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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened to Tropical Storm Nestor Friday afternoon as it takes aim at the Florida Panhandle.

Nestor is moving quickly and is set to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle near Panama City on Saturday morning, bringing tropical storm-force winds and dangerous storm surge.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Bands of rain will move in Friday night, and by Saturday morning, Floridians will see heavy rainfall and strong, gusty winds.

In the impact zone is Mexico Beach, Florida, which was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Michael last year.

Mexico Beach resident Gail Evans lost her three-bedroom home from Michael and has been living in her RV for over a year -- and now she's worried about Nestor.

"I hope that it's not that bad," she told ABC News Friday. "I'm hoping there's not a lot of wind to lift anything ... everything depends on if it strengthens coming in, which is what Michael did."

If the wind is significant, Evans said, "I'll have to leave."

The biggest threat with this storm will be storm surge, as ocean water could rise up to 5 feet from Apalachicola to Cedar Key, Florida. Water could also rise up to 4 feet as far south as Clearwater.

Storm surge warnings have been issued from Apalachicola to Clearwater.

"Residents should prepare now for the chance of flooding & power disruption," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Thursday.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards added, "Until we know the exact track of the storm & the potential impact areas, it is important for everyone to stay informed & prepare now. Hopefully, most of the severe weather will remain south of Louisiana, but we must stand ready in case the conditions change."

Up to 6 inches of rain is possible in the Florida Panhandle.

Winds aren't forecast to be too strong, with gusts near 50 mph possible.

Because the storm is moving quickly, conditions will improve along the Florida Panhandle mid-day Saturday.

Saturday evening, what's left of Nestor move through Georgia and the Carolinas, bringing about 2 to 4 inches of rain.

By Sunday morning, Nestor's remnants will sweep across eastern North Carolina, then move off the mid-Atlantic coast and out to sea.

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Ryan Burnias(UNALASKA, Alaska) -- A passenger has died after a twin-engine Alaska Airlines flight crashed Thursday night, officials said.

Alaska Airlines Flight 3296, operated by Peninsula Airways, ran off the runway while landing at Alaska's Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Airport, airline officials said, and stopped just short of plunging into the waters of the bay.

Passenger David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state, died as a result, Alaska State Troopers said on Friday.

This is the first U.S. commercial plane passenger death since a passenger died in a Southwest incident last year.

A statement from Peninsula Airways on Friday said: "It is with our deepest sorrow that we have confirmed that one of our critically injured passengers from PenAir Flight 3296 passed away last night. "

"Our entire team is devastated by this tragic incident," the statement said. "The thoughts of all 1,300 of our employees are with those who were hurt or affected."

Another passenger was critically injured, and 10 others received medical care, according to Peninsula Airways.

The flight was from Anchorage to Unalaska Island.

The plane, a Saab 2000 turboprop, had three crew members and 39 passengers aboard, including members of the swim team at Alaska's Cordova High School.

"At present, all students and chaperones are accounted for and are OK, albeit a bit shaken up," read a statement posted by superintendent Alex Russin on the school district's website Thursday night.

The statement said that "the team was together, seemed fine, and were eating pizza."

Photos taken afterward showed the plane resting at about at 30-degree angle on a rocky embankment, with its nose just feet from the water.

Unalaska Island is part of the Aleutian Island chain to the west of the Alaskan mainland.

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baona/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Demolition experts will use small explosives to bring down the two cranes still standing at the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans, authorities said.

The controlled demolition is expected to happen around noon Saturday, New Orleans Fire Department chief Timothy McConnell said at a press conference Friday.

The cranes have been a source of major concern, he said. Both have continuously swayed since the under-construction building's collapse on Oct. 12, which left three dead and dozens injured.

"They are not designed to do that," McConnell said at a press conference Thursday.

Workers will use small explosives, known as energetic materials, to bring the cranes down. The goal is that they will come down in the same place as they are standing.

"Think of it like melting," McConnell said.

There is a "very, very high probability" that the cranes will come down as planned, according to McConnell, but there is always a risk.

"Something like this is not a science. It's not something you can practice," he said.

Authorities said if the cranes can come down earlier, they will but the approaching tropical storm and high winds are preventing them from moving as quickly as they'd like.

