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Norwegian man sentenced to 14 years for spying on Russian navy subs

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A Moscow court convicted a Norwegian man on Tuesday of spying on Russian navy submarines and sentenced him to 14 years in a hard labor camp. The ruling could likely strain an already fragile relationship between the Kremlin and its NATO-member neighbor.

Frode Berg, a retired former guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was arrested in Moscow in December 2017. The 63-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage was tried behind closed doors earlier this month.

Prosecutor Milana Digayeva told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the Norwegian man caught red-handed with documents he had received from an employee of a military facility who was being followed by Russian intelligence.

RUSSIA ACCUSES NORWEGIAN MAN OF SUBMARINE ESPIONAGE 

Berg admitted to acting as a courier for Norwegian intelligence but claims he had little knowledge about the actual mission. The Russian ex-policeman accused of passing Berg navy files was also arrested.

Berg’s lawyer, Ilya Novikov, told the AFP news agency that his client had “been used without his knowledge.’

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In this Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, Norwegian national Frode stands in a cage in Lefortovo district court in Moscow, Russia. (AP)

Novikov said Berg would not appeal the verdict but would seek a pardon from President Vladimir Putin.

US-RUSSIA CHILL STIRS WORRY ABOUT STUMBLING INTO CONFLICT 

“We see no practical use in appealing,” Novikov said. He added that Berg “expects his government to undertake diplomatic efforts.”

The Norwegian foreign ministry said it had “noted” the verdict but declined to comment on its merit but added it was looking for ways to bring Berg back to Norway.

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“Norwegian authorities… wish to see the safe return of Frode Berg to Norway,” a ministry spokeswoman said.

Norway shares an Arctic border with Russia. Their relationship had been amicable for decades but took a turn in 2014 when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

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Surveillance footage shows fake delivery man who shot woman with crossbow

Police in Canada have released surveillance video of a suspected hitman who posed as a delivery man and shot a woman in the chest with a crossbow concealed in a large box when she answered the door.

Peel Regional Police showed the footage Monday seeking leads in the unsolved five-month-old case.

“This was not a random act,” Supt. Heather Ramore said, according to CTVNews. “Comments that were made to the victim by the suspect indicate that the victim was targeted and that the suspect may have carried out the attack at the request of another individual.”

MICHIGAN MAN FINDS HIS TWIN FATALLY SHOT WITH CROSSBOW OUTSIDE HOME

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Cops were called to the 44-year-old victim’s home in Mississauga around 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Police indicated that the woman is lucky to have survived.

“The arrow used in this incident is designed to hunt large game such as moose and deer and inflict the maximum amount of damage possible,” police said in a news release.

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A crossbow like this one was used by a suspect hitman posing as a delivery man in Canada. A woman was shot and is lucky to have survived, police said. (Peel Regional Police)

The brief video clip shows the suspect holding the box in front of him as he stands at the door waiting for it to be opened.

The footage then shows the suspect running off as the front door slams shut.

Police appear to have edited the video to avoid showing the exact moment when the crossbow was fired.

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Police said the woman’s assailant fled in a pickup.

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Saturn’s moon Titan has a lake with features similar to Earth, could support life

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Shortly before it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere in late 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made an incredible observation about the ringed planet’s moon, Titan – its lakes are extraordinarily deep and filled with methane.

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon and the second-largest natural satellite in the Solar System behind Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, has methane rain that can fill lakes as much as 330 feet deep, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Astronomy.

“Every time we make discoveries on Titan, Titan becomes more and more mysterious,” said lead author Marco Mastrogiuseppe, Cassini radar scientist at Caltech in a statement. “But these new measurements help give an answer to a few key questions. We can actually now better understand the hydrology of Titan.”

SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THE ‘BUILDING BLOCKS’ FOR LIFE ON SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS

The researchers found that the hydrologic cycle on Titan is similar to that of Earth’s, except that clouds and rain are not made up of water, but rather methane and ethane. Due to Titan’s freezing cold temperatures, (it can reach as low as –290 degrees Fahrenheit), these hydrocarbons stay in liquid form, as opposed to gas, their state on Earth.

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This near-infrared, color view from Cassini shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Arizona/Univ. Idaho)

The hydrology on the northern hemisphere of Titan is different than that on the other side, according to Cassini scientist and co-author Jonathan Lunine of Cornell University.

“It is as if you looked down on the Earth’s North Pole and could see that North America had completely different geologic setting for bodies of liquid than Asia does,” Lunine added in the statement.

A second paper published in Nature goes into greater depth on the hydrologic cycle of Titan, noting that there appear to be “seasonal surface changes” causing the change in the surface liquids.

After spending 13 years studying the planet, Cassini intentionally plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017.

