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Trump campaign sends chilling warning to Biden as former president ready to hit the trail

Even with his guilty verdict, former President Trump is now free from a “freezing” New York City courtroom after a six-week trial and is ready to hit the campaign trail once again. His campaign is warning President Biden’s team to “buckle up.” 

Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree in New York v. Trump. 

Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over the case, said Trump was required to be in court every day for the trial, except Wednesdays when court was not in session. 

The former president railed against the judge and Democrats daily for confining him to the courtroom, repeatedly telling reporters and supporters it was “freezing” and like being stuck in a “freezing cold icebox.” 

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“Crooked Joe Biden and the Democrats confined President Trump to a courtroom for more than eight hours a day for more than six weeks, and he’s still winning,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt told Fox News Digital. “Now that he is fully back on the campaign trail, Biden and the Democrats better buckle up.” 

Leavitt told Fox News Digital Trump “generated billions of dollars in earned media coverage throughout the trial, hosted massive rallies and impromptu campaign stops in New York and beyond, increased his lead over crooked Joe Biden in the polls and raised more money than Biden and the Democrats in the month of April. Not even a witch hunt trial could slow him down. In fact, it only made him stronger.” 

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The 2024 presumptive Republican nominee took advantage of the location of the trial — New York City — and highlighted that it has been in decline since Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg took office.

First, Trump was greeted warmly by New Yorkers in upper Manhattan at a Harlem bodega and vowed to “straighten out New York.” 

Trump was met by a large crowd chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump,” “Four more years,” and “We love Trump.” The crowd was singing the national anthem. 

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

And that day was the day the former president decided the criminal trial could actually have a “reverse effect.” 

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

TRUMP DELIVERS PIZZA TO NEW YORK CITY FIREFIGHTERS IN CAMPAIGN STOP AFTER DAY IN COURT

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

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

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

A week or so later, Trump spent the day in court, but on his way home, he stopped to deliver pizzas to first responders at a midtown Manhattan fire department, the same New York City fire department he visited in 2021 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks of Sept. 11, 2021. 

Trump posed for a photo with each firefighter individually and in a group and left pizzas. He didn’t speak to the press. 

The former president crisscrossed the nation for rallies and campaign stops on Wednesdays and would return to New York City for court first thing Thursday morning. 

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The only non-Wednesday Trump spent outside the courtroom was May 17, when he traveled home to Palm Beach, Fla., to attend and celebrate the high school graduation of his youngest son, Barron Trump. 

Trump also held rallies in and around New York, which drew historic crowds in traditionally blue districts. 

Trump held a rally in Wildwood, N.J., the largest political rally in the blue state of New Jersey, bringing between 80,000 and 100,000 people to support the presumptive Republican nominee. 

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“As you can see today, we’re expanding the electoral map because … we’re going to win the state of New Jersey,” Trump said during that rally. “I think we’re going to win them all. All across America, millions of people, so-called blue states, are joining our movement based on love, intelligence and a thing called common sense.”  

And just weeks later, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, Trump held a massive and historic rally in the Bronx. 

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Trump rallied a crowd of what his campaign estimated to be 25,000 at Crotona Park in The Bronx, far more than the 3,500 attendees they were initially expecting. 

“I’m here tonight to declare we are going to turn New York City around, and we are going to turn it around very, very quickly,” Trump said after taking the stage. “We are going to make New York bigger, better and greater than ever before.”

The presidential race against Biden won’t slow down in June, with Trump out of his trial and a debate between the two presumptive nominees set for an unprecedented early date of June 27. 

Trump’s sentencing hearing for the New York City criminal conviction is scheduled for July 11, just days before the start of the 2024 Republican National Convention.

Republican Senate candidate faces backlash from GOP over statement on Trump conviction

Former Maryland Governor and Republican nominee for Senate Larry Hogan faced criticism from fellow Republicans for his comments about former President Donald Trump’s criminal conviction on Thursday. 

“The former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee was found guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree on Thursday after two days of jury deliberations. 

“Regardless of the result, I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process. At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders—regardless of party—must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship,” Hogan posted on X. 

“We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law,” he said. 

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Chris LaCivita, senior advisor to the former president and his campaign, responded to the post saying, ” You just ended your campaign.” 

