Quentin Tarantino reportedly fends off 2 burglars in his Los Angeles home

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly safe after a scary encounter at his Los Angeles home saw him confronting two burglars in the middle of the night. According to TMZ, the 55-year-old director was at home on Sunday around midnight when he heard two men in his home. Police believe the intruders made their way in through the … Continue reading “Quentin Tarantino reportedly fends off 2 burglars in his Los Angeles home”

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly safe after a scary encounter at his Los Angeles home saw him confronting two burglars in the middle of the night.

According to TMZ, the 55-year-old director was at home on Sunday around midnight when he heard two men in his home. Police believe the intruders made their way in through the house’s back window and proceeded to load up on valuables, including jewelry.

Tarantino, hearing the commotion, confronted the two men. It’s unclear at this time what exactly happened in the alleged confrontation, but the two suspects reportedly hightailed it out of there. However, they managed to make off with some of the star’s property. Tarantino has not commented on the situation.

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

The LAPD is reportedly investigating the incident and is hoping to get nearby surveillance video to help ID the burglars.

The incident is eerily similar to one experienced in October by former “Boy Meets World” actor William Daniels. The 91-year-old was at home with his wife when he heard someone trying to break into his home. He turned on the light and scared the would-be burglars away before any harm or theft could take place.

Carnival Cruise passenger goes missing from Fantasy, cruise line confirms

Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that a passenger on the Carnival Fantasy went missing during a cruise to the Western Caribbean.

"While Carnival Fantasy was en route to its scheduled call of Progreso, Mexico, a male guest was reported missing," reads a statement from the cruise line obtained by Fox News.

"Several announcements have been made and a shipwide search is underway to locate the guest. All appropriate authorities have been notified and Mexican authorities are providing assistance with the shipboard search."

The ship had originally left from Mobile, Ala., on Saturday for a five-night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship left Progreso at its scheduled time on Monday, though the cruise line has not yet indicated whether the search has been called off, the Associated Press reported.

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News of the missing passenger follows a similar incident from Dec. 14, during which Carnival Cruise guest Thomas McElhany went overboard approximately 35 miles south of Islamorada, Fla., during the Victory's trip back to Miami after a four-night cruise that made stops in Key West and Cozumel.

The United States Coast Guard suspended its search on Dec. 16 for the 26-year-old passenger. The previous day, representatives for the cruise line told Fox News that "the facts surrounding this unfortunate incident indicate it was an intentional act."

Giant Atlantic bluefin tuna washes up in Scotland, shocks beachgoers: It was an ‘impressive beast’

A strong storm likely caused a massive Atlantic bluefin tuna to wash up on a beach in Scotland over the weekend, creating quite a spectacle on the island of Sanday, Orkney.

The body of the fish – one of the world's largest and fastest, according to National Geographic – was estimated to be about 6.5 feet long. Atlantic bluefins live in both subtropic and temperate waters, the Massachusetts government explains on its website, noting it can travel across the Atlantic in less than 60 days.

"It was … a pretty impressive beast. At that size, it's going to be pretty fully grown," Emma Neave-Webb, a local ranger, told SWNS on Monday. "The fish looked pretty fresh, so I think the cause of death was natural causes."

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The warm-blooded Atlantic bluefin can swim at speeds up to 43 miles per hour, thanks to its "powerful" tail, National Geographic points out. They typically weigh around 550 pounds, though some have reportedly been recorded at 1,000 pounds or more.

The fish's size attracted a crowd of locals on Sunday — with many traveling to Bea Sand beach to view the sea creature.

Ranger Emma Neave-Webb next to the giant Atlantic bluefin tuna found washed up on Bea Sand on Sanday, Orkney,  (SWNS.com)

"Everybody's been amazed, it was a bit of a tourist attraction," Neave-Webb said. "It's been the talk of the island for the day, but we're hoping to go back … to weigh it and dissect it for any signs of plastic pollution."

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It's not the first time a giant Atlantic bluefin has been spotted in the country.

"It's the third case of a bluefin tuna washing up in Scottish waters this year," John Hourston, founder of a volunteer group called the Blue Planet Society, told SWNS. "Bluefin tuna have only recently returned to British waters since around 2013, but it's extremely rare for one to be washed up in Orkney."

One of the most recent sightings of the rare fish was in October. At that time, a 6-foot-long Atlantic bluefin washed up in Fife, weighing around 245 pounds, The Scotsman reported.

While locals admitted it was a sad discovery, some fish experts were hopeful it was a sign the fish was making a comeback in the area.

