Lots of Americans lie about their vacations, study suggests

A new study found that around 14 percent of Americans have lied about their vacations.

According to research from flight-comparison site Jet Cost, travelers from the United States have cited being embarrassed, the desire to seem well traveled and the hope of impressing someone as the main reasons behind their lies.

In addition, two-thirds of the over 4,000 Americans surveyed have also lied about their experiences, with the weather, quality of accommodation and amount of sightseeing done the most common fibs.

The study also found that 27 percent of respondents have traveled internationally, with 61 percent admitting they exaggerated the truth about their vacation. Weather conditions top the list at 34 percent, quality of accommodations was second at 29 percent and the amount of sightseeing was third at 27 percent.

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“Even though it is probably more common than not in the U.S. to have not holidayed abroad, Americans are clearly still feeling the need to appear as if they have traveled,” a Jet Cost spokesperson said. “With the modern pressures of social media, people feel as if they have to prove themselves to others, which is a shame – but life isn’t a competition and just because someone says they’ve done something, doesn’t mean you’re less of a person for not having done it.”

Travelers from the U.S. also lied about the amount of alcohol consumed (23 percent) and how much money they spent (21 percent). Another 68 percent said they told someone they enjoyed their vacation more than they did and 52 percent revealed they wouldn’t tell anyone if their trip was a disaster.

In the most surprising finding, 10 percent of respondents admitted to posting a fake picture on social media to reinforce the lies.

The Latest: North Korea’s Kim arrives in Vladivostok

The Latest on the summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia’s Vladivostok for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kim arrived on his armored train, which pulled into the station in the Pacific port of Vladivostok Wednesday evening. He was greeted by a military orchestra before he got into his personal limousine that traveled with him, and drove away.

Kim’s Russia trip comes about two months after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump failed because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North.


9:55 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Russia for his summit with President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

Russian news agency Tass quoted a local official as saying Kim was given flowers, bread and salt at the Hasan train station after crossing the border.

Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told Russian media Tuesday that the summit Thursday will focus on North Korea’s nuclear program.

Kim’s Russia trip comes about two months after his second summit with President Donald Trump failed because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions on the North.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Kim was seen off by officials and residents as he left Pyongyang by his special train at dawn Wednesday.

Democrats blink on immediate impeachment of Trump; Sanders favors letting Boston Marathon bomber vote

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DEMS BLINK ON PURSUING TRUMP IMPEACHMENT — FOR NOW: Leaders of the House Democrats backed off the idea of immediately launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump in an urgent conference call Monday evening amid a growing rift among the party’s rank-and-file members, presidential contenders and committee chairs … Fox News is told by two senior sources on the private conference call that even House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine “Impeach 45” Waters, an anti-Trump firebrand, told fellow Democrats that while she personally favored going forward with impeachment proceedings, she was not pushing for other members to join her. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her leadership team were clear there were no immediate plans to move forward with impeachment, Fox News is also told. Pelosi told fellow Democrats she favors more investigations of Trump to “save our democracy.”


POST-MUELLER INVESTIGATIONS: If Nancy Pelosi favors more investigations of Trump, she will not be disappointed … House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Monday subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify publicly on May 21, following last week’s release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. Nadler described McGahn, who stepped down as White House counsel in October 2018, as “a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Special Counsel’s report.” He has set a May 7 deadline for him to provide documents related to the Mueller investigation.

Meanwhile, lawyers for President Trump have sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the business magnate’s financial records.

OFFICIALS REPEATEDLY WARNED ABOUT GROUP BEHIND SRI LANKA ATTACKS – The purported leader of an Islamic extremist group blamed for an Easter attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 300 people began posting videos online three years ago calling for non-Muslims to be “eliminated,” faith leaders said Tuesday … Much remained unclear about how a little-known group called National Thowfeek Jamaath carried out six large near-simultaneous suicide bombings striking churches and hotels. However, warnings about growing radicalism in this island nation off the coast of India date to at least 2007, while Muslim leaders say their repeated warnings about the group and its leader drew no visible reaction from officials responsible for public security. – Associated Press

BERNIE SAYS BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE: 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday defended his stance for granting voting rights to criminals in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber and convicted sexual assaulters … During a CNN town hall on Monday night, a student asked Sanders if his position would support “enfranchising people” like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who she noted is a “convicted terrorist and murderer,” as well as those “convicted of sexual assault,” whose votes could have a “direct impact on women’s rights.”

