• liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The female driver of a van was charged Friday with driving under the influence after the vehicle slammed into a school bus carrying a high school basketball team and cheerleaders on a highway in central Illinois, causing the bus to lose control, go barreling across the highway, and flip on its side, officials said.And the entire dramatic incident was captured by a surveillance camera situated at a nearby gas station.There were no life-threatening injuries among the school bus' 35 passengers, which included two coaches and one cheerleading sponsor, according to Mike Wilson, the athletic director of Teutopolis High School, located in the central Illinois village of Teutopolis.Five students were transported to a nearby hospital, where they were treated and released for "lacerations and minor injuries," according to Sheriff Chris Sims of the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office. Of the five students, two were male and three were female.  Sheriff Sims said the driver of the van was transported by ambulance to a hospital for "non-incapacitating" injuries, where she was cited by a Moultrie County Sheriff's deputy for failure to yield and driving under the influence.In describing how the accident unfolded, Sheriff Sims said in a statement that the bus "was traveling north on IL route 32 to a boys high school basketball tournament with staff, players, and cheerleaders. As it passed the intersection of Moultrie County road 8.00 N, an eastbound van stopped at the stop sign (stop signs for East and West only), then proceeded east, striking the side of the school bus, causing the school bus to lose control and overturn, coming to final rest on its passenger side."According to Sullivan Fire Department Capt. Chris Wright, the school bus driver took defensive action to avoid the van that was in the intersection. The school district said the bus driver was a retired staffer with the district.This crash is still being investigated by the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office.
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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The country's new education secretary has already hit a roadblock in her job.Betsy DeVos, in her first visit to a public school as head of the education department, tried to enter a Washington, D.C., middle school Friday morning but was met with a small number of protesters.They created a barrier to the entrance of Jefferson Middle School, leading DeVos to turn around and return to her vehicle."She doesn't represent anything that they stand for," one protester said."Shame. Shame. Shame," chanted another protester, who followed DeVos to her car.The protesters also hindered DeVos' vehicle from quickly driving away. According to a police officer, DeVos did eventually enter the school building.The former Michigan education activist was confirmed Tuesday as education secretary in a tie breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. DeVos has been a vocal supporter of charter schools and vouchers. During her contentious confirmation hearing, DeVos left open the possibility that she would allow public school funding to be directed to private options.
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  • ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Lawyers for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof have filed a motion for a new trial and are looking to throw out the death penalty sentences in the case.The motion, filed in South Carolina federal court, questions whether Roof's attack was plotted and carried out wholly within the state, and therefore not a federal case, as well as whether the hate crimes he was convicted of were punishable by death."A finding in his favor on this motion would resolve the case, since he would not challenge further the resulting sentences of life in prison without the possibility of release," the lawyers wrote.Roof was sentenced to death last month after he was convicted of hate crimes in federal court. He killed nine black churchgoers during a bible style at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in June 2015.This is a breaking news story. Check back for more details.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia’s Solicitor General, Stuart Raphael, asked a federal judge on Friday to issue a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Raphael argued it is important that "immigration law be uniform."Judge Leonie Brinkema, who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, said a decision could "not be written overnight" given the nationwide TRO, or temporary restraining order.Attorneys for the state of Virginia challenged the constitutionality of the executive order and said there is "overwhelming evidence" that the executive order "resulted from animus toward Muslims." In court documents, Virginia also said the state, its residents and its public universities would be harmed by the order.For example, they said university students and faculty from countries named in the executive order who are in the U.S. on work or student visas can’t leave the country for fear of not being allowed back in.Brinkema pushed U.S. government lawyers to present evidence that would support their case. "The courts have been begging you to provide some evidence and none has been forthcoming," she said, adding that the order has "all types of deficiencies.""There is strong evidence from the national security community that this order does not do what it purports to do," Brinkema said. "There is strong, colorful evidence for the motives of this order."She added that the "order seem to be counterproductive to its purpose of national security," referring to the joint declaration written by former national security advisors and secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, Avril Haines, Michael Hayden, John Kerry, John McLaughlin, Lisa Monaco, Michael Morell, Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta and Susan Rice."We view the Order as one that ultimately undermines the national security of the United States, rather than making us safer," they wrote. "In our professional opinion, this Order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds. It does not perform its declared task of 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.’"Erez Reuveni, an attorney for the Department of Justice, did not offer specific answers to Brinkema’s questions only saying that the president has inherent authority and the right to make national security determinations, not the courts.Reuveni also argued that the state of Virginia did not have standing to challenge the ban and there was no imminent harm to anyone.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Police in Ohio are asking for help as they investigate the shooting death of 21-year-old Reagan Tokes, a senior at Ohio State University who was set to graduate this spring.Tokes, a psychology student from Florida, was last seen leaving work in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday evening. Friends reported her missing on Thursday, police in Grove City, Ohio, said in a Facebook statement Friday.Her body was found on Thursday near an entrance to a park in Grove City, which is about 12 miles away from OSU, the police said.Tokes was shot and the "investigation is being addressed as a homicide," the Grove City police said.Police found Tokes' car in Columbus.OSU said in a statement that it was "deeply saddened" to learn of Tokes' death."We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this extremely difficult time," the statement said. "Counseling and consultation services are available for those in need of support."Grove City police added on Facebook, "Please keep the family of Reagan in your thoughts and help us locate who is responsible for this."Police urge anyone with information to call Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigations tip line at 1-855-BCI-OHIO.
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  • Indiana State Parks/Facebook(INDIANAPOLIS) -- An Indiana conservation officer had a little trouble posing for his recent staff photo. But that’s because his K-9 partner, Kenobi, refused to stop licking his face.The outtakes from officer Levi Knach’s photo shoot are going viral thanks to Kenobi’s wonderful attempts to steal the show.“Kenobi is cute, but make no mistake - he is a trained, working officer and can track people and locate a variety of objects ranging from venison to ginseng,” Indiana State Parks wrote in a Facebook post, which now has 2,400 likes.The post said that one of Kenobi’s jobs is to find ginseng when someone has illegally harvested it.He’s also apparently very good at showing some puppy love to Knach, who works in the state's Department of Nature Resources.After all the adorable outtakes, the patient photographer was finally able to snap a perfect photo of the dynamic duo side by side.
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