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NBA legend Bob Cousy gets Medal of Freedom, and offers an assist to President Trump

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By making Bob Cousy just the fourth former NBA player to get the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Trump also made clear he is a big fan of the Boston Celtics legend.

And the Hall of Famer was quick to return the favor, calling Trump “the most extraordinary president of my lifetime.” Cousy, who was born in 1928, added that’s saying something because he’s a “BR’r” — as in born before President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Mr. President, I know in your world you’re well on your way to making America great again,” Cousy said at a White House ceremony on Thursday. “In my world, it’s been great for 91 years.”

That last sentence was a nod to the fact that the vast majority of Cousy’s remarks were not political. Cousy knows his parents, who emigrated from France, could never have imagined their son would get the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which is now swanky but was a “slum” with rats running wild and no running water in the family apartment during Cousy’s childhood.

Cousy choked back tears as he stood at the presidential podium in the Oval Office beside Trump, who put his hand on the legendary guard’s back to calm him. Cousy noted he was upset because his wife Missy, who died in 2013, was not there to celebrate even though she “put up with me for 63 years.” Cousy jokingly admonished Trump that he should not invite old men to the White House or they will get too emotional.

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Cousy and I struck up a friendship in recent years, so he invited me to be part of a small group of his guests accompanying him to the White House Thursday. After leaving the Oval Office, we moved to the historic Roosevelt Room, named of course for both FDR and Teddy Roosevelt, and Cousy seemed to be drinking in the history.

“This is really the cherry on the sundae,” Cousy reflected after the ceremony. “And I want to thank family and friends for being here for a moment that means so much to me.”

Cousy then stayed with me in the Roosevelt Room for an interview that will be released on Fox Nation in September. The basketball legend was more blunt about his support for President Trump, saying he will vote for him in 2020, and that he believes Trump has made mistakes but has also racked up significant accomplishments.

Cousy said this is a change from 2016, when he did not vote for Trump. Cousy added he and his late wife prided themselves for years on being independent and backed libertarian candidate Gary Johnson three years ago. He noted to Fox Nation that in liberal Massachusetts, where he still lives in his longtime home of Worcester for most of the year, his vote will not impact the results, anyway.

That echoed comments Cousy made earlier this month to NBA.com, saying, “I simply feel, without getting into the politics of it at all, like many Americans — I agree with some of the things he’s done and disagree with others.”

Cousy was awarded the medal for more than just his on-court exploits, which included six NBA championships with the Celtics for a man known as the “Houdini of the Hardwood,” a remarkable passer who led the league in assists for eight consecutive years. He also won plaudits off the court for refusing to stay at the team hotel in North Carolina in 1950, when black teammate Chuck Cooper was denied entry.

“Bob was right at the forefront of combating racism within the league,” Trump said at the ceremony. “Throughout his long career, Bob was a voice against prejudice, racism and bigotry.”

Still, Cousy has felt guilty that he did not do more to stand up even stronger for another black teammate, Bill Russell, who was targeted in a series of racial incidents in Boston even while he was leading the Celtics to more championships. Russell, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the other three veterans of the NBA who have received the medal.

Cousy was very open about his regrets late in life in a recent book by author Gary Pomerantz, “The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End.”

The “last pass” refers to a letter Cousy wrote to Russell in recent years baring his feelings, which led to a phone call of peace from Russell.

Cousy explained in an interview earlier this year near his winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla., that the detente with Russell came from his own belief that every old man should work on a “to-do list before that big basketball court in the sky” comes calling.

It was a bittersweet comment referring to inevitable death because it was uttered in a joint interview Fox Nation conducted with several of his buddies in Florida who get together to swap stories every Thursday over dinner, including former Celtics teammate John Havlicek. About a month after that interview, Havlicek died at the age of 79.

