Day: August 3, 2017

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Marilyn's final photos


Nearly 55 years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, the last professional images ever taken of the actress went up for auction Wednesday.

The famous blonde bombshell died on August 5, 1962 at age 36 from a barbiturate overdose.

Online auction house Paddle8 confirmed to Fox News Thursday they acquired the images, which were originally part of an assignment for Cosmopolitan Magazine.

The images were shot in June 1962 on Santa Monica Beach in a midcentury home in the Hollywood Hills by George Barris just weeks before Monroe’s sudden death.

“A private collector acquired three boxes of photos directly from Barris in the 1980s, and these three boxes are being offered on Paddle8,” wrote a rep from the auction house to Fox News. “They contain several never-before-seen images of the star. The boxes of images are still with the private collector right now… we facilitate the sale and shipment of the property directly from the consignor to the buyer, rather than taking possession of property.”

The auction highlights more than 150 photographs, with a large majority of them coming from the private collector. The price currently ranges from $8,000-24,000 and are signed by Barris.

“You can tell in these photographs, which are so open and honest, that she really trusted George Barris,” said Dean Harmeyer, who oversees entertainment and special collection property for Paddle8, to Vanity Fair. “Marilyn as one of the most photographed women of that age or any age… She loved the camera, the camera loved her. These photographs that Barris took are really amazing because she could really feel at ease with this photographer. There are a number of candids that you can just see that he’s catching her kind of in an off-guarded moment.”

Monroe, who was often perfectly coiffed in her images, stripped down her glamorous persona for Barris. Some pictures show Monroe bare-faced and wearing nothing more than a bikini or towel. Viewers will spot the visible freckles and lines on her face, as well as the scar from her gallbladder surgery the year before.

“When I first saw her I thought she was the most beautiful, fantastic person I’d ever met,” Barris told Los Angeles Daily News in 2012. “She completely knocked me off my feet.”

Barris died in 2016 at age 94.



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Heiress fired for being gay?


Hollis Bulleit, the former heiress to the Bulleit Bourbon empire, is making shocking accusations against her family and their company.

In a series of recent Facebook posts, Hollis claims she was fired from the company in December after bringing her lesbian partner Cher to Thanksgiving dinner the month before. She also insists that her “livelihood and future was taken away,” and that she’s since been “black-balled and ostracized” from the spirits industry because of her family’s alleged homophobia.

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But now, Diageo, the parent company of Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, has come forward to deny Hollis’ accounts, calling them “unfair and inaccurate,” reports Pink News.

Furthermore, a spokesperson for Diageo tells Fox News that Hollis’ contract with Diageo had simply expired, and that the two parties were unable to come to an agreement on a new one. 

“Any implication that she was fired, or that failure to agree to terms on this contract was due to her LGBT identity, is simply false,” the company stated.

Hollis, 43, first took to Facebook on July 29 with claims that she was “erased publicly” from her family’s brand in late 2016. In the post, she alleges that she was sent an email on Dec. 23, 2016, informing her of her sudden termination after “tireless[ly]” working to promote the brand for more than a decade.

In subsequent posts, she also points to her “family’s homophobia” as the reason for her dismissal, citing their reluctance to invite Cher to family gatherings, and their recent decision to dis-invite Hollis and Cher from a Christmas gathering.

“Shortly after coming out the closet a decade ago, not one family photo has been taken of me (or with me and Cher) with the core Bulleit family,” she wrote.

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Hollis also called out Diageo for failing to protect its employees from discrimination.

“And because family was business and intertwined with a global corporation, I find it odd that I did not benefit from the departments and safeguards that are put into place to either intervene or provide mediation or educational diversity training as would be the expected protocol for employees in this type of situation,” Hollis wrote.

“I do not understand how the company I worked for is on many of the top 10/ 50/ 100 ‘best places’ for LGBTQIA employees to work,” she added, referring to Diageo being named the “best place to work for LGBT equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for nine consecutive years.

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Diageo, however, tells Fox News that they continue support the LGBT community. In their statement, they also refute Hollis’ claims of being fired.

