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Barron County Sheriff(BARRON, Wisc.) -- The young man accused of abducting a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, gunning down her parents and holding the child captive had been "a perfectly nice kid," according to his grandfather.

"Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened," Jim Moyer told ABC News Tuesday, days after his 21-year-old grandson, Jake Patterson, was arrested in the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Closs, who was kidnapped from her rural Barron, Wisconsin, home on Oct. 15, was allegedly held captive for nearly three months at Patterson's house until she escaped on Thursday.

Patterson's maternal grandfather described the 21-year-old as a "nice boy, polite."

Patterson was "shy and quiet," Moyer said, and often "backed off from crowds."

“Computer games were more of a priority than social interaction," Moyer noted.

Patterson has not entered a plea and a motive is not clear.

"Nobody will ever know what went on in his mind,” said Moyer,. “I can’t fathom anything in his life that could change him so drastically. It has to be some kind of a twist in the mindset.”

When Patterson's mother called Moyer with the news, he said they were shocked, and hoped it was a case of mistaken identity.

"We are absolutely heartbroken," Moyer said. "It’s wrenching to deal with.”

Patterson, who had no prior criminal record, confessed to police, according to a criminal complaint.

Patterson said he didn't know Closs but targeted her after seeing her board her school bus, and then "put quite a bit of thought into details of how he was going to abduct" her, according to the complaint.

Patterson allegedly gunned down Closs' parents at the home on Oct. 15 and fled with the girl in the trunk of his car before police arrived.

Once Patterson reached his house in Gordon, Wisconsin, he told investigators he created a space under his bed for Closs, and when he'd leave the house, he'd put plastic totes, barbells and free weights around the bed so she couldn't escape, according to the complaint.

Closs told investigators that Patterson "would make her stay under the bed for up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water, or bathroom breaks," according to the complaint.

When Patterson left the house on Thursday, Closs told investigators she pushed the bins and weights away from the bed and crawled out, making her break for freedom, according to the complaint.

Patterson is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. He is being held on $5 million cash-only bail and is due to return to court on Feb. 6.

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gguy44/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Candice Nesbitt, a furloughed worker and Navy veteran, took a $20,000 pay cut for the security of a federal job and now doesn’t know when she’ll receive her next paycheck.

"This has really dug in deep," she said.

Nesbitt has a special needs grandson she cares for and has gotten help from family friends.

She took issue with Trump’s thoughts on furloughed workers supporting him, saying, "The bank account is looking real slim and I just don't think he's [Trump] facing reality."

Watch the video below for the full segment.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- As scores of Los Angeles teachers formed picket lines for the second day of a massive strike, school district officials said student attendance plummeted and that the district lost $15 million on Day 1 of the classroom walkout.

The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union reported that 30,000 public school teachers signed in at picket lines formed around the city on Monday and that more than 50,000 people -- including 10,000 parents, students and community supporters -- participated in a rain-soaked march from the UTLA headquarters to Los Angeles City Hall.

Union officials said that just as many teachers hit picket lines on Tuesday, for Day 2 of the strike, in the second largest school district in the nation. It's the first teacher strike in Los Angeles in 30 years.

"We are going to win this fight for basic respect for educators and basic respect for our schools," UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl told striking educators Tuesday morning. "Take pride in your teaching. Take pride in being a teacher, take pride in being an educator and take pride in the organizing that you are doing for your rights right now."

The Los Angeles Unified School District reported that student attendance at schools fell on Monday to 141,631 in a district of nearly 600,000 students. District officials said the number of student absences was based on daily attendance records of 1,186 of the district's 1,240 schools.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said there were no immediate plans to jump-start negotiations with the teachers' union. Negotiations broke down on Friday when the union rejected the district's latest offer.

Beutner said the district lost about $15 million on Monday, explaining that state funding is based on the number of students attending classes.

"Ninty percent of our funding comes from Sacramento," said Beutner, referring to the state legislature.

 The district hired hundreds of substitutes teachers to keep schools open and cover for those on the picket lines.

"The painful truth is we just don't have enough money to do everything that UTLA is asking Los Angeles Unified to do," Beutner said. "The state and county regulators have told us this repeatedly. An independent expert appointed by the state of California has said exactly the same thing."

The striking educators are asking for a 6.5 percent pay raise, small class sizes and for the district to add about 1,200 support staff positions, including counselors, nurses and librarians.

