Blast of snow for New England before record-cold Thanksgiving

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Across the Northeast Tuesday morning, winter weather advisories are in effect, with much of New England anticipating snow.

Around 7 a.m. EST snowfall’s expected to begin from western Massachusetts to Albany, New York, as well as in southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Snow showers from Buffalo to Watertown are also expected in New York.

Widespread snowfalls of 2 to 4 inches are possible, with some areas, including higher elevations, potentially seeing as much as 6 inches.

Thanksgiving Day is going to be frigid, with wind chills in the Northeast below zero and in the teens from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.

Record lows are expected throughout the region, with daytime temperatures forecast to be 20 to 35 degrees below normal. Temps should return to normal by the weekend.

On the West Coast, much-needed rain should be falling soon, necessitating a flood watch for parts of Northern California from Wednesday evening through Friday morning. Heavy rains may help extinguish the deadly Camp Fire, but too much precipitation could lead to mudslides.

Beginning Wednesday evening, 6 to 15 inches of snow is possible throughout the Sierra Nevadas, which could make travel in those areas quite difficult.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, and perhaps lasting much of the day, showers are likely from Seattle down to Los Angeles.

Another storm likely will move in Thursday night, into Friday morning, but it will mostly be confined to the Northwest, where a flood watch should be in effect.

The travel forecast on Wednesday looks mostly clear, with a few trouble spots including the rain on the West Coast, a few showers toward the Gulf of Mexico and a little lake effect snow. The middle part of the country and East Coast should be seasonable, sunny and dry.

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Four dead, including police officer, after shooting in Chicago hospital

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Four people have died — including a police officer — after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago’s South side.

Three shooting victims all died from their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.

The shooting began as a verbal altercation between a man and a woman near Michigan Avenue outside of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in the city’s Bronzeville District, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday evening.

After a friend of one of the individuals tried to intervene, the man then lifted up his shirt, showing that he was armed, Johnson said.

The acquaintance then fled into the hospital, and the man fired at the woman in the parking lot, killing her, Johnson said. The couple were in a domestic relationship, and the woman was an employee at the hospital.

Police responded to the scene and observed the suspect with a handgun, who fired multiple shots at the officers before they could exit their cars, after which officers chased him into the hospital, Johnson said.

Officers then exchanged gunfire with the suspect inside the hospital. A female staff member inside an elevator and a police officer struck by gunfire both also died.

One of the women killed was a doctor, while the other was a pharmaceutical assistant, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during the news conference.

“The City of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love,” Emanuel said.

The doctor was later identified as 38-year-old Tamara O’Neal, an emergency room physician who was dedicated to her church and never worked Sundays, said Patrick Connor, director of emergency medicine at the hospital. Dayna Less, 25, was the pharmacy resident in training killed.

The ER is expected to be closed on Tuesday.

“A hospital should be a safe place,” Connor said. “Every shooting in America is a tragedy — it is a national tragedy. And it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in a healing space of a hospital.”

The hospital had its first active-shooter drill three or four weeks ago, said Michael Davenport, the chief medical officer.

“We never thought we would have to experience what we had,” Davenport said. “Everyone did what they were trained to do.”

About 200 patients were being cared for at the time of the shooting, he added. Everyone from the emergency room was relocated.

It is unclear if the suspect died by police gunfire or from a self-inflicted shot, Johnson said.

The officer was identified by the department as Samuel Jimenez, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter, describing the deadly attack as a “senseless active shooter incident.”

Jimenez “saved a lot of lives,” Johnson said, adding that the suspect “was just shooting” and they “just don’t know how much damage he was prepared to do.”

“Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother — a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago,” said Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago chapter of the police union. “He did that today, and he did so with his life.”

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near the hospital after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Guglielmi said.

Officers were executing a “methodical” search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.

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4 dead, including police officer, in hospital shooting on Chicago’s South Side

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Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, police said.

Elevator drops 84 floors after cables snap

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Six people left the dining room on the 95th floor, stepped into an express elevator and fell 84 floors before they were rescued.

