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Biden appears to read script instructions out loud in latest teleprompter gaffe

President Biden seemed to suffer a verbal slip-up during a speech at a trade union conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Biden, reading off a teleprompter, appeared to incorporate script instructions in the middle of his speech, resulting in an awkward applause line. The moment came during a section of his remarks straight out of a campaign stump speech.

“I see an America where we defend democracy, not diminish it. I see an America where we protect freedoms, not take them away,” Biden said. “I see an economy that grows a lot in the bottom up where the wealthy pay their fair share, so we can have child care, paid leave and so much more, and still reduce the federal deficit and increase economic folks.

“Imagine what we could do next. Four more years, pause,” he said before laughing.

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Biden attended Wednesday’s conference to receive an endorsement from the North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU).

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Throughout his speech, Biden blasted former President Donald Trump as being anti-union and a defender of the ultra-wealthy. He went on to contrast his and Trump’s economic policies as the “Scranton” plan and the “Mar-a-Lago” plan, referring to his hometown in Pennsylvania and Trump’s residence in Florida.

Biden’s teleprompter mix-up is only the latest in the president’s long list of gaffes. Just on Tuesday, he delivered fodder to conservative commentators by mistakenly saying he and his party “can’t be trusted.”

Biden was speaking at a Florida campaign rally at the time, focusing on abortion in particular. During his critique of Trump’s abortion stance, he flipped the tables on himself.

“I don’t know why we’re surprised by Trump. How many times does he have to prove we can’t be trusted?” Biden said.

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Audience members could be heard laughing after his comment, but Biden continued, seemingly not noticing the mistake.

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Biden’s critics on X had a field day with the gaffe, with many saying they were surprised to find themselves agreeing with the president.

American caught with ammo in airport faces 12 years in prison: Could lose ‘everything’

An Oklahoma man is facing up to 12 years in prison for having ammunition in his carry-on bag at a Turks and Caicos airport, according to a GoFundMe page for his family.

Ryan and Valerie Watson, the parents of two young children, were flying home from their island vacation, where they were celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday, on April 12 when they were arrested at the airport.

“They had their lives turned upside down when they tried to return home, as local airport security found four rounds of ammunition unknowingly left in a duff[le]bag from a deer hunting trip,” a description on the family’s GoFundMe page states. “It was not noticed by TSA when leaving America. Now, they are facing a legal system that is unfamiliar, daunting, and expensive that operates differently than the American Justice System.”

The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued a travel alert in September 2023 telling Americans not to bring ammunition to the islands.

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“TCI authorities strictly enforce all firearms related laws,” the alert states. “The penalty for traveling to TCI with a firearm, ammunition, or other weapon is a minimum custodial sentence of twelve (12) years.”

The embassy further stated that Americans should “carefully check” their luggage “for stray ammunition or forgotten weapons before departing for TCI.”

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But the Watsons insist they made a terrible mistake. Valerie Watson was released from jail in Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, but her husband remains in custody “with no current timetable for any possibility of bail or trial date.”

“While we appreciate your support and willingness to help, please do not reach out directly to any of the TCI government officials during this time,” the family wrote on their GoFundMe page.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force on Wednesday confirmed Ryan Watson’s arrest, saying the 40-year-old Oklahoma resident appeared in magistrate court Wednesday, when he was charged with one count of ammunition possession. He was also granted $15,000 bail under the condition that he does not travel outside the islands without the court’s permission, he surrenders his passport, he reports to the Grace Bay Police Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays and he resides at a specific address.

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Ryan is due back in court for a “sufficiency” hearing on June 7, officials said.

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The Wastson family’s GoFundMe page says the couple faces “mounting legal fees, living expenses, and the overwhelming stress of their situation.”

“The emotional and financial toll is immense, and they are at risk of losing everything,” the page reads.

Former Patriots coach reportedly lands new role ahead of NFL season

For the first time in 50 years, Bill Belichick will not be on an NFL sideline.

Belichick’s first job in the NFL came in 1975 as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts. He then progressed to become one of the greatest head coaches ever, guiding the New England Patriots dynasty.

But after 24 seasons in Foxborough, he and the Pats mutually parted ways. After several interviews with other teams, Belichick was passed up on.

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However, his football knowledge is reportedly still going to be used to be viewed by millions.

