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Mega Millions $1 billion Friday jackpot numbers drawn - Fox News
The prize is the second-largest in the game’s history.
One winning ticket was sold in Michigan for Friday's $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, according to the game's official website. In addition, Match 5 winners were found in Florida (2), Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York (2) and Pennsylvania, according to the site. Match 5 + Megaplier winning tickets were sold in North Carolina and Virginia. Friday's winning numbers were: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 with the Mega Ball number 24, according to the site. The jackpot had soared to an estimated $1 billion as of Friday evening after Tuesday's drawing failed to result in a winner. Friday's prize was the second-largest in the games history. $1 BILLION MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT FAST FACTS If a player claims the winnings, it would be the third-largest lotto prize ever, below only two jackpots exceeding $1.5 billion. The winner will have the option of a one-time, lump-sum payment -- or an annuity paid out over the course of about 30 years. The cash option is estimated at about $739.6 million before taxes. Forms for the Mega Millions lottery at a local grocery store Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press) According to officials, the pot ahead of Tuesday's drawing had already entered "rarified territory" as it rose to an estimated $850 million. MEGA MILLIONS GROWS TO $850M AHEAD OF TUESDAY'S DRAWING Tuesday night's drawing produced millions of winning tickets at other prize levels, according to lottery officials. However, it fell short of finding a ticket to match the five white balls 10, 19, 26, 28 and 50, plus the gold Mega Ball 16. The Jan. 22 drawing will be the 37th draw in the current jackpot run which has been ongoing since Sept. 15, when a Wisconsin player won a $120 million prize. Officials say its the longest the game has ever gone without seeing a jackpot win. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP However, there have been nearly 35.4 million winning tickets at other prize levels during the long stretch, including 60 worth at least $1 million. Here are the 10 largest U.S. lottery jackpots to date (Source: Mega Millions/Powerball)
- $1.586 billion - Jan. 13, 2016 - Powerball
- $1.537 billion - Oct. 23, 2018 - Mega Millions
- $970 million (est. - Jan. 22, 2021 - Mega Millions)
- $768.4 million - Mar. 27, 2019 - Powerball
- $758.7 million - Aug. 23, 2017 - Powerball
- $731.1 million - Jan. 20, 2021 - Powerball
- $687.8 million Oct. 27, 2018 Powerball
- $656.0 million - Mar. 30, 2012 - Mega Millions
- $648.0 million - Dec. 17, 2013 - Mega Millions
- $590.5 million - May 18, 2013 - Powerball
UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly - Fox News
There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday -- though he stressed that the data is uncertain
LONDON (AP) There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death than the original strain, the British governments chief scientific adviser said Friday -- though he stressed that the data is uncertain Patrick Vallance told a news conference that "there is evidence that there is an increased risk for those who have the new variant." He said that for a man in his 60s with the original version of the virus, "the average risk is that for 1,000 people who got infected, roughly 10 would be expected to unfortunately die." "With the new variant, for 1,000 people infected, roughly 13 or 14 people might be expected to die," he said. But Vallance stressed that "the evidence is not yet strong" and more research is needed. LONDON WEDDING WITH 150 GUESTS BROKEN UP BY POLICE OVER LOCKDOWN VIOLATIONS In contrast to that uncertainty, he said, there is growing confidence that the variant is more easily passed on than the original coronavirus strain. He said it appears to be between 30% and 70% more transmissible. Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organizations technical lead on COVID-19, said studies were underway to look at the transmission and severity of new virus variants. She said so far "they havent seen an increase in severity" but that more transmission could lead to "an overburdened health care system" and thus more deaths. The evidence for the new variant being more deadly is in a paper prepared by a group of scientists that advises the government on new respiratory viruses, based on several studies. The British scientists said that although initial analyses suggested that the strain, first identified in September, did not cause more severe disease, several more recent ones suggest it might. However, the numbers of deaths are relatively small, and case fatality rates are affected by many things including the care patients get and their age and health beyond having COVID-19. AMAZON DISPUTES CLAIM IT NEVER OFFERED TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DISTRIBUTION ASSISTANCE The British scientists stress that the information so far has major limitations, and that they do not know how representative the cases included in the analyses are of whats happening throughout the country or elsewhere. One analysis did not find an increased risk of death among people admitted to a hospital with the new strain. In another, the odds of being admitted to a hospital with the new strain compared to the previously dominant one were no different. There is a lag in reporting hospitalizations after infection, and a further lag from infection to death, so officials expect to learn more in several weeks. Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia, said "there is quite a bit of difference in the estimated increased risk of death between the different analyses, though most, but not all, show increased risk of death," he said. Ian Jones, professor of Virology at the University of Reading, said "the data is limited and the conclusions preliminary. However, an increased case fatality rate is certainly possible with a virus that has upped its game in transmission." NJ EXPANDS COVID-19 VACCINE TO SMOKERS BUT TEACHERS, OTHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS KEPT WAITING British officials say they are confident that the vaccines that have been authorized for use against COVID-19 will be effective against the new strain identified in the country. But Vallance said scientists are concerned that variants identified in Brazil and South Africa could be more resistant to vaccines, adding that more research needs to be done. Concerns about newly identified variants have triggered a spate of new travel restrictions around the world. Many countries have closed their borders to travelers from Britain, and the U.K. has halted flights from Brazil and South Africa. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there could be further restrictions. "We may need to go further to protect our borders," he said. Britain has recorded 95,981 deaths among people who tested positive for the coronavirus, the highest confirmed total in Europe. The U.K. is currently in a lockdown in an attempt to slow the latest surge of the coronavirus outbreak. Pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and many shops are closed, and people are required to stay largely at home. The number of new infections has begun to fall, but deaths remain agonizingly high, averaging more than 1,000 a day, and the number of hospitalized patients is 80% higher than at the first peak of the pandemic in the spring. Johnson, who has often been accused of giving overly optimistic predictions about relaxing coronavirus restrictions, sounded gloomy. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "We will have to live with coronavirus in one way or another for a long while to come," he said, adding that "its an open question" when measures could be eased. "At this stage youve got to be very, very cautious indeed," he said. Vallance agreed. "I dont think this virus is going anywhere," he said. "Its going to be around, probably, forever."
Alberta premier: Biden disrespected America's closest friend by canceling Keystone Pipeline - Fox News
The leader of the Canadian province of Alberta ripped President Biden Friday over his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline almost immediately after taking office earlier this week.
The leader of the Canadian province of Alberta ripped President Biden Friday over his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline almost immediately after taking office earlier this week. Jason Kenney, a Conservative whose province is one of the Western Hemisphere's top producers of heavy crude oil, told "The Story" that Biden's move was disrespectful to Canada, one of America's closest allies. "First of all, we congratulate President Biden on his inauguration and election and hope to have a close and strong relationship. We have the biggest bilateral trade relationship between Canada and the United States," Kenney began. "But the biggest part of that trade is Canadian energy exports -- largely from our province of Alberta. We have the third-largest oil reserves in the world. We ship about $100 billion of energy to the U.S. every year. Keystone XL would have meant a significant, safe, modern increase in that shipment." "It is very -- it's very frustrating that one of the first acts of a new president was I think, ro disrespect one of America's closest friends and allies," he added. Kenney noted that without the pipeline, oil must be transported to Gulf Coast refineries by truck or train, both of which are sources of much higher emissions. He added that Biden's move kills thousands of union labor jobs on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border and counterintuitively makes the United States more dependent on "dictatorships" for its energy needs. With the current Keystone Pipeline ending in Port Arthur, Texas, Kenney said, many of the refineries in that region are designed to process "heavy crude" oil from Canada. Without Canadian oil, the next most reliable source of heavy crude would be the Maduro regime in Venezuela. "I don't see how that is in the interests of the United States," said Kenney, who urged the Biden administration to "please take a half step back here, get into a conversation with your closest friend and ally, Canada, about how we can ensure a future for safe energy exports, continental energy independence and security between Canada and the U.S., while also taking very seriously climate policy and environmental policy." TRUDEAU 'DISAPPOINTED' IN BIDEN DECISION TO CANCEL KEYSTONE PIPELINE Host Martha MacCallum noted that Biden was scheduled to speak Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and that the topic of the pipeline will undoubtedly come up. Kenney replied that he hopes Trudeau will discuss energy policy with Biden, and that the two leaders will continue their nations' traditional relationship given their "closely integrated" economies. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "There was a permit, legally approved [for the Keystone XL Pipeline]. Investments were made on that basis. But ultimately, Canadian energy continues to flow to the United States," he said, reiterating hope for recompense from the U.S. "One thing we're concerned about are political forces trying to decommission a number of other safe pipelines that have been operating for decades. So I would call on our friends in the United States to realize Canada is your closest friend and ally. We're a safer source of energy to fuel your economy than OPEC dictatorships."