Police department retaliated against officer who reported rape: Lawsuit

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The officer alleged that she was retaliated against for not adhering to the “blue code.”

California wildfires leave 82 dead, almost 700 unaccounted for

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Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early Tuesday morning.

The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 82 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 64 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

The vast majority of the deaths — 79 total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 1,202 as of Sunday but decreased to 699 on Monday evening, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.

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Relentless California wildfires leave 82 dead, almost 700 unaccounted for

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Nearly 700 people are unaccounted for in California as deadly wildfires continue to burn at both ends of the state.

US military troops to be allowed to defend border patrol agents: Official

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Troops will be granted new authorities to protect border personnel from threats.

Three dead, including police officer, after shooting on Chicago’s South Side: Authorities

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Three people have died — including a police officer — after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago’s South side, according to officials.

The three victims who were shot all died of their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The shooting suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.

The officer was identified by the department as Samuel Jimenez, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter, describing the deadly attack as a “senseless active shooter incident.”

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital and Medical Center after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Guglielmi said.

“At least one possible offender is shot,” Guglielmi wrote on Twitter.

Officers were executing a “methodical” search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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3 dead, including police officer, after shooting on Chicago’s South Side: Authorities

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Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, police said.

3 victims including police officer injured in shooting near Chicago hospital: Police

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Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, police said.

Three victims including police officer injured in shooting near Chicago hospital, police say

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Multiple people, including a police officer, have been injured in a shooting near a Chicago hospital, according to police.

Three victims were shot, including a police officer who is in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.

The shooting suspect is deceased, Langford said.

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital and Medical Center after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter.

“At least one possible offender is shot,” Guglielmi wrote on Twitter.

Officers were executing a “methodical” search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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7-year-old holds toy drive for kids affected by the Woolsey Fire

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — One 7-year-old from California has chosen to do what she can by holding a toy drive for kids who were affected by the Woolsey Fire — even after her own family were victimized by the devastation.

Sophia Novotny’s home in Agoura Hills was among the 1,500 structures destroyed in the wildfires that swept through neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, ABC owned station KABC-TV reported.

Despite losing valuable items in the fire, Sophia was more consumed with helping out other children in her situation, her mother said.

“Very quickly she realized that our things were gone, so the day that we lost the house, she said…’Let’s get some toys for the other kids who lost their house,'” April Novotny, Sophia’s mother told KABC-TV.

That sparked the idea for “The Sophia’s Wishes Toy Drive,” with a goal to help replace toys for children who lost their treasured possessions in the fire.

“I just want to help other kids because I know how it feels to lose your things,” Sophia told to KABC-TV.

The toy drive was held on Sunday, with all the donated items given to any child on-site who was victimized by the fire.

“Thank you for making my wish come true,” Sophia said.

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Officer among multiple victims injured in shooting near Chicago hospital, police say

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Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, police said.

Multiple victims injured in shooting near Chicago hospital, police say

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Multiple people have been injured in a shooting near a Chicago hospital, according to police.

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near Mercy Hospital and Medical Center after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter.

“At least one possible offender is shot,” Guglielmi said on Twitter.

Additional details were not immediately available.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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4 people found executed in ‘evil’ act in basement: Police

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The victims were two men and two women who appeared to be in their 30s.

Northeast braces for frigid weather on Thanksgiving: What to expect for the holiday

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It could be the coldest Thanksgiving on record for New York and Boston.

Military, border patrol called out to stop migrant ‘rush’ but it was a false alarm: Officials

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant “caravan” were gathering in Tijuana and planning to “rush” the border.

Customs and Border Patrol said the northbound lanes at the nation’s busiest border crossing were closed and with the military’s help “port hardening materials” quickly installed, including “jersey barriers and concertina wire, to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States.”

But it turned out to be a false alarm — the CPB said no migrants never came.

On Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted out photos of CPB officers in riot gear as well as the barbed wire and barriers citing the reports about plans to “rush” the border.

According to a DHS official, the concern prompted a suspension of the port for three hours in order to get more CBP personnel in the area.

