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    On Thanksgiving, News 96.5 WDBO will preempt regular programming to bring you Thanksgiving NFL games. Our pregame coverage starts at 12 PM, and then kickoff begins at 12:30 PM with the Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions in an NFC North match up. At 4:30 PM, the Washington Redskins will take on the Dallas Cowboys in a key NFC contest. The final game of the night will feature the Atlanta Falcons taking on the New Orleans Saints at 8:20 PM.
  • Pasco County deputies and members of the community are working together to bring awareness to people who fail to stop for a stopped school bus. On Wednesday, Monica Douglas recorded a video of a caravan of drivers blowing past a stopped school bus unloaded children on U.S. 19 in Pasco County.  According to WFLA-TV, deputies ticketed 13 people during their multi-day operation at that location. The U.S. has recently seen numerous incidents involving children being hit by cars while waiting for the bus.  In Tampa, a car hit five children and two adults waiting for a bus.  Two of those children suffered serious injuries. Here’s Douglas’ video of the Pasco County operation in action: (Video)
  • Speed on Interstate 4 and prepare to pay up. Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday it is taking a zero-tolerance approach to heavy-footed drivers in the long, challenging work zone along I-4. Troopers said if you’re driving too fast in any of the work zones, prepare to pay double the normal penalty for speeding. TRENDING NOW: I-4 reopens after semi spills steel on westbound lanes for 5 hours George Zimmerman pleads no contest to threatening to feed private investigator to alligator Central Florida snake wrangler warns of bites in the area Video: Disney passholder displays pro-Trump signs at park, gets banned again Troopers and FDOT announced the policy during an event that was scheduled before a major accident on I-4 Tuesday morning that spilled steel beams across the road near Orange Blossom Trail. It closed all westbound lanes for five hours at the height of the morning rush. ONLY ON 9: FDOT says new bridge with cracked pier can finally open to traffic Witnesses said the flatbed truck that overturned was going too fast. “That’s a good example for anyone to see that one accident impacts thousands of lives,” said Highway Patrol Capt. Chris Sorvillo. Follow WFTV Channel 9 on Facebook and Twitter The state wants to cut down on those kind of accidents in areas where cars and workers are separated only by barriers and barrels. “We have 1,500 workers on this site and we want to see each and every one of them get home safe,” said Mike Shannon from FDOT. The penalty for speeding depends on how fast you’re going and in what county you’re in: Orange County fines Seminole County fines 6-9 MPH over speed limit $258.00 $262.00 10-14 MPH over speed limit $408.00 $412.00 15-19 MPH over speed limit $508.00 $512.00 20-29 MPH over speed limit $558.00 $562.00 30+ MPH over speed limit Mandatory court appearance Mandatory court appearance Source: Florida Highway Patrol “If you’re in a 60 MPH zone and you’re doing 61, I can understand that,” said Sorvillo. “What we’re talking about is people who say, ‘It’s 60 MPH, I’m going to go 70.” TRUST ME: you don’t want to have a “talk” with @FHPOrlando if they pull you over in the @I4Ultimate work zone. You end up driving away with a more than $250 speeding ticket. Watch for stepped up enforcement @WFTV pic.twitter.com/TMthjxLeJm — Racquel Asa (@RAsaWFTV) November 13, 2018 So what if you’re being pulled over and there’s no shoulder? Orange County sheriff’s deputies also want you to know that if a deputy or trooper is trying to pull you over, you should try to slowly pull into a construction zone or go to the next exit. Download the free WFTV News app for breaking traffic alerts “Slow down. Turn on your blinkers so you acknowledge you know we’re there. Then continue down the road until you find a safe break in the barrier wall where you can pull into a construction site or exit the highway,” said Master Deputy Greg Ritter from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. GETTING PULLED OVER ON I-4? @OrangeCoSheriff says to put your hazards on to let them know you see them. NEXT ➡️ they say get off at the next exit or even find a break in the barrier wall and pull into the 🚧 construction zone @WFTV @I4Ultimate @MyFDOT_CFL pic.twitter.com/mUXIYnNQfh — Racquel Asa (@RAsaWFTV) November 13, 2018 Troopers, deputies and officers plan to be patrolling the work zones around the clock through January. In October, the FHP said there was an increase in work zone wrecks because of speeding. The Sheriff’s Office said they won’t just be stopping people for speeding. Deputies will also be looking for improper lane changes and following too close. Follow WFTV traffic anchor Racquel Asa for traffic updates and alerts TRENDING NOW: I-4 reopens after semi spills steel on westbound lanes for 5 hours George Zimmerman pleads no contest to threatening to feed private investigator to alligator Central Florida snake wrangler warns of bites in the area Video: Disney passholder displays pro-Trump signs at park, gets banned again
