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David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than 30,000 teachers on strike in Los Angeles are hoping they'll soon be back in the classroom as marathon negotiations continue behind closed doors over the holiday weekend to break a contract stalemate.

"I hope they get this figured out soon. It's exhausting," Melissa Berlant, a striking sixth-grade English teacher, told ABC News.

Monday, a school holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, will mark the eighth day since teachers in the nation's second-largest school district walked out of classrooms and formed picket lines after talks on a new contract with Los Angeles Unified School District officials broke down.

Representatives of the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the LAUSD returned to the bargaining table on Friday and continued to negotiate Sunday in marathon sessions being facilitated by the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, a potential 2020 candidate for president of the United States.

It's unclear what progress, if any, is being made at the bargaining table since both sides have agreed to keep the negotiations confidential.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also rumored to have 2020 presidential aspirations, tweeted Sunday in support of the teachers.

"Students deserve nurses who can treat them when they’re ill. They deserve counselors," she tweeted. "They deserve to have librarians there on a daily basis who can open up whole new worlds. And they all deserve to be paid fairly, along with our incredible teachers."

The striking educators are asking for a 6.5 percent pay raise, smaller class sizes and for the district to add about 1,200 support staff positions, including nurses, librarians and counselors.

"I have over 1,500 students on my caseload," Yulya Ippolitova, 39, a psychologist at George K. Porter Middle School, told ABC News. "The National Association of School Psychologists recommended ratio is one psychologist to 750 students. Many of us are overwhelmed, working above and beyond to serve vulnerable student populations with no support from the district."

School district Superintendent Austin Beutner said last week that the district doesn't have the money meet all of the union's demands.

But Beutner expressed optimism that both sides can reach a compromise and break the impasse now that negotiations have been jump-started.

"Too many students are missing out on the education they should be getting," Beutner said on Friday. "We need to solve this now and get our educators and all of our students back in the classroom."

Beutner said that in the first week of the strike the district lost about $125 million in state revenue payments based on student attendance.

Schools have remained open in the district with substitute teachers filling in, but only about a third of the nearly 600,000 students in the district have been attending classes. Many students and their parents have joined teachers on picket lines.

UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl has called the strike a "fight for the soul of public education" in Los Angeles.

The union has been attempting to get a new contract for two years with no success. Caputo-Pearl said another big sticking point in the negotiations is the union's objection to the proliferation of charter schools in the district.

About 1 in 5 Los Angeles public school students attend a charter, the most of any school district in the nation. Charter schools are privately managed and most are nonunion.

"If we allow this movement to win, then our schools will be privatized, our students will have less equity and less access, and our jobs and our healthcare will be attacked," said Caputo-Pearl said at the rally on Friday.

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liangpv/iStock(NEW YORK) --  A young woman is suing a school district in Kansas for discrimination and retaliation, claiming she was told she couldn't perform with the dance team because her skin was "too dark," according to a lawsuit.

Camille Sturdivant was one of two African-American members on the 14-person "Dazzlers" dance team at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park before graduating in May, according to the lawsuit filed Dec. 5 in the United States District Court in Kansas City, Kansas.

Back in July 2017, the team's choreographer acted "on behalf of and in conjunction with" the team's coach, Carley Fine, to exclude Sturdivant from performing in an upcoming dance after allegedly making a comment that "her skin was too dark and the audience would look at her and not the other dancers," the suit states.

Sturdivant claims in the suit that the choreographer also said her skin color "clashed with the color of the costumes."

That September, Sturdivant's parents met with the school's principal, Amy Murphy Pressly, to complain about their daughter being excluded from the dance, according to the lawsuit. Pressly allegedly told them that Fine could "pick whoever she wanted to perform in the dances," the suit states.

Sturdivant continued to have a spot on the team and was allowed to dance, though Fine was "dismissive" of her, according to the lawsuit. Then in May, shortly before graduation, Sturdivant was using Fine's cell phone to play music for the dance team when she saw text messages between the coach and Murakami, the suit alleges.

She read the texts and was "sickened," the suit states.

The texts appear to discuss the fact that Sturdivant had recently received an acceptance letter from the University of Missouri and won a spot on the school's "Golden Girls" dance team, according to the court document.

"THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I'm so mad," the choreographer allegedly wrote.

"It actually makes my stomach hurt," Fine allegedly replied and then added, "Bc she's f----- black. I hate that."