Ted Cruz slams 'rich' Seth Rogen after actor calls him a 'fascist' in spat over Biden's Paris climate pledge - Fox News
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and actor Seth Rogen duked it out on Twitter over one of President Biden's first executive orders.
One of the several executive orders signed by President Biden during his first day in the White House resulted in a Twitter feud between Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and actor Seth Rogen. Rogen unleashed his fury at Cruz on Wednesday shortly after the Texas Senator slammed Biden's pledge to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. "By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he's more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the lievlihoods of Americans," Cruz tweeted. The tweet led Rogen to respond directly to Cruz with profanity: "F--k off you fascist." SETH ROGEN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS JEWISH HERITAGE: 'I WAS FED A HUGE AMOUNT OF LIES' Seth Rogen unleashed fury at Sen. Ted Cruz for his slamming of President Biden's pledge to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. (Getty) Cruz, however, wasn't having it and used the opportunity to criticize the "Long Shot" actor. "Charming, civil, educated response," Cruz quipped to Rogen with sarcasm. "If you're a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today's Dems are the party for you. If you're blue-collar, if you're a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing...not so much." The tweet didn't go unnoticed by the actor, who again criticized Cruz, calling him a "clown." "Haha get f--ked fascist. Go encourage a white supremacist insurrection again you f--king clown," Rogen fired back. SETH ROGEN SAYS MARVEL FILMS ARE '$200-MILLION COMEDIES' HE HAS TO COMPETE WITH In another tweet, the actor wrote, "If you're a white supremacist fascist who doesn't find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherf--ker for you." "Also I'm in four unions," Rogen quipped. The Paris Climate Agreement was one of over a dozen executive orders Biden signed after being sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Several of the executive orders rolled back Trump's actions during his term, such as rejoining the World Health Organization. Back in 2017, Rogen gave an interview where he discussed the need to find a balance between speaking out against President Trump and not putting down those who voted for him. SETH ROGEN SAYS HE'S SMOKING WEED, MAKING POTTERY DURING CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE "I dont want to look back in 10 years and think, 'I just didnt say anything during that time,' because it seems like a time where its very important to normalize dissent," Rogen told the Daily Beast in a wide-ranging interview. He added that he had tried to be "very conscious" of not insulting Trump's supporters. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER "The way I think of it is just normalizing the idea that a lot of people do not think that he is a good president, and do not think that he is bringing the country in a good direction, and not making it seem like some fringe, out-there thing that only really aggressive people who have whipped themselves into some sort of frenzy are expressing," the actor said. The funnyman, who was born in Canada and moved to the United States in 1999, at the time joked that if things don't end well he can always move back. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "I got a whole other country I can go to. Those are jokes, obviously. I will not be leaving America," he said adding "It doesnt take a genius or a particularly creative mind to point out how blatantly idiotic and contradictory things are."