  • George Zimmerman entered a no contest plea to resolve a misdemeanor charge of stalking a private investigator in the latest run-in with the law for the neighborhood watch leader who killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman will be placed on 12-month probation, during which time he is not allowed to possess a firearm. Zimmerman entered the no contest plea in absentia, meaning he did not have to be present at the courthouse. Under such a plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt, and a conviction is withheld if the conditions of the plea are met. TRENDING NOW: Yet another blood pressure medication recalled over cancer risk FLORIDA RECOUNT: Palm Beach County must start over on recounting early voting ballots Sheriff: Mason jars filled with 'mother of Satan' explosives found at Lake Helen home Disney passholder displays pro-Trump signs at park, gets banned (again) VIDEO: Orange County woman pleads guilty to child neglect in toddler son's death Zimmerman was accused of sending threatening messages to a private investigator who had contacted him about a documentary series on Martin. Some messages talked about feeding the man to an alligator, according to court documents. According to the report, on Sept. 21, the private investigator contacted Zimmerman about the film and mentioned the producer, Mike Gasparro and left a voicemail with Gasparro's contact information.  #Breaking: George Zimmerman pleads no contest to stalking charge. Zimmerman not present for hearing. As part of deal, Zimmerman will be placed on 12 month probation. No contact with victim. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/BZRGSNG3o6 — Jeff Levkulich (@jlevkulichWFTV) November 13, 2018 Deputies said Gasparro told the private investigator that Zimmerman was extremely agitated with him and threatened physical harm because the investigator had been contacting Zimmerman's family.  Zimmerman allegedly told Gasparro, 'Help (the investigator's wife) out and give him a heads up. I'm going to find him. And i'm bringing hell with me.' He allegedly texted Gasparro and said, '(The private investigator) is a (expletive) who bothered my uncle in his home. Local or former law officer, he's well on his way to the inside of a gator as well. 10-4?' Read: George Zimmerman threatens to feed man to gator over Trayvon Martin movie, deputies say On Dec. 16, the private investigator said he too began receiving threats from Zimmerman. In total, he received 21 calls, 38 texts and seven voicemails in a two-hour time span.   The investigator called deputies to report the alleged threats.  George Zimmerman pleads no contest to misdemeanor stalking in Seminole County. Gets probation and ordered not to approach victim for ten years, if ever again. Judge: 'words matter.' @news965wdbo pic.twitter.com/1ie79Rco7I — Joe Ruble (@JoeRubleWDBO) November 13, 2018 The responding deputy told the private investigator to make a call to Zimmerman and ask him to cease communication. According to documents, Zimmerman told him, 'No' and to go ahead and 'pursue charges.'  He also said, 'Text me again. I'll show up at your house,' the documents said.  Photos: Onlookers, demonstrators react after Zimmerman found 'not guilty' Zimmerman also sent the victim a website link to a news article posted on TheBlast.com in which Zimmerman was quoted saying, 'I know how to handle people who (expletive) with me. I have since February 2012' and 'Anyone who (expletive) with my parents will be fed to an alligator.'  A ccording to celebrity gossip site The Blast, Zimmerman himself said that he was being harassed by production crews working on the 6-part documentary about Martin. In March, Variety reported that JAY-Z was a partner with the Weinstein Company on the project. The documentary, titled, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” will look at Martin’s life, the shooting by Zimmerman and the 2013 acquittal. According to the court documents, Zimmerman continued to send text messages, emails and phone calls.  The voicemails contained what appeared to be ticking sounds and tones that would slowly increase in frequency, deputies said.  Between Dec. 16 and Dec. 25, the victim received 55 phone calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails, deputies said.  On Jan. 3, a deputy who was familiar with Zimmerman from a domestic dispute between Zimmerman and his ex-wife, called Zimmerman.  Court documents said he berated the deputy and called her a 'whore.' Zimmerman fatally shot the black teenager in 2012 in the central Florida city of Sanford. Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic, was acquitted of all charges. The Associated Press contributed to this story. TRENDING NOW: Yet another blood pressure medication recalled over cancer risk FLORIDA RECOUNT: Palm Beach County must start over on recounting early voting ballots Sheriff: Mason jars filled with 'mother of Satan' explosives found at Lake Helen home Disney passholder displays pro-Trump signs at park, gets banned (again) VIDEO: Orange County woman pleads guilty to child neglect in toddler son's death  
