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Shipwreck linked to mutiny and murder mystery ‘disappears’ on North Carolina beach

A shipwreck linked to a century-old mutiny and murder mystery is disappearing into the sands of a North Carolina beach.

Local resident Mimi Farrell posted images of the ghostly wreck, which had emerged from the sand at Surf City, on Facebook on Jan. 28.

Then this week Farrell sent Fox News an image of the wreck, which was almost engulfed by the sands. “Just wanted you to see how quickly it can disappear beneath the sand,” she explained.

SHIPWRECK LINKED TO MUTINY AND MURDER MYSTERY APPEARS ON NORTH CAROLINA BEACH

In January, Farrell told Fox News that the wreck is the William H. Sumner, which ran aground on Topsail Island in 1919. Most of the time, the wreck is covered by sand, she said.

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An image of the wreck, which was almost engulfed by the sands on Feb. 5, 2020. (Mimi Farrell)

The News & Observer reports that the William H. Sumner ran aground after an alleged mutiny.

The cargo schooner was traveling from Puerto Rico to its homeport of New York when it met its end, according to the Topsail Island Blog.

SHIPWRECK EMERGES ON NORTH CAROLINA BEACH, THEN DISAPPEARS

“The speculation is that the crew had asked the Captain to detour to pick up supplies and the Captain wishing to head northward to port would not,” the blog explains. “The crew then allegedly mutinied the captain and to their fear, ran aground at Topsail Inlet.”

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The wreck is the William H. Sumner, which ran aground on Topsail Island in 1919. (Mimi Farrell)

According to the blog, the body of the ship’s captain was found in a pool of blood, with gunshot wounds “apparently self inflicted over the despair of losing the vessel on his maiden voyage.” However, a jury appointed by the Pender County coroner was unwilling to accept that the skipper’s death was the result of suicide.

Citing articles on TreasureNet.com, the News & Observer reports that seven of the ship’s eight crew members were tried for murder, but the jury failed to reach a verdict.

MYSTERIOUS SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED IN RIVER MAY BE 700 YEARS OLD

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The wreck appeared on the beach at Surf City, North Carolina. (Mimi Farrell)

Other North Carolina shipwrecks have been garnering attention. In October 2019, a mysterious shipwreck emerged on a Hatteras Island beach in the wake of a storm before being swallowed up by the sand.

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Earlier in 2019, the creepy skeleton of an 86-year-old shipwreck was also revealed by the shifting sands of Hatteras Island. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore posted an image of the wreck on June 1 to Facebook. The wreck is the G.A. Kohler, a four-masted schooner that became stranded on Hatteras Island in August 1933.

Fox News’ Alex Vros contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Burger King’s new Valentine’s Day promotion offers Whoppers in exchange for pictures of your ex

What’s worth more: memories or a Whopper?

While most restaurants celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing happy couples together, Burger King is taking a different approach. This year, they’re hoping that jilted lovers will trade in memories of their ex in exchange for a Whopper.

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On Valentine’s Day, the fast-food chain will be setting up “breakup” boxes in certain locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, and giving customers the opportunity to bring a photo of their ex and exchange it for the company’s flagship burger.

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Burger King guests can bring in photos of their ex on Valentine’s Day and exchange them for Whoppers. (Burger King)

In New York City, guests can also bring other items, such as letters, stuffed animals or items of clothing — as long as they items are related to their ex.

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The promotion is inspired by both Valentine’s Day and the new movie “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” the film being the latest in the DC Extended Universe cinematic series. The connection? Well, the film stars Margot Robbie as the character of Harley Quinn, who is apparently dealing with the aftermath of breaking up with the Joker.

“This Valentine’s Day, who needs The Joker when you can have the King?” Burger King explained in a press release. “In a new partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and their new film ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),’ Burger King restaurants are celebrating Anti-Valentine’s Day in true Harley Quinn fashion.”

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“On the heels of the February 7 ‘Birds of Prey’ movie release, in which everyone’s favorite anti-heroine Harley embarks on her post-breakup emancipation from The Joker, Burger King is turning ex-flames into flame-grilled Whopper sandwiches,” the company added. “Talk about turning up the heat!”

