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Jimmy Carter’s grandson says former president is ‘coming to the end’

Jimmy Carter’s grandson provided an update on the former president’s health after he spent more than a year in hospice care, reconciling that his life is “coming to the end.”

Jason Carter, 48, addressed a mental health forum at the Carter Center in Georgia on Tuesday, where he said his grandfather was “doing ok” and praised the “outpouring of love” his family has received after the passing of the former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the forum’s namesake.

“My grandfather is doing okay. He has been in hospice, as you know, for almost a year and a half now, and he really is, I think, coming to the end,” Jason Carter said at The 28th Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum. “I’ve said before, there’s a part of this faith journey that is so important to him, and there’s a part of that faith journey that you only can live at the very end and I think he has been there in that space.”

Jimmy Carter, 99, entered hospice care in February 2023.

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During his remarks, Jason Carter remembered his grandmother and the impact her passing had on the family — including the former president.

“My grandmother’s passing was a difficult moment for all of us, including my grandfather,” Jason Carter added.

He also thanked the multitude of commemorations his family had received.

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“The outpouring of love and support that we, as a family, received from people in this room and from the rest of the world was so remarkable and meaningful to us. And it really turned that whole process into a celebration,” the grandson continued.

Jason Carter also described a conversation he shared with the former president weeks ago as they watched the MLB.

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“I said, ‘Papa, you know, I can’t- people ask me how you’re doing, and I say I don’t know.’ And he said, ‘Well, I don’t know myself,’” the grandson recounted. “So he is still there.”

Jimmy Carter is the oldest living president in history. George H.W. Bush, the previous holder of that record, passed away in 2018. He was 94 at the time.

The former Democratic president has survived brain cancer, liver cancer and various medical procedures.

Vulnerable congressional Dem calls immigration a ‘crisis’ after years of singing a different tune

A vulnerable congressional Democrat in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania who previously dismissed a border wall as “silly,” appears to have shifted her views on immigration, according to a recent op-ed calling for stricter border security. 

“We may be a long way from the U.S.-Mexico border, but the problems created by a broken system affect us too, particularly with regard to the entry of illegal drugs into our country,” Rep. Susan WIld wrote in an op-ed published last month in The Morning Call.  

Wild’s op-ed, which was headlined “Your View by US Rep. Susan Wild: It’s time to do something about the Southern border,” comes after immigration has spiraled under the Biden administration. Nearly 7.3 million illegal immigrants flooded the nation between Biden’s first day in office and February of this year, Fox News Digital previously reported. The figure is greater than the population of 36 individual states, and has affected states across the nation. 

After the Biden administration avoided calling the flood of migrants at the border a “crisis” in 2021, Wild joined a C-SPAN program in January 2022 to discuss Biden’s first year in office and said she doesn’t agree with Republican colleagues that every state was a border state due to lax immigration laws. 

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“No, I don’t agree with that statement,” she said in the interview. 

In 2018, when President Trump was in office, Wild joined a local Democratic debate and said the plan to build a border wall was “silly.” 

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“Anybody here for building the wall? Anybody?” the debate moderator asked the group of Democrats. 

“Absolutely not. I think we, we, end that silly idea and put that money toward education and health care,” Wild responded. 

Wild represents Pennsylvania’s 7th District in Lehigh Valley, which includes cities and towns such as Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Wild has served in Congress since 2018, and is expected to face an uphill battle this election year in the key battleground state. 

Ahead of the election season kicking off in earnest, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a list of more than two dozen Democrats last year considered vulnerable as they face off against Republican challengers. Wild was included on the list, alongside fellow House Pennsylvania members Chris Deluzio and Matt Cartwright. 

Immigration, as well as inflation and the economy, are top concerns for voters across the nation, including in Pennsylvania. A Fox News poll published last month focusing on the Keystone State found that Trump has a 16-point edge over Biden when it comes to border security and immigration, as well as a 4-point lead regarding his foreign policies. 

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Wild’s op-ed appears to mark a turn in her previous rhetoric on border security, calling the matter a “crisis” that needs to be remedied. 

