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Brian Laundrie Autopsy Fails to Establish Cause of Death



The search for fugitive Brian Laundrie has come to an end following the discovery of his remains on Wednesday, but the conclusion of the well-publicized manhunt has left significantly more questions than answers about what became of him and what role he played in the death of his fiancee Gabby Petito.

In addition to the possibility that Petito’s grieving parents may now never know what happened to their daughter, who was found strangled to death in Wyoming on Sep. 19, it appears the cause of Laundrie’s own death just got more mysterious as well.

The results of an autopsy of Laundrie’s remains, which were discovered in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park near his parent’s Florida home on Wednesday, have been deemed inconclusive.

“No manner or cause of death was determined, and the remains were sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation,” the Laundrie family attorney, Steve Bertolino, told The New York Post on Friday.

Laundrie’s remains were discovered next to some of his belongings in a part of the nature reserve that had previously been under water. Authorities had been scouring the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park since his parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, reported him missing in September.

The parents, who have remained absolutely mum at Bertolino’s behest, told police that they last saw their son on Sep. 13 after he left the house to hike at the reserve. They did not report him missing until Sep. 17, however.

A multi-state manhunt ensued in which even Dog the Bounty Hunter took part. Sightings of Brian were reported from Canada to Mexico and everywhere in between as speculation raged about where he could be hiding.

All along, the Laundries have been suspected of helping their son evade law enforcement. The Petitos say they were “stonewalled” by Brian and his parents when they began to worry about Gabby’s whereabouts after her fiance returned to the Florida home they shared with the Laundries without her.

Although authorities had been combing the nature reserve for weeks, once it was finally re-opened to the public, Chris and Roberta informed law enforcement that they wanted to search by themselves.

Within hours of the couple’s arrival at the park, Brian’s belongings had been found next to human remains, which were later identified as his using dental records.

Bertolino claimed it was simple “happenstance” that his parents were there at the same time that his remains were found, but this hasn’t quelled suspicions in the least that the couple has been covering for their son.

A source told CNN on Wednesday that the remains had been there for “a while.”

“Based on the condition of the remains, it may take some time to officially identify. It is going to be a very thorough process with the medical examiner,” the source told the outlet.

Although the remains were identified Thursday (you can’t ever put too much stock in what a CNN source says, after all), the cause of death is what appears to have left the medical examiner stumped.

Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney told WPBF-TV that forensic anthropologists are called upon when remains have been “ravaged” by the environment or soft tissue has been removed — “soft tissue markers that the forensic pathologist would use,” she said.

Florida archeologist Sara Ayers-Rigsby told WINK-TV that anthropologists will work with the medical examiner‘s office to identify “what kind of trauma might be associated with these remains.”

First, she said, they will have to “figure out or ascertain you know where, how far have and if these remains have been moved at all” by wildlife or floodwaters.

According to WINK, the FBI said that Laundrie’s remains had been under water for weeks.

“On the one hand, you might encounter better preservation, right, because the material isn’t exposed to oxygen, so that can perhaps help,” Ayers-Rigsby said. She added that, on the other hand, water can deteriorate remains as well, as could alligators, which are indeed in residence at the nature reserve.

She also explained that the forensic anthropologists will examine the area around where the remains were found to determine what may have happened.

“If an area is flooded, and it brings a lot of mud, that’s something that happens in a relatively short period of time. So they could be looking into what kind of sedimentation and what kind of soil processes are happening at the site,” she explained.

The discovery of Laundrie’s remains has not only posed a whole new onslaught of questions about this headline-grabbing case; it has also potentially robbed Petito’s family of closure.

The deceased 22-year-old’s parents reported Gabby missing on Sep. 11, nearly three weeks after they had last heard from her.

Petito and Laundrie spent the summer driving across the country in their van, documenting the journey for social media using the #vanlife hashtag.

Laundrie, however, inexplicably returned to Florida without Petito on Sep. 1. The couple had last been seen on Aug. 27 after Laundrie appeared to get into an altercation with a waitress in Wyoming.

The pair had previously interacted with law enforcement in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 after someone called 911 to report that a man had been hitting a woman. The bodycam footage of the couple’s respective conversations with police has been widely circulated.

Gabby’s body was found at a campground in Wyoming on Sep. 19. The cause of death was determined to have been homicide by strangulation.

The young woman’s disappearance and subsequently discovered murder captivated internet sleuths, in no small part due to the fact that the couple had documented so much of their life together over the summer on social media.

With the discovery of Brian’s remains and an inconclusive autopsy report, it’s doubtful anyone will be giving up their amateur detective skills anytime soon.

