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WATCH: AG Barr spars with a reporter during news conference ahead of Mueller report release

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Attorney General William Barr sparred with a reporter during a brief press conference Thursday in which he laid out the release of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into the Russia probe.

During his prepared statement to the press, Barr explained his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to clear President Donald Trump of any obstruction in relation to Mueller’s investigation. He said that Trump faced “an unprecedented situation.”

BARR AFFIRMS MUELLER PROBE FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA-TRUMP COLLUSION, PREPARES TO RELEASE REPORT

“As he entered office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr read of his statement, adding that there was “relentless speculation” in the media about the president’s culpability. “Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact, no collusion.”

In her question to Barr, CBS News White House Correspondent Paula Reid brought up his use of the word “unprecedented” and how his comments were “quite generous to the president and his feelings and emotions.”

“It just seems like there is a lot effort – to go out of your way to acknowledge how this was difficult for him,” she added.

Barr appeared to bristle at the question, responding with his own: “Is there another precedent for it?”

“No,” the reporter answered.

“OK so unprecedented is an accurate description,” he said.

The reporter tried to ask Barr about people who are concerned that he is trying to protect the president.

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Barr did not acknowledge her question and moved on.

The attorney general said Thursday that his department would be released the lightly redacted report to the public by 11 a.m. that morning.

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British cops filmed dancing with climate protesters are blasted by their bosses for ‘unacceptable behavior’

A pair of British police officers are being blasted by their bosses for “unacceptable behavior” Thursday after being caught on video dancing amongst a crowd of climate activists who have been snarling traffic and public transit in London this week.

Footage that surfaced on Twitter Wednesday showed the cops breaking out their dance moves to cheers and chants of “We love you!” by members of the Extinction Rebellion group.

“I’m disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behavior of the officers in it,” Scotland Yard Commander Jane Connors said after viewing it. “We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.

“We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation – however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment,” she added.

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTERS BRING LONDON TO A HALT

Another video circulating on Twitter purportedly shows a police officer skateboarding on a bridge over the chalk message “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW”, while others look on.

As of midday Thursday in London, the city’s busy Waterloo Bridge and other roads remain shut down because of the ongoing protests, which Extinction Rebellion says are aimed at getting the British Parliament to take further action on addressing climate change.

On its website, the group demands that Parliament “act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025”, while also pushing for them to “create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.”

Protesters claiming to be from the group – who deem themselves “rebels” — have glued themselves to trains and set up roadblocks throughout the U.K.’s capital.

The Metropolitan Police have detained more than 300 of them since Monday, according to the Associated Press, and financial analysts say the protests are causing business to plummet in central London. One analyst told the news agency that spending is down 25 percent there and on Tuesday alone, $16 million fewer dollars were spent than usual.

Some critics are also pointing out that despite wanting to save the Earth, the climate protesters are actually doing harm to it by snarling more environmentally-friendly public transit systems and forcing cars and buses to idle in gridlock traffic – and therefore belch exhaust into the atmosphere – as a result of their disruptions and roadblocks.

“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted about the protests.

He added that “targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

Farhana Yamin, a protester who was arrested on Tuesday, apologized to Londoners on BBC Radio 4 but insisted that such actions are justified.

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Police remove climate activists who glued themselves on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests. (AP)

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“I totally want to apologize to people using public transport. But at the same time we need to take actions that are disruptive so everyone understands the dangers we’re facing right now,” she said.

“I’m not someone who goes out on to the streets and disrupts and gets arrested for no reason at all. But I feel people should understand that we are at a critical moment in our humanity’s history.”

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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Animal charity and Albania lock swords over 3 lions

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An international animal welfare charity is locked in a spat with the Albanian government over three lions destined for a sanctuary in the Netherlands.

The Four Paws says the lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana’s “bureaucratic arbitrariness.” However, the government says its hands are tied by a lawsuit.

The lions were among 11 animals seized by authorities from a private zoo last October due to fears they were malnourished.