According to The Athletic, Belichick has been tabbed to be a “a regular recurring part of” the “ManningCast,” where Peyton and Eli Manning dissect “Monday Night Football” in real time.

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So far, the “ManningCast” has not had a repeat guest, so this would be a first for the program.

Belichick, 72, joined New England in 2000, and won six Super Bowls with them. However, post-Tom Brady, it’s been a tough kick at the can.

Since Brady left the team, the Pats have made the playoffs just once in the last four years. They currently have the third pick in the NFL Draft, their lowest selection since 2008.

The Pats hired Jerod Mayo — ironically, that 2008 selection — to replace Belichick.

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Belichick will be on Pat McAfee’s NFL Draft show on Thursday. He is also reportedly writing a book and possibly working on a podcast.

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Johnson blasts campus antisemitism as Columbia’s raucous mob heckles him

NEW YORK — House Speaker Mike Johnson, the Louisiana Republican, held a press conference on the steps of Columbia University above an encampment where demonstrators demanding the school divest itself from Israel-linked businesses have occupied since last week.

The speaker blasted university leaders for permitting “mob rule” and intimidation tactics “overtake” the Founding Fathers’ ideals of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and “the free exchange of ideas.” 

Columbia President Minouche Shafik was seen walking away from the Low Memorial Library after Johnson’s speech. 

“We just can’t allow this kind of hatred and enemy antisemitism to flourish on our campuses, and it must be stopped in its tracks,” Johnson said.

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Hecklers repeatedly interrupted him, however, with a PA system many were listening to his remarks on their phones and the shouting was delayed as the stream lagged behind his real-time remarks.

Republican North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx, speaking after Johnson, alleged that “inmates are running the asylum” as the encampment appeared to have interrupted preparations for upcoming commencement ceremonies and have been accused by Jewish students and faculty of creating an unsafe and intimidating environment a the heart of the Ivy League campus.

“You took action last week,” she said, referring to a short-lived effort to end the protest that resulted in several arrests. “It’s time to act again.”

If administrators fail to do so, she warned, Congress could take action.

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The encampment itself appeared subdued Wednesday, when university officials lifted the school lockdown to allow members of the media in. About 100 people were inside the hedge-lined gates, talking in small groups. People allowed into the space were asked not to take pictures of anyone’s face, not to use drugs or alcohol and not to speak with the media. Multiple people who said they were authorized to speak on behalf of the group declined to speak with Fox News Digital.
Some demonstrators said their cohorts had stepped out to see the speaker’s press conference or for other reasons. A schedule written on a white board at the center of the lawn noted it was time for lunch. Several students critical of the encampment said they believed the protesters had toned things down on purpose due to the media presence and the congressional delegation.

One student, who asked to be identified only with his first name, Josh, due to fears for his safety, told Fox News Digital that he could hear the protesters chanting anti-Israel slogans and beating drums well into the night.

“The scariest thing I want to emphasize is that we’ve had no idea who has been in these camps,” he said. “I’ve watched, while walking home at night, people climbing over the fence, smuggling stuff in through side doors.” He said some of the people he saw resembled a student he believed had been suspended in connection with the demonstrations.

He also played cellphone video taken over the weekend showing a group of anti-Israel agitators calling a pair of Jewish students “Zionists” and surrounding them because they were wearing Star of David necklaces.
“It’s just scary,” he said.

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As a result, he said, a group of Jewish students has begun monitoring the plaza for non-students and suspended students.

“None of us wanted to be activists,” he added. “We’ve all been dragged into it, though.”

Outside the perimeter of the encampment, pro-Israel students raised American and Israeli flags amid a field of missing person flyers showing the faces of dozens of the more than 200 people kidnapped when the militant Palestinian group Hamas launched a deadly assault on Oct. 7, 2023.

“These are current people, right now, that are hostages in Gaza,” said Itai Driefuss, a Columbia student and Israeli military veteran from Tel Aviv. “I think that a lot of people here don’t understand that as soon as you bring the hostages home, that’s all we want.”

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Instead, he said he’s been spit on, stalked around campus, and harassed.

“It’s loud, and it’s scary, and a lot of Jewish and Israeli people don’t walk around on campus after the sun goes down,” he told Fox News Digital.

King Charles gives ‘beloved’ Kate Middleton new title amid cancer battle

King Charles III has given his daughter-in-law Kate Middleton a new historic title.

