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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Retired Commander David Fravor spent 18 years as a Navy pilot but nothing prepared him for what he witnessed during a routine training mission on Nov. 14, 2004.

"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," Fravor told ABC News. "I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was, after 18 years of flying I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm and this was nothing close."

Fravor's stunning retelling of his encounter off the California coast with what appeared to be a 40-foot long wingless object that flew at incredible speeds in an erratic pattern comes as the Pentagon revealed the existence of a secret program to investigate sightings of UFOs.

The program was shut down in 2012 due to other budget priorities, according to the Pentagon.

"I have never seen anything in my life, in my history of flying that has the performance, the acceleration, keep in mind this thing had no wings," Fravor said.

Fravor recalled flying his F/A-18 fighter on a training mission on a beautiful southern California day 13 years ago when things started to get strange.

Controllers on one of the Navy ships on the water below reported objects that were dropping out of the sky from 80,000 feet and going "straight back up," Fravor said.

"So we're thinking, OK, this is going to be interesting," he said.

As they were looking around for the object that appeared on the radar, another aviator, spotted something. "I was like, 'dude, do you see that?'" Fravor recalled saying.

“We look down, we see a white disturbance in the water, like something's under the surface, and the waves are breaking over -- But we see next to it, and it's flying around, and it's this little white tic-tac, and it's moving around, left, right, forward, back, just random," he said.

The object also didn't display the rotor wash typical of a helicopter or jet wash from a plane, he said.

The planes flew lower to investigate the object, which started to mirror their movements before disappearing, Fravor said. "As we start to cut across, it rapidly accelerates, climbs past our altitude and disappears," Fravor recalled.

"When it started to near us, as we started to descend towards it coming up, it was flying in the elongated way, so it's [like] a tic-tac, with the roundish end going in the forward direction ... I don't know what it is, I don't know what I saw. I just know it was really impressive, really fast, and I would like to fly it," Fravor said.

The disturbance in the water also vanished with object, he remembered.

"So we turned around, we couldn't have been more than about a couple miles away, and there's no white water at all in the ocean," Fravor said. "It's just blue."

At that point, they decided to return to go back to complete the training exercise when they were told the object, or something similar, had reappeared.

"And the controller comes up and says, 'Sir, you're not going to believe this, that thing is at your half point, which is our hold point,'" Fravor added. "And I'm like, oh great."

Another plane that launched from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz around the same time had its radar jammed, and was able to pick up the object on an infrared channel.

"He gets close enough to see a couple of objects come out of the bottom, and then all of a sudden it takes off and goes right off the side of the screen and like takes off," Fravor said.

He recalled that the speed of the object, which he said had no exhaust trail in infrared scanning, was stunning.

"No aircraft that we know of can fly at those speeds, maneuver like that, and looks like that," ABC News contributor and former Marine Colonel Stephen Ganyard said.

Fravor said there is no rational explanation for what they saw that day.

"I don't know if it was alien life, but I will say that, in an infinite universe, with multiple galaxies, that we know of, that if we're the only planet with life it's a pretty lonely universe."

There was no further investigation into the incident, he said.

"You know you see a lot of interesting things," Fravor said. "But to show up on something that's a 40-foot-long white tictac with no wings that can move really in any random direction that it wants, and go from hovering over the ocean to mirroring us, to accelerating to the point where it just disappears, like poof then it was gone."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two storm systems are expected to move through the country this week, just ahead of the Christmas holiday, bringing more than a foot of snow to some areas and heavy rain to others.

The first storm is forecast to hit the far south on Monday, bringing as much as 4 inches of rain to some areas between Texas and the Carolinas.

The second storm is expected to bring snow and arctic cold from the Northwest into the Midwest. That system will start out Wednesday on the West Coast bringing rain from Seattle to San Francisco and mountain snow from the Cascades to the Sierra Range.

On Thursday, the storm system will move out into the Plains, bringing heavy snow from Denver to the Twin Cities. Some areas could see more than a foot of snow.

By Saturday, the storm system will reach the East Coast, lashing the areas between New York City and Atlanta with heavy rain and a few thunderstorms.

Behind the storm system, bitter cold air will spill into the Upper Midwest and the Plains, with some temperatures falling below zero.

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iStock/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- Wilbert Knight, a custodian at Pugliese West Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio, brings joy to the staff and students with his lovely singing voice.