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Winter storm kills 1 in Alabama as severe weather strikes Deep South, snow makes for treacherous travel

A powerful winter storm reaching from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast is packing heavy rain, frozen precipitation and high winds, and is blamed for at least one death.

The National Weather Service said the storm is bringing “widespread hazardous weather” across the eastern U.S., including the potential for tornados on Thursday.

“This is a big, nasty winter storm,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends First.”

WHERE’S THE SNOW? WHY PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST, MIDWEST SHOULD NOT ‘WRITE OFF WINTER’ JUST YET

Lines of severe thunderstorms moved early Thursday through Alabama, where one person was killed and another was injured. High winds destroyed two mobile homes near the town of Demopolis, the Storm Prediction Center reported.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether a tornado was to blame, but the Marengo County emergency manager said the deadly storm hit after 2 a.m., according to WBRC-TV.

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A section of scaffolding at the Four Seasons Hotel construction site in New Orleans collapsed onto at least a dozen cars Wednesday, leaving at least one person injured, as thunderstorms and high winds moved through the area. (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)

The line of storms brought several inches of rain and high winds to New Orleans, where scaffolding collapsed at the Four Seasons Hotel construction site downtown.

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A portion of scaffolding is on top of cars at the former World Trade Center construction site after severe weather in New Orleans, La., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Sophia Germer/The Advocate via AP)

One person was sent to the hospital and debris hit five vehicles, FOX8 reported. Hail pounded downtown streets and high winds shattered the glass of two revolving doors as the storms moved through.

More than 10,000 homes and businesses were without power in Mississippi and Alabama, and outages were rising in neighboring Georgia as storms moved into the state. High winds in the Atlanta area caused a tree to fall onto a highway during the morning rush hour. Video from Dunwoody Police shows the tree striking a car.

“Please be careful! We are very thankful there were no serious injuries,” police tweeted.

A possible tornado was reported in the Birmingham suburb of Helena, while flooding was reported in other parts of the state.

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In this photo released by Adam Fowler, vehicles sit parked in on the side of a main road in floodwater, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Adam Fowler via AP)

Tornado and flood watches covered large parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle Thursday morning.

WINTER STORM LEAVES STUNNING SIGHT AT COLORADO’S GARDEN OF THE GODS, SNOW IMPACTING MIDWEST

Klotz said Thursday that while the South sees the threat of severe weather, areas with colder temperatures are seeing big winter snowstorms.

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Denise Hendricks walks up a snow covered hill while sledding at Hafer Park following a winter storm in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)

Winter storm watches and warnings stretch from Missouri through to New England. Forecasters said while a few inches were expected on the coast of Maine, up to 16 inches could fall in the New Hampshire mountains before sunny skies over the weekend.

“We are getting absolutely everything today,” Klotz said. “There’s going to be snow, there’s going to continue to be tornadoes.”

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The storm system on Wednesday dropped snow along the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, and freezing temperatures were expected to preserve accumulations from the Red River Valley of Texas through Oklahoma, prompting school systems to remain closed Thursday in those areas.

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Snow obscures writing on the side of the mountains above Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as seen from El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Snowfall was heavier to the east, where several tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles collided on a bridge over the Missouri River near Rocheport. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott White told The Associated Press at least one person was taken from the scene in an ambulance.

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In this photo released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70 on the bridge that spans the Missouri River near Rocheport, Mo., is shown during a winter storm, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.  (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP)

The Missouri Department of Transportation warned in a tweet that road conditions are worsening as the snowfall picks up. The tweet said, “If you can avoid it, DO NOT TRAVEL in this storm today!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Which were the worst blizzards? Here are the deadliest storms in history

The fierce winds and heavy snow that can immobilize a region during a blizzard also can lead to some of the most deadly storms.

Winter weather that impacts public safety and transportation – such as snow, sleet, ice – typically occurs between Oct. 14 and April 14, the National Weather Service says.

