Mother, 3 young children found fatally stabbed inside Georgia apartment, police say

A 29-year-old mother and three young children were found fatally stabbed Wednesday night inside an apartment in Columbus, Ga., according to a report.

The youngest child was an infant and the oldest was 3 years old, WTVM-TV of Columbus reported.

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The mother was identified as Jerriciah Spellman, the report said.

The circumstances leading to the deaths were not immediately clear but the bodies were found on a mattress inside the apartment, police told the station.

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There was no immediate indication that a suspect had been identified in connection with the case.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Hannity says Biden ‘sucking up’ to AOC and the party’s radicals

Fox News’ Sean Hannity mocked Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden Tuesday for “sucking up” too Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently even though the congresswoman hasn’t spoken well of the former vice president in the past.

“[Biden] is now pandering to every corner of this new extreme socialist Democratic party.  Going so far as to describe congresswoman, the real Speaker of the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as both smart as hell and brilliant,” Hannity said on his television show.

“She’s been taking a lot of shots at him, he’s sucking up.”

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“This idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Biden in April while appearing on a podcast.

The Fox News host said Biden’s effort to curry favor with the freshman congresswoman and the progressive wing of the party won’t work.

“But here’s the thing, Biden can try and suck up, cozy up to the new extreme left all he wants. They’re never going to accept him. And never going to endorse him in the Democratic primary,” Hannity said.

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Hannity predicted things would get worse for Biden.

“Here’s a prediction Uncle Joe, this is only going to get worse. Remember the questions are only going to get tougher the scrutiny on Biden will only intensify. The question is just how far left is sleepy, creepy, crazy Uncle Joe willing to go to try and appease these out of touch out of control leaders of his party,” Hannity said.

Kellyanne Conway says critics employ Hatch Act to ‘silence’ her support for Trump

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway responded to critics Monday after formally defying a Hatch Act-related subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

Her opponents are concerned about her effectiveness at her job and hoped to silence her, Conway said Monday on “Hannity.”

“I’m concerned that there’s such a weaponization and politicization of this thing called the Hatch Act,” she said.

The Hatch Act limits political activity by federal workers. Congress approved the Hatch Act in 1939 to limit partisan activity by federal employees to ensure the government functions fairly and effectively.

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The Office of Special Counsel — separate from the office formerly run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — opened two cases focused on allegations Conway violated the Hatch Act by engaging in “both official and political activity” — during her media appearances and on her Twitter account, @KellyannePolls.

The report stated, “Ms. Conway regularly participated in official media interviews in her capacity as a White House spokesperson to answer reporters’ questions about the Administration. Beginning in February 2019, Ms. Conway, during official media appearances, engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on several Democratic Party candidates shortly after they announced their candidacy for President,” detailing instances involving Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

The OSC stated that in one Feb. 19 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Conway “insinuated that Senator Booker was ‘sexist’ and a ‘tinny’ ‘motivational speaker,’” and claimed Warren, D-Mass., was “’lying’” about her ethnicity.

Conway said that no matter how heavy the pressure is on her to keep a low profile, she will continue to publicly support the president’s policies.

“They’re not going to silence me,” she said. “They’re not going to take away my First Amendment rights.”

Conway also “attacked” O’Rourke for not “thinking the women running are good enough to be President.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

San Francisco woman’s pet dog stolen in front of market on video

Police in California said they’re looking for the man who was captured on surveillance video allegedly stealing a dog outside a San Francisco market over the weekend.

The dog’s owner, Jenny Seta, posted Saturday on Facebook that her golden retriever named Lily was stolen outside Nijiya Market in Japantown. She said it happened on Saturday around 5 p.m.

“I went into the market for less than ten minutes. She was waiting for me outside the market. She was secured to a post,” Seta told Fox News. “When I got out she was gone and I asked the store to view their surveillance footage and that’s when we saw the video of the man taking her.”

When asked what her initial reaction was, Seta told Fox News, “It was a just a nightmare.”

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She added, “My immediate thought was someone stole her and I really thought I would never see her again.”

However, Seta was not giving up.

Seta said she recorded the video from the market’s surveillance system and gave the video to the San Francisco Police Department.  She also posted the video on her Facebook page.

Seta asked people to share the video and to keep an eye out for her dog and people selling golden retrievers.

“I really appreciate all those who are helping with the search; the community, people on Facebook who continue to share the video, the police,” Seta told Fox News.

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She said she’d been getting several tips and has been driving to the areas where people reported seeing Lily.

“The owner is heartbroken,” an officer in San Francisco tweeted on Sunday along with the surveillance video.

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“Lily is 5 years 11 months and weighs about 60lbs,” Seta wrote on her Facebook page. “She is small and slender for a golden and very loving and affectionate.”

Seta told Fox News she said spent more than eight hours on Sunday walking and driving around San Francisco trying to find her dog.

‘Devastated and heartbroken’: NYC power outage cancels Broadway shows, Jennifer Lopez concert

Broadway shows and a sold-out Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden came to a halt Saturday night as a massive power outage left more than 61,000 Manhattan customers in the dark.

