iStock/Thinkstock(DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.) — The driver of the California tour bus that killed 13 passengers and injured 31 others Sunday may not have stepped on the brakes before the bus plowed into another vehicle, officials said Monday.

There was no indication of breaking by the bus, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele told reporters at a press conference.

The bus, which was on Interstate 10 returning to Los Angeles from Red Earth Casino in Thermal, California, crashed into a tractor trailer, leaving the front of the bus demolished, Abele said Sunday. Officials said the bus had arrived at the casino Saturday night between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and left Sunday at 4 a.m. The bus did not have seat belts.

It was also revealed Monday that the bus driver may have been inside the casino during that time frame.

The investigation remains in a very early stage, officials said, adding that it’s too early to say what caused the accident.

“The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big rig, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus,” Abele said Sunday.

The National Transportation Safety Board, who is investigating the crash, asks that witnesses call the California Highway Patrol.

The bus had been inspected three times since 2014 and no mechanical issues were found, Abele said Sunday.

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Her haunting tale as the alleged victim of a vicious sexual assault at a prominent fraternity that was depicted in the magazine’s retracted article, “A Rape on Campus,” stunned the nation and invigorated a widespread discussion on sexual assault on college campuses.

Video of Jackie’s deposition from April of this year was shown before a 10-person jury in Charlottesville federal court as part of a $7.85 million defamation suit filed by a former associate dean, Nicole Eramo, at the University of Virginia against Sabrina Erdely, the writer of the “A Rape on Campus” story that was published in Rolling Stone magazine, and the magazine itself. Monitors were turned off for the rest of the gallery to preserve Jackie’s identity.

In the video deposition, Jackie testified that she thought details of her alleged rape were private and that Erdely would focus her reporting on sexual assault advocacy.

“I was under the impression that they were not going to be published. I was naïve,” she said in the deposition.

Jackie said that she did not understand what phrases like “on-the-record” or “off-the-record” meant. When she expressed her concerns to Erdely a few weeks before the story’s publication, Erdely told her it was too late to back out, according to Jackie.

“I remember her telling me there was no way for me to pull out at that point,” Jackie said. “I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. I felt like I was getting a lot of pressure from a lot of different people and I didn’t know what to do. I did not want to participate in the article at that point.”

Jackie said she was worried about the way Eramo would be portrayed in the article, admitting she had trouble sleeping and suffered anxiety leading up to publication of the article.

“I believe that Ms. Erdely was concerned about the administration as a whole, and Dean Eramo was a part of that and I didn’t want Dean Eramo hurt,” Jackie said. “I respected and cared about Dean Eramo.”

The 9,000-word Rolling Stone article published in 2014 captured in graphic details the night Jackie says she was allegedly brutally gang raped by several men when she was a freshman at the University of Virginia. The article also described her as supposedly facing callous indifference from college authorities.

But following the publication, police announced that they had no reason to believe a rape as Jackie had described it had taken place. The article was retracted after a Columbia Journalism School report found it to be “a journalistic failure,” including Erdely’s failure to interview any of the alleged perpetrators of the crime.

Attorneys for Rolling Stone said they still believe their reporting about Eramo and the university’s handling of sexual assault reports is “accurate and well substantiated,” according to court documents. Last year a U.S. Department of Education investigation determined that UVA did not immediately respond to some sexual assault complaints and created a “hostile environment” for victims, Rolling Stone emphasized.

“We made journalistic mistakes with respect to Jackie’s story and we have learned from them, but these mistakes do not support Dean Eramo’s lawsuit,” the publication said in a statement to ABC News last Thursday.

“The depiction of Dean Eramo in the Article was balanced and described the challenges of her role. We now look forward to the jury’s decision in this case.”

Former UVA Associate Dean Nicole Eramo says she was unduly maligned by her portrayal in the debunked article. She says Erdely portrayed her as the chief villain in the story: an uncaring, callous and ineffective voice who sought to suppress Jackie’s claims.

Eramo is seeking $7.85 million, based on the damages inflicted upon her reputation, career and health.

Erdely admitted in court that many mistakes were made in her reporting of the story.

“I wish that Jackie had not been in my story,” Erdely said last week during her testimony. “It wasn’t a mistake to rely on someone emotionally fragile. It was a mistake to rely on someone intent to deceive me.”

She maintains that her story did not damage Eramo’s reputation.

“She still works at the university, she still got a pay raise,” Erdely said last week.

Attorneys representing Jackie argued earlier this year that the deposition would re-traumatize Jackie because they say she is a sexual assault survivor.

Eramo and her attorneys argued it was important for Jackie to provide details behind her motivation to allegedly fabricate a story that was read by millions.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the Serial podcast, has officially launched a bid to be released from prison.

His lawyer Justin Brown filed the bail petition on behalf of Syed in a Baltimore courthouse Monday morning.

“He has no history of violence other than the State’s allegations in this case, and if released he would pose no danger to the community,” the Motion for Release Pending Appeal document reads. “He is also not a flight risk; it makes no sense that he would run from the case he has spent more than half his life trying to disprove.”