“There is unquestionably a crisis at our Southern border – and this is something that almost everyone, no matter their political persuasion, can agree on,” she began in the op-ed. 

She went on to pin blame for the lack of a secure border or immigration plan on “extreme politicians” who pull “cheap political stunts.”

“Many of us in Congress have proven time and time again that we are more than willing to work with members of either party on large-scale policy proposals to address border and immigration challenges. However, we are held hostage by the extreme politicians who continue to stall our efforts in the name of cheap political stunts,” she wrote. 

She promoted a piece of legislation she co-sponsored, The Dignity Act, in the op-ed, which she said will “immediately address critical elements of our immigration system, restore order at our Southern border and implement long-term, much needed changes.”

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“The Dignity Act would increase border patrol personnel and provide cutting-edge screening technology to help detect contraband and illegal substances; change our political asylum system by constructing facilities in Latin America, where asylum seekers would be screened for eligibility; require employers to verify the immigration status of their employees, and create a pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers,’” she wrote.

The op-ed comes after Wild dismissed the notion that illegal immigrants would take jobs from legal American residents during a C-SPAN interview, arguing “we have the opposite problem.”

“As far as what you mentioned about people coming across the border and taking jobs, quite honestly sir, we have the opposite problem right now. We need more people in our workforce,” she said. 

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Mike Marinella, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, argued in comment to Fox News Digital that Wild is making a “desperate” attempt to backtrack her policies ahead of 2024. 

“It must be an election year because Susan Wild is making a desperate scramble to reel back her extreme policies. The truth is, Wild never once voted to secure the border and none of her lies can change that fact.” said NRCC spokesman Mike Marinella. 

Wild’s congressional office told Fox News Digital that Wild “has consistently advocated for the need to secure our Southern border.”

She recently voted “to send nearly $20 billion to Customs and Border Protection – including $75.5 million to acquire additional inspection detection systems and $20 million for additional CBP Officers to support counter fentanyl efforts – and has called repeatedly for House Republican leadership to take up the Bipartisan Border deal crafted by both parties in the Senate, which would have been the most comprehensive immigration reform the U.S. has seen in decades,” congressional office spokeswoman Natalie Gould said. 

Wild notably broke with her party in March, voting in favor of the Laken Riley Act, which is named after the college student who was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant, according to law enforcement. The legislation would have required Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to issue detainers and take custody of illegal migrants if they commit certain theft-related crimes, among other measures.

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Pennsylvania will again serve as a key battleground state this election cycle as former President Trump and President Biden are anticipated to face a rematch in a state that narrowly voted for Trump in 2016, and elected Biden in 2020 by a 1.17% margin. 

A recent poll from the New York Times found Trump leading in the majority of battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan and Georgia. 

Wild will face off against Republican state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, who has slammed Biden and Wild for “destroying this country” with “wide open borders” and crippling inflation.

Country queen Reba McEntire makes her return to TV screens with new sitcom

Reba McEntire took that one chance, and country music has never let her down.

The “Fancy” singer, who earned the entertainer of the year award nearly 30 years ago, returns to the stage for the 17th time to emcee the Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday, May 16, in Frisco, Texas.

In addition to her hosting responsibilities, Reba will perform her latest single, “I Can’t,” during the live ACMs telecast. Her performance comes on the heels of the news her “Happy’s Place” pilot was recently picked up by NBC for a Friday night time slot in the fall. 

If McEntire’s plate seems full, don’t be fooled. She’s used to heavy lifting. 

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“Happy’s Place” will follow the story of Bobbie, played by McEntire, who inherits her father’s restaurant after his death. Not only will she begin a new venture, she also learns about her new business partner, Isabella (played by Belissa Escobedo), who happens to be the younger half-sister she never knew she had.

“I love all genres of entertainment, but the sitcoms are just so much fun because it’s a brand new script every week, and you’re just having fun,” McEntire told Entertainment Tonight. 

“It’s really hard memorizing all the dialogue you have to do, but … it ain’t my first rodeo. I do love it. It’s just playtime. We have a blast with it.”

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Reba will have a few familiar faces on set, too, from when she was working on “Reba” and then “Malibu Country.”

