NYC teachers file emergency request with Supreme Court to block vaccine mandate


A group of New York City‘ public school teachers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to block the city’s vaccine mandate for teachers.

Lawyers for Rachel Maniscalco, Evelyn Arancio, Diana Salomon and Corinne Lynch argued in a 12-page petition to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the circuit justice for the 2nd Circuit, that the teachers’ rights to due process and equal protection were violated by the mandate.

“In attempting to combat the COVID-19 virus, the City of New York, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene created an Executive Order that places an unconstitutional burden on public-school teachers,” read the petition.

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“Instead of providing public-school employees with the choice to opt out of the vaccine mandate through weekly testing—an option provided for other municipality employees—the Executive Order forces unvaccinated public-school employees to go on unpaid leave for nearly a year,” the petition continued. “The Executive Order threatens the education of thousands of children in the largest public-school system in the country and violates the substantive due process and equal protection rights afforded to all public-school employees.

“If permitted to take effect, the August 23 Order will force thousands of unvaccinated public-school employees to lose their jobs—while other municipal employees, including those who have significant contact with children, are allowed to opt-out of the vaccine mandate through weekly COVID-19 testing,” the petition further reasoned.

The petition follows a federal appeals court move to dissolve a temporary injunction against the vaccine mandate earlier this week. New York City public school employees have until 5 p.m. on Friday to comply.

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“The courts have spoken – plaintiffs have no valid claims,” tweeted DOE spokeswoman Danielle Filson in response to news of the petition. NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “has the authority to implement a mandate that is firmly grounded in science & the expertise of public health officials from across the nation.”



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Media stops covering FL COVID data because DeSantis' downtrend threatens lockdown politics: Sexton, Travis


As the mainstream media and Democrats seem to have abruptly halted or at least slackened their barrage of criticism toward Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, questions arise as to the reasons behind the sudden silence, co-host Buck Sexton discussed Thursday on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.”

For more than a year, DeSantis and the Sunshine State were a favorite bugaboo of the left and prominent members of the mainstream media whenever the topic of coronavirus mitigation came up.

On “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show,” host Buck Sexton noted that essentially in the time since then, little has been said by the pundits about DeSantis or Florida.

“Why is it that you are not hearing about the Florida COVID caseload so much anymore?” he asked. “We were here talking to you about it in July because the media was convinced Ron DeSantis… ‘doesn’t care about old people or children dying of COVID’ – [saying] horrible things.”

Sexton further remarked that conservatives had latched onto the media’s nonstop derision of DeSantis by satirically blaming him for coronavirus spikes in places like Hawaii and the Northeast.

“We knew it was absurd,” said Sexton. “[T]hey were scoring cheap political points, when we all know there is a seasonality to the virus.”

In Hawaii, Democratic Gov. David Ige implemented the Safe Travels Program, which required travelers from the mainland to submit negative results from a coronavirus test from approved vendors a short time before traveling to the Aloha State, in addition to a mask mandate. As of mid-June, Ige announced restrictions will gradually be lifted as vaccination rates increase.

As of May, there had been 55 reported arrests of people violating Safe Travels quarantine provisions, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul recently said the NYS National Guard will replace health care workers who will be fired for violating the state’s vaccine mandate, while Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City began enforcing an order mandating people show their vaccine cards in order to enter restaurants, shops or theaters.

Co-host Clay Travis later added that Florida has become “so threatening to the Blue Checkmark Brigade [on Twitter] and to the Anthony Faucis of the world [and] the Biden administration.”

“[Florida] didn’t implement a mask mandate, didn’t do COVID passports and the cases still went down,” said Travis, after Sexton referenced a 50% decline in COVID cases across the Sunshine State in the past 2 weeks.

“Florida has proven how much the Fauciites are filled with ‘Emperors who have No Clothes’,” Travis remarked.

The hosts noted that Australia is one case where the populace has no “test case” like Florida to point to stop the liberal government there from implementing sweeping socioeconomic controls, including on simple freedom of movement, enforced by police and the military.