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Cousy is still very upset about losing his friend, telling Fox on Thursday he feels it is somehow unfair that Havlicek is gone and he is still here at 91. To make clear Havlicek is still on his mind, Cousy wore a Celtics green lapel pin with his teammate’s jersey number 17 to the White House.

In what turned out to be his last interview, Havlicek detailed the dramatic time he “stole the ball” to preserve a big Celtics playoff victory. “It’s one of the ones that sort of still lives on, even 52 years later,” Havlicek said.

For all of the acclaim Jordan justifiably gets for having six championship rings from his days with the Chicago Bulls, Cousy matched him by winning six rings in the 1950s and 1960s. And Havlicek won eight championships in the 1960s and 1970s.

Havlicek was paid just $15,000 as a rookie. He expressed no bitterness about the multi-million dollar contracts today’s players get, though he did note the private jets and spread-out game schedule is different from the days of commercial planes, trains, and multiple games a week.  “One year I think I averaged 46 minutes (per game) and thought nothing of it,” Havlicek said matter-of-factly of the 48-minute games. “But today they get their rest. And they travel very well.”

After Cousy graduated in the 1940s from Holy Cross, where he helped the basketball team win the national championship, he was drafted by an NBA team but recalled that he was giving professional ball any thought. Instead, the recently married Cousy was married about earning a living, making about $10,000 a year in a new business providing driving lessons for women.

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The Celtics eventually won the rights to Cousy and the owner of the team asked what it would take to get him to play. Cousy immediately repeated back the $10,000 he was already making at driving school.

“He said, ‘How about nine?’” Cousy recalled to me. “I said, ‘You got a deal.’”

That sounds a little like the art of the deal, which Trump could respect.

President Trump noted in his remarks Thursday that Cousy never forgot a lesson from an early mentor, “Don’t ever be predictable.”

“Hey, I’ve heard that lesson, too,” joked Trump.

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Putin orders ‘symmetrical response’ to US missile test

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he ordered his military to prepare for a “symmetrical response” after the U.S. tested a missile that was previously banned under a U.S.-Russia treaty.

The Pentagon revealed Monday that it tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile over the weekend off the coast of California.

The test, where the missile was launched from San Nicolas Island and accurately struck its target after flying more than 310 miles, signals the resumption of an arms competition that some worry could increase U.S.-Russia tensions after the two world powers abandoned a long-standing treaty earlier this month.

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On Aug. 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, Calif. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform DOD’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities. (Photo: Scott Howe/Defense.gov)

PENTAGON TESTS MISSILE PREVIOUSLY BANNED UNDER US-RUSSIA ARMS TREATY

Putin lashed out against the test and issued a warning to the U.S. that any potential plans of deploying American missiles in the Asia-Pacific region “affects our core interests as it is close to Russia’s borders”, according to a transcript of his remarks on the Kremlin’s website.

“As you know, we have never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in a costly, destructive arms race,” Putin said.

“Study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.”

— Vladimir Putin

He added that he ordered the military to “study the level of threat posed by these US actions and take exhaustive measures to prepare a symmetrical response.”

This is a second reaction by Putin to the U.S. missile test. Putin said Wednesday that the test means “the emergence of new threats, to which we will react accordingly.”

PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA ‘WILL REACT ACCORDINGLY’ AFTER US MISSILE TESTS

The Trump administration, which gave its six-month notice on Feb. 2 of its pending withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, had repeatedly said Russia was violating its provisions, an accusation then-President Barack Obama made as well.

“The United States will not remain party to a treaty that is deliberately violated by Russia,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in announcing the formal withdrawal in early August, calling a Russian missile system prohibited under the agreement a “direct threat to the United States and our allies.”

Russia said earlier this month, following the demise of the INF treaty, that it would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles if the U.S. does.

The INF Treaty, which was signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles).