On Tuesday, the British monarch appointed the Princess of Wales a Royal Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour. The mother of three is the first member of the royal family to ever be appointed to the Companions of Honour.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the order was founded by King George V in 1917. It recognizes accomplishments in art, science, medicine and public service. The outlet noted that it is one of the most distinguished royal appointments.

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The order currently has 65 members, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling. The new list of honors was revealed by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, April 23, which is also known as St. George’s Day in the U.K.

Harper’s Bazaar also revealed that at the same ceremony, which took place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, Charles appointed his eldest son, Prince William, as Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. 

Charles held that same order when he was the Prince of Wales from 1974 to 2022. According to the outlet, his predecessors include Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1942–1974), and Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1901–1942).

The king’s wife, Queen Camilla, was appointed as Grand Master and First or Principal Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The appointment was previously held by the king’s father, Prince Philip, from 1953 to 2021.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Britain’s longest-serving consort, died in 2021 at age 99.

Middleton’s latest royal title is being seen as a sign of support from Charles, 75. Both the monarch and the princess are battling cancer.

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Charles is known to be very fond of Middleton, 42. During his state visit to Kenya in 2023, the monarch recalled how William proposed to Middleton in the country in 2010. He called her “my beloved daughter-in-law” at his address.

Middleton is also known for showing affection toward the king. During public engagements, the pair exchange hugs and kisses on the cheek.

The king “has always had a very good bond with her,” author Sally Bedell Smith previously told People magazine

“She’s interested in artistic things, and she appreciates art and culture, so [she] has an affinity with the king over that.”

Smith, who penned “George VI and Elizabeth: The Marriage That Saved the Monarchy,” said the king and princess now have another shared bond over their cancer diagnosis.

“Obviously, they have this in common and can only bring them closer,” she noted. “It is a source of reassurance and consolation for both of them.”

Charles was diagnosed with a form of cancer and is undergoing treatment, Buckingham Palace announced in February. A “separate issue of concern” was identified during Charles’ “benign prostate enlargement” procedure at the London Clinic.

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“Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” the palace said in a statement at the time.

In a video shared in March, the Princess of Wales revealed that she, too, is battling a form of cancer, and has been undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment.

Fox News Digital’s Tracy Wright and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

‘Lucky’ golden retriever puppy born with lime green fur takes internet by storm

While Kermit the Frog once said it’s not easy being green, a Florida puppy born with green fur has experienced internet stardom due to her unique — albeit temporary — coloring. 

The puppy, appropriately named Shamrock, was born on March 3 — and was already dressed and ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Carole DeBruler, owner of Golden Treasures Kennel in Pensacola, Florida, began posting pictures and videos of the puppies shortly after their birth. 

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But a March 26 video posted on TikTok explaining Shamrock’s unique coloring rocketed the puppy to viral fame.

In the video, which has been viewed more than 8 million times, DeBruler said Shamrock “was born lucky” and that her coloring is the result of being stained with biliverdin, likely caused by bile in the mother dog’s womb. 

While it may be somewhat alarming to see a green dog, the condition is harmless and will fade as Shamrock grows older.

And despite being somewhat smaller than her siblings, Shamrock is “happy and healthy,” said DeBruler in a follow-up video. 

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A few weeks after her birth, her green coloring was “starting to fade,” said DeBruler in a video posted on March 31 — but the little pup’s “feisty personality is just getting stronger.” 

Shamrock and her siblings are known as English cream golden retrievers, which means their fur is on the whiter end of the golden retriever color spectrum.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the dogs’ owner. 

The breed standard of the golden retriever states that the dog has a coat of “rich, lustrous golden of various shades,” says the Golden Retriever Club of America’s website. 

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Golden retrievers born in the same litter can even have a variety of colors, said the Golden Retriever Club of America, “with full siblings varying in color from very light cream to a rich gold,” they said. 

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Green, however, was not a listed color as a breed standard. 

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New social media trend tells men to enter their ‘soft guy era’: ‘Being a provider is a scam’

A new trend has emerged on TikTok known as the ‘soft guy era’, which advises men to stop being sole providers in their romantic relationships.

