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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Four suspects are under arrest in upstate New York and charged with an alleged conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices and guns to attack an Islamic community about 170 miles away -- just outside of Binghamton.

Three of the individuals arrested were identified by police as Vincent Vetromile, 19, Andrew Crysel, 18, and Brian Colaneri, 20. Each was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

A fourth male, 16, was also arrested in the alleged plot but is not being named or identified by photo due to his age. The same charges have been filed against the teenager, according to Greece Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jared Rene.

All four of the suspects were in the Boys Scouts of America together -- two of them were Eagle Scouts, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said at a Tuesday press conference, according to ABC News Rochester affiliate WHAM.

Phelan said the probe began when a student at a Greece high school called Odyssey Academy showed another student a picture of a third person on his cell phone and asked if the person in the photo looked like “the next school shooter.”

The student who was shown the picture alerted school security, which led to an investigation. Both the student with the phone and the person pictured on the phone – who is not a student -- were interviewed by police, authorities said.

Phelan said that five search warrants were approved by a judge and executed, one at each of the four suspects’ homes and one at the home of a fifth individual who has not been charged, according to WHAM. He said that three IEDs and 23 guns were recovered.

"There was a plan to attack this community with weapons," Phelan said at a press conference, WHAM reported.

"They had access to these weapons," Phelan said. "Some of them were their father's, some were their grandfather's, some of them I think they purchased themselves. So I think as far as ownership, I think that every spectrum is hit."

All three of the IED devices were recovered from the home of the 16-year-old, who is a student at Greece Central School District, Phelan said.

Authorities said that the suspects were engaged in a plot to attack Islamberg, New York –- a Muslim enclave 50 miles northwest of Binghamton in the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County, New York. The tiny town of about 200 people has long been the subject of unsupported claims of terrorist activity by right-wing media outlets and commentators.

According to court records reviewed by WHAM, each of the suspects is accused of having IEDs in cylinders or mason jars, packed with nails, BBs and black powder.

All three of the named suspects were arraigned and are being held in the Monroe County Jail on $50,000 cash bails or $100,000 bonds. The fourth suspect was arraigned in juvenile court and detained pending a $1 million bail. All four are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m.

Authorities said the plot had been in the works for several weeks, and that further arrests or additional charges could result from the ongoing probe.

Islamberg was founded in the late 1980s by a Pakistani cleric named Mubarak Ali Gilani, largely to house African-American Muslims from Brooklyn. It has been a focus of unproven suspicion for years, according to local media reports.

Alex Jones’ website InfoWars sent a pair of staffers to Islamberg in 2015 to “look into reports that the area is a staging ground for Jihadist training,” according to the Infowars website.

In 2017, Robert Doggart of Tennessee was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for plotting to burn Islamberg down, according to Reuters. Doggart's attorneys have reportedly filed an appeal in his case.

At the press conference, Greece Central School District Superintendent Kathleen Graupman made a point to commend the student or students who reported the incident to authorities.

"As a school district and a community, we are deeply saddened and upset by what this investigation has revealed, but we are also incredibly grateful that young people refused to stand idly by,” she said, according to WHAM. “Students trusted their instincts and what they have learned from us in school…These students came forward with information - supporting the idea that if you see something, you should say something. Their actions changed the narrative."

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Central Division Air Operations(NEW YORK) -- Video has been released of two hikers being rescued by helicopter after getting trapped at Yosemite National Park.

The rescue took place on the morning of Jan. 16, after the pair got stuck in a crevasse on the North Dome the night before.

In a video posted on the California Highway Patrol Central Division Air Operations' Facebook page, the CHP H-40 helicopter can be seen flying through Yosemite Valley.

The video then shows the view from the helicopter looking down, with a rescuer lowering a rope and the stranded hikers being fastened and then pulled up and into the helicopter.

Then helicopter is later seen eventually landing in Ahwahnee Meadow, where other personnel were waiting.

A post on Yosemite National Park's Facebook page said dispatchers were called at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, but rangers and search-and-rescue personnel were unable to reach the hikers that night "due to darkness, rain, sleet, and fog, and the technical terrain."