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Such weapons were seen as particularly destabilizing because of the shorter time they take to reach targets compared with intercontinental ballistic missiles, raising the likelihood of a nuclear conflict over a false launch alert.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Delta flight carrying nearly 200 delayed 18 hours at New York’s JFK: report

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Nearly 200 passengers aboard a Delta flight from New York’s JFK airport to Los Angeles on Wednesday described a nightmare flight after extensive holdups led to an 18-hour delay before its take-off.

Delta flight DL975 was scheduled to depart New York at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, but did not end up leaving until the next morning due to mechanical and weather issues, the Business Insider reports.

The flight was initially delayed about an hour but quickly turned into an hours-long nightmare after a series of additional delays.

The flight experience was made worse, passengers say, due to poor communication and the absence of adequate customer service and amenities provided by Delta staff.

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Several celebrities were among the passengers, reportedly including Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, “Stranger Things” star Dacre Montgomery, and a number of cast members from ABC’s “Dancing with The Stars.”

Emma Slater, a  professional dancer on “Dancing With The Stars,” tweeted a video of stunned passengers reacting to a Delta gate agent informing everyone, after eight hours of waiting, that they would not get hotel rooms to accommodate them for the overnight delay.

“Disgraceful,” Slater wrote. “@Delta telling the hundreds of passengers of flight 975 (after waiting on the tarmac for a total of 8 hours and having to get off the aircraft twice for a multitude of reasons including mechanical) that they won’t provide hotels for us.”

A number of passengers said they were at one point waiting on the plane for four hours, and spent a total of eight hours on the tarmac before the flight was delayed until the next morning, according to Insider.

“I live on this plane now,” tweeted Buzzfeed employee Matthew K. Begbie, who said he was on the flight. “I have forgotten what the world outside this plane is like. Babies have been born. People have died. The world turns on but flight 975 is forever.”

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Passengers reportedly boarded the flight on time, but a mechanical issue with the cargo door caused the initial delay. After the mechanical issue was resolved, predicted bad weather caused further delays. Hours later, the plane returned to the gate because one of the pilots had reached his FAA-mandated maximum working hours before a required rest period, also known as “timing out.”

Passenger Eloise Moran told Insider that Delta initially did not offer dinner vouchers but eventually did once passengers were deplaned around 1 a.m.

In a statement to Insider, Delta issued an apology to customers for the delays.

“Delta apologizes to customers on flight 975 operating from New York-JFK to Los Angeles, which was delayed last night due to weather affecting the Northeast airspace,” the statement read.

“Customers were offered water and snacks, pillows and blankets in the terminal before the flight departed at approximately 10 am for Los Angeles Thursday morning.”

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Trump’s ‘chopper talk’ news conferences blow away White House press corps: report

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Some reporters are complaining that President Trump’s recent “gaggles” on the White House lawn — as Marine One’s helicopter rotors blare in the background — make it more difficult for them to hold the president accountable and paints them in an unprofessional light, according to a report.

“If he was at a podium, we would be pressing him after he answers the question, we would be correcting him, we would be pointing out discrepancies in previous answers, and we’re not able to do that in the chaotic setting of a departure,” CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang told Politico. “Many times I’ve tried to ask a follow-up question, but he’s already pointed to somebody else.

“Many times I’ve tried to ask a follow-up question, but he’s already pointed to somebody else.”

— Weijia Jiang, CBS News

“He’ll just hear a word that catches his attention like ‘racism’ or ‘the Squad’ or whatever the topic is, and he’ll just deliver what he’s probably already been tweeting about and what he already firmly believes so that can be difficult,” Jiang said.

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But others say the brief, near-daily news conferences, dubbed “chopper talks” by late-night host Stephen Colbert, make the president more accessible than his predecessors who delegated the role of talking to reporters to their White House press secretaries during far-less frequent on-camera West Wing briefings.

“President Trump communicates directly with the American people more than any president in history,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Politico, when asked about Trump’s interactions with the media. “The fact that the White House press corps can no longer grandstand on TV is of no concern to us.”

