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Miniature horses allowed to fly as service animals, Department of Transportation announces

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that miniature horses are officially allowed to fly as service animals in all cabins of commercial planes, as part of a new set of guidelines strengthening protections for emotional support and psychiatric service cats, dogs and the tiny equines.

Last Thursday, the agency released its final statement of enforcement priorities for service animals, clarifying the federal government’s policies for what types of animals should always be allowed to travel with their owners.

In recent months, both public and professional organizations, including the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), have urged lawmakers to review the rules for service animal designations during air travel, to combat an alleged culture of “rampant abuse” of protocol. The AFA claimed that the matter was escalating into a “safety, health, and security issue” that was “negatively affecting all passengers.”

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Miniature horses are officially allowed to fly as service animals in all cabins of commercial planes, as part of a new set of guidelines strengthening protections for emotional support and psychiatric service cats, dogs and the tiny equines. (iStock)

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“After reviewing the comments on this issue, we believe that it would be in the public interest and within our discretionary authority to prioritize ensuring that the most commonly recognized service animals (i.e., dogs, cats, and miniature horses) are accepted for transport,” the department’s Aug. 8 update stated.

“We stated that while we will focus on ensuring the transport of dogs, cats and miniature horses, we may take enforcement action against carriers for failing to transport other service animals on a case-by-case basis,” it continued.

The announcement doesn’t bind airlines to fly all service miniature horses by law, but does allude to penalties if carriers violate the new rule, CBS reports.

Domestic airlines were given 30 days to review the mandate and revise company rules to better accommodate for service canines, felines and mini equines.

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The announcement doesn’t bind airlines to fly all service miniature horses by law, but does allude to penalties if carriers violate the new rule, CBS reports. (iStock)

“Airlines will not be subject to enforcement action if they continue to deny transport to snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents, and spiders; however, airlines will remain subject to potential enforcement action if they categorically refuse to transport other animals or species of animals,” it continued.

In addition, the policy explained that passengers are allowed to bring up to three animals on a flight, but only one of the transported pets can be an emotional support animal, as per the document.

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According to the American Miniature Horse Association, the animals often stand between 2 and 3 feet tall and weigh between 150 and 250 pounds, with an average life span of at least 30 years.

The Department of Transportation’s new ruling rejects Delta Air Line’s ban of “pit bull-type dogs” as a specific breed following several onboard incidents. In one case, a passenger was left with a bloody face after another passenger’s dog attacked him.

More specifically, the federal government said that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat but they cannot issue a blanket ban against an entire breed, such as pit bulls.

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More specifically, the federal government said that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat. But they cannot issue a blanket ban against an entire breed, such as pit bulls. (iStock)

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Traveling in the high skies with animals – whether emotional support, service or companion – has proven to be one of the most controversial travel topics in recent years.

The floodgates arguably first opened in January 2018, when an emotional support peacock named Dexter and his owner were rejected from boarding a United Airlines flight.

A few months later, a French bulldog died midflight after being accidentally placed into an overhead bin by a United Airlines flight attendant for the duration of the trip.

In response, various domestic carriers have tightened the leash on their respective rules regarding the transportation of all animals.

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Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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Chinese diplomat warns Beijing ‘will not sit on its hands’; military runs drills near Hong Kong border

The Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom issued a stern warning Thursday, saying that Beijing will “not sit on its hands” amid ongoing near-daily street protests in Hong Kong.

Liu Xiaoming’s warning at a news conference in London came as Chinese paramilitary forces conducted exercises across the border from Hong Kong.

Liu said if the situation continues to deteriorate in the region, the Chinese government would act to “quell unrest.”

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Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China August 15, 2019. (Reuters)

“We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of basic law to quell any unrest swiftly,” he said, referring to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution adopted after the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997. “Their moves are severe and violent offenses, and already shows signs of terrorism.”

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He added: “The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss.”

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Military vehicles are parked on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China August 15. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, hundreds of members of the People’s Armed Police were photographed at a Shenzhen soccer stadium where parking lots were filled with more than 100 dark-painted paramilitary vehicles, raising concerns that China might intervene to end 10 weeks of unrest across the harbor, Reuters reported.

“I don’t know why they’re here, but it could be related to Hong Kong,” a ticket vendor at the stadium told Agence France-Presse, a Paris-based news wire service.

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Chinese soldiers practice on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong (Reuters)

Inside the stadium, soldiers were seen conducting drills.

