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Half of Americans believe that former President Donald Trump should face criminal prosecution for storing classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and nearly six in 10 think he acted inappropriately, a new poll has found.

Americans by 59% to 26% say Trump’s keeping the boxes of classified documents he brought with him to Florida was inappropriate, a Quinnipiac poll showed. 

And 50% think the former president should face criminal charges.

As the saga has been unfolding over the storing of the documents since the Aug. 8 FBI raid, 76% of Americans say they are following the developments closely — split evenly between “very closely” and “somewhat closely.”

Asked how serious they think the allegations are against Trump, 49% say “very,” 15% say “somewhat,” while 13% say “not too serious” and 19% say “not serious at all.”

Among Republicans, 27% believe they’re “not serious,” and 67% shrug them off as being “not too” or “not serious at all.”

Anti-trump supporters outside of Trump Tower in NYC.
Half of Americans believe that former President Trump should face criminal prosecution for hiding classified information, according to a new poll.
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Ninety-six percent of Democrats say the allegations are “very” or “somewhat serious.”

Only 3% of Democrats consider the claims “not serious at all.”

Amid the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents and President Biden’s recent rise in the polls, Americans would rather not see a repeat of the 2020 contest in 2024.

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Sixty-two percent of Americans say Trump should not run again in 2024.
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The documents seized in the raid with color-coded border indicating their classified status.
Off those surveyed, 50% think Trump should face criminal charges.
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Americans by 67% to 26% say Biden should not seek reelection, and Americans 62% to 33% say Trump should sit out the election. 

The poll showed that 40% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president, an increase of 9 percentage points since July, but 52% still approve of his job performance.

Despite the upturn in the polls, the president still gets low marks for his handling of the economy (58%), foreign policy (54%), and the situation at the border (60%).

He has a 50% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a 44% positive rating for his work on climate change. 

On the question of the direction of the country, 49% say they are “very dissatisfied,” 26% say “somewhat dissatisfied,” while 26% are “very” or “somewhat satisfied.” 

The survey polled 1,584 adults between Aug. 25-29.

It has a plus/minus 2.5 percentage points margin of error. 



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Mom’s makeover! Jon and Kate Plus 8 alum Kate Gosselin has never been afraid to experiment with her hairstyle.

While she was first introduced to fans with a short spiky blonde bob haircut, the former reality star has adopted a longer hairstyle in recent years.

However, many fans still identify the mother of eight with her hairstyle from 2009. “It’s my attitude! Everybody wants it. It’s work,” she told People at the time about the cut. “I have very, very thick hair, so it’s not going to work for everybody. I’ve seen people come through the book line with thin hair and [it] just won’t work. My hair stylist gets calls from all across the country.”

As the years continued, Kate began wearing extensions and has continued to rock a longer hairstyle.

While her hairstyle has stayed consistent in recent years, Kate’s drama with ex-husband Jon Gosselin has also been a regular part of her life.

The former couple were married from 1999 until 2009. The exes share twin daughters, Mady and Cara, as well as sextuplets Hannah, Collin, Leah, Joel, Alexis and Aedan.

In March 2018, Jon filed a complaint against Kate in which he alleged that she “stole” more than $100,000 from their children’s trust fund, a source told In Touch on August 18. The exes previously created a trust account for all of their eight kids with the intention of keeping their earnings from TV appearances and social events safe for the children until they turned 18.

However, the DJ claimed in his filing that he noticed a sum of more than $100,000 was missing from the account when he gained custody of Hannah and Collin in 2018.

In the documents, Kate reportedly acknowledged that she withdrew $50,000 from the children’s trust two times. However, the nurse claimed she just “borrowed” the money to “survive.” She also added that it was necessary to “meet her and the children’s expenses.” Later that year, the former TV personality purchased a $750,000 lakeside home in North Carolina.

Additionally, Kate admitted in her testimony that she had borrowed money from a corporation that she jointly owned with her kids to furnish her new home after she claimed that she didn’t earn any income in 2019.

The judge ruled in favor of Jon in 2021, reportedly citing that there was “no evidence of repayment” on Kate’s part or that she did not earn any income that year. She was then reportedly found to be in contempt of court and was ordered to pay $1,500 in attorney’s fees to her former husband in the case.

In August, her lawyer exclusively told In Touch that Jon ​​“owes Kate over $150,000 in failed child support.” The amount was confirmed based on IRS judgements viewed by In Touch.

