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Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mom Jennifer Dulos, denies owing her family money, claims they owe him

EXCLUSIVE – Long before there were searches with dive teams in reservoirs, K-9 units at a waste facility, and teams of investigators looking through surveillance footage to find any signs of Jennifer Dulos, a missing mother of five in Connecticut, there were several contentious legal battles between her family and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

The couple had separated in the summer of 2017 and had been going through a bitter divorce and custody battle, which produced over 400 filings in their family court case.

In 2018, Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, filed a lawsuit against Fotis Dulos, claiming he owed more than $2 million to her late husband’s estate after failing to repay loans made to him and his luxury home building business, The Fore Group.

JENNIFER DULOS’ CONNECTICUT HOME HITS THE MARKET FOR NEARLY $3M

At trial, the number shifted slightly and was adjusted to reflect a balance of $1.74 million after Farber’s legal team conceded there was less money owed after reviewing banking paperwork.

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Fotis Dulos showed Fox News numerous documents, graphs, and copies of cashed checks that were presented at his civil trial, which he says show that his company built Jennifer’s family a guest house at a property they owned in Pound Ridge, N.Y., along with other payments made to the Farbers that were never accounted for. (Fox News)

Dulos, who’s been charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the criminal investigation into his wife’s disappearance in May, is under a gag order in that case but spoke exclusively with Fox News about the civil case, which went to trial earlier this month.

He says that after going through all the financial records with his legal team, they claim the reverse – that Fore Group is actually owed more than $1 million from the family estate.

He showed Fox News numerous documents, graphs, and copies of cashed checks that were presented at his civil trial, which he says show that his company built Jennifer’s family a guest house at a property they owned in Pound Ridge, N.Y., along with other payments made to the Farbers that were never accounted for.

Dulos claims the paperwork proves he is out of the red and into the black with the Farber family in the amount of $1.04 million.

COPS SEARCH HOME OF MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM JENNIFER DULOS’ ESTRANGED HUSBAND

In the beginning, Dulos says he and his late father-in-law, Hilliard Farber, kept records and promissory notes about the monies exchanged, but after the birth of his fifth child with Jennifer, the formality faded away and they established what he called a “trusted business relationship.”

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This undated photo on a missing persons flier provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 2019.  (AP/New Canaan Police Department)

“My relationship with Hilliard was excellent. It started in 2004 and until 2010 it was more of a business relationship,” he told Fox News. “So, the money would go again both ways, but there were formal notes, there was substantial interest, and there was repayment, of the loans.”

He added: “After 2010, the relationship evolved to be a little more casual. It was, again, a two-way relationship so, whenever the money was needed for construction projects, Hilliard would provide it.”

Now that he has gone to trial in the civil case and reviewed his accounting, he said he had no choice but to file a lawsuit last week against the Farber estate to seek reimbursement for what he says his documents show he is owed.

Richard Weinstein, the civil attorney for Gloria Farber, told Fox News in a statement that “Mr. Dulos makes a lot of claims, none of which are true.”

“Mr. Dulos’ credibility is lacking. He manipulated the financial statements and payed with the numbers,” he said. “His own documents and tax returns reveal he owes $1.740 million. We believe we have produced enough evidence to win our case and await the judge’s decision.”

FOX NEWS LEGAL ANALYST: INVESTIGATORS NEED TO FIND JENNIFER DULOS’ BODY TO MAKE THEIR CASE

A ruling by Hartford Superior Court Judge Ceasar Noble could take months.

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In his interview with Fox News, Dulos repeatedly referenced the court-imposed gag order, saying he could not answer questions about his children or Jennifer. (Fox News)

Meanwhile, as the investigation into Jennifer’s disappearance hits the seventh-month mark on Christmas Eve, her five young children prepare to spend their first Christmas without either parent. They remain in the custody of Gloria Farber.

Family spokesperson Carrie Luft gave Fox News an update over the weekend saying, “As we face this first holiday season without Jennifer, our sole focus is on creating a safe and joyous Christmas for her five children, rather than on attempting to litigate this case through the media.”

Fotis Dulos has not been able to see or have contact with his children since Jennifer went missing in accordance with court orders.

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This photo provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Fotis Dulos. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

In his interview with Fox News, Dulos repeatedly referenced the court-imposed gag order, saying he could not answer questions about his children or Jennifer.

When asked if he had anything to do with Jennifer’s disappearance, Dulos said: “Again, I will refer to the gag order, so I cannot answer that.”

