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ABC News(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) --  A New Jersey police officer and three civilians have died after a gun battle prompted by what is believed to have been a drug deal gone bad in Jersey City, officials said.

The slain officer was shot at the Bay View Cemetery allegedly by two suspects who fled to a Jewish supermarket at Wilkinson Avenue and Martin Luther King Dr. in Jersey City, police said.

When officers arrived to the second location, the suspects allegedly opened fire with high-powered rifles, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters at a news conference.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the officer died after he was transported to a nearby hospital. Three civilians inside the supermarket were also killed and one other civilian was injured, officials said.

The suspects then retreated to the supermarket and allegedly continued to fire at responding officers. Two other police officers were shot, one in the shoulder and one in the body, and they have both been released from the hospital, Kelly said.

Another officer was injured by shrapnel, police said. No other citizens who were in the area at the time were shot, Kelly said.

Both suspects were found dead inside the store, police said. A stolen U-Haul vehicle has been taken from the scene and is being examined by a bomb squad because investigators believe it may contain an "incendiary device," Kelly said.

Several SWAT officers on the scene were seen barricading themselves behind cars as several gunshots went off in the neighborhood, live video showed.

The heavy gunfire continued for more than an hour. All law enforcement units "within earshot" responded to the scene, including the FBI; Port Authority; the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bureau; and all surrounding municipalities, Kelly said.

Nearby schools were placed on lock down until 4:15 p.m., according to the New Jersey School District. All students are accounted for.

The deceased officer was identified as Detective Joseph Seals, who was part of the Jersey City Police Department's cease fire unit, Kelly said. Seals was in plain clothes when he was shot, Kelly said.

Seals was the department's "leading police officer for removing guns from the street," Kelly said, adding that he was responsible for removing "dozens and dozens" of firearms.

He is survived by a wife and five children, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told reporters. He had been with the department since 2006 and was promoted to detective in the last few years.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the situation "remains fluid."

"Please keep the officers of the Jersey City Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as they work to resolve the situation," Grewal said. "We remain, as always, extraordinarily grateful for their service and their sacrifice."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been briefed on the shootout, he said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown," Murphy said.

President Donald Trump is also monitoring the situation, according to the White House.

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iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Probe continues into deadly shootings at Pensacola naval baseInvestigators are retracing the steps of the Saudi Air Force lieutenant who opened fire at the base, killing sailors Cameron Walters, Mohammed Haitham and Joshua Kaleb Watson.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a formal review of the vetting process for international military students who train on U.S. bases in the wake of last week's shooting rampage by a Saudi student that killed three and wounded eight others. Following an earlier order Tuesday by the Navy to suspended flight training for more than 300 Saudi military flight students, all Saudi students at U.S. military installations will be limited to classroom instruction only -- nothing operational -- during this formal, 10-day review.

That pause impacts 852 Saudi students from across different bases and military services, a Pentagon spokesperson told ABC News.

No end date was assigned to what the Navy described as a "safety stand-down and operational pause" for the Saudi students though they will resume classroom instruction later this week.

"A safety stand-down and operational pause commenced Monday for Saudi Arabian aviation students at NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field and NAS Mayport, Florida," said Lt. Commander Megan Isaac, a Navy spokesperson. "Classroom training is expected to resume this week for those students."

Until further notice the move will impact 303 flight students at the three Navy bases in Florida participating in the Navy’s flight instruction programs.

The Navy's operational pause affects 175 Saudi students based at Pensacola and Whiting Field naval air stations, in the Pensacola area, and 128 Saudi students at Naval Station Mayport, near Jacksonville, Florida.

There are a total of 272 international military students at NAS Pensacola from a variety of countries. According to the Defense Department there are currently 5,181 foreign students from 153 countries in the United States for DOD-led security cooperation related training across all of the military services.

The operational pause in flight training will not apply to students from countries other than Saudi Arabia.

It is unclear if the request for the stand-down in flight training originated within the Navy, was requested by federal law enforcement or the government of Saudi Arabia.

Typically the military services will call safety stand-downs and operational pauses in the wake of military aircraft crashes or disturbing trends in the force.

Last Friday, Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, a flight student at NAS Pensacola, used a handgun to shoot at fellow students in a classroom building at the base.

Three U.S. Navy sailors were killed in the shooting and eight other individuals were wounded by the gunfire. Alshamrani was killed in a firefight with local law enforcement officers who had responded to the scene.

Killed in the shooting were Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Enterprise, Alabama.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the shooting and among other things continues to investigate whether Alshamrani acted alone or was part of a larger terror plot.

Esper said that the Pentagon is working closely with the Saudi government in its response to this incident. The memo to Pentagon leadership on Tuesday stressed the importance of the long-standing military education and training with Saudi Arabia, adding that the Defense Department has trained 28,000 Saudi students over the life of the bilateral security cooperation relationship "without serious incident."

Esper called Saudi "an essential partner" and said the US will continue to work with the country to reinforce defense cooperation, increase military investment, and advance America's interests.

