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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just in time for Halloween, Historic Hotels of America has named the 25 most haunted historic hotels.

Here are 10 of the oldest and spookiest:

Concord’s Colonial Inn (1716) in Concord, Massachusetts, is rumored to have several ghosts, especially in Room 424, which served as an operating room during the Revolutionary War.

Guests of the Admiral Fell Inn (1770) in Baltimore have reported seeing floating sailors and disappearing butlers knocking on their doors. A hotel manager is said to have heard a loud party after the hotel was evacuated during a hurricane.

At the Red Lion Inn (1773) in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the fourth floor is full of paranormal activity. Reports of a ghostly young girl carrying flowers and a man in a top hat abound, and guests have awoken to the feeling of someone standing over them at the foot of their bed.

Hanover Inn Dartmouth (1780) Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College ghost stories include the tale of nine fraternity brothers who perished in 1934. More than one Dartmouth student has spoken of finding a room that doesn’t exist, filled with a party of those young men and their dates.

At the Omni Parker House (1855) in Boston the ghost of Harvey Parker, who opened the hotel, reportedly reveals himself to guests. Talk about working yourself to death.

The Sagamore (1883), Bolton Landing, New York: At this rambling historic hotel, stories persist of the ghost of a silver-haired woman wearing a blue polka-dot dress descending from the second floor to the Trillium, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886), Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Guests who check out but never leave include a lady in a Victorian nightgown who likes to stand at the foot of the bed in Room 3500 and stare at guests while they sleep. She’s one of dozens of reported ghosts there.

At the Hotel Monteleone (1886) in New Orleans a maid known as Mrs. Clean reportedly haunts the hotel. Paranormal researchers once asked why she stayed, and she said her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother also worked at the hotel and she was picking up after housekeeping to ensure high standards.

Jekyll Island Club Resort (1886), Jekyll Island, Georgia: A bellman from post-WWI days is said to be very particular about delivering freshly pressed suits to bridegrooms. He has been seen, mostly on the second floor of the club building, knocking gently on a guest room door and announcing his purpose. Many guests, who did not order the service, have inquired about the mysterious bellman.

The Green Park Inn (1891) in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, keeps a Ghost Log in the lobby for its guests to peruse. Pay attention to notes regarding Room 318, where Laura Green died. She was the daughter in the inn’s founding family, and she was jilted at the altar. Reports are that she and her would-be groom continue to be seen on the third floor.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has nearly doubled its initial estimate of the amount of oil that seeped from a crack in a pipeline off the coast of Louisiana.

The leak was first announced on Oct. 13 from a damaged pipeline operated by LLOG Exploration some 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The privately-owned company originally reported between 333,900 to 392,700 gallons of oil were discharged by the broken line, located nearly 5,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard has said it is coordinating with the company as well as the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to locate and respond to any oil that floats to the surface. With overhead flights and underwater vehicle inspections conducted multiple times a day, no recoverable oil has been detected thus far.

Though the pipeline has been secured, the company on Wednesday reported a revised estimated volume of "unaccounted-for oil" to the Coast Guard and the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, indicating as much as 672,000 gallons of oil may have been released.

"While the reported discharge amount is very significant, we are confident in the calculations completed by the LLOG and NOAA scientists,” said Cmdr. Heather Mattern from U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City, Louisiana. “Additionally, the lack of any recoverable oil identified by over flights and subsea inspections conducted throughout the past week supports this explanation.”

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, trajectory models calculated by LLOG Exploration and NOAA indicate that any leaked oil will drift in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline. The calculations also indicate that the discovery of any recoverable oil is unlikely due to the high pressure and depth at which it was discharged.

The Coast Guard said Friday that so far the presence of oil has not been detected in water samples taken along the trajectory path at various depths.

The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  More than 27 years ago, a woman died after she was shot at her front door by someone dressed as a clown, and a former costume store employee says there is a “strong possibility” that the woman’s accused murderer bought the outfit at her shop.

On the morning of May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren was at her home in Wellington, Florida, with her 22-year-old son, Joseph Ahrens, and several of his friends.