ALIEN LIFE ON SATURN’S MOON? DUST STORMS ON TITAN SPOTTED FOR THE FIRST TIME

Methane-based life?

The prospect of methane-based life on Titan has been postulated before, after NASA found traces of vinyl cyanide in the atmosphere last year.

In January, researchers revealed that fresh rainfall had been spotted on Titan in 2016, which caused a reflective feature near the north pole of the moon.

In September 2018, dust storms were spotted on Titan for the first time ever, raising the prospect the storms could be a precursor to alien life on the celestial body.

It’s possible the storms are comprised of “organic molecules” NASA said, due to the chemistry of the atmosphere. Titan’s atmosphere is comprised of 98.4 percent nitrogen, 1.6 percent methane and 0.1-0.2 percent hydrogen.

SATURN’S BIGGEST MOON TITAN MAY BAKE ITS OWN ATMOSPHERE

However, once the organic molecules get big enough, they eventually fall to Titan’s surface and may play a part in the dust storms.

The prevalence of dust storms and strong winds on Titan implies that the underlying sand can be moved as well and that the “giant dunes” that cover the moon’s equatorial regions are constantly changing and still active.

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2020 candidates’ tax returns: By the numbers 

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Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have released their tax returns. Here’s what the filings show.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $214,083

Total Tax Paid: $29,170

Effective Tax Rate: 14 Percent

California Sen. Kamala Harris

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $1,889,156

Total Tax Paid: $697,611

Effective Tax Rate: 36.9 Percent

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $202,912

Total Tax Paid: $29,906

Effective Tax Rate: 15 Percent

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar 

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $338,121

Total Tax Paid: $65,927

Effective Tax Rate: 19 Percent

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Adjusted Gross Income, 2017: $366,455

Total Tax Paid: $81,019

Effective Tax Rate: 22 Percent

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $561,293

Total Tax Paid: $145,840

Effective Tax Rate: 26 Percent

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Adjusted Gross Income, 2018: $846,394

Total Tax Paid: $230,965

Effective Tax Rate: 27 Percent

(All tax returns above were filed as ‘married filing jointly’)

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Canadian man dies after zipline cable snaps in Thailand

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A Canadian man died while vacationing in Thailand in an apparent zipline incident, authorities said.

The victim, who has not been officially named, was ziplining at the popular attraction Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai, the BBC reported.

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The cable “gave way” after the 25-year-old man was released at the start of the attraction Saturday, the BBC reported, citing local media. The man fell about 40 feet from the zipline and fell down a hill, sources told the media outlet.

The attraction reportedly closed as authorities investigate the incident. Authorities were probing whether the weight limit of the attraction was exceeded and if there was any negligence on the operators’ behalf.

MAN AND CHILD VISITING GATORLAND GET STUCK ON ZIPLINE ABOVE ALLIGATOR POOL

The victim was identified as Spencer Donaldson of Fruitvale, B.C., according to CTV News, although this has not been officially confirmed by authorities. He was reportedly on vacation with a group of people.

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Flight of the Gibbon is more than three miles long, making it one of the longest on the continent. It costs about $131 to ride the zipline.

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Carnival Fantasy passengers ‘overjoyed’ to help rescue 23 people lost at sea for days

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Passengers aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Fantasy ocean liner were “overjoyed” when ship officials helped the Coast Guard rescue 23 people who had been adrift at sea for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

On April 14, shortly after 1 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a phone call from a Cuban national aboard a disabled sport fishing boat, Fox 10 TV reports, detailing that his schooner was stranded roughly 130 nautical miles off the Yucatan Peninsula.

The man said he had rescued 22 Cuban nationals three days prior, after spotting the group adrift at sea without power in a wooden boat, as per a press release from the Coast Guard; the group of 22 is said to have been stuck on the high seas for three days after a failed voyage from Cuba to Mexico.

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Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter successfully located the crowded barge around 8:40 a.m., and notified officials with the Carnival Fantasy of its position, Fox 10 reports. Soon after, around 10:40 a.m., the Fantasy rescued the 23 people on board. (Chris Mazie / Twitter)

Unfortunately, the engine of the man’s sport fishing boat soon, too, malfunctioned, and the group, now of 23, was lost at sea for an additional three days.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ‘TEMPORARILY’ CLOSES TRAMPOLINE ATTRACTION AT THE CENTER OF $10 MILLION INJURY LAWSUIT

Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter successfully located the crowded barge around 8:40 a.m., and notified officials with the Carnival Fantasy of its position, Fox 10 reported. Soon after, around 10:40 a.m., the Fantasy rescued the 23 people on board.

Two of the people rescued had minor medical issues and were treated by medical staff on the cruise ship.

Meanwhile, one Carnival passenger said that she and her fellow guests were “overjoyed” that the staff of their cruise ship was able to assist in the dramatic rescue — as they had “feared the worst.”