The California Highway Patrol said the helicopter began searching in the last known location of the hikers on Jan. 16 before finding them in the crevasse on the east side of North Dome.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the hikers -- who CHP identified as two men from England in their mid-20s -- said they lost the trail in the snow while hiking into Yosemite Valley.

They became trapped in the crevasse and called 911 from a cell phone after being unable to continue further because of a 2,000-foot drop or go back because the path was too steep and covered in snow.

The two hikers were not injured, according to Yosemite National Park.

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dkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As it concludes its January session, the Supreme Court is taking no action on cases involving the DACA program, leaving in place for at least several more months protections for 700,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative in 2017, but several federal courts put the phase-out on hold as multiple legal challenges work their way through the court system. One district court judge called Trump’s justification for ending the Obama-era program “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court for an expedited review of the policy even before all lower court cases have been resolved. The justices, so far, have not decided to weigh in.

If the justices do decide to take up the matter, the earliest it would be heard is in October, the court's next session. A decision would not be expected until sometime in 2020.

Meanwhile, in his shutdown standoff with congressional Democrats, Trump has proposed exchanging renewed DACA protections as part of a deal for border wall funding. The court's inaction, however, may weaken some of his leverage by effectively protecting the program until at least the fall.

“There is no reason for the Court to consider these cases right now, on a rushed timeline, and before many lower courts have had a chance to consider the cases," said Todd Schulte, president of, a bipartisan immigrant advocacy group.

The Supreme Court's inaction on DACA means, in effect, that the program will remain in place through at least October. Roughly 700,000 immigrants, known as Dreamers, have received temporary protection from deportation and work permits under the policy.

“DACA covers a class of immigrants whose presence, seemingly all agree, pose the least, if any, threat and allows them to sign up for honest labor on the condition of continued good behavior,” federal District Court Judge William Alsup wrote in his opinion last year blocking the administration’s move.

"We have no doubt that the Administration will take extraordinary measures to end this program, and the Court could still agree to take up this case at a later date, so we urge Dreamers who are eligible to renew their DACA as soon as possible,” Schultz said. “We also continue to urge Congress to pass permanent protections for Dreamers, so that they can stop living from injunction to injunction and fully contribute to our country and economy.”

The Justice Department declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

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dkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday -- by a 5-4 vote -- has granted the Trump administration's request to begin enforcing a ban, with some exceptions, on transgender military service members while legal appeals continue.

The move, which is temporary, reverses a lower court order that had put the policy on hold. The court said Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the request to stay the lower court's order.

Separately, the court rejected the administration's request for an expedited review of the issue before lower appellate courts have weighed in.

Advocates estimate more than 15,000 transgender Americans are currently serving in the U.S. military and that more than 134,000 are veterans.

A memo from then-Defense Secretary James Mattis' last February memo cited 8,980 service members who identify as transgender, "and yet there are currently only 937 active duty Service members who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria since June 30, 2016."

In 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted that he would no longer “accept or allow” transgender individuals to serve in the military, prompting the Pentagon to scramble to revise its policy and triggering legal challenges from critics who called the move discriminatory. The ban so far has never taken effect.

"As always, we treat all transgender persons with respect and dignity. DoD's proposed policy is NOT a ban on service by transgender persons. It is critical that DoD be permitted to implement personnel policies that it determines are necessary to ensure the most lethal and combat effective fighting force in the world," a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday following the court's decision.

In a March memorandum, Trump concurred with the policy recommendations of then-Defense Secretary James Mattis that transgender individuals "with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria" are unable to serve except under limited circumstances. That policy was constrained by existing court orders that blocked earlier attempts to ban transgender troops.

“For more than 30 months, transgender troops have been serving our country openly with valor and distinction, but now the rug has been ripped out from under them, once again," said Lambda Legal Counsel Peter Renn. "We will redouble our efforts to send this discriminatory ban to the trash heap of history where it belongs.”

