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iStock/Thinkstock(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — Virginia police issued a missing and endangered alert for a young mother and her two children who disappeared after she had been out on a blind date, according to her family.

Police issued the alert for Monica Bogart Lamping, 29, after she stopped responding to her family's texts and calls and her home was destroyed by a mysterious fire, according to officials.

Lamping’s mother, Sheila Bogart, told ABC affiliate WVEC that she hadn’t spoken to her daughter since Friday. Two days later, she said she received a phone call from the Virginia Beach Fire Department saying her daughter’s home had been destroyed in a fire, WVEC reported.

The fire department said the blaze was caused by a space heater, killing Lamping’s two pets, according to the report. No one was home at the time of the incident.

Missing and Endangered alert issued for Va. Beach mom and her children https://t.co/koxp1cXxhj pic.twitter.com/vMsgeE9PeV

— 13News Now (@13NewsNow) January 24, 2017

Lamping reportedly went on a blind date on the night before the fire, according to her son’s stepmother, Moira Lamping.

"Her best friend Ann did watch the kids last night for her to go on a date, with somebody named Chad,” Lamping told WVEC. “She picked the kids back up around 5:30 last night. ... She said something about car trouble and Chad could fix it.”

Virginia Beach Police say the mom was last known to be driving in a 2002 green Jeep Cherokee with the Virginia tag number XPU-6357. They are urging anyone with information on the family to call the department’s missing person detective at (757) 385-4101 or the Virginia Beach Police Emergency Communications at (757) 385-5000.

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ABC News(HOUSTON) -- Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush and his wife at a Houston hospital said on Monday the former president is out of the ICU, and the former first lady has been discharged.

George Bush, 92, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Jan. 14 after exhibiting shortness of breath, and has been treated for pneumonia in the intensive care unit during his stay.

Barbara Bush, 91, entered the same hospital Wednesday with bronchitis.

 

President and Mrs @GeorgeHWBush thank their fellow Americans and friends from around the world for their prayers and good wishes. pic.twitter.com/PhpXXGKl6p

— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) January 23, 2017

 

Drs. Amy Mynderse and Clint Doerr, who have been treating the Bushes, answered reporters’ questions about their medical treatment Monday morning.

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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed while giving the State of the State speech in his state on Monday night.

Dayton, 69, had been speaking for about 45 minutes at the state capitol in Saint Paul when the incident occurred.

The governor was apparently able to get up on his own, but was escorted out of the room with assistance.

Dayton's son Eric tweeted after the incident: "I'm with my dad now and he's doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern."

 

I'm with my dad now and he's doing great. Thank you all for your kind well-wishes and words of concern.

— Eric Dayton (@ericdayton) January 24, 2017

 

The governor's chief of staff, Jaime Tincher, said later in a statement that Dayton "briefly fainted after speaking for about 40 minutes. He quickly recovered, walked out of the Capitol and returned home."

Tincher added that EMTs performed a routine check on the governor, but he was now "spending time with his son and grandson."

Dayton is still scheduled to present his 2017 budget Tuesday morning, the chief of staff said.

"Governor Dayton and his entire staff thank the people of Minnesota for their outpouring of support and concern," Tincher said in the statement.

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ABC(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- An officer's frantic efforts to free a driver from her car as it erupted into flames was caught on bodycam footage released by police in Spokane, Washington.

Around 9:40 p.m. on Friday, a motorist called 911 saying that she was trapped in her vehicle, which had caught fire, according to police. She was told to break the windows, but said she wasn't able to shatter the glass.

Before fire crews arrived, Officer Tim Schwering arrived on the scene and used his baton to break a hole in the car's driver-side window, police said. When he couldn't unlock the door, Schwering removed the driver's side glass so the driver could escape the vehicle.

Kimberly Novak, who identified herself as the driver in the video, told ABC affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington, that she was headed to the store for ice cream when her car hit slush on the road and died.