  • GRA says:

    This whole case is strange all the way around. Everything is on hold pending the outcome of further forensic investigation. No mention of a suicide note in the notebook recovered, or elsewhere. No information of bullet holes found if it was possible to do so. Could either be overdose, hanging, or slashed wrists which would be hard to determine if there was a severe lack of tissue recovered. Otherwise somebody killed him and dumped him there. Will be interesting to see further and final developments, if any.

    • PMMcD says:

      It is my understanding they only found a partial skull. So unless he was shot in the head, all other scenarios you listed could not be determined.

      • ERIC says:

        Yeah, othher skeletal parts could have been dragged away from the area if he was dead & then picked apart by various animals, as animals like gators & sharks will consume the flesh & bones, as they have no way to pick it apart from the bones like lions or panthers can w/their paws. & FL is known for panthers as well as cougars too, as well as bears & wolves, & even jaguars, as well as alligators too of course, & pythons as well, + turkey vultures which twill tear a dead body to shreds for food. We also have various other large predatory birds here such as eagle, falcons & hawks. & while not scavengers, they will not pass up a meal if it is already there.

        Also, it must be said that bull sharks have been spotted & can survive in fresh water as well, & have made their way to very far inland inland waterways such as lakes, & rivers too, & they will eat anything, much like a tiger shark will. & the 1916 shark attacks in Matawan Creek, NJ which inspired the book Jaws, which was later made into the movie of the same name, were actually done by a bull shark they later found out, & NOT a Great White one, as Great Whites cannot breathe fresh water, but bull sharks can.

      • Janet Carney says:

        I just truly don’t think that was his remains. None of this makes any sense. His parents have lied about so many things from the very beginning. And they just up & decided the night before the park opened back; that they wanted to check out a place where he often went hiking. They NEVER shared this information in the weeks before while the police & FBI spent all kinds of money & resources look for him. And they said when they got there; his Dad went right to the area. And he came out of the brush. He didn’t bring the notebook or backpack out with him. He told his attorney he thought it best if they went & got it. That way it didn’t look suspicious.

        But it looks suspicious to the majority of people. And their attorney isn’t helping them by talking for them. He was on the news this morning & said he knew the circumstances surrounding how his parents had just decided to go look in that ONE place a day after the park opened back up may have seemed a little odd. But what he said after that just raised more suspicions. He said his parents had to check because they knew Brian’s frame of mind wasn’t right when he left. The way his Mom & him were out riding bikes in their neighborhood & what about the camping trips they took when he got home??? Even his sister & her husband were with them on one of the trips. And his sister told the media how very strange it was that Gabby’s name was NEVER brought up the entire time.

        And their attorney also said his parents have decided they WON’T have a service for him. These people were not worried about his state of mind when he left. They went about their NORMAL lives as if nothing was wrong. His Dad met the FBI one time while they were looking for their son & they had video & also talked about how he road on one of those off road buggies. And they said he & some of the agents were seen talking and laughing during that time. They said he stayed for a little while and he got in his truck & left. And his Mother NEVER once went until the day they found the remains. But so many people are asking the same question. Were they really Brian’s remains??? I truly don’t think so. But I truly pray for the sake of Gabby Petito’s parents, family & friends that the good LORD will put a burden on the hearts of Brian’s parents & they do the right thing now & tell them EVERYTHING they know. Because they know the TRUTH.


    • Samuel Hay says:

      Rattlesnake or Cottonmouth. He was too afraid to seek medical attention.

  • ERIC says:

    My heart breaks for Gabby’s family, & Brian’s parents are absolute pieces of shit for acting this way towards her family, & for helping their son evade the cops & hiding him out! It is also very odd that her body was just a skeleton, & yet they could determine that she had been strangled, & yet they can’t determine the cause if death of this bastard! Was a full skeleton discovered of his corpse? Or just some bones of it? I feel bad that no justice will be served for her senseless & tragic death! So sad! He got off easy if he committed suicide or was killed by a gator or some other wildlife! though!

    The cops should however get a search warrant for the parent’s cell & E-mail records, as that could indicate that they knew that whole time where he was! & if so, they could arrest them at least.

  • Gerald D Cline Jr says:

    What’s “dumbfounding” about the results of the autopsy? The coroner was working with skeletal remains. Unless he died of something that damaged the bones–like say, a gunshot to the head–it is unlikely the cause of death would be obvious. A forensic anthropologist might get better results when they examine the remains in much more minute detail than the coroner has available. Nicks hairline fractures or abrasions to the bone the coroner would likely miss might suggest he had–for instance–cut his own throat. Or, he might have simply taken an overdose, which might not show up because it is hard to do a toxicology on bones.