Some Portland marchers express regrets about attack on Dem HQ, anti-Biden graffiti: report - Fox News
Some of the dozens of black-clad Antifa activists and anarchists who faced off against police and vandalized the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters with anti-Biden graffiti in the southeast part of the city Wednesday seemed to wonder exactly what their p…
"This is the worst (expletive) march Ive ever attended!" one marcher yelled during a Portland, Ore., Inauguration Day protest that turned into a riot, according to a report. Some of the dozens of black-clad Antifa activists and anarchists who faced off against police and vandalized the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters with anti-Biden graffiti in the southeast part of the city Wednesday seemed to wonder exactly what the group's purpose was. "Who set this (expletive) up?" another marcher questioned over a megaphone as the disjointed protest got underway, OregonLive.com reported. "We dont have leaders," was the reported answer. PORTLAND RIOTING AGAINST BIEN INAUGURATION LEADS TO CHARGES FOR 4, MORE LIKELY TO FOLLOW Many of the rioters expressed their disdain for the police as well as the new president. A tweet on PNW Youth Liberation Fronts Twitter page advertised the Inauguration Day rally as "F--- THE STATE. F--- BIDEN. LANDBACK. F--- 12." As of early Friday the tweet was still up although Twitter had restricted the account. ("F--- 12" refers to the police.) The organizers also discouraged live streaming or "peace police." The march was one of several that popped up in Portland and Seattle as President Biden took the oath of office in Washington on Wednesday. The group also carried a banner with a picture of a gun that said, "We dont want Biden -- we want revenge for police murders, imperialist wars, and fascist massacres." The marchers, who soon grew to around 200, shouted slogans such as, "No good cop, no good president!" and "Black lives matter!" At the beginning of the march, protesters immediately clashed with police and attempted to take an officer's bicycle, which was quickly recovered. The Portland Police Bureau said it made announcements from a loudspeaker, saying: "Officers have observed people in the area of Revolution Hall take an officer's bicycle and throw objects at retreating officers. Everyone at Revolution Hall is reminded to obey all laws." "Roadways in the area remain open to vehicular traffic and no permit for use of area roadways have been approved. Pedestrians and demonstrators must obey all traffic laws and utilize sidewalks. Failure to obey this direction may result in citation or arrest." Eventually, they ended up in another clash with police in a parking lot near a high school after not seeming to know where they were headed, OregonLive reported. AT LEAST 2 PORTLAND PROTESTERS ARRESTED HAVE PRIOR HISTORY OF UNREST-RELATED CHARGES "I dont know where the (expletive) Im going, but I dont give a (expletive)," a 20-year-old marcher reportedly shouted as the group tried to avoid a police roadblock. She told OregonLive she was marching to remind people that she doesnt want people forgetting "Black lives matter" just because former President Trump has left office. Another marcher said he was rallying because "Black lives (expletive) matter. Injustice. Its time for this to be done." As the group reached a freeway ramp one person wondered aloud where they were going while another complained it was the worst march they had attended. Soon after a woman said, "Its not about making a riot happen if its not going to happen," some in the group reportedly began indiscriminately smashing windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon building and tagging it with anti-Biden language. Some in the group grew frustrated with the destruction and left the rioters. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Police said they caught up with the rioters in the parking lot near the high school and arrested at least eight for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and reckless burning. Marches like the one on Wednesday have frustrated police reform activists and Black Lives Matter members who say the senseless violence and destruction set the movement against police brutality back and turn people against the movement. Many of those activists have distanced themselves from rioters and condemned the violence, according to OregonLive.
James Bond flick 'No Time to Die' release delayed again: report - Fox News
James Bond flick "No Time to Die" starring Daniel Craig has once again shifted its release date.