“He’s an inspiration to all of us. Not only to the kids, but to our staff,” Principal Lynnett Gorman told ABC News. “In a world where kids are sometimes lacking a positive male role model, Mr. Knight has really shown to be that for them. The kids love him. They give him hugs, he greets them with songs and they greet him with smiles. We’re pretty lucky to have him.”

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Knight has been working in the school system for more than 22 years. His favorite part of the job?

“I love the kids. I love seeing them smile and seeing them happy,” he told ABC News.

And he sure is good at it. They are greeted each morning with the smooth sounds of his voice rolling through the hallways.

“When I first get here in the morning I can hear it echoing through the halls and it always brightens our day,” said Jared Robinson, a second-grade teacher at the school.

Robinson posted a video of Knight singing “Happy Birthday” to a fellow coworker as part of their “staff spotlight,” in which they highlight an employee on the school’s Facebook page “so the community gets to know everyone that works in our building," said Robinson.

The video went viral with more than 4,000 views, so the school continued to post more.

“That’s just Mr. Knight spreading his positive message,” said Robinson.

Knight, 61, can’t believe the attention his talent is bringing.

“I just want to touch people’s hearts,” he said. “I’m going to keep on singing. I’m not going to stop. That’s my gift from God.”

He said his favorite artist to sing is Luther Vandross, but on Sundays you can catch him singing gospel with his church choir.

“I’m a gospel singer. That’s what I do,” said a proud Knight.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Thomas fire, which has killed two and destroyed more than a thousand structures in Southern California, could become the largest wildfire in the state’s history as the monster inferno continues to grow.

The fire led to the deaths of 70-year-old Virgina Pesola who perished in a car accident while attempting to evacuate and a 32-year-old firefighter from San Diego, Cory Iverson, who died from burns and smoke inhalation.

Intensified by erratic winds and super dry conditions, the fire has burned at least 270,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, making it the third-largest wildfire in modern California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The largest fire on the department's list, which dates back to 1932, is the 2003 Cedar fire, which charred more than 273,000 acres and killed 15 people.

The Thomas fire has burned steadily since Dec. 4, and authorities say it could take weeks to fully contain. It has reduced at least 1,026 homes and business to ashes and damaged more than 240 others.

It was 45 percent contained as of Sunday evening as about 8,530 firefighters from about 100 different crews battled the blaze. Officials estimated that firefighters won’t achieve full containment until Jan 7.

The state has spent more than $123.8 million on efforts to suppress the Thomas fire, which has also knocked out power lines to thousands, authorities said.

At least 104,000 residents have been displaced since the start of the fire. Nearly 18,000 homes and business are currently at risk in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Dry Santa Ana Winds gusted to up to 65 MPH on Saturday, causing the blaze to flare up near the upscale town of Montecito, California, but firefighters said they made a lot of progress on Sunday.

"We kind of had a bend don't break philosophy and that's what we did," Cal Fire Captain Sean Norman told reporters. "We took the push from the fire and we pushed back and once that wind let up we immediately went after it with our hand crews and our dozers to try and get around the place where it pushed us."

"California has the most robust firefighting entity in the world when we all come together, our mutual aid system is unparalleled," he added.
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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) --  Power at the nation's busiest airport was restored late Sunday night after a blackout that stranded thousands and grounded at least 1,500 flights.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of the world's busiest airports, suffered a power outage at around 1 p.m. Sunday. Airport personnel, Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials and Georgia Power staff were on the scene to respond and restore service, a spokesman told ABC News.

Early Monday the airport tweeted, urging passengers to check with their airlines for flight information.

The airport shutdown forced airlines to cancel flights. Delta, which has a large hub operation in Atlanta, said Sunday evening it had already cancelled approximately 900 Sunday flights and another 300 on Monday. Another 48 flights were being diverted to other airports, the airline said.

Delta later added that the 300 flights cancelled on Monday were mostly inbound flights, to give the airport time to rebound after the blackout. Delta says its flight schedule is expected to return to normal by Monday afternoon.

Authorities announced Sunday evening that electricity would be restored at the airport by midnight, and by 11:45 p.m. power had been restored for all essential airport activities, including all concourses and flight operations, Georgia Power announced via Twitter, but not before some 30,000 people were affected by the blackout.

Thousands of passengers on inbound flights were stuck on their planes for hours and hours.

Jenny Bloom, who was on a flight from Florida that landed around 2:30 p.m., was still on the plane four hours later.

