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'Exceptionally dangerous' social media challenge lands Florida teens in handcuffs

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Two Florida teens have been identified and arrested after surveillance video captured them kicking in the doors of residents’ homes as part of a social media challenge. 

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said the two 15-year-olds were arrested on multiple counts of burglary of a dwelling after they admitted to kicking in the front doors of four homes. 

Over the last two weeks, deputies in Spring Hill said they have investigated four reports of unknown individuals walking up to the front door of a residence during the early morning hours and kicking the door, causing damage. 

Deputies said the impact of the kicks caused the door to fly open in some instances.

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Two teenagers were arrested in Florida after surveillance video showed them kicking in people’s doors as part of a social media trend. (Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said both boys, who lived within walking distance of the four homes, admitted to kicking the front doors.

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Two Florida teens admitted to kicking in doors of several neighbors’ homes as part of a social media challenge, officials said. (Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

According to authorities, one teen told detectives they kicked the doors in response to a trend they saw on social media called the “Door Kick Challenge.” The teen also said they never intended to enter any of the homes.

Multiple videos have circulated on the TikTok app showing people kicking or knocking on doors late at night. It’s become known as the “Door Kick” challenge. 

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Video of teens in Florida caught kicking neighbors doors

One boy told police he saw the “Door Kick Challenge” on social media. (Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

“This situation was exceptionally dangerous on several levels,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. “First, there was a very good possibility that these young men could have been shot and killed by a homeowner lawfully defending the household. Second, if this occurred, the homeowner would have been burdened with the fact he or she killed two teenagers who were participating in a stupid activity.”

Officials said both teens were arrested on four counts of burglary of a dwelling. They were both taken to the Hernando County Detention Center where they were processed and then released into the custody of their parents.

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Florida man bitten by shark while spearfishing said he had just 'one option'

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A spearfisherman in Florida recounted how he survived a lightning-fast shark attack thanks to a friend who confronted the ocean predator.

Jose Abreu, 37, told WSVN-TV that he was spearfishing near a reef in the waters off Key West on Monday when a bull shark suddenly swam up and bit him multiple times.

“He’s too fast, he’s too fast,” Abreu told the station of the 8-foot shark. “I only say that this the end for me.”

The attack took just 13 seconds, according to Abreu, with the shark biting him on the leg and shoulder and attempting to chomp his chest. He said his only option for survival was to escape.

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A bull shark reportedly bit a man while he was spearfishing off the coast of Key West, Florida, on Monday. (Luis Javier Sandoval/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images, File)

“You don’t have time to be scared,” Abreu told WTVJ-TV. “Only you need to escape the shark. It’s the only option.”

Abreu said he was lucky to have been in the water with a friend, who swam up to the shark and jabbed it in its mouth with his speargun. After scaring the shark away, the friend called for help. 

Drone shot of the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.

Abreu says he survived the shark encounter thanks to a friend who attacked the shark with a speargun. Seven Mile Bridge, pictured above, connects many of the islands that make up the Florida Keys. (iStock)

If not for his brave friend, Abreu believes he might not have survived.

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“He saved my life,” Abreu told WSVN.

Abreu was treated ashore on Stock Island and then airlifted to a Miami hospital, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Abreu was expected to recover from his injuries, according to local media.

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Jack Smith appeals judge's decision to toss Trump's classified documents case in Florida

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Special Counsel Jack Smith has filed a notice to appeal a Florida judge’s decision to toss his case against former President Donald Trump related to his handling of classified documents. 

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Monday dismissed Smith’s case, citing that Smith’s special counsel appointment by Attorney General Merrick Garland was unconstitutional.

“Former President Trump’s Motion to Dismiss Indictment Based on the Unlawful Appointment and Funding of Special Counsel Jack Smith is GRANTED in accordance with this Order,” Cannon, a Trump appointee, wrote in the Monday ruling. “The Superseding Indictment is DISMISSED because Special Counsel Smith’s appointment violates the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution.”

Trump had faced charges stemming from Smith’s investigation into his possession of classified materials at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. He pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony counts from Smith’s probe, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements.

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Special Counsel Jack Smith delivers remarks on a recently unsealed indictment including four felony counts against former U.S. President Donald Trump at the Justice Department on August 1, 2023 in Washington, DC.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The notice of appeal was filed in the 11th Circuit. The Justice Department had no further comment Wednesday. A spokesperson for Smith had previously said that “the dismissal of the case deviates from the uniform conclusion of all previous courts to have considered the issue that the Attorney General is statutorily authorized to appoint a Special Counsel,” and that the Justice Department has authorized the Special Counsel to appeal the court’s order.

The Appointments Clause says, “Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States be appointed by the President subject to the advice and consent of the Senate, although Congress may vest the appointment of inferior officers in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.” 

Smith, however, was never confirmed by the Senate.