"I honestly believed that I may not make it out of there," Novak told KXLY-TV. "I thought I was going to die there and so panic was definitely setting in."

"I mean I tried all the doors and tried to open them myself and then kicking as hard as I could," she said. "The flames were shooting up. I realized it's happening that fast, that it was going to get me fast too."

Police said a neighbor, who saw the car on fire, helped in pulling Novak through the driver's side window to safety.

Schwering was treated at a hospital for smoke-inhalation symptoms and then released, according to police. The neighbor was also treated for minor cuts from the window glass, according to police.

"Once fire crews arrived on scene, they found the engine compartment fully involved with fire, fire venting to both wheel wells," police said. "The grille shell and bumper had melted away and were effectively burning puddles beneath vehicle. It’s unclear at this time what the cause of the car fire was."

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Clearwater Police Department(SAFETY HARBOR, Fla.) -- A 4-year-old boy who loves his local police department got a big surprise Sunday when four uniformed officers crashed his birthday party.

Brody Barnaky was greeted by Sgt. Tom Rodgers, Officer Justin Murray, Officer Scott Penna and Officer Tomislav Marjanovic and was even given a police flag as a gift.

"When they came walking, in [Brody] ran up and jumped into one of the officer's arms," mom Tiffany Barnaky of Safety Harbor, Florida, told ABC News. "They were the nicest men. They were so good with the kids. They took them out to the cars, hugged [Brody], they compared muscles, they were absolutely the sweetest officers. The fact that they all wanted to come and do that was just amazing."

Since last year, Brody has admired police officers, Barnaky, 35, said.

"Every time we are in contact with a police officer, he asks for my phone and pulls up the pictures of Halloween to show them that he was an officer," she said. "I asked him what kind of party he wanted and he said, 'A police officer party at a bowling alley.'"

Two weeks before the celebration, Barnaky contacted the Clearwater Police Department to invite an officer to the party at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater for cake.

"He [the PIO] said, as long as the world behaves itself, someone would come by," Barnaky said. "Four officers were able to come by. We were completely blown away."

Rodgers told ABC News that he was happy to carve out some time to meet Brody, who was wearing an "Officer Brody" T-shirt.

"Once he saw us, his face just lit up," Rodgers told ABC News. "It was the cutest thing ... he ran up, I grabbed him, picked him up and he had no hesitation at all."

Rodgers and his squadmates showed Brody the police cars and even let him speak over the PA system.

Barnaky said she couldn’t be more grateful for the kindness shown to her son.

"I think that's why he's fallen in love with them," she said. "The importance of their job to protect the community is what we're showing him. That's why he wants to be a police officer."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 2-year-old child is believed to be among the missing after a series of deadly tornadoes wreaked havoc in parts of the South this weekend, according to authorities.

More than a dozen people died over the weekend from the devastating twisters and many more lost homes in the destruction.

"We have people who have no home, no food, no warmth, and no hope," Chris Cohilas, a commissioner in Dougherty County in south Georgia, told the press Monday.

"It is total devastation and destruction," said Ron Rowe, emergency medical services director in the city of Albany in Dougherty County. "We have multiple neighborhoods that have totally been 'removed,' if I can use that word."

Cohilas said authorities began searching for a 2-year-old child after a mother reported the youngster missing.

The mother "reported her 2-year-old child had been swept away during the tornado," he said.

The tornadoes wreaked havoc from early Saturday through Sunday in areas from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, parts of Alabama and south Georgia.

He added that an active search-and-rescue effort was underway in the county, led by state and local law enforcement, but that resources were limited, and that the country needed help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We've been begging for FEMA's help," Cohilas said. "To get caught up in bureaucratic red tape during this time of human suffering is disgraceful. I would ask President Trump take significant steps to remove the bureaucratic red tape and get us some people on the damn ground."

The president expressed condolences to the people affected by the tornadoes on Sunday.

