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French chateau robbed of $2.2M in jewels, cash, officials say

At least $2.2 million worth of jewels and money were stolen from a famed French chateau on Thursday, investigators said.

Six people were behind the heist at Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau, located roughly 30 miles southeast of Paris, according to French authorities, who said the thieves struck overnight.

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The owners of the property — a couple in their 80s — were not injured in the incident. “The owners are doing fine and the chateau remains open for visits as usual,” property management told AFP.

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Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau in France was robbed of roughly $2.2 million in jewels and money on Thursday, officials said. (Google)

The thieves stole emeralds and other items from a safe in the chateau, officials said. They did not appear to be armed during their heist.

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Originally designed for King Louis XIV’s finance minister Nicolas Fouquet, the chateau has a marble-floored ballroom, chandelier-studded dining room and precisely pruned gardens. It’s attracted stars from around the world — notably for the 2007 wedding of “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker. They later divorced.

Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau reportedly sees roughly 250,000 visitors each year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France; pilot trapped hanging from power line

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A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in France on Thursday — and authorities say one of its pilots hit a high-voltage power line, leaving him hanging in the air.

The plane was traveling from Belgium to a naval airbase in France with two pilots aboard when it plunged between the towns of Pluvigner and Landaul, in Britanny, officials said.

Both pilots ejected from the fighter jet before it crashed, but one of them became stuck in the electricity line after his parachute became caught.

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No injuries have been reported among those living in the area of the crash, but a house was damaged by the jet, according to local newspaper Le Telegramme. Roughly 100 police officers are investigating the incident at the scene.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dog alerts family to fire, but doesn’t make it out alive: ‘He was a part of the fire alarm, he was barking’

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A beloved dog did all he could to save his family from their burning Florida home — even giving his life, his owner said.

“Zippy,” a Jack Russell Terrier, alerted the Butler family when a fire broke out in the attic of the house, located in Bradenton, around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire alarm “only lasted a short ‘beep beep'” before the house “was already on fire,” homeowner Leroy Butler told WTVT. So Zippy stepped in, sounding his own alarm to notify his those closest to him.

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“He was back and forth. He was from bed to bed, back and forth,” Butler said of Zippy, adding the dog was barking as loudly as possible. “He was a part of the fire alarm, he was barking,” he added to WTSP.

The Butler family was able to get out of the home in time, but Zippy didn’t make it. Butler said he tried going back for him, but the fire was too big.

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“The floor in the living room was all on fire so there was nowhere for him to run out. Even if the smoke was this high. He was a short little dog,” Butler said. “There was nowhere for him to go.”

Local fire officials said the fire spread from the attic near an air conditioning unit. It’s unclear how it started.

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Adopted for the Butlers by Leroy’s father, Zippy was described as “a good dog.” His owner said: “He did his job, we rescued him, and I guess he returned the favor.”

“He would let me know if someone was outside. With the smoke, he still did his job. That’s just one thing and one person that I couldn’t save and one person I couldn’t get to,” Butler said.

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Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Folmer arrested for child porn, officials say

Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Folmer was arrested after allegedly uploading child pornography online, the state’s attorney general announced Tuesday.

Folmer, a 63-year-old Republican who represents Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties, was taken into custody after he allegedly uploaded the illegal photos to social networking website Tumblr.

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The website reported the photo upload to authorities, which led to an investigation at Folmer’s home, a press release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said. While there, investigators allegedly found photos of child porn on his phone.

Folmer allegedly told investigators he was working through “some personal problems” and admitted to receiving the child porn through his Tumblr account, PennLive.com reported, citing charging documents.

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Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Folmer was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, officials said. (Pennsylvania State Senate)

“This defendant serves as a state Senator and was entrusted to honor and represent his community in the Pennsylvania Capitol,” Shapiro said in a statement. “I will continue to say it — no one is above the law, no matter what position of power they hold. I will continue to work to protect children and hold those who abuse them accountable.”

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called for Folmer’s resignation, calling the charges filed against him “disgusting and beyond comprehension.”

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“We elect leaders to serve as a voice for those who do not have the ability to advocate for their own needs, demanding that they will protect our children, families, and communities,” Wolf said in a statement. “[The charges] show he has taken advantage of the trust and privilege afforded by the people of Pennsylvania. He should immediately resign.”

The Pennsylvania Senate’s top leaders, Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, said they were stripping Folmer of his chairmanship of the Senate State Government Committee.

“We are shocked to learn tonight of the allegations made against Sen. Folmer,” the senators said in a joint statement, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement regarding this deeply disturbing matter.”

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Folmer, who was elected to a fourth term in November, was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.

Fox News has reached out to Folmer’s office for comment.

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Jimmy Carter says he hopes ‘there’s an age limit’ for presidency in apparent jab at Biden, Sanders

Former President Jimmy Carter said he couldn’t have handled the presidency at 80 years old — seemingly taking jabs at some presidential candidates who are well into their 70s.