“President Trump communicates directly with the American people more than any president in history. The fact that the White House press corps can no longer grandstand on TV is of no concern to us.”

— Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary

Grisham said she does not “know what any of the press could complain about” given they have nearl-daily access to the president when he stops to take their questions on the White House lawn.

Trump’s “chopper talks” can last as briefly as a few minutes to as long as about a half-hour. The president scans a crowd of reporters, calling on some while ignoring others, and shouts answers over the noise — the wind often whipping his tie over the shoulder — before he then walks off all while the cameras are rolling.

According to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who keeps detailed records of the presidency, Trump has stopped to answer reporter questions — both departing or arriving to the White House on Marine One and on the tarmac before or after riding Airforce One — more than 80 times. He said he found only three instances when former President Barack Obama similarly spoke to reporters in transit and, during such times, he used a podium.

While several reporters interviewed by Politico said they appreciated the frequent access, they believed the set-up on the lawn purposefully depicts media as unruly, unkempt and professional. Jiang described how she often has to do “a lot of gymnastics” and duck under tripods and over equipment to get close enough. The noise of the chopper also makes their questions inaudible on broadcasts, reporters said.

“There’s no question that it works to his advantage that we look unruly and disorderly,” veteran New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker told Politico. “It’s not like standing at a podium in the East Room or the briefing room, where you can have a civilized calling on people who raise their hands.”

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The Trump administration has not held a formal White House press briefing in more than five months, Politico reported. When Trump first took office, press secretary Sean Spicer held frequent briefings. The amount and lengths of briefings dwindled under Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Grisham has not hosted a briefing since taking the job in June.

Former President Obama held 24 solo news conferences during his first 30 months in office, compared to Trump’s eight during that time span, Knoller said. Obama’s administration held daily news briefings, while Trump takes to Twitter almost every day to communicate with the public.

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Paul Batura: Sean Spicer shouldn’t be kept off ‘Dancing With the Stars’ for the ‘sin’ of working for Trump

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“Dancing With the Stars” co-host Tom Bergeron and some ABC staffers are outraged that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been invited to participate in the popular show’s 28th season that begins next month.

Bergeron tweeted that he disagreed with the decision to invite Spicer to appear on the show because he hoped the dance competition “would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations.”

An unidentified ABC employee was quoted in news reports as saying: “It’s a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney and the consequences of the ongoing lies and disinformation campaign at the White House.”

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Setting aside the fact that the decision to include Spicer has already accomplished its primary public relations objective – elicit gobs of free earned media to boost ratings of the TV show – the acuteness of the indignation from the offended, while somewhat predictable and downright baseless, is nonetheless wildly disproportionate.

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Why and how so?

For starters, retired NFL star Ray Lewis will also be joining the star-studded cast in September. As you may recall, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker was indicted on murder and assault charges in 2000.

In exchange for testifying against the men he was with that night, the murder charges were dropped and Lewis wound up pleading guilty to a lesser charge. He was sentenced to probation for one year.

Former NBA player Lamar Odom will also be joining the ensemble cast. Following a successful career that included several championships, Odom suffered a series of personal meltdowns involving drugs and alcohol. In 2015 he was discovered unconscious in a drug-induced stupor inside a Nevada brothel.

Rehabilitation and redemption are two solid bulwarks of American society. So some might see Lewis’ and Odom’s return to the spotlight as an indication that ours is the land of second and even third chances.

But how is it that some of the same people who are furious about Spicer’s presence on the “Dancing with the Stars” roster are nonplussed about Lewis and Odom’s past history and participation?

Instead, Sean Spicer is viewed as the offensive one, a cultural pariah who is to be shunned and cast off, hopefully even forgotten. All for the “sin” of working for President Trump.

Apparently, all are welcome on the show – unless you have a past tie to the Trump administration and haven’t publicly acknowledged your transgressions, which The New York Times and Washington Post would happily publish.

