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Disney World characters say they were inappropriately touched, groped by tourists

Three Walt Disney World employees who portray the brand’s most famous characters — Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse — at its sprawling Florida resort have filed police complaints alleging they were touched inappropriately by guests and suffered injuries during some interactions.

The reports filed with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office detail incidents of alleged groping and injuries from overzealous tourists.

A woman who played Mickey Mouse said she suffered neck injuries and had to go to the hospital after a grandmother kept patting her character’s head. The employees who played Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse said they were grouped by other visitors.

“Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in any uncomfortable situation,” a Disney spokeswoman told Fox News in a statement. “We provide multiple resources to protect our Cast Members’ well-being, including on-site law enforcement officers who respond, and are available to them, if needed.”

MAN STOPPED AT DISNEY WORLD WITH GUN IN HIS BACKPACK CHARGED

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In this Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, cars travel one of the roads leading to Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month, claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

The claims come after a 51-year-old park guest was arrested for allegedly groping a princess character during a November visit. Brian Sherman was visiting the park with his wife when they went to take photos with the princess in the grotto area of the Magic Kingdom.

The woman portraying the princess told authorities he touched her breasts, and Sherman was arrested and charged with battery following the incident.

On Dec. 3, a woman in her 60s asked if she could kiss a costumed Donald Duck character while in the park’s Animal Kingdom, according to reports. The 18-year-old employee portraying the famous duck said the woman touched and grabbed the character’s arms, belly, chest and face.

The woman’s family told her to stop and the employee was led into a break room by an attendant. Authorities were called but no charges were filed. The employee said he believed the woman may have had dementia.

The next day, the 36-year-old woman who plays Mickey Mouse told investigators a woman patted her on the head several times, causing it to slide down and strain her neck, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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The woman’s family told the paper said they weren’t aware the employee had been taken to a hospital.

“She barely touched him,” Boone Scheer said of his mother-in-law, adding she wouldn’t intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse. “It was very minimal.”

He said his mother-in-law patted Mickey to quell fears from her nearly 2-year-old grandson, who was nervous about the giant costumed character. He said no one said anything to them until they tried to check in to their Disney hotel.

“They definitely tried to insinuate it was on purpose,” Scheer said.

He said the family was confused about the park’s no-touching rule for costumed characters since they give high-fives and hugs to guests. Authorities ruled the incident a civil matter earlier this month.

The same day as the Donald Duck interaction, a man from Minnesota allegedly groped the chest of the employee playing Minnie Mouse three times while giving her a hug, according to authorities. She identified the 61-year-old man days later but decided not to press charges.

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The man, a Disney Vacation Club member, also allegedly had “an inappropriate interaction” with a cast member on Dec. 5 in the Magic Kingdom. No details of that incident were provided.

“As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort,” the sheriff’s report said.

Disney employees have become easy targets, according to a Sentinel report that looked at the physical and verbal abuse they endure from park visitors. Law enforcement reports have documented guests screaming, physically attacking and sexually harassing park employees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Magician Criss Angel’s 5-year-old son Johnny returns to hospital for chemotherapy: ‘We will get through this’

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Criss Angel’s son is back in the hospital to begin another treatment of chemotherapy, the magician shared on Thursday.

The 52-year-old went on Instagram to share images of himself laying with his son, Johnny Crisstopher, 5, as the youngster went through his chemo treatment and clung to Angel’s hand.

“Back today for a long day of chemo…@cure4thekids,” the illusionist captioned the touching snapshots. In additional pictures shared on his Instagram Story, Angel showed Johnny shirtless and connected to machines, writing “Sad! ANGRY! But we WILL get through this.”

VEGAS ILLUSIONIST CRISS ANGEL CANCELS SHOWS TO VISIT ILL SON

The 5-year-old was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2015.

Johnny’s mother, Shaunyl Benson, showed her son as he rested on his hospital bed undergoing chemotherapy and issued a strong message to her followers about the debilitating effects of childhood cancer.