According to the NWS, a blizzard is defined as sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or more, and snow and blowing snow that reduce visibility to less than a quarter of a mile for three hours or more.

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Here are some of the deadliest blizzards in record:

‘The Storm of the Century’ in 1993, at least 270 deaths in 13 states

The Superstorm of 1993 dubbed the “Storm of the Century” was one of the most intense storms ever recorded in the Eastern U.S.

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The “Storm of the Century impacting the U.S. in 1993. (NOAA)

The storm system bore down on half the U.S. from March 12 to 14 causing $5.5 billion in damage and killing more than 270 people in 13 different states.

“With a central pressure usually found only in Category 3 hurricanes, the storm spawned tornadoes and left coastal flooding, crippling snow, and bone-chilling cold in its wake,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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The blizzard killed over 270 people in 13 states in 1993. (NOAA)

Snow totals reached up to 56 inches in Mount LeConte, Tenn., while a width swath of 1 to 2 feet of snow was reported across the eastern seaboard.

“In terms of human impact, the Superstorm of 1993 was more significant than most landfalling hurricanes or tornado outbreaks, and ranks among the deadliest and most costly weather events of the 20th century,” according to the NWS.

Blizzards of 1888, up to 900 dead in Midwest, Northeast

A pair of blizzards during the winter of 1888 created brutal and deadly conditions spanning the country.

One of the storms struck the Northern Plains on Jan. 12, 1888, as a mild day that melted earlier snow quickly changed. Temperatures dropped as low as 40 degrees below zero in a matter of hours. Fierce winds up to 60 mph created an ensuing whiteout dubbed “The Children’s Blizzard” due to the many children who died walking home from school.

“A contributing factor to the death toll was the poor construction of many homes and schoolhouses built as the upper Midwest was experiencing a pioneer boom,” according to the NWS.

Between 250 and 500 people perished in that storm.

Just a few months later, another storm dubbed the “Great Blizzard of 1888” struck the Northeast over several days, dropping between 40 to 50 inches of snow and creating snow drifts 30 to 40 feet deep.

“The storm cut off and immobilized East Coast cities, crippling transportation and affecting one quarter of the U.S. population,” the NWS notes.

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The blizzard of 1888 immobilized New York City. (NOAA)

More than 400 people died in that storm, including 200 in New York City. Many workers still went to work regardless of the weather, leaving many stranded or to freeze to death, according to the NWS.

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Afghanistan Blizzards of 2008 leave more than 900 dead

More than 900 people were killed in a series of blizzards and bitter weather that slammed Afghanistan in the winter of 2008. Temperatures dropped to -22 degrees Fahrenheit as nearly 6 feet of snow fell in one of the harshest winters ever at the time.

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An Afghan woman slips on the snow on a street in Kabul on Feb. 6, 2008 as a series of snowstorms and bitter cold gripped the country. (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Afghanistan is largely mountainous and many people live in remote villages reachable only by foot. It’s one of the poorest countries in the world, and most people live in mud and thatch homes heated by burning wood, coal or dung.

In addition to people killed in the snow, officials told The Associated Press at the time that more than 100,000 sheep and goats also perished.

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Carolean Death March in 1719 between Sweden and Norway, at least 3,000 deaths

Around 3,000 men froze to death when a blizzard hit during what is called the “Carolean Death March.”

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A monument in Duved, Sweden for the “Carolean Death March.”

The storm struck as Swedish soldiers named for kings Carl XI and Carl XII were retreating after an unsuccessful offensive in Norway. The group was trapped in the mountains while heading back to Sweden, according to VICE News.

Over the next two days, 3,000 would die as well as their horses. A monument in Duved, Sweden, memorializes those who perished.

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Iran Blizzard in 1972, at least 4,000 deaths

At least 4,000 people were killed when a series of blizzards crippled Iran for six days in February 1972, leaving people buried in some places.

While parts of northern and central Iran saw upward of 10 feet of snow, some locations in the southern part of the country had 26 feet.

The Associated Press reported at the time that rescue workers dug through snowdrifts in the village of Skeklab for two days only to find 18 frozen bodies. There were no survivors in the village of 100.

