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Jim Hanson: US downing of Iranian drone is a warning to stop aggression and support for terrorism

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When a U.S. Navy ship downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday it sent an important message to the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic: aggression has consequences and America will strike back when provoked.

During the Obama administration, Iran’s leaders figured out that President Barack Obama was desperate to secure his place in history by reaching a deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

So Iran took advantage of Obama’s desperation. The Iranians engaged in terrorism, supported anti-American and anti-Israel fighters, helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad wage a civil war, and won Obama’s approval of a badly flawed nuclear deal that simply delayed Iran’s entry into the nuclear club for a few years.

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Much to the disappointment of the mullahs, President Trump has made clear he is no pushover. Recognizing that the Iran nuclear deal was a bad bargain he withdrew the U.S. from the agreement and placed crippling economic sanctions on Iran.

Iran is now taking aggressive actions in the Persian Gulf and threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off oil shipments, to get sanctions relief. But unlike Obama, Trump is playing hardball and not giving in to Iranian threats.

In announcing the downing of the Iranian drone Thursday in a defensive action by a Navy warship appropriately named the USS Boxer, President Trump said: “The U.S. reserves the right to defend personnel, facilities, interests.” The president said the drone came within 1,000 yards of the U.S. ship and ignored several calls to stand down.

Trump called the flight of the drone within the USS Boxer’s defensive perimeter a “hostile” action by Iran.

U.S. officials told Fox News that Marines aboard the Navy ship downed the drone with electronic jamming equipment.

The Iranians have been pushing to find how out far they could go before drawing a U.S. response. Now they know.

There have been several months’ worth of provocations by Iran in the shipping lanes of the Persian Gulf and by its proxies in the region. I have previously said that a U.S. response was necessary to let the mullahs know that free transit of all vessels in this waterway is a vital U.S. interest.

President Trump couldn’t let Iran’s latest aggressive action pass without a response if he expects Iran and other nations to respect the U.S. and not conclude they can attack our forces at will, without fear of retaliation

President Trump couldn’t let Iran’s latest aggressive action pass without a response if he expects Iran and other nations to respect the U.S. and not conclude they can attack our forces at will, without fear of retaliation.

The U.S. action knocking the Iranian drone out of commission appears to have most likely fallen within the normal rights of an American ship to protect itself. This was an act of self-defense.

Depending on the amount of time the drone spent probing the defenses of the U.S. ship, the U.S. commander may have had time to send word up the chain of command. But all our warships have rules of engagement allowing them to take action against imminent threats.

This becomes more interesting, however, in light of reports that Iran seized a United Arab Emirates oil tanker and is claiming this was an anti-smuggling operation.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran announced Thursday that it had detained a foreign oil tanker it said had been smuggling fuel – days after a UAE vessel with the same name disappeared in the Persian Gulf.

It is unwise to take any statement coming from Iran at face value. In this case, the Revolutionary Guards run a lot of oil smuggling operations themselves, trying to evade sanctions to generate hard currency. It’s possible the UAE ship was a competitor that Iran decided to take out.

But it’s also entirely possible that the seizure of the UAE tanker and the probing of a U.S. Navy ship by the Iranian drone were provocations designed to show Iran can disrupt maritime traffic and energy supplies. That could prompt an increase in oil prices, which would benefit Iran.

There have been hints from the Iranian regime that it is considering negotiations with the U, S. Iran has a long habit of being especially badly behaved prior to any potential talks. This tactic worked well with the Obama administration to help get concessions.

While he would certainly like to make a better nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump does not want to be disrespected or intimidated in the process. But the mullahs don’t seem to have changed their strategy to fit the new sheriff in town.

The Iran nuclear deal approved by Obama did little to stop Iran from its goal of becoming a nuclear power because it had a fatal flaw. Sunset clauses in the agreement would have given Iran free rein to run a fully legitimate nuclear program in as little as a decade. The idea that the Iranians have any intention of making a deal that actually shuts off that path is pretty farfetched.