The zoo’s owner sued, but despite the lawsuit the government earlier this month sent to Germany a bear that was confiscated.

Four Paws says Thursday the government is now arguing the lions cannot be sent to the Netherlands because of the lawsuit.

The Environment Ministry, which is overseeing the matter, has made no comment.

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Doctors warn against new ‘shell on’ Snapchat challenge

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Teens are daring each other to eat plastic packaging, cardboard boxes and fruit peels — and posting videos of themselves doing it to Snapchat — in a bizarre new social media trend called “shell on.”

While not as dangerous as the potentially fatal “Tide Pod challenge” which involved eating laundry detergent pods, doctors still advise against eating anything that isn’t food.

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“Organic material like fruit peels are typically not dangerous. Zest is often used in recipes (lemon zest) which is the shavings of the rind,” Chicago-area physician Max Plitt told The Post. “Eating plastic, on the other hand, can be dangerous. BPA has been suggested to influence hormones. Chemicals in PVC like vinyl chloride have been linked to cancers.”

A recent video posted to Snapchat shows Liam Hamm, a sophomore at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona, biting through a plastic bag filled with carrots.

“Ya’ll eat your lunch with or without the shell,” reads a caption along with the video of Hamm tearing through plastic packaging with his teeth.

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Hamm told the Arizona Republic he’s seen scores of other teens posting “shell on” videos on Snapchat, including one in which a teen bites into a lemon and accidentally shoots lemon juice into their eye.

“It just looks funny because it’s not really a shell, but people are calling things shells. I guess that is what’s funny about it,” Hamm said.

Hamm said he didn’t know where the trend originated, but that he’s happy it’s not Tide Pods.

“It’s the Tide Pod challenge minus the fact that it’s not dangerous,” he said.

While the trend appears mostly on Snapchat, several people blasted the teens in the videos on Twitter.

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“I wondered why Boomers judged GenZ until I saw a thread about the ‘shell on challenge.’ After 12 videos of high schoolers eating bananas with the peel on… I can finally say I relate to the Boomers,” tweeted Devin Spinks.

“Idk about this ‘shell on challenge’ but I’ve been eating the entire apple, core and all, for years,” wrote KG.

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Last Supper site reveals its secrets in stunning 3D laser scans

The room venerated as the site of Jesus’ Last Supper has been revealed in stunning detail thanks to remarkable 3D laser scanning technology.

A Christian holy site, the Cenacle (from the Latin for ‘dining room’), is located on the upper floor of the King David’s Tomb complex on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion.

Archaeologists have harnessed sophisticated 3D mapping equipment to unlock the Cenacle’s secrets. “I felt like I was in the book by Dan Brown, ‘The Da Vinci Code’,” Amit Re’em Jerusalem district archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Fox News. “We needed to decipher the ancient symbols.”

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Re’em explained that the 3D mapping of the Cenacle and King David’s Tomb is part of an ongoing project that began in 2016. “This place is sacred to three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” he said. “It’s very, very sensitive – you cannot conduct classic archaeological excavations.”

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Photogrammetry picture of the Cenacle (Alex Wiegmann, IAA)

Keen to find out more about the Cenacle, however, IAI archaeologists teamed up with experts from the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Archaeological Research (INZ) in Austria and the Cyprus Archaeological Institution to conduct 3D laser scans of the room.

“We mapped to reach every corner of this ancient place – we could penetrate the stone and create accurate models of the space,” Re’em said, noting that the team spotted fascinating features within the room.

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At the apex of one of the room’s arches, the scans reveal an “Agnus Dei” or “Lamb of God” symbol. On a keystone, a carved lion symbol is also visible. “The lion was the symbol of King David,” Re’em explained. “According to the ancient scriptures, Jesus was a descendant of King David.”