Sanders first responded by saying he wanted a “vibrant democracy” with “higher voter turnout” and blasted “cowardly Republican governors” who he said were “trying to suppress the vote.” The Vermont senator then argued that the Constitution says “everybody can vote” and that “some people in jail can vote.”

FILE - This combination file photo, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 9, 2019, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 28, 2019. When Kim meets with Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in February 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Evan Vucci, File)

FILE – This combination file photo, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 9, 2019, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 28, 2019. When Kim meets with Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in February 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Evan Vucci, File)

NORTH KOREA’S KIM, PUTIN TO MEET: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency confirmed Tuesday without releasing a set date or location for the meeting … The meeting may give Kim more leeway in future negotiations with President Trump after their February summit in Vietnam broke down due to disagreement over ridding North Korea of its nuclear arsenal. The Kremlin announced last week that North Korea’s supreme leader will visit Russia “in the second half of April,” but did not elaborate further.

OLD TWEET HAUNTS ILHAN OMAR: A resurfaced tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar saw the Minnesota Democrat claim U.S. forces killed “thousands” of Somalis during the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” mission — despite multiple analysts concluding the number was much smaller … In the October 2017 tweet discovered by journalist John Rossomando, Omar was responding to a Twitter user who’d highlighted that more than a dozen U.S. soldiers were killed and another 73 were wounded in the Battle of Mogadishu, saying it was the “worst terrorist attack in Somalia history.” Omar, a Somali refugee who was then a Minnesota state representative, refuted the tweet, insisting that “thousands” of Somalis were killed by American forces. The number of Somali casualties in the Battle of Mogadishu is widely disputed.


OBSTRUCTION ‘MOCKERY’ – “We are supposed to believe now that Donald Trump committed repeated obstruction of justice over a crime that he now, as we all know, did not commit? He is trying to obstruct people from investigating something he said he didn’t do and special counsel has confirmed he didn’t do. It is ridiculous, it is a farce, it is making a mockery of America”– Piers Morgan, DailyMail.com editor-at-large on “Hannity,” lambasting Democrats and the mainstream media for their reaction to the Mueller report’s release. (Click the image above to watch the full video.)

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Washington Post faces backlash after Sri Lanka attacks for focus on ‘far right.’
McConnell vows to be ‘grim reaper’ of socialist Dem proposals.

Herman Cain withdraws from Fed seat consideration.
Elizabeth Warren wants to ‘cancel’ student debt for millions.
IRS audits may start to target more wealthy taxpayers.


On Fox News:

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Democrats’ push to investigate President Trump. Plus, Did the media fail to properly recognize that the bombings in Sri Lanka was an attack on Christians?

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: An exclusive interview with talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh!

On Fox Business

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: Todd Krizelman, co-founder of TheGlobe.com.

Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “Social Security Funds to Run Out in 2035” – Social Security reserve funds are expected to run out by 2035, according to the latest Social Security and Medicare trustees report. Fox Business Network correspondent Edward Lawrence breaks down the report and what happens if Congress does not act fast to fix it. Federal benefits programs have become a main attraction for many immigrants entering the United States. Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse explains the financial cost of immigration to our economy. Plus, commentary by Leslie Marshall, Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor .

Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher.

The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Mary Walter guest-hosts. Special guests include: Allen West, former Florida congressman, on the latest in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Christians; Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist, on why President Trump’s best path forward is to ignore Democrats and focus on policy; Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor, on the latest in the 2020 presidential race and more.

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd speaks with John Bursch, vice president and senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom about their latest case for religious freedom.

