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Vegan influencer eats meat for 30 days, shocks fans by saying she’s healthier than she’s ‘felt in years’

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Well, that’s a big change.

A formerly vegan influencer revealed to her fans that she spent 30 days eating nothing but meat and animal products. She also revealed that the new diet had some surprisingly positive effects on her health.

Alyse Parker, who has over 200K Instagram followers and over 700K Youtube subscribers, explained her decision on Instagram. In a post, she revealed that she decided to try the Carnivore Diet after hearing about all of the health benefits from friends who switched from being vegan to eating only meat and animal products.

Parker explained, “I had my own fair share of health struggles and eventually reached a breaking point where I was willing to try anything to function properly again.”

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People on the Carnivore Diet only allow themselves to eat meat and animal products, like eggs and dairy.

“I swallowed my pride and decided I’d give it a shot,” she continued. “Full-on carnivore. I woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than I had felt in years.”

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On Youtube, where she elaborated on her experience, many of her fans reacted negatively, with one simply commenting, “This is so disappointing.”

Another commenter wrote, “If you had to kill every animal you ate in this video… We all know you would go back to vegan immediately. I’ve also been vegan for 4.5 years now, no meat for 6. I’ve never been this healthy in my life, and I have the blood work to prove it.”

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Another user added, “You should see a doctor after and show us those results rather than you on a scale and your abs. This probably isn’t helping your eating disorder.”

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A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging

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Soon after Anna Holmes took on the job of building the website Jezebel, in 2007, she set it apart from established publications like Vogue and Elle with a post offering $10,000 to anyone who would send in the best unretouched version of a women’s magazine cover photo. And with that, Jezebel had marked its territory: feminist cultural criticism, with an edge.

“It seems quaint now, because there are tons of media outlets influenced by Jezebel,” Ms. Holmes said. “But at the time, there was no proof that it was marketable.”

Within three years, Jezebel had surpassed its sibling publication, Gawker.com, the flagship site of Gawker Media, in monthly page views. Ms. Holmes said she wasn’t fully aware of her site’s success until it was parodied on NBC’s “30 Rock” as JoanOfSnark. “It’s this really cool feminist website,” Liz Lemon, the protagonist played by Tina Fey, says. “Women talk about how far we’ve come and which celebrities have the worst beach bodies.”

In the aughts and the earlier part of this decade, other online feminist publications sprang to life — Feministing, The Hairpin, The Toast and many others — covering everything from paid leave to the Kardashians in a conversational voice that was sometimes rude, sometimes funny and never didactic.

Now many of those sites are dead or dying, and Jezebel is under new management, part of a stable of publications run by the hedge fund-controlled ownership group, G/O Media, that recently set off a staff exodus at the sports site Deadspin. Feminist media has been especially hard hit by the financial turbulence in the news industry.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay, a former executive editor of Feministing and now the executive editor of Teen Vogue, said she missed the years when those publications were connecting with readers, calling it “the heyday” of independent feminist media.

“It was this amazing moment where we were making careers out of blogging in our underwear. Now it’s not a good time for start-up media,” she said, adding, “I worry that people are afraid to align themselves with publications that are explicitly feminist.”

The gradual collapse has continued into this year. Feministing, an independent blog founded in 2004, plans to shut down in the weeks to come. At its peak, the site had 1.2 million unique monthly visitors, with most revenue coming from ads and reader donations. The co-executive editors, Lori Adelman and Maya Dusenbery, said Feministing helped popularize the term “slut shaming,” ran early interviews with chart-toppers like Lizzo and pushed for coverage of Gamergate, a cybermob that targeted women.

“It was unclear how we could have such a ferocious audience and not be onto something,” Ms. Mukhopadhyay said. “Many of us involved in the feminist blogosphere are now in mainstream media, and that’s exciting. That said, we need independent media because they’re an important check.”

The Establishment, an independent blog focused on gender and race, stopped publishing in April with a farewell post bemoaning the “Sisyphean” difficulty of making money with a site focused on “intersectional feminist media.” In May, Vice Media’s women’s site, Broadly, was folded into the larger Vice brand.