The Justice Department vowed to keep defending the Trump policy in the courts.

“We are pleased the Supreme Court granted stays in these cases, clearing the way for the policy to go into effect while litigation continues. The Department of Defense has the authority to create and implement personnel policies it has determined are necessary to best defend our nation," DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

"Due to lower courts issuing nationwide injunctions, our military had been forced to maintain a prior policy that poses a risk to military effectiveness and lethality for over a year. We will continue to defend in the courts the authority and ability of the Pentagon to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” the DOJ statement continued.

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Jennifer Valdez(HOUSTON) -- Gabriel Fernandez went over to his friend’s house almost every day and walked home from school with that friend every day, his mother said.

And on Saturday, that friend accidentally shot Gabriel -- known as Gabe -- in the head and killed him, his mother said.

“He loved my son. They were best friends,” Jennifer Valdez said of her 13-year-old son and his friend, whose name is not being released.

What started as a normal Saturday, where Gabe and his 15-year-old brother Nick went over to their friend’s house, ended in tragedy when she received a “hysterical” call from Nick about 20 minutes after the boys had left her home.

“He was just hysterical, telling me that ‘Gabe’s dead, Gabe’s dead.’ ‘What do you mean Gabe’s dead?’ ‘Gabe’s dead, he shot him in the head,’” Valdez recalled to ABC News.

“I ran over and there was people standing outside and little girls crying,” she said.

She said she saw a neighbor “doing compressions and giving him mouth to mouth.”

“I could see where the bullet had exited out of his head,” Valdez said.

Valdez, a nurse, went in the ambulance with Gabe when emergency responders arrived, and they were about 10 minutes into the 15 minute drive when she could tell it was over.

“The paramedic in the back told [the driver] to turn the lights off,” Valdez said of the sirens.

“I knew my baby was gone at that moment,” she said.

Valdez, 37, said that Houston police are still investigating the case and they did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the case.

Valdez said that the boy who is believed to have shot the gun lives with his grandparents and that she has been told that they do not own the gun.

Her older son Nick Fernandez, 15, who was also at the home at the time of the shooting said that there were multiple teens in the room at the time of the incident and that they thought since the clip was allegedly out there weren’t any bullets inside. However, many guns hold an additional bullet in the chamber as well as in the clip.

“I still don’t have answers,” Jennifer Valdez said of the investigation.

She said that police questioned the children who were at the home, including Nick, for several hours at the police station after the shooting, which she said took place at around 1:30 p.m. She said that Nick was dropped off at her home by a police officer at close to 11 p.m.

“He just kept crying and saying 'It was an accident, we didn’t know. It was an accident,’” Valdez recalled her son Nick saying.

She said that Nick didn’t go to school on Tuesday, and has since gone back over to the friend’s house, telling his mother that the grandparents “were praying and having a vigil and blessing the house so that my baby’s spirit can be free.”

She said that she hasn’t spoken to the grandparents or the friend yet, but thinks she will at some point.

“I would like to see him," she said. "I feel bad for him too."

“Now he’ll have to live the rest of his life knowing he killed his best friend," she said. "I feel remorse for him too… he’s a baby too."

Houston police department officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The Houston Chronicle reported that authorities did not comment on the source of the gun, and reported that while local prosecutors are reviewing the death, no charges have been filed. Houston's medical examiner, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, confirmed Fernandez' death to ABC News.

Valdez said that she has been finding some solace in some small ways, like one of his football jerseys that the school gave to her so that Gabe can be buried wearing it. She said she was told that another one of his jerseys will be signed by his teammates and framed in the locker room as a memorial to her.

Another bit of solace, she said, was the knowledge that her son’s death will help others -- after having decided to donate his organs.

Valdez said that she opted to have an open donation, meaning that she can meet the people who benefit from receiving her son’s corneas or heart valves, skin or bones, she said.

“It gives me comfort,” she explained.

Another lasting impact, she said, is that she hopes that other kids learn from this experience and save themselves and others if they are facing similar situations.

