Jake Gyllenhaal surprisingly joins Instagram to tease he’s joining ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Jake Gyllenhaal has finally joined Instagram and he’s already got fans buzzing about his first post!

On Wednesday, the 37-year-old actor posted the briefest of clips in which he’s shown poring over an old issue of the Spider-Man comic books. After a moment of reading, he cries out, “What the f—!” before the clip cuts him off.

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“I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man,” he captioned the clip.

Besides the fact that Gyllenhaal will now be treating his devoted fans to photos of his everyday life, the post seems to confirm something that’s been the subject of heated speculation for months — his reported role in the upcoming follow-up to Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

In May, The Hollywood Reporter shared that the actor was in talks to play Mysterio. However, the actor and the studio behind the upcoming superhero film have been mum on the topic. But, fans will notice that the aforementioned comic book in the video involves the villain in question.

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And in October, photos and video surfaced from the production in the Czech Republic showing Gyllenhaal dressed in a colorful suit, complete with a cape.

Anyone who’s seen “Avengers: Infinity War” knows (spoiler alert!) that several of Earth’s mightiest heroes were turned to dust when Thanos (Josh Brolin) finally completed his gauntlet and snapped his fingers, effectively killing half of the inhabitants of the galaxy, including Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

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But, with a sequel on the way, it’s more than likely that Peter Parker, and several of the other Avengers who were killed, will somehow be returning in “Avengers 4” (theoretically with some help from “Captain Marvel“), setting things up for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” — which hits theaters on July 5, 2019.

Families of Iran hostages, Robert Levinson call on world governments to step up and ‘send our loved ones home’

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson and the relatives of nearly a half dozen others held captive in Iran say they “shall remain quiet no longer” about demands for world governments to help secure the release of those hopelessly detained in the Islamic Republic.

The declaration came in an open letter addressed to “World Leaders, Rights Organizations and Media Outlets” that was published by the group earlier this week. The families have “banded together now to come to you as one voice,” the letter stated.

“We believe that the Iranian authorities have little incentive to end the cruel and horrific practice of hostage taking as a result of inadequate pressure from the international community,” the letter reads. “World leaders need to make the political cost for committing human rights violations so high that releasing our loved ones becomes advantageous to the Iranian authorities.”

The letter highlighted the plights of six dual and foreign nationals who have been held hostage in Iran: Ahmadreza Djalali, Kamran Ghaderi, Nizar Zakka, Saeed Malekpour, Siamak and Baquer Namazi and Levinson. The latter four are some of the nearly 20 known American hostages who remain in captivity or who have been imprisoned by hostile regimes.

Zakka, a Lebanese-born Internet freedom activist who is a permanent resident of the U.S., was detained in Iran in September 2015 while attending a woman’ empowerment conference he was invited to. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on spying charges.

A month later, Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman, was nabbed while visiting his family, three months after the Obama administration-led Iran nuclear deal was signed.

Namazi’s father, Baquer, a former UNICEF diplomat, was arrested in February 2016 after the Iranian authorities granted him permission to visit his son in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran.

And Levinson, now believed to be the longest-held American hostage in history, was 58 when he boarded a flight from Dubai and then made his way to Kish Island, a resort in the Persian Gulf, in 2007. He was allegedly investigating cigarette smuggling and possibly working on a book, but after checking into the Maryam Hotel, he met with an American fugitive, Dawud Salahuddin, also known as David Belfield and Hassan Abdulrahman.

Salahuddin, who is still wanted for the 1980 murder of an Iranian diplomat in Maryland, was being targeted by the CIA for recruitment, a source close to the Levinson case told Fox News in 2016. Levinson was hoping a successful mission that delivered Salahuddin would lead to full-time hours with the CIA, the source said.

The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, which includes Levinson as a member, told Fox News that it feels like he is being used as “a bargaining chip for a hostile foreign power.”

“I think we need to commend the Trump administration for really preaching hard on this and realizing that Iran is a hostile foreign power and that they continue to take these hostages,” added the society’s executive director, Nancy Savage.

The FBI said earlier this year that the bureau and “our partners in the United States Government have worked tirelessly to bring Mr. Levinson home” – and a $ 5 million reward has been offered for Levinson’s safe return.

But Levinson’s family — and the others who wrote and signed the letter — say more needs to be done.