The stadium is just across a bridge that is one of the main access roads between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Chinese state media disputed claims that the government moved the vehicles in response to the protest, saying that exercises had been planned beforehand and were not directly related to the unrest in Hong Kong.

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Chinese soldiers walk in formation on the grounds of the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen across the bay from Hong Kong, China August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter – RC18C09291A0

TRUMP SUGGESTS ‘PERSONAL MEETING’ WITH CHINA’S XI ON HONG KONG PROTESTS

Protests that began in early June have paralyzed parts of the territory, including its international airport, and led to hundreds of arrests.

Flights have mostly resumed after being halted by mass demonstrations and spasms of violence on Monday and Tuesday. Police made five arrests Tuesday night and 17 more on Wednesday during clashes outside police stations in the Sham Shui Po district.

Protesters displayed laser pointers and burned spirit paper in recognition of the lunar calendar’s traditional Hungry Ghost Festival, but police spokesman Tse Chun-chung said some also used catapults to fire metal balls and marbles at police. Officers responded with tear gas and “minimal use of force,” he said.

Police were also maintaining airport checkpoints and restricting access to the facilities to those with travel documents, Tse said at a daily news briefing. While acknowledging some complaints about the use of tear gas and other aggressive police tactics in residential areas, Tse said police never wish to take such measures, and do so only when “appropriate.”

“We hope everybody will join us in restoring and order in society,” Tse said.

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This week’s clashes highlighted the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities, which show no sign of abating as long as the government continues to refuse calls for dialogue. Along with scrapping the extradition legislation, under which criminal suspects could be tried in mainland China and, critics say, face torture and unfair justice, protesters are demanding an investigation into alleged police abuses and other steps, with some calling also for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The U.S. State Department said it was deeply concerned over reports that Chinese police forces were gathering near the border with Hong Kong and urged the city’s government to respect freedom of speech.

The department also issued a travel advisory urging U.S. citizens to exercise caution when visiting Hong Kong.

A total of 29 countries have issued travel safety alerts for Hong Kong, while international credit rating agencies have also expressed concern about the situation in the territory, city Financial Secretary Paul Chan said.

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On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested a “personal meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help “quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem.”

“I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?” he tweeted.

More than 700 protesters have been arrested since the demonstrations began in the territory of 7.5 million in early June. Police and the government have pledged to bring all “culprits” to justice and to take “relentless enforcement action to bring the persons involved to justice.”

Fox News’s Paulina Dedaj, Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dozens of Midwest teens who reported vaping hospitalized with ‘severe lung injury,’ breathing problems

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More than a dozen teens in the Midwest who reported vaping have been hospitalized with lung issues, stumping doctors who are searching for what exactly is sickening them.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday four cases of young people at Children’s Minnesota with “severe lung injury” possibly tied to vaping. The cases were announced days after Illinois health officials reported six cases and at least 12 were confirmed in Wisconsin, state health officials said. There are more under investigation.

“These cases are similar to lung disease cases recently reported in Wisconsin and Illinois, though it is too early to say whether they are connected,” the Minnesota Department of Health said.

SEIZURES AFTER VAPING? FDA INVESTIGATING 127 REPORTS OF THE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING E-CIG USE

Patients are reporting similar symptoms – shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and vomiting in some cases – and some have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Teens across states reported using vaping devices for both nicotine and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high” sensation, prior to their hospitalization.

In Minnesota, specifically, doctors at first thought the teens had some sort of respiratory infection – possibly pneumonia – but ruled this out after they failed to improve with treatment. In fact, according to NBC News, many of the teens treated for a respiratory infection got worse, not better.

“We are deeply concerned by the severe cases of lung injury associated with vaping that we are currently seeing,” said Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children’s Minnesota, said in a news release. “These cases are extremely complex to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic a common infection yet can lead to severe complications and extended hospitalization. Medical attention is essential; respiratory conditions can continue to decline without proper treatment.”

In Wisconsin, Dr. David D. Gummin, medical director of the Wisconsin Poison Center, and professor and chief of medical toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, told The New York Times officials “have no leads” to a specific substance that’s causing respiratory issues “other than those that are associated with smoking or vaping,” he said.

VAPING AMONG ILLINOIS TEENS POSSIBLY TIED TO INCREASE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY

The negative health effects associated with cigarette and cigar use have long been documented, leading to a decline in both among teens in the U.S. in recent years.