Sturdivant's parents showed the text message exchange to the school principal, according to the suit. Fine was fired the following day and informed she could not be on school property nor have contact with Sturdivant or the other dancers, according to the suit.

But Sturdivant alleges the former coach was seen several times at school and with the "Dazzlers" since her termination.

Sturdivant also claims in the suit that the school principal informed her family that a team banquet, which had been paid for by all the parents of the "Dazzlers," was canceled. She says she later learned that Fine attended a dinner with all of the other dancers on the same evening as the canceled banquet.

Sturdivant alleges that a parent of one of the "Dazzlers," Katie Porter, who is a third-grade teacher at an elementary school within the same school district, participated in excluding Sturdivant from the dinner.

The lawsuit names Porter, Fine, Pressly and the Blue Valley Unified School District as defendants. Sturdivant is demanding a jury trial and is seeking an unspecified amount in "actual damages, compensatory and punitive damages."

The school district on Friday sent ABC News the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

"Respectful and meaningful relationships between staff and students are at the heart of Blue Valley’s culture. Discrimination of any kind has no place here. The District expects staff to treat all students with respect at all times, and any report that this expectation has not been fulfilled is taken very seriously. As stated in the Complaint, on May 1, 2018, Mrs. Sturdivant showed Dr. Pressly the text message between Mr. Murakami and Ms. Fine. Ms. Fine’s employment with the District was separated the following day on May 2, 2018."

Porter, Fine and Pressly did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment Friday.

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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- An infant and three adults were killed in a "horrific" incident at an Oregon home in which sheriff's deputies shot and killed the suspect as he was about to take the life of another child, officials said Sunday.

The eruption of domestic violence occurred Saturday night in the Portland suburb of Canby, Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Jensen said at a news conference.

Jensen said the suspect, Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, was shot and killed by deputies when they arrived on scene at 10:15 p.m. and saw him attempting to kill another child.

The child and another adult were injured in the attack and taken to a hospital for treatment, Jensen said.

After killing Gago, deputies found four victims -- including a 9-month-old girl -- dead inside the house, Jensen said.

The baby was identified Sunday as Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, according to the sheriff's office. The other victims killed were: Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31; Jerry William Bremer, 66; and Pamela Denise Bremer, 64.

The relationship between the suspect and the victims, including the baby, is under investigation.

"We do believe they were all living in the residence. They are related somehow. We're just trying to piece that together," Jensen said.

It was not immediately clear how Gago allegedly killed the victims, Jensen said. He said the suspect was not armed with a gun.

"There are numerous objects around the house that can be used as weapons," he said. "Investigators are trying to figure out exactly what it is he used to kill four people."

A motive in the quadruple slaying is under investigation.

"Every investigator I've talked to that's been inside the residence ... cannot explain just how horrific the scene is. It's a traumatic scene just to see," Jensen said. "This is a tough one and we want to make sure our folks are going to be OK when this is all done."

He said five deputies and a sheriff's sergeant responded to the scene, but it was not immediately known how many fired their weapons.

"They were able to locate the suspect," Jensen said. "At which point they were presented with a deadly force situation. Our deputies fired their service weapons, killing the homicide suspect.

"Obviously, they were trying to get there as quickly as possible to save as many people as they can," Jensen said of the sheriff's deputies. "They're obviously worried about their own safety."

He said the sergeant and five deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave in keeping with department protocol for officer-involved shooting investigations.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A powerful storm continues to move through the Northeast on Sunday, after it brought up to 15 inches of snow in the Midwest and three reported tornadoes in the South.

The winter storm will dump snowfall totals of 10 to 20 inches in parts of the Northeast before moving out of the region later in the day on Sunday. In the wake of the storm, temperatures in the Northeast will drop nearly 40 degrees as an arctic blast settles over the eastern U.S.

Select snowfall totals as of Sunday morning:

Heron Lake, Minnesota: 15 inches
Bluffton, Iowa: 14 inches
Mansfield, Ohio: 10.5 inches
McHenry, Illinois: 10 inches
Stormstown, Pennsylvania: 9 inches
Staffordville, Connecticut: 4.2 inches
Providence, Rhode Island: 4 inches

President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Americans "to be careful and try staying in your house."

"Large parts of the Country are suffering from tremendous amounts of snow and near record setting cold," he tweeted. "Amazing how big this system is."

The president, who has at times denied climate change, added, "Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!"

