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James Comey focus of FBI leak investigation, report says

The Justice Department is investigating whether then-FBI Director James Comey illegally leaked secret information concerning a Russian document to The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Times reported late Thursday.

The new review, which the Times downplayed as a possibly politically motivated probe, reportedly concerned a Russian intelligence document “claiming a tacit understanding between the Clinton campaign and the [Obama] Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server,” as the Post described it in May 2017.

Dutch intelligence accessed the document on Russian computers and provided it to the FBI. Included in the document was a discussion between Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., then the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and Leonard Benardo, who worked with the George Soros-founded group Open Society Foundations.

Schultz told Benardo in the document that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would ensure Clinton was not prosecuted in the email probe.

LYNCH ACCUSES COMEY OF MISREPRESENTING KEY CLINTON PROBE CONVERSATION

The two have denied the conversation, and citing “people familiar with its contents,” the Post reported in 2017 that the document “has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake” by Russians.

Now, suspicion has fallen on Comey being one of those “persons familiar with” the document’s contents, according to the Times’ reporting.

The document played a role in Comey’s decision to unilaterally announce in the summer of 2016, without seeking Lynch’s approval, that no “reasonable prosecutor” would charge Clinton. Comey was worried that Russia could leak the email and undermine the investigation’s appearance of impartiality otherwise, the Times reported.

COMEY ADMITS HE WAS ‘WRONG’ ON FISA MATTERS, SURVEILLANCE OF TRUMP TEAM

Daniel Richman, a Columbia Law School professor and longtime Comey friend who helped him leak memos of private conversations with President Trump that ultimately led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment, was quoted in the Times’ 2017 article describing the Russian document.

The DOJ decided last year against prosecuting Comey for leaking classified information following a referral from the department’s inspector general. The IG did find, however, that Comey had violated FBI policy in his handling of the memos, which contained the “code name and true identity” of a sensitive source.

COMEY MEMOS CONTAINED FAR MORE SECRET MATERIAL THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN, INCLUDING CODE NAME AND TRUE IDENTITY OF CONFIDENTIAL SOURCE

“Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn’t a close call,” one official told Fox News at the time. “They all thought this could not be prosecuted.”

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Sources familiar with Daniel Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building.

Comey penned memos memorializing his interactions with Trump in the days leading up to his firing. He then passed those documents to Richman, who gave them to The New York Times. Comey admitted to that arrangement during congressional testimony.

After the fact, the FBI classified two of those memos as “confidential.”

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz had referred Comey for potential prosecution as part of an internal review.

COMEY HEARING: EX-FBI DIRECTOR SAYS HE LEAKED MEMO TO SPUR SPECIAL COUNSEL APPOINTMENT

But, one of the key factors leading to the DOJ declining to prosecute apparently was the fact that the two memos were labeled “confidential” after he set in motion the chain of events that led to them ending up with the press.

Trump, for his part, has called Comey corrupt repeatedly, saying his termination was justified.

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Comey’s former deputy at the FBI, Andrew McCabe, has admitted he lied to investigators about his own leaks to the media.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Library takes a ‘lonely’ book out and gives it a day it’ll never forget

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This book just had a better day than you.

While going through their records, the Royal Holloway Library in Egham, England, made a “sad” discovery: a single book that had not been checked out in a very long time. They decided to fix that in the most special way possible.

“Loyal followers. We bring sad news,” the RHUL Library account wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “As part of our research into the Top Five Most Borrowed Books 2019, we found that one book hadn’t been borrowed for a very long time. It’s just been there, collecting dust, staring out the window at other books achieving their book destiny.”

AMERICANS DIVIDED OVER ‘BONELESS WINGS,’ SURVEY FINDS

The library decided that “this could not stand,” so they decided to do “the honorable thing.”

They “took the book out on loan for a day that it would never forget.”

“Here’s what we got up to on our book date with ‘There and Back’ by George MacDonald,” the library said.

Obviously having some fun with the concept, the librarians tweeted about the book’s big day.

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“We took it to all the best spots in the library,” they wrote. “The Mezzanine, the Feature Wing. We settled down for a good read on the bridge in the Atrium. You can’t say we don’t know how to show a book a good time. It’s also a prime spot for keeping an eye on the queue for coffee.”

They also marked some of their favorite passages (using sticky notes, of course, because librarians know a thing or two about proper book etiquette). They even pretended to show the book around one of the library’s exhibits.

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The Twitter thread concluded with the library making an announcement. “Not sure if we’re supposed to submit a form somewhere to do this,” they said, “but without consulting anyone else we’re declaring 15th January 2021 to be ‘Borrow a Lonely Library Book Day.’ It’s a date.”