Temperatures that dropped to -13 degrees Fahrenheit made the situation worse as many were left without water, food, heat and medical aid for days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nepal to count third gender in next population census

Nepal will count a third gender in its next population census, for the first time counting LGBT people as a minority group that can be allocated government jobs and education.

The LGBT community in the Himalayan nation has long demanded the census taken every 10 years count sexual minorities.

Nepal’s laws prescribe special quotas for minorities in workplaces, schools and colleges, and access to discounted healthcare, but LGBT people say the absence of census data omits them from such programs.

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Nepal’s upcoming national census will for the first time count the LGBT population in the Himalayan nation in order to better allocate government jobs and education set aside for minority groups, an official said Thursday. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi, File)

Dhundi Raj Lamichane, an official at Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics, said Thursday the national census is planned for summer of 2021 but a trial will be done next month in selected districts.

Citizens will be able to identify themselves as male, female or other gender.

Though the change is specific to gender rather than any person’s sexual identity, activists welcomed it as increasing the visibility of the LGBT community. They estimate about 900,000 of Nepal’s 29 million people are LGBT.

“This is a big step in our campaign. This will help establish our identity as a minority group in Nepal,” said Sarita K.C. of Mitini Nepal.

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Sexual minorities have made significant progress securing rights in Nepal in recent years. The constitution adopted in 2015 forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation, reaffirming a 2008 Supreme Court ruling. Citizenship certificates and passports now offer a “non-male, non-female” option in the gender category.

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Obama administration was ‘frozen’ in combating 2016 Russian election meddling: Senate report

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The Obama administration was “frozen” in combating 2016 Russian election meddling, according to a new report released Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The panel released the third volume of its five-part report on the committee’s yearslong bipartisan investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential election.

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“After discovering the existence, if not the full scope, of Russia’s election interference efforts in late 2016, the Obama Administration struggled to determine the appropriate response,” committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a statement Thursday. “Frozen by ‘paralysis of analysis,’ hamstrung by constraints both real and perceived, Obama officials debated courses of action without truly taking one.”

Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., said he hoped the panel’s findings would “resonate with lawmakers, national security experts and the American public.”

“There were many flaws with the U.S. response to the 2016 attack, but it’s worth noting that many of those were due to problems with our own system — problems that can and should be corrected,” Warner said.

The report stated that the Obama administration was “not well-postured” to counter Russian election interference activity.

“While high-level warnings were delivered to Russian officials, those warnings may or may not have tempered Moscow’s activity, and Russia continued disseminating stolen emails, conducting social media-based influence operations, and working to access state voting infrastructure through Election Day 2016,” the committee found.

The committee also found that the Obama administration was “constrained in its response by a number of external and internal concerns,” including the “highly politicized” environment and concern that public warnings could undermine confidence in the election. They also found that the administration’s decision to limit and delay information sharing about the foreign influence threat was a factor to the constraint.

The committee added that the administration seemed to treat cyber and geopolitical aspects of the Russian campaign as “separate issues,” saying that this approach “may have prevented the administration from understanding the full extent of the threat Russia posed, limited its ability to respond.”

The committee laid out a series of recommendations for the government, including that the U.S. “exert its leadership” to create international cyber norms, which they said are currently being written by “hostile foreign actors.”

“U.S. leadership is necessary to establish any formalized international agreement on acceptable uses of cyber capabilities,” the committee said, also recommending that the executive branch fully prepare for future attacks on U.S. elections.

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“Preparations should include the development of a range of standing options that can be rapidly executed in the event of a foreign influence campaign, as well as regular, apolitical threat assessments from the Director of National Intelligence,” the committee recommended.

They also urged the government to share “credible information” as “broadly as appropriate within the federal government, including Congress, while still protecting intelligence sources and methods.”

“Information should also be shared with relevant private sector partners and state and local authorities,” they continued. “In the event that an active measures campaign is detected, the public should be informed as soon as possible with a clear and succinct statement of the threat.”

Both Burr and Warner said that they were concerned by the administration’s concern with sharing information with the public for fear of creating alarm.