Hogan, a moderate former two-term Republican governor, is vying to succeed retiring longtime Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in blue-state Maryland.

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Fox News’ reported Thursday that NRSC chairman Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., will continue his support of Hogan despite his comments about Trump – the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

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“I still think Larry Hogan will flip Maryland. Larry Hogan is gonna run his campaign. Run his race. President Trump will run his race. I thought that the trial was a complete sham,” Daines told Fox News’ Aisha Hasnie.

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Hogan, who was a successful business leader before entering politics, won the governorship in 2014 and was re-elected to a second term in 2018.

During his last year as governor, Republican leaders in the nation’s capital and in Maryland heavily courted Hogan to run for the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.

But Hogan declined, saying in a news conference in February that year that “as I have repeatedly said, I don’t aspire to be a United States senator.”

Fast-forward two years and Hogan changed his mind after another full-court press by national Republican leaders, including Daines.

Hogan, a very vocal GOP critic of Trump, flirted with a 2024 White House run before deciding against it. And he has repeatedly said he won’t vote for the former president in November.

Asked if he’s concerned that his comments could cost him the votes of some Trump loyalists and supporters in the general election, Hogan told Fox News Digital that “the choice will be between me and a liberal Democrat. Hopefully, even if they’re a little upset with me about one particular issue or another, hopefully they’ll decide I’m the best choice for them.”

And asked earlier this year if having Trump at the top of the ticket in Maryland would hurt his bid for Senate, Hogan answered,”It’s a tough hurdle to overcome because he lost my state by 33 points.”

“It’s not going to be helpful to me, but I think we’re going to be able to overcome that challenge,” he added in a Fox News Digital interview.

Fox News’ Aisha Hasnie contributed to this report.

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‘Aliens’ that landed in family’s backyard used ‘cloaking device’ to hide from humans: expert

The purported aliens that landed in a Las Vegas family’s backyard used “some kind of cloaking device” to hide from humans, a veteran crime scene reconstruction analyst believes.

Scott Roder, who has testified as an expert in some of the most highly publicized criminal cases around the world, walked Fox News Digital through the same process he uses to prepare for trials to point out “anomalies” in a witness’s video. 

He outlined two “smoky filters” that don’t match the background he said “the beings” used to “shield” themselves from the curious family and, later, responding police officers. 

Roder and Jim Quirk, a reporter who runs the “Extraterrestrial Reality” podcast and shared videos and images with Fox News Digital, theorized that the same “cloaking device” hid a craft that made an unexpected landing in Sin City last year.

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Roder and Quirk focused on Angel Kenmore’s video, which at first glance appeared to show nothing. 

But the entire family reacted to something and ran from the backyard. Their sudden, frantic retreat cut the video short, but Roder analyzed the footage they captured. 

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Using different computer software and artificial intelligence (AI), Roder recreated movement to show what likely happened on April 30, 2023, and outlined the “anomalies” that he called “undeniable evidence that we are not alone.”

Roder and Quirk alluded to a dark blur in the top-hand corner, which skeptics have called a shadow or a smudge, and said he believes it’s a head of an alien in “some kind of smoky filter or using some kind of cloaking technique.”

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“I think what the AI software was able to allow us to do was to determine that it was not just a shadow, beyond any reasonable doubt to a degree of scientific probability,” Roder said.

“That’s the same standard that you testify in court, the same standard that can send a suspect to jail for the rest of their lives.”

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During his analysis, Roder said the blurry image that appears to peer over a large fence “played bonkers with our software,” reducing the pixels in the area. 

Quirk and Roder speculated the same “cloaking device” was likely used on the craft that some believe crashed that night. 

Before the face-to-face confrontation between the Las Vegas family and the supposed aliens, an unexplainable streak of light raced across the sky. It was captured on Las Vegas Police bodycams. 

Shortly thereafter, Angel Kenmore called 911 and told a dispatcher he saw a “tall, skinny alien creature with greenish color,” about 8- to 10-feet tall, hiding behind their forklift in the backyard.

Police followed up on the 911 call and alluded to the light in the sky. They checked the Kenmore house but didn’t see anything. 

