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Mississippi bus crash: 2 dead, 44 hurt when tour bus flips on slick road

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.

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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. 

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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:

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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."

Vietnam veteran receives high school diploma 56 years later

It was a long time coming – 56 years – but a veteran from Pennsylvania finally got something he's waited decades for: his high school diploma.

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"It took a long time to get here because people asked why I didn't come before – well, I was too busy making a living," said James Neal. "My friend was talking about the class reunion; I said I never did that because I never graduated."

>> Man finds Korean War soldier's battlefield love letters, searches for family

And before that he was busy serving our country, in Vietnam in the Navy.

But he had unfinished business.

As a junior, Neal withdrew from North Allegheny Senior High School and never got to graduate with his class of 1962.

When the school district recently heard about it, they set to work to change it with the help of a Pennsylvania law, "Operation Recognition." 

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"I am at the end of the law," Neal said. "It went from WWII to Korean veterans to Vietnam veterans. I guess the law will run out when the Vietnam veterans are gone."

Operation Recognition allows districts to give diplomas to honorably discharged veterans whose service in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam interfered with their schooling.

Man escapes jail, stops for pancakes, gets busted again with his mom, deputies say

Authorities in Georgia say a man is back behind bars after his mother helped him escape from jail, then they stopped for pancakes on their way home.

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The Heard County Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV's Berndt Petersen that Joshua Gullat was working his cleaning detail of mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms at the county jail when he slipped out a door. 

Gullat, who was serving time for burglary, slipped out a side door around 11:30 p.m. Monday to a getaway car that his mother, Kathy Pence, was driving, officials said

Investigators said that earlier that night, Gullat made a phone call instructing his mom about where to pick him up.

"And it just so happened, during that phone call, she was being stopped by the city of Franklin, because she ran a stop sign," Heard County Sgt. Dan Boswell told Petersen.

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Detectives listened to the call, which the jail records, and then talked to the Franklin police officer who pulled over Gullat's mother to learn what she was driving. 

Investigators told Petersen that they tracked Pence's cellphone to a Coweta County IHOP restaurant, where they found the mother and son in a booth.

"He said they were sitting at the table eating. He was sitting with two of his kids at the table. His mom, him and two of his children," Boswell said.

Detectives said the children are now with their mother. 

Deputies said Gullat was about to be transferred to a work-release program. Instead, he will likely face more jail time, along with his mother, they said.

Cyclist riding across country for charity killed along 3,500-mile route

A Maine man who set out to cycle a 3,500-mile route across the country to raise money for a children's hospital died during his ride.

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James Dobson, who was cycling from Dover, New Hampshire to San Diego, California was struck by a car and killed on his 44th day of riding. 

Friends gathered in Maine to honor Dobson, who they said had a vibrant personality. 

"He knew the risk but once he set out to do it, he was gung ho about it," said Corey Gilpin, a childhood friend.

For Dobson, it was just another challenge.

"There’s a lot of us that said he was nuts but, once James put his mind to whatever he wanted, he would do whatever he could to succeed," said James Richesn, another childhood friend.

Dobson set out on this journey to raise $10,000 for a New Hampshire children's hospital. He called it the positive vibes tour after months of training. 

He left Dover on Oct. 1, documenting his journey on YouTube every step of the way. 

In one video, Dobson spoke of his motivation for the journey. 

"Those kids don’t have the opportunity to make a choice, to get out of the hospital and not get the treatment, so I feel I have an obligation and that’s why I ride," he said in a previous YouTube video recording. 

He reached Mississippi on Tuesday, which was Day 44 of his trip, when he was struck and killed by a car. His childhood friends told Boston 25 News that life will be boring without him. The 32-year-old had a unique vibrant personality that radiated positivity. 

In just a matter of hours, Dobson's goal of $10,000 was  already surpassed.

His friends said this summer, they plan to continue a "Positive Vibes Tour" in memory of their beloved friend, on motorcycles from Mississippi to California. 

CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event 

The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards.

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The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.

