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Tim Tebow praises Chip and Joanna Gaines’ ‘strong faith,’ ‘incredible hearts’ in TIME 100 tribute

Chip and Joanna Gaines were counted among the most influential people on the annual TIME 100 list — among the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson — which was released Wednesday.

None other than Tim Tebow penned the tribute for the home renovation and design power couple.

CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES WANT NEW CABLE NETWORK ‘TO FEEL LIKE HOME’

“Joanna and Chip Gaines are two incredible people with incredible hearts,” Tebow wrote.

The former NFL quarterback went on to praise their hard work and generosity and lauded their ability to impact people’s lives first on their hit HGTV show “Fixer Uppers” and “soon with their own TV network.”

Tebow, who now plays minor league baseball, recalled an episode of “Fixer Upper” where he helped the couple build an accessible home for a family with two children in wheelchairs.

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“Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines pose with Tim Tebow, right. Tebow wrote the couple’s TIME 100 tribute, which was released Wednesday.  (HGTV)

“I saw firsthand the genuine passion they have for making a difference in people’s lives,” he said of their collaboration.

The former football star also went on to write about the couple’s strong Christian faith. Tebow himself is an outspoken Christian.

“They are also grounded in a strong faith, which keeps them focused on what truly matters in life,” Tebow continued. “People matter. Loving people matters. And Jo and Chip are amazing at loving people.”

CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES’ NEW CABLE NETWORK ARRIVING IN SUMMER 2020

Earlier this month, the couple confirmed they are developing their own TV network, which will be released in the summer of 2020 and will replace Discovery’s DIY Network.

Last week at Discovery, Inc’s Upfronts at the Lincoln Center, the couple shared their hopes for the network, saying they want it to “bring families together” and “build bridges in communities.”

The Gaines — who have built their lifestyle and home empire, Magnolia, over the years — also emphasized to the audience that if they can make it, anyone can.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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National Park Rangers say thousands of glass shards placed on Michigan beach with ‘malicious intent’

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National Park Rangers are searching for those responsible of spreading thousands of shards of broken glass across Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, Mich., on Tuesday.

GARBAGE, FECES TAKE TOLL ON NATIONAL PARKS AMID SHUTDOWN

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The glass was picked up by park staff and volunteers who combed the beach trying to retrieve as much of the shards as possible to prevent visitors from getting hurt. (NPS Facebook)

Park Ranger Andy Blake said freshly broken pieces of glass between a half-inch and two inches were found spread up and down the Lake Michigan beach, near the Good Harbor picnic area, according to the NPS website.

“I am outraged by this act that is clearly intended to injure visitors to the National Lakeshore,” Blake said to WILX. “Thousands of pieces of broken glass do not appear on the beach without malicious intent. I hope our visitors and the local community can help identify the person or persons who would deliberately harm our beachgoers, including children.”

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The glass was picked up by park staff and volunteers who combed the beach trying to retrieve as much of the shards as possible to prevent visitors from getting hurt.

The incident is currently being investigated.

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Videos of Robert Kraft at day spa will be released, prosecutors say

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Florida prosecutors announced Wednesday they intend to release surveillance footage from inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa where Robert Kraft and dozens of others allegedly paid for sex.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office reportedly cited a state law in arguing the release of the tapes cannot be further delayed unless they are barred from being made public by a judge, The Boston Globe reports.

The tapes’ release has been strongly contested by the lawyer for Lei Wang, who allegedly managed Orchids of Asia Day Spa, and the attorney for Robert Kraft, William Burck, who said last week the footage should not be made public because “it’s basically pornography.” He added the only reason the videos would be made public is “to get eyeballs and clicks.”

Wang’s lawyer attempted to argue the release of the videos be held off until the conclusion of criminal proceedings against his client, but Aronberg’s office isn’t backing down.

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“As the custodian of the records, [prosecutors] cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents,” the office reportedly wrote. “The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”

Therefore, if the videos are released, it will be through the criminal case against Wang, not Kraft.