Between Midtown and the Upper West Side — including much of New York City’s bustling theatre district — dozens of shows and plays were forced to cancel and evacuate their buildings.

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Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas, who was celebrating his birthday by attending Lopez’s concert at Madison Square Garden, said “we were about three songs in, the party was just getting started and at about 9:25 the floodlights essentially came on, the power went out, and an announcement went out over the intercom, the speaker, saying that this was the building engineer and that as a precaution we need everybody to evacuate the building.”

The power outage caused the so-called “World’s Most Famous Arena” to be evacuated, with the estimated 19,000 audience members walking down service escalators to exit the building

Lopez, who was performing for the second night in New York as part of her “It’s My Party” tour tweeted: “Devastated and heartbroken that I can’t perform for all of you tonight. We will make this up to you. I promise! I love you!!”

Dozens of theatergoers lamented their show cancellations on social media.

The Saturday night showing of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was canceled at the midway point.

One Twitter user said, “They just canceled [the] second part of Harry Potter on Broadway due to power issues– tickets will be refunded….”

Others joked about the cancellation, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Electrical Grid.”

Another Twitter user complained that she “came all the way from Philadelphia” to see the comedian Dave Chappelle perform standup on Broadway “but thanks to the #blackout show was canceled.”

Performers of shows such as “Hadestown” and “Hamilton” took their shows outside and began performing in the streets of New York in an attempt to appease the disappointed masses.

But for one Broadway play, the show went on as the theater hosting the Tony-nominated show “Burn This,” continued despite the power outage.

Fox News foreign desk director Greg Headen was settling in for a movie at an AMC theater on the Upper West Side when the power went out and staff members called for everyone to evacuate.

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“The movie hadn’t started yet. Everything went black. AC went off. Everything just shut down and complete pitch dark,” Headen said. “We were on the lower theatre which is actually underground and it was strange.”

Trey Gowdy: Unless Mueller ‘fumbles,’ not much will be learned from testimony

There’s little chance that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will reveal any significant new information about his Russia investigation when he testifies on Capitol Hill later this month, former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy said Friday.

In fact, Gowdy said on Fox News’ “Hannity,” the only significant thing Mueller could possibly say is whether he would have indicted Donald Trump if he were a private citizen instead of president of the United States.

“I think what the Democrats are going to focus on is, had that [Justice Department] policy not been in place [against indicting a sitting president], would you have indicted private citizen Donald Trump? That’s the only thing that can come out of this for the Democrats that would be significant,” Gowdy told host Sean Hannity.

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Mueller was supposed to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees this coming Wednesday but on Friday his scheduled hearings were postponed until July 24.

Gowdy — a Republican who declined to seek re-election last November after representing South Carolina‘s 4th Congressional District for four terms, from 2011 until January of this year — also advised Republicans to ask Mueller about all the things he “didn’t bother to look for” during an investigation that lasted two years.

“If you’re a Republican,” Gowdy said, “you’re going to want to ask about bias. You’re going to want to ask about what you didn’t look into — and I also have a bunch of friends on that committee. I would spend all of my time getting Mueller to talk about things he didn’t bother to look for.”

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The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee (2017-2019) and House Benghazi Committee (2014-2016) told Hannity that America wouldn’t learn much from the hearings unless Mueller “fumbles.”

“Trust me when I say, Sean … We’re not going to learn a lot unless he fumbles. The answer from my point of view, the Republican point of view, if he fumbles, the answer on why he did not indict Donald Trump, then this thing will continue to go on for another six to nine, twelve months,” Gowdy said.

New York high school grad with autism honored with ‘silent ovation’

The silence was golden at a high school graduation ceremony in New York last week as classmates gave a student with autism and noise sensitivity a silent ovation.

Students barely touched their palms together in largely inaudible claps with hushed enthusiasm for their classmate Jack Higgins, who held his fingers to his ears as he walked on stage to accept his diploma from Carmel High School in Putnam County, N.Y., anticipating raucous cheers.

Instead, his classmates stood quietly and allowed him to enjoy his moment in silence.

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Lou Riolo, the principal of the high school, told Fox News on Thursday that originally, Higgins’ parents, Barbara and Pat, requested that their son participate in graduation alongside his special education teacher, Erin Appelle.

“Erin brought it to me,” Riolo said. “Knowing Jack is Autistic and nonverbal and is hypersensitive to loud sounds and crowds at times there were some concerns.”

He said Appelle had planned with aides to set up a practice in an auditorium.

“After thinking on it for a few days, I came up with the idea of asking the entire auditorium to stay silent so that Jack could receive his diploma,” the principal said. “We planned on doing it immediately after the singing of the National Anthem because we knew Jack sitting there with all the commotion for over 45 minutes would be too much.”

Riolo, a Carmel alum who taught for 26 years and has been a principal for five years, said he initially ran the plan past a few other school faculty members, all of whom were supportive.