“The soft guy era movement is [about] promoting partnership. You’re telling me you’re a grown woman, and you’re my woman, and you can’t put up 50% of the bills, you’re broke and lazy,” a TikToker who goes by the name Lil Goodie said

“We all know being a provider in 2024 is a scam. So we don’t care, we’re not doing that anymore. We know that’s old-fashioned, these women got money, these women are working, so they need to contribute,” another influencer named Scarfacemark said

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The trend blew up on TikTok earlier this month, with Mark and Goodie self-proclaiming the label of co-founders for the movement. Their slogan, “drizzle drizzle,” pays homage to an opposing campaign that predates the “soft guy era” known as “sprinkle sprinkle.” The tagline was created by Leticia Padua, a creator who uses her platform to give women advice on how to get a man to provide for them.

While Mark alludes to the focus of the movement to be reorienting men towards finding “high quality women,” the basis of many of his videos revolve around finances. 

“They want us to have money, I want my woman to have money as well,” he said in a video.

Goodie echoed the same sentiment in one of his videos, saying, “You want me to pay 100% of the bills while you stay home, make them weak a– meals, do that weak a– pilates sessions you do every single day. [All] while you say, ‘oh, um, are we sending our kids to private school?’ How the f— can we do that?”

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Some online users interpret the “soft guy era” to mean that the woman pays for everything, but others see the dynamic with nuance. The movement focuses on having men prioritize the pursuit of romantic partners that can make an equal or more financial contribution, citing partnership as a centerpoint – but other users, including Goodie himself, touch on the reality of needing more than one income per household in today’s economy

He continued, “I’m paying all of your bills, and I’m paying for your lifestyle. How the f— are we going to send our kids to private school?”

Among the collection of “drizzle drizzle” comments on Goodie’s video, one user typed, “In my culture there is a saying that goes ‘one hand can’t clap.’ two income[s] makes the dream work.”

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With rising costs for everything from groceries to housing expenses, many are finding creative ways to stay afloat. According to the Federal Reserve, a 2% inflation rate is most ideal for “maximum employment and price stability.” Current statistics report current inflation to have increased to 3.48% last month after a slight dip in January of this year.

TikToker Jojo Scarlotta weighed in on rising prices in an interview with Fox News Digital. 

“What I did notice under the Biden Administration was that gas, the price of housing, almost everything that you could name under the sun went up [in cost],” he said. “I don’t know what they expect the working class, the middle class to do. People who have just one income, how do they expect people to survive?”

“They thought it was just a joke, they thought it was just satire – it’s not just satire. This is now a movement,” Mark said in another video.

Neither of the movement’s co-founders responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

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8 common habits that are slowly killing you, according to experts

We can’t slow down time — but we can slow down its effects on us, according to experts.

The key is to make healthier choices in the areas that we can control — and that starts with breaking bad habits.

“One of the primary hallmarks of aging is accumulated cellular damage that leads to organ dysfunction and, ultimately, death,” Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurologist and longevity expert with Senolytix, told Fox News Digital.

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“The key to staying healthy is minimizing cellular damage by not throwing accelerants into the fire, which is unfortunately what most Americans do.” 

Doctors shared with Fox News Digital the eight most common unhealthy behaviors that speed up the aging process — and tips on how to avoid them.

1. Smoking

Smoking has been proven to shorten life expectancy. 

Researchers from Action on Smoking and Health in the U.K. have reported that a 30-year-old smoker can expect to live for about 35 more years — compared to 53 years for a non-smoker. 

“Smoking speeds up aging by exposing you to harmful chemicals, reducing oxygen supply, breaking down collagen and increasing oxidative stress,” Dr. Dawn Ericsson, an obstetrician/gynecologist and medical director at AgeRejuvenation in Tampa, Florida, told Fox News Digital.

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“The harmful effects of tobacco extend beyond lung health, accelerating skin aging and increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.”

Smoking introduces toxins that impair skin elasticity and collagen production, which leads to wrinkles, Osborn added.

“Free radicals in smoke damage lung tissue — inducing cancer — and the walls of your blood vessels,” he told Fox News Digital.

“The incidence of heart attack, stroke and brain aneurysms is significantly higher in smokers relative to nonsmokers.”

The quickest fix is to quit smoking immediately, the experts agreed.

“The incidence of heart attack, stroke and brain aneurysms is significantly higher in smokers relative to nonsmokers.”