“I have no knowledge of her taking money from the trust fund,” attorney Richard J. Puleo said. “I can attest Kate has impeccable integrity; I can’t say the same for Jon Gosselin,” he claimed.

Keep scrolling to see Kate’s hair transformation over the years.



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Several major US air carriers caved to public pressure by confirming they will pay for meals and lodging to passengers who endure delays or cancellations ahead of the potentially chaotic Labor Day travel weekend.

The move by the carriers comes after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg demanded airline CEOs provide free meals and hotel rooms for lengthy delays “at a minimum” due a period of widespread flight disruptions and cancellations.

Most US airlines already offered meal vouchers or complimentary lodging to passengers in the event of delays, but the benefits were not explicitly detailed in plans on their website or other public-facing areas.

As a result, some customers had to be aware in advance about the existence of the vouchers in order to take advantage of the benefit.

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Airlines are alerting customers they are eligible for free meals and lodging in the event of some flight delays or cancellations.
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“For cancellations or delays within our control, like mechanical issues, that result in your waiting for more than three hours, we’ll give you a digital or printed meal voucher,” United said in a customer commitment plan that took effect on Tuesday.

“This voucher can be used for the reasonable cost of a meal at airport food vendors. If you don’t automatically get one, just ask us.”

JetBlue noted that passengers stuck waiting 3 hours or more due to “controllable cancellations” will receive meal vouchers of $12 and hotel accommodations for overnight cancellations.

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Airlines are scrambling to meet surging travel demand this year.
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Southwest’s customer service plan includes similar language, though it notes in bold that the free meal vouchers and lodging apply to flight delays or cancellations “within our control.”

The Post has reached out to the airlines for comment on the updated customer service policies.

“US airlines are committed to offering a high level of customer service and providing a positive and safe flight experience for all passengers,” Airlines for America, a trade group representing major carriers, said in a statement.

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Flight disruptions have skyrocketed this year.
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“Carriers continue to post their customer service plans on their websites and welcome opportunities to simplify, clarify and increase transparency for travelers,” the statement added.

In letters to major US airline CEOs earlier this month, Buttigieg referred to ongoing travel chaos and flight disruptions as “unacceptable” ahead of the Labor Day holiday. The letters also demanded that airlines update their customer service plans to reflect assistance available to impacted travelers.

Buttigieg said the Department of Transportation was “contemplating” more regulations that would “further expand the rights of airline passengers.”

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had urged airlines to offer the benefits “at a minimum.”
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“As you know, these aren’t just numbers, these are missed birthday parties, graduations, time with loved ones and important meetings,” Buttigieg said.

Airlines have been struggling to meet surging travel demand this year while contending with labor shortages and supply chain issues. Mishandled baggage complaints and flight delays have spiked during the tumultuous period.



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Teen Mom star Bariki “Bar” Smith was arrested on Tuesday, August 22, and charged with a felony of being a fugitive from another state, In Touch can confirm. 

The MTV star remains behind bars at Henderson Detention Center in Nevada with no current bond or release date set, according to booking information viewed by In Touch. Smith had recently moved to Nevada from California with his wife, Ashley Jones, and their 4-year-old daughter, Holly. 

Smith did not immediately respond to In Touch‘s request for comment.

The news of Smith’s arrest comes weeks after MTV released the trailer for Teen Mom: The Next Chapter, which showed the father of one recently completing a stint in rehab. 

“I’m carrying a heavy load right now, it’s hard on everybody,” Jones, 25, teased in the trailer for the upcoming series. 

During the Teen Mom 2 reunion special in May 2022, Smith opened up on his struggles with alcohol and his previous DUI arrest, which required him to wear an ankle monitor throughout the season. 

“It was to make sure that I didn’t consume alcohol while I was battling the case that I was,” he explained of the arrest that happened two years ago. “So it was pretty much the entire time that I was fighting the case that I had to keep it on because they wanted to make sure that I didn’t access any alcohol, which I was pissed off about in the very beginning but it worked out for the best because at the end of the day I do have an addiction, so it worked out to help me get as far away from it as I could.”

Following his DUI arrest, the reality TV alum was arrested in May 2021 for the willful discharge of a firearm. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was released a day later. However, Smith failed to appear for the case, and a bench warrant was put out for his arrest.

