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Alex Trebek is ‘back in action’ after finishing chemo: ‘I’m on the mend’

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Alex Trebek announced he is “back in action” after finishing chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

The longtime “Jeopardy” host made the announcement in a video posted to the game show’s Twitter page on Thursday.

“I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is over,” Trebek shared. “I’m on the mend and that is all I can say right now.”

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The 79-year-old revealed he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March.

“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” he said in a video at the time. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”

Taking a lighter note, Trebek then quipped that he’d have to recover in order to fulfill his hosting duties.

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“Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy!’ for three more years!” he said. “So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”

Trebek updated his fans about his ongoing battle with cancer in May, sharing with People that his doctors were shocked at how well his tumors were responding to his chemotherapy treatment.

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“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” he said at the time. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory… some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”

Trebek revealed that he cried “happy tears” when he learned that the treatment was working after struggling with it for weeks. He noted that he believes he has a distinct edge over the average person battling the disease.

“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed toward me and their prayers,” he shared. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”

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He continued: “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayers, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”

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Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad

Iran apparently has now struck out in its attempts to launch a satellite this year.

Images taken from space Thursday appear to show that a rocket exploded at an Iranian space center that was gearing up for a satellite launch, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone.

“Whatever happened there, it blew up and you’re looking at the smoldering remains of what used to be there,” David Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said after analyzing the images.

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The scene Thursday after an apparent failed launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province, some 150 miles southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Aerial images of the space center provided to Fox News by Maxar’s WorldView-2 satellite show gray and black plumes of smoke emanating from its launch pad.

In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue. On Thursday morning, half of that paint apparently had been burned away.

Schmerler said that the images suggest the rocket either exploded during ignition or possibly briefly lifted off before crashing back down on the pad. Water runoff from the pad, likely from trying to extinguish the blaze, could be seen along with a host of vehicles parked nearby.

Iranian satellite launches had been anticipated before the end of the year.

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A closer view of the launch pad following the launch that apparently failed. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

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In July, Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that Tehran planned three more launches, two for satellites that do remote-sensing work and another that handles communications.

The Nahid-1 is reportedly the telecommunication satellite, which authorities plan to have in orbit for two-and-a-half months. Nahid in Farsi means “Venus.” The satellite, which had Iran’s first foldable solar panels, was supposed to be in a low orbit around the Earth for some two-and-a-half months.

The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Jahromi on Aug. 13 as saying that the Nahid-1 was ready to be delivered to Iran’s Defense Ministry, signaling a launch date for the satellite likely loomed. Iran’s National Week of Government, during which Tehran often inaugurates new projects, began Aug. 24.

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Earlier on Thursday, Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami told the state-run IRNA news agency that the country’s satellite activities were “being done in a transparent way,” responding to AP and other foreign media reporting on activity at the space center.

“Whenever activity and research bear successful results, we will announce the good news,” Hatami said. Iran at times in the past hasn’t acknowledged failed launches.

The apparent attempt to launch the Nahid-1 comes after two failed satellite launches of the Payam and Doosti in January and February. A separate fire at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in February killed three researchers, authorities said at the time.

Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

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The U.S. alleges such launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran, which long has said it does not seek nuclear weapons, maintains its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Hampshire bartender’s potty-themed license plate gets canned

No potty plates here.

A New Hampshire woman is trying to get her bathroom-themed license plate back after she was asked to turn it in for violating the state Department of Motor Vehicle’s rules for vanity plate phrasings.

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The license plate reads: “PB4WEGO,” meaning “pee before we go.” The state DMV bans “phrases related to excretory acts.”

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According to a DMV spokesperson, plates are rejected when they do not comply with administrative rules set by the state legislature. (Wendy Lee Auger)

However, Wendy Auger of Rochester, N.H., who has had the advice-giving license plate for 15 years, argues that the matter is a free speech issue.

“If I have to take it off the plate, then I’m not going to be able to live free,” she said, acknowledging New Hampshire’s state motto “live free or die,” the New York Post reports.

