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Snowplow crashes over 300 feet into Utah canyon

In a scary dashcam video released by the Utah Department of Transportation, a tractor-trailer clipped a state snowplow on a road Thursday, sending the plow plummeting down a 300-foot embankment into the Spanish Fork Canyon.

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The driver of the snowplow, identified by UDOT as 59-year-old Terry Jacobson, survived the crash but suffered serious injuries, CNN reported. He was hospitalized with serious injuries in Provo's Utah Valley Hospital; Jacobson has worked for the department for more than 23 years, KUTV reported.

Photos show the front of the plow and passenger side of the cab smashed. UDOT spokesman John Gleason told CNN that Jacobson was wearing his seat belt, "which saved his life."

"He says he doesn't remember very much other than going through the rail and rolling down the hill," Neil Lundell, a UDOT supervisor, said in a video uploaded to the department's YouTube account.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Toney told KUTV that the truck driver that caused the accident is William Owens of Owens Brothers trucking, a company from Monroe, Utah.

Toney said Owens confirmed he tried to pass the snowplow but couldn't offer a reason why.

Owens was cited for improper passing and failure to maintain a single lane of travel. 

UDOT confirmed to CNN the authenticity of the video, despite the incorrect date-stamp on it. The department said the owner of the dashcam incorrectly set the date and time.

In the video,  the tractor-trailer appears to pass Jacobson's plow as it cleared slush on a snowy U.S. 6 near Spanish Fork, Utah. Gleason said the truck driver "was temporarily blinded by the wash of the plow and couldn't see where he was going."

The tractor-trailer struck the wing of the plow, causing the vehicle to cross the highway, crash through the guardrail and continue more than 300 feet down to the canyon.

The truck driver stopped after the collision and called authorities.

"After seeing the video, it’s a miracle he is here," Shane Jacobson told KUTV. He said his father was alert but in a lot of pain.

"This was by far and away the most serious crash we've had with one of our snowplows," UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras said in the video uploaded to YouTube. "This is the fourth one that we've had so far this year."

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Lewis' memoir sells out after Trump's Twitter tirade

Hours after President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, labeling the Democrat’s Atlanta district as a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape,” Lewis’ 1999 memoir sold out on Amazon.

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As of Saturday evening, the retailer was temporarily out of stock of Lewis’ 1999 biography, “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement.”

Its sales spiked by nearly 106,020 percent, moving the book from the No. 15,918 spot to No. 15 on Amazon’s bestsellers list.

Two of Lewis’ books remained the top two bestsellers through Saturday on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” list, which includes the retailer’s biggest gainers in sales rank over the past 24 hours.

Lewis' other book -- a three-volume graphic novel titled "March" -- was the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon as of Saturday night, with sales spiking after Trump's tweet. The book previously ranked No. 1,068 on Amazon.  

Trump team ponders evicting media from White House

Three senior officials on Donald Trump's transition team hinted that a plan to evict the press corps from the White House is under "serious consideration" by the president-elect’s incoming administration, Esquire magazine reported.

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If the plan is adopted, one official told Esquire, the media will be removed from the White House press room, where it has been located since Richard Nixon was president. They would be relocated either to the White House Conference Center or to a space in the Old Executive Office building, located next door to the White House.

Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, said no decision has been made about such a plan, but acknowledged that "there has been some discussion about how to do it."

Reporters have had some sort of workspace at the White House since Theodore Roosevelt's time, but it became more pronounced during the Nixon era. The room contains work stations and broadcast booths, as well as a briefing area.

Spicer told Esquire that the move was purely one of logistics, noting that the press room may be too small to handle a growing national media. However, Esquire quoted another senior official saying the move was a reaction to coverage that Trump believes has been hostile toward him.

"They are the opposition party," the official told Esquire. "I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room."

Retired Georgia teacher climbed Stone Mountain 300 times in 2016

To some, she's mom. For others, she's a wife, teacher, friend, grandmother and coach. But something everyone can call the 66-year-old Georgia native is: Inspiring.

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Retired DeKalb County schoolteacher and coach Margie Bowen had dozens cheering her on as she climbed Stone Mountain for her 300th time -- in 2016 alone.

On Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m., Bowen set out to climb the iconic 825-foot Georgia mountain, amazing those all around her.

