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Italian woman believed to be Europe’s oldest person dead at 116

An Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world died Tuesday at the age of 116.

Giuseppina Robucci, born on March 20, 1903, passed away at dawn in the southern Italian town of Poggio Imperiale, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

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“We are saddened by her death, but at the same time we are honored to have had her as a fellow citizen,” Alfonso D’Aloisio, the town’s mayor, told ANSA.

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This photo taken in March shows Giuseppina Robucci from Poggio Imperiale, near Foggia, Southern Italy.

Known locally as Nonna Peppa, Robucci had five children, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. ANSA said she ran a coffee bar with her husband for years, and had been named “honorary mayor” in 2012.

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Robert Young of the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group told the Associated Press that Robucci was the last European born in 1903 and was just two months younger than the current oldest living person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born on Jan. 2, 1903.

Italy previously claimed the world’s oldest woman. Emma Moran, the last living person verified to have been born in the 1800s, died on April 15, 2017, at the age of 117 years and 137 days.

Fox News’ Francesca Walton and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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San Francisco may become first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes

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San Francisco is inching closer to becoming the first city in America to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes.

The city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider prohibiting the sale and distribution of products from companies like Juul until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviews their effects on public health, as well as ban manufacturing e-cigarettes on city property.

“Young people have almost indiscriminate access to a product that shouldn’t even be on the market,” city attorney Dennis Herrera told the Associated Press, adding that “it’s, unfortunately, falling to states and localities to step into the breach” and regulate e-cigarettes.

If supervisors approve the measures, it will require a subsequent vote before becoming law.

San Francisco’s proposed ordinance is the latest in many attempts nationwide to cut back on youth e-cigarette use.

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Last year the city voted to ban the sales of fruit and candy-flavored tobacco products, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law raising the legal age to buy e-cigarettes and tobacco in his state to 21 on June 7, joining 13 other states including California. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also recently introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco.

From 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use increased 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle schoolers, according to the FDA.

Juul, which says its products are a way for adults to switch from cigarettes to a less harmful alternative and has taken some steps to prevent underage use of its products, opposes the ban.

“But the prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use,” Juul spokesman Ted Kwong told the AP, “and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even though they kill 40,000 Californians a year.”

Groups representing small businesses also oppose the measures, which they say could force stores to close.

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But Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control and Research and a supporter of the measures, said e-cigarettes are associated with heart attacks, strokes and lung disease.

The presence of e-cigarettes has “completely reversed the progress we’ve made in youth smoking in the last few years,” he said.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Will Trump solidify more Christian voters in 2020? This evangelical leader thinks so

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President Trump was elected in large part by evangelical Christians and polling shows he is doing even better among faith-based voters, which conservative religious leaders hope to translate into votes.

Born-again or evangelical Christians made up nearly one-fourth of the 2016 electorate, 80 percent of whom cast their vote for Trump, according to exit polling. A Public Opinion Strategies poll now says that number is at an 83 percent approval rating.

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Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told Laura Ingraham the evangelicals plan to mobilize even more for Trump in 2020.

“Trump got the largest share of this vote than anybody in the history of modern exit polling, even with that we estimate, there’s somewhere between 15 and 17 million of those voters who either aren’t registered to vote or they didn’t turn out,” Reed said Monday night on “The Ingraham Angle” ahead of Trump’s Orlando re-election rally. “Our plan is to register — grow the pie — register a million to two million of these faith-based voters and that’s a big deal because remember Trump won the presidency by a combined total of about 80,000 votes spread out over three states, so if you were to add 50-100,000 voters in these key states, it’s a game changer.”

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In 2016, many who are now Trump’s biggest supporters were backing other Republican presidential candidates throughout the primaries and a large bloc were hesitant to pull the lever until Election Day. But since his inauguration, many conservatives have celebrated his judicial appointments, pro-life and religious liberty policies, as well as his staunch support of the state of Israel.

And while Trump enjoys the support of prominent evangelical leaders like the Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Paula White, Democratic presidential candidates have targeted Trump’s character and faith early on in the primaries.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg ripped leaders of the religious right for “hypocrisy” supporting Trump, whom he says is morally lacking.

“I’m old enough to remember when Republicans talked a lot about character in the Oval Office,” Buttigieg said in an interview with Fox News. “And I’m a little bit puzzled that some leading figures on the religious right can look at somebody who has the track record that this president has on everything from the boasting about sexual misconduct to the payoff to somebody he’s having an affair and believe that that person ought to be the moral as well as the political leader of this nation. To put it mildly, it seems inconsistent.”

Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, took a shot at Reed and conservative evangelicals who support Trump on MSBC’s “Morning Joe” show. Cecil blasted them as people who “conflate nationalism with their faith.”

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Reed said Cecil and his counterparts are going to be blind-sided in 2020 if they think Trump has lost support in key voting blocs.

“If the Left thinks that we’re going to concede the Hispanic community and the African-American community to them, particularly in the pews, in 2020, they’re in for a big wake-up call,” Reed added. “We’re going to be doing a lot in those communities as well.”

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Caroline Wozniacki, husband David Lee enjoy mini-moon after Italy wedding

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Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee‘s honeymoon is off to a sweet start.

Days after exchanging vows at the Castiglion del Bosco resort in Tuscany, the newlyweds were photographed in Portofino, Italy, on Monday enjoying gelato.

Wozniacki, 28 also took to Instagram, where she shared a few photos of her “mini moon” with Lee, 26, including scenic shots from a yacht.

On Saturday, Wozniacki and Lee said “I do” in front of 120 guests, including Serena Williams, who served as a bridesmaid for her friend and fellow tennis star. Following the sunset ceremony, attendees feasted on a three-course dinner of Italian dishes later in the evening.

“Caroline and I really believe that we are the sum of who we are surrounded by, and with these family and friends that are gathered here today, we’re very lucky and that’s something that’s very special to us, so thank you for coming out,” Lee said during the festivities, according to Vogue.

Wozniacki, who was previously engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy, was first linked to Lee, a former NBA star, in late 2015. Two years later, the couple announced their engagement after Lee presented Wozniacki with an 8.88-carat sparkler.

“Happiest day of my life yesterday saying yes to my soulmate,” Wozniacki gushed on social media at the time.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

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McDonald’s customer tries to hide 18-inch machete in his sweatpants

It turns out, it’s really hard to hide a machete in a pair of sweatpants.

A customer at a McDonald’s in Lincoln, Neb., reportedly brought the bladed weapon into the restaurant Monday morning. When he was told by employees that he wasn’t allowed to have it on the premises, he unsuccessfully tried to hide it in his sweatpants.

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Kelly Save was reportedly arrested for disturbing the peace and carrying a concealed weapon. (Lincoln Police Department)

Police responded to reports of a man with a machete in a McDonald’s, KETV reports. When they arrived on the scene, they reportedly discovered Kelly Savage with an 18-inch machete in his pants.

When they questioned him about the blade, he claimed that he had just been hired as a lumberjack, 1011 Now reports. Authorities also allegedly found a BB gun in Savage’s coat. He was arrested for disturbing the peace and carrying a concealed weapon.

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This isn’t the first unusual item that someone has attempted to bring into a McDonald’s.

In early June, two men reportedly rode horses through the drive-thru in Staines, England, stole another car’s order and then tried to get one of the horses into the restaurant. The incident was caught camera, which shows the large animal walking up to the door, but stopping before going inside.

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“They came through the drive-thru on their horses and ordered two drinks from the side window. They paid for the two drinks and then went to the collection point and said they had another order, which was the car behind’s order,” said the restaurant’s manager, Manir Mohammed, to Surrey Live.

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The incident was not reported to the police, but the RSPCA was notified. It was uploaded to YouTube.

A spokesperson for the organization told Surrey Live, “This could have resulted in significant distress and injury to the horse, and to surrounding people had the horse panicked, or got items of his harness caught on the surroundings.”

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UN chief urges Russia and Turkey to stabilize Syria’s Idlib

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to Russia and Turkey to stabilize the situation in Syria’s last rebel-held territory in the Idlib province area, where Bashar Assad’s forces have launched an offensive “without delay.”

The U.N. chief expressed deep concern Tuesday at the escalation in fighting, calling the situation “especially dangerous given the involvement of an increased number of actors.”

Turkey and Russia negotiated a cease-fire in Idlib last September but it has collapsed following the Syrian government offensive launched in late April.

Guterres told reporters at U.N. headquarters that civilians are again “paying a horrific price.”

“As I have said repeatedly, there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis,” he said.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to be briefed on the situation in Idlib later Tuesday.

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey revealed a deleted scene that could have changed everything in the finale

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Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey revealed that a deleted scene from Season 7 may have shined a light on one of the finale’s biggest lingering questions.

