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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Authorities said Monday it was by the "grace of God" that an officer and civilian involved in an early-morning high-speed chase recently that quickly erupted in gunfire had survived.

"By the grace of God, this officer and this civilian ride-along are with us today," Chief of Police Steve Frazier said Monday at a news conference, "because the individuals that they were trying to stop clearly [had] other designs."

He said around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Officer Julian Garcia and a civilian woman were riding in a police cruiser when Garcia attempted to pull over a motorist for a busted headlight in Madera, California.

Frazier said the woman, who asked not to be identified, was a member of the city's Citizen Police Academy. The program was designed to develop a working relationship with the community.

The officer, Garcia, was "effectively a brand new officer" who had completed field training only two weeks ago.

"There was nothing suspicious about the vehicle upon initially [stopping] it with the lights," Frazier said. "Everything appeared fairly normal."

Police dashcam footage showed Garcia's police cruiser trying to pull over a silver Mazda. Within seconds of the driver's failure to yield to police orders, the unidentified woman's ride-along had escalated into a full pursuit.

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

Right after the Mazda took a turn, gunfire could be seen and heard on the dashcam video. Frazier said that 14 rounds had been fired from the vehicle — two of them struck the cruiser's window, one hit the cruiser's right rear tire and another entered a home's bedroom and landed in a pile of clothes.

After the firefight disabled the patrol car, the suspects exited their vehicle and escaped on foot. Monday, Frazier said police had no one in custody but that had many leads.

"We know there were two people in the vehicle," he said.

The officer survived the incident, as did the civilian, who suffered minor cuts from broken glass. Photos of the aftermath show the patrol car's shattered windows and a gun found in the Mazda.

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Subscribe To This Feed, Va.) -- Jurors watched video testimony Monday morning from "Jackie," a woman at the center of a defamation suit against Rolling Stone magazine by a former associate dean at the University of Virginia.

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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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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iStock/Thinkstock(DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif.) -- At least 13 people were killed and 31 injured after a tour bus crashed into a big rig Sunday in Desert Hot Springs, California, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Shortly after 5 a.m., 44 passengers were returning from a trip to the Red Earth Casino near the Salton Sea when the bus, operated by Los Angeles-based USA Holiday, slammed into a freight truck with a trailer, CHP Chief Jim Abele said.

"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 at a news conference on Sunday.

The bus driver was also killed in the crash, but it was not immediately clear if drugs, alcohol or fatigue played a role in the incident, according to CHP.

"In almost 35 years I've never been to a crash where there were 13 fatalities, so it's tough, it's tough for all of us," Abele said. "The fire department who handles it, CHP personnel who handle it, it's not an easy thing."

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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 were shot with an AK-47 after responding to a report of a shooting in the rural area around 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff said the suspects fled the scene in one of the police vehicles and drove to a local mobile home park. They then shot at and carjacked a woman who later refused medical treatment, according to officials.

One suspect is in custody, but another suspect named Michael Vance is still at large and expected to be in a white Lincoln Town Car with a blue top, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff.

Vance was recently in jail for an alleged child sexual assault, the sheriff said, and is believed to have an AK-47.

Police are said to be talking to family and friends of Vance to find out locations he would frequent.

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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Bettmann / Getty Images(GLENDORA, Miss.) -- Bullet-Riddled Memorial to Emmett Till Prompts Talk of Still 'So Much Hatred' Vandals in Mississippi apparently shot up a memorial to Emmett Till, an African-American teen whose murder in 1955 became a touchstone of the civil rights movement.

The defacing of the memorial drew notice Oct. 15, when Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. posted an image of the damage to the marker of the site where the 14-year-old Till, accused of whistling at a white woman, was killed.

"I'm at the exact site where Emmett Till's body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River 61 years ago. The site marker is filled with bullet holes. Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go," Wilson wrote in the post.

Till was a kid from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi when his body was found with a bullet hole in his head, barbed wire wrapped around his neck and a cotton gin fan weighing him down. His mutilated body was sent home to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till Mobley insisted on an open-casket funeral. The shocking image of her son's body heightened calls for racial justice and civil rights.

The vandalism of the memorial prompted some African-American leaders in Tallahatchie County to consider that work toward racial tolerance isn't done.