“THIS is childhood cancer. THIS is happening right now. Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 5 of those children will not make it,” she wrote in the caption. “THIS is our son Johnny Crisstopher @crissangel he has battled for 3 years and has another 3 to go. He is only 5 years old. THIS has been his normal since he was 18 months old.”

MAGICIAN CRISS ANGEL REVEALS 5-YEAR-OLD SON’S CANCER HAS RETURNED: ‘HE HAD A RELAPSE’

“Today he doesn’t even want to smile because the medications make him sad and angry,” Benson continued. “It’s the day after Christmas and our day started early for a long round of chemo. Instead of planning our next year at school, we are planning our next hospital stay. THIS is happening right now.”

Angel announced earlier this month that Johnny’s cancer had returned. Angel told TMZ at the time that he was taking his son around to various amusement parks in southern California ahead of the child’s pending return to the hospital for chemo treatments.

“That’s why we’re partly out here in California,” Angel explained in an interview at the time, “because we take Johnny to Disney[land], I’m taking him to Universal [Studios] tomorrow.”

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Following his interview, Angel said he will also host an event at Planet Hollywood – where his “Mindfreak” show takes place – where he hopes to raise $5 million for children battling cancer.

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Leading House Dem defends Pelosi, blames McConnell for delay in Senate impeachment trial

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House Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildee, D-Mich., defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and criticized her Senate counterpart amid controversy surrounding the Speaker’s decision not to release the articles of impeachment for a trial in the Senate.

“She is making the right decision,” Kildee told CNN on Thursday. “The House of Representatives is not absent from the Senate trial. We’re not sort of bystanders to it.”

He added: “We have to appoint impeachment managers and organize the case around the structure that the Senate arrives at in order to present our case in the most compelling way. Determining who the impeachment managers, in part, is going to be determined by how the Senate organizes the trial.”

Kildee also accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of playing “games.”

“He has an important responsibility under the Constitution — not just to defend the president but to conduct a trial in a dignified and open and fair fashion,” he said. “So when he’s willing to do that, then obviously we will appoint managers and send that information, the articles, over.”

CLYBURN SAYS PELOSI ISN’T HANDING OVER IMPEACHMENT BECASUE SHE’S UNSURE OF ‘PROCESS’ IN SENATE

He added that the “onus” was on McConnell. “But the onus, the responsibility lies with Senator McConnell to stop being so obtuse and get about the business of organizing this trial,” he said.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., similarly defended Pelosi, claiming Democrats weren’t yet sure of the process Republicans would implement in the Senate.

After House Democrats impeached Trump, Pelosi indicated that McConnell was working too closely with the White House.

“Let me tell you what I don’t consider a fair trial,” Pelosi said. “This is what I don’t consider a fair trial — that Leader McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.”

MCCONNELL HIT FOR IMPEACHMENT COORDINATION WITH TRUMP — BUT DEMS DID THE SAME WITH CLINTON

McConnell responded by arguing that Pelosi realized her impeachment push was a disaster.

“I am glad that leading Democrats seem to have buyer’s remorse about the least fair, least thorough, and most rushed impeachment in American history,” he tweeted. “They should. But for the sake of the country, I wish this understanding had dawned on them yesterday.”

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On Friday, Trump also criticized Pelosi for complaining about fairness in the Senate.

“So interesting to see Nancy Pelosi demanding fairness from @senatemajldr McConnell when she presided over the most unfair hearing in the history of the United States Congress!” he tweeted.

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Stocks Are on the Verge of the Best Year Since 1997

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The stock market is closing in on its best year in over two decades, driven by the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cuts and a better-than-expected showing by the economy.

With only two trading days to go, the S&P 500 could fare better than any year since 1997, when it rose 31 percent. So far this year, it is up 29 percent. But the rise has been gradual. Since mid-October, it has crept higher at a rate of less than 1 percent each day, interrupted only by a handful of short-lived retreats.

