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Widespread damage reported as tens of millions in US fall under severe weather threat

Dozens of tornadoes swept across America’s heartland, impacting millions of residents and leaving a trail of destruction. 

Twenty million Americans, from Texas to Iowa, are on alert for twisters, large hail and up to 70 mph winds.

There were at least 59 reported tornadoes across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa as of 7 p.m. ET, according to the National Weather Service.

Photos on social media showed heavily damaged homes and shredded trees.

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said an enhanced risk for severe weather was placed over Kansas City, Missouri, Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and areas of Iowa with a slight to marginal risk over many areas of Texas, and around Shreveport, Louisiana.

“Tornadoes, including a couple of strong tornadoes, very large hail (some greater than 2 inches in diameter), and wind damage remains possible this afternoon/evening from eastern Kansas/Nebraska into Iowa, western Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas, and northeast Texas,” the agency said.

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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported that parts of a large manufacturing facility collapsed, trapping at least 70 workers.

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All workers were evacuated by first responders, and three employees were being treated for injuries, FOX Weather reported.

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Hundreds of houses sustained damage in Omaha, Nebraska — mostly in the Elkhorn area in the western part of the city, Omaha Police Lt. Neal Bonacci said.

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“We are getting 911 calls of people in debris in their basement,” Bonacci told the Associated Press. “We are just working as quickly as we can to help everyone who needs it.

Biden’s answer to Trump debate comment likely left WH staff panicking, critics suggest

Political commentators joked that Biden’s staff is panicking after the gaffe-prone president said he would be “happy” to debate Trump during an interview with Howard Stern Friday.

“I don’t know if you’re going to debate your opponent,” Stern said.

The president replied, “I am, somewhere, I don’t know when. I’m happy to debate him.” 

Biden’s comments represent a shift from past remarks about possibly debating Trump. Last month, he told reporters it would depend “on his behavior.” 

Trump was quick to challenge Biden to debate him, declaring on Truth Social, “Everyone knows he doesn’t really mean it, but in case he does, I say, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, an old expression used by Fighters.”

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Conservative social media accounts had similar responses on X, many of whom referred to Biden’s “handlers” being unhappy with his response.

“Crooked Joe Biden says he’s ‘happy to debate’ President Trump,” RNC Research wrote. “His handlers must be furious!”

“Biden weakly answers Howard Stern that he will debate Trump, HA!” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro wrote alongside a laughing emoji. “Guess his aides couldn’t stop Biden before he answered.”

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO’ – Joe Biden Staffers, after hearing Biden tell Howard Stern he will debate Trump,” commentator Kevin Dalton wrote.

“I’m still trying to get past the fact that his handlers let him go on Stern…” market analyst and political commentator Jeff Carlson wrote.

“Lol – he’ll never do it,” conservative humor account Catturd wrote.

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“Idiot Joe Biden announced on Howard Stern’s radio show a willingness to debate Trump!  Bring it on! No teleprompter Joe!  #TRUMP2024ToSaveAmerica,” Fox News contributor Leo Terrell wrote.

Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.

Ellen DeGeneres gets candid about getting ‘kicked out of show business’

Ellen DeGeneres opened up about the toxic workplace scandal that derailed her career and damaged her reputation in 2020, during her first return to the comedy stage this week.

During a stand-up routine in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the former host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” reflected on getting “kicked out of show business” for being “mean.”

“What else can I tell you?” she sarcastically told fans, according to Rolling Stone. “Oh yeah, I got kicked out of show business. There’s no mean people in show business.” 

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was rocked by bombshell accusations of a toxic work environment in 2020, followed by several former employee testimonials of sexually inappropriate behavior by ousted producers. One producer had also reportedly been at the heart of the complaints of poor workplace culture.

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The year of brutal headlines damaged the host’s reputation, leading to DeGeneres announcing the end of her show in 2021 and apologizing to staff. The final episode aired in May of 2022. 

On Wednesday, DeGeneres said that the damage from these allegations turned her into a “one-dimensional character who gave stuff away and danced up steps.”

Admitting she “didn’t know how to be a boss” and didn’t “go to business school,” DeGeneres also suggested her gender and sexuality played a role in the vitriol she faced.