“We’ve got the same producers, same showrunner, same writers, and now we’re back with Melissa Peterman and Rex Linn, my boyfriend, and wonderful, wonderful cast and crew,” she said.

McEntire first appeared alongside Peterman in the hit sitcom “Reba,” which aired on The WB and then The CW, for six seasons from 2001-07. The show was a huge success, and aside from the dynamic characters, it is remembered for its theme song, “I’m a Survivor,” sung by McEntire.

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She met her boyfriend, Rex Linn, nearly 40 years ago while working on the 1991 film, “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw.” They had an instant connection three decades later when she guest starred on his show, “Young Sheldon,” and were already dating by the time she appeared with him on season 3 of “Big Sky.”

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“I’ve been married twice. After the second one dissolved, I don’t have much faith in … being bound by a piece of paper or a ring,” she told E! News. “But I’m truly committed to Rex, so if that’s something he feels totally strong about, that’s fine with me. He’s never been married before. So, if he wants to experience that, I’m OK with that.”

McEntire was previously married to Charlie Battles, from 1976 to 1987, and Narvel Blackstock, from 1989 to 2015. 

She has a close bond with her only son, Shelby Blackstock, whom she welcomed with her ex in 1990. Narvel is also the father of Brandon Blackstock, the ex-husband of Kelly Clarkson.

“Shelby is a gift from God to me,” she told People magazine. “We’re very close. I was a very self-centered person to a degree before Shelby. But then there’s a little character who you are given the job to protect and nurture and love and teach, so all the attention’s not on you anymore.”

Her transition into sitcom star came only after she ruled the charts as the queen of country, and Reba’s had an impressive music career that spans decades. 

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The Oklahoma-born singer grew up on an 8,000-acre cattle ranch and was encouraged to perform by her beloved mother. 

“It was mama who encouraged us kids to sing, taught us how to sing, took us to our singing jobs,” she told fellow country superstar Garth Brooks on TalkShopLive. “Thirteen years old playing beer joints and honky-tonks, Peg, Susie and I, getting up there and singing.” 

Her first big break came in 1974, when she was hired to sing the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Red Steagall caught wind of her performance, and Reba later signed with Mercury Records. The duo later collaborated on the 2007 hit “Here We Go Again.”

In the midst of her flourishing career, McEntire was dealt a tragedy. While on tour in 1991, one of two private, chartered jets carrying members of her band crashed near San Diego. Eight band members did not survive the crash. The pilot and co-pilot also died. 

Days after the crash, McEntire put on a brave face and took the stage at the 63rd Academy Awards. She released her album, “For My Broken Heart,” later that year, which she dedicated to those who died in the accident.

Despite the tumultuous time, McEntire continued to focus on bringing positive messages to fans through her music. She’s released 13 No. 1 albums in her four-decade career.

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Reba has three Grammy awards, she’s won CMA female vocalist of the year four times, and, in 2018, she received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime of contributions to American culture. Last year, Reba took over for Blake Shelton on the reality singing competition show “The Voice.”

In 2020, the celebrated singer announced she would be returning to her original label, Universal Music Group Nashville, where she spent the first 32 years of her career.

If her ACMs pre-show rituals are any indication, Reba’s putting faith first, just like she always has. 

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“I really enjoy doing the awards, so I don’t have any rituals,” she said in a video shared on Instagram. “I don’t have anything that I have to do before I go out except pray. 

“I ask the Holy Spirit to walk for me, talk for me, speak for me and sing for me. And that always gives me the confidence to take that first step and go have a good time.”

Battleground state removes non-citizens improperly registered after investigation

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose ordered the state’s voter rolls to be purged of “non-citizens” Tuesday after a review found more than 100 Ohio residents who were registered to vote despite lacking U.S. citizenship.

An investigation by Ohio’s Public Integrity Division analyzed data from the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles and found 137 people who appeared on voter rolls despite twice confirming they were not U.S. citizens. Ohio law requires that in order for a person to be removed from voter rolls, they must have confirmed their lack of citizenship to the BMV on two separate occasions, and also have updated their voter registration or voted in between the two occasions.