  • Annabel says:

    He’s probably in Cuba. Was there not a report that several other bodies were found in the area?

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    The server contained around three terabytes of military emails, with many related to the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is a military unit which conducts special operations.

    According to the report, the emails inside the server appear to date years back and contain personal information, according to the report.

    For example, one of the files left exposed contained a completed SF-86 questionnaire, which is a form filled out by government employees attempting to obtain a security clearance. The form arks for information such as the applicant’s social security number, address, as well as personal information of people that the applicant knew well.

    The report states that none of the data hosted on the exposed server appears to be classified.

    Tech Crunch reports that the exposed server was secured on Monday afternoon, about a day after it first reached out to the Pentagon.

    U.S. Special Operations Command Ken McGraw told Tech Crunch in a statement that “We can confirm at this point is no one hacked U.S. Special Operations Command’s information systems.”

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    Don Lemon ‘Has Agreed to Participate in Formal Training,’ Will Return to Air on Wednesday



    Don Lemon — who made headlines last week when he made comments about when women are supposedly in their “prime” and claimed that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is not in her prime — has agreed to take part in “formal training,” CNN Worldwide chairman and CEO Chris Licht noted in a Monday night email to employees, the outlet reported.

    “I sat down with Don and had a frank and meaningful conversation,” Licht noted in a memo, according to CNN. “He has agreed to participate in formal training, as well as continuing to listen and learn. We take this situation very seriously.”

    Licht also noted that Lemon will return to the air on Wednesday.

    “It is important to me that CNN balances accountability with … fostering a culture in which people can own, learn and grow from their mistakes,” Licht conveyed. “To that end, Don will return to CNN This Morning on Wednesday.”

    Haley, who announced a presidential bid last week, has called for “mandatory mental competency tests for politicians over 75 years old.” She is 51 years old.

    Lemon said last week that he is “uncomfortable” with the focus on age and claimed that Haley is not in her prime. Lemon suggested that Googling when women are in their prime would yield results indicating that women are in their prime during their 20s, 30s, and 40s — he added that he was not saying that he agreed with that notion.

    The television personality later issued a tweet addressing his comments.

    “The reference I made to a woman’s ‘prime’ this morning was inartful and irrelevant, as colleagues and loved ones have pointed out, and I regret it. A woman’s age doesn’t define her either personally or professionally. I have countless women in my life who prove that every day,” Lemon tweeted.

    CNN reported that Lemon apologized during a Friday editorial meeting. “I’m sorry that I said it,” he said, according to the outlet. “And I certainly see why people found it completely misguided.”

    “When I make a mistake, I own it,” he reportedly said. “And I own this one as well.”

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    Leading Diversity Activist Claiming to Be Woman of Color ‘White as the Driven Snow’ According to Her Mother



    An influential social justice advocacy group leader who claimed to be a woman of color is actually white, the Intercept reported.

    “I’m as white as the driven snow and so is she,” Raquel Evita Saraswati’s mother, Carol Perone, told the outlet.

    “She’s chosen to live a lie, and I find that very, very sad,” Perone added.

    Saraswati, born Rachel Elizabeth Seidel, is a Muslim activist who serves as the chief equity, inclusion, and culture officer for the progressive American Friends Service Committee.

    “I call her Rachel,” Perone said of her daughter.

    For years, Saraswati has claimed to be a woman of color. Specifically, she claimed to be of Latin, South Asian, and Arab descent.

    Perone told the Intercept Saraswati’s ethnic heritage is German and British on her mother’s side and Calabrese Italian on her now-deceased father’s side.

    Perone provided the outlet with childhood photographs of Saraswati, in which her complexion is “significantly lighter than the bronzed look in more recent photographs.” Another relative, who asked not to be named, also confirmed Saraswati is white.

    AFSC, a Quaker organization, describes itself as being “on the forefront of social change movements.” Its office of Equity, Inclusion, & Culture, led by Saraswati, aims to become “more equitable, inclusive, and in alignment with AFSC’s commitment to anti-oppression principles.”

    Oskar Pierre Castro, who was on the team that sought to fill the position Saraswati currently holds, says she presented herself as a “queer, Muslim, multi-ethnic woman.”

    Further complicating matters, some AFSC members have expressed concern that Saraswati may be deceiving the organization in such a way that would undermine its mission.

    In an “open letter” posted to Medium and confirmed by the Intercept to be from AFSC members, the members note that Saraswati had appeared on right-leaning networks presenting herself as a moderate Muslim critical of Islamic extremism.