Syed Files Motion for Bail today in Baltimore City Circuit Court @CJBrownLaw

— Justin Brown (@CJBrownLaw) October 24, 2016

Brown echoed the sentiments in Monday’s court document in July, telling ABC News then, “He’s not a flight risk and he is not a danger to the community and therefore he should be allowed out on bail.”

Syed, 35, has been incarcerated for more than half his life, sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. She was found buried in a shallow grave in Baltimore’s Leakin Park.

A retired Baltimore judge issued a ruling in June granting Syed a new trial on the grounds that he received ineffective counsel in 2000 from a defense attorney who failed to cross examine a state cell expert witness on key evidence.

“The court finds that trial counsel’s performance fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment when she failed to cross-examine the state’s cell tower expert regarding a disclaimer obtained as part of pre-trial discovery,” Judge Martin Welch wrote in his ruling in June.

The ruling followed new evidence presented during a second post-conviction relief hearing in February, including testimony from alibi witness Asia McClain Chapman, who says she spoke with Syed at the time the state claims he killed Lee.

Maryland’s attorney general appealed the June order and charged that Syed shouldn’t get a new trial in the absence of “new evidence” or a “change in law” since he was convicted.

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Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(DURHAM, N.C.) — Former U.S. women’s soccer midfielder Lauren Holiday had a successful surgery at Duke University Hospital on Thursday to remove a benign tumor from the outer layer of her brain.

Holiday, 28, gave birth to a baby girl in late September with her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard, Jrue Holiday.

His agent told ABC News, “In September, Lauren Holiday gave birth to Jrue Tyler Holiday. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces. She is healthy and at home with her family.”

Holiday’s benign tumor, known as a meningioma, was located on the right side outer layer of her brain and diagnosed after she experienced terrible headaches while she was pregnant with her first child.

“Meningiomas are the are the most common benign tumor in humans,” said Dr. John Boockvar, Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. “Just because they’re benign doesn’t mean they don’t cause trouble. Meningiomas can be harmful if they get too big.”

The baby’s original due date was set for mid-October, but according to multiple reports Holiday’s doctors made the decision to induce labor early to expedite her brain surgery.

Jrue Holiday remains out as wife Lauren prepares for brain surgery.

Friends, family and fans have showed their support for Holiday and wished her a speedy recovery.

I love you Chen! @laurenholiday12

— Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) October 20, 2016

Fellow U.S. teammate Ashlyn Harris tweeted a picture wearing athletic tape with Holiday’s initials and jersey number with the caption, “I love you Chen.” Her former UCLA soccer team tweeted, “Sending our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery…”

Sending all our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery to @laurenholiday12 after her surgery today. We love you, Cheney! 💙 #LH12

— UCLA Women’s Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) October 21, 2016

Jrue Holiday is currently on an indefinite leave from the NBA season to take care of his wife. The couple met in college and married in 2013.

Fellow Pelicans players and coaches alike have been supportive of Jrue Holiday’s decision to help his wife through this time.

“We’re always in his corner and he knows if he needs anything he can always call any of us,” said teammate Anthony Davis.

Jrue Holiday posted a photo last week on Instagram of the Pelicans playing the Atlanta Hawks with the caption, “Missin the squad!!!!”

Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said Jrue Holiday will be welcome back to the team whenever he is ready.

“When the time is right, Jrue will come back to the team,” Demps said at a news conference. “When he comes back, you know, I’ve said it before, you know, we’re going to welcome with open arms.”

Doctors expect Holiday to make a full recovery. She is recovering in North Carolina with her husband and new baby daughter.

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ABC News(MADERA, Calif.) — A motorist led police in Madera, California, on a high-speed chase Sunday, engaging in a shoot-out while a civilian woman was inside the police cruiser as part of the city’s Citizen Police Academy.

The program was designed to develop a working relationship with the community, but this ride-along turned into a close call when an officer was forced to take action.

Police dash cam footage shows a Madera police cruiser attempting to pull over a silver Mazda early Sunday morning. Within seconds of the driver’s failure to yield to police orders, the unidentified woman’s ride-along escalated into a full pursuit.

The woman can be heard screaming as the harrowing scene unfolds in front of her. At one point, she pleads with the police officer to stop the chase.

Right after the Mazda took a turn, gunfire can be seen and heard on the dash cam video.

The firefight disabled the patrol car and the suspects exited their vehicle and took off on foot.

The officer survived the incident, as did the civilian, who suffered minor cuts from broken glass.

Photos of the aftermath reveal the patrol car’s shattered windows and a gun found in the Mazda. The suspects are still on the loose, according to police.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow said his passion for the sport of baseball is making it “so much fun” to play with the New York Mets after transforming from a football star.

“It’s amazing when you do something for the love of it,” Tebow, 29, said Monday on Good Morning America. “I’m so passionate about the game and pursuing it and playing every day is just so much fun.”

The former NFL star, Heisman Trophy winner and college-football analyst for ESPN re-entered the world of professional sports this year as an outfielder with the New York Mets farm team. Tebow famously hit a homerun in September on the first pitch of his first at bat as a professional player in the instructional league games in Florida.