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The Agnus Dei laser scan. (Avshalom Karasik IAA)

The research provides answers to questions that have swirled around the Cenacle for centuries, such as whether it was built in the 12th, 13th or 14th century. “We think that the date of the building is the second half of the 12th century A.D. during the time of the Crusaders,” Re’em told Fox News. “This was the second stage of a large, magnificent church built by the Crusaders on Mount Zion.”

The Crusaders built their church over an earlier 4th-century Byzantine church, according to the archaeologist. “The Crusaders combined in their church the early remains of the Byzantine church,” he said.

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While the interior of the Cenacle is now relatively unadorned, the 3D mapping project indicates that this was not the case centuries ago. “This part of the Crusader church was a very unique artistic creation,” Re’em said. “Originally, all this part of the Crusader church was fully decorated with architectural symbols – as a Christian pilgrim, you didn’t need to speak Latin, you could ‘read’ the symbols.

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The lion on the keystone. (The Lion on the keystone, Amit Re’em IAA)

3D laser scanning technology is in the news after a devastating fire tore through the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral and claimed its spire this week.

Research projects, such as a 3D laser mapping of the cathedral by the late art historian Andrew Tallon, have been touted as a useful tool for the rebuilding effort, as well the video game “Assasin’s Creed Unity,” which uses a painstakingly created digital representation of Notre Dame.

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“Our work is more than relevant right now after the unfortunate events at the Notre Dame de Paris,” Re’em told Fox News. “If something like this would happen at this holy place in the future, which we hope would not happen, we could use [our 3D mapping project] to reconstruct.”

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Abseiling the walls of the Last Supper room. (Amit Re’em IAA)

The expert told Fox News that, while there is no clear archaeological evidence for the Cenacle as the site of Jesus’ last supper, experts will continue their laser scans of the complex. “From time to time, when we have an opportunity, we’re continuing to document other parts of the holy complex,” he said. “I hope that maybe, in the future, we will have the opportunity to conduct a small-scale classical archaeological investigation.”

Other stunning Crusader-era discoveries have been made in Israel in recent years. Last year, for example, archaeologists discovered a Gothic hall at a medieval Crusader fortress in northern Israel. The ceremonial hall found in Galilee’s Montfort Castle offers a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent Crusader era in the Holy Land, which began in the 11th century and lasted until the 13th century.

AMAZING CRUSADER DISCOVERY: GOTHIC HALL FOUND AT KNIGHTS’ HILLTOP CASTLE

In 2017 amazing medieval jewelry was found during the excavation of a Crusader castle on Tittora Hill in the town of Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut.

In 2016, a centuries-old hand grenade that may date back to the time of the Crusaders was among a host of treasures retrieved from the sea in Israel. The hand grenade was a common weapon in Israel during the Crusader era.

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Over decades, archaeologists have also uncovered the ruins of the once-thriving Crusader city in the modern Israeli city of Acre.

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Barr affirms Mueller probe found no evidence of Russia-Trump collusion, prepares to release report

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Attorney General William Barr on Thursday affirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election, addressing reporters shortly before he is expected to release Mueller’s report to Congress and to the public.

During a highly anticipated press conference at the Justice Department on Thursday, Barr, joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlined the findings from Mueller’s investigation and explained their process for review and their decisions to redact certain material in the report.

“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes,” Barr said, adding that Americans “should be grateful” for the findings. He said that Mueller’s report also went on to “consider whether certain actions of the president could amount to obstruction of the Special Counsel investigation.”

Barr touched on some critical points, explaining that Trump is not invoking executive privilege over any portions of the report, though other categories of material will be redacted. He also revealed that the White House counsel, as well as Trump’s personal lawyer, were able to review a redacted version of the report in advance.

But as the DOJ tangles with Congress over redactions, Barr vowed to make a less-redacted version available to certain lawmakers. Still, he said he will submit the first version at 11 a.m. ET Thursday, describing its redactions as “limited.”