“Over several agonizing years, our loved ones’ cases have each been treated individually, but while they are all unique and complicated cases, this is not an individual problem, it is a pattern; a pattern we call on world leaders to help end,” the group said in its letter. “Responsible stakeholders on all sides of this issue know what to do. Please, secure our loved ones’ freedom from Iranian prisons.”

The relatives added: “We are a determined group of individuals and families speaking to our governments with one voice, as human beings who have been affected by the horrific situation that the Iranian authorities have created. We are asking for action.”

Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany who previously was the longest-serving U.S. spokesman at the U.N., said this week Levinson’s family deserves information on his conditions and whereabouts. Levinson last surfaced in a 2011 video clip.

“I encourage the public to demand the release of all these hostages,” he said, referencing the open letter. “We will not rest until Mr. Levinson, and the rest of Iran’s hostages, are safely home with their families.”

Fox News’ Hollie McKay, Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

‘Home Improvement’ star Patricia Richardson explains why she left hit series

Patricia Richardson, who once starred as beloved matriarch Jill Taylor on “Home Improvement,” said she has no regrets leaving the hit series behind.

“The reason I turned down the ninth year of ‘Home Improvement’ was that I was a single parent and away from my kids too much,” the 67-year-old recently told Closer Weekly.

“I left the show, and I have to put my children first since then,” added Richardson, who is a real-life mom to 33-year-old son Henry Baker, as well as 27-year-old twins Roxanne and Joseph Baker. “That’s why I’ve kept quitting the business: to be with them.”

The magazine added Richardson also turned down the $ 30 million offer to care for her ailing parents.

Patricia Richardson today. — Getty

Patricia Richardson today. — Getty

“I also passed up on another show that won, like, 30 Emmys,” she said. “But I don’t mean to sound like, ‘Oh, I sacrificed this huge thing for my children,’ because it’s what I wanted. Granted, it’s what they needed, but it was also what I needed because I missed them terribly. ‘Home Improvement’ had much longer days than most sitcoms. Because I was involved in all the writing, I was away from them more than I wanted and felt I missed so many things.”

“Home Improvement” told the tale of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, a television host raising three sons with the help of his loyal co-host, his loving wife and their eccentric neighbor. It starred Tim Allen, Earl Hindman and Richard Karn, among others. The sitcom aired from 1991 until 1999.

Richardson told the publication she has fond memories of the show.

“Tim and I were always cracking each other up,” she explained. “We came up with so much of what you saw on the set every day. There was the time that Tim was throwing potatoes around at the male crew members and hit a female camerawoman in the face, so that became kind of a joke.

"Home Improvement" circa 1991. — Getty

“Home Improvement” circa 1991. — Getty

“I got hit in the head with a football more than once because it took so long for Disney to give the kids an outdoor space to play that was safe — and they weren’t that good at it! It was just a fun set, and we really were a family.”

However, Richardson admitted she wasn’t comfortable with being a celebrity during the height of the show’s popularity.

“I really hated fame,” she said. [Co-star] Jonathan Taylor Thomas and I had similar reactions — he backed off, too, and went to school. I didn’t do charity events because I was desperate for time with my kids and husband, who was always mad I was never home. Hence the divorce.

“[And] when I had to [co-host] the [1994] Emmys, it was the worst day of my life. I was terrified. I was so stupid! In theater school, nobody ever talked to us about having to sell yourself. So I really backed off to a great extent, and I essentially killed my career.”

It wasn’t just Richardson’s fame that came to a sudden halt. She and then-husband, Ray Baker, called it quits in 1995 after 13 years together.

Despite leaving behind “Home Improvement,” Richardson still found ways to act in front of cameras but became selective with her roles. It wouldn’t be until 2002 when she appeared as a recurring character on “Strong Medicine.”

“They gave me a four-day-week, three-year contract, so I knew I wouldn’t have to commit for a long time,” said Richardson. “At that point, I had my kids four days a week, [Ray] had them three days, so there was only one day when I was working and had them. I did that show for three years, but then we changed the custody agreement and it got rough, so I left.”

In 2005, Richardson was offered the role of Sheila Brooks on another TV show, “The West Wing.” What should have been a short gig of only filming a couple of episodes turned into a two-year job.