Over all, investors who bought stocks at higher and higher prices were reacting to good news about the economy and the prospects for global trade: Job growth continued, American consumers kept spending, and President Trump’s bluster about the trade war eventually gave way to promises for an early-stage deal with China.

The damage the trade war might cause was the biggest concern for both investors and the Fed this year. The central bank cut interest rates three times to protect the economy, and by December several measurements of growth suggested that a recession in the United States was unlikely. Major American companies reported that their profits continued to grow, with some industries like tech showing resilience in the face of multiple risks to their business.

But stock market analysts are warning against outright exuberance. The forces that lifted stocks this year might fade, and investors face a new set of risks in 2020 — namely that the long-running expansion of the job market could end and corporate profits could start to fall short of expectations now reflected in stock prices.

“There’s the feeling that everything’s coming up roses,” said Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management. “I think that once we get into the new year and we look at some of these numbers, particularly earnings, whether that bears out is another story.”

Next year, the United States and China will plunge into a new round of trade negotiations that promise to be no less contentious than the last. The Fed doesn’t expect to keep cutting rates, and by the end of 2020 it may even raise them.

Companies aren’t likely to keep hiring new workers at the same pace. And some of the weaker ones that have borrowed heavily while rates are low might even start to show signs of financial distress.

“The Fed’s interest rate policy has led to an increase in the debt companies and households are willing to take on,” said Paul Christopher, head of global market strategy for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute.

Some smaller companies, he said, are already struggling to manage their debt. Retailers, small drugmakers and energy companies are having a hard time borrowing more money, because lenders no longer think they’re healthy enough to take on more debt.

“As that group of sectors and companies continues to widen, you could get a sudden stop in lending where liquidity problems are then solvency problems, and then companies have to start letting people go,” Mr. Christopher said.

In addition, stocks have risen so much in the past year that many of them might just be too expensive now.

Share prices aren’t based only on a general set of feelings in the marketplace. Investors look at what a company might earn in the future, how much debt it has taken on and how much extra cash it is likely to be able to distribute to its shareholders. While corporate earnings growth was strong after the 2017 tax cuts freed up mountains of cash, it may start to slow.

One strategist, King Lip of Baker Avenue Asset Management, said he planned to look abroad next year. Foreign companies’ stocks aren’t nearly as expensive and in many cases their performance is the same or better than their American counterparts, Mr. Lip said.

Back in the United States, he added, “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more volatility.”

Much will depend on what happens with technology stocks. Because of their sheer size, companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have the biggest impact on Wall Street indexes like the S&P 500. In 2019 they became the stocks to own as investors sought a safe place to wait out the trade war and potential economic slowdown.

Apple is up about 84 percent this year, its best performance in a decade and a gain that has left it valued at $1.3 trillion. Amazon shares have risen 25 percent and Microsoft 56 percent.

This year’s rally, too, started at a point of weakness. In 2018, the S&P fell 6 percent. The declines, mostly late last year, weren’t enough to kill the decade-long bull market. Instead, along with the Fed’s signal that it would cut interest rates, rather than increase them as it had in 2018, they seemed to enliven investors’ appetites.

On top of all that, American consumers never backed away this year, even when companies did. Consumer spending kept the economy afloat. If 2020 is to be another great year for stocks, it will almost certainly be because American spenders — rather than American companies — maintain their robust activity.

“No matter what happens with tariffs, no matter what happens with investment by firms that might be inclined to wait to see what happens to the tariffs, the consumer continues to carry the water in this economy,” Mr. Christopher said. “The consumer looks pretty darn solid to us.”

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin slammed for ‘pants-on-fire lie’ that abortion would be illegal in 20 states by now

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was mocked Friday after a prediction he made 18 months ago — that conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court would outlaw abortions in 20 states by now — has failed to come true.

“Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months,” Toobin tweeted on June 27, 2018.