Heavy snow is showing on the radar Sunday morning from Ohio to Maine with the heaviest bands over much of New York state. Snowfall rates there are estimated to be at 1 to 2 inches per hour. A mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow is currently falling across parts of the Lower Hudson Valley into much of Connecticut and southern Massachusetts.

Very heavy rain is falling farther south in New York City and Philadelphia. New flood alerts are being issued for parts of the New York and Philadelphia metro areas, due to the possibility of 1 to 2 inches of rain. Additionally, coastal flooding is a concern through the day from New Jersey to Massachusetts.

Strong winds are likely from the Tennessee Valley all the way to Florida on Sunday. Behind the storm is the very cold air that is already moving into the Midwest and is on the way to the Northeast, where new wind chill alerts have been issued for many major Northeast cities.

Additional snowfall on Sunday is expected to be confined mainly to the interior Northeast, with over 12 more inches of snow still to come in parts of New York, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Locally, over a quarter of an inch of ice is also possible across parts of the Lower Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Snow totals in the interior Northeast should top out at approximately 10 to 20 inches.

The storm is pulling in a lot of mild air to Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York, which is keeping the snow and mixed precipitation north and west of these cities. However, the danger is not over yet.

As the storm slides east, it will begin to drag the very cold air behind it. The clash of colder and milder air will increase winds significantly as the day goes on. Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York all are seeing temperatures in the 40s and even 50s on Sunday morning.

However, by early afternoon, temperatures will come crashing down.

By Sunday night, the actual air temperature will crash into the single digits and teens across the Interstate 95 corridor. In interior parts of the Northeast, temperatures will go below zero with a fresh snow pack. After starting Sunday in the 40s and 50s from Washington to New York, temperatures will have dropped 40 to nearly 50 degrees by Sunday night.

Everything that has fallen, from snow to rain, will freeze over. This could make traveling dangerous Sunday night and Monday morning. This situation, called a flash freeze, can make it harder to treat some road surfaces.

The Northeast is not alone in dealing with brutal cold. The central U.S. is seeing wind chills in the teens all the way down to the Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Gusty winds and very low temperatures will cause wind chills of minus 10 to minus 20 across the Northeast, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

Even during the day on Monday, wind chills will not rise above zero for much of the Northeast. It will be downright brutal nearly the entire day.

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KOCO-TV(NORMAN, Okla.) -- A racist video that swept across the campus of the University of Oklahoma (OU) this week received widespread condemnation and resulted in one student being kicked out of her sorority.

The video was posted to Twitter on Friday and includes a student from the Tri Delta sorority filming her friend as she is painting her face black. The student filming the video jokes, "Stop, that's too much paint!"

The student, with her face painted black, then flicks off the camera and uses the N-word.

Officials have not named either woman involved in the video, but Oklahoma's Tri Delta chapter quickly moved to expel the woman who filmed the video from the sorority on Saturday. The student on camera who used the slur was not a member of the sorority.

"Our chapter condemns the racist, offensive and disgraceful conduct of the two women involved in the video posted yesterday," Theta Gamma Delta Delta Delta Collegiate Chapter President London Moore said in a statement posted to Instagram. "More specifically, we are deeply disappointed in the actions of the one woman associated with the Theta Gamma chapter of Tri Delta."

"The behavior documented in the video is abhorrent and is in no way consistent with Tri Delta's ideals," it continued.

Tri Delta also said in the statement that it would "make strides toward change."

Oklahoma President James Gallogly and Dr. Jane Irungu, interim associate vice president of the Office of University Community at OU, issued a joint statement on Friday: "We are saddened and offended that on the eve of such an important holiday for our nation we are reminded how far we have yet to come in the conversation about treating everyone with respect and dignity. Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education.'"

Gallogly said the school "abhors such conduct and condemns" the actions and language in the video, but it appears punishment from the school will be limited.

"The students have offered to apologize in order to reflect their regret," the president's letter notes.

"My role now is to move quickly to educate, to inform -- and I'm glad that, meeting with these two young women, they acknowledged their mistake, and we shall move on from there," Irungu told Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV.

The university received widespread negative attention in 2015 after members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were filmed singing a racist song to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It while on a bus. The video was released online, and the frat was later closed and two members were kicked out by then-President David Boren.

Boren retired as president prior to the current school year.