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Still, President Trump is right to explore a new Iran deal – though with a very skeptical eye. But clearly – unlike Obama – Trump’s patience for Iran’s terrorist attacks across the Middle East has run out.

If the Iranians leaders are smart, they’ll realize Donald Trump is no Barack Obama and agree to real changes in their aggressive behavior in the region and a meaningful nuclear deal. Or the Iranians can raise the stakes and see if Trump folds. Obama always did, but Trump is a much better card player and knows he holds a better hand.

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Biscuits start baking inside hot car in Nebraska as part of weather experiment

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The National Weather Service in Nebraska demonstrated the effects of the brutal heat by trying to bake biscuits using nothing but a car and the sun.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the National Weather Service in Omaha and Valley posted updates on the biscuit experiment over the course of eight hours.

“We actually were going to do cookies, but the store didn’t have cookies so it’s biscuits,” Hallie Bova, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, told the Omaha World-Herald. “I thought it would be fun to try.”

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The experiment was conducted as an excessive heat warning had been issued for much of eastern Nebraska through 7 p.m. on Saturday by the National Weather Service. The high in Omaha on Thursday was 92 degrees with a heat index of 103.

The first tweet said, “If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot. We will keep you posted with the progress. Stay cool!”

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The biscuit dough was placed on a cookie sheet inside an enclosed vehicle on Thursday morning along with a thermometer.

The biscuits usually take about 14 to 17 minutes in 350-degree heat to bake, the newspaper reported.

The next tweet included a picture of the biscuits and included the caption, “45 minutes in. Biscuits are rising.”

The following update posted about an hour after the initial tweet said, “The pan has reached 175 degrees in 60 minutes and the tops of the biscuits are at 153.”

It added, “This is a good time to remind everyone that your car does in fact get deadly hot. Look before you lock! On average 38 children die in hot cars each year. Don’t be a statistic!”

Locksmiths and emergency personnel were called to free children inadvertently locked in at least two cars on Wednesday, the Herald reported.

About five hours later, the Omaha National Weather Service posted another update, writing, “Top of the biscuits are baked but the bottom remains doughy. But more interestingly, the temperature of the back seat in the shade is 144 degrees!”

The last update said, “after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. The middle is still pretty doughy though. The max temp on the pan was 185!”

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The tweet included the hashtags #HeatSafety and #LookBeforeYouLock.

The dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stroke, according to the heat advisory, which reminded people to take extra precautions while working or spending time outside.

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Arkansas sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting after responding to domestic call, police say

An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was one of two people shot and killed Thursday after he responded to a call in a rural part of the state, police said.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed when a suspect opened fire as he was responding to a call in Leslie, about 77 miles north of Little Rock.

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Stone County Sheriff’s deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen (Facebook/Arkansas Fire News)

Sadler said Stephen went to a home at around 8:40 a.m. for a domestic welfare check and “gunfire erupted” while he was talking to a woman outside the house. Sadler added that a man was inside the home at the time and did not indicate who shot first or how many shots were fired.

He said Stephen and a male suspect, who has not yet been identified, were killed. The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The State of Arkansas has a heavy heart today,” Sadler told reporters on Thursday. “All too often now we’re getting calls that are resulting in the deaths of law enforcement officers, the individuals who are charged with the duty to keep peace in our communities, counties and across the state.”

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“There is no routine call in law enforcement, but what happened this morning began as about as routine as you can get,” Sadler went on. “But anything can happen anytime.”

Stephen had worked in law enforcement for 20 years and was a U.S. Army veteran, according to Stone County deputies. He was also the chief of the Pineville Fire Department.

Fellow deputies called Stephen an “extraordinary leader” who always wanted to be first on the scene.

“It is heartbreaking to hear that Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Stephen was killed in the line of duty today,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted on Thursday. “My heart goes out to his wife and son, and to his fellow officers and friends in their grief at this tragic loss.”