The Hairpin, with recurring features like “Ask a Queer Chick” and “Interview With a Virgin,” shut down last year, as did Lenny Letter, the newsletter and website started by Lena Dunham and her producing partner, Jenni Konner. Rookie Magazine, the diarylike site started by the fashion-blogger-turned-actress Tavi Gevinson when she was 15, also ended its run. XoJane, known for first-person essays like “My Rapist Friended Me On Facebook (And All I Got Was This Lousy Article),” signed off in 2016.

The closings have come at a time when even digital giants like BuzzFeed and Vox have made adjustments to navigate the increasingly turbulent digital media business.

“As the media industry is grappling with different issues, it’s these feminist publications that are shuttered first,” Lindsay Schrupp, the former editor in chief of Broadly, said. “It contributes to the long history of erasing women’s work.”

The Frisky is still around (sort of), but it has lost its old identity under its new owner, Nebojsa Vujinovic, a Serbian music producer. Recent headlines on the site include “Justin Bieber Has a New Tattoo!” and “Meghan Markle and Adele Had a Secret Meeting!” That’s a long way from the mix of political and sharp lifestyle coverage that filled the welcome page before the sale.

Molly Elizalde, the former editorial and creative director of Lenny Letter, said she had recently tried to help a female journalist place an essay, only to realize, “There’s a huge hole.”

To some degree, the sites were undone by their own popularity. Larger media organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post and Condé Nast took notice of the rising generation of women journalists — and hired them. (The Times hired gender editors in 2017; The Washington Post has a gender columnist and a product called The Lily that is targeted at women.)

And with the rise of the #MeToo movement, the concerns of the scrappy upstarts became the stuff of prizewinning investigations conducted by major news outlets. At the same time, women’s glossies at the big magazine publishers absorbed elements of that voice, a sensibility that also informed television series like “Fleabag” and “Broad City.”

“A lot of these closures were less about any sort of failure and actually about our success,” Ms. Schrupp, the former Broadly editor, said. “These places became so successful at showing women’s experiences as full, real experiences that other companies had to keep up. But it’s sad that they’re the ones who suffer for it.”

Ms. Holmes noted the change that has taken place since the early days of Jezebel, when her use of the word “feminism” in an early memo “set off alarm bells” at Gawker Media, as did her posting of a story on menstruation.

Editors may have also adjusted their view of which stories are right for women’s publications. Stella Bugbee, the editor in chief of The Cut, the popular site that is part of New York Media, said web data shows that a reader interested in beauty products will also click on a political story. So The Cut runs “The Body Politic,” a column by Rebecca Traister, the author of “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” alongside one by Daise Bedolla called “Why Is Your Skin So Good.”

“I don’t think of us entirely as a women’s publication,” Ms. Bugbee said. “My main agenda for The Cut has always been to create an environment where women can hear themselves think, and those thoughts aren’t dictated by gender, necessarily.”

Historically, Ms. Traister said, it “has never blown anyone’s mind” that a newspaper subscriber would be interested in two things at once — say, stocks and sports — because the reader, presumed male, was understood to have varied interests.

“The integration of feminist political commentary and investigative reporting with other stuff, whether it’s fashion or beauty or sports, is part of a necessary expansion of the mainstream media to include women as full human beings,” Ms. Traister said.

Hanna Rosin, a co-founder of Slate’s DoubleX vertical, described Jezebel and other early women’s blogs as “lady spaces where people get rowdy.” That rowdiness, Ms. Rosin said, has largely been traded for the landmark investigations published by large publications able to afford the cost of having reporters and editors focus on a single story for months at a time. She cited the articles on Harvey Weinstein in The Times and The New Yorker as “earth-shattering,” adding that they were made possible thanks to the “coming of age” of women’s media.

But some journalists from the early wave worry that the voice of the feminist blogs has been diluted on its way to the mainstream.

