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Mass shooting in Kentucky kills 4 as more victims fight for their lives: police

At least four people and one suspect are dead after a shooting in Kentucky early Saturday, Fox 19 reports, citing the Florence Police Department.

The shooting took place at around 3 a.m. at a home on Ridgecrest Drive, located in the city of Florence, in northern Kentucky.

Police were called to the scene after receiving calls about an active shooter. 

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They found at least four people dead at the scene and others injured. 

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle, sparking a police chase, but crashed into a ditch on Dale Heimbrock Way near Hicks Pike. 

He was found by police with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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The victims and the suspect have not been named.

Florence Police Department tells Fox 19 that there is currently no threat to the public.

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Ridgecrest Drive is about 15 miles southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fake rabbi dupes another ‘Squad’ member into planning ‘intifada’ fundraiser

A parody social media account named the “Chief Rabbi of Gaza” claimed another victim from the progressive “Squad,” duping Rep. Cori Bush’s, D-Mo., team into boasting about a potential event with the fake rabbi.

Bush’s re-election campaign was considering a possible fundraiser with “Fabbi Linda Goldstein,” a parody X account that posts anti-Israel rhetoric in an attempt to catfish progressives, according to a report from the New York Post.

The parody account reached out to Bush’s team on June 23 with the idea of partnering on a fundraiser, with the account telling the lawmaker’s office that their “congregation was displaced from Gaza after Israel’s invasion on October 7.”

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“Also – would [Bush] travel to the Gaza border for the fundraiser? The optics could be incredible,” the account told Ronika Moody, Bush’s finance and engagement director, according to emails reviewed by the Post.

“Cori is interested in hosting in Gaza, and it’s something she has been trying to plan. Unfortunately, we have not been successful with that opportunity as of yet,” Moody responded four days later, asking whether the “theme” of the fundraiser would be Gaza.

Goldstein responded with a suggestion that the fundraiser’s theme could be “the morality” of intifada, according to the report.

“The topics are built around finding a final solution to the problem of Zionism,” Goldstein said in the email, garnering no response from Bush’s team.

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Bush, who is in a tight primary battle to keep her seat, has been one of the most vocal critics of Israel and the war in Congress.

The account, which has in the past made claims that it had dug terror tunnels into American universities, has previously fooled another member of the so-called Squad, duping Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y. and his campaign with a similar exchange in April.

“Cori Bush is the perfect example of an ’empty suit’ antisemite – completely clueless about how the Israel-Palestine conflict works, but eager to speak up, because it gives her cover to publicly hate Jews,” said Michael, the man behind the account, who declined to give his last name to the New York Post.

Bowman would later lose his primary race against Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

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Meanwhile, the exchange didn’t go unnoticed by a genuine rabbi in Bush’s district, who told the New York Post that the Democratic lawmaker should know better.

“Cori has not done her homework about anything to do with Israel and Palestine, and it’s very sad,” Rabbi Susan Talve, the founding rabbi of the Central Reform Congregation, told the New York Post.

The Bush campaign did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

$2M vacation home in exclusive hotspot sells for just $200,000

A coastal vacation home severely threatened by beach erosion recently got scooped up for only six-figures in Nantucket, Massachusetts, according to the Nantucket Current.

The house is changing ownership in a $200,000 deal that took place last week, the outlet reported. It identified the sellers of the home as married couple Jane Carlin and Ben Gifford and the buyer as the owner of a neighboring property, Ticketnetwork Inc co-founder Don Vaccaro.

That reported price was approximately $1.77 million lower than Nantucket’s assessed value of $1.97 million, according to property records.

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The sale of the 1,700-square-foot home came after the couple unsuccessfully tried to figure out if housing non-profits “would consider taking the house and moving it” with financial assistance from them so that it wouldn’t fall victim to erosion, Carlin told the outlet. It had reportedly belonged to them since 1988.

The distance between the sea and the home had been becoming smaller and smaller, particularly over the winter, the Nantucket Current reported. The overall area where the property is located has been severely impacted by coastal erosion over the years.

The two-story home, built in 1979, contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms, per property records.