  • A man who was banned from Disney World several weeks ago for unfurling a giant Donald Trump banner in the Magic Kingdom has been banned again.   He said after Disney officials took away his annual pass in September, they had a change of heart and let him back in.   The picture of Don Cini's latest antics last week show him riding down Splash Mountain with a 'Trump 2020” sign and on Expedition Everest, he held a “Keep America Great' sign.   'They never mentioned the fact that there was some kind of safety issue on the ride. That I was holding up a sign and I shouldn't be doing that,' said Cini.    Disney revoked his annual pass, which he says he had for 24 years.   He said Disney a few weeks ago called and said he was no longer banned and he agreed not to hang any more flags.   Disney’s park rules state that, 'the usage of any flag, banner or sign to incite a crowd' is prohibited.   'And I wanted to actually abide by their rules, and not hold up a flag to incite a crowd, but I kind of wanted to test them,' said Cini. 'I just really wanted to find out whether or not it had to do with unfurling a flag, or what was written on the flag.'   Cini shared pictures of deputies issuing him a trespass warning last week.   It says he's banned from all Walt Disney World properties, including theme parks, water parks, resorts and Disney Springs.   Cini says he now plans to unveil a much bigger 50-foot wide flag sometime next week and somewhere in the United States.
  • What one photographer in Indiana thought was just a cute recreation of a popular holiday classic has turned into a social media controversy.  Photographer Amy Haehl of Coffee Creek Studios posted a photo to Facebook inspired by the 1983 hit ‘A Christmas Story.’  The photo session features a sleeping baby boy wearing glasses, dressed in a pink bunny outfit and holding a minature, wooden replica of the famous ‘Red Ryder BB Gun.’  “Only 49 days until Christmas!! Ralphie loved his pink bunny suit I had made for him!” Haehl writes in the post. “Disclaimer - the BB gun is made of wood to ensure that he did NOT shoot his eye out during the creation of this photo.” (Facebook) While many of her followers found the photo adorable, others did not.  “Will now unfollow you. Who the hell would take a picture of a baby and a gun just for money,” writes one Facebook user. “Guns are never 'cute', not even as a prop or movie reference. Disgusting,” says another commenter.  Haehl has received an overwhelming amount of support, telling her to ignore the haters. “LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo - too cute! Made me laugh so hard! FOLLOWED you just because of all the silly haters!” Haehl says she never meant to offend anyone and that the photo is about love, tradition, family and happiness...and not about  a baby posed with a ‘gun.’
  • After hours of searching, Orlando police appear to have apprehended an armed suspect who authorities said crashed a car on State Road 528 just before the interchange with State Road 417 and fled on foot Sunday morning. Orlando police emerged from the woods along the 417 near Dowden Road with someone in handcuffs around 2:20 p.m.  Multiple law enforcement agencies were searching for the armed suspect, who the Florida Highway Patrol said crashed a Hyundai into a guardrail on State Road 528 around 9 a.m. and fled on foot, possibly causing another crash by running across State Road 417.  While troopers investigated, the Orlando Police Department said they believed the driver was a suspect in a case they are working and took over the investigation, according to FHP.  Officers and deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office then began searching the nearby Lake Nona, Randal Park area for the driver.  Orlando police believe the suspect is armed.  Around noon, troopers said they believe the driver ran onto the 417 at Moss Park Road, causing a multi-vehicle crash.  Officials with Orlando police partially disputed this.  Officers told Channel 9's Deanna Allbrittin they are unsure if the suspect caused the crash on the 417 and that investigators are not ready to connect the driver to a case the department is working.  Officials have not identified the suspect.  Video from the 417 crash site shows at least one person was transported to the hospital.