“These individuals will receive at least two written notices from the Secretary of State’s office asking them to confirm their citizenship status or cancel their registration. Failure to respond to these notices will result in removal of the registration from the voter rolls by the county boards of elections,” LaRose’s office told Fox News Digital in a statement.

The improper voter registration could result in prosecution for some, but LaRose cautioned that not all instances are criminal.

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“It’s important to recognize that some of these registrations may be the result of an honest mistake,” LaRose said. “These may be well-meaning people trying to pursue the American dream, and communication barriers sometimes result in a registration form being submitted in error. We need to help them get that cleared up before an accidental registration becomes an illegal vote that could result in a felony conviction or even deportation.”

LaRose’s office says there may be more non-citizens registered to vote than the initial investigation uncovered. Much of the data provided by the BMV requires cross-referencing with other databases, some of them federal.

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To that effect, Ohio is calling on President Biden’s administration to provide access to several sources of citizenship data. First is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ SAVE database, which holds troves of citizenship data for individuals entering the U.S.

LaRose’s office also seeks access to citizenship information from the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security administration, as well as federal district court records disclosing individuals disqualified from jury service due to a lack of United States citizenship.

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LaRose’s office hopes to hold up Ohio’s elections systems as a model for other GOP-led states, given his current role as vice chairman of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee.

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“With national liberal groups eyeing the ten secretary of state races on the ballot over the next two years, we need principled Republican leaders now more than ever,” LaRose said when he was appointed to the RSSC role in March.

Democrat megadonor exposed for trying to ‘silence regular Americans’ in bombshell report

FIRST ON FOX – Free Press, a media group financed by liberal billionaire George Soros, “is looking to incorporate global pressure to push Big Tech platforms to juice their censorship operations before the 2024 U.S. presidential election,” according to the Media Research Center. 

Free Press bills itself as an organization that “closely watches as the decisions shaping the media landscape are made and sounds the alarm when people’s rights to connect and communicate are in danger.” However, in a new report, the conservative MRC found that Soros gave over $80 million to affiliated groups calling for “censorship” ahead of November’s critical election. 

“One of the wealthiest men in the world is using his vast wealth and power to silence regular Americans ahead of the 2024 election. At a time when defending free speech is key, leftists are trying their best to shut down the voices of half of America, especially those who disagree with the radical agenda promoted by Biden, Soros and most Big Tech executives,” MRC Free Speech America vice president Dan Schneider told Fox News Digital

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MRC associate editor Joseph Vazquez reported the Soros-funded media group “is at the helm of a new push to restrict free speech online,” pointing to a recent press release as evidence.

Last month, Free Press boasted about a letter urging executives at Discord, Google, Instagram, Meta, Pinterest, Reddit, Rumble, Snap, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube to keep online platforms “safe and healthy” in 2024 through six specific “interventions.”

The letter was signed by “200 civil-society organizations, researchers and journalists,” according to Free Press. The MRC found that “at least 45 of the signatories have had their coffers packed with Soros cash to the tune of a whopping $80,757,329 between 2016 and 2022 alone.”

“The document attempted to justify that it was written with reducing ‘real-world harms’ and ‘the rise of extremism and violent attempts to overthrow democratic governments’ in mind. However, it appears its true design is to pressure Big Tech companies to silence speech the left despises as 60 countries across the globe gear up for their elections in 2024,” Vazquez wrote.

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“But even more disturbing was the letter’s implication that its primary target is interfering in the 2024 U.S. election,” Vazquez continued. “This development is directly in line with Soros’ brand, who has dedicated millions of his ungodly fortune to groups looking to interfere in elections by stifling online speech.” 

The letter asked tech companies to reinstate “election-integrity policies,” “swiftly enforce rules against election lies and hate in political advertising,” “require disclosure of AI-generated political content,” “place greater friction to reduce the visibility and easy distribution of election-related content that has been flagged and is awaiting review,” “hold influencer, public figure and political candidate accounts to the same moderation and enforcement standards as everyone else,” and “improve transparency and enable civil-society oversight of enforcement practices by regularly sharing virality and enforcement reports.”