“I have no illusions that the house will remain in place for more than a year, and bought it on the assumptions that it will be in the water by spring of 2025,” Vacarro told FOX Business in a statement, adding that his ownership of a neighboring home will afford him some “ways to use the house for a little longer than someone who doesn’t have an adjoining property.”

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Vaccaro also said “there is the possibility” to make use of “some simple yet costly mitigation techniques that will slow the erosion.” He previously mentioned tactics such as “sea grass planting” and “silt fencing” to the Nantucket Current.

“In the off season the property is targeted to be donated to Ukrainian Refugees, if the town has no objections,” he also told FOX Business.

Prior to the “miracle” offer that Vaccaro made to Carlin and Gifford, they had not listed it because they didn’t “want to sell to someone when you know a storm could take it out next week,” Carlin explained to the Nantucket Current.

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Nantucket’s southern coastline experiences annual beach erosion “in the middle” of 0.56 feet and 12.63 feet, the local government said on its website. Other areas on the island also deal with erosion.

Homes in the city of Nantucket had median asking prices of $4.7 million in May, according to Realtor.com. For sale prices, the median was $3 million.

Trump eyes a state no Republican has carried in a quarter century

NEWFIELDS, N.H. — It’s been 24 years since a Republican carried the swing state of New Hampshire in a presidential election.

You have to go back to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000. Four years later, as he won re-election, then-President Bush was narrowly edged in the Granite State, kicking off a losing streak that has extended to the present day.

But in the wake of two recent polls that indicated a margin-of-error race in New Hampshire and following President Biden’s extremely rough debate performance nine days ago in his first primetime face-to-face showdown with former President Trump, Republicans are increasingly hopeful they can bring an end to the losing streak.

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“I firmly believe that New Hampshire is very much in play,” Steve Stepanek, the senior Trump adviser in the state, told Fox News.

Former longtime state party chair and former Democratic National Committee member Kathy Sullivan disagreed, spotlighting that “New Hampshire is not Trump-friendly territory” and that “there’s nothing changing the dynamic now in terms of Biden versus Trump in New Hampshire.” 

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Since the start of the general election rematch between Biden and Trump four months ago, much of the campaign spotlight has shined on the seven key battlegrounds that decided the 2020 election. Those states include Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada — which Biden narrowly carried four years ago — and North Carolina, which Trump won by a razor-thin margin.

Starting in May, Trump’s campaign started eyeing Minnesota and Virginia, two blue-leaning states in presidential contests, with his top advisers saying they were “clearly in play.”

Trump headlined a Minnesota GOP fundraising gala later that month, and last week, on the day after his debate with Biden, Trump held a large rally in Virginia.

The debate was a major setback for Biden, who at 81 is the oldest president in the nation’s history. His halting delivery and stumbling answers at the showdown in Atlanta sparked widespread panic in the Democratic Party and sparked a rising tide of calls from within his own party for him to step aside as its 2024 standard-bearer.

Fighting back, Biden is now aiming to show Americans that he still has the stamina and acuity to handle the toughest and most demanding job in the world and prove that he has the energy and fortitude to defeat Trump.

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Earlier this week, well-known non-partisan political handicapper Sabato’s Crystal Ball shifted two key states towards Trump in the wake of the debate.

Michigan was shifted from “Leans Democrat” to “Toss-up” and Minnesota was moved from “Likely Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.”

In New Hampshire, a poll conducted after the debate by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center suggested that Trump was edging Biden by two points, which was within the survey’s sampling error. The poll followed a survey conducted in late May by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center which indicated Biden with a lower single-digit edge.

“I do think we are now in a battleground,” said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. “You are likely to see states that are similar to ours that show it’s tied up or Trump has the lead.”

But pointing to the new poll, Levesque told Fox News that “the good news for Biden is he’s weak with the people who self-describe as very liberal. Just 67% support. That means, in the end, most likely many of those people are going to vote for Biden even if they don’t want to admit it right now.”

New England College president Wayne Lesperance, a veteran New Hampshire-based political science professor, also said that the state “is in play.”