"[The pilot] came on about a half an hour ago and actually said that he thinks we're better off here on the plane than going into the terminal because the power is out and nobody can get out," she told ABC News around 6:30 p.m. "So I think people on the plane are doing fine. I mean people are not upset, they're staying pretty calm and it's been fairly quiet. You know, all things considered I think they're handling this really well."

Multiple airlines, including Southwest and Delta, told ABC News they were beginning to deplane passengers by sliding them down airstairs.

Before this move, the FAA confirmed to ABC News there are up to 100 planes stuck on the tarmac.

The FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center verified stated there were "80 to 100" planes" parked on taxiways.

The agency said that flights headed to the airport were grounded "due to the power outage," but also added that the airport's tower has power and is capable of operating "normally."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted late Sunday evening that all passengers were finally off the planes.

Another traveler described the scary scene in the blackout inside the terminals.

"The lights flickered once. That was really scary," Muhammad Saeed said. "And then they flickered again and they didn't come back. And it's been about an hour now and it's just pitch darkness in the airport."

While the investigation into the fire is ongoing, Georgia Power said in a statement released just after midnight on Monday that, "a piece of Georgia Power switchgear located in an underground electrical facility could have failed and started a fire" that was "located adjacent to redundant circuit cables and switching mechanisms serving the airport." Damage to those cables resulted in the outage and loss of redundant service methods.

Earlier in the evening, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said there was no evidence that the fire was deliberately set, but a security sweep was being conducted. Because extra personnel had to be brought onto the airport campus to fight the fire, authorities wanted to make sure the fire wasn't set to allow someone access to the airport grounds that wouldn't normally have it, the mayor said.

Ann Mason, who was traveling to South Bend, Indiana, told ABC News she saw smoke coming from one of the terminals and that people were told to evacuate.

"We were in Terminal D and we could see fire trucks all along terminal E and black smoke coming from the back probably from Terminal F," she said. "Terminal D got so bad that they told us to evacuate for the smoke and either got to Terminal C or to leave the building. I decided to leave the building."

"We were standing here and getting ready to get our boarding passes and the lights just went out all of a sudden," David Bergeron said. "They went out and then they went back on and then they went back out again, and that was it. We've been here ever since."

Atlanta police said they were trying to get everyone out of the airport, and were asking others not to come.

"We need everyone to refrain from coming to the airport. We literally have no power and the ETA for having power is very vague," Atlanta Police Sgt. Warren Pickard said.

He said there were no injuries and that everything has been orderly so far.

Delays are still expected to continue with the equipment failure at several terminals, an FAA official said.

The airport tweeted earlier that the outage had "impacted several areas in the airport" and that officials were "working to remedy the situation."

Thomas Guzik tweeted that he was being rescued from the sky train by firefighters.

And cartoonist Dave Trumbore also took to Twitter, but has been jovial about the situation.

"This started as a joke but the flight attendants *quite honestly and literally* just said they have no snacks left and have rationed us a half-cup of water each!" he wrote.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport sends jets to 150 domestic destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries.

It is one of the busiest airports in the world, with on average 275,000 passengers passing through its terminals every day and with about 2,500 flights arriving and departing.
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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government until 2012 ran a program for investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, the Department of Defense confirmed to ABC News.

As first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, the once-secret program was funded from 2007 to 2012. According to The New York Times, DOD spent $22 million on the program.

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe," the Pentagon told ABC News in a statement. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the [Department of Defense] to make a change. The [Defense Department] takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed."

According to initial reports, the program investigated years of reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the program was funded at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who has expressed interest in investigating unexplained phenomena in outer space.

Reid took to Twitter after The New York Times report was released, saying, "This is about science and national security. If America doesn't take the lead in answering questions, others will."

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St. Louis Police(ST. LOUIS) -- Nearly four months after four people -- including a 10-year-old boy -- were murdered in a St. Louis home, a suspect is under arrest charged with murder and other crimes, police said Sunday.

Ja’Vonne Dupree, 20, was hit with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of robbery, nine counts of armed criminal action, one count of burglary in the 1st degree, one count of stealing a motor vehicle, and one count of tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, according to a probable cause statement released by the St. Louis County Police Department.

Dupree allegedly broke into a Glasgow Village home on Aug. 24 and stole electronics and clothing before killing Patricia Steward, 56, as well as her sons Joseph Corely, 20, and Terrence Dehart, 10; and Deandre Kelley Jr., 18.

The four all died at the scene from gunshot wounds, police said.