Beutner said if the district were to give the UTLA everything it wants, it would cost the district an extra $800 million a year.

He said the state-appointed independent fact finder has told the school district that it has resources to invest $30 to $90 million more.

"We haven't found a way to find those dollars. The county and the state and the independent fact finder have said we do not have the dollars," Buetner said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It spanned the Hudson River for 64 years, but on Tuesday, one of the last remnants of the Tappan Zee Bridge came down in just five seconds.

At 10:52 a.m., dynamite charges went off, destroying steel support pillars at each end of the 672-foot section of the bridge. It plummeted down 142 feet in one piece into a giant net set up in the frigid waters below. Traffic on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge nearby was stopped in both directions during the explosive demolition.

Spectators who had gathered on both sides of the Hudson cheered, but some who had fond memories of driving across the bridge were left with mixed feelings.

"It was kind of sad," one woman who grew up with the bridge told ABC station WABC-TV in New York.

"Excellent," another not-so-sentimental spectator said.

The old Tappan Zee opened on Dec. 14, 1955, and was featured in several movies, including "Unfaithful" in 2012 and "Butterfield 8" in 1960, which starred Elizabeth Taylor. Tuesday's demolition leaves just one piece of the Tappan Zee near the Rockland County side of the river left to be demolished.

The Tappan Zee has been replaced by a new cable-stayed bridge that opened in 2017 and cost $4 billion to build. The new 16,368-foot Cuomo Bridge was named after the longtime politician and father of New York's current governor. Mario Cuomo died in January 2015. The old bridge was named after the Native American Tappan tribe and "zee," the Dutch word for "sea."

Demolition workers had initially planned to dismantle the old section of the Tappan Zee piece by piece to protect Hudson River fish and other wildlife. But workers heard popping noises coming from the section in September and determined it had become unstable.

Officials said explosive charges were set off to bring the section straight down to prevent it from damaging the new span.

"Through extensive engineering analysis, it has been determined that this is the safest method to proceed with lowering the span given its current state," Tappan Zee Constructors, the company demolition the bridge said in a statement.

For some spectators, the bridge's collapse was worth toasting. A local catering hall offered a champagne breakfast so people could watch the demolition, WABC reported.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a slew of new safety reforms for limos and large passenger vehicles, outright banning stretch limos and adding a number of regulatory reforms.

These reforms come three months after a limo crash in upstate New York led to the death of the driver and 19 passengers.

That crash, which took place near the town of Schoharie, was the deadliest transportation crash in the U.S. since 2009.

Cuomo released a statement about the October 2018 crash alongside the new reforms, calling it "a horrific tragedy that shocked this state to its very core."

"We are advancing reforms that will give aggressive new powers that will allow authorities to take dangerous vehicles off the roads without delay, hold unscrupulous businesses accountable and increase public safety in every corner of New York," Cuomo said.

The changes ban "remanufactured limousines," which include stretch limos and stretch SUV-type vehicles, from operating in New York state.

Drivers will have to have a special form of a commercial license that notes they are able to operate vehicles holding eight or more passengers.

The reforms specify penalties for removing out-of-service stickers issued by Department of Transportation inspectors, creates an inspection fee, and allows the DOT and DMV to seize suspended license plates, among other regulatory changes.

Some of the new reforms apply to vehicles beyond just stretch limos, as it prohibits U-turns for larger vehicles on all roads in the state -- without specifying what qualifies as "larger vehicles" -- and gets rid of the seatbelt exemption that had been in place for limos, buses, taxis and school buses.

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Courtesy: Noah Domingo Family(IRVINE, Calif.) -- A fraternity at the University of California - Irvine is on interim suspension after one of its youngest members died, officials said.

Noah Domingo, an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, died at an off-campus home on Saturday, the fraternity's national headquarters said.

The 18-year-old died at about 3:30 a.m. at a private residence in Irvine, the Orange County Coroner's Office told ABC News.

His "cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results after autopsy, which typically takes a few weeks," the coroner's office said.

Domingo, a freshman, wanted to study kinesiology and become an NBA trainer, his father, Dale Domingo, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC.

He had played football and basketball at Crescenta Valley High School, north of Los Angeles, the school said.

The grieving father told KABC it was "devastating" to clear out his son's dorm room.