Producers of "No Time to Die," the latest upcoming installment of the James Bond franchise, have delayed its theatrical release yet again. The movie, which was slated to open April 2, will now hit theaters Oct. 8, according to Variety. The move comes as coronavirus cases continue to spike, particularly in the U.S. "No Time to Die" has had a hard time landing a release date since being slated for an April 2020 opening. The film was delayed until November 2020, but as the pandemic failed to subside, it was again moved to April of this year. 'NO TIME TO DIE' ALMOST SOLD TO STREAMERS AS US THEATERS STRUGGLED WITH CORONAVIRUS MGM will handle distribution in North America and Universal will roll out the film internationally. Reps for the companies did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Bond flick 'No Time to Die' has once again been pushed back. The movie will now hit theaters on Oct. 8. (Nicola Dove) The outlet reports that "No Time to Die" cost around $200 million and will need to be an international success to make money on the flick, especially considering an advertising campaign was nearly completed in the past. Making such a sum is very unlikely without American movie theaters operating at a higher volume than they are now, as many theaters remain closed with others have limited capacities. "No Time to Die" will star Daniel Craig as the smooth-talking Brit alongside Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Ralph Fiennes and others. 'NO TIME TO DIE' ACTOR DANIEL CRAIG TALKS FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF PLAYING JAMES BOND The film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a screenplay he co-wrote with -- among others -- "Fleabag" creator and "Solo: A Star Wars Story" actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Billie Eilish performs the theme song. Daniel Craig, star of 'No Time to Die.' (Photo by Noam Galai/FilmMagic) The picture was also the first major tentpole film to push back its release date amid the pandemic and considered selling to streamers for a high price tag. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The most recent delay was the first in a line of release date shifts that occurred Thursday, including Sony's "Cinderella," which was set to be the year's first big release Feb. 5. The musical will now hit theaters July 16. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (now set for release Nov. 11), "Uncharted" (Feb. 11, 2022) and "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway" (June 11) were also pushed back.
Ted Thompson, Packers Super Bowl-winning general manager, dead at 68 - Fox News
Ted Thompson, the former Super Bowl-winning general manager of the Green Bay Packers, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the team announced.
Ted Thompson, the former Super Bowl-winning general manager of the Green Bay Packers, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the team announced. The Packers stated that Thompson died on Wednesday night at his home in Atlanta, Texas, after they were contacted by a member of his family. In May of 2019, Thompson was diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Thompson was Green Bays general manager from 2005-17. He drafted the teams current MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and pieced together 49 of the 53 players on the Packers Super Bowl team in 2010. With Thompson as general manager, the Packers made eight consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-16, including the Super Bowl season in 2010. "Im really thankful for Ted," Rodgers said in a statement. "The fact that I was his first draft pick will always link us together. I always appreciated his steady hand and the conversations that we would have. He always made things pretty clear about what he expected from the team and what he expected from me. TERRY BRADSHAW OFFERING UP $500,000 AND A NEW FORD F-150 TRUCK IN SUNDAY'S FOX BET SUPER 6 "He always preached to put the team first, to not be a distraction, to be a good teammate, to be a good professional, and I always appreciated those comments. He would always start the season and address the team for a few minutes and he would always finish with, Godspeed. Rodgers continued: "As he passes on, I want to thank him for what he meant to myself, the team, and the organization, and wish him Godspeed." AARON RODGERS' FUTURE A 'BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY' AS PACKERS PREPARE FOR NFC CHAMPIONSHIP Thompson was a part of the teams front office for more than two decades, and he was the director of pro personnel when Brett Favre led the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 1996. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Ted lived a life of true Christian humility in a world where its more common to proclaim ones own greatness," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. "Those who knew him well admired his brilliance as a scout and his extraordinary ability to find players of good character. He was slyly funny and a loyal and true friend." The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Putin critic finds support from NHL star Artemi Panarin on social media - Fox News
New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin posted a picture to Instagram Thursday showing support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on Sunday several months after he was poisoned.
New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin posted a picture to Instagram on Thursday showing support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on Sunday several months after he was poisoned. Panarin, a native Russian, posted the picture of Navalny, his wife and their two children with the caption "Freedom for Navalny." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Russian President Vladimir Putins most well-known critic, was arrested on Sunday when he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Panarin declined to comment further on the post through a Rangers spokesperson, ESPN reported. This isnt the first time the Rangers alternate captain has spoken out against Putin. In a 2019 interview, he criticized the Russian president saying that he "no longer understands whats right and whats wrong." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "Psychologically, its not easy for him to judge the situation soberly," Panarin said at the time, via Sports Illustrated. "He has a lot of people who influence his decisions. But if everyone is walking around you for 20 years telling you what a great guy you are and how great a job you are doing, you will never see your mistakes." Panarins post comes just days ahead of planned protests against Navalny's detention. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
McConnell: Biden ‘took several big steps in the wrong direction’ on Day One - Fox News
Just one day after President Biden spoke of unity in his inaugural address to the nation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Democrat president has headed in "the wrong direction."
