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Why washing chicken ups risk of foodborne illness

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You shouldn’t wash raw chicken before you cook it.

That’s what experts are saying after a new consumer study was released from North Carolina State University and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In it, researchers say that washing chicken actually increases the risk of contamination and foodborne illnesses.

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“Some consumers think they are removing bacteria and making their meat or poultry safe,” the USDA’s “Ask Karen” team told Healthline. “However, some of the bacteria are so tightly attached that you could not remove them no matter how many times you washed.”

Other bacteria strains will rinse off, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Raw chicken almost always contains Campylobacter, a bacteria strain that causes diarrhea, fever, and cramping. The meat also may contain SalmonellaClostridium perfringens, and other bacteria.

“The splashing of water, holding the chicken in your hands, and even the juices running through the sink all create this heightened risk [of contamination and illness],” Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, author of “Skinny Liver” and manager of wellness nutrition services at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, told Healthline.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 6 people in the United States becomes ill from improperly prepared food every year.

Reducing your risk means cooking without washing.

What about antibacterial solutions?

Water splashes can quickly spread foodborne germs across your kitchen, but what about antibacterial agents such as lemon juice and white vinegar?

Experts say it doesn’t matter if you’re rinsing with water, soap, or an antibacterial agent. They all pose risks.

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“I don’t recommend any of these methods as they all involve actually washing the chicken,” Kirkpatrick said.

“Washing your chicken or meat can actually increase your risk of foodborne illness as you more easily cross-contaminate other parts of your kitchen when you do,” Katie Ferraro, MPH, RDN, CDE, dietitian and nutrition communications consultant, told Healthline.

Kirkpatrick says she doesn’t wash her chicken for those exact reasons.

“I use culinary gloves to handle the chicken straight from the packaging to pan or baking dish,” she said.

Then, she follows the USDA’s advice for safely preparing poultry.

“Remember, cooking poultry to its correct internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit will kill bacteria,” says Kirkpatrick.

The USDA’s “Ask Karen” team told Healthline that baking, broiling, grilling, and boiling are all safe methods of preparing food, so long as the meat reaches the necessary internal temperature.

Reducing kitchen contamination

According to the USDA, “Using a food thermometer is the only sure way of knowing if your food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.”

Both Kirkpatrick and Ferraro agree.

You can find a food thermometer online or at kitchenware stores.

Kirkpatrick suggests other simple ways to prevent contamination and illness:

Use separate cutting boards for vegetables, meat, and poultry. Many stores have them color-coded to remember what goes where

Wash your hands often when handling meat and poultry, even when using gloves.

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Take the temperature of meat and poultry to ensure it has reached acceptable internal cooking temps.

Store meat and poultry on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to avoid juices from dripping down onto fresh food.

Hold cold foods on ice and hot foods in warm devices, such as chafing dishes, if being served over a long period (like with a buffet).

This article first appeared on HealthLine.com.

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Joshua Rogers: Dear Ramón — A letter to my imaginary son-in-law

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One morning when my youngest daughter was 3, she got out of bed, met me at the stairs, and with quiet sincerity said, “Daddy, I have a husband.”

“Oh really? What’s his name?”

“Ramón,” she said, pronouncing the name “Wah-mone.”

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“Can I meet him?” I asked.

She looked away for a moment, then looked back at me and said, “He’s using the bathroom.”

“I see,” and thus began my relationship with my imaginary son-in-law. In the week after he married my daughter, he mowed the backyard, took a job “writing papers,” cared for my imaginary grandkids, and got sick with an “ear confection” (those ear confections are the worst!).

My daughter is now 8 and, assuming she gets married, Ramón is likely out there somewhere. When he finally shows up, there are some things I’d like to say to him. I’ll go ahead and start with this:

Dear Ramón,

So you’re the one — the man who’s going to marry my daughter. Wow. I never thought this day would come.

Don’t get me wrong: I wanted it to come; it’s just that her mom and I have spent so many years loving her, praying for her and getting to know her. Now she’s yours “to have and to hold” and I want you to do that well. That’s why you need to understand that loving my daughter will require you to care for her in many of the ways she needed back when she pretend-married you at age 3. That’s going to start with playing together.

