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New Disneyland Star Wars reportedly suffering breakdowns, long wait times

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Being part of a resistance is never easy.

Disneyland in California recently opened Rise of the Resistance, its latest addition to its Star Wars land. While fans have given the ride positive reviews, there are reports of issues with the virtual queue and breakdowns.

On opening day, the boarding group passes for the ride sold out within six minutes, The Orange County Register reports. Fans reportedly starting lining up starting at midnight for a chance to experience the new ride. The virtual queue opened at 8 a.m.

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Fans could sign up for the virtual queue on the Disneyland app, where they would be assigned a boarding group number, which ranged from one to 160. Guests assigned a group number higher than 81 were reportedly placed on a “standby” status.

The ride reportedly broke down just before 10 a.m. and did not come back online for 50 minutes. Another breakdown occurred around 2:30 p.m. By this point, 61 boarding groups had moved through the ride, according to The Orange County Register.

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The news outlet reported that at around 5 p.m., guests registered for boarding groups 115 and above were told it was unlikely they would experience the ride that day.

The new ride experienced similar delays on Sunday, WDW News Today reports. According to the outlet, the park notified guests from certain “standby” groups around 1:30 p.m. that they would not be experiencing the ride that day.

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Fox News reached out to Disneyland for comment but did not immediately get a response.

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Avenatti allegedly took settlement money from football fans

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Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti is accused of stealing money from dozens more clients than previously known, according to newly unsealed documents and recent interviews with Fox News.

It’s alleged that Avenatti, currently behind bars awaiting trial in New York on unrelated charges, directed up to $1.3 million in settlement funds – intended for approximately 170 clients – to cover his own expenses. It’s the latest example of alleged malfeasance by the lawyer who was once a fixture on cable news and flirted with a presidential run.

“We didn’t receive any of that,” Donald Albaugh, one of Avenatti’s clients, said by phone Monday.  Albaugh said he and his wife, Tracy, went to the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas but, like hundreds of other ticket holders, had problems with their seats and sued the NFL.

“The whole thing is so ludicrous,” Arianne Dar told Fox News about taking her son to the game as a graduation present. Dar said she made sure to buy tickets that were not “obstructed view” but they ended up behind a metal pole. “I never heard about a settlement.”

H. Dean Steward, who Avenatti hired to represent him last year, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The Albaughs and Dar said they each submitted itemized costs to Avenatti and his legal team seeking reimbursement for about $10,000, but they haven’t seen a penny.

In May 2017, Avenatti, representing the ticket holders, entered into an agreement with the NFL for a settlement of about $1,550,000 and a dismissal of all legal claims. But, in a request for a search warrant of Avenatti’s computers and phones seized following his March 2019 arrest, IRS Special Agent Remoun Karlous told a federal judge that Avenatti paid out only a small fraction of that settlement.

“Avenatti used the remainder of the approximately $1.31 million dollars [he] and his law firm received from the settlement of the Super Bowl Litigation for [his] own personal and business purposes,” Karlous wrote.

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Avenatti has not been charged with defrauding his clients in the Super Bowl case, but Karlous wrote, “The government will be seeking to admit this evidence at trial on the basis that this criminal conduct falls squarely within and is inextricably intertwined with” an already existing 36-count federal fraud indictment in Orange County, Calif. In one of those charges, Avenatti stood accused of hiding the existence of the NFL settlement from a bankruptcy court dealing with his now-former law firm.

Avenatti’s office manager had witnessed the behavior, Karlous alleged, writing, “In response to a question as to whether she was aware of Avenatti taking money from client funds, [the manager] said that the plaintiffs in the Super Bowl litigation had not all been paid out … even though there had been money available to pay them.”

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Paul Colavecchi said he did get money back from Avenatti, but only after his sister, who went with him to the Super Bowl, threatened to report Avenatti to the State Bar of California. None of the Avenatti clients reached by Fox News said they saw any paperwork from Avenatti or his firm after the settlement.