"Margie is an example of determination at 66 years of age, climbing the mountain almost every day despite of what life puts in her way," said Bowen's son-in-law, Benito Ferro.

Some who hiked along with Bowen knew her, and some didn't. Some were in shape, and for others, the hike was extremely difficult to accomplish. Some worked out often, and some dreaded working out and were just there for moral support.

But Bowen said that everyone involved has been "the wind beneath her wings."

""I am so motivated by everyone and am just so blessed," Bowen told WSB. "Thank you all so much. You keep me going."

Even those who couldn't attend sent messages, texts and calls with words of encouragement, which meant the absolute world to Bowen, inspiring her even more than she says they could ever know.

"These friends who took the time out of their day to come and 'show up' were huge in cheering on and celebrating my mom," daughter Lauren Train said.

But Bowen's incredible relationship with Stone Mountain didn't just start now.

Bowen tells Richardson that she has climbed Stone Mountain since she was just 4 years old, but has only recently started counting her climbs and setting goals for them.

It all started when Bowen said school was coming to an end on May 26, 2010, and she began to wonder, "What am I going to do without my students?'"

Almost forgetting that Stone Mountain was right in her back yard, she decided to reunite with it after many years.

Not only was this a place where she felt comfortable, as the outdoors has always been her place of worship, but it was a place that had sentimental value. More than 30 years ago, Bowen's high school sweetheart, Dale Bowen, proposed to her on that very mountain.

"Whether I'm listening to music or praying while climbing, this is the place that makes me happiest," Bowen said.

Telling her students and daughters all about her endeavor back in 2010, she began setting goals for herself, as she loved a good game.

Bowen told herself she would climb the mountain 20 times that summer. She ended up climbing Stone Mountain 100 times.

That's when Bowen says the thrill of the game started getting really fun.

Bowen's daughter, Kristin Ferro, and Kristin's husband, Benito, came up with the idea back in 2013 of making the event a social media gathering. They partnered with #weloveatlan Instagram community that brings Atlanta residents together to tell the city's stories through photography.

From 2010 to the end of 2013, Bowen had climbed Stone Mountain 500 times.

What's even more remarkable about Bowen's journey is that she suffers from degenerative arthritis, and her body hurts sometimes, so she has worried about continuing on, but reminds herself of a very important lesson she taught her gymnasts at Clarkston High School.

"You can't say can't," Bowen said. "Don't own your excuses, but do remember to make your goals doable and flexible."

"She's just putting one foot in front of the other," Kristin Ferro said. "I am so proud of her."

As of Saturday, Bowen's cumulative total is 861 climbs on Stone Mountain.

Her goal for 2017? To reach 1,000.

"If I achieve that goal before that time, then it'll be a party!" Bowen laughed.

Truck loses top beneath 'Graffiti Bridge'

A box truck lost its top driving beneath a bridge -- and an artist’s video camera caught the accident as it happened.

Artist Roger Fine was working on a “Happy Holiday” mural at the Graffiti Bridge, a former train trestle turned artistic landmark, when a rental truck careened down the street and lost its top on the low-clearance overpass.

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The video was seen live a few weeks ago by followers of The Graffiti Bridge Facebook page but a clip of the impact was posted Friday.

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A “Here’s Your Sign” T-Shirt, emblazoned with the image of a 10-foot, 8-inch yellow clearance sign, is for sale through the landmark’s website.

“We all know the inspiration behind this shirt, and well... It happened again,” the description reads. “It seems another truck driver ignored the signs and wanted to test the strength of his truck, and #TheGraffitiBridge won again.”

Truck drivers who hit the bridge can get a shirt for free. And while the bridge has been hit numerous times, no one has yet to take them up on the offer.

Unlucky Friday the 13th? DJ plays show hours after getting stabbed

Austin DJ Miguel Angel, also known as “ulovei,” said he was stabbed by a man wielding a samurai sword and a knife in East Austin on Friday night but he was still able to play a show just hours later.

Angel chronicled the night on social media, proving the old adage, the show must go on.

Austin police had responded to a stabbing around 9 p.m. Friday, according to a Statesman report. A person with a minor stab wound was taken to the hospital, and police had a suspect in custody after the stabbing, police said.

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Angel said he was the victim in that report and has identified his attacker to police and plans to press charges. The Statesman reached out to Austin police, but they were unable to confirm details of the incident Saturday night.