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Further, the bartender is claiming the license plate is not offensive.

“Who has a mom or dad or parental figure who hasn’t said that to kids before leaving the house?” Auger asked in an interview with Seacoastonline.com. “I’m not the type to sit here with a picket, but come on.”

“Where do you draw the line?” she added.

Auger is filing an appeal for the recall.

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According to a DMV spokesperson, plates are rejected when they do not comply with administrative rules set by the state legislature, the Post reports.

In 2019, 92 New Hampshire motorists reportedly have had their vanity license plates recalled so far.

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‘Storm Area 51’ causes second Nevada county to sign emergency declaration

A second county in rural Nevada voted Wednesday to pre-sign an emergency declaration out of fears the “Storm Area 51” event next month may bring alien-obsessed crowds that could overwhelm the area.

In a five-minute hearing, the Nye County Commissioners voted 4-0 voted in favor of the preemptive state of emergency based on information they received from the Nye County Sheriff’s Department and Nye County Fire Department regarding the uncertainties surrounding the three-day event in late September.

Area 51 is popularly known as the site of rumored government studies of outer space aliens. The “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral last month as people pledged to crash the secret military base in an attempt to “see them aliens” and has grown in scale in recent weeks. More than 2 million Facebook users have now said they are going, with over 1.4 million replying they were interested.

The event, which is scheduled to take place Friday, Sept. 20 between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. PDT, has garnered significant media attention, enough for the Air Force to issue a statement saying that it “would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.” It added that it [the U.S. Air Force] “always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

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Nye County Director of Emergency Services Scott Lewis said Wednesday he is preparing for several scenarios with various severity levels.

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The Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

“A mass casualty incident, serious traffic accident, large fire, anything along those lines. Even the potential for something similar to October 1,” he told FOX5. “Anything along those lines we want to be prepared for to the best of our ability.”

October 1 refers to the Las Vegas Massacre, the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

On Wednesday, county officials said they believe 1,000 to 3,000 people could potentially show up in the town of Amargosa, which has a population of nearly 1,000 people. County Commission Chairman John Koenig laid out what could happen if a crowd that large ends up appearing in Amargosa.

“Be prepared not to have cell service, not to have Internet. There will probably be no water available, there will probably be no ice available because everything is going to sell out. There will probably be no gas left in the gas station, no food, nowhere to go potty,” Koenig said Wednesday. “If you’re coming, be prepared because it’s probably not going to be nice.

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He advised anyone planning to visit the area during the events should be prepared with food, water, and other essential items since those supplies will probably sell out very quickly.

Authorities are also concerned about a massive influx of traffic that could lead to gridlock, stymying first responders and law enforcement if they are needed.

County officials stressed they are worried that sources could get tied up with masses of people arriving on the lone highway in the area. Nye County commissioner Leo Blundo urged residents they should prepare by stocking up on food, water, gasoline, and prescription medication ahead of the weekend.

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Signs warn about trespassing at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 outside of Rachel, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Cell phone service may also be impacted if thousands show up. Amargosa Town Board member Trevor Dolby told commissioners that cell phone towers in Amargosa were not designed to support the thousands of people, according to FOX5.

“What’s scary is our 9-1-1 paging service goes through cell phones,” Dolby said.

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Earlier this month, neighboring Lincoln County drafted an emergency declaration but gave conditional approval for events in tiny towns near the once top-secret U.S. Air Force test area. that has long been a focus of UFO conspiracy theories.

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Alien-themed graffiti adorns a rock along the Extraterrestrial Highway, near Rachel, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel is scheduling an event called Alienstock on Sept. 20-22, while The Alien Research Center souvenir shop in Hiko has planned a Sept. 20-21 expo. Those events in Hiko and Rachel would be about 100 miles from Amargosa Valley.

Rachel’s website says the nearest gas stations are located 50 miles south in Ash Springs and 110 miles north in Tonopah.

“Other than the Little A’Le’Inn, a small bar/restaurant/motel, there are no services in Rachel. There is no gas and no store,” a post from the town reads. “The Inn is booked for that weekend. If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape.”

