Train bassist Charlie Colin dead at 58 after slipping and falling in the shower

Charlie Colin, bassist and founding member of Train, has died. He was 58. 

On Wednesday, Colin’s sister Carolyn Stephens confirmed the death to The Associated Press. He died after slipping and falling in the shower while house-sitting for a friend in Brussels, TMZ reported

According to Colin’s mother, the musician was teaching a master class at a conservatory in Brussels and was finishing making music for an upcoming film.

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Train's Charlie Colin

Charlie Colin was found dead at a home in Brussels. (Paul Hawthorne/WireImage)

While Colin grew up in Southern California, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was there where he began playing bass in a group called Apostles, which consisted of guitarist Jimmy Stafford and singer Rob Hotchkiss. After the band’s demise, Colin, Stafford and Hotchkiss relocated to San Francisco years later and formed Train in the early 1990s with singer Pat Monahan. 

The group went on to find immense success and was widely praised for hits such as “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Marry Me.”

In 2003, however, Colin announced his departure from the band after battling substance abuse issues. 

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From left: Jimmy Stafford, Rob Hotchkiss, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan and Charlie Colin of the band Train in Chicago on July 3, 1998. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

“Charlie is one incredible bass player, but he was in a lot of pain, and the way he was dealing with it was very painful for everyone else around him,” Monahan told NBC San Diego in 2017, noting that he told the band he would quit if Colin stayed. “They weren’t happy about the choice. They were very clear that I put them in a very tough position.”

Shortly after the news of Colin’s death was released, the band took to their official Instagram account to share a heartfelt message. 

“When I met Charlie Colin, front left, I fell in love with him. He was the sweetest guy and what a handsome chap. Let’s make a band that’s the only reasonable thing to do,” the caption read. “His unique bass playing and beautiful guitar work helped get folks to notice us in SF and beyond. I’ll always have a warm place for him in my heart. I always tried to pull him closer but he had a vision of his own. You’re a legend, Charlie. Go charm the pants off those angels.”

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Charlie Colin, left, left the band in 2003 due to substance abuse issues. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images )

Fans were quick to react to the news as well, offering their condolences. 

“Charlie was my musical hero,” one follower commented. “His playing inspired me to become a musician. He was so gracious in letting me into his life. The world has lost a consummate artist and truly beautiful soul. Love and condolences to Charlie’s friends and family.”

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At the time of his death, Charlie Colin was living as an artist in Belgium and was serving as the musical director of the NBFilm festival. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

“What an incredible loss to his family and the music world. Rest in Paradise,” another wrote. 

According to his Instagram account, Colin was living as an artist in Belgium and was serving as the musical director of NBFilm festival. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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More than 50 Dems vote for House GOP bill to repeal DC law letting noncitizens vote

The House of Representatives advanced a bill Thursday to repeal a Washington, D.C. law that allows noncitizens to vote in local elections.

A whopping 52 Democrats joined Republicans on the measure, with 143 Democrats voting against it, for a final 262 to 143 vote.

The D.C. law was passed by the progressive city council in 2022 and recently survived a court challenge earlier this year.

Republicans who opposed the bill warned that allowing non-Americans to help decide what local officials run the nation’s capital could have negative effects on national security. 

WASHINGTON DC LAW ALLOWING NONCITIZENS TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS CHALLENGED BY LAWSUIT

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The House of Representatives voted to repeal a DC law allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections. (Getty Images)

“What we’re doing is, we are talking about passing a law that prohibits citizens of foreign countries from voting in elections in D.C. It prohibits people that are here illegally from voting in elections. It prohibits spies from China from voting in elections. It prohibits people that are here from Russia that have wishes of ill will in the United States from voting in the elections in D.C.,” Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., said during debate for the bill.

GOP lawmakers have also accused Democrats of trying to tip the scales at the ballot box by encouraging illegal immigrants to sign up to vote – something the left has denied.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS STORM US BORDER IN EL PASO, KNOCK OVER GUARDS AMID STANDOFF OVER TEXAS LAW

Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, introduced the bill last year. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“It would, of course, be crazy for an undocumented person to attach their name to a public and transparent document like a voter registration document…we were not able to find any evidence that there were any undocumented people doing so,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. “In other words, the district’s use of this practice for local elections and local government functions appears to be in accord with the way it’s always been used, which is for permanent residents who are part of the community, who are on the pathway to citizenship.”

Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, who introduced the bill last year, emphasized the close margins that critical elections have been won by in recent years. He argued that allowing even the chance for undocumented people to vote could sway an entire race.

7.2 MILLION ILLEGALS ENTERED THE US UNDER BIDEN ADMIN, AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN POPULATION OF 36 STATES

“They’re encouraging people to vote for mayor, for attorney general, for members of the state Board of Education and more. And some may argue that, yes, these are just local elections. Well, there are democratic elections that regularly determine taxation, the criminal code…and the election of the various city council members who decide ordinances like who gets to vote. Not to mention that many of these are decided by close margins,” Pfluger said.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin led Democratic opposition to the bill (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

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It’s the latest effort in a wider crackdown on voting security that House GOP leaders are mounting roughly six months before the November 2024 elections. 

The House-wide vote on D.C.’s local law comes on the same day that a key House committee is poised to advance a bill to heighten enforcement and penalties for undocumented people who vote in federal elections. 

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American military hospital, dating back to World War I, uncovered by archaeologists in France

French archaeologists recently discovered the remains of an American hospital dating to World War I.

In a French language press release translated to English, the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) explained the camp was found at Gagnerie du Tertre, located in a town called Savenay. Savenay is in the region of Pays de la Loire in northwestern France.

The recently-excavated hospital, which had been reduced to rubble, was built so Americans no longer needed to rely on French hospitals, the May 16 press release explained.

“Connected by ambulances and medical trains, several hundred hospital structures [were] being built across the country, ranging from simple field hospitals to vast [structures able] to accommodate up to 25,000 injured and sick [people],” INRAP explained.

MICHIGAN RESEARCHERS DISCOVER EERIE 1909 SHIPWRECK AT BOTTOM OF LAKE SUPERIOR

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A rusty, century-old razor was among artifacts found at an American hospital built during World War I. (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research)

The hospitals were strategically placed near the ports of Nantes and Saint-Nazaire for easy connection to main French rail lines. The first “sammies,” or American soldiers, arrived in France in June 1917.

Pictures published by INRAP show archaeologists found medical bottles, combs, buttons and even a smoking pipe during the dig.

ANCIENT SHIPWRECKS, ARTIFACTS DATING AS EARLY AS 3000 BC UNCOVERED BY UNDERWATER RESEARCHERS

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The remains of the hospital were found at Gagnerie du Tertre, located in a town called Savenay. (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research)

A medical clamp, a razor, a watch case and various cups were also found, along with a pair of shoes.

The site was divided into two distinct parts. One was a fenced area built to protect the hospital. Another was composed of 20 “dump pits” that held both construction waste and artifacts. Archaeologists found proof of a water pipe network that delivered clean water,

INRAP explained that similar American hospital complexes functioned as “real autonomous cities,” developing individual sewer networks and sometimes even having its own railway service.

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An ink bottle and tin cans were among the many artifacts found by archaeologists. (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research)

“[The dump pits] testify to a certain homogeneity, both in their digging and their filling, mainly composed of construction waste,” the translated press release explained. “The pits located outside the camp have delivered the majority of the archaeological furniture.”

INRAP used the dig as an opportunity to teach high school students about preventative archeology. According to the organization, the archaeological excavation offers “numerous research perspectives,” and an exhibition about the project will be unveiled Thursday.

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INRAP reported the dig provided valuable historical information about Americans during World War I. (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research)

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'Why should he have to do it?': WH press secretary ducks on Biden's refusal to get a grip on the border

During Wednesday’s White House briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the border crisis, defending President Biden’s approach and giving a shocking reason as to why he has not taken action.

Jean-Pierre opened the briefing by saying it was up to Republicans to do something to solve the problem or continue to use it as a political issue. 

When asked why the president has the authority to do something about the issue unilaterally, but isn’t doing anything, Jean-Pierre responded.

REPUBLICANS UNITE TO BLOCK WHITE HOUSE AND SCHUMER BACKED ‘FAKE BORDER BILL’

“Why should he have to do it unilaterally? Why shouldn’t we do it in a legislative way?” Jean-Pierre replied.

