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Liudmila_Fadzeyeva/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A baby born at a Chick-fil-A this week has been offered a job in 14 years at her parents' favorite restaurant chain -- and free food for life.

Robert Griffin was rushing Falon "Maggie" Griffin to the hospital after she began having contractions, and the couple attempted a quick pit stop because Falon desperately needed to use the restroom.

Although the location at which the Griffins stopped was closed, Falon banged on the doors and was allowed in, the San Antonio couple told ABC Houston station KSAT. She began to go into labor inside the bathroom.

"Cut the chord while still in the bathroom, kept Gracie stable and mom calm, and it all worked out....not as planned, but everyone's healthy. Her birth certificate reads 'Born in Chick-fil-A,'" Robert wrote in a Facebook post. "The manager said 'she's in the restroom and she's screaming.' So there we wife and I in a tiny stall in the bathroom, and I could see the top of our little girls head crowning as Maggie was straddling the toilet. I told Maggie, 'sweetie, we are gonna have to do this right here, right now.'"

Robert said he asked the manager to call 911 and bring clean towels, unwrapping the umbilical cord from around his newborn daughter's neck as he quickly swaddled her in his T-shirt.

Gracelyn Griffin was born on Tuesday, and both mother and baby soon were resting comfortably at a local hospital.

"Oh my gosh, we just had a baby in a Chick-fil-A," Falon said, recalling her thoughts while waiting for emergency services to arrive. "I was like, 'This really happened.' How is this my life right now?"

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Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is leaving the company sooner than expected due to worsening health issues, the automotive company said Saturday.

According to a press release, Marchionne suffered from "unexpected complications" in his recovery from surgery, which have "worsened significantly in recent hours."

Bloomberg News says Marchionne had stepped away to have shoulder surgery.

The company says Marchionne will not be able to return to work. In his place, Mike Manley -- the head of Fiat Chrysler's Jeep and Ram brands -- will take over.

Manley's seat on the Board of Directors and his position as executive director is expected to be voted on at the next shareholder meeting. In the interim, the Board granted Manley the powers of CEO.

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Emilie Richardson/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- There were no winners in Friday night's drawing of one of the largest totals in the history of the Mega Millions lottery. The jackpot will now be at least $493 million in next Tuesday's drawing.

It's possible the total will surge over the half-billion mark, based on ticket sales.

The $493 million jackpot will be the fifth-largest in Mega Millions history. It will also be the largest total since a single ticket paid out $533 million to a person from New Jersey this March.

If there is a winner -- and they take the cash payout -- it will be worth $296 million.

The winning numbers on Friday were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1. The "megaplier" was 2x.

While no one won the big prize, the lottery announced that two tickets -- one in Illinois, the other in Pennsylvania -- won $1 million each.

The lottery game's jackpot grew to a whopping $433 million this week after the July 17 drawing yielded no winners of the top prize.

The jackpot has now rolled over 22 times since the last Mega Millions winner on May 4.

Earlier this year, two other Mega Millions winners made history -- a prize of $451 million in January and another of $533 million in April. The biggest Mega Millions payout of all time was $656 million -- won by three tickets -- in March 2012.

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Courtesy: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts(NEW YORK) -- Popular donut chain Krispy Kreme is poised to acquire a majority stake in cookie delivery company Insomnia Cookies, the company announced Friday.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Krispy Kreme CEO Mike Tattersfield says the companies "will continue to operate independently" but "can learn a great deal from each other as we each continue to expand and grow."

Insomnia Cookies founder Seth Berkowitz says the two companies both aspire "to be the best at what we do and delight consumers with the highest quality sweet treat experiences."

Krispy Kreme operates more than 1,000 retail shops in 32 countries, and distributes products to approximately 8,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores. Insomnia, meanwhile, has 135 shops in the United States.

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Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Starbucks is opening an All Signing Store that caters to deaf customers in Washington, D.C.

The coffee shop will open in October and will be staffed only by people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

The Signing Store will feature a custom mug and artwork that was designed by a deaf artist. Low glare reflective surfaces were also installed to help foster easy communication.

The company announced the new store in a tweet that featured a video of someone signing.

