NC State broadcaster Gary Hahn set to return to the booth after ‘illegal aliens’ remark

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North Carolina State broadcaster Gary Hahn will be reinstated later this month after he made a reference to “illegal aliens” during the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, last week.

While calling the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, where the Wolfpack were playing against the Maryland Terrapins, Hahn gave a score update on the Sun Bowl in west Texas, when he made the comment.

“One other bowl game involving an ACC team going on, that’s the Sun Bowl, and among all the illegal aliens down in El Paso, it’s UCLA 14 and Pittsburgh 6,” Hahn said.

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Outcry on social media led to the suspension.

Learfield Communications suspended Hahn indefinitely over the remarks. But the Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday that Hahn will be back calling games for the Wolfpack on Jan. 14. OutKick also confirmed the news. Learfield didn’t immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Hahn has been the voice of N.C. State football and men’s basketball for more than 30 years.

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He was named the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year in 2011 and 2020. The Wolfpack lost the game, 16-12.

Meanwhile, El Paso residents spoke out about the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Two moms from the city joined “Fox & Friends” last week to appeal to the Biden administration and local leaders to protect residents in the area amid the border crisis.

“It’s very out of the ordinary and very scary because we don’t know who’s coming to our country like this,” said Yvette, who has two children attending a local school.

“We want to help, but we also need to be realistic as to who these people are,” Rosie added. “We don’t know if there are pedophiles, we don’t know if they’re rapists.”

President Biden on Wednesday announced he intends to visit the border for the first time ever.

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

 

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Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger’s dad mentioned WSU SWAT shooting in new police bodycam

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Idaho murders suspect Bryan Kohberger and his father mentioned a Washington State University shooting to an Indiana deputy during a traffic stop on their cross-country trip to Pennsylvania in mid-December, new bodycam footage reveals, along with the suspect’s voice.

The encounter happened several hours before state police stopped the duo, and the same morning in which a Washington SWAT team killed an armed man after a standoff.

The Kohbergers do not appear to have been ticketed either time, and referred to the Washington incident as a “mass shooting,” although only the suspect was shot.

“Where are you headed?” the deputy asks.

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“Well, we’re coming from WSU,” Kohberger’s father, Michael Kohberger, begins to reply, before a passing car drowns out his voice.

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“What’s WSU?” the deputy responds.

Both men being replying at the same time, and even the deputy says he’s having a hard time hearing them over the passing vehicles.

“So you’re coming from Washington State University, and you’re going where?” he asks. 

“We’re going to Pennsylvania,” the elder Kohberger responds.

The conversation then returned to the WSU shooting. As Fox News Digital has reported, an hours-long standoff at an apartment near campus in the earl hours of Dec. 15 resulted in a police-involved shooting that left the suspect dead.

Witnesses in Pullman, Washington, said they heard multiple gunshots throughout the evening of Dec. 14 into the following morning.

Fox News Digital overheard the final one, before 4 a.m.

Later that day, Kohberger was pulled over for tailgating in Hancock County and again for speeding near Indianapolis, according to authorities.

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Pullman is just over 6 miles from Moscow, Idaho, where Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing four students at another school in their sleep.

The ambush attack killed Kaylee Goncalves and Maddie Mogen, 21, as well as Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, both 20. 

Police quickly said the two incidents were not related.

At the time of the traffic stops, Idaho investigators had publicly said they were looking for a white, 2011 to 2013 Hyundai Elantra with unknown license plates. The Kohbergers were driving a 2015.

Kohberger waived his extradition in Pennsylvania Tuesday and was being transported back to Moscow, Idaho, to face four counts of murder and a charge of burglary with intent to kill.

Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.

 

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UBS gets it wrong on industrials Honeywell, Emerson. The Club holdings are prepared for a potential recession