When asked if he could tell Fox News where he thought she might be, he replied: “The same answer.”

When asked if he could talk about his children and if he had heard if they were doing OK, he said he didn’t know.

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“There’s no information flowing with regards to how they’re doing,” Dulos said. “I love my children. I miss them. I think about them every morning when I wake up. That’s who I think about. I feel I have a donut in my heart, with a big hole. And I don’t wish it to anybody. And I hope I get — I hope this will be over soon.

Dulos is scheduled to make his next appearance in Stamford Superior Court in the criminal case Jan. 9, 2020.

Fox News’ Tamara Gitt and Maria Paronich contributed to this report.

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Mystery gunman fatally shoots Yorkshire Terrier inside New York City apartment

A Yorkshire Terrier was shot and killed inside a New York City apartment over the weekend after an unknown gunman appeared at its door and started opening fire, police say.

The incident, which happened Sunday night at an apartment complex in the Bronx borough, began after a verbal dispute escalated into violence, investigators told Pix 11. Two men had knocked on the door before one pulled out a gun and started shooting.

“They were aiming the gun and they shot Hercules right by the Christmas tree,” Samara Pesante, an 8-year-old who lives there, told the New York Daily News.

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A Yorkshire Terrier dog was shot inside a New York City apartment, police say. (Google Maps)

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“Hercules was just laying on the floor by the tree,” she added. “And my mom pulled him out and we saw he had a hole in his side, in his stomach. I was scared, I was crying.”

The dog – who belonged to another woman in the area – was inside the apartment in hopes of breeding with another Yorkie that lived there.

During the struggle, the apartment owner slammed a door on the shooter’s hand and his wife jabbed the individual with an electric drill, the New York Daily News reports.

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The two men, whom the newspaper described as being dressed in all black, are still on the loose as of Monday morning.

The apartment owner told the New York Daily News that he hasn’t seen them before, but did reveal that the residence was a drug den prior to his family moving in and was broken into two months ago.

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Alabama woman, 19, shot as authorities open fire, raid home in search of man who was already in jail

An Alabama woman was shot last week by authorities who entered her home in search of a man — who had already been booked at the local jail the day prior — and officials are chalking the situation up to a “miscommunication.”

Ann Rylee, 19, was at home in Wilmer on Thursday morning when Mobile County sheriff’s deputies and federal officers from Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Office descended upon her property, looking for Nicholas McLeod, a 41-year-old man who is the uncle of Rylee’s fiancé.

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Ann Rylee, 19, was shot multiple times at her home in Wilmer, Ala., on Thursday after a “miscommunication,” Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said.  (Handout)

Investigators approached the house and detained two men outside, who told them there was a woman — Rylee — in the house, according to Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, who told WALA-TV “this lady had armed herself with a shotgun and the entry team was giving her orders to drop the gun, put the gun down, drop the gun several times over a period of a few seconds.”

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“She didn’t and she pointed the gun at one of them — then two or three agents fired upon her, striking her three or four times,” Cochran said.

Rylee was hospitalized, underwent surgery and is expected to survive, her fiancé, Christopher McLeod said. He said authorities were at the home looking for his uncle, “who used to live at that house years ago.”

Nicholas McLeod, the man authorities were looking for, was arrested on Wednesday — a day before the shooting — and booked at the Mobile Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and evidence tampering.

It wasn’t immediately clear how authorities didn’t realize Nicholas McLeod was already locked up, but the sheriff called the situation a “miscommunication.”

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“We’ve narrowed it down to one of two things: The investigators did not make one final check this morning to send teams out to make the arrests or warrants section did not communicate to the computer system — that the warrants were no longer active. We’re running that down,” Cochran told the news outlet.

The sheriff added: “However, if she would not have pointed a gun at the agents — they would have determined all of that on the scene and would have bid her a good day and thank you very much.”

But Rylee’s fiancé said the 19-year-old woman was asleep on a recliner in their living room when investigators showed up at their house on Thursday. He said he was outside emptying the trash with a friend before going to work when multiple officers, armed with rifles and wearing body armor, pulled up in vehicles and demanded they put their hands up.

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He said they keep a shotgun in their living room for protection. Christopher McLeod said two federal marshals who had approached the home started yelling “gun” and fired multiple times before Rylee was shot.