Biden took 94 executive actions to reverse Trump’s border policies after taking the oath of office in January 2021.

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President Biden teased a possible executive order to shut down the border.  (Getty Images)

Jean-Pierre continued playing defense, arguing that President Biden has taken many executive actions before, but in order to deal with what’s happening at the border and a broken immigration system, there needs to be a legislative approach.

“You need legislation, you need it to happen in a bipartisan way. And that was negotiated. It was negotiated. There was an agreement in the Senate. Republicans and Democrats came together. You just said it’s broken, it’s divided. To be more clear. And they came in, they did that. And so that matters,” Jean-Pierre said.

She added that in the past three and a half years, the Biden administration has been able to move forward in a bipartisan way on a lot of legislation. 

“The President is clear about where he stands – he believes we are a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. We can expand lawful immigration pathways and ensure the United States remains a beacon of hope and opportunity,” Jean-Pierre wrote in a post on X. 

GOP SENATE CANDIDATE IN CRUCIAL STATE RIPS SCHUMER’S IMMIGRATION PUSH AFTER BORDER TRIP: ‘HEIGHT OF CYNICISM’

Karine Jean-Pierre and President Biden

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and President Joe Biden. (Getty Images)

Jean-Pierre received considerable backlash on her post, with many calling on the Biden administration to close the border.

“Biden has betrayed America. Not arguable,” one user commented.

“Joe Biden doesn’t need a bill to secure the border. He could use executive orders. He used them to undo Trump’s orders that secured the border. The proposed border bill allows 1.8 million illegals in a year. That’s as bad as now. Deport all illegals and close the border,” another user wrote. 

“We are a nation of immigrants. We have immigration laws. Apparently, this administration thinks letting everyone and anyone in is lawful immigration. Explain please how these people are lawful immigrants. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS!” another user posted.

Jean-Pierre dodged questions again, saying that it’s up to Senate leadership to speak about the process and how they are going to move forward.

“What I will say is it is long past time to get this done, to get this moving. We were able to get a bipartisan negotiation, a plan forward on an issue that many Americans care about, an issue that matters for our immigration system, for what’s happening at the border. And that’s a good thing,” Jean-Pierre said. 

DEMS USE GOP-OPPOSED IMMIGRATION BILL AS CUDGEL AGAINST REPUBLICANS ON BORDER SECURITY

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Migrants cross the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border in Piedras Negras, Coahuila state, Mexico, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023.  (Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The secretary added that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wants to move this forward and is “very good at this.”

“He’s very good at dealing with big legislation. Obviously, as we’ve been able to move important legislation through over the past three and a half years. So I’m going to let him speak to that,” she finished. 

In a letter to senators dated Sunday evening, Sen. Schumer revealed his plan to bring an immigration bill to the floor once again after it was rejected primarily by Senate Republicans in February. 

“We are hopeful this bipartisan proposal will bring serious-minded Republicans back to the table to advance this bipartisan solution for our border,” he wrote. 

DEMS PLAN TO REVIVE BORDER BILL REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS AHEAD OF NOVEMBER ELECTION

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed his plan to bring back up a Democrat-backed border bill as Republicans are uniting to block the attempt.  (Getty Images)

However, Republicans in both chambers of Congress are preparing to band together to block any hope of a Democrat-backed border bill getting to the finish line. 

While Schumer explained that he expected to fall short of gaining full support from either party, the White House promptly backed Schumer’s plan, with Jean-Pierre calling on “every senator to put partisan politics aside and vote to secure the border.”

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The bill failed a test vote in February, by a vote of 49-50, short of the 60 votes needed to proceed. 

Fox News’ Julia Johnson and Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report. 

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Mike Erickson advances past crowded GOP primary to face Dem who narrowly won in 2022

Mike Erickson was declared the winner in a crowded GOP primary election in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District Tuesday night and will face off against Democratic Rep. Andrea Salinas in November.

The Associated Press called the race for Erickson in a district that includes Polk and Yamhill counties and parts of Marion, Clackamas and Washington counties.

Erickson, a Tigard businessman who lost to Salinas in 2022, touted his record as a political outsider and told the Statesman Journal his top priorities in Congress would be “securing the southern border, fighting inflation and supporting law enforcement.”