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Britt McHenry: Luck, Gronkowski and courage – Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is walk away

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Sometimes the bravest act any of us can commit is knowing when to walk away from a life-long dream and having the courage to do so.

To hell with what the critics say.

Andrew Luck, a 29-year-old quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and Rob Gronkowski, a 30-year-old tight end for the New England Patriots epitomized the definition of dignity when they both retired from the sport. Gronkowski made his decision soon after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, and Luck sent shock waves through NFL circles last weekend with what seemed to be an abrupt decision.

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“I am going to retire.,” Luck said at a post-game press conference Saturday night. “This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”

Luck went onto detail the brutality of the injuries he sustained over the years.

“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” he said. “It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”

What did Luck get in return for the blood, sweat and literal tears he gave to Colts fans? They booed him as he walked off the field. The iPhone touchpad warriors learned of his retirement before the game ended and a myriad of pundits sent their brave thumbs flying—criticizing Luck for being “too millennial” and “quitting.”

Did any one of those critics endure repeated hits from 300-pound men and suffer through a lacerated kidney that caused them to urinate blood? Because Luck did. Not one of those know-it-alls risked concussions and possible CTE damage every time they showed up to work.

Every single one of us, world-class athlete or not, should prioritize our well-being over the demands of others or even the rigid expectations we demand from ourselves. 

We all can talk about a game we love, regardless of whether we played it or not. I spent an entire career doing that in sports media. But not one of us should speak to the physical brutality and personal sacrifices intrinsic to something we’ll never fully understand.

Luck and Gronkowski are polar opposites in demeanor, career and resumes. But, they share one notable thing in common: Recent love loss for the game of football.

Guess what? That’s OK. It’s actually abnormal to dedicate yourself obsessively to a sport or career for 10, 20 years and ascertain the success Luck and Gronkowski did.

What is normal is tapping into your humanity to make a healthy life choice. Mental stability and family are two values that should be prioritized before the Lombardi trophies, Rolls Royces and million-dollar bank accounts. Besides, according to Spotrac, Luck has made a little over $97 million since he was drafted. He won’t be pinching pennies anytime soon.

On Tuesday, on the heels of Luck’s announcement, Gronkowski spoke to reporters about his decision to retire in March, “I needed to recover,” Gronkowski said, pushing back tears. I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life.”

When it comes to world-class athletes, too often we demand Herculian physical performance and scoff at anything else. The proverbial fan, beer in tow, ignores the transgressions of many of the most popular players. As long as they can still perform on the field, eh, who cares about their sordid past—or at least some fans justify it as such.

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Do fans really care? When these same players stop suiting up will fans and pundits who are so quick to criticize the durability of players, lend a helping hand?

The answer is no.

So why on earth should Luck, Gronkowski or any others for that matter, feel indebted to some cliche-Hollywood “for the love of the game” nonsense?

Every single one of us, world-class athlete or not, should prioritize our well-being over the demands of others or even the rigid expectations we demand from ourselves.

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Leave the attention-starved radio hosts, or irrational fans, who never actually played a snap or lived a day in the same limelight to spew their nonsense. Because in the history books, we won’t care that Luck or Gronkowski retired early. We’ll remember what they brought to the game, to the joy they provided us, during every NFL season they battled on the field.

For their part, they’ll likely most remember the life they built away from football. And that’s… how it should be.

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Uber driver bitten in Georgia attack that left car damaged, woman arrested

A Georgia woman was arrested after police say she was caught on camera attacking an Uber driver — by biting him and trying to damage his car.

Tasheena Campbell, 26, was taken into custody Aug. 20 — days after the incident in which she allegedly attacked driver Yasser Hadi in midtown Atlanta on Aug. 18.

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A video uploaded to Twitter of the attacks begins with a woman — identified by WAGA as Campbell — sitting on the hood of a car, breaking off a windshield wiper. Bystanders and Hadi encourage her to stop, before the woman throws a punch at Hadi.