"This child died in 1955 and people still have so much hatred," Robert E. Huddleston, a state representative from the area and member of the local chapter of the NAACP, told ABC News. "Why do they feel the need to keep on killing him again and again?"

Huddleston said this is the second time this particular memorial had been defaced and that the original version of the marker is believed to have been dumped into the river.

He and Johnny B. Thomas, the African-American mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, said they will work to make sure the memorial is rebuilt.

"When I see hatred like this it makes me want to work that much harder to rebuild it, begin healing, and get members of the Caucasian community to join us in that effort to heal," Thomas told ABC News. "When the descendants of those who perpetrated slavery here and Jim Crow laws stand up against this sort of vandalism it means so much more ... When they join in rejecting this we can move forward."

ABC News reached out to the Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office for information about any investigation into the vandalism but did not immediately receive a response.

Thomas, whose black father may have had some connection to some connection Till's death and who is involved with tours of spots associated with the murder, said there is a long record of racial tension in the area and that those with family ties to the history of strife could help to promote healing.

Thomas said that people could donate toward Till memorials by contacting the Village of Glendora, Mississippi.

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission put up eight markers in Tallahatchie County in 2008, according to The Clarion Ledger, who noted that the sign near the river where Till's was found has been a repeated target of vandals, along with other prominent civil rights markers in the region.

The paper noted that a sign marking the Emmett Till Memorial Highway, dedicated to him in 2006, was spray-painted with the letters "KKK."

Huddleston said such memorials are important to mark the battle for civil rights, regardless of who may oppose them.

"What we are doing now is trying to raise money to replace the sign," Huddleston said.

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Nabble / Harold Martin(WASHINGTON) -- The NSA contractor accused of stealing a gargantuan amount of sensitive and classified data from the U.S. government is a flight risk and has been ordered to remain in custody ahead of his trial, a Maryland judge said Friday.

Harold Martin, III, a Navy veteran, was arrested in late August after FBI agents discovered a treasure trove of government documents and data, in stacks of paper and on removable data storage devices, strewn around his house, his car and an outdoor shed. It was a theft, prosecutors said, "that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale" -- enough to fill some 500 million pages of documents containing images and text.

The material included some documents marked Secret, Top Secret and in some cases Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI), the highest classification level. Martin allegedly had been taking the information home with him from as many as seven different contracting jobs for the government since 1996. He first received his security clearance during his service in the Navy Reserve.

Ahead of the hearing Friday, prosecutors argued in a court filing that Martin should remain in detention as he would be a "prime target" for foreign spies should he be released on bail.

"Given the nature of his offenses and knowledge of national secrets, [Martin] presents tremendous value to any foreign power that may wish to shelter him within or outside the United States," prosecutors wrote in a court filing Thursday.

Prosecutors said Martin had been in communication with others online in "languages other than English, including Russian" and apparently had been learning Russian.

Prosecutors also argued that Martin could be a danger to himself, citing Martin's wife who purportedly told investigators she was concerned he might try to take his own life.

Martin's attorneys, however, said in their own court filing Thursday that there is still no evidence he "intended to betray his country" and argued that he was not a flight risk. All the talk of foreign spies and potential getaway plans, the defense said, were "fantastical scenarios." They said Martin didn't even have a valid passport.

In court Friday Martin's defense attempted to paint him as a hoarder with mental issues.

In the end, the judge sided with the prosecution and declared Martin a flight risk.

Martin's attorneys, James Wyda and Deborah Boardman, told reporters that Martin and his family were "disappointed with [Friday's] ruling."

"We do not believe Hal Martin is a danger to the community or to his country. Hal is no risk of flight. Hal Martin loves America. And he trusts our justice system. This is an early step in a long process. We anticipate filing an appeal shortly," the attorneys said.

After the hearing Martin's wife told reporters simply, "I love him."

Martin is currently accused of the theft of government property, but prosecutors said that they expect to bring more serious charges under the Espionage Act.

As of a couple weeks ago, investigators were still trying to figure Martin out. Senior officials told ABC News then that he appeared to be "more weirdo than whistleblower," and it's unclear why he appears to have hoarded 20 years of government material in his home and vehicle. Online postings and public academic work apparently by Martin indicate he was deeply involved in the technical world of computer security, and Martin allegedly told investigators he was taking his work home with him only to improve his own knowledge and skills.