Police allege that in an attempt to cover his tracks, Dupree "picked up multiple shell casings" and then made his getaway by stealing Steward's car, according to the probable cause statement.

He was taken into custody Friday in Columbia, Missouri, and the case is now in the hands of the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the police said.

ABC News' attempts to reach the prosecutors' spokeswoman were not immediately returned and it is unclear if Dupree retained an attorney.

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David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Depending on their affinity for the white stuff, residents of upstate and western New York state found themselves in a winter wonderland on Saturday, with nearly 18 inches of lake-effect snow reported in some areas.

Cattaragus County, which borders Pennsylvania in western New York state, received 17.6 inches of snow. Erie County reported 14 inches, and the city of Dunkirk issued a temporary travel advisory so it could keep up with snow removal.

For now, the threat of lake-effect snow has ended.

Looking ahead, a weak disturbance will slide into parts of the interior of the Northeast on Monday, dumping snow onto an area stretching from New York to Maine during the morning hours. It does not appear that this system will result in heavy accumulation.

In fact, some milder weather is heading for the Northeast -- potentially into the 50s for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. But all good things must come to an end: This mild weather will be short-lived.

Turning to the south-central U.S., several rounds of rain are headed toward that region over the next few days. A round of heavy rain was moving through parts of the Gulf Coast Sunday morning. Another round of rain will move into parts of southeast Texas and southern Louisiana on Monday. A more widespread round of rain threatens to arrive on Tuesday, with heavy rain expected from Texas to Arkansas. Locally, over 4 inches of rain is expected over the next few days, and a localized flooding threat can't be ruled out.

A potent disturbance will arrive in the Northwest and northern Rockies by Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain is expected along the Northwest coast, and widespread mountain snow is expected in the northern Rockies.

This system will reorganize and dominate the weather in the central U.S. by Thursday and Friday, which will be busy travel days. At this time, it is too early to determine the precise location and magnitude of winter weather impacts. However, it does appear that parts of the central U.S. will be impacted by winter weather at the end of this week.

Furthermore, as we head toward Christmas, it appears that the weather pattern will bring higher probabilities of below-average temperatures for much of the U.S. As this pattern sets into place, it looks as if more turbulent and impactful weather will be likely as the holiday weekend approaches.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, firefighters are feverishly battling the Thomas Fire, the third largest fire in California. The 418-square-mile (267,500 acres) blaze has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and is at 40 percent containment.

Strong winds and dry conditions are not helping the firefighting efforts.

Dry Santa Ana winds gusted to 65 mph on Saturday in Montecito, California, on Saturday. Nearly 18,000 structures are threatened in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. New evacuation orders were issued on Saturday for parts of Santa Barbara County, affecting between 20,000 and 25,000 residents. Officials now estimate that full containment will be achieved on Jan. 7.

Sunday's forecast is very concerning. There's an "extreme fire danger" warning for most of Southern California's hillsides and mountains, where winds are expected to gust as high as 55 mph. The dry winds will keep relative humidity as low as 10 percent. This will lead to rapid fire growth and erratic fire behavior.

Parts of Central and Northern California are also at a critical risk for fire danger as well, due to locally strong wind gusts and dry conditions.

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Courtesy Brian Claypool(CALIMESA, Calif.) -- The family of a 13-year-old California girl who committed suicide plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, accusing the girl's middle school of failing to stop the bullying that the family says led to her death.

On Nov. 28, Rosalie Avila hanged herself in her bedroom "following months of relentless verbal abuse and bullying from classmates," a press release from the family's attorney, Brian Claypool, states.

Avila attended Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa in Southern California, ABC Los Angeles stationKABC reported. There, classmates would taunt her and call her names, including "whore" and "slut," Claypool said. Avila's peers would also call her ugly, tell her she had ugly teeth and sexually transmitted diseases, Claypool alleges.

In addition to the verbal abuse, classmates doctored a video "portraying what an ugly girl looked like and what a pretty girl looked like," using Avila's photo to represent the ugly girl, Claypool said in the press release, claiming that the video went viral.

"In her suicide note, Rosalie apologized to her parents for being ugly," the press release states.

Earlier this month, Avila's mother, Charlene Avila, told KABC that her daughter kept a list in her journal of people who hurt her, called her ugly or put her down.

Avila's father, Fred Avila, told KABC that she would come home and complain that kids were "calling her names about her teeth." When he would remind her that her braces would come off one day, she responded, "Yeah, but my teeth are straight and they're still making fun of me," Fred Avila said.

