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Texas fire engulfs tanker, residents told to evacuate

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A tanker caught fire in Texas on Friday, prompting officials to urge nearby residents to evacuate their homes. 

The fire occurred at the intersection of South Cockrell Hill and West Parkerville roads in DeSoto, a Dallas suburb, Fox Dallas reported. 

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An oil tanker was engulfed in flames in Texas on Friday.  (Fox Dallas)

A truck carrying diesel fuel caught fire, but the driver wasn’t injured. In response, the city issued an evacuation notice for residents near the area.

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A Texas tanker truck caught fire on Friday.  (Fox Dallas)

The cause of the fire has not been determined. 

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Crews were attempting to extinguish a tanker fire in DeSoto, Texas on Friday.  (Fox Dallas)

Aerial footage shows the tanker engulfed in flames on the street while fire crews attempted to extinguish the blaze from multiple angles at the same time. 

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American tourist taking video over cliff survives 50-foot fall

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Slick moss at the edge of a Switzerland cliff turned an attempted panoramic shot into a near-death scenario for one American tourist. 

Logan Moore, 25, took a wrong step last week while attempting to capture the breathtaking view at the top of a mountain hike in Interlaken, Switzerland on his phone. 

Two weeks earlier, the Arizonan took a one-way flight with his cousin for the backpacking trip of a lifetime.

“I took a video the second before I fell,” he told Fox 10 Phoenix. 

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He plummeted 25 feet, hitting his head on a rock and losing consciousness. 

A clip of the video Logan Moore took just seconds before tumbling 50 feet down a cliff in Switzerland. (Fox News)

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“That platform on my back and that momentum sent me into the crevice where I fell another 25 feet headfirst into the crevice and where I got stuck at the bottom,” Moore said.

Moore said that when he came to at the bottom of the crevasse, he wasn’t sure he’d make it out alive. 

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Rescuers are pictured extracting Moore from the crevasse after his fall. (Fox 10 Phoenix)

“I accepted what it is and kind of said some goodbyes. At that point, I didn’t know if I was going to make it out. Then, once I heard my cousin’s voice and my friends overhead, I knew that they weren’t going to go anywhere until I was freed,” he recalled.

Within 20 minutes, the Switzerland mountain rescue team was overhead in a helicopter. Rescuers rappelled down to find Moore and began the descent to where he fell. 

“Then he was able to put the harness around my legs and over my left shoulder, and they had to bring me up about ten feet and then traverse a little bit, like 10 feet because it was so skinny, the crevice was so small,” Moore said.

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Moore’s recovery could take anywhere from three to six months, he said. (Fox 10 Phoenix)

Moore was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for a shattered right shoulder, a broken left scapula, two fractured vertebrae and multiple bruises and lacerations, according to a GoFundMe for his medical expenses set up by his family. 

Now, Moore has returned to the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in his home state of Arizona to recover. 

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Moore sustained a shattered right shoulder, a broken left scapula, two fractured vertebrae and multiple bruises and lacerations. (Fox 10 Phoenix)

His mother, who flew overseas to her son’s side after the accident, told Fox 10 Phoenix that he is “probably the luckiest kid on the planet.”

“I am beyond grateful for that rescue team,” she said.

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Moore told the outlet that his recovery could take anywhere from three to six months – nonrefundable tickets to the upcoming Olympics are his motivation to heal, he said. 

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Cybertrucks could be coming to your local police department

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Cybertrucks could be coming to your local police department

Some police departments in Southern California are already using Tesla Model Y electric vehicles as patrol cars. Now, Cybertrucks could be next, according to UP.FIT, a Hawthorne-based company that outfits police departments.

“I can confirm that we have several departments in California, specifically Southern California, that have expressed interest in ordering our new UP.FIT Next-Gen Patrol Cybertruck,” Fleet Director James Hedland told KTLA.

That’s all the company can say – for now. Hedland wouldn’t reveal which departments have ordered Cybertrucks due to contracts they have with their clients.

Recently, the company helped Anaheim’s police department by modifying a fleet of Tesla Y patrol cars as part of a pilot program.

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“We had to seek out alternative vehicle options, which led us to explore utilizing Teslas as police vehicles,” Anaheim Police Chief Rick Armendariz said in an April press release.

UP.FIT specializes in fitting Teslas for fleet use and just introduced the world’s first Tesla Cybertruck police vehicle. The photos posted online have gone viral — with some commenters saying this is taking us one step closer to the types of police equipment seen in Sci-Fi films.

“The UP.FIT Cybertruck Next-Gen Patrol vehicle represents a significant engineering leap into the future and we’re excited to offer law enforcement agencies the future of policing,” said Ben Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance.

An UP.FIT spokesperson says Cybertrucks integrate Tesla’s superior electric vehicle technology with a range of warning lights, sirens, a PA system, and upgraded computer systems.

The new patrol cars even getting a nod from Elon Musk himself on X (formerly Twitter).

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Currently, UP.FIT has begun taking orders for the Cybertruck Next-Gen Patrol, with deliveries expected by late 2024.

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Texas federal court strikes down Biden admin protections for LGBTQ students

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A federal judge on Tuesday struck down federal protections for LGBTQ students, saying the Biden administration attempted to rewrite the federal law.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, said officials tried to re-write federal law barring sex discrimination in schools, applying it to LGBTQ students, Reuters reported. The ruling came amid a lawsuit filed by Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas.  (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Paxton argued that legal guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education three years ago was invalid because the agency lacked the power to adopt it and that it could not be enforced in Texas.

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“Joe Biden’s unlawful effort to weaponize Title IX for his extremist agenda has been stopped in its tracks,” Paxton said in a statement. “Threatening to withhold education funding by forcing states to accept ‘transgender’ policies that put women in danger was plainly illegal. Texas has prevailed on behalf of the entire nation.”

It said schools could be denied federal funding for discriminating against students based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. Examples of discrimination include requiring students to use bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to the sex they were assigned at birth.

“To allow Defendants’ unlawful action to stand would be to functionally rewrite Title IX in a way that shockingly transforms American education and usurps a major question from Congress,” wrote O’Connor.

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A federal court ruling has made it more difficult for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).  (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images))

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Department of Education and Justice Department. 

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In April, the DOE adopted regulations applying Title IX to LGBTQ students. Tuesday’s decision does not affect those rules, which Texas and other states are challenging in court, Reuters reported. 

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