  • Several counties across Central Florida have begun the recount process after the Secretary of State ordered a statewide machine recount due to some races being too close to call. Following the announcement, Andrew Gillum tweeted: 'I am replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic and uncompromised call to count every vote.' In the Governor Race, Gillum is trailing Ron Desantis by .41 percent.  In the Senate Race, Rick Scott leads over Bill Nelson by just .15 percent. Rick Scott's campaign says the Senate recount is not needed, but Bill Nelson's attorney believes machine issues may have led to tens of thousands of ballots showing no vote in the senate Race.  In the race for Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried has a .53 hundred vote lead over Matt Caldwell. Both Caldwell and Fried say they will have people in all 67 counties, overseeing the recount process.  The recount process in Seminole County has started on Sunday. The Orange County recount starts on Monday, while updated numbers from Brevard County are expected on Tuesday.  The second unofficial returns are due no later than 3p.m. on Thursday, November 15th.
  • Orlando police are investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured two others in an east Orlando neighborhood Sunday morning. Police say around 4 a.m., the shooting happened at the 1500 block of Candlewyck Drive just off South Semoran Boulevard. Officers met with a victim who had been shot in the leg.  The victim told police that he and his friends were parked at Fish Court and Candlewyck when two men approached them and pointed a gun. The victim said he ran away when he was shot in the leg.  During the investigation, police found two other men on Fish Court. One man was dead and the other was taken to the hospital in critical condition.  So far the only information police have released about the suspects is that they are two males in a truck.  This is an active investigation.
  • Police in Orlando say the  man who killed a woman and then kidnapped and sexually battered another is in jail.  They say on Saturday around 8 a.m., Ruddell Pierre shot 40 year old Tamalari Renee Arnold along the 4000 block of Harwich Street. Arnold was a friend of Pierre’s ex girlfriend who wanted to ensure that she arrived home safely due to Pierre’s prior visit to his ex girlfriend’s job. Arnold was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. After shooting Arnold, Pierre then reportedly forced his ex girlfriend into her car at gunpoint and then kidnapped her. According to the arrest affidavit, he drove around endlessly and then pulled over to the side of a road where he then sexually battered her before letting her go. Pierre is now being charged with first degree murder, armed kidnapping, sexual battery, and carjacking with a gun.

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  • A former Alabama nurse accused of poisoning her private investigator husband had a preliminary hearing Thursday, at which time the shocking details of the crime were revealed for the first time. Marjorie Nicole “Nikki” Cappello, 32, of Huntsville, is charged with murder in the September death of her husband, New York native Jim Cappello Jr. AL.com reported that Jim Cappello, who was reported missing by his wife, was found dead at the couple’s south Huntsville home Sept. 22.  The registered nurse surrendered her license six days later, Alabama Board of Nursing records show.  Nikki Cappello, who jail records show is out on $100,000 bond, waived her right to appear at the preliminary hearing, but members of Jim Cappello’s family were in the courtroom as prosecutors and investigators laid out their case.  >> Read more trending news “Honestly, the family gets a lot of respect from me,” Assistant Madison County District Attorney Tim Douthit told WAFF 48 News. “I don't know if I would be able to sit there and listen to all of that and keep a straight face the way that they did. The evidence that came out today was pretty clear and horrendous.” Lead investigator Mike DeNoon testified Thursday that the investigation showed Jim Cappello, 37, had become suspicious that his wife was abusing narcotics. According to WAFF, he had begun gathering evidence against her, so he could file for divorce and obtain custody of their 4-year-old daughter, Ryleigh. According to his LinkedIn profile, Jim Cappello worked for Posey Investigations for several years before opening his own business, Cappello Investigative Agency, in 2012. DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello reported her husband missing Sept. 21. The detective said that Jim Cappello’s co-workers had become concerned because he had not shown up for work. When they went to the couple’s home, however, Nikki Cappello would not let them inside, DeNoon said. Jim Cappello’s car was parked outside the house. According to WAFF, DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello called a friend, Crystal Anderson, the following day and admitted she had killed her husband with insulin. Anderson told investigators that her friend asked her to come and help her get rid of the body. DeNoon said that Nikki Cappello put Anderson on hold for a few moments before returning to the line and telling her not to worry, that another friend was on the way to help her.  