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Gilgo Beach cold case investigators unveil piece of evidence, seek help via new website

The trail of a prime suspect in a spate of long-unsolved murders along a desolate coastline of Long Island, N.Y., has led to no new developments for years, leading investigators to look to the public for help.

Suffolk Country Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart held a news conference Thursday to present what the agency called a “previously undisclosed piece of evidence” in the Gilgo Beach murders, in which a serial killer was believed to have killed up to 16 people over a period of nearly two decades. Most of the victims were women and believed to have been involved in prostitution. Their bodies turned up in areas along the south shore of Long Island.

“This investigation is perhaps the most well-known and most complex that our department has seen,” Hart said before introducing evidence which, until this week, was not released to the public. “A black leather belt found on the site, we believe, was from the suspect … not the victims.”

The belt turned up at one of the crime scenes along Ocean Parkway during what Hart described as “the initial stages of the investigation.”

The belt was embossed with two letters, believed to be the initials “WH” or “HM.”

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Investigators say that this belt found at one of the crime scenes related to the Gilgo Beach murders likely belongs to a suspect. (Suffolk County Police Department)

Hart also announced that Suffolk County officials are launching their own website, GilgoNews.com, for ongoing updates in the case and as a way to crowdsource new tips from the public that could lead to an arrest.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver justice and in doing so give a sense of closure,” Hart said.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Gilgo News was experiencing technical difficulties and was not accessible by the public.

FLORIDA DAD CHARGED WITH KILLING WIFE, CHILDREN, DOG FACES JUDGE

The search for a suspect in the killing began back in May 2010, when Suffolk County Police led a search for Shannan Gilbert, a missing 24-year-old woman from New Jersey.

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Shannan Gilbert, seen in an undated photo provided by the Gilbert family’s attorney, had vanished in 2010.

Gilbert, a 24-year-old sex worker, vanished in spring 2010 after leaving a client’s house on foot and disappearing into the marsh.

Months later, a police officer and his cadaver dog were looking for her body in the thicket along Ocean Parkway when they happened upon the remains of a different woman. Within days, three other bodies were found, all within a short walk of one another.

By spring 2011, that number had climbed to 10 sets of human remains — those of eight women, one man, and one toddler — all found along several miles of the parkway. Some remains were later linked to dismembered body parts found elsewhere on Long Island, making for a puzzling crime scene that stretched from a park near the New York City limits to a resort community on Fire Island and out to far eastern Long Island.

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Police found the skull of a sex worker named Jessica Taylor, who was 20 when most of the rest of her body was found in a wooded area of Manorville shortly after she disappeared in 2003. Body parts found on Gilgo Beach were also linked to another corpse found in Manorville in 2000. That female victim has never been identified.

Gilbert’s body was found in the marsh in the community of Oak Beach in December 2011, about 3 miles east of where the other 10 sets of remains were discovered.

Fox News’ Jeremy Copas and Cristina Corbin contributed to this report.

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Suspended Texas high school student stabbed 2 classmates, police say

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A suspended student at a Texas high school stabbed two of his classmates in an early morning attack on campus before fleeing the scene, police said Thursday.

The suspect was arrested almost 30 minutes after the 8 a.m. incident at Abilene High School, police spokesman Rick Tomlin told KTXS-TV

Both victims were rushed to Hendrick Medical Center and their conditions are unknown.

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Police said the attack appeared to be targeted and a result of a “previous altercation” between at least one of the victims and the suspect, Tomlin said.

“He showed up here this morning, apparently, directly targeting the two victims,” he said.

All three of the male students involved in the incident are minors and are “around 16” years old, police said.

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The stabbing happened right outside the school’s cafeteria and there was an increased police presence on campus following the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sen. Tom Carper echoes Joe Biden: ‘Malarkey’ to think Hunter should testify in Trump impeachment trial

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Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., echoed his former colleague Joe Biden Thursday when asked if the former vice president’s son Hunter should testify in the Trump impeachment trial.

“That’s hogwash.bOr, as Joe Biden would say, ‘that’s malarkey’ — that’s crazy.” Carper told “Fox News Reporting” anchor Trace Gallagher in an apparent nod to the elder Biden’s “No Malarkey” presidential campaign tour.

Gallagher had asked whether Republicans should be able to subpoena Hunter Biden to come before the Senate if Democrats are able to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton and other Trump administration officials. Hunter Biden has been the subject of allegations of wrongdoing connected to his time on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company.

“The key here, Trace, is witnesses with relevant information,” Carper said. “The charges here are against Donald Trump.”

PELOSI DOES IMPRESSION OF ‘GRIM REAPER’ MCCONNELL AS IMPEACHMENT KICKS OFF

Carper said it is urgent to get to the bottom of whether Trump violated the law or his oath of office, noting that House Democrats have charged that the president used his powers to bribe the leader of a foreign country.