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“My feeling is something went wrong with this craft or whatever they were in, and it had to come down and make an emergency landing,” Quirk said, when asked what he believed happened and why there was no evidence of a craft. 

“They landed in this backyard, and while they’re making emergency repairs, perhaps these alien beings are trying to stave off the pesky humans while these other aliens that we don’t see are working on this craft.”

“This is, as far as anyone should be concerned, this is the absolute end,” Roder said. “All evidence that shows that we are not alone and that there is an alien presence on this planet.”

“This is, as far as anyone should be concerned, this is the absolute end. All evidence that shows that we are not alone and that there is an alien presence on this planet.”

— Scott Roder, crime scene recreation expert

Making the incident even stranger is how the streaking light, believed by some to be a falling UFO, seemingly disappeared when Roder tested it under Infrared vision, but an airplane didn’t. 

He pointed out the “steep trajectory” and said it made an “oscillating mechanical sound.” Shortly after it went out of sight, Angel Kenmore called 911. 

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“This is bigger than Las Vegas,” Quirk said. “I mean, this shows we are not alone on this world.”

“There is some sort of an alien presence here among us,” Quirk added. “What they’re doing here, we can’t really say. We can only speculate. But there is something here, no doubt about it.”

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SPECULATION AND THEORY

Playing to Roder’s strengths and treating this incident as if it were a crime scene, Fox News Digital asked Roder and Quirk what’s next. 

If what they’re saying is true, and this is an untampered video (which Roder showed why that’s the case), and it’s proof that extraterrestrial life exists, that would answer what, where and when. 

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But there’s the question of why, among other unknowns, that would be answered in a trial, if it were a crime. 

“The world of crime scene reconstruction is very remedial. Who, what, where, when and why? Right?” Roder said. “We need the why. That’s how you get the full picture so you can understand the event.

“So, we have a bullet wound, and we’ve got a dead guy. OK, we know that guy shot that guy. But the important thing is, why did he shoot that guy? Why are these aliens here? Who are they? What do they want?”

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And that can only be answered at this point by speculation, hypothesis and theories. 

Quirk touched on his own personal theory that something went wrong with the craft, and “the beings,” as they often called them, had to make an emergency landing, and the family sneacked up on them during repairs. 

Roder and Quirk teased future releases as they analyze videos of the incident and believe something else was missed. 

“This is just the beginning,” Roder said. 

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And as the case gets more attention, Quirk and Roder said they’ve been getting tips and other videos about this case — and other potential sightings — making this a “grassroots investigation.”

Quirk said it really started after one of his subscribers, Julia June, pointed out the blur in the right-hand corner of the video. That led to teaming up with Roder, which led to this point. 

“There are a lot of people involved,” Quirk said. “This is why people have been talking about this, and they haven’t stopped talking about it for a whole year. And now we finally are able to prove scientifically that there were actual alien beings in that backyard.”

Longtime Democrat ditches party — stoking speculation about potential run for governor

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a longtime political moderate, on Friday announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and has registered as an independent.

In a news release, Manchin, who is not running for re-election, said he switched his party affiliation at the West Virginia State Capitol. 

“From my first day in public service in 1982, I have always focused on doing what’s best for my state and my country, without regard to party or politics. Throughout my days in elected office, I have always been proud of my commitment to common sense, bipartisanship and my desire to bring people together. It’s who I am. It’s who I will always be. I have never seen America through a partisan lens,” Manchin said. 

“However, since becoming a United States Senator in 2010, I have seen both the Democrat and Republican parties leave West Virginia and our country behind for partisan extremism while jeopardizing our democracy. Today, our national politics are broken and neither party is willing to compromise to find common ground. To stay true to myself and remain committed to put country before party, I have decided to register as an independent with no party affiliation and continue to fight for America’s sensible majority.”

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Manchin’s surprise decision comes amid reports that he is being encouraged to run for governor of West Virginia by moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the party’s nominee, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. 

Questioned about those reports last week, Manchin downplayed the rumors but would not rule them out. He said the Democratic nominee, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, is a friend. 

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“I heard that this morning, the rumors. I’ve supported my friend Steve Williams, we’ve known each other for 40 years, got him involved. He’s a good person. I don’t know what’s going on. So basically, I’ll just wait until I go home,” Manchin said. 