Although the Starbucks store is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S., it follows the lead of another Starbucks Signing Store that opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2016.

Starbucks says that the effort was spearheaded by a team of deaf Starbucks employees. The employees took a trip to Malaysia to see what groundwork needed to be laid to have a similar store in the U.S.

The move was hailed by Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf.

“Starbucks has taken an innovative approach to incorporating Deaf Culture that will increase employment opportunities as well as accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing people, while at the same time educating and enlightening society,” Rosenblum said.

The store will also offer ordering options for people who don’t sign.

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Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Microsoft Stores & Kor Media Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- A mother wants to help protect other families from scammers after her teenage son was allegedly duped while playing the competitive fighting game Fortnite.

Fortnite is a wildly popular multiplayer survival game where players join teams and battle up to 100 others to be the last person standing. Since its release last year, the game now has more than 45 million players. It collected $318 million in May, according to research from SuperData, a provider of data and market intelligence on digital games.

Users, such as 13-year-old Jake, can opt to buy upgrades and bonus features. Jake told ABC News that he spent $300 of his own money to buy game accessories such as avatar clothes, which are called skins.

The 13-year-old said he was in contact with a stranger and fellow gamer while playing the popular combat game, which forces characters to fight one another to survive in shrinking spaces.

Jake said one of the other gamers promised him a way to get him more skins.

"He reached out, and then I texted him and asked, 'How did you get all of those [accessories]?' And that's how it started," Jake said.

The scammer then convinced him to share his log-in information for the game account, Jake said.

"I never got to log in again. He switched my password and everything," he added.

Jack's mother, Amy Bates, said her credit card was linked to Jake's gaming account.

"I took some action about it by contacting Epic Games. After we contacted them, Jake said that [the gamer] had taken over his email as well. And so I contacted Google to see if we could recover that as well," Bates said.

The scammer apparently went so far as to kill off Jake's character from the game.

"I feel bad for him," Amy Bates said, adding, “He trusted somebody, and he worked so hard to get those. So I told him it's a lesson learned."

She continued, "I think it's an eye-opener. And when it happens to you, you just want others to be aware."

Bates said she has not heard back from Epic Games. The company did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Whether they are just starting their careers or have been working for decades, many people ask themselves the same questions about retirement: when should I save? Am I saving enough? What should I do with the money I am saving?

Even if they have started saving at a young age, they may not know what to do with the money they are putting away.

Financial expert Jack Sharry, the EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of the software company LifeYield, recently spoke with ABC News, discussing the importance of saving, offering tips on what to do with their assets as a person approaches retirement.

“Save more than you think you should," he says, explaining that young workers especially should look to have enough money saved up to be able to pay for monthly bills on time and a medical emergency. From there, they can begin to invest.

Then as they get older, Sharry says, workers can start taking more tangible steps towards a retirement plan:

"Whatever you own, and wherever you own it, organize it," Sharry recommends, so that the person can best know exactly where their assets are and may be going.

Once a person organizes their assets, Sharry says, they can make bigger financial decisions, such as determining what investing risk level is right for them and their family and the ideal time to take from their social security.

As even more decisions come to the forefront in regards to saving, such as deciding what accounts to put additional funds in, how to most efficiently maximize a 401K, and whether or not to convert to a traditional IRA, Sharry recommends relying on a financial expert.

“There’s just a lot at work here. Look at the various income sources that you have,” Sharry says, and turn to an advisor from there.

Sharry’s company LifeYield, for instance, takes a specific approach to retirement planning, examining a person’s investments with their Taxficient Score software. It examines how much tax a person is paying on their investment and looks to maximize on the after-tax returns and incomes for the investor.

According to Sharry, taxes are “the single biggest expense for most investors” and ought to be minimized, something a company like LifeYield looks to do to better prepare workers for retirement.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein's legal team said in new court documents that Ashley Judd struck "a bargain" with him in which she would allow him to touch her "if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."

Weinstein is asking the court to dismiss Judd's defamation lawsuit against him.

The assertion drew an instant denial from Judd’s attorney who said the actress was trying to escape Weinstein's clutches.