Carter, 95, served as the 39th U.S. president from 1977 until 1981, when he was in his 50’s. Speaking during his annual report at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday, he said he hopes “there’s an age limit” to serving in one of the most powerful positions in the world.

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“If I were just 80 years old, if I was 15 years younger, I don’t believe I could undertake the duties I experienced when I was president,” he told the crowd after being asked about whether he would run in 2020 since he can technically still run for office.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, pictured here in September 2018, said he hopes “there’s an age limit” on the U.S. presidency. (Getty Images/Scott Cunningham)

Carter lost his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan, who served two terms and left office as the oldest sitting president in history, at age 77. President Trump, who’s 73 years old, is a record-setter, too — he passed Reagan’s mark as the oldest newly elected president in history.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is 76 and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is 78. If they were to win the Democratic nomination and ultimately the presidency, they would turn 80 while in office.

The age of presidential nominees has come into play as they vie for the role. At last week’s Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, frontrunner Biden came under fire for his mental acuity — most notably from former Housing Secretary Julian Castro who swiped at Biden’s memory.

“You just said two minutes ago they would have to buy in. Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” Castro asked, in what appeared to be a reference to past senior moments by Biden. Castro, as it turned out, was wrong in his claim about Biden’s health care plan.

Rival Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., backed Castro after the debate, and raised further questions about Biden, telling CNN: “I think we are at a tough point right now, because there’s a lot of people concerned about Joe Biden’s ability to carry the ball all the way across the end line without fumbling. …  I think that Castro had really legitimate concerns about can he be someone in a long grueling campaign… and has every right to call out.”

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A video released by Trump’s re-election campaign on Tuesday also swiped at Biden’s fitness for office, spotlighting clips of his recent gaffes and other verbal fumbles coupled with copious clips of pundits questioning his readiness.

Carter on Tuesday said, “The things I faced in foreign affairs, I don’t think I could undertake them at 80 years old. At 95, it’s out of the question. I’m having a hard time walking.”

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The former president — who recently became the longest-living president in American history — said he hasn’t decided on a 2020 primary candidate, but noted he’ll “keep an open mind.”

“One of the major factors I will have in my mind is who can beat Trump,” Carter said, weeks before his 95th birthday. In the 2016 election, he voted for Sanders.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oklahoma woman, 18, threatened to ‘shoot 400 people for fun’ at former high school, officials say

An Oklahoma woman was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot hundreds of people “for fun” at her former high school, investigators said.

Alexis Wilson, 18, was taken into custody Monday after authorities received an anonymous tip that she had told friends and co-workers of her idea to open fire at McAlester High School in Pittsburg County.

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One of Wilson’s co-workers at a pizza restaurant told the sheriff’s office the 18-year-old had been posting videos of herself shooting firearms, KOTV reported. Wilson allegedly claimed she wanted to “shoot 400 people for fun and that there were so many people at her old school that she would like to do it,” according to the person who reported her.

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Alexis Wilson, 18, was charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly saying she wanted to “shoot 400 people for fun” at her former high school. (Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office)

Wilson denied such threats to investigators and reportedly admitted she suffered from mental health issues, like suicidal and homicidal thoughts. She claimed she was trying to tell a co-worker that not everyone who owns a gun is bad.

The woman’s mother, according to KOKI-TV, knew her daughter had been saving up for her recently purchased AK-47, but didn’t question it because “Alexis has always shot firearms and had hunted.”

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“You know it may not have been anything — we don’t know 100 percent, but we are glad we got it before it turned into something,” Sheriff Chris Morris said. “In today’s times, you can’t say stuff like that. … Anytime something is said like that we are going to take it serious — and we are going to investigate it to the fullest extent and make an arrest if possible because we do not want any of our schools getting shot up. Nobody does.”

On Sunday, deputies reportedly found an AK-47 with six magazines and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells in Wilson’s room. She purchased the gun last week with five extra high capacity magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition from a nearby shop, officials said.

Morris said the sheriff’s office is grateful to the person who reported Wilson, and is happy they acted on the tip.

Randy Hughes, the superintendent of McAlester Public Schools, said in a video posted to Facebook Monday that the school district understands someone is in custody, and offered safety tips for students to abide by. “If you see something, say something,” he said. “Do not take anything for granted.”

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“If you overhear a conversation, if you see a post, or just see something that just doesn’t look right — report it,” he said, adding law enforcement “had it under control before we knew anything about it.”

Wilson, who attended McAlester but dropped out in ninth grade, was reportedly jailed on a complaint of making a terroristic threat.

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Fire at Australia lab causes 100 containers of cattle semen worth thousands to explode

A building in Australia that houses a cattle breeding laboratory was destroyed by a fire that wiped out more than 100 cryogenic cylinders filled with valuable bull semen, according to officials.

The Yarram Herds Services’s building, located in the Gippsland region, caught fire around 3 a.m. Tuesday and it took 10 fire crews two hours to contain.

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Inside the facility were cylinders of bull semen worth thousands of dollars, according to Aaron Thomas, the company’s committee vice-chairman who told Australia’s ABC the loss was a “huge blow” for farmers.