In 2018, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported roughly 1 in 50 – about 1.8 percent – of middle school students said they smoked cigarettes in the past  30 days, down from 4.3 percent in 2011 and a drastic decrease from 36.4 percent in 1997 when rates “peaked after increasing throughout the first half of the 1990s,” according to the American Lung Association. 

But the same is not true for e-cigarette use. In 2018, nearly 1 of every 20 middle school students (4.9 percent) reported using electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days. That’s an increase from less than 1 percent in 2011.

“These cases are extremely complex to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic a common infection yet can lead to severe complications and extended hospitalization.”

— Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer for Children’s Minnesota

The steady increase led Jermone Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, last year to call vaping among American teens an “epidemic.”

“This is an unprecedented challenge,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in response at the time. 

The health issues – both short and long term – of e-cigarette use are not well understood, and the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) does not require the manufacturers of e-cigarette devices to list all the ingredients in them.

“The risk here is that if people are presenting to hospital emergency rooms or urgent cares, they either may not think of vaping as something that is threatening and may not include it in their history,” Chapman told The New York Times. “Or if asked directly, they may not be comfortable sharing that.”

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A study from Yale University and Duke University found the e-cigarette liquid in Juul devices contained chemicals known as acetals. Acetals, according to the researchers, could cause lung irritation.

Separately, the FDA announced last week it’s investigating 127 reports of seizures occurring after electronic cigarette use.

“The truth of the matter is, we have so little experience with vaping, relative to the experience we have with cigarettes and cigars. Recall how long it took us to figure out that cigarettes were linked to lung cancer,” Chapman added. “There is so much we don’t know.”

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Stephanie Frappart makes history during European Super Cup

Stephanie Frappart on Wednesday became the first female referee to officiate a major European men’s soccer final when Liverpool took on Chelsea in the European Super Cup.

Frappart, of France, led a team of predominantly female officials, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland serving as assistant referees. Frappart had a taste of the bright lights when she was the head referee during the Women’s World Cup final in July.

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Referee Stephanie Frappart of France, center, discusses with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, left, and Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo)

Liverpool ultimately defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Super Cup, but it was Frappart who received stellar reviews for her officiating during the match.

“They were really good,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of the officials, according to the club’s official website. “Whatever you could have thought before the game, there was pressure on them like hell with an historic moment. Staying by yourself, staying calm and do what you have to do, decide very important things in a very difficult and intense game, I couldn’t have more respect, to be honest. It was really a brilliant performance.”

Frappart said before the match that she and her crew were ready.

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“We had to prove us physically, technically and tactically that we have the same than the men. So I am not afraid about that. So I think nothing changed for me,” she said, according to CBS News.

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Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall signs several taco-related items at Massachusetts meet and greet

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It was really only a matter of time.

Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, who is still vying for an official roster spot, appeared to be a fan favorite at a meet and greet event in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

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The 7-foot-7-inch center from Central Florida was asked to sign several taco-related items at the event, according to the Boston Globe. The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco.

Fall, 23, is not an official member of the Celtics just yet. The team signed him as an undrafted free agent and made his presence felt during the team’s Summer League games in Las Vegas.

He spoke to the Basketball Hall of Fame’s “60 Days of Summer” on Monday about the team’s young roster.

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“You can tell it’s such a positive vibe around it and everyone is working hard,” he said. “The ones who are here, the ones who are with Team USA, us — we started in summer league — I’m just looking forward to what’s to come.”

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Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall signs several taco-related items at Massachusetts meet and greet

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It was really only a matter of time.

Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, who is still vying for an official roster spot, appeared to be a fan favorite at a meet and greet event in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

CELTICS SIGN 7-FOOT-7 ROOKIE, WHO WOULD BE TIED FOR TALLEST EVER TO PLAY

The 7-foot-7-inch center from Central Florida was asked to sign several taco-related items at the event, according to the Boston Globe. The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco.

Fall, 23, is not an official member of the Celtics just yet. The team signed him as an undrafted free agent and made his presence felt during the team’s Summer League games in Las Vegas.

He spoke to the Basketball Hall of Fame’s “60 Days of Summer” on Monday about the team’s young roster.

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“You can tell it’s such a positive vibe around it and everyone is working hard,” he said. “The ones who are here, the ones who are with Team USA, us — we started in summer league — I’m just looking forward to what’s to come.”

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The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray price tag revealed

When the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was revealed in July, GM President Mark Reuss said it would start at “under $60,000.” Well, it does. Just.