Patricia Richardson (right) alongside Nancy Travis and Tim Allen on "Last Man Standing." — Getty

Patricia Richardson (right) alongside Nancy Travis and Tim Allen on “Last Man Standing.” — Getty

“I was leaving a six in the morning and never had live-in help, so that got really hard,” she said. “After ‘West Wing,’ I decided to leave the business for four years until my kids got out of high school to be with them. Then when my last one went to college, I had been out of the business for so many years. It was very hard to get back in.”

Richardson enjoyed a brief reunion with Allen, now 65, when she guest-starred on his current sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” in 2015 and 2016. The series, which first premiered in 2011, is based on a married father of three [Allen] who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women.

It’s uncertain whether Richardson will return for future episodes.

“When I went to do the show, he would think it was so weird,” she explained. “He’d do a bedroom scene with Nancy [Travis], then I was on the set and his real wife would be out in the audience. He was so confused.”

And while the former TV couple still has love for each other, their separate lives have made it difficult for them to stay in touch.

“I travel a lot and he does, too,” she said. “He is very dedicated to Nancy Travis, who is the nicest person in the world, and he has his own real wife, so what’s he going to do hanging around with me?”

But these days, Richardson is keeping busy. She is currently appearing in the new Lifetime film “A Christmas in Tennessee” where she gets to return to her musical roots. The film explores how a baker (Rachel Boston) unites the people of her small mountain town to stop a real estate developer. Richardson plays the 36-year-old’s mother.

“My first job in New York was [on Broadway in 1974’s] ‘Gypsy,’ and then I didn’t work for a year,” said Richardson. “If you did musicals, they sort of didn’t take you seriously as an actor. I’m not that great of a singer, but I can belt! Growing up we moved a lot, and we were always in the church choir. I was also in school choruses, so I grew up singing with people and that’s still my favorite thing to do.”

Despite the many twists and turns of her acting career, Richardson said she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“Every once in a while I’ll laugh, but when I’m laying on my deathbed, will I be sorry that I wasn’t on that show that won 30 Emmys, but I have a good relationship with my three children and see them all the time? No,” she said. “Granted, I’ve been far from the perfect parent, but I didn’t have perfect modeling and kind of had to relearn parenting to a great extent.”

Trump tells Mexico to ship migrants home or see border permanently closed

President Trump offered Mexico some advice on deporting migrants massed in Tijuana and threatening to storm the U.S., telling the neighboring nation in a tweet to send them “back to their countries” by plane or by bus – or face a permanent closure of the border.

Trump’s tweet followed a vow from Mexico to deport migrants who tried to illegally enter the U.S. The Trump administration has said asylum claims from members of a series of caravans originating in Central America must be processed outside the U.S., and that all those entering illegally will be denied. A federal judge has at least temporarily ruled against the policy, but the administration has taken steps to harden the border.

“Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” Trump tweeted early Monday morning. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

The missive came after a chaotic Sunday that saw hundreds of migrants from a caravan that originated in Central American pushing past Mexican riot police and rushing the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro, Calif., in a major test for both U.S. border authorities and Mexican officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it suspended northbound and southbound crossings for both pedestrians and vehicles at the San Ysidro port of entry at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time. It later tweeted that the pedestrian crossings had re-opened, a little more than four hours after the initial closure. The vehicle lanes re-opened at approximately 5 p.m. local time, five-and-a-half hours after they were closed.

CBP added that some demonstrators “attempted to illegally enter the U.S. through both the northbound and southbound vehicle lanes at the port of entry itself. Those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico.”

U.S. border agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate various points along the border and threw what appeared to be rocks at U.S. authorities.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that some migrants “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them.

“As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” Nielsen said. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”

The Mexican Interior Ministry said Sunday it would immediately deport the migrants who tried to “violently” breach the border. The Mexican government described Sunday’s events as “acts of provocation” that were “far from helpful” for the migrants’ objectives.

The situation Sunday was not unprecedented. In 2013, during the Obama administration, Border Patrol agents used pepper spray to fend off a crowd of approximately 100 migrants who attempted to rush the San Ysidro port of entry. The migrants in that episode also reportedly threw rocks and bottles at U.S. authorities.

Within an hour on Sunday, the group from the caravan that rushed toward the border largely dispersed. Most of the migrants in the group were men.

The prospective deal between the U.S. and Mexico was seen as a way to dissuade thousands of Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S., a process that can take years. The legal bar for claiming asylum is high and generally requires applicants to show a specific risk of persecution based on factors such as race, nationality, politics or religion.

