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Off-duty California officer killed in crash on freeway

An off-duty officer was killed Saturday morning in a crash on a California freeway as he was on his way home from work, police said.

The Buena Park Police Department wrote on Instagram late Saturday that the department mourned the loss of Officer Art Brice.

Brice, 58, was driving home after a shift around 5:00 a.m. on Saturday when he was involved in the crash, “which tragically claimed his life,” the post said.

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“Officer Brice gave the city and citizens of Buena Park 11 years of dedicated service, as one of our reserve officers,” the post read.

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Off-duty Officer Art Brice died Saturday in a crash on a California freeway as he was on his way home from work, police said. (Buena Park Police)

Brice had been assigned to the department’s gang unit and patrol. He also served as a member of the department’s Color Guard.

The crash reportedly unfolded on the 91 Freeway in Corona, which is about 45 minutes from Los Angeles.

The trailer of a truck detached and the driver of the tractor-trailer pulled to a stop and called police, according to The Press-Enterprise, which cited the California Highway Patrol. A minute later, Brice’s car hit the back of the disabled trailer and then spun to the right, where it hit a second tractor-trailer, the newspaper reported.

Brice reportedly became trapped in his vehicle, and emergency workers had to free him. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Officer Brice will be remembered as a genuine, caring, and uplifting presence, always ready to lend a hand or an ear,” The Buena Park Police Department’s Instagram post read. “One of his favorite topics of discussion has been his 8 month old granddaughter.”

The police department added, “Please keep Officer Brice’s family in your prayers. We thank the community and allied agencies who have reached out and offered support.”

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He is survived by his wife, two teenage stepchildren, his ex-wife and his son and daughter, the newspaper reported.

“He was the most amazing human being I ever met,” Brice’s wife, Kerri, told the paper. “And I am blessed by his presence in my life, even though it was entirely too short.”

His son told the newspaper Brice, an Army veteran, was on his way home to Moreno Valley from a shift at Buena Park where he would work evenings on the weekend when the crash took place.

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A procession carrying Brice reportedly left an area hospital for the Riverside County Coroner’s Office around noon on Saturday.

This past February, the Buena Park City Council had honored Brice for a decade of service.

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‘Abominable’ tramples box office competition while ‘Judy’ sings pretty

The DreamWorks animated adventure “Abominable” topped the box office with $20.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale “Judy” got off to a strong start.

“Abominable,” the weekend’s sole new wide release, is a co-production between Universal’s DreamWorks and the Shanghai-based Pearl Studios. So the $75 million film’s performance when it opens Tuesday in China will be vital to its worldwide success.

The film, written and directed by Jill Culton, is about a Shanghai teenager (Chloe Bennet) who discovers a lost yeti on the roof of her apartment building. She and a pair of friends traverse China to return the creature, whom they name “Everest,” home to the Himalayas. “Abominable” garnered positive reviews (80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and a warm reception from audiences (an A CinemaScore) eager for a family-friendly option.

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“Abominable” marks the seventh No. 1 film this year for Universal, or eight if you count “Downton Abbey,” released by the studio’s specialty label, Focus Features. “Downton,” last week’s top film, slid to second with $14.5 million. The big-screen encore for the British series has already grossed $107.1 million worldwide.

That gives Universal the most No.1 movies of any studio this year, passing Disney. Though Disney still commands an overwhelming market share of about 34 percent, Universal has had a strong year with a varied slate (“Us,” ”Hobbs & Shaw,” ”Yesterday”). The studio accounts for all three of the year’s No.1-debuting original releases: “Abominable,” ”Us” and “Good Boys.”

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This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows Everest the Yeti, left, and Yi, voiced by Chloe Bennet, in a scene from “Abominable,” in theaters on Sept. 27. (AP)

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“It’s not going to be all superheroes all the time. That’s not necessarily going to be everyone’s cup of tea,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal. “When we have films like ‘Abominable,’ ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Good Boys,’ ‘Us,’ we’re bringing a lot of different people into the theaters and that’s good for everyone. That’s good for the entire industry.”