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Toobin made the inaccurate prediction on the heels of Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing he would step down, giving President Trump an opportunity to fill his seat with a conservative. Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice a few months later — but Toobin’s prophecy remains false.

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Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor compared Toobin’s tweet to another prediction-gone-wrong, when New York Times columnist Paul Krugman famously claimed there would be an economic collapse if Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

“There’s no legitimacy to much of what leftist pundits claim about the Trump era. And there’s no accountability for all the crazy garbage they claim that then never happens,” Gainor told Fox News. “The economy is great. Trump has gone out of his way to keep the U.S. out of wars. The only chaos the media can point to is caused by them and the fact that they hate Trump’s tweets. “

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NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News that “the left have a truly sadistic infatuation with predicting America will turn into a real-life ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’” but “fortunately” the wild forecasts rarely come to fruition.

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CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin falsely predicted conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court would outlaw abortions in 20 states by December 2019.

“Like a lot of things the liberal media have predicted in the Trump era, this prediction wasn’t just false, but a pants-on-fire lie,” Houck told Fox News. “Jeffrey Toobin is passed off on CNN as a nonpartisan, objective legal analyst, but tweets like this serve as perfect reminders that he’s just as liberal as the other CNN analysts, commentators, contributors and hosts.”

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Critics took to Twitter to mock the CNN analyst on the anniversary of his inaccurate tweet:

Conservative state legislators attempted in 2018 to enact bans on all, most or some abortions, and by the end of the year, 25 new abortion bans had been signed into law in 12 states. However, lawsuits were filed to challenge the legislation in most states and the bans are not currently in effect.

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Congress Wants to Force Trump’s Hand on Human Rights in China and Beyond

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WASHINGTON — In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Republicans and Democrats are planning to try to force President Trump to take a more active stand on human rights in China, preparing veto-proof legislation that would punish top Chinese officials for detaining more than one million Muslims in internment camps.

The effort comes amid growing congressional frustration with Mr. Trump’s unwillingness to challenge China over human rights abuses, despite vivid news reports this year outlining atrocities, or to confront such issues globally.

To press Mr. Trump into action on China, lawmakers plan to move ahead with legislation that would punish Beijing for its repression of ethnic Uighur Muslims, with enough supporters to compel the president to sign or risk being overruled by Congress ahead of the 2020 election. A version of the legislation, known as the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, passed both the House and Senate this year, but its path to the White House was stalled this month by a procedural process.

Human rights causes draw rare bipartisan support in Congress, and many Republican lawmakers have broken from Mr. Trump on the matter, even as they move in lock step with the president on nearly every other issue, including defending him against impeachment.

“There’s been a sense by some that the administration hasn’t prioritized human rights in its broader foreign policy,” said Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida. “I don’t think that’s necessarily accurate — but that sense has grown. There’s been a sense that Congress needs to step up.”

Last month, Congress passed legislation by unanimous consent supporting the Hong Kong protests, forcing Mr. Trump to sign the bill. Mr. Trump, who had previously said he was “standing with” Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, risked being overruled by Congress and criticized as weak on China if he vetoed the measure. Still, when Mr. Trump signed the bill the night before Thanksgiving, he issued a statement saying he would “exercise executive discretion” in enforcing its provisions.

Lawmakers this year also passed legislation recognizing the 1915 killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide over the objections of Mr. Trump. And they approved a resolution calling for the end of American military support of the war in Yemen, in which a Saudi Arabia-led coalition is bombing civilians. Mr. Trump vetoed the measure.

In October, after Mr. Trump withdrew American forces just inside Syria’s border, paving the way for a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces, lawmakers voted to rebuke the administration for the decision and show support for the Kurds, a persecuted group in the Middle East that has fought with American troops against the Islamic State.