The dynamic duo, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, returned to host the awards show for the 11th time.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban – WINNER

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas RhettChris Stapleton – WINNER Keith Urban

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood – WINNER

 

Album of the Year

From A Room: Volume 2, Chris StapletonGolden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – WINNERGraffiti U, Keith UrbanLife Changes, Thomas RhettThe Mountain, Dierks Bentley

 

Single of the Year

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

Song of the Year

“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton – WINNER “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

New Artist of the Year

Lauren AlainaLuke Combs – WINNER Chris Janson Midland Brett Young

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne – WINNER Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae Sugarland

 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum Lanco Little Big Town MidlandOld Dominion – WINNER

 

Music Video of the Year

“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett – WINNER “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

 

Musical Event of the Year

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill “Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney – WINNER “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

 

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas, dobro Paul Franklin, steel guitar Dann Huff, guitarMac McAnally, guitar – WINNER Derek Wells, guitar

 

Family upset after raising more than $14,000 for son's service dog and receiving untrained puppy

A Franklin, Massachusetts, family is making an unexpected trip to North Carolina to pick up a service dog that was supposed to be specially trained for their son with autism, except the 8-month-old dog is not ready to help.

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Kristie and Tim Maxfield raised more than $14,000 from donations to acquire Teddy from a North Carolina nonprofit called RyCon, but the family has learned the company is going out of business and Teddy is not fully trained. 

The Maxfields live on a busy street and are hoping the service dog may prevent their 6-year-old son, PJ, from running out into the street.

"He's a wanderer. He's a runner. This dog was supposed to help us," said Kristie Maxfield.

The Raleigh-based company describes its service dogs as hearts of gold wrapped in fur. WFXT called owner Mark Mathis, who said financial trouble is forcing him out of business. 

"I care very much about this family, but the business itself has simply become unsustainable.," said Mathis.

The Maxfields are concerned they will bring Teddy back to Massachusetts and will have a dog with no training in order to help PJ. 

"I'm in the moment right now, trying to deal with this crisis. So, I can't comment on what I'm going to be able to do in the future, except to say I will do all I can," said Mathis.

For the Maxfields, that isn't good enough -- not for the friends and strangers who gave them money for Teddy, and definitely not for PJ. 

"At this point, $15,000 has been wasted. Money other people gave us, trusted, to help our son, has now been spent on a puppy," said Tim Maxfield. 

Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials.

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That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects.

“This particular evidence, along with all the other pieces of this giant puzzle, all the other key evidence in this investigation, have led us to today’s charges and arrest,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in announcing charges against six family members Tuesday.

>> Related: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden slayings

Four family members are facing murder charges. Two other relatives are charged with an alleged cover-up of the crime.

DeWine said the state and local murder investigation started the morning of April 22, 2016, when the bodies of the eight victims were found on three separate properties in rural Pike County.

>> Related: The shocking events of the 2016 Pike County shootings

Since then, they received more than 1,100 tips from the public, conducted 550 interviews, tested more than 700 pieces of evidence, and served more than 200 search warrants, subpoenas and court orders.

“We have been patient when it was painful to be, running down every lead, no matter how small,” said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

>> Related: Who are the Wagners? Pike County murders investigators want to know

“Members of one family conspired, planned, carried out and then allegedly covered up their violent act to wipe out members of another family. They did this quickly, coldly, calmly and very carefully. But not carefully enough. They left traces, they left a trail. The parts to build a silencer, the forged documents, the cameras, cellphones, all that they tampered with. And the lies, all the lies they told us.”

1 dead, 1 hurt in plane crash at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base

One pilot was killed and another hurt when a military jet crashed Tuesday at Texas' Laughlin Air Force Base, officials said.

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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.

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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.

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on domestic violence charges, denies ‘ever hitting a woman’

Michael Avenatti has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and was booked Wednesday evening.

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Avenatti was taken into custody and released Wednesday after a police report was filed by an unidentified victim in Century City, according to KNBC-TV. Police had responded to a domestic violence incident a day earlier and took a report.

When he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti told reporters he “has never struck a woman.”

He said he has been an advocate for women’s rights and would never disrespect his children by “touching a woman inappropriately.”

Avenatti said he’s confident he will be fully exonerated after police complete a thorough investigation.

Los Angeles police confirmed that Avenatti was arrested Wednesday afternoon and his bail was set at $50,000.

Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman, said the victim had visible injuries. He declined to provide details about the victim’s relationship to Avenatti.

Avenatti disputed the allegations in a statement obtained by Buzzfeed News:

“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, also provided a statement to Buzzfeed saying that “He is a very good man.”

