likely to cause indigestion and heartburn, which makes it difficult to fall asleep and maintain sleep, according to Rohrscheib.

“This includes foods with high fat or acid content, foods containing caffeine, or spicy foods,” she said.

Dasgupta agreed that eating heavy or spicy foods ahead of bedtime can cause stomach discomfort, heartburn and acid reflux, which can make it harder to settle down comfortably. 

“Greasy or heavy meals take longer to digest, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep,” he advised. 

Caffeine is also a common culprit in sleep disruption — experts recommend avoiding it in the hours leading up to bedtime.

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“Any food containing caffeine, even small amounts, should be avoided to prevent sleep disruption,” Rohrscheib said. “This includes coffee, some teas, sodas, energy drinks and some chocolates.”

It’s best to abstain from alcohol as well, Dasgupta said. “While it might seem like a nightcap, it messes with your sleep cycles, leading to worse sleep quality.”

Highly processed foods and foods containing high amounts of sugar cause a quick spike in glucose levels and increase the risk of a “blood sugar crash,” also known as hypoglycemia, Rohrscheib warned. 

“When we’re hypoglycemic, our brain will attempt to wake us up to eat more food to normalize our blood glucose levels,” she said. “Thus, these foods should be avoided before bedtime.”

“Consuming too much and making yourself over-full is likely to make you uncomfortable and cause poor sleep quality.”

“Lastly, processed or junk foods, loaded with additives and unhealthy fats, can throw off your sleep patterns,” Dasgupta added.

Portion size is also a factor in sleep quality, both experts agreed.

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“Regardless of the type of meal you eat, consuming too much and making yourself over-full is likely to make you uncomfortable and cause poor sleep quality,” Rohrscheib said. 

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HUGH HEWITT: If Israel allows itself to be cowed now, will it ever regain its optimism?

As of this writing Israel has not responded to Iran’s massive attack against it Saturday night. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron relayed, after meeting with Israeli officials on Wednesday that it was “clear the Israelis are making a decision to act.”

“We hope they do so in a way that does as little to escalate this as possible,” Cameron added in his best impersonation of Lord Halifax in 1938, and that Israel is “smart as well as tough.”

Rear Admiral (USN, Ret.) Mark Montgomery reviewed with me on Wednesday morning all the ways the Jewish State could strike directly at Iran They are many and varied. Israel possesses ballistic missiles just as Iran does. It has a fleet of F-35 fighter planes which are not only stealth aircraft but may also be able to reach the known nuclear facilities and which may possibly be fitted to carry payloads robust enough to damage significantly those nuclear facilities. (Admiral Montgomery added that it is widely believed that Israel also possesses submarines with the capability to launch cruise missiles.)

The target list is long, from those nuclear sites both known to the public and those only known to intelligence agencies and to every system that could be crippled by Israel’s robust cyber warfare capacities. There are the headquarters and barracks of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and of course oil refineries and power grid facilities. Montgomery’s 30 minute Q-and-A explains that what Israel strikes depends entirely on what goal it wants to achieve. There are different sorts of deterrence the long-time grand strategist opined. We don’t yet know which if any Prime Minister Netanyahu and his colleagues have settled on, or if they have settled on any at all. The weather and the phase of the moon, Montgomery added, are more variables to figure into this incredibly complex calculation.

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Very few media professionals have any serious idea what even is possible or what Iran might do in response. The leaks and counter-leaks to the media in Israel and the United States have created the proverbial “wilderness of mirrors.” For a civilian, much less anyone not in the Israeli War Cabinet meetings, to predict anything is absurd.

But long time observers of the undeclared (until Saturday) Israel-Iran War can say with some certainty that it hard to imagine any circumstance in which Israel would strike directly at the nuclear program if not now. Certainly not after Iran achieves nuclear weapon “break out.”

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The mullahs escalated Saturday night to a massive direct attack on Israel. They intended savage harm. Some of the attack was directed at Israel’s nuclear site at Dimona. Some asset at the Knesset was targeted too. The comprehensive defense of the Jewish State mounted by it and its allies frustrated every projectile, and prevented terrible destruction and casualties but if Iran had developed a nuke, would they have used it? Can Israel ever tolerate even the near approach to “break out” after Iran dashed all the illusions of the “Iran just wants to be acknowledged as a leader in the region” crowd?

Iran is a theocracy led by fanatics. That it did not unleash Hezbollah’s 150,000 rockets and missiles on Israel could mean that Iran wanted the message to be clear that the state actor with the upper hand when it came to escalation was in fact Iran, and it was confident of its superiority to Israel if escalation occurred. Alternatively Iran could have acted as it did to prevent the ground invasion of Lebanon for which Israel has been preparing for the six months since 10/7. It is hard to “think like a religious fanatic.” We don’t know. And no American safe within our country can fully judge what Israel’s leaders must weigh in their deliberations and do so with their country’s long term interests in mind.

The “clarity window” for the West is, however, wide open right now. Israel has absolute justice on its side —now and for a few more days or perhaps a couple of weeks (at best) because the world moves on quickly and forgets even faster. Once “stability” returns the pressure on Israel to de-escalate will grow and grow by actors who just want to get “back to normal,” as though that is actually possible.

If Israel does not strike back now, it seems very likely it won’t strike back until it is either too late to do so or at least do so confident that a large portion of its friends in the West will applaud and, if not applaud, at least grudgingly acknowledge that it was obliged to do so.

The other new factor: The faith in the ability of high-tech intelligence capabilities to warn Israel of deadly attacks and thus to allow it to preempt those attacks is gone after the surprise of 10/7. Yes, warning was given this past weekend. Will it be the next time? Could Iran achieve strategic surprise in the way Hamas achieved tactical surprise on 10/7?

What is clear beyond any doubt that an Israel that does not respond soon with a devastating counter-strike is an Israel that will have forfeited deterrence against attacks of at least equal intensity. At a moment when the United States and the United Kingdom are both led by very weak governments beset by electoral considerations, Israel has to decide for itself: Will it be cowed?

If so, it is hard to imagine circumstances when the Israel of 10/6 can be regained.

Hugh Hewitt is one of the country’s leading journalists of the center-right. A son of Ohio and a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, Hewitt has been a Professor of Law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law since 1996, where he teaches Constitutional Law. Hewitt launched his eponymous radio show from Los Angeles in 1990, and it is today syndicated to hundreds of stations and outlets across the country every Monday through Friday morning. Hewitt has frequently appeared on every major national news television network, hosted television shows for PBS and MSNBC, written for every major American paper, authored a dozen books and moderated a score of Republican candidate debates, most recently the November 2023 Republican presidential debate in Miami and four Republican presidential debates in the 2015-16 cycle. Hewitt focuses his radio show and this column on the Constitution, national security, American politics and the Cleveland Browns and Guardians. Hewitt has interviewed tens of thousands of guests from Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump over his 40 years in broadcast, and this column previews the lead story that will drive his radio show today.

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