“In advance of Hollis’ contract expiring in 2016, we offered her a multi-year extension. Despite it being an increase versus her previous arrangement, we were unfortunately not able to reach agreement with her on this new contract,” wrote Diageo.

“We are very proud of our long track record of work, through many of our brands, to support the LGBT community. We are also appreciative of Hollis’s past efforts on behalf of the brand and the industry.”



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MICHAEL MOORE: Who Wouldn't Vote Tom Hanks For President?


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Michael Moore said on “The View” on Thursday that Democrats should run a celebrity in the 2020 presidential election. He even suggested Tom Hanks and other stars. Watch the video below.

Moore began his appearance on the ABC talk show by stressing that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, and it was the “archaic” electoral college that prevented her from actually becoming president. He went on to say, “We need to run a beloved American in 2020.” That led Whoopi Goldberg to hilariously interject and exclaim, “No, I won’t!”

But Moore actually didn’t think that was such a bad idea, telling her, “You run and Michelle Obama as your running mate!” When Jedediah Bila questioned whether Donald Trump has proven that celebrity isn’t enough to govern, he responded, “The celebrities on our side, first of all, are smart. If we ran Al Franken, ran Tom Hanks — who wouldn’t vote for Tom Hanks for president of the United States? C’mon! Or Oprah!”

Bila, however, pushed back. “No. I’ll tell you who,” she told the activist filmmaker. “Many Americans feel that those celebrities are out of touch. A lot of people would tell you ‘they don’t understand my needs.’” Moore retorted, “Wrong. We’re on TV right now. Americans love celebrities.” And Goldberg backed him up.

“It’s very clear that America loves celebrities, ’cause that’s why they voted for him,” she said of Trump. “They thought they knew him. They believed that that was his office. Listen, I talked to as many of these voters as you have. They believed he was actually in his office [doing business]. My face fell off!”

Bila responded, “But as a businessman, they looked at him, even his television show, he looked like that savvy businessman.” She then said to Moore, “Look, hey I want you to run celebrities. I’m a conservative. I don’t want them to win. I don’t want the Democrats to win.” He then declared, “We’re gonna win with Oprah!” Of course, as of now, Oprah has no intention of running, and Tom Hanks running for president seems to just be an “SNL” joke. Check out “The View” video below.



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FROM DEM TO GOP West Virginia gov to say he's changing parties


West Virginia Democratic Gov. Jim Justice plans to announce at a rally Thursday evening with President Trump that he is changing parties, three Republican sources confirmed to Fox News.

Justice is expected to announce he’s becoming a Republican.

Trump earlier in the day had teased the prospect of having a big announcement at his rally in Huntington, W.Va.

The state is a Trump stronghold, and even as the president faces record-low approval ratings nationally, his popularity has largely held in West Virginia.

At least 1,000 supporters lined the streets ahead of the president’s expected appearance, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and chanting “USA! USA!” 

The New York Times first reported that Justice plans to announce his party change.

The rally is set to start shortly after 7 p.m. ET. 

Serafin Gomez is a White House Producer for FOX News Channel, who also covered the 2016 election as a Special Events & Politics producer and former special campaign correspondent for Fox News Latino. Fin formerly worked as the Miami Bureau Producer for Fox News Channel where he covered Florida Politics & Latin America. Follow him on Twitter: @Finnygo

 

 

Peter Doocy is currently a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).  He joined the network in 2009 as a general assignment reporter based in the New York bureau.



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'I DON'T SERVE COPS' Dunkin' worker accused of refusing service to officers


An employee at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City is accused of denying service to two NYPD officers, saying “I don’t serve cops,” according to the New York Post.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino is calling the discrimination “disgraceful,” saying Thursday that it should not go unattended, the Post reports.

In reaction to the incident, Palladino is calling for a boycott of the chain.

“I assume it is an isolated incident. Nevertheless, Dunkin’ Donuts corporate should issue an apology to the NYPD and until that happens, I have asked detectives and their families to refrain from patronizing the stores,” he said.