"I want to start off by telling you I just spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, great state, great people," Trump said Sunday from the White House. "Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes, and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken."

Trump added that the tornadoes "were vicious and powerful and strong."

"So we'll be helping out the state of Georgia," Trump added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- Jonathan Murphy, 42, was identified as the Good Samaritan who was shot and killed after intervening during a shooting at a mall in San Antonio, Texas, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office.

Murphy was the only person killed from the Sunday afternoon incident.

The shooting at the Rolling Oaks Mall began as an attempted robbery by two suspects at the mall's Kay Jewelers Store, the San Antonio Police said.

Murphy tried to intervene and was shot and killed by one of the suspects, police said.

Another citizen then intervened and shot the suspect who shot Murphy, police said.

The second suspect ran through mall, shooting additional victims, police said.

Two other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

The injured suspect, whose name was not released by the police, was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

The second suspect, identified by police as 34-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto, who police said fled after the shootings, was later caught and taken into custody.

Both suspects are facing one capital murder charge and two counts of aggravated robbery, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One victim of an Ohio divorce attorney who was convicted in 2014 of hypnotizing and then molesting his clients spoke out in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America that aired Monday.

"He ruined a lot of peoples' lives," the woman, who wished to be identified only by her first name, Melissia, said. "He ruined a lot of self-worth that some of us had. It’s gone."

Melissia's interview comes as authorities released under-cover video that captures Michael Fine, 59, as he attempts to hypnotize and take advantage of another female client.

Fine was arrested after local authorities put a hidden camera on an accessory of one of his clients as part of a sting operation, after the client had told police that her clothing was often disheveled after her appointments with Fine, and she was suffering memory loss. In the video, the attorney can be seen putting a woman into a trance without her consent by saying it is just a "breathing exercise."

"Your entire body is a vessel of pleasure and arousal and excitement and the better it feels the tighter you'll grip my hand," Fine says in the footage, and then proceeds to ask the client "when was the last time you made love?"

When his victim snaps out of her trance, Fine acts as if nothing ever happened, saying "OK, so we have some papers to go over," at which point police burst into the room and arrested Fine. He is now serving a 12-year prison sentence for hypnotizing six female clients, after he pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and one count of attempted kidnapping. Fine also faces six civil lawsuits.

"Seeing that video made me so so sick. It made me so angry, and panicky-feeling too," Melissia said. "I couldn't sleep after I saw the video."

Melissia said she first hired Fine as an attorney in April 2014, and she said that she paid him $17,000.

Melissia added that Fine would say he wanted to help her "relax."

"He didn't call it hypnosis," Melissia said. "He called it mindfulness."

Melissia added that the incident has changed her life in many ways.

"I will not be in a room with anybody by myself," Melissia said. "No shutting doors, I don't care who you are."

Attorney Laura Mills, who is representing Melissia in her civil court case against Fine, told GMA that they are suing him "so that he is held accountable."

"Clearly now he's in jail, but the actions he committed against Melissia need to be pursued in a civil suit so he can be accountable for expenses," Mills said.

Mills added however, that their "most important message" is "building awareness."

"What women need to understand is this can't happen," Mills said. "Women who experience that should not be embarrassed or ashamed about coming forward and talking to a counselor."

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Twitter/@RyanMooreMS(ATLANTA) — At least 19 people have died over the last 48 hours due to tornadoes, as a violent system of storms made its way across the South from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle and parts of Alabama and Georgia.

At least 15 people died and around two dozen were injured in Georgia from tornadoes early Sunday morning, following four tornado-related deaths that occurred in Mississippi on Saturday morning.

According to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, four people died in Dougherty County near Albany, seven in Cook County near Adel, and two people died in both Berrien and Brooks counties.

After storms ripped through the region overnight, more tornado watches were issued Sunday for the Panhandle of Florida and southern Alabama, and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency has issued a state of emergency for the seven south central Georgia counties impacted by the storm.