But, in the U.S., DeSantis has been essentially ruining Democrats and media rhetoric because his state has fared much better than they expected as they routinely admonished his lack of blanket restrictions.

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Sexton pointed to a new video from an activist group called “Remove Ron”, which interposed the storyline of “The Purge” over video of people flying in an airplane and entering the ostensibly menacing Florida airspace – dubbing it “Your FlorEver Purge.”

He called it “one of the most unintentionally hilarious and powerful-for-the-person-being-attacked political ads” he or Travis had seen.



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Politico reporter scolds Gold Star family of Marine killed from Kabul attack for not wearing masks in Capitol


Politico co-congressional bureau chief Heather Caygle is facing intense backlash for scolding the Gold Star family of one of the U.S. service members killed in the Kabul terrorist attack last month for not wearing masks during a tour in the Capitol Building

Caygle took to Twitter on Thursday and shared a photograph featuring Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif, with a mostly maskless group of people in a mostly empty Statuary Hall. 

“Masks requirement in the House. Tours not allowed. Yet here we are — group of 9, only 2 in masks,” Caygle swiped the group. 

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The journalist doubled down even after she was told McClintock was leading a tour for the family of Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, who was among the 13 Americans who died from the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport amid the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

“How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?” Caygle asked. 

Caygle was blasted for her pair of tweets by critics. 

“Another example of why Americans hate the media so much, and rightfully so,” Townhall.com senior writer Julio Rosas wrote.

“A reporter picking on a Gold Star family for being maskless in a WIDE EMPTY space is precisely why people despise the media. They’re vultures,” Erielle Davidson of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America similarly tweeted.

“‘911, what’s your emergency?’ ‘Please help, a Gold Star family is getting a tour of the Capitol!’” Substack writer Jim Treacher mocked the Politico reporter.

“The family of a fallen Marine get a tour of the Capitol and @heatherscope publicly shames them for not wearing a mask. This is psychotic behavior,” conservative commentator Matt Walsh reacted.

Even some lawmakers blasted Caygle for the public scolding. 

“Look, an opinion from a D.C. journalist that nobody asked for. Attacking @RepMcClintock for spending time with the family of Sgt. Gee is pathetic. Sit this one out,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, D-N.C., told Caygle. 

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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., called out Caygle’s silence over a maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earlier this week mingling with a crowd during a Build Back Better on Climate event. 

“On Tuesday, @SpeakerPelosi was hugging and shaking hands with over a dozen people without a mask. Not a word was reported from this journalist who is now smearing a Gold Star Family on a Capitol tour so far away she had to zoom in,” Banks wrote.

Caygle did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 



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Cruz, Cotton slam Biden US attorney nominee for not prosecuting drug dealers


Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas slammed President Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for Massachusetts for failing to prosecute drug dealers.

The two Republican senators tore into Biden’s controversial nominee Rachael Rollins, pointing to the list of non-prosecutable offenses that she implemented while Boston’s district attorney.

“Even before she became a district attorney in Boston, she put out a list of 15 crimes that, by default, she will not allow her prosecutors to pursue without supervisor approval,” Cotton said during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

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Cotton noted that Rollins’ list includes crimes varying in severity, ranging from “trespassing” and “disorderly conduct” to “malicious destruction of property, threats, resisting arrest and even drug trafficking.”

“She has issued that list as the do-not-prosecute directive once she took office,” Cotton said. “That’s right, in the midst of a national drug crisis with more than 90,000 of our fellow Americans killed by a drug overdose in the last year alone, Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney openly says that she does not believe that we should prosecute drug possession with intent to distribute substances like fentanyl and heroin.”

Cruz also went after Rollins’ non-prosecutable list, following through on a committee room pledge to tweet out the documents he ran through during the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Today, in the Judiciary Committee, I walked through a document showing that Rachael Rollins, Joe Biden’s extreme nominee to be U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, will refuse to prosecute crimes,” Cruz tweeted, including pictures of the document in question.