"First thing I did was grab his pillow and pretty much just cry and weep a little bit," he said.

SAE was placed on interim suspension as the Irvine Police Department investigates and the university's Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct reviews the death, said Edgar Dormitorio, UC Irvine interim vice chancellor of student affairs.

Mike Sophir, the CEO of SAE, said headquarters suspended chapter operations during the review and has told its UC Irvine fraternity members "to fully cooperate with all investigative efforts."

"We are heartbroken by the death of our UCI brother, Noah Domingo,” Sophir said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and we appreciate the support the university and its staff have provided to students in this difficult time.”

Dormitorio said UC Irvine will also "examine the larger context in which this tragedy occurred" and work "with the Greek community to help ensure that they are engaging in behavior and practice that are in alignment with university policies and their own values."

Noah Domingo's funeral will be held Friday in Los Angeles, his high school basketball team said.

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liveslow/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Trump administration cannot ask a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the public trust in his decision to include a citizenship question on the next census, calling Ross's decision "arbitrary and capricious."

More than a dozen states, six cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and several immigrant rights advocacy groups claimed in a lawsuit filed in April that asking citizenship status as part of the census is unlawful and could undercount populations, thereby threatening billions in federal funds which relies on accurate population counts.

A separate suit on the same issue was filed by the state of California and is currently being heard in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the issue on Feb. 19.

In his 277-page decision, Furman wrote that such a question would be constitutional, but that Ross had not followed proper procedures when he decided to add it.

"He failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices," Furman wrote.

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James praised Furrman's decision in a statement.

“Today’s ruling is a win for New Yorkers and Americans across the country who believe in a fair and accurate count of the residents of our nation. The attempts by the Trump Administration to mandate a question about citizenship were not rooted in a desire to strengthen the census process and would only undermine our immigrant communities. Inciting fear in our residents is not only immoral but also ill-conceived," James wrote.

The last time the census asked respondents about their citizenship status was in 1950. Since then, the U.S. Census Bureau and former Bureau officials have opposed periodic efforts to reinstate a citizenship question on a universal basis.

In March, Ross directed the Census Bureau to reinstate the citizenship question on the 2020 census. He said he included it to fulfill a request letter from the U.S. Justice Department, which argued it needed better citizenship data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.

President Donald Trump took credit for this direction shortly after the announcement in an email his campaign sent to supporters: “President Trump has officially mandated that the 2020 United States Census ask people living in America whether or not they are citizens."

But in July, Furman questioned that rationale and ruled that the lawsuit could proceed.

"There is no indication in the record that the Department of Justice and civil rights groups have ever, in the 53 years since the Voting Rights Act was enacted, suggested that citizenship data collected as part of the decennial census would be helpful, let alone necessary, to litigate such claims," Furman wrote in his decision to allow the lawsuit to proceed at the time.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When a US Airways jet suddenly plunged from the sky and toward the icy Hudson River 10 years ago, Eric Stevenson thought about his mother, his sister, his friends and he wrote them a goodbye note.

Stevenson was one of 153 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 1549 on Jan. 15, 2009, when the North Carolina-bound Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese, its engines erupted into flames and the jet began falling.

Panic ensued and the passengers braced for impact.

"As we were going down, people around me were pulling out their cell phones and trying to call their loved ones ... they were leaving their last messages," Stevenson told ABC News' Good Morning America on Tuesday. "My cellphone was up in the bin overhead. And so, as we were going down, I'm thinking, 'Well, these are the last seconds.'"

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Amy Robach, Stevenson recalled what he thought would be the last moments of his life.

"I pulled out a business card, and I wrote on the back of the business card," he said, holding up the card. "I wrote to my family -- to my mom and to my sister: 'I love you.' And I knew this [would be] the last thing I would be doing."

"I shoved it into my pocket because I thought if the aircraft exploded ... at least it would be near my body and they knew I was thinking of them as we were going down," he added.

But as the passengers prepared for their last breaths, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles thought of a way to save themselves and everyone aboard by pulling off one of the most mind-blowing emergency landings in U.S. history.

Sullenberger steered the plane into the cold, choppy waters of the Hudson River, near Manhattan. Everyone on board survived and the landing was dubbed the "Miracle on the Hudson."