"The National Weather Service predicts a third wave of severe weather today, which may reach as far north as metro Atlanta. I urge all Georgians to exercise caution and vigilance in order to remain safe and prevent further loss of life or injuries," Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement.

President Trump expressed condolences to the people of Georgia affected by the tornadoes to the press Sunday from the White House.

"I want to start off by telling you I just spoke with Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia, great state, great people," Trump said. "Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes, and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken."

Trump added that the tornadoes "were vicious and powerful and strong," and said that people suffered as a result of them.

"So we'll be helping out the state of Georgia," Trump added.

Images on social media showed telephone poles cracked in half, and what looked like entire streets torn apart by the storms that have churned through the South this weekend.

Michael Miller, coroner in Brooks County, Georgia, told ABC News that two deaths were confirmed in his county with five more fatalities in Cook County and four more in nearby Berrien County.

At least 23 other people in the state are injured.

In the area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where at least four people died, a large tornado leveled homes and buildings, trapping residents in their homes, authorities said.

Further north in Choctaw County, Mississippi, on Saturday at least four people were injured and at least 20 homes damaged from a possible tornado, according to the National Weather Service.


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iStock/Thinkstock(WALTON COUNTY, Fla.) — A Rhode Island activist who was on a mission to walk across the country barefoot was struck and killed by an SUV while walking on a Florida highway on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Baumer was walking on the shoulder of Highway 90 in Walton County, Fla. when the driver of the SUV veered off the road and hit him, ABC News affiliate WEAR reported on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver has been identified as Sonja Siglar of Westville, Fla. The Florida Highway Patrol ruled out alcohol as a factor and said that charges are pending, according to WEAR.

Baumer said he was hiking across the country to “save earth” and to raise funding for the FANG Collective, a non-profit organization that protests the natural gas industry.

FANG confirmed Baumer’s death in a Facebook post and asked the public to honor his memory by looking back at the blog posts and poems he produced during his barefoot trek across the U.S.

“We are shocked and devastated to learn about the passing of our friend Mark Baumer,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday. “We will work to commemorate and honor Mark's life in the best way that we can.”

According to his website, Barefoot Across America, Baumer began the journey in October of last year, when he vowed to chronicle the trip in daily video and blog posts.

“I began the journey on Oct. 13, 2016. I don’t know when it will end,” Baumer said on his website, urging visitors to donate to his YouCaring campaign.

As of Monday, the “Crossing America Barefoot to Save Earth from Climate Change” campaign had raised more than $14,000, exceeding its goal by more than $4,000.

“Every day corporations continue to profit from earth's destruction. I decided cross America barefoot to see if I could save Earth," the campaign said in its mission statement. "I know this is a lofty goal, but I hope through my walk I can raise awareness about climate change."

The campaign posted its last update on Jan. 16, when it announced that it was “three-quarters of the way to $10,000.” At least 50 donations had been made since Sunday, bringing the total number of supporters to about 400.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — At least one person was killed and three others shot after an attempted robbery at a San Antonio mall on Sunday, officials said.

The incident began when two suspects tried to rob a Kay Jewelers store at Rolling Oaks Mall, according to San Antonio police.

One person tried to intervene and was shot and killed by one of the suspects, police said. Another individual at the mall shot one of the robbery suspects, police said, while the second robbery suspect shot two other people as he escaped from the mall.

Police later apprehended the suspect who fled the scene. "The suspect wrecked out in a stolen vehicle in the area ... Two weapons were recovered," the San Antonio Police Department said in a statement.

Both suspects are in custody and are each facing one charge of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

The three shooting victims were taken to San Antonio Medical Center.

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ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --   Activists and politicians are participating in the Women's March on Washington this morning, the biggest of hundreds of marches taking place today.

The rally featured speeches from women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, actress Ashley Judd and director Michael Moore among others.

A group of largely women senators and other politicians took the stage together at one point, including Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, and newly elected Senators Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth, who addressed the group as did Rep. Maxine Waters. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Cory Booker were also on stage.