“Biden’s performance at the most recent debate has pushed Democrats to question his ability to campaign, win and govern. Recent polls in New Hampshire point to continued rock-solid support by Republicans for Trump. Democratic support seems to be faltering with some looking at independent candidates,” Lesperance noted. “As long as questions remain about Biden’s ability to go forward, the President will continue to bleed support, putting the Granite State in play.”

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While the polls indicate a close contest in a state Biden carried by seven points over Trump four years ago, the Democrats currently hold a very large organizational advantage over the GOP when it comes to ground-game operations.

The Biden re-election team and the state Democratic coordinated campaign have 14 field offices across New Hampshire, with boots on the ground since January. Meanwhile, the Trump team and the GOP currently have one field office in addition to the campaign’s state headquarters.

“New Hampshire Democrats will continue to use our robust, grassroots campaign infrastructure to reach Granite Staters in every corner of New Hampshire to ensure we come together and re-elect President Biden and Vice President Harris in November — the stakes could not be higher,” longtime state Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley emphasized in a statement.

But Stepanek, who chaired Trump’s 2016 campaign in New Hampshire before later serving as state GOP chair, touted that “there’s an army of Trump supporters out there, and they’re all coming out.”

“It’s going to be a turnout situation, and we feel we have a very significant ground game that’s going to turnout not only all the Trump supporters but all the Republicans and independents leaning Republican in spite of all the things the Democrats have on the ground here in New Hampshire,” Stepanek predicted.

And he argued that the Democrats “have a significant enthusiasm gap that they are contending with, and we don’t have that.”

As for specifics on how the Trump campaign will build out its ground game in New Hampshire, Stepanek answered, “My game plan I can’t tell you because it’s confidential.”

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Sullivan, a top Biden surrogate in New Hampshire, shot back, claiming that when it comes to ground-game operations, “Republicans always say they’re going to do something, and they never follow through.”

Sullivan pointed to the Democrats’ “incredibly strong ground game and seeing nothing on the ground from the Trump campaign.” She also spotlighted that “the issues like abortion, the Republicans are just not in the mainstream.”

“Between the ground game, the issues, the spending by the Biden campaign and the lack of any presence by the Trump campaign, I don’t see the Republicans catching up,” she predicted.

Sullivan also highlighted that they “got a real good head start when we had the write-in Biden effort,” as she referenced the outside effort by state Democrats that boosted the president to a large victory in New Hampshire’s unsanctioned Democratic presidential primary in January, where Biden wasn’t on the ballot.

And in a state where Trump’s GOP presidential primary rival, former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, won 43% of the vote — losing to Trump by only 11 points — Sullivan noted that “the Biden campaign is going to be reaching out to moderate to conservative Republicans who understand what a danger Donald Trump is to our democracy.”

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Harris’ record as prosecutor could complicate effort to replace Biden as Dem nominee

As calls for President Biden to be replaced in the 2024 race for the White House strengthen, some lawmakers and liberal pundits believe Vice President Kamala Harris has what it takes to challenge former President Donald Trump in November — despite the questionable positions she took during her own 2020 presidential campaign.

“The reality is if you’re even going to have a conversation about who’s next, if Kamala Harris, the sitting vice president, is not the first and last name out of your mouth, then tell me how you’re going to get Black voters to engage when you change the rules to accommodate somebody other than her,” political strategist Basil Smikle said during a recent appearance on “MSNBC Reports.”

The possibility of Harris replacing Biden, however, has led to questions about how successful she would be in a general election matchup against Trump, who Biden has suggested is “determined to destroy American democracy.”

During her 2020 presidential campaign, which launched in January 2019, Harris faced intense criticism and scrutiny for her record as a prosecutor and as attorney general of California.

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Lara Bazelon, a University of San Francisco associate law professor, suggested at the time that efforts to paint Harris as a “progressive prosecutor” didn’t match her actions as district attorney of San Francisco and then California’s attorney general.

“Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent,” Bazelon wrote for The New York Times amid Harris’ 2020 campaign launch.

“Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors,” she added.

Bazelon also listed multiple instances at the time when the then-Democratic senator for the Golden State failed to embrace criminal justice reforms — either opposing them or declining to state an opinion.