"Because of when and where this happened -- a time in the world's history, the financial meltdown of '08-'09, when it seemed like everything was going wrong and no one could do anything right -- I think some people had begun to doubt human nature," Sullenberger said. "And then along came this group of strangers who rose to the occasion and made sure that everyone survived and I think at a time when we all needed it, it gave us hope."

Sullenberger, now retired, said the story makes him feel as if he's a part of "living history," and it gives him a greater sense of purpose.

"I think about not only what we did but what everybody else did," Sullenberger, who said he doesn't believe in miracles, told GMA. "All the pieces had to come together. This group of strangers had to rise to the occasion and make sure that they saved every life."

The captain, 67, reunited with the other survivors on Tuesday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson," but it's not the first time they've reconnected.

"We have a party in New York -- a reunion party every year," said Barry Leonard, who was flying back home to Charlotte, North Carolina when the plane made the emergency landing. "We've been doing that every single year and we get different number of people that come to it."

"It really helps give us a forum to get together and to cry on each other's shoulder if we need to about things, to help support each other," he added. "It's always been an important event, I think, for all of us."

Leonard said the reunions were special because it gives the passengers and crew members a chance to talk about their shared experiences and the difficulties of dealing with such a traumatic event.

"It gets to be very emotional because people have different experiences," he continued. "And there are dark moments, you know, with most of us that have been through this. There was a lot of PTSD."

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DNY59/iStock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is slated to step down later this year, but she plans to settle a controversial debate before she leaves.

Carol Folt said she'll resign at the end of the school year, according to a statement released Monday that also laid out plans to remove the remaining parts of a Confederate monument on campus that many deemed racist.

Protesters toppled "Silent Sam" in August as a part of a demonstration against the century-old statue, but the pedestal remained.

"The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment," Folt said in a statement. "No one learns at their best when they feel unsafe."

Folt, named chancellor in 2013, said a review by an independent panel of safety experts in November laid out a "compelling case for risks to public safety." She said the remaining parts of the monument would be preserved until their future is decided.

"While I recognize that some may not agree with my decision to remove the base and tablets now, I am confident this is the right one for our community -- one that will promote public safety, enable us to begin the healing process and renew our focus on our great mission," Folt said.

Folt's surprise decision to place the pedestal in storage drew angry responses from some university leaders, including the head of the school's board of governors, but others cheered the move.

"This is a good day for the anti-racist activists of this town," Kristen Laverly, a UNC senior, told ABC affiliate WTVD-TV on Monday. "All of these people out here have put their mental, emotional and physical health on the line to be able to achieve what's happened here."

UNC Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith said the board would ultimately have the last word on the monument's fate.

"We are incredibly disappointed at this intentional action. It lacks transparency and it undermines and insults the Board's goal to operate with class and dignity," Smith said in a statement. "We strive to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are always involved and that we are always working in a healthy and professional manner."

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement early Tuesday in support of the Folt's decision.

"I appreciate the Chancellor's actions to keep students and the public safe," Cooper said. "North Carolina is welcoming to all, and our public university should reflect that."

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KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) -- A grand jury on Monday indicted a Houston man accused of chasing a teen and causing a fatal car crash on New Year's Day.

Christopher Lopez, 48, was charged with three felonies after allegedly chasing a 14-year-old driver who egged his car, leading to a deadly collision in northern Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Lopez flashed a gun while chasing a 14-year-old driver, according to the teen, who ran a red light and slammed into 45-year-old Silvia Zavala's Ford F-150 truck, according to police.

Zavala, a mother of two, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lopez was charged with manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

The teen was charged with murder, authorities said.

Police did not disclose the minor's identity, but witnesses said he'd been throwing eggs at cars with two other teens when Lopez allegedly brandished a semi-automatic handgun and began chasing them, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

Surveillance video from a nearby business captured the deadly crash, showing the teen as he slammed his tan GMC Acadia into the woman's truck. The force of the crash bent the pickup's frame and sent both cars airborne.

The victim's daughter, Jessica Gaspar, said her mother had been visiting family in Houston and was out running errands at the time.

"She was about to go back. She was about to come home and get her stuff and say bye and she was about to leave. She couldn't say bye," Gaspar told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV earlier this month.

"He did what he did," she added, referring to the teen driver. "He took my mother's life, so he has to pay for what happened."

It was unclear if Lopez had obtained attorney as of early Tuesday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Several storms this week are forecast to hit the West Coast and then move across the country.