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David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Outrage was growing across the political spectrum over the weekend after dozens of teens from an all-male Catholic school in Kentucky -- some wearing bright-red "Make America Great Again" baseball caps -- appeared to mock and chant over the voices of a small group of Native Americans who were singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the conclusion of a march in Washington, D.C.

Friday’s inaugural Indigenous Peoples March coincided with the annual March for Life, and it appears that at least some of the students had come from that anti-abortion march.

The most jarring of several viral videos of the incident pinballing through cyberspace shows a young man in a red "MAGA" hat who stands motionless and smirking for more than three minutes, with his face inches from that of Native American leader and Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips -- who is rhythmically banging a drum and singing along with a handful of fellow Native Americans.

Phillips remains outwardly placid and composed throughout the viscerally distressing confrontation, according to video shot inches from the other side of Philips’ face and posted online. Another video showed Phillips appear to approach the group of students before the stare-down.

In an interview on Friday after the incident that was posted to Instagram, Phillips said he wished the throng of teens would put their energy into helping feed the poor.

"I heard them say, 'Build that wall, build that wall,' you know?" he said in the interview. "This is indigenous lands, you know. We’re not supposed to have walls here. We never did. Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison."

"We always took care of our elders, took care of our children," Phillips continued. "We always provided for them, you know? We taught them right from wrong. I wish I could see that energy of the young men to, you know, put that energy to make this country really great. Helping those that are hungry."

In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Phillips said the dozens of teens began to swarm around his group as they concluded their march and were getting ready to leave.

“It was getting ugly," he told the newspaper.

“I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”

Fury over the incident began to boil over on Saturday as the videos began to spread more and more widely.

"This Veteran put his life on the line for our country. The students' display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration," Congresswoman Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, tweeted at about 11:30 a.m. "Heartbreaking."

Then, in a blistering statement posted to her verified Facebook account shortly after 3 p.m., Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes called the viral videos “horrific.”

“In spite of these horrific scenes, I refuse to shame and solely blame these children for this type of behavior. Instead, I turn to the adults and administration that are charged with teaching them, and to those who are silently letting others promote this behavior."

Less than an hour later, the diocese of Covington and the Covington Catholic School issued a joint statement.

“We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general. ... We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.”

Attempts to reach an official at Covington Catholic High School on Saturday evening were not immediately successful. None of the students in the video were immediately identifiable and so could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Twitter lit up over the incident, with many conservative voices condemning the hostility on display among the teens.

“The contrast between the calm dignity and quiet strength of Mr. Phillips and the behavior of the #MAGA brats who have absorbed the spirit of Trumpism -- this spectacle is a lesson which all Americans can learn,” conservative commentator Bill Kristol, a critic of the president, said in a tweet.

Earlier this week, Native Americans leaders called on Trump to apologize for invoking the Wounded Knee Massacre and the Battle of Little Bighorn in the course of mocking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he often refers to derisively as “Pocahontas,” in a tweet.

Trump made fun of an Instagram video Warren released on New Year's Eve in which she drank a beer on camera. He tweeted, “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

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(WASHINGTON) --  For the third year in a row, women across the world came out in the thousands Saturday to protest the Trump administration and to fight for women's rights.

But the Women's March looked different from the first one in 2017.

Back then, it was organized in response to the incoming presidency of Donald Trump and yielded a global movement. On the day after his inauguration, crowds marched across the U.S. in the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.

But this year, the event was mired in controversy over the Women's March Inc.'s leadership amid accusations of anti-Semitism and racism.

Echoing 2017, this year’s formal main march was held in Washington, D.C., with more than 100 other marches planned for cities around the world.

In Europe, the protests kicked off early Saturday. Hundreds of Londoners took part in a "Women Demand Bread & Roses" protest, rallying in Trafalgar Square. In Berlin, women marched holding signs that said, "My body, my rules."

In the U.S. Capital, pink "pussy hats" dotted the crowd, and thousands of protesters held up signs protesting Trump while others held signs in support of transgender rights, reproductive rights and gun control. Protestors also invoked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and signs that read: “Believe survivors.”

One marcher shouted, "Get your tiny hands off my underpants!"

Much of the buildup before the rally, however, focused on the controversy and how organizers were seemingly at odds.

For months, women who had previously participated in the marches exchanged text messages and Facebook posts about whether one of the founders of the movement was anti-Semitic. In the week leading up to the event, the march drew as much attention for controversial comments made by the organizers as the upcoming event itself.