“I keep telling my son’s friends who are coming over, ‘If you see a gun, just leave. If you’re hanging out with your friends and they’re talking about it and they bring it out just leave… you don’t have to be cool. Just walk away,’” she said.

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ogolne/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- The union representing striking Los Angeles teachers reached a tentative deal with the school district Tuesday that includes increasing teachers' pay and shrinking their class sizes.

"This is a good agreement. This is a historic agreement," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The mayor does not have authority over the school district but urged the two sides to negotiate after more than 30,000 public school teachers walked out of classrooms and hit picket lines for the first time in 30 years. The strike entered its ninth day on Tuesday.

In addition to those top line changes, an increase in the number of support staff like counselors, nurses and librarians were also a factor in the deal, Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles said at a joint news conference.

Caputo-Pearl noted that the agreement still needs to be voted on by members of the union on Tuesday, but he expects it to pass and thinks that teachers will be back in classrooms on Wednesday.

The exact details of the deal -- including the specifics of the pay increases and the decreasing class sizes -- were not discussed at the news conference but are expected to be confirmed after union members are informed. Garcetti did say that the reductions in class sizes would take place over time, and "every year for the next four years, they'll see reductions."

Caputo-Pearl said that the strike came after years of frustration.

"Educators and parents reached a boiling point ... about conditions in classrooms," he said.

Austin Beutner, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, agreed that the frustrations had been building as a result of decades of budget issues.

"We can't fix 40 years of under-investment in a week," Beutner said at the joint news conference, but added that the tentative deal helps to build "a shared commitment to do even more."

"This is the start, not the end. This is the start," he said.

Earlier Tuesday, Garcetti's office said that the superintendent and union leaders met for a long weekend of marathon contract bargaining.

"The strike nobody wanted is now behind us," Beutner said at the joint news conference.

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Michigan State Police(SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich.) -- A manhunt is underway in Michigan after a police officer was shot in the face at a traffic stop Tuesday, state police said.

Authorities are trying to locate Joshua Michael Rosebush, 29, considered armed and dangerous, in connection with the shooting of a Saginaw Township officer, Michigan State Police officials said.

Saginaw Township is located about 45 miles north of Flint.

Officer Jeff Koenig was shot in the face but managed to radio for help, according to dispatch audio from

"I’ve been shot!" Koenig said. "I got shot in the face!"

Koenig, a 16-year veteran of the department, is in critical condition but "has stabilized," authorities told reporters Tuesday morning.

"Our thoughts go out to the Saginaw Township officer wounded overnight," the Michigan State Police office in Detroit tweeted. "We are praying for a complete recovery. Hopefully, this suspect will be caught without incident or injury to anyone else."

Anyone with information is urged to call 855-MICHTIP.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The brutal arctic air will soon lose its grip on the East Coast, while out west, a new storm is slamming the Rockies.

Temperatures were brutal on the East Coast Monday, with wind chills reaching minus 30 degrees in Albany, minus 17 in New York City, minus 16 in Boston and minus 10 in Philadelphia.

Over 10,000 Rhode Island residents were left without heat Monday night, the governor said, after gas was suspended to more than 7,000 customers "out of an abundance of caution due to a supply issue," according to National Grid U.S.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency in Newport County and activated the National Guard to help residents.

Raimondo said it may be a week or more until heat is restored to every customer.

East Coast firefighters have also struggled in the intense cold as they work to battle blazes.

In Philadelphia, one block is "encased in thick ice" after firefighters used water to stunt a weekend fire that reignited on Sunday night, reported ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.

New York City firefighters battling a blaze in Queens overcame "freezing, slipping hazards and getting hoselines in position" during the brutal cold, the FDNY said Monday. The aftermath of that fire left the street covered in ice.

Temperature forecast

Much of the Northeast remains under wind chill alerts Tuesday morning.

Wind chills were still near or below zero Tuesday morning in much of the Northeast, with the cold extending all the way into the Southeast.

The intense cold should subside by late morning.

A new storm developing in the central U.S. is forecast to move north into Canada, and, as a result, the warmer section of that storm will overtake much of the East, pushing up temperatures over the next 24 to 36 hours.