“Democrats will try to deny this, but here is the evidence,” he continued.

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Rollins’ nomination is the next in a line of controversial nominees, including the president’s eco-terrorist-linked nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning.

Rollins’ list of crimes not to prosecute could prove problematic for the nominee as her confirmation process moves forward.

The White House touted Rollins’ resume during her nomination on July 26.

“These individuals—many of whom are historic firsts—were chosen for their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in this field, their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all, and their commitment to the independence of the Department of Justice,” said the White House about Rollins and the other U.S. attorney nominees.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.



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Scott Foley opens up about leaving Los Angeles: 'It's the best'


Scott Foley is happy with his decision to move east.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 49-year-old actor and his wife made the choice to relocate out of Los Angeles, where he’d lived for 30 years.

In an interview with Fox 29’s Stephanie Weaver, Foley revealed that they packed up and took their three children – Malina Jean, 11, Keller Alexander, 9, and Konrad, 6 – to the East Coast.

The decision, he said, was “all about the best place to raise children.”

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Scott Foley said he's ‘glad’ that he and his family moved out of Los Angeles.

Scott Foley said he’s ‘glad’ that he and his family moved out of Los Angeles.
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“It’s the best. I’m so glad we did it,” Foley gushed. “It’s been a wonderful experience. My kids love the public schools here. My wife has made friends, so it’s a good thing.”

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Foley said that he wasn’t always such a family man, however, previously putting his work high on his list of priorities – a similarity between himself and his latest character Nick Blackburn on the show “The Big Leap.” Foley’s character Blackburn is an executive producer of a reality dance competition show.

“I am embarrassed to say that I am fairly similar to this character,” the actor said. “Work comes first for him, and for a long time in my life that’s how it was.”

He decided to take the role after working as the host of “Ellen’s Next Great Designer,” a reality show.

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“The inside look that I had on the behind-the-scenes drama that happens on reality shows was something that I thought was too good to pass up,” he shared.

Scott Foley in ‘The Big Leap.'

Scott Foley in ‘The Big Leap.’
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Foley said he’s hoping that viewers see the new show as “an hour of escapism” that allows them to “relate to the characters on screen, laugh a little bit and enjoy themselves.”

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'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Cody Rigsby tests positive for COVID-19


“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Cody Rigsby has tested positive for COVID-19 days after his partner Cheryl Burke began her quarantine after a positive result. 

“I have really mild symptoms: Congestion, a little bit of a headache, cough,” Rigsby said in an Instagram post

“But in comparison to when I had COVID earlier this year, it is night and day, so that must be the vaccine and antibodies working—we’re super grateful for that.”



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University of Pittsburgh accused of 'lowering the cone of silence' with new fetal tissue probe


The University of Pittsburgh is facing sharp backlash after it announced a D.C.-based law firm would conduct a purportedly “independent” investigation of its fetal tissue practices. 

The investigation was announced after multiple physicians told Fox News that Pitt’s previous statements pointed to the possibility that organs were extracted from live fetuses. Last week, nearly 100 federal lawmakers also sent the Biden administration a letter suggesting that Pitt’s federally-funded research might have utilized tissue obtained from illegal abortions. Pitt has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and maintains that it complies with applicable federal and state laws – something the investigators it hired are supposed to vet.

But the weeks following Pitt’s announcement have brought a series of questions about transparency, conflicts of interest and whether the scope of the investigation was adequate enough to clear the university of wrongdoing.

Dr. Tara Sander Lee of the anti-abortion Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) told Fox News that Pitt’s investigation wasn’t enough.

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“If this were truly a transparent and timely investigation, University of Pittsburgh would hire credentialed scientists well-grounded in ethics to review their research, such as the federal Human Fetal Tissue Ethics Advisory Board, which President Biden recently disbanded,” said Lee, who serves as a senior fellow and director of life sciences at CLI.

