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Kayla Koslosky

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Crystal DiGregorio is sharing a message of grace and forgiveness by telling her story of how she went from a porn star to a Christian counselor.

DiGregorio spent many years as a famed porn star, but one Easter Sunday at a church service she encountered God and it changed her life. DiGregorio knelt down at the altar before God and asked him to save her from an abusive relationship and asked God into her heart.

She told CBN News, “That Moment was a moment of giving hurt and fear to God. I was bawling my eyes out crying and praying for God to release me from the abusive relationship I was in and all the bad things in my life.” She continued, “It was a full surrender.”

DiGregorio said as soon as she got up, she never looked back. In an interview with CBN News the 34-year-old mother of three told the outlet that she walked away from the toxic relationship and God began to change her “from the inside out.” 

In an interview with Fox News she revealed that after she surrendered her life to God, He began to stir on her heart and open her eyes to the world and industry around her.  She told Fox, “I noticed how much people were being hurt by the porn industry and I never really thought of it before that.”

So, the young porn star left the industry, giving up her almost $400,000 yearly salary, her $10 million home, and a handful of luxury cars. 

After leaving the industry, DiGregorio found it difficult to find work and eventually filed for bankruptcy. CBN reports that DiGregorio was fired several times after her employers found out about her previous career.

But, DiGregorio put her faith in God and eventually she became a Christian counselor. The former porn star uses her testimony to encourage others working in the sex industry to give their lives to Jesus. 

According to CBN, she said, “My story has given people hope that God can forgive and change us, no matter what your past is. I hope people learn more about the Lord and want to get to know him.” 

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YouTube has apologized to pro-life group Live Action after the platform removed an investigative video on Planned Parenthood. 

According to CBN News, YouTube removed a video posted by Live Action that showed a Planned Parenthood employee giving advice to two people posed as a “pimp” and a “prostitute” on how and where to get sex trafficked minors abortions.

YouTube removed the video and sent Lila Rose, Live Action’s president, an email claiming that the video violated the platform’s community standards.

Rose took to Twitter to voice her frustration with YouTube writing, “YouTube just removed one of our investigative videos exposing Planned Parenthood aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of young girl, saying it violated 'Community Guidelines.’”

After posting the tweet along with a clip from the video people were immediately appalled by the footage and frustrated with YouTube. 

One Twitter user named KJW wrote, “YouTube should be ashamed.” 

Another wrote, “How could you tube(sic) take this off? This is Very important news that needs to be out there to help us make proper decision[s] regarding PP!!”

YouTube immediately responded to Rose’s tweet with an apology and admitted that the removal of the video was a mistake on their end. Team YouTube wrote, “Confirmed that this was a mistake on our end--the video is now reinstated. Apologies for the frustration this may have caused.”

Rose later confirmed that YouTube had indeed reinstated the video. She wrote, “@YouTube has now reinstated our video and removed the strikes from our account. Thank you for everyone’s support in the spreading the word about this - publicizing YouTube’s actions DO help.”

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More than a dozen people, including four Americans, were killed Wednesday in an explosion in Syria.

According to CBN, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying an ISIS radical detonated an explosive vest he was wearing.

The explosion happened in the northern city of Manbij. The Americans killed included two U.S. service members, a defense contractor and a Department of Defense civilian, according to CNN.

"Our deepest sympathies and love go out to the families of the brave American heroes who were killed today in Syria. We also pray for the soldiers who were wounded in the attack. Our service members and their families have all sacrificed so much for our country," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Donald Trump’s promise to withdraw U.S. soldiers from Syria.

"Thanks to the courage of our Armed Forces, we have crushed the ISIS caliphate and devastated its capabilities. As we begin to bring our troops home, the American people can be assured, for the sake of our soldiers, their families, and our nation, we will never allow the remnants of ISIS to reestablish their evil and murderous caliphate – not now, not ever," the statement said.

Before Wednesday’s attack, only two U.S. service members had been killed in action in Syria since the U.S. campaign began there in 2014.

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