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Erickson (right) won the Republican primary in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District over David Russ (left), David Burch and Conrad Herold. (Fox News Digital)

The businessman beat out Dundee Mayor David Russ, 2022 Republican gubernatorial candidate David Burch and retired contractor Conrad Herold to secure the primary nomination. Russ also lost to Erickson in the state’s 2022 primary.

OREGON HIKER, 22, DIES AT COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AFTER FALLING OFF A CLIFF

Republicans in Congress are looking to keep and add to their slim majority in the House of Representatives.

Cook Political Report ranks the November race in the 6th Congressional District as “lean Democrat.”

Democrat Oregon Rep. Andrea Salinas

Erickson will face Democratic Rep. Andrea Salinas (above) in November in a rematch of the 2022 election, which he lost by less than three points. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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Salinas, who defeated Erickson in 2022 by less than three points, won against primary challenger Cody Reynolds on Tuesday.

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Vince Fong advances in special election runoff to replace ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Californians voted to advance Republican State Assemblyman Vince Fong during Tuesday’s special election to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted last year.

Fong, a former McCarthy aide endorsed by both McCarthy and former President Trump, faced off with Republican Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux at the polls on Tuesday. 

Because both candidates are Republicans, the GOP will hold 218 seats, compared to the Democrats’ 213, factoring in four vacancies. In California’s jungle primary system, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election.

Fong, who also earned the most votes in March’s primary election, will serve out the rest of McCarthy’s term until he battles against Boudreaux again in November in the general election.

TRUMP ENDORSES EX-KEVIN MCCARTHY AIDE VINCE FONG TO FILL VACANT SEAT AS HIS FORMER AIDES BACK FONG’S OPPONENT

Assemblymember Vince Fong (right) advanced in Californias special runoff election on Tuesday, beating out Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux (left).

Assemblyman Vince Fong (right) advanced in California’s special runoff election on Tuesday, beating out Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux (left).  (Carolyn Cole / ContributorMediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images / Contributor/ )

Fong and Boudreaux advanced to Tuesday’s runoff following a March special election where they emerged as the top two candidates, with neither getting more than 50% of the vote to trigger a victor. By November, voters in the district will have voted for either candidate a total of three times.

McCarthy resigned from the House in December, three months after he was voted out of the speakership. 

The district, which cuts through the Central Valley farm belt, including parts of Bakersfield and Fresno, is the most strongly Republican House seat in heavily Democratic California. Trump largely carried CA-20 in 2020 and McCarthy represented the district from 2007 until his resignation in late 2023. In February, Trump called Fong “a true Republican.”

Among Boudreaux’s supporters are Ric Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence under Trump, and Republican state Sen. Shannon Grove, from Fong’s hometown of Bakersfield.

TULARE COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE BOUDREAUX ON THE CARTEL STYLE HIT THAT KILLED SIX PEOPLE

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Despite winning the special election Tuesday, California Assemblyman Vince Fong will face Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux (above) again in November in the state’s general election. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Trump’s involvement in the race casts it as a litmus test for the former president’s political relevance as he presumably gears up for a potential rematch against President Biden in November.

“I am proud to join California’s Republican Congressional Delegation, and give Vince Fong my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social. “Vince was one of only 6 Republicans in the State Assembly to stand with me, and reject the Second Impeachment Hoax. In Congress, Vince will work with me to Grow the Economy, Lower your Taxes, Cut Burdensome Regulations, Champion American Energy, and Protect and Defend the Second Amendment, which is under siege by the Radical Left.”

HOUSE VOTES TO REMOVE KEVIN MCCARTHY AS SPEAKER IN HISTORIC FIRST

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Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in October and resigned from the House in December. (Getty Images)

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In October, the House of Representatives voted to oust McCarthy, the first time in history the top leader of the lower chamber was booted from the job. 

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace contributed to this report. 

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NBA Conference Finals preview: What to look forward to in the East and West

The 2024 Eastern and Western Conference Finals matchups are set. The top-seeded Boston Celtics host the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers to open the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night. 