“I am particularly concerned, however, that a legitimate fear raised by the Obama Administration – that warning the public of the Russian attack could backfire politically – is still present in our hyper-partisan environment,” Warner said.

The second report released by the committee was made public last fall and urged President Trump to warn the public about efforts by foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections and take steps to prevent hostile nations from using social media to meddle in the 2020 vote.

Meanwhile, for 2020, Burr said the U.S. is “in a better position to identify foreign interference efforts and address vulnerabilities Russia and other hostile foreign actors may seek to exploit.”

“We must continue building on the lessons of 2016, including making sure we have strong response options at the ready,” Burr said.

It is unclear when the committee will release the two final installments of the report, but they are expected to examine the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian interference and the committee’s final counterintelligence findings.

The committee’s first report provided new details on how Russian government hackers directed extensive activity against U.S. election infrastructure, and faulted the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for providing inadequate warnings to state governments,

The committee’s investigation into Russian meddling went on for more than two years, with senators on the panel having the chance to interview more than 200 people.

“We have no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” Burr said last year.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller last year also concluded his yearslong investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. Mueller found no evidence of criminal coordination or conspiracy.

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Gruesome mystery: 42 skeletons ‘with their hands tied behind their backs’ discovered in shallow graves

More than 40 skeletons with their hands tied behind their backs have been discovered at a construction site in the U.K.

British news outlet SWNS reports that the macabre discovery was made while workers were preparing former farmland for a new development of 72 retirement apartments in Buckingham, southern England.

There is speculation that the remains date back to Anglo-Saxon Britain, which lasted from the 5th to the 11th century A.D. or the bloody English Civil Wars between 1642 to 1651. Local district and town councilor Robin Stuchbury says that the mysterious remains may also be criminals executed on gallows in the town of Buckingham, according to SWNS.

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Brio Retirement Living Holdings, which is part of property management group Places for People, is behind the development of the site, SWNS reports. Fox News has reached out to Places for People with a request for comment on this story.

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Part of the site in Buckingham, Southern England, where 42 skeletons were discovered with their hands tied behind their backs. (SWNS)

The MK Citizen reports that Buckinghamshire County Council’s Archaeological Service has not yet seen an archaeologists’ report on the mass gravesite.

The remains have reportedly been removed, leaving the graves as empty holes in the ground.

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Empty graves at the site where the skeletons were discovered.

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Stuchbury says that, as far as he is aware, the skeletons were found in December, but he wants more details on the discovery.

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The grisly discovery was made on former farmland. (SWNS)

Fox News has reached out to Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service with a request for comment on this story.

Last year, workers preparing to lay new water pipes discovered a gruesome ancient burial site in Southern England.

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Some 26 human skeletons from the Iron Age and Roman periods were found at the site in Childrey Warren, Oxfordshire, some of which are believed to be ritual burials.

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One female skeleton at the site was found buried with her feet cut off and placed side by side with her arms bound behind her head.

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Man back from China tested for coronavirus at Texas hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms

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At least one person at a hospital in southeastern Texas is being tested for the novel coronavirus that has killed some 563 people and has sickened more than 28,000 people worldwide.

Officials with Beaumont Public Health confirmed the potential case to Fox News on Thursday.

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“There is currently a patient under investigation for the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) in Beaumont. The Beaumont Public Health Department is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services, along with other partners in monitoring this developing situation,” Beaumont Public Health officials said in a statement.

“Detailed testing per CDC guidelines has been initiated and has been expedited for confirmation. As more information becomes available, we will keep the public updated. Currently, there is no risk to the community.”

The patient, who was not identified, recently returned from a trip to China and went to the hospital on Tuesday night after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” local news station 12 News reported. Symptoms of coronavirus can mimic those of the flu; signs of the novel virus have been reported to include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The man is currently in isolation at the hospital while officials await his test results, according to 12 News.

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The news comes after Wisconsin officials on Wednesday announced the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in the state. The case marks the 12th in the U.S. In addition to the Wisconsin case, there are six confirmed cases in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois.