"I've known Michael for the last 26 years. We met when he was 21 years old and we were married for 13 years. Michael has always been a loving kind father to our two daughters and husband. He has never been abusive to me or anyone else. He is a very good man."

The Vermont Democratic Party canceled a weekend appearance by Avenatti following Wednesday's report.

Avenatti has represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her court battle with President Donald Trump.

>> Related: Who is Stormy Daniels, the woman who claims to have had an affair with President Trump?

Avenatti is also mulling a 2020 presidential run.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Florida man who looks like the 'Joker' arrested again

A man who went viral last year for his green-haired mugshot has been arrested again in Florida. 

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Lawrence Sullivan, 30, was jailed Wednesday in Pinellas County on a probation violation charge. 

>> May 2017: Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

Sullivan’s new mugshot features the same green hair and extensive tattoos. The jail records noted that his tattoos featured a skull, sword, pot leaf, brass knuckles, devil and a rose. 

>> June 2017: Florida 'Joker' arrested again, says he was treated like a celebrity in jail

Sullivan was arrested in 2017 near Miami after he reportedly waved a gun at motorists. He was found with a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun in his pocket, the Miami Herald reported. 

The Herald reported that Sullivan's job as listed as "tattoo model." 

Pilot error cited in military plane crash that killed 9 near Savannah, Georgia

Investigators have found pilot error was to blame for a military plane crash that killed nine people outside Savannah in May, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board.

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The report, which was released Friday, cited several errors made by multiple crew members that led to an inoperative engine, a left wing stall and the plane eventually nosediving onto Ga. 21 shortly after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on May 2.

The nine people killed were airmen in the Puerto Rico National Guard.

The Lockheed WC-130 Hercules was assigned to the 156th Airlift Wing, which is based out of Muñiz Air National Guard Base. The plane, which was more than 60 years old, was making its final trip to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for retirement.

>> Related: 60-year-old military plane was on retirement flight when it crashed

"The purpose of the investigation was to identify the cause and contributing factors that led to this tragic and unfortunate incident,” Accident Investigation Board team leader Brig. Gen. John C. Millard told WSB-TV.

"By conducting a thorough review and investigation, we hope to provide answers to the families of brave airmen that lost their lives and prevent future occurrences and tragedies."

>> Related: Horrifying photos of the military plane crash

Millard’s team spent about a month reviewing an array of evidence, including interviews, logs, video, briefing material and inspection of aircraft wreckage, WSB reported.

Pink’s husband Carey Hart threatens to shoot wildfire looters in Malibu

Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting.

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He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C. Posse in front of a sign that read “Looters will be shot on site!”

“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis,” Hart said in the post. 

He also said while neighbors in Malibu have been defending their property against the fires, they’ve seen looters breaking into homes.

“If you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into Malibu,” Hart threatened in the post. 

>> Related: Malibu wildfires destroy Norman Timbs Special, 30 other rare cars

It’s unclear whether looters broke into Pink and Hart’s home, which several media outlets reported was spared by the Woolsey fire. The blaze has killed at least 50 people, burned almost 9,000 structures and charred nearly 100,000 acres in Malibu and the surrounding communities.

Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

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.

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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.”

Katherine MacGregor, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, dead at 93

Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93.

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MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

MacGregor played the wealthy, haughty, mean-spirited Oleson in 153 of the 205 episodes of the television series that ran from 1974 to 1982, according to the IMDb database.

According to the “Little House on the Prairie” website, Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor was born Jan. 12, 1925, as Dorlee Deane McGregor in Glendale, California. She grew up in  Fort Collins, Colorado, and was active in the drama club at the University of Denver in 1944. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree.

MacGregor moved to New York in 1949 and began a distinguished career in theater, People reported. After some limited roles in television, she met Michael Landon in 1974 and landed her role as Harriet Oleson, the magazine reported.

Because Laura Ingalls’ “Little House” books barely mentioned Oleson, MacGregor crafted her own character, which played a dominant role in the series, which was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.

Melissa Gilbert, who starred as Ingalls on the series, paid tribute to MacGregor on Instagram and Twitter. Alison Arngrim, who played Oleson’s daughter in the series, posted a photo of the pair.

Did Alexa witness double murder? Judge orders Amazon to turn over device’s audio

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.