Ahrens and his friends told police they saw a white car pull into the driveway and that a person in a clown costume came to the front door with flowers and balloons.

Warren answered the door, and as the clown offered the items to her, witnesses told police they heard a gunshot. Warren had been shot in the face. She ultimately died from her injuries.

The clown then “calmly” walked back to the car and drove away, police say.

Detectives investigating the murder spoke to Deborah Offord and Barbara Castricone, who used to work at a costume shop in town.

"I get goosebumps just talking about it," Castricone told ABC News' "20/20."

They recall that a day or two before the murder, a last-minute customer arrived after 6 p.m., when the door to the store was locked.

“I need to buy a costume,” the customer said, according to Offord, who then replied, "Can you come back tomorrow, we're closed."

"No, I really need this tonight. I need to get a costume tonight,” Offord remembered the customer saying.

Offord said the customer also insisted that the costume had to be circus wear.

“A Rubie’s clown costume, an Afro clown wig, Bob Kelly clown makeup and a sponge nose,” said Offord.

Shortly after the shooting, a detective called and started asking questions about the sale.

Castricone said she was shocked when a detective told her why they were asking about the mysterious customer.

“I said, ‘Could I ask please what this is in reference to?’ He said, ‘Well, you're probably going to read about it all over the papers tomorrow morning, but a woman was shot at her front door by a person dressed in a clown costume bearing flowers and balloons, and [the clown] shot her in the face.’ And my heart dropped,” Castricone said.

Offord offered cops a description of the female customer.

“Rather tall, I’d say probably around 5’8, brown eyes, long chocolate hair, thick head of hair, work boots,” said Offord. “I don’t know why I remember that. I do, and jeans, and a men’s work shirt, a button down collar.”

Castricone said the customer paid for the sale in cash, using $20 bills. Her store was only one of a handful in the area that sold costumes at the time.

The investigation into who murdered Warren eventually went cold, until 2014.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, police found and arrested Sheila Keen Warren on Sept. 27, 2017, in Virginia. Twelve years after Marlene Warren’s death, Sheila Keen had married Marlene Warren’s husband, Michael Warren.

Sheila Keen Warren was charged with first-degree murder, and prosecutors say they are seeking the death penalty.

Her attorney, Richard Lubin, said Warren "vehemently denies" killing Marlene Warren and will plead not guilty, The Associated Press reported.

Lubin declined to comment to ABC News.

Michael Warren recently told ABC News, “She’s is falsely accused…[and] this is very serious and very unfair.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Two arrests were made Thursday afternoon on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where self-described white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at an event.

Security measures were in place throughout Gainesville. The added precautions stem partly from Gov. Rick Scott’s decision on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency before the event.

Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage. Once he did, attendees began chanting phrases like "Go home, Spencer!" and "Say it loud, say it clear, Nazis are not welcome here!"

 Spencer berated the audience for believing in free speech but not letting him speak.

"What are you trying to achieve then?" Spencer asked the crowd. "You all have an amazing opportunity to be a part of the most important free speech event perhaps in our lifetime. This is when the rubber hits the road with the question of the First Amendment."

While demonstrations remained peaceful, police continued to circulate among protesters and reporters in the street near the auditorium after the event began.

 One flare-up in the crowd occurred when a man wearing a shirt with Nazi swastikas entered the anti-Spencer protest area. The man was in the area for work and wanted to hear Spencer speak, he said.

As the man walked through the crowd, he was quickly surrounded by protesters and chanting. He also appeared to have been punched in the mouth and was seen with blood on his teeth and running down his mouth.

 The protesters surrounded the man as he walked off campus. At first, police were not able to keep the crowd away from him and had to fall back several times. Police in riot gear and others with batons eventually formed a line to stop the crowd and escorted the man away.

The Alachua County Sheriff said two people were arrested. Sean Brijmohan, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. The office said in a tweet that he had brought a gun onto the campus after being hired by a media organization as security. David Notte, 34, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Five people had minor injuries and were immediately treated by fire rescue teams, authorities said.

The Gainesville Police Department is investigating reports that an "'average'-looking white male" fired a single shot into a group of people in the parking lot of a CVS off campus. No one was hit by the gunfire, and it is unclear if the incident is related to the protests against Spencer's speech, police said.

