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Obtained by ABC News(PERRIS, Calif.) -- New surveillance video shows some of the 13 California siblings who were allegedly held captive and tortured by their mother and father getting into a van after their parents' arrests.

The action unfolds in the upper left-hand corner of the video, where some of the siblings can be seen piling into the vehicle.

David and Louise Turpin, accused of abusing their children for years, were arrested after the victims were found Jan. 14 at their home in Perris. The Turpins allegedly forced the children to shower only once a year, shackled them and beat them routinely, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. The victims weren't released from their chains even to go to the bathroom, according to Hestrin. When found, they hadn't been to a doctor in over four years and had never been to a dentist, he added.

The victims were rescued after one of the children -- a 17-year-old girl -- escaped through a window and called 911.

The siblings -- ages 2 to 29 -- have since been hospitalized.

All the victims except for the toddler were severely malnourished, Hestrin said, adding that the eldest victim -- a 29-year-old woman -- weighed only 82 pounds when rescued. He said another child, a 12-year-old, was the weight of an average 7-year-old.

David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, have each been charged with 12 counts of torture, 12 counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult and six counts of child abuse. David Turpin was also charged with one count of a lewd act on a child under the age of 14 by force, fear or duress. They have pleaded not guilty.

David Macher, a lawyer for David Turpin, told ABC News, "What we would like the public to know is that our clients are presumed to be innocent and that’s a very important presumption." He added, "We’re going to provide a vigorous defense."

Hestrin said, "We’re asking the public to reach out if they have any information about the case."

Anyone with information can call the tip line at the Riverside District Attorney's Office at 888-934-KIDS.

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Minnesota State Patrol (MINNEAPOLIS) -- Blizzard warnings are in effect Monday from Nebraska to Minnesota, as heavy snow and strong winds bring whiteout conditions to the Plains and Midwest.

The heaviest of the snow is expected in eastern Kansas and Nebraska, southern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the forecast calls for 1 foot of snow. Travel is expected to be dangerous in those areas through the evening rush and into late tonight before clearing out overnight.

Snow and wind hit the Midwest and Plains


In Minnesota, Mankato and Owatonna both saw 6 inches of snow this morning, according to the National Weather Service. In Mankato, Mike Davis with Mankato Snow Removal told ABC News he has a crew of 20 men "working hard" to clear all the heavy snow from sidewalks in the downtown area on Monday.

He predicts each worker will cover about 5 miles Monday -- a job he said requires "mental toughness and lots of water."

The weather is causing major problems for travelers.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport closed its runways today and in Chicago, at least 50 flights at O'Hare International Airport were canceled Monday morning because of the weather.

In Iowa, the snow and winds forced officials to shutter a portion of Interstate 29.

The Minnesota State Patrol posted these photos after a car crashed through a fence on a roadway in Rochester.

Rain and snow in the East

Showers and thunderstorms are moving through the Southeast from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in Florida, and up to Atlanta.

By this evening, snow and ice are expected to make its way into Northern New England.

On Tuesday, heavy rain is headed to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

The heavy rain is expected to mix with warm temperatures, potentially leading to some isolated flooding and ice jams in the Northeast.

The rain will move out before the evening rush hour.

By Tuesday evening, some lake-effect snow is possible in parts of western New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

January warmth

The January warmth will continue for the East Coast Tuesday, with temperatures in the 50's in the Northeast and upper 60s in the Southeast.

Temperatures will slip mid-week, before yet another warm-up for the East Coast by the weekend.

Colorado snow

Before the snow struck the Midwest and the Plains, a winter storm on Sunday blanketed areas near Denver with several inches of snow, causing treacherous travel and road conditions.

Heavy snow led to about 200 flights at Denver International Airport to be canceled, representing about 15 percent of its daily operations.

The Denver airport received about 6 inches of snow, while some of the hillsides saw totals closer to about 10 inches.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- When Jarquita Arrington's 7-month-old baby started cooing recently in her graduate school class, she got help from an unlikely babysitter -- her business administration professor at Savannah State University.

Arrington, a mother of two juggling an M.B.A. program, had to bring her son, Panda, on her first day of school after her husband's meeting ran late, according to local ABC affiliate WJCL-TV.

"I said, 'Oh my gosh! I can't miss class!'" Arrington said.