In October, Avila began cutting herself, Claypool said. The family's attorney claims the school did not intervene despite allegedly knowing of the struggles Avila was facing.

"The school was not only aware of the bullying, but also of Rosalie cutting herself and did nothing," according to the press release.

Claypool will announce the filing of the lawsuit on behalf of Avila's parents during a press conference Monday. He alleges that the school was negligent in its "failure to take appropriate measures to safeguard Rosalie as a victim of bullying and ensure her safety" as well as its failure to "take action against the bullies."

In an initial statement on Dec. 1, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District said it was "saddened" by Avila's death and that crisis counselors were available to students.

"The communities of Yucaipa and Calimesa have proven to be caring, united, active, supportive communities in all manner of events, whether joyful or sorrowful," the initial statement read. "The District earnestly believes and hopes that those qualities will continue to come to bear here as we are all committed to the well-being and support of everyone in the YCJUSD family."

Days later, on Dec. 4, the school district released another statement saying that it was cooperating with investigators over the bullying allegations. The school district also said that "false" information had spread in response to the news of Avila's death.

"Sadly, as the public learns about this tragedy, false rumors and social media posts disrespecting Rosalie and her family have begun to spread," the statement read. "These posts are being handled by the appropriate authority."

In the second statement, the school district also emphasized that it is "committed to maintaining a positive, inclusive school culture that enables our students to grow academically and socially. This issue requires all of us to work together, to watch for signs and intervene when we see problems. It is more essential than ever that we all come together, united in our commitment for the safety and well-being of our children."

Links to suicide prevention awareness and the school district's bullying policy are now featured prominently on the school district's website.

Claypool and Avila's family plan to propose new legislation called Rosie's law that will advocate for stricter bullying laws to treat verbal abuse in the same manner as physical abuse "so that school districts will begin having harsher punishments for the perpetrators of bullying rather than shielding the bullies."

In a statement to ABC News, Claypool said that words can be "lethal weapons."

"Until school districts nationwide step up and implement legitimate anti-bullying programs and on-campus suicide prevention programs, rampant bullying and suicide will worsen," Claypool said. "Public image is more important to many school districts than student safety. Current anti-bullying laws and policies often protect the bully more so than the victim.“

A community vigil in Avila's honor will be held on Monday evening.

Neither the school district nor the San Bernardino Police Department, which is handling the case, immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Multiple Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities were found to have problems with basic detainee rights, humane treatment and health and safety, according to a report released this week by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.

The violations varied from facility to facility, but included underutilized language services, lack of respect and professionalism, potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions and, at one facility, all detainees were strip-searched when they entered.

"Overall, the problems we identified undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment," reads the report.

The watchdog made unannounced visits to six faculties used to house ICE detainees and based its findings on observations, interviews with detainees and staff, and a review of documents.

The inspector general found "significant issues" at four of the five facilities, which raised concerns about the treatment and care of ICE detainees. Only the Laredo Processing Center "modeled quality operations," during inspections.

One of the facilities was reviewed earlier this year in a "management alert," which is used to inform senior DHS leadership when the IG believes there is an "immediate and serious" threat of waste, fraud and abuse.

After that report was issued in March, the sheriff’s office that runs the facility, said that all of the concerns alleged by the inspector general "have been addressed."

This new report focuses on five additional facilities.

At one detention center, staff misclassified some detainees with high-risk criminal convictions and housed them with low-risk detainees. At others, language assistance was not always provided to detainees, even though it’s required. And detainees at some facilities reported long waits for medical care, including instances of detainees with painful conditions, such as infected teeth and a knee injury, waiting days for medical intervention, reported the IG.

According to ICE, the agency ensures that detention facilities comply with detention standards through an aggressive inspections program.

For example, the custody management division schedules and oversees formal facility inspections, the majority of which are conducted by a third-party contractor.

Facilities that receive a less than acceptable rating must be scheduled for a follow-up inspection within six months, according to ICE.

If a facility receives two consecutive final ratings of less than acceptable, ICE must discontinue use of the facility.

“Based on multi-layered, rigorous inspections and oversight programs, ICE is confident in conditions and high standards of care at its detention facilities. To ensure the safety and well-being of those in our custody, we work regularly with contracted consultants and a variety of external stakeholders to review and improve detention conditions at ICE facilities. As such, ICE concurs with the IG’s recommendation to further enhance compliance monitoring as part of our already robust inspections program,” said a spokesperson for ICE in a statement.