Vazquez wrote that the “explicit push for speech controls is especially disturbing in light of the stated vision of one of Free Press’s founders,” noting that Free Press co-founder Robert W. McChesney once wrote in 2000, “Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.”

The MRC then dove into who signed the letter and how they receive financial support. 

“The signatory that received the most Soros funding in MRC’s tally was none other than the climate change-obsessed Global Witness, which is already on record pressuring Facebook and TikTok to increase censorship operations before the 2022 midterm elections,” Vazquez wrote. 

“The Soros empire funded the group with a massive $20,338,270 between 2016 and 2022,” he continued. “The group’s ‘digital threats’ campaign, for example, is specifically focused on pressuring governments to regulate speech on social media.”

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The MRC also found that the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, another signee, received over $3 million from Soros between 2017 and 2022. 

“The leftist group was recently exposed in a House Judiciary Committee investigation for co-authoring a ‘hate groups’ blacklist with the Soros-funded Global Disinformation Index (GDI) targeting ‘conservative’ and faith-based organizations. This list was later disseminated by law enforcement to several financial institutions,” Vazquez wrote.

“The fact that Free Press is at the tip of this Soros-tied spear should concern every American,” he continued. “Free Press’s obsession with censorship and gaining control of the Internet cannot be overstated.”

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The MRC noted that Free Press previously “celebrated how it was also responsible for influencing the Obama-era FCC into adopting draconian ‘Net Neutrality’ rules that arbitrarily sanctioned massive government regulation of the Internet,” and “praised how the FCC reportedly cited the Soros-funded organization ‘close to 70 times’ in its final order on the matter.”

“Americans beware. The Soros network is coming after your free speech just in time for the U.S. elections — again,” Vazquez wrote. 

Free Press did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Global Witness also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Man finds artistic way to stick it to city officials who ordered him to put fence around boat

A California boat owner became a local celebrity after he decided to stick it to city officials who asked him to build a fence around his boat.

Etienne Constable, a Seaside, California, resident, owns a boat that he had kept parked on a dirt patch on his property. In July 2023, officials asked him to build a proper driveway and to put up a 6-foot-tall fence that covered his boat.

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Monday, Constable explained that he “wasn’t looking for a private property rights fight with the city,” but disagreed with officials for thinking his boat was an eyesore.

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“There’s some logic to the law about, you know, not having decrepit vehicles….and I figured, ‘This is not unsightly.’ I don’t know why they would threaten me that way,” he recalled.

“I just figured there’s a First Amendment right of writing whatever statement I want, on whatever property I have,” he continued. “So, yeah, just kind of standing up for myself.”

Constable ended up complying with the city by building a fence, but he decided to have some fun with it by commissioning a life-like mural on the structure.

The art is arguably so realistic that, at a quick glance, it almost appears that the fence isn’t there at all. 

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Constable explained that he wanted to avoid having an unattractive fence, opting for a look that was more appealing.

“I just thought, ‘Here’s a creative way to make a statement.’ And [as] an artistic statement, it’s open to many interpretations, and I think that’s part of the beauty of it,” Constable said.

Constable got in touch with a local artist named Hanif Panni, who happens to be his neighbor, to help bring the idea to life. The City of Seaside appeared to applaud Constable and Panni’s creativity, according to a Facebook post on Saturday.

“Seaside resident got creative when complying to the municipal code to hide his boat with a fence,” the post’s caption read. “He turned lemons into lemonade and had his artist neighbor paint a hyperrealistic mural of the boat on the fence itself!”

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“The result? A optical illusion and a whole lot of media attention,” the post continued.

Constable admitted that his stunt got much more attention than he expected.

“I was ready for whatever reaction might come, although I certainly wasn’t ready for this thing to go viral like it has … I didn’t know how the city would react,” he told Fox News Digital. 

“I got a call from the acting city manager/police chief and he said, ‘Dude, you’re hilarious. I’d give you a high-five. I’d love to meet you someday. And, you know, if you need anything, let me know.'”