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Headey’s Cersei Lannister is among the top character names people spit out when it comes to complaints with the final season. Not only did she hardly interact with any other characters, but the character’s pregnancy was also a bit of a question mark up until her death. It was unclear if the baby she claimed she was having with Jaime Lannister was a lie, lost or still in her womb.

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Speaking at a comic book convention in Munich, Germany, Headey revealed that a deleted scene in Season 7 would have answered all fans’ burning questions.

“We shot a scene that never made it into Season 7 which was where I lose the baby. And it was really kind of traumatic and great moment or Cersei and it never made it in,” she revealed in a video posted by an apparent attendee. “I really would have loved doing that because I thought it would have served her differently.”

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Instead of the dramatic scene, Cersei discussed getting pregnant with Euron Greyjoy’s baby, leaving fans to wonder if she had an elaborate bluff in the works. However, it all became a moot point as the character was crushed under the castle in King’s Landing during Daenerys Targaryen’s now-infamous attack on the city and its people.

Initially, the star was pretty reserved with her comments about the character she played since 2011. However, in an interview with The Guardian, she opened up a bit revealing she “wanted a better death” for Cersei.

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“Obviously you dream of your death,” she told the outlet. “You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”

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Country singer Chris Lane and reality star Lauren Bushnell are engaged

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Country music star Chris Lane popped the question to former “Bachelor” contestant Lauren Bushnell over the weekend and she said “yes!”

The singer, 34, and the reality star, 29, were at her family’s home in Oregon celebrating Father’s Day when Lane started to play a romantic song called “Big, Big Plans” that he wrote for the special occasion. And in the lyrics, he asked Bushnell to marry him.

“I knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal,” Lane told People. “So, I decided to keep it pretty casual. I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to, but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she’d appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents’ backyard.”

“I was initially worried that doing it on Father’s Day might not be the best move, but her dad, Dave, said that it could only add to his Father’s Day and that’s when I decided Sunday, June 16 was the day,” he said. “Shout out to Lauren’s parents, Dave and Kris, for having the yard in tip-top shape!”

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“Even though I felt pretty confident I was going to get the ‘Yes,’ I’ve never been that nervous,” Lane added. “When I got to the third verse of the song and knew it was time, I pretty much blacked out. The next thing I knew, she said ‘yes’ and the nerves just lifted! It’s an explosion of excitement, pure joy, and love.”

And the ring wasn’t too shabby; Lane proposed with a solitaire 3.5-carat emerald-cut diamond on a pave band. They had gone ring shopping a few months prior just for fun and Bushnell confessed that design was her favorite.

“Chris is the most thoughtful person,” Bushnell gushed. “He clearly put so much time and thought into not only the song, but also making sure everyone I love most was surrounding us in that moment. Holding each other, hearing the song for the first time and then seeing him get down on one knee is a moment I’ll never forget. Watching the video back was almost just as emotional as the proposal itself — I still get teary-eyed even thinking about it. Seeing all of those memories in one place and then reliving the best day of my life is pretty special!”

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The couple started dating in fall 2018 and made their red carpet debut at the BMI Country Awards in November.

Bushnell was previously engaged to “Bachelor” star Ben Higgins.

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Dad praised for taking daughter with autism to prom: ‘Love this’

A New York dad is being applauded for stepping up and taking his daughter, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, to her senior prom.

Thomas Perl wanted his daughter Tori, 17, to experience her high school prom – a milestone Thomas never had.

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“I wanted Tori to go because I want her to have memories of it since I never went to mine,” he said to Yahoo Lifestyle.

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Thomas Perl wanted his daughter Tori, 17, to experience her high school prom – a milestone Thomas never had. (Brian Quinn Batavia Daily News)

Tori’s mom, Anna, reportedly asked three different boys to take her daughter to the prom – two said no, and one did not respond – before Thomas decided he was the best person to escort Tori to the dance.

Tori, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in seventh grade, doesn’t have a large group of friends, Thomas told Yahoo Lifestyle.

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“She’d rather play with video games and play with dolls than look at boys, which I’m totally okay with,” the 50-year-old dad said, noting she’s like a “13-year-old living in a 17-year-old girl’s body.”

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On the day of the prom, Thomas took Tori to get her hair done and get a corsage before the pair jetted off to the dance – him dressed in his 10-year-old tuxedo, and her in a dress given by a family friend. (Brian Quinn Batavia Daily News)

Before the dance, Tori had to get permission from the school’s administration since dates over 20-years-old are not typically allowed. However, the assistant principal made an exception for Thomas, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.