DeGeneres brought up how her eponymous sitcom in the 1990s was canceled after she announced she was a lesbian, telling the crowd “there are consequences” for not prescribing to gender roles, according to Rolling Stone.

“For those of you keeping score, this is the second time I’ve been kicked out of show business…Eventually they’re going to kick me out for a third time because I’m mean, old, and gay,” she joked.

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DeGeneres confessed the backlash she faced took a toll on how she viewed herself.

“It’s been such a toll on my ego and my self-esteem. There’s such extremes in this business, people either love you and idolize you or they hate you, and those people somehow are louder,” she said.

After her set, during an audience Q&A, the comedian turned more somber when reflecting on how her show ended.

“Honestly, I’m making jokes about what happened to me but it was devastating, really,” she said. “I just hated the way the show ended. I love that show so much and I just hated that the last time people would see me is that way.” 

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From salmon to shark, here are the best and worst fish for your health

Fish is often hailed as a nutritional heavy hitter that provides a slew of health benefits. 

Rich in essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals, seafood can make for a solid choice in an overall balanced diet.

Not every type of fish, however, is a slam dunk from a nutritional perspective.

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Michelle Routhenstein, a New York-based cardiology dietitian at EntirelyNourished.com, said, “Not all fish are created equal when it comes to their nutrition profile, so choosing specific ones may be more beneficial for your health.”

Read on for which fish deserve a regular spot on your plate, and which to avoid.

‘Best’ fish for your health

Salmon

There are good reasons this fish gets a lot of lovin’ from health professionals. 

“Salmon is among the best choices for healthy fish. It’s high in omega-3s — fats that help cardiovascular and brain health — and also high in protein,” said Lauri Wright, a registered dietitian nutritionist and professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

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Wright said research shows that omega-3 consumption decreases overall mortality from heart disease. 

“Further, omega-3 provides a modest reduction in high blood pressure and significant reduction in triglycerides,” said Wright. 

“In addition to cardiovascular benefits, omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties, making them beneficial for those suffering from arthritis,” she said.

For all these reasons and more, it’s probably a good idea to add omega-3 rich foods to your diet, whether through seafood sources or via walnuts, flaxseeds and Brussels sprouts. 

Talk with your own health care professional, of course, about any planned changes to your diet. 

Oysters

Slurp, slurp on these good-for-you bivalves, say nutritionists.

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“Oysters, like salmon and sardines, are high in omega-3s and also high in iron. They’re also good for the environment. One warning, though: Never consume raw seafood,” said Wright.

Sardines

As Routhenstein noted, sardines are rich in EPA and DHA, omega 3 fatty acids, that provide anti-inflammatory, heart health benefits. 

“Sardines also have a unique nutritional profile because they are rich in calcium, which helps with bone health and heartbeat regularity,” she said. 

In addition to praising sardines for being packed with omega-3s, Wright said sardines are high in vitamin D and are also inexpensive. 

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If you want to add more sardines to your diet, Wright has a few easy ideas.

Top a cracker with a sardine and mustard. Sauté sardines in oil, garlic, onions with a bit of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to get rid of the strong fishy flavor and serve with rice. Substitute sardines for lox on top of a bagel.

Halibut

Halibut is rich in selenium, per Routhenstein, which is a heart-healthy antioxidant that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. 

“Halibut is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is beneficial for immune, nerve and liver health,” she said. 

Red snapper

Pass the red snapper, please. 

“Red snapper is a rich source of potassium, which helps improve blood pressure and arterial health,” said Routhenstein, noting this fish is also a good source of protein and B vitamins.

‘Worst’ fish for your health

Sole

Sole has a high risk for contaminants, and it is low in many heart-healthy nutrients like omega-3s, potassium, and magnesium, cautioned Routhenstein. 

“It is also high in sodium relative to potassium, which may increase blood pressure levels,” she said.

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Farmed tilapia

Another fish you might want to steer clear of is farmed tilapia, which “contains high levels of contaminants, antibiotics and omega-6 fatty acids that can be pro-inflammatory and negatively contribute to your health goals,” said Routhenstein.

Orange roughy

Also known as the red roughy, this fish is best to avoid. 

Why? 

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“Orange roughy has a long lifespan, meaning it often picks up many contaminants throughout its life, including high levels of mercury,” said Wright.

