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Fox hustles to excuse entitled Olympic swimmers: Who hasn’t kicked in a gas station bathroom door?

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A Fox News segment on Thursday attempted to excuse the behavior of four U.S. Olympic swimmer who allegedly lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

While waiting on a press conference with Brazilian authorities, Fox News host Martha MacCallum suggested that police were being too hard on the athletes, who are suspected of lying about the attack to cover up destruction to property at a gas station.

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“It looks like a little bit of damage to someone’s property that you have to pay for and you have to fix and probably apologize,” MacCallum opined. “There are some reasons why they might have made up this story.”

“They originally said, ‘We were out until 4 a.m.’ but it was much, much later than that,” former prosecutor Doug Burns said. “And I think there may have been a USA Swim Team curfew so they were concerned about that.”

“We all we are worried mentally, ‘Oh, man, I don’t want to mess up that curfew,'” Burns continued. “They have clauses in there about immoral conduct and so forth and they may have been concerned that this was going to blow up in their face.”

“Can you imagine if they said, ‘We got intoxicated, we stopped at a gas station, one of us had to go so badly that he kicked the door in, I’m so sorry,'” Burns added.

“We have all been to a gas station bathroom,” Fox sports reporter Jared Max agreed. “Have you ever had it where it seems like it’s jammed?”

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MacCallum also pointed out that the swimmers “had no idea at that moment that this whole thing was caught on video.”

“I’m an American, but it seems like the American athletes are really being targeted now,” Max remarked. “And really being held for what could be such a minor crime by the Brazilian police.”

Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 18, 2016.

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Plastic bubble brings joy to French nursing home

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Nathalie Szczepaniak caresses the hand of her husband Joseph, a care home resident, as the couple reunites after weeks without a visit because of France's coronavirus lockdown.

But this is no ordinary reunion.

The couple meets in an anti-virus "bubble" at Joseph's nursing home in Bourbourg, northern France, separated by a clear plastic sheet that allows them some physical contact, face-to-face, without the risk of infection.

Nathalie holds up the couple's dog, a white fluffy creature named Valco, so that Joseph, who has Parkinson's disease, can press his palm to its paw through the plastic.

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‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."

McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.

"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."

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American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff

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American Airlines will cut 30 percent of its management and support staff in its latest belt-tightening move during the prolonged COVID-19 downturn, the company disclosed Thursday.

The big US carrier outlined a series of measures to reduce headcount throughout its operations in an email to staff that was released in a securities filing Thursday.

American currently has a team of 17,000 people in management and support, meaning the actions planned will cut about 5,100 jobs.

The move follows statements from United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other carriers that have signaled deep job cuts due to sinking air travel demand from coronavirus shutdowns.

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