Kraft, 77, is facing two misdemeanor charges for soliciting prostitution, as a result of his alleged visitations to Orchids of Asia Day spa on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. During his second visit, the billionaire is said to have engaged in sexual activity with Wang.

PATRIOTS OWNER KRAFT SAYS ‘I AM TRULY SORRY’ IN FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTS SINCE PROSTITUTION BUST 

Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots, rejected a plea deal and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He released a public statement apologizing for his actions and said that throughout his life he has “always tried to do the right thing.”

“The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years,” he said of his late wife Myra Hiatt Kraft. In 2012, he began dating 39-year-old actress and model Nicki Noel Lander.

At least 15 men, including Kraft, have requested that Judge Leonard Hanser issue protective orders blocking the public release of the video, but he has yet to make a decision on that issue.

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A hearing on the release of the videos has been set for May 17.

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Mississippi bar owner explains why he kicked patrons out of bar as tornado loomed

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The owner of a bar popular with the students of Mississippi State University explained why he kicked patrons out of his business as the threat of a tornado loomed.

Bar 612 in Starksville, along with other nearby restaurants, shuttered their doors after a tornado warning was issued for the area. The patrons inside the bar were asked to leave, The Washington Post reported.

What followed was a disaster — that had nothing to do with a tornado.

The Starkville Police Department said they received a “report of a disturbance” from the bar as they were trying to shut down.

“Approximately one hundred people were trying to fight security from leaving the building and trying to stay inside at this time,” police said in a statement.

DEATH TOLL FROM TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS IN SOUTH RISES TO 8

After officers arrived, police reported “a physical altercation and intervened.” Police said they subdued a man who was involved in a physical altercation. The department confirmed they “did not initiate an evacuation of Bin 612” or “any other business during this time.”

Some patrons posted videos on social media showing the chaos that occurred following the evacuation. Social media users slammed the bar for shutting it down instead of giving people shelter in the business’ basement from the tornado, The Washington Post reported.

The bar owner and chef Ty Thames clarified the reasoning for the closure.

“We’ve been talking to the National Weather Service and other experts and all of them said we needed to get everyone out of that glass building and into a safer structure,” Thames told the Starkville Daily News. “We started clearing everyone out 40 minutes before, but a lot of people didn’t want to leave. They wanted to stay and hang out with their friends and felt it was a cry wolf scenario.”

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Thames said the bar’s basement could not hold 100 people.

“The [basement] floors aren’t set up for a nighttime influx of 100 people and it can only hold 15 to 20 people,” Thames said. “How do you judge who goes down there? The best thing we could do was shut the business down and escort everyone out to a better shelter.”

Thames told the Commercial Dispatch that he has a contract with the security company, Average Joe’s Security. He said he does not condone the guards’ “language or aggressive behavior.”

The owner said he was in contact with the National Weather Service and meteorologists on what was the best plan would be going forward if another tornado hit the area.

“What we’d like to do is get them involved and get them to help me write a clear plan of action and do training so something like this won’t ever happen again,” he said.

Powerful storms across the South left at least eight people dead. The National Weather Service confirms a tornado struck Starkville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Matriarch’ author describes touching last moment between George and Barbara Bush

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On the anniversary of former First Lady Barbara Bush’s death, journalist Susan Page sat down with Fox News’s Sandra Smith and detailed one of the last moments shared between Barbara and her husband George.

Page, author of “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty,” described how the pair grew over the course of their marriage and shifted from a more “traditional” relationship in which he “called the shots” to one in which they were more like “partners.”

Before her death in 2018, Barbara, wasn’t so worried about dying as she was leaving her husband of 73 years. Just two days before she died in April, the two sat together in the den of their home in Houston. Page explained how Barbara “said to him ‘George, I’m not going to worry about you’; and he said to her, ‘Bar, I’m not going to worry about you.'”

“She gave him permission to live, he gave her permission to die — and you know what they did then? They had a drink,” Page said on “America’s Newsroom.”

