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  • Two people are dead and dozens of others were injured after a tour bus flipped near the DeSoto County and Marshall County line in Mississippi. >> Watch the news report here >> On Fox13Memphis.com: PHOTOS: 2 dead, dozens injured after tour bus crashes on slick Mississippi highway The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as a wintry mix of precipitation was falling in the area. The bus overturned in the area of Highway 69 and Highway 78. There were more than 40 people on board. Investigators told WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, that the crash happened at the bottom of the overpass on the highway. They believe the bus hit a patch of ice and flipped.  Notably, police said three other wrecks happened in that same area on Wednesday. Two people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the crash. They were identified by officials as Cynthia Hardin and Betty Russell, both residents of Huntsville, Alabama.  >> Read more trending news  Police said all of the victims were taken to multiple hospitals in the area, including Baptist DeSoto, Baptist Collierville, and Methodist. Nineteen people were sent to Baptist DeSoto – three in serious condition and 16 with an unknown extent of their injuries. Seven people were sent to Baptist Collierville. The extent of their injuries is unknown. Also, 18 people were taken to Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch, bringing the total number of injuries to 44.  WHBQ spoke with one victim after she was released from the hospital, and she was still in shock.  'I'm watching the bus, like it spinned once, and then the second spin, it started picking up speed,' said Veronica Love. The bus was operated by a company named Teague. It was based out of Huntsville and was on its way to Tunica, Mississippi. The company issued the following statement on Facebook: >> See the post here Love said she has taken the bus ride from Huntsville to Tunica several times before with no issues.  'I don't know what happened honestly and truly,' Love said. 'I don't know what happened.
  • Normally, I’m not a loss for words. Whether it’s on the radio, on Twitter, or on my blog, I churn out copy at all hours of the day and night. But as I sit here at my dinner table (still clad in my tuxedo) after arriving home from an awards ceremony with hundreds of my reporting colleagues in Washington, I honestly don’t know what to say. So, the best thing to do is let others speak for me. What happened on Wednesday night was the Radio Television Correspondent’s Association – which credentials reporters on Capitol Hill – honored me with a ‘Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress.’ What makes the story more powerful is that it comes after an over two year struggle – still ongoing – which has resulted in me losing my voice. . @JamieDupree is a wonderful example of a principled journalist who triumphs in the face of adversary. https://t.co/nzsIsH7j40 — Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) November 15, 2018 Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) – who went to the House floor a year ago to help generate attention for my medical troubles – took the time to come to our annual dinner to present me with the award. “When life said to be quiet, Jamie found a way to speak louder than ever before,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “He is an example for every American faced with overwhelming adversity.” Since being told last week that I was getting this award, I had spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to say – because I can barely talk. I settled on something simple, and practiced it over and over during my drive to and from work. “I will never, ever give up.” That’s how I feel. And it certainly made an impact. I was there to witness this incredible moment. Was damn near crying like a baby and am still thinking about this. God bless you, @jamiedupree https://t.co/SBcJfN64cI — Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) November 15, 2018 Hands down, the most moving moment of tonight’s @rtcacaphill Awards was @DanaBashCNN reading on behalf of @jamiedupree. “I will never, ever give up.” pic.twitter.com/xAAEVsF8Qq — Richard Hudock (@richardhudock) November 15, 2018 I asked my long time friend and colleague Dana Bash of CNN to join me on stage to read my remarks for me; Dana was a producer for CNN when we first met back during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Now she is a force on cable news. She was the perfect person to make my voice heard, though Dana was near tears as we stepped to the podium, and so was I. And judging from the reaction after the speech there were a lot of other people with the same feeling. I don’t know what’s wrong with my voice. I don’t know if I will ever be able to speak normally again. But I know what I feel. “I will never, ever give up.”
  • One pilot was killed and another hurt when a military jet crashed Tuesday at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to a news release, the Air Force T-38C Talon crashed at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday on the base. One pilot died, while the other was taken to Val Verde Regional Medical Center for treatment. >> See the Facebook post here 28 yr old Capt. John F. Graziano, an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron was killed in the crash according to the Air Force’s Air Education & Training Command. Injured in the accident was Capt. Mark S. Palyok, also an instructor pilot. He was released from Val Verde Regional Medical Center on Nov.14. The incident is under investigation, officials said. Read more here.
  • CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. >> Read more trending news Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House said he’ll issue a ruling Thursday at 3 p.m., according to news outlets. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard arguments from both sides in a two hour hearing Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first hearing in CNN and Acosta’s federal lawsuit against Trump and other administration officials over the suspension of Acosta’s White House press pass. The network and Acosta contend the suspension violated the First and Fifth Amendments. The White House said in a Justice Department filing Wednesday that it has “broad discretion” to decide which journalists get permanent press passes. Journalism advocates said that the White House position is a break with historical tradition, with past administrations granting press access to large and small news outlets, and that the Acosta suspension is an unprecedented step that could have a negative impact on journalism. Update 12:05 p.m. EST Nov. 14: In a court filing Wednesday, the Justice Department argued, 'No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,' after CNN sued the Trump administration for revoking Acosta’s press credentials, The Hill reported. 'The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences,' attorneys said in the filing, according to The Hill. Attorneys for CNN filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge scheduled a hearing in the case for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 14: More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the network’s suit against the Trump administration. 'Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions,' officials from organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times, said Wednesday in a joint statement.  'It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons.' Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of CNN in the news network's lawsuit against the Trump administration, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Wednesday in a statement. 'Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,' Wallace said. 'While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.' CNN filed suit against Trump and several officials Tuesday, days after reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked following a contentious exchange with the president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta in a statement released after the incident of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Update 10:25 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington. CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump. Original report: In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected. >> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.” Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.” >> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost “(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit. Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
  • A judge in a New Hampshire criminal case has ordered Amazon to turn over audio recordings from one of the company’s Echo devices, which may have caught the sounds of a January 2017 double homicide.  Timothy Verrill, 36, of Dover, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of Christine M. Sullivan, 48, and 32-year-old Jenna Marie Pellegrini. He is expected to stand trial in May. >> Read more trending news A judge last week ordered Amazon to turn over the recordings from an Echo smart home device that was in the Farmington home where the women were killed Jan. 27, according to The Washington Post. The news station said prosecutors believe the device, which awaits “Alexa” voice commands from household members, might have recorded the women’s deaths, along with the moments before and after they were killed.   Prosecutors in the case already had the speaker as evidence, but a judge was required to compel Amazon officials to release any recordings the company has on its servers. The court seeks to have released data from Jan. 27, when the women were allegedly killed, through Jan. 29, when their bodies were found. “The court finds there is probable cause to believe the server(s) and/or records maintained for or by Amazon.com contain recordings made by the Echo smart speaker from the period of Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2017 . . . and that such information contains evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen,” the ruling stated, according to the Post. Amazon officials told the Post they will release the data only after a valid legal demand has been served.  Sullivan and Pellegrini were slain at a home in Farmington, where Verrill is accused of stabbing both women multiple times and striking Sullivan over the head with a blunt object, according to the New Hampshire Department of Justice. According to The Rochester Voice, autopsies showed that Sullivan had a fractured skull and stab wounds to the neck and lungs. Pellegrini, a hairstylist who left behind two small children, was stabbed 43 times in the neck, torso and back, the newspaper said.  Verrill, who was indicted last November, is also charged with two counts of reckless second-degree murder and five counts of falsifying physical evidence, DOJ officials said. The home where the women were killed belonged to Sullivan’s longtime boyfriend, convicted drug dealer Dean Smoronk, the Voice reported. Sullivan lived in the home and Pellegrini was her houseguest at the time of their killings.  The reckless second-degree murder charges allege that, alternatively to committing first-degree murder, Verrill “recklessly caused the death of (both women) under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life” by stabbing them and by striking Sullivan in the head, the DOJ news release said.  The charges of falsifying evidence stem from allegations that Verrill hid the women’s bodies, which he wrapped in tarps, trash bags and other coverings, under the porch at Smoronk’s home. Their bodies were found a couple of days later after Smoronk, who had been visiting his rental property in Florida, reported Sullivan missing upon his return home.   DOJ officials said Verrill altered a blood stain on the porch by pouring Prestone Driveway Heat ice melter onto it. He is also accused of concealing bloodstained sheets, as well as Pellegrini’s belongings, in a black trash bag in the basement of the home.  “It is alleged that Mr. Verrill committed these crimes with a purpose to impair the verity or availability of the evidence in (a criminal) proceeding or investigation,” the news release said.  The Voice reported in January, around the first anniversary of the slayings, that Verrill told an acquaintance the day before the crimes that he believed Pellegrini was a drug informant. Testimony at a bail hearing last year alleged that Sullivan was also dealing drugs out of the house. New Hampshire State Police Detective Brian Strong testified at the hearing that Pellegrini, who needed a place to stay, moved into the house on Jan. 25, two days before the slayings. The following day, Verrill went to Smoronk and Sullivan’s home to get drugs, the Voice said.  A friend of Verrill’s later told investigators that Verrill told him early the morning of the slayings that he believed Pellegrini, who was a new addition to the house, was an informant, the newspaper reported.  Strong testified that Smoronk told detectives that Sullivan called him around 2 a.m. the day of the killings to tell him Verrill had returned. Phone records backed up Smoronk’s claim, the Voice said.  Video from the house showed images of Verrill, Sullivan and Pellegrini, the newspaper reported. Sullivan was last spotted just after 3:30 a.m. and Pellegrini, around 6:38 a.m. Verrill was seen leaving the house just nine minutes later, his shoes in hand, Strong said in court.  The detective testified that Verrill’s friend told investigators Verrill showed up at his house again later that day, minus the flannel shirt and hat he was wearing in the video shot at Smoronk’s house, the Voice reported. Receipts and store surveillance also indicate that Verrill went to Lowe’s and Walmart that same day to buy salt and ammonia cleanser.  Evidence of both were found at the crime scene, the Voice reported. Verrill was arrested on the charges about a week after the slayings.