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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 JusticeAccording 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.

Police say McDonald's employee assaulted manager with bacon

Police charged a McDonald’s employee in Bluffton, South Carolina, Friday after she assaulted her manager with bacon in her hand.

The Island Packet reported that, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report, the assault happened after 1:30 p.m. when a manager asked a cook to stop eating bacon while working in the kitchen. When the cook kept eating the bacon, the manager told her supervisor about the issue.

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That angered the employee, who backed the manager into a corner and “tried to shove hot crispy bacon in (her) face,” according to the police report.

The manager tried to push the cook away. The cook, still holding onto the bacon, hit the manager in her face and threw “a cup of an unknown substance” at the manager, according to police.

Another employee broke up the fight and called 911.

The Island Packet reported that the police report said a judge issued an arrest warrant for the cook.

Company markets MAGA Build the Wall brick-building set

A conservative-leaning company is marketing a President Donald Trump-inspired brick building kit this Christmas

Similar to LEGOs, the Keep And Bear online retailer recently introduced the Build the Wall” kit that comes with a mini president, compete with his own red Make America Great Again hat, KRON reported

The company claims it has the largest selection of Trump-themed gifts. Those gifts include the traditional items like T-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers to nontraditional campaign items like Bibles, coffee and a “$100 bill” with Trump’s image with gold foil plating.

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As for the brick kit, the set is $29.95 and the company is currently taking pre-orders with shipping to begin Nov. 23. 

'Daddy, I'm hurt': Girl, 6, caught in crossfire during Houston robbery

A 6-year-old Houston girl was shot in the leg during a shooting Monday involving a security guard and robbery suspect, KTRK reported.

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Claire Tidwell underwent surgery Tuesday. She was sitting in a car with her family at a McDonald’s drive-thru when an alleged robbery took place at a T-Mobile next door to the fast-food restaurant, KPRC reported. A security guard fired nearly a dozen shots at a man who fled the T-Mobile store with a phone, and one of the shots hit Claire, the television station reported.

Claire’s father, Danny Tidwell, said he and his son ducked after hearing shots around 4 p.m.

“We were sitting in the car, ordering food. All of a sudden, gunshots started going off everywhere. It was so loud that we knew it was close. It was so close that we ducked in the seat, because we couldn't tell where it was coming from.” Tidwell told KTRK. “As the shots were going off, my daughter said, 'Daddy, I'm hurt.' I turned around and there was blood everywhere. I knew she was shot, so I just left."

The T-Mobile security guard, identified as Christopher Jermaine Bradley, was in custody, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, KPRC reported. 

"He saw the theft happening in progress. He pulled his weapon and actually shot the suspect," Houston police Officer Anthony Le told KTRK

Bradley’s mother rushed to the scene of the shooting, the television station reported.

"I don't even know the little girl, but I know my heart is breaking for all of them," Sherhonda Bradley told KTRK.

T-Mobile released a statement, calling the shooting a tragic situation.

“Our thoughts are with everyone involved,” T-Mobile said in its statement. “We are working closely with the independently-owned third party retailer that operates the store to fully understand the facts around this terrible incident and how their security service responded. We will also continue to provide assistance to law enforcement in their ongoing investigation."

Tidwell said doctors removed the bullet from Claire’s leg without causing additional damage, KPRC reported.

Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported. In response, the man declared his gender “to be a woman” so left-wingers could no longer attack him over his views, according to a video of his speech that was shared  on social media.

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National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan, 61, made a motion Monday to prohibit pro-choice activists from disrupting the annual Day of the Unborn Child on March 25. The day was established by Pope John Paul II to provide a "position option in favor of life,” 9 News reported.

Green Party senator Larissa Waters criticized the motion, telling O'Sullivan he would never understand women's choices.

"Senator O'Sullivan needs to get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries and those of the 10,000 Queensland women who have an abortion each year," Waters told Parliament.

Both senators represent Queensland.

“She attacked me for my religious basis ... using words like rosary beads, because I had the audacity to raise issues around late-term abortions,” O’Sullivan told Parliament. “I am going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me.”

Waters later withdrew her remark after another senator said it reflected on O’Sullivan’s religion, 9 News reported.

O’Sullivan’s motion failed by a 32-12 mark, with 32 abstentions.

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