The controlled demolition was expected to happen Friday, but authorities said the plan was pushed back to Saturday.

Authorities are not only working through the dangers of the building, but also hoping to recover two bodies that are still inside.

One man was confirmed dead, while the other has not been located yet but is presumed dead, according to the mayor's office.

Officials have not yet said what caused the collapse. Ten of the victims injured filed a lawsuit Friday against five companies involved in the construction, citing negligence.

Surrounding buildings have been evacuated ahead of the demolition.

Authorities will divert their attention to the rest of the building once the cranes are successfully brought down.

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Alabama Law Enforcement Agency(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Police on Friday released surveillance video from the night a 3-year-old Alabama girl was abducted in hopes that the public can identify a man who might help with the case.

The grainy footage shows two small children, including who's believed to be missing 3-year-old Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney, playing near a Birmingham housing area Saturday night.

"There are two males that appear in the video where the two children are playing," Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said at a news conference on Friday. "The first male will walk completely by. He looks at them. And it's the second male that comes up and engages the children."

That second man is a suspect, said Smith, adding that investigators believe they know who that man is.

Police are looking to identify and speak with the first male in the video.

"The first man who walked by in the video, he may have pertinent information that will help us," Smith said. "This is the male we're looking for ... we want to talk to him ... if he saw something that night that may be critical to the investigation."

The video was recovered from a surveillance camera within the Tom Brown Housing complex at about the same time as Kamille Mckinney was reported missing. If you are one of the people in the video, we need your help with the investigation! Please call at 205-254-7777.

— Birmingham Police (@BhamPolice) October 18, 2019

Within minutes of the video being taken, authorities received a report that Kamille was missing, police said.

The week has brought an "exhaustive search" for Kamille, who was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in Birmingham on Saturday when she vanished, Smith said.

An Amber Alert was issued but the Birmingham police said earlier this week that there was no information on Kamille's whereabouts.

The planning of the kidnapping was likely 20 minutes, Smith said.

"I don't believe that a lot of planning went into it," he said.

Police do not have a motive, Smith said.

Please keep sharing her picture. 3-year-old Kamille McKinney is still missing. You can stay anonymous and report tips - to 205-254-7777 @abc3340 #liveon3340

— Sarah Snyder (@sarah3340) October 16, 2019

The chief on Friday also asked volunteers to come forward to help with a grid search on Sunday. The search will be in one area investigators found was frequented by a person of interest, Smith said.

"In my heart I believe she is in and around the area and we're hoping to bring her home safely," Smith said.

Kamille McKinney, age 3, was last seen around 8:30 p.m. on Oct 12, 2019, in the Tom Brown Village Housing Community of Birmingham, AL. She wore a pink t-shirt, leopard print shorts, no shoes, and yellow, white, & blue hair bows. Help the #FBI find her:

— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) October 14, 2019

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nicolas_/iStock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- A man accused of killing a young woman and saving videos of the crime to a memory card has now been charged in a second slaying, authorities said.

Brian Smith was initially arrested on Oct. 8 for the September 2019 murder of 30-year-old Kathleen Henry. During that investigation, detectives determined Smith was also responsible for the death of 52-year-old Veronica Abouchuk, Anchorage police said on Thursday.

"After he committed each murder, he dumped the body along the side of a road like unwanted trash," prosecutors said in a bail request document.

Abouchuk, who was last seen by her relatives in July 2018, was reported missing by family in February 2019, police said.

In April, human remains were found near an Anchorage highway, and on Oct. 11, days after Smith's arrest, the remains were identified as Abouchuk, police said.

When Smith was interviewed for the Henry case, he confessed to shooting a woman between 2017 and 2018, and he provided the location of her body, court documents said.

A skull with a gunshot wound -- later identified as belonging to Abouchuk -- was recovered near the location Smith identified, the documents said.

Smith's attorney declined to comment to ABC News on Friday on the Abouchuk case.

Smith was taken into custody on Oct. 8 for first-degree murder in connection with Henry's death. He pleaded not guilty and his attorney declined to comment to ABC News last week.

Police were led to Smith when a woman found an SD card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" lying on the ground on Sept. 30, according to court documents.

The memory card contained disturbing videos from early September that showed a woman being beaten, raped and strangled, according to court documents.