With the timing and sheer number of people involved, it comes as little surprise that there are various causes attached to the march, which was largely billed as a demonstration in support of women's rights and civil rights but for many has clear political undertones connected to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

While crowd estimates are fluctuating and have not been confirmed, the DC Metro system posted on Twitter that there have been 275,000 trips as of 11:00 a.m. this morning. By comparison, 193,000 trips had been taken by the same time on Friday ahead of the inauguration.

 Steinem thanked the crowd for showing up en masse, declaring, "We have people power and we will use it."

"Thank you for understanding that sometimes we have to put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough," she said to the crowd, many of whom wore bright pink knitted hats.

 Steinem suggested that the size and energy of today's gathering in Washington was a positive outgrowth of Trump's election and inauguration.

"This is the upside of the downside. This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity," Steinem said.

She praised "our great leaders" Barack and Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton "who told the whole world that women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights," quoting Clinton's speech at a United Nations conference in 1995.

 Steinem then turned her focus to President Trump.

The new president's "Twitter finger must not become a trigger finger," she said.

Shortly before Steinem took the podium, actress America Ferrera was one of the first speakers at the rally ahead of the march, calling for supporters to "fight, oppose" the Trump administration.

 "Marchers, make no mistake. We are -- every single one of us -- under attack. Our safety and freedoms are on the chopping block," she said.

Some of the homemade signs at the rally were related to Hillary Clinton, Trump's campaign rival. One read "Still With Her" using a play on Clinton's campaign slogan, and another read "Lock Him Up," playing on a chant that some Trump supporters directed at Clinton during the campaign. Several "Stronger Together" posters from the Clinton campaign were spotted as well.

While she wasn't there in person, Clinton gave her support via Twitter.

Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2017


"We have to get busy folks. We've got our work cut out for us," Moore said.

 The rally and ensuing march come the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

The inauguration drew hundreds of thousands of attendees on Friday in spite of wet weather, and today's drier forecast may make the travel to Washington easier for today's marchers.

A number of high-profile speakers are expected to address those at the rally, including Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood's president Cecile Roberts, and director Michael Moore.

The demonstration in Washington is one of a series of similar women's marches that are scheduled in major cities across the country and around the world.

Washington, D.C., police are expected to be out in full force, as they were on Friday when some protests against Trump turned violent, leading to the arrest of more than 200 people.

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Lori Feehan(WASHINGTON) --  Among the hundreds of thousands of women expected to descend upon the nation's capital Saturday morning for the Women's March on Washington are public figures hailing from the worlds of entertainment, politics and activism.

But one category of participants will be families taking to the streets together: Multiple generations of women walking hand-in-hand for a common goal.

And that goal, according to the march's statement of its mission and principles, is to "send a bold message" that women's rights are human rights and more broadly to unify movements working for a variety of causes, including reproductive rights, environmental protection, the end of police brutality, and for greater rights for LGBT individuals, immigrants, minorities, workers and the disabled.

ABC News spoke to seven families who plan to attend the march.

Raised by generations of strong women before them, the women say they want to continue the standard of activism set by their relatives.

These are the stories of the mothers, daughters and grandmothers who will be marching together:

Lori Feehan, 63, and Pamela Zakielarz, 30: Marching to Continue Social Progress

Lori Feehan, a retired pharmaceutical executive from Charleston, South Carolina, grew up in the early 1970s when "things were very different" for women's rights and other social issues, she told ABC News.

"Reproductive choice was really hard to come by," she said. "There was no real birth control that was reliable. Abortions were coat hangers. Women's careers were limited. There was no tolerance for gay people or anyone who was different."

She continues, "It was a completely different time. Knowing where we are and how far we've come, I don't want to see us roll back."

Feehan admitted that she takes for granted what she says are "the improvements that we've made in society," but said she's "scared for that now."

