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Bald eagle chicks hatch on live webcam

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A pair of proud bald eagle parents at Big Bear Valley in California have welcomed new chicks, with the new additions hatching on a live webcam.

The eagles – Jackie and her mate, Shadow, are the stars of the Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam Facebook page. “Chick #1 is out! All of Shadow’s fussing helped it get all the way out of the shell! Welcome to the world!,” the group posted on Sunday.

The chick started to work its way out of its egg on Friday night local time, eventually gaining freedom on Sunday morning.

EAGLE SNATCHES FOX HOLDING RABBIT IN MOUTH IN DRAMATIC IMAGES

Shadow was “very antsy” as the chick emerged from its egg, standing up and fidgeting with it and another egg in the nest every couple of minutes. “Nervous first time dad!” quipped the Friends of Big Bear Valley.

When Jackie returned to the nest, what followed was described as an “epic standoff,” between the two birds with Shadow closely guarding the newly hatched chick. He eventually moved, letting Shadow protect the chick.

The cute chick was initially dubbed ‘fuzzy bobblehead’ on account of how it unsteadily held its head up.

“Chick #1 is adorable and getting stronger. The bobblehead action has slowed down as its neck muscles strengthen,” the organization said, in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

A BALD EAGLE TRIO OF TWO MALES AND A FEMALE IS SUCCESSFULLY RAISING EAGLETS IN ILLINOIS

The second chick arrived on Monday. “#2 is out. It is resting while #1 gets fed. New babies need to nap a lot.” the group posted on its Facebook page.

Other bald eagles have also been garnering attention recently. A trio of bald eagles, which consists of two males and one female, is successfully raising eaglets in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River in Illinois.

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The trio lives on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, where they are enjoying a successful 2019 nesting season. Three eggs hatched at the nest between March 27 and April 1, according to the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

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‘American Idol’ judge Katy Perry jokingly jabs contestant over song cover: ‘How dare you!’

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An “American Idol” contestant made a daring move to save herself a spot in the competition on Monday night: She sang a cover of judge Katy Perry‘s popular song “The One That Got Away.”

Alyssa Raghu decided to make a last-ditch effort to stay on the show after learning she didn’t have enough votes to automatically make it to the Top 10.

The 17-year-old from Orlando, Fla., donned a sparkling, sleeveless jumpsuit as she took the mic and sang a ballad-like twist on Perry’s fast-paced 2010 hit.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ JUDGE KATY PERRY ‘COLLAPSES’ ON STAGE AFTER CONTESTANT’S STEAMY PERFORMANCE

At the beginning of the performance, cameras panned to a grinning Perry. As Raghu held her final note, all three judges stood up to applaud the teary-eyed teen before giving her feedback.

“First of all, how dare you!” joked Perry, as the 17-year-old wiped away tears from her eyes. “How dare you come out and sing that song 100 better than me.”

“No, I could never. I could never,” repeated Raghu as Perry praised the “beautiful” rendition.

The 34-year-old artist then encouraged Raghu – who was cut from the competition the season prior – to keep perfecting her craft, echoing advice Luke Bryan’s gave earlier.

“I think this has been a really important master class. It’s like the second semester. And I think you’ve learned so much and you’ve got so much time, and I just think that it’s going to happen if you … keep applying yourself the way you keep applying,” continued Perry.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’ JUDGE LUKE BRYAN FLOODED WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT ‘HORRIBLE DECISION’ ON SHOW

Lionel Richie credited Raghu’s “heart and drive” for keeping her going, despite rejection in the past.

“The sky is the limit for you. We are in love with you, and I hope America will see your face very soon. Do not think that this is at all goodbye,” concluded Richie.

It turns out Richie was right. At the end of the show, Perry saved Raghu and secured her a seat in the Top 10.

“And @katyperry still believes in the SAUCE! @AlyssaRaghu is in the Top 10! #AmericanIdol,” the show confirmed in a tweet, posting a GIF of a thrilled Raghu.

