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Owners of Texas piñata store find crews demolishing their building and giving away loot

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The owners of a Texas piñata shop watched their business essentially turned into piñata as crews demolished the building and handed out their merchandise.

Sergio Lejarazu arrived Tuesday morning at the East Austin shop he’s operated for eight years and found a demolition crew tearing down the building he rented, reported KXAN-TV.

Lejarazu and his wife, Monica, said they received no notification about the demolition from the property owner, and they hadn’t removed anything from inside before crews started their work.

“We are people with no importance for them,” said Sergio Lejarazu. “They don’t think we have rights at all.”

City officials said the property owner had the proper permits for demolition, so the couple’s property losses would be a civil issue.

The couple said workers handed out piñatas and other items to passersby as they tore down the building.

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Alyssa Marvins said she received three piñatas after talking to the demolition crew, but she attempted to come back and pay after seeing others loading their cars with merchandise.

“My son’s birthday is next week, and I said, ‘Well, can I take some?’” she said. “The gentleman says, ‘Sure, go ahead.’”

The couple said they have contacted an attorney, and they intend to reopen elsewhere.

The property owner and demolition company did not respond to requests for comment.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview

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In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.

"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.

But what Trump said was the unusual point.

"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."

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