He also believes the city’s political leaders are partly to blame for the incident, saying that they have “encouraged this type of behavior by constantly demonizing cops and pushing their decriminalization agenda. It’s time for the same politicians to step up, take some responsibility and condemn what occurred.”

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Shortly after noon on Sunday, the two cops — plainclothes patrol officers assigned to the 73rd Precinct’s detective squad — entered Dunkin’ Donuts at 1993 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to get Baskin-Robbins.

The officers, dressed in suit pants, shirts and ties, with badges and pistols on their belts, waited in line to order. When they got to the counter, the store clerk ignored them and asked the customer behind them what he wanted. When the customer said the cops were there before him, the clerk replied, “Yeah, I know, but I don’t serve cops,” according to the Post.

A manager at the store is disputing the incident. He claims that, according to security footage, the officers were waiting at the wrong counter, where you pick up your order.

“You can see on the security tape: they stand here for five minutes, while other customers were being served. One customer even ordered ice cream, and they must’ve not liked that because they left the store,” he told the Post.

The manager, who wouldn’t give his name, did not allow the Post to view the video.

He said the store began receiving phone calls from other police, asking why they didn’t serve the two officers. “And I kept trying to explain that we serve everyone, we have nothing but respect for the police, and that they were standing at the wrong counter. It was busy at the time, and we were busy serving customers,” he said.

On Thursday afternoon, a reporter at NBC News Radio sent out a tweet with a statement from Dunkin’ Donuts on the incident. 

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“Dunkin’ Donuts is aware of the recent situation at a franchise in Brooklyn and we continue to monitor this matter. The franchisee who owns and operates this restaurant informed us immediately upon learning of this situation earlier this week, he contacted one of the police officers involved to personally apologize for any negative experience he may have had in his store. Dunkin’ Donuts has a long history of supporting local law enforcement and all those who do so much to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and our country,” the statement reads.

“Our franchisees are committed to serving each and every guest with respect and courtesy. The franchisee of the Brooklyn restaurant is meeting with the police officer he spoke to earlier this week in person to hopefully bring this to a satisfactory conclusion for all involved.”



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Back to school: How to avoid scabies infection in children


Right about now, you’re getting the kids ready for going back to school. You’re shopping for school supplies, meeting new teachers, and getting your kids updated on important shots.

While you may be already considering the flu and cold season by stocking up on the essentials, there is another health concern to watch out for in the crowded school hallways. Though you don’t always hear much about it, scabies can spread easily in children at school.

In one recent case at Winchester Hospital, a patient was admitted for treatment without the staff realizing that he had an active infection. Once he was in the hospital, over 20 staff members began showing signs of scabies and required treatment right away to prevent it from spreading.

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According to Winchester Hospital’s statement in the Boston Globe, “Scabies is highly contagious, but also highly treatable.”

Contagious is an understatement when you’re looking at the numbers. The World Health Organization reveals that scabies affects over 100 million people worldwide. People from all races and social classes can get the infection, but it has a high prevalence in children and older adults living in crowded or poor conditions.

Because scabies does happen more often in crowded areas and transfers easily through skin contact, schools offer the perfect opportunity for this infection. Learn to recognize scabies and voice your concerns if you suspect that a child in school is infected.

What Is Scabies?

Scabies is an infection that occurs because of a human mite called the Sarcoptes scabiei. This tiny mite burrows into the skin, producing an intensely itchy rash. The mites then live in the skin and lay eggs, causing the infection to spread.

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As people touch and interact with other humans, the person infected can easily spread it to the people surrounding him. In school, children often stand close together in hallways, and younger classes may even hold hands as they walk in line.

To deepen the problem, people with the infection may not know about a problem for up to 6 weeks since the body takes time to react to a new infestation. Once they do show symptoms, the person may then itch the area, allowing bacteria to settle in and potentially spreading the mites to other parts of the body.

Scabies often occurs around the wrist and forearm, in between the fingers, on the bottom of the feet, around the ankles, and sometimes on the scalp. The infection can also spread to the genitals in many cases.

In rare instances, a person may get crusted scabies, where the rash crusts over due to an over-abundance of the mites living in the skin. If this severe case is not treated immediately, it can lead to complications such as sepsis and kidney damage. Crusted scabies is also even more contagious than its common counterpart because the mites can live within the crust for several days without human contact.