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Hutchinson ordered the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas to fly at half-staff in Stephen’s honor.

Other police departments in Arkansas offered their condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Stone County Sergeant Mike Stephen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning,” the North Little Rock Police Department tweeted on Thursday,

The tweet included the hashtags #GoneButNotForgotten and #BackTheBlue.

“Today, the State of Arkansas mourns the loss of a brave law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., tweeted. “Mike Stephen protected the people of Stone County, standing as part of the thin blue line separating our communities from crime and chaos.”

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., tweeted that his prayers went out to Stephen’s family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers.

“He served his community in so many ways and laid down his life in the line of duty this morning,” Boozman wrote. “We honor his sacrifice.”

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In a Facebook post The Stone County Sheriff’s Department thanked everyone for the “prayers and kind words.”

“Our Blue family has lost a great man who wore the badge with pride and honor,” the post said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sergeant Mike Stephen’s Family,”

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Cats’ movie trailer unnerves many on Internet: ‘I shrieked out loud’

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The Internet went (apologies) meowt of its mind on Thursday after a trailer for the film adaptation of “Cats,” the hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, hit the Web.

Prospective moviegoers were in some cases unnerved by the cats in the trailer, partly human and partly CGI.

Even the stars themselves barely had words to describe the upcoming movie, due in theaters in December. It tells the story of a bunch of, well, cats, who congregate at a ball to decide who will live and who will die.

One of the stars, musician Taylor Swift, posted a clip of herself from the trailer on social media, saying, “I am a cat and somehow that was everything.”

Jennifer Hudson, who delivers a rendition of the show-stopping number “Memory,” didn’t even use her human words, tweeting, “Meow meow meow meow meow (Translation) Here’s a first look inside #CatsMovie.”

For some viewers, one of the oddest elements of the trailer was the image of human butts with tails protruding (because, well, cats).

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‘Titans’ crew member dies after ‘accident’ at special effects facility during ‘preparation’ for shoot

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A special effects coordinator from DC Universe’s show “Titans” has died following an accident at a special effects facility, Warner Bros. announced on Thursday.

“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” read a statement from the “Titans” executive producers, Warner Bros. Television Group and DC Universe.

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“Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures,” the statement continued. “The executive producers, along with everyone in the ‘Titans’ family, Warner Bros. Television Group and DC Universe, wish to express our deepest condolences, and heartfelt love and support, to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”

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According to TMZ, production has been shut down for two days.

The outlet reports that Appleby was hit in the head by a piece of metal from a car during a stunt rehearsal at the facility. TMZ, citing authorities, said he reportedly died while being transported to the hospital by EMTs.

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TMZ further reported that the Ministry of Labor is now investigating the accident, which reportedly took place in Toronto, where the show is filmed.

Fox News has reached out to the ministry for comment.

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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Gigi Hadid beats copyright lawsuit over Instagram picture

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A Brooklyn federal court judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by a paparazzi agency against supermodel Gigi Hadid for posting one of their snaps of her to Instagram.

Judge Pamela Chen ruled that Xclusive-Lee Inc.’s suit against the 23-year-old catwalker was baseless, given that it didn’t even own the copyright at the time it sued Hadid.

Chen writes that the agency had only applied for a copyright, not been formally granted registration, making the suit baseless.

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Hadid’s attorneys — who likened the lawsuit to extortion — lauded the judge’s decision.

“We are pleased that the Court granted our motion to dismiss this meritless case,” attorney John Quinn said in a statement. “The Court’s decision recognized this case for what it was — an effort to extract a settlement from Ms. Hadid with little regard for the basic requirements of copyright law.”

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Hadid herself blasted the lawsuit when it was first filed in a heated Instagram post.