Just one day after President Biden spoke of unity in his inaugural address to the nation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Democrat president has headed in "the wrong direction." Speaking from the Senate floor Thursday, the Kentucky Republican condemned several executive actions Biden took on his first day in office, including revoking a key permit for the Keystone Pipeline XL, rejoining the Paris climate agreement and removing a Trump-appointed general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. GOP LOOKS TO BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE BUT VOICES SKEPTICISM "On the Biden administration's very first day, it took several big steps in the wrong direction," McConnell said, adding that there is time for Biden to "remember that he does not owe his election to the far left." Republicans have taken issue with the Paris climate agreement, an international accord joined by nearly 200 nations with the intent of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reversing the human impact on climate change. But GOP officials claim the agreement which President Trump almost immediately pulled the U.S. out of after taking office in 2017 will impact manufacturing jobs and unfairly hold the U.S. to an environmental standard not met by China or India. McConnell, along with other congressional GOP members, has similarly taken issue with Bidens decision to kill the Keystone Pipeline XL. DEB HAALAND: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BIDEN'S SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR NOMINEE Environmentalist and Native American tribes have taken issue with the 1,200-mile pipeline since 2004, as it draws oil from tar sands and crosses tribal territory. Conservatives believe that the move will negatively impact the oil and gas industry, along with employment in the sector. Bidens climate-forward initiatives signify the strong stance his administration will take on tackling climate change in the U.S. and making policy changes that will target environmentally-conscious strategies. But McConnell also reminded Biden and the slim Democratic Senate majority that Americans voted to keep a split Senate, with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, which means Republicans intend to challenge policies they believe will have negative impacts on their constituents. "If and when our Democratic friends depart from common sense, when they retreat from common ground, when their proposals would harm the common good then well use the power the American people have given us to push for what is right," the minority leader said from the floor. Some congressional Democrats have discussed removing the filibuster, a move McConnell urged senators to rethink. Keeping the filibuster as a political tool means Democrats would have to garner at least 10 Republican votes to get most legislation passed through the upper chamber a challenge that could prove difficult with liberal agendas. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "The president can and should refocus his administration on creating good-paying American jobs, not sacrificing our people's livelihoods to liberal symbolism," McConnell said.
Dolly Parton's brother Randy dead at 67: 'He will always be in our hearts' - Fox News
Randy Parton, a musician and brother of country singer Dolly Parton, died after a battle with cancer. He was 67.
Randy Parton, a musician and youngest brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 67. Dolly announced the news of her brother's death on her Facebook page on Thursday. "My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arms," she wrote. She continued: "Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986. Hes had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on Old Flames Cant Hold A Candle To You will always be a highlight in my own career. DOLLY PARTON HAS 'SECRET SONG' LOCKED AWAY AT DOLLYWOOD "You Are My Christmas, our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like hes shining in heaven now." Parton noted that Randy is survived by her, his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn as well as grandsons Trent and Huston. "We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts," the statement concludes. DOLLY PARTON STATUE PROPOSED ON TENNESSEE CAPITOL GROUNDS Taste of Country reports that Randy was the eighth of 12 kids born to Robert and Avie Lee. While Dolly is perhaps the most recognizable name in the family, her career would have been different without her younger brother actings as the guitarist in her band. In addition, the outlet reports that Randy had a handful of hits himself, including "Hold Me Like You Never Had Me" and "Shot Full of Love," which both hit the Top 40 in the 1980s. Dolly Parton shares the microphone with brother Randy Parton in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. in 2005. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Todd Wetherington, file) CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER Later in his career, Randy broke away from his famous sister in an effort to carve out a live venue space to perform his songs. He opened The Randy Parton Theater in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Unfortunately, a lack of infrastructure and ticket sales led to Randy's role in the project ending after just one year. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Parton announced the news just two days after celebrating her 75th birthday on Jan. 19. News of Randys passing comes just a few years after their other brother Floyd Estel Parton died in 2018.