Barr, meanwhile, sought to head off another controversy during his press conference over the issue of obstruction of justice. The Mueller probe did not reach a conclusion on whether the president committed this offense, but Barr and Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence on that front.

“As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the Special Counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the President and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense,” Barr explained. “After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

He also said that while he and Rosenstein “disagreed with some of the Special Counsel’s legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely solely on that in making our decision.”

Barr said he would release the report to chairmen and ranking members of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees late Thursday morning, and following its transmission to those congressional leaders, would release the report to the public through the Justice Department’s website.

Barr explained that the redactions were “compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases.”

Congressional Democrats blasted Barr even before he took the podium over the decision to hold the press conference before the report’s release, with some demanding that he cancel Thursday’s event. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., called it “unnecessary and inappropriate” and “designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also issued a joint statement prior to the press conference, slamming Barr’s credibility and calling Mueller to testify in a public hearing before Congress.

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“Attorney General Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning—hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it –have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” they said.

“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.”

The statement was the latest sign that the Mueller report release will not end Washington’s wars over the Russia probe.

But on Thursday, Barr vowed to work with Congress to “accommodate their legitimate oversight interests with respect to the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

“Given the limited nature of the redactions, I believe that the publicly released report will allow every American to understand the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation,” Barr explained. “Nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available to a bipartisan group of leaders from several Congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand-jury information.”

Barr explained that those members of Congress “will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves – with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared,” referencing grand jury material included in the report.

Democrats have been hammering Barr and the Trump administration over the handling of Mueller’s report since the special counsel transmitted it to the Justice Department last month. Barr, with the help of Rosenstein, released a four-page summary of the special counsel’s findings throughout his almost two-year-long investigation.

Barr’s summary said that Mueller and the special counsel team found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel was also reviewing whether the president obstructed justice in any way, but did not come to a conclusion on the matter, instead, kicking the decision back to the Justice Department.

After a review by Barr and Rosenstein, the two determined that the evidence found in the investigation was “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

But congressional Democrats are likely to home in on the evidence found with relation to the allegations of obstruction of justice and could use it in their sweeping Trump-related investigations.

The president’s legal team, in anticipation of obstruction of justice claims in the report, has prepared their own report to counter the allegations.

“They assumed all along that there was going to be a finding of no collusion, so the rebuttal is about obstruction,” a source close to Trump’s legal team told Fox News. “They are preparing a rebuttal to presumed allegations which will be refuted.”

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Democrats also blasted Barr for his plan to redact portions of the report—including grand jury material, information the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods, any material that could interfere with ongoing prosecutions and information that could implicate the privacy or reputational interests of “peripheral players.”

Barr explained last week, though, that the president was not one of the “peripheral players” whose reputation needed protection.

Nadler, D-N.Y., is prepared for a legal battle with the administration, saying recently he is prepared to “very quickly” issue subpoenas for the full report should it be heavily redacted.

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Notre Dame worshipers could pray in ‘ephemeral cathedral’ made of wood; satellite images show scope of damage

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Notre Dame’s Catholic worshipers feeling misplaced by this week’s massive blaze that destroyed the cathedral’s spire and roof will be welcomed in an “ephemeral cathedral” of wood in front of the Paris landmark until it reopens, Notre Dame’s chief priest said Thursday.

“We mustn’t say ‘the cathedral is closed for five years’ and that’s it,” Monsignor Patrick Chauvet told France’s CNews television channel. “Can I not build an ephemeral cathedral on an esplanade (in front of Notre Dame)?”

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Chauvet said the temporary wooden cathedral would host priests who could address the millions of tourists who flock to the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral each year.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo supports the idea and has agreed to give over part of the esplanade to the church for a wooden structure, Chauvet said.

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Recently released satellite pictures also shows the extensive fire damage to Notre Dame; pictured left is the cathedral in September 2018; pictured right is April 17, 2019. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

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The surrogate cathedral will be erected quickly, Chauvet said, though he did not give an approximate date.