Harris’ record as a prosecutor, which failed to resonate with many voters in her party, also took center stage at a Democratic presidential primary debate in July 2019.

During the debate, then-presidential candidate and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, took aim at Harris and said she was “deeply concerned” about her record.

“Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record,” Gabbard, now an independent, said at the time. “There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.”

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Gabbard added, “She blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.”

Defending her record as attorney general, Harris said she was “proud of that work” and insisted at the time that she “did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model for the work that needs to be done.”

Responding to Harris, Gabbard said: “The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not.”

Should the hypothetical of Harris replacing Biden become a reality for Democrats, it is unclear how the positions she once held, some of which weren’t popular with members of her own party, will come into play in the election.

Harris raised eyebrows during her 2020 campaign when it came to her health care plan, which she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper would result in the removal of Americans from their private plans offered by employers.

Among the many other positions she took during her campaign, which ended in December 2019, Harris signaled her support for a ban on fracking and plastic straws. She also insisted she would “get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal” and that there would be a “carbon fee” if she were elected president.

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During her campaign, Harris also pushed for a repeal of the tax cuts offered during Trump’s tenure in the White House and insisted “we’ve got to increase the corporate tax rate.”

Additionally, Harris said during her campaign that estate taxes “have to go up.”

Though many high-profile Democrats have been evasive since the president’s disastrous debate performance last week, a few House Democrats have voiced support for Harris stepping in to lead the party in the presidential contest.

“If our president decides this is not a pathway forward for him, we have to move very quickly. There’s not going to be time for a primary. That time is past,” Rep. Summer Lee, D-Pa., a member of the House’s progressive “Squad,” said during a recent radio interview. “The vice president is the obvious choice. She’s sitting right there.”

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., similarly told “MSNBC Reports” recently: “I want this ticket to continue to be Biden-Harris. This party should not, in any way, do anything to work around Ms. Harris. We should do everything we can to bolster her, whether she’s in second place or at the top of the ticket.”

The potential move has also received support from former Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Biden for the 2020 presidential nomination. Ryan’s recent op-ed for Newsweek was headlined, “Kamala Harris Should Be the Democratic Nominee for President in 2024.”

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On Independence Day, Biden told a crowd of supporters that he has no plans to drop out of the election, despite continued struggles and gaffes during unscripted events.

Democrats will officially nominate a candidate for president and vice president at next month’s Democratic National Convention, which is slated to take place in Chicago from Aug. 19-22.

Actress says she’s ‘lost more jobs than I’ve gained’ because of her famous family

When it comes to her career in Hollywood, Emma Roberts claims to have lost jobs due to something completely out of her control. 

In a new interview with Flaunt, the “Scream Queens” actress, whose father is actor Eric Roberts and aunt is Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, opened up about the pros and cons to having famous family members and explained how her acting career has been affected. 

“I’ve lost more jobs than I’ve gained from being in the business,” said Roberts. “People have opinions, and sometimes maybe they’re not good opinions of people in your family. I’ve never gotten a job because of it, I know I definitely have lost a couple of jobs because of it.”

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One of her “biggest heartbreaks” came when she was only nine years old when she lost out on the role of Wendy in the 2003 film, “Peter Pan.”

“I came very close. I had a British accent,” she recently told Variety. “I was very impressed with myself, but I didn’t get the part.”

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“The one that got away in the beginning was ‘I Am Sam,’ which the amazing Dakota Fanning obviously got,” she added. “I came close, but the feedback was, ‘You’re a little on the older side,’ and I was nine. To be told you’re on the older side at nine, I was like, ‘There’s my thick skin. It grew right there.’”

Last month, Roberts questioned whether men have it easier than women when it comes to the controversial Hollywood discussion surrounding “nepo babies.”

“People definitely have preconceived notions of you,” Roberts, 33, told Bruce Bozzi on his podcast “Table for Two” of being born into a famous family. 

“I think there’s two sides of the coin, you know. People like to say, ‘You have a leg up, because you have family in the industry,’ but then the other side to that is, you know, you have to prove yourself more,” she explained. “Also, if people don’t have [a] good experience maybe with other people in your family, then you’ll never get the chance.”