The deterioration of the current political environment and the development of a Trump-connection litmus test evokes memories of the McCarthy era, when people testifying before Congress were asked what would become known as “the $64,000 question”: “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”

It seems likely that we’re coming to a day – and perhaps have already arrived at it in some circles – where people will be asked: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Trump administration?

This is a chilling but likely scenario.

The highly politicized nature of life these days also brings to light an unfortunate and sad reality. Whereas people were once more likely viewed holistically and multi-dimensionally – that is, they might vote Republican but nevertheless keep their own counsel on a wide range of other issues – it seems that it’s now an all-or-nothing proposition.

In truth, life is full of “gray.” Many of us like one thing about a president and dislike another. That’s why President Ronald Reagan could argue with Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill during the day – and share a friendly drink with him later that night. They saw one another as fellow Irishmen on a long journey, not personal enemies in a winner-take-all war.

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As this latest controversy involving the dancing Spicer skips about in fitting fashion, I’m reminded of a favorite line from the scene of a favorite movie. In the 1994 classic, “Clear and Present Danger” starring Harrison Ford, the president of the United States is trying to convince Ford’s CIA character, Jack Ryan, to participate in a political cover-up.

“It’s the ol’ Potomac two-step, Jack,” the president says gently.

Ryan replies tartly, “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I don’t dance.”

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Critics of President Trump and Sean Spicer hope the former press secretary will follow Jack Ryan’s lead and stay off the dance floor. ABC executives hope millions of people tune in to see if Spicer dances with a partner as well as he danced around hostile questions from reporters in the White House.

In the end, the ‘ol Potomac two-step rages on, albeit clumsily. It’s anybody’s guess who will be left standing.

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‘All My Children’ star Colin Egglesfield details testicular cancer shock: ‘I didn’t want to talk about it’

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Soap fans will recognize Colin Egglesfield from his days on “All My Children,” while others will recall when PEOPLE magazine named him “Sexiest Man Alive.” But the actor-turned-author has added another title to his resume, and he’s hoping that it’s one people find most inspiring: Testicular cancer survivor.

Egglesfield, now 46, said he was just nine months into his big break as “Josh Madden” on “All My Children” when he got the first diagnosis.

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“It’s not something that men normally like to talk about, and for the longest time, I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s something very personal,” Egglesfield told Fox News. “I just noticed that my left testicle had swelled up, and I went to see the doctor and he said that we needed to do some tests, ultrasound, a blood test. And they discovered that it was at a pretty advanced stage, and did the surgery and found that some of the cancer cells had gone through the veins and arteries to the kidneys.”

Egglesfield underwent surgery to remove the cancer, but on the one-year anniversary of his initial diagnosis, doctors discovered it had spread to his other testicle as well. The chances of that happening are pinned at around 5 percent.

“It’s not something that men normally like to talk about, and for the longest time I didn’t want to talk about it because it’s something very personal.”

— Colin Egglesfield

In 2019, experts predict 9,560 new cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S., with about 410 patients dying from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. The cancer is not considered common, as only 1 in 250 males develop testicular cancer, with 33 typically being the average age of a patient. Only about 6 percent of cases occur in children and teens, and about 8 percent occur in men over the age of 55.

Because it is typically easy to treat, the American Cancer Society said a man’s risk of dying from the disease remains low.

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Egglesfield completed treatment and was eventually declared cancer-free. His experience inspired him to doing volunteer work with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, where he finds it easy to relate to kids and families going through treatment. That feeling snowballed into an idea for his book, “Agile Artist.”

“This was 13 years ago, so thankfully I am cancer-free,” he told Fox News. “I feel like at this point in my life, it made sense to put it down on paper.”

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In the book, Egglesfield reflects on the importance of going after your dreams, and how he used tools he gleaned from acting to help him though cancer treatment.

“I talk about how to go after what really matters to you in life and how to overcome challenges that stand in the way of making that happen,” he said.