    An unnamed AFSC leader told the Intercept they were fearful that Saraswati could be “an agent, because she started her career right-wing. She was a token Muslim voice in that milieu.”

    “Imagine the trauma of people who confided in her, trusted her, and shared sensitive information about their work and about their lives, thinking that she’s a fellow person of color,” the AFSC leader also told the outlet, referring to Saraswati. “And now all of a sudden, it’s a white woman with a right-wing history. It’s scary.”

    Watch Saraswati’s 2015 interview with Newsmax below.

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    ‘A Bit Embarrassing’: Hollywood A-Lister Says He ‘Wasn’t Impressed’ By the Ladies at ‘The View’



    Actor Liam Neeson admitted during a recent interview that he was not a fan of his own appearance on ABC’s midday talk show “The View,” complaining that most of the segment had been wasted on co-host Joy Behar’s crush on him.

    The Irish actor appeared on the February 15th broadcast, and after a brief conversation about his new movie, “Marlowe,” the topic turned to Behar’s long-standing crush on the “Taken” star.

    Noting that she had gotten a belated Valentine’s Day card from the actor before the show, Behar said that she had been disappointed to learn that he had given similar cards to her co-hosts as well. The segment concluded with nearly a full minute of past video clips of Behar fawning over Neeson.



    Neeson told Rolling Stone that he had been looking forward to talking about the film — and had been intrigued by the gun control conversation that was going on during the segment prior to his — but was disappointed and “not impressed” when nearly all of his time was taken up by Behar gushing over him.

    “I was in the dressing room drinking a cup of tea, turned the TV up, and I thought, oh, this will be great. They’re talking about gun violence in America, and I agree that it’s an American problem,” Neeson said, adding, “I go onstage and join the ladies during the break, and I was congratulating them on this discussion.”

    “And then our segment starts and it’s just all this BS,” Neeson continued, saying that the entire situation — with Behar fawning over him and the others cheering her on — had made for an awkward segment as far as he was concerned.

    “I’ve known Whoopi for years and Joy a little bit, but I just wasn’t impressed. I’m uncomfortable in those situations, you know?” he continued. “One of the ladies [Sunny Hostin] is a prosecutor and we had a little chat afterward and it was a good, intelligent conversation, but then the segment’s all about this — oof —thirteen, fourteen-year-old crush. It’s just a bit embarrassing.”

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    Parents of Missing Tot Madeleine McCann Agree to DNA-Test Woman Claiming to Be Their Daughter



    Missing British child Madeleine McCann’s parents have agreed to a DNA test for a Polish woman who believes she’s their daughter — though even representatives for the young woman making the stunning claims admit that her background is “messy.”

    Gerry and Kate McCann, whose 3-year-old daughter, Madeleine, disappeared on vacation in Portugal over 15 years ago, are following up on Julia Faustyna’s claims that she is the kidnapped toddler, a source told the Daily Beast this week.

    Faustyna, 21, became an internet sensation this month after she started posting on social media under the handle @iammadeleinemccann. Earlier this week, she updated her Instagram bio with “Kate and Gerry McCann agreed for DNA test!”

    In one of her first Instagram posts, Faustyna writes that she does not remember most of her early life except “holidays in a hot place where was [a] beach and White or very light couloured [sic] buildings with apartaments [sic].”

    Many of Faustyna’s posts document apparent physical similarities between herself and Madeleine, including a distinctive brown smudge on both girls’ right irises.

    “I have similar eyes, shape of face, ears, lips, I had the gap between the teeths [as Madeleine],” she wrote in one post alongside several photos of both herself and the missing tot.

    “I need to know the truth. I need [a] dna test and I need to talk with Madeleine’s parents. Help me!”

    In other posts, Faustyna points out perceived resemblances between herself and Gerry and Kate McCann.

    Madeleine, of Leicestershire, was last seen sleeping alongside her infant siblings in her family’s Praia de Luz vacation rental on May 3, 2007. When Kate McCann checked on her children around 10 p.m., she found the bedroom door and window open and Madeleine gone.

    In her posts, Faustyna also shared the police sketch of the man multiple witnesses saw carrying a child in the resort the night Madeleine disappeared.

    “I recognise this person..it looks very similar to my abbuser [sic],” she wrote.

    While it is unclear what kind of abuse Faustyna may have suffered, she makes references in her posts to being victimized by a “German pedophile.”

    News that the McCanns are reportedly pursuing Faustyna’s claims, however, comes amid growing concern about the young woman’s mental state.

    “[Julia’s] mental health at this moment is not good,” spokesperson Dr. Fia Johansson, also known as “Persian Medium,” shared in a video update to Faustyna’s Instagram profile on Monday.