The woman hops off the car and enters the vehicle through the driver-side door while Hadi tries to stop her. “Get out my car!” he shouts, as he pulls the woman out to the ground. The woman tries punching the Uber driver — before biting him, prompting him to scream.

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Tasheena Campbell, 26, was charged with battery and criminal trespass following the incident. (Atlanta Police Department)

It’s unclear what sparked the altercation. Hadi said Campbell appeared out of nowhere and randomly attacked him.

“She’s acting weird, she’s acting wild, and she’s on the car hitting it, telling me I need to die, to kill me,” Hadi told WAGA of the encounter. “The pain, I said, “God, just let her take my flesh, I don’t care. I want her to go away from me.”

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The Uber driver said the situation is “horrible.”

“She’s hit me in my job, my health and my financial pocket money, it’s hard,” said Hadi, noting he doesn’t have insurance. “I’m in a bad situation. I wish people see this and help.”

Campbell was arrested and charged with battery and criminal trespass, according to online records from the Fulton County Jail. She was still in custody as of Thursday.

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Scarlett Johansson admits new movie about divorce mirrored her own life: ‘It felt fated’

When Scarlett Johansson met with director Noah Baumbach about his idea for a new movie centering on divorce, the actress felt the stars align.

He wasn’t aware but at the time, the “Avengers” star’s second marriage –to French businessman Romain Dauriac– was dissolving. They married in 2014 and share a 5-year-old daughter, Rose. Before that, Johansson was married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011.

She’s currently engaged to “Saturday Night Live” writer and comedian Colin Jost.

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“It felt fated in a way,” Johansson told reporters at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. “It came somehow at just the right time.”

The 34-year-old stars alongside Adam Driver in the Netflix film, “Marriage Story,” about a couple — she plays an actress and he plays a theater director — with an 8-year-old son managing a bi-coastal separation and divorce. It premiered on Thursday night at the festival and is competing for the Golden Lion award.

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Colin Jost (L) and Scarlett Johansson attend the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame” in April. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Although Johansson had her own experiences to draw on, she said there was something of everyone behind the film in the brutally honest but tender character study.

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Baumbach wrote the script knowing that Driver and Johansson would play the couple. He said he realized in the writing process that, “Through a divorce we could explore a marriage.”

“Although they’re coming apart, love always exists,” he said. “It’s in every scene, it’s there.”

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Romain Dauriac (L) and Scarlett Johansson in April 2017. (Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

Laura Dern, who plays Johansson’s divorce lawyer, added that it personifies “the business of divorce.”

One scene, in which the two leads have a particularly traumatic fight, had audiences at the Venice Film Festival buzzing. Driver said he didn’t really analyze it afterward, but that it was two “pretty difficult” days. Baumbach added that it was “harrowing” and they’d often have to stop for a break, with the actors either going to their rooms or taking a walk around the block to regroup.

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“They would run the whole scene almost every time. It was like watching two of the best athletes compete,” Baumbach said. “In many ways, it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a director.”

“Marriage Story” will make stops at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals before hitting theaters on Nov. 6, followed by its Netflix debut on Dec. 6.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Doctors performing kidney transplant on girl, 9, discover shocking abnormality in donated organ

Doctors in the United Kingdom readying to perform a kidney transplant on a young girl noticed the organ they were preparing to use had an unusual abnormality: Five renal arteries.

Most of the time, the kidney has one renal artery — which supplies blood to the kidney — though it’s not uncommon to have two in some cases.

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Renal arteries form from mesonephric arteries when a baby develops in the womb. Sometimes, if more than one mesonephric arteries are present, multiple renal arteries can form as a result, doctors from Manchester, England, wrote in a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Thursday.

But three or more in a single kidney is much rarer — and can present complexities during transplants.

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The kidney had five renal arteries, which doctors say is unusual. (The New England Journal of Medicine ©2019)

“Kidneys with multiple arteries are more technically challenging to transplant and are associated with an increased risk of vascular complications,” they wrote, noting this is especially true for children, who have smaller blood vessels than adults.