Jones and Smith got engaged during season 10 of Teen Mom 2 and revealed “secretly” getting married at the Teen Mom: Family Reunion in March 2022, having tied the knot “five or six months” prior to the reunion filming.

Teen Mom Ashley Jones Tells All On Relationship With Bar Smith
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In May 2022, the TV personality previously opened on whether she would stand by her husband, regardless of what he did.

 “I don’t know. Some days, I’m ready to call it quits. Some days I’m like, you know what, we’re going the distance,” Ashley told In Touch in May 2022. “I think it depends on what I’ve eaten, uh, how good I slept … there’s a lot of factors in there.”



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Frightening video shows an Ohio man suspected of attempting to kidnap a child from a kindergarten lunging at an officer in the interrogation room and trying to stab him in the neck with a pen.

Reid Duran, 35, was arrested last week after allegedly posing as a parent during an open house at Saint Brigid School in Xenia.

The school’s principal spotted Duran acting in an odd manner on the premises and called 911 to report a trespasser, telling the dispatcher that the intruder was “posing a threat,” reported the station WHIO.

Officers who responded to the school questioned Duran in the parking lot. The man was said to have initially offered an array of explanations for his attending the open house but eventually admitted his plan to lure a young child with drug-laced candy, police said.

Surveillance video from a Xenia, Ohio, police interrogation room shows attempted kidnapping suspect Reid Dura, left, lunging at a cop with a pen.
Surveillance video from a Xenia, Ohio, police interrogation room shows attempted kidnapping suspect Reid Dura, left, lunging at a cop with a pen.
Officer Nicholas Peters managed to overpower the suspect and handcuff him.
Officer Nicholas Peters managed to overpower the suspect and handcuff him.

Duran agreed to come down to the local police station for an interview and was sitting in an interrogation room when the pen attack occurred.

Surveillance video from the room shows Duran sitting in a swivel chair, before suddenly grabbing a pen from the table in front of him and charging officer Nicholas Peters, “with the sharp end pointed at the neck and face area” of the cop, according to court documents.

Peters is seen pushing the pen-wielding suspect to the floor and quickly gaining the upper hand during the ensuing struggle.

“Put your hands behind your back now,” Peters orders Duran. “Are you f—ing kidding me right now?”

Duran has been charged with attempted kidnapping, felonious assault and escape, reported Dayton247Now.

According to police, Duran told detectives that he had plotted to abduct a five-year-old girl from the school, after offering her Starburst candy coated with a tranquilizer, “to obtain sexual favors.”

Duran allegedly trespassed on an open house and a kindergarten, and later told police he wanted to lure a 5-year-old with drug-laced candy for sexual purposes.
Duran allegedly trespassed on an open house and a kindergarten, and later told police he wanted to lure a 5-year-old with drug-laced candy for sexual purposes.

Duran also allegedly claimed that he preferred children younger than 13 years old and had child pornography on his computer, according to Fox 19.

Xenia police said in a statement that no tranquilizers were detected on candy that was found in Duran’s possession at the time of his arrest, and that the man did not offer sweets to anyone at the school. 

Duran is currently being held in the county jail without bond.

Duran’s family spoke to NBC News on Friday, claiming that the 35-year-old has been suffering from schizophrenia for several years, but that he has never been violent towards others.

“He’s very gentle and considerate to others,” Roy Duran said of his jailed younger brother. “The harm is always insular and against himself.”

The man’s mother, Melissa King, said that what she has seen in the interrogation room surveillance footage was unlike her son.

“I think he began to feel scared and he’s cornered,” she said. “I just know he’s not in his right mind. He needs psychiatric help.”



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Johnny Depp chose a very unusual way to present then-girlfriend Kate Moss with a stunning diamond necklace as a gift. The supermodel has revealed that he hid the gems in his butt crack and had her reach into his pants to retrieve the item.

Supermodel Kate, 48, broke down some of her most memorable looks over the years in a video for British Vogue and came across a photo from the 1995 CFDA Fashion Awards, where she wore a white John Galliano gown and a sparkling necklace made up entirely of diamonds around her neck.

“That diamond necklace Johnny gave me, they were the first diamonds I ever owned. He pulled them out of the crack of his a–hole,” she explained in the clip, which was published on Wednesday, August 31.

‘We were going out to dinner, and he said, ‘I’ve got something in my bum, can you have a look,’ and I was like, ‘what?’ and I put my hand down his trousers and I pulled out a diamond necklace. That diamond necklace,” Kate shared while pointing at the photo of her wearing the stunning jewels.