“I just hope she’s OK. That’s my No. 1,” Christopher McLeod said. “It’s just so unfortunate because none of this needed to happen, it had nothing to do with us. We’re just victims of an unfortunate situation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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State Dept opens massive new training center, complete with fake town, burning simulator

BLACKSTONE, Va. — It was the sound of rapid gunfire that punctured the air first. Then came the angry mob of protestors, their footsteps and chants growing louder and getting closer.

Next were the screams, the sirens and the smoke. A dire warning of an imminent attack blared over the speaker system and people came rushing out of buildings and running toward a safe house near the U.S. embassy. But inside, things were about to get much tougher.

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In an instant, the power was cut and the building went black. It started filling up with so much smoke that the people huddled inside were forced out. One by one, they fell to the floor, grabbed a hold of the pant leg of the person in front of them and crawled their way out. They ran to a second building but there were casualties there – bloody blown-off body parts were on the floor and people with varying degrees of injury were on stretchers. They worked together in small groups to help their wounded colleagues before running to a black helicopter waiting to take them to safety.

The entire exercise looked, sounded and felt like hell.

That was the point.

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People running during a drill at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The newly-opened center is designed to train overseas workers how to respond to security threats and embassy attacks. (Fox News)

This particular practicum was the culmination of a 5-day course at the new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) in Blackstone, Va. The massive 1,350-acre compound was approved by Congress and built to provide comprehensive lifesaving security training to Department of State personnel and members of the foreign affairs community. Their spouses and children over the age of 18 are also allowed to attend.

“Training is the bedrock to protecting lives,” Michael Evanoff, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, told Fox News. “If you are a trained foreign service officer and you go through the training we give you, you will be better prepared to react.”

Constructed in three phases and fully operational in December, the FASTC hard skills training campus includes a rappel tower, a tactical maze, two smokehouses, an explosive demo range as well as a live-fire shoot house.

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A thermal image of “students” at the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. Agents are seen crawling on the floor toward an exit during a drill that teaches them how to escape a burning building.  (Fox News/Barnini Chakraborty)

The facility also features two high-speed driving tracks and another that can be flooded with 96,000 gallons of water to give agents hands-on training to mastering rough road conditions. They are taught how to drive an armored SUV through a controlled skid as well as how to speed away from an ambush in reverse, ram vehicles out of the way and drive through just about every surface imaginable, including sand, mud, clay, gravel, over big rocks, over little rocks, up asphalt hills, down stairs and over logs. They are also taught how to detect surveillance, provide emergency medical care and root out improvised explosive devices.

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Students are taught defensive driving maneuvers at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The massive 1,350-acre compound features multiple tracks that feature all types of road surfaces and terrains. Participants learn how to drive over rocks, through sand, clay, mud and dirt. They are also taught how to maneuver moguls and drive a Jeep down a mound of asphalt. (Fox News) 

But perhaps most impressive is the military operations in urban terrain simulator, also known as MOUT. Based on blueprints from existing embassies, FASTC created an entire town on its campus to put agents through rigorous training on how to respond to everything from a post-election protest in a foreign country to a security threat on the chaotic streets of New York City. Paid actors play townspeople, protestors, journalists and merchants to add to the drill’s “real feel.”

“The world is becoming more unstable, with increasing terrorist attacks worldwide, growing instability in government and rising discontent in economically disadvantaged countries,” said Wendy Bashnan, deputy assistant secretary for training, adding that workers must be ready for anything and that FASTC training gets them there.

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Students are taught defensive driving maneuvers at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The massive 1,350-acre compound features multiple tracks that feature all types of road surfaces and terrains. Participants learn how to drive over rocks, through sand, clay, mud, and dirt. They are also taught how to maneuver moguls and drive a Jeep down a mound of asphalt.  (Fox News)

One senior officer, whose name has been withheld at the request of the State Department, told Fox that along with the hard skills training, students leave the course more confident in their ability to get out of an emergency situation safely.

“I don’t care if you’re in Luxembourg or Lahore, there’s going to be a crisis and this prepares you for that,” he said.

FASTC — which will prepare 2,000 special agents to protect U.S. diplomats and citizens around the world and is expected to train another 10,000 people annually — was built out of necessity.

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Smoke billowing out of a mock U.S. embassy at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The 1,350-acre compound was built to train federal agents how to respond to security threats and attacks around the world. (Fox News/Barnini Chakraborty)

There were too many attacks on too many U.S. embassies and consulates that left employees, agents and officials scrambling for their lives.