“It’s sad this one has washed up dead but hopefully this is a sign that they are making a return as there have been a number of sightings in the North Sea and off the west coast of Scotland," Jonathan Louis, operations and development manager for the Forth Rivers Trust, told the Scottish newspaper.

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Meghan Markle shows off baby bump during nursing home visit

Meghan Markle cradled her baby bump and showed off her calligraphy skills during a visit to a nursing home in her last royal public appearance before Christmas.

The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex chatted with residents at the Royal Variety residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House in Twickenham, England, on Tuesday.

"The Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times," Kensington Palace wrote in a tweet.

It was a fitting assignment for Markle, who starred on "Suits" and was a briefcase girl on "Deal or No Deal" before marrying Prince Harry in May 2018.

The Duchess told one resident that she's doing "very good … very pregnant."

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex visits the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, in Twickenham, south west London, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The Royal Variety Charity assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. (Geoff Pugh/Pool via AP)

Markle made Christmas ornaments with residents and flaunted the calligraphy skills she used while she worked at Paper Source before her acting career took off.

The visit comes after Markle's appearance at the British Fashion Awards, where the Duchess received backlash for her habit of cradling her baby bump.

Markle and Prince Harry announced in October that they're expecting their first child.

The baby is due in spring 2019.

Disabled 8-year-old hunter asks thieves to return stolen equipment: ‘I want my stuff back’

A disabled 8-year-old boy in Forrest City, Ark., is asking the thieves who stole his custom hunting gear to bring it back.

Jayce Collum, who was partially paralyzed in a 2015 car accident, returned home from a stay in the hospital on Friday only to learn that his specially made hunting stand was robbed, WREG reported.

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Jayce’s grandfather, Glenn Shepherd, told the outlet he built the stand for his grandson to give Jayce the same opportunities as other children.

According to Shepherd, the thieves “pried the door open and ransacked” the hunting stand — making off with a custom stand that was bolted to the floor — and now Jayce isn’t sure he’ll have all the equipment he needs for an upcoming hunt.

"They stole the deadshot and all the things I had to help me hunt," Jayce told WREG.

"I want my stuff back and the people who did it to turn themselves in,” he later added.

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Jayce’s family has contacted the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, and they say that no matter what, Jayce isn’t going to miss out on his hunt.

“You can’t hold him back. And we wouldn’t want him to be held back. Because we want him to have the same opportunity that every other kid has,” Shepherd said.

Commenters on Facebook, too, have offered to help Jayce replace his equipment.

"What does this child need? I'll help get it," one user wrote in response to WREG's Facebook post.

"How can people help?" another asked.

"Stealing is never OK but stealing from a kid? That's low," said another commenter.

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A representative for the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission confirmed to Fox News that the department is assisting with the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office in its investigation.

Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs honeymoon home has lingered on market for years

Palm Springs, CA, is an intriguing housing market due to its intoxicating blend of history, climate, and celebrity. The desert destination is also a prime locale for buyers in search of second homes. As a result, midcentury modern homes with prime pedigrees don't last long on the open market.

So it's more than a bit puzzling why a midcentury modern once dubbed the "house of tomorrow" has lingered on the market for years. The 5,000-square-foot house on an acre lot with a pool in the backyard was famously the honeymoon home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

The floor-to-ceiling windows, pod-style rooms, and winding staircase make it an iconic structure in a city packed with fascinating architecture.

But it's bounced on and off the market since 2014, and the current listing has been active for over four months.

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  • Listed for a staggering $9.5 million in 2014, the home has had a series of well-documented price changes.

    Though the property comes with celebrity history, notable design, and prime location, it is a bit of an outlier for the area.

    “Most of the homes in this neighborhood sell for about $1 million to $1.5 million," says listing agent Scott Histed. So selling a nearly $3 million property is a bit of a challenge.

    Size is another factor the home has lingered on the market. Surrounding homes in the neighborhood are around half the size (or even less) of this behemoth.

    Another factor is the Palm Springs market itself.

    “It’s going to take a very specific buyer who wants to spend a few million on 5,000 square feet of space for a secondary home,” explains Histed. “Since Palm Springs is much more of a secondary residence–style city, the market just moves a little slower as well.”

    Without buyers feeling the urgency to pick up a full-time roof over their heads, there's less rush to put down an offer.

    Histed also believes the true value of the home is in the architecture rather than its well-documented celebrity connection. The dwelling was built by architect William Krisel, whom NPR called "a pioneering architect who brought his vision of modernism to Southern California tract housing." Krisel designed over 300 homes in the neighborhood.

