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Australia wildfires force evacuations ahead of ‘dangerous, dynamic’ forecast; PM has another gaffe

A new set of evacuations was ordered Thursday in parts of Australia as hot and windy temperatures are forecast to bring “dangerous, dynamic” conditions that may further fuel fast-spreading wildfires as the country’s leader had yet another embarrassing moment when visiting a community impacted by the blazes.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service urged the communities of Nowra, Narooma and Batemans Bay, located south of Sydney, to evacuate over fears that northwesterly winds were likely to once again drive blazes toward the coast. In neighboring Victoria state, fire-threatened populations were urged to act quickly on evacuation warnings.

“If you can get out, you should get out,” Andrew Crisp, Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, told reporters. “Because tomorrow is going to be a dangerous and dynamic day.”

AUSTRALIA’S SEVERE DROUGHT LEAVES UP TO 10,000 FERAL CAMELS AT RISK OF BEING SHOT

Temperatures in the area that may be threatened by wind change are expected to reach more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, and conditions remained tinder dry.

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Cattle graze in a field as smoke rises from burning fires on mountains near Moruya, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 26 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area of about 25.5 million acres, roughly the size of South Korea.

In the New South Wales state, 132 fires were still burning as of early Friday, around 55 of which were uncontrolled.

“We can’t guarantee your safety and we don’t want to be putting emergency services — whether it be volunteers or paid staff — we do not want to put them in harm’s way because people didn’t follow advice that was given,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters.

As the blazes have raged across parts of the country, vacationers in places such as the coastal town of Mallacoota have been forced to retreat to beaches and into the ocean in recent weeks as destructive fires and choking smoke have encroached on the tourist towns.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has come under withering criticism both at home and abroad for what many perceive as his slow response to the crisis by downplaying the need for his government to address climate change, found himself again on defense Thursday after visiting a community ravaged by the flames.

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During a visit to the fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island on Thursday, Morrison had an awkward exchange with locals. In a video of his visit to the island, where an outback safari operator and his son were killed in the blazes, Morrison was seen telling locals: “Thankfully, we’ve had no loss of life.”

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This is a Terra satellite image of Kangaroo Island on Jan. 7, 2020. (NASA Worldview)

After he was corrected, he continued: “Yes, two, that’s quite right. I was thinking about firefighters, firstly.”

It was the latest in a string of gaffes for Morrison, who created a public uproar when he took a family vacation to Hawaii in the middle of the disaster. He has tried to strike a more compassionate image since, and earlier this week promised the government would commit an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion) toward the fire recovery effort.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a very difficult day in the eastern states,” Morrison said during a news conference on Thursday. “Once again, I express my sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of all of those who have lost loved ones during the course of this terrible disaster. We will continue to remember them, but also their families in particular in what they need, in supporting them.”

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On Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho said at least 100 firefighters from the U.S. will join 159 already in the Australia battling wildfires. It’s the largest ever deployment of U.S. firefighters abroad.

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A sign is displayed beside a burned-out house near Mogo, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, thanking “firies” a colloquial term for firefighters. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Officials are working to send the additional firefighters to Australia quickly so they can assume wildfire management and aviation management roles. The most recent contingent of firefighters dispatched to Australia included crews that fight fires on the ground, based in the U.S. Forest Service’s Angeles National Forest in California.

Center spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao told the Associated Press the next group will also include more ground crews and that they are receiving training about poisonous snakes and insects they might encounter while fighting wildfires in Australia.

“They’re there to work with Australia in any capacity needed,” Bilbao said.

Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner for NSW Rural Fire Service, told former “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Anna Kooiman, who now works for Australia’s Network Ten, that American firefighters have been “an enormous help” for strained crews in Australia.

“They’ve been enormously welcome and they’ve fitted in really well with our teams here,” Rogers said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.” “They’ve been very popular.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nearly 500 Seattle students without updated vaccinations barred from class: officials

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Nearly 500 students in Seattle were barred from class on Wednesday over outdated vaccination records, according to a Seattle Public School official.

Speaking to The Seattle Times, district superintendent Denise Huneau said as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the first day of school following winter break, an estimated 565 students in the district did not have the correct vaccination records in order to attend class. That number dropped to 476 by the late afternoon.