 Feehan's daughter Pamela Zakielarz, a high school counselor in Havertown, Pennsylvania, said her mother is her role model, having watched her work her way up to a high-level leadership role in corporate America in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, when the corporate world was largely dominated by men.

"She helped pave the way for me and my sister and women across America to be treated as leaders and as equals," Zakielarz said.

Zakielarz said she would like to facilitate a "platform for strong, powerful, meaningful voices for the rights of women ... I want to keep making progress. I want to keep moving forward. I'm really concerned. Why would we want to go backwards? So many women and some men had to sacrifice to get us to the place that we are."

Her mother said she thinks some people may have have grown complacent.

"I feel that in recent years a lot of us have sat back and just assumed that things would keep going forward, and that we can relax," she said. "We can't."

Cecily Helgessen, 49, and Scarlett Helgessen, 10: Marching to Continue the Family Tradition of Activism

For Cecily Helgessen, the granddaughter of Polish immigrants, activism runs in her blood.

"Marching with my daughter will be a wonderful extension of the women I was raised by," the Manhattan-based nurse practitioner told ABC News.

Helgessen's grandmother and namesake, "the original Cecily Helgessen," was a young teen when women were given the right to vote in 1920, and was "very active in the league for women voters," Helgessen said.

 Her mother, Stephanie Helgessen, marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, and to this day, she continues to search for a familiar face whenever she comes across historical photos from that 1965 day.

"It's meant so much for me to have that as my dialogue and as my standard for how I live and the lens that I see the rest of the world through," she said.

Helgessen said she hopes the march will help teach her 10-year-old daughter Scarlett Helgessen, "how to have a voice and how to be an activist."

"She is coming of age, where gender identity and professional and personal development [are] taking a huge part of her life," Helgessen said, adding that when they're marching, she wants "her to know that she is part of a huge village of women."

 Scarlett told ABC News that she's "super excited" to be joining her mother in the march.

The "first thing" she's going to do when she gets there is to "talk to other people," she said.

"What's the point of going to D.C. if you don't meet any other people or talk to them about why they're there and why they came to march?" Scarlett asked.

For Scarlett, the opportunities for her future are endless. When asked what she'd like to be when she grows up, she toggled among a lawyer, softball player -- and president.

Gerri Ard, 74, Amy Ard, 43, Marian Waller, 9, and Joseph Waller, 7: Marching to Reinforce Their Values

Amy Ard, a 43-year-old doula from Silver Spring, Maryland, said that her mother taught her to be kind, compassionate and consideration and she wants to pass those values on to her kids.

"In this atmosphere, we value kind words to one another and respecting people," as well as "justice and equality," she said.

Immigration is one of the issues closest to Amy's heart.

"I care about the kids who go to school with my kids, who are afraid of being deported," she said. "I hope the people who don't look like my family know they have allies."

 Amy's mother Gerri Ard, a retired public school teacher, was living in Atlanta at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

"I've been in Atlanta for a long time, and civil rights has been part of my life for as long as I can remember," she said.

Chimed in Amy, "For a lot of my mom's friends in the South, this is a familiar feeling."

Gerri will be putting on her marching shoes for the first time since the civil rights movement, and she's thrilled to do so alongside her daughter and grandchildren, Marian and Joseph, this time around.

"I just think that it will be a very special thing for the four of us to do this together," Gerri said.

Sarah Towne, 31; Laura Towne, 58; Isaac Towne, 4; Margaret Hardy, 1: Marching for Future Americans

Laura Towne, a 58-year-old writer who lives in Fuquay Varina, a small town just south of Raleigh, North Carolina, has never marched before, she told ABC News. While she describes herself as "not very vocal," she said the aftermath of the election made her want to do more than just sit back.

Laura is marching with her daughter, a 31-year-old Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at American University in Washington D.C., and her grandchildren, 4-year-old Isaac Towne and 1-year-old Margaret Hardy.