A concerned Anderson called police, WAFF reported. Police officials are trying to determine who the other friend was, the news station said.   A foul odor and a freshly dug grave Patrol officers were dispatched to the Cappello home, where one officer went to the front door and a second went around back, WAFF said. DeNoon testified that the officer at the front door smelled the odor of a dead body when Nikki Cappello answered the door. The officer around back found what appeared to be a freshly dug grave, DeNoon testified. The officers detained Nikki Cappello on the front porch and called detectives in.  WAFF reported that DeNoon, who was one of the investigators called to the scene, testified he also smelled the odor of human decomposition when he arrived. He said he asked a visibly nervous Nikki Cappello for permission to search her home. She gave permission for the investigators to search everywhere but the garage, the news station reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello was taken to the police station for questioning and he obtained a search warrant for the entire property. Jim Cappello’s body was found sprawled on a tarp on the garage floor, his feet on the floorboard of a car as though someone had tried to move him into the vehicle.  DeNoon told the court that the defendant acted as though nothing was wrong when she was told about the discovery, according to WAFF.  “You know I went inside. You know I found him, right?” DeNoon testified that he asked her.  “Yes, I knew he was there,” Nikki Cappello allegedly responded.  Though Jim Cappello’s final autopsy report is pending, the medical examiner told DeNoon the private detective was poisoned using insulin, WAFF reported.  DeNoon told the court that investigators went to the hospital where Nikki Cappello was a charge nurse and spoke to her co-workers, who said she often talked about her problems with her husband and said she would only be rid of him if he were dead, the news station said.  Hospital workers who looked through their medication supply found that some insulin was missing, WAFF reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello told him she’d accidentally brought a bottle of the diabetes drug home with her.  Jim Cappello apparently found the bottle and took a photo of it before texting the photo to a friend, WAFF said. At the time, he appeared not to know what the drug was.  Madison County District Judge Claude Hundley III ordered that the murder case go before a grand jury.  ‘Please make today like your last’ Jim Cappello’s obituary described him as an asset in multiple facets of his life, especially to the legal community. “He was an avid car enthusiast, passionate about helping people and providing for his family (was a) priority,” the obituary read. “Jim was a well-known proud father who cherished every smile and laugh from his baby girl.” Jim Cappello’s father and sister sat through Thursday’s testimony. Afterward, they told WAFF they felt it was important to be there, even though they had to come from out of state.  “It was pretty intense but I'm glad it’s going to move on,” Jim Cappello Sr. told the news station. 'We want to be part of the whole thing. He didn’t deserve this, but he deserves justice. He’s my son and I miss him.” The younger Jim Cappello’s sister, Jamie Weast, said she’s hopeful the family can get some closure through the legal process.  “He’s shining down on us right now. He’s with us every step of the way,” she said. “We’re doing everything that we're capable of every day to remember and honor him.” The family started a Facebook page, Legacy of James Cappello, for relatives and friends to share memories of him so Ryleigh, who is being cared for by the Cappello family, will remember her doting father. Many friends shared memories addressed directly to the little girl. “Your dad worked at McDonald’s during high school,” one man wrote. “Happy Meals included a Beany (sic) Baby doll. He used to complain about being surrounded by these furry toys. “Yet he fell in love with them when you came along. You were his hero. With or without fries.” Weast posted a text message her brother sent her on Mother’s Day, in which he said a friend’s mother had died and he was helping the friend out. He told her he was thinking of the people in his life and things happening to them. “So please make today like your last,” he wrote, according to Weast. “We don’t know. Enjoy it. And have everyone around you enjoy it. Love you so much. Can’t handle the thought of you not there.”  