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Those without the proper paperwork were required to stay in a room with staff members until their parents or guardians could come and pick them up. Any missed days over outdated immunizations records will be counted as unexcused absences, the district previously said, noting they will be marked as excused only after updated records are submitted.

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The Seattle Public School District is comprised of 50,000 students and 104 schools. Overall, less than 1 percent of school district students were barred from class.

The requirements are in light of a recent Washington State law that does away with any personal and/or philosophical exemptions to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The legislation, which went into effect over the summer, “also requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations or have a signed Certificate of Exemption (religious or medical exemption) in order to attend school,” according to the district.

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How to avoid tick-borne illnesses

Ticks can be infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States include Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Lyme disease causes fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash, and if left untreated, can spread to a person’s joints, heart, and nervous system. Of particular concern is Powassan disease, which is reportedly on the rise. Marked by fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss, this tick-borne illness may cause long-term neurological damage, according to the CDC.

1. Stay the course

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Don’t go bushwhacking or run off into the brushes. (iStock)

“Avoid heavily wooded areas and shrubbery as these are more likely to harbor ticks,” says infectious disease specialist Sunil Sood, MBBS, chairman of pediatrics at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY.

In other words, don’t go bushwhacking or run off into the brushes.

“Ticks climb onto blades of grass and brush on the side of trails, so walk in the center of a trail and try not to brush up against grass and make sure to avoid leaf litter too,” adds Sunjya Schweig, MD, member of the board of adviser for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and the CEO and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine in Berkeley, Calif. “Ticks also like to congregate under logs or trees, so don’t take a break by sitting under an oak tree or on a log.”

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2. Ask around

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Ask a ranger or another official about the tick situation.  (iStock)

If you are planning to hike or spend time in a park or recreational area, ask a forest ranger or another official about the current tick situation, says tick expert John Abbott, PhD, director of museum research and collections at the University of Alabama Museums in Tuscaloosa.

3. Use insect repellant 

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“DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is very safe if you are older than 2 months,” Dr. Sood says. “Choose and use products with 25 to 50 percent DEET which should provide up to six hours of prevention.”

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“Children should not touch repellent. Adults should apply it to their hands and gently spread it over the child’s exposed skin,” he says. Find out everything you need to know about insect repellants.

4. Dress the part

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“Wear closed, tight shoes and long pants. You want clothing between you and the environment,” Abbott says.

Some clothing is already insecticide-treated including those sold at Insectshield. Another option is permethrin, Sood adds.

“Apply it to clothing including hats, shorts, socks, and sneakers as well as outdoor furniture such as patios and tents–but not skin,” he says. “Soak the items well and let it dry overnight and use DEET on exposed skin—these combined measures are probably the best tick prevention out there.”

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Another tip: If you wear light-colored clothing, you will be better able to spot any ticks and brush them off before they make it to your skin, says Marc Alabanza, program director at GroundSea Fitness in Great Barrington, MA.

5. Head for the dryer when you get home

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Putting clothes in the high heat atmosphere for a period of time will kill any ticks that have attached themselves to the items.  (iStock)

“Take off all of your clothing and socks and place them in the dryer on its highest setting for 20 minutes after coming in from a hike or time in a park,” Schweig says. This will kill any ticks including those that carry Lyme disease that may have attached themselves to your clothing or socks, he says.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s bombshell announcement blindsided palace aides, queen is ‘disappointed’: source

Buckingham Palace aides are working around the clock after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unleashed their bombshell news.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on Wednesday that they will take “a step back” as senior members of the royal family and instead work independently, splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

Neil Sean, a royal author and broadcaster, told Fox News on Thursday that palace aides may not have been prepared for the unexpected announcement.

“The palace aides are working in conjunction with the queen,” he explained. “It’s not lost on anyone that they decided to launch this without the permission of the queen.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are stepping back from royal duties. (AP)

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The announcement came in the evening, U.K. time. A source close to the palace told Fox News that palace aides held    an emergency meeting before Buckingham Palace officially responded to the couple’s announcement on social media.

“Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” one palace spokesman told Fox News late Wednesday. “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

The spokesman added that “nothing is being ruled or ruled out.”

A source close to the palace also told Fox News: “Some members of the royal family were not consulted before the Duke and Duchess’ statement was issued.”

According to Sean, the work being conducted by palace aides is far from over.