"That's one of the main reasons why I'm going," she said. "...My grandchildren are our future. I wanted to be able to tell them when they grow up, 'Look, you were in this event. You were in this march to unite people and support America.' It's very American to be able to do this."

 For Sarah Towne, the march isn't just able women's issues, but for "all issues and all people with a variety of opinions and diverse backgrounds," she told ABC News.

Although her children are young, Sarah said she never thought twice about bringing them to the historic march.

"Even though they're 4 and 1 and won't understand it, I hope they'll get it when they're older," she said. "I hope they can look back on the moment and say, 'I was there. I was there with my family.'"

Rachel Greenburg, 28 and Michele Greenburg, 59: Marching for the Disenfranchised

For Michele Greenburg, a forensic social worker from Larchmont, New York, deciding to attend the march was easy: All she needed was a tiny push from her daughter, Rachel Greenburg, a social worker for a Manhattan-based nonprofit called Cities of Service.

As a teenager, Michele marched for women's rights in the 1970s, but the movement did not resonate with her as much back then, she told ABC News. She said she took Roe v. Wade, for granted, and she assumed "the best of people" when it comes to social justice and immigration issues. But, the results of the 2016 presidential election sparked a sense of civic duty in her.

"Especially since I work with the disenfranchised and people who don't have access to different things for their own rights, with this election, it just galvanized me to say 'You can't just sit back and hope that someone else will do this anymore,'" she said.

 For Rachel, her privileged background is what led her to choose a career as a social worker, she told ABC News.

"I was born into an upper-class family," she said. "It was important for me to see the intersectionality -- race combined with gender combined with class."

Rachel said it "scared" her to see "our country turn so backward and to see so many people' rights in jeopardy." She feels an "immense amount of pride" to march with her mother, she said.

"We're both trained social workers, and our code of ethics is to fight for others [who] may not be given the same voice," she said.

Sharon Krauss, 63, and Halina Cain, 18: Marching for a Female Empowerment

Sharon Krauss, a public defender in Los Angeles, is traveling across the country with her daughter, Halina Cain, because she was "inspired" by the election, she told ABC News.

On Election Day, all the women in Krauss' office wore pantsuits as they high-fived each other and took "a thousand" pictures. "There was so much hope" that a woman would be elected to the White House, she said.

When President-elect Donald Trump shocked the country with his presidential victory, Krauss said, "I kept thinking, this country just told my daughter she can never be president."

 Cain, who recently just turned 18, was unable to cast a ballot that day and expressed to her mother that she was "very unhappy," Krauss said.

When the mother and daughter heard about the march, they "immediately" began checking flights to Washington, D.C., watching the seat availability quickly disappear with each passing day.

"As a mother, you want to teach your daughter -- you want to tell her there [are] no barriers," Krauss said. "You want to tell her she can do anything and that she can reach for the stars."

"I feel that maybe she will believe that if she goes there and sees 200,000 other women marching," Krauss said.

Krauss said it will be "thrilling" to be alongside her daughter while she stands up for "something she believes in."

"She was disappointed in not being able to share her voice at the ballot box, but she's certainly going to be sharing it on Saturday," Kraus said. "I can't even imagine how amazing that's going to feel."

Ellen Shrader, 56, Amelia Combs, 28, and Malia Combs, 6: Marching to Be a Part of History

For Amelia Combs, a stay-at-home mom in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, attending the Women's March on Washington is "kind of like coming full circle," she told ABC News. Her grandparents, active in the civil rights movement, marched on Washington in 1963, she said.

"I come from a line of people coming from the civil rights movement," she said. "It's incredible to me to be able to bring my bi-racial daughter [Malia] to a march that will be just as important in history."

Malia Combs, 6, was born to a white mother and black father. She has cerebral palsy and has started to "question her herself and her abilities, her differences, her disability and how that affects her," Combs said.