In the mid-1990s, the State Department began pushing for a more efficient, consolidated training facility for diplomatic security service agents. Prior to that, hard skills training was spread out in 11 different sites across the country, which resulted in disjointed training exercises as well as costly travel expenses and a dependency on contract facilities.

“New threats are constantly changing… We feel that we can’t be stagnant. We have to be ahead of the curve.”

— Michael Evanoff, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

The critical need for a new, state-of-the-art facility was underscored by almost-simultaneous attacks on Aug. 7, 1998 at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as in Dar es Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania. In all, 224 people died and another 5,000 were wounded. Among those killed in Kenya were 12 U.S. citizens.

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During President George W. Bush’s administration between 2001-2009, there were 20 fatal attacks on U.S.embassies that resulted in 87 deaths — 24 of them were either U.S. embassy workers or U.S. civilians.

Then came the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

In that incident, a U.S. government compound in Benghazi was ambushed in a coordinated attack by the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia. In the end, four Americans had been killed: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA security contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Benghazi was among one of the worst tragedies and one of the hardest lessons the State Department has had to learn.

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Training exercise at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. This training is designed to help embassy workers overseas develop the practical skills necessary to operate during an emergency. During the drill, agents must find their way out of a smoke-filled mock embassy.  (Fox News)

In fact, FASTC’s “Fire as a Weapon” course is the direct result of Benghazi and teaches diplomatic staff how to respond to attacks on their compounds involving incendiary weapons and fires that are deliberately set.

“When a facility is attacked, they set fire to the facility,” Evanoff told Fox. “We need to learn how to get out of it.”

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Sign outside “Fire as a Weapon” course at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The 1,350-acre compound was designed to train agents following the 2012 Benghazi attacks against two United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Fox News)

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Evanoff also said the State Department has spent a lot of time understanding the science of compounds that have come under attack and said security procedures and training are always evolving. That’s why the new training facility in Blackstone is vital for America’s foreign service workers.

“New threats are constantly changing and we are constantly looking at the threat matrix,” he said. “We feel that we can’t be stagnant. We have to be ahead of the curve.”

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Human remains found inside Joshua Tree National Park

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Human remains found in a remote and rocky section of California’s  Joshua Tree National Park sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a report said.

Park authorities were alerted on Thursday about the possible remains after another agency analyzing photos taken during a November drone flight in the area, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.

Park rangers hiked to the 49 Palms Oasis area on Friday where they discovered the remains and personal belongs not far from the trails, the newspaper reported.

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The remains contained no identification but rangers believe they have been in the area a while, park staff said. One hiker, Paul Miller, disappeared in July 2018 after heading out to 49 Palms Oasis trail, the newspaper reported.

No confirmation has been made yet of the manner of death, but initial reports say there has been no sign of foul play.

UTAH NATIONAL PARK EMPLOYEE, 19, FOUND DEAD AT BASE OF 1,400-FOOT HIGH WALKING TRAIL, OFFICIALS SAY 

Miller, 51, went missing after leaving his Twentynine Palms hotel with his wife to take one more hike before returning home to Ontario, the Desert Sun reported.

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When he failed to return to the hotel a few hours later, his wife reported him missing. 

At one point, a helicopter was used to take high-resolution aerial photos to spot any anomalies, the newspaper reported. It’s unclear if those photos were the ones that an outside agency analyzed when they found evidence of human remains.

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This Day in History: Dec. 23

On this day, Dec. 23 …

1997: A federal jury in Denver convicts Terry Nichols of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, declining to find him guilty of murder. (Nichols would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.)

Also on this day:

  • 1783: George Washington resigns as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.
  • 1788: Maryland passes an act to cede an area “not exceeding ten miles square” for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area would become the District of Columbia.
  • 1805: Joseph Smith Jr., principal founder of the Mormon religious movement, is born in Sharon, Vt.
  • 1913: The Federal Reserve System is created as President Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act.
  • 1948: Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders are executed in Tokyo.
  • 1954: The first successful human kidney transplant takes place at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston as a surgical team removes a kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implants it in Herrick’s twin brother, Richard.
  • 1967: President Lyndon B. Johnson, on his way home from a visit to Australia and Southeast Asia, holds an unprecedented meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican; during the two-hour conference, Johnson asks the pope for help in bringing a peaceful end to the Vietnam War.
  • 1975: Richard S. Welch, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, is shot and killed outside his home by the militant group November 17.
  • 1986: The experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completes the first non-stop, non-refueled round-the-world flight as it returns safely to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
  • 2003: The government announces the first suspected (later confirmed) case of mad cow disease in United States, in Washington state.
  • 2003: A jury in Chesapeake, Va., sentences teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty. 
  • 2003: New York Gov. George Pataki posthumously pardons comedian Lenny Bruce for his 1964 obscenity conviction.
  • 2008: Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, founder of an investment fund that had lost $1.4 billion in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, is discovered dead after committing suicide at his Madison Avenue office in New York City. 
  • 2013: The last two imprisoned members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot (Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) are given amnesty and set free after spending nearly two years in prison for a protest at Moscow’s main cathedral. 
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6 more horses found shot to death in eastern Kentucky, ‘looked like battlefield’