No deaths have been reported in the U.S., and 99 percent of cases still remain in China.

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Politician blasts ‘everyday sexism’ after being trolled for off-the-shoulder dress

A British politician has shrugged off criticisms that her off-the-shoulder dress was inappropriate for the House of Commons, seizing the moment to argue that “everyday sexism” often judges women on what they wearing, not what they’re saying.

On Monday, Tracy Brabin, a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the English constituency of Batley and Spen, was speaking in the House of Commons when her dress slipped down from her right shoulder as she leaned forward. But as Brabin discussed how journalists were recently asked to leave a press briefing on Brexit talks at Downing Street, all eyes were apparently on her bare shoulder, BBC reports.

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Tracy Brabin, seen here, speaks at the House of Commons on Monday following Downing Street’s decision to order senior journalists from some of the UK’s major news organizations to leave before a briefing on Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans. (House of Commons/PA Images via Getty Images)

The shadow culture secretary later explained that she had attended a music industry event earlier that day and had not anticipated being called to the dispatch box during the meeting – though her defense came too late. Social media trolls were already having a field day, mocking her wardrobe snafu and the “inappropriate” look.

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Feeling obliged to “call it out,” Brabin’s response to the controversy quickly went viral on Twitter with over 125,000 likes, 13,000 shares and 6,000 comments.

“Hello. Sorry I don’t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I’m not…. a slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin,” the politician wrote online.

Supporters applauded Brabin’s “brilliant” reply and argued that Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg didn’t face the same scrutiny when he was caught napping during a three-hour evening debate in September, per BBC.

Another joked that the faultfinders “better not find out” how Queen Victoria “used to dress,” sharing a portrait of the monarch in an off-the-shoulder gown.

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Critics, however, wouldn’t relent, slamming Brabin’s frock as “unprofessional,” disrespecting both the House of Commons and her elected position.

One offered that there was surely a better “time and place” for the black dress.

Moving forward, Brabin has declared that she’s holding her ground on the matter.

“Women around the world… are being demeaned every day because of what they wear,” she told BBC. “The context of this is frankly pretty absurd. I am here talking about a shoulder when it is an important time for the media.”

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“This is everyday sexism where women are continually judged for what they wear, how they look and not what they say,” the MP continued. “Why is that? It’s a way to silence us.”

In the days since, Brabin has thanked fans on social media for their continued support.

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Shannen Doherty is using breast cancer diagnosis for ‘sympathy,’ State Farm Insurance says

Shannen Doherty announced this week she is battling stage 4 breast cancer. Now, State Farm Insurance — a company she is currently suing — is claiming the “90210” actress is using her diagnosis to garner sympathy.

The 48-year-old said earlier this week that she decided to share her diagnosis after her attorney recently filed documents against State Farm noting her terminal diagnosis. The “90210” star initially sued the insurance company in March 2019 after it refused to pay for the full amount of repairs to her California home that had been damaged in the Woolsey fire.

In new court documents filed Wednesday, State Farm accused Doherty of planning to “garner sympathy by her contention that State Farm must rebuild her entire house” when the case heads to trial, Page Six reported.

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“Plaintiff improperly claims she is entitled to have her entire home rebuilt at a cost of $2.7 million because she has breast cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” the court documents state.

State Farm claims Doherty’s house only suffered smoke damage and did not have structural or fire damage. The company also argued it already paid $1 million, which covered costs for remediation and professional cleaning of the home and for Doherty to rent a temporary place to live, the outlet said.

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Doherty’s attorney, Devin McRae, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, but told Page Six that State Farm’s accusations are “appalling.”

“Of course cancer and a chronic respiratory ailment are directly relevant to the means and scope of fire and smoke remediation in her home and on her clothes,” McRae said.

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Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She initially underwent hormone therapy before undergoing a mastectomy, following by back-to-back rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, People previously reported.  In 2018, she underwent reconstruction with an innovative surgery called DIEP flap, in which the breast is rebuilt using the patient’s own tissue.

Since her initial diagnosis, the “Charmed” actress returned to work on the “90210” reboot in 2019.

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