Day: April 21, 2017


TUCKER'S KICKOFF SHOW Caitlyn Jenner, Mike Rowe among first guests on Mon.

On his first show in the 8:00pm ET timeslot, Tucker Carlson will present a cable exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner.

The former Olympic Gold Medalist and author will give her perspective on President Donald Trump’s administration, the current political climate and divide in America, as well as her thoughts on how to bring Americans together.

Jenner voted for Trump, but said this week she has had a change of heart about the new administration because of its stance toward the transgender community.

On “The Five” on Friday, Tucker spoke about the big interview and what he hopes to ask Jenner:

Don’t miss the big “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview on Monday at 8pm ET on Fox News Channel. Plus, check out more details on the brand-new primetime lineup.

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In 7 US states, rape victims can be legally forced to share custody of their children with their rapist fathers

Shauna Prewitt was a 21-year-old college senior in 2004 when she was raped and impregnated by her attacker. Her decision to keep her child — a baby girl — brought with it an unexpected twist: her rapist sought custody of their daughter when she was born.

Prewitt is not alone.

Women in seven U.S. states can be legally forced to share custody of their children with their rapist fathers — including in Maryland, where an all-male panel failed April 10 to pass legislation that would have allowed victims who have children from rape to block rapists’ parental rights.

“They have the same rights as any other biological father,” said Lisae Jordan, an attorney and executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

“It’s outrageous,” Jordan said of the bill’s failure to pass, noting it was “tone-deaf” to have six male legislators handling last-minute negotiations on the bill.

The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act, which received bipartisan support, passed in both the Maryland House and the state’s Senate but a panel of six male legislators had to create a final version of the legislation because the drafts approved by each house had considerable differences. A final bill failed to pass April 10 because time ran out on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual three-month session.

The Assembly isn’t set to reconvene until Jan. 10, 2018, but state legislators told Fox News an emergency session is being considered. 

Maryland delegate Kathleen Dumais had introduced the legislation — her ninth time trying to pass a bill that changes the law surrounding custody rights for rape victims.

“After nine years, Maryland can do better,” Maryland State Sen. Cheryl Kagan told Fox News.

Under current Maryland law, if a rape victim decides to put her child up for adoption, she can be faced with another hurdle: permission from her rapist.

“It’s insane to think that if a woman who became pregnant as a result of rape and wanted to continue her pregnancy and give her baby up for adoption would somehow need her rapist’s permission,” said Kagan, a Democrat from Montgomery County.

“That’s nuts,” she said. “This issue is one that resonates so strongly with average folks who just don’t think it makes sense.”

The realities of such laws, according to Jordan and others, make rape victims who conceive more likely to consider abortion. Change to these laws is supported by people on both sides of the abortion debate. The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act, for instance, garnered support from both the Maryland Catholic Conference and Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Delegate David Moon, a Democrat, told Fox News on Friday that the bill failed because the session timed out — not for lack of support.

Moon and two others on the panel — State Sen. William Smith Jr., a Democrat, and Delegate Brett Wilson, a Republican — were original co-sponsors of the legislation.

“We were desperately trying to pass the bill in the closing minutes of the session but the timing obstacles put in front of us proved to be insurmountable,” Moon said, while acknowledging, “the optics were really horrible for having an all-male panel for rape and custody issues.”

But Maryland State Sen. Michael Hough, a Republican on the panel, said he thinks the bill “got tanked on purpose.”

“Democratic leadership scheduled the conference to meet at 11 p.m., an hour before the session was to end,” Hough told Fox News. “This bill has been floating around for almost 10 years.”

Hough, who has always supported the bill, noted a provision within it he said presents legal hurdles. The legislation calls for the termination of parental rights for “alleged rapists,” he said. 

“If it just dealt with convicted rapists, it would be cut-and-dried,” Hough said. “Because it’s about alleged rapists, there’s a lot of legal challenges.”

The four other members of the panel were not immediately available for comment Friday. 

Shauna Prewitt, a Chicago lawyer, penned an open letter in 2012 to former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in response to remarks he made about rape and pregnancy. Akin, a Senate candidate at the time, said pregnancy rarely occurs as a result of what he called “legitimate rape” — a comment roundly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats as well as medical experts and women’s rights groups.

Prewitt explained the circumstances of her rape in an impassioned letter that received national attention. 

“My name is Shauna Prewitt. You do not know me, but you should,” she wrote. “I am one of the approximately 25,000 women who every year become pregnant as a result of rape, and I would like to help you better ’empathize’ with my story.”

There are seven states without laws preventing rapists from gaining custody of children conceived without consent. In addition to Maryland, such states include Alabama, Mississippi, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming and New Mexico, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

“It’s not that there is an act of law saying rapists have parental rights,” Jordan explained. “It’s just that this issue hasn’t been addressed in their laws,” therefore making it possible for rapists to pursue shared custody.