This report comes at a time when apprehensions at the southwest border are at all-time lows, but immigration arrests by ICE throughout the U.S. are up 30 percent over last year – a three-year high.

Immigration enforcement has been a top priority for the Trump administration and its been largely carried out by the agents and immigration officers at ICE.

ICE detainees are held in civil, not criminal, custody, which is not supposed to be punitive.

Based on hotline tips, open-source reporting and professional judgment, the inspectors made unannounced visits to: Hudson County Jail, Laredo Processing Center, Otero County Processing Center, Santa Ana City Jail, Stewart Detention Center, and Theo Lacy Facility.

These locations are state and local facilities operating under an agreement with ICE to hold only ICE detainees. Some of the facilities also house non-ICE inmates.

At the Santa Ana City Jail, staff confirmed detainee reports of personnel strip searching all detainees upon admission, which they did not document in detainee files as required, according to the inspector general.

ICE discontinued its contract with the Santa Ana City Jail in early 2017 and will no longer house detainees in this facility, according to the report.

The Santa Ana City Jail did not respond to a phone call requesting comment on the report.

CoreCivic, a private company which manages two of the centers that were inspected, provides its detainees with access to services such as medical vaccinations, legal assistance and even educational opportunities, according to a spokesperson for the company.

"We were pleased that the OIG found no issues with our Laredo Processing Center, which the report said ‘modeled quality operations.' We believe the issues identified at Stewart Detention Center can be quickly and effectively remedied," CoreCivic spokesman Jonathan Burns said in a statement to ABC News.

ICE concurred with all of the inspector general recommendations and has begun corrective action to address the findings, according to the report.

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Courtesy Alpha Fire Company and Boalsburg Fire Company(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Five people were injured at a Pennsylvania ski resort Saturday when a chair on the ski lift slid backward into the chair behind it, setting off a chain reaction that involved a total of five chairs, officials said.

Around 10 a.m., a "malfunction" on a section of the chair lift cut the first car loose, sending it sliding down the rope into another chair and causing a "chain reaction" that sent four slipped chairs sliding into a fifth, the Tussey Mountain ski resort said in a statement.

The State College, Pennsylvania, police said there were five minor injuries in the pile-up, none life-threatening.

"We take the safety of our guests very seriously, and are saddened to learn that there were non-life threatening injuries as a result of this accident," a statement on the Tussey Mountain Facebook page said.

Police said it took 90 minutes to evacuate the chair lift, including people who were stranded aloft when the lift was stopped.

Tussey Mountain, which closed after the mishap, said the lift had been inspected by state safety officials and had received a passing grade.

"[W]e have begun taking the necessary steps to ensure a situation like this will never happen again," Tussey Mountain's statement said. "We have contacted the manufacturer of the lift to diagnose what caused the malfunction, as well as the appropriate state agencies prior to re-opening."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Residents of the Midwest and Northeast will wake up Saturday morning to a bone-chilling blast of cold air, with a wind chill that will make it feel like the temperature is in the teens and single digits.

The good news? It won't last too long, with milder temperatures kicking in later Saturday and continuing over the next few days.

The Northeast was slammed with a quick-hitting winter storm Friday night to areas along the I-95 corridor.

While the snow amounts were not particularly heavy, the timing of the heaviest snow bands caused a traffic nightmare for the Philadelphia and New York metro areas. Road crews attempted to keep the roads clear, but traffic and cold conditions hampered their efforts. The combination of snow and a traffic light outage in Philadelphia brought chaos to Center City, with traffic at a near-standstill Friday night.

Meanwhile, heavy bands of lake-effect snow brought near-whiteout conditions to parts of northwest Pennsylvania and upstate New York Friday night. Looking ahead, lake-effect snow is expected to continue through Saturday.

On Saturday morning, a band of heavy snow was moving through parts of Michigan and Ohio. Locally, over 4 inches of snow will be possible in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, region Saturday morning. And more lake-effect snow will develop later Saturday.

Lake-effect snow warnings and winter weather advisories have been posted for parts of Michigan, northeast Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Total snow accumulations are expected to be as high as 18 inches in the heaviest snow bands, which will be near the New York-Pennsylvania border. Winds in these heavy snow bands could gust as high as 35 mph.