That's when she reached out to her professor, Dr. Rebecca Setliff, to ask if she could bring Panda to class.

Setliff, who is an adjunct professor, agreed. But when Panda started fussing in class, Setliff decided to lend a helping hand.

"She walked over to the baby and said: 'Well, let me see the baby. Let me see if I can quiet him back down again,'" Arrington recalled.

Setliff carried Panda for the rest of the lecture and discussion.

"I wanted to help her," Setliff said. "And I wanted her to be able to focus on staying in the class, on focus on the class discussion. Because my classes are heavy discussion."

Setliff said she understands life can get overwhelming for her students.

"We as faculty need to work with them, and remember that," Setliff said. "Just so they get to classes just like a job."

Arrington said she had several options for graduate school, but professors like Setliff are the reason why she goes to Savannah State.

"You're able to get that individualized attention as a student as opposed to maybe being a number because you're in a classroom with maybe 150 kids," she said.

As for Panda, he remained calm in Setliff's arms for the rest of the lecture and discussion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN) -- Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has announced that the bankrupt island's utility company will be privatized.

In a televised statement, Rosello said the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, was a heavy burden on the island's residents.

PREPA "will stop existing as ineffectively as it does today," Rosello said.

Portions of the energy authority will be sold off in the coming days, the governor said.

Rossello said the current electrical grid is 28 years older than the industry average in the United States. He said that the move will get the island to a goal of more than 30 percent of renewable energy generation.

Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 hurricane.

Rosello called the move a "leap into the modernization of Puerto Rico."

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz criticized the privatization, tweeting: "The privatization of PREPA will put the economic development of the country in private hands. The authority will serve other interests."

About a third of customers on the island remains without power, according to Puerto Rico's government.

In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told ABC News in a statement: “We estimate 100 percent of customers will have power restored by the end of May.”

PREPA did not have an immediate reaction to the announcement.

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U.S. Army(WASHINGTON) -- A nonprofit organization has stepped in to provide death benefits to families of two soldiers killed in an Apache helicopter crash over the weekend.

Due to the government shutdown, the families did not receive the $100,000 death benefit provided for the death of a service member under any circumstance either stateside or overseas. Families typically use the benefit to cover the travel and funeral costs associated with the loss of their loved one. It's not clear whether they will receive the payments from the government if it reopens.

The nonprofit organization Fisher House Foundation, which works with military families, announced it would provide the death benefits to the families of 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, of Indiana, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke, of California, who were both assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

The soldiers were killed on Saturday morning when their AH64 Apache helicopter crashed during training operations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

In a statement, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he had worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation to assist military families during the shutdown.

"The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance grant until the government can make reimbursements at an appropriate time," the statement read. "The Fisher House will also cover flights, hotels and other incidentals for family members."

Nine days into the 2013 government shutdown, the Pentagon announced a partnership with the Fisher House Foundation in which the charity would pay the $100,000 to families. It was days later that Congress passed a law that would allow the Pentagon to pay families the amount during that specific shutdown. Once that law took effect, Fisher House announced it would give families an additional $25,000.

The Army said the cause of Saturday's helicopter crash is under investigation.

"We are all deeply saddened by the deaths of 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke," said Col. Scott Gallaway, commander, 4th CAB, 4th Inf. Div. "These gentlemen exemplified all the attributes we expect from our very best leaders. They were selfless, mission-focused, and committed to their teammates. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Clayton's and Kevin's Families. These two young leaders left an indelible mark on the entire Iron Eagle team. We will forever be better Soldiers, and a more combat-ready aviation brigade, due to their leadership."

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ABC News(LAKE WALES, Fla.) -- A day after police said two pipe bombs detonated in an unpopulated part of a mall in Lake Wales, Florida, the FBI now believes the incident was caused by a pair of marine flares.

"There is no indication of any explosion at the mall and no pipe bombs were found," according to a statement released Monday by the FBI's Tampa field office. "It appears two items, believed to be marine flares, were ignited in a mall hallway, creating a large amount of smoke, and a backpack was located at the scene."

Bomb technicians "examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices," the statement said.

Any fears of terrorism have so far been ruled out.

"There is no current indication of any terrorist connection to this incident," the statement added.

A statement published on the Eagle Ridge Mall's website echoed the FBI, saying that "two signal flares triggered a fire alarm" and that it was open for business.