“The photo is by a Paparazzi & is of me on the street outside an event last week. These people make money off us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out,” she wrote in a post. “For someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographers name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for by whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”

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Chicago woman, daughter charged with killing baby cut from teenager’s womb with butcher knife

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A Chicago woman and her daughter, accused of strangling a teenage mom, cutting the unborn child from her womb and claiming it as their own, were charged with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of the infant.

The charges are piled on top of at least two dozen counts of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, dismemberment of a human body and concealment of a homicide in relation to the teen mother’s death.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree, 26, her daughter, allegedly hatched a plan to lure 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez to their apartment and steal her unborn baby; Clarisa’s own 20-year-old son died of natural causes in 2018.

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Clarisa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, was charged with helping clean up the crime scene.

Clarisa told family members that she was pregnant in October — a revelation that is said to have come as a surprise because they knew she’d had her fallopian tubes tied. Prosecutors allege Clarisa kept up her pregnancy ruse by posting photos of an ultrasound and baby nursery on Facebook, but as her fake due date grew closer, she allegedly sought out someone whose baby she could claim as her own.

Clarisa met Ochoa-Lopez via Facebook in a group forum for expectant mothers. The two first met around April 1.

On April 23, reports say, the teen mom went back to Figueroa’s house after she was offered free baby clothes.

While Desiree showed Ochoa-Lopez photographs of her late brother, Clarisa strangled the girl with a cable, cut the baby from her womb, placed the teen’s body in a blanket and a trash bag and dragged it to the trash can outside, Cook County prosecutors contend.

Desiree called 911, claiming that her infant was not breathing, it’s alleged. The infant, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, died in the hospital on June 14 after spending three weeks on life support.

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Assistant Public Defender Vernon Schleyer, who is representing Desiree Figueroa, will seek a gag order at a court hearing scheduled for next week; Schleyer wants the victim’s husband, Yovany Lopez, family and community activists to be prohibited from talking about the case, so as not to interfere with the selection of an impartial jury.

Lopez’s attorney, Frank Avila, told the Chicago Tribune said that he will fight for his grieving client to be heard: “This case needs to be spoken out about, and these victims need to be heard.”

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Capitol police meet with members of political ‘squad’ about safety concerns

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Congressional security officials have met with all four members of the “squad,” comprising Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over concerns about their safety as lawmakers.

Fox News has learned that threats have not increased for them this week.

Security officials want to make sure each office is aware of the security options available to them on Capitol Hill. Security officials also work with local law enforcement to help secure events in their districts or elsewhere. Offices are asked to provide security officials itineraries and information about public appearances when there may be concerns about safety.

Capitol security officials are also now looking at ways to enhance security in the field for lawmakers who feel they are at risk.

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Some lawmakers — not necessarily the aforementioned squad – have increasingly hired private security to augment their safety.

The threat assessment regarding members of the squad, who have recently clashed with President Trump, remains low compared to some other lawmakers.

One source told Fox News that even though the four had been in the news a great deal, they were still low-profile, freshman members.

Some lawmakers’ significant others are more worried about safety than the lawmakers themselves.

There is concern in the security ranks that if the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) responds to the “noise” surrounding the squad, it may actually miss more bona fide threats against other lawmakers.

Moreover, there are worries that if congressional officials start bolstering security for one group of lawmakers, others may demand similar arrangements. The USCP and the House/Senate sergeants at arms simply don’t have the budget to assign protective details to large swaths of lawmakers.

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At a House Administration Committee hearing Tuesday, newly minted USCP Chief Steven Sund testified that overall, threats against lawmakers “continue to grow.”

In fiscal year 2018, Sund said the USCP dealt with 4,894 threats against lawmakers. USCP is now at 2,502 for this year. Sund argued that at this rate, the number of threats will “break last year’s” mark.

Sund noted that there is a lower number of “credible” threats which USCP actually investigate.

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More than 1,000 people attend Michigan funeral for Vietnam veteran

Hundreds of people showed up at a Michigan funeral Wednesday to mourn a Vietnam War veteran who passed away with no surviving family members.