2005: YouTube uploads its first clip, “Me at the Zoo,” which shows YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo.
1995: Iconic sportscaster Howard Cosell dies in New York at age 77.
1971: Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans opposed to the conflict protest by tossing their medals and ribbons over a wire fence in front of the U.S. Capitol.

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Missouri teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill student, 10, who he allegedly molested: report

A Missouri teacher is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a 10-year-old boy he allegedly molested.

Deonte Taylor, 36, and his boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in a St. Louis court on Wednesday, KSDK reported.

Taylor was busted in November after his DNA was found to match samples found on his former student.


He’s facing three charges of first-degree statutory sodomy related to the accusation that he took the then-7-year-old boy from class at an elementary school where he worked as a teacher’s assistant in 2015, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Court papers said he took the boy to another room, where the boy performed oral sex on him, KSDK reported.

The boy reported the alleged attack right away, but the investigation lingered after the detective on the case left the department, and charges were not immediately filed.

In the meantime, Taylor got his teaching certificate, and was hired as a teacher by a different school district. He passed a series of background checks despite the open case in his prior district, and was working at a different elementary school when he was arrested, the station reported. That district alerted families about the accusations at Taylor’s former school after he was nabbed.


Investigators said in February, Taylor met a fellow inmate and arranged to have him kill the boy — and his mother —  when that inmate was released. The man instead became a confidential informant for the police, the outlet reported.

Meanwhile, Taylor then talked to Johnson, whom he lived with before he was busted, and allegedly convinced Johnson to pay for the hit, the station reported. Court papers say Johnson paid the man.


Taylor and Johnson were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution.

The Latest: Corruption, dire economy key issues in Ukraine

The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential runoff: (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Corruption and economic stagnation are big issues for voters in Ukraine’s presidential runoff.

Lyudmila Potrebko, a 22-year-old computer programmer, cast her ballot for Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comedian who is challenging President Petro Poroshenko.

She says “I have grown up under the old politicians and only have seen empty promises, lies and corruption … It’s time to change that.”

Zelenskiy, 41, got twice as many votes as Poroshenko in the first round three weeks ago. Like his sitcom character, a teacher thrust into the presidency after a video of him blasting corruption goes viral, he has focused on fighting graft, riding the wave of public distrust of Ukraine’s political elite.

Many voters in this nation of 42 million are struggling to survive on meager wages and soaring utility bills.

Irina Fakhova, a 55-year-old sales clerk, says “we have grown poor under Poroshenko and have to save to buy food and clothing … we have had enough of them getting mired in corruption and filling their pockets and treating us as fools.”


8 a.m.

Polls have opened in Ukraine’s presidential runoff as the nation’s incumbent leader struggles to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom.

Opinion surveys ahead of Sunday’s vote have shown 53-year-old President Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reflecting public dismay with endemic corruption, a moribund economy and a five-year fight against Russia-backed insurgents in the country’s east.

Zelenskiy, 41, got twice as many votes as Poroshenko in the first round three weeks ago. Like his sitcom character, a teacher thrust into the presidency after a video of him blasting corruption goes viral, he has focused on fighting graft, riding the wave of public distrust of Ukraine’s political elite.

Poroshenko, a billionaire candy magnate before taking office, has relied on traditional political barnstorming, using sympathetic television stations to extensively cover his appearances. Zelenskiy, however, has largely stayed away from the campaign trail and eschewed interviews. He has run his campaign mainly on Instagram, where he has 3.7 million followers.

NKorea issues mild criticism of Bolton over media interview

North Korea has issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton over a recent interview he gave.

State media on Saturday cited First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui as criticizing Bolton for telling Bloomberg News that the U.S. would need more evidence of North Korea’s disarmament commitment before a third leaders’ summit.

Choe described Bolton’s comments as having “no charm” and being “dim-sighted”

Her criticism is much softer than the North’s typical fiery rhetoric usually directed at the U.S. and South Korea.