To increase the chance of success in quitting, Ericsson suggested setting a “quit date,” avoiding triggers and seeking support from friends, family and health care providers.

Some also get results with nicotine replacement therapy or medications like bupropion and varenicline, she said.

2. Excess sun exposure

An excess of sun exposure can lead to aging by damaging the skin’s DNA, causing wrinkles, sagging skin and dark spots, Ericsson noted.

Osborn agreed, also warning of an increased risk of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, the latter of which can be fatal.

“Regularly using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing and avoiding sun exposure during peak hours can protect the skin,” Osborn advised. 

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Other protective strategies include covering up with hats, sunglasses and protective clothing, and seeking shade during the sun’s strongest hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), according to Ericsson. 

Staying hydrated and using antioxidants like vitamins C and E can also help protect the skin. 

3. Poor diet

A nutrient-deficient diet has been shown to accelerate aging, experts agree.

“A diet high in processed foods, sugars and unhealthy fats can cause inflammation, damage collagen and accelerate skin aging,” Ericsson warned.

Diets high in processed foods and sugars can cause inflammation and free radical damage, Osborn added. 

“The induced insulin-resistant or pre-diabetic state places you one step closer to the dreaded ‘metabolic syndrome’ — a gateway to diseases such as coronary artery disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease,” he told Fox News Digital.

To reduce aging signs, the experts recommend eating a balanced diet rich in low-glycemic index fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and anti-inflammatory fats (omega-3 and omega-9).

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“Antioxidants in these foods combat free radical damage, as do antioxidant supplements like vitamin C, green tea and omega-3 fatty acids,” said Osborn.

Other tips include pre-planning meals and snacks — with a focus on focusing on whole, unprocessed foods — to avoid impulsive unhealthy choices, according to Ericsson.

Cooking at home, controlling portions and staying hydrated are also good ways to improve nutrition intake, she added.

4. Lack of exercise

“Lack of exercise contributes to aging by causing muscle loss, bone density reduction, weight gain and cardiovascular issues,” Ericsson told Fox News Digital.

Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining muscle mass, circulation and cognitive health as we age, she advised.

Osborn is also an advocate of staying active, noting that “our bodies are meant to exercise.”

“Our bodies are meant to exercise. It benefits the body and the mind.”

“Exercise turns over 100 genes associated with longevity, so don’t skip it! It benefits the body and the mind.”

Regular physical activity, particularly strength training, is foundational to your health, according to Osborn. 

“This means you must lift weights and breathe hard during your workouts,” he said. 

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On “off days,” Osborn suggests doing 45 minutes of lighter endurance training, like walking, rowing, swimming or jogging, which will improve your cardiovascular fitness while allowing you to recover from heavy bouts of strength training.

To sustain a long-term exercise routine, it’s important to find activities you consistently enjoy, set realistic goals, stay flexible and “listen to your body,” said Ericsson.

5. Excessive alcohol consumption

Alcohol dehydrates the skin and can lead to liver damage and cognitive impairment, Osborn warned. 

“It also causes problems with blood sugar regulation and is intimately associated with obesity,” he said. “As alcohol is a cellular toxin, it accelerates the aging process.”

Ericsson agreed that excessive alcohol consumption accelerates aging by causing dehydration, nutrient depletion, inflammation, liver damage and collagen breakdown.

“Chronic drinking can dehydrate the skin, damage the liver and increase the risk of cognitive decline,” said Ericsson.

As with smoking, the fix is to eliminate alcohol consumption, experts agreed.

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“I’m not saying to quit cold turkey, but aim to eliminate habitual drinking within the next six to 12 months,” Osborn advised. “You’ll feel better and save a lot of money in the long run.”

Other tips to stop drinking include avoiding triggers, staying busy with healthy activities and seeking professional help if needed, according to Ericsson.

6. Chronic stress

While some degree of stress is normal and healthy, chronic high stress levels can shorten telomeres, which are DNA protein structures that “play a central role in cell fate and aging by adjusting the cellular response to stress and growth stimulation on the basis of previous cell divisions and DNA damage,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

“Chronic stress can also exacerbate skin conditions and impact mental health, accelerating aging,” Ericsson added.

Long-term stress affects the body’s ability to repair itself and can lead to premature aging, according to Osborn.

“Aging is a state of heightened inflammation — and once the body’s ability to temper inflammation via cortisol production has been exhausted, it reigns unchecked,” he said.