Chevy announced Thursday that the new mid-engine supercar will have a base price of $59,995 for an 1LT model, including delivery. That’s just $3,000 more than the outgoing front-engine car.

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The Stingray will be available in three trims that offer increasing levels of equipment, with the LT2 priced at $67,295 and the LT3 $71,945. A Z51 performance package that adds an updated suspension, tires, bodywork and other equipment costs $5,000 and a hydraulic nose-lift to avoid scraping the front of the car on inclines is $1,495.

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The Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 490 hp, or 495 hp with an optional performance exhaust. Chevrolet said some versions will have a top speed of 194 mph and others will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds.

Of course, good luck finding one at list price when production begins late this year. GM head designer Mike Simcoe recently said that the first year of production is essentially spoken for already, which means that big dealer markups are likely on early cars.

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Homan shares new video on ICE facility attack: Result of ‘hateful rhetoric’ from AOC’s ‘Squad,’ 2020 Dems

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Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that the “hateful rhetoric” from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the so-called “Squad,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 2020 presidential candidates is having a dangerous effect on ICE employees around the country.

Homan reacted on the show to new exclusive surveillance video obtained by Fox News of a man — armed with guns and explosives — attacking an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month. The suspect fired a rifle at the building, set a vehicle on fire and attempted to light propane tanks in an effort to burn the facility to the ground.

Homan said numerous lives could have been lost in the attack if not for the quick response of local police since the building houses more than 1,300 immigrants and about 100 ICE agents. The 69-year-old suspect had penned a manifesto declaring his support for Antifa.

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Shots were fired at an ICE office building in San Antonio early Tuesday in what the FBI called a “targeted attack,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workers have faced a rapidly escalating series of threats, including protesters menacing their children and shots being fired at their offices, amid a rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls.

Footage published Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE. One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

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Homan, who also wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday about the dangers of left-wing immigration rhetoric, said he was threatened when he was acting ICE director and he had to place armed security around his home to protect his family.

“I have to blame the Democratic hateful rhetoric that you hear from The Squad, AOC, the Speaker of the House, just about everybody running for president on the Democratic ticket wants to abolish ICE, you know, we’re Nazis, we’re racists, we run concentration camps and they wonder why people are emboldened to do these things,” he said, referring to the inflammatory statements against ICE since President Trump came into office.

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Homan said the ICE agents and officials who are now being vilified by the left are the same men and women who served under President Barack Obama and are devoted to keeping communities safe. He said the left was quick to blame the El Paso mass shooting on Trump, yet they are silent when ICE buildings are attacked.

“It has to stop. … It’s a matter of time before one of our [ICE] employees or Border Patrol agents or families of one of our contractors is killed and I don’t hear anything from the left on that.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Lil Nas X country-rap smash ‘Old Town Road’ divides CMA Awards voters

Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest-running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Billboard decided “Old Town Road” wasn’t a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The award show will air Nov. 13.

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But there are already signs that the song isn’t getting wide support. It failed to get enough votes in the major song categories. The song only earned enough votes to be considered in the musical event category on the second ballot, which went out to voters Monday.

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Shane McAnally, one of country’s biggest hit-makers who has written for Sam Hunt, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Chesney and more, said he’s been impressed with the way the song has resonated with fans, but it never felt country to him.

“I just think country people do not see that as a country song,” said McAnally, who is co-president of Monument Records and one of three producers on NBC’s song competition series, “Songland.” ″Pop listeners think it’s a country song.”

The song’s genreless approach by mixing trap beats with a Nine Inch Nails sample and Western-themed lyrics appealed to millennials on TikTok but took Nashville’s music industry by surprise. While pop, rap and rock artists have gotten CMA nominations before, it’s a lot harder to earn a nomination without broad support among Nashville’s labels and country radio.

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Nelly was nominated for musical event in 2013 with Florida Georgia Line for “Cruise,” but that was a country song with a rapper added to the remix. Nelly’s earlier collaboration with Tim McGraw on “Over and Over” in 2004, which was primarily promoted as a rap song, did not earn any nominations from the CMAs.

“I will be shocked if it makes the final ballot,” McAnally said of “Old Town Road.”

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Still McAnally pointed out that non-country acts can still surprise at the CMA Awards, such as when John Denver, largely considered a pop-folk artist, won entertainer of the year in 1975, prompting Charlie Rich to set fire to the card with Denver’s name during the broadcast.

David Macias, president of Nashville-based entertainment company Thirty Tigers, which works with Americana artists like Jason Isbell and John Prine, said Billboard’s decision to not classify the song as country probably just reinforced CMA voters who weren’t inclined to vote for it anyway.