Some of the footage showed a naked woman "moaning and struggling to breathe," and trying to fight back, documents said. In another video, the suspect is seen stomping on the woman's throat with his foot, documents said, and laughing as he strangles her.

Images also showed the victim, later identified as Henry, in the back of a truck, documents said.

Detectives found that Smith's phone pinged "to a location on Rainbow Valley Road along the Seward Highway within minutes of the last still image from the SD card of the female in the back of the black truck," according to court documents. Henry's remains were found on Oct. 2. near Seward Highway, police said.

Smith had a room registered at the same hotel during that time period and has a car matching the truck seen on the footage, court documents said. His accent also matched the voice heard in the video, court documents said.

A grand jury on Thursday returned a supplemental indictment on charges including murder in connection with Abouchuk's death, officials said. Smith is expected to be arraigned on Oct. 21 on the second indictment. His attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on Friday.

At Thursday's news conference, police would not say if Smith could be connected to more victims.

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Family of Jose Segovia Benitez(NEW YORK) -- A veteran who served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and two tours in Iraq is facing imminent deportation to El Salvador -- a country he left when he was 3 years old -- over felony convictions despite being a legal permanent resident.

While his lawyer and advocates say they are not trying to excuse his behavior -- which includes corporal injury to a spouse, for which he served 8 years in prison -- they claim that the injuries Jose Segovia-Benitez sustained while serving in the military, and the failure of Veterans Affairs doctors to properly diagnose him with PTSD for years, helped contribute to his predicament.

According to a government watchdog report, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed 250 veterans in removal proceedings from 2013-2018. But the number may be higher because "ICE does not maintain complete electronic data on veterans who have been placed in removal proceedings or removed," according to the agency, despite the fact that agency is supposed to take additional steps when it encounters a deportable veteran.

Segovia-Benitez, 38, had been held at the at the ICE processing center in Adelanto, California since January 2018, when he was detained by the agency after being released from prison, his representatives told ABC News. He left the facility on Tuesday to start the process of his deportation, but he was unexpectedly pulled off a departing flight in Arizona Wednesday and has been at an ICE facility there ever since, Brandee Dudzic, executive director of Repatriate our Patriots, a non-profit organization that advocates for U.S. veterans who are deported, told ABC News.

It is unclear why his deportation to El Salvador was interrupted, Dudzic said. ICE did not immediately confirm those details to ABC News.

Segovia-Benitez arrived in the U.S. with his parents when he was 3 years old and settled down in Long Beach, California, Dudzic said. He enlisted in the Marines in 1999, a week after graduating high school, after years of wanting to serve his country.

"There's photos of him at high school and track practice with dog tags around his neck," Dudzic said. "This was something he wanted to do for a long time."

In 2002, Segovia-Benitez was promoted to corporal and he deployed to Iraq in April 2003, at the start of the Iraq War, Dudzic said. Segovia-Benitez then re-enlisted in July 2003 after his four-year contract ended and returned to Iraq later that year, advocates said.

Segovia-Benitez suffered a traumatic brain injury in December 2003 after an explosion occurred near his vehicle, his immigration attorney, Wayne Spindler, told ABC News. He returned to the U.S. in July 2004 and was honorably discharged in September of that year, his representatives said.

However, his PTSD was not diagnosed until 2011. As a result, he was given a 70 percent disability rating, which qualified him for a range of services that he would not have been able to receive without that designation, Dudzic said.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps confirmed the details of Segovia-Benitez's rank and his dates of service. But the information in Segovia-Benitez's file did not include his re-enlistment, which included his second tour in Iraq, or that he was honorably discharged, the spokeswoman said.

His military awards included the Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to his Marine Corps file.

Trouble with the law

Segovia-Benitez's convictions include DUI, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, narcotics possession and corporal injury to a spouse in 2010, for which he received an 8-year sentence -- his lengthiest term in prison, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley told ABC News. The details of those cases were not immediately available. Segovia-Benitez served time for all of the convictions concurrently, Spindler said.