“The actual cylinders are worth between $500 and $1,000 per unit but the semen inside them varies in price,” he said. “We’re coming into the AI (artifical insemination) season so there would have been substantial amounts of semen inside the tanks that we’ve lost, which was owned by our local farmers, and it can range in value from $5 per straw to $95 per straw.”

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Thomas said equipment, in addition to the semen, was destroyed in the fire.

“A lot of farmers would have semen stock in the building in those tanks, preparing for AI, so we’ve got that plus all of our herd-testing equipment that was in there as well,” he told the news outlet. “So this is significant damage and it is going to have a flow-on effect on Yarram, especially after the drought that Yarram district has experienced over the last 12 months.”

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Yarram Herds Services, located in the Gippsland region of Australia, caught fire Tuesday, officials said. (Google)

Fire officials said the blaze was challenging for firefighters, as the semen inside the cylinders “was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building.”

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“So firefighters went into a defensive mode initially to protect themselves, because there were also [liquefied petroleum gas] cylinders at the neighboring property, and they did a magnificent job,” Chris Loeschenkohl, fire commander in Gippsland, said.

The staff of Yarram Herds Service was scheduled to meet Tuesday to determine next steps.

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Oregon Lottery champ, a two-time cancer survivor, wins $4.6M

A two-time cancer survivor recently received a third lucky break: he won $4.6 million in the Oregon Lottery.

Stu MacDonald, of Bend, Ore., would buy a Megabucks ticket every single week with the encouragement of his wife Claudia, who would tell him to “get the winning ticket.”

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On Sept. 7, Claudia forgot to make sure to tell him to get the big winner. He purchased a ticket at Ashley’s Cafe in Bend — and still won, anyway.

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Stu MacDonald survived cancer two times, and in Oregon on Sept. 7, he bought a winning lottery ticket worth $4.6 million. (Oregon Lottery)

“I am a very lucky guy,” MacDonald told Oregon Lottery officials, according to a press release. “I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”

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The director of operations of Ashley’s Cafe, Tezra Kong, said the store is “thrilled to learn that we sold a Megabucks jackpot” and are “excited for the team who sold the ticket.” The cafe will receive a 1 percent selling bonus of $46,000.

MacDonald chose to take a bulk sum payment of the $4.6 million — an amount of $2.3 million. After taxes, he received $1.56 million.

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Oregon Lottery champ, a two-time cancer survivor, wins $4.6M

A two-time cancer survivor recently received a third lucky break: he won $4.6 million in the Oregon Lottery.

Stu MacDonald, of Bend, Ore., would buy a Megabucks ticket every single week with the encouragement of his wife Claudia, who would tell him to “get the winning ticket.”

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On Sept. 7, Claudia forgot to make sure to tell him to get the big winner. He purchased a ticket at Ashley’s Cafe in Bend — and still won, anyway.

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Stu MacDonald survived cancer two times, and in Oregon on Sept. 7, he bought a winning lottery ticket worth $4.6 million. (Oregon Lottery)

“I am a very lucky guy,” MacDonald told Oregon Lottery officials, according to a press release. “I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”

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The director of operations of Ashley’s Cafe, Tezra Kong, said the store is “thrilled to learn that we sold a Megabucks jackpot” and are “excited for the team who sold the ticket.” The cafe will receive a 1 percent selling bonus of $46,000.

MacDonald chose to take a bulk sum payment of the $4.6 million — an amount of $2.3 million. After taxes, he received $1.56 million.

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Explosion at Russian research lab that stores smallpox virus: officials

A virus research center in Russia — one of two places in the world that houses the smallpox virus — exploded on Monday, officials said.

The blast at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, or “Vector,” left one employee injured and the building, located in Koltsovo, near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, survived without structural damage, according to a statement from the facility.

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The suspected gas explosion happened on the fifth floor of the 6-floor concrete building during scheduled repairs, Russian-owned news agency TASS reported.

Nikolai Krasnikov, the head of Koltsovo — which is known as a science city — said no biohazardous material was being stored where the blast occurred, and that there’s no threat to the population. He added the worker who was injured suffered burns and is in intensive care.

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A virus research lab in Russia, one of two places in the world that stores the smallpox virus, was rocked by an explosion on Monday, officials said. (REUTERS)

The facility in Russia, created in 1974, is one of two places that stores the variola virus, otherwise known as the deadly infectious smallpox disease. The other location is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga.

Described as “one of the world’s most devastating diseases known to humanity,” smallpox was declared eradicated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1980 following a worldwide immunization campaign.

But following its eradication, scientists and public health officials felt research was still necessary and agreed to hold the smallpox virus in four locations across the world — the U.S., Russia, England and South Africa.

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Within years, England and South Africa destroyed their stocks of the virus or transferred them to other labs — leaving the U.S. and Russia to be the only locations left to store the deadly disease, according to the CDC.

In 2016, WHO determined the Vector facility “was found to meet international levels of biosafety and biosecurity for variola virus research and storage.”

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