The California fraud case is just one of three criminal cases Avenatti has been facing. He’s scheduled to go to trial in New York next week on charges that he tried to extort $25 million from Nike. But, the timing of that case was thrown into question when Avenatti was arrested in Los Angeles last week on allegations of violating his bond. Avenatti also stood accused of stealing money from adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who he represented in her litigation against President Trump.

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Kelly Ripa reveals she’s stopped drinking since co-hosting ‘Live’ with Ryan Seacrest

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Kelly Ripa revealed she has quit drinking alcohol.

On Monday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” the 49-year-old Emmy winner joked there was a downtick in total wine purchased in 2019.

“They are saying Americans bought less wine in the last year,” she told co-host Ryan Seacrest. “It’s the first drop in a quarter of a century. Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this slip. I have influenced the market.”

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“I’m not saying I’ve driven people out,” she added. “I’m saying I stopped buying wine and there’s a 25 percent dip.”

Seacrest, who became her co-host in 2017, quipped, “I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?”

Ripa didn’t further explain why she chose to stop drinking a few years ago. Meanwhile, according to a New York Times interview last year, Seacrest loves his wine. He told the outlet he breaks his strict diet and enjoys himself on the weekends.

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“During the week, it’s impossible, but Fridays and Saturdays, it’s fantastic to have a two-hour meal, family-style, with a fantastic bottle of wine,” Seacrest said.

Ripa has previously spoken about her strict diet.

“It has changed my life, it’s changed the whole way I think about food,” Ripa said in 2015 of the high-alkaline diet she follows, which focuses on vegetables like beets, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, kiwis and bell peppers while avoiding acidic foods like yogurt, fish and sugar.

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“I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish. The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. I like to have a glass of wine,” she added at the time. “So I don’t adhere to it strictly, but when I do a cleanse, it will be seven days, and then I go back to my normal life. But my normal life, like I said, is not that different than the alkaline cleanse.”

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Hawaii man who allegedly shot, killed 2 officers had history of disputes with law

A Hawaii man who is suspected of stabbing a landlord before fatally shooting two police officers at a Honolulu home on Sunday had a history of run-ins with police and issues with his neighbor, according to his lawyer.

Jarovlav Hanel, a native of the Czech Republic, faced eviction because the landlord wanted to move into the home where he had stayed for free in return for maintenance work, said his lawyer, Jonathan Burge.

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Honolulu police prepare to take defensive positions with their weapons after a shooting and domestic incident at a residence in Honolulu.  (Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Police said Hanel stabbed Lois Cain, the landlord who had filed court documents last week to evict him. After the stabbing, two Honolulu police officers were fatally shot, and the home and neighboring structures later burst into flames.

Local media have not confirmed, but Hanel and two other unidentified women are presumed dead inside the destroyed home.

Burge said he knew Hanel had some mental health issues but had never known him to be violent.

“He thought the government was watching him all the time and tapping his phone, stuff like that,” Burge said.

Several years ago, a neighbor accused Hanel of shoving him. Hanel was acquitted of assault after a trial.

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This undated photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows Officers Tiffany Enriquez, left, and Kaulike Kalama. Enriquez and Kalama were killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, while responding to a call.  (Honolulu Police Department via AP)

Police responding Sunday morning to a call for help at the location found Cain stabbed in the leg. Hanel then opened fire, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said.

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The fire, just a few blocks from oceanfront high-rise buildings, spread quickly, destroying seven homes and leaving others with fire or smoke damage.

Burge has represented Hanel since 2015 in various disputes with neighbors, including temporary restraining orders that three obtained against him. Hanel was facing a hearing next week on a charge of misusing 911 services, Burge said.

Cain was supportive of him in his disputes with neighbors, but she wanted him to move out so she could move into the home, Burge said. Their relationship had also soured because Hanel’s dog had died and Cain wouldn’t let him get a new one.

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Burge said Hanel planned to go trial for the misusing 911 charge.