“CBP will not allow for the unlawful entry of persons into the United States, at or between our ports of entry,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us; we need to be prepared prior to when they arrive at the border crossing.”

According to a DHS official, the San Ysidro facility can hold only up to 300 people.

Officials said they are also limited if they need to deal with rival gang members in custody or unaccompanied minors.

The main concern was safety for their personnel, that DHS official said.

DHS claims the department has identified more than “500 criminals” in the caravan.

“Most of the caravan are not women and children,” an official said, adding that most are men and male teenagers trying to enter the country.

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Man convicted of killing pregnant wife and daughters has been sentenced

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Chris Watts was sentenced to five life sentences Monday for the killings.

Chris Watts’ father-in-law calls him ‘heartless monster’ during sentencing for killing pregnant wife, young daughters

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Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) — The Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was called a “heartless monster” by his father-in-law at Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Chris Watts, 33, was sentenced to five life sentences with no possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4.

Shanann’s father, Frank Rzucek, said Chris Watts “carried them out like trash.”

“I trusted you to take care of them, not kill them. And they also trusted you,” said Rzucek, who was overcome with emotion. “You disgust me.”

“They were loving and caring people” who “had all their lives to live,” the grieving father and grandfather said. “Life will never be the same.”

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will not pursue the death penalty, the Weld County District Attorney’s office said. The victims’ family agreed to those terms, the district attorney’s office added.

Chris Watts faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“They looked up to you because you promised to keep them safe. Instead, you turned on your family,” Shanann’s brother, Frank Rzucek Jr., wrote in a statement read in court Monday by prosecutors.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t cry for my family. They were my whole world,” Rzucek Jr. said. “Why would you do this? … What kind of person slaughters the people that love them the most?”

He called his sister his “best friend” and said his brother-in-law “took away my privilege of being an uncle to the most precious girls.”

“Hearing my mother and father cry themselves to sleep … causes me anguish beyond words,” he continued. “I hope you spend the rest of your life … being haunted by what you’ve done.”

Sandra Rzucek, Shanann’s mother, said they loved Chris Watts “like a son.”

“We trusted you,” she said. “Your faithful wife trusted you. Your children adored you.

“I didn’t want death for you because that’s not my right,” she added. “Your life is between you and God and I pray that he has mercy for you.”

Chris Watts’ mother, Cindy Watts, called the crime an “absolute horror” for both families.

“This is something we will never get over,” she said in court, shaking. “I am still struggling to understand how and why this tragedy occurred. I may never be able to understand and accept it, but I pray for peace and healing for all of us.”

To her son, who sat in just steps away in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Cindy Watts said, “I’ve known you since the day you were born into this world. I’ve watched you grow from a quiet and sweet child who Bella reminded me so much of.”

“As your mother, Chris, I have always loved you and I still do. I hate what has happened,” she said, crying. “But we will remain faithful as your family … we love you and we forgive you, son.”

In August, right after the killings, Chris Watts spoke out to reporters, saying his wife and daughters disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home.

“My kids are my life,” he told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH. “I mean, those smiles light up my life.”

“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here,” he said.

Within days of the disappearance, Chris Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were found.

Prosecutors claim his “desire for a fresh start” to begin a new relationship was a motive for the crimes.

At the time of the killings, Chris Watts was dating another woman, 30-year-old Nichol Kessinger, she told The Denver Post.

Chris Watts and Kessinger met through work in June and started dating the next month, she told the newspaper.

Chris Watts told Kessinger he had two daughters and was going through a mutual divorce, which was almost finalized, Kessinger said.

At the end of July, Chris Watts told her that his divorce was official, Kessinger said in the report, which was published online last week.

“He lied about everything,” she told the Post.

Chris Watts pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him: five counts of murder in the first degree; three counts of tampering with a deceased human body; and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy.

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Father-in-law calls man who killed pregnant wife, daughters ‘heartless monster’

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Chris Watts pleaded guilty in the August deaths of his wife and young daughters.