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A source close to the palace alleged Queen Elizabeth was “disappointed” by the bombshell announcement. (Getty)

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“There is a big meeting planned this afternoon with Prince Charles and the queen to discuss the next steps,” he claimed. “Charles’ private equerry (the royal private secretary) has delivered a note to the duke to demand a meeting… oddly though alone.”

Sean also alleged that a source close to the palace also informed him that Queen Elizabeth “is not best pleased with this news” and “the planning and progression of this will and could take considerably longer than first planned.”

But royal author Leslie Carroll pointed out that the couple’s decision to balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America shouldn’t really surprise anyone.

“Why not carve out their own path now that they have started a foundation in their own names and can focus on their mutual philanthropic passions around the world?” she told Fox News. “And particularly where they are considerably more popular and beloved than a home in England where no matter what Meghan does, the Fleet Street press, which can’t seem to overcome its racist… bias against her, will never cut her any slack and continue to tear her down with little respect for her title and position, and where Harry is more comfortable anyway?”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP)

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“Harry is on record as saying that while he knows the role he was born into and the duty to his family and the monarchy, he has also never liked living in England,” she continued. “He has always been happier where and when he can feel useful to someone and something, such as the army and his philanthropic endeavors in Africa.”

But Sean warned that this declaration will result in Markle losing the approval of the British public.

“This will backfire big time on Meghan as she will be seen as the woman who has taken away a much-loved member of the British royal family,” he shared.

Markle, 38, and Harry 35, said the announcement came “after many months of reflection and internal discussions.”

“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple shared on Instagram Wednesday. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex visits mothers2mothers during her royal tour of South Africa with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on Sept. 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Getty)

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“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” they continued. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

The couple added they will continue to work with the reigning monarch, 93, as well as Harry’s father Prince Charles, as well as the 35-year-old’s older brother, Prince William.

“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

They will keep their royal titles.

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Super Bowl champion unrecognizable in ‘Undercover Boss’ appearance

An NFL superstar was nearly unrecognizable during Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS show “Undercover Boss.”

Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, was wearing a long, black wig, full beard and a prosthetic nose when he became a server and a dishwasher at Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux — a restaurant chain of which the quarterback is co-owner.

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“How did I just become Matthew McConaughey?” Brees asked jokingly as he was getting his disguise on.

Brees then worked as an employee of the restaurant. He was seen washing dishes, bussing tables and preparing food in the kitchen while he was being guided by his “co-worker” Anderson.

“There’s a great sense of urgency in there,” Brees said. “There was work to do and we’ve been working.”

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Drew Brees works with Anderson to get the dishes clean on “Undercover Boss.” (CBS)

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Anderson explained to Brees that if they don’t get the plates cleaned that there’s going to be chaos in the restaurant and the urgency and care that the worker showed resonated with Brees.

“Somebody might consider doing dishes just a menial job, you know, kind of entry-level,” Brees said. “But at the end of the day, that job is just as important as any other job and Anderson recognizes that. He takes pride in doing the best that he can.”

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Anderson explains to Brees what the Saints quarterback means to the city. (CBS)

Brees then began to pick Anderson’s brain and asked him about the city and their love for the Saints. Brees said he had to make sure he was “locked in on the character” when talking to Anderson about the Saints and make sure that he wasn’t going to “slip up.”

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“If it wasn’t for Drew Brees, this place wouldn’t be standing, wouldn’t be running,” Anderson told Brees. “He’s part-owner and he’s pretty cool.”

Anderson later explains that he tries to pick up extra shifts to make some extra cash.

“I try because my mom, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to come back home. Help my mom out,” Anderson said. “Basically, had to drop out of college. So, I’m left with $30,000 in debt because I have my student loans. Any shift they got going in here that’s available, I pick it up. … I’m not a selfish person. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Brees helped Anderson out a little bit. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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At the end of the show, restaurant founder Brandon Landry gifted Anderson $40,000 to help pay off his student loans and to help ease the burden of his mother’s medical bills. Brees also gave him Saints season tickets.

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Super Bowl champion unrecognizable in ‘Undercover Boss’ appearance

An NFL superstar was nearly unrecognizable during Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS show “Undercover Boss.”

Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, was wearing a long, black wig, full beard and a prosthetic nose when he became a server and a dishwasher at Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux — a restaurant chain of which the quarterback is co-owner.