    “She needs help,” Johansson continued, noting that Faustyna’s background is “challenging and messy.”

    Johansson did not reply to The Post’s request for a comment. A representative for Gerry and Kate McCann could also not be immediately reached.

    Though local authorities initially suspected Gerry and Kate of killing their daughter and disposing of her body, investigators later surmised that Madeleine was possibly kidnapped by German sex offender Christian Brückner.

    Authorities reportedly are still investigating Brückner, 45, who was formally identified as a suspect in the McCann case in April 2022.

    According to the Daily Beast, Brückner was a handyman in Praia de Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance. He is serving a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman at the resort in September 2005.

    “We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man an ‘arguido’ [suspect] in relation to the disappearance of our beloved daughter Madeleine,” the McCanns wrote on their website following Brückner’s official identification last year.

    “Even though the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her.”

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    Michigan State University Shooter Identified



    The mass shooter who killed three students and left five others in critical condition at Michigan State University was identified Tuesday as a 43-year-old local man who previously spent time behind bars on gun charges.

    Anthony Dwayne McRae was IDed after he was found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound at 11:35 p.m., just over three hours after he first opened fire at the East Lansing campus.

    “We have absolutely no idea what the motive was at this point,” MSU Police Interim Deputy Chief Chris Rozman said early Tuesday.

    McRae “had no affiliation to the university — he was not a student, faculty or staff, current or previous.”

    “I know everybody wants to know what the motive is. We don’t have an answer right now, that’s the honest truth,” Rozman said of the “heinous” attack.

    McRae was finally tracked down after a local resident called a tip line during the more than three hours he was hunted after shooting up two locations at the school, officials said.

    “We did recover a weapon,” the top cop said, without elaborating on what type nor if it is believed to be the same used in the mass shooting.

    Records show that McRae was arrested in June 2019 with a suspected loaded firearm in his car. He was convicted and sentenced to up to 18 months, getting released on supervision in May 2021, The Detroit News said.

    His late mother, Linda Gail McRae, was originally from Trenton, New Jersey, and “enjoyed worshipping and talking about the Lord, working in the church” and “caring for others,” an obit shows.

    She died on Sept. 13, 2020, in Sparrow Hospital — the same Lansing hospital treating the five injured by her crazed son.

    Trauma surgeon Denny Martin broke down at Tuesday’s press conference as he detailed treating the five injured, all of whom remain in critical condition Tuesday.

    All five were students, as were the three killed, officials said, without identifying any.

    Shots were fired in two locations on the sprawling East Lansing campus, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

    McRae first started shooting inside an academic building called Berkey Hall, where two of the dead were found.

    Rozman said “there was an absolutely overwhelming police response” with “officers in that building within minutes.”

    As they treated the injured, officers started getting calls of shots fired at the nearby MSU Union building, which houses a student dining hall, where a third fatality was found.

    One survivor told the “Today” show early Tuesday that the gunman had been silent when he burst through the back door of her classroom and started shooting at the 20 or so students inside.

    Claire Papoulias recalled hearing “three or four gunshots directly behind” her head, immediately dropping to the floor as someone yelled that there was a shooter.

    “At that moment, I thought I was gonna die. I was so scared,” she told the NBC breakfast show, praising other students for heroically racing to smash open windows to help them flee.

    During the carnage, she called her mom, Natalie Papoulias, who “heard about three gunshots and screaming” on Claire’s end.

    “It was my worst nightmare,” the mom said, adding she felt her legs would give way as she rushed to get in her car to race to the campus.

    “I mean, I feel like she literally like dodged a bullet.”

    Videos posted online showed swarms of terrified students running across the campus as officers tried to take command of the chaotic scene.

    Following the first report of shots fired, students and staff at the school were ordered to “secure in place,” authorities said.

    University police on Monday night sent out an alert warning the campus community to “Run, Hide, Fight.”

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she had called President Biden over the shooting, which she called “a weekly American problem.”

    “We are all broken by an all too familiar feeling,” she said, adding: “We cannot keep going on like this.”

    “Words are not good enough. We must act and we will,” Whitmer said.

    The shooting comes just one day shy of the five-year anniversary of when 14 students and three teachers were killed at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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    Nikki Haley Announces Decision on 2024 Presidential Bid



    Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that she is running for president, seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 election.

    In a video message posted on Twitter, Haley touted her record as South Carolina’s governor, while looking to the future and the needs of the country.

    “It’s time for a new generation of leadership,” Haley stated.