But prosecutors see something more sinister, based on some sophisticated software tools and the number of firearms discovered at Martin's residence, and one from under the front seat of his vehicle.

"If the Defendant stole this classified material for his own edification, as he has claimed, there would be no reason to keep some of it in his car, and arm himself as though he were trafficking in dangerous contraband," prosecutors wrote in the filing Thursday.

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Leigh Vogel/FilmMagic via Getty Images(MANDAN, N.D.) -- At least 83 people were arrested for protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to authorities in North Dakota.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department said 300 protesters trespassed on private property 3 miles west of State Highway 1806 along the pipeline right-of-way.

“Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful," Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said in a statement. "It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities."

Protesters have been demonstrating against construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has said the project would affect water supply and culturally sacred sites on the North and South Dakota border.

Last week, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested for alleged criminal trespass and allegedly engaging in a riot during a protest of the pipeline.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, last month, but a North Dakota judge found there was not probable cause to support a riot charge.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of a black man last year have been cleared after an internal investigation, according to the Minneapolis police chief.

Jamar Clark, 24, was killed in November 2015 after a confrontation with the two officers. His death sparked weeks of protests in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said at a news conference Friday that video confirmed he was not handcuffed when police responded to an alleged assault by Clark, and DNA showed he had grabbed an officer's gun. She added that the use of deadly force was warranted and said she supported the actions of the two officers involved.

"These officers did not dictate the outcome of this incident," she said Friday.

An attorney for the Clark family said they were disappointed with the decision, and a civil suit would be filed on behalf of the family in the coming weeks, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In June, the Justice Department announced that an independent federal investigation into the shooting did not find sufficient evidence for federal criminal civil rights charges against the two Minneapolis police officers.

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Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After losing his wedding band two months ago in a rushing river during an end-of-summer work outing, Matt Dooyema never thought he’d see his sentimental gold band again. All that changed on Monday, however, when he received a Facebook message that he admittedly almost deleted, but is so grateful he didn’t.

“I packed all my important stuff up -- keys, cell phone and wallet-- but I didn’t think to take my ring off,” Dooyema, of St. Cloud, Minn., told ABC News of the fateful day at Two Rivers Campground in Royalton. “I never take it off. I shower with it, sleep with it.

“My hands got wet and the river that day had quite a fast current and I didn’t brace myself and I fell and lost my tube,” he explained. “I chased after my tube and somewhere in that base area where you get into the river my ring must have flung off and fell amongst rocks.”

Dooyema realized the ring was missing about 10 minutes down the river when he and his colleagues reached the first sand bar.

“I looked down and I see my wedding ring is gone. I was crying,” he recalled. “We thought about trying to look for it but the current was too heavy to go against. I had to come to grips with the fact that I’d never see my ring again.”

When he received the Facebook message from a woman named Jennifer Ortloff regarding a ring, he wasn’t sure what to think at first.

“I clicked on it and it’s a woman named Jennifer Ortloff who said, ‘My family and I were recently vacationing in Royalton, Minnesota,’” Dooyema said of the message. “‘We just found a ring that we believe belongs to you. My little boy found the ring and he’s been adamant about getting it back to you.’

“I didn’t believe it,” he said after realizing it could be the perfect match.

He provided the detailed inscription that was engraved in his wedding band which included his wedding date, his initials and his wife’s initials. It had been those clues that helped Ortloff and her son, Matthew, narrow down the search results to find Dooyema on a Minnesota wedding registry site called the Minnesota Official Marriage System.

“We were going on a tube trip down the river and I thought I saw a shiny rock and I picked it up and it was a mens wedding band,” young Matthew, 8, said of spotting the ring two weeks after Dooyema had lost it. “I said, ‘I need to get that back to the owner.’”

Matthew’s mom said her son was so concerned about the ring the whole way down the river that he’d check on it at every stop.

Now they can both rest easy knowing it’s been returned to its rightful owner. Dooyema and Ortloff met on Tuesday to safely get the ring home.