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“I think there’s something to be said where everybody loves the kind of overnight success story,” she continued. “And so, if you’re kind of not the girl from the middle of nowhere that broke into Hollywood, you know there’s kind of an eye roll of like, ‘Well, your dad was this.’ I always joke, I’m like, ‘Why is no one calling out George Clooney for being a nepo baby? [His aunt] Rosemary Clooney was an icon,'” she said of the late singer and actress.

Though Roberts has previously stated she’s never aspired to be her aunt, she admitted she’d “love to find the perfect project” for them to work on together. 

“I know that there will be something. But it’s never been the right thing,” she told Variety. “She’s the best, and I want to do something with her. We send each other books and talk about stuff, but it hasn’t been right.”

“I watch her movies when I’m on location, and I’m by myself,” she added, referencing some of Julia’s classics. “I have movies of hers downloaded on my computer that I watch for comfort.My Best Friend’s Wedding’ and ‘America’s Sweethearts’ are my safe movies.”

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Walmart rival gaining ground in the pricing game, slashing costs to win back customers

While Walmart is still seen as the price leader in the grocery industry, its rivals aren’t far behind. 

In a recent report, Telsey Group analyzed online grocery prices across seven retailers including Walmart, Target, Amazon Fresh, Kroger (King Soopers), Albertsons (Safeway), Sprouts and Whole Foods (via Amazon) in Denver. Analysts specifically looked into 40 key items across two categories, including “several premium items.” 

Telsey Advisory Group Senior Managing Director Joe Feldman told FOX Business that Kroger and Target, which usually trade off in the number two spot, have slightly “narrowed the gap with Walmart” and are less of a price premium to the Arkansas-based retailer than they used to be. 

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In June 2023, Target and Kroger were at a 14% to 15% premium to Walmart. Today, that figure is sitting around 6% to 7%. 

However, what’s even more interesting, according to Feldman, is the price drop at Amazon Fresh.

A year ago, Amazon Fresh was 26% more expensive than Walmart. Today, it’s just 7.5% more expensive, underscoring how they’ve been working pretty aggressively to get their prices down, according to the exec. 

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Consumer package goods (CPG) companies are taking on some of the costs to help with those price cuts, according to Feldman, who noted that is good news for the consumer.

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With these CPG companies helping to drive down prices, major grocers “are able to really be aggressive and, you know, price competitively for the consumer.” 

Food-at-home prices, otherwise known as groceries, are still about 20% higher than in 2019. However, overall inflation has dropped significantly from the highs seen in 2022. 

In May, the cost of food rose only slightly, up 0.1% over the course of the month, and grocery prices were unchanged. 

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Grocery prices are one of the biggest reminders of household inflation, alongside gas prices. 

Those “are the two things that they look at most. And they see it, you know, every day [or] every few days. And when those prices start to moderate, the consumer can feel a lot better about how things are going,” Feldman said.

The San Diego Padres pulled off an incredible comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of a record crowd at Petco Park on Friday night, and apparently one fan tried to join in on the celebrations happening down on the field. 

The Padres held on to a comfortable lead before the crowd of more than 47,000. But that all changed in the ninth inning, when the Diamondbacks orchestrated a comeback from a five-run deficit in the top of the inning to take an 8-7 lead. 

“This is a game of focus and refocus. It was a tough one, because you feel like 7-2, well played, well pitched . . . it’s never over until it’s over, obviously,” manager Mike Shildt said after the game. 

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But the Padres responded with All-Star Jurickson Profar, who hit a tying home run, and Manny Machado, who sealed the win with his walk-off homer. 

“It just tells you about this team. We never stop fighting. We have that fight in us. Obviously, it was a tough ninth inning there for us, but we don’t stop the fight. We come in, and we continue to compete, and this team’s been doing that all year,” he said after getting doused in Gatorade. 

Machado tipped his hat to the fans. The 47,171 people in Petco Park marked the largest crowd in stadium history. 

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The crowd roared as Machado made his way back to the dugout to celebrate with his team, and that’s when the broadcast captured an overzealous fan who had managed to get on the field and attempt to take a selfie with Machado. 