Seven states from California to Colorado are under snow, flood or high-wind alerts Tuesday morning as areas burned by wildfires in Santa Barbara County are being evacuated Tuesday because of potential weather-related threats including mudslides.

On Tuesday, the first system hitting the West is bringing heavy rain and potentially more mudslides and flash floods. Heavy snow is likely in the mountains, with strong winds along the coast.

This first system should then move through the Midwest Wednesday and into the Northeast on Thursday night, into Friday.

The heaviest snow will be inland, with rain expected from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Boston probably will see some snow.

The next West Coast storm is expected on Thursday, and it, too, will track across the U.S. very quickly, reaching the Midwest by Friday night, into Saturday. It should reach the Northeast Saturday, into Sunday.

Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, and parts of the inland Northeast, should watch out for heavy snowfalls. This storm also should deliver rain from D.C. up to Boston.

Over the next few days, some parts of the West, from Oregon down to California, may see half a foot of rain.

The Sierra Nevada may see 5 feet of snow.

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Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) -- One of the two men convicted in the 2013 murder of 15-year-old Chicago honor student Hadiya Pendleton has been sentenced to 84 years in prison.

Pendleton was killed on Jan. 29, 2013, when Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams -- who were both convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in August -- opened fire into a crowd of high school students in a park on Chicago's South Side. Pendleton was visiting with friends at the end of the school day and became caught in the crossfire of a gang feud, prosecutors said. Two others were also injured in the shooting.

Ward continued to maintain his innocence at his sentencing Monday, telling Cook County Judge Nicholas R. Ford, "I didn't even do it." He apologized to the family, stating that he wished he knew who actually killed their daughter, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Ward was on probation when the shooting occurred, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Holmes said Monday, describing him as "a sociopath," WLS reported.

Pendleton's mother, Cleopatra Cowley, gave an impassioned statement in court during the sentencing hearing, asking the judge for the "maximum penalty that the law will allow."

"This has been hell," she said.

Cowley described her daughter as "a very wise young lady" and "beautiful in every way."

"Her habits were beautiful. Her heart was beautiful," Cowley said. "She was the type of person that wanted to be the friend to someone with no friends. Not only did she befriend people, she made them feel like they were her only one. Do you know how special someone has to be to pull that off? That was Hadiya."

Cowley said her daughter was beginning to dream about going to college, studying abroad and had explored becoming a veterinarian or journalist. The "avid reader," who loved books about vampires, had just discovered a new series just before she was killed, her mother said.

Pendleton's murder ripped her family apart, Cowley said.

"Never in my existence did I think that my baby, my baby girl who gave meaning to my life, never in a million years did I think someone would come cause her harm," she said.

Cowley said she loathes Ward "and his very existence," calling him selfish and saying, "he had every opportunity, given all the other crimes he committed, to do better and be better."

"I have no sympathy for him whatsoever, nor his family," she said. "To be frank, it’s because they’ll never understand the hell that we’ve been living."

The teen's murder made national headlines, with then-first lady Michelle Obama attending her funeral. Pendleton had performed at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural parade a few days before she was killed.

During Ward's trial, his mother and grandmother testified that he adhered to his innocence, according to WLS. A video of Ward confessing to police, saying Williams forced him to fire into the park, played a key role in the prosecution's case, according to WLS.

Prosecutors said Williams was the getaway driver while Ward was the gunman in the "drive-by" shooting.

A motion for a new trial filed by Ward's attorneys was denied, the station reported.

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AndreyPopov/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Dozens of immigration courts remain shuttered across the country this week and tens of thousands of hearings were canceled because of the ongoing government shutdown, a situation that is likely to add hundreds of cases to an already crushing backlog, according to analysts.

It's an ironic twist in President Donald Trump's desire to secure the U.S.-Mexico border by building a $5 billion wall and send people through established ports of entry. Democrats say they would support additional border security but have balked at wall construction, resulting in a 25-day government shutdown without any end in sight.

The number of asylum and other immigration-related cases facing U.S. judges has skyrocketed in the past two decades, creating a backlog of more than 800,000 active cases before the shutdown began, according to data compiled by Syracuse University, based on Justice Department records.

Syracuse University estimated on Monday that nearly 43,000 immigration court hearings on a variety of matters, including evidence examination and basic scheduling, have been canceled. As many as 100,000 people could be impacted if the shutdown continues through the end of the month.