The No. 3 seed Minnesota Timberwolves defeated last year’s champion, the Denver Nuggets, and will welcome the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will welcome the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS

Kristaps Porziņģis appeared in 57 regular season games in his first year with the Celtics. However, his health continues to be a point of concern. He suffered an injury in Boston’s first round series with the Miami Heat. He missed the entire conference semifinals, but ESPN reported that Porziņģis will likely sit out Games 1 and 2 of the conference finals.

TIMBERWOLVES’ POSTSEASON PARTY CONTINUES AS ANTHONY EDWARDS PLAYS BEYOND HIS YEARS

The Pacers appear to enter the series close to full strength, but Indiana’s defense will likely be the team’s biggest concern in the conference finals. The Pacers will need to employ a strong defensive game plan to try and slow the Celtics’ high-powered offense.

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The top-seeded Boston Celtics will host the sixth-seeded Indiana Pacers to open the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS

Two-time NBA All-Star Anthony Edwards has taken the league by storm this postseason. The Dallas Mavericks coaching staff will be tasked with finding a way to contain Edwards. 

Karl-Anthony Towns, the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, appeared to take a major step forward in the conference semifinals. Rudy Gobert recently won his third NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, and while Gobert’s defensive prowess speaks for itself, the Timberwolves as a whole will have to contend with the Mavericks’ two-headed monster — Kyric Irving and Luka Doncic.

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The final four teams are set for the NBA Finals. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

While the Timberwolves outlasted the Nuggets in the semifinals, the construction of the Mavs roster presents a much different challenge.

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WHEN ARE THE CONFERENCE FINALS?

The Eastern Conference Finals begins on Tuesday night at the TD Garden in Boston. Game 2 tips off on May 23, before the series shifts to Indiana for Game 3 and 4.

The Timberwolves hold home court in the West and will host Game 1 on May 22. Game 2 is scheduled for May 24. 

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UK to distribute final compensation payments for victims of deadly infected blood scandal

  • Victims of the U.K.’s infected blood scandal will receive final compensation payments this year.
  • The announcement followed a report revealing that patients were exposed to contaminated blood products, causing HIV and hepatitis infections from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
  • Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologized for the “decades-long moral failure” of the National Health Service.

Victims of the U.K.’s infected blood scandal, in which tens of thousands of people were infected by contaminated blood or blood products provided by the public health service, will start receiving their final compensation payments this year, the government said Tuesday.

Officials announced the compensation plans a day after the publication of a report that found civil servants and doctors exposed patients to unacceptable risks by giving them blood transfusions or blood products tainted with HIV or hepatitis from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

The scandal is seen as the deadliest disaster in the history of Britain’s state-run National Health Service since its inception in 1948. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday apologized for the “decades-long moral failure at the heart of our national life.”

REPORT EXPOSES ‘CATALOG OF FAILURES’ BY UK GOVERNMENT IN INFECTED BLOOD SCANDAL THAT KILLED THOUSANDS

The report said successive U.K. governments refused to admit wrongdoing and tried to cover up the scandal, in which an estimated 3,000 people died after receiving the contaminated blood or blood products. In total, the report said about 30,000 people were infected with HIV or hepatitis C, a kind of liver infection, over the period.

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Infected blood campaigners react as they gather in Parliament Square, ahead of the publication of the final report into the scandal, in London on May 19, 2024. Victims of the U.K.’s infected blood scandal, in which tens of thousands of people were infected by contaminated blood or blood products provided by the public health service, will start receiving their final compensation payments this year, the government said on Tuesday. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

Cabinet Office Minister John Glen told lawmakers on Tuesday that he recognized that “time is of the essence,” and that victims who need payments most urgently will receive a further interim compensation of 210,000 pounds ($267,000) within 90 days, ahead of the establishment of the full payment plan.

He also said that friends and family who have cared for those infected would also be eligible to claim compensation.

Authorities made a first interim payment of 100,000 pounds in 2022 to each survivor and bereaved partner. Glen did not confirm the total cost of the compensation package, though it is reported to be more than 10 billion pounds ($12.7 billion).

But Des Collins, a lawyer representing dozens of the victims, said many bereaved families have not received any payments to date and have no information on how to claim interim payments pledged to the estates of those who have died.