"The secretary has placed a very high priority on this," the senior official said of the review.

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FBI(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- FBI looking into whether Pensacola naval base suspect watched mass-shooting videos Agents are combing through Mohammed Alshamrani’s electronic devices amid reports that he watched mass-shooting videos with friends before a deadly attack that left three dead.

The Saudi military pilot who killed three people in a rampage at a Florida air base while in the United States for flight training obtained the gun he used by taking advantage of a federal gun law exception that allows foreign nationals to legally purchase weapons for hunting, authorities said on Tuesday.

Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Saudi air force, purchased a Glock 9 mm pistol about four months before authorities said he allegedly opened fire inside a classroom at Air Force Base Pensacola on Friday, killing three U.S. Navy personnel and wounding eight other people before he was gunned down by Escambia County Sheriff's deputies, according to FBI officials.

Prior to the announcement by the FBI Jacksonville field officer, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the federal government to investigate the federal law that enabled Alshamrani to purchase the gun.

"That's a federal loophole he took advantage of. I'm a big supporter of the Second Amendment -- but the Second Amendment is so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians. He had no constitutional right to do that, for sure," DeSantis said at a news conference on Sunday.

Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville field office and the lead investigator on the shooting, previously said Alshamrani "legally and lawfully" purchased the gun.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives website says that under federal law "an alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa is prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing a firearm or ammunition unless the alien falls within one of the exceptions."

Under one of the exceptions in the gun laws for "certain official representatives of a foreign government, or a foreign law enforcement officer," Alshamrani was able to obtain a gun after first being granted a Florida hunting license, FBI official said.

"The preliminary investigation into the firearm purchase has not revealed any information to suggest that the sale was unlawful," the FBI Jacksonville field office said in a tweet.

Alshamrani bought the handgun on July 20 at Uber's Lock & Gun shop in Pensacola, a source familiar with the purchase told ABC News.

Naomi Uber, the owner of the gun shop, did not deny the gun was purchased from her business but declined to comment Tuesday when spoken to by ABC News.

ABC News' Josh Margolin, Aaron Katersky and Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

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iStock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Bill Cosby faces sentencing for sexual assault conviction Andrea Constand took the witness stand in a Pennsylvania court Monday asking for justice and today a judge will decide whether the comedian, 81, will spend life behind bars.

Bill Cosby lost his appeal to overturn his sexual assault conviction on Monday after arguing that the judge improperly allowed accusers who weren’t part of the criminal case to testify.

A three-judge panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court jurists rejected the imprisoned comedian's appeal, saying the testimony was permitted because it showed a pattern of behavior.

Cosby can appeal Tuesday's decision to the Pennsylvania State’s Supreme Court, but that court is not obligated to hear the appeal. If that were the case, Cosby would remain in prison for the remainder of his three to 10 year term.

In April 2018, Cosby was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004. He was sentenced last fall.

At the heart of Cosby's appeal was the contention that the trial judge’s decision to allow five women to testify to additional, uncharged crimes was prejudicial to his defense.

The prosecution strategy to introduce additional alleged victims has tested a still-evolving area of law in a new era of heightened scrutiny of suspected serial sex predators and a nationwide re-evaluation of statute of limitations governing sex crimes prosecutions.

Since being used twice against Cosby by prosecutors in Montgomery County, the strategy of petitioning a court to introduce additional witnesses with similar, uncharged sexual assault allegations has cropped up in other high-profile cases.

Earlier this year, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that three additional accusers can testify to uncharged, alleged crimes in a sexual assault trial against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, which is set to begin in January.

State laws prohibit the introduction of uncharged criminal accusations into most court trials, but there’s an exception if the prosecution can convince a judge that there’s an underlying pattern of "prior bad acts," and in Cosby's case, there were multiple sexual assault allegations against him.

During Cosby’s first trial in 2017 -- which led to a hung jury and mistrial -- the prosecutors sought 13 "prior bad acts" witnesses and were allowed to present one.

In the second trial, the same Pennsylvania trial judge, Steven P. O’Neill, allowed five of 19 women sought by prosecutors to take the stand. Their testimony in sum was devastating, though jurors from the second trial issued a statement crediting Constand’s testimony on the witness stand as the primary factor in their unanimous guilty verdict.

"Simply put, we were asked to assess the credibility of Ms. Constand's account of what happened to her, and each one of us found her account credible and compelling," the jurors said in a statement at the time.

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Igor Vershinsky/iStock(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- A New Jersey police officer has been shot by two suspects at a cemetery, police said on Tuesday.

The officer was responding to a call of two suspects near a bodega at Wilkinson Avenue and Martin Luther King Dr. in Jersey City, police said.

When the officer arrived to the Bay View Cemetery, the suspects opened fire with long guns, police said.

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At least one suspect then retreated to the bodega and allegedly continued to fire at responding officers.