Shark

It’s worth flagging that this creature may not be good for your health, or the environment, experts say.

“Shark is very high in mercury, which is a neurotoxin. It should be avoided completely by pregnant women and children. Further, the population of sharks is also declining,” said Wright.

A note about tuna

Ah, tuna. 

This fish can be controversial — so Routhenstein set the record straight. 

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“Tuna is a rich source of vitamins B6 and B12, which helps support immune, hormonal and nerve health,” she said. 

“However, tuna is not a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and it contains high levels of mercury — so if you enjoy it, you should try to limit it to 1-2x a week,” she continued.

Due to its high mercury content, it may need to be consumed zero times — or only once a week — by certain populations, such as young children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

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Wright noted that the basic guideline is to choose light tuna and limit it to less than two servings a week.

“A 130-pound woman can eat almost two six-ounce cans of light tuna a week and stay within the EPA-recommended safe zone for mercury,” she said. 

“A four- or five-year-old child should eat only about four ounces of light tuna per week,” Wright added, noting that the guidelines differ for albacore tuna.

“Children should avoid that type of tuna altogether, and women of childbearing age should consume no more than four ounces per week,” she said.

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OJ Simpson’s official cause of death revealed by his longtime lawyer

O.J. Simpson’s cause of death was revealed as prostate cancer this week, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News Digital on Friday. 

The controversial former athlete and actor, who was acquitted of his wife’s death in 1995, died on April 10. 

Simpson, who was 76 when he died, announced he had been diagnosed with the disease last year. 

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His longtime lawyer, Malcolm Lavergne, told Fox News Digital Simpson’s death certificate revealed he died of metastatic prostate cancer. 

The former NFL running back was cremated in Las Vegas, where he had been living and there was a private gathering of friends and relatives. No public memorial was planned. 

LaVergne said he visited Simpson just before Easter at the country club home, where Simpson leased southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, and described Simpson as “awake, alert and chilling” sitting on a couch, drinking a beer and “just catching up on the news.” 

On April 5, a doctor told LaVergne that Simpson was “transitioning,” as the attorney described it, and days later Simpson only had strength to ask for water and to choose to watch a TV golf tournament instead of a tennis match. 

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“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer,” his family then announced on X on April 11. “He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren.” 

Ex-magazine bigwig says he used photos of Tiger Woods cheating on wife for blackmail

It had long been rumored Tiger Woods was unfaithful to ex-wife Elin Nordegren a couple of years before that fateful Thanksgiving weekend in 2009.

The speculation was that photos of Woods and alleged mistress Mindy Lawton were never published after the National Enquirer and Woods negotiated a deal that would put him on the cover of Men’s Fitness.

Turns out that speculation is the truth, according to David Pecker.

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At the time of the Lawton incident, Pecker was the CEO of American Media Inc., which operated the Enquirer and Men’s Fitness.

Pecker, testifying at the New York v. Trump trial in New York, said he bought the photos and buried them in return for Woods appearing on the magazine.

Pecker says he bought the pictures of the two in the parking lot of a church and used them as blackmail. Woods was on the cover of the magazine with a 12-page story about his diet, workout regimen and marriage.

The deal only bought Woods so much time, though, as his affair with Rachel Uchitel became very public in 2009, which led to Nordegren swinging a golf club at Woods’ vehicle.

As the argument became news, dozens of women came forward describing relationships with Woods. His divorce reportedly cost Woods almost $100 million.

Woods has been in and out of relationships since then, including with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. His most recent relationship with Erica Herman ended badly when she accused Woods of sexual harassment and making her sign a non-disclosure agreement.

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Woods recently played in The Masters and made his record 24th consecutive cut. But in the third round, he shot an 82, his worst score ever at Augusta, which resulted in a finish of dead last.

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NFL announces major change to rules after seeing fewer concussions in training camps

The National Football League introduced Guardian Caps to training camp in 2022 in an effort to lower concussions during the summer practices.

Well, the results have apparently been so good that the NFL will now allow players to wear them during the season.

“We’ve got two years of data now showing significant concussion reductions in those players that wear Guardian Caps in the NFL,” NFL’s chief medical offer, Dr. Allen Sills said in a webinar earlier this month. “We might actually see a Guardian Cap on a player in a game this year.”