Campaigners have fought for decades to bring official failings to light and secure government compensation. The inquiry was finally approved in 2017, and over the past four years it reviewed evidence from more than 5,000 witnesses and over 100,000 documents.

Many of those affected were people with hemophilia, a condition affecting the blood’s ability to clot. In the 1970s, patients were given a new treatment from the United States that contained plasma from high-risk donors, including prison inmates, who were paid to give blood.

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Because manufacturers of the treatment mixed plasma from thousands of donations, one infected donor would compromise the whole batch.

The report said around 1,250 people with bleeding disorders, including 380 children, were infected with HIV -tainted blood products. Three-quarters of them have died. Up to 5,000 others who received the blood products developed chronic hepatitis C.

An estimated 26,800 others were also infected with hepatitis C after receiving blood transfusions, often given in hospitals after childbirth, surgery or an accident, the report said.

The disaster could have largely been avoided had officials taken steps to address the known risks linked to blood transfusions or the use of blood products, the report concluded, adding that the U.K. lagged behind many developed countries in introducing rigorous screening of blood products and blood donor selection.

The harm done was worsened by concealment and a defensive culture within the government and health services, the inquiry added.

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Ex-Israeli PM calls for defunding ICC after court requests arrest warrant for Netanyahu over ‘war crimes’

Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday called for “decent nations” to defund the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a court prosecutor filed applications for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Hamas leaders for alleged “war crimes.” 

Prosecutor Karim Khan said his office had collected evidence to give “reasonable grounds” to believe Netanyahu and Gallant “bear criminal responsibility for… war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the State of Palestine.” 

Khan said those alleged crimes include “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare” and “intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population.”  

He said he is also seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, its top political leader Ismail Haniyeh, and its military commander Mohammed Deif. 

AMAL CLOONEY PLAYED KEY ROLE IN ICC ARREST WARRANTS FOR NETANYAHU, HAMAS LEADERS

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Former Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett speaks at the “Bring Them Home” rally in support of Israeli hostages outside the UN Headquarters on April 07, 2024 in New York City. (Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Bennet said the prosecutor’s request was “a moment of shame for the ICC and the world community” and provided “a huge boost to global Jihadi terror.”

“An ICC that compares the executor of a deliberate murderous attack that included raping women and burning babies, with those who are defending themselves against it, is better off not existing,” Bennett said. “It’s time for the decent nations to defund the ICC.” 

He included the hashtag: “DefundTheICC.”

Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders condemned the move as disgraceful and antisemitic. U.S. President Joe Biden also lambasted the prosecutor and supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas.

A panel of three judges will decide whether to issue the arrest warrants and allow a case to proceed. The judges typically take two months to make such decisions.

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Israel is not a member of the court, so even if the arrest warrants are issued, Netanyahu and Gallant do not face any immediate risk of prosecution. But the threat of arrest could make it difficult for the Israeli leaders to travel abroad.

Fox News Digital’s Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann's home searched again

Long Island police have returned to the Massapequa Park home of suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann.

His wife Asa Ellerup, who filed for divorce shortly after his arrest last summer, and their adult children were not home at the time, according to her lawyer, Bob Macedonio.

Investigators from both the New York State Police and Suffolk County were on the scene with command tents Monday.  At least a half dozen law enforcement agents were seen in the Heuermann driveway, some wearing rubber gloves, while others carried white cardboard document boxes into the home.

The bucolic Long Island suburb quickly became a hot bed of activity with police vehicles and media agencies swarming the streets as helicopters hovered by air.

NEW YORK POLICE SEARCH OF LONG ISLAND FOREST COULD BE LINKED TO GILGO BEACH MURDERS

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Police return to the home of Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann in Massepequa, N.Y on Monday May 20, 2024. (Michael Ruiz / Fox News Digital)

Investigators are believed to have obtained a new search warrant for the home, where they spent nearly two weeks searching last year.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said, “As District Attorney Tierney has previously stated, the work of the Gilgo Beach Homicide Task Force is continuing. We do not comment on investigative steps while ongoing.” 

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Police return to the home of Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann in Massepequa, N.Y on Monday May 20, 2024. (Michael Ruiz / Fox News Digital)

The latest search comes weeks after police K-9s were seen digging through the forest in Manorville, about 40 miles away, in an investigation that may be related.