Trump administration officials have characterized the vast majority of asylum claims as fraudulent or legally insufficient, and have taken steps to reduce the backlog of asylum claims that they say are often used by migrants to gain entry into the U.S. and disappear into the country as their claims are adjudicated.

Realtor takes heat for using partially clothed models in ads to attract home buyers

A Houston-area Realtor’s use of half-naked models to draw attention to a hard-to-sell property has attracted a number of complaints about the risque content.

Kristin Gyldenege launched the marketing tactic after her client’s three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in the Houston suburb of Conroe sat on the market for 40 days with no offers, the Houston Chronicle reported.

To appeal to potential buyers, Gyldenege took photos of partially-clothed male and female models performing everyday household tasks — such as cooking or changing a light bulb — and uploaded them to HAR.com, a Texas real estate website.

She told Fox News: "Of course we needed to show off their amazing bodies and we all know that sex sells so it needed to be sexy but believable.  Something someone could see themselves in or ASPIRE to see themselves in."

She told Fox News: “Of course we needed to show off their amazing bodies and we all know that sex sells so it needed to be sexy but believable.  Something someone could see themselves in or ASPIRE to see themselves in.” (Kristin Gyldenege)

Within the first 24 hours, the listing had been viewed 20,000 times, compared to fewer than 1,000 before.

Gyldenege, who calls herself ‘The Potty Mouthed Agent’, told Fox News: “After 40 days on the market and several open houses we still weren’t getting traffic so I had an idea. I wanted to show a young couple enjoying the home they just bought. I knew I wanted to appeal to twenty and thirty-somethings, first time home buyers. I also knew using just regular people would not get the attention it deserved so I recruited two fitness models and posed them throughout the home.

“Of course we needed to show off their amazing bodies and we all know that sex sells so it needed to be sexy but believable.  Something someone could see themselves in or ASPIRE to see themselves in.  I shot the pictures Sunday morning and posted them Sunday afternoon, but Sunday night it had gone viral and by Monday morning the pictures had been removed due to HAR receiving over 100 complaints. Success!

“The home that got 180 views in all of October….has now been viewed almost 10k times in less than a week, and that is just on HAR site.

However, not everyone was a fan of Gyldenege’s advertising campaign. The site removed the photos after receiving around 100 complaints.<br>

However, not everyone was a fan of Gyldenege’s advertising campaign. The site removed the photos after receiving around 100 complaints.<br> (Kristin Gyldenege)

“You see I knew there was going to be controversy. I knew there were haters. I experienced it the first time I went viral with stuffy old school agents saying I was “unprofessional”, “tacky”, and a “disgrace to the profession”.

“I know better.  Our industry is changing quickly. The younger generations decided years ago they hate Realtors. They hate the concept. They think they are fake AF and do not need them. So they found ways to avoid us. They found ways to sell their own home. Agents are constantly on edge fearing society is replacing us and we will all be out of jobs soon….and in some way they are right. If you think all a real estate agent brings to the table is take pictures of a house and list it on the internet, you can’t see justifying not doing it yourself. What agents are forgetting is we are a service. We must pull out all stops and do whatever it takes to make sure our clients walk away happy. It’s our duty.”

However, not everyone was a fan of Gyldenege’s advertising campaign. The site removed the photos after receiving around 100 complaints.

Other listing services still have the photos, she said, adding that she expected some backlash. The homeowner approved the idea, she said.

“In the end, that’s what matters —  doing what’s best for my client,” she said.

As of Wednesday, Gyldenege had still not received any serious offers for the home.

“[Potential buyers] may not look like [the models],” she said, “but if they think they could look like that in this house, they would be more attracted to at least see it.”

This Black Friday don’t shop, stay home and throw stuff out

To paraphrase Walt Whitman, I hear America shopping.

From door busters to midnight specials, most of us will soon be engaged in our nation’s favorite contact sport, shopping on Black Friday. Everybody wants to know where the best bargain is and I’m going to share that information with you right now.

The best bargain is found by staying home.

And I don’t mean staying home and shopping online. I mean staying home, not shopping and throwing stuff out or giving it away.

Americans love stuff. We are wallowing in it, even drowning in it.  We’re up to our ears in clothing we’ve never worn, electronic gadgets we don’t know how to turn on and gym memberships we forgot we signed up for.