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“It’s really become a norm here. The players know the Caps. They’ve seen the data, it works. The Guardian Caps have become another piece of equipment that they take to practice. You think about all the head impacts that we’re reducing from players wearing them, and it’s second nature now,” added Brendan Burger, equipment director of the Los Angeles Rams.

The cap was invented in 2011, and since it was introduced in the NFL two years ago, concussions have gone down in training camp by more than 50% from the average of the 2018, 2019, and 2021 seasons.

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The NFL states that if both players involved in helmet-to-helmet contact are wearing the cap, the force of the impact is lowered by at least 20% and 10% if one player is wearing it.

The league also reported that Guardian Caps worn during training camp practices in 2023 helped the league realize a seven-year low in training-camp concussions.

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“We are proud to be a part of improving outcomes for players and grateful to the NFL for their investment in player safety. While we are proud of our current products and their performance on the field, we will continue to iterate the Guardian Cap to offer improved performance and aesthetics for the future,” said Erin Hanson, Founder and CEO of Guardian Innovations.

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Red state school spells out clear consequences for disruptive agitators

Florida’s flagship university is making it clear that the disruptive anti-Israel protests occurring at colleges across the U.S. will not be tolerated on its campuses.

The University of Florida released a directive Friday spelling out what is and is not acceptable behavior for those who wish to express their right to free speech at the school, along with the consequences for students or employees who cross the line.

The memo obtained by FOX Business clarifies that demonstrators may engage in speech, expressing viewpoints and holding signs in their hands, but lists a litany of prohibited activities including “amplified sound,” holding protests inside campus buildings, issuing threats or engaging in violence.

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The University of Florida also noted explicitly that no tents or sleeping bags are allowed as part of demonstrations on campus, serving as a warning to activists who might want to set up a similar encampment to those that have cropped up at other schools since pro-Palestinian demonstrators set one up at Columbia University more than a week ago. 

The vast majority of America’s top 50 colleges have seen anti-Israel protests crop up over the past week, with some demonstrations leading to the arrest of dozens of participants. 

There have been several reports of antisemitic harassment stemming from protests, leading a number of schools to cancel in-person classes out of concern for the safety of Jewish students and faculty.

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In many of the demonstrations, outside activists and professors have joined in with marching students, demanding schools divest from Israel.

But at the University of Florida, disruptive protesters can expect to be booted out for good.

The school said anyone engaged in the prohibited activities listed in its directive face being trespassed, and students who break the rules will be banned from the campus for three years and suspended.

Employees of the university, including professors, who engage in the prohibited activities face termination.

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When reached for comment about the memo, University of Florida VP of Communications James Wegmann told FOX Business, “This is Adulting 101: Actions have consequences.”

Dodgers pitcher saves himself from injury after catching 105 mph line drive at face

Add cat-like, and potentially life-saving, reflexes to Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s resume.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed the 25-year-old Japanese right hander for $325 million in the offseason, the most money ever given to a pitcher despite not throwing a pitch in the major leagues, over a dozen years.

His 1.16 ERA in Japan last season justifies that deal, but he proved to the world on Thursday he isn’t just a pitcher, he’s quite the athlete, as well.

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In the bottom of the fifth against the Washington Nationals, he grooved a hanging change up right over the middle of the plate.

Eddie Rosario, obviously, liked what he saw, and lined it right back to where it came from, putting up an exit velocity of 104.8 miles per hour.

But in less than the time of the blink of an eye, Yamamoto got his glove in front of his face just in time, recording a miraculous out while also avoiding a serious situation.

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Even Yamamoto couldn’t believe he had made the play, and his face sure looked like he was pretty spooked.

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But it didn’t shake him up too much. He struck out the next two batters and recorded the win after six scoreless innings where he struck out seven, walked one and allowed four hits.

Last year, Anthony Misiewicz took a 100-mph liner off the head that left him bloodied. He was carted off the field and hospitalized.

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It’s been an up-and-down start for Yamamoto, who allowed five earned runs in just one inning in his MLB debut. He then posted back-to-back scoreless outings of 5.0 innings each before allowing three earned in each of his next two. Add it all up, and it’s a 3.58 ERA (11 earned runs in 28.0 innings).

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