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“How did I just become Matthew McConaughey?” Brees asked jokingly as he was getting his disguise on.

Brees then worked as an employee of the restaurant. He was seen washing dishes, bussing tables and preparing food in the kitchen while he was being guided by his “co-worker” Anderson.

“There’s a great sense of urgency in there,” Brees said. “There was work to do and we’ve been working.”

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Drew Brees works with Anderson to get the dishes clean on “Undercover Boss.” (CBS)

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Anderson explained to Brees that if they don’t get the plates cleaned that there’s going to be chaos in the restaurant and the urgency and care that the worker showed resonated with Brees.

“Somebody might consider doing dishes just a menial job, you know, kind of entry-level,” Brees said. “But at the end of the day, that job is just as important as any other job and Anderson recognizes that. He takes pride in doing the best that he can.”

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Anderson explains to Brees what the Saints quarterback means to the city. (CBS)

Brees then began to pick Anderson’s brain and asked him about the city and their love for the Saints. Brees said he had to make sure he was “locked in on the character” when talking to Anderson about the Saints and make sure that he wasn’t going to “slip up.”

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“If it wasn’t for Drew Brees, this place wouldn’t be standing, wouldn’t be running,” Anderson told Brees. “He’s part-owner and he’s pretty cool.”

Anderson later explains that he tries to pick up extra shifts to make some extra cash.

“I try because my mom, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to come back home. Help my mom out,” Anderson said. “Basically, had to drop out of college. So, I’m left with $30,000 in debt because I have my student loans. Any shift they got going in here that’s available, I pick it up. … I’m not a selfish person. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Brees helped Anderson out a little bit. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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At the end of the show, restaurant founder Brandon Landry gifted Anderson $40,000 to help pay off his student loans and to help ease the burden of his mother’s medical bills. Brees also gave him Saints season tickets.

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Search teams return to deadly Idaho avalanche site after ‘overdue skier’ reported missing, police say

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Officials in Idaho responded Wednesday morning to a call that another person still may be trapped beneath the snow at Silver Mountain Resort, a day after a series of avalanches killed two skiers and injured several more.

The ski resort in Kellogg requested additional search-and-rescue resources around 7:30 a.m. for an “overdue skier,” despite saying the day before that all skiers were accounted for.

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A statement from the resort said a “concerned family member” contacted them regarding a skier who had fallen out of contact. The person was reportedly on the mountain at the time of the avalanche.

Around 30 search-and-rescue responders from multiple agencies, including dog units, were deployed to the site of the avalanche. Over 12 hours later, at around 8 p.m., the missing person had not been found, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said.

The search was suspended for the evening a short time later.

Two people were killed Tuesday in the avalanche on Wardner Peak, an area of the resort where the ski runs are rated at the highest difficulty level, according to the resort.

The runs had just been opened for a short period after crews performed avalanche control in the area Tuesday morning, using explosives to trigger avalanches in hopes of leaving only stable snow layers on the runs, officials said.

Five people were rescued from the avalanche.

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One skier was found under 10 feet of snow while another was found hours later in the dark. He was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office said there were potentially up to three separate avalanches that occurred within an hour of each other.

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Florida fisherman gets jail time, lifetime ban from fishing after getting caught with undersized lobsters

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but Alfredo Gonzalez won’t be seeing them anytime soon.

Gonzalez, 50, has been banned from commercial fishing for life after pleading no contest to hundreds of charges stemming from fishing violations in the Florida Keys.

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In addition, Gonzalez is now banned from swimming, diving or fishing (from land) in the waters of Monroe County the next five years of his probation — which likely won’t be a problem for at least the first year, as a Monroe County judge further sentenced him to 364 days in the Monroe County Detention Center.

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Alfredo Gonzalez was handed a lifetime ban from commercial fishing after pleading no contest to one felony and 223 misdemeanors related to illegal fishing activities. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

Gonzalez, also referred to as Alfredo Gonzalez-Tapia in earlier reports, was first arrested in January 2018 after Florida Fish and Wildlife officers stopped his commercial fishing boat in the Middle Keys and found him to be in possession of 379 undersized lobsters, as well as out-of-season hogfish, the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office confirmed in a news release.

He also was found to be in possession of 173 lobster traps, as well as lobster-trap buoys that were improperly marked.