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On the day of the prom, Thomas took Tori to get her hair done and get a corsage before the pair jetted off to the dance.

“We got some looks when we walked in. Everyone is like, ‘Who is the old guy walking in with Tori?’” Thomas said. “But, these kids walked up to Tori and said she looked beautiful.”

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Those on Twitter were charmed by the dad’s move.

The father-daughter duo enjoyed dancing and taking photos at the photo booth, before ending the special night with ice cream at Denny’s.

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Mysterious prehistoric rock carvings discovered in world’s largest asteroid crater

Experts have revealed details of the mysterious 8,000-year-old rock carvings found in the world’s largest asteroid crater.

The petroglyphs were found in the Vredefort impact structure, a 186-mile wide crater in South Africa that was formed by an asteroid strike around 2 billion years ago.

The crater, which is in the country’s Free State Province, has been known for over 100 years, according to Dr. Matthew Huber, senior lecturer in economic geology at the University of the Free State. Located in the middle of the Witwatersrand goldfields, the structure has been thought to be an impact crater since 1961, he told Fox News via email.

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“What is most interesting scientifically in the impact structure are the so-called ‘Granophyre Dikes’,” he added. “These are long, narrow features that can be 10 kilometers [6.2 miles] long and 5 meters [16.4 feet] wide. They are made of a brown-grey rock that is full of fragments of various other rocks inside of it. The previous work on the dikes established firmly that they formed because of the impact.”

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A rock carving of a hippo discovered at the site of the asteroid impact. (Dr. Matthew S. Huber)

A research paper on the site has been published in the journal Geology by experts from the University of the Free State, the University of Vienna and the Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and Geochemistry in Russia.

Scientists know that the dikes were formed from molten material from the asteroid impact, and are now trying to work out how this material moved from the surface to the depths of the crater.

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The site also has a huge significance in the study of prehistoric cultures. Huber explained that the area around the dikes is littered with artifacts and carvings from the Khoi-San indigenous people of Southern Africa. “Obviously, they also recognized the significance of the site. What is amazing is that the same dikes that we recognize to have the most geological significance also had the most spiritual significance for these early inhabitants.”

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One of the rock carvings discovered at the Vredefort impact structure. (Dr. Matthew S. Huber)

There are multiple “generations” of carvings at the site, spanning from 8,000 years ago to as recently as 500 years ago. “The dike was almost certainly used as a rain-making site, and we know this because of the petroglyphs that are there,” said Huber. “The art styles changed through time, and some carvings have been altered (i.e., changing the head of an animal to a different animal).  However, what remains constant at the site is the connection to rainmaking.”

The carvings appear to include depictions of hippos, rhinos, antelopes and horses. The shape of the dike is also similar to the “Rain Snake,” according to Huber.

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The geologist told Fox News that he first visited Vredefort in 2010. “The carvings are relatively well known in the planetary science community, and certainly by all of the geologists who have studied Vredefort in detail, but we were surprised to learn that the carvings were not in the Free State archaeological registry,” he explained. “Once we learned that the archaeological and anthropological communities did not know about the site, we immediately began to seek out assistance in studying these features further.”

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A rock carving of an antelope discovered at the site. (Dr. Matthew S. Huber)

More work is planned at the site, which includes making a 3D model of the dikes and collecting geophysical data of the rocks around and below the features. “We will be collecting samples of the dikes and the fragments contained with the dikes in order to study their chemistry, and we will make microscope slides to study in the laboratory when we get back to the university,” said Huber. “In addition to this, we will also be visiting some new sites that we have never been to before, and we don’t know what we will discover!”

Other prehistoric sites have been revealing their secrets. Archaeologists in France, for example, recently uncovered a mysterious carved stone block at a prehistoric hunting site.

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The “Granophyre dike” (Dr. Elizaveta Kovaleva)

The stone was found during excavations at Angouleme in southwestern France.  A number of engravings have been carved into the sandstone, including horses, deer and an aurochs, an extinct species of wild cattle.

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This image of the “Granophyre Dike” was generated by Dr. Martin Clark using imagery from the National Geospatial Information (NGI) and the Department of Rural Land Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) of South Africa (Dr. Martin Clark/NGI/DRDLR)

Last year, 12,000-year-old art was found in a cave in eastern France. The drawings had been hidden under graffiti for centuries.

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