“I remember The Washington Post started this women’s blog and it was in lipstick font,” said Jessica Valenti, who co-founded Feministing with her sister, Vanessa Valenti. She was referring to a site called She the People that the Post started in 2012 whose logo had a lipstick underline. “I was like, ‘Ugh, this is what happens when mainstream publications try to take on an insurgent young thing.’”

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, the current editor in chief of Jezebel, concurred, saying, “There’s an edge that feminism brings to coverage. And it naturally will get softened when it’s no longer run by the feminists it’s targeting.”

Despite the recent shutterings, the particular voice of the feminist blogs has not disappeared. The godmother of them all, Bust, started as a ‘zine by Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel in the Riot Grrrl days, is hanging in there 26 years after its founding. The magazine’s motto — “For women with something to get off their chests” — sums up an ethos that seems unlikely to die, no matter what troubles come for the media industry.

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FBI Is Investigating Pensacola Shooting As Terrorism

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Three sailors were killed and eight injured in a shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station on Friday in Florida. The FBI is investigating the attack as an act of terrorism.

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The FBI is investigating the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday as an act of terror.

Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office, said in a news briefing Sunday that investigators are working with “the presumption that this was an act of terrorism.”

Doing so, she said, “allows us to take advantage of investigative techniques that can help us more quickly identify and then eliminate any additional threats to the rest of our community.”

There is currently no evidence of such a threat, she added.

On Saturday, the FBI identified the shooter as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

The air station in Pensacola is a training ground for students from various branches of the U.S. military, along with personnel from U.S. allies abroad.

Rojas said that a number of Saudi students at the Florida air station had been close to the shooter and were cooperating with the investigation.

“Their Saudi commanding offer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation,” she said. “I thank the Kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation.”

Rojas would not confirm reports that the shooter showed videos of mass shootings at a dinner party the night before the attack, and had posted tweets shortly before the shooting in which he called the U.S. “evil” and quoted Osama bin Laden.

The FBI identified the weapon used in the shooting as a Glock 45 9mm pistol that had been purchased legally.

Three sailors were killed on Friday in the shooting, and eight others were injured. The deceased were identified on Saturday as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Coffee Ala.; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, from St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, from Richmond Hill, Ga.

The shooter was killed by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the report of an attack.

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NAS Pensacola shooting presumed to be ‘act of terrorism,’ one gunman involved, FBI says

Authorities investigating a deadly attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida said Sunday they are working under the presumption it was an act of terrorism involving a lone gunman, and that no arrests have been made in connection to the fatal incident.

In remarks delivered at a news conference, FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Rachel Rojas said that all international students at that base have been accounted for and that all the Saudi students close to the shooter continue to cooperate in the investigation.

“We work with the presumption that this is an act of terrorism,” Rojas told reporters.

The information came three days after 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, 21,  a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Saudi Air Force and student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida before being shot dead. Alshamrani killed three people Friday and wounded eight others, who are all expected to recover.

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A U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities previously told the Associated Press that a total of 10 Saudi students were being held on the base as of Saturday while several others were unaccounted for. On Sunday, Rojas said that several students that were close to Alshamrani were cooperating and conducting interviews with investigators and that a Saudi commanding officer has ordered all students from the country to remain at one location at the base.

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This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. (FBI via AP)

“This is a large investigation,” Rojas said. “We have not yet completed every interview. We will continue to set up many more interviews over the next couple of days.”

In regards to earlier reports that the FBI was searching for, or unable to find, certain individuals, Rojas said that the FBI is working “side by side” with the U.S. Navy.

“They have confirmed to us that they have 100 percent accountability of all international students from NAS Pensacola,” she told reporters.

Rojas also disclosed that Alshamrani had legally purchased a Glock 9-mm. handgun that was used in the attack, but did not go into specifics, citing the ongoing investigation. Investigators have currently assessed that there was a lone gunman behind the attack and are “working tirelessly” to figure out any ideology that may have been an influence in shooting or if the 21-year-old was working with a larger network, according to Rojas.

“I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she said.

Federal officials were asked about reports that Alshamrani hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings. The official who spoke Saturday to the Associated Press said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place on Friday. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said.