Treating Scabies in Children

If your child’s school does have an outbreak, you should get professional treatment right away. You should not try to self-treat this condition.

Again, many people won’t notice any symptoms for several weeks. If your child has the infection unknowingly, he can cause further problems to family and friends during that time frame.

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Once you seek medical treatment, a dermatologist will often prescribe a topical medicine with specific instructions. If a young child is infected, there are options for children as young as one-month old.

For a severe case of scabies, the doctor may prescribe a strong oral medicine. In either instance, he may also recommend taking an antibiotic for bacterial infection and an antihistamine or another medicine to control the itching.

How to Prevent

Since a scabies infection can occur in even neat, clean people, you likely won’t see the risk coming your way. However, if a friend or family member is getting treated for scabies, you should consider treatment as well. To prevent further spreading, you should wash and dry all linens, towels, clothes, and washcloths that you’ve had contact with recently.

If needed, dry clean items that cannot be washed or seal them in a plastic bag for 1 week. Vacuum the entire house and throw away the vacuum bag. You do not need to treat pets since scabies is a human mite.

Scabies is a common infection globally; so you should not feel discouraged if you’re dealing with this problem. However, to avoid them, watch for the common itchy rash in children at school. If you see something of concern, alert a school official and get proper treatment for your child if necessary.

This article first appeared on AskDrManny.com.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny’s work, visit AskDrManny.com.



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Arkansas man dies in house fire trying to save children


An Arkansas man died Wednesday morning as he tried to rescue two children trapped in a burning home.

A North Little Rock, Ark., Fire Department official said 40 year-old Jean Bingangou died from apparent smoke inhalation at the scene of the blaze.

Three adults, including Bingangou and his girlfriend, Angelique Thomas, were sitting outside when they noticed a fire inside the home, according to a report from the North Little Rock Police Department. Thomas and Bingangou ran into the house to rescue two children, aged 1 and 4, and Thomas and the children made it safely outside — but Bingangou never came out.

“He opened a bedroom door and it appears that he inhaled that toxic smoke and that just put him down right there,” Little Rock Fire Marshall John Plasterer told Fox News.

Plasterer said an initial investigation showed an overheated electric cord connected to an air conditioner was the likely cause of the fire. He noted there was a bed pushed up against the cord.

“It had pillows and blankets and the weight of the bed against the cord. And what that does is that creates resistance heating,” Plasterer said. “Heat builds up in that cord and around the materials because it has no place to go.”

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

Willie James Inman is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow him on twitter: @WillieJames



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Mom, 24, indicted for texting while driving crash that killed two teen girls


The woman accused of killing two teens and severely injuring another because she was distracted by text messages, was indicted Wednesday in Ohio.

A Summit County grand jury indicted Natasha Boggs, 24, on 11 counts, including four felonies: two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of vehicular assault.

“The investigation revealed she was texting while driving. I’ll leave it at that,” Summit County Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland told CantonRep.com.

Of the tampering with evidence charge, Holland said, “It was found there were things done on her cellphone after the accident.”

Boggs is also charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of negligent assault, one count of marked lanes violation and one count of texting while driving.

In May, Boggs drove over the marked lane on the side of the road, striking and killing two 14-year-old girls, Taylor Galloway and Amber Thoma, and severely injuring a 15-year-old boy, officials said.

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Boggs appeared in court last month and asked for her bond to be lowered, saying she has a 6-year-old child, lives with family, has a full time job and suffers from a heart condition. The judge continued her $150,000 bond and said there is an infirmary in jail that could treat her.

Boggs is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 9.

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FIGHT FOR ACCESS DOJ vs. Judicial Watch over Clinton-Lynch tarmac ‘talking points’


Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is clashing with the Trump Justice Department over access to “talking points” the DOJ prepared under the Obama administration to explain the controversial tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton last year. 

Judicial Watch is seeking the documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The group complained late Wednesday that it had received “heavily redacted” emails pertaining to the department’s internal preparations last year to press inquiries on the Lynch-Clinton meeting. 