Tampa will see a Wednesday high of near 80 degrees, while New York and Boston will be back up around 40 degrees.

The Midwest is forecast to see brutally cold wind chills by the end of the week.

Snow forecast

A new storm is bringing snow into the Rockies and the upper Midwest.

Denver saw near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning with wind gusts over 40 mph and near-zero visibility.

Throughout Tuesday, bands of heavy snow will be moving into the northern Plains as well as parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with snowfall rates of more than 1 inch per hour possible.

By early evening, snow may just barely reach Chicago, dropping in bursts during rush hour.

The snow is likely to last through the night in the upper Midwest, with the heaviest totals from Iowa to Wisconsin, with more than 6 inches possible locally.

Heavy rain also is expected from Texas to Ohio, with localized flooding possible.

With colder air traveling behind this storm, the parts of the southern U.S. may see a wintry mix on Wednesday and into Thursday.

With the storm pulling milder air into the eastern U.S., precipitation in the major Northeast cities should stay as rain, not snow.

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D-Keine/iStock(ENNIS, Texas) -- A body discovered in a creek bed Monday may be a Texas mother who mysteriously vanished over two weeks ago, police said.

Emily Wade, 38, who lives with her mother and 7-year-old daughter, was last seen leaving her home on Jan. 5, her mother said, according to police in the town of Ennis.

On Monday morning, search volunteers found a woman's dead body in a creek bed, Ennis police said, adding that the body matches the description of Wade.

The creek bed was known to be flooding on the night Wade went missing, police said.

Last week, as the search for Wade intensified, Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson told ABC News there was no indication of foul play, and he didn't think Wade ran away.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office will make an identification and determine cause of death, police said.

Wade's car hasn't been found, police told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.

"The Ennis Police Department would like to share our appreciation for all of the volunteers and assisting agencies that have spent countless hours over the past two weeks searching for Emily Wade," the police department said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Emily Wade."

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kali9/iStock(CHICAGO) -- An 18-year-old was shot dead at a Chicago area mall on Monday, causing chaos and sparking a manhunt for the gunman.

Authorities believe the victim and suspect knew each other and that it was an isolated incident, police said.

Shoppers at the Orland Square Mall called 911 about 6:45 p.m. Monday reporting a shooting near the food court, said police. Orland Park is about 30 miles outside of Chicago.

Witnesses said two men were in an altercation and one of the men fired multiple times, hitting the victim, police said.

Javon Britton, 18, was shot several times and taken to a hospital where he was declared dead, police said.

A second victim suffered a graze wound, police said.

The suspect, 19-year-old Jakharr Williams, fled the mall before authorities arrived, police said.

Williams, who has an active parole warrant, should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Illinois State Senator Elgie Sims Jr. said he was at the mall when the shooting broke out.

"A young man was gunned down literally feet from where my and other families were shopping," he wrote on Facebook.

Beyond the tragedy of "another senseless shooting," Sims said the second tragedy was that the children who witnessed the aftermath lost some of their innocence.

"I and the other parents tried to shield the children from the reality of what just occurred but after seeing the terror in their eyes these children will remember this day for years to come," he wrote. "When will we come to grips with the fact that we MUST deal with the flow of illegal guns onto our streets and the trauma that is turning our young people into victims and perpetrators of violence."

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DONGSEON_KIM/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Native American elder at the center of a racially charged protest in Washington last week said the standoff between himself and a group of teens in red "Make America Great Again" hats that went viral should serve as lesson about racism and bigotry.

Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips gained national attention on Friday when video surfaced of his intense confrontation with Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky. Now, the 64-year-old Vietnam veteran said he wants to use his "sudden and unwanted fame" as a teaching tool, according to the Indigenous Peoples Movement, the coalition behind the Indigenous Peoples March.

Phillips offered to meet with Covington Catholic High School students and community leaders in Northern Kentucky on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Movement, to "have a dialog about cultural appropriation, racism, and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures," the organization said in a statement Monday.