It’s been a good run for original films lately at the box office. The stripper drama “Hustlers,” from STX Entertainment, continued to hold strong with $11.5 million in its third week, dropping just 32 percent. It’s now made $80.6 million altogether. “Hustlers” potentially got a boost by having its star — Jennifer Lopez — announced this week as next year’s Super Bowl halftime act, along with Shakira.

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And one of the weekend’s biggest successes was “Judy,” which opened with $3.1 million on 461 screens. The film, directed by Rupert Goold, is about the final act of Judy Garland’s life, when the “Wizard of Oz” star was plagued by drug addiction, health woes and financial troubles. The film’s main draw is Zellweger’s lauded performance as Garland, which has made her the best-actress Oscar front-runner.

Roadside Attractions rolled out “Judy” with a rare medium-sized platform release that the distributor has found success with before on films like 2012’s “Mud” and this summer’s “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” The latter is a Mark Twain-inspired adventure starring Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, and Shia LaBeouf. This weekend, it became the year’s top indie platform release with $18.1 million over eight weeks, passing A24’s “The Farewell.”

Howard Cohen, co-president and co-founder of Roadside, says the 16-year-old distributor has succeeded by seeking populist indies. (“Judy,” for which the audience was almost 80 percent over the age of 35, will expand nationwide further next week.)

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This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Renée-Zellweger as Judy Garland in a scene from “Judy,” in theaters on Sept. 27. (AP)

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“It’s a very challenging time in film distribution for indies and everyone but Disney, maybe,” said Cohen. “We like movies that can draw an audience, that are crowd-pleasers. In a challenging environment, you have to give people a really strong reason to leave their house.”

“The movies have to be properly released and promoted,” he added. “But I think the audience is still there.”

The two-and-half-month break from superheroes atop the box office is expected to end next weekend when Warner Bros.’ “Joker” hits theaters, along with Fox Searchlight’s “Lucy in the Sky” and Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

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1. “Abominable,” $20.9 million ($8.8 million international).

2. “Downton Abbey,” $14.5 million ($10 million international).

3. “Hustlers,” $11.5 million ($3 million international).

4. “It Chapter Two,” $10.4 million ($11 million international).

5. “Ad Astra,” $10.1 million ($18 million international).

6. “Rambo: Last Blood,” $8.6 million ($9.5 million international).

7. “Judy,” $3.1 million.

8. “Good Boys,” $2 million ($1.5 million international).

9. “The Lion King,” $1.6 million ($3.7 million international).

10. “Angel Has Fallen,” $1.5 million ($1.5 million international).

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Teddi Mellencamp poses topless to show off baby bump

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Teddi Mellencamp is baring it all in her pregnancy.

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 38, took to Instagram on Friday with a topless mirror selfie and got candid about body confidence.

“I am loving the skin I am in and feeling damn proud about it,” she wrote of the photo where she donned just heels and nude underwear. “Proud to be unapologetically me; a woman who works hard and believes the best is always yet to come, for my mind, soul and yes, body.”

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The reality star and wellness guru announced her pregnancy earlier this month and has been documenting every step of the way as this is the first time she is eating healthy and exercising while expecting. She explained in the caption of the revealing photo that she “spent many years fixated on the stretch marks that run down my inner thighs or the loose skin on my arms,” but “not now.”

Mellencamp’s dedication to wellness was sparked by committing to a healthy lifestyle following her previous pregnancy with her son, Cruz. The change eventually launched her accountability coaching career and business, ALL IN By Teddi Mellencamp.

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In addition to 5-year-old Cruz, she is also mom to Slate, 6. Mellencamp also has a 10-year-old stepdaughter, Isabella, whom her husband, Edwin Arroyave, has from a previous marriage.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Robert De Niro Doubles Down On ‘F**k Trump’ Speech, Hits Back At Critics

Robert De Niro’s uncensored digs at President Donald Trump are not going anywhere soon.

The “Goodfellas” actor delivered some choice words for Trump supporters who don’t like his rhetoric when asked on Sunday about his expletive-laced speech about the president at the 2018 Tony Awards.