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Rolling Stones get name on little Martian rock that rolled

There is now a “Rolling Stones Rock” on Mars, and it’s giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.

NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the new moniker was made public at Thursday night’s Rolling Stones’ concert at the Rose Bowl.

“NASA has given us something we have always dreamed of, our very own rock on Mars. I can’t believe it,” Mick Jagger told the crowd after grooving through a rendition of “Tumbling Dice.” ”I want to bring it back and put it on our mantelpiece.”

Robert Downey Jr. announced the name, taking the stage just before the band’s set at the Southern California stadium that is just a stone’s throw from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages InSight.

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“Cross-pollinating science and a legendary rock band is always a good thing,” the “Iron Man” actor said backstage.

He told the crowd that JPL scientists had come up with the name “in a fit of fandom and clever association.”

“Charlie, Ronnie, Keith and Mick — they were in no way opposed to the notion,” Downey said, “but in typical egalitarian fashion, they suggested I assist in procuring 60,000 votes to make it official, so that’s my mission.”

He led the audience in a shout of “aye” before declaring the deed done.

Jagger later said, “I want to say a special thanks to our favorite action man Robert Downey Jr. That was a very nice intro he gave.”

The rock, just a little bigger than a golf ball, was moved by InSight’s own thrusters as the robotic lander touched down on Mars on Nov. 26.

It only moved about 3 feet (0.9 meters), but that’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a craft on another planet.

“I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” Matt Golombek, a JPL geologist who has helped NASA land all its Mars missions since 1997, said in a statement. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”

The Rolling Stones and NASA logos were shown side by side in the run-up to the show as the sun set over the Rose Bowl, leaving many fans perplexed as to what the connection was before it was announced.

The concert had originally been scheduled for spring, before the Stones postponed their No Filter North American tour because Jagger had heart surgery.

The 76-year-old showed no signs of poor health or even his age as he danced, pranced and boogied up and down a long catwalk that extended to the middle of the stadium’s field.

He did poke fun at his advanced years.

“It’s great to be back at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena,” Jagger said. “At least I think we’ve been here before.” (They have, in 1994.)

He also said, “We walked up and down Hollywood Boulevard looking for the Rolling Stones star but couldn’t find it.” (The band doesn’t have one.)

And he took a dig at President Donald Trump’s recent talk of acquiring Greenland when introducing his bandmates.

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“On the drums,” Jagger shouted, “Greenland’s new economic adviser, Charlie Watts!”

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New Mexico police find dead newborn in trash bag, may have been injected with heroin, police say

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New Mexico police found a dead newborn in a trash bag last Friday and said the baby may have been injected with heroin by its mother, according to a report.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the camper trailer where the mom lives in Alcalde, N.M. The father said he returned from a trip and his girlfriend no longer looked pregnant and he said he was concerned about his unborn baby’s safety, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

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The father also told police his girlfriend had used heroin while pregnant.

When police arrived at the mother’s trailer they “smelled the smell of death” and started to look for the baby, according to the Journal. They found the baby dead inside a tote bag that was in a trash bag near the toilet.

The mother allegedly said she passed out while in labor and when she woke up the baby was unresponsive.

The father later told police that he was told the mother had injected the baby with heroin after giving birth to prevent withdrawal symptoms, the report said.

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No charges have been filed yet, the Journal reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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’90 Day Fiancé’ stars Tim and Rebecca on why they dated people outside the United States

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” is peeling the curtain back on how dating someone who lives in another country affects your life.

The dating show, currently in its third season, follows seven Americans who have fallen in love online with people who live overseas. The Americans travel to their partner’s home country in the hopes of taking their relationship to the next level with a marriage proposal, even though they’ve never met in person.

“The couples get to know each other in a foreign land with the ultimate goal of being together in America,” revealed the TLC series.