“They would make the investigation public and release the results soon, not 18 months from now.  Instead, they’ve hired a D.C. law firm to lower the cone of silence.”

Questions about transparency and efficacy

In its statements to Fox News, Pitt has declined to say whether its investigation will include its medical center (UPMC) – prompting additional questions about its claims of transparency.  

The university has instead reiterated its claim that UPMC is a separate entity. UPMC has been the subject of much interest, however, as it performs abortions and houses sites for the university’s human tissue bank – the same one under scrutiny for collecting fetal body parts as part of a federally funded project.

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Pitt has also maintained it doesn’t participate in medical procedures, raising the question of whether the most discussed part of this controversy – abortion procedures – will even be examined as part of the investigation. 

Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor of the office of community and governmental relations, wrote earlier this year in a May letter to the Pennsylvania state assembly that Pitt’s tissue bank, also known as the Pitt Biospecimen Core, “receives all fetal tissues from UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.”

Both the congressional letter and physicians’ statements to Fox News specifically pertain to whether procedures were performed in an illegal manner. Although Pitt has said it doesn’t participate in procedures, both its federal application and its own spokesperson have described aspects of tissue extraction (e.g. ischemic time).

The implications of any investigation could be substantial given that Pitt has seen ongoing scrutiny over its fetal tissue research. Earlier this year, the state legislature held a hearing in which they discussed a study in which researchers grafted fetal scalps onto rodents. That study included Pitt researchers and specimens from the university’s tissue bank.

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That study was also supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is led by top coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. While it’s unclear exactly how much federal money was spent on that project, it was funded through two large grants – one $1,498,642 and one $430,270.

Cheryl Allen, a former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge, previously called for an investigation but recently questioned how effective the recently announced one would be.

“How impartial and thorough this investigation will be is anyone’s guess,” she said in a statement provided to Fox News.

“My concern is exactly what information will be shared with Pitt alumni and Pennsylvania taxpayers. Many questions remain unanswered. As an alumnus of Pitt, it troubles me to see my alma mater become a national hub for training students in controversial fetal experimentation, using staff employed by Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion business.”

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Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania (PPWP) did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

It remains to be seen how much information legislators and the general public will receive from investigators at the firm Hyman, Phelps & McNamara (HPM). Pitt and Rep. Natalie Mihalek, the Republican state representative who helped announced the probe, have offered varying descriptions of who will have access to the findings. 

In announcing HPM’s probe, Mihalek said that “a full report will be made available upon completion.” 

“As a member of the General Assembly, with responsibilities to the taxpayers, and also a commonwealth trustee of the university, it is vital that these questions are answered surrounding this,” she said.

Pitt, by contrast, told Fox News that investigators would “brief university senior leadership of their findings.” Mihalek did not respond to Fox News’ question about the extent of transparency. Pitt declined to provide further comment.

“Tellingly, the University of Pittsburgh thinks that hiring a law firm somehow counts as an ‘independent’ review of their barbaric experiments with aborted baby body parts,” said Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, who’s public records requests drew attention to Pitt’s research. 

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He added: “It’s unclear whether the results will be made public … Anyone who wants a real investigation should look at the document requests nearly 100 congressional representatives made last week concerning Pitt’s experiments on aborted babies, and if Pitt is truly committed to transparency and accountability, it will release those documents immediately.”

In a statement to Fox News, Pitt spokesperson Chuck Finder said: “Pitt has retained a neutral third party – Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. – to examine its processes and policies for conducting fetal tissue research. The firm, based in Washington D.C., is well respected for its extensive experience navigating the intersections of health care, research and regulatory law.”

“Pitt has taken this proactive step to ensure that it is positioned to continue leading the way – scientifically, legally and ethically – in practicing and advancing lifesaving research.”

Potential conflicts of interest 

The investigation was announced on Sept. 9 by Mihalek, a Republican state legislator who graduated from Pitt and sits on the university’s board of trustees.