    Haley identified numerous threats facing the country, from the “socialist left” to Russia and China, warning that there are those who see the United States as vulnerable.

    “They all think we can be bullied, kicked around. You should know this about me, I don’t put up with bullies, and when you kick back it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels.”

    Haley joins former President Donald Trump in the race for the GOP nomination. Haley served in Trump’s administration as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, leaving at the end of 2018 on good terms with the then-president.

    Haley publicly broke away from Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, with statements condemning Trump for his words leading up to the events of that day, as well as his persistence in declaring that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

    In January, Trump said Haley called him to discuss the possibility of her running against him.

    “Go by your heart if you want to run,” Trump said he told Haley. And he said he told her she “should do it.”

    Trump the appeared to take a dig at Haley, noting that she had previously “publicly” said she wouldn’t seek the White House in 2024 if Trump ran again.

    The former president again took a mild shot at Haley in an interview with Hugh Hewitt earlier this month.

    “Nikki suffers from something that’s a very tough thing to suffer from: She’s overly ambitious,” Trump said.

    The field of Republicans seeking their party’s nomination is expected to grow significantly in the coming months. Rumored possibilities include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Haley’s former South Carolinian Sen. Tim Scott, and other former Trump administration officials including ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Vice President Mike Pence.

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    As Mystery Objects Get Shot Down, U.S. Sets Up New Task Force on UFOs



    The White House has announced it is putting together a new UFO task force to study the potential security risks posed by new airborne objects detected in US airspace.

    The new group, created on orders from national security adviser Jake Sullivan, will see experts from the Pentagon, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies come together to analyze unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) and determine whether they are a threat.

    National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Monday said: ‘Every element of the government will redouble their efforts to understand and mitigate these events,’ adding the task force would examine the ‘broader policy implications’ related to the detection and analysis of UFOs over mainland US.

    The announcement came late on Monday, just one day after a US air force F-16 fighter jet shot down a UFO over the Great Lakes – the third unidentified object to be downed in as many days.

    On Friday a UFO was shot down close to Deadhorse, Alaska, and on Saturday a second was downed over Yukon, Canada.

    US officials are yet to collect and analyze the wreckage and are still unable to determine what the objects were, or where they were from.

    A number of Republicans – and some Democrats too – have publicly demanded that the Biden administration provide as much information as possible about the UFOs.

    ‘People are scared, upset, & are believing crazy things being said on the internet about the 3 objects shot down by our military. There are not aliens & no evidence of them. But there is a lack of transparency from the Biden admin and simple explanations are owed to the people,’ tweeted Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday.

    Additionally, Sen. Rand Paul tweeted: ‘As Ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, I demand that POTUS and the Department of Defense tell us what they know – and what they don’t – immediately.’

    The UFO narrative wasn’t helped by Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of NORAD and US Northern Command, who wouldn’t say aliens were off the table during a briefing Sunday night.

    ‘I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure out [what the UFOs are]. I haven’t ruled out anything,’ VanHerck said.

    ‘At this point we continue to assess every threat or potential threat, unknown, that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it.’

    The object detected Sunday was described by defense officials as an unmanned ‘octagonal structure’ with ‘potential surveillance capabilities’ and strings attached to it.

    An F-16 fighter jet shot it down from around 20,000ft over the Great Lakes at 2:42pm – after two other crafts were destroyed over Alaska and Canada on Friday and Saturday.

    The UFO shot down over Alaska has not yet been recovered, though analysts said it was about the size of a car.

    The one shot down over Canada was shaped like a cylinder, officials said.

    A Chinese balloon was shot down on February 4 over South Carolina, meaning the US air force downed four objects in just eight days.

    VanHerck said that, unlike the Chinese spy balloon, all three UFOs gunned down over the weekend were of a similar size and speed.

    He added that the since the Chinese balloon was found in late January, the US adjusted its radar so it could track slower objects. He explained that this radar adjustment, plus the heightened state of alert following the Chinese balloon, explains the frequency of UFO sightings.

    ‘With some adjustments, we’ve been able to get a better categorization of radar tracks now,’ he said, ‘and that’s why I think you’re seeing these, plus there’s a heightened alert to look for this information.’

    VanMerck said the air force is still unsure how the three objects were staying aloft, as they currently have unknown propulsion systems. He added: ‘We’re calling them objects, not balloons, for a reason.’

    Marco Rubio, the Vice Chairman of the US Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, tweeted: ‘The last 72 hours revealed to the public what was happening for years, unidentified aircraft routinely operating over restricted US airspace.

    ‘This is why I pushed to take this seriously and created a permanent UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena – equivalent to UFOs) task force two years ago.’

