[Fox Business] BARK Air completes its first cross-country dog flight with tickets costing $6,000 for pet and owner

Air travel has gone to the dogs. Literally. 

BARK, the company that makes BarkBoxes, completed its first-ever BARK Air “white paw experience” flight from Westchester County Airport outside of New York City to Los Angeles’ Van Nuys airport on Thursday with a number of breeds and their people on board. 

The company said the flight was 10 years in the making, “but we are finally confident that we can provide all dogs with the air travel experience they deserve: one that puts them first. We could not be more excited to finally be able to welcome your dog (and you) on board.”

Katharine Enos, BARK’s Chief of Staff told FOX Business the inaugural flight was a “great success.” 

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“There were a mix of breeds onboard including chihuahuas, a golden retriever and dachshunds,” she continued. “Happy to report there was no dog drama, some dogs played in the aisle while the smaller dogs took nice long naps. All dogs snacked on BARK cereal treats for dogs, dog-friendly cupcakes, chicken flavored puppuccinos and doggie champagne (chicken broth). The humans onboard all got along as well and felt connected in their shared obsession with their dogs.”

The tickets for the flight cost $6,000, and included one dog and its owner. 

“Right now, at an altitude of 30,000 feet, there is a flight filled with dogs,” the company wrote on Instagram Thursday commemorating the first flight. “Unlike any flight before it, these dogs are not merely an afterthought, nor are they treated as cargo or a burden to the crew and fellow travelers. Here, dogs are the foremost priority. Every single detail of this flight experience has been crafted with a ‘dogs-first’ mindset.”

One person commented on the post: “I went through so much to travel with my dog in the cabin. I couldn’t let him go in cargo; he is not an object. Airlines lose suitcases all the time, and dogs are members of our families. They shouldn’t travel as objects. I’m so happy to see the industry changing with this airline.”

An influencer named “herboozytails” said she was “HONORED” to have been on the first flight, “and we can’t wait to share the BARK Air experience with everyone!”

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BARK CEO Matt Meeker told Reuters he thought of BARK Air because he struggled to travel with his Great Dane Hugo. 

“I was unable to travel with him long distances and had the idea that there should be an airline that caters to dogs,” he revealed. “We cater everything to the dog, trying to lower their anxiety and their stress, so they have the most comfortable, fear-free experience on an airplane.”

The “white paw experience” starts even before getting on the plane. Passengers and their furry friends are greeted with a quick check-in in a lounge filled with dog treats. 

Pre-flight involves no crates, TSA checkpoints or screening.

The company, which will also fly to London along with New York and Los Angeles, says it expects to have around 10 dogs and 15 people on each flight. 

An “Argus Platinum-rated charter company is responsible for all aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance-related matter,” BARK previously said. 

A BARK Air spokeswoman says they have partnered with charter company Talon Air, which will be handling the flights.

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London flights cost $8,000, but the company expects the cost to go down in the future. BARK Air is also considering adding flights to Paris, Milan, Chicago, Seattle, Florida and Arizona. 

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[Fox Business] LARRY KUDLOW: Donald Trump’s Bronx speech was powerful

Donald Trump’s powerful speech last night in the Bronx was a message to Americans of all colors and that’s the subject of the riff. Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of ten or twenty thousand people last night at Crotona Park in the South Bronx. 

Here’s the key point: they were primarily People of Color. A most unusual Republican rally, in a most unusual place, with a most unusual crowd for a Republican rally in a most unusual place. Take a listen to what Donald Trump said about this unusual story:  

DONALD TRUMP: It doesn’t matter whether you’re Black, or Brown, or White or whatever the hell color you are, it doesn’t matter. We are all Americans and we’re going to pull together as Americans.” 

Right there, that is the sociology about that crowd and it is a shot across the bow of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party nationwide. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is one of the very many Democrats who don’t understand what’s going on in Trump world. She said Donald Trump is inviting “all his clowns to a place like the Bronx.” Hochul’s one of many Democrats who don’t understand the Trump coalition of working folks of all colors that is busting up the traditional Democratic Party.