“It’s jaw-dropping that the Trump administration is blacking out key information about how the Obama Justice Department tried to spin Loretta Lynch’s scandalous meeting with Bill Clinton,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a written statement. 

The tarmac meeting fueled Republican complaints at the time that then-Attorney General Lynch had improperly met with the husband of an investigation subject, Hillary Clinton, just before the probe into her personal email use was completed with no charges filed. Fired FBI Director James Comey, in Senate testimony in June, described that tarmac meeting as problematic. 

Judicial Watch says Peter Kadzik, then-assistant attorney general, was involved in handling the Justice Department’s response to media inquiries regarding the tarmac meeting at the time. But one email exchange shows a redacted response from him to an email with the subject line: “DRAFT: Statement/Talking Points” on June 28, 2016.

Another email shows then-director of the Justice Department Public Affairs Office Melanie Newman emailing with colleagues to “flag a story” about a “casual, unscheduled meeting between former President Bill Clinton and the AG.”

Kadzig did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Newman’s assistant told Fox News she had no comment.

“President Trump should order the full and immediate release of these materials,” Fitton said. Judicial Watch has begun criticizing Trump administration agencies for “continuing to protect Clinton and the Obama administration.”

While the DOJ does not comment on ongoing litigation, a Justice Department spokesperson referred Fox News to a letter sent by the DOJ Office of Information Policy on Aug. 1, 2017 to Judicial Watch explaining their decision to maintain redacted materials.

A senior attorney wrote to Judicial Watch that “all 315 pages are appropriate for release with excisions made by pursuant to Exemptions 5 and 6 of FOIA.” The letter explains that those sections pertain to “certain inter- and intra-agency communications protected by the deliberative process privilege, and information release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties.”

A Justice spokesperson told Fox News that decisions to claim the deliberative process exemption are routine.

Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton, brushed off Judicial Watch’s claims against the Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department.

“Judicial Watch must be getting pretty desperate if it is now accusing Trump’s own Justice Department of orchestrating a cover-up to protect the Clintons,” Fallon told Fox News.

The meeting between Clinton and Lynch occurred just days before the former secretary of state was interviewed by the FBI about her personal server and email use while leading the State Department. A week later, Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless” but did not recommend charges. The criminal investigation was closed and then briefly re-opened in October prior to the 2016 presidential election.

In his June testimony, Comey cited  concerns with Lynch’s handling of the investigation. Comey told lawmakers that Lynch directed him to describe the email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation.”

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Comey said the tarmac meeting was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the Clinton probe—and protect the bureau’s reputation.

“That was one of the bricks in the load that I needed to step away from the department,” Comey said, later adding that he was concerned Lynch was trying to align the DOJ’s comments with the way the campaign was talking about the probe. “That gave me a queasy feeling.”

Last month, a group of congressional Republicans called for a second special counsel to investigate Comey, Lynch and Clinton. 

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



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PROBE RAMPING UP? Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe: WSJ


Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.  

The move is seen as a sign the investigation into the Trump campaign is heating up and entering a new phase.

Russia has denied having a hand in the U.S. presidential election. President Trump, too, has strongly denied allegations of collusion and has frequently called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

Grand juries allow prosecutors to subpoena documents and get witness testimony on the record.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, told Fox News he wasn’t aware that Mueller had impaneled a new grand jury but that “we favor anything that brings this investigation to a swift conclusion.” 

Cobb told the Journal that, “Grand jury matters are typically secret.”

“The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly… The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller,” he added. 

Mueller, who now has a team of 16 attorneys, was brought on as special counsel in May. Prior to his involvement, federal prosecutors reportedly had been using another grand jury, in Alexandria, Va., to help with their criminal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Flynn case focuses on his work in the private sector on behalf of foreign interests. 

Asked Thursday about the Journal report, the special counsel’s office had no comment. 

Trump and his allies have in recent weeks openly criticized Mueller, with one Republican lawmaker even calling for him to step aside. 

Other lawmakers have responded with proposals that could serve to shield Mueller from being fired. 

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report. 



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