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Wall Street Wednesday turned sour on industrial conglomerates Honeywell (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR) . We disagree and see an opportunity to grow our positions since both Club names are expected to deliver growth in a potential economic downturn. UBS double-downgraded Honeywell to sell from buy, while reducing the stock’s price target to $193 a share from $220. The bank also downgraded the Club’s newest holding, Emerson Electric, lowering its rating to neutral from buy, while reducing its price target on the stock to $100 a share, down from $118. Both American industrial giants are facing a slowdown in orders and backlog burn that could undermine growth in a potential recession, according to UBS. But Jim Cramer strongly refuted that argument Wednesday. “These are precisely the stocks you need to be in because they are not as cyclical as people think,” Jim said of Honeywell and Emerson during the “Morning Meeting.” “They have worked for ages to be ready for a recession,” he added. Honeywell’s product line includes automation technology, industrial chemicals and airplane engines. Emerson’s offerings run the gamut from software and automation to valves and electrical components. Shares of Honeywell closed down nearly 2% Wednesday, at $210.04 apiece. Emerson finished the day down 0.72%, at $95.42 a share. In a research note, analysts at UBS questioned whether Honeywell’s order growth, which they called a “key driver of industrial equities,” would be robust enough to justify the company’s premium valuation, even if its strong backlog protects earnings in the near term. Similarly, in a separate note, UBS analysts said they anticipated a deceleration in order volumes at Emerson due to gathering economic headwinds, along with pressures from its planned acquisition of metals and mining software firm Micromine through a majority-owned subsidiary, Aspen Technology. Still, the analysts highlighted the company’s automation solutions unit, whose backlog grew 26% between 2019 and 2022, as a revenue stream that could “insulate against a potential slowdown.” Bank of America, conversely, chose Honeywell on Wednesday as its industrial sector pick for 2023 on the basis of quality, cash-flow generation, dividend-growth potential and earnings expectations amid a potential recession. The bank on Tuesday also called out Emerson as a “top idea” for the first quarter, citing potential upside from the Micromine acquisition, as well as a tailwind from a weaker U.S. dollar compared with last year. The Club take Our industrial holdings, Honeywell and Emerson Electric, have seen a positive run lately, outperforming the market — a testament to their strength heading into a deepening slowdown. We recently started a position in Emerson in December on the back of the company’s ability to deploy cash on its balance sheet and execute acquisitions that should ultimately support earnings growth. The company has taken steps to reorganize its portfolio by divesting non-core businesses and investing in strategic acquisitions, while prioritizing its higher margin, faster-growing automation business. It exited a strong 2022, delivering robust free cash flow and sales that can carry over into 2023. EMR stock is up more than 18% over the last 3 months. And we’re prepared to buy, but prefer to wait for a pullback. Honeywell, meanwhile, has a strong aerospace business that is well positioned to benefit from the comeback in travel. China recently ended quarantine for international travelers, a catalyst for many airlines to which Honeywell is a key supplier. We’re keeping an eye on its warehouse automation business, which may show weakness given demand was pulled forward from the Covid-19 pandemic. But, overall, 2023 should be a year focused on margin expansion. HON stock is up roughly 17% over the past 3 months, and we would wait for a pullback to buy more. (Jim Cramer’s Charitable Trust is long HON, EMR. See here for a full list of the stocks.) As a subscriber to the CNBC Investing Club with Jim Cramer, you will receive a trade alert before Jim makes a trade. Jim waits 45 minutes after sending a trade alert before buying or selling a stock in his charitable trust’s portfolio. If Jim has talked about a stock on CNBC TV, he waits 72 hours after issuing the trade alert before executing the trade. THE ABOVE INVESTING CLUB INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY POLICY , TOGETHER WITH OUR DISCLAIMER . NO FIDUCIARY OBLIGATION OR DUTY EXISTS, OR IS CREATED, BY VIRTUE OF YOUR RECEIPT OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE INVESTING CLUB. NO SPECIFIC OUTCOME OR PROFIT IS GUARANTEED.

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Wall Street Wednesday turned sour on industrial conglomerates Honeywell (HON) and Emerson Electric (EMR). We disagree and see an opportunity to grow our positions since both Club names are expected to deliver growth in a potential economic downturn.

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House adjourns without electing a speaker after McCarthy loses sixth ballot

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The House adjourned Wednesday after it failed for a sixth time to elect a speaker — continuing a feud between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and 20 opponents within his own party.

The decision to adjourn until 8 p.m. ET Wednesday followed unsuccessful negotiation efforts from McCarthy to secure a majority of votes needed to win the speaker’s gavel. The fourth, fifth and sixth failed ballots Wednesday came hours after former President Donald Trump broke his silence on the speakership debate as he reiterated his endorsement of McCarthy.

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The House failed on three votes for speaker Tuesday, then adjourned. The first two votes Tuesday included 19 votes for candidates besides McCarthy, which became 20 after Rep.-elect Byron Donalds flipped to the anti-McCarthy side in the third vote.

McCarthy’s opponents then nominated Donalds, R-Fla., for speaker Wednesday, who received the same 20 votes in the fourth ballot — successfully delaying McCarthy’s bid for speaker again. Donalds was again nominated as a candidate on the fifth and sixths ballots and received the same 20 votes.

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., who previously voted for McCarthy, voted “present” in the fourth, fifth and sixth series.