A judge ordered Segovia-Benitez to be removed to El Salvador in October 2018. According to an ICE official, his "extensive criminal history," which includes "an aggravated felony," allows for him to be removed, despite his military service and length of time he resided in the U.S., under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

According to his lawyer, Segovia-Benitez committed all of the crimes he was convicted of before his PTSD diagnosis. Even before he was diagnosed, Segovia-Benitez knew he was "not OK" and was seeking one-on-one treatment and attending support groups on his own, Dudzic said. She alleged that the VA mismanaged his case, which led him to self-medicate as a means of coping. A representative for the VA referred ABC News to the Department of Homeland Security when asked for comment, which did not immediately respond.

Dudzic said Segovia-Benitez's representatives aren't trying to "excuse his behavior" but rather provide context to the his underlying medical condition that may have contributed to the crimes.

According to the VA, there is a link between PTSD and "an increased risk of violence."

But the agency cautions that when other factors are controlled, the risk of violence with PTSD as a factor alone decreases. "When other factors like alcohol and drug misuse, additional psychiatric disorders, or younger age are considered, the association between PTSD and violence is decreased," the VA says.

The process of deporting veterans who have committed felonies is "common practice," Spindler said.

According to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union, "Congress in the span of less than a decade vastly expanded the grounds for deportation and whittled away the available avenues for relief."

Under the 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, any non-citizen who completed their prison sentence for an aggravated felony was subject to detainer by immigration authorities. Over the years, the definition of "aggravated felony" expanded from murder and weapons trafficking to "crimes of violence, racketeering, theft or burglary for which the term of imprisonment was five years or more, money laundering, trafficking of any federally controlled substance, additional weapons offenses, prostitution related offenses, tax evasion, and certain categories of fraud," the ACLU wrote.

And in 1996, "Congress eliminated all forms of discretionary relief for people with convictions falling within the expanded aggravated felony definition," the ACLU said.

For the report, the ACLU interviewed 59 veterans, many of whom were deported because of "aggravated felony" convictions. A number of those crimes would not have been considered aggravated felonies before changes in the 1990s, including theft with sentence of a year or more, the report said.

Segovia-Benitez first started the process to apply for citizenship in 2002, while he was still enlisted, and was finger-printed for the purposes of naturalization in 2004, Dudzic said. However, when he missed an interview appointment, his application was administratively closed, and requests to reschedule his interview and hold it at the Adelanto facility have been denied, Dudzic said. DHS did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.

Segovia-Benitez's case is before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Spindler said, adding that he could very well be in El Salvador when the decision is made. The details of the appeal were not immediately available as the documents are under seal.

In addition to the appeals process, Segovia-Benitez's representatives have filed a pardon application with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Spindler said. Segovia-Benitez is also one of 19 plaintiffs suing ICE over "extreme medical neglect" they have allegedly received at the Adelanto facility, Dudzic said.

The suit alleges that immigrants in ICE custody are "subjected to horrific, inhumane, punitive, and unlawful conditions of confinement" and specifically that Segovia-Benitez was not given proper care for cardiac issues. It also alleged that his combat PTSD had become "unmanageable" since being detained by ICE.

"Jose, as a disabled combat veteran, has the right to be treated by the VA and credentialed VA doctors," Dudzic said. "Whomever they're bringing in has no idea how to treat a combat veteran."

Vicky Waters, a spokesperson for the California governor's office, said she was unable to discuss individual pending applications for pardons but "can assure that each application receives careful and individualized consideration." Haley said she was unable to comment on the pending litigation against ICE.

'They'll execute you'

Dudzic emphasized that she and Segovia-Benitez's family believes his case is more of a veterans' issue -- and the failure of the government to properly care for him after his service -- rather than an immigration issue.

"Deporting veterans is the most unpatriotic thing I have ever heard of," she said.

Her organization has taken such an interest in Segovia-Benitez's case because of the potential danger that awaits him in El Salvador, Dudzic said. Due to his military training, Segovia-Benitez is a "very high-valued target for the gangs."

"You either join the gang, or they'll execute you," she said.

Dudzic also worries about his tattoos -- which include the letters "USMC" on one of his biceps and a "very large" Statue of Liberty on his rib cage -- and the message they will send.

"In countries like El Salvador, your tattoos are very much affiliated with what gang you are with," she said. "They don't take kindly to United States Marines."

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maroke/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Public School teachers took to the streets for the second day of their strike on Friday.

Negotiations between teachers and the city's school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they're not close to reaching a deal.