Within Pitt’s law firm, HPM, another Pitt alum, Michael Heesters, has allegedly worked on the investigation. Ryan Navarro, a former therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), claims that when he raised concerns with the firm, he spoke with Heesters, who graduated from the university’s school of pharmacy in 2004.

Navarro thought this was troubling enough to inform Board of Trustees President Thomas E. Richards and request the university hire a different firm to conduct the investigation. Navarro said in his letter that Heesters had “a vested interest in protecting the integrity of the university.” 

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Heesters did not respond to a prior request for comment about potential conflicts. Mihalek, who also graduated in 2004, didn’t respond to a question about her own potential conflicts. But Anne Walsh, the other HPM attorney who purportedly spoke with Navarro, previously told Fox News that the firm wouldn’t comment on the investigation.

“Our firm has been retained by the University of Pittsburgh to conduct an independent review of its policies and practices surrounding fetal tissue research,” she said in an email to Fox News. “To ensure the integrity of the ongoing review, we will not provide any comments. Any further inquiries should be directed to the university.”

The university, meanwhile, has dismissed Navarro’s concerns about Heesters. In a statement to Fox News, university spokesperson Chuck Finder said: “The suggestion that a conflict of interest exists because an attorney working on this review graduated from the Pitt School of Pharmacy almost two decades ago is completely devoid of merit.”

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He added: “There is no canon of ethics or conflict of interest principle that supports this notion, and we reject it completely.”

Dr. Ronna Jurow, an OB-GYN who describes herself as “pro-choice,” disagreed. She told Fox News that Heesters, but not necessarily the law firm, should recuse himself. Jurow is a longtime abortion provider who previously led the University of Southern California’s Ryan Residency program.

Pitt also hosted a Ryan program in which participants improved abortion techniques and engaged in other activities while working in UPMC facilities and a Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania (PPWP) clinic. As Fox News previously noted, the university has multiple documented connections with its medical center and PPWP that have raised concerns. 

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For example, Navarro claims he informed both the university and HPM about Dr. Beatrice Chen, who serves as PPWP’s medical director and holds leadership positions at both the university and UPMC. One of those positions is on the university’s Institutional Review Board, which vets Pitt’s research projects for ethical integrity. 

Pitt previously told Fox News that “[t]o ensure that these activities do not give rise to conflicts of interest or effort, the university has a robust process that requires disclosure of faculty’s external engagements for review. Faculty who are employed by both Pitt and UPMC are subject to conflict reviews by both institutions.”



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Brian Laundrie's conflicting stories about cellphone


An attorney for Brian Laundrie, Steven Bertolino, confirmed Thursday that the 23-year-old bought a new cellphone on Sept. 4, three days after he returned to Florida without his fiancee, Gabby Petito, whose remains were found in Wyoming on Sept. 19. 

Bertolino said that Laundrie left the new phone at home when he went for a hike on Sept. 14 and never returned, but the attorney said he is unsure what happened to Laundrie’s old phone — the one he had on his cross-country road trip with Petito. 

An Aug. 12 domestic altercation between Laundrie and Petito in Moab, Utah, began with a fight over a phone, according to a witness. 

“They were talking aggressively [at] each other [and] something definitely seemed off,” the witness wrote in the statement to police. “At one point, they were sort of fighting over a phone – I think the male took the female’s phone. It appeared that he didn’t want her in the white van.”

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Later, after the couple was pulled over, Laundrie told officers that he did not have a phone, and was afraid Petito would leave him without a way to communicate. 

“I was holding onto the keys because I didn’t want to go anywhere, and my big fear is — I don’t have my phone. I don’t have a phone. So if she goes off without me (inaudible), I’m on my own,” Laundrie told the officers. 

Brian Laundrie initially told officers he did not have a cell phone during an Aug. 12 domestic altercation, but pulled a phone out about 40 minutes later. 