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What’s their beef? High inflation. Falling real wages. A wide-open southern border — where roughly 10 million illegal Biden immigrants have taken jobs from native Americans and slashed wages for ordinary homegrown working folks who show up every day, do their jobs, pay their taxes and now realize Biden policies have mangled the American dream. Unlike Joe Biden, Donald Trump has a positive vision of the future. Hear it for yourself: 

DONALD TRUMP: “We’re going to throw out Bidenomics, then going to replace it with MAGAnomics — like your hats.  // I will give you low taxes, low inflation, low interest rates, rising wages, growing incomes and fair trade for the American worker and we will make energy affordable again by saying, ‘Drill, baby, drill. Drill, baby, drill’.”  

Last weekend, Joe Biden gave a speech about fear, racism, Jim Crow, and victimization to a graduating class at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA– one of America’s best schools whose graduates typically earn far more starting salaries than the national average. 

Did Biden talk about hope? No. Did he talk about opportunity? No. Did he talk about the American dream? No. He gave a typical, far-left, racialized, fearmongering, condescending statement that basically said to this historical Black men’s college: “You’re not going to succeed.” Just pathetic! Trump is the exact opposite. 

He offers hope, opportunity, a dream of what the future should look like, and, yes, MAGA — Make America Great Again. He offers a series of serious policy changes. It is a truly optimistic and Reaganesque message. Additionally, Mr. Trump spent part of his Bronx speech talking about his career as a construction worker and real estate developer. Let’s not forget, he practically rebuilt the Manhattan skyline. In his own words, take a listen: 

DONALD TRUMP: “The Wolman Rink in the middle of Central Park. You know that story that had been under construction for more than ten years? // As you know, the rink was completed in just three months for far less than the $2 million project. // I built the Grand Hyatt Hotel and 42nd Street in Park Avenue and as part of that, I renovated the beautiful Grand Central Terminal. Did a really good job of that.” 

Trump was after all a very successful businessman with a background of accomplishment and success, and he will undoubtedly bring like-minded people into his new administration if re-elected. 

The New York Post editorial page put it thus: “Our advice to Trump: Do this more! Your business background was part of what appealed to voters in 2016.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. It is all part of Donald Trump’s amazing Bronx Tale. 

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[Fox Business] Oil on track for weekly loss over demand concerns

Oil prices appeared headed for a weekly loss on Friday despite recovering some from a retreat on Thursday as markets reacted to concerns that elevated inflation could continue to stick around and hurt demand.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 1.13% to $77.74 as of 3:24 p.m. ET, while the Brent crude July contract rose to $82.13.

On Thursday, Brent closed at its weakest since February 7 and U.S. WTI futures at their lowest since February 23.

Brent was on track to close down 2.2% for the week. It declined for four straight sessions this week, its longest losing streak since January 2. WTI was set to close down 2.9% for the week.

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“Petroleum prices remain soft in early Friday dealings, with worries over Federal Reserve interest rate policy and last week’s bump in U.S. crude oil inventories still weighing on market sentiment,” said Tim Evans, an independent energy analyst.

FOX Business contributor Phil Flynn wrote in The Energy Report on Friday that “concerns about inflation and rising interest rates put a damper on most of the markets” on Thursday, and that “Today, believe it or not, the market is getting some pressure from a Reuters report that Vladimir Putin is looking for a ceasefire in Ukraine.”

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Minutes of the Fed’s latest policy meeting released on Wednesday showed policymakers questioning whether interest rates were high enough to tame stubborn inflation. Some officials were willing to raise borrowing costs again if inflation surges.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell and other policymakers have since said they feel further increases are unlikely.

Higher interest rates increase the cost of borrowing, which can slow economic activity and dampen demand for oil.

“Macroeconomic developments have been failing to provide meaningful support for oil,” PVM analyst Tamas Varga said. “It is a fair bet that rate cuts are slipping away.”

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The market is awaiting a June 2 online meeting of the OPEC+ producer group comprising the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to discuss whether to extend voluntary oil output cuts of 2.2 million barrels per day.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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[Fox Business] North Carolina man wins $1 million after sister picks out ticket: ‘Luckiest guy in the universe’

An 18-year-old North Carolina man owes his sister big-time after he won a $1 million prize after she picked out his scratch-off ticket.

Jalen McLean, of Raleigh, gave his sister some money and told her to pick out a scratch-off ticket at a gas station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he told the North Carolina Education Lottery’s website. 

She opted for the “Jumbo Bucks” game, which cost $10. 

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When she got back, the two sat together and scratched off the ticket — to reveal the surprise of a lifetime. 