My daughter would play all day if she could, and she’s still going to need playtime with you when she grows up. You can’t maintain a good friendship with someone you can’t have fun with, and if you don’t have a good friendship, things like intimacy and deep conversation will eventually become a relic of days gone by. So remember to have fun with her, Ramón — it’s one of the most effective ways you can keep things fresh in your relationship.

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Another thing: Please don’t ever stop adoring her. Man, you have no idea how many times a week she comes into the living room and says, “Watch me, Daddy!” Then she does a dance, a new gymnastics move, or shows me her pretty outfit. At the heart of her request for attention is the same desire: She wants me to stop and behold her. So I do. I tell her that she’s beautiful, smart and strong; and it means everything to her. One day, it will mean everything to her when you do the beholding — don’t forget to do that, Ramón.

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One last thing: I hope you’ll pray with her frequently. I know a lot of men who find it awkward to pray with their wives — it’s going to be a lot easier for you. My daughter and her sister pray with me every night and it sparks some profound conversations about who God is, how He answers prayers and what He’s trying to tell us through Scripture. She’s still going to need that kind of spiritual engagement when she’s your wife. Don’t be weird about it — just do it. You’ll be drawing closer to her and Jesus, and nothing can make your marriage stronger than that.

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I could give you some more advice but I don’t want to overwhelm you. I just want you to remember that although you’re marrying a grown woman, being a good husband will require you to love her even more than I do now — and that’s saying a lot.

Love,

Your future father-in-law

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Bill Maher asks GOP’s Joe Walsh about his ‘seething, frothing hatred’ for Barack Obama

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher got right to the point Friday when he welcomed to his show former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh — an Illinois Republican who is challenging President Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020.

“Just look me in the eye,” Maher told Walsh, “and tell me that the seething, frothing hatred that I remember that you had for Barack Obama had nothing to do with the fact that he was black.”

“Oh gosh no. Gosh no. No, no. no. … His policies,” Walsh responded. “Now again, oftentimes myself and people like me, the tea party … we went to Washington to do something about the debt.”

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“What’d you do?” Maher responded. “You failed at that like I failed at political correctness.”

It was part of a theme night of sorts for Maher, whose other guests included centrist Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. During the course of the evening, Maher broke the news to both Walsh and Delaney that they each had no chance of winning the presidency.

When Delaney joined the show’s panel segment, Maher brought up his performance during July’s debates in Detroit and his clash with 2020 contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“I like Elizabeth Warren a lot. She’s got the big momentum now. She kind of ate your lunch at the debate,” Maher told Delaney.

“Well, I don’t know about that,” Delaney responded.

At that Detroit debate, Warren fired off what many viewed as the zinger of the night — and it was directed at Delaney.

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for. I don’t get it,” Warren responded, after Delaney asserted that Warren’s policy proposals would lead to a second term for President Trump.

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Still, Maher backed Delaney’s argument that a centrist — rather than someone from the far left, like Warren — was more likely to defeat Trump.

“I like Elizabeth Warren a lot too. But I understand why she’s got big rallies. She’s promising a lot of free sh–,” Maher said.

Things became more cringeworthy as Maher welcomed Walsh to the show.

First, Maher blasted Trump over a report that state Repubican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas plan to cancel their primaries and caucuses — guaranteeing that Trump locks up the nomination — before saying Walsh would lose anyway.

“They can’t even have a primary challenger who’s going to lose. You’re going to lose,” Maher bluntly told Walsh evoking laughter from the audience.

“I’ve got a shot,” Walsh responded before Maher asked Delaney to tell Walsh he was going to lose and then telling the Democratic presidential candidate he didn’t “have a shot.”

“John, tell him he doesn’t have a shot. And this is from a guy who doesn’t have a shot,” Maher said before the candidates shared a high-five.

Walsh explained he was running for president because Trump was “unfit” for office. Then Maher pressed him on his past problems with Obama and accusations of racism.

The host then ran through a list of issues, trying to make the point that Walsh was not much different than Trump on many political stances.

“Again, if you were to beat him and be the president a lot of things on this list, they would not like it,” Maher said.

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At one point Maher asked Walsh if he sometimes wished he was the famous rock guitarist who has the same name.

“Do you sometimes wish you were the other Joe Walsh?” Maher asked.  “Do you wish you wrote ‘Funk #49,’ ‘Midnight Man’ and ‘Pretty Maids’?”