Perry admitted it wasn’t an easy feat.

“I don’t know if anyone noticed but I almost broke down in tears having to pick one of my children #americanidol,” the singer tweeted Monday night.

But many fans praised Perry’s choice.

“YAY!!!! LOVE HER! #AMERICANIDOL,” one Twitter user replied.

“Thank you for picking Alyssa! She deserves this!” another exclaimed.

“YESSS MY GIRL MADE IT,” another wrote, along with a crying emoji and hearts.

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Mexico releases spy agency’s files on current president

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Mexico’s domestic intelligence agency was once so paranoid it even spied on members of the former ruling party.

One such member was current President Andres Manuel López Obrador, who previously belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

The government released Tuesday a trove of old intelligence documents drawn up by spies in 1979 and 1980 from the now-extinct Federal Security Department. A few claimed López Obrador was a local leader of the Mexican Communist Party.

López Obrador left the PRI party in 1988 and won the presidency last year.

Upon taking office, he opened up old intelligence archives from the dissolved agency.

The president has said: “I was not a member of the Communist Party, but I did support social activists.”

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Newt Gingrich: Notre Dame should be rebuilt ‘as it was, where it was’ within 10 years

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The Notre Dame Cathedral, which Newt Gingrich called “one of the great centers of Western civilization and Christianity,” could be rebuilt in 10 years after a devastating blaze that lasted 13 hours Monday. according to the former speaker.

The husband of Callista, Ambassador to the Holy See, told “America’s Newsroom” they were heartbroken when they saw the images but remain hopeful.

NOTRE DAME’S GOLDEN ALTAR GLOWS IN FIRST PICS FROM FIRE-RAVAGED CATHEDRAL

“It can be rebuilt. We have done it before,” Gingrich said. “We know how to do this, and 10 years from now we should have Notre Dame right back the way it was as a great, great center of civilization.”

The former House Speaker pointed to other points in history where similar devastation happened, but today those structures stand proudly today.

HERO PRIEST SAVES PRECIOUS ARTIFACTS FROM NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE

Gingrich praised French President Emmanuel Macron for showing “defiance” and vowing to rebuild the Gothic cathedral.

“Notre Dame will be back again,” he added, “and it will be one of the great landmarks of Western Civilization.”

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Repairing the cathedral in the wake of the blaze — including the 800-year-old wooden beams that made up its roof — presents challenges.

The cathedral’s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because “we don’t, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century,” Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, said.

He said the roof restoration work would have to use new technologies.

Meanwhile, three of France’s richest businessman – Bernard Arnault, Francois-Henri Pinault and his billionaire father Francois Pinault – have pledged nearly $340 million to help finance repairs.

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Israel court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch director

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An Israeli court has ordered the deportation of Human Rights Watch’s local director and ordered him to leave the country within two weeks.

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir to remain in the country, citing his ongoing support of boycotts of Israel during his time in the country.

Israel’s interior minister ordered Shakir’s deportation last year, calling him a “boycott activist,” a claim Human Rights Watch and Shakir denied.

Israel enacted a law in 2017 barring entry to any foreigner who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel.”

Shakir, a U.S. citizen, has worked as the New York-based group’s Israel and Palestine director since October 2016.

The court ordered that Shakir has until May 1 to leave the country.

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Human heart made from human cells created with 3D printer for first time

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For the first time in recorded history, scientists have created a working, vascularized engineered heart using human cells by printing it in 3D.

The advancement, which could change medicine forever, was unveiled in a study published in Advanced Science on Monday.

“This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” said Tel Aviv University professor Tal Dvir in a statement.

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FIRE: HOW A VIDEO GAME AND 3D LASER SCANS COULD HELP THE RECONTRSUTRCTION EFFORT

Dvir continued: “This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials. In our process these materials serve as the bioinks, substances made of sugars and proteins that can be used for 3D printing of complex tissue models. People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future.”

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A 3D-printed, small-scaled human heart engineered from the patient’s own materials and cells. (Credit: Advanced Science. © 2019 The Authors.)