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“I haven’t really decided what I am going to do where that’s concerned,” Macias said. “There’s no doubt it’s the musical cultural phenomenon of the year. I am on the fence on whether or not it sits in there. It deserves some recognition, and frankly no matter what happens on the voting part, it will be interesting to see what the CMA does.”

Hunter Kelly, a veteran country music journalist, was surprised that the song didn’t get enough early votes for single of the year, but he said its qualifications for the musical event category seemed undeniable.

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“If you talk about a musical event, it’s still 19 weeks at No. 1,” Kelly said. “It’s the all-time No. 1 on the Hot 100, so as a musical event, it totally deserves a nomination.”

During the voting period, labels or management agencies often engage in lobbying efforts that include advertisements in music industry publications. Representatives for Lil Nas X’s label, Columbia Records, did not respond to the AP for comment about the CMA voting.

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Kelly said that since “Old Town Road” didn’t originate in Nashville and Lil Nas X is not signed to a Nashville label, there are fewer voters emotionally or financially invested in seeing it nominated.

At the very least, “Old Town Road” has proved that lightning can strike twice in the same place with the re-introduction of Billy Ray Cyrus to a new generation, McAnally said. The mullet-wearing Cyrus was last nominated for a CMA in 1992 when he won single of the year for his own ubiquitous, danceable hit “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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“That’s pretty crazy,” McAnally mused. “He wasn’t going away. You can’t discount that.”

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Zac Brown loses bid to stop public access along Alaska estate

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Country musician Zac Brown has lost a bid to limit snoopers on his private property in Alaska, the latest case where the desires of the wealthy or celebrity for privacy have been at odds with public access.

The lead singer for the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group that bears his name had sought to remove easements allowing access along his property, but the bid was rejected by a planning commission on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, KSRM-AM reported.

“I’m not interested in the public coming up to my home, people snooping, walking up to my windows,” Brown told the commission. “I’ve had to sell property for this reason.”

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Brown’s log home in Homer overlooks scenic Kachemak Bay. Homer, with a population of about 5,600 is frequented by fishermen and free spirits and bills itself as the “Halibut Capital of the World.”

The commission rejected Brown’s request in a 5-4 vote Monday. He will need to submit his request for a state review if he wants to continue with his attempt to remove the easements.

Brown isn’t the first celebrity to find conflict with neighbors over property issues.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in late 2016 filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels of land that were awarded to Hawaii commoners in the mid-19th century. The parcels are interspersed within a 700-acre (283-hectare) oceanfront estate Zuckerberg owns on Kauai Island. His lawsuits, later withdrawn amid a public uproar, aimed to help him find the owners so he could buy them out.

In California, there’s been a 14-year legal battle by U2 guitarist The Edge to build five large, eco-friendly homes on a ridgeline above Malibu. Neighbors and environmental groups fought the plan over concerns it would harm and environment and diminish the area’s natural beauty. Earlier this year California’s Supreme Court declined to consider The Edge’s last-ditch appeal to proceed with building.

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In Alaska, Brown’s property is at the end of a secluded road. In addition to the lot where he built his house, Brown bought other lots to “protect the privacy of his family,” according to his petition.

Neighbor John Fowler owns property near Brown and is heading an effort to build a trail along the easement. He and others have sought to maintain the easements to retain public access.

Brown and nearby residents also submitted a proposal last summer to close off the last 2,000 feet (610 meters) of the road leading to the sprawling subdivision of four homes and make it a gated community. The application was later withdrawn, the Homer News reported.

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The road closure petition cited concerns for Brown and his family; an estimated 10 to 20 cars a day approached the end of the road.

“Due to his celebrity status, people are inundating this dead-end street with curiosity seekers, autograph hounds and some with criminal intent,” the petition stated. “Many are being sent here by instigators from outside the area.”

Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly member Willy Dunne had raised concerns about public access and creating a gated community. “It seems like an interesting situation where a celebrity comes in and buys land and wants to keep people out,” he told the Homer News.

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He also said he was worried about setting a precedent, including with the Kilcher family of Homer, stars of the reality show “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”

“And what’s to stop the Kilchers from saying, ‘We want to block Kilcher Road for keeping fans out?’”

The Zac Brown band’s first widely distributed studio album, The Foundation, sold more than 5 million copies after its release in 2008. The lead song was the wildly popular, “Chicken Fried.”

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