He won $1 million, the game’s top prize. 

“I feel like the luckiest guy in the universe,” he told the North Carolina Education Lottery. 

His sister, Dasha Silas, recalled that her brother “had a huge smile on his face” as he scratched off the ticket and realized that he had won big. 

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McLean collected his winnings on Wednesday, May 22, and still was unable to fully express how he felt, said the lottery’s website.

“How many 18-year-olds win something like this?” he told the North Carolina Education Lottery when asked for a comment. 

McLean opted against collecting a lump sum of $600,000, and instead will receive $50,000 each year for the next 19 years. 

He received his first payment on Wednesday, said the lottery’s website, which amounted to $35,753 after taxes. 

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With his winnings, McLean told the lottery website that he plans on buying an Audi — and one would hope that he plans on taking his sister for a celebratory joyride in his new car. 

“Mr. McLean’s win put a big smile on all our faces too. We love celebrating all wins, especially one that will pay off for this young man for 20 years,” Van Denton, spokesperson for the North Carolina Education Lottery, told FOX Business in an email. 

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“It’s a thrill to meet lucky winners like Mr. McLean as the lottery raises money for education programs in North Carolina,” he said. 

Jumbo Bucks, the game McLean won, debuted in June, said the North Carolina Education Lottery. 

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Of the seven $1 million top prizes, five have been claimed, the lottery said. 

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[Fox Business] Graceland foreclosure attempt faces Tennessee AG investigation

The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office says it is investigating a private investment company’s attempt to foreclose on Graceland, the historic home of Elvis Presley. 

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti announced the move on Thursday following a remarkable few days of legal wranglings which almost saw the beloved property in Memphis sold off for foreclosure. 

Naussany Investments and Private Lending claimed Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’ only child, took out a $3.8 million loan with the firm and used Graceland as collateral. Naussany claimed Lisa Marie never paid that money back before she died last year and so the company attempted to recoup the alleged losses by auctioning off the property.

But Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough, who is the sole heir to the property, claimed the loan agreement was a scam and asked a court for an injunction on Wednesday to stop the sale. The injunction was granted and then, in another plot twist, Naussany withdrew its claims after the court hearing.

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Skrmetti said that Graceland is one of the “most iconic landmarks in the State of Tennessee” which became a “target” of Naussany.

“I have asked my lawyers to look into this matter, determine the full extent of any misconduct that may have occurred, and identify what we can do to protect both Elvis Presley’s heirs and anyone else who may be similarly threatened,” Skrmetti said in a statement. 

“Elvis made Memphis the center of the music universe, and Graceland stands as a monument to his legacy and a fond remembrance for his family. My office has fought fraud against homeowners for decades and there is no home in Tennessee more beloved than Graceland.”

Keough maintains that Naussany was using forged documents and a fake shell company to make its claims.

Attorney Jeffrey Germany, who represents Keough, filed a complaint with the court regarding the authenticity of the purported deed of trust. Germany submitted an affidavit that says the purported notary did not notarize the signature of Lisa Marie on the purported deed of trust. 

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In a sworn affidavit attached to the lawsuit, the notary public listed on Naussany’s documents said she had never met Lisa Marie or notarized her signature.

However, the saga may not yet be over.

The Associated Press reports that Naussany says a key document in its case, as well as the loan, were recorded and obtained in a different state, meaning “legal action would have to be filed in multiple states.” 

However, it’s unclear if the company intends to refile elsewhere.

Gregory Naussany, whose role at the company is not clear, told Reuters the firm would be “withdrawing all claims with prejudice.”

Meanwhile, Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, welcomed news of the injunction. 

“As the court has now made clear, there was no validity to the claims. There will be no foreclosure,” the statement reads. “Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years, ensuring that Elvis fans from around the world can continue to have a best in class experience when visiting his iconic home.”

Elvis bought the mansion in 1957 for $102,500 and lived there until his death in 1977.

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Lisa Marie inherited Graceland after her father’s death, and it was opened to the public as a museum in 1982. It features costumes, artifacts and personal mementos from Elvis and his family.

The property also displays a Convair 880 Jet called “Lisa Marie” that Elvis used in his heyday, while the grounds of Graceland now include a resort hotel and a chapel, according to the home’s website.