Black Friday, by the way, doesn’t mean anything negative. Instead, it’s the day when retail stores traditionally “go into the black” – they make all their profits from the day after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas. So you might feel that you are not being supportive enough of the consumer economy if you stay home and prepare to recycle all these things to thrift shops and homeless shelters, instead of buying more. Don’t worry – lots of other people will take up the slack.

So what do we do when we have no work, no school, no carpool, no anything? Do we enjoy the things we have already bought? Of course not. We ignore them and go out and buy new things.

Why do we do this? As the expression goes, why do we spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t even like?
And why has Black Friday turned into a day of rampage in our shopping malls, or at least those that are still standing after the advent of online shopping?

I’ll give you one good reason – it’s because as a society, deep down, we aren’t terribly happy. We have everything, and yet, somehow, we feel like nothing. As a society, too many of us live in a spiritual void and we are trying to fill a God-sized hole with stuff.

Ain’t gonna work.

If things made us happy, we would be the happiest people in the world. Every day would be Disneyland. Instead, we don’t even notice the wonderful things, people, events and opportunities that surround us every day. We think we are one new widescreen away from happiness.

I could quote the advice your grandfather wished he had given you – that the easiest way to make money is not to spend it. But it’s not even about the money. It’s about taking a moment to ask ourselves why, as Descartes never put it, I shop, therefore I am.

Laura Carlin and Alison VanHook, authorities on families and de-cluttering, estimate that the average American family has more than 250,000 items in their home. That means we have relationships with and opinions about a quarter of a million things clogging our closets, complicating our kitchens and jamming our garages.

Carlin and VanHook teach that clutter is actually emotionally exhausting. It’s hard to think straight, and it’s even harder for kids to think straight when they are surrounded by stuff. So this Black Friday, maybe the play isn’t to go out and buy more things. Instead, it’s to remain on the gratitude side of the ledger, which is, or at least once was, the message of Thanksgiving. And then the best way to spend the day is to stay home and throw stuff out.

If you haven’t worn or used something in six months to a year, get rid of it. You won’t miss it, and if you donate it, someone else can benefit from it.

Maybe you can’t bear to toss it because of the sentimental value it possesses. Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up,” makes a great point – keep the sentiment but chuck the item. You can still feel the love even if someone in a homeless shelter or shopping in a thrift shop is benefiting from the gift itself.

Kondo has an intriguing test for deciding what to keep and what to donate or toss. She invites her readers to hold up each item they own, category by category, and ask themselves, “Does this object or item bring me joy?”

If not, sayonara.

There are not just personal but political and economic reasons to stay on home on Black Friday. Everybody’s upset about our balance of trade with China and other rising manufacturing nations. Guess what? If we buy less stuff, the trade deficit will go down. People are also concerned about the environment, but the less you buy, the less gas you need to drive to the mall, the less packaging material you’ll be sending into landfills and the fewer electronic doodads that will eventually be leaching their batteries into the water table.

So this year, on Black Friday, take a long look at what you already have before you go out and buy still more. Getting rid of extra stuff is liberating not just for the walk-in closet but for the soul.

And then you can do what I do – wait until the day after Christmas, be there when the stores open, and find some really cool bargains with what’s left.

Lakers’ LeBron James returns to Cleveland, gets standing ovation from home crowd

Once the video tribute ended, a simple sentiment filled the giant scoreboard. Against a black backdrop, giant white letters delivered the heartfelt message.

Wednesday’s game marked LeBron James’ first game in his old city since moving to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer. And Cleveland wanted to say something.

“THANK YOU, LeBRON,” it said.

Eight years after he was treated like a thug, James was welcomed back properly.

Back on the court where he performed for 11 seasons, and under the title banner he helped raise, James rallied the Lakers to a 109-105 win over the Cavaliers, who played their best game of the season against their former teammate but couldn’t stop him when it mattered most.

James finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. He also scored or assisted on 11 straight points as the Lakers overcame a 99-91 deficit in the fourth quarter.

But basketball took a backseat to James’ homecoming, which was so different than his return in 2010, when betrayed Cleveland fans unleashed their fury on him.

There were no profane chants this time. No derogatory signs. No venom.

Only love, and James felt it.

“From the time we landed yesterday, it just felt a different way,” he said. “I’m a different person. We’re all different from eight years ago, both good and bad. But more importantly, this experience has been great.