"Phillips and others were closing the Indigenous Peoples March with a prayer ceremony in their permitted area when, videos show, two groups without permits -- Black Hebrew Israelites and the high school students -- began arguing," the statement said. "Phillips said he approached and stepped between the two groups in an effort to quell the burgeoning conflict through spiritual song."

The incident went viral as video circulated online that showed Phillips standing toe-to-toe with the teenager, singing and banging on a drum, as a predominantly white crowd of Sandmann's peers appeared to jeer at him.

Phillips was criticized online for approaching Sandmann, and President Donald Trump lashed out via Twitter at members of the media for treating the teenager and his classmates "unfairly."

"Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! 'New footage shows that media was wrong about teen's encounter with Native American, @TuckerCarlson," the president wrote Monday night.

Sandmann, who was in Washington for the March For Life protest, said he and his family received threats after the incident became public.

"I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me," the teen said in a statement Sunday. "I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. ... My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue."

Sandmann also accused Phillips of targeting him without reason, but the Native American veteran defended his actions in an interview airing Tuesday on ABC News' Good Morning America, saying Sandmann's group had participated in a "vile" back-and-forth with a separate group of protesters earlier, which is why he stepped in.

"This happened for two or three hours before I found myself in the middle of that," Phillips told GMA. "The reason I was in the middle of that was because it came to a point where somebody had to do something."

Video of the encounter showed members of a group calling itself the Black Hebrew Israelites taunting the students and other protesters, calling the Native Americans "Uncle Tomahawks" and "$5 Indians" and the high school students "crackers."

Phillips said the Covington students responded with hateful insults of their own.

"I was seeing America be divided by hatred, and I wanted to turn away from this horrible site and I wanted to go away from it," he told GMA. "I wanted to just ignore it, but then that thought ... to my commitment to God, to a better future for all youth the next generation."

Phillips also accused the students of mocking Native American culture and yelling derogatory comments at him.

"I wish those chaperons and those teachers would have said this is the wrong behavior for American students to be displaying in our nation's capitol," he added. "Where were those teachers, those chaperons? Those kids shouldn't have been exposed to this backlash."

Now, Phillips said he's looking to turn a negative moment into a positive one, according to the Indigenous Peoples Movement.

"We feel that there is a distinct lack of understanding and appreciation of Native peoples and traditions worldwide. It's time to address the indecency of culturally appropriating our ritual movements and songs for the enjoyment of non-Native peoples," Phillips said in an announcement about the proposed meeting at Covington Catholic High School. "So, let's create space for the teaching of tolerance to happen."

The organization did not say as of late Monday whether school officials had responded to Phillips' offer.

Covington Catholic High School did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, but the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic School said in a statement over the weekend that they would investigate the incident.

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general," the statement said. "We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person."

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Utah County Sheriff's office(PROVO, Utah) -- Police arrested a Colorado man over the weekend who allegedly threatened to kill "as many girls as I see" in a mass shooting.

Christopher Cleary, 27, allegedly told police that he planned targeting women in a public shooting because he's a virgin who has been rejected too many times, according to the Provo Police Department.

Police located Cleary in Provo, Utah, on Saturday and questioned him in connection with various threats made online, including one in which he allegedly said he was "planning on shooting up a public place soon," according to a probable cause statement.

"All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me," he wrote in a Facebook post, according to police. "I'm 27 years old and I've never had a girlfriend before and I'm still a virgin, this is why I'm planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter."

"I'm ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see," he added, according to police.

Police said the investigation concerned several agencies in Colorado.

"An additional concern had to do with several Women's Marches taking place in various locations throughout the state today, including a march in Provo, and another in Salt Lake City," the arresting officer wrote in a statement. "The Probation Office contacted me and let me know that this is a pattern of behavior with Cleary."

Cleary, who was on probation for stalking and threatening a woman, was arrested for violating probation and making threats of terrorism, according to police.

He allegedly admitted to making the threats while in custody, telling officers he was upset and not thinking clearly when he did so, police said in the statement.