“Folks on Fox [News] come after you, I remember the Tonys when you came up there and cursed,” CNN’s Brian Stelter said, prompting De Niro to double down on his unfiltered language.

“Fuck ’em. Fuck ’em,” said De Niro.

De Niro got a standing ovation at the 2018 award show when he made what appeared to be an off-script political statement while introducing Bruce Springsteen.

“I’m going to say one thing: Fuck Trump,” De Niro told the audience to cheers. “It’s no longer down with Trump, it’s fuck Trump.”

Trump hit back by disparaging De Niro as “a very LOW IQ individual.”

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Kevin Mazur via Getty Images Robert De Niro criticized President Donald Trump during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards in New York. 

“We are in a moment in our country where this guy is like a gangster,” De Niro told Selter when asked why he responds this way. “We say over and over again this is terrible. We are in a terrible situation and this guy keeps going on and on and on without being stopped.”

Asked if he thinks, as an actor himself, Trump may be acting or performing, De Niro said yes.

“In some ways, I think he is,” he answered, “as I think some of these pundits on Fox are too, because I can’t believe that they would actually buy into this craziness. This guy should not be president, period.”

De Niro has previously slammed Trump as a racist and a white supremacist.

When recently asked by TMZ how he’d feel about Vice President Mike Pence taking the reins if Trump were impeached, De Niro said he’d “deal with” Pence but isn’t holding his breath about an impeachment.

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Who Succeeds Mark Carney? Brexit Brings Uncertainty to the Bank of England

The British government is hiring.

Requirements: A candidate who can keep markets calm, put up with criticism from politicians and deftly respond to an unprecedented economic event as Britain tears itself away from the European Union, while the rest of the world economy stutters.

Send applications to: Unknown.

The person who succeeds Mark Carney as leader of the Bank of England will have to brace for a challenge. When Britain voted to leave the European Union, Mr. Carney was quick to reassure the public that the central bank would support the economy as the country worked to sever the relationship. Then came three tortuous years of negotiations between London and Brussels over the terms of departure.

Mr. Carney, who was due to leave the job in 2018, agreed twice to extend his term as the Brexit process ground on, working toward monetary and financial stability as the rupture with Europe threatened the very economy he was aiming to keep steady.

But now, as Mr. Carney’s Jan. 31 departure approaches, the appointment of the bank’s next governor is entangled in the most political of issues: Who will be running the British government in a few months and managing Brexit?

Under former Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain’s government started the search for a successor earlier this year. But there was no decision before Mrs. May lost her way in the Brexit battle and was succeeded by the current prime minister, Boris Johnson.

The Treasury put a call out for applicants in April and maintains that it expects to make an appointment in the fall. That choice would require the prime minister’s blessing and then a review by a parliamentary committee. But Parliament continues to be torn by Brexit, leaving little opportunity for any significant committee work before the departure date of Oct. 31.

Mr. Johnson’s tactics to push on with Brexit — even expelling members of his own party who disagreed in the last few weeks — has roiled all the political parties, with some members of Parliament calling for a new election. This has added more uncertainty to the selection of the bank chief and raised the question of whether the current government will even be in charge.

The parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinizing the appointment wrote to the chancellor of the Exchequer on Sept. 18 seeking confirmation of whether the appointment would be going ahead as planned. No response has been posted on the committee’s website.

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A rally earlier this month in London by people who want Britain to remain in the European Union. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

“It’s part of a political mess that the U.K.’s managed to get itself into,” said Charles Goodhart, a professor at the London School of Economics, who has sat on the bank’s monetary policy committee. This mess, Professor Goodhart added, had made the appointment “much more complicated than it normally is.”

Whoever takes on the role will be tasked with targeting inflation, regulating banks and responding to whatever fallout Brexit may bring.

“We’re asking our governor to be an expert in monetary policy and politics and communications, but also financial regulation and managing financial risk,” said Ed Balls, a former member of Parliament who was chief economic adviser to the Treasury in the late 1990s when the government made the bank independent and gave it control over monetary policy. “It takes an almost superhuman person to be able to play all these different roles.”