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Former President Donald Trump holds a rally in the historically Democratic South Bronx on May 23, 2024 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“Upon careful study of the foundational challenges raised in the Motion, the Court is convinced that Special Counsel’s Smith’s prosecution of this action breaches two structural cornerstones of our constitutional scheme – the role of Congress in the appointment of constitutional officers, and the role of Congress in authorizing expenditures by law,” Cannon wrote Monday.

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A court sketch depicts former President Donald Trump as he appears in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida on Thursday, March 14, 2024.  (Lothar Speer)

“The Framers gave Congress a pivotal role in the appointment of principal and inferior officers. That role cannot be usurped by the Executive Branch or diffused elsewhere – whether in this case or in another case, whether in times of heightened national need or not,” she continued.

“In the case of inferior officers, that means that Congress is empowered to decide if it wishes to vest appointment power in a Head of Department, and indeed, Congress has proven itself quite capable of doing so in many other statutory contexts. But it plainly did not do so here, despite the Special Counsel’s strained statutory readings,” Cannon added. 

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Steven Cheung, Trump campaign spokesperson, reacted to Smith’s appeal notice on Wednesday, saying, “As we move forward in uniting our nation after the horrific events on Saturday, this dismissal of the lawless indictment in Florida should be just the first step, followed quickly by the dismissal of ALL of the Witch Hunts.” 

“The Democrat-led Justice Department should drop these politically motivated, election interference efforts against President Trump immediately. Let us come together to END the weaponization of our justice system and Make America Great Again!” he said.

Cheung was referring to the assassination attempt against Trump at a Pennsylvania campaign rally days earlier.

Fox News Digital’s Bill Mears contributed to this report. 

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Space is next frontier for West Virginia engineer, author, TV host and mother

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Engineer, TV host, author and mom Emily Calandrelli will make history when she becomes the first West Virginia woman to travel to outer space.

She’ll make the out-of-this-world journey as a citizen astronaut ambassador with Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos-founded private spaceflight company, it was announced on Tuesday.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to fly with Blue Origin,” Calandrelli said in a statement. “I look forward to representing my home state in this way and show the world what kids from Appalachia can do, what women can do and what mothers can do. Country roads, take me to space!”

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In an Instagram post sharing the news, Calandrelli called space travel her “dream.”

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Fox News Digital reached out to Calandrelli and her representative for more information about her upcoming spaceflight.

Emily Calandrelli will become the first West Virginia woman to go into space when she flies with Blue Origin as a citizen astronaut ambassador. (Jerritt Clark/WireImage; Patrick T. Fallon; AFP via Getty Images)

Calandrelli was selected by the nonprofit Space for Humanity to take part in its Citizen Astronaut Program. 

Its website indicates the Colorado-based organization “serves purpose-driven leaders through a sponsored spaceflight experience to create a profound shift in perspective, so that each citizen astronaut returns with a grander perspective to address our most intractable challenges and their solutions.”

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The 38-year-old West Virginia native studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University. She then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned dual master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, as well as technology and policy.

Calandrelli, who is known on social media as “The Space Gal,” is an advocate for girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Emily Calandrelli appears at the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California.

Emily Calandrelli is a 38-year-old mother of two known on social media as “The Space Gal.” She has called space travel her “dream.” (Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The mother of two and former NASA intern is a familiar face on TV.

She’s appeared in several episodes of Netflix’s “Bill Nye Saves the World.” 

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She has also served as co-executive producer and host of the Netflix science show “Emily’s Wonder Lab.”

Calandrelli was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2017 for her work on Fox’s “Xploration Station” educational programming.

Emily Calandrelli appears at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California.

Emily Calandrelli was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2017 for her work on Fox’s “Xploration Station.” (Jerritt Clark/WireImage)

She’s also the author of several children’s books, including the “Ada Lace” series, and the picture book “Reach for the Stars.”

“Space for Humanity is thrilled for Emily,” executive director Antonio Peronace said in a statement.

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“We’re also excited knowing that such a dedicated and gifted science communicator with a strong background in STEM is going to space. Emily Calandrelli has spent years opening up a world of possibilities in STEM for young people globally.”

“It’s about the countless others she will be bringing along with her.”

He added, “That’s why we know that this mission isn’t just about her traveling to space. It’s about the countless others she will be bringing along with her. We’re so proud to cheer her on.”

The first manned Blue Origin spaceflight took place in 2021.

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It sent Bezos and three other citizens past the Kármán line, which is the boundary separating Earth’s atmosphere from outer space.

Mark Bezos, brother of Jeff Bezos; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin; Oliver Daemen, of the Netherlands; and Wally Funk, aviation pioneer from Texas, pose for a photo.

Jeff Bezos, second from left, founder of space tourism company Blue Origin, is shown posing for a photo with his crew in 2021. (Blue Origin via AP)

Katya Echazarreta was chosen earlier this year to become the first-ever citizen astronaut ambassador.

She will become the first Mexican-born female to fly to space.

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It hasn’t yet been determined when Calandrelli will strap on her spacesuit.

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But she said on Instagram that she hopes becoming the first female astronaut from West Virginia will inspire “girls everywhere that they, too, can reach the stars.”

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