“We have a constitutional duty to elect the Speaker of the House, but we have to deliberate further as a Republican conference until we have enough votes and stop wasting everyone’s time. None of the Republican candidates have this number yet,” Spartz said in a statement. “That’s why I voted present after all votes were cast.”

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Now, the House will have to conduct a seventh round of votes. 

Republican debates over the speakership have turned bitter as they attempt to unify behind a leader. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., tweeted ahead of Wednesday’s vote that he wants to “break up the DC Cartel” as he continues to oppose McCarthy. Biggs’ comments appear to be a response to Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., who referred to McCarthy’s opponents Tuesday as the “Taliban 20.” 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., muttered “this is bulls—” under her breath during a House GOP Conference meeting Tuesday regarding McCarthy’s bid for speakership.

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Democratic leadership has directed its members to remain present at votes for speaker continue to ensure the majority threshold remains a challenge to Republicans. Democratic members cheered and chanted as votes continued to fail Tuesday and Wednesday.

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James Corden almost played Brendan Fraser’s role in ‘The Whale’: report

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James Corden nearly played Brendan Fraser’s role in the awards season favorite “The Whale,” according to a new report. 

The “Late Late Show” host told Deadline’s Peter Hammond that at one point he was attached to the project about a 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and that Tom Ford was set to direct. 

“I was going to play that part, and Tom Ford was going to direct,” Corden said, per the outlet. However, Corden and Ford ended up not doing the movie “because Ford wanted more complete control of the project,” Hammond wrote last week. 

He added, “Corden also thinks he may have been too young to do it justice.” 

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Corden said George Clooney had briefly considered directing but only if he could find an actor who was close to the 600-pound character to play the lead role. 

“The complications of that were too much, as you might imagine, and Clooney never became involved beyond that brief flirtation with the property,” Hammond wrote.

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“The Whale” director Darren Aronofsky confirmed everything to Hammond on a different occasion, the columnist wrote. 

In October, Fraser received yet another standing ovation for his performance in “The Whale.”

Fraser, 53, was moved to tears during his second standing ovation – this time at the London Film Festival. The film was shown to an audience and the actor reportedly received a five-minute standing ovation.

The reaction to the film at the London Film Festival follows his first standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival in early September. The audience bestowed a six-minute standing ovation to the “Crash” star.

Fraser has returned to the silver screen for what many believe could be an Oscar-contending role.

The role represents a major comeback for Fraser, as it is his first leading role in almost a decade. “The Mummy” star also has upcoming roles in Martin Scorsese’s latest western film “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and with Dawn Olivieri and Marcia Cross in “Behind the Curtain of Night.”

Reps for Corden and Ford did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

 

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New Jersey police release dramatic video of stolen car going over guardrail and crashing on house, car

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Police in New Jersey released body camera video of a stolen car going over a guardrail, crashing on a house and car, narrowly avoiding a person who was walking nearby.

The incident happened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning when officers from both the Verona Police Department and North Caldwell Police Department were responding to a request for assistance regarding a stolen vehicle in Verona, New Jersey.

When police officers began to walk towards the vehicle, the car’s driver took the car off-road where it went over a guard rail falling 21 feet, eventually hit the side of a house and narrowly missed a person.

The car was located by a tracking system, officials said.

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Police say that the driver escaped the vehicle and “ran on foot,” but was apprehended by police officers. A female individual was also found near the car and was turned over to police.

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No individuals were injured during the incident, police told FOX 35, adding that the two people inside the car were evaluated for injuries.

 

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Respect for Muslim students ‘should have superseded academic freedom’ in class controversy: College president

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The president of a small liberal arts college in Minnesota issued an apology for offending Muslim students after they were shown depictions of the Prophet Muhammad

Hamline University in Minnesota is at the center of a religious firestorm after a professor shared “two depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in class,” according to The Oracle, Hamline’s student newspaper. 

One of the paintings by medieval Islamic scholar Rashid al-Din showed Muhammad receiving divine revelation from the angel Gabriel. 

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But Hamline University President Fayneese Miller went viral on Twitter for her letter to the campus in December apologizing for the incident. 

“It is not our intent to place blame; rather, it is our intent to note that in the classroom incident—where an image forbidden for Muslims to look upon was projected on a screen and left for many minutes—respect for the observant Muslim students in that classroom should have superseded academic freedom.” 

Miller acknowledged that many subjects contain controversial subject material but said that kindness for others was more important than academics. 

“Academic freedom is very important, but it does not have to come at the expense of care and decency toward others.” 

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The professor who showed the medieval images of Muhammad was reportedly fired after students complained that any depictions of their prophet were disrespectful. 

The incident occurred in a college class on “Islamic art.” 