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Fox News spoke to two cast members: Rebecca, 47, from Canton, Ga. who is dating 26-year-old Tunisian Zied; and Tim, 38, from Charlotte, N.C., who is dating Colombian Jeniffer, 25.

“Rebecca has three kids and three failed marriages, including one to a Moroccan man she brought to America on a spouse visa, but she’s ready to try again. She met Zied online and fell in love, despite the concerns of her friends and family that she’s making the same mistakes over again,” the show explained.

Meanwhile, Timothy was instantly attracted to Jennifer’s online profile and “now, he’s traveling to Colombia to meet her in person for the first time and plans to propose. But with Jeniffer being a total knockout, he’s worried she won’t fall head over heels when they finally meet.”

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Fox News: What made you want to be part of the reality show?

Tim: Well, to be honest, I was told my entire adult life that I was made for reality. I’ve got a very expressive face and I enjoy being in front of the camera. You know, I’d always wanted to be on TV so I thought that this was the perfect opportunity.

Rebecca: I’ve always been just kind of adventurous and always up for new experiences. But nobody really knows what they’re getting into when they agree to do something like this. But I was, yeah, I was just excited for a new adventure.

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Tim, 38, from Charlotte, NC, is dating, Jeniffer, 25, from Colombia. (TLC)

Fox News: So what were the reactions of your family and friends when you told them you were going to be part of this show?

Tim: It was split down the middle. Half of them were very excited; the other half were very concerned. Obviously, there’s a lot of negativity sometimes that can follow you when you’re on reality TV and my parents just wanted me to be happy. They were supportive but they were cautious. Everybody knows I’m crazy and I’m a risk-taker so I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone.

Rebecca: They weren’t super excited about it. Not so much because it was a reality show, a bit more because of what it was about.

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Fox News: What’s your response to people who say that dating somebody from another country is an online scam?

Tim: I get it. I deal with it even with my inner circle of people. I’m the only person I know that has left the country to date someone in another country. It’s a very scary idea for a lot of people. And of course, the media just shows you all of the nightmare stories. I mean obviously, it’s something you have to approach very delicately and make sure you do your research. But if you’re smart about it and patient, I think there can be some very big rewards at the end.

Rebecca: I’ve been hearing that for a long time because of my previous relationships. So I kind of just let that go. I don’t let it bother me. That’s just not something that I worry about. Ultimately no one else was involved in my relationships and I’m the only one that has to pay the consequences of them. Although it does affect my children to some degree — my children are grown.

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Rebecca, 47  from Canton, Georgia is dating Zied, 26, from Tunisia. (TLC)

Fox News: What was the most difficult part about going to another country?

Tim: You’re nervous. Anytime you meet somebody that you’ve met online in person for the first time you get nervous. I had anxiety. I just want to make sure [the family] likes me and that they’re not disappointed.

Fox News: If your relationship with a man from another country didn’t work out before, why do it again?

Rebecca: I did have some serious reservations and I talked it over with my kids to make sure they weren’t going to disown me if I tried to do that. I did give it a lot of thought but ultimately I just don’t believe that you should ever limit yourself based on geography. I enjoy the traveling and the adventure.

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Fox News: What’s some advice you can give other people who are interested in dating people from other countries?

Tim: You need to familiarize yourself with the culture because that’s a huge hurdle for anyone. Anytime there are cultures coming together and trying to make a romantic relationship — that can be very challenging. You’re definitely gonna have to compromise to make the relationships work and obviously, you need to start learning the language.

Rebecca: Every single instance is so completely different that I avoid giving advice. Even the fact that I’ve done this twice does not make me an expert, because if I do it five times, I’m going to have five different results.

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“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. CT on TLC.

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’90 Day Fiancé’ stars Tim and Rebecca on why they dated people outside the United States

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” is peeling the curtain back on how dating someone who lives in another country affects your life.

The dating show, currently in its third season, follows seven Americans who have fallen in love online with people who live overseas. The Americans travel to their partner’s home country in the hopes of taking their relationship to the next level with a marriage proposal, even though they’ve never met in person.