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The feisty grandmother was “consequential,” Page said, in both her son George W.’s presidency as well as her husband’s. She died at the age of 92 after struggling with multiple health issues.

Bush was known for her tough personality, fighting for expanded literacy, and her battle against the stigma surrounding AIDS. “But I think her legacy is perhaps broader,” Page said, “kind of an air of civility, of mutual respect.”

“And she would tell you that her grandchildren are her true legacy,” Page added. One of Barbara’s toughest moments, according to Page, was when her 3-year-old daughter Robin died of cancer.

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“I came to believe, after doing research for this book, that that was the defining moment of her adult life. It left her harder on the outside and softer on the inside,” Page said.

“It was a thread that then continued through the rest of her life. It was a touchstone for her as she thought about the big issues of the day.”

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New York man with measles traveling to Michigan unknowingly infects 39 people with disease

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A man from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York, traveled to Michigan without knowing he was infected with measles — a highly contagious respiratory infection that has infected more than 500 people in the U.S. so far this year.

The man, who has not been identified and has since been dubbed “Patient Zero,” recently traveled to Detroit to raise money for a charity in the Brooklyn community, The Washington Post first reported. Though he felt ill and saw a doctor once he arrived in Detroit (he reportedly drove through the night to reach the destination), his fever and cough were initially diagnosed as bronchitis.

In the weeks that followed, the man, who traveled from Israel to Brooklyn in November before heading to Detroit in March, unknowingly spread measles to at least 39 people. Nearly all the cases were reported in those who live in the Detroit suburb of Oakland County, where the man spent the majority of his time.

CAN YOU STILL GET THE MEASLES IF YOU’VE BEEN VACCINATED?

At one point, the man reportedly called the doctor again after he developed a rash, a key symptom of measles. But it was allegedly dismissed as an allergic reaction.

But the doctor, who has also not been identified at this time, later began to worry the man may have contracted something more severe. He called the health department and left a voicemail that contained the man’s phone number. Health department officials, however, were unable to reach the man, as there was “a problem with his cellphone,” per The Washington Post.

Eventually, the man was located, thanks to the help of Jewish community members and Steve McGraw, who heads the Oakland emergency medical services.

“There is only one disease, and you have it,” McGraw told the man when he was located, he recalled to the newspaper. “He put his head down and was very emotional. I could tell from the look on his face that he was devastated.”

“He was doing the math in his head” to determine how many people he had come into contact with during his trip, McGraw described. “This guy was walking around all over the community and contagious. We knew we had a really significant exposure,” he added.

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The man visited some 30 locations in about a week’s time and likely had contact with “hundreds” of members of the local ultra-Orthodox community.

“Every one of our cases has had a link to the initial case,” Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, told The Washington Post. A blood test later confirmed the man had measles.

The strain the man contracted “had an epidemiologic link to an ongoing outbreak of measles in Brooklyn, New York,” Lynn Sutfin, a public information officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told Fox News in an email Wednesday.

“The additional cases have an epidemiologic link to the [man’s] case or exposure locations,” she added.

Following the man’s official diagnosis, Oakland County health officials said they’ve vaccinated more than 2,000 people in the ultra-Orthodox community against the measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago.

While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York, and 85 percent of the latest week’s cases came from the state. Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

NEW YORK CITY’S MANDATORY MEASLES VACCINE ORDERS TRIGGER LAWSUIT FROM PARENTS

The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014 when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97 percent effective.

Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington. After the CDC issued its report Monday morning, Iowa officials said they, too, had seen a case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Happy Gilmore’ star Christopher McDonald avoids jail in DUI case

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Happy Gilmorestar Christopher McDonald is probably happy now.

The 64-year-old actor avoided jail time in a DUI case from 2017, according to reports.

McDonald was arrested in Arrowhead, Calif., in October 2017 for allegedly driving under the influence.

‘HAPPY GILMORE’ ACTOR CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD ARRESTED FOR DUI

McDonald, who starred as Shooter McGavin in the Adam Sandler hit, reportedly lost control of his classic silver Porsche on the highway, running it onto the grass and taking out a gas meter before ending up in an embankment.