To create the 3-D printed heart, fatty tissue was taken from patients, which was separated into cellular and a-cellular materials. The cells were “reprogrammed to become pluripotent stem cells, the extracellular matrix (ECM), a three-dimensional network of extracellular macromolecules such as collagen and glycoproteins, were processed into a personalized hydrogel that served as the printing ‘ink,'” according to the statement.

Once they were mixed with the hydrogel, they were separated to cardiac and endothelial cells to create patient-specific cardiac patches (a step Dvir says is “crucial”) along with their own blood vessels.

“The biocompatibility of engineered materials is crucial to eliminating the risk of implant rejection, which jeopardizes the success of such treatments,” Dvir added. “Ideally, the biomaterial should possess the same biochemical, mechanical and topographical properties of the patient’s own tissues. Here, we can report a simple approach to 3D-printed thick, vascularized and perfusable cardiac tissues that completely match the immunological, cellular, biochemical and anatomical properties of the patient.”

Although the heart was made with human cells and “and patient-specific biological materials,” it’s still too small to be used for an organ transplant, as it is only the size of a rabbit’s heart, at just a few grams. For comparison purposes, the average size of an adult heart is between 250 and 350 grams and is often described as the size of a fist.

However, the potential for it to be enlarged is there, Dvir said, adding that “larger human hearts require the same technology.”

TEEN USES 3-D PRINTING TO BUILD A NEW ARM FOR HIS VETERAN DAD

The study was inspired by the prevalence of heart disease in both Israel and the U.S. According to data compiled by the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, accounting for the deaths of more than 600,000 people every year.

With further work, Dvir hopes that they can teach the heart to “behave” like hearts, including tasks such as pumping blood and having the valves worth together.

“The cells need to form a pumping ability; they can currently contract, but we need them to work together. Our hope is that we will succeed and prove our method’s efficacy and usefulness,” Dvir said. “Maybe, in ten years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely.”

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Rep. Andy Biggs endorses Trump’s plan to send detained migrants to sanctuary cities: ‘I think it just makes sense’

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Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs endorsed an idea floated by President Trump to send immigrants from the border to sanctuary cities, calling it a common-sense measure to address the crisis at the border.

“I think it just makes sense to me,” said Biggs, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday.

Biggs headed to the border on Tuesday with other members of Congress, and will be leading a tour there.

“You just can’t get the full grasp of the magnitude of the problem if you’re seeing it on TV even,” said Biggs when talking about the reason for Tuesday’s trip. “But when I get these folks down to the border, all of a sudden they become Evangelizers. They know how serious this is and they can help our colleagues see that and maybe we can get the Democrats to recognize this as a real problem and help us solve the problems with some congressional legislation.”

EX-OBAMA BORDER PATROL CHIEF SUPPORTS IDEA OF SENDING MIGRANT DETAINEES TO SANCTUARY CITIES

When asked if he is hopeful, Biggs answered that he is, adding: “I’m a realist as well.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed to “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump’s prospective plan to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is undergoing a “complete and thorough review,” days after Democrats, who have fought to protect illegal immigrants from federal authorities, characterized the possible move as a dangerous stunt.

On Monday, Trump tweeted: “Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!”

The president’s tweet seemingly signaled the administration would adopt the policy.

Biggs said he heard from his constituents “for quite some time” what the President is suggesting now adding, “They want them (sanctuary cities), we are overwhelmed.”

TRUMP, AGAIN, SAYS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE ‘GIVEN’ TO SANCTUARY CITIES, STATES

Top House Democrats are launching an investigation into Trump’s proposal to send undocumented immigrants detained at the border to sanctuary cities.

The leaders of the Judiciary, Oversight and Homeland Security committees sent a letter to the Trump administration on Monday that read: “Not only does the Administration lack the legal authority to transfer detainees in this manner, it is shocking that the President and senior Administration officials are even considering manipulating release decisions for purely political reasons.”