"Mr. Weinstein’s arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive," Theodore Boutrous said in a statement provided to ABC News. "We look forward to opposing his flawed motion, moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behavior, and proving to a jury that Mr. Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms. Judd’s career because she resisted his sexual advances."

Judd filed a lawsuit against Weinstein earlier this year, alleging he "torpedoed" her career after she refused his sexual advances. In particular, she faulted Weinstein for "ruining" her chances of landing a role in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Weinstein’s attorney said the producer and actress had no professional relationship and Judd’s accusations are outside the statute of limitations.

"Her failure to file a timely complaint is due to her own lack of reasonable diligence and not any affirmative misconduct on Weinstein’s part," court records said.

Judd told ABC News' Diane Sawyer last year that when Weinstein invited her to a breakfast meeting 20 years ago, she didn't know about his reputation.

In her defamation lawsuit she said when she arrived at the Los Angeles hotel room, he appeared "in a bathrobe and asked the Plaintiff whether he could give her a massage." When she refused, she said in the court documents, Weinstein asked her to pick out his clothes and watch him shower.

She said she tried to sidestep his advances by striking a "mock" bargain: Judd "would consider letting him touch her only if she won an Academy Award in one of his films."

The statement continued, "Weinstein negotiated, 'when you get nominated,' to which Plaintiff replied, 'No when I win.'"

Judd told Diane Sawyer she had mixed feelings about the bargain she made in haste.

"I'm of two minds. The part that shames myself says 'No,'" she said. "The part of me that understands the way shame works says, 'That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid, you got out of there.'"

In Weinstein's new legal response, the producer claimed he took the bargain seriously.

"Weinstein then attempted to live up to his part of the bargain by trying to cast Plaintiff in as many roles as possible that could earn her an Academy Award," court records said. That included his attempt to suggest she play opposite Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting." Minnie Driver won an Academy Award for the role.

Weinstein’s attorneys said the effort "reflects his motivation to advance her career, not ruin it, and undermines Plaintiff’s defamation claim."

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Courtesy Max Bawarksi(NEW YORK) -- This can be your summer to lean into your side hustle.

A side hustle can be something that fuels your passion, fills up your bank account or, ideally, does both.

Teachers are especially known for having side hustles. Across the United States, 18 percent of public school teachers earn income outside the classroom, according to a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report released in June.

While teachers have the summer to lean into their side hustles, many hustle all year long.

And not all teachers are doing the side hustles that first come to mind, like tutoring.

Here are four teachers from across the country who have turned their passions into unique side hustles and, in one case, into a new career.

2 teachers make Pinterest dreams come true

Katie Garcia and Garrett Sheskey are best friends with a combined nearly 15 years of teaching between them.

They opened their side hustle -- Pin-It LIVE, a first-of-its-kind do-it-yourself studio and bar where people can complete Pinterest projects -- by following the advice they give to their students.

"This is us doing what we tell our students every day to do, which is to follow their passions," said Sheskey, a middle school reading and writing teacher.

The teachers spent around six months developing the idea and creating a business plan together while still working full-time.

"I feel my confidence has built up with creating this business," Garcia said. "Absolutely it’s a passion. We don’t look at it as a job quite yet because it’s new and exciting."

Garcia and Sheskey both plan to continue teaching as they grow Pin-It LIVE. Nearly two years into the business, they said they are now starting to recoup some of their investment and hope to franchise the business in other cities.

"We’re both teachers through and through and this is just a new classroom for us," Sheskey said. "We're continuously growing and learning to balance both passions, our classrooms and the studio."

A ceramics side hustle turns into a new career

Naomi Singer, a mother of three, spent 15 years teaching art to high school students in a New York City suburb.

She decided to pursue her passion for pottery by taking a course and going to open studio hours. Within a few years, she opened her own Etsy shop, Modern Mud, and was working on her side hustle nonstop.

"Once I started selling, it became my whole day and night," she said. "I was teaching five hours a day and doing ceramics the other 15 [hours] I was awake."

Singer quit teaching in 2016 and runs her own business, including a studio where she still teaches art classes, out of her home. Her work has appeared on the shelves of retailers across the country and even on the holiday displays at Macy’s.