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Stress management techniques like mindfulness, meditation, therapy and regular physical activity can alleviate stress, Osborn said. 

“Strength training also reduces cortisol production (several hours post-workout) — and, by virtue, facilitates sleep, which is critical to stress reduction,” he said. 

7. Inadequate sleep

Lack of sleep accelerates aging by reducing skin health, increasing inflammation and causing hormonal imbalance, Ericsson noted.

“Inadequate sleep also hampers cell repair and affects cognitive function,” she said.

Sleep is crucial for the body’s regenerative processes, Osborn noted.

“If you don’t sleep, you’ll have difficulty shedding that spare tire, as significant fat-burning occurs during sleep,” he said.

“You’ll also set yourself up for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.”

Memories are also formed during sleep, he noted. 

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“Sleep cannot be hacked — it is an essential part of health and well-being.”

To optimize sleep health, Osborn suggested establishing a regular schedule, creating a restful environment and avoiding stimulants before bedtime. 

“Also, minimizing consumption of carbohydrates within several hours of bedtime can facilitate sleep induction,” he said.

“Sleep cannot be hacked — it is an essential part of health and well-being.”

“In a similar context, ditch the cell phone, laptop and tablet as early as possible to minimize blue light’s interference with the production of melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone.”

 Manage stress and seek professional help if needed, Ericsson added.

8. Poor oral hygiene

Poor oral hygiene accelerates aging by causing gum disease, tooth loss, stained teeth and bad breath, Ericsson warned.

“Gum disease and tooth loss not only affect oral health, but also impact overall well-being, contributing to an aged appearance,” she added.

There is also a link between heart disease risk and the incidence of coronary artery disease and gingivitis, Osborn noted.

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“Inflammation is not only occurring in the mouth — it’s a systemic problem,” he said. “So, if there is a state of accelerated aging in the mouth, you better believe it’s elsewhere, let alone your entire gut,” he said.

Optimal oral hygiene requires regular dental check-ups, proper brushing and flossing, and use of an antimicrobial mouthwash, Osborn said.

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Limiting sugary and acidic foods, avoiding tobacco products, staying hydrated and chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also help with mouth health, Ericsson added.

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Tesla driver arrested for homicide after running over motorcyclist on autopilot

A Washington man has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after a Tesla in autopilot mode slammed into a motorcyclist, killing him. 

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. Friday in Maltby, Washington, according to a Washington State Patrol incident summary. 

The Tesla Model S driver, identified in court documents obtained by FOX 13 Seattle as 56-year-old Carl Hunter, told first responders the vehicle in autopilot mode “lurched forward as it accelerated and collided with the motorcycle in front of him.”

The motorcyclist, 28-year-old Jeff Nissen of Stanwood, was pronounced dead at the crash site. Investigators say he was ejected from atop the bike before being run over by the Tesla. 

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“[Jeff] was such a loving person, such a loving uncle. He loved his nieces and nephews,” Nissen’s sister, Jenessa Fagerlie, told FOX 13. “We were hoping someday that he would have kids, but he got taken too soon.”

Nissen would have turned 29 in June. Fagerlie said her brother hugged her and told her he loved her the last time she saw him.

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Court documents say the Tesla driver admitted to having one drink prior to the crash but passed field and blood tests. Detectives labeled distracted driving as the cause of the crash since the driver was using his phone at the time. 

Tesla is offering new and existing Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y owners “the opportunity to experience the latest Full Self-Driving (Supervised) features,” with a free 30-day trial, according to its website.

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The trial was launched with the newest software upgrade for the vehicles, version 12.3 or later. It is available to Tesla owners in the U.S. and Canada. 

“Under your supervision, Full Self-Driving (Supervised) can drive your Tesla almost anywhere,” the car manufacturer tells operators under its release notes in the Tesla app. “It will make lane changes, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns.”

The company recommends drivers “use additional caution” and “remain attentive” when utilizing the feature. It adds that vehicles do not become “autonomous” and drivers should not become “complacent.”

Tesla did not respond to a FOX Business request for comment, and it is unknown if the driver involved in the crash was utilizing the self-driving trial or had paid for the service. 

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“Put your phone away and less distractions, the better,” Fagerlie said as a message to drivers. “You still need to pay attention to the road.”