"Despite our worst fears of violence, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community showed the world that love wins," said University of Florida President Kent Fuchs. "We’re exceptionally grateful to our law enforcement partners and Governor Scott for providing the resources necessary to ensure the safety of our campus and community."

Spencer is the president of a group called the National Policy Institute, which asked to organize an event at the university, a public school. The university originally denied his request in September because of safety concerns. The heightened concern about the event is due to violence surrounding a rally featuring him in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. One person was killed after a driver plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, and at least 19 others were injured.

 But as a state-run entity prohibited from blocking free expression, the school ultimately honored the request, according to its website.

The Gainesville Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page Wednesday, writing, "For months, GPD has been preparing a comprehensive safety and security plan for this week."

 "We have been very tight-lipped about our security measures for good reason ... and it's to keep you safe," the statement reads.

"We won't get in to exact numbers ... but you can rest assured that there are plenty of extra law enforcement officers in town to help in any situation."

Security costs for the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies total more than $500,000, according to the school website.

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WSOC(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- More than a dozen Charlotte-area students were forced to flee their school bus when the engine exploded and burst into flames on Thursday.

Harrowing video shot minutes after the students escaped shows the entire front half of the bus completely engulfed in flames. After photos show little else but a charred frame of a bus.

 All 16 students onboard and the driver of the bus managed to escape uninjured.

The students from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina were heading home from school Thursday afternoon when they began to hear clicking sounds in the engine, they told ABC affiliate WSOC. The bus broke down and when the driver smelled smoke, everybody got off.

"That's when the front just exploded," student Timoni Rushing told WSOC.

The school district said it will investigate the cause of the accident, though the vehicle was inspected just two weeks ago, according to WSOC.

"We are all grateful that every student and the driver are safe," superintendent Clayton Wilcox told WSOC in a statement. "The district trains bus drivers and CMS staff to respond in emergency situations and the district is proud of the quick action of this driver and also thankful for the swift cooperation of students on board. The district holds the safety of all our kids and staff as top priority and will conduct a thorough review to ensure the continued safety of our CMS students and staff."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PEMBROKE PINES, FLa.) --  Travis Wilson was simply signing up for housing when the homeless veteran heard a boom nearby and rushed to the aid of a bloodied victim in a serious car accident.

Wilson, who told ABC affiliate WPLG he is a former Navy corpsman, was first on the scene at the accident in Pembroke Pines, Florida, in harrowing video provided to the station. In the video, you see Wilson leaning into the crushed passenger side window of one of the vehicles and assisting the driver with blood splattered across the front seat.

"We get around the corner and I see what's going on and speed up, and then, I just turn it on and go sprinting to the vehicle," Wilson told WPLG.

Wilson stabilized the driver's neck and waited until paramedics arrived on the scene.

"You can't leave the scene," Wilson said. "I can't leave the scene -- it doesn't matter if the vehicle catches on fire. It doesn't matter. I'm there with him. If we're gonna die, we're gonna die together."

Wilson was interviewing with the nonprofit Operation Sacred Trust when the accident occurred in the street nearby. Operation Sacred Trust assists homeless and low-income veterans find a place to live in the Miami area.

Wilson, who has been arrested multiple times, most seriously for possession of cocaine and theft, according to WPLG, told the station he had fallen on hard times after leaving the military.

Pembroke Pines police told WPLG the driver of the white car who was assisted by Wilson was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car that hit the white sedan, who WPLG reports was an off-duty officer with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, sustained only minor injuries.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Authorities in Florida found a cache of guns and explosives inside a home during the course of a child pornography investigation Wednesday, officials said.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office found a vast arsenal inside a locked closet in a home in Dunedin, including three explosive devices, 10 rifles, eight handguns, two shotguns, ammunition, a makeshift firearm sound suppressor, more than 15 knives, a baseball bat with protruding nails, a crossbow, brass knuckles and gunpowder, the sheriff's office said in a press release.

The deputies also found aerial photographs of a water treatment plant, an elementary school and a middle school -- all Hillsborough County -- as well as notes on how to make explosive devices, according to the sheriff's office.