Johnny, 59, and Kate dated from 1994 through 1998 and were one of the decade’s hottest “It” couples during their heyday. The British beauty later revealed she suffered extreme heartbreak following their split, leading to “years” of tears.

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said,” Kate told Vanity Fair in October 2012. “Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!”

Kate ended up testifying on Johnny’s behalf during his 2022 defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard. When the actress brought up an alleged incident involving Kate and Johnny, it opened the door for his legal team to call the former Calvin Klein model as a witness.

“I just see my little sister with her back to the staircase and Johnny swings at her. I don’t hesitate or wait. I just instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and I swung at him,” Amber claimed during her testimony, seemingly referencing a rumor that Johnny allegedly been violent with Kate.

Kate  denied that Johnny pushed her down the stairs. Instead, she told the jurors that she had actually slipped and Johnny was supportive and caring. “As I left the room, I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back. And I screamed because I didn’t know what happened to me, and I was in pain. He came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”

As for why Kate agreed to testify on the Pirates of the Caribbean alum’s behalf, she told BBC radio show Desert Island Discs on July 22, “I know the truth about Johnny. I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to say that truth.” The actor later won his libel case, with a Fairfax County, Virginia, jury awarding him $15 million in damages from Amber on June 1, while awarding her $2 million for statements made by her ex’s legal team in her countersuit.

 



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The nurse facing murder charges for the fiery Los Angeles crash that killed five and an unborn child was in the midst of a “frightening” mental health crisis and may have lost consciousness at the time of the crash, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

The filings describe Nicole Linton’s four-year struggle with bipolar disorder and a determination by doctors that the nurse had an “apparent lapse of consciousness” at the time of the crash.

“Mental incapacitation and unconsciousness are, of course, complete defenses to crimes under California law,” Linton’s attorneys note.

Linton, a 37-year-old traveling nurse from Houston, Texas, is accused of traveling nearly 90mph when the car she was driving blew through a stoplight on Aug. 4 and struck at least five other cars, setting at least three on fire.

Asherey Ryan, who was pregnant, died in the crash, as did her 11-month-old son Allonzo, and her boyfriend Reynold Lester. The family was reportedly heading to a prenatal checkup at the time of the collision.

The filings do not go into great detail regarding Linton’s struggles with bipolar disorder, save to dispute a prosecutorial claim that she had a history of “jumping on police cars” and “jumping out of windows.”

an image of Nicole Linton in court.
Nicole Linton in a LA courtroom while she faces the murder charges stemming from the fatal traffic incident.
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The defense argued each of these happened only once, and — with an attached affidavit from Linton’s sister describing a 2019 manic episode — said the window in question was on the ground floor.

Linton’s defense also pushed back on early reports that Linton had had a long history of motor vehicle accidents and a claim by prosecutors that Linton had totaled two cars in a 2020 crash.

Her attorneys Wednesday said those reports were false.

“A fifty-state comprehensive search of insurance records reveals that Ms. Linton has no such history,” Linton’s lawyers wrote. “In fact, Ms. Linton was determined to be at fault in only three prior collisions, the most recent of which occurring in 2014.”

“As for the 2020 collision offered to the Court in support of preventive detention, the claim against Ms. Linton was effectively withdrawn, being settled for $0,” the attorneys continued. “Photos of the damage to the so-called ‘totaled’ vehicles involved are not the least bit indicative of speeding or reckless driving.”

Police and firefighters at the scene of the car crash.
The car crash involving Nicole Linton killed five people, including an unborn child.

Police and firefighters at the scene of the car crash.
LA police and other officials investigating the scene where the fatal car crash occurred.

A truck picking up broken car pieces after the crash.
Linton’s defense pushed back reports saying that she had a long history of motor vehicle accidents.

The filing, in advance of an expected Wednesday hearing, seeks to have Linton released to the custody of a mental health facility.

“Specifically, Ms. Linton would be most appropriately housed in a mental health treatment facility where she can be monitored and treated for her illness under conditions that would significantly mitigate any risk to the public and the integrity of the proceedings before the Court,” her attorneys wrote. “She has no criminal record and no history of reckless driving, harming others, or disobeying court orders.”

Additional reporting by Marjorie Hernandez



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A teenage girl in India has died after she was set on fire by an alleged stalker — who became irate when she rejected his marriage proposal.