"They're talking about class size. [Chicago Public Schools] is offering some discussion and that's a first," Chris Geovanis, spokeswoman for CTU, told ABC News Friday. "It's very inadequate but it's a start."

Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staffing and better wages. More than 25,000 thousands teachers hit the picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiation attempts.

Classes in the nation's third largest school district were canceled Thursday and Friday due to the strike.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) submitted a written proposal on reducing class size after all-day negotiations Thursday, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. The details of the proposal were not immediately clear and CPS did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

More than 1,300 classrooms are overcrowded, according to CTU, despite the district's cap. Almost 25% of elementary school students were placed in overcrowded classrooms, with some kindergarten classrooms topping 40 students, according to the union.

The union said despite "some progress," some issues have not been discussed. Others issues, such as staffing shortages, have been discussed but not put "in writing in an enforceable contract," according to CTU.

Teachers are asking for ELL (English-language leaner) educators and more bilingual social workers.

"Bilingual education services are chronically short of both educators and resources," the union said in a statement.

More than 300,000 students were enrolled in the city's public school system in the 2018-2019 school year. Almost half are Latino, according to CTU.

Teachers are also pushing for more school nurses, as most schools have only one nurse one day a week.

CPS said their written offer would provide a nurse in every school by 2024 and double the social workers in schools.

"Teachers and staff are invaluable to our schools, and our offers recognize that," according to a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO of CPS Janice Jackson and Chief Education Officer of CPS LaTanya McDade. "Although we wish we could offer more to our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication, we believe our offers are fair deals that meet the needs of teachers, paraprofessionals and students, and keep the district on a path of success."

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eyfoto/iStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Sacramento Kings star Harrison Barnes and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson joined forces this week to help supply funeral services for Atatiana Jefferson, a black woman who was fatally shot by a white police officer in her Texas home last week.

Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew late Saturday night when she was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer who was conducting a wellness check.

The officer, 34-year-old Aaron Dean, did not identify himself as an officer before he fired into the woman's bedroom window, sparking national outrage and claims of excessive policing.

Dean resigned and was charged Monday with murder. He has since been released on $200,000 bond.

Barnes said he hadn't spoken with Jefferson's family since the "tragic situation," but he felt like he had to do something to help.

"My wife and I wanted to do something for that family," Barnes told reporters Thursday. "No one should be killed during a wellness check. But the biggest thing is anytime someone has to go through that, the last thing you want to have to worry about is trying to come up with the money for a funeral."

"It was unfortunate. It should never have happened. You think of wellness check not being something that's going to be fatal. So you want justice for the family. But at the same time, your heart goes out to the family that has to deal with that," he added.

Jefferson's family's attorney Lee Merritt told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV that Barnes paid half the service costs and Jackson paid the remainder.

Bishop T.D. Jakes is scheduled to deliver the eulogy and the Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to offer special remarks at the funeral service, which will be open to the public.

Jefferson's viewing with be held on Friday at 7 p.m. and the funeral is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Both services will be held at The Potter's House in Dallas.

Police said Jefferson, who had a license to carry, reached for her gun when she heard noises in her backyard and went to the window to investigate. Body camera footage released by the police department shows Dean approaching a rear window of the home with his gun drawn. The officer sees the woman through the window, shouts, "Put your hands up, show me your hands," and fires one shot.

"I realize that no action we take can replace the loss suffered here. I'm deeply sorry for what occurred," Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus said during a news conference earlier this week.

"Human life is a precious thing, and should not have been taken from Ms. Jefferson," Kraus said. "This incident has eroded the trust that we have built with our community and we must now work even harder to ensure that trust is restored."

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lzf/iStock(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) -- A California police officer was placed on administrative leave this week after video appeared to show him threatening a group of teen skaters at gunpoint, authorities said Thursday.

Cellphone footage showed the off-duty Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy pointing a handgun while visiting a skate park in San Clemente after a teen raised his skateboard at him.

Witnesses said the confrontation began on Saturday night when the plain-clothes officer approached the teens and ordered them stop playing loud music.

Things escalated when the officer appeared to grab the teen's hand. The teen is seen pulling his hand away and begins to back away while raising his skateboard.

That's when the man pulled a small handgun out of his pocket, prompting the teen to drop his skateboard and retreat with his hands in the air.