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Biden calls environmental activist ‘kiddo’ as he defends fundraiser with fossil-fuel company’s founder

Joe Biden on Friday forcefully defended his appearance the previous evening at a top-dollar campaign fundraising event in New York City that was held at the home of a supporter who helped found a natural gas company.

And standing right next to the environmental activist who challenged him for attending the fundraiser — after he’d vowed not to take contributions from the fossil fuel industry — Biden asked the young woman , whom he called “kiddo,” to “look in my eyes” as he pledged to wean Americans off fossil fuels by 2050.

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Twenty-four hours earlier, the former vice president and frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination attended an event with donors co-hosted by Andrew Goldman – one of the founders of the Texas-based natural gas company LNG Western.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with environmental activist Rebecca Beaulieu during a town hall in New Castle, New Hampshire on Friday, Sept. 6

On Friday, at a town hall in New Castle, N.H., with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, 24-year-old environmental activist Rebecca Beaulieu from nearby Newmarket, asked Biden, “How can we trust that you’re going to act on the climate crisis if you’re still attending fundraisers that fossil fuel executives like Andy Goldman are at?”

‘Here’s the deal, folks’

Biden quickly denied there were any executives there, acknowledging that Goldman did co-found the company, “but he’s not on the board or any of it. He does not run it at all.”

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But LNG Western still lists on its company website that Goldman is part of its “leadership” team and his LinkedIn profile lists that he still works for the company.

Biden then reiterated his pledge not to take contributions from fossil fuel companies, a vow that nearly every candidate in the record-setting field of Democratic White House contenders has also taken.

“Here’s the deal, folks. I have never taken money from the industry,” Biden told the crowd.

Biden highlighted his decades of work in trying to combat climate change, emphasizing “I’m incredibly proud of my record.” And he touted his climate change plan that he unveiled this summer, saying “it’s gotten rave reviews from the vast majority of all of the major environment groups.”

Then, moving in close and holding Beaulieu’s hand, he said “Kiddo. I want you to just take a look. You don’t have to agree. But I want you to look in my eyes. I guarantee you. I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel … before 2050, God willing.”

Beaulieu later told reporters she appreciated that Biden seriously answered her question – but that she thinks his plan to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050 wasn’t adequate.

She also said she found Biden’s use of “kiddo” patronizing.

Blunt advice

Hours earlier, Biden received some blunt advise from one of his top supporters in New Hampshire. Longtime state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, known as the ‘Lion of the state Senate,’ met one-on-one with the former vice president ahead of Biden’s town hall Friday afternoon in Laconia, N.H.

D’Allesandro – who has known Biden for years and last month endorsed the former vice president’s White House bid — said that he urged Biden to be more concise on the campaign trail.

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“I said that he’s got to leave them wanting more and be specific and right on point. He’s got a great message but he’s got to condense it and get it out there,” D’Allesandro told Fox News and the Concord Monitor.

Asked if Biden agreed with his critique, D’Allesandro noted, “I think he concurred. He understood what I was saying, clearly.”

The state senator stuck around for the town hall – where Biden spoke and answered questions from the audience for just over an hour.

Asked if Biden was concise during the event, D’Allesandro said, “I think there were moments he was concise and the people appreciated that. But there were other times when he was way too long.”

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This Day in History: Sept. 7

On this day, Sept. 7 …

2017: Equifax announces a cybersecurity breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people.

Also on this day:

  • 1822: Brazil declares its independence from Portugal.
  • 1901: The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Peking Protocol (Peace of Beijing).
  • 1940: Nazi Germany begins its initial blitz on London during World War II.  
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  • 1979: The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut on cable TV.  
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American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotage was fired by Alaska Airlines over mistakes: report

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An American Airlines mechanic accused of tampering with the navigation system on a flight scheduled from Miami to the Bahamas had reportedly been fired from Alaska Airlines a decade ago after a series of performance issues.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani. 60, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday and charged with willfully damaging, destroying or disabling an aircraft after he allegedly obstructed a tube underneath the cockpit with foam.

Pilots on Flight 2834 discovered the problem through an aircraft warning system before they took off in July.

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Alani reportedly said he was upset over stalled contract negotiations between the airline and the mechanics union, but stated he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He had hoped to force the flight to be delayed or canceled so he could collect overtime pay, he reportedly said.