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“On Sunday Carnival Fantasy responded to a distress call and request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard as the ship was [going] to Mobile,” a Carnival spokesperson said. “We can confirm that our crew was involved in a rescue at sea involving more than 20 people and we are now working closely with federal authorities.” (iStock)

“We saw the Coast Guard plane flying in circles over an area. We thought we must be looking for bodies or signs of wreckage because no one could see a boat anywhere,” Charlotte Gouvier of Baton Rouge, La. told WAFB. “I was really sad because we couldn’t see a boat at all. We just kept looking for orange life jackets. Many of us feared the worst.”

“When the little boat finally appeared everyone on the deck was overjoyed. People were cheering,” Gouvier detailed. “The boat looked like it was just being tossed around in the sea, and we couldn’t imagine how sea sick those poor people must have been after spending so long on that boat.”

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All 23 people are slated to be transferred to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard Investigative Services unit in Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday, Fox 10 reports.

In the day since, reps for Carnival confirmed the turn of events to Fox News and offered the following statement on the story:

“On Sunday Carnival Fantasy responded to a distress call and request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard as the ship was [going] to Mobile,” a spokesperson said. “We can confirm that our crew was involved in a rescue at sea involving more than 20 people and we are now working closely with federal authorities.”

“Carnival Cruise Line has a longstanding policy of assisting distressed mariners at sea,” according to a company statement,” reps for the cruise company additionally told NBC News.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles, too, told the outlet that it remains unclear at this time how, or if, the man who originally contacted the coastal and maritime law enforcement agency knew the 22 wayfarers or if anyone in the group seeks asylum.

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According to the ship’s listing page, the Fantasy departs from Mobile and sails to Caribbean and the Panama Canal for trips up to ten days long. The 70,000 ton, 855-foot boat has capacity to carry over 2,000 guests and more than 900 crew members.

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Technology is ‘a crime scene’ and Facebook ‘broke democracy,’ journalist who exposed Cambridge Analytica says

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A journalist whose work helped prompt the Big Tech backlash roiling Silicon Valley excoriated Facebook, labeled technology a ‘crime scene’ and blamed tech platforms for precipitating a crisis in Western democracy.

During a TED Talk on Monday, Carole Cadwalladr, a British journalist who helped expose the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and how 87 million Facebook users’ information impacted the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, addressed executives like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Alphabet founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin — calling them “gods of Silicon Valley” whose creations have wreaked havoc on democracy.

“Facebook: you were on the wrong side of history in that,” Cadwalladr said, according to TED. “And you are on the wrong side of history in this. In refusing to give us the answers that we need. And that is why I am here. To address you directly. … We are what happens to a western democracy when a hundred years of electoral laws are disrupted by technology.”

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Cadwalladr figured out the role of Facebook during Brexit when she was reporting from a former coal-mining town in South Wales that had a high percentage of Leave votes, but also featured new entrepreneurial and leisure centers built with EU funds. Although many of the people she spoke with mentioned immigration, the British journalist met very few actual immigrants.

“This entire referendum happened on Facebook,” she says. The Leave campaign was able to manipulate data harvested from Cambridge Analytica to identify users who appeared “politically persuasive” and feed them targeted ads that stoked right-wing ideas, framing immigration as a threat and the EU as a constricting force–even as the government funneled investments into people’s backyards.

In the wake of Brexit and Russia’s influence campaign in the United States 2016 presidential election, Facebook created an Ad Archive for political advertising in the U.S. and Britain, provided more transparency for researchers looking to see how elected officials are using the platform and strengthened its policies and staffing resources to fight disinformation and hate speech.

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“It’s not enough to say you’ll do better in the future,” she said. “To have any hope of stopping this from happening again, we have to know the truth…what the Brexit vote demonstrates is that liberal democracy is broken, and you broke it.”

Cadwalladr laid down a stark marker for tech executives during her TED Talk.

“And so my question to you is: Is this what you want? Is this how you want history to remember you? As the handmaidens to authoritarianism that is on the rise all across the world? You set out to connect people and you are refusing to acknowledge that the same technology is now driving us apart.”

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Notre Dame’s destruction was ‘bound to happen’ after years of neglect and lack of upkeep, expert claims

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The massive inferno that engulfed Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral left in its wake a blackened shell of a historic monument that survived nearly 900 years of tumultuous French history.

The cathedral – immortalized in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” – was undergoing a massive $6.8 million renovation project when the blaze broke out. It was an effort to turn back the clock on centuries of neglect of the beloved monument.

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A hole is seen in the dome inside Notre cathedral in Paris. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

One heritage expert said the destruction of this magnitude was “bound to happen” sooner or later.