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“My response is the President has been boxed in. It has been the left that’s come in and sued and said we can’t send people back to Mexico, who said they would hold people (un)til they got asylum. The left has said we can’t detain people who are here,” said Biggs on Tuesday.

“The left has formed the sanctuary cities and said, ‘Welcome in here’ as an incentive to people to come here illegally. And so in places like Phoenix that have been overwhelmed in providing services. We’ve got churches and community organizations that are simply overwhelmed by the number of people that come here, well maybe the sanctuary cities that are part of the lure need to say ‘OK, we’ll take them.’”

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Immigrant pummeled by 2 men for wearing ‘MAGA’ hat: Maryland police

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A pro-Trump immigrant from West Africa was pummeled and knocked to the ground over the weekend for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, Maryland police said.

Montgomery County police on Monday announced two arrests in connection with the alleged politically-motivated beat-down.

Atsu Nable told FOX5 DC that he was the one in the MAGA hat. He said the two men approached him Saturday in Germantown, outraged he was wearing it. He said one of the men struck him from behind, leaving him shocked.

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Maryland cops have accused Scott Roberson (l), 25, and Jovan Crawford, 27, with assaulting a West African immigrant for wearing a MAGA hat over the weekend. (MOntgomery County Police )

“I was like, ‘Why are you doing this?’” Nable said. “They said, ‘No, the hat,’ and they started punching me on my head.”

Nable told the station he was proud to wear the hat as a long-time Trump supporter. He said he became a naturalized U.S. citizen after emigrating from Togo in West Africa in 2007, attended Trump campaign events and served as a volunteer at Trump’s inauguration.

Cops charged Jovan Crawford, 27, of Germantown, and Scott Duncan Roberson, 25, of D.C., with assaulting Nable. They were also charged with robbery, attempted theft and conspiracy.

MAN WEARING ‘MAGA’ HAT SAYS WOMAN BERATED HIM AT CALIFORNIA STARBUCKS FOR SUPPORTING TRUMP

Police said in a news release Nable initially tried to walk away from the two men. When they approached him, he reportedly said he was wearing the MAGA hat because “he was entitled to his own views.”

The two men then began striking Nable and telling him to take the hat off, the news release says.

“The victim continued to be struck by the suspects until he fell to the ground,” cops said in the release. “The suspects then removed property from the victim, and destroyed items of value.”

Nable told FOX5 his assailants also destroyed his headphones and tried to steal his cellphone.

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After witnesses called 911, officers found Crawford and Roberson attempting to hide among a group of children playing basketball, police said.

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Congestion tax on drivers gains steam in big cities after New York approves controversial plan 

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Several major cities are now considering a so-called “congestion” tax, on the heels of New York approving a controversial first-in-the-nation fee on drivers in a bid to ease gridlock.

New York state lawmakers earlier this month approved a congestion surcharge for drivers at all Manhattan points of entry below 60th Street, the culmination of a decade-long fight that began in 2007 when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg began pushing the plan. Now supporters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Portland are considering following New York’s lead, in an effort to cut down on traffic and pollution and raise money for public transportation.

NEW YORK OFFICIALS FACE BACKLASH OVER ‘CONGESTION’ TAX PUSH

But critics say the charges, in New York and beyond, would only punish commuters who have no choice but to drive into cities, as well as businesses that rely on downtown deliveries.

“Congestion itself is enough of a deterrent for folks driving into the city,” Republican Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Stephens told Fox News.

Stephens represents suburban Montgomery County outside Philadelphia — which is now looking at a congestion tax for the first time, according to the office of Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney. Spokeswoman Kelly Cofrancisco told The New York Times the city will examine New York’s experience “to see how this can help improve equity, safety, sustainability and mobility.”

Some local lawmakers are welcoming the idea. “I applaud my … colleagues in New York for their work to make the city more navigable and more accessible. As cities take on gridlock and congestion with meaningful policy solutions like congestion pricing, I’m certainly paying attention,” Democratic Councilmember Helen Gym said in a statement to Fox News.