Rojas declined to comment on those reports. In an exclusive interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it’s unclear if they were filming it before it began or if it was something where they picked up their phones filmed it when they saw it unfolding.

“You know, today, people pull out their phones and film everything and anything that happens,” Esper told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

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In the weeks leading up to the shooting, Alshamrani and the same three other Saudi military trainees made a visit to New York City, where they went to several museums and Rockefeller Center, a person briefed on the investigation told the New York Times and the Associated Press.

Federal investigators are now focused on whether the trip was an extended tourist trip during the Thanksgiving holiday week or if the group of Saudi trainees had other motives or were meeting with anyone else in New York, according to The Times. Saudi officials told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that authorities are investigating if the 21-year-old was radicalized during a trip back to the kingdom that began late last year.

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Officials are working to determine if Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone in the shooting. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson)

When asked about the alleged travel to New York, Rojas only said that federal officials are “going to check all travel information.”

“Our investigation has not led us to any information to indicate that there is any credible threat to our community, however, as always, we urge you to keep an eye out for each other especially for a tragedy like this one,” Rojas said. “If you see something, please say something. If you saw something, anything, please provide that information about the shooter that you think that might be relevant in this case. There is absolutely nothing too small.”

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In the wake of the deadly shooting, President Trump said Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the U.S but declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related.

The U.S. has long had a robust training program for Saudis, providing assistance in the U.S. and in the kingdom. Currently, more than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities. They are among more than 5,000 foreign students from 153 countries in the U.S. going through military training.

“This has been done for many decades,” Trump said. “I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.”

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) called for suspending the training program pending a thorough review in a Sunday Sunday on “Fox & Friends

“We have got to make sure that American sailors, American soldiers are safe. We have to have a full review of what happened here,” he said on “Fox & Friends.” “We cannot be taking risks for our sailors.”

The FBI’s Jacksonville office has said it’s not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time, but anyone with information regarding Alshamrani and his activities before the shooting is encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Retired Illinois priest charged after fatal hit-and-run, says he ‘blacked out’

A retired priest at an Illinois parish was charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that killed one of its teachers and injured a second as the two women were leaving a Christmas party in Orland Park on Wednesday evening.

Paul Burak, 73, a former pastor at St. Michael Parish — where the deceased attended — was charged with felony aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after attending the same party as the victims, Orland Park Police Chief Tim Mccarthy announced on Saturday morning, according to Fox 32.

Burak allegedly struck the women around 8:00 p.m. after leaving the Square Celt Ale House & Grill. He hit a parked car while backing out of his spot and struck them as they walking on an access road.

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The women were taken to the Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where Margaret “Rone” Leja, 61, died and Elizabeth Kosteck, 54 was in serious condition, the outlet reported.

“As a community, we continue to grieve the loss of Ms. Leja and the injury to Mrs. Kosteck,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said in a statement. “We again offer our heartfelt condolences, support and sympathy to their families and are keeping them and all affected by this tragedy in our prayers.”

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A former priest was charged in connection with the hit-and-run crash that killed Margaret “Rone” Leja, 61, left, and left Elizabeth Kosteck, 54, right, in serious condition (St. Michael School photo St Michael School)

The former priest retired from the church in June of last year following a long and celebrated career. He entered the priesthood in 1972 and served as pastor at St. Michael from 2009 to 2018.

“We are shocked to learn of the recent charges placed against our former pastor, Father Paul Burak, in the hit-and-run incident involving the death of Ms. Leja and injury of Mrs. Kosteck,” the parish said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families at this time.”

Burak told police he had a Manhattan cocktail and a glass of wine at the party, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy. He added that he blacked out for much of the night, according to ABC 7.

On Wednesday, after leaving the scene of the crime, a witness allegedly followed Burak and told him to return to the Irish pub where he hit Leja and Kosteck. Burak did and even briefly spoke to police, but didn’t admit to any crime.