Though the conversation has been ongoing for the past year, the allegations were formalized in an article in the online Jewish magazine Tablet.

On Monday, two of the march's organizers appeared on "The View," fueling the controversy. Co-president Tamika Mallory defended her relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, who has long fielded charges of anti-Semitism.

“As a leader, as a black leader in a country that is still dealing with some very serious unresolved issues as it relates to the black experience in this country, I go into a lot of difficult spaces,” Mallory said on the show. “Wherever my people are, there that’s where I must also be.”

On Tuesday, the NAACP and the Democratic National Committee pulled out as partners. Planned Parenthood stayed on board.

By Saturday afternoon, Mallory appeared to throw out an all-inclusive olive leaf to the crowd, as she had recently drawn criticism for remarks and affiliations that some called anti-Semitic.

"To all my sisters, I see you. To my Muslim sisters, I see you. To my Latina sisters, I see you. To my Asian sisters, I see you. To my Jewish sisters, I see all of you. I see your pain. And to my black sisters, I SEE YOU!” Mallory said to the thousands of women and supporters gathered on the National Mall.

Speakers from Black Lives Matter, Women of Piscataway, Oglala Lakota Nation Couchiching First Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Nation also took the podium.

In addition, union leaders spoke, at the end of a particularly precarious week for organized workers in the U.S. The National Federation of Federal Employees was represented, as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues into its 29th day.

Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, also spoke, as the teachers' strike in Los Angeles, the country's second-largest public school system, threatens to stretch into its second week.

Despite the controversy, thousands of protestors came from around the U.S.

A 5-year-old girl named Isabella came with her family from Chicago to send a message to Trump. She told ABC News that "Donald Trump needs to be kinder."

Her father, Eddie Navarrete, is a Mexican-American emergency room doctor who came to the U.S. when he was 8 years old. He says today's important message is, "As a country, we are loving and caring for people, and I think we’ll come through."

Beyond Washington, D.C., protesters joined rallies in Los Angeles, New York and Iowa, where presidential hopeful New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her campaign.

"I will make this very clear. We know there is no room for anti-Semitism anywhere in our movement. We know this. We know that our movement is empowered when all of us lift each other." Gillibrand said.

In New York City, which is hosting three disparate marches, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a unifying message.

"It is so incredibly important to uplift all of our voices. And to make sure the least among us advocated the most. That means we will not be quiet when it comes to the rights of black women. That means we will not be quiet when it comes to the rights of trans women. That means we will not be quiet when it comes to the rights of poor women. And middle-class women. And working-class women. And all women in the United States and in the world," she said.

“Last year we brought the power to the polls, and this year we need to make sure we translate that power into policy,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That means we will not let anyone take our rights away. In fact, we will expand them.”

She listed priorities including the Equal Rights Amendment, equal pay for women workers, and paid parental leave.

In Texas, women took to the streets in temperatures that dipped into the 30s. Sandra Parker, a 59-year old retired air traffic controller, headed to Denton for her third Women's March. As a child of government workers with many family members still in public service, the stalemate in Washington is cause enough for protest.

"Our country is a joke. Women are not taken seriously and called hysterical or ‘bitch’ if they are as forceful as a man. Strong women are not silent. I march for myself, my daughter and my granddaughters!" Parker said. "Sick sick sick of this shutdown and our supposed leaders! I care!"

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iStock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Police released body cam footage on Friday of a shooting from earlier in the week in which a 14-year-old was shot and killed while running away from a Tempe Police Department officer. The video shows the teen -- who ended up being armed with a replica airsoft gun instead of an actual gun -- with his back to the officer and at the far end of an alley when he's shot.

The boy, Antonio Arce, was allegedly breaking into a car in the central Arizona city when a police officer responded to the scene Tuesday afternoon.

The video shows the officer, identified by police as Joseph Jaen, walk into a dirt alley where the teen was inside a gray Chevy pickup. He pulls out his gun and hides behind a trash can before calling "hey" to Arce.

The teen flees in the opposite direction of Jaen as he steps out from behind the trash bin.

Jaen runs past the truck, sees Arce and shouts, "Let me see your hands!"

The officer opens fire with two shots just seconds later.

"One of those rounds struck the suspect in the scapula area," Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said at a press conference where the footage was released.

The video clearly shows the teen running away from the officer at a distance, an apparent contradiction to what Tempe Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock said Tuesday: "The suspect turned toward the officer, at which time the officer perceived a threat and fired his service weapon."