The next governor will have little, if any, time to warm up to the job. Mr. Carney has insisted he is leaving on Jan. 31.

During his tenure, Mr. Carney, who had previously run Canada’s central bank, has been a steadfast counterpoint to the politicians proclaiming the upsides to Brexit.

Mr. Carney told a parliamentary committee in early September that the bank expected the economy to shrink 5.5 percent in the worst-case scenario for Brexit. Last November, the bank estimated a more severe contraction of 8 percent, but the extension of the Brexit deadline ameliorated that.

At the same time, his warnings about a disorderly Brexit have also attracted accusations of scaremongering. Mr. Carney’s predecessor, Mervyn King, who declined to comment for this article, has said the bank was too dire in its predictions.

“Before the referendum, official economic projections intended to scare the country into voting Remain didn’t succeed,” Mr. King wrote in a Bloomberg opinion column last year. “It saddens me to see the Bank of England unnecessarily drawn into this project.”

Mr. Carney has defended the forecasts, maintaining that there are “lots of things to worry about in the event of a no-deal Brexit,” in which the country leaves the union without any agreement over the terms of its separation or its relationship with the European Union.

But Brexit-related criticism will make the job less attractive, said David Blanchflower, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College who has served on the bank’s monetary policy committee. “Who would take it and take all that flak that’s inevitably coming? Think of all the flak headed at Jay Powell.”

Mr. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair who was nominated by President Trump, has quickly become a target of Mr. Trump’s ire, most recently, for not cutting interest rates enough.

The next Bank of England governor may also face pressure from the government to help shore up the economy post-Brexit. “There will be a lot of pressure, political demands made,” said Adam S. Posen, the president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a former member of the monetary policy committee at the bank.

Whoever succeeds Mr. Carney will face an economy where investment has sunk, held back by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and growth that is still positive, but has weakened.

The Bank of England’s inflation target is 2 percent and Britain is at 1.7 percent. Inflation could soar if the pound, which has tumbled against the dollar amid Brexit uncertainty, hurtles lower after a no-deal departure. At the same time, the economy could take a hit from the shock of Brexit.

“That is the rock and a hard place” for a central banker, said Richard Portes, a professor at London Business School. “It’s not a pretty picture to any reasonable economist.”

The next governor will also be limited in his or her ability to respond to conniptions in the economy when global growth is slowing.

“There’s not going to be any good news,” said Mr. Posen at the Peterson Institute. “All the major central banks, all the major western economies are reaching a point where the next recession is going to be more than monetary policy alone can offset.”

The Bank of England’s benchmark interest rate is already low. It moved from 0.5 percent before the Brexit referendum in 2016 to 0.25 percent afterward. It has since risen to 0.75 percent. The Bank of England declined to comment, but Mr. Carney in recent weeks has pointed out the limits to what central banks can do.

“In the end, monetary policy can only help smooth the adjustment to the major real shock that an abrupt no-deal Brexit would entail,” Mr. Carney said in a speech at a meeting of central bankers at the end of August.

Against this backdrop, whoever takes on the job would have to be a great communicator, said Zsolt Darvas, a researcher at Bruegel, a think tank.

“It’s important how clearly the message goes through, how financial markets understand communications from the central bank,” Mr. Darvas said. “In an uncertain financial environment, it’s more important than in an ordinary economic downturn.”

The daunting prospect of this political caldron has already put some candidates off, according to Mr. Portes, who counts Mr. Carney as a friend. “Some people I know did not apply,” Mr. Portes said. “They thought, ‘Jesus, what do we want to get into that for?’ ”

Indeed, Mr. Carney, often described as a steely personality, told Sky News in April that the job had proved “stressful.”

Whoever takes on the challenge would have to be “deeply committed to the U.K’s well-being” or “have an unbelievable desire for a challenge,” Mr. Posen said. “This is not as attractive a job as when they offered it to Carney six or seven years ago. Anybody who’s already been governor of a central bank probably doesn’t want the headache.”

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Giuliani: ‘When I Talked To The Secretary Last Week, He Said That He Was Aware Of It’

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knew about his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic front-runner in the race to unseat Trump in 2020.

