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New Jersey mother charged with driving teens into Delaware River

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By Dave Warner

(Reuters) – A New Jersey mother of three teenagers was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of children after allegedly driving her minivan into the Delaware River with them inside, authorities said.

Joann Smith, 49, is accused of driving the minivan off a boat ramp in Florence, about 18 miles south of Trenton, New Jersey, according to authorities.

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Smith and her three children, ages 13, 14 and 15, escaped from what authorities described as the partially submerged vehicle with the help of an area man, who was not identified.

They all made it to shore safely, with one child suffering a cut leg, authorities said.

“The investigation revealed that the van accelerated and headed directly into the water,” according to a statement from the Burlington County, New Jersey prosecutor’s office.

Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, had no estimate of how far into the river the vehicle went except to say it was “not far.”

“It was not entirely submerged,” he said.

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Smith, of Florence, was checked into a medical facility for evaluation, Bewley said.

She was being held on $600,000 bail and was likely to appear in Superior Court in Mount Holly on Thursday, according to the statement.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)

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Sondland blasted Rudy Giuliani for messing ‘everything up’ — but with far more colorful language: report

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The first reporter to obtain a copy of David Holmes' opening testimony behind-closed-doors to Congress continued to flush out his reporting on Friday evening.

Holmes' opening was first obtained by CNN's Manu Raju.

"Testimony undercuts key WH defense: That Trump was just concerned about corruption in Ukraine. After talking with Trump, Holmes asked if it was true that Trump didn’t give a 'sh*t' about Ukraine; Sondland responded that Trump only cared about the 'big stuff:' probe into Bidens," Raju reported.

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WATCH: AOC dunks on GOP for ‘beclowning themselves’ during Trump’s impeachment

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted her Republican colleagues on national TV on Friday.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, is the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. She was interviewed on MSNBC's "All In" by anchor Chris Hayes.

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The host read her tweet to the live studio audience.

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‘The worst day of the presidency so far for Donald Trump’: Advisor to four presidents

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President Donald Trump has not had a worse day in office than he suffered on Friday, according to a top former White House advisor.

David Gergen served in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He was interviewed Friday night by CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"If you are looking to throw somebody under the bus, Gordon Sondland would probably be a prime candidate to be next in line to be thrown under the bus," Cooper said.

"I think the president will wait patiently to see what he says and then decide," Gergen replied.

He then offered his analysis of the situation.

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