Alani had been with American since 1988 and simultaneously worked for Alaska from 1998 until he was fired in 2008 after several maintenance mistakes, some that led to Federal Aviation Administration investigations, according to court documents from an unsuccessful discrimination lawsuit Alani filed that Business Insider obtained.

His mechanic’s license was also briefly suspended by the FAA, according to the court documents.

Alani hadn’t had any major performance or disciplinary problems with American until he was suspended after his arrest.

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During the lawsuit, Alaska said it found at least three instances when Alani was clocked in for American and Alaska at the same time, according to Business Insider.

Aviation experts said passengers were likely not at risk due to Alani’s tampering.

Alani was in federal court Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 20.

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Kamala Harris insists she’s still a ‘top tier’ 2020 contender; claims Trump has ‘debased’ the presidency

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris insists she’s still a top-tier contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

“Of course I’m part of that top tier and we all know that,” the California Democrat told Fox News and Seacoast Online on Friday evening, during an interview before headlining a party fundraising gala in Portsmouth, N.H.

In late June, Harris saw her poll numbers surge after what was regarded as a strong performance in the first round of Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami, when she knocked former Vice President and 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden on his heels over his opposition to federally mandated school busing integration.

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But Harris has seen a slight deterioration of her poll numbers in recent weeks. She currently registers in the upper single digits in most polling in the race for the Democratic nomination. At the same time, most surveys show Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts battling for second place behind Biden, who remains the leader with five months to go until voting gets underway on the primary and caucus calendar.

Harris once again highlighted that New Hampshire – which holds the first primary in the race for the White House – is “a priority for me. That’s why we have offices on the ground. We have staff on the ground.”

And she emphasized that she’s not worried about her current poll position, noting that “the only poll that matters is on Election Day.”

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Later, in her speech to the Portsmouth Democrats, Harris took aim at President Trump.

“We’ve got a guy in the White House who has debased the office of president,” she highlighted. “He doesn’t understand what it means to be powerful. Because when you truly understand what it means to be powerful, you understand that the greatest measure of your strength is not who you beat down, it’s who you lift up.”

“We’ve got a guy in the White House who has debased the office of president. He doesn’t understand what it means to be powerful. Because when you truly understand what it means to be powerful, you understand that the greatest measure of your strength is not who you beat down, it’s who you lift up.”

— U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, Democrat running for president

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Harris, as she often does in her stump speeches, said she was the Democratic White House hopeful best qualified prosecute the case against Trump.

But she added: “This campaign has to be bigger than that. It has to be more than that.”

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NFL’s Drew Brees, Focus on the Family respond after Bible video draws critics

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NFL quarterback Drew Brees defended himself this week after critics slammed a video in which the New Orleans Saints star encouraged Christian students to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day.

Many of the critics opposed the Brees video because it was backed by Focus on the Family, a group frequently accused of being anti-gay. The group has previously been attacked for endorsing “conversion therapy,” an often discredited practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation.

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An article in The Christian Post, however, cited a 2018 study that suggested sexual orientation change efforts have improved the mental health of mostly Christian men who have struggled with sexual identity issues.

But after critics targeted Brees on social media for associating with the group – with some accusing the former Purdue University star himself of being anti-gay — Brees posted a second video Thursday, this time on his own Twitter account.

“Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for,” Brees wrote above the video. “Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day.”

In the video, Brees says: “I do not support any groups that discriminate or that have their own agendas that are trying to promote inequality.”

Brees then spoke with reporters in an attempt to further clarify where he stands.

He said he believes he was unfairly and mistakenly accused of being anti-gay, and that he participated in the video solely to promote Bring Your Bible to School Day, not to endorse “any type of hate.”

“I know that there are, unfortunately, Christian organizations out there that are involved in that kind of thing,” he said, according to ESPN. “And to me, that is totally against what being a Christian is all about. Being a Christian is love, it’s forgiveness, it’s respecting all, it’s accepting all.”

In a video posted on YouTube, Jim Daly of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Focus on the Family also clarified that the organization is not a hate group.

“Our goal is to say, ‘Jesus loves you, cares about you, no matter who you are — your race, your creed, your sexual orientation. Jesus died for every one of us.’ That’s the message we want to get out,” Daly said.