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Constable, whose community is just outside of Monterey, says that the attention he’s received from locals has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Ninety-nine percent of everybody else in this community thought it was hilarious, and [thought] that there’s some silly laws on the books. Why do we make each other suffer in this way for whatever reason?” he said with a laugh.

If Constable did not conceal his boat, he would have had to pay a first offense fine of $100, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Fox News Digital reached out to Seaside Mayor Ian Oglesby for comment.

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Man who randomly punched actor Steve Buscemi in the face on NYC street identified

Authorities have reportedly released the identity of the suspect accused of punching actor Steve Buscemi during a random attack while he was out walking in Manhattan on Wednesday morning. 

On Tuesday evening, the NYPD announced that Clifton Williams, 50, was the man who reportedly punched Buscemi in the face, Fox 5 New York reported.

The 66-year-old star of “Fargo” and “Boardwalk Empire” was assaulted just before noon in midtown Manhattan and taken to a nearby hospital with bruising, swelling and bleeding to his left eye.

Witnesses confirmed to local station ABC 7 that Buscemi chased after Williams, but was unable to stop him. 

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Buscemi’s publicist confirmed the assault to Fox News Digital following the attack.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city. He is ok and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to [him] while also walking the streets of NY,” Buscemi’s publicist previously told Fox News Digital. 

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The New York Police Department issued a statement about the assault on Wednesday, not did not name Buscemi as the victim.

Buscemi, who was born in Brooklyn, is a beloved New York figure and is a former New York firefighter who helped his old team at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. 

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Back on March 31, Buscemi’s “Boardwalk Empire” co-star Michael Stuhlbarg was hit in the back of the neck with a rock while walking in Manhattan’s Central Park. Stuhlbarg was able to chase down his attacker, who was taken into custody outside the park.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the NYPD for comment. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Model makes red hot return to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

Kate Upton is red hot on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 2024 issue. 

The model joins Gayle King, as well as Chrissy Teigen and Hunter McGrady as the magazine’s newest cover models.

Sports Illustrated, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, is launching seven covers, which will hit newsstands on May 17. 

“It’s such a huge honor,” Upton told People magazine ahead of the announcement. “It really speaks to really where fashion is going and the message that [Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s editor-in-chief] MJ Day wants to put out — women supporting women, showing different body types and having women speak for different things they believe in.”

“Every year I feel more and more confident in who I am and what I bring to the table,” McGrady told Fox News Digital ahead of the cover unveiling. “And when I first shot for Sports Illustrated in 2016, I was so young. I had no idea of the opportunities it was going to bring me and the platform it was going to give. And I’ve grown as a person ever since then.”

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“It’s so much bigger than me,” she gushed. “It’s so much bigger than the beautiful photos — that’s like the cherry on top. The message for me is inclusivity. That’s what makes it so beautiful. SI has brought forth that inclusivity message and celebrates women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. They’re one of the very few who are doing it, and doing it in such a beautiful way.”

To commemorate its milestone birthday, the outlet is publishing a special collectible trilogy of covers from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 60th Anniversary Legends shoot. 

It highlights the foursome, along with Brenna Huckaby, Brooklyn Decker, Brooks Nader, Camille Kostek, Christie Brinkley, Danielle Herrington, Hailey Clauson, Halima Aden, Jasmine Sanders, Kate Love, Leyna Bloom, Lily Aldridge, Martha Stewart, Maye Musk, Megan Rapinoe, Molly Sims, Nina Agdal, Paige Spiranac, Paulina Porizkova, Roshumba Williams, Sue Bird, Tyra Banks and Winnie Harlow. 

All seven covers were photographed by renowned SI Swimsuit photographer Yu Tsai.

“Over the past 60 years we have shattered stereotypes, embraced diversity, and championed inclusivity,” Day said in a statement sent to Fox News Digital. “With each passing year, we have challenged ourselves to push boundaries and redefine what it means to be Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. While this year’s issue is a tribute to the recent past, it’s also a reminder of the work we must continue to do. We must remind women to challenge the status quo, to celebrate strength and confidence, and to inspire those around us to embrace their uniqueness and pursue their passions fearlessly.” 