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In Florida, merely having undersized lobsters is not a felony offense. Gonzalez, however, had well over the allotted amount (which is 50 undersized lobster for the first trap, one more for every additional trap). He also admitted to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers that he was aware he was over the limit.

Gonzalez, the then-captain of the boat, was arrested along with three other men. Gonzalez alone was charged with one felony charge for violation of conservation rules, as well as 334 misdemeanor counts for other violations, including the improperly marked buoys and possession of out-of-season hogfish, per a 2018 report from the Florida Keys Keynoter.

In court last week, Gonzalez pleaded no contest to the felony charge, as well as 223 other charges stemming from fishing violations.

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In addition to his lifetime ban from commercial fishing, jail time and probation requirements, the angler was sentenced to pay fines and court fees totaling $1,648.

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Elvis Presley’s Harley-Davidson golf cart duffs at auction

A Harley-Davidson golf cart owned by the King failed to sell during an auction held on his birthday, Jan. 8.

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(Graceland Auctions)

Elvis didn’t hit the links in the three-wheel cart but used it to get around his 14-acre Graceland estate in Memphis.

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(Graceland Auctions)

According to its documentation, the star paid $1,055.38 for the beige and white cart, which is powered by a 245cc two-stroke engine that currently doesn’t run, and the vehicle remains all-original, save for the golf bag holder, which was removed.

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(Graceland Auctions)

The auction estimated that it would sell for $60,000 to $70,000, but no one placed the minimum bid of $20,000.

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Elvis, seen here with Masters champion Gary Player, was not a big golfer. (Getty Images)

Several other items pulled in big bucks, however, including an alpaca vest once worn by Elvis that sold for $42,500 and a monogrammed gold bracelet that attracted a high bid of $30,000.

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(Graceland Auctions)

Those figures pale in comparison to what one of Elvis’ other Harley-Davidsons went for last year. The 1976 FLH 1200 Electra Glide was purchased just three months before he died and sold for $800,000 at an auction in September, which is the third-highest price ever paid for a motorcycle.

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Tax season brings wave of dangerous tax scams

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As tax season approaches, scams are back in full force.

Tax scams can be some of the most devastating for consumers, Alex Guirakhoo, strategy and research analyst at cybersecurity services company Digital Shadows, told Fox News. This is due in large part to the amount of critical personal data that can be harvested from these documents.

“Tax documents act as a single repository of data that includes full legal names, birthdates, and social security numbers,” Guirakhoo said, adding that cybercriminals either use that information directly for identity theft or sell it on criminal forums and marketplaces.

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In recent years, some of the most dangerous schemes involve hackers posing as collectors from the IRS, or as tax preparers or government bureaus, Terry Hicks, executive vice president and general manager of McAfee’s Consumer Business, told Fox News.

“These tactics are particularly effective due to Americans’ concerns of misfiling their taxes or accidentally running into trouble with groups like the IRS,” Hicks said. Hicks also pointed out that taxpayers shouldn’t fall for the urgency, threats, or imminent arrest that scammers peddle. “Taxpayers must keep in mind that there are rarely tax emergencies.”

Cybersecurity news site Security Boulevard listed scams such as “canceled social security number,” the IRS impersonation email, “Bureau of Tax Enforcement” and ghost tax preparers as some of the worst.

Bureau of Tax Enforcement scammers often send out letters by mail, which makes the scam look legitimate since that’s how the IRS communicates with taxpayers.

Ghost tax preparers will take your money to do your tax return but won’t sign the return — so it looks like the return was filled out by the taxpayer — and often commit fraud on the return, to boot.

Scammers who are after social security numbers posing as Social Security Administration (SSA) officials is also a year-round problem.

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McAfee’s Hicks has some advice for taxpayers, including the following tips:

  • File before a hacker does it for you. The quicker you file, the less likely your data is to be stolen by a cybercriminal.
  • Obtain a copy of your credit report. “Make it a habit to request a copy of your file every three to four months, each time from a different credit bureau. That way, you can keep better track of and monitor any suspicious activity, and act early if something appears fishy,” Hicks said.
  • Be on high alert for any tax-related phishing email. Double-check any tax-related email for legitimacy.
  • Consider an identity theft protection solution.
  • Review the “dirty dozen” tax scams the IRS publishes.

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