The West Virginia MetroNews report quoted sources “close” to the senator who said at least 20 Republicans “with financial resources” have encouraged Manchin to run for governor.

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Since that report was published, Manchin was reportedly bombarded by people urging him to run at an event at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, according to WVMetroNews. The Greenbrier is notably owned by the state’s current governor, Democrat-turned-Republican Jim Justice, who is term-limited and now is the GOP’s Senate nominee to replace Manchin.

“The talk about the possibility of Joe Manchin running for West Virginia governor again is real,” wrote Hoppy Kercheval, a news anchor and one of the state’s most recognizable media figures.

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The Democratic primary is over and Manchin could not run for governor as a Democrat. But his sudden and unexpected decision to become an independent opens the door for a bid for governor’s mansion, or even a reelection effort for Senate.

Fox News has reached out to Manchin’s office for comment. 

Anti-Trump attorney yells at CNN contributor in fierce argument over verdict

Anti-Trump attorney George Conway called CNN contributor Scott Jennings a “liar” in a heated debate Friday over former President Trump’s unprecedented conviction in New York.

Conway was infuriated as Jennings argued that Trump’s conviction has united the GOP and will “backfire” on the Democrats.

“Scott’s lying and that’s the problem with the Republican Party. It’s continually addicted to lies. It’s a lie,” Conway told Jennings as his voice rose. 

“Wait a minute, what am I lying about?” Jennings asked. 

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“You’re lying!” Conway yelled back. “You’re lying, Scott. You’re lying about the law! You’re lying about what the jury was charged to find. They don’t have an underlying crime. They had to find the intent to cover up an underlying crime.” 

“What was the crime?” Jennings asked. 

Conway also called out CNN for employing Jennings as a contributor. 

“This is the problem with the Republican Party is that they are suffused with lies,” he said. “I don’t know why this network is paying Scott to say those lies.” 

The comment prompted CNN host Kasie Hunt to jump in. 

“Whoa, whoa, OK, let’s not go there George,” Hunt told Conway. “Scott is our colleague and we are going to treat him respectfully as such.” 

“This is ridiculous,” Conway said. 

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Jennings argued that Trump’s trial appeared politically motivated.

“The mood of the party reminds me a little bit about the Kavanaugh period,” he said. “You go back to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings [in] 2018. I remember that period being, the MAGA people were mad, the non-MAGA, the anti-Trump, the pro-Trump, every wing of the party was vibratingly angry about what was being done to Kavanaugh.” 

“I feel and sense that the same thing is happening today which is why I think you’re probably going to see this backfire politically on the Democrats and they’re going to regret it,” Jennings said, as Conway muttered to himself in a low voice. 

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Jurors found the former president guilty on all 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree on Thursday, which stemmed from a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016. Trump is now the first presumptive major party nominee and former U.S. president to ever be convicted of a crime.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

Alarming new study uncovers serious health risks for people who have tattoos

In the modern landscape of self-expression, the allure of tattoos has only continued to grow. 

But a new study contains a startling revelation: People with tattoos may have a 21% higher risk of developing lymphoma

The study from Lund University in Sweden finds that people’s chances of developing lymphoma increase regardless of the tattoo’s size.

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Dr. Christel Nielsen, the study’s leading author, emphasized the cultural significance of tattoos as a form of body art

“People will likely want to continue to express their identity through tattoos, and therefore it is very important that we as a society can make sure that it is safe,” said Dr. Nielsen in a statement. 

The remarks highlight the broader health and safety implications of the growing tattoo trend.

Here’s a deeper dive.

Most common types of cancer for tattooed individuals

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system, a key component of the body’s immune defense. 

The study found that the most common types of cancer associated with tattooed people were diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

The American Cancer Society notes that non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers. 

The cancer organization estimates about 80,620 people will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma this year.

The new study, published in the eClinicalMedicine journal, spanned a decade and involved 11,905 participants ages 20 to 60. 

The American Cancer Society notes that non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the United States. 

Of this group, 2,938 individuals had lymphoma. The participants, which included those diagnosed with lymphoma as well as people in a control group, were required to complete a detailed questionnaire about tattoos.

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While the study did not find any significant correlation between the size of tattoos and the risk of lymphoma, it did find the risk of lymphoma is highest among those who had their first tattoo less than two years prior.