    “The house is in character with the rest of the neighborhood, but it is definitely a little over the top,” says the agent.

    In the 1960s, the Presleys leased the home for a year. Open to the public, the home pays tribute to their residency with a host of rock ’n’ roll artifacts, which aren't included in the sale.

    The home itself is in original condition, which means cosmetic updates are in order.

    “It needs some paint, could use new floors, and the bathrooms could use a bit of updating,” says Histed.

    For a buyer in search of a primary residence rich in history, these cosmetic changes come with the territory. However, in Palm Springs most buyers want a turnkey home—they aren’t looking to put a ton of work into an investment property or secondary residence.

    And because of this home's size—five bedrooms and five bathrooms—cosmetic updates could add hefty costs on top of the sizable listing price.

    But it’s clear a sale hasn’t closed for lack of interest. Two vacant lots from the same owner were also for sale, says Histed. “At one point, we had a single person who wanted all three properties and offered over $4 million cash. But the buyer couldn’t come up with the necessary documents to close, and the owner decided not to move forward.”

    One of those vacant lots has since sold.

    “We had an Australian woman interested in the home,” Histed adds. This deal went under contract, but financing was held up. “She had other deals in the works, and her financing had to be put on hold until the new year.” The owner put the kibosh on the deal, unwilling to wait for the financing to come through.

    Those weren’t the only offers. “We’ve actually had several offers on the home recently,” says Histed. Instead of accepting one, the owner believed the multiple offers were a sign the home was priced too low. So just last week, the price was raised from $2,695,000 to $2,975,000.

    It's an interesting tactic to say the least. Either way, a buyer will still benefit from a significant discount from the $9 million asking price of four years ago.

    In any case, the Presley honeymoon home will have a new owner one day.

    “I’m optimistic,” he says. “This house is beautiful—it just isn’t for everyone. The right person will come along.”

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    Gregg Jarrett brings ‘The Russian Hoax’ to Fox Nation: ‘Illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump’

    Gregg Jarrett’s “The Russian Hoax” is an in-depth discussion based on the Fox News legal analyst’s acclaimed booked about the “illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump” that airs exclusively on Fox Nation, the new on-demand, subscription-based streaming service for Fox News superfans.

    Jarrett, a New York Times best-selling author and Fox News legal analyst, leads viewers through Clinton’s email scandal, former FBI director James Comey’s role in the ordeal, the appointment of Special counsel Robert Mueller, along with a panel of experts who weigh in on the ongoing Russian investigation.

    Former FBI assistant director Bill Gavin, “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer, investigative journalist Sara Carter, and former U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy make up the Fox Nation panel.

    “There is nothing that will motivate people in Washington more than the threat of power forfeited,” Jarrett says. “This appears to have been the motive of top officials at the FBI and the Department of Justice.”

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    Jarrett says powerful figures abused their power to undermine the democratic process, simply because they preferred Clinton as President of the United States.

    “It all began with Hillary Clinton, she clearly violated several difference provisions of the Espionage Act,” Jarrett said, offering a series of controversial statements made by Clinton.

    “To say she didn’t know what ‘C’ meant is absurd… she should have gotten a set of handcuffs,” Gavin said in response to Clinton claiming she didn’t realize the letter was an abbreviation for “confidential.”

    Carter agreed, noting that Clinton “spent her life” in politics.

    “Her husband was the President of the United States,” Carter said. “She knew very well what classified meant.”

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    The panel the pivots to Comey, who Jarrett feels did a “legal summersault” when he recommended no charges against Clinton despite saying there was evidence during the same press conference.

    “Obama said in April that he didn’t want her indicted and the rest is details,” Gavin said.

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    The panel dives into other aspects of the probe during the special, such as the infamous dossier and the definition of “collusion.”

    All programming on Fox Nation is commercial free and available in the service’s archives, allowing subscribers to access the programs at any time.

    “The Fuhrman Diaries,” “Borked,” “Scandalous,” “War Stories with Oliver North,” Ace of Spaces” The Hunt for Saddam Hussein,” “Terror Strikes Back: Boston Strikes back,” “Honor Killing in America,” “The Birth of Jesus,” Andrew Jackson: Hero Under Fire,” “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Three Days in January” are among the other programs exclusive to Fox Nation.

    Fox Nation is also home to exclusive documentaries, such as “The First Family,” a candid look at the Trump family, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa” and a plethora of exclusive content from Fox News’ biggest stars such as Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Brian Kilmeade

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    Man who sniffs dirty socks daily hospitalized with fungal infection in lungs, reports say

    A man in China who reportedly sniffed his dirty socks each day learned the hard way that his habit is apparently a health danger.