Gallagher followed up, noting Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has stated that Hunter Biden is central to that exact investigation.

Carper reiterated that the charges are against Trump not a member of the Biden family.

“We can find plenty of relevant witnesses,” Carper said. [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer has asked for four. There’s maybe others.”

Carper also said he takes his oath seriously in regard to the impeachment trial, recalling his own U.S. Navy service and how his state of Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution.

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“Delaware is the first state to have ratified the Constitution, 232 years ago last month, he said. “One of the greatest concerns … [delgates] in Philadelphia at that Constitutional Convention agreed on [was] they did not want a king.”

“They disagreed about a lot of other things but they didn’t want to have a king,” he added, pointing to “checks and balances” that he said are in place to rein in presidents like Donald Trump.

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Tatum O’Neal shares photo of her scarred, bruised body to highlight strain from rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Actress Tatum O’Neal is getting candid about living with rheumatoid arthritis, sharing a photo of her bruised and scarred back to social media followers.

The actress wrote in December that she was seeking treatment for the condition and has been open with fans about her health journey in the past. In her post on Wednesday, she gave followers a look at the strain that the treatment has taken on her body.

“Living with rheumatoid arthritis. A fall scratch scar on my right hip. And the back surgery scar from eight years ago,” she captioned the graphic post. “My last back surgery scar is on the front from February.”

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Tatum O’Neal attends the USC Institute of Urology Changing Lives and Creating Cures Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

TATUM O’NEAL REVEALS SHE IS DATING WOMEN

The 56-year-old “Paper Moon” star continued: “And all those red marks are from heating pads ~I probably should turn those down a little bit and, believe it or not this is me actually getting better. Cheers to everyone and rheumatoid arthritis can go f— itself.”

The post comes days after the star shared another health update with fans in the form of a black-and-white photo of herself with her dog.

TATUM O’NEAL REVEALS SHE SURVIVED MULTIPLE SEXUAL ASSAULTS WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG, SLAMS DONALD TRUMP 

“Hi, I’ve been in some rheumatoid arthritis bull crap but finally I’m feeling a little bit better.I hate texting because my hands suck Right now.. so If I don’t text you back I promise it’s nothing personal,” she captioned the snap. “On the mend.”

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People notes that the star underwent spinal surgery last month to help with her treatment. The scar from the surgery is clearly visible in her latest post.

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Mexico says it will block migrant caravan en route to US from Honduras

Mexico said it will block hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States as officials there continue to crack down on the number of immigrants amid pressure from the Trump administration.

The country’s interior ministry said it would not grant tourist visas and would check the status of each migrant, but would welcome those interested in staying there.

“Mexico is not only a transit country… In no way we have transit visas or safe passage,” said Mexico’s Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero, who warned that the migrants would be met by special operations and immigration agents, the BBC reported.

She told journalists that an estimated 600 migrants had left Honduras on Wednesday. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard told him that Mexico will not let a migrant caravan pass and would “do everything in their powers to stop the group.”

MEXICAN NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY ENTERING US 8 TIMES

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Honduran migrants walking in a group stop before Guatemalan police near Agua Caliente, Guatemala on Thursday on the border with Honduras. Hundreds of Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

On Thursday, Honduran authorities fired tear gas after people tried crossing into Guatemala without going through checks.

Many migrants set out Wednesday from San Pedro Sula in Honduras, one of Central America’s most violent cities, in the hope of forming a caravan similar to the ones that overwhelmed American border agents in 2018. Caravans have tended to attract migrants with fewer resources — not enough money to pay a smuggler, for example — and offer a greater level of security than traveling alone or in small groups.

Walter Martinez, 18, joined the group in San Pedro Sula, figuring there would be safety in numbers. His family paid a smuggler when he migrated illegally to the U.S. for the first time five years ago. He was deported from Houston, Texas, in November.

“The only thing motivating me is seeing my family,” he said.

ICE SUBPOENAS DENVER LAW ENFORCEMENT, RAMPING UP SANCTUARY-CITY FIGHT

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Migrants walk along a highway in hopes of reaching the distant United States, near Agua Caliente, Guatemala on Thursday near the border with Honduras. Hundreds of Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

President Trump has pressured Central American leaders to stop the flow of migrants before they reach the U.S.-Mexico border, where many are applying for asylum.

In the Guatemalan town of Morales, authorities were checking documents at a roadblock and police officers were accompanied by four agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Department of Homeland Security has deployed dozens of agents to act as “advisers” to the national police and immigration officials there.

Trump has made border security a top priority. Border officials were overwhelmed in 2018 when thousands of migrants formed caravans to flee endemic poverty and violence in their countries. In an effort to enlist help from other countries, particularly Mexico, he threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican imports.