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Actor Christopher McDonald attends the season three premiere of HBO’s show “Boardwalk Empire” in New York, September 5, 2012. (Reuters)

TMZ reports that McDonald pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08.

McDonald was reportedly sentenced to 35 hours of community service, three years of summary probation, an alcohol education program and a single day in jail.

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He already completed the alcohol education program and was credited for time served in a jail cell at the time of his arrest.

McDonald’s misdemeanor DUI charge was also dropped.

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Both sides in Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case want trial closed to public

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Both sides in Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual assault case want the press and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul’s next court appearance.

Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein’s right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose allegations against him aren’t part of the underlying criminal case.

Prosecutors want the women to testify at Weinstein’s June 3 trial to show he’s had a pattern of violating women. They also expect to discuss evidence that could be used against Weinstein if he testifies.

Weinstein’s lawyers say press coverage of the hearing could taint the jury pool. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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News organizations say they’ll fight to keep the hearing open. A judge says he’ll hear from them before deciding.

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Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana law on abortion access

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A major battle over abortion access is teeing up at the Supreme Court as a Louisiana abortion clinic filed a new petition with the high court Wednesday seeking a full review on the merits of the state’s law restricting access to the procedure.

The court blocked the law in February pending a full review of the case, June Medical Services v. Gee, but Wednesday’s filing asked the justices to take the next step and decide whether the state law is too restrictive.

ROBERTS JOINS SUPREME COURT’S LIBERAL WING IN BLOCKING LOUISIANA ABORTION LAW

In February, the justices decided on a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts serving as the swing vote and siding with liberal colleagues, that they would not allow Louisiana to put the law into effect that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The Louisiana law is similar to one that the court struck down in Texas in 2016. The justices said at the time the Texas law provided “few, if any, health benefits for women.”

Louisiana abortion providers and a district judge who initially heard the case said that one or maybe two of the state’s three abortion clinics would have to close under the new law, adding that there would be at most two doctors who could meet its requirements.

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN TEXAS ABORTION LAW 

A federal appeals court upheld the law.

The Hope Medical Group clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, and two doctors whose identities were not revealed said in their appeal that the justices should strike down the law without even holding arguments because the decision so clearly conflicts with the Texas ruling from 2016.

But the Supreme Court typically won’t consider a summary reversal of a lower court ruling unless at least six justices are on board. A decision about whether to hear the case should come before the court completes its current term in June. Arguments probably wouldn’t take place before late fall.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trey Gowdy is ‘not a fan’ of releasing Mueller report, will ‘further entrench’ both sides

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Trey Gowdy is “not a fan” of releasing the redacted Mueller report because it will do nothing but “further entrench” opinions already held on the Russia probe.

The Justice Department announced Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report is set to be released to the public and Congress Thursday morning.

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“This is going to be an evidentiary summary without a verdict,” the Fox News contributor and former South Carolina congressman told “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday.

“Tomorrow’s going to do nothing but validate what your previously held conviction is, which is why I’m not a fan of releasing the report.”

Last month, in a letter to Congress, Attorney General Bill Barr, summarized the Special Counsel’s report and concluded it found no collusion between President Trump and Russia to win the White House in the 2016 race.

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As a former federal prosecutor, Gowdy said he has never had a trial where there wasn’t evidence on both sides.

“At some point, someone has to say the more credible evidence is on this side, and that has to be a jury that hasn’t already made up its mind.”

Gowdy believes it should not be a partisan issue because Russia went after the American people, not one side or the other.

“If you don’t like Trump, you’re going to seize on something,” Gowdy said. “Someone’s going to seize on something they consider to be ‘evidence,’ and they’re going to use that to extrapolate and try to reach a conclusion. That’s why you need a jury that’s impartial, and we don’t have that.”

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Gowdy says he doesn’t think the report will shed new light on the Russia investigation.

“I’ll bet you can’t find a single person tomorrow who says his or her opinion has changed on President Trump or the House Democrats.”

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