For a brief moment, it appeared that Machado was celebrating with the man, seemingly unaware and caught up in the celebration. But just moments later, the fan was tackled to the ground by security. 

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It was unclear whether the fan was arrested for storming the field, but the incident didn’t seem to bother Machado. 

“It was fun. This is what we play for right here,” he said. “This is what we play for, especially in front of this crowd coming back home. . . . It was a hell of a night.” 

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What’s ‘pebbling’ — the wholesome new dating trend inspired by penguins

Some humans are taking their relationship cues from penguins.

A social media trend called “pebbling” involves sending memes, videos or links to a person to connect or show affection, according to some experts.

The name was inspired by Gentoo penguins, known for leaving pebbles in the nests of their mates as a form of affection, social media influencers have claimed.

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“Sending memes, links and videos to others isn’t trivial — it signals that you’re thinking of them and want them to share your joy,” Dr. Adam Grant, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school, wrote on his X account. 

“It’s known as pebbling, based on penguins gifting pebbles to potential partners,” he went on. “Pebbling is an act of care. Every pebble is a bid for connection.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Grant for further comment.

Some young couples told Fox News Digital that pebbling leads to further connection and is a unique way to let their significant others know they are thinking of them.

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Abby and Cooper, a young couple in their 20s from Maryland, told Fox News Digital that pebbling is a fun, easy way to express affection. (They declined to share their last names for privacy reasons.)

“I send Instagram Reels to Abby when it relates to something she’s done in the past … I also send TikToks about murder mystery shows and cute animals to spark her interest,” Cooper told Fox News Digital.

The young couple said pebbling helps them stay connected when they are apart.

“Pebbling is an act of care. Every pebble is a bid for connection.”

“I’ll always send Coop new restaurants I see or foods and recipes I want to try,” Abby told Fox News Digital.

“And it’s a way of saying, ‘Hey, let’s try this,’ but it also brings us closer because it means we can go and do it together. And we both love food … so you can never go wrong with a food meme or TikTok.”

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In addition to serving as a love language shared between couples, pebbling can also bridge connections between adults and their children, relationship experts told Fox News Digital.

“Sharing memes and online reels in a family group chat is a wonderful way to foster connection with teens during times when face-to-face communication between parents and their children wanes and becomes more tricky,” Christine MacInnis, a licensed family therapist in Torrance, California, told Fox News Digital.

“It is less intense and feels safer to kids who grew up in a digital age,” she added.

Sharing short video clips can create a commonality between two people, the therapist said. 

MacInnis’ 17-year-old daughter said she enjoys this form of connection with her family

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“I enjoy sharing Tik Toks back and forth because it’s a funnier, more advanced way of communicating,” the teen said in a text to Fox News Digital.

Pebbling has also been an effective communication tool used in the neurodivergent community, social workers told Fox News Digital. 

“Deriving its long-standing and well-documented success in the neurodivergent community — and more recently used to describe demonstrative gestures within other types of relationships, such as dating and friendship — pebbling also has the potential to enhance communication among parents and their teens,” Dr. Elissa Giffords, a licensed clinical social worker and professor and director of Long Island University’s Social Work Program in Brookville, New York, told Fox News Digital via email.

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Sharing memes, links, GIFs or videos gives parents the opportunity to show their children that they are thinking of them, she noted. 

“Even if their children roll their eyes or consider what was received as goofy, the basic ‘I am thinking about you’ message is conveyed,” Giffords said. 

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While pebbling can help parents demonstrate affection, empathy and concern in moderation, the timing and quantity of the messages are important, too, the expert cautioned.

“Sharing memes and online reels … is a wonderful way to foster connection with teens during times when face-to-face communication becomes more tricky.”

Parents should be mindful of not overdoing it when offering their ‘pebbles,’” Giffords said.

Used intentionally, pebbling could become an activity that both parties enjoy and could provide an opportunity for a later discussion, she added.

“It might be hard for some people because there’s less communication involved if you are always sending memes instead of talking in person,” one woman noted.

While pebbling can help build a stronger connection in a relationship, it should not be the only form of communication between the two people, said couples and parents to Fox News Digital.

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