In the coming months, Congress is expected to try to pass legislation that would punish Turkey and Saudi Arabia for human rights abuses, though it is unclear whether those efforts would have a veto-proof majority. The effort includes a package of Turkey sanctions sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. The legislation, which would penalize those who commit human rights abuses in Syria, was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December.

Some human rights issues draw greater bipartisan support than others. China hawks have become ascendant across Congress and in the administration, and many Americans increasingly see China as a threat.

Although Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have criticized China on the persecution of Muslims, Mr. Trump has said nothing. In July, Jewher Ilham, the daughter of Ilham Tohti, a Uighur professor whom China sentenced to life in prison in 2014, joined other victims of religious persecution to meet with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office. When she tried to explain the camps to Mr. Trump, he appeared ignorant of the situation and simply said, “That’s tough stuff.”

“It’s hard to find evidence of genuine personal interest,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “On China, at a minimum, President Trump should stop describing an authoritarian, abusive leader as a ‘terrific guy’; doing so gives Chinese authorities the opportunity to choose between that characterization and the far tougher ones offered up by other senior U.S. officials.”

Mr. Trump, who has criticized China over its economic practices, has refrained from imposing sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for the camps for fear of jeopardizing the chances of reaching a trade deal. Many top aides and lawmakers from both parties have pushed for sanctions, but the Treasury Department has opposed the penalties. The Uighur act, which had Mr. Rubio and Representative Christopher H. Smith, Republican of New Jersey, as sponsors, would compel Mr. Trump to impose sanctions on Chen Quanguo, the top Communist Party official in Xinjiang, where the camps are.

In October, the Trump administration placed a few Chinese businesses and security organizations on a commercial blacklist because of their suspected roles in Muslim abuses, but many analysts considered that a weak punishment.

Other countries are more complicated. Saudi Arabia has been a traditional American ally, and Iran hawks in Congress, who are generally Republican, argue Riyadh is a regional bulwark against Tehran. And Mr. Trump’s positive declarations about President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia have spurred a gradual shift from the anti-Russia views previously held by Republican politicians, conservative voters and right-wing news organizations.

Mr. Trump expresses open admiration for many authoritarian leaders, even those condemned by senior officials in his own administration for some of the world’s worst atrocities. They include Mr. Xi, Mr. Putin, Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.

“He’s celebrating the leaders who are the worst human rights abusers,” Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, said in an interview. “It almost seems like the president’s support for you is directly proportional to how brutal you are to your citizenry.”

This month, the Trump administration blocked a move by members of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights situation in North Korea for the second year in a row. Mr. Trump has expressed warmth for Mr. Kim of North Korea and has engaged in personal diplomacy, meeting him at two summits to try, without success, to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

“The Trump administration has sent a clear message to Pyongyang and to the rest of the world that this administration doesn’t consider starvation, torture, summary executions and a host of other crimes to be a priority,” said Louis Charbonneau, United Nations director at Human Rights Watch.

On other prominent issues this year, Mr. Trump used his executive power to reject measures that would have either punished countries for human rights abuses or simply affirmed the abuses were happening.

Mr. Trump vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have punished Saudi Arabia for its air war in Yemen and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and permanent resident of the United States. Mr. Khashoggi’s death last year — a grisly killing that American intelligence officials have said was ordered by Prince Mohammed — reignited a long-simmering effort among a small group of lawmakers to cut off American support for the Saudi-led bombings in Yemen that have helped create the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crisis.

Four of the six vetoes Mr. Trump has issued in his presidency overturned legislative attempts to penalize the kingdom. In May, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo sparked bipartisan fury by declaring an emergency over Iran that allowed the United States to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, bypassing a congressional hold on the sales. This fall, in closed door negotiations, the White House blocked similar language from making it into the final version of the annual defense policy bill, a must-pass package of legislation.

“I’m a big fan of the president on many fronts, but on this, someone has to stand up,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and a proponent of withdrawing the United States from wars, said in a floor speech in June before voting to cut off arms sales to the kingdom.