A handwritten note found by detectives read, "The daughters come, and I am ready. I have fed on my hatred for centuries. My fury at those who imprisoned me shall be vast and without mercy. I shall have my bloody revenge, and then the WORLD WILL BURN BURN," according to the sheriff's office.

Officials arrested 24-year-old Randall Drake, who was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident, authorities said. Detectives attempted to interview him, but he refused to speak to them, according to the sheriff's office.

Drake is being held on $20,000 bond, but authorities said he would be taken into involuntary custody for a mental health evaluation even if he posted bond.

Two of the homemade explosive devices were constructed of metal cylindrical cigar tubes containing gun powder and wicks for detonation, detectives said. The third device was constructed with a plastic tube with gun powder insider and wrapped in tape with a fuse, officials said.

A bomb squad from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office safely removed the explosives from the home, authorities said.

Drake was charged with two counts of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device, the sheriff's office said.

Drake has no criminal history or history of mental health issues, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a press conference Thursday. Investigators went to the home -- where Drake lives with his mother and father -- to execute a search warrant in connection with a child pornography investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Gualtieri compared Drake's lack of criminal history to that of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more after he opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers Oct. 1.

"These are the people that are most concerning to us, what we call the lone wolves, the sleepers who are out there, the people who are not on our radar," Gualtieri said.

Investigators will look into whether Drake was involved with anyone else or other organizations, but it appears that he was acting alone, Gualtieri said.

Authorities do not yet know what Drake planned to do with the items found in his home, Gualtieri said.

Drake bonded out of jail on Thursday evening. It is unclear if he has entered a plea or retained an attorney.

Officials did not comment on the status of the child pornography investigation or whether it is connected to Drake.

ABC News reached out to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

ABC News' Ben Stein contributed to this report.


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Gloda/iStock/Thinkstock(KILLEEN, Texas) -- A substitute teacher has been banned from the campus of an elementary school in Killeen, Texas, after she allegedly placed duct tape over the mouths of 10 students, according to the school district.

The teacher was substituting a fifth-grade class at Maxdale Elementary School when the incident occurred. After the teacher placed the duct tape over the students' mouths, three additional students placed duct tape over their own mouths "as a result of the substitute teacher's actions," the Killeen Independent School District said in a statement.

The incident lasted for several minutes, the school district said. After school officials learned of the incident, the students were taken to the school nurse for observation. All 13 students were deemed well enough to continue with their later classes.

After one of the students ripped the duct tape off of his mouth, the teacher then replaced it with another strip, the student's mother, Adaeze Akudolu told the Killeen Daily Herald. The student said his mouth was duct-taped for at least 15 minutes, Akudolu said.

The substitute teacher -- who was not identified -- was immediately removed from the classroom and barred from the school "as a result of this outrageous and unconscionable behavior," the school district said.

She became a substitute teacher for the school district in January 2016, Terry Abbott, chief communications officer for the Killeen Independent School District, told ABC News. It is unclear if she had substituted at Maxdale Elementary School in the past, Abbott said.

The school notified child protective services of the incident. School officials "don't know why she did it at this point," Abbott said.

"The leadership of Maxdale Elementary School and the Killeen Independent School District are deeply saddened by this event," Abbott said. "The principal has informed parents, and has reassured parents that the staff will continue to work hard to make sure every child at the campus is absolutely safe every day."

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Ruskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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jhpics/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER, Colo.) -- An 11-year-old Cub Scout was reportedly kicked out of the program allegedly for asking a Colorado state senator some tough questions during a meeting organized by the Boy Scouts of America.

Ames Mayfield was booted last week following an Oct. 9 discussion hosted by his Cub Scout den in Broomfield, Colorado, with Republican Sen. Vicki Marble, his mother, Lori Mayfield, told ABC affiliate KMGH in Denver.

Lori Mayfield recorded the tense exchanges between her fifth-grade son and Marble and later posted the videos on YouTube. At one point in the videos, Ames asks the Fort Collins-area senator about controversial remarks she reportedly made at a legislative meeting on poverty at the Colorado State Capitol Building in 2013.