It was a different story Sunday night, however.

The reports coming from local authorities suggested the mall had sustained some kind of nefarious attack.

Authorities said Sunday evening that two improvised explosive devices had detonated in the corridor of the mall.

After Lake Wales police arrived, the mall was quickly evacuated and a perimeter established. No injuries were reported.

Emergency personnel from surrounding counties responded to the mall around 5:30 p.m. Lake Wales Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said initially there was a "smoke alarm" inside a remote, unpopulated service corridor.

When authorities arrived, "they determined that an IED, or a pipe bomb explosive, had detonated in the corridor," Schulze said.

Cops soon made the determination that it was not just one pipe bomb that went off, but two.

Then, Schulze said, authorities found a "backpack or book bag that contained five or six other IEDs that were not detonated," adding that those devices were "safely removed."

"We had guys go in and do a cursory search to make sure there wasn't anything else suspicious or out of place," he said.

Schulze said multiple witnesses told police about a middle-aged man -- with a "heavy/stocky build, wearing a gray shirt and gray hat" -- seen running from the area.

"If anybody knows or hears anything we hope they would contact us," he said on Sunday.

It's unclear if police or the FBI are still in pursuit of this person-of-interest given the new information.

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ABC News(ITALY, Texas) --  A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized after a shooting in a cafeteria at a Texas school Monday morning, local officials said.

The suspect, a 16-year-old male student, is in custody after the incident at Italy High School in Italy, Texas, located about 45 miles south of Dallas, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim was transported by air ambulance, the sheriff's office said. Her condition is unknown.

No one else was injured, officials said.

The sheriff's office said "the kids are being moved, under guard to the dome as the investigation continues" and parents can be reunited with their children at a nearby elementary school.

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

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ABC News(DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.) -- The firefighter who caught a child who was thrown to safety from the balcony of a burning apartment building said his "heart's filled" after reuniting with the girl and her family following the blaze.

The harrowing incident, which was caught on high-definition helmet-camera video, captures the moment a 5-year-old girl, Destiny Nelson, was thrown to safety from the third-floor balcony of a Georgia apartment building by her parents earlier this month.

"America heard what we were dealing with right there," Captain Scott Stroup of the Dekalb County Fire Rescue Department, who can be seen in the video catching the child as she falls, told ABC News of the incident. "When you hear children screaming, that right there amps up the adrenaline."

Stroup, who has been a firefighter for 26 years, added that while this incident was caught on camera and widely shared, "all too often in this job, firefighters do remarkable things every day."

Stroup, however, said that it was meeting with the girl's family again that made this incident so special to him.

"Very seldom do we get to make that personal connection, and this right here, if I retire today I would have had a fulfilled career," Stroup said. "To see the family, and how appreciative they are, and see the children playing with their siblings, my heart's filled."

Djuana Nelson told ABC News that having her daughter meet with Stroup has brought some "healing" for Destiny, who is still struggling to understand and recover from the events.

"It started some healing for my family," Nelson told ABC News. "Most of all, it brought some clarity to my daughter, because all she keeps talking about is, 'Daddy threw me, and fire, and Daddy being hurt,' so she doesn't quite understand."

Nelson added that she hopes meeting with Stroup helped her daughter understand, "That her daddy wasn't trying to hurt her; he was trying to save her life."

Stroup's reunion with Destiny aired on Good Morning America Monday, and shows Stroup giving the child a hug, telling her, "It is so good to see you and see that you’re okay.”

"I want to tell you something, okay? Do you know how brave your daddy is?" Scott added. "He’s very very brave. He loves you very much. Your daddy saved your life."

Nelson's family members are raising funds through a Go Fund Me campaign to help support the family -- and specifically help them find a new place to live -- as they rebuild their lives after the fire.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo.) -- A backcountry skier died in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado Sunday, marking the state's first known avalanche fatality of the season, authorities said.

The skier was “caught, killed” while in an area known locally as Sam’s Trees in San Miguel County, Colorado, about 300 miles southwest of Aspen, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

It did not release the victim’s identity or provide details on what caused the incident.

The site, which sits at an elevation of about 11,200 feet, received as much as 20 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, according to San Miguel County Search and Rescue.

The department sent its condolences to the victim’s family in a Facebook post late Sunday, also warning people to be careful.