“He thought he saw someone selling drugs nearby [and] called the police. They determined it wasn’t happening,” Burge said. “He didn’t like their determination. He kept calling them until they told him stop” and cited him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brad Parscale: ‘Right now, the American people have tuned out’ 2020 Democrats

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President Trump’s reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale told Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Reports” Monday that the forthcoming Senate impeachment trial was unlikely to have any impact at the polls this November, and may even help the president’s chances.

“From the campaign side, our numbers have gone up [since impeachment],” Parscale told host Bill Hemmer. “I told the president this right out of the gate. I said, ‘If they try to impeach you and they try to do this [to you] for doing nothing wrong at all, you’re the one that’s going to come victorious out of this.’ It’s going to create lots of fundraising — we have over $200 million in the bank between our committees — our numbers have gone up, and independents see this farce, and this hoax.”

Parscale also dismissed the field of potential challengers to the president, saying most Americans had “tuned out” their arguments.

“As soon as the president runs on any of the ballots, against any of their policies, he performs greatly against them, better than [even against Hillary] Clinton [in 2016],” Parscale said. ” … He is so far ahead of where he was in 2016 against Clinton, he is so far ahead of these other candidates in fundraising and in numbers … and their policies are so far-left, the American people are not going to want them.”

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“Right now,” Parscale added, “the American people have tuned out. Because, honestly, what’s happened with impeachment and everything else, they’ve shut down. They’re enjoying the Super Bowl or they’re watching football games, enjoying this country’s great economy, they’re not sitting around watching this stuff.”

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Michael Goodwin: Trump impeachment trial is clearest evidence yet of a looming national crackup

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For much of the last three years, the impeachment of President Trump seemed inevitable. The left refused to accept his 2016 victory and ­remained determined to end his tenure.

When he made mistakes or said dumb things, the frenzy boiled over. When his tax and regulation cuts unleashed the great American jobs machine, the resistance grew more determined.

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After Democrats seized the House in 2018, Speaker Nancy ­Pelosi became the firewall against impeachment. By the time she surrendered last fall, Pelosi had adopted the fiery zeal of a convert.

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She now displays her hatred of Trump without reservation and accuses him of being a Russian agent, notwithstanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded otherwise. Anyone who disagrees with her is accused of being part of a criminal coverup, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Attorney General William Barr.

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Given Pelosi’s position, these extraordinary accusations are unprecedented in modern times. Yet such vile extremism is the new normal on the left, which uses Trump as an excuse for its own abnormal conduct.

A top Pelosi henchman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, argued last week that, despite the coming election, impeachment must go forward now. Waiting wasn’t an option, he claimed, because the Ukraine case proves beyond a doubt that Trump is “trying to cheat in that election.”

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Russian police spied on opposition activist in her bedroom, family says

The family of a Russian opposition activist claim police officers installed surveillance equipment in her bedroom and spied on her for months before she was arrested last year.

Anastasia Shevchenko, 40, was arrested in January 2019 under a law against so-called “undesirable organizations,” The Telegraph reported.

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Anastasia Shevchenko head of the election campaign for Ksenia Sobchak poses in Rostov-On-Don, Russia February 13, 2018.  (Reuters )

The 2015 law reportedly allows Russia to declare an organization “undesirable” if it “presents a threat to Russia’s constitutional order, its defense and its security.”

Shevchenko had been working with a group founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch and critic of the Kremlin. Her criminal charges stem from organizing a lecture and taking part in a rally.

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Shevchenko’s lawyer Sergei Badamshin alleges that authorities entered her apartment, installed surveillance equipment, and took it back five months later – all without her knowing.

“They left no trace,” Badamshin said.

Shevchenko has been under house arrest for a year. Her family told The Telegraph last weekend that investigators in Rostov-on-Don, a city in southern Russia, uncovered footage earlier this month, supposedly showing Shevchenko in her bedroom.

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Prosecutors in Rostov-on-Don extended Shevchenko’s house arrest through March, The Telegraph reported. She faces up to six months in prison if convicted.

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Why wasn’t Auschwitz bombed by the Allies? New doc explores possible answers

Should the Allied powers have bombed Auschwitz when they received secret intelligence about what was taking place at the horrific Nazi death camp?