“I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat,” Ames says.



“I didn’t; that was made up by the media,” Marble responds in a quiet, measured tone. “So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”

According to KMGH, Marble in 2013 said, “When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that's prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can't help it.”

The senator continued at the time, “Although I've got to say, I've never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

While responding to Ames' question, Marble told the Cub Scouts, "I have a multicultural family and I'm very proud of it."

"I have blacks in my family. I have blacks and Mexican -- they aren't Latino, they're Mexican. I have Jew. Oh, and I have Native American too. And we talk about our genetics and what we're predisposed to so we can take care of each other, and we eat everything and we exercise," Marble said in the videos, later adding that her cultural background includes the "lousy Irish," generating some chuckles from the audience.

"We have multicultural foods within the United States and we are very blessed to have it. And we all love it and we all eat it. And we just better figure out our genetics," the senator said.

But it was Ames' pointed question about gun control that got him removed from the Cub Scouts, his mother told KMGH.



"I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun,” Ames asks Marble. “Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?"

An adult facilitating the discussion then cuts off the boy, saying, "OK, Ames, that is a really thorough question."

Lori Mayfield told KMGH her son was booted from the scouting program a few days after the meeting. Ames was just three months away from advancing to a Boy Scout, she said.

"My son was praised for [the question] during and after the meeting," she told KMGH in an email. “He is heartbroken his den leader kicked him out ... What does that teach scouts [about asking challenging questions]?"

"He’s devastated," she added. "He has worked so hard for everything and he really liked his current den leader."

ABC News has reached out to Lori Mayfield for additional comment.

The Boy Scouts of America's Denver Area Council did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Thursday. However, a spokesperson on Wednesday told KMGH that the council is helping to find Ames another den "so that he may continue to participate in the scouting program."



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(ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- What happens in the Pacific Ocean with the phenomenon La Niña will likely cause temperature and precipitation changes across the country this winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The weak La Niña developing could be the biggest player in the 2017-2018 winter forecast, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center at NOAA, which released the U.S. Winter Outlook Thursday.

The phenomenon could cause colder and snowier conditions for the north-central U.S. and warmer and drier than normal conditions for the southern U.S, from California to Florida.

The areas around the Great Lakes could also see an increase of Lake Effect snow.

La Niña is the opposite of El Niño; together, they are called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, and often cause significant differences from average ocean temperatures, winds, surface pressure, and rainfall across parts of the tropical Pacific, according to NOAA.

La Niña is the cool phase of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, as opposed to the warm phase El Niño. The pattern usually swings back and forth about every three to seven years, according to NOAA.

La Niña winters usually bring milder than normal conditions and less snow for the coastal Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, from Washington, D.C., to Boston. The storm track for the Northeast usually remains more inland with La Niña, bringing mostly rain to the very populated I-95 corridor and snow for the eastern Great Lakes and Appalachian Mountains, Halpert added.

For the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies, cooler and wetter than normal conditions are forecast, which means more strong storms with damaging winds and flash flooding for Seattle and Portland are likely.

More than normal snow is forecast for the ski resorts in the northern Rockies from Big Sky Resort in Montana to Steamboat Springs in Colorado.

After a record breaking 2016-17 snow season in the Sierra Nevada Range Mountains, this snow season looks closer to normal. Southern California could be slightly milder and drier than normal.

Though the outlook seems to indicate above-average precipitation this winter, drought is likely to persist in parts of the northern Plains. Some improvement in drought conditions is expected further West.

In scattered areas of the South, particularly in areas that did not receive excess rainfall associated with the active 2017 hurricane season, drought could develop.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Police have geared up for protests expected this afternoon on the University of Florida campus where self-described white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to host an event.

Widespread security measures are in place throughout the city of Gainesville, Florida, where the school is located. The added precaution stems partly from Gov. Rick Scott’s Wednesday decision to declare a state of emergency before the event.

The emergency action "enables various law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently" and call in support from multiple jurisdictions, according to the school’s website.

Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage. Once he did, attendees began chanting phrases like "Go home, Spencer!" and "Say it loud, say it clear, Nazis are not welcome here!"