The president continued to argue to that “academic freedom” would not suffer, even after the decision to fire the professor. 

“Our response to the classroom event does not disregard or minimize the importance of academic freedom,” Miller said. “It does state that respect, decency, and appreciation of religious and other differences should supersede when we know that what we teach will cause harm.”

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Hamline University explained the controversy and the apology in comments to Fox Digital.

“Students do not relinquish their faith in the classroom. To look upon an image of the prophet Muhammad, for many Muslims, is against their faith. Questions about how best to discuss Islamic art have been raised by many academics and is certainly an issue worthy of debate and discussion. For those of us who have been entrusted with the responsibility of educating the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens, it was important that our Muslim students, as well as all other students, feel safe, supported, and respected both in and out of our classrooms.”

But the university also emphasized that it wanted to clear up any misunderstandings about the professor who was reportedly fired at Hamline. 

“It is also important that we clarify that the adjunct instructor was teaching for the first time at Hamline, received an appointment letter for the fall semester, and taught the course until the end of the term,” the school said.

Fox News’ Jon Brown contributed to this report. 

 

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Biden says he intends to visit the U.S.-Mexico border for first time since taking office

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President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he intends to visit the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since taking office, after nearly two years of Republicans criticizing his administration over the migrant crisis.

Biden revealed the potential trip while speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One in Kentucky. Asked if he’ll be going to the border, Biden said, “That’s my intention, we’re working out the details now.”

The president is scheduled to attend the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday.

Republicans have repeatedly ridiculed Biden for not visiting the southern border while also saying the issue of migrants is a priority for his presidency.

The Biden administration suffered a legal setback on implementing its immigration policies when the Supreme Court decided last month that Title 42 — a Trump-era immigration policy that lets authorities quickly expel asylum-seekers at the border — will remain in effect for now. The administration had sought to end that policy.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed Title 42 on Tuesday, saying the administration is advancing preparations for when the policy eventually lifts so that officials “manage the border in a secure orderly and humane way.”

“To truly fix our broken immigration system though, we need Congress to act,” she added. “We saw the president on his first day in office put forth a comprehensive immigration policy, legislation and that he did that to show how important this was, how much of a priority this was for him.”

A trip to the border would come as House Republicans are poised to ramp up oversight of the Biden administration, with a particular focus on the border.

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US job openings totaled 10.5 million in November, more than expected


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The number of available jobs in the United States totaled 10.46 million in November, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Labor.

That’s more than the 10 million total job openings that economists were expecting, according to Refinitiv, and slightly lower than the upwardly revised October total of 10.51 million.

“The US labor market remains on fire,” Nick Bunker, head of economic research for Indeed Hiring Lab, said in a statement about the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS. “The flames may have receded a bit from the highs of the initial reopening of the economy, but demand for workers remains robust and workers are seizing new opportunities.”

There were still about 1.7 job openings for each job seeker in November, unchanged from October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Federal Reserve closely monitors this ratio, since tightness in the labor market means employees have greater leverage to seek higher wages, which in turn drives up inflation.

The robust number of job openings remains “a testament to the resilience of demand for labor on Main Street, even as job openings tumbled on Wall Street,” said Julia Pollak, chief economist with ZipRecruiter, in a tweet posted shortly after the report was released.

Job hiring inched down to 6.06 million in November from 6.11 million in October, according to the report. Layoffs fell to 1.35 million from 1.45 million, and the number of people quitting their job increased to 4.17 million from 4.05 million.

“The Great Resignation is far from over — quits surged in November, to 4.2 million,” Pollak said. “They have now been above 4 million for 18 straight months, after coming in at 3.4 million before the pandemic and averaging 2.6 million in the prior years.”

Although openings came in above expectations, the JOLTS report likely won’t spur a dramatic change in course from the Fed, economists for labor market analytics company Lightcast said during a webcast Wednesday morning.

“This report shows more positive signs for the economy than originally expected,” said Bledi Taska, Lightcast’s chief economist. “This was a very surprising report, but in some ways that’s positive for the economy overall. This report moves us from cautious to cautiously optimistic. I don’t expect to have to use the word recession any time soon.”

Labor turnover activity this month will provide a good window of where the labor market may be heading, Taska said, adding that he would expect layoff activity to rise but not to a point of where it would indicate a serious recession was taking hold.

The data comes ahead of the government’s closely watched monthly jobs report, which is set to be released on Friday and is expected to show that 200,000 jobs were added to the US economy in December.

While that number is slightly lower than in previous months, it caps off an unusually strong year for the labor market — all the more so, given the Fed’s efforts to slow the economy in order to rein in demand and inflation.

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