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Fox News Correspondent Douglas Kennedy Accused of Assault

Douglas Kennedy, the Fox News correspondent and son of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, has been charged with harassment and child endangerment over an incident at a hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York last month.

WNBC reports Kennedy went to take his 3-day old son out for a walk when two nurses tried to stop him. Surveillance video captured much of the fight that began in an elevator and continued in the hospital’s stairwell. WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst reports, “One nurse claims [Kennedy] twisted her arm and soon another is seen being knocked to the ground.” In sworn testimony, the second nurse says, “Douglas Kennedy raised his right foot and with tremendous force kicked me in the left side of my pelvic area.”

Kennedy and his wife Molly call the charges “absurd.” “The nurse had no right to attempt to grab our child out of his father’s arms,” a statement from the family reads.

Kennedy faces misdemeanor counts for the January 7th incident. He was last seen reporting for Fox News last Thursday, February 16. “There will be no change in his job status or job duties,” says Fox News spokesperson Irena Briganti.

Fox News Channel and reported the story after it broke on WNBC’s 11pm newscast. CBS News, NBC News, MSNBC and CNN also reported the story this morning.

WNBC’s story after the jump..

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Arrest in Times Square Bomb Attempt

Here’s how the cable news networks reported the overnight arrest of a suspect in the Times Square bomb plot.

MSNBCArrest_5.4.jpgMSNBC reported the arrest at 12:06amET with NBC’s Pete Williams breaking the news, along with WNBC anchor Lynn Berry who has been filling in on MNSBC. Williams was first to ID the suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. WNBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst as well as reporter Ida Siegel in Connecticut joined in MSNBC’s coverage before and after the 1:30amET news conference from Attorney General Eric Holder.

CNNArrest_5.4.jpgCNN interrupted a Larry King Live re-air at 12:21amET with the news, interestingly during an earlier interview about the plot with former DHS secretary Tom Ridge. CNN began a simulcast of CNN International with anchor Asieh Namdar and including CNN domestic correspondents Susan Candiotti and Deborah Feyerick at JFK, where Faisal was arrested around 11:45pmET, trying to get on a flight to Dubai.

FNCArrest_5.4.jpgFox News reported the story at 12:25amET with Ainsley Earhardt, eventually being joined by anchor Gregg Jarrett just before 3amET. Correspondent Catherine Herridge and anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren contributed from Washington, D.C. by phone.