‘You don’t go to jail for lying on TV’: GoFundMe scam suspect allegedly says in bombshell recording

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The lawyer for one of the suspects in an alleged GoFundMe scam released a secret bombshell tape recording Monday that he says shows his client’s ex-boyfriend and the homeless veteran they were purportedly helping duped her into joining the $400,000 swindle.

Kate McClure’s attorney played the tape on ABC’s Good Morning America, saying she made it after Johnny Bobbitt accused her and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, of cutting him out of his share of donations.

In the tape, which has not been verified by ABC News, McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 39, engage in a heated and expletive-laced argument in which she put the onus on him and he countered by saying she was complicit in the fleece.

“You started the whole f—— thing. You did everything. I had no part in any of this, and I’m the one taking f—— fall,” McClure’s is heard supposedly telling D’Amico on the recording.

D’Amico allegedly responded, seeming to say, “You don’t go to jail for lying on TV, you dumb f—.”

He was apparently referring to the blitz of media interviews the now-former couple and Bobbitt, 38, did to further the scam, according to New Jersey prosecutors.

“But who made me lie on TV?” McClure is heard on the tape asking D’Amico.

“Who cares?” D’Amico allegedly shot back.

He then asked her about $2,500 in ill-gotten gains she allegedly spent on a trip to California.

“You act like you didn’t spend a dollar. Stop it!” D’Amico allegedly told McClure.

McClure is then heard replying, “I’m not acting like that. I never said I didn’t spend a dollar.”

In a stunning twist in what the public and more than 14,000 people who donated during last holiday season, thinking they were helping a homeless veteran get off the streets, prosecutors charged McClure, D’Amico, and Bobbitt last week with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

“The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference on Thursday. “Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake.”

Attorneys for D’Amico and Bobbitt have yet to respond to ABC News’ requests for comment on Gerrow’s allegations or the tape.

Prosecutors say McClure was well aware that the trio concocted the tale that got the whole criminal feat rolling: the heart-tugging story that Bobbitt used his last $20 to buy her gas when her car stalled out near the I-95 offramp in Philadelphia near where the former Marine was living on the streets at the time.

GoFundMe says it is refunding all donations made to Bobbitt and sent donors an email last week explaining how to get their money back.

“While this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it’s unacceptable and clearly it has consequences. Committing fraud, whether it takes place on or offline is against the law,” GoFundMe said in a statement, adding that it is fully cooperating in the investigation.

In an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on GMA Monday, Gerrow claimed McClure was not complicit in the alleged scheme.

“I think that first of all people have to understand that this was an abusive relationship,” Gerrow said. “One of the reasons that I provided you the tape was to show you the nature of that. From the start, Kate thought she was helping a veteran who was homeless and that Mr. D’Amico was the one behind this and he was calling all the shots.”

Gerrow also downplayed the apparent trove of evidence Coffina laid out against the former couple last week, saying they purchased a luxury BMW, numerous high-end handbags, and “hit the casinos hard.”

Gerrow conceded D’Amico did purchase a handbag worth about $1,000 and that McClure bought one for about $800, but said they were purchased online and that the bags were used.

“In terms of the BMW, we’re talking about a 2015 BMW, hardly top of the line and they paid $17,500 for it,” Gerrow said.

Asked why McClure didn’t go to authorities sooner to implicate D’Amico and Bobbitt in the alleged scam, Gerrow said McClure always thought she was helping a down-and-out homeless veteran.

“At that point in time, she didn’t understand or appreciate the fact that this might very well be a crime,” Gerrow said. “What she’s talking about and what she thought all along was the fact …. that she was trying to help this homeless man.”

Gerrow said McClure is remorseful.

“One of the things that she does feel remorse about is the fact that this has garnered such publicity and will cause people perhaps to have second thoughts about giving, especially in this time of year,” Gerrow said. “I know she’s concerned about what this has done to her family and, quite frankly, it has traumatized her.”

D’Amico and McClure were arrested last week and released from custody pending a court hearing on Christmas Eve.