Researchers say more study and work is needed.

The report comes at a crucial time when tattoos are gaining traction across demographics.

An August 2023 Pew Research Center survey illustrated the prevalence of tattoos among Americans, finding that 32% of adults have at least one tattoo. 

Pew data found that tattoos are more common in women than in men.

Among those, 22% have more than one tattoo on their body. Furthermore, the Pew data found that tattoos are more common in women than in men.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the inks and pigments used in tattoos. Although the FDA does have some oversight over tattoos, it leaves active regulation to the jurisdiction of state and local entities. 

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Fox News medical contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, a double board-certified medical doctor practicing in New York, raised concerns about the issue. “Ink is considered carcinogenic,” she said.  

“The immune system gets activated in response to the ink you put in your body,” Dr. Nesheiwat said on “Fox & Friends First” recently. 

Tattoos appear to grow more acceptable and common with each passing year, fueled perhaps by the adoption of them among both celebrities and many others. 

The researchers now plan on examining possible links between tattoos and different cancer types as well as inflammatory diseases. 

This acceptance aligns with forecasts from Fortune Business Insights, predicting that the global tattoo market size will more than double, from $2.22 billion to $4.83 billion by 2032.

Yet, despite the market’s growth, comprehensive information on the long-term health implications of tattooing is scarce.

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The Lund University researchers have called for more comprehensive examinations into the relationship between tattoos and various health outcomes, acknowledging their findings are limited. 

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The researchers now plan on examining possible links between tattoos and different cancer types as well as inflammatory diseases. 

The research community is eager to unravel the full impact of tattoos on human health as their popularity continues to grow.

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Legendary country star extends farewell tour amid major health problems

Alan Jackson is doing what he does best. 

On Thursday, the country artist — who originally kicked off his farewell tour in 2022 — announced his plans to extend his “Last Call: One More for the Road Tour” as he continues to battle major health issues. 

“Fans know when they come to my shows, they’re going to hear the songs that made me who I am – the ones they love,” he said in a statement via his website

“I’ve been touring for over 30 years — my daughters are all grown, we have one grandchild and one on the way. I’m enjoying spending more time at home. But my fans always show up to have a good time, and I’m going to give them the best show I can for this ‘Last Call.’”

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His farewell tour provides “one final chance” for Jackson’s fans to see and hear the iconic singer-songwriter perform his best-loved songs in concert, the website reads. 

Jackson kicked off the tour just one year after revealing his battle with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a degenerative nerve condition that affects his motor skills. He was diagnosed in 2011.

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“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson said during a “Today” show interview at the time. “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy. There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious.”

The singer said he’s been “self-conscious” on stage because it’s affected his ability to balance, especially in front of a crowd and in front of the microphone.

“I know I’m stumbling around stage now,” he continued. “I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone. I just feel very uncomfortable.”

“In some ways it’s a relief [to talk about it] because I was starting to get so self-conscious up there about stumbling around,” he added. “I think it’ll be good for me now to get it out in the open. If anybody’s curious at why I don’t walk right, that’s why.”

In 2023, the two-time Grammy Award winner opened up about his plans to release new music despite his personal setback. 

“I’m always scribbling down ideas and thinking about melodies … I feel like there’ll be some more music to come, yes,” Jackson said during an appearance on his daughter Mattie Jackson’s “In Joy Life” podcast.

“I may not have toured much, but again … like I said, the creative part jumps out every now and then,” Jackson said.

“[Writing songs] is more fulfilling than anything,” Jackson confessed. 

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“It’s like, you can be a singer and go out and tour … but it’s kind of like you’re just doing the same thing over and over,” he pointed out. 

“When you make an album, or especially when you write a lot of the songs for it, that’s creating something. It’s a challenge, so it keeps you interested a little more. If I didn’t write, I think I would’ve gotten bored just singing a long time ago.”

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In November 2022, Jackson was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 56th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

Fox News Digital’s Stephanie Giang-Paunon contributed to this post.

Jennifer Aniston sets boundaries when it comes to auditioning for new roles

Jennifer Aniston is making it clear where her boundaries are when auditioning for new roles.