As a result, the 9-year-old girl — who suffered from a dysplastic kidney (when the organ does not form correctly in the womb) and chronic kidney disease  — was unable to undergo the transplant.

Instead, the rare kidney —  which came from a deceased donor — was given to a 35-year-old man who, three years post-op, was “clinically well,” doctors wrote.

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As for the girl, she too received a kidney roughly 18 months after she was initially slated to undergo transplant surgery.

“At the 2-year follow-up, she was also clinically well,” doctors said.

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College professor who was heckled for defending the Pledge of Allegiance sues for violation of civil rights

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When hecklers targeted Celeste Barber for her defense of the Pledge of Allegiance during a board meeting at a California community college, the former professor pursued the cause further with a civil rights violation lawsuit and appeared on Fox News to explain her position.

The former adjunct professor at Santa Barbara City College told “Fox & Friends”: “What brought us to this point is the college thus far has refused to acknowledge that my civil rights were violated that day and that nobody stood up to defend me and, more importantly, to defend the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees decided to remove the pledge because of its “history and symbolism.” After much backlash, they reversed the decision.

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One of the individuals heckling Barber was a colleague.

“I don’t know her personally,” Barber said. “She was a professor in the chemistry department and she just started yelling, screaming within about 30 minutes of me standing up there, simply explaining why I wanted the Pledge of Allegiance reinstated. I wanted the right to say the pledge at a public meeting.”

The Pledge of Allegiance has since been reinstated due to a “vocal group” of “veterans, ordinary citizens, and retirees” who were “incensed” that Barber was assaulted for defending the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It’s just a joy to see,” Barber said. Among those defending the pledge was actor Rob Lowe, who spoke out against the removal, saying he was “humiliated” by the board’s initial decision, which he called “idiocy.”

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Barber went on to say that the violation of her First Amendment rights, as well as her right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, also known as the Brown Act, “goes against everything this country stands for.”

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Liam Hemsworth divorcing Miley Cyrus because of Kaitlynn Carter PDA: report

Liam Hemsworth filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus over her highly publicized hookups with Kaitlynn Carter, a new report claims.

A source told Us Weekly that the reason Hemsworth, 29, filed “quickly” was because the “Wrecking Ball” crooner was “being so open about her relationship with Kaitlynn.”

“He thought they could work it out, but all those pictures of her and Kaitlynn ended that,” the source added. “Liam comes from a very conservative family and his family was freaked out by it.”

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Liam Hemsworth, pictured here at the Met Gala in May 2019, filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus after the “Hannah Montana” star announced they’d separated. Cyrus publicly rebounded with Kaitlynn Carter, who used to date reality star Brody Jenner. (Getty)

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Cyrus and Hemsworth tied the knot in December.

Earlier this month, Cyrus announced their separation after eight months of marriage and more than a decade of on-again-off-again romance. The split confirmation came hours after photos were published of the “We Can’t Stop” crooner kissing Carter while vacationing in Italy.

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A source previously claimed that the divorce filing shocked Cyrus, who wanted to ultimately stay together.

“They had many happy days together in Los Angeles and now Liam is not around,” People quoted the source, who was not identified, as saying. “It’s hard for her to be back in LA without him. This is not the situation that she wanted. She hoped they could figure things out.”

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Sources close to Cyrus previously accused Hemsworth of spawning the split with his alleged drinking and drug use. Hemsworth hasn’t commented on the allegations.

In another report about the couple released last week, a source told People that despite Cyrus’ over-the-top antics – including “basically having sex” in public with rebound Carter – she “didn’t want to hurt” Hemsworth. A separate insider noted that Hemsworth’s family was happy about the divorce.

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“Liam’s decision to file for divorce is sad, but in the end, it was never going to work,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “They are too different. Liam never wanted to share Miley with anyone. He loves her and he is far too traditional. He finally realized he just wants to start fresh.”

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Reps for Hemsworth and Cyrus did not immediately return Fox News’ requests for comment.

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