    But the White House press secretary and Kirby sought to calm the situation yesterday.

    ‘I know there have been questions and concerns about this but there is no, again, no indication of aliens or extra terrestrial activity with these recent takedowns. Wanted to make sure the American people knew that, all of you knew that,’ Karine Jean-Pierre said.

    Kirby meanwhile said the three objects could be innocuous.

    ‘There could be completely benign and totally explainable reasons for why these objects are flying around up there. Certainly don’t have to be nefarious at all,’ Kirby said.

    ‘There are corporate entities that operate these kinds of things. There are academic research institutions that do this sort of thing. We just don’t know.’

    ‘As soon as we can find out, we can get the debris, we can find out, we will absolutely share what we can,’ Kirby added.

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    NEW: US Military Recovers Electronic Sensors from Downed Chinese Spy Balloon



    The US military recovered the electronic mechanism and key sensors — believed to be used for intelligence gathering — from the Chinese spy balloon shot down earlier this month, officials announced Monday.

    “Crews have been able to recover significant debris from the site, including all of the priority sensor and electronics pieces identified as well as large sections of the structure,” the US military’s Northern Command said in a statement.

    The giant balloon — which Beijing denied was a government device used for surveillance — was taken out by a US fighter jet off South Carolina’s coast on Feb. 4 after it hovered over the country for a week.

    The parts were recovered from the ocean by Navy personnel in the days after.

    Members of the FBI’s evidence response team have since been studying the remnants to assess how extensive its surveillance capabilities were, but didn’t have access to the majority of the balloon’s “payload” — its onboard electronics. The military now has possession of the critical electronics.

    The discovery of the Chinese spy balloon led US officials to be on high alert for other potential foreign intelligence-gathering devices flying in US airways that were not detected by radar.

    US military officials located and shot down three objects in as many days over the weekend in an unprecedented move.

    Federal authorities said little is known about the latest three objects, including how they stay aloft, where they are coming from and if they were also being used to spy on the US.

    US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the objects were never a military threat to people on the ground, but were shot down because they could have been a risk to civil aviation and “potentially an intelligence collection threat.”

    Austin added that US military teams have not yet recovered debris from the three objects shot down — which were significantly smaller than the Chinese spy balloon.

    US officials have not said whether the three objects are connected or believed to be coming from one source.

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    Ivanka Trump Forced to Rush to Hospital After Receiving Call That ‘Every Parent Dreads’



    Former first daughter Ivanka Trump shared to Instagram on Sunday that her son, Theo, was rushed to the hospital after breaking his wrist at school.

    “This week I received a call from the school nurse that every parent dreads,” Trump wrote. “My 6-year-old son Theo broke his wrist while playing soccer. Since I was over an hour’s drive away, an ambulance took Theo, accompanied by the school nurse, to the closest hospital. Jared and I raced to meet him, Jared arriving at the same time as the ambulance and me getting there a few minutes later.”

    Trump said it was a “bad break” but that her son was well taken care of.


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    “Theo’s visit culminated with two ice pops, which led to him declaring ‘this is the best day ever!’” she posted. “Jared and I are so grateful to the doctors, nurses, EMTs, and the hospital staff who cared for our son. With gratitude in our hearts, we have made a donation to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.”

    The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital responded to Trump’s post, writing in part, “we’re so grateful for your trust in our skilled medical staff! It’s a privilege to care for Theo, and all the sweet children who come through our doors.”

    “Thank you for your support – it enables us to continue to provide high-quality care with the utmost compassion,” the hospital added.

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    Viral Super Bowl Ad Tricks Fans, Gets Big Reaction on Social Media: ‘I Yelled at Every Single Person in the Room’



    One of the most talked-about commercials from Super Bowl LVII comes courtesy of Tubi, and it’s getting attention for intentionally tricking most of the nation.

    The ad for the streaming service Tubi made most people believe that someone was sitting on the remote and changing the channel during a pivotal point in the game.

    The 15-second spot showed what looked like the Super Bowl broadcast returning from a commercial break with Fox Sports announcers Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen. But then it looked like the screen switched to someone scrolling to the Tubi TV app and searching through the Tubi library, looking for something else to watch.

    Tubi shared on its YouTube video caption, “No, you didn’t sit on the remote. But on Super Bowl Sunday, we fooled audiences into thinking they did.”

    Viewers quickly headed to social media with their reactions, saying the commercial had fooled them into thinking someone in the room was changing the channel.


    “Tubi commercial had us all looking for the remote,” The Game Day NFL tweeted with the laughing/crying emoji.

    “That tubi commercial definitely made me start a fight with my husband,” another person admitted.