Aaron Reichlin Melnick, a policy analyst with the American Immigration Council, said that he estimates for every day the shutdown continues, another 500 immigration court cases that would have been completed are compounding the backlog.

“The stress on the immigration court system will only increase as backlogs continue to skyrocket due to the shutdown," Reichlin-Melnick told ABC News.

The estimates are based on the average number of court matters typically completed when the government is not shutdown.

After the shutdown began last month, court proceedings stopped for anyone who was not detained by U.S. authorities. Cases for detained immigrants were allowed to continue under the Justice Department’s shutdown plan. Many people, particularly those traveling with children, would not necessarily be detained for long periods of time unless there was evidence of other criminal activity.

The shutdown also creates a paperwork backlog, as courts for non-detained cases are not open to receive key documents from lawyers. That includes case documents to help asylum applicants prove their right to stay in the U.S.

In addition to the impact on cases, the judges who were scheduled to hear cases are feeling the strain of growing uncertainty and not getting a paycheck.

Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges is worried about the financial hardship for hundreds of her colleagues working without pay.

“The ticking time bomb is the impact [on judges],” Tabaddor said. “It is going to have a big impact personally on the judges’ financial standing and ability to be able to support their families.”

For many immigration judges, the decision to enter public service is already a sacrifice, Tabaddor said. They typically carry academic credentials that could give them the opportunity for much higher paychecks in the private sector.

“At some point maybe some of the judges will say, ‘this isn’t what I signed up for,’” she said.

Financial problems are a common cause for the government to deny security clearances. Judges could face difficulty in passing their ongoing background screenings which aim to ensure they’re not at risk of defaulting on debt.

“I hope we do not get there,” Tabaddor said. “I hope the shutdown is resolved soon and quickly.”

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Sherry Smith/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has extended the U.S. military's support mission along the southwestern border through the end of September.

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan also approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security that officials have said will place 116 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry along the border.

"In response to the December 27, 2018 request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan approved Department of Defense assistance to DHS through Sept. 30, 2019," said a Pentagon statement issued late Monday.

"DoD is transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile surveillance and detection, as well as concertina wire emplacement between ports of entry," it added. "DoD will continue to provide aviation support."

The original 45-day border support mission approved by then-Defense Secretary James Mattis last fall was supposed to end on Dec. 15 ahead of the arrival of migrant caravans from Central America.

Mattis later extended the original mission through the end of January, as migrants in caravans arrived in Tijuana, Mexico seeking to make asylum requests at ports of entry south of San Diego.

At its height as many as 5,900 active duty troops were sent to the border to "harden" ports of entry by placing security barriers and concertina wire. The mission also included aviation units to transport Customs and Border Protection agents along the border and military police units to provide them protection.

Since then, the number of troops has been reduced to 2,350 after engineering units finished those duties and were sent home.

Defense officials have said that those numbers could temporarily increase as additional troops would be needed to put up the 116 miles of requested concertina wire.

Officials have said the wire would be placed along existing structures already along the border.

This mission is different from President Donald Trump's plans to build a border wall. Trump's standoff with Democrats in Congress to fund the construction of the wall has resulted in an ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Pentagon statement said that through the end of September the remaining active duty military troops would transition to "mobile surveillance and detection."

News of the extension and the concertina wire mission comes as a new migrant caravan is slated to depart Honduras and head to the border with Mexico this week.

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WPVI-TV(LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J.) -- The suspect who allegedly took two women hostage at a UPS facility in southern New Jersey Monday morning died on the scene, according to officials.

A shooting occurred outside the UPS facility in Logan Township Monday around 8:45 a.m., after authorities received reports of a man with a gun that had taken the two women hostage inside, according to a press release from the New Jersey attorney general's office.

As the hostage situation unfolded, the other employees were evacuated from the facility, leaving only the suspect and victims inside, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore said at a news conference Monday.

The shooting occurred after the gunman and hostages had exited the building, according to the attorney general's office.

The women, both UPS employees, were not seriously injured during the hours-long standoff and were later rescued, the prosecutor said.

Multiple law enforcement officers fired at the man, identified as 39-year-old William Owens of Sicklerville, New Jersey, and he was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the attorney general's office.

One of the hostages had a prior relationship with the suspect, the prosecutor said.

UPS said in a statement Monday morning, "We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time."

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