Graceland was designated as a National Historic Landmark in March 2006. In 1991, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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[Fox Business] Memorial Day cookouts cost more this year as price of one BBQ staple jumps a staggering 50 percent in one year

Your Memorial Day barbecue will cost upward of 10 percent more than it did this time last year according to Datasembly.

Datasembly follows the cost of groceries across the country every week. Its recently released data points to this year’s Memorial Day festivities costing the average American family about $30.18 or 10.19% more than 2023.

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Here is a breakdown of Memorial Day cookout costs, according to Datasembly:

Burgers jumped from $7.04 in 2023 to $8.07 in 2024, or a change of 14.63% in cost. Hamburger buns cost two cents more, from $3.04 on average to $3.06.

Ketchup costs 10 cents more from 2023 prices, increasing from $5.43 to $5.53, and mustard increased from $2.53 to $2.61.

Most surprisingly, pickle relish is nearly 50% more expensive than in 2023, with a cost change from $3.14 to $4.67.

On average, a regular grocery trip costs an American family over 20% more than at the beginning of 2021.

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The April 2024 U.S. inflation rate is at 3.4% after measuring at 3.5% in March.

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[Fox Business] Georgia homeowners describe being terrorized by predatory HOAs, forced to move: Report

Some Georgia residents are speaking out after facing the wrath of their local homeowner associations (HOAs), with some people having their homes foreclosed on them, according to a recent report.

“It’s totally insane. It’s totally insane,” a former homeowner, Tricia Quigley, told WSB-TV earlier this month.

Quigley, who lives in Cherokee County in the north metro Atlanta area, learned the tremendous power that the HOA has over her property after she learned that her home of 18 years was sold at a foreclosure auction. 

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The price that her home was auctioned for? “$3.25,” she added. 

According to reporter Justin Gray’s WSB-TV report, Quigley admitted she missed a pair of HOA payments amounting to $800. She said she paid more than $10,000 as attorneys fees and late fees piled up before finally being forced to foreclose.

Quigley is one of many Georgia residents who say they have been terrorized by an out-of-control HOA. 

“You broke us. We’re broke,” Atlanta resident Juliet Graham told the outlet after being forced to sell her condo in Atlanta

“I can’t imagine the mafia having been any worse than what my experience was with this,” she said. 

Graham faced roughly $250,000 in bills with HOA because petitioners are also billed for emails, inquiries and attorneys fees as they try to fight for their homes. 

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In response to complaints about homeowner’s associations, Georgia lawmakers are seeking a more permanent remedy to stop abuses against residents. 

Bipartisan legislation in the Georgia State legislature passed earlier this year to begin the process of changing laws to protect homeowners in the future from having their property taken away from them. 

“People need to be protected and safeguarded against foreclosures,” Georgia State Sen. Donzella James told WSB-TV. 

“To have some outside group come and take that away to me is un-American,” Georgia State Sen. Matt Brass told the outlet. “We’re not going to stand for it in this state.”

Another homeowner in south Fulton County said he was hit with $36,000 in HOA fees, predominately for weed issues in his front yard, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy. 

When asked how he believed he could get out of his home nightmare with the HOA, McAdoo predicted he would have to leave. 

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“Selling my home and just getting out of this neighborhood,” he said. 

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[Fox Business] Kabosu, the face of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, dies at 18, owner says

Kabosu, the Japanese dog that became a global meme and the face of alternative cryptocurrency Dogecoin has died at 18, her owner announced in a blog post on Friday.

The Japanese Shiba Inu passed away while sleeping, her owner Atsuko Sato wrote.

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Kabosu became recognizable as the face of Dogecoin, an alternative cryptocurrency that began as a satirical critique of the 2013 crypto frenzy.

But the token jumped in value after Tesla boss Elon Musk, a proponent of cryptocurrencies, began tweeting about it in 2020. Since then the billionaire has repeatedly promoted the coin.

Dogecoin added as much as $4 billion to its market value last year when the billionaire, who bought social media site Twitter in 2022, briefly replaced Twitter’s blue bird logo with an image of Kabosu. Musk subsequently renamed Twitter X.

With a market capitalization of around $23.6 billion, Dogecoin is now the ninth biggest cryptocurrency, according to data site Coingecko.com.

“The impact this one dog has made across the world is immeasurable,” Dogecoin posted on social media site X on Friday.

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