North Korea blames the U.S. for deadlocked nuclear negotiations. Some observers say the North is avoiding harsh rhetoric at the U.S. to keep diplomacy alive.

On Thursday, the North demanded U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from nuclear negotiations.

New Mexico militia detains migrants at gunpoint until Border Patrol arrives: report

An armed right-wing militia group operating along the U.S.-Mexico border posted several videos to social media this week, including one in which they held about 200 asylum-seeking migrants at gunpoint near Sunland Park, N.M., until U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived, according to a report.


The militia group, which calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, said it is determined to monitor the border until President Trump fulfills his campaign promise of a border wall or until Congress enacts stronger legislation to make it more difficult for migrants to request asylum, Jim Benvie, a spokesman, told The New York Times in a phone interview.

“It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said in a statement to The New York Times, adding that it is “completely unacceptable” that migrants be “menaced or threatened” upon entering the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that “the Trump administration’s vile racism” emboldened these groups.


Carlos A. Diaz, a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection, would not divulge specific details about the scene in the video or about the United Constitutional Patriots, but said in a statement that Border Patrol “does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.”

‘Brave’ teen grabs keys from attempted carjacker with 3 kids backseat: cops

An 18-year-old Utah woman, who was pulled from her car in an attempted carjacking Tuesday, is being hailed a hero after she had the wherewithal to reach back into the car and grab the keys back from her assailant.

“It was quite a brave act on our victim’s part,” Gary Keller, a South Salt Lake Police Department spokesman, said.

The woman’s siblings, from ages ranging from five to 12, were in the car, the Gephardt Daily reported. 


The suspect, identified as Christopher Patrick Medina-Izarrara, 27, had been thrown out of another car prior to the incident, authorities said. He allegedly approached the woman’s car after she honked at him.


A pick-up truck blocked the car’s path and police arrested Medina-Izarrara, the report said. He is facing several charges, including felony aggravated robbery.

California city tests universal basic income program ahead of 2020

The city of Stockton, Calif., which launched a universal basic income pilot program earlier this year, will listen to stories from a select group of recipients of the no-strings-attached cash by the end of April, adding tangible anecdotes to the national political conversation on income inequality ahead of 2020.


The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a pilot program on universal basic income, launched in February, the Los Angeles Times reported.  Over 100 residents from the city’s lower-income neighborhoods will be administered $500 a month via debit cards for the next year and a half. The money comes without any restrictions, such as requiring recipients to be employed or maintain sobriety.

Head of Stockton’s program, Sukhi Samra, told the Los Angeles Times that 25 participants dubbed “storytellers” will offer their experiences on how the extra monthly cash has contributed to their lives. While data from the program’s research findings won’t be available until 2021, Samra expects anecdotes to resonate more with voters who could hear the potential effects of their political decisions.

Stockton became the first to move ahead on a universal income pilot, as other U.S. cities, including Newark, NJ and Chicago, consider similar programs that would deal out monthly payments to struggling residents. Programs in Canada and Finland were scrapped for being unstainable.


Stockton received $1 million in initial funding for the $3.1 million program from the Silicon-Valley-based organization The Economic Security Project. Further research should reveal how basic income programs could be sustained by local or federal governments on a more permanent basic.

Fox News’ Brook Singman contributed to this report. 

Florida man squirts urine at woman walking dog, says he’d ‘do it again,’ police say

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after allegedly using a squirt gun to shoot his urine at a woman walking her dog past his home in Gulfport, which is outside Tampa.


Seventy-one-year-old Joel William Benjamin was taken into custody and charged with one count of misdemeanor battery for squirting a woman “several times” with a water gun that contained his own urine at around 9:30 p.m., the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Police said Benjamin allegedly admitted to shooting his bodily fluids at the woman and told officers he’d “do it again” when asked, WFLA reported. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s arrest report, which was posted online by The Smoking Gun, stated the incident “did not cause bodily harm” to the victim.


Benjamin was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a $500 bail, posted bond and was released.