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This picture shows charred debris inside Notre Dame cathedral Tuesday April 16, 2019. Firefighters declared success Tuesday morning in an over 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers. (Ludovic Marin via AP)

“The lack of real upkeep and daily attention to such a major building is the cause of this catastrophe,” Jean-Michel Leniaud, president of the scientific council at the national Heritage Institute told AFP. “This is not about looking for people to blame. The responsibility is collective because this is the most loved monument in the country.”

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Middle Ages specialist Claude Gauvard told AFP that not enough had been spent on maintenance at the revered building.

“The ongoing works finally got started — and it was high time, and perhaps even a little late,” she said. “I went up to the foot of the spire (before the renovations began) and some of the brickwork was disjointed, held in place by a grate to prevent it falling.”

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Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

On Tuesday, the cathedral’s iconic twin bell towers remained visibly intact as experts swarmed the building to assess the destruction.

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Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Peter Fuessenich, who oversees all construction work for the Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, told broadcaster RTL on Tuesday that it could take decades to repair the damage.

“It will certainly take years, perhaps even decades, until the last damage caused by this terrible fire will be completely repaired,” he said, adding that it was “a tragedy with a European dimension.”

The 12th-century church is home to an 18th-century organ, relics, stained glass and other works of art of incalculable value, and is a leading tourist attraction.

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

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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, told AP.

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

The 12th-century church is home to relics, stained glass and other works of art of incalculable value, and is a leading tourist attraction. Its organ dates to the 1730s and was constructed by Francois Thierry.

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Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez told reporters Tuesday that “some weaknesses” had been identified in the structure of the cathedral.

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“Globally the structure is holding up well, but some weaknesses have been identified particularly in the vault and the gable of the northern transept, which have to be secured,” he told reporters at the scene.

Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire described authorities’ “enormous relief” at salvaging pieces such as the Crown of Christ, which were quickly transported to a “secret location” by officials after the fire.

The Rose windows – a trio of immense round stained-glass windows over the cathedral’s three main portals that date back to the 13th center, were also saved, Aupetit told reporters.

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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.

“I hope I will see that cathedral again in my lifetime and that I will celebrate a mass there. I’m 67 now and if all goes well, even if it takes 10 years, I will be 77 and still able to do it,” Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of Notre Dame, told France Inter radio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Stuart Varney: Trump is bound to win again in 2020 if Democrats are as far-left as Bernie Sanders

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Fox Business host Scott Varney has slammed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ town hall appearance on Fox News on Monday evening and predicted President Trump will win his re-election campaign if he runs against him.

In an impassioned appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, Varney called Sanders’ appearance at the town hall “unconvincing,” and argued his proposed plan to tax the wealthy goes against the Vermont Senator’s own commitment towards advocating for a fair economy for all.

In addition, he said, Sanders is now backing off of his targeting of millionaires after his own tax returns revealed a hefty salary.

“Here is a guy who is 1 percent. He is a millionaire. And he is a socialist. I got a problem with that. He is trying to make sure that we, the rest of us on our way up, don’t accumulate the pile that he has already at 77,” Varney said.

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“If the Democratic party has moved so far to the left that Bernie Sanders, a socialist, is now the front-runner, I would confidently predict that he loses in 2020 and Donald Trump wins,” he continued.

Varney also touched on Sanders’ proposed plan to expand estate taxes up for the mega-wealthy, which the host deemed “outrageous.”

“Where is the fairness in confiscating our money when we’ve saved all our lives for that money to pass on to our children and our grandchildren?” Varney asked.

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“To me, fairness is allowing people with the brains, talent, drive, ability to climb that food chain and get to the top and stay there and be proud of it. Fairness to him is taking it off you.”

During Monday’s town hall, Sanders doubled down on his previous defenses of his wealth, which even some progressives have called hypocritical.

“This year, we had $560,000 in income,” Sanders said. “In my and my wife’s case, I wrote a pretty good book. It was a bestseller, sold all over the world, and we made money. If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not gonna do it.”

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Kane Brown, wife Katelyn expecting their first baby: ‘It’s been so hard keeping this a secret’

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Kane Brown and his wife, Katelyn, are expecting their first child.

The country music singer and his new bride shared the exciting news on social media.

“It’s been so hard keeping this a secret!!!!! But the KB’S ARE GONNA BE PARENTS!!! KB3 IM GONNA BE A DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Brown wrote on Instagram along with a picture of a sonogram.

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Katelyn also shared the news on her Instagram account on Monday.

“The coolest day of my life by far. I barely could stop laughing / crying to let her get pictures but I am soooooo happy and excited,” she shared along with a video of herself getting a sonogram. “@kanebrown_music I love you so much & am so excited to have an addition to our family to share our everyday fun, travel , & love.”

The pair married in late 2018 after announcing their engagement in April 2017. The singer did not share when the couple’s bundle of joy is due.

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