Giuliani’s comments come as Pompeo faces a wave of subpoenas from three House committees demanding documents related to their investigation of a whistleblower complaint filed last month regarding Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

“Did Secretary of State Pompeo know you were doing these things? Did he ask you to do these things?” CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked Giuliani during Sunday’s episode of “Face the Nation.”

“He did not,” said Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City. “But when I talked to the secretary last week, he said that he was aware of it.”

The complaint, authored by an unnamed U.S. intelligence official, alleges Trump repeatedly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Biden and his son during a July phone call and that the White House tried to cover up the conversation.

The whistleblower named Giuliani as a “central figure” in this effort and alleged U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker advised Ukrainian officials on how to “navigate” Trump’s demands. Volker resigned Friday after the complaint was released to the public a day earlier.

Giuliani has repeatedly claimed that his meetings with Ukrainian operatives were carried out at the State Department’s behest, but Sunday marked the first time he has suggested Pompeo had direct knowledge of his efforts.

Giuliani told CBS that Volker called him on July 19, six days before Trump’s call with Zelensky, to ask if he would meet Andriy Yermak, one of Zelensky’s top aides. He said he then met with Yermak and later debriefed Volker and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about their exchange.

“At the time, they didn’t mention the secretary of state,” Giuliani said. “When I spoke to the secretary last week, I said, ‘Are you aware of this?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know about this.’”

The State Department did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment. 

The whistleblower complaint prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday to formally announce an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Giuliani said earlier Sunday that he’s “proud of what he did” and that he would cooperate with the impeachment inquiry if Trump asked him to.

“I have to be guided by my client,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” referring to Trump. “If he decides that he wants me to testify, of course, I’ll testify ― even though I think Adam Schiff is an illegitimate [House Intelligence Committee] chairman.”

Schiff said Sunday that he hasn’t decided whether he wants Giuliani to testify.

Watch Giuliani’s full interview on “Face the Nation” below:

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Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez throw engagement party with family and friends

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez finally had an engagement party — almost six months after he put a ring on it.

The “Hustlers” star, 50, and the former Bronx Bomber, 44, held court in Los Angeles on Friday.

Guests at the A-listers‘ soiree included their respective families, as well as songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and “King of Queens” star-turned-anti-Scientology advocate Leah Remini.

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“So great celebrating with family and close friends,” a beaming Rodriguez captioned a sweet snap with Lopez on Saturday.

Bayer Sager captioned a photo with JLo and Remini, “It happened last night!”

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Remini, 49, posted a selfie with Lopez, writing, “#reunitedanditfeelssogood.”

All the female guests appeared to have worn white to the event, white A-Rod rocked a white shirt under a black open jacket with a black and white polka dot pocket square.

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Rodriguez proposed to Lopez in early March after two years together.

While they’re blissfully happy, the couple known as J-Rod is taking their time with wedding planning.

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“I have a movie I’m shooting in October [‘Marry Me’ with Owen Wilson and Sarah Silverman] and the movie has an album that goes with it, so I’m just a little bit busy right now, and until October, he has the World Series in baseball. We’re going to have to pick a day, pick a time and block it out, but we’re definitely talking about it,” Lopez said in an interview earlier this month.

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She also has the Super Bowl Halftime Show to prepare for: It was revealed last week that Lopez will co-headline football’s biggest night with Shakira.

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Airplane engine violently shakes midflight in terrifying footage

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This isn’t the sort of thing anyone wants to see when they look out the window of their plane.

Terrifying video shows an engine of a United Airlines plane appearing to violently shake up and down while the vehicle flies through the sky. According to the person who posted it, the issue occurred midflight.

The footage was posted to Twitter with the caption, “This morning at #DIA flight UA293. Engine malfunctioned mid-flight.” The video, allegedly filmed on an early morning flight from Denver to Orlando, appears to show one of the engines rocking up and down.

United Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the flight was forced to return to Denver International Airport due to a mechanical issue with one of the engines.

On Twitter, the original poster gave an update, explaining that they were “waiting to board a NEW plane.”