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The next day, when looking at surveillance footage, the officer saw footage of Burak’s gold Buick and remembered it from the previous night. Police searched Burak’s garage where they found his car and saw damage consistent with the fatal hit-and-run, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Burak was released on a $10,000 bond Saturday but wasn’t allowed to go home on his own, the outlet reported. Cook County Judge Arthur Wesley Willis required electronic monitoring for the former priest while declining to release him on his own recognizance.

The defendant said he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and glaucoma and had no idea he ran anyone over.

“He thought he hit the curb last night and remembers that he heard a noise,” Murphy told ABC 7. “He never thought it was a person and said he did stop after he hit something and then he then gunned the car.”

Burak was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon.

“He is devastated by what happened that day,” said Burak’s attorney, Tim Grace, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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A funeral will be held for Leja at 12:15 on Tuesday at St. Michael’s Church in Orland Park, the outlet reported. She had a career as a forensic analyst before deciding to become a teacher.

Kosteck was treated for her injuries and is now recovering at her home.

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‘Aladdin’ spinoff receives backlash after star Mena Massoud says he can’t find work

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A spinoff of the popular live-action “Aladdin” is drawing criticism from fans.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney+ series will star Billy Magnussen, who played a small role in “Aladdin” as a prince attempting to woo princess Jasmin.

Fans of the film expressed concern over the spinoff starring a white actor after the film’s star, Cairo-born Mena Massoud, said that he hasn’t had an audition since starring in the titular role of the billion-dollar film.

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“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” Massoud said to Daily Beast. “I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like ‘Aladdin.’ (People think) ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since ‘Aladdin’ came out.”

“Soooooooooooo #aladdin gets a white spinoff?” said a Twitter user. “I would much rather see the genie and his wife and kids on their boat. Or return of Jafar. Mmmmmm Jafar.”

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“There’s literally two animated Aladdin sequels and a whole series that could be adapted but nah let’s give a show to the only white guy,” said another.

“So the dude who plays Aladdin can’t get an audition but the one white dude with one scene in a majority brown cast gets his own (show),” a third tweeted. “Certainly a great look Disney.”

Massoud, 28, noted that his race often plays a role in his casting or lack thereof.

“There’s always a wild card or two when you’re casting,” Massoud said. “I’m usually the wild card. In a room of Caucasian guys, a director might be like, OK, let’s see, like, two guys who aren’t. And maybe they’ll be the wild card choice.”

“Aladdin” co-star Will Smith also spoke on the matter, saying that Massoud’s difficulty finding work is not a new struggle within the industry.

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“The thing about this business, that is not unlike life, it’s hard by design,” said Smith when asked about Massoud. “It’s like the universe, God, whatever you believe, designed it to be hard. So, if you’re having a hard time it’s because you’re supposed to.”

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Brewery pulls beer cans showing reindeer in sexually suggestive imagery

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A brewery got a little too merry for local authorities.

A North Carolina brewery pulled its winter ale from taproom shelves after the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission made a visit. The beer in question was reportedly being sold in cans that featured provocative imagery involving reindeer.

While the offending cans have been removed from shelves, they reportedly showed reindeer in various sexual positions. While the reindeer were pixelated on the cans, the images were still considered explicit enough to be removed from the brewery’s shelves.

Sycamore Brewing pulled the 2019 version of their Christmas Cookie Winter Ale from their shelves after an anonymous complaint was made about the imagery on the cans, Fox 46 reports. The brewery brought the beer back to shelves with what they described as “G-rated can art.”

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According to the company’s Facebook page, the beer will not be available in stores and will only be sold in their taproom.

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Since the reindeer design wasn’t going to be sold in wide distribution, Sycamore Brewing believed that they could get away with the risqué holiday design, Fox 46 reports.

Earlier this year, a similar situation also played in North Carolina, when a Utah-based brewery was told by the NC ABC that they would not be allowed to sell a polygamy-themed beer in the state.

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In July, Wasatch Brewery was told that their Polygamy Porter had been rejected by that state authority because “polygamy is illegal.” The brewery unsuccessfully appealed the decision and the beer remains off the shelves in North Carolina (although it was sold in 20 other states).