Bobbitt was arrested in Philadelphia last week and remains in custody, facing extradition to Burlington County.

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California wildfires leave 80 dead, almost 1,000 missing

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Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early Monday morning.

The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 80 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

The vast majority of the deaths — 77 total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 993 as of late Sunday, though those figures may continue to fluctuate as authorities track down the names on the list, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.

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Chris Watts to be sentenced for killing pregnant wife, young daughters

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Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) — The Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters is set to be sentenced Monday.

Chris Watts, 33, was convicted this month in the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4.

In August, Chris Watts spoke out to reporters, saying his wife and daughters disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home.

“My kids are my life,” he told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. “I mean, those smiles light up my life.”

“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here,” he said.

After Shanann and the girls disappeared, Chris Watts stayed with his friends, the Thayers.

“In the 48 to 72 hours we were with him … he was his normal self,” Amanda Thayer told ABC News in August. “He never once cried.”

“He fooled us. And I’m so sorry. We just thought we were doing the right thing by being a good friend,” added her husband, Nick Thayer. “We were duped.”

Within days of the disappearance, Chris Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were found.

At the time of the killings, Chris Watts was dating another woman, 30-year-old Nichol Kessinger, she told The Denver Post.

They met through work in June and started dating the next month, she told the newspaper.

Chris Watts told Kessinger he had two daughters and was going through a mutual divorce, which was almost finalized, Kessinger said.

At the end of July, Chris Watts told her that his divorce was official, Kessinger said in the report, which was published online last week.

“He lied about everything,” she told the Post.

Watts pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him: five counts of murder in the first degree; three counts of tampering with a deceased human body; and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will not pursue the death penalty, the Weld County District Attorney’s office said. The victims’ family agreed to those terms, the district attorney’s office added.

Watts faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Unsettled weather in the Northeast, then an arctic blast for Thanksgiving

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Unsettled weather, meaning conditions that could produce precipitation, will greet many folks Monday morning from Wisconsin all the way to Maine.

Two low-pressure systems should deliver light snow or rain showers from the Great Lakes into the Northeast through Tuesday morning.

Upstate New York and Maine may see a quick blast of snow Tuesday morning as well, with some parts seeing 2 to 6 inches by the afternoon.

Record lows will be possible the morning of Thanksgiving, as a significant shot of cold air — the coldest of the season so far — pushes behind a cold front as chilly air descends from Canada.

The greater Northeast could wake up to temperatures in the teens or single digits — potentially above or below zero. It’s likely to be the coldest Turkey Day along the East Coast since 1996.

Firefighters in California may finally catch a break late Wednesday or early Thursday when rain is expected. Too much rain could lead to flooding, but a fair amount will help relieve the poor air quality generated by the massive wildfires.

Conditions on Monday, however, will remain dry, with gusty winds and low humidity.

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Unsettled weather in the Northeast, then an arctic blast for Thanksgiving

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Unsettled weather, meaning conditions that could produce precipitation, will greet many folks Monday morning from Wisconsin all the way to Maine.

Two low-pressure systems should deliver light snow or rain showers from the Great Lakes into the Northeast through Tuesday morning.

Upstate New York and Maine may see a quick blast of snow Tuesday morning as well, with some parts seeing 2 to 6 inches by the afternoon.

Record lows will be possible the morning of Thanksgiving, as a significant shot of cold air — the coldest of the season so far — pushes behind a cold front as chilly air descends from Canada.

The greater Northeast could wake up to temperatures in the teens or single digits — potentially above or below zero. It’s likely to be the coldest Turkey Day along the East Coast since 1996.

Firefighters in California may finally catch a break late Wednesday or early Thursday when rain is expected. Too much rain could lead to flooding, but a fair amount will help relieve the poor air quality generated by the massive wildfires.

Conditions on Monday, however, will remain dry, with gusty winds and low humidity.

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Northeast braces for frigid weather on Thanksgiving

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Record cold is headed to the Northeast for Thanksgiving.

It could be the chilliest Turkey Day on record for New York and Boston, with wind chills below zero in some areas on Thanksgiving morning.