Stephens, whose district includes many Philadelphia commuters, countered that a congestion tax would be “unfair” to workers, adding “some people have to drive.”

Also paying attention are advocates of the tax in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland – all cities that are conducting or planning impact studies on such a proposal.

A report recently issued by the Southern California Association of Governments recommended a $4 fee for entering West Los Angeles and Santa Monica during the weekday rush hour. It concludes that this change would roughly reduce congestion by 20 percent.

“Congestion pricing is a creative solution to gridlock that appropriately prices road use and also generates significant funding for transit while reducing pollution. The alternative is simply doing nothing and allowing congestion to persist unchallenged. I think it is positive that cities around the world, including some in California, are willing to try [to] innovate solutions over inaction,” said Democratic California Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who represents parts of Los Angeles.

In Massachusetts, meanwhile, The Boston Herald reports that state lawmakers have introduced a new bill aimed at imposing a congestion tax in East Boston. The push may be difficult as Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed such a bill last year and Boston Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh faced intense backlash from commuters at the time.

The analytics company Inrix, using over 350 million traffic data points, rates Boston as the most congested city in the country, with New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Portland also ranking in the top 10.

Seattle has also been studying the issue since before New York approved its plan. Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan pitched the idea as part of her budget push last year to make the city compliant with the Paris climate accord after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the treaty.

Democratic Councilman Mike O’Brien, who spearheaded the push in his city, told Fox News in a statement, “As congestion and pollution increase in our growing city, we need tools such as congestion pricing to ensure our city continues to function well.” O’Brien insists Seattle is assessing the possible impact on low-income households which “should not disproportionately bear the impacts of congestion pricing. This is why Seattle started a study over a year ago to better understand who currently drives downtown, when they drive downtown, and why.”

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As these cities consider the idea, they’re likely to encounter the same kind of resistance New York experience. Amid that debate, the Independent Drivers Guild (representing over 70,000 app-based drivers) blasted the plan as a “sham” tax that “unjustly singles out low income for-hire drivers and their already highly-taxed riders.” Uber, meanwhile, lobbied for the idea.

AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair told Fox News that “as far as we are concerned it is all about the money, it is terribly unfair.”

Congestion pricing is an idea first popularized overseas. Back in 2003, London imposed a fee of £11.50 ($15) to drive into Central London, and piled on another fee several years ago for older vehicles.

While the price has not been set in stone for New York, a report commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office recommends cars entering Manhattan during peak hours be charged $11.52, and trucks be charged $25.34 – on top of any bridge tolls.

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Ecuador hit with 40 million cyber-attacks since Julian Assange arrest

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The Ecuadorian government has been hit with more than 40 million cyber-attacks since Julian Assange was arrested last Thursday.

The webpages of the South American country’s public institutions, including the office of President Lenín Moreno, have been targeted in the attacks.

In a statement made by an official Monday, they believe this is the result of stripping the WikiLeaks founder of his political asylum.

Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, informed the public that the government has been combatting nearly double the normal amount of cyber-threats.

The effort against the government has “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria, and the United Kingdom,” Real told AFP.

Real informed the public that the threats have been unsuccessful in stealing or deleting data.

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Javier Jara, the country’s undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, also claimed on Monday that many of the “volumetric attacks” were associated with “threats from those groups linked to Julian Assange.”

In a statement last Thursday, President Moreno credited his decision to remove Assange from the embassy due to his repeated rejection of “the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.”

The final violation for Moreno came when WikiLeaks threatened the government of Ecuador last Tuesday.

“My government has nothing to fear and does not act under threats,” Moreno concluded in his statement.

Moreno, who inherited the Assange situation from the previous administration under President Rafel Correa, has been vocal about his disapproval for the Australian-leaker. The President had gone to lengths to restrict Assange’s internet access and accusing him of “spying,” in the months leading to his removal.

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Assange remains in the custody of the U.K. and is set to appear in London court on May 2nd. He faces criminal charges in the U.S. and awaits possible extradition.

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