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Capitol Hill Rioter Fired After Photos Show
Him Wearing Work Badge During Siege

(Fox News) — A Maryland man was fired from his job after reportedly being recognized wearing a work badge in photographs taken at Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Though the employee's name and age have yet to be publicly released, Navistar Direct Marketing – a digital and conventional printing company with an office in Frederick – said in a statement Thursday that it had been made aware of the worker's involvement.

"A Navistar company badge was seen inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, during the security breach. After review of the photographic evidence, the employee in question has been terminated for cause," the company wrote.
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Jim Brewster's Pa. Senate Swearing-In
Will Be Delayed, Top GOP Senator Says


(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Pennsylvania Senate Republicans will not seat Democrat Jim Brewster on Tuesday, citing a pending legal challenge over his electoral win and an official objection filed in the chamber by the incumbent senator's opponent, a GOP caucus leader said.

Mr. Brewster's swearing-in will be delayed, interim Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman said Monday, because senators need time to consider opposing views of the objection filed by Republican Nicole Ziccarelli, who lost to Mr. Brewster, of McKeesport, by 69 votes in the Nov. 3 election.

Democrats, meanwhile, accused Republicans of trying to steal an election from its rightful winner, noting that Mr. Brewster's win was officially certified by Pennsylvania's secretary of state and was already litigated numerous times in court.
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Father Michael Pfleger Asked To Step Aside
Following Child Sex Abuse Allegation

CHICAGO (WGN-9) — Prominent Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger has been asked to step away from ministry following a decades-old child sexual abuse allegation, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday.

According to a letter sent from Cardinal Blase Cupich to the St. Sabina community, Father Pfleger has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor from more than 40 years ago.

Pfleger is well-known in Chicago as an anti-violence activist and has been the pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church, located in Auburn-Gresham, since 1981.

Cupich said Father Pfleger has agreed to fully cooperate while the matter is being investigated. The matter has been reported to DCFS and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the Archdiocese said.
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Police Investigate 'Appalling Act Of Anti-Semitism'
At Dartmouth College


(Campus Reform) — Vandals destroyed Dartmouth College's Hanukkah menorah, prompting a police investigation.

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon wrote in a Dec. 17 letter to the Dartmouth community that seven of the nine lights on the school's menorah had been "shot out with what appears to have been a pellet gun."

"This appalling act of anti-Semitism, perpetrated during Hanukkah in the heart of our campus, is an affront to all," said Hanlon. "We condemn this bigotry and hatred. Such acts leave members of our community feeling unsafe and afraid. They come from a place of ignorance and cowardice."

The lighting of the menorah's eighth candle went on as scheduled, and the college began working alongside local police to investigate the incident.
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Billy Baldwin, Wife Chynna Phillips Address Hilaria Baldwin's Spanish Heritage Scandal

(Fox News) — Billy Baldwin and his wife Chynna Phillips have broken their silence over their sister-in-law, Hilaria Baldwin, and her apparent cultural appropriation scandal.

The brother of Alec Baldwin told Page Six in an interview published Saturday that he's been in touch with Alec since the news broke after Christmas. 

"This is probably an awkward and embarrassing time for Alec and Hilaria," he said to Page Six. "I've been texting Alec the whole time to make sure he's OK and if he needs anything."

Meanwhile, Phillips admitted she feels sympathy for Hilaria.

"I feel terrible. Who’s going to throw the first stone at my sweet sister-in-law?" she said. "She’s a good woman and you know none of us are perfect. We all have issues."

Hilaria was called out on Twitter last week for "pretending" to be Spanish. It was revealed she was actually born and raised in Boston, not Spain as she has implied.
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 'Jeopardy' Champ Ken Jennings Defends Podcast Co-Host Against Claims Of Child Abuse, Anti-Semitism

(Fox News) — "Jeopardy!" champ Ken Jennings spoke out in defense of his podcast co-host, John Roderick, after he caught backlash for telling a story about his daughter that readers likened to child abuse.

Jennings, who has been tapped to be the first guest host of the popular game show in the wake of longtime host Alex Trebek's death, hosts a podcast called "Omnibus" alongside Roderick. Together, the duo unpacks odd true stories in an effort to create a sort of time capsule for future generations.

Over the weekend, Roderick shared a lengthy story on Twitter about parenting his 9-year-old daughter when she mentioned she was hungry. Instead of getting her food, he instructed her to make herself some baked beans. That task required the use of a can opener, which she did not know how to use. Roderick says he seized the opportunity as a "teaching moment" and, after six hours of struggling, she managed to figure it out.

Readers, however, were quick to call the podcast host out for not feeding his hungry child for six hours.
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Pilot Tells Trump Fans He'll 'Dump' Them In Kansas
If They Don't Behave

(NY Post) — A fedup American Airlines pilot threatened to "dump" a plane filled with "USA" chanting President Trump supporters in Kansas if they didn't "behave" during a flight out of Washington D.C. Friday, video shows.

"I'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off, I don't care," the pilot can be heard saying over the loudspeaker in a video posted to Twitter.

"We will do that if that's what it takes so, behave please," he continues, exasperated.

Moments prior, passengers, many of them wearing MAGA hats, were shouting "USA" over and over again on the Phoenix-bound flight, according to another clip tweeted by Mindy Robinson, who unsuccessfully ran for congress in Nevada's 3rd district last summer.
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Vogue's Kamala Harris Cover Sparks
Social Media Frenzy: 'What A Mess Up'

(Fox News) — The cover of February's upcoming issue of Vogue, which features Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, has been widely criticized on social media.

Some fans of the future VP are claiming Harris looks washed out in the photo while others say the cover's style doesn't give her the respect she deserves. And some say it's just plain bad.

"What a mess up. [Editor-in-Chief] Anna Wintour must really not have Black friends and colleagues," author Wajahat Ali wrote.

"Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still f__ed up her lighting. WTF is this washed out mess of a cover?" Twitter user E. Vaughan said.
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Golfer Justin Thomas Apologizes After Caught Muttering Anti-Gay Slur: 'I'm Extremely Embarrassed'

(Fox News) — Justin Thomas' frustration landed him in some hot water Saturday.

Thomas said a homophobic slur during the third round of the Sentry Championship in Hawaii. He was heard muttering the f-word slur on the fourth hole after missing a chance at par and settling for a bogey.

"It's inexcusable. I, first off, I just apologize," he told reporters after the round. "I mean, there's no excuse. I'm an adult. I'm a grown man, there's absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that."

Thomas added: "It's terrible. I mean, I'm extremely embarrassed, it's not who I am, it's not the kind of person that I am or anything that I do, but it's, unfortunately, I did it and I have to own up to it and I'm very apologetic."
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Dormant Volcano In The Caribbean Just Came Back
To Life, Causing Evacuation Warnings

(Science Alert) — Residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been told to remain alert after a Caribbean volcano came back to life.

La Soufrière is the highest point in St. Vincent and is located near the northern tip of the country but remained dormant for decades before beginning to spew ash on Tuesday this week, AP reported.

Steam, gas, and a volcanic dome formed by lava that reached the earth's surface could also be seen above the volcano, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The country's government, which consists of a chain of islands home to more than 100,000, raised the alert level to orange, meaning that eruptions could occur with less than 24 hours' notice.
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