In another recent instance that privately confounded Republican lawmakers, the White House recruited multiple Republican senators to block attempts to pass legislation formally recognizing the Armenian genocide. The administration argued the timing of the bill would upend diplomatic relations with Turkey, including when Mr. Trump received Mr. Erdogan at the White House in November. Mr. Trump insisted on holding that meeting over the objections of some Republicans who have criticized Turkey, a NATO ally, for attacking the Kurds in Syria.

The legislation finally passed this month, days after the Senate advanced a package of sanctions related to Mr. Erdogan’s invasion of northern Syria and his purchase of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system.

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Death Toll Rises In Wake of Philippines Typhoon: At Least 28 Dead

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Typhoon Phanfone, which swept through the central Philippines on Christmas Eve, has killed at least 28 people, leaving large areas in shambles, with thousands losing their homes and livelihoods.

The typhoon, known locally as Ursula, made landfall in the islands on Dec. 24, pounding remote villages and popular tourist destinations.

As of Friday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 28 people were confirmed dead and another 12 people were still missing. Two people were injured and thousands have been displaced or left homeless.

“The likelihood is present that the casualty count will still increase. We’re hoping against it,” Mark Timbal, an agency spokesman said, according to The Manila Times.

For more than 24 hours, the strong winds, which topped nearly 120 miles per hour, thrashed the Visayas region of the country’s mid-section, as well as the southern part of the island of Luzon.

The relentless pummeling toppled trees, tore the roofs off of houses, downed electrical poles and telephone lines, and knocked out power in entire provinces, while some towns were inundated by heavy rains.

Most deaths occurred in Iloilo and Capiz provinces. The majority were due to drowning, falling trees and electrocution, The Associated Press reported.

The extent of the devastation has become clearer only in the days since the typhoon hit. However, it has been difficult to reach some of the worst-hit areas as roads remain blocked.

People are desperate for food, blankets and toiletries, Veronica Ramirez, vice mayor of Guiuan, told CBS News. Meanwhile, thousands remain in evacuation shelters.

Several areas have been placed under a “state of calamity,” including the provinces of Eastern Samar and Leyte, Biliran Islands and Tacloban City.

“In Tacloban, a low-lying city of more than 220,000 people, a large fire broke out as the winds rose but the city escaped the worst of the damage,” the BBC reported.

The Governor of Occidental Mindoro, Eduardo Gadiano, said the province’s emergency fund was already nearly wiped out assisting victims of Typhoon Tisoy, which struck the province before Christmas, according to The Manila Times.

Nearly 60,000 people had been evacuated in advance of the typhoon, which threw much of the mostly Catholic country into a panic ahead of Christmas. About 15,000 others were stranded at sea ports and airports at the peak of holiday travel.

Phanfone followed a similar path as super typhoon Haiyan, which struck the same areas in 2013. That storm left more than 7,000 people dead or missing.

Officials said the country’s Department of Energy aims to restore power in typhoon-hit areas before the end of December. But tens of thousands face a bleak and dark start of the new year.

Thousands of people affected by the storm remain in temporary evacuation shelters, authorities said Friday.

On Thursday, Phanfone headed out towards the South China Sea.

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Death Toll Rises In Wake of Philippines Typhoon: At Least 28 Dead

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Residents outside their home, damaged by Typhoon Phanfone at Concepcion town, Iloilo province, central Philippines on Friday.

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Typhoon Phanfone, which swept through the central Philippines on Christmas Eve, has killed at least 28 people, leaving large areas in shambles, with thousands losing their homes and livelihoods.

The typhoon, known locally as Ursula, made landfall in the islands on Dec. 24, pounding remote villages and popular tourist destinations.

As of Friday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 28 people were confirmed dead and another 12 people were still missing. Two people were injured and thousands have been displaced or left homeless.

“The likelihood is present that the casualty count will still increase. We’re hoping against it,” Mark Timbal, an agency spokesman said, according to The Manila Times.