Tebow signed with the Mets in September after not having played organized baseball since 2005, while still in high school. After his time at the University of Florida, Tebow played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Tebow discusses the highs and lows of his time in the NFL in his new book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. The book also focuses on Tebow’s Christian faith and how it has guided his high-profile career.

Tebow said he was able to make his life about something more than just football by having an identity that was bigger than the sport.

“I think it’s really understanding what matters, what’s important in your life and having something bigger than just what you do,” he said on GMA.

“When you have an identity that’s bigger than what you do, even when that fails or you crumble or someone says you’re not good enough or you can’t or you won’t or you shouldn’t, you can still prevail over that because your life is bigger than that.”

Tebow said his foundation of faith also helped him deal with setbacks in his NFL career, like when he was cut from teams.

“I’ve been told by a lot of different teams that I’m not good enough so how do you handle that?,” Tebow said. “For me, it’s to be able to have a foundation of something bigger than yourself, understand what God says about you, that you are important, that you have a life of significance and you have a life of meaning.”

“When you understand your purpose, that will totally change your identity.”

One story in Tebow’s book focuses on a trip his family made to the Philippines, where Tebow was born, as missionaries. Tebow recalled meeting a boy named Sherwin whose feet were backwards and who was looked upon by his fellow villagers as cursed.

“Leaving that village, I was leaving with tears in my eyes because I wanted to fight for people like that,” Tebow said on GMA. “I knew that I wanted to be the best athlete that I could be but what I wanted to do with my life was fight for people like Sherwin.”

Tebow’s foundation now operates a hospital in the Philippines where he says 2,000 orphans are cared for.

With all of his success on and off the field, Tebow said it is by helping others that he stays humble.

“I think humility comes, not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less, meaning try to look for the people around you and what they need and how you can help them,” he said. “I think the greatest form of love is choosing the best interest of another person and acting on their behalf.”

Tebow added he has found that when you help others, “You never know big of an impact you’ll really make.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Authorities in Oklahoma have launched a manhunt for a suspect in a double homicide who also allegedly opened fire on two police officers with an AK-47, striking both in the legs.

Police say the fugitive, Michael Vance, is armed and extremely dangerous. Vance came out firing with an assault weapon after police officers responded to reports of shots in the area, authorities said.

Vance and one other suspect fled the scene in a police patrol car after shooting the officers, authorities said.

The two officers sustained non-life threatening injuries, officials say. One officer was shot in the foot and another was hit by gunfire in both legs.

Vance fled to a mobile home park, where police discovered the bodies of two of his relatives, police said.

Vance then ditched the police cruiser and “shot at and injured” another woman in the process of carjacking her and leaving the scene with her Silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

One suspect has been taken into custody.

The Lincoln County Sheriff said Vance was recently released from the Lincoln County Jail on accusations of child sexual assault.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


NY Islanders 6, Minnesota 3
NY Rangers 3, Arizona 2
Anaheim 4, Vancouver 2
Edmonton 3, Winnipeg 0

NY Giants 17, Los Angeles 10
NY Jets 24, Baltimore 16
Indianapolis 34, Tennessee 26
Detroit 20, Washington 17
Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 17
Kansas City 27, New Orleans 21
Miami 28, Buffalo 25
Philadelphia 21, Minnesota 10
Oakland 33, Jacksonville 16
San Diego 33, Atlanta 30 (OT)
Tampa Bay 34, San Francisco 17
New England 27, Pittsburgh 16
Arizona 6, Seattle 6 (OT)

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iStock/Thinkstock(WELLSTON, Okla.) — Two police officers were shot in Wellston, Oklahoma, Sunday night, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries when they responded to a report of a shooting in the rural area around 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects fled the scene in a white Lincoln Town Car with a blue top. One suspect is in custody, but another subject named Michael Vance is still at large, according to officials.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BARRINGTON, R.I.) — A Rhode Island community held a parade on Sunday afternoon in protest of a local man’s complaint about women wearing yoga pants.

In a letter to the editor of the Barrington Times last week, Alan Sorrentino said the athletic pants were “the absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion,” and they “do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old.”

“To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age,” he wrote. “I don’t want to struggle with yours.”

In response, about 300 people, including many women wearing yoga pants, hit the streets of his Barrington, Rhode Island, neighborhood for a “Yoga Pants Parade.”

One of the event’s organizers, Jamie Burke, said according to the Providence Journal that the issue was beyond the writer and “women are fed up with the policing of our wardrobe.”

Sorrentino has since said the letter was written in five minutes and supposed to be a joke. He said that he received death threats because of it.

“If I were a woman and a group of men were doing that to me, the men would be arrested,” he said in response to the parade.

A large sign that said “FREE SPEECH” hung on Sorrentino’s house during the parade, according to the Providence Journal.

The protest parade was peaceful, with many people donating diapers and hygienic products to the women’s shelter Sojourner House in Providence. Gina Baxter, a spokeswoman for clothing line Dear Kate, said the company would donate 100 yoga pants to the shelter as well.

“To celebrate women and celebrate our products, our design to empower women and instill confidence in women,” she said of the donation.

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