“So it’s all about growth and we all have grown from that moment eight years ago. So I kind of leave the past in the past and always focus on the present and see what happens in the future.”

The Cavs, who came in a league-worst 2-13, gave James and the Lakers all they could handle. And even after giving up an eight-point lead, they had a chance to tie late, but Kyle Korver missed a wide-open 3-pointer with 17 seconds left and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made four free throws in the final 15 to seal it for Los Angeles.

Jordan Clarkson had 20 points and Tristan Thompson 14 and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.

From the moment he stepped back onto Quicken Loans Arena floor, James was treated like a returning champion.

On the night before Thanksgiving, Cleveland said thanks to the Northeast Ohio son, the one who ended the city’s 52-year championship drought.

“A hero has come back,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said before tip-off.

James was the last Lakers player introduced before the game, presented with a line familiar to all Cavs fans: “A 6-foot-8 forward from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School,” said arena announcer Sean Peebles. “Welcome home! LeBron James.”

The crowd roared and stood as James walked out and huddled with his new teammates, who must have wondered what was in store for them.

But unlike that ugly night of Dec. 2, 2010, when James returned with the Miami Heat and was subjected to a toxic, charged atmosphere of hatred unlike anything seen before or since, this was a night for celebration — and maybe more closure.

James has moved on.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Brother of tech CEO killed with family at burning mansion accused of trying to torch his own home with kin inside

The brother of a man who was found shot dead outside his burning New Jersey mansion as part of an apparent quadruple homicide tried to burn his own house down earlier as his wife and daughters were inside, officials revealed Wednesday.

Paul J. Caneiro, 51, was arrested and charged early Wednesday in connection with a fire at his own home in Ocean Township, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said.

In a criminal complaint obtained by NJ.com and the Asbury Park Press, police allege that he “set fire to his residence by using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.”

Paul Caneiro lives at his Ocean Township residence with his wife, Susan, and neighbors told NJ Advance Media that he was upset with “tears in his eyes,” after the fire at his home.

This image released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, shows Paul Caneiro, who prosecutor charged Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, with aggravated arson.

This image released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, shows Paul Caneiro, who prosecutor charged Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, with aggravated arson.

The blaze was reported around 5 a.m., hours before a separate blaze was reported at the home of his brother Keith Caneiro in Colts Neck, located about 10 miles away. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a press conference that Caneiro, his wife Jennifer, and their two children — 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia – were victims of “homicidal violence” before the second fire.

Keith’s body was found outside the home, and he had sustained at least one gunshot. The burned bodies of his wife and what are believed to be his children were discovered in the home. The medical examiner’s office has still not positively identified the bodies, but they are believed to be the children, he added.

“We believe in some form or fashion that this family was targeted,” he said.

Keith Caneiro's body was found in front of his home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, officials said.

Keith Caneiro’s body was found in front of his home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, officials said. (Facebook)

Gramiccioni said that he won’t “confirm or deny” that Paul Caneiro is a suspect in the quadruple homicide of his brother’s family, but that investigators have yet to go through the mansion after the fire burned “well” into the evening hours.


“It happened less than 24 hours ago. Let’s crawl before we walk,” he told reporters, adding that investigators are still trying to figure out if the two arsons are connected.

Paul J. Caneiro is scheduled to appear on court on Nov. 28 on the aggravated arson charges and faces between 5 and 10 years in state prison.

“We believe in some form or fashion that this family was targeted”

—  Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni

Firefighters responded to the fire in Colts Neck around 12:30 p.m., and it was still burning hours later. Video showed firefighters battling the blaze as smoke poured from the roof of the two-story home, which is surrounded by fields and includes a large swimming pool.

Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house, with police tape cordoning off the area.

In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J.

In this image made from a video provided by WABC firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J. (WABC via AP)

Colts Neck is an upscale community about 50 miles south of New York City and is home to horse farms. The upscale enclave is home to a number of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen. Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his wife operate an animal sanctuary there; Queen Latifah sold her mansion there in 2015.

The 5,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Zillow. The owners purchased the property in 1998, and the home was built in 2003, public records show.