Over on the West Coast, the weather will not help the effort to contain wildfires in Southern California. Extreme fire danger is expected through the weekend for much of Southern California, especially in the mountains of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Humidity could be as low as 5 percent in spots, with wind gusts over 50 mph possible. Elsewhere in California, much of the state is seeing critical fire danger with wind gusts over 30 mph and relative humidity as low as 5 percent. This includes the mountains and valleys outside of San Francisco.

Now, looking ahead to Christmas, which is a little over a week away, general large-scale weather patterns can be forecast now. While the beginning of the week will offer some seasonably mild temperatures in the central and eastern U.S., it does not appear that this trend will continue toward the upcoming holiday weekend.

In fact, unsettled weather late this week will occur, as cold air will spill down from Canada once again. The eight- to 14-day temperature outlook indicates widespread below-average temperatures across much of the continental U.S., with well-below average temperatures likely in the north-central U.S. This type of pattern will also bring a favorable track for more storms that could potentially bring unsettled weather during the busy travel period.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Since sexual misconduct allegations involving famous men are “coming up almost daily,” New York City police have designated a team to deal with them.

The team is within the Special Victims Unit and has been tasked with handling high-profile cases as they are reported in the media.

“Every case that comes up we take a look at,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Friday.

He cautioned that does not mean every instance is considered a full-blown investigation or will even develop beyond an initial review but he also stressed every credible report is being reviewed.

“We have to look and see if it’s in the statute, see when these crimes occurred, talk to our complainants and the prosecutors’ offices around the city where they may have happened and see if we can go forward,” Boyce said.

That is where the allegations against Russell Simmons stand.

“You know that we are looking into it. That doesn’t mean that we opened an investigation. We see if there is an investigation that’s possible,” Boyce said.

Boyce said detectives have sought out Simmons’ accusers to ask questions and see if there’s a case to be made.

“What came up in the last couple days, we take a look and we talk about it and we will go forward that way.”

Some of the allegations against Simmons involve alleged encounters in New York.

“The matter is certainly under review,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said, declining to elaborate.

Officials in both the DA’s office and the NYPD have cautioned that unless they find evidence of actual rape most other sexual misconduct crimes might be too old to prosecute.

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David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Devastated friends, family and colleagues intend to remember the firefighter who died Thursday battling a California wildfire as a “true hero," though also asking, “Why Cory?”

Cory Iverson, 32, died while fighting the Thomas Fire in Fillmore, California, according to a page set up on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

He’s survived by his five-months pregnant wife, Ashley, and their 2-year-old daughter, Evie.

Cal Fire-San Diego Chief Tony Mecham choked up recalling the phone call informing him of Iverson's death.

“When my phone rang this morning, it was the phone call no fire chief ever wants to get,” he told reporters in San Diego Thursday.

He added: “The whole family at the [Iverson] house thought, ‘Why Cory?’”

The unending inferno has burned for 12 days and ravaged 252,500 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) officials said.

As of this morning, the Thomas Fire, which has traveled more than 45 miles northwest, has prompted the evacuation of parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

It has also become the state’s fourth largest fire on record, but Iverson is the only firefighter to die so far, along with one resident.

And as of Friday, the Thomas Fire was credited with demolishing 972 structures and damaging more than 200, with only 35 percent of the fire contained, officials said.

Iverson succumbed to the Thomas Fire in Fillmore, California, after it had started on the afternoon of Dec. 4 in Santa Paula, but it’s unclear exactly how the eight-year veteran died.

He was “outside the fire engine” but officials “don’t know where the accident site occurred,” chief Mecham said.

Iverson, who was part of a five-member firefighting strike team, had headed north Dec. 5 from his San Diego base to help fellow firefighters battle the flames, Mecham said.

His entire team has now been pulled from the Thomas Fire and many are reuniting with their families, he said.

Iverson will be remembered as a “great young man, he added, “and somebody who really loved his job and took pride in wearing the Cal Fire badge.”

Mecham, who said he knew Iverson, remembered the fallen firefighter as an “incredible guy” and said he was also a “loving father and husband.”

The death traumatized fellow firefighters who have since been “going through all the range of emotions when one of these tragedies occur,” he said.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott asked for a moment of remembrance.

"... [P]lease join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions," Pimlott wrote in a news release.

On the crowdfunding site, which was created by a family friend, Iverson is described as a brave and dedicated first responder.

“Cory Iverson is a true hero to our Southern California community,” according to the site, which has raised slightly more than $38,000 of the $50,000 goal.

It goes on to say how Iverson was expected to welcome a new addition to the family “in May.”