“I did run it past our Assistant Principal Mr. John Fink because he would be honest if he thought it was as I called it ‘Shooting the moon.’  He loved it.  I also informed our [superintendent] Mr. Andy Irvin and before I finished his answer was ‘I love it, let’s do it!’  I met with Barbara and Pat, Jack’s parents, and they thought it was a great idea,” Riolo said.

He added that despite the possibility that Higgins would become overwhelmed if the auditorium got too loud, they decided to try anyway, saying he trusted his students to try their best to make the situation comfortable for their classmate.

“I know my school my students and community,” Riolo said. “They always step up.”

Riolo said he couldn’t be prouder of his students.

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“Their actions of standing up in honor of their classmate was their idea. It was not rehearsed.  It was genuine,” he said, adding that he was “not surprised but in awe of their caring.”

Higgins parents were “ecstatic and overcome with happiness for their son,” who is set to attend Ability Beyond in Chappaqua, N.Y., a program tailored to students with disabilities.

Nevada train derailment wrecks dozens of new cars, pickup trucks

Dozens of brand-new cars and pickup trucks were destroyed Wednesday in a stunning train derailment in Nevada.

The 33-car Union Pacific train was carrying mostly Jeeps and pickup trucks when it derailed just after 9 a.m. in Caliente, a town about 30 miles away from the Nevada-Utah border.

Dozens of cars and pickup trucks were damaged Wednesday when the train they were being transported in derailed in Nevada. 

Dozens of cars and pickup trucks were damaged Wednesday when the train they were being transported in derailed in Nevada.  (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told Fox 13 said some train cars had been hauling hazardous material, but those cars weren’t affected in the crash.

County Road 4230 in Nevada from Elgin to Carp was expected to remain closed for seven to 10 days because of train cars, construction equipment and debris blocking the road, the station reported.

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Union Pacific was investigating the incident and was expected to turn over its results to the Federal Railroad Administration. The rail company did not immediately respond Wednesday to a Fox News request for comment.

Ex-Marine accused by Spain of North Korean embassy break-in freed on bail

A former U.S. Marine accused of breaking into North Korea’s embassy in Madrid and assaulting diplomatic personnel was freed on $1.3 million bond in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

As a condition of his release, Christopher Ahn must confine himself to his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills ahead of his possible extradition to Spain and must wear an ankle monitor.

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“I spent a lot of time reading about you and I’m confident you’re going to do the right thing,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth told Ahn, who had several family members in attendance at the hearing.

Ahn can only leave his home for medical appointments and church. He is expected to be released in the coming days.

Spanish authorities have charged Ahn, 38, who spent six years in the Marines and served in Iraq, with breaking into the North Korean embassy with five others on February 22. They said the group beat some embassy staff and held them hostage for hours before fleeing.

The charges include breaking and entering, robbery with violence and causing injuries, according to U.S. court documents.

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Ahn is said to be a member of Free Joseon, or the Cheollima Civil Defense, an activist group which supports North Korean defectors and seeks to overthrown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two people allegedly involved in the embassy incident are still at large, including Adrian Hong, a Mexican national and longtime U.S. resident who is the purported leader of the group.

Christopher Ahn (U.S. Marine Corps)

Christopher Ahn (U.S. Marine Corps)

Attorneys for Free Joseon said the allegations of violence are lies from Kim’s diplomats, who they say made up the story to save their own skins. They claim the group members were invited inside and that there were no problems.

“The extradition papers from Spain confirm that almost the entire case against Mr. Ahn is based on uncorroborated statements made by high-ranking North Korean officials,” Ahn’s attorney Naeun Rim told Fox News in a statement last week.

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Video obtained by Fox News shows the activists walking into the embassy and chatting with a member of Kim’s diplomatic corps. One activist takes official photographs of Kim and his father Kim Jong II from a wall and smashes them on the floor.

Ahn was arrested by U.S. agents in April in Los Angeles. His actions have made him a target of the Kim regime, Rosenbluth said in an order conditionally granting him bail.

Ahn during his tour of duty as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

Ahn during his tour of duty as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“The F.B.I. has confirmed that the North Korean government has threatened his life,” the judge wrote. “He is apparently the target of a dictatorship’s efforts to murder him.”

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Prosecutors objected to Ahn’s release, citing him as a flight risk.

“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders knowing that he’s going to be home, he’s going to be with loved ones, we can visit with him now,” Juan Sanabria, a former Marine who served with Ahn, told Reuters.

Fox News anchor and senior correspondent Eric Shawn contributed to this report. 

Steve Hilton announces he’s applying to become US citizen

Steve Hilton, host of “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” announced on his show Sunday that he’s started the process of becoming an American.

“I’m in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship,” he said, noting that he’s appreciated “the opportunity this country has given me.”

He said he has been a proud immigrant, and he mentioned his parents who escaped communism in Hungary.

He said he believes in immigration and its benefits, but wants to see it controlled properly.

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He said he is looking forward to the day he becomes an American, “if you’ll have me, that is.”

Hilton added that it’s fitting how he made the announcement just days after the U.S. celebrated Independence Day.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.