On Monday, the fire raged through the cathedral for more than 12 hours, ultimately destroying its spire and roof but sparing its twin medieval bell towers. As the blaze roared, there was a frantic effort to rescue the monument’s “most precious treasures,” including the Crown of Thorns said to have been worn by Jesus. Recently released satellite pictures also show the extensive fire damage to Notre Dame.

Remarkably, no one was killed in the fire, which occurred during a Mass, after firefighters and church officials speedily evacuated everyone inside.

A day after the inferno, French President Emmanuel Macron set an ambitious goal of rebuilding the famed cathedral “even more beautifully” in five years. Since then, donations have been pouring in all over the world. It surpassed the $1 billion mark Wednesday,

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“It is up to us to change this disaster into an opportunity to come together, having deeply reflected on what we have been and what we have to be and become better than we are. It is up to us to find the thread of our national project,” Macron said in a televised address to the nation.

Macron added that Monday’s fire “reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched.”

On Thursday, workers were seen securing the support structure above one of Notre Dame’s famed rose windows with wooden planks.

A huge crane and renovation teams worked at the site even after authorities warned that some of the structure remains at risk. Firefighters walked on what the remains of the roof to inspect damage.

The island housing Notre Dame at the heart of the French capital remained largely empty and closed to everyone but residents. Businesses were shuttered and the usual tourist throngs were nowhere to be seen.

Passersby praised the French firefighters who helped save the overall structure of the cathedral.

Benedicte Contamin, who came to see the cathedral Thursday said she’s sad but grateful it’s still there. She said this is “a chance for France to bounce back, a chance to realize what unites us, because we have been too much divided over the past years.”

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Paris is also planning a day of tribute on Thursday to 400 heroic firefighters who rushed into the inferno to save the 12th-century cathedral from collapsing and rescued its irreplaceable treasures from the bright orange burning blaze.

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Macron will also host fire crews for a special gathering, while Paris City Hall will hold a separate ceremony in the fire brigade’s honor that will feature a concert and readings from Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Conservative protesters hold ‘Save Chick-fil-A Day’ at Texas State Capitol

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A group of conservative Christians in Texas are taking a stand for their favorite fast-food chain, urging lawmakers to support two bills that would prohibit the government from penalizing business owners on grounds of religious faith.

Members of Texas Values united for a “Save Chick-fil-A Day” protest at the Texas State Capitol building in Austin on Wednesday, just weeks after the San Antonio City Council blocked the expansion of the chicken-centric chain into the city airport. Council members cited the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior” and million-dollar charitable donations to some organizations that have come under scrutiny regarding their stance on LGBTQ issues.

The Texas attorney general has since opened an investigation regarding whether the city of San Antonio “violated Chick-fil-A’s religious liberty” in making that decision.

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Texas Values, whose mission is to “preserve and advance a culture of family values in the state of Texas” and vision is to “stand for biblical, Judeo-Christian values by ensuring Texas is a state in which religious liberty flourishes, families prosper, and every human life is valued,” according to their web page, has previously opposed “greater rights” for the LGBTQ community in Texas, Dallas News reports.

“This egregious attack follows a growing trend of anti-Christian intolerance and bigotry by the government against Christians for simply living out their faith and holding to the biblical truth about marriage and sexuality,” reps for the group wrote on their Facebook page of the “Save Chick-fil-A” event. “No Texas business or individual should ever be punished for practicing their faith.”

“This Legislature — this House and this Senate — has an opportunity to hold the San Antonio City Council accountable and make it clear that you should not discriminate based on religious beliefs,” Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz said of the occasion, as per the Dallas News. “Save Chick-fil-A and help us support religious freedom.”

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Texas Values also called for advocates dine at their local Chick-fil-A to support the crusade, which some documented on social media, on behalf of the “God-honoring company,” according to one proponent.

“Supporting Chick fil A with a nice cold sweet tea… I do not think any business should be unable to rent space in a Texas airport, or anywhere for that matter, because of their Christian values,” another wrote on Instagram. “America was built on moral Christian values!!!”