    “That Tubi commercial came on & I yelled at every single person in this room,” a third Twitter reaction says.

    The commercial was called “Interface Interruption,” per The Hollywood Reporter. The ad was produced by the agency Mischief in partnership with Tubi, the publication noted.

    “Nicole [chief marketing officer at Tubi] and the Tubi team came to us with a unique brief for the streaming sector: Reveal Tubi to the world, personality-first. Not title-first. These spots reveal a personality we’ve had fun creating over the past few months: quirky, playful and a bit unexpected,” Greg Hahn, co-founder and CCO, said.

    He continued, “Tubi is poised to be the troublemaker of the streaming world.”

    Other popular commercials from the 2023 Super Bowl broadcast included Ben Affleck pretending to work at Dunkin, and Sarah McLachlan’s Busch Light ad, which featured the song “Angel” as a callback to her emotionally charged American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ads from the past.

    The M&M’s “spokescandies” also announced they were returning after a staged hiatus, and one commercial revealed that Michael Keaton would reprise his role of Batman in “The Flash,” which is scheduled for release on June 16, 2023.

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    ‘NYPD Blue’ Child Star Austin Majors Dead at 27



    Austin Majors, the child actor who became famous for his role as Theo Sipowicz in “NYPD Blue” has died, reportedly from fentanyl poisoning.

    Majors, 27, also known as Austin Setmajer-Raglin, appeared in 48 episodes of “NYPD Blue” as well as “E.R.,” “NCIS,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

    Majors “was a loving, artistic, brilliant, and kind human being. Austin took great joy and pride in his acting career. He was an active Eagle Scout and graduated Salutatorian in High School. He went on to graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with a passion of directing and music producing,” the family said in a statement to TMZ.

    “Austin’s younger sister, Kali, says her fondest memories with Austin were growing up on set with him, volunteering at events with ‘Kids With a Cause,’ and backpacking together,” the statement continued. “Austin was the kind of son, brother, grandson and nephew that made us proud and we will miss him deeply forever.”

    Kali Raglin told Fox News Digital that officials said her brother’s cause of death came from “suspected fentanyl poisoning with an ongoing investigation.”

    According to Variety, Majors had been staying at a Los Angeles facility for the homeless.

    On Sunday, Kali Raglin wrote on Instagram. “My big brother, Austin, is gone. He died last night. It’s so surreal to me still. He was only 27 with so much life left to live.”

    “NYPD Blue, “ created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, ran from September 21, 1993 to March 1, 2005 and became ABC’s longest-running primetime one-hour drama until passed by “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2016. Actor Dennis Franz played the lead character, NYPD detective Andy Sipowicz, father of Theo.

    A 2003 episode of the show, titled “Nude Awakening,” showed Theo entering a bathroom where Connie, played by actress Charlotte Ross, was nude. Ross’ nudity from behind, which lasted seven seconds, prompted protests from viewers and the FCC to levy a a $1.2 million indecency fine against ABC which was later vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York.

    Bochco later told GQ that he and then-ABC president Bob Iger (now CEO of Disney) “sat in his office like two little boys, drawing dirty pictures: naked men and women” while considering “How much of this can you see? How much of that?” without angering the Federal Communications Commission.

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    Inflation Rises More Than Expected — Up 6.4% from Year Ago



    The consumer price index (CPI) rose 6.4% in January on an annual basis, hotter than expected, but remained steady compared to last month.

    The latest read presents more challenges for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell who has hinted that disinflation is underway.

    Still, elevated costs for everyday staples remain stubbornly high.

    The Labor Department reported that the CPI, a broad measure of the price of everyday goods that includes gasoline, groceries and rents, rose 0.5% on the month in January after a surprise decline of 0.1% in December.

    Annually prices remain above 6% but are down sharply from the 9.1% surge in June, which marked the highest inflation rate in almost 41 years.

    Still, inflation is expected to remain roughly three times higher than the pre-pandemic average on an annualized basis, underscoring the persistent financial burden placed on millions of U.S. households by high prices.

    When factoring out volatile food and energy costs, the core consumer price index rose 0.4% in January, slightly above December’s 0.3% increase. Annually, core CPI ticked up 5.6% in January, more than expected.

    It’s still lower than September’s 6.6% increase, which was the highest in 40 years.

    Powell has previously acknowledged that disinflation has begun, but the Fed chairman also says there is still a long way to go to reach the central bank’s desired 2.0% inflation rate.

    The markets initially welcomed this message, sending risk assets like stocks higher. But recent concerns that the Fed will keep rates higher for longer have investors worried about a policy mistake.

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