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky.– Six more horses have been found fatally shot near a strip mine site in eastern Kentucky, according to authorities.

Animal rescue group Dumas Rescue says the six horses appear to have been killed during the same shooting that killed at least 15 other horses along U.S. 23 near the Floyd-Pike County line, WYMT-TV reported.  The other horses bodies were found early last week. It’s unclear when exactly the six new bodies were found.

Tonya Conn with Dumas Rescue has said that the dead horses were scattered over a large area and it appears they were hunted. The station says a $20,000 reward is being offered for information on the shootings. Authorities have said some of the slain horses were young and some were pregnant.

“This is very inhumane and it’s a very cruel act of somebody who just apparently had nothing else to do or whatever just to go back on a strip job and shoot down horses who were, one of them obviously was feeding, had grass in its mouth,” Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said. “It looked like a battlefield for just horses.”

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The person responsible could face animal cruelty charges at a minimum.

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North Carolina woman says catfish smashed her car’s windshield

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Drivers will take extra caution in one North Carolina town as a new road hazard – besides the usual deer, skunk, dogs and cats – have been added to the list of critters to be on the lookout for – flying catfish, according to reports.

Rhesa Walston, who lives in the eastern portion of the Tar Heel State, posted on Facebook that she was driving home Wednesday night when a large bird carrying the fish dropped it onto her car in Washington, N.C., at about 5 p.m., McClatchy News reported.

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Walston said she saw a bird – which she believed to be a hawk – carrying the catfish and thought to herself it was quite a big fish for the bird to be carrying, KSAZ/FOX10.

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The next thing she knew, the hawk dropped the fish and smashed her windshield, the TV station reported.

Walston’s cousin and her cousin’s husband saw her as they were driving by and pulled over to help find the fish.

Her post has now gone viral as 133,000 people have shared it and more than 13,000 people offered comments, McClatchy reported.

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Atlanta woman dies after New Zealand volcano eruption, death toll now at 17

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An Atlanta woman who was seriously injured in New Zealand’s White Island volcano eruption died on Sunday, bringing the number of fatalities to 17, according to police and a report.

Mayuri “Mary” Singh died at a hospital in Auckland after complications with her treatment, which included skin grafts on burns covering 70 percent of her body, a family friend told local outlet 11Alive.

She and her husband, Pratap “Paul” Singh, were among the 47 tourists exploring the island when the volcano erupted Dec. 9.

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Paul was burned on 40 percent of his body and remains hospitalized.

Local police on Sunday announced that one of those injured had died Sunday at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, bringing the death toll to 17.

Authorities say 24 Australians, nine Americans, five New Zealanders, four Germans, two Britons, two Chinese and a Malaysian were visiting the island at the time of the blast.

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Many were on an excursion as part of a Royal Caribbean cruise aboard the Ovation of the Seas, that had left Sydney two days earlier.

A total of 25 remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Two people — Winona Langford, 17, of Sydney, and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40 — remain missing and are presumed dead.

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Seattle sees its darkest day in recorded history: report

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Seattle, the city known for its rainy weather and overcast, saw its darkest day in recorded history Friday due to several factors, including shorter days and dense cloud coverage.

Pyranometers are devices installed in buildings on campus at the University of Washington that help scientists gauge just how dark the days actually get in the city, the Seattle Times reported. Scientists there monitor how much solar radiation reaches the ground during a 24-hour span.

On Friday, the devices measured .37 megajoules of solar radiation over a square meter surface, the report said. In July, the measurement came in nearly 73 times that reading, the paper reported.

The city saw record-setting rainfall and dense cloud coverage during the timeframe.

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Cliff Mass,  a meteorologist at the school, told the paper that “everything came together to give us this record.”

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