  • Hours after a federal judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, President Donald Trump said new rules would be put in place at the White House governing the behavior of reporters, and if those rules are violated, then that would be grounds to pull the press pass of the offending reporter. “People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” President Trump told reporters after a bill signing ceremony at the White House, saying he wants to enforce rules of decorum. “Decorum. You can’t take three questions and four questions. You can’t stand up and not sit down,” the President added, as he said there was one other option as well. “We always have the option of leaving,” Mr. Trump said. “We’ll just leave, and then you won’t be very happy, because we get good ratings.” 'We want total freedom of the press, that's very important to me. It's more important to me than anybody would believe. But you have to act with respect. You're in the White House,' Trump says pic.twitter.com/XdpWUjJfVT — TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 16, 2018 It wasn’t clear exactly what the rules would say, or when the possible changes would be instituted – but the President made clear he wanted them to give his aides the legal predicate to get rid of reporters who don’t display the necessary ‘decorum.’ “With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win,” Mr. Trump said in a photo op. The President made his comments just moments after CNN’s Acosta returned to the White House, immediately after a federal judge appointed by the President had said that no legitimate reason had been given by the government for revoking his ‘hard pass’ to the White House. Acosta could have – but did not – attend the photo op. LIVE: CNN reporter Jim Acosta returns to the White House after a judge ruled that Trump must reinstate his press access https://t.co/PBmUT5rgSD — TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 16, 2018 In a statement, the group representing reporters at the White House said Acosta’s return was the correct move. “The White House Correspondents’ Association welcomes today’s ruling, in which a federal judge made it clear that the White House cannot arbitrarily revoke a White House press pass.”
  • A judge ruled Friday that the White House must reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials after the news network filed suit earlier this week against President Donald Trump and his top aides. >> Read more trending news U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN a temporary restraining order after determining that the White House likely violated Acosta’s right to due process when he was banned from the White House last week. Update 1 p.m. EST Nov. 16: Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Trump said officials are writing up rules and regulations for journalists to ensure proper decorum in the White House. 'You can't take three questions and four questions,' he said. 'You can't stand up and not sit down.' >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: After Acosta ruling, Trump says press will face new rules on behavior Trump spoke hours after Kelly determined that Acosta’s right to due process was likely violated by the White House’s decision to abruptly ban him last week. 'We want total freedom of the press,' Trump said. 'But you have to act with respect when you're at the White House, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at news conferences, it's terrible.' He said that if reporters fail to follow the yet-to-be written rules, “We'll end up back in court and we'll win, but most importantly, we'll just leave. And then you won't be very happy. Because we do get good ratings.” Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 16: The White House will reinstate Acosta’s press pass after a judge ruled Friday that officials likely violated his right to due process last week when they abruptly barred him. “In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.” Huckabee Sanders said the court “made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” though Kelly emphasized in court that his ruling did not address questions over whether Acosta’s First Amendment rights had been violated, CNN reported. “There must be decorum at the White House,” Huckabee Sanders added. Acosta’s press credentials were revoked last week after he got into a heated back-and-forth with the president while questioning him over a caravan of migrants headed for the U.S. from Honduras. Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 16: CNN has formally requested that the White House return Acosta’s press pass. Update 10:55 a.m EST Nov. 16: In court Friday, Kelly noted that attorneys for the government could not say who made the initial decision to revoke Acosta’s pass, The Associated Press reported. Kelly found White House officials likely violated Acosta’s right to due process when they revoked his press credentials last week. 