“Shock is pretty much the prevalent emotion I feel,” said Dooyema. “Disbelief. I had it set in my mind that I’d never see this again, almost as a way to not beat myself up any more about it. I was in shock, but also have a general feeling of gratitude and some reinforcement in my belief in people. It is very serendipitous, but it comes back to the fact that people are generally good. There are good people in this world who are willing to go above and beyond what’s right.”

As for how little Matthew feels about finally finding the owner?

“It’s awesome,” he said.

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Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Two workers were killed on Friday when a water main break flooded the trench they were working in.

The Boston Fire Department used a large vacuum to help remove water the trench, which ABC affiliate WCVB says was estimated to be 12- to 15-feet deep. The BFD said that the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and the Occupational Health Safety and Health Administration will investigate was caused the incident.

WCVB says the two victims were workers for Atlantic Drain Services.

The bodies of both victims were recovered on Friday night.

BFD Commissioner Joe Finn tweeted his thanks to the first responders and to Boston Water and Sewer workers, National Grid and Eversource crews and others who assisted in the recovery.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told The Boston Globe that when the pipe burst, the workers "weren't able to get themselves out of a hole." Other workers, he said, were able to escape the trench.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The writer of the widely criticized Rolling Stone article “A Rape on Campus” testified Thursday that her depiction of an administrator at the University of Virginia, who is suing her, was fair and accurate, despite the story’s numerous errors.

“She still works at the university, she still got a pay raise,” Sabrina Rubin Erdely said under direct examination by plaintiff Nicole Eramo’s attorney in federal court in Charlottesville.

Eramo, the former associate dean of students who used to head up UVA’s Sexual Misconduct Board, alleges she was negatively portrayed in Erdely’s November 2014 article as being indifferent to the plight of an alleged gang rape victim that the article referred to as “Jackie,” and that she discouraged her and other alleged survivors from filing complaints with the university, which Eramo has denied.

Eramo is suing Erdely and Rolling Stone on the grounds of defamation for a total of nearly $8 million.

“I’m sure that her feelings were hurt,” Erdely testified in her own defense, but the defamation lawsuit “… seems to me that it has more to do with her being personally found in violation of Title IX and nothing to do with [my story].”

Erdely reported in her article that “Jackie” was gang raped by several men at a frat house party in 2012 during her freshman year at UVA, a top-tier college campus known for its so-called party atmosphere.

But Charlottesville Police Department officials launched a five-month investigation and concluded that they could not find “substantive basis to support the account alleged in the Rolling Stone article.” The fraternity where the rape allegedly occurred, Phi Kappa Psi, denied any wrongdoing. Friends and confidants told different versions of events.

 The article was eventually retracted after a report by the Columbia Journalism Review that called into question numerous errors Erdely and Rolling Stone had made, saying it was “a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable.”

Rolling Stone agreed that errors were made, but it is fighting Eramo’s lawsuit.

“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 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."

U.S. district Judge Glen Conrad has ruled that Eramo will be considered a “limited purpose public figure” in the case. Under legal standards, it means she must demonstrate that Rolling Stone and Erdely published defamatory falsehoods about her knowing they were false or with “reckless disregard” for their truth.

Erdely declined ABC News’ request for an interview before the trial began, citing the ongoing defamation suits.

A few weeks after the publication of “A Rape on Campus,” Erdely told the jury Thursday, she said she was concerned that Jackie was no longer credible. She fired off an email early in the morning of Dec. 5, 2014, to her editors with the subject line “OUR WORST NIGHTMARE” and called for a retraction of her story.

Later that same day, Rolling Stone added a note to the story to acknowledge its reporting errors with an apology to those injured by Erdely’s story, including UVA administrators.

Eramo was later removed from her position as an associate dean of students and as head of UVA’s Sexual Misconduct Board, but is still employed with the university.

Erdely broke down several times answering questions about the way she handled her four-month investigation into Jackie’s claims.

“I stand by everything in the article that did not come from Jackie,” Erdely said.

’We Love Dean Eramo’

The jury listened to audio recordings from Erdely’s taped interviews with Jackie, who is heard repeatedly exclaiming her admiration for Eramo but also fearful that Eramo would be blamed for the university’s handling of rape cases once the story was published. As an associate dean, Eramo served as the intake person for sexual assault victims and advocated in their behalf.