Spencer berated the audience for believing in free speech but not letting him speak.

"What are you trying to achieve then?" Spencer asked the crowd. "You all have an amazing opportunity to be a part of the most important free speech event perhaps in our lifetime. This is when the rubber hits the road with the question of the First Amendment."

While demonstrations remained peaceful, police continued to circulate among protesters and reporters in the street near the auditorium after the event began.

One flare-up in the crowd occurred when a man wearing a shirt with Nazi swastikas entered the anti-Spencer protest area. The man was in the area for work and wanted to hear Spencer speak, he said.

As the man walked through the crowd, he was quickly surrounded by protesters and chanting. He also appeared to have been punched in the mouth and was seen with blood on his teeth and running down his mouth.

The protesters surrounded the man as he walked off campus. At first, police were not able to keep the crowd away from him and had to fall back several times. Police in riot gear and others with batons eventually formed a line to stop the crowd and escorted the man away.

An armed security guard was arrested for carrying a firearm on school property Thursday afternoon, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Orlando resident Sean Brijmohan, 28, had a permit to carry a gun, but carrying a firearm on school grounds is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Brijmohan was a privately hired security guard working with a media team. Police immediately disarmed him before placing him in handcuffs and leading him away.

Officials made a second arrest on a 34-year-old Gainesville resident for resisting an officer without violence, the sheriff's office said.

The Gainesville Police Department is investigating reports that an "'average'-looking white male" fired a single shot into a group of people in the parking lot of a CVS off campus. No one was hit by the gunfire, and it is unclear if the incident is related to the protests against Spencer's speech, police said.

Five minor injuries were treated by fire and rescue teams on the scene, officials said.

"Despite our worst fears of violence, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community showed the world that love wins," said University of Florida President Kent Fuchs. "We’re exceptionally grateful to our law enforcement partners and Governor Scott for providing the resources necessary to ensure the safety of our campus and community."

Spencer is president of a group called the National Policy Institute, which asked to organize an event on the public campus. The university originally denied his request in September, weeks after the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, based on safety concerns. But as a state-run entity prohibited from blocking free expression, the school ultimately honored the request, according to its website.

The Gainesville Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page Wednesday, writing "For months, GPD has been preparing a comprehensive safety and security plan for this week."

The heightened concern about the event stems from the violent protests and counterprotests that prevented his scheduled event in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. One person died after a car drove into a crowd of protesters and roughly 19 others were injured.

But as a state-run entity prohibited from blocking free expression, the school ultimately honored the request, according to its website.

"We have been very tight-lipped about our security measures for good reason ... and it's to keep you safe," the GPD statement read.

"We won't get in to exact numbers ... but you can rest assured that there are plenty of extra law enforcement officers in town to help in any situation.”

Security costs from for the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies total more than $500,000, according to the school website.


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iStock/Thinkstock(FOLSOM, Calif.) -- He has been playing piano for only five years, but 10-year-old Nathan Zhang is already making sure classical music strikes a chord with the future of America.

Nathan attends Theodore Judah Elementary School in Folsom, California, just west of Sacramento, California.

For the past few weeks, Nathan has sharpened his major piano skills during his recess, according to ABC Fresno, California, station KFSN-TV. Instead of taking a break like the rest of his fellow fifth-graders, he stays inside and tickles the ivories as first-graders eat lunch.

He told his school district that he does this because "adding music to their day would be great for them."

The Facebook post of his showing off his forte has been shared hundreds of times, liked over 1,000 times and viewed by more than 32,000 people.

Nathan is quite the accomplished pianist already. He played at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2016 after he won a contest online.

He also plays violin but says he wants to focus more on piano.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The husband of Sheila Keen Warren, who's accused of dressing up as a clown and killing his first wife nearly three decades ago, insists his second wife is "falsely accused."

“This is very serious and very unfair,” Michael Warren said, speaking only to ABC News' 20/20.

Twenty-seven years ago, a person dressed as a clown walked up to the front door of Marlene Warren’s Wellington, Florida, home and fatally shot her.