Caneiro’s LinkedIn profile describes him as the CEO and chief technology officer for a company in the New York City area called Square One. His profile says he graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in 2018 and previously received certifications from Harvard Business School’s online platform.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Medal of Honor recipient: Thanksgiving — Let’s remember we are home thanks to those who answered the call

Coming home on Thanksgiving is a great American tradition – a fact that is true even when we may not be coming back to the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving. Yes, we all have a relative or two we sometimes could do without. But for one day out of the year, we still come together as a family.

This year we’re coming together in divisive times. There will be more than a few arguments around the table. Some unkind words may be said. But in time they’ll be forgiven or forgotten. What really matters – family – will soften any short-lived unpleasantness.

I remember coming home at a particularly difficult time for America. It was 50 years ago, during the Vietnam War era, when things were far more contentious than they are today. My friends and I went to war because that was what young men did back then. Tens of thousands of my fellow soldiers returned with grievous wounds, and far too many never saw home again. We didn’t think much about geopolitical strategy in Southeast Asia. For the most part, we fought for our friends, families, and comrades in arms. We fought to come home. But some of us came home to a place where that kind of service was no longer honored.

In 1968, America was torn by political violence that cut down our most charismatic leaders, racial conflict so raw it set whole cities on fire, a social upheaval so revolutionary that our culture has never been the same. But, through it all, we remained a nation indivisible. Over time, the heat cooled and we went back to being a family again.

Today we need another reminder of what makes us one American family. The temper of the times is hot again, stoked by technology and an information age that amplifies our disputes and celebrates our divisions. There seems to be no common ground where we can all say, “this is who we are.”

It’s time to create a place where we can learn about ordinary citizens from every conceivable background who confronted lethal challenges for the sake of others . . . people who defied danger because there are things more important than personal comfort or safety. More than ever, we need to hear about Americans whose diverse, inspiring, life stories tell us more about what unites us than what sets us apart.

I believe it is a great failing of our country that there is no national institution dedicated to the men and woman who have received the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military distinction. Each of the more than 3,500 Americans who have earned this honor over the past 155 years has a story of heroism to tell that puts our current quarrels in their proper perspective. Yet very few of us know these stories, and it’s the rare American who knows the names of even one recipient.

That needs to change.

Our generation has an opportunity right now to enshrine these inspiring stories so they are never forgotten. We need to build a National Medal of Honor Museum to remind us that bravery and compassion lie deep within all of us and that patriotism is something that can bring us together.

This Thanksgiving we’ll observe the usual national rituals, a big meal and maybe football on the TV. And there will likely be the usual debates and sharp words. But let’s remember that we are, in a sense, a big and varied family – together in an often inhospitable world. We are home for this uniquely American holiday thanks to the sacrifices of friends and neighbors who answered the call to defend what makes us a nation. God bless our troops and God bless America.

Heather Locklear placed on psychiatric hold after paramedics called to her home

Heather Locklear has been placed on another psychiatric hold after suffering a mental meltdown Sunday at her home, Fox News has learned.

A source close to the “Melrose Place” star told Fox News Monday the call was made to paramedics for her own safety and not because any crimes had been committed.

“Yesterday, Heather was at her home with her therapist and lawyer and she simply had a mental breakdown. EMT’s were called to her home and it was a medical call, not a criminal call,” explained the source. “The call was simply a mental health precaution and Heather’s family and friends will continue to support her road to achieving a positive mental health state.”

First reported by TMZ, paramedics were called to Locklear’s home after her therapist and lawyer reportedly realized the 56-year-old was in need of medical assistance.


Actress Heather Locklear was placed on psychiatric hold once again on Nov. 18, 2018 after EMTs were called to her Los Angeles area home.

Actress Heather Locklear was placed on psychiatric hold once again on Nov. 18, 2018 after EMTs were called to her Los Angeles area home. (Ventura County Sheriff)

Locklear has faced a series of arrests and hospitalizations in the past year. She was arrested in February after an alleged confrontation with her boyfriend, Chris Heisser. She then allegedly attacked officers who were responding to the incident, officials said at the time.

Locklear was also arrested in June when police responded to her home after receiving a disturbance call. Cops found the actress “heavily intoxicated” and “arguing with other subjects at the residence.”


Locklear was arrested after she allegedly kicked a police officer and emergency personnel while she was being taken into custody.

Just hours after posting bail in June, the actress was hospitalized after emergency responders got a call about an alleged overdose. Locklear was fine after the incident and reportedly checked into rehab for alcohol and mental health treatment.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.