That’s a question explored by historians in a PBS documentary, premiering on Tuesday, titled, “Secrets of the Dead: Bombing Auschwitz.”

In April 1944, two Jewish prisoners who escaped from the concentration camp and fled through Nazi-occupied Poland eventually provided detailed testimony about the atrocities that were unfolding at Auschwitz under the Nazi’s extermination program. That information eventually made its way to the Allied leadership — where the possibility of bombing the camp was discussed and considered.

Those involved in the debate included Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Allied Air Command, the American War Refugee Board and the Jewish Agency.

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A winter view of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, just a few days ahead of the 73rd anniversary of the camp liberation. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

One reason for not bombing the death camp can be traced to widespread anti-Semitism in the United States and the U.K. during World War II, according to a historian.

“Politicians got nervous if it looked like they were making special efforts on behalf of the Jews,” Tami Davis Biddle, a professor of history and national security strategy at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsyvania, told Live Science.

In addition, aerial bombing at that time was notoriously inaccurate, the movie notes.

“You would need to drop 220 bombs on each of the four crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau to have a 90 percent chance of one of them hitting each crematorium,” Biddle explained.

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‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland on 27 January 2015. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, by the time the Allies had what was needed to proceed with a raid, it would have been too late to save the vast majority of the millions who were killed by the Nazis.

The documentary is part of the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which happened in January 1945.

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Over 30 Florida local governments sue state, seek ability to regulate firearms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a state well-known for its competitive political races and heated debates, one issue that continues to be fiercely discussed in Florida is that of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights.

To some, like Carey Baker, the 2nd Amendment is something worth passionately defending.

“It applies just as much today as it did over 200 years ago,” Baker said. “The right to bear and keep those firearms — that should never change. It truly is based on an individual’s right to self-defense. If you have the right to defend yourself, your family, your country, you should have the means to do it.”

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Carey Baker, co-owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Florida.

By Baker’s own admission, he’s a bit biased. He co-owns A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Fla., which has been in business since the 19th century.

But in the wake of tragedies such as the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed, there are some in Florida seeking to regulate aspects of the 2nd amendment with the same vigor that Baker uses to defend it.

A growing number of cities in Florida are suing the state to challenge a 2011 amendment that inflicts steep penalties on local governments that choose to pass gun-regulating ordinances.

The amendment enforces Florida Statute 790.33, which was implemented in 1987 and states that the power to regulate firearms belongs solely to the state. Prior to 2011, the law was difficult to enforce.

Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.

— Fla. Stat. 790.33

But the 2011 amendment imposed steep consequences to anyone who, in a “knowing and willful” manner, broke the law, with penalties including a $5,000 fine or removal from office. While embraced by some cities, particularly conservative-leaning ones, other municipalities are fiercely fighting the law in the courts.

“What they did in 2011 was took this one step too far,” said Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for approving concealed carry permits in the state.

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Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture (Photo courtesy of Nikki Fried’s office).

Fried by no means considers herself to be “anti-gun” and admits herself to owning firearms. Yet, the commissioner has been outspokenly against the tough penalties the law imposes. About 30 municipalities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials have filed suit against the state challening the amendment. After assuming office in 2019, Fried has since joined them.

A circuit court judge declared the penalties were unconstitutional, but the state has appealed the ruling to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen are all listed as appellants in a 54-page brief submitted in December of 2019.

While the lawsuits challenge only the penalties imposed by the law, Fried believes local officials should have the ability to propose what she calls “common sense” gun-regulating ordinances. Since local officials, in her eyes, govern closer to the people they represent, she believes they are well-suited to make laws that benefit their constituents.

“Our local governments should have the power to see a problem that’s in their community…and act,” said Fried. “And if that’s the case, then they’re doing their jobs.”

That argument, however, does not sit well with Marion Hammer, the former president of the NRA and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.

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Marion Hammer, former President of the National Rifle Association and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.

“Being close to people has no bearing on whether or not you can impose your personal political preferences on people,” Hammer said.