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Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann appears in Judge Tim Mazzei’s courtroom next to his attorney Michael Brown

Alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex A. Heuermann appears in Judge Tim Mazzei’s courtroom next to his attorney Michael Brown in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (James Carbone/Newsday)

Heuermann is accused of killing four women whose remains were found in the brush along a quiet stretch of Ocean Parkway in 2010 – Melissa Barthelemy, 24; Megan Waterman, 22; Amber Costello, 27; and Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25. 

The “Gilgo Four,” as Heuermann’s alleged victims have become known, were among 11 bodies discovered after police received a haunting 911 call from Shannan Gilbert in 2010.

SUSPECTED GILGO BEACH SERIAL KILLER REX HEUERMANN ‘NOT CAPABLE’ OF MURDERS, WIFE SAYS AFTER JAIL VISITS

Portraits of the Gilgo Four victims inset over a wide shot of the marsh behind Gilgo Beach where they were found

The “Gilgo Four” clockwise from top left: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello. The background shows a wooden cross in the marsh next to Gilgo Beach, New York, where their remains were found in the brush just yards from Ocean Parkway. (Suffolk County Police Department/Mega for Fox News Digital)

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Two of the other victims, Jessica Taylor and Valerie Mack, were dismembered and dumped in separate locations. Police first discovered their partial remains in Manorville in 2000 and 2003. Additional remains of both victims were uncovered in the search for Gilbert in 2011.

Police outside of a suburban home

Police serve a search warrant at the home of Rex Heuermann in Massapequa Park on Long Island, NY Monday, May 20, 2024. Paperwork and tables are being set up to review the evidence that is being brought out of the house. (Kevin C. Downs for Fox News Digital)

Heuermann faces three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the Gilgo Four murders and has not been named a suspect in the other deaths.

John Ray, an attorney for Gilbert’s family and for several other women who have accused Heuermann of wrongdoing, questioned the need for a search warrant on the hope, now occupied by Ellerup and the adult children, if she is cooperating with the investigation and was publicly cleared of wrongdoing by the district attorney’s office.

“It could’ve been a phone call to the lawyer if things were on the up and up,” he told Fox News Digital. “[But] they needed a warrant and didn’t get her permission.”

Macedonio, Ellerup’s lawyer, said his client had not been asked in advance.

“Any request that’s been made of Asa, she has complied with,” he said.

Police outside of a suburban home

Police serve a search warrant at the home of Rex Heuermann in Massapequa Park on Long Island, NY Monday, May 20, 2024. Paperwork and tables are being set up to review the evidence that is being brought out of the house. (Kevin C. Downs for Fox News Digital)

Ray, who has disputed prosecutors’ stance that Ellerup has no connection to the slayings, speculated that something could have been brought into the house after Heuermann’s arrest.

Tierney said last year that the suspect’s wife was out of town during each of the murders and that investigators do not believe she assisted her husband in the crimes.

Heuermann was born and raised in Massapequa Park, New York.

He bought his childhood home from his mother in the 1990s and moved his family there.

SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER REX HEUERMANN’S LAWYER DEFENDS ‘SADISTIC’ INTERNET SEARCHES IN GILGO BEACH CASE

An exterior view of Rex Heuermann's Long Island home

A general view of Rex Heuermann’s house in Massapequa Park, New York on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Signs that read “No Stopping No Standing Any Time” are visible in the front yard of Heuermann’s home. Heuermann was arrested earlier this month for the deaths of three women, with police executing search warrants at his home for over a week.  (MEGA for Fox News Digital )

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Neighbors described him as a quiet businessman who carried a briefcase to the nearby train station, wearing a three-piece suit to head into his Manhattan office, where he was an architect. 

Several came out to watch the police activity and told Fox News Digital they were getting annoyed by the attention to their typically quiet suburban community.

Police outside of a suburban home

Police serve a search warrant at the home of Rex Heuermann in Massapequa Park on Long Island, NY Monday, May 20, 2024. Paperwork and tables are being set up to review the evidence that is being brought out of the house. (Kevin C. Downs for Fox News Digital)

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They said police arrived sometime before 8:45 a.m. and resumed their search.

It was not immediately clear what kind of evidence investigators were seeking.


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