They also shared images of messages they received from United Airlines. According to the tweet, the first message read, “We know returning to the airport wasn’t part of your plans today, so we greatly appreciate you hanging in there! Our maintenance team needs to address a technical issue with an engine on your plane before we depart again. We’re doing our best to get you on your way as soon as possible.”

Another image shows a second message that says, “Our maintenance team needs more time than we thought to finish their work. To get you on your way, we assigned your flight a new plane arriving shortly from Los Angeles. Once we’ve finished getting the cabin ready, we’ll begin boarding at Gate B47. Delays are very frustrating and we greatly appreciate your patience!”

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for United Airlines said, “United flight 293 from Denver to Orlando returned to the airport due to a mechanical issue with one of the engines. The flight landed safely and taxied to a gate where customers deplaned normally. Customers have departed on a different aircraft to Orlando.”

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Jim Jordan: Pelosi decided on impeachment before she even read the Ukraine transcript

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made up her mind about impeaching President Trump before she even read the Ukraine phone transcript, during a Sunday interview with CNN.

Jordan appeared on “State of the Union” and told host Jake Tapper that Pelosi was always willing to do whatever it took to bounce Trump from office, ever since his election victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“[Democrats] don’t care about the facts, they don’t care about the truth,” he said. “And you know why we know that? Because Nancy Pelosi did a press conference the day before and said she was going to move towards impeachment, the day before she even saw the transcript. That just shows you these folks are bound and determined to go after this president, no matter what.”

Jordan said the initial whistleblower complaint was based on second-hand information and claimed the hard copy of the transcript showed no crimes that were worthy of impeachment.

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“A bureaucrat who didn’t like the president… [says] the president did something wrong on a call. This guy wasn’t on the call, someone else told him about the call,” he said earlier in the interview. “So the White House… [releases] the transcript. We see the transcript, there’s nothing there. But the Democrats say, ‘we don’t care. We’re going to move toward impeachment.’

Jordan blamed Democrats for the level of political divisiveness in the country and said they will continually shift from one topic to the next until Trump is removed from power.

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“They put the country through three years of this false Trump/Russia collusion issue, all the way through. And the Michael Cohen hearing didn’t do it for them. The John Dean hearing didn’t do it for them, the Bob Mueller hearing fell apart. The Corey Lewandowski hearing didn’t to it for them,” he said.

“Now they come with this. The latest attack on the president.”

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Fake AirBNB rental scams elderly couple out of thousands: report

This deal actually was too good to be true.

After spending nearly $12,000 on an AirBNB rental, a British couple arrived only to discover that the room they booked didn’t actually exist. According to the couple, they aren’t the first to be duped by the apparent scam.

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The Felthams were dismayed to discover that the “VIP penthouse” they booked didn’t exist, despite having paid nearly $12,000 on AirBNB for the rental.

Ian and Denise Feltham booked a room described as a “VIP penthouse,” which promised to include a hot tub, super-king-sized bed, a Turkish bath and a private elevator, The Sun reports. When they arrived at the Las Boas complex in Ibiza, however, they reportedly were told that there was no VIP penthouse at the location.

According to The Sun, Ian Feltham,75, claimed, “A gentleman who lived in the building said they get tourists turning up all the time and that it’s a very big problem.”

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The Felthams claim that the property had multiple positive reviews on AirBNB, with an average score of 4-out-of-5 stars. According to the couple, they initially had good communication with the properties alleged host. Three weeks before their trip, however, they claim that they stopped receiving messages from the host.

While this caused the Felthams to grow concerned about the booking, AirBNB would not offer a refund unless the couple arrived on sight and weren’t able to get in, The Sun reports.

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In a statement obtained by The Sun, AirBNB said, “Our handling of this issue fell below our usual high standards and we have reached out to the guest to apologize and refund them in full. We have suspended the listing while we investigate and are continuing to work with the guest to make things right.”

After finding out that their booking didn’t seem to exist, the Felthams claim the closest pet-friendly hotel they could find was 40 minutes away and cost an additional $245 a night.

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AirBNB did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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