Brian Laundrie initially told officers he did not have a cell phone during an Aug. 12 domestic altercation, but pulled a phone out about 40 minutes later. 
(Moab City Police Department)

About 40 minutes later, as police were preparing to take Laundrie to a hotel for the night, an officer asked him for his phone number and Laundrie pulled his phone out of his pocket, but this portion of the body camera footage is redacted, so it is unclear what Laundrie and the officers are saying. 

Five minutes after that, an officer asked Petito if there was anything she wanted to say to Laundrie before they separate, and she said, “Make sure he doesn’t forget a phone charger.”

Bertolino did not respond to a request for comment on why Laundrie initially told officers he did not have a cellphone during the Aug. 12 incident. 

The witness who reported the altercation told authorities that he saw “a male hit a female,” but officers appeared to focus on Petito as the aggressor when they responded. 

Moab City Police Department officers appeared to zero in on Gabby Petito as the agressor during an Aug. 12 domestic altercation report, despite a witness telling police that he saw "a male hit a female."

Moab City Police Department officers appeared to zero in on Gabby Petito as the agressor during an Aug. 12 domestic altercation report, despite a witness telling police that he saw “a male hit a female.”
(Moab City Police Department)

The couple eventually left Moab and made it to Salt Lake City. Petito went missing in late August. 

The Wyoming woman who picked up Brian Laundrie hitchhiking on Aug. 29 told Fox News on Thursday she did not see Brian use a phone “at all” during their ride.

Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 19 and her death was declared a homicide two days later. 

Bridger-Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming. 

Bridger-Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming. 
(Audrey Conklin/Fox News Digital)

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Laundrie returned home to in North Port, Florida on Sept. 1 and bought a new phone on Sept. 4, according to Bertolino.

“I can confirm that a phone was purchased on September 4, 2021 and Brian opened an account with AT&T for that phone. (Not a burner.) Brian left that phone at home the day he went for a hike in the preserve on Sept. 14, 2021, and the FBI now has that phone,” Bertolino told Fox News on Thursday. 

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A federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie on Sept. 23 for alleged debit card fraud. 

Law enforcement has been searching for him in the nearby Carlton Reserve, as well as the Fort De Soto campground about 75 miles north of the Laundries’ home. 

Fox News’s Michael Ruiz, Stephanie Pagones, and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 



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Brian Laundrie manhunt: FBI briefly explores camper while collecting items to use in search, attorney says


North Port, Fla. – Two FBI agents arrived at the North Port, Florida, home of Brian Laundrie and his parents on Thursday afternoon, where they stayed for approximately 30 minutes and briefly explored a camper that fits inside the bed of a pickup truck in the driveway before leaving with a bag.

The agents — a man and a woman — arrived at the Laundries’ home at about 1:15 p.m. in a black, unmarked vehicle and carried a large paper bag to the front door. One of the agents later walked over to the camper, opened the door and reached inside. They did not answer any questions as they left approximately a half-hour later with a camouflage bag.

After the agents’ departure, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino released a statement in which he wrote: “The FBI is at the Laundrie home today to collect some personal items belonging to Brian that will assist the canines in their search for Brian. There is nothing more to this.”

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An FBI spokesperson had no comment on the ongoing investigation, other than to say the agency does not “provide specifics about the focus or scope of investigation, or where investigators are located.” 

The camper has been at the center of questions surrounding the Laundries’ whereabouts after Brian Laundrie returned home alone on Sept. 1 in the converted van he and his fiancée, Gabby Petito, had been using.

Laundrie and 22-year-old Petito embarked on a cross-country journey in mid-June in the white Ford Transit van with the plan to visit national parks along the way. They had begun dating years earlier after meeting at their local Long Island, New York, high school and had moved to North Port, Florida, to live with Laundrie’s parents. 

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The young woman was not reported missing until 10 days after Laundrie returned, on Sept. 11, when her mother filed a police report in Suffolk County, N.Y. Police seized the van from the Laundries’ home that same day. 