There had been no arrests in the case until this fall, when police detained Sheila Keen Warren on Sept. 27, in Washington County, Virginia, alleging she was the “killer clown,” as the suspect in the case has come to be known. Prosecutors have charged her with first-degree murder and say they will seek the death penalty.

Michael Warren has denied having any involvement in Marlene Warren’s death.

A mysterious killing

On May 26, 1990, Marlene Warren was at her home in the luxurious Aero Club community in Wellington with her 22-year-old son, Joseph Ahrens, and several of his friends, according to Det. Paige McCann of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

It was just before 11 a.m., and while they were finishing breakfast, when they saw a white sedan pull into the driveway. Someone dressed as a clown came to the front door with flowers and balloons. One of the balloons said, “You’re the Greatest,” according to police.

When Marlene Warren answered the door, police said the person in the clown costume handed her the gifts, pulled out a gun and shot her. Then police said the clown "calmly" walked back to the car and drove away.

“Never to be seen again,” said Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

Marlene Warren was shot in the face and died two days later from her injuries. Police later found the white sedan the suspect used in a parking lot.

Neighbor Bill Kramer was out walking his dog when he heard what he thought sounded “like a nail gun,” the kind “used in construction.”

“Some very excited young people came running out saying something on the order of, ‘They’ve shot Joey’s mother,’” Kramer said. “My wife said, 'Stay there, I’ll call 911.'”

Marlene Warren’s husband, Michael Warren, who ran a used car lot and a rental car agency, said he was on his way to a Miami racetrack at the time of the shooting.

One year after Marlene Warren’s death, detectives reportedly identified a woman named Sheila Keen as a suspect, but she was not arrested. At the time of the murder, Keen ran a business to repossess cars and often worked with Michael Warren, though police said they both denied having an affair. Marlene Warren’s parents claimed in 2000 in a published report that she had previously told them they were having marital problems, and suspected that Michael Warren may have had a mistress.

Police were also reportedly suspicious of Michael Warren.

“I told him, I says, ‘Mike … I don't think that you done it. But I know pretty damn well that you know more about it than you're letting out,’” Marlene Warren’s stepfather, Bill Twing, told 20/20. “And he says, ‘Honest. Honest, Bill,’ he says, ‘I don't know,’ and then we changed subject.”

Marlene's parents told 20/20 they were shocked by the news that Marlene was killed and they didn't know anyone who would want to hurt their daughter. They describe their middle child of three daughters as "outgoing, friendly, loving." The Twings say Marlene was a hardworking business woman. They estimated that she owned around 20 rental properties and also worked as a cargo ship inspector.

"[She would] do anything for anybody," said Marlene's mother, Shirley Twing.

Cold case unit reopens investigation

Michael Warren was eventually charged in a separate case. He was convicted of racketeering and odometer tampering and served three-and-a-half years in prison before he was released in 1997.

The case of Marlene Warren’s murder ran cold until Palm Beach County authorities reopened it in 2014. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said witnesses were re-contacted and more DNA analysis was conducted on evidence collected at the time, including on orange fibers possibly from a clown wig.

In the nearly 30 years that had passed, Sheila Keen had married Michael Warren in a Las Vegas chapel wedding in 2002. The two had moved to Abingdon, Virginia, where they had built a home and ran a fast food restaurant called The Purple Cow in nearby Kingsport, Tennessee, according to authorities.

Neighbors Brook and Rocky Blevins said they knew the Warrens as “Debbie” and “Mike,” a sociable, hard-working and friendly couple. But the Warrens’ other neighbors, Vicki and John Chittester, said they had a nasty run-in with Michael Warren once, and said he could have a temper. Neither couple said they knew of the Warrens’ previous lives in Florida.

As the 27th anniversary of Marlene Warren’s death approached, Palm Beach Post reporter Barbara Marshall was working on a feature about the case when she said her researcher discovered that Michael Warren and Sheila Keen had gotten married and were now living in Virginia.

"It was like an urban legend... the fact that it was never solved it just went on and on and on," Marshall said. "In May, which was... the 27th anniversary of the killing, my editor said, 'Well, let's, let's re-look at this.'"