Cleary also made suicidal comments and told investigators that he had some kind of "impulse disorder," according to the statement.

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Alex Potemkin/iStock(KIDRON, Ohio) -- Two men aboard a 76-year-old plane were killed when it crashed Monday morning shortly after take-off, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Initial reports show the plane had engine issues, which may have caused the crash in Wayne County, about 60 miles south of Cleveland, the highway patrol said.

Brian Stoltzfus, 55, of Apple Creek, Ohio, was flying the Douglas DC-3 plane, and Curtis Wilkerson, 56, also from Apple Creek, was the co-pilot, the highway patrol said.

Shortly after taking off, the plane hit trees and utility poles then crashed into a yard next to a home.

"I've never felt a force inside the house that strong where it shook the house," said Michael Morrison, who owns the property where the plane crashed.

"It's very scary," he told ABC Cleveland affiliate WEWS-TV. "The cracking sounded like wood splintering ... then you heard the crash of it hitting the ground."

"I called 911, I grabbed as many blankets as I could, I tried to come out and I tried to give a hand to people assisting from the airport," Morrison told WEWS. "By then they seemed to have it pretty much in control."

No one on the ground was injured, the highway patrol said.

The plane was manufactured in 1942, said Greg Martin, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The first DC-3 plane first flew in 1935, said ABC News aviation consultant Col. Steve Ganyard.

"It was a great airplane, and there are thousands still flying in remote parts of the world, but it is an antique," Ganyard said.

A spokeswoman for the FAA initially said six people were aboard the plane and that four other passengers were injured, but the agency has since deferred to Ohio's highway patrol, which reported the two deaths.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board each said no investigators immediately would inspect the crash site because of the record-long government shutdown. The NTSB added that it would look into the incident once the government reopens.

"The majority of the National Transportation Safety Board's employees are currently furloughed and will not be able to respond to major accidents, as well as other accidents where specific risks to transportation safety exists unless there's a specific risk involved that could result in imminent loss of life," the NTSB said in a statement.

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robertcicchetti/iStock(ASPEN, Colo.) -- One person has died in an avalanche outside Aspen, Colorado, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

The victim was the only person caught in the snow slide, the sheriff's office said.

The victim was part of group of people staying at the Markley Hut near the town of Ashcroft and touring the backcountry, according to a preliminary report from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

 The group tried to revive the victim after extricating him from the snow, but they were not successful, according to the report.

The avalanche began at about 11,200 feet on a north-northeast facing slope on Green Mountain. It ran for about 200 vertical feet at 400 feet wide, the report states.

The sheriff's office had warned about dangerous conditions on Saturday.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- As marathon talks to end the Los Angeles teacher strike were reportedly "making progress" Monday, union representatives told educators to report to picket lines on Tuesday even if a tentative agreement is struck.

Negotiations between the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District stretched into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday as many teachers took a break from their labor action.

"We are making progress," the UTLA said in a statement posted on the union's website Monday.

Even if an tentative agreement is reached, teachers will not be going to back work immediately, the union said.

"Report to picket lines as usual in the morning on Tuesday," the statement said.

Details of the negotiations have not been released. Union and district officials have agreed to keep what happens at the bargaining table confidential while talks continue.

Tuesday will mark nine days since more than 30,000 public school teachers walked out of classrooms and hit picket lines for the first time in 30 years.

Union officials said that if a tentative agreement is reached, it must be ratified by teachers before they head back to the classroom.

"Our members voted 98% to authorize a strike, and when we end the strike it will also be up to our members to ratify any tentative agreement," the union said in its statement on Monday. "We continue to bargain for an agreement today and will keep you posted."

Representatives of the UTLA and the LAUSD resumed contract negotiations on Friday at the urging of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a potential 2020 candidate for U.S> president.

The teachers have asked for a 6.5 percent pay hike retroactive to July 1, 2016, smaller class sizes and for the district to add about 1,200 support staff positions, including nurses, librarians and counselors.

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

But Beutner expressed optimism that both sides can reach a compromise and break the impasse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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