For more than 24 hours, the strong winds, which topped nearly 120 miles per hour, thrashed the Visayas region of the country’s mid-section, as well as the southern part of the island of Luzon.

The relentless pummeling toppled trees, tore the roofs off of houses, downed electrical poles and telephone lines, and knocked out power in entire provinces, while some towns were inundated by heavy rains.

Most deaths occurred in Iloilo and Capiz provinces. The majority were due to drowning, falling trees and electrocution, The Associated Press reported.

The extent of the devastation has become clearer only in the days since the typhoon hit. However, it has been difficult to reach some of the worst-hit areas as roads remain blocked.

People are desperate for food, blankets and toiletries, Veronica Ramirez, vice mayor of Guiuan, told CBS News. Meanwhile, thousands remain in evacuation shelters.

Several areas have been placed under a “state of calamity,” including the provinces of Eastern Samar and Leyte, Biliran Islands and Tacloban City.

“In Tacloban, a low-lying city of more than 220,000 people, a large fire broke out as the winds rose but the city escaped the worst of the damage,” the BBC reported.

The Governor of Occidental Mindoro, Eduardo Gadiano, said the province’s emergency fund was already nearly wiped out assisting victims of Typhoon Tisoy, which struck the province before Christmas, according to The Manila Times.

Nearly 60,000 people had been evacuated in advance of the typhoon, which threw much of the mostly Catholic country into a panic ahead of Christmas. About 15,000 others were stranded at sea ports and airports at the peak of holiday travel.

Phanfone followed a similar path as super typhoon Haiyan, which struck the same areas in 2013. That storm left more than 7,000 people dead or missing.

Officials said the country’s Department of Energy aims to restore power in typhoon-hit areas before the end of December. But tens of thousands face a bleak and dark start of the new year.

Thousands of people affected by the storm remain in temporary evacuation shelters, authorities said Friday.

On Thursday, Phanfone headed out towards the South China Sea.

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Fitness expert Tracey Mallett shares tips on exercising and keeping your New Year’s resolutions

The new year is approaching and millions of Americans will surely be tackling a resolution to be healthier and to get fit going into the new decade.

If you’re in need of some useful tips on exercising and dieting in 2020, you’re in luck!

Fitness expert Tracey Mallett recently shared with Fox News’ Dana Perino her go-to strategies for getting the fitness results you want and how to avoid breaking your resolution just weeks into the new year.

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Fitness expert Tracey Mallett shares with Fox News her go-to strategies for getting the fitness results you want, and how to avoid breaking your resolution just weeks into the new year. (Photo Courtesy of Tracey Mallett)

Dana Perino: Over the course of your career, what have you determined is the best mix of exercise – and how much does that vary from person to person?
Tracey Mallett: The best mix of exercise is one that hits the three major components: cardio, flexibility and strength training. However, I believe you truly have to find something that you enjoy and inspires you to be consistent for longevity. Different people depending on their body type, and also time, will affect what they can do realistically. Time is always the biggest factor, so being time-efficient and mixing the three components should be your goal.

Perino: How much time do people need to spend exercising? Is half an hour really enough.
MallettYes, I truly believe it is if you are consistently exercising most days of the week. Some days I can personally only fit 30 minutes into my busy schedule. Just make those minutes work for your body. Thirty minutes one or two times a week is better than nothing, but to make changes this will not push you off a plateau.

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Perino: What are your best tips for managing the best possible nutrition and exercise during the holidays?
MallettIf you overindulge one day, then cut a little back the next or add more activity to counteract those extra few calories. Don’t feel guilty for having fun and eating some good food, just go for that extra stroll after dinner or fit in a short workout. Don’t go to a dinner party starving. Alcoholic drinks as you walk into the party typically lowers your inhibition and encourage overeating. Before you sit down for dinner, those fabulous appetizers and bread will look super good. Try to go easy on these and save your appetite for the main course.