"It's about ... letting my daughter feel like she is part of something that is bigger than herself," Amelia Combs said. "I wanted her to come see that it doesn't matter what we look like, how we sound, how we walk, how we talk. We are all important. Our voices all matter, and we need to be heard."

Ellen Shrader, a retired labor and delivery nurse, was only two-years-old at the time of the momentous 1963 march and didn't attend with her parents, she told ABC News. She hopes her granddaughter can "carry on the torch" of activism in the family.

"I thought it would be a nice legacy to be able to take my daughter and my granddaughter because, I thought that when I'm long gone, she will remember this."

 Shrader said that her grandchildren inspired her take a larger part in activism.

"It's really amazing when you have a 6-year-old in your life, because they're so full of questions -- about everything, she said. "And I just tell her, 'Look what women can do. Look what it means to support one another, and even support people you don't know."

Shrader said she was hoping Clinton would win the election so Malia could have "a female president she could connect with."

"She's only known a black president who looks like her," Shrader said. She said she wanted that sense of connection to continue with America's 45th president.

Malia told ABC News that she's "most excited" about "being a part of history" and sharing that moment with her family.

 This trip is Malia's first to the Washington. On Saturday, Malia will be wearing a T-shirt that says, "I'm not strong for a girl. I'm just strong," she said.

And because nothing says a strong girl can't be fashionable as well, Malia will be pairing her special T-shirt with her "very comfortable" fuzzy black shoes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HATTIESBURG, Miss.) --  Four people are confirmed dead in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after at least 5 tornadoes touched down there and in three other southeastern states on Saturday morning.

Authorities in Hattiesburg confirmed that four people died after a large tornado hit the area, leaving a trail of destroyed homes, collapsed buildings, downed power lines, and residents trapped in their homes.

Further north in Choctaw County, four people were injured and at least 20 homes damaged from a possible tornado, the National Weather Service reported. Two tornadoes were also reported in Georgia and two in Alabama.

"At 3:45 a.m. CST, a confirmed tornado was located over West Hattiesburg, moving northeast at 50 mph," read a National Weather Service warning of severe weather issued at 3:46 a.m.

"To repeat, a tornado is on the ground. TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris," the statement urged. "Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely."

Glen Moore, director of Forrest County Emergency Management, told ABC News his agency received reports of multiple people trapped in houses, destroyed homes and collapsed buildings.

William Carey University in downtown Hattiesburg also reported damage to its campus. A Facebook Live post gave a tour of damage to the university.

Ryan Moore, a reporter with ABC affiliate WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, tweeted several photos of the devastation, writing that multiple structures were damaged.

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Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Celebrities are joining the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at Women's Marches around the globe.

For those who couldn't physically attend, many have shared their sentiments of solidarity on social media.

The Women's March on Washington, along with sister marches on six different continents, are focused on promoting equal rights for women and minorities.

The demonstrations, organized in part to protest the agenda of President Donald Trump, are being held just one day after he was sworn into office.

From Katy Perry to Padma Lakshmi, here are the celebs contributing to the cause:

On way 2D.C. March🌼There r Marches ALL OVER THE🌎
After March we wi’ll Join Organizations‼️WE WONT SIT &🐝NOTHING‼️#WhyIMarch #WomensMarch

— Cher (@cher) January 21, 2017

Couldn't be more proud....I am here, we are here!!! #WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/HibJJlcTTC

— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 21, 2017

I'm with them. #womensmarch

— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) January 21, 2017

"Good Morning Womens."
-Sebastian, into his tape recorder#WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/IEOvHwlknl

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 21, 2017

Streets are packed! Metro subway jammed!!! Amazing. #WomensMarch

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 21, 2017

March strong today and be safe!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #WomensMarch

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 21, 2017

"I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife." Zora Neale Hurston #WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/wQuSIw2vIn

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 21, 2017

Thank you to everyone at today's #WomensMarch for showing Trump what a crowd looks like.
Peace.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 21, 2017

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