Then, in August of this year, Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff Fred Newman said he received an unexpected call from his counterpart in Palm Beach County, Florida, in regards to the infamous “killer clown” murder case. Newman said he and his deputies then began looking into the whereabouts of Sheila Keen Warren.

On Sept. 27, Sheila Keen Warren was arrested in Abingdon, Virginia, and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Marlene Warren.

Joseph Ahrens, Marlene Warren's son, declined to speak with 20/20 but told ABC affiliate WPBF at the time of Sheila Keen Warren’s arrest that the news was a "big shock" but the arrest has made him "happier than I've been in many years."

Marlene Warren’s mother, Shirley Twing, said Sheila Keen Warren’s arrest confirmed their decades-old suspicions.

“I turned angry when I heard … Mike had married Sheila,” she said. “Remembering that she killed my daughter, and he marries her? … There’s got to be something there.”

Prosecution seeks the death penalty

Sheila Keen Warren was extradited to Palm Beach County and appeared at a bond hearing on Oct. 4. The judge set no bond in the case.

“There was actually an excellent job of collection of evidence at the time in 1990,” said prosecutor Brian Fernandes. “And because of that collection, we’re able to now use advances in DNA technology.”

State Attorney Dave Aronberg, whose office is prosecuting Sheila Keen Warren for murder, said that his office is seeking the death penalty.

"I can’t speak specifically to Michael Warren or any of the specific facts of this case,” he said. “I can just say … we're going to investigate anyone who may be culpable and we’ll make a decision on prosecutions as appropriate.”

But even with a looming trial, after all these years, emotions are still raw for Marlene Warren’s parents.

“She [Sheila] got away with it for so long,” Shirley Twing said. “You can’t tell me that he [Mike] didn’t know. No way in heck … if there’s a hell, I hope she rots in it.”

"Marlene was a good person," Bill Twing added. "And it's just a shame that somebody took her away from us ... Nobody deserves that."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A strong storm system wreaked havoc on the western Washington area on Wednesday, toppling trees and knocking out power for thousands as the autumn storm season whipped into full swing.

The storm -- the second of three expected to hit the Washington area this week -- brought as much as 2 inches of rain to some parts of the Evergreen State.

Seattle surpassed its rainfall record for the day with 1.2 inches of rain as of early Thursday, breaking a record that had been held since 1958, according to the National Weather Service.

Nice capture by our coastal radar earlier tonight of the front reaching coast. Green = wind toward radar. Red = wind away from radar. #wawx pic.twitter.com/ZaJCtQe89a

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) October 19, 2017

Heavy winds of up to 58 mph downed trees and power lines in multiple cities along Washington’s west coast.

In Kent, located about 25 minutes south of Seattle, trees fell down a hillside, tumbling power lines and snapping a power pole on a busy street, according to local ABC affiliate KOMO-TV.

Seven cars were damaged by the falling lines, including one that trapped a woman inside her car for more than 30 minutes, KOMO-TV reported. The woman was not injured.

A woman had been trapped in this car when a falling tree pulled down high voltage power lines that draped over the vehicle. She was freed and is OK #komonews pic.twitter.com/E71ViU1ulv

— Joel Moreno (@JoelMorenoKOMO) October 19, 2017

The National Weather Service warned residents to stay indoors and avoid driving to avoid falling limbs during the height of the storm.

About 56,000 people were without power across the major western Washington utilities, with Puget Sound Energy accounting for 41,000 of them.

ICYMI Watch: Transformer explodes during Western Wash. wind storm: https://t.co/2tLqrHq7XL pic.twitter.com/NscvqwCa6l

— KOMO News (@komonews) October 19, 2017

Most of the wind advisories had expired by late Wednesday, but a separate storm is expected to hit the area this weekend, meteorologists said.

“Another strong front will reach the area for the weekend -- with another round of heavy rain,” the National Weather Service said in a note Wednesday night. “Drier weather is expected to develop early next week as a ridge of high pressure strengthens."

The heaviest rainfall is expected between Seattle and the extreme northern parts of Oregon, meteorologists said. The rainfall is forecast to gradually ease on Sunday night.

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