Aaron Rodgers' future a 'beautiful mystery' as Packers prepare for NFC Championship - Fox News
Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers is an underlying storyline heading into the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers future with the Green Bay Packers is an underlying storyline heading into the NFC Championship on Sunday. Rodgers play during the 2020 season shut out any noise about Jordan Love taking over as the starting quarterback of the future, as the 37-year-old looked like he could play for about 20 more years. Rodgers is under contract for the 2021 season with a potential out before 2022, according to Spotrac. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Packers quarterback addressed getting to play in the conference title game for the second straight season and his future Wednesday. "I'm always just trying to stay present, especially this year as much as anything, and enjoy the moments," Rodgers said, via ESPN. "I hope there's more opportunities, but I don't know. I mean, I really don't. That stuff is out of my control. My future is a beautiful mystery I think. The present is such a gift to be able to stay in the moment and to have gratitude for being in this situation again, and being with the guys and having fans in our stadium and maybe snow in an NFC Championship Game. I'm going to enjoy these moments for sure, and just not worry about what happens down the line." QUARTERBACK BATTLE OF THE AGES AS RODGERS, BRADY MEET FOR NFC CHAMPIONSHIP He added: "I'm thankful for the opportunity again to be leading these guys, to have played the way I want to play, to be called upon for a greater leadership role. Those things are really, really important to me. But all that other stuff ... is stuff that I'm just not going to focus on. Because to me it is a beautiful mystery what happens down the line, but there'll be a time when we meet that future, and right now I'm just going to enjoy the present." Rodgers said there's no more pressure than usual entering the game. The MVP candidate looked like his normal self in Green Bays win over the Los Angeles Rams last weekend. He was 23-for-36 with 296 passing yards. He had three total touchdowns, two passing and one rushing, in the win. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The Packers will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Tom Cotton: Antifa rioters won't stop because Joe Biden is president - Fox News
Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday that renewed Antifa riots in Portland and Seattle - following the inauguration of President Joe Biden - prove the point he made over the summer that force is needed to maintain law and order.
Sen. Tom Cotton said Wednesday that renewed Antifa riots in Portland and Seattle - following the inauguration of President Joe Biden - prove the point he made over the summer that force is needed to maintain law and order. Cotton, R-Ark., said he remembers the media and Democrats blaming former President Donald Trump for Antifa violence in Democrat-run cities just a few months ago. Speaking on "Fox & Friends," he said that no matter what side a violent mob is on, they must be put down with force, whether it's Antifa or the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. SEATTLE PROTESTERS OPPOSE BIDEN AND POLICE, VANDALIZE BUILDINGS, CAUSE OTHER DAMAGE: REPORTS SEN. TOM COTTON: I remember the media and Democrats blaming all this Antifa violence on Donald Trump. Yet here we have Joe Biden in the White House and Antifa is still rampaging in the streets of Seattle and Portland and Denver. It proves a point I made two months ago, two weeks ago. When you have a mob using violence for a political end, it doesn't matter what slogan they're chanting or flag they are waving. They have to be met with force. And force has to be used to deter that violence and if it breaks out, to stop that violence. That has to be the standard that we apply no matter what slogan a mob is chanting. [...] These mobs that we see on the streets of Seattle and Portland and Denver that represent Antifa - which I guess maybe is not just an idea as some Democrats have said - ultimately what they want is to overthrow America. They hate America, they are not rampaging the streets because Joe Biden is president. They weren't doing it last summer because Donald Trump was president. They are doing it because they hate America. Antifa protesters in Portland clashed with authorities Wednesday as they gathered to voice dissatisfaction with President Biden, forcing officers to retreat and taking at least one police bicycle, authorities said. A crowd of up to 150 people gathered at Revolution Hall around 2 p.m. local time and marched to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Portland police Sgt. Kevin Allen said. The so-called J20 protest was a demonstration against Biden and law enforcement. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In total, eight adults were arrested for crimes ranging from rioting and possession of a destructive device to reckless burning.