"Colorado experienced their first avalanche fatality of the 2018 season, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center," the Facebook post said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of the victim."

It said the danger rating in the area was at level three, on a scale of one to five, and told skiers to “remain vigilant while traveling in the backcountry.”

The state had issued a warning for the San Juan Mountains area on its website Sunday, saying human-triggered avalanches were likely to occur on steep slopes with 6 or more inches of new or drifted snow.

“An avalanche in the surface snow could step down to lower weak layers, triggering a larger and more dangerous avalanche,” the warning said. “You can trigger an avalanche today that is large enough to injure or kill you. “

Colorado Avalanche Information Center said it sent staff to review the scene and planned to release a detailed report later this week.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE WALES, Fla.) -- An improvised explosive device detonated in the corridor of a mall in Lake Wales, Florida, Sunday evening, authorities said.

A drop ceiling was damaged as well as structural damage to the corridor wall of the Eagle Ridge Mall.

No injuries were reported and the mall was quickly evacuated and a perimeter set up, the police said.

Emergency personnel from surrounding counties, including the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and the Lake Wales Fire Department, responded to the mall at around 5:30 p.m. to what Schulze said was initially a response to a "smoke alarm" alerting inside a remote, unpopulated service corridor JCPenney department store in the mall.

As they approached the mall's blast site, Lake Wales Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Schulze told ABC News Radio, the situation upgraded to a "structural fire."

And when authorities arrived on scene, Schulze said: "They determined that an IED, or a pipe bomb explosive, had detonated in the corridor."

Then the bomb squad made another disturbing find.

Schulze said as they canvassed the area where the smoke receded and flames were being put out, authorities found a "backpack or book bag that contained five or six other IEDs that were not detonated," adding the devices were "safely removed."

"We had guys go in and do a cursory search to make sure there wasn't anything else suspicious or out of place," he said.

Investigators are now turning their attention to track down a man they believe to be a "person-of-interest."

Schulze said multiple witnesses told police about a middle-aged man with a "heavy/stocky build, wearing a grey shirt and grey hat."

The pursuit of this person-of-interest remains active as Schulze said investigators attempt to get a hold of video footage.

"If anybody knows or hears anything we hope they would contact us," he said.

The explosion, however lethal, struck an area where Schulze said "there are no shoppers," and was restricted to the service corridor, which helped spare bloodshed.

"It could have been a lot more dangerous," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The families of two Army soldiers killed early Saturday morning when their Apache helicopter crashed in California will not receive the $100,000 death benefit they are entitled to because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

When the same situation happened during the last government shutdown in 2013, families received the benefit only after Congress passed a law enabling retroactive payments.

The $100,000 death benefit is provided to families for the death of a service member under any circumstance either stateside or overseas.

Families typically use the benefit to cover the travel and funeral costs associated with the loss of their loved one. The shutdown does not affect families from receiving life insurance payments provided to service members.

On Sunday, Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., made an impassioned speech on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to make sure that military families get what they deserve.

"If acting now to ensure military pay and death benefits continue during this shutdown brings relief to just one military family, that will be worth it,” said Duckworth. “If it prevents just one survivor from experiencing even more pain and hardship as they struggle with the grief of losing a loved one killed in action while defending our great nation, then it will be worth it.”

“The time to act is now,” said Duckworth. “This should not be a partisan issue. Every member of Congress supports paying our military personnel and ensuring military death benefits are not delayed. So why delay now? There's no good reason.”

The two soldiers died when their AH64 Apache helicopter crashed early Saturday morning at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, according to Lt. Colonel Jason Brown, an Army spokesman.

"The cause is currently under investigation and next of kin notifications ongoing, therefore we can provide no further details at this time.”

Brown confirmed that the $100,000 death benefit is not being provided to the families of any service members who die during the federal government shutdown.

“Death benefits to families of military members killed in the line of duty will not be paid until appropriations are enacted,” said Brown.

Following a political firestorm over the inability to make the payments during the 2013 shutdown, Congress passed legislation to allow the retroactive payment of the death benefit to the at least 29 families affected.

Back in 2013, nine days into the shutdown, the Pentagon announced a partnership with the Fisher House Foundation where the charity would pay the $100,000 to families. It was days later that Congress passed a law that would allow the Pentagon to pay families the amount during the shutdown. Once that law took effect, Fisher House announced it would give families an additional $25,000.