In Maryland, however, progress has recently been made on a number of other state rape laws.

On Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a package of bills that make it easier to prosecute rape cases and protect victims — including one that’s become known as the “no means no” bill. The bill exempts rape victims from having to provide evidence of “physical resistance” to prove they have been raped.

“As a result of this law, sexual assault survivors will no longer be in the position of choosing between physically resisting and getting hurt, or not resisting and losing access to justice,” Dumais said.

Maryland also expanded the definition of sexual abuse to include sex trafficking and now requires that rape kits be kept for at least 20 years.

“Maryland is a fairly progressive state and there’s a lot that we do right to move things forward but sometimes those in leadership have a blind stop and don’t move forward in the way that we should,” Kagan said.

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @Cristina Corbin. 

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Hilary spotted with ex

It seems Hilary Duff is single again.

E! News is reporting the 29-year-old actress and her recent beau, music producer Matthew Koma, have parted aways after several months of dating. The breakup reportedly happened in early March due to the duo’s hectic schedules.


The celebrity news site added that fans began to get suspicious of a possible split when the couple stopped following each other on Instagram.

The former “Lizzie McGuire” child star was spotted on Monday in New York City with her ex-boyfriend and former trainer, Jason Walsh. One eyewitness said the two went into her apartment building together.


Duff is currently filming the fourth season of the TV Land series “Younger.”

One source stressed Koma is “single” and on tour right now.

Duff has a 5-year-old son with ex-husband, retired professional ice hockey player Mike Comrie.


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Florida firefighters throw baby shower for expecting mother who lost everything in fire

The Lauderhill Fire Department threw an expecting South Florida mother a baby shower after she lost everything in an apartment fire.

Firefighters surprised Nicola Taylor with the shower, Wednesday, after she and her family’s Lauderhill apartment caught fire last week.

“God is amazing,” Taylor said. “This is more stuff than I had. Thank you.”

Taylor was hospitalized due to the fire and is OK, but for many firefighters, this incident stuck with them.

“Having a family myself, I have two young kids and going through that whole process of having a baby shower, having the babies, it hit home,” said B.J. Smith, a Lauderhill firefighter.


Lauderhill Fire Captain Jerry González said Taylor’s story made an impression on the firefighters who weren’t even there. “They heard the story, they saw the condition of the apartment and their hearts were broken, ” he said. “They’re people just like everybody else, and their hearts were broken with this story. She’s eight months pregnant and lost everything in a baby shower just recently, and they wanted to do something.”

They collected donations and received everything from baby clothes to baby carriers, gifts and gift cards, and even a Tiffany necklace.

Officials left the best gift for last. “The members of the fire department, the community, the people have donated. We were able to get you a new lease, a new apartment,” González said as he handed Taylor the keys. “We’ve covered your deposit and a few months rent.”

Not only will the Taylor family have a brand new apartment to go home to, but they’ll also have brand new beds and mattresses. City Mattress along with Sweet Dream Makers donated everything the family could possibly need to sleep soundly at night.


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Putin provocation? Russian bombers continue to buzz Alaskan skies – VIDEO: Russian bombers fly near Alaska again

Russian Bear bombers and spy planes buzzed Alaskan airspace the past two nights in a repeat of incidents earlier this week, two U.S. officials told Fox News on Friday.  

Wednesday night a pair of Russian spy planes Ilyushin IL-38s flew near the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea staying in the U.S. Air Defense Zone for a few hours before departing.


Thursday night, a pair of long-range nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew near Alaska and Canada staying in each country’s air defense zone for hours.

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets intercepted the bombers, a NORAD spokesman told Fox News without elaborating. The spokesman would not say how close the Russian bombers came to the Alaskan coast or Canada. CF-18 Hornets also participated in the intercept.

The Russian jets in both incidents remained in international airspace. It was not immediately clear how close they came to mainland Alaska. 


Russia now has flown bombers or spy planes near Alaska on four consecutive nights this week, the first time since President Trump took office that Russia has flown this close to the United States. The U.S. Air Force scrambled fighter jets in some of these instances.

Pentagon officials said they believed the Russians were testing the U.S. Air Force’s response to their bomber flights.

Tuesday night, the only plane launched from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska was an E-3 Sentry, an airborne early warning plane known as AWACS, to make sure no other Russian planes were inbound.

The Russian action comes less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump said U.S.-Russian relations had reached a “low point.”

The last time Russian bombers came this close to the U.S. was on July 4, 2015 when a pair of Russian bombers flew 40 miles off the coast of California.