Ankita Singh, 19, was asleep in her bed near an open window around 4 a.m. on August 23 when a man doused her body in gasoline and tossed a lit match, the BBC Hindi reported.

Singh was rushed to the hospital with severe burns but died Sunday as a result of the heinous attack.

Before she died from her injuries, Singh identified the man as Shahrukh Hussain, telling authorities he had been following her and harassing her, the outlet said.

The teen described how Hussain called her about 8 p.m. the night before and “told me that he would kill me if I did not talk to him.”

“I informed my father about the threat after which he assured me that he would talk to the man’s family on Tuesday,” she told cops, according to the Mirror.

Ankita Singh, 19.
Ankita Singh, 19, was a student at the time of her death.

She then described waking up to “a sensation of pain on my back” and “could smell something burning.”

“I found [Hussain] running away when I opened my eyes,” she told authorities.

Two videos of Singh in the hospital have since gone viral online, causing uproar in India. She suffered burns to 45% of her body.

Shahrukh Hussain.
A video still of Shahrukh Hussain’s arrest.

The teen’s father, Sanjeev Singh, confirmed that Hussain lived in their neighborhood. He said the man’s unwanted attention sometimes forced his daughter to miss school.

“Shahrukh used to tell her— ‘marry me, accept Islam, else I will make your life hell,’” he told Swarajya magazine.

Ankita Singh suffered burns to 45% of her body.
Singh was burned over 45% of her body.

“He kept on forcing my daughter to marry and convert for months. He was a one-sided lover, a stalker.”

Police arrested Hussain and an accomplice last week. Both men are reportedly facing murder charges. 

Singh’s death sparked outrage across Hindu-majority Jharkhand. 

Amber Lakra, the police superintendent of Dumka, told the BBC that while the crime is not considered religious in nature, “[police] are being especially vigilant as the boy and girl belong to different religions.”

In the days following Singh’s death, several politicians took to social media to express their disgust at the Hussain’s actions.

“After the crafty meted out to Ankita, her death has made every Indian bow their heads in shame,” Rahul Gandhi, a leader in the Indian National Congress and prominent advocate for women’s rights, tweeted Tuesday

“Today there is a dire need to create a safe environment for women in the country.”

Protestors have taken to the street to rage against Ankita Singh's killing.
Protestors have taken to the street to rage against Singh’s killing.

Mithilesh Kumar Thakur, a politician in Jharkhand, urged the public not to assign undue blame to the killer’s religion.

“The criminal has neither any caste nor any religion,” he tweeted Monday.

“He is cruel, unrighteous, impure and inferior. The killer of daughter Ankita should be near the noose soon…Our government will make all such legal efforts.”

Ankita Singh
Singh lived at home with her father, brother, and grandparents.

Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the historically Hindu nationalist arm of the Indian government, met with Singh’s family this week, promising financial support.

But while the government has promised appropriate justice will be served, Singh’s loved ones remain paralyzed by grief.

Described by relatives as caring and a hard-worker, Singh was in Class 12 at school at the time of her death.

Sanjeev Singh
The victim’s heartbroken father, Sanjeev Singh, told reporters that his daughter was stalked for over a year.

After losing her mother to cancer a year and a half ago, Singh lived at home with her father, grandparents, and younger brother.

“She wanted to get a government job so that she could help her father support the family,” her grandmother, Vimla Devi, told BBC Hindi.

“After her mother’s death, she took good care of her younger brother. She was a very sensitive girl.”

Ankita Singh's grandfather.
The victim’s grandfather performed her last rites.

The tragedy of Singh’s case is compounded by the fact that it is far from an isolated incident. According to one 2020 study, one stalking case is reported to Indian authorities every 55 minutes.

Earlier this year, The Indian Express also reported troubling new statistics that nearly one-third of Indian women experienced physical or sexual trauma.

This spring, the Post reported on a similar wave of outrage in the country after a 13-year-old girl who reported being gang raped in Uttar Pradesh was assaulted a second time by a police officer assigned to her case.

“If police stations are not safe for women, then where will they go to take complaints?” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, tweeted at the time.

Since 2018, assaults on children under 12 have been punishable by death. Under India’s penal code, the perpetrators in Singh’s case could also face the death penalty.





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90 Day Fiancé star Bilal Hazziez is defending himself from trolls who called him a “narcissist” and who feel that he is “manipulating” his wife, Shaeeda Sween.