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FBI Says It Presumes Pensacola Base Shooting Was Act Of Terrorism

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is working under the presumption that a fatal shooting at a Florida naval base carried out by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia was an act of terrorism, the agency said Sunday.

All international students at the Pensacola base have been accounted for, there have been no arrests, and the community is under no immediate threat, special agent Rachel L. Rojas said at a news conference. A Saudi commanding officer has ordered all students from the country to remain at one location at the base, officials also said at the news conference.

Additionally, authorities believe the gunman made social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and charged that Americans are anti-Muslim, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Sunday. Investigators also believe the gunman visited New York City, including Rockefeller Center, days before the shooting and are working to determine the purpose of the trip, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him.

The FBI and others had said they were trying to determine whether the gunman, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone. Alshamrani was a flight student at Pensacola, where members of foreign militaries are routinely trained by the U.S.

Earlier in the week of the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, another U.S. official told the AP on Saturday.

The U.S. has sought the assistance of Saudi officials as they try to piece together information about the gunman and his motive.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Emergency responders are seen near the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola where a shooting Friday left three people dead and two deputies wounded.

Alshamrani opened fire inside a classroom at the base, killing three people and wounding two sheriff’s deputies, one in the arm and one in the knee, before one of the deputies killed him. Eight others were also hurt. Both deputies were expected to survive.

The official who spoke Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said.

Ten Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday as part of the investigation, the official said.

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Josh Brasted via Getty Images A Saudi commanding officer has ordered all students from the country to remain at one location at the base amid the ongoing investigation.

President Donald Trump declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related but said Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the U.S.

The U.S. has long had a robust training program for Saudis, providing assistance in the U.S. and in the kingdom. More than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities. They are among more than 5,000 foreign students from 153 countries in the U.S. going through military training.

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US NAVY / Reuters All international students at the Pensacola base, pictured, have been accounted for, there have been no arrests, and the community is under no immediate threat, an FBI official said Sunday.

“This has been done for many decades,” Trump said. “I guess we’re going to have to look into the whole procedure. We’ll start that immediately.”

Family members and others identified the three dead as Joshua Kaleb Watson, a 23-year-old recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who joined the Navy after graduating from high school last year; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia. All three were students at Naval Aviation Schools Command.

Balsamo reported from Washington. Associated Press reporters Lolita Baldor, Ben Fox, and Robert Burns in Washington; Jon Gambrell in Dubai; Bobby Caina Calvan in Tallahassee, Florida; and Tamara Lush in Tampa, Florida, contributed to this report.

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Queen Elizabeth has ‘no plans’ to retire

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Don’t expect to see Queen Elizabeth step down anytime soon.

Lately, rumors have been circulating that the Queen, 93, would follow in the footsteps of her husband, Phillip, and retire from her royal duties as she turns 95.

However, a rep for her son Prince Charles told Entertainment Tonight that “there are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age.”

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The statement comes shortly after the Queen’s youngest son, Andrew, stepped down from his own royal duties following revelations of his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

In late November, reports said that Charles, 71, played a large role in forcing Andrew, 59, to step down.

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Sources told The Telegraph that Charles was “furious” over Andrew’s involvement with Epstein, and was expected to have a “heated showdown” with his brother upon his return to the UK following a tour of the South Pacific.

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Reportedly, Charles played a large role in removing Andrew from his royal duties, but sources told People Magazine that such rumors were “over-interpretations going on about Charles’ role in the decision to downgrade Andrew’s public role.”

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Caroll Spinney, ‘Sesame Street’ Big Bird Puppeteer, Dies At 85

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.

The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.

Spinney voiced and operated the two major Muppets from their inception in 1969 when he was 36, and performed them almost exclusively into his 80s on the PBS kids’ television show that later moved to HBO.

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“Before I came to ‘Sesame Street,’ I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important,” Spinney said when he announced his retirement in 2018. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose.”

Through his two characters, Spinney gained huge fame that brought international tours, books, record albums, movie roles, and visits to the White House.

“Caroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending,” the Sesame Workshop said.

____ This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Caroll Spinney’s first name. It is Caroll, not Carroll.

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