    The man, identified only as Peng by the Daily Mail, reportedly developed a habit of sniffing his socks each day after work. But this unusual custom allegedly landed him in the hospital after the Zhangzhou resident complained of chest pains, tightness in his chest and a cough, Science Alert reported.

    Initially, doctors at Zhangzhou's 909 Hospital suspected that Peng, 37, had pneumonia. But when his symptoms persisted, doctors re-questioned the man and he eventually admitted he was “addicted to smelling his socks that he had been wearing,” he said, according to the Daily Mail, which cited local Chinese media.

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    Physicians would later discover the man had a serious fungal infection in his lungs, more formally known as pulmonary fungal disease. The infection was likely caused when the man inhaled the fungal spores found in the dirty socks, Science Alert reported.

    Peng's condition may have been worsened by his “lack of rest,” one of the man’s doctors, Mai Zhuanying, reportedly told Fujian Daily, according to the Daily Mail.

    "The infection could also be attributed to the patient's lack of rest at home as he had [been] looking after his child, leading to a weaker immune system," Zhuanying said.

    Pulmonary fungal disease, or Aspergillosis, is an infection caused by a certain kind of mold.

    "The illnesses resulting from aspergillosis usually affect the respiratory system, but their signs and severity vary greatly,” the Mayo Clinic explains online.

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    “The mold that triggers the illnesses, aspergillus, is everywhere — indoors and outdoors. Most strains of this mold are harmless, but a few can cause serious illnesses when people with weakened immune systems, underlying lung disease or asthma inhale their spores,” the Mayo Clinic continued, noting the infection can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, or cause the infected person to cough up blood, among other symptoms.

    Luckily, Peng is expected to make a full recovery, the Daily Mail reported.

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    Airport thief filmed stealing thousands in cash from security tray during screening

    A thief at an airport in Rome was caught red-handed by security footage stealing over $9,000 cash from another passenger as they went through security.

    The Polizia di Stato, one of the national police forces of Italy, released the CCTV footage from Fiumicino Airport on Twitter Friday.

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    The video shows one man in a striped T-shirt place two envelopes containing cash in a tub on the conveyor belt as he waits to go through the X-ray machine. Behind him, a man in a white shirt passes through a different X-ray machine and comes out ahead of the first man.

    As their belongings come through the machine to be picked up, the man in the white shirt sees the envelopes full of money and grabs them before taking his own belongings and disappearing. The man in the striped shirt then comes through the X-ray machine and starts frantically searching all the empty tubs for his missing money.

    According to the police, the thief hid the money in the bathroom to take at a later time. He was eventually arrested and the money, which was to be used for the medical care of the owner’s relative, was returned.

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    “Airports work closely with their security staff and local police forces to ensure that the nearly 300 million passengers that travel through U.K. airports every year do so in a safe and secure environment," a spokesperson for the Airport Operators Association told The Independent. "Thanks to this secure environment, incidents at U.K. airports are extremely rare. Airports will continue to focus on providing passengers with peace of mind during their travels.”

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    Miley Cyrus reveals NSFW fact about Liam Hemsworth’s anatomy

    Miley Cyrus revealed details about Liam Hemsworth's anatomy that isn’t necessarily Internet-friendly.

    The pop star responded to SourPsycho's Instagram post on Sunday of a meme about five characteristics all men don't have at the same time.

    "No man has all five: Good d—k game, empathy, a height above 5'9, no h—s, common sense."

    Cyrus begged to differ, commenting on the post: "Mine does! Don't give up!"

    Lili Reinhart, who is dating Cole Sprouse, also chimed in on the meme by saying she too, has "found one."

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    The "Wrecking Ball" singer reconnected with Hemsworth in 2016 more than two years after they broke off their engagement. Cyrus also revealed on "The Howard Stern Show" last week that her fiancé was "awarded" for saving the animals on their Malibu ranch during the deadly Woolsey Fire that also burned down their home.

    "Liam, I've never loved him more for this," Cyrus told Howard Stern. "I call him my survival partner now. He thinks it's not romantic, but I learned that it is. It is why you pair up with someone, for survival. He was so incredible — he got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard."

    "He got a lot of action for saving the animals," she added.

    Cyrus also made headlines on Saturday when she wore a silver jacket open and with no shirt underneath during her performance on "Saturday Night Live." The jacket miraculously stayed in place, avoiding an unwanted nip slip while she sang.

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