"I’m probably making close to twice as much in this business as I was teaching," she said. "But I’m also working double or triple the hours now than I was when I was teaching."

"It’s the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing you think about when you go to sleep," Singer said of being self-employed.

Singer's advice to other budding entrepreneurs is to establish yourself before making the leap.

"Get your side hustle and make it successful before you quit your day job," she said. "I am so grateful and lucky that I fell into something that really works for me, but at the beginning, I couldn’t have quit my job."

Physical education teacher by day, gourmet food truck owner at night

Catch Max Bawarski during the day and he's a beloved physical education teacher at a Fairfax, Virginia, elementary school.

In the evening and on weekends, Bawarski, 35, owns and operates two beloved food trucks, called Two Smooth Dudes for the pineapple smoothies they are famous for, in addition to gourmet tater tots.

Bawarski's first side hustle was starting a running company that operated local road races. When he saw the lines for the food trucks at the finish lines and the joy the trucks brought people, he found a new passion.

"People love this and it’s really making me happy too," he said of his food truck business.

Bawarski's side hustles came out of a need to supplement his teacher's salary. He said he has been an entrepreneur his whole life but has no plans to give up his first love of teaching.

"Sports and fitness and health are my passion and I love working with kids," he said. "There really isn’t a better job."

Upcycling furniture into a 2nd business

There are no lazy days of summer for Kayla Becker, a special education teacher who works nonstop on her furniture design business when she's off from school.

Becker, of Olathe, Kansas, started her furniture business around three years ago when she spent a summer refurbishing furniture she inherited from her grandparents' house.

She rented space in a local store to sell her finished products. She now makes enough money from her side hustle to help pay for her three kids' college educations.

"I’m pretty proud of what it’s turned into," Becker said. "I’m still surprised at it, to have my own business. It makes me feel more confident and makes me want to continue doing it, for sure."

Becker spends much of her summer scouring flea markets, estate sales and auctions for furniture.

During the school year, she spends two to three hours each evening in her garage studio transforming discarded pieces of furniture into works of art.

"I try to be as creative as I can and make things one-of-a-kind," Becker said. "It's a creative outlet for me, a meditation after my long days at work."

Becker is also eyeing growing the furniture business she's built into her future full-time income.

"I am 47 and retirement is something I think about," she said. "[The furniture business] is something I can do for much longer."

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Chesnot/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg says when it comes to fake news -- even from extremists like Holocaust deniers -- Facebook will not ban people from expressing their opinion, but will seek to stop it from spreading across their services.

Zuckerberg was responding to an interview published Tuesday by the online technology news website Recode, in which the Facebook CEO discussed so-called fake news and said that while he found the holocaust "deeply offensive," deniers will not be banned from Facebook.

But after a significant social media backlash, Zuckerberg sent a follow up email to Recode on Wednesday, saying he "didn't intend" to defend people who deny the Holocaust when he said Facebook would not take down false content.

"Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue — but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services," Zuckerberg wrote. "If something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in News Feed. And of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech."

In the initial 90-minute podcast interview Tuesday, Zuckerberg spoke with Recode's Kara Swisher on several topics, including privacy, news and how he believes that controversial and false content published on Facebook has attracted criticism.

Zuckerberg said that while "It's hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent," Facebook won't necessarily distribute the false content widely.

"I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, 'We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times,'" Zuckerberg said. "What we will do is we’ll say, 'Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.' But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed."

When reached for comment, Facebook referred ABC News back to the Zuckerberg's interview and subsequent statement.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A government audit released to Congress on Wednesday said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's poor oversight of recalls may have left dangerous vehicles on the road for longer than necessary, including those affected by exploding Takata air bag inflators.

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report, requested by Congress in 2015, says managers within the government office charged with monitoring defective vehicles and their recalls did not hold employees responsible for sufficiently monitoring "the remedy or scope of Takata recalls."

In the event that a vehicle is recalled for a safety defect and customers are slow to remedy the problem, NHTSA may order a manufacturer to send a second recall notification. But the report found staff were not verifying completion rates.