During a recent drama actress roundtable discussion hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston and the group touched on a series of topics relating to Hollywood, including uncomfortable positions they were put in during the audition process.

In response to previous statements made by Anne Hathaway, when she explained having to make out with 10 guys during a single audition, Aniston began saying she has never “been told you’re going to lay down and…”

Nicole Kidman then interjected by asking “simulate,” to which Aniston responded with “yes.”

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“And if asked, I would never,” she proclaimed.

Aniston was joined in the conversation by Kidman, Naomi Watts, Brie Larson, Sofía Vergara, Jodie Foster and Anna Sawai, who all agreed with Aniston about how uncomfortable those situations can be.

Watts recalled an audition which she left “feel[ing] a bit rattled,” when she was asked to make out with a well-known actor and then dealt with an unhappy director who was annoyed they did not hear him yell cut. 

“Also, when you’re in an audition room, you’re already at a disadvantage,” she explained. “Maybe you’d have chemistry with this person if you were in a different environment and not, like, ‘Create chemistry. Ready? Go!’”

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“And I’m a terrible auditioner, always was. I waitressed forever before I could finally get something, which was a Bob’s Big Boy commercial,” the “Friends” star added. “So, if you’re a nervous auditioner to begin with, to then say, ‘Now let’s have you make out with a complete stranger,’ it’s very uncomfortable.”

Kidman agreed, arguing actors can have chemistry on screen but not in real-life, and that it should not solely be up to the actors to create that chemistry, explaining “There’s a way you can shoot things. I think just relying on chemistry is lazy. There’s the writing. There’s the interaction. You can literally be directed through it.”

In April 2024, Hathaway spoke to V Magazine and said it was considered normal in the early 2000s, “to ask an actor to make out with other actors to test for chemistry,” calling that “the worst way to do it.” Although she was not comfortable with it, she pretended to be excited at the time in order to avoid being considered difficult to work with.

When it came to casting the male lead in her latest movie, “The Idea of You,” as the producer of the movie, Hathaway made sure to make some changes in the audition process.

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“We asked each of the actors coming in to choose a song that they felt their character would love, that they would put on to get my character to dance, and then we’d do a short little improv,” she told the outlet. “I was sitting in a chair like we had come in from dinner or a walk or something, we pressed play, and we just started dancing together.”

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Laken Riley’s mother sobs in court as illegal immigrant enters plea in student’s slaying

The illegal immigrant accused of killing Augusta University student Laken Riley entered a not guilty plea Friday during an arraignment hearing. 

Jose Ibarra, 26, is facing 10 counts following the death of Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student who he allegedly attacked on Feb. 22 while she was out for a run along dirt trails on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.  

When he arrived at Athens-Clarke County Superior Courthouse on Friday, Riley’s mother, Allyson Phillips, began sobbing, according to a Fox News reporter at the scene.  A judge says the case will now have a status hearing in August, with a trial expected by this fall.

A grand jury has indicted Ibarra on counts of malice murder, two counts of kidnapping with bodily injury, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to rape, two counts of aggravated battery, obstructing or hindering a person from making a 911 call, tampering with evidence and being a “peeping Tom.” 

SUSPECT IN LAKEN RILEY’S MURDER IS INDICTED

Ibarra is accused of causing Riley’s death by inflicting blunt-force trauma to her head and “asphyxiating her in a manner unknown to jurors,” an indictment states. 

The suspect is also accused of going to an apartment on UGA’s “University Village Housing Building ‘S,'” where he “peeped through” a window and “spied upon” a university staff member on the same day he allegedly killed Riley, the indictment alleges. 

LAKEN RILEY’S FATHER SAYS SUSPECT ‘MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN HERE’ IF BORDER WAS SECURE

Ibarra lived in an apartment building that sits on the edge of the on-campus park where Riley was running, allegedly murdered the aspiring nurse in what UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark described as a “crime of opportunity.” 

The scenic loop Riley ran that morning is easily accessible from behind Ibarra’s apartment complex. It is a five-minute walk from Ibarra’s door to the approximate scene where Riley was found dead. 

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Ibarra, who is from Venezuela, illegally crossed into the United States through El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole, ICE and DHS sources previously told Fox News. 

Fox News’ Chelsea Torres and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.