Angel said the incident occurred at his East Austin apartment where he was waiting for a friend so they could go together to a show he was scheduled to play.

He said someone knocked on his door and, thinking it was his friend, he opened it to see a man in a mask with what looked like a samurai sword. “He just started swinging me and attacking,” he said.

Angel said he grabbed the blade with his hands to keep the man from stabbing and slashing him further, but then the attacker pulled out a dagger from behind and stabbed Angel in the back.

The DJ said when his friend, Kirkland Audain, got to his apartment the attacker began running after Audain.

Audain said he was able to get into his car, lock the door and call police. “It’s just surreal,” he said. “He was going to kill my friend if I hadn’t shown up.”

On Friday at 10:48 p.m., Angel posted video and photos of himself on social media at the hospital after he said he was stabbed.

Angel told the Statesman he suffered three stab wounds, including a large stab wound in the back, and multiple injuries to his hands, arms, face and neck. He said he suffered no internal damage from the incident.

I'm ok now. No internal damage. Large back stab wound and multiple slashes. pic.twitter.com/35xDai8Er1— miguelito (@ulovei) January 14, 2017

The DJ also retweeted posts from his friends showing him being treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

*Still at the hospital*@ulovei: "Now I gotta release a mixtape."@Edwardcastillo1: "Lemma take a geto boys style picture for you." pic.twitter.com/Rg9rx6Uppi— Bianca Fiesta Flores (@FiestaFlores) January 14, 2017

Angel said doctors did not want him to leave the hospital and told him to rest, but he knew he wanted to make it to the show he was scheduled to play.

After getting treated, Angel said he left the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and was able to play the last part of the show.

Around 1:30 a.m., Angel posted a video showing him spinning at The Volestead bar on East 6th Street for a Friday the 13th show with DJ Luis Espada, also known as King Louie.

“I just didn’t want anybody to know that they can keep me down,” he said. “This guy wanted to hurt me (and) wanted to stop me, so I’m not going to let that happen.”

Angel said it was painful to spin at the show due to cuts and fresh wounds on his hands and fingers, but his friends were there to help carry bags and equipment.

Not stopping me pic.twitter.com/t4snnNsxt6— miguelito (@ulovei) January 14, 2017

Angel said seeing his friends at the gig and playing to the crowd was just what he needed after the traumatic incident.

“I didn’t just want to be at home crying in bed or something. That wouldn’t have helped me,” he said. “It feels good to know that so many people have my back here in Austin.”

Angel said he has received calls, social media messages and texts from friends, acquaintances and people he hasn’t spoken to in years wishing him well after the incident.

Holmes is going down in history as that DJ who got stabbed and still had the club going up. Legendary https://t.co/JQtMCIy1RY— Sauceless (@DamnDtae) January 14, 2017

Local Austin legend @ulovei got stabbed last night on the way to a gig. Went to the hospital and still played the last part of his gig. — MISCHIEF Magazine (@mischiefonline) January 14, 2017

He said he planned to DJ two shows Saturday night despite pain in his hands from the recent injuries.

Teen abducted from Florida hospital at birth reunited with parents

An 18-year-old was reunited with her birth parents on Saturday, 18 years after she was abducted from a Jacksonville hospital.

Kamiyah Mobley was finally reunited with her biological mother and father on during the afternoon.

The biological parents drove to South Carolina from Jacksonville after hearing their daughter was found living in Walterboro.

Mobley’s father Craig Aiken said  his daughter was glad to meet him.

>>Read Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

"I never gave up hope, I always thought I’d find her,” Aiken said. "It’s been 18 years, it’s going to be hard to make that up, you know." 

Mobley also met her biological mother for the first time since she was taken just hours after her birth.  

The two were guarded by police as they drove away.

>>Read Friend of 1998 infant abduction suspect: 'No one can really believe this'

The reunion happened at a police department in Walterboro, a community where Kamiyah Mobley has been living as Alexis Manigo.

Police say she was raised by Gloria Williams, a woman who is accused of abducting her from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 hours after she was born.

Williams was arrested at her home in Walterboro Friday morning and is now in custody. 

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Williams is from a town called Ruffin, which is about 20 minutes from Walterboro.

A lot of her family still lives there and a cousin told Action News Jax that the family had no idea of what police are accusing Williams of having done.

Friend of 1998 infant abduction suspect: 'No one can really believe this'

Friends and family of the woman accused of abducting an infant from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 said it’s hard to believe she would do something like that.