Additionally, an Inspector General analysis of 36 Takata recall reports found that manufacturers did not include the required information in more than 40% of initial reports -- and NHTSA rarely notified the manufacturers of the incomplete information.

The agency fully agreed to three of the six recommendations made by the report and partially agreed to the others.

“This is further evidence that the federal auto safety regulator isn’t doing enough to protect the public,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees NHTSA.

The Senate is expected to vote soon on NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King's confirmation to become the head of the agency.

At least 23 people have died worldwide as a result of the exploding airbag inflators and about 300 more have been hurt. It's turned into the largest safety recall in auto industry history, with about 100 million inflators in vehicles made by 19 major automakers.

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Crocs(NEW YORK) -- Love it or hate it, ugly fashion is making serious strides and if the high-heeled Crocs that went viral and sold out is any indication, then the trend could be making moves towards becoming a staple.

This is not a crock -- well not in the joking sense of the word. Casual, comfort-centric shoe company Crocs debuted its newest high heels and the strappy shoe already sold out.

Social media users freaked out when photos the 3.75-inch foam wedge heel went viral on Twitter and subsequently sold out.

The Women's Cyprus V heel was originally listed for $44 on the Crocs website before going on final sale for $17.99, but the shoe is no longer available.

Crocs also make a variety of other heel styles including wedges, block heels and slingbacks. The footwear company did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The ugly fashion trend has put its best foot forward and high-end designers are embracing the moment and leaning in with riffs of their own.

Balenciaga paid homage in the past with their own Croc-inspired designs like platform clogs that debuted last October at Balenciaga's spring 2018 Paris Fashion Week show. And now the luxury fashion house teased pictures on Instagram of a hot pink pair of stilettos with a familiar look.

The high heels made to look like a pair of the comfort clogs have holes adorned with various charms from a pink macaron, a cat and shooting star.

It is not clear whether the item was directly inspired by the sustainable shoe company, but it sure bears a striking resemblance.

Balenciaga did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Joshua Lott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made toward one of the cave divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last week.

In a series of tweets early Wednesday, Musk said he had “spoken in anger” last week when he called British diver Vern Unsworth a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet, sparking public outrage and questions about a potential libel suit.

“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader,” Musk said.

Unsworth told reporters on Monday he was considering legal action against Musk after the tech billionaire tweeted he was a “pedo guy” on Sunday.

The two got into a public war of words when Unsworth said Musk tried to carry out a "PR stunt" by sending a mini-submarine to aide divers in the rescue mission.

Unsworth also told CNN that Musk’s plan “had absolutely no chance of working,” and said he told Musk to “stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Authorities said Unsworth played key role in rescuing the soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave.

Tesla investors urged Musk to apologize in an open letter on Tuesday, warning him that his actions were “shaking investor confidence.”

Gene Munster, a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, said he wrote the letter on behalf of Tesla investors due to Musk’s “concerning” behavior over the last six months.

“The exchange with Vern Unsworth crossed the line. I suspect you would agree given you deleted the string from Twitter, but it will take more than that to regain investor confidence,” Munster, a longtime tech investor, wrote. “Your behavior is fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership – thin-skinned and short-tempered.”

Musk acknowledged that his actions were unjustifiable.

“His actions against me do not justify my actions against him and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk said. "The fault is mine and mine alone.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Before you say, "no, thank you" to vegan ice cream, take another look. Van Leeuwen's Artisan Ice Cream has developed a cult following around their vegan ice cream that rivals the traditional dairy treat.

"Being able to serve as many people as possible was part of our mission," the company's founder Ben Van Leeuwen told "GMA." "Ice cream is an inclusive thing. It's for everybody and we wanted to be able to do that."

It all started out as a labor of love for Van Leeuwen, who said had never made ice cream before he started experimenting in the kitchen of his Brooklyn apartment in 2007.

"The inspiration behind Van Leeuwen came from our own experiences tasting extraordinary food," he said. "Not necessarily fancy food, but single ingredients that made the food really great and shook our core. We thought it was incredible and wanted to find a way to make that more accessible to others. But [we] knew that we wanted to use extraordinary fresh ingredients in addition to unique ingredients from all over the world."