“You never heard me yell at my wife. You never heard me cuss at my wife,” the Missouri resident, 42, said in a conversation alongside his wife with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, August 30. “But to hear certain things, like, ‘Oh man, this is the worst person ever,’ like those things, like, ‘Wow, really?’”

“If you let that get the best of you, it could destroy you,” the TLC star continued. “Nowadays, if you have confidence in yourself, or back in my day, you just call it ‘swag,’ but now it’s, ‘You’re a narcissist.’”

Fans will remember upon Shaeeda’s arrival in Kansas City, Bilal opted to take his then-fiancé to his dated, childhood home rather than the grand estate he really lived in, to see how she reacted. Bilal faced major heat online for his “prank” and even fellow season 9 costar Kobe Blaise called him out for equating his wife to a “gold digger” at the tell-all.

‘90 Day Fiance’: Bilal Hazziez Reacts To Narcissist Claims
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However, the reality TV personality has admitted to some reflection since his time on the long-running series. “It’s interesting but it’s also things that you have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘OK well all right, let me try to do some things differently,” he added.

Following their run on season 9, Bilal and Shaeeda have returned to continue their story on the spinoff, 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After

“I think it’s because we have real problems that everybody can relate to,” the Trinidad & Tobago beauty later told the publication. “We’re dealing with mature problems here. You know, in a relationship, [I] wanted to have children, my handsome husband, he loves kids, but he wants to do, like, just enjoy life.”

While Shaeeda did note her partner has gotten better with his lecturing, the newlyweds have even bigger challenges to deal with in the upcoming season. The real estate investor and yoga instructor have finally completed the K-1 visa, and while Bilal was hoping to enjoy the honeymoon phase with his wife, Shaaeda has babies on the brain. After including a stipulation in the prenuptial agreement regarding her getting pregnant before 40, season 7 will document the couple as they deal with trust, abandonment and fertility issues.



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Battleship Texas — the last surviving battleship to serve in both World Wars — sailed for the first time in 32 years Wednesday to undergo millions of dollars in repairs, said the Battleship Texas Foundation.

Texans watched the impressive warship leave its slip at the historic San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte, Texas early Wednesday morning before dawn. Crowds gathered along the route as the ship made its way down the Houston Ship Channel to Galveston Bay, where it will be undergo $35 million repairs.

“We’re to the point where if we didn’t intervene and if we didn’t do something, the ship’s days are really over, Bruce Bramlett, chief operating officer at Battleship Texas, told FOX Houston.

The momentous departure was streamed live online and by TV stations in the Lone Star State.

“At her commission, she was the number one battleship weapon in the world,” Tony Gregory, president and CEO of the Battleship Texas Foundation, told the Houston Chronicle.

The ship's transfer shut down traffic at Port Houston Wednesday. The move has been planned for three years.
The ship’s transfer shut down traffic at Port Houston Wednesday. The move has been planned for three years.
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Pre-dawn crowds gathered in the Houston area to see the ship's historic move.
Pre-dawn crowds gathered in the Houston area to see the ship’s historic move.
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The ship needs repairs for recurring leaks. The work is expected to take a year and a half.
The ship needs repairs for recurring leaks. The work is expected to take a year and a half.
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Once the world’s most powerful weapon, the last surviving dreadnought is now fragile and in need of repairs for recurring leaks. Escorted by tugboats, the vessel made the 40-mile trip to Galveston, shutting down traffic into Port Houston, one of the largest ports in the US.

Although the transfer was risky, it went better than imagined.

“We had a perfect launch,” Gregory told the Houston Chronicle. “If she was going to have a problem it was going to be in the first 15 minutes.”

Battleship Texas will remain in Galveston for renovations that are expected to take a year and half.

Tugboats eased the more than 100 year-old ship out of its slip in La Porte, Texas before dawn.
Tugboats eased the more than 100-year-old ship out of its slip in La Porte, Texas before dawn.
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The ship hasn't sailed since 1990 and is normally at its slip in La Porte, Texas.
The ship hasn’t sailed since 1990 and is normally at its slip in La Porte, Texas.
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Commissioned in 1914 as the USS Texas, it was used to escort cargo to Europe and protect it from the Germans, according to the Houston paper. During World War II, the USS protected amphibious troop landings in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific.

The vessel was de-commissioned in 1946 and gifted to the state of Texas in 1948. It’s since been turned into a museum.



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