In response, Mexico expanded the U.S. Migrant Protection Protocols program, known as “Remain in Mexico,” which has led to 55,000 asylum seekers waiting out their cases in Mexico. The country deployed its national guard to help prevent migrants making their way through.

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If asylum seekers don’t want to await the process in Mexico, they have the option of being sent to another country in the region they are fleeing to apply for protection there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Andy McCarthy lays out impeachment defense: ‘Nothing consequential happened’ after Trump-Ukraine phone call

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Former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy laid out Thursday how President Trump‘s legal team should counter the case against him in the Senate impeachment trial and argued that “nothing consequential happened” as a result of the alleged offenses.

“The Ukrainians got their funding, [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky got his visit with the president, there was no commitment that was required to do any investigation of the Bidens,” McCarthy told “Outnumbered Overtime,” highlighting facts that could counter the Democrats’ impeachment case.

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The seven House members who will try to convince two-thirds of the Senate that Trump should be removed from office are Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas. Schiff directed much of the impeachment inquiry out of the House Intelligence Committee he leads. Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which drafted the articles of impeachment.

Unlike former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, in which the 13 managers were white men, Pelosi selected a diverse group of representatives with a range of experience.

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“For all of the huffing and puffing that happened here, and the Democrats are going to put a lot of emphasis on what must have been going through the president’s mind and his intention to corrupt his office and all that stuff, where I think the president’s defense wants to be is, ‘Bottom line here, nothing happened.'”

“Anything else that erupts in the trial, they’re kind of protected from it,” McCarthy added.

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Milwaukee woman dies after leaving ER due to long wait, family says

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A 25-year-old woman who went to the emergency room complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath died shortly after leaving to seek help elsewhere due to long wait times, her family members claim. Tashonna Ward was pronounced dead at Froedtert Hospital on Jan. 2 after her sister said she collapsed on the way to urgent care. She had complained about the overcrowded emergency room on Facebook several times.

“Idk what they can do about the emergency system at freodert (sic)but they damn sure need to do something,” she wrote around 7:35 p.m., according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I have been here since 4:30 for shortness of breath, and chest pains for them to say it’s a two to SIX hour wait to see a dr.”

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A cousin told the news outlet that Ward’s sister picked her up from the hospital before they stopped at their mother’s house to get an insurance card before heading to an urgent care clinic. The hospital then called Ward’s cellphone to check on her status, but her sister informed them that she had collapsed and was in an ambulance on her way back.

According to a report by the medical examiner, Ward arrived back at the hospital via ambulance at 9:07 p.m. and was unresponsive. She was later pronounced dead.

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While the medical examiner has not determined a cause of death yet, Ward did have a history of an enlarged heart, which was detected in March after she gave birth to a baby who died when the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck. The report did note that a chest X-ray revealed cardiomegaly, but triage staff said her heartbeat appeared normal.

“The family is in our thoughts and has our deepest sympathy,” a hospital spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a statement. “We cannot comment further at this time.”

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A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the family described Ward as “an amazing daughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend loved by all.”

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‘Almost apocalyptic’: American firefighters battle Aussie wildfires

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Firefighters from the U.S. are making a difference combating the massive bush fires ravaging Australia, former “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Anna Kooiman said Thursday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Kooiman reported that while much-needed rain is pouring down on Australia, firefighters still warn that the dousing is not enough to reverse the damage.

The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 28 people and nearly half a billion animals, destroyed 2,000 homes, and scorched an area of more than 25.5 million acres — roughly the size of South Korea.

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According to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, more than 100 U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior wildfire personnel have deployed to assist with ongoing fire suppression efforts, joining 159 who were already in Australia.

The bush fires mark the largest-ever deployment of American firefighters abroad and harken back to 2018 when more than 140 wildfire personnel came from Australia and New Zealand to help douse wildfires in Northern California.

“Balmoral [in New South Wales] was almost apocalyptic. The smoke was really thick. It was like being in a dream,” National Smokejumper Manager for the U.S. National Forest Service Roger Staats told Kooiman. “You never expect a house across from a fire station to burn down because you run out of water. That’s what happened.”

“It’s just a massive wall of fire,” said U.S. Army veteran and freelance firefighting aviator Alain Brackmort, who pilots one of the more than 100 waterbombing aircraft used on a daily basis in the state of New South Wales alone.

“I represent the U.S. and it’s a good feeling to know that we’re here and we can come here and support the Australians,” he said.

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New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Kooiman that to have the “generosity coming from overseas and bolstering our numbers, bringing in all that extra expertise” is genuinely appreciated.”

“What it really shows is that firefighters across the globe all do the same thing,” Staat remarked. “We’re all in this together.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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