Laundrie would not cooperate with the police investigation after the Petitos’ missing persons’ report was filed, officials said. The Laundries’ attorney released a statement on Sept. 14, in which he announced he had advised his clients to remain “in the background.” The family revealed three days later that they had not seen him since Sept. 14.

Charlene Guthrie, who lives directly across the street from the Laundrie family, previously told Fox News she saw Brian Laundrie mowing the lawn, riding his bike with his mother and going camping with his parents in the days after he arrived alone. Petito had previously been living with the family at their home.

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Records later obtained by Fox News show Roberta Laundrie checked into Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, approximately an hour away from their home, on Sept. 6 with the plan to stay until Sept. 8.

Prior to that, Roberta Laundrie canceled camping reservations for two people at Fort De Soto Park on Aug. 31. On Sept. 3, she made new reservations for three people at the same park for their Sept. 6 stay, documents obtained by Fox News show.

The FBI is now investigating surveillance and trail camera footage from around the park during that time, authorities confirmed. 

And the Laundries’ attorney, Steven Bertolino, told Fox News on Thursday that Brian had purchased a cell phone on Sept. 4 – 10 days before he allegedly disappeared – and opened an account with AT&T. 

He said he did not know what had happened to Laundrie’s previous cell phone. Bertolino also said Brian Laundrie left his phone behind at the home and it has since been seized by the FBI. 

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Petito’s body was discovered near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. A Teton County coroner ruled the death a homicide but has not yet announced the cause.

Laundrie remains on the run, and the FBI has issued an arrest warrant for bank charge fraud. 

Court papers submitted Thursday in the District of Wyoming indicate Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie I. Sprecher will represent the federal government in its case against Laundrie.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Greg Norman contributed to this report. 



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Gabby Petito case brings renewed interest in finding missing people, hikers


The tragic case involving Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming after days of searching earlier this month, has brought renewed interested to missing persons investigations involving those who disappeared during outdoor travels or in U.S. national parks, including one Irish hiker who has not been seen in over three months.   

Cian McLaughlin, 27, was last seen in the afternoon or evening of June 8 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. No new information regarding the search for McLaughlin has been released since June 23, when the National Park Service said a tipster had told them they spotted McLaughlin in the southern portion of the Bradley/Taggart moraine. 

“The individual reported McLaughlin was headed south towards Taggart Lake and had a conversation with McLaughlin where he described where he worked, that he’s from Ireland and currently living in Jackson,” authorities said at the time. “The reporting party continued hiking towards Bradley Lake and did not see McLaughlin again that evening.”

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Cian McLaughlin was last seen on June 8 in Grand Teton National Park (National Park Service)

Cian McLaughlin was last seen on June 8 in Grand Teton National Park (National Park Service)

The National Park Service did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests seeking information regarding the case.

Earlier in June, officials said someone reported McLaughlin missing on the night of June 12, and he had failed to show up for work on June 10. Investigators located his car on June 13 at Lupine Meadows Trailhead in the park. 

Authorities said McLaughlin’s future plans were “unknown” and are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the agency’s investigative services branch at 888-653-0009.

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They described McLaughlin as being 6 feet tall with a thin build and brown hair, an Irish accent and a tattoo on his left forearm. 

Daniel Robinson was first reported missing on June 23.

Daniel Robinson was first reported missing on June 23.
(Buckeye Police Department)

In Arizona, a 24-year-old geologist named Daniel Robinson was last seen on June 23 leaving a job site in the area of the Sun Valley Parkway and Cactus Road in Buckeye. 

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He frequently worked in remote areas and was believed to be driving a blue 2017 Jeep Renegade. A local resident discovered Robinson’s damaged vehicle on July 19 in a ravine. 

Robinson does not have a right forearm or hand and is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. His father told Fox News he last spoke to his son June 21. 

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Anyone with information regarding Robinson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Buckeye Police Department at (623) 349-6400.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.



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