One of the teen's parents told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the man did not immediately identify himself as a law enforcement officer. The man did appear to pull out a badge later on, although it was partially obscured by his fingers.

"My friend didn't know he was a cop. He was coming up to a friend very fast and aggressive, so my other friend jumped in and put his hand out for him to stop … the guy grabbed his hand aggressively," a witness told CBSLA in an on-camera interview Wednesday. "My other friend held up his skateboard for him to stop, then the guy pulled a gun and said 'I'll shoot you in the f---ing face if you don't stop.'"

The Orange County Sheriff's Department did not release the officer's identity, but it confirmed he was placed administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

"Orange County Sheriff's Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty," the department said in a statement. "We take this incident seriously and will fully investigate. The investigation will be turned over to the Orange County District Attorney's Office at its conclusion."

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Courtesy Kay Keller Maurer(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Marine Corps corrected the identity of another one of the six men raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi in an iconic photo taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, after new evidence was provided by three amateur historians.

A Marine Corps board reviewed the new information from historians Dustin Spence, Stephen Foley and Brent Westemeyer, and determined Marine Cpl. Harold P. Keller was one of the men immortalized in the famous photo taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, as had been previously believed.

The same happened in 2016, when the Marine Corps determined another man in the photo had been misidentified. The man was identified as Pfc. Harold Schulz, and not Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Bradley, who had been involved in the first flag raising. Rosenthal's photo captured the second raising, when Marines lifted a larger U.S. flag on the mountain during the battle for the strategic island where 6,500 U.S. service members lost their lives.

"The correct identification of Marines ... is important," a Marine Corps statement said, announcing Keller's identity. "Without the initiative and contributions of both private historians devoted to preservation of our history and the FBI’s support, the Marine Corps would not have this opportunity to expand on the historical record of the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to helping us preserve our legacy."

The statement said the review board was contacted in July 2018 by private historians pointing out the errors in identification.

"These historians provided a significant amount of new evidence for consideration, mostly in the form of dozens of previously private photographs," the statement said.

A chapter in the newly published, Investigating Iwo, a new official history of the flag raising, details the process behind the Marine Corps' review of the information provided by the three historians.

Foley and Spence were also involved in 2016, when Schulz was identified as one of the Marines in the photo.

Gagnon had long been identified as the Marine pictured with only his helmet visible on the far side of the flag pole, but a stringent review of available photographs taken in February 1945 led the historians to determine that it was most likely Keller in that position.

The Marine Corps formed a board and involved the FBI to assess the contents of the photos and determine the true identities of the men.

Retired Marine Col. Keil Gentry, who was part of the board, said the FBI's analysis of the information provided and of the additional photos taken that day indicated it was a "slam dunk" that Keller fit the profile and not Gagnon.

Gentry also said the board asked the FBI to conduct a more comprehensive review to validate the identities of the other five men involved in the flag raising to ensure there would be no further corrections needed.

The FBI's review included comparisons of a film of the flag raising and other well-known photos, including one that showed the precise moment when the first flag was lowered by one group of Marines, while the other group raised the flag that was memorialized in the photo.

Gentry said, "this is it" with regard to further corrections to the identities of the Marines in the photo based on the extensive FBI analysis. This includes the matching of the camouflage patterns on the helmets visible on the photos and the film that Gentry described as being similar to "fingerprints."

Gagnon did play a large role in the flag raising, as it was his job to carry the larger flag to the top of the mountain and safely return the first flag for safe keeping.

"Without his efforts, this historical event might not have been captured, let alone even occurred," the Marine Corps statement said.

The six flag raisers in the famous photo are now identified as: Cpl. Harlon Block, Pfc. Harold Keller, Pfc. Ira Hayes, Pfc. Harold Schultz, Pfc. Franklin Sousley and Sgt. Michael Strank.

"Regardless of who was in the photograph, each and every Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air around the island is, and always will be, a part of our Corps’ cherished history," the statement said. "In the words of General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, 'they are all heroes.'"

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North Carolina Department of Public Safety(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A missing 15-year-old girl in North Carolina has been found after an Amber Alert was issued earlier in the day.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety sent out an Amber Alert for Nevia Maihyanna Nixon, of Fayetteville, on Thursday morning.