Arce continued running after he struck, at which point Jaen radios dispatch and says, "He's got a handgun."

Jaen reaches the end of the alley at which point the body cam released by the police department ends before showing Arce's body. Moir said the officer found the suspect "lying between the sidewalk and the street," and radio traffic from Jaen to dispatch reveals, "I'm not shot, the suspect is, and it looks like he's not breathing anymore."

Officers began CPR, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"If they want to tarnish my son, they are wrong," Sandra Gonzalez, Arce's mother, told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV through a translator on Wednesday. "Apart from the fact that they killed him, they want to destroy him. No, I won't allow it -- I want justice."

The family had not seen the body camera footage at the time.

Jaen has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

"I just know he's doing better, and he's in a better place now," his brother, 14-year-old Jason Gonzalez, told KNXV-TV. "I mean, the police officer has a Taser gun, right? I mean, why not shoot a Taser at him? He sees a young boy. My brother wouldn't shoot. I know he wouldn't shoot."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major winter storm is set to bring heavy snow from the Midwest to the Northeast this weekend -- with widespread totals of 10 to 20 inches in the interior Northeast.

The storm will also bring an icy mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of the Ohio Valley and Northeast, making travel dangerous in spots. Meanwhile, behind the storm, an intense drop in temperatures will lead to a flash freeze in parts of the Northeast on Sunday night as wind chills dip below zero.

The effects of the storm are already being felt on travel. There had been more than 1,100 flights canceled on Saturday as of 6 a.m.

There are heavy bands of snow moving through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Saturday morning. Snow in this region could fall at a rate of 1 inch per hour through the morning.

Meanwhile, a line of strong to severe storms is extending south on the warmer side of the storm through Arkansas and Louisiana. Over 116 million Americans are under either an advisory, watch or warning for this major winter storm from Iowa to Maine, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, New York and Boston. Additionally, new wind alerts and wind chill alerts are being issued Saturday morning.

The storm system will organize a little more as it rapidly moves east on Saturday, with snow moving along the Interstate 80 and Interstate 70 corridors from Illinois to Pennsylvania and New York. Wintry precipitation will arrive in the Northeast early Saturday evening with snow covering much of the interior Northeast by 8 p.m. Eastern time. Along the Interstate 95 corridor, a complicated situation could unfold, with precipitation mixing with rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow.

As the storm pulls away, temperatures will drop 25 to 40 degrees on Sunday afternoon into the overnight hours. Anything that has fallen will freeze quickly on Sunday night.

Furthermore, areas that receive rainfall could wash away salt and brine solutions on the road, and make for hazardous travel on Sunday night. All snowfall in the interior Northeast will become rock solid and back-breaking. This rapid temperature drop that brings impacts such as this is often referred to as a flash freeze.

Snowfall totals in the interior Northeast, particularly across central New York, will likely reach 1 to 2 feet. Widespread totals of 6 to 12 inches are possible from Indiana to Maine north and west of the major I-95 cities.

Ice will be a major concern just north and west of I-95, including cities such as Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Illinois. Ice accumulation of one-quarter of an inch is enough to down trees and power lines. Additionally, as the temperatures plummet, the winds will increase, further increasing the chance for damage.

Wind chills in the wake of the storm will be well below zero on Monday morning in the Northeast. With a fresh snow pack and frozen snow, wind chills of minus 20 are likely across much of the interior Northeast. Wind chills as low as minus 10 are possible in the New York City metro area on Monday morning.

Besides the wintry precipitation and plummeting temperatures, severe weather is likely Saturday in the Gulf. Brief tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are all possible for places such as New Orleans; Birmingham, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida.

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Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in prison on Friday evening for the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was 17-years-old, 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Video released during the investigation showed McDonald was armed with a knife but the teen didn't appear to be moving toward the police officers who responded.

Friday's sentencing in a Chicago courtroom began early Friday morning and lasted well into the evening before the judge handed down the sentence.

Prosecutors had sought a “significant amount of time" -- 18-20 years -- while Van Dyke's attorneys had asked for probation.

The Chicago Police Department "lost a great officer," Van Dyke's wife, Tiffany, said at Friday's sentencing hearing.

"I don't have my husband, my children don't have their father," she said. "My heart is broken."

McDonald's great uncle, Rev. Marvin Hunter, read a victim impact statement from McDonald's perspective in court, reported The Chicago Tribune.