“The couples get to know each other in a foreign land with the ultimate goal of being together in America,” revealed the TLC series.

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Fox News spoke to two cast members: Rebecca, 47, from Canton, Ga. who is dating 26-year-old Tunisian Zied; and Tim, 38, from Charlotte, N.C., who is dating Colombian Jeniffer, 25.

“Rebecca has three kids and three failed marriages, including one to a Moroccan man she brought to America on a spouse visa, but she’s ready to try again. She met Zied online and fell in love, despite the concerns of her friends and family that she’s making the same mistakes over again,” the show explained.

Meanwhile, Timothy was instantly attracted to Jennifer’s online profile and “now, he’s traveling to Colombia to meet her in person for the first time and plans to propose. But with Jeniffer being a total knockout, he’s worried she won’t fall head over heels when they finally meet.”

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Fox News: What made you want to be part of the reality show?

Tim: Well, to be honest, I was told my entire adult life that I was made for reality. I’ve got a very expressive face and I enjoy being in front of the camera. You know, I’d always wanted to be on TV so I thought that this was the perfect opportunity.

Rebecca: I’ve always been just kind of adventurous and always up for new experiences. But nobody really knows what they’re getting into when they agree to do something like this. But I was, yeah, I was just excited for a new adventure.

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Tim, 38, from Charlotte, NC, is dating, Jeniffer, 25, from Colombia. (TLC)

Fox News: So what were the reactions of your family and friends when you told them you were going to be part of this show?

Tim: It was split down the middle. Half of them were very excited; the other half were very concerned. Obviously, there’s a lot of negativity sometimes that can follow you when you’re on reality TV and my parents just wanted me to be happy. They were supportive but they were cautious. Everybody knows I’m crazy and I’m a risk-taker so I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone.

Rebecca: They weren’t super excited about it. Not so much because it was a reality show, a bit more because of what it was about.

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Fox News: What’s your response to people who say that dating somebody from another country is an online scam?

Tim: I get it. I deal with it even with my inner circle of people. I’m the only person I know that has left the country to date someone in another country. It’s a very scary idea for a lot of people. And of course, the media just shows you all of the nightmare stories. I mean obviously, it’s something you have to approach very delicately and make sure you do your research. But if you’re smart about it and patient, I think there can be some very big rewards at the end.

Rebecca: I’ve been hearing that for a long time because of my previous relationships. So I kind of just let that go. I don’t let it bother me. That’s just not something that I worry about. Ultimately no one else was involved in my relationships and I’m the only one that has to pay the consequences of them. Although it does affect my children to some degree — my children are grown.

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Rebecca, 47  from Canton, Georgia is dating Zied, 26, from Tunisia. (TLC)

Fox News: What was the most difficult part about going to another country?

Tim: You’re nervous. Anytime you meet somebody that you’ve met online in person for the first time you get nervous. I had anxiety. I just want to make sure [the family] likes me and that they’re not disappointed.

Fox News: If your relationship with a man from another country didn’t work out before, why do it again?

Rebecca: I did have some serious reservations and I talked it over with my kids to make sure they weren’t going to disown me if I tried to do that. I did give it a lot of thought but ultimately I just don’t believe that you should ever limit yourself based on geography. I enjoy the traveling and the adventure.

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Fox News: What’s some advice you can give other people who are interested in dating people from other countries?

Tim: You need to familiarize yourself with the culture because that’s a huge hurdle for anyone. Anytime there are cultures coming together and trying to make a romantic relationship — that can be very challenging. You’re definitely gonna have to compromise to make the relationships work and obviously, you need to start learning the language.

Rebecca: Every single instance is so completely different that I avoid giving advice. Even the fact that I’ve done this twice does not make me an expert, because if I do it five times, I’m going to have five different results.

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“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. CT on TLC.

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