Nixon was last seen on Sept. 25 along the 600 block of Welsh Place, according to police. She was reported as a runaway the next day and Fayetteville police initially issued a "runaway/missing person" notice about her, but the case has since been upgraded to an Amber Alert.

The Fayetteville Police Department tweeted Thursday night that Nixon had been found "safe and unharmed."

Sgt. Ranessa Wallace, spokeswoman for Fayetteville police, told ABC News prior to Nixon being found that the department received "new information that raised concern, as well as she hadn't reached out to family members or friends, so that caused us to raise it to the level of an Amber Alert."

She said it was a possibility that Nixon is in danger.

"We can't rule it out," Wallace said.

Wallace would not say what information police received or where the information came from.

She did note that there had not been a confirmed sighting of Nixon since her disappearance.

Nevia's father, Carton Adams, had pleaded for her return, saying she is a loving girl. Adams said she spends a lot of time on social media, but has not posted anything since Sept. 25.

"I would like to keep positive and believe that my baby is not in any danger, but she loves her family and Nevi would have reached out and came home or said something," he told Durham ABC station WTVD-TV.

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eccolo74/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Multiple victims injured in the Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans filed a lawsuit on Thursday against five companies involved in the construction of the building.

The lawsuit alleges that cost-cutting measures led to the use of inferior materials and that the companies were aware of concerns by workers that some of the materials used were too "thin."

"This major building collapse would not have occurred, but for the negligence and failure of the defendants," the lawsuit said.

The collapse on Saturday left two people dead and dozens more injured. One person, a worker, was still unaccounted for as of Wednesday and authorities said the chances of finding the person alive were slim.

The companies named in the suit are 1031 Canal Development, Kailas Companies, Harry Baker Smith Architects, Heaslip Engineering, and Citadel Builders. None immediately responded to ABC News for comment.

Rene Rocha and Steve Herman, the attorneys representing the 10 victims, said all of their clients are still receiving medical treatment and were not available for comment.

"Some are more shaken up than others, but everyone is shocked," Rocha told ABC News on Thursday.

Rocha said they are still working to understand what happened.

"We're gonna do everything we can for our clients to get to the bottom of what happened and to make sure that those who are responsible for this tragedy are held accountable," Rocha said.

Regional Mechanical Services, an air conditioning contractor in Louisiana, identified one of the two people who died as Quinnyon J. Wimberly, an employee of theirs.

"His passion, reliability, and energetic nature were known and enjoyed by everyone he met," the company said in a statement on Facebook.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged the public to continue to avoid the area.

The city's Fire Department Chief Timothy McConnell said Monday the building remains dangerous and unstable.

"We're a long way from being in safe mode," McConnell said.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Deaths by suicide among correctional officers so far in 2019 have tied the highest total ever recorded, according to the head of their union.

Year to date, 13 cases have been documented.

"We're on course for an all-time record of suicide of staff," Shane Fausey, the new CPL-33 Correctional Officers Union president, told ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.

Bureau of Prisons union officials for years have been calling for an increase in staffing to match skyrocketing incarceration rates.

Fausey said insufficient staffing and other job-related stressors could be contributing to the suicides, but the Bureau of Prisons doesn't have hard data on that.

"Unfortunately, the staffing crisis has lead into other issues for employees of the Bureau of Prisons," Fausey said. "There's a human factor to this staffing crisis."

According to a University of California, Berkeley Study in 2018, correctional officers are at a high risk for depression, PTSD and suicide.

The study, which focuses on California state prisons, and a survey conducted in 2017 showed that 10% of correctional officers said they'd considered taking their own life. Among adults in the U.S., about 3% reported having suicidal thoughts, while retired correctional officers, according to the study, reported a rate of 31%.

About 1 in 3 are dealing with PTSD, according to the study, with about half of the correctional officers surveyed reporting that they don't feel safe at work. Depression also affects about one-third of the officers.

Fausey said the Bureau of Prisons has no plan in place to track the deaths by suicide of correctional officers.

The Bureau of Prisons told ABC News the agency has an employee assistance program for staff and their immediate families. The bureau also said each facility around the country conducts training specific to preventing suicides, and if a location suffers one, more resources and support can be committed to that facility.