The two soldiers killed in Saturday's crash were from the 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of two 4th Infantry Division Soldiers at the National Training Center today. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to their families and friends during this difficult and painful time," said Major General Randy A. George, commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson.

"The loss of any Soldier truly saddens everyone here at the Mountain Post and it is a tremendous loss to the team."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An onslaught of wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters across the nation in 2017 caused $306.2 billion in damage, breaking a record for the price of destruction, according to a report released Sunday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information tallied 16 natural disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. Together, the disasters shattered the previous single-year record of $214.8 billion in destruction that occurred in 2005 when hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma wreaked havoc on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

"In 2017, the U.S. experienced a rare combination of high disaster frequency, disaster cost and diversity of weather and climate extreme events, as billion-dollar disasters occurred in 6 of the 7 disaster event categories we analyze," the NOAA report says.

Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Rockport, Texas, in mid-August, brought days of torrential rains that caused flooding in Houston and surrounding areas, displaced more than 30,000 people and destroyed 200,000 homes and businesses. The storm caused about $125 billion in damage, second only to the $160 billion Hurricane Katrina caused.

In mid-September, Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, swept through the southern Caribbean causing $90 billion in damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. The storm came just days after Hurricane Irma slammed the Florida Keys and caused $50 billion in damages.

"In addition to the historic hurricanes, the U.S. had an extraordinarily damaging wildfire season burning more than 9.8 million acres," according to the NOAA report. "The cumulative costs approach $18 billion, which triples the previous U.S. annual wildfire season cost record of $6 billion that occurred in 1991."

The height of the wildfire season happened in October when a series of historic firestorms ripped through Northern California's Wine Country and beyond, destroying more than 15,000 homes, businesses and other structures and killing 44 people.

The report also analyzed the cost of a parade of tornadoes that plowed through the Midwest and Southeast in February and March, and a prolonged drought in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Other natural disasters adding to the historic price tag were hail storms that pounded Minnesota and Colorado, severe flooding in Missouri and Arkansas in April and May, and a deep freeze that ruined agriculture crops in the Southeast in mid-March.

"The increase in population and material wealth over the last several decades are an important factor for the increased damage potential," the report says. "These trends are further complicated by the fact that many population centers and infrastructure exist in vulnerable areas like coasts and river floodplains, while building codes are often insufficient in reducing damage from extreme events."

The study also concluded that climate change is playing "an increasing role in the increasing frequency of some types of extreme weather that lead to billion-dollar disasters."

"Most notably the rise in vulnerability to drought, lengthening wildfire seasons and the potential for extremely heavy rainfall and inland flooding events are most acutely related to the influence of climate change," the report says.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A winter storm is beginning to intensify and snow is expected to expand into parts of the central and northern Plains on Sunday morning.

Another round of blizzard warnings were issued by the National Weather Service Sunday morning. The blizzard warnings now stretch from eastern Colorado to southern Minnesota, including a large portion of Nebraska.

This storm will track towards the upper Midwest over the next 48 hours, bringing a significant snowfall from eastern Colorado to Northern Wisconsin. This storm has already brought heavy snow to parts of the Rocky Mountains. Salt Lake City, for example, picked up over 8 inches of snow on Saturday causing treacherous travel on I-80 and I-15. Treacherous travel due to heavy blowing snow was also reported on I-80 in Wyoming.

On Sunday morning the snow is falling in the Colorado Rockies and will be expanding into the metropolitan Denver area shortly. Conditions in Denver will deteriorate Sunday morning and further into the day. Locally 4 to 8 inches of snow is likely for the Denver area, with nearly a foot possible in the mountains and foothills. Flight delays and cancellations will be likely Sunday at Denver International Airport. Snow has also already expanded northward towards Cheyenne and the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

Conditions will deteriorate in Nebraska and Southern South Dakota Sunday, followed by southern Minnesota by Sunday evening. In addition to the snowfall, winds will be gusting locally over 30 mph as the storm intensifies Sunday night into Monday. Near blizzard conditions will be likely in this region during this time frame.

On Monday morning, heavy snow will be falling from Nebraska to Western Wisconsin. School cancellations, flight delays, and road closures will be likely in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, and Minneapolis.