Gloria Williams is accused of taking Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, when Kamiyah was just hours old.

“There's always two sides to every story and then there's the truth,” Melissa Hiers, longtime friend of Gloria Williams, said. “Honestly, I don't believe it until it is actually proven in court.”

>>Read Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

Tips led law enforcement officers to a young woman with the same date of birth but a different name and fraudulent documents in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Officials matched the woman’s DNA to that of the missing newborn. The results came back Thursday night and Williams was arrested.

Hiers came to the Colleton County Detention Center to see Williams on Saturday.

She said she met Williams when Kamiyah was 2 years old.

“I just hit it off with Gloria. She's that type of person,” Hiers said. “You could just easily talk to (her) you know? Always blessing you.”

Hiers said she watched Kamiyah, known to her as Lexi, grow up during her 16 years of friendship with Williams.

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She said Kamiyah and Williams were involved in church, and Williams was very active in the community.

“Lexi always had everything, always had everything she ever wanted,” Hiers said. “If you asked anybody else in the community that will talk to you, they will tell you Gloria is the sweetest person in the world.”

Hiers said she believes the accusations are a mistake, and said she is waiting for Williams’ time in court.

"This is a very small town and you have people that have nothing else better to do than to throw the pot and I would say, 'Mind your own business,'" she said.

Kamiyah met with her biological parents on Saturday in South Carolina. 

After the reunion, her father Craig Aiken said he always had hope that his daughter would be found. 

"It's hard to put it in words right now," Aiken said. "It's hard to deal with. Like I said, we are just trying to process it. It's been 18 years. It's going to be hard to make that up."

Aiken said his daughter told him she was happy to meet him. He said it will be up to her if she wants to come to Jacksonville.

"It's been 18 yrs, it's going to be hard to make that up" Craig Aiken, Meeting biological daughter in SC @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/FwEtqvwPBO— KatieMcKee (@KatieMcKeeANjax) January 14, 2017

#KamiyahMobley biological fathers response when asked if the 18 yr old will be coming to Jacksonville @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/xSqezMd6u3— KatieMcKee (@KatieMcKeeANjax) January 14, 2017

Atlanta mayor to Trump: 'John Lewis an American hero'

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back Saturday on President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ district.

In a series of tweets, Reed said: “John Lewis is an American hero & a national treasure. Period. Full stop."

“That PEOTUS Trump would attack Congressman Lewis on MLK Day weekend for 'all talk…no action' when he bled to actually 'Make America Great' is why far less than half the country supports him at the dawn of his presidency.”

>>Read Trump fires back at John Lewis for calling his presidency 'not legitimate'

Trump said Lewis’s Atlanta-based district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” in an early Saturday tweet.

Leaders throughout the metro area voiced their opinions Saturday on the controversy, including Georgia Republicans.

Trump was reacting to Lewis’ comments in an interview that he did not think the incoming president was legitimate and raised questions about Russia’s involvement in the election.

In his tweet, Trump said Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district.”

Former Mayor Shirley Franklin said Trump has Atlanta all wrong. She said crime in Atlanta, like America in general, is down and that Atlanta has seen significant positive growth over the last two decades.

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“Clearly the president-elect’s tweet doesn’t do justice to all the strengths of the district,” she said. “Like much of America it has issues that need to be addressed, but when you look at in totality (Trump’s statement) factually is not true.

“Tweeting may have been beneficial in winning the presidential election,” Franklin added. “It is yet to be seen whether it will benefit the American people when the president-elect governs.”

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell called Trump’s response to Lewis a “vicious attack” and “only serves to validate the sentiment initially expressed by Lewis, a Democrat who has represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District since 1987.

“From being the site of the world’s busiest airport, the Centennial Olympic Games, numerous Fortune 500 companies, and an unparalleled civil and human rights heritage, Atlanta is a strong and proud city,” Mitchell said in a statement. “While our city does not require validation from anyone, it is my sincere hope that as president Mister Trump will be actively supportive of Atlanta’s commitment to become an even stronger American city.”

Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens said Lewis has stood “face to face with bullies from Selma and the Edmond Pettis Bridge to every corner of this country in the fight against discrimination.

“He has been a staunch and vigorous advocate for his district and the country and no amount of political bullying can erase that record,” Dickens said.

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