The base ingredients of Van Leeuwen's vegan ice cream is cashew milk and cocoa butter, or a coconut milk base. Their traditional ice cream consists of fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The company sources some of its key ingredients from places like Sicily, Italy, where they get their pistachios, and Piedmont in Italy, where they find their hazelnuts.

Fast forward to today, 10 years later, when their stores and their canary yellow trucks are popping up all around New York City and Los Angeles.

One of the most Instagrammable flavors from their menu is Planet Earth, which is a sky blue ice cream made with cashew and coconut base, matcha green tea cake made with Kettl Tea matcha, and topped off with colorful sprinkles.

The Vegan Passionfruit is a special flavor the shop created in honor of its 10-year anniversary. This colorful flavor has a coconut, cashew, and cocoa butter vegan base, and chunks of pastel almond and vegan matcha cakes.

Not so basic ice cream sandwiches

Van Leeuwen also serves a fun spin on the classic ice cream sandwich. This comes in vegan and non-vegan flavors but you’ll want to try it with the Hot Brooklyn Summer scoop. Mike’s Hot Honey and Van Leeuwen collaborated on this flavor, which is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet caramel, a swirl of homemade mulberry jam, and pieces of gluten-free corn cake.

Or try the Gianduja X flavor, one of the first flavors Van Leeuwen ever made.
“This is a very Van Leeuwen flavor in that it’s only made with exceptional ingredients,” Van Leeuwen said. "It’s made with Piedmont hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and white chocolate swirl."

All of these special flavors and more are available throughout the summer at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Michael Hickey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The founder of Papa John's said he made “a mistake” when he agreed to step down as chairman of the company’s board last week amid “mischaracterized” reports about his use of a racial slur earlier this year.

In a letter addressed to members of the company's board, pizza chain founder John Schnatter said board members pressured him to resign without "any investigation" and based its decision on “rumor and innuendo.”

“The board asked me to step down as chairman without apparently doing any investigation. I agreed, though today I believe it was a mistake to do so,” Schnatter said, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News on Tuesday. “I have checked with corporate governance experts who tell me that this was not a proper action by the board.”

Patty Glaser, an attorney representing Schlatter to the board, wrote in a separate letter on July 15 that the “board had no authority to remove Mr. Schnatter as a director” and called for “an independent investigation and fully inform itself as to what actually occurred.”

Glaser warns that “the failure to conduct a complete and independent investigation” would render “individual Board members liable for all resulting harm to the Company and to Mr. Schnatter.”

Schnatter faced fierce backlash last week after Forbes reported that he used the N-word during a May conference call while discussing the national anthem protests in the NFL.

“Colonel Sanders called blacks n------,” Schnatter said, referring to Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, according to the Forbes report.

Schnatter apologized for the remarks last Wednesday and agreed to step down as Papa John's chairman just a few hours later.

He also resigned from his position on the University of Louisville’s board of trustees last week, according to the school. He had served on the board for two years.

The Kentucky-based pizza chain had been testing advertisements to see if Schnatter should be reintroduced "with significant success," according to his letter to the board, but the company seems to be reconsidering that relationship now.

“Racism and any insensitive language, no matter what the context simply cannot -– and will not -– be tolerated at any level of our company,” CEO Steve Ritchie said in a statement over the weekend. “It has also been decided he will no longer be in any of the advertising or marketing materials associated with the brand.”

Schnatter, currently the company's largest shareholder, didn’t disclose details on the current status of the relationship in the letter.

He accused the company of lacking the ability to “handle a crisis based on misinformation.”

“The corporate governance experts with whom I consulted said this is not the proper action of either a director or the board,” the letter said. “I am confident that an examination of the facts will bear out what I have written in this letter and show that once again our company has demonstrated that it does not know how to handle a crisis based on misinformation.”

Schnatter, 56, stepped down from his role as CEO late last year after saying NFL players should stand for the national anthem and that their protests had hurt the company’s sales. Those comments had precipitated his initial removal from advertisements.

He is still a member of the company’s board.

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