Here is what you need to know:

— A minor clipper system is moving from the Great Lakes to the Northeast Monday night into Tuesday morning, which could bring two to six inches of snow to parts of New England, as well as rain for the coast.

— No major storms are in the forecast for Thanksgiving.

— Rain is headed to the West Coast Wednesday night and into Thursday, which will provide some relief to firefighters battling the deadly wildfires.

— On Thanksgiving, many Northeast residents could wake up to temperatures in the teens or single digits.

— Thursday is likely to be the coldest Thanksgiving along the East Coast since 1996.

— Boston could experiences its coldest Thanksgiving on record since 1901.

If you are bundling up to hit the road for Thanksgiving, be mindful of the dangers on a week when so many are traveling.

The National Safety Council projects that 433 people may be killed and another 49,400 may be seriously hurt in car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Wednesday night to Sunday night.

Last year, Thanksgiving was the second deadliest holiday on the roads, the safety council said. The deadliest holiday was the Fourth of July.

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California wildfires leave 80 dead, more than 1,000 missing

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Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains more than 1,000 as of early Monday morning.

The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 80 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

The vast majority of the deaths — 77 total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 1,202 as of Sunday, though those figures may continue to fluctuate as authorities track down the names on the list, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.

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California wildfires leave 80 dead, more than 1,000 missing

Posted on: November 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains more than 1,000 as of early Monday morning.

The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 80 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 63 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

The vast majority of the deaths — 77 total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 1,202 as of Sunday, though those figures may continue to fluctuate as authorities track down the names on the list, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.

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KS governor demands county commissioner resign over ‘master race’ remark

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Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners (TOPEKA, Kan.) — The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was “part of the master race” when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week.

Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his “inappropriate remarks” made during a public meeting on Nov. 13.

“Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office,” Colyer said in a statement. “The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the county which he represents. As such I call on him to step down as county commissioner.”

During a public meeting on Tuesday, Triveece Penelton, a consultant for VIREO Planning Associates in Kansas City, was making a presentation to the board of commissioners about community engagement on a potential development of rural land in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

In a video of the meeting, posted on the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners’ YouTube channel, Klemp expressed his displeasure with a plan to develop the land as residential. He said he favored an industrial development that would return revenue to the county.

Speaking directly to Penelton, Klemp said, “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race. You know you got a gap in your teeth. You’re the masters. Don’t ever forget that.”

Klemp did not explain what he meant by the comment.

The term “master race” stems from Nazi terminology, often describing Adolf Hitler’s belief in a superior Aryan race.

Klemp did not respond to requests for comment Sunday from ABC News.

Penelton also could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Leavenworth County Administrator Mark Loughry issued a statement defending Klemp, saying the commissioner was referring to a gap in his own teeth and noting that Penelton had a similar gap.

“The use of the term ‘Master Race,’ as ill-advised as it may be, was not a reference to Nazis or used in a racist manner in this instance,” Loughry said in a statement. “Leavenworth County has a zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form from any staff members. I am deeply sorry that one misconstrued comment by a member of our elected governing body has caused so much grief, sorrow and hatred.”

But Robert Holland, one of Klemp’s colleagues on the commission, said Klemp needs to be disciplined.

“When he said ‘master race,’ there is no master race,” Holland told ABC affiliate station KMBC-TV in Leavenworth. “I mean, we’re all Americans, we’re all human beings. There is no master race.”

Holland said he is considering a motion to remove Klemp, whose term on the board runs through Jan. 15, from being chairman of the board.

Meanwhile, the Leavenworth City Commission held a special meeting on Thursday and issued a statement condemning Klemp’s remark and asked that he apologize and step down.

“These comments have resulted in widespread negative attention and have harmed the overall perception of residents, businesses, cities, organizations and agencies in Leavenworth County,” the Leavenworth City Commission said in its statement. “The City Commission unequivocally denounces the use of ‘master race’ or any other language that has historic ties to racism, division and bigotry in any setting at any time.”

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