Friends of Wayne Lee Wilson anticipated that only a few people would pay their respects, but the Brown Funeral Home in Niles changed that by posting Wilson’s obituary on Facebook and inviting the public to pay their respects.

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“Dignitaries have funerals like this,” Wilson’s close friend Charlotte Andrews told the Detroit Free Press. “Who would have thought that a simple man with simple ideas and a simple way of life would have been able to have such an enormous amount of people to be able to send him off?”

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U.S. Army members carry a folded flag along with the remains of Vietnam War veteran Wayne Wilson during the memorial service in Niles Wednesday. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Wilson died May 28 with no close family members, so his friends arranged for him to be buried with military honors. Wilson served in the Army from 1971 to 1977 and was wounded during his military service.

“We found out that this particular veteran does not have any family; and as color guard, we honor every veteran,” said Petra Bernard of the Osceola American Legion Post 308. “Every veteran deserves to have their military rights, so we made sure that we came out here to pay our respects to this soldier.”

Wilson often wore his service medals, flew a flag on his motorized scooter and would place flags at the graves of deceased veterans in Silverbrook Cemetery, where he was ultimately laid to rest, according to to the Free Press. People around Niles often called him “Sarge.”

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Flags, flowers and letters alike lie near the remains of Wayne Wilson at the conclusion of the memorial service at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Mich., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Emil Lippe/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

Mourners came from several states away to honor him.

“It said on Facebook he didn’t have any family. He does have family,” Ohio resident Kenneth Creech told WNDU-TV. “Everybody that stepped foot in Vietnam is a brother.”

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In brief remarks, Niles Mayor Nick Shelton thanked Wilson and others like him.

“General George S. Patton Jr. said it best: ‘It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived,'” Shelton said. “Thank God for Wayne Wilson and thank you all for being a part of his legacy.”

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Al Roker apologizes for Hurricane Michael comment: ‘I misspoke’

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Al Roker is apologizing for a recent comment he made about Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall.

The “Today” weather anchor was on-air speaking about Tropical Storm Barry‘s estimated rainfall and wind gusts in Lousianna, Mississippi and other nearby states on Friday when he compared it to Hurricane Michael — a Category 5 storm that caused a number of fatalities. Roker referred to Michael as a “Category 3 or 4 storm.”

He described Barry as “a massive storm in size, 800 miles across, almost across the entire Gulf Coast.”

“In comparison, Hurricane Michael .. was a Category 3 or 4 storm, even almost reaching a 5, and that caused all that damage.”

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Roker then shared his coverage on Facebook, where people immediately demanded an apology over his comment, which they felt diminished the impacts of Michael.

Wrote one person: “‘Do not pay attention to category’… those words proceeding you saying Michael was a 3 or 4… maybe 5. Michael was a 5. Not a maybe 5. While we in the Panhandle are definitely all feeling and praying for the area to be impacted by TS Barry, we don’t appreciate the brush off of just how bad Hurricane Michael was. You owe this area a public apology for the slap in the face you just gave us.”

Another individual said: “You owe everyone here in the Florida Panhandle an apology for downplaying Hurricane Michael! Nine months later and there’s still devastation!”

Then there was this: “Al Roker spend about 1 hour of your day today to educate yourself on Hurricane Michael (Cat 5). View the videos and stories of devastation. For you to come across as to downplay Michael as a Cat 3 maybe a 4 was truly shocking. Our hearts understand and aches for Louisiana. Prayers.”

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In response, Roker tweeted an apology one day later on Twitter, admitting that he “misspoke.”

“Yes. Michael was Cat. 5 and I misspoke during yesterday’s broadcast during live TV. I covered it and came down to help bring aid to folks and first responders after. So I apologize for the mistake,” he wrote.

Michael, a rare Category 5 hurricane, was the first to strike the contiguous U.S. since Andrew in 1992.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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