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“Don’t feel guilty for having fun and eating some good food,” Mallett says. (Photo Courtesy of Tracey Mallett)

Perino: Technology has changed dramatically in the last 10 years for the fitness world. What are your favorite go-tos to keep track or to find new ways to keep exercise interesting?
MallettThere are so many apps on the market that keep you accountable. You have great workouts at your fingertips, anytime, anyplace. It hasn’t always been like this, but if you have a phone you have a device to encourage you to move the body!

I’m excited to have a new app, PilatesBarreOndemand, where I was able to put all of my videos over my career, as well as new ones on a weekly basis. It’s awesome to have technology to help us achieve consistency.

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Perino: I’m obsessed (ok, worried) about posture all the time. I’m guilty of using my phone and typing on my laptop a lot, plus in my job I sit a good portion of the day. What is the best counter to hunched, rounded shoulders and how often should we be addressing the problem?
MallettPilates is truly the best way to approach your posture and also taking the time to understand what muscles you need to strengthen (mid back, posterior deltoids) and stretch (chest muscles) on a regular basis.

Tips:

  1. Pull your phone up to your face. Don’t round your spine and look down to the phone, which we all do. 
  2. Sit at your desk on a Swiss ball or a chair that has the full support and does not encourage you to round through the spine. This forces the head to drop and round the shoulders forward. 
  3. Open your chest by lying on a foam roller or simply by placing the hands behind the head and opening your chest as you extend the spine. 
  4. Strengthen your core. This affects your posture by stabilizing the spine. 
  5. Strengthen your mid-upper back and back of your shoulders.

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Perino: How do you approach New Year’s resolutions? And do you have any suggestions for resolutions people would actually be able to keep in 2020?
MallettStart slow, then gradually pick up the pace. If you go too fast too quick, you will fade out faster. It’s hard to go from vacation mode to full-on workout mode. Start with a few workouts a week, and then slowly add more. Set a weekly plan and schedule your workouts as you would like any other appointment. Without a plan of action, it will be much harder to be consistent.

My resolutions are always about prioritizing what’s most important in your life. Self-care should always be at the top of your list, not the bottom. So remember this when setting your resolution.

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Miley Cyrus confirms she’s still dating Cody Simpson despite split rumors

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Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson are quelling speculation they’ve broken up.

The happy couple shared a series of pictures to Instagram from a cozy date night on Thursday and appeared to be going strong despite Simpson being spotted with Playboy model Jordy Murray less than a week ago.

The “Wrecking Ball” singer commemorated her beau with a selfie she took with Simpson, 22, tableside during dinner. “Start dating your best friend Asap,” Cyrus, 27, captioned the picture on her Instagram Story, before posting another snap with the Australian crooner to her Story, writing, “Besties.”

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Simpson returned the sweet gesture and shared a short video of Cyrus arriving to the dimly lit restaurant and loosely lifting up her shirt to showcase her toned midsection. “Who is this stone cold fox,” Simpson wrote on the image.

Just a day earlier, the young couple celebrated their first Christmas together as Simpson brought in the holiday with Cyrus and her family. He shared a video of Cyrus twerking to a Christmas rap song, which he called, “Just some wholesome Christmas content,” in the caption.

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Rumors of an imminent split between Simpson and Cyrus reached critical mass over the weekend after fans noticed the couple’s relative absence from social media in recent weeks.

Though the pop star pair were last seen together at a Los Angeles charity function in early December, the two haven’t traded social media posts or commented on each other’s posts, despite still following each other.

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Further questions were raised on Friday, when Cyrus tweeted a series of messages about being “lonely” during the most wonderful time of the year and shared a new record titled, “My Sad Christmas Song.”

However, Simpson’s sister, Alli Simpson, confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday that the pair were absolutely still an item.

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“She [Jordy] is his best friend, Ryan McCarthy’s girlfriend of a few years,” Simpson assured. “He’s visiting him for a couple days.”

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