By Tuesday morning, the storm will move into the Great Lakes region and bring a heavy rain threat for the Northeast. The combination of heavy rain, mild temperatures, and existing ice jams could cause localized flooding.

There remains some degree of uncertainty where the gradient of heaviest snow totals will be in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The current forecast includes a narrow axis of locally over 12 inches of snow from near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Southern suburbs of Minneapolis. There is a potential for this axis to expand eastward. Important to note that there will be a fairly sharp gradient from notable nuisance snowfall. The heaviest snow likely misses Rapid City just to the south, as well as misses Des Moines just to the north.

In addition to the heavy snow, many locations will also see a little bit of freezing rain and drizzle ahead of the heavier snow.

In addition the snowfall, a cold front swinging across the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley will bring the chance for severe weather. A slight risk for severe storms for parts of northeast Texas, southeast Oklahoma, southwest Arkansas and northwest Louisiana. This threat region includes Dallas and Little Rock. The main threat will be damaging winds, however brief tornadoes will be possible. The thunderstorms are expected to develop later Sunday evening near Waco to Dallas, and then move north and east during the overnight.

Sunday will be another day with above average temperatures for much of the eastern U.S. Temperatures in much of this region are forecast to be 10 to 20 degrees above average.

New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. will all be 5 to 10 degrees above their average for the date. Across parts of the South, temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees above average.

Like last weekend, with the milder temperatures, the threat for localized ice jams, and thin ice remain a concern across parts of the Northeast. As a storm approaches from the west, heavy rain will arrive in the Northeast on Tuesday, which could enhance the threat for localized flooding near area waterways affected by ice jams.

After the rain passes, it will turn more seasonable. The good news is, that the extended outlook shows another mild swing in temperatures next weekend.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A former assistant police chief for a Kentucky police department allegedly instructed a police recruit to shoot black minors if he were to catch them smoking marijuana, according to court documents.

In an Aug. 31 letter to Prospect, Kentucky Mayor John Evans, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell wrote that he has "serious concerns" about the then-assistant police chief Todd Shaw, who at the time was acting chief for the city of Prospect, a suburban city in the Louisville metropolitan area.

When senior Jefferson County prosecutors met with members of the Louisville Metro Police Department, they reviewed "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook private messages" Shaw exchanged with a former LMPD police recruit, the letter states. The prosecutors were there to conduct an investigation to determine whether to file criminal against Shaw, O'Connell said.

The prosecutors found the messages while investigating a case in which Shaw allegedly tried to assist another officer by improperly accessing the National Crime Information Center database, his attorney in the criminal case, Nick Mudd, told ABC News. Prosecutors have dropped efforts file criminal charges against Shaw in that case, Mudd said, adding that he "did nothing wrong."

The Facebook messages of concern, which accompanied the letter O'Connell sent to Evans, occurred from September to October 2016, O'Connell said.

In the Facebook messages, Shaw and the recruit discussed a scenario for the recruit's training in which he had to write a paper on the "right thing to do" if he were to come across three juveniles who were smoking marijuana, O'Connell wrote. The recruit appears to have come to Shaw for advice, telling him, "I'm so confused about this paper," in the message, dated Oct. 5, 2016.

"F--- the right thing," Shaw allegedly wrote. "If black shoot them."

Shaw allegedly made other "racially threatening statements," which included instructions on "how to handle the juveniles' parents," according to the letter.

"...if mom is hot then f--- her," Shaw allegedly wrote. "...if dad is hot then handcuff him and make him s--- my d---."

Shaw allegedly continued, "Unless daddy is black...Then shoot him..."

In another alleged message, dated Sept. 24, 2016, the recruit told Shaw that he didn't think he will be the class leader in his recruit class because a former corrections officer was in the class. Shaw then allegedly told that recruit that he was required to sign a form saying he "wasn't racist or associated with racists or associated with racist or hate groups per some KY law."

"What has POLICING come to when all you can shoot are white people and injured deer," Shaw allegedly wrote. "Lol."

"As Jefferson County Attorney, I feel compelled to notify and warn you of Shaw's deeply offensive and racist statements," O'Connell wrote to the mayor. "There is no place in police departments for men or women who hold such strongly held prejudices, including recommending shooting people simply because of their race."