Later that day, the Texas House State Affairs Committee took public testimony on two bills from North Texas politicians.

House Bill 1035 from Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) would protect county clerks, judges and marriage-related businesses from government discrimination in turning away same-sex couples. House Bill 3172 from Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) would bar the government from punishing an individual for actions related to religious or moral principles – though it would still be illegal to discriminate on grounds of race or sex, within parameters of current Texas and federal laws.

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For context, the “Save Chick-fil-A Day” protest was not organized or promoted by the restaurant in any way, as per Texas Values.

Reps for the chain, meanwhile, did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on the story.

On a national level, Chick-fil-A was also, notably, banned from opening up shop in Buffalo Niagara International Airport and at Rider University over similar concerns regarding the company’s alleged “anti-LGBTQ rhetoric” and attitudes in recent months, as well.

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Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli never enrolled in USC, took parents’ tuition cash

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Mossimo Giannulli, who, along with wife Lori Loughlin has been charged with fraud stemming from the college admissions scam, took his parents’ tuition money for University of Southern California (USC) — but never actually enrolled, according to reports and his own daughter, Olivia Jade.

Giannulli, 55, admitted as much himself in a resurfaced 2016 interview.

“SC was expensive, so that was how I was starting my company. I used all that cash,” he told The Hundreds, allegedly “unapologetically.”

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Giannulli lived in a frat house despite not being enrolled in USC, where he screenprinted T-shirts for campus groups, which he says sparked his ambition. “I used to have hundreds of thousands of cash in my top drawer in my fraternity house. And I was like, ‘This is kind of too easy. I need a bigger platform. If I had a bigger account base, I could really kill it.’”

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The fashion designer reportedly attended USC for the 1984 spring semester at the College of Continuing Education, which is a non-degree program with no official admission requirements and that is open to anyone. Students in the program have “visitor” status at the school.

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Olivia Jade recounted Giannulli’s quasi-college experience on “The Zach Sang Show” on March 8, shortly before he and Loughlin, 54, were each arrested and released on $1 million bonds.

“I don’t know if I am supposed to say this, sorry dad,” the 19-year-old YouTube star said. “But [he] was like never enrolled in college, he faked his way through it. Yeah, so then he started his whole business with tuition money that his parents thought was going to college.”

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Olivia Jade also claimed in the same interview that she mostly intended to capitalize on college for her own brand — but that didn’t work out the way she’d planned.

Giannulli and former Hallmark starlet Loughlin are accused of paying two $500,000 bribes to William “Rick” Singer to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into USC as crew team recruits, despite neither girl being a rower. They each face up to 40 years in prison after they rejected a plea bargain and were slapped with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy.

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On Monday, the couple pleaded not guilty.

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John Travolta shocks fans with bloody look while playing a stalker in new film

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John Travolta is no stranger to changing his whole appearance for a movie role. However, his latest transformation has some fans totally shocked.

Travolta will appear in a new film directed by former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Both stars posed for a photo that was shared on Instagram showing the 65-year-old “Grease” star sporting a bold, bloody new look.

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In the image, Durst poses behind Travolta pretending to look shocked at the star’s makeup. Travolta appears with close-cropped gray hair that’s shaved above his ear. In addition to a well-kept beard, the star’s face is bloodied and made up to look like he’s missing his right eye.

According to People, Travolta stars as a film fan that’s become obsessed with his favorite action hero. His character spends his time meticulously stalking the star and eventually destroying his life.

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“Moose” will also star Devon Sawa, Ana Golja, Jacob Grodnik and James Paxton.

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This is hardly the first time that Travolta has surprised fans with a complete character transformation. He previously turned heads on “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” donning makeup and fake hair to look the part of attorney Robert Shapiro. After that, he changed his look again to play the titular John Gotti in the critically-panned crime biopic “Gotti.”

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