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.” She also shared video of the incident in question on Twitter. >> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost Kelly said Friday that the “belated efforts were hardly sufficient to satisfy due process,” according to the AP. The judge also determined that the decision to bar Acosta from the White House caused him “irreparable harm” that was not lessened by the fact that other CNN reporters maintained their White House press passes, The Washington Post reported. Kelly emphasized in court that his ruling was limited and did not address questions over whether Acosta’s First Amendment rights had been violated, CNN reported. He told attorneys to file additional court papers in the case by Monday, according to the AP. Update 10:40 a.m. EST Nov. 16: “This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism,” CNN attorney Ted Boutrus said in a brief statement outside the courthouse Friday. Acosta thanked other journalists who have thrown their support behind him and CNN as the case went to court. More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the suit. “Let’s get back to work,” Acosta said. Update 10:30 a.m. EST Nov. 16: U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled Friday that the White House must return Acosta’s press credentials, according to CNN. The decision came at a 10 a.m. hearing Friday after Kelly told the court CNN was likely to prove Acosta’s credentials were revoked without proper due process, The Washington Post reported. Update 8:45 a.m. EST Nov. 16: U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is set to rule Friday on CNN’s request to have Acosta’s press credentials reinstated. Update 1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 15: A judge on Thursday delayed a scheduled ruling on the case, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said, citing court records. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is scheduled to hand down his decision at 10 a.m. Friday on whether to grant a temporary restraining order in the case.  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.” “(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 west Alabama district attorney on Thursday survived what authorities are calling an “ambush-style shooting” by an unlikely suspect -- a former state trooper, who was subsequently killed by police.  Steven Smith Jr. was shot dead by officers who had just eaten lunch with Greg Griggers, the district attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, according Capt. Jason Roberts, of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation. The 17th Judicial Circuit includes Marengo, Greene and Sumter counties. >> Read more trending news “It’s very, very shocking,” Roberts said during a news conference Thursday.  Roberts said the shooting took place around 12:45 p.m. on the main street in Demopolis, Marengo County’s biggest city. Griggers and the officers had returned to his office after eating at a nearby café. The Tuscaloosa News reported that as Griggers opened the door of his truck to exit it, Smith began firing at him with a shotgun from across the street. The two officers with the district attorney fired back, killing the 60-year-old former trooper.  Griggers, 52, was struck in the face, WVTM 13 News in Birmingham reported. His wounds were minor and he was treated and released from a hospital.  Roberts said that Smith, who was hired as a trooper in 1982, was fired in 1996. The News reported that while still a trooper, Smith was investigated after two shotgun blasts were fired into the home of 17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Eddie Hardaway.  AL.com reported that Hardaway was the first black judge to preside over the 17th Judicial Circuit.  Smith at that time owned a white Mitsubishi that matched witnesses’ descriptions of the shooter’s car, AL.com said. Smith was also called before a special grand jury to testify. The then-trooper complained publicly and to the news media about the handling of that investigation, which the News reported included authorities questioning his then-girlfriend. He was fired after speaking to reporters about the case, AL.com said.  The case was ultimately dismissed in 1997 after the grand jury was dismantled. The News reported that Smith’s termination was upheld by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Roberts said Smith’s records show he was not eligible for rehire.  The motive for Griggers’ shooting was not yet known, the investigator said.  “We’re very early in this investigation,” Roberts said. “All we know at this point is that the district attorney was fired upon in an ambush-style shooting and we will be investigating it as an independent investigation.” Watch Thursday’s news conference below, courtesy of WTOK-TV. Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese asked that residents keep Griggers, who has served as district attorney since 2003, in their prayers.  “His family is very important to us, and he’s important to our circuit,” Reese said. “This is a heinous crime and the city of Demopolis will do everything we can to get it resolved.” The crime was an oddity for Demopolis, which the 2010 U.S. Census put at just under 7,500 residents. Reese said, however, that a shooting of a public official can happen anywhere in America.  “We’re kind of shocked that it happened in the city of Demopolis,” Reese said. “We don’t know the motive behind this case right now.” The chief said that Griggers, who he’s known for 20 years or longer, has been a great friend and prosecutor, but the job of district attorney can sometimes make a person some enemies.  “Otherwise, beyond that, Greg is a great person in the community,” Reese said. “He’s well liked, well respected.” Jay E. Town, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, sent his thoughts and prayers to Griggers and his family.  “District Attorney Griggers is a dedicated public servant and an honorable man,” Town said in a statement. “This serves as yet another reminder of the perils and dangers that law enforcement at every level face daily.”