O'Connell stressed how "disturbing" it was that a senior law enforcement officer with more than 20 years of experience was expressing racist views to a "young recruit."

The letter to the mayor included attachments of the relevant Facebook messages and copied in other relevant officials, including the Prospect Police Chief and the Louisville Metro Police Chief.

In another alleged message on April 8, 2017, Shaw allegedly referred to Martin Luther King Jr. as "nothing but a [racist] womanizer."

"But because someone shot him, I get a day off with pay each year so I will take it," the message allegedly stated.

Shaw also allegedly wrote on March 6, 2017 that he needed "target practice" when referring to the "revitalized Russell neighborhood," named after African-American educator and Kentucky native Harvey Clarence Russell.

On Thursday, Shaw filed a motion for a restraining order or temporary injunction in a Jefferson County circuit court, seeking to have the Facebook records deemed exempt from inspection, according to court documents. The motion was denied.

Since Shaw was the assistant police chief and acting chief for Prospect as the time of his resignation, "that responsibility lends itself to a higher level of public scrutiny," Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman states in the court document.

"While the Court understands how embarrassing the documents may be to Shaw personally, they are not of the private nature intended to be shielded from public disclosure," McDonald-Burkman wrote. "The documents reveal opinions and prejudices that bring into question Shaw's integrity as a law enforcement officer who has been entrusted to serve and protect all members of society."

Shaw has not been charged with any crime as a result of the records, the motion states.

Michael Burns, an attorney who represents Shaw in the civil case, told the Louisville Courier Journal that Shaw, throughout his police career, "treated all people fairly and respectfully regardless of their race."

"His Facebook messages were made privately between colleagues and friends who shared the reality of being police officers in today’s culture where police are demonized and demoralized for doing what is required to keep the community safe," Burns told the paper. "Actions speak louder than words and Mr. Shaw’s actions during his career speak for themselves. He is not a racist in any sense of the word."

Shaw resigned after the records were shared with the Prospect Police Department, which launched its own investigation, according to court documents. He started working with the department on June 4, 2012, and was not issued any reprimands or other disciplinary actions during his employment there, according to a statement from the City of Prospect.

After receiving the letter from Jefferson County prosecutors, Shaw was "immediately" placed on paid suspension and later resigned on Nov. 20.

“While it is important to note that all the communications either sent or received by Shaw were sent privately, the City finds the content of the messages to be abhorrent, disgusting, and, reprehensible,” said Prospect Mayor John Evans, adding that officials do not believe that any city-owned computers, cell phones or devices were used to transmit the messages.

The recruit who Shaw had been conversing with was hired on Oct. 17, 2016 and resigned on Feb. 27, 2017, prior to graduating from the LMPD's basic academy, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"I am disgusted by the shocking and appalling statements released today – between the former Prospect Assistant Chief of Police Todd Shaw, and a former LMPD recruit," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement.

Neither Mike Burns, Shaw's attorney in the civil case in which the messages were revealed, nor the River City Fraternal Order of Police immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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Presley Ann/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Natalie Portman revealed on Saturday that she was the object of a rape fantasy at the age of 13 and gave up on numerous roles while suffering through what she called an "environment of sexual terrorism."

The Oscar-winning actress spoke from a stage before thousands of people in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Women's March, according to a CNN report.

Portman turned 12-years-old when on the set of "The Professional," where her drug-dealing father and the rest of her family are killed by crooked cops and she mounts a revenge and forges a bond with a mob hitman named Léon played by Jean Reno.

After the film was released in 1994, Portman said, she was excited she was to receive her first fan mail, only "to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me," according to CNN.

She said that critics "talked about my budding breasts in reviews."

"I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort."

She said that the shame compounded when a local radio station established a "countdown" until Portman turned 18 -- "euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with," she said.

She said she turned down acting roles "that involved a kissing scene" and turned to ones that "emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was," adding it had an impact on the way she dressed.

Portman said she expressed herself as "prudish, conservative, nerdy and serious" to be heard and feel safe.

"At 13 years old, the message from our culture was clear to me: I felt the need to cover my body and to inhibit my expression and my work in order to send my own message to the world that I'm someone worthy of safety and respect," Portman said. "The response to my expression, from small comments about my body to more threatening deliberate statements, served to control my behavior through an environment of sexual terrorism."

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