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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The officer opens fire with two shots just seconds later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s when Cayla sprang into action.

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

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

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

Cayla answered her mom’s call once inside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some areas could see over a foot of snow.

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

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

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

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

The latest forecast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snow totals

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

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

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

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

Brutal cold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the video below for the full segment.

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Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is set to be sentenced Friday for the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke's attorneys have asked for probation.

Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was 17 years old, 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014.

Video released during the investigation showed McDonald was armed with a knife but the teen didn't appear to be moving toward the police officers who responded.

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

For second-degree murder, Van Dyke's sentence could stretch from probation up to 20 years. For aggravated battery with a firearm, he could face 6 to 30 years per charge.

Prosecutors have asked for a “significant amount of time.”

The former officer and his family are expected to speak at Friday's sentencing.

McDonald's family may also address the judge.

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

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D-Keine/iStock(LUMBERTON, N.C.) -- The sheriff's office in North Carolina's Robeson County fired an investigator following an internal probe into overlooked evidence that might have saved the life of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who was abducted, sexually assaulted and killed in November.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins, Jr. announced in a press release Thursday that he had terminated investigator Darryl McPhatter based on findings from the probe. McPhatter had previously been suspended after preliminary findings.

Major Anthony Thompson, who was also suspended, resigned from his post with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 9. He served in law enforcement for more than 34 years, according to Wilkins.

"The dedicated men and women of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office are proud public servants. My expectations of them are to serve the public with the utmost respect and to the best of their ability as trained law enforcement professionals," the sheriff said in a statement Thursday.

Aguilar was kidnapped outside her family's home in Lumberton just before dawn on Nov. 5. Three weeks later, her body was found in a lake some 10 miles away.

Michael Ray McLellan, 34, was arrested on Dec. 8 and faces 10 felonies relating to Aguilar's killing: first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape, first-degree sexual offense, statutory sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping, larceny, restraint, abduction of a child and concealment of death, according to a press release from the FBI.

The following week, Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt revealed that the sheriff's office had DNA evidence linking McLellan as a possible suspect in a 2016 rape, but investigators never followed up.

An email including that information was sent to the sheriff's office in 2017, copying the district attorney's office, according to Britt.

At that point, Britt said that information should have given the sheriff's office probable cause to seek a search warrant, obtain a DNA sample from McLellan and compare that sample to the 2016 rape kit.

"I don't know what happened, if it got lost at the sheriff's department, if it got buried on somebody's desk, if it got placed in records division there and just vanished," Britt told reporters on Dec. 12. "In all likelihood, had this gone forward and we established a case against him at that time, Hania would not have died. And for that, I can't tell you how much that hurts, I can't tell you how sorry I am."

The Thursday press release did not say McPhatter was fired in connection to Aguilar's case. But the sheriff confirmed to ABC's Durham station WTVD that McPhatter was being investigated in relation to overlooked DNA in a 2016 rape case that might have put Aguilar's killer behind bars before he had a chance to harm her.

"It angers me and I've got to deal with it," Wilkins told WTVD in a recent interview. "To know that that happened, to know the reports didn't follow the proper channels, that further investigation wasn't done, interviews weren't done properly -- I have a major issue with that."

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RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStock(TAOS, N.M.) -- A skier has died after getting trapped in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico on Thursday, a ski resort official said Friday morning.

A second person was injured in the incident.

Both men were trapped for 22 minutes after the avalanche sent snow pummeling down a mountain around 11:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, Chris Stagg, vice president of Taos Ski Valley, Inc., told ABC News.

Rescuers dug the skiers out and transported them to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Stagg said.

Their names have not been released.

After the avalanche, rescuers searched for other people possibly buried under the snow, ABC Albuquerque affiliate KOAT reported. The snow is so deep in some areas that probes being used to locate people cannot reach the bottom, Stagg said.

It is unclear what triggered the avalanche, which occurred on the K3 shoot off Kachina Peak, the ski resort wrote on Twitter.

The lift for Kachina Peak just opened on Wednesday, according to The Taos News. The lift rises to about 1,100 feet to take expert skiers and snowboarders to the top of the mountain, the newspaper reported.

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Yuma Sector Border Patrol(SAN LUIS, Ariz.) -- The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Patrol, according to the agency.

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

The fresh sand and scuff marks of shoes on the rusty steel were still there when ABC News visited the site on Thursday.

The agency says 179 of those who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors -- children under 18 traveling on their own.

The overall number of unauthorized crossings has plummeted since its peak in the 2001, when CBP logged about 1.6 million apprehensions, according to government statistics. However, the demography of those crossing has changed dramatically.

Parents with children now comprise over 80 percent of the total apprehensions of those crossing the 2,000-mile long border with Mexico. The vast majority of them, like the group near Yuma Monday, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process.

CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said his unit needs better border barriers, but more urgently it needs funding to provide for these families.

"That's our No. 1 challenge that we have here in the Yuma sector, is the humanitarian problem," Porvaznik said. "As I mentioned, 87 percent of the apprehensions here are family units and unaccompanied alien children."

The mass crossing this week took place in a sparsely populated stretch of the border -- where an old model of border barrier rises about 12 feet from the sandy ground. The stretched agency only had three agents patrolling that 26-mile-long section of the border.

It took hours to process the families, most of which were sent to the area’s chronically overcrowded central processing center in Yuma.

"In my 30 years with the Border Patrol, I have not been part of arresting a group of 376 people," Porvaznik said. "That's really unheard of."

On Thursday, hundreds of asylum seekers were being held in cinderblock cells with thick glass windows that overlooked a central bullpen where CBP agents worked to process them and provide humanitarian needs. The asylum seekers were separated into cells: fathers with sons, fathers with daughters, unaccompanied minors and mothers with children.

As in all such facilities, the CBP said it works to process them as quickly as possible, and provides basic medical care. Still, detainees eat, sleep and use the bathroom in the same room. Scraps of food mingled with silvery space blankets on the floor. In one cell, several boys had balled up the blankets into a makeshift soccer ball they were kicking around.

One man in the group said he left Guatemala eight days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old daughter. They were planning to leave the processing center destined for San Diego -- plane ticket in hand.

The father said he saved about $5,000 to pay a coyote to quickly get them to the border. He left a wife and two younger daughters back in Guatemala. Next to them were a mother and two daughters on their way to Cincinnati, also from Guatemala. They too traveled by bus and the journey took about eight days.

Just two days after the group tunneled under the border wall in Yuma, the Border Patrol took in another huge group of migrants in New Mexico. The 247-person group, including unaccompanied minors, crossed near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry and immediately surrendered to authorities for processing.

The CBP said 24 large groups -- quantified as 100 or more -- have crossed the border near Lordsburg, New Mexico, just since Oct. 1, 2018.

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TheaDesign/iStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A woman in Texas has a group of determined police officers to thank for her life after an alleged drunk driver plowed into her vehicle and both exploded in a towering ball of fire.

The police officers from Haltom City, a suburb northeast of Fort Worth, were pursuing a suspected drunk driver on Wednesday night when they say they lost track of the vehicle. But, as captured by the officers' dash cam, the vehicle re-emerged going southbound on Denton Highway.

Moments later, the car, speeding through traffic, plowed into the rear end of a truck and burst into flames.

"When you see the initial explosion, you think that there's nothing left of the car," Haltom City Sgt. Eric Peters told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

Both cars were left a tangled mess, with the woman's truck entirely consumed.

"Can you get out? There's a person in here," a female officer, who is first to arrive on the scene, is heard saying on her body cam. "We've got a Dodge fully engulfed in flames and [the suspect's] car."

The officer tried unsuccessfully to break the window with her baton before eventually her and another officer were able to pull the injured woman out the window.

"Get her, get her, get her. Come on, get through," she can be heard imploring the injured driver. "You're gonna burn up."

Police said the woman was knocked unconscious in the crash and remained in the hospital Friday with non-life-threatening injuries.

"It's extremely dangerous because that vehicle could have exploded at any time," said Peters. "For them to be up there trying to pull somebody out, that's what we get paid for, but that's what we do."

The driver was not identified by police and he has yet to be charged.

He also remains in the hospital with multiple broken bones. He was led off in handcuffs and is expected to recover.

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400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Three Chicago police officers have been found not guilty of falsifying details to cover up the shooting death of Laquan Mcdonald in 2014.

McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was found guilty of murder in October.

Det. David March, 60, and patrol officers Joseph Walsh 50, and Thomas Gaffney, 45, were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. A Cook County judge acquitted the officers of all charges.

The officers were accused of conspiring in the "critical early hours and days" after the shooting, according to court documents filed in Cook County in June 2017.

Prosecutors also accused the officers of coordinating their activities to protect each other and other members of the department by furnishing false information, making false police reports, failing to report or correct false information, ignoring contrary information or evidence, obstructing justice, failing to perform a mandatory duty and performing acts each knew were forbidden to perfect.

March, Walsh and Gaffney each opted for a bench trial, so the verdict was reached without a jury.

Cook County Judge Domenica Stephens found that prosecutors did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers’ reports and statements about what happened that night were knowingly false or that they constituted a coordinated effort to falsify accounts of the shooting.

Domenica also found that the officers followed requirements to preserve evidence and did not seek to conceal it.

The status of the officers' employment at the police department was not clear. A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department declined to provide a comment to ABC News.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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