"I am a victim of murder in the second degree," the statement read, according to the Tribune. "I am unable to speak with my own voice."

In October, Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.

For second-degree murder, Van Dyke's sentence could have stretched from probation up to 20 years. For aggravated battery with a firearm, he could have faced six to 30 years per charge.

Three Chicago police officers on Thursday were found not guilty of falsifying details to cover up the shooting.

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Donna Davis(PHILADELPHIA) --  A quick-thinking 9-year-old girl may have saved her grandmother’s life when she discovered the elderly woman alone in the throes of a brain aneurysm, and stayed with her until help arrived.

Cayla Davis was dropped off at her grandmother Joyce Ann Davis’ house, in Chester, Philadelphia, at around 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 7.

Cayla’s mother, Donna Davis, watched to see her daughter go through home’s gate, and then drove away.

After her grandmother didn’t come to the door, Cayla knew something was wrong, her mother told ABC News. She walked around the house, trying all of the doors and windows, but everything was locked. She also noticed all of the lights were out, and could hear the phone ringing nonstop inside –- Donna Davis calling to make sure her daughter got in all right

That’s when Cayla sprang into action.

Cayla told ABC News that she used a chair to prop herself up, scale the front of the house, and hoist herself through a window above the front door.

“How she got into that window is beyond my comprehension,” her mother Donna told ABC News.

Finally inside, Cayla went upstairs and found her grandmother shaking from a brain aneurysm.

Cayla answered her mom’s call once inside.

“Mom come back, please come back," Donna said her daughter told her. I found grandmom upstairs in her bedroom and she’s shaking."

Donna told her daughter to call 911, and immediately turned around and headed back towards the house. Donna, meanwhile, called 911 herself as well.

The police were also alerted by the house alarm that went off as soon as Cayla broke the window.

When police arrived, Cayla threw the house keys through the window to let them in.

Cayla had stayed with her grandmother and asked her questions in an attempt to keep her mind stimulated before the paramedics arrived.

“You are awesome," Donna told her daughter. "You are the best, thank you so much for saving grandmom’s life."

Joyce Ann Davis was transported to the hospital, where, her daughter Donna, said she is getting better every day. The older woman remains in the hospital's intensive care unit.

“As a mom, I am very proud,” Donna said of Cayla.

She said that there’s no doubt in her mind that Cayla saved her grandmother’s life.

Donna said she is always encouraging girl power with her daughter, and has lately been calling the little girl her “she-ro.”

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RyanJLane/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A Minnesota mother has been charged after her child was seen on dashcam video falling out of her vehicle and onto a busy roadway while still in the car seat.

Maimuna Hassan, 40, faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, a permit violation misdemeanor charge and a petty misdemeanor charge for child passenger restraint not fastened, according to a criminal complaint from Blue Earth County, Minnesota. The child endangerment charge carries up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine, or both, and the other two charges carry up to 90 days or a $1,000 fine or both.

The footage, from Jan. 14, shows the child falling onto the road in Mankato, Minnesota, as the vehicle was making a turn. A man is seen waving his hands before picking up the 2-year-old.

Police were speaking to witnesses when Hassan and another child approached them “crying and upset,” according to the complaint.

Police say Hassan told them through a translator that the door of her 2004 Honda Civic “popped open” before the child fell out and “the child was secure and must have unlocked it.” Hassan said she drove up the street and parked before walking back to where the incident occurred, according to police.

Police said an officer looked at the car seat and did not find a latch strap and that an inspection of the car showed the back left door was "latched, but not fully closed." No seat restraint system was observed in the vehicle, police said.

Medical staff who arrived on scene did not find any signs of injury to the child, according to the complaint.

The complaint also said Hassan only had an instructional permit to drive the vehicle and did not have anyone else with a driver’s license in the vehicle with her.

Hassan was summoned to appear in court on Feb. 14. She has not yet entered a plea.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of residents from the Midwest to Northeast are bracing for an intense winter storm this weekend that will likely bring heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and strong winds.

Some areas could see over a foot of snow.

Over 350 flights were cancelled and more than 2,200 were delayed Friday. Amtrak has also modified service for the weekend.

In Pennsylvania, where residents are set to see snow and freezing rain, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a state of emergency declaration.

"We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Wolf said in a statement. "If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has also declared a state of emergency, telling reporters the weekend is "a big window with a lot of variability around it."