The U.S. military also conducts flights near Russia, but in most cases uses its own reconnaissance aircraft like the U.S. Air Force Boeing RC-135 and not long-range bombers, according to officials.

In the past, the U.S. Navy often has performed reconnaissance below the sea near Russia using Los Angeles or Virginia-class attack submarines, but these operations are classified and not disclosed publicly.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews

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Truth about frozen veggies

To freeze or not to freeze? That is a question, for the food shoppers among us.

When it comes fruit and veg, there’s little doubt grabbing a bag of pre-washed, prepped frozen peas from the freezer section is likely to be cheaper and easier.

But, what about your health?

It’s long been assumed that eating fresh fruit and veg is hands down healthier.

But a new study set to be published in June casts that common belief in doubt.

A team of scientists from the University of Georgia compared fresh with frozen, as well as a third category dubbed fresh-stored.


This mimicked the typical length of time people tend to store fresh produce after buying it, and was found to be around five days.

The researchers focused on these family faves:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • corn
  • green beans
  • green peas
  • spinach
  • blueberries
  • strawberries

To judge how fresh each product was, the scientists measured levels of key nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin A and folate.

In many cases there was little difference between the fresh, fresh-stored and frozen varieties.

But, where the researchers noted vast differences, they found the frozen produce outshone the fresh counterparts.

They said: “The findings of this study do not support the common belief that fresh food has significantly greater nutritional value than its frozen counterpart.


“In the cases of significant differences, frozen produce outperformed ‘fresh-stored’ more frequently than ‘fresh-stored’ outperformed frozen.”

The reason why frozen is often better for you, is down to the point at which it is placed on ice.

A technique called fresh freezing ensures food is chilled quickly, often not long after it’s picked, reported Mic.

As a result the nutrients and goodness are trapped in at source.


Though they may look freshly picked, chances are the produce in the fruit and veg aisle at most supermarkets has spent some time from when it’s picked, being transported to the store and then home.

And the longer that time takes, the fewer vitamins and minerals will survive.

Registered dietitian Emily Braaten told Mic: “Frozen vegetables are usually nutritionally equivalent to fresh vegetables because they’re generally flash-frozen on site, immediately after harvest.

“This kind of processing may degrade some nutrients while making others more bioavailable.”


The Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell agrees that fruit and veg don’t have to be fresh to pack a healthy punch.

She said: “Frozen options are full of goodness too.

“Frozen mixed berries can be blended into a smoothie or frozen peas can be cooked and served on the side or added to a tasty dish such as risotto.”

A Sun Online investigation earlier this year revealed opting for frozen over fresh could save the average family more than £260 (about $278 USD) a year.

Comparing 10 baskets of fresh and frozen items at Tesco, we found the ice-chilled variety was more than £10 (about $10.70 USD) cheaper than the fresh one.

Regardless of whether you opt for fresh or frozen, it’s important to include as many fruit and vegetables in your diet.


The NHS advises everyone to aim for five-a-day, as part of a healthy balanced diet.

The five-a-day campaign is based on World Health Organisation guidelines, which recommends eating 400g of fruit and veg a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

First published on The Sun.

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‘Lost city’ found in Kansas

Archaeologists have found incredible evidence of a huge Wichita Indian town in Kansas that was once home to 20,000 people.

Donald Blakeslee, a professor of archaeology at Wichita State University, told Fox News that experts harnessed 400-year-old Spanish documents and modern technology to locate the long-lost town of Etzanoa near Arkansas City, Kansas.

“A single community of 20,000 people was not something that any of us expected,” he said over the phone. “It’s a completely different view of everything.”


Etzanoa, which existed from the early 15th century to just after 1700, was visited by Spanish soldiers in 1601. The soldiers were interviewed about the town in Mexico City the following year and their eyewitness accounts were recorded in documents, which are now in Seville, Spain. A new translation of the documents provided the catalyst for the latest discovery.

The Cibola Project at the University of California, Berkeley, made photocopies of the documents, re-transcribed them from the Old Spanish and retranslated them. This showed that earlier historians and archaeologists had been dealing with errors in transcription and translation, leading to the misinterpretation of previous archaeological finds in the area.

“The new translations are just wonderful, they are much cleaner than all the previous attempts,” said Blakeslee, adding that earlier historians thought the Spanish were exaggerating the size of Etzanoa. “The Spanish who were there in 1601 counted 2,000 houses and estimated 10 people per house,” he said.


Blakeslee started work at Etzanoa in 2015 and used metal detectors to locate iron shot from a battle fought at the site in 1601. A National Park Service magnetometer was also used to confirm the town’s layout.

“We had Spanish records of how the town was laid out with clusters of houses, when we applied the magnetometer that’s exactly what we found,” he added. Scattered surface finds also correspond with Spanish descriptions of the town as extending about five miles. The description of the landscape and