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It wasn’t the first off-the-field controversy for Brees. In 2016, he was the subject of an ESPN investigation titled, “Drew Brees Has a Dream He’d Like to Sell You,” a story examining his ties to AdvoCare, a company linked to a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme.

In June, Brees was awarded $6 million after claiming he had paid $15 million to a California company for overpriced diamonds.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Felicity Huffman pleads for no jail time in college admissions scandal

Attornies for “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman pleaded with a Boston federal judge Friday to spare her jail time after she pleaded guilty in connection with the college admissions bribery scandal and instead give her probation, community service and a fine.

In a three-page letter to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani, Huffman wrote she has “a deep and abiding shame” for participating in a scheme in which she paid $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT exam answers in the hopes of getting her into an Ivy League college.

Huffman said she was trying to give her daughter, whom she says has a diagnosed learning disability and struggles with math, an opportunity to become an actress.

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“In my desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” Huffman wrote. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter, and failed my family.”

The 56-year-old Emmy Award winner pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 13.

Huffman’s lawyers believe that one year of probation, 250 hours of community service with an organization that works with at-risk youth in Los Angeles and a $20,000 fine is fair, asserting that similar cases “almost always” result in probation rather than jail time which is “exceptionally rare.”

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling is pushing for one month of jail time, a year of probation after that and a $20,000 fine, a sentence he says takes into account the fact that Huffman has accepted responsibility for her actions.

Lelling says Huffman knew the scheme was wrong and participated in it anyways.

“Her efforts weren’t driven by need or desperation, but by a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity,” his office wrote in its filing Friday. “Millions of parents send their kids to college every year. All of them care as much she does about their children’s fortunes. But they don’t buy fake SAT scores.”

Under federal sentencing guidelines, prosecutors could have sought up to six months of jail time.

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 file photo, Felicity Huffman, from left, writer/director William H. Macy and Eva Longoria arrive at the Los Angeles VIP screening of “Rudderless” at The Vista Theater. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

Meanwhile, Huffman’s actor husband William H. Macy, who wasn’t charged in the scheme, and her “Desperate Housewives” co-star Eva Longoria were among two dozen people who submitted letters to the court on her behalf.

Macy detailed his family’s struggles in the wake of the scandal, saying that his wife hasn’t been able to find work since she was arrested six months ago and her daughter, now in college, has been taking a gap year. He also said Huffman’s younger daughter, who is in high school is attending therapy.

“Felicity’s only interest now is figuring out how to make amends and help her daughters heal and move on,” Macy wrote.

In a two-page letter, Longoria praised her friendship with Huffman calling her  a “gentle character” with a “kind heart.”

Longoria also said of Huffman: “She always leads with her heart and has always put others first.”

Huffman is among 51 people charged in a scheme in which prosecutors say wealthy parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe coaches and test administrators to help their children get into prestigious colleges.

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Huffman’s bribe is among the smaller ones. “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are charged with paying $500,000 for their two daughters to get into elite universities. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges which include conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering and are facing maximum jail sentences of 40 years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hannity: Trump ‘improving the quality of life for everyone in this country’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity took some time Friday to highlight some of President Trump’s accomplishments Friday, praising Trump for “improving the quality of life” for Americans.

“Our economy is now humming on all cylinders and thankfully working for our entire family, all Americans,” Hannity said before listing what he believes to be some of Trump’s accomplishments.

“The president’s tax cuts, they were a huge success. The president’s deregulation, a huge success. The new trade deals with Mexico, Canada, the European Union, Japan … A big win for American goods. And by the way, I would expect that the deal with China is going to be free and more fair at the end of the day.”

Hannity also touted the president’s work on building “the wall” along the southern border.

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“By the way, construction of the wall — the biggest unreported story this week — is well underway,” Hannity said, criticizing the media for his perceived lack of coverage.

The Fox News host then prodded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats for being unhappy at how the president procured funding for the border fence.

“Nancy Pelosi, a lot of Democrats they supported Obama’s wall but they don’t support Trump’s wall. That’s their problem,” Hannity said.

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Hannity praised Trump for his push for border security and dedication to Americans.

“The president is absolutely right to make the border a priority. And that means we can prevent those drugs from getting in the hands of American kids,” Hannity said. “The president is … dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in this country.”

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