“I feel like it would be really f---- up if they decide that it’s Dean Eramo who’s giving them bad publicity and they kick her in the bucket when the problem’s not her,” Jackie said to Erdely in the taped interview. “It’s people above her, they’re the problem, and she just does what she can.”

Excerpts from their conversations reviewed Thursday illustrate Erdely's concerns about Eramo.

“I know you love her but it’s not clear she’s not doing right by you or by the university in this scenario. … I think this situation is probably being mishandled … and she may be putting the community at risk,” Erdely said.

In another exchange with Jackie, Erdely is recorded as saying: “So why, why isn’t Dean Eramo f------ doing anything?” Erdely says. “This makes me so mad, actually.”

Eramo has said that she did everything to investigate the case but that Jackie never wanted to report the alleged rape.

“I wasn’t talking about any particular dean in this instance,” Erdely said in defense of her story. “This article is not about Dean Eramo.”

A Reporter's Nightmare

Erdely admitted Thursday 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. “It wasn’t a mistake to rely on someone emotionally fragile. It was a mistake to rely on someone intent to deceive me.”

Eramo’s lawyer Libby Locke peppered Erdely with questions about the 9,000-word story, revealing the gaping holes in her reporting, the vague sourcing and erroneous assumptions, which Erdely agreed had happened.

Emails were shown in court from Erdely’s editor, who raised questions about the publication‘s inability to track down any of the men who Jackie had said allegedly raped her.

During her investigation of the story, Erdely testified Thursday, she heard several versions from other sources of what they had been told by Jackie happened the night she said she was raped. Some say Jackie told them it was five men who had raped her, while others said they were told it could have been up to 10, she testified.

Jackie had told various people she had been raped by a broken beer bottle, and others told Erdely that it was with a hanger, Erdely testified.

“It had never occurred to me that details were inconsistent,” she said. “I have an understanding of trauma victim behavior. … Yes, the details had changed over time … as is typical of trauma survivors.”

Locke said, “You only elected to tell the story that Jackie had been thrown over a table and vaginally raped by seven men.”

“Yes,” Erdely replied.

And she admitted relied heavily on hearsay.

“It’s embarrassing to say it,” Erdely said. “I’m not proud of that. This is not an excuse, this is an explanation. I was taking so many reporting avenues. I was thinking about so many other things.”

As Locke listed Erdely’s inability to verify key details of the story, Erdely broke down in tears.

Her testimony resumes Friday.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Bridget Kelly, who wrote that infamous email as the deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey), took the stand Friday to testify in the Bridgegate case. Federal prosecutors allege the event was a plan for revenge against a mayor who would not endorse the governor for re-election.

According to Kelly, she was not aware that the 2013 plan for the George Washington Bridge closures was allegedly politically-motivated, and the email to former Port Authority staffer David Wildstein wasn't sinister, but sarcastic. She said she told the governor about the plan a month before it happened.

“I said Governor, by the way, I spoke to Wildstein today," she recalled in court Friday. "Apparently the Port Authority is going to be doing a traffic study in Fort Lee.  I explained the access lanes to him.  He said ‘OK when are they doing this?’ I said, [Wildstein] did say there's going to be a tremendous traffic problems in Fort Lee."

Kelly added that she did not know at the time who Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was, and that the bridge closures were allegedly part of a revenge plan against the Democrat for not endorsing Gov. Christie for re-election.

When asked by her attorney, Michael Critchley, how the governor reacted, she said, "He really didn’t react. He said, 'That's fine.' He said, 'How’s our relationship with Mayor Sokolich?'"

Gov. Christie has not been charged in the Bridgegate case and has repeatedly denied he had any knowledge of the plan. He fired Kelly and campaign manager Bill Stepien in January 2014 after the scandal gained nationwide coverage.

“As the Governor has said since January 9, 2014, the Governor had no knowledge prior to or during these lane realignments, and he had no role in authorizing them," a statement from Brian Murray, Gov. Christie's press secretary, said Friday. "Anything said to the contrary is simply untrue.” 

Kelly also testified that she and Gov. Christie attended a meeting in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, after the September 2013 boardwalk fire.  She said that when she asked the governor if he could introduce some people at the meeting, he became irate and threw a water bottle at her. 

She cried several times while testifying and was asked by Critchley if she was afraid of the governor.

"Yes. Yes," she said in tears.

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