Suicides among those working in law enforcement have been dramatically increasing, with BLUE H.E.L.P., a group that tracks that data, reporting 2019 is on pace to be the deadliest year ever recorded.

New York City alone has lost 10 police officers in 2019.

"It's tragic that law enforcement suicides are on the rise, and it's important that officers know they aren't alone and there are resources available," said Don Mihalek, an ABC News contributor and former Secret Service Agent.

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recep-bg/iStock(CHICAGO) -- Thousands of Chicago Public School teachers went on strike Thursday, fighting for working conditions "that respect educators and provide Chicago’s students with the schools they deserve."

The strike follows months of failed negotiations between teachers and the city's public school system.

Picket lines went up at 6:30 a.m. local time at Chicago's public schools, with speakers expected throughout the morning and a mass rally in the afternoon.

Classes were canceled for all 514 schools in the nation's third largest district. More than 300,000 students were enrolled in the city's public school system in the 2018-2019 school year.

Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, adequate staffing and better wages, according to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), which represents some 25,000 teachers and education workers.

Some of those working for the district earn less than $30,000 a year and more than 1,100 can't afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment in any of the city's zip codes, the union noted.

CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) began negotiating a new contract on Jan. 15, months ahead of the union's contract expiring on June 30.

CPS has said that it offered improvements to the "already historic offer we'd previously made," but CTU rejected the proposal.

"All in all, our offer includes over 80 changes to the collective bargaining agreement on issues requested by the union," according to a joint statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of CPS, last Friday. " We have bent over backwards to meet CTU’s concerns."

Teachers feel differently.

"There is a pent up frustration from our membership about what conditions are like in our schools," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said at a press conference Thursday.

Andrea Parker, a CPS teacher, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV that while she's disappointed she won't be teaching, she feels like she and her colleagues "are only the few fighting for our students."

More than 1,300 classrooms are overcrowded, according to CTU, despite the district's cap. Almost 25 percent of elementary school students were placed in overcrowded classrooms, with some kindergarten classrooms topping 40 students, according to the union.

Lightfoot and Jackson said they would offer additional support for overcrowded classrooms. They also said they would raise teachers' salaries by 16 percent, or around $19,000.

The union said that under the mayor's proposed contract, "most of those workers would still be earning poverty wages."

The American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teacher's labor unions in the country, tweeted in support of Chicago teachers.

"Our educators are on a righteous path, fighting for what is right," the tweet read. "It’s time we gave them what they need to teach."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Three months after gunfire shattered a neighborhood block party, killing one person and injuring 11 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., police say they have a suspect in custody.

Brooklyn resident Kyle Williams, 20, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting, which took place during the neighborhood's annual Old Timers Day event at Brownsville Playground on July 27.

Williams, who had no prior criminal history, was taken into custody on Wednesday following a wave of tips, authorities said.

"This was an important case to make," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Thursday morning. "You think about what happened that night -- there's a crowd of hundreds of people [at a] "family event."

"It was important that we all work together to make sure we were able to identify who the shooter was and bring them to justice," O'Neill said.

Two guns were used in the shooting, NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said at a Thursday news conference.

Besides Williams, police have identified a second person of interest, according to Kemper. He said police are working with prosecutors "to establish probable cause on that second shooter."

The incident, which police at the time said may have been gang related, left the neighborhood badly shaken. The shots may have been an exchange of gunfire between two or more suspects, authorities said.

"One of the worst experiences of my life," tweeted New York City council ember Alicka Samuel, who co-sponsored the event with council member Inez Barron and was there when the shooting took place. "How does such a beautiful and peaceful event become overshadowed by tragedy in seconds? We have to do more."

Jason Pagan, 38, was struck by gunfire in the head and pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the NYPD. Eleven other people -- six men and five women -- were shot and transported to the hospital for treatment, one in critical condition. The victims ranged in age from 25 to 55 years old, police said.

The shooting took place just before 11 p.m. as the crowd of about 2,000 was winding down the festivities.

The Old Timers event, which dates back to 1963, is a week-long festival that includes food booths, musical performances and a fashion and talent show.

Although regarded as one of Brooklyn's more dangerous neighborhoods, Brownsville has hosted the annual event for 55 years without incident.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a news conference on the day after the shooting, called the event "an example of everything good about Brownsville."

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