The latest forecast

The snow will first hit the Upper Midwest and the Plains on Friday, from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.

Friday night into Saturday morning the snow will move through St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit.

Chicago is forecast to get 5 to 9 inches of snow.

On Saturday, some areas in the Ohio Valley may see over 6 inches of snow and wind gusts over 35 mph.

By Saturday night, the heavy snow will move from Cleveland, across Pennsylvania and into New York City.

Meanwhile heavy rain is forecast to move east into Washington, D.C, the Carolinas and Virginia.

On Sunday morning heavy snow and strong winds will be pummeling northern New England, bringing over 1 foot of snow.

The snow will change to an icy mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain from Boston through New York City and Philadelphia.

Icy roads may be a major issue on Sunday for New Jersey, New York City and southern New England.

Snow totals

From Ohio to Maine up to 2 foot of snow is expected, with even more in the mountains as heavy snow and strong winds slam northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and much of northern New England through Sunday afternoon.

Boston could see over 6 inches of snow before it faces a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain.

New York City could see 2 to 4 inches of snow before sleet accumulates on top of it. That will be followed by rain or freezing rain, leaving a sloppy mess on the roads by Sunday morning.

Philadelphia will see a mix of rain, snow and sleet, with 2 inches at the most.

Brutal cold

Behind the storm, an Arctic blast is forecast to spill into the central and eastern U.S., delivering the coldest air of the season and brutally cold wind chills Monday morning.

The wind chill is expected to fall to negative 20 degrees in New York City on Monday and negative 29 degrees in Cincinnati.

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Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Colombian described by federal drug agents as the country’s most significant drug trafficker in Africa has been arrested and brought to the United States to face charges of narcoterrorism conspiracy, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday.

David Cardona-Cardona arrived Thursday in New York where he was charged with arranging to trade cocaine for surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weaponry. He is due to appear in federal court on Friday afternoon.

Cardona allegedly needed to move the drugs into Europe and agreed to give the weapons to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda in exchange for use of the group’s smuggling routes through the Sahara Desert, the DEA said in the complaint.

“In particular, Cardona expressed a desire to provide the weapons to the organization Ansar al-Dine, and specifically indicated that the purpose of the weapons was to shoot down manned and unmanned aircraft belonging to the United States and other allied nations operating in West Africa,” the complaint states.

Cardona has been charged in the Southern District of New York with narcotics conspiracy, narcoterrorism conspiracy, firearms conspiracy and conspiracy to violate maritime drug enforcement laws. The case was brought by the DEA and an agent from Homeland Security Investigations.

The United States designated Ansar al-Dine a foreign terrorist organization in 2013. It operates mainly in Mali and cooperates with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, according to the State Department.

According to the criminal complaint, Cardona arranged the alleged drugs-for-weapons trade with two confidential DEA sources in Madrid, where he described years of drug trafficking through the Sahara Desert and working with Islamic extremists. He also mentioned access to a Gulfstream jet that could fly from Africa to southern Europe, according to the complaint.

“Cardona explained that he worked with a friend in Africa who has an aviation company using aircraft brought from the United States,” the complaint said. “Cardona agreed with the confidential sources that ‘our plan is … to try to do an operation with this plane.’”

Allegedly needing access to desert runways controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked extremists, whom he referred to as “barbudos,” or “bearded ones,” Cardona allegedly plotted with the confidential sources, a cooperating witness and an undercover Croatian law enforcement officer to ship them tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of surface-to-air missiles, .50 caliber rifles and night vision goggles using the same aircraft that delivered his cocaine to southern Europe, according to the complaint.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A national board member with the Women's March defended the organization's co-president amid a growing controversy over the latter's relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has drawn criticism for his alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Linda Sarsour, a Women’s March national board member, said that she believes in co-president Tamika Mallory’s leadership, calling her a “woman who stands up for all people.”

Sarsour made the comments during an interview with on ABC News’ "The Debrief." Mallory defended her relationship with Farrakhan on “The View” earlier this week.

Sarsour said that tension leading up to the third annual march in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities across the country isn’t totally surprising because bringing together women of different backgrounds can be “messy.”

“We understand that there will be schisms, there’s going to be hard conversations that need to be had,” she said. “So we will work through this as a women’s movement because we are focused on what the real threat to this country is, and it is this administration and white supremacy.”

Watch the video below for the full segment.

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