Instead, his death “leaves behind his best friend and devoted wife and a daughter with another little girl on the way.”

The fund is expected to help the family compensate for learning “to adapt to life without Cory.”

It will also help with funeral arrangements, as well as “for their girls, for help with the home and the yard,” according to the site.

The 8,369 firefighters attempting to put out the Thomas Fire aren't getting much of a respite this holiday season.

“Normally, this time of year, we’re slowing down and enjoying the holiday season with family,” Mecham said. “But we still have thousands of firefighters on the frontlines and it’s overwhelming for all of us.”

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Courtney Adams(HOUSTON) -- A woman in Alabama is helping bring Christmas to nearly 200 families in the Harvey-stricken Houston area through a holiday adoption group she started on Facebook.

Courtney Adams, 33, watched in despair from thousands of miles away in Auburn as parts of her hometown of Kingwood, Texas, flooded when Hurricane Harvey struck southeastern Texas in August.

Adams, a mother of three, said she felt “helpless” in the moment and relied on prayer to figure out how she could help.

She started a Facebook group, Holidays for Harvey, with the idea of matching people from across the country with families in need in the Houston area.

“I sat down and created a group on Facebook and I just started sharing it,” Adams said. “People started joining and asking for help and people started offering to help and give back.”

One of the first people to volunteer was Lori Martin, a mother of three from Pennsylvania who is friends with Adams but did not have a direct connection to Houston.

Martin and her family volunteered to provide Christmas for a husband and wife and their 17-year-old daughter whose home was hit hard by Harvey.

“The mom said she and her husband wanted nothing and they just wanted a nice day for their daughter,” said Martin, who purchased gift cards for the teen and is surprising her parents with gifts too. “I wrapped everything that I got individually because there is something special about opening a present on Christmas morning.”

Rachel Nicholson and her family will have presents to open on Christmas morning too, thanks to Adams.

Nicholson, a childhood friend of Adams’, gave birth to her third son just days before Harvey hit.

She and her newborn and two young sons had to be evacuated by boat as the first floor of their home flooded.

Nicholson and her family have been living in a rental home, relying on their savings, until their home is rebuilt.

“All of our money is going back into our house and the last thing you think about is presents,” said Nicholson. “Our boys deserve a Christmas and a home and not being displaced. I don’t want what happened to affect their memories of Christmas.”

Adams took Nicholson’s sons’ Christmas wish lists and had the gifts delivered to the family’s door.

“Now we have the presents under the tree thanks to Courtney,” Nicholson said. “She has been an angel and has orchestrated a movement. She really has.”

Adams was aided in her Christmas movement by two friends in Auburn who volunteered their time to help. Together, the three women have arranged Christmas for 188 families in the Houston area, totaling 620 kids and 1,045 family members.

Robinn Graves’ family includes five of those 620 kids.

Graves, her husband and their five children were evacuated from their Porter, Texas, home in a rescue truck when water began to overtake the home's first floor.

They got back into their house a few days after Harvey struck, and have been living in a construction zone ever since, with all their time and money going toward rebuilding.

“We have lots of Christmas traditions and we’ve had to cut back on what we can do, both financially and time wise,” said Graves. “We’ve had to spend all our time on the house and it’s taken a lot away from our family and the kids.”

Graves’ family was matched with a woman in New Jersey who is providing Christmas gifts for all five kids, ranging in age from 17 to 2.

The woman told her boyfriend and her daughter that she only wanted money for Christmas so that she could donate to charity, according to Graves.

“A couple of weeks ago they sent us a pre-lit Christmas tree,” said Graves. “That was our first sign of hope, that tree and the lights.”

Graves provided her kids’ wish lists -- which included practical items like a lamp and books for the older kids and a broom for the 2-year-old, who watches her parents clean the house -- and the presents are due to arrive next week.

“Without her, Christmas would have been over in a minute,” Graves said. “And we’ve connected on a personal level because we know how we’re a blessing to each other. She’s blessed because she’s able to help and we’re blessed to have her help.”

Adams said Graves and her donor have accomplished exactly what she set out to do.

“I wanted the families to know that we do love you guys, we know you’re still out there and that the rebuilding process hasn’t even begun for some,” she said. “They’re still trying to find normalcy and Christmas was just my foot in the door to get that.”

She continued, "To see the families that are supported and to hear how something so simple can bring so much to them, it’s just a good reminder that less is more. It’s all about the relationships we make as opposed to the stuff we think we need to make us happy."

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