  • A jury on Friday found former Uber Eats driver Robert Bivines guilty of several charges, including felony murder, for the February shooting death of his customer Ryan Thornton. >> Read more trending news  Update 12:45 p.m. EST Nov. 16: Jurors in Fulton County deliberated for roughly three hours Friday before finding Biviens guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.  Bivines, 36, a former Uber Eats driver, has long claimed he shot and killed Thornton, 30, in self-defense after he was threatened while delivering food to Thornton’s Buckhead condominium on the night of Feb. 17. Original report: Was Robert Bivines justified in killing Ryan Thornton? That’s the question jurors must answer when deliberations begin Friday morning.  Bivines, 36, a former Uber Eats driver, has long claimed he shot and killed Thornton, 30, in self-defense after he was threatened while delivering food to Thornton’s Buckhead condominium on the night of Feb. 17. Bivines is on trial in Fulton County Superior Court this week for the February shooting death of Thornton. Bivines testified Thursday that Thornton threatened to “(expletive) him up” because he was angry the driver would not bring his food upstairs. Bivines said Thorton approached him in an aggressive manner and motioned with is hand in his pocket as if he had a gun, so Bivines grabbed his gun, fired four shots at Thornton then drove away, he said. “I felt harmed,” Bivines said. “I thought he was going to shoot me.”  >> Trending: Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders But prosecutors disputed Bivine’s story noting that no weapon was found on Thornton and he didn’t make a move like he had one, they said. And if Bivines were truly afraid for his life, they said, he had other options, including calling police or 911 for help. “Words alone are not sufficient to justify killing someone,” Fulton County Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Travis said in court Thursday during closing arguments in the case.  Attorney Jackie Patterson said his client panicked. Surveillance video from that night shows Thorton getting the food and exchanging some words with Bivines.  Bivines admitted to firing four shots, two of which Fulton County prosecutors said were fired after Thornton was already on the ground. He then drove off.  “Anyone involved in a situation like that isn’t going to wait around,” Patterson said about Bivines’ action that night. Instead of calling the police or 911 for help, prosecutors said Bivines chose to sit at his girlfriend’s job for six hours after the shooting.  Bivines testified he immediately drove to the Cumberland Mall area where his girlfriend worked, and sat there waiting for her shift as a security guard to end. Bivines was expected to pick her up from work and drive them back to their Alpharetta home.  That was 6 a.m. During those hours waiting, he said he made some phone calls, including one to her, but didn’t tell anyone about the shooting.  >> Trending: Ballerina found dead in Missouri lake; investigators looking for clues in death And as night turned to day, Bivines said he still hadn’t told anyone. He wouldn’t talk to anyone about the shooting until he received a call from Atlanta police Detective Andre Lowe asking to come to police headquarters to tell his side of the story.  That night, Bivines said he searched “uber eats driver” and “uber eats driver news” to see what had been reported about the shooting. When he came across an online article identifying him as a potential suspect, he decided to call a lawyer.  Bivines would turn himself in to authorities the Monday after the Saturday shooting.  During testimony this week, Thornton’s fiancee, Jerica Jones, who was at the condo with him, described heaing the shots that killed him, WSB-TV reported. After the shooting, Thornton called his fiancee. “I hear Ryan’s voice crackling, saying ‘Don’t panic. I’ve been shot,’ and that’s the last time I ever spoke to him,” Jones testified. During closing arguments, Travis said Bivines aggressively baited Thornton in to coming back to the car and intentionally fired shots at him. Travis criticized Bivines for not remembering details from that night and claimed his conscious kicked in when he was worried about being caught.  >> Trending: Guns seized at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson checkpoints sets national record Patterson insisted his client stood his ground, but acknowledged the pain of Thornton’s family.  “There are no winners in these kinds of cases,” he said.  Judge Jerry Baxter dismissed jurors home for the day after reading them their instructions. They will begin deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Bivines faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.