Hammer, who said she’s been defending the 2nd Amendment in Florida since 1974, claims decades ago the state had a medley of gun laws, many of which she considered to be unconstitutional. Following the introduction of Florida Statute 790.33, Hammer claims some cities submitted to the state’s authority but others did not. She said the steep penalties implemented in 2011 put an end to “bad behavior.”

“When you willfully and knowingly violate the law,” she said, “we call those people criminals.”

Plus, she said, uniform gun laws benefit everyone.

“In a mobile society, people have no way of knowing what ordinance they may violate when they’re traveling or cross a city or county line,” said Hammer. “It is critically important that in a state, you have uniformity of gun laws.”

Hammer fears that if local governments put their own gun regulations on the books, a gun owner could, in theory, be a law-abiding citizen in one region, hop in his or her car and become a law-breaking citizen just down the road.

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Daniel Stermer, Mayor of the City of Weston (Photo courtesy of the City of Weston).

But local officials challenging the law said they should have the ability to enforce their own rules when it comes to public safety.

Daniel Stermer, the mayor of Weston, Fla., which is named principally in the lawsuit, said he’s prepared to face the consequences if the amendment holds up in court.

“If the provisions stand, I’m prepared to have the governor remove me,” he said. “I’m OK with that. I’m prepared to walk this through the judicial process.”

Weston is less than 25 miles away from Parkland and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said the need to tighten the laws in South Florida is critical.

“Immediately after [the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School], it became an immediate groundswell from residents,” claimed Stermer. “Asking us, ‘am I safe in my schools, in my parks, in my government buildings?’ And I had to give them an honest answer, that ‘I can’t give you a complete answer because we can’t do anything about it.'”

Stermer views the issue as less about the 2nd Amendment and more about property rights, and his hope is that the courts will rule in their favor and allow him to regulate what goes on inside the public facilities he and the city of Weston oversee.

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Raúl Valdés-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida (Photo courtesy of the City of Coral Gables).

Raúl Valdés-Fauli, the mayor of Coral Gables, which borders Miami, said he should have the authority to ban the sale of “assault weapons” in his city.

“People should have guns, pistols, revolvers in their home for their protection if they feel it’s necessary. But, assault weapons do not belong in a municipality,” said Valdés-Fauli. “Assault weapons are for purposes of war powers.”

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Photo of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, which must now decide if the penalties associated with Florida’s preemptive firearm law are constitutional or not.

Valdés-Fauli said the penalties added in 2011 are excessive.

“I think that’s wrong, and for the legislature to usurp our powers of governing our local residents is wrong. Very wrong,” said Valdés-Fauli. “I think it should be in the power of the municipal government, which governs closest to the people.”

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Ashley Graham gives birth to baby boy: ‘Our lives changed for the better’

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Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin are parents!

The model and her director husband welcome their first child, a son, on Jan. 18.

“At 6:00pm on Saturday our lives changed for the better,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Thank you for all your love and support during this incredible time.” She has yet to reveal her son’s name.

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Graham revealed the sex of her baby on the “The Ellen DeGeneres” show in November. “I’m having a boy! I’m going to be a mommy to a boy!” she announced to the audience.

The 32-year-old announced she was pregnant on Aug. 14 via social media.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world!” Graham wrote on Instagram at the time. “Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin Life is about to get even better.”

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Since her exciting announcement, Graham has been proudly showing off her growing baby bump online, including many nude snaps and a video displaying her stretch marks.

She even appeared on the cover of a Vogue magazine issue that celebrated pregnancy, motherhood and love.

“A VOGUE COVER!!! — celebrating inclusivity, mothers, pregnancy and love —  is so surreal. I have dreamed of this moment my entire career since I was a catalogue model living in Nebraska two decades ago,” she wrote.

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“Thank you @voguemagazine and #AnnaWintour for embracing a conversation around pregnancy and motherhood, which can be both incredibly exciting and also isolating. The community and support I have discovered along the way has been incredible, and to share this monumental moment with my son and husband in the pages of Vogue could not feel more special.”

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