“SI Swimsuit has transcended its origins,” Day shared. “It began as a mere diversion in the winter months when the sports calendar was relatively empty. Now it’s a global symbol of empowerment, diversity and positivity. We’ve done our best to honor women of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds. We’ve strived to reshape societal norms and redefine the standards of beauty. This year’s issue does just that.” 

“In the past, we’d have one cover model representing the supposed epitome of beauty at the time,” Day continued. “But today there are seven covers featuring 27 women, all of whom have helped shape a world in which they feel more represented and more empowered than ever before. 

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“There’s Kate Upton, whose first cover served as a catalyst for the evolution of the brand. There’s Chrissy Teigen, who represents the new generation of model moguls. There’s Hunter McGrady, whose power and advocacy continue to inspire. And there’s Gayle King, a first-timer who, like her co-cover models, not so gently reminds us that women are limitless and control their destinies. For the three remaining covers, we assembled some of our most influential alumni together for one legendary photo shoot representing where we are right now — and a hope for the future.”

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Upton made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2011 and was crowned Rookie of the Year that year. The 31-year-old mom had her first solo cover in 2012 and had the cover again the following year. In 2014, she appeared on the flip cover and then in 2017, she starred on the cover once more.

Teigen became Rookie of the Year in 2010. The 38-year-old mom of four also appeared on the 2014 cover alongside Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge.

McGrady made a splash in the SI Swimsuit issue in 2017. The 31-year-old mom of two became known as the outlet’s “curviest model ever.” McGrady told People magazine she was nearly nine months postpartum after welcoming her second child when she was photographed for the latest issue.

King, who turns 70 this year, told People magazine she thought she was “being punked” when Day asked her to appear in this year’s issue.

“It wasn’t something I dreamed about,” King told the outlet. “But it was one of the highlights of all the things I’ve done because I never thought this would be possible.”

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The original swimsuit issue ran in 1964. It has since been a launching pad for models like McGrady, as well as Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson and Ashley Graham.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Angler helps authorities crack down on gigantic invasive fish eating all the food in local pond

Colorado authorities recently announced that they’ve recovered massive invasive fish from a local pond – all thanks to a local fishing enthusiast.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) published a press release about the discovery on Monday. Officials explained that an angler tipped them off to the presence of bighead carp in Jack B. Tomlinson Park in Arvada, Colorado, last week.

“Acting on a tip from the public, CPW aquatic biologists pulled the fish from the pond and checked a neighboring body of water connected by a culvert for the nuisance species,” the CPW explained.

Fourteen bighead carp were found in total – and all of them were hefty. All the fish were at least three feet long, and the heaviest was a whopping 46 pounds.

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“Bighead carp, part of the Asian carp family, are not native to Colorado and negatively impact the overall ecosystem as they are prolific eaters,” CPW said in a statement. “They feed primarily upon plankton and compete with many native and sport fish species which depend on plankton as a food source.”

The freshwater fish have such large appetites that they pose a significant burden to native species.

“Bighead carp are filter feeders and can grow to incredible sizes in both small and large bodies of water,” CPW Invasive Species Program Manager Robert Walters explained in a statement. “Once established, these fish can outcompete native Colorado species for food and resources.”

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Bighead carp were introduced in 1992 as part of a national study about reducing pond algae, the CPW explained – but even after being removed in 1995, the species persisted.

CPW Northeast Region Public Information Officer Kara Van Hoose told Fox News Digital that it’s “highly unusual” to find bighead carp in Colorado waters.

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Anglers should report anything strange they see while fishing to CPW,” Van Hoose advised. “This is a good example of what can happen to fish which don’t have any natural predators in the area and an endless supply of food.”

“The carp outcompeted any other species in the pond and negatively affected the pond’s overall aquatic health,” she added.

In a social media post, CPW joked that “many Jaws jokes were made” about the discovery. The wildlife department also thanked the angler who tipped them off.

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“This operation all started with a tip from an angler,” CPW District Wildlife Manager for Westminster and Arvada Philip Sorensen said in a press release. “We are grateful when the public reaches out to tell us about invasive species in their neighborhoods. We want to know about the presence of invasive species.”

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