The other officers retreated, and at least one suspect remains barricaded inside the store, police said.

The injured officer was taken to a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound to his shoulder, police said.

Nearly schools have been placed on lockdown, according to the station.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered 11 Chinese nationals concealed within various pieces of furniture inside a moving truck at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, Calif., attempting to cross over from Mexico, on Dec. 7, 2019. - (Customs and Border Protection)(SAN DIEGO) -- Federal agents have arrested the driver of a moving truck at the southern United States border after finding nearly a dozen Chinese migrants hiding inside furniture within the vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers inspected the truck when it arrived on Saturday night at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, Calif., attempting to cross over from Mexico.

As officers searched the contents of the vehicle, they discovered 11 migrants concealed within various pieces of furniture and appliances, including a wooden chest, a dresser and a washing machine, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

The driver, a 42-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken into custody and later transported to San Diego's Metropolitan Correctional Center to await criminal proceedings.

Federal authorities have placed an immigration hold on the 11 Chinese nationals for the pending criminal and immigration proceedings.

Pete Flores, director of field operations for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in San Diego, said he "cannot stress enough the dangers of smuggling people."

“These are human beings that smugglers subject to inhumane conditions that could have deadly consequences," Flores said in a statement Monday. "Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.”

Last month, officers at the same port of entry discovered six Chinese migrants concealed behind a false wall in another moving truck.

And in the United Kingdom in late October, 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a refrigerated truck container that had traveled into England from Belgium.

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katifcam/iStock(WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash.) -- When the car they were riding in careened off a dark road in Washington and plummeted down a steep embankment killing their father, 4-year-old twins Rosaline and Aurora Simmons realized they had to escape the wreckage fast and "go home to get mommy," police and relatives said.

The little girls knew their father, Corey Simmons, was badly hurt and unconscious, but they mustered the courage to free themselves from their booster seats and climbed up to the road where they drew the attention of a good Samaritan, authorities said.

"Just the bravery that these little girls showed to get their dad some help is absolutely heroic in my mind," Trooper Heather Axtman of the Washington State Patrol told ABC affiliate station KOMO-TV in Seattle. "Most little kids are scared of the dark and most little kids are scared of the woods and they overcame both of those fears that little kids have in order to commandeer help and I find that so incredible."

The crash occurred at 6 p.m. on Friday on a rural road on Whidbey Island, Axtman said. Corey Simmons, 47, who was driving his daughters home, apparently lost control of the vehicle, sending it careening off the road, plowing through trees and down a 20-foot embankment, Axtman said.

"After the crash, the twins ... got themselves out of the booster seats, checked on their dad and realized dad was in need of help," Axtman said. "He wasn't talking back to them -- sadly he had suffered a traumatic head injury. [The twins] crawled out the back of a broken window to get back up to the roadway."

A driver spotted the girls by the side of the road and stopped to help, Axtman said.

"Right when she passed the area, she happened to see the two 4-year-old twins -- just tiny little girls that are in the dark by themselves," Axtman said.

The good Samaritan told troopers that the girls appeared cold and scared, and kept saying, 'My daddy, my daddy,'" Axtman said.

"At that point, she knew something tragic had happened. But she couldn't see the car because it had gone so far off the road," Axtman said of the driver.

By the time medics arrived, the girls' father was dead. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt.

She said the girls suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital, where they were reunited with family members.

"The bravery that they showed -- I just hope that they are surrounded with the knowledge to keep that bravery and don't lose that because it will take you places," Axtman said.

Rose Simmons-McGahuey, the girls' great aunt, said Rosaline and Aurora are "traumatized" over their father's death and are trying to process all they went through.

“I think they thought, we’ve got to do this, we’ve got to go home to get mommy," Simmons-McGahuey told KOMO at the scene of the crash that claimed the life of her nephew.

Simmons-McGauhuey described Corey Simmons as a "a good man" who was devoted to his daughters. She said she and other relatives nicknamed him the "family butterfly" because he touched everyone with his laughter and larger-than-life personality.

"We are going to keep Corey alive for those two little girls cause I’m afraid they are going to forget him,” Simmons-McGahuey said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A fast moving storm system with an arctic cold front brought up to 6 to 14 inches of snow from the Dakotas to Minnesota and into Wisconsin producing treacherous driving conditions during a busy Monday morning commute.

Further south, a quick burst of snow with this arctic cold front created numerous spinouts and accidents from Nebraska to Iowa and even a multi-vehicle pileup on I-80 was reported Monday.

On the warm side of this arctic cold front, heavy rain has been falling in the East from Texas all the way to Maine. Minor flooding was reported in spots.

On Tuesday morning, this cold front stretches from Texas to New England with heavy rain along with it, and even some snow is trying to mix in northern Texas and into Arkansas and Tennessee.

As this cold front moves east, rain will change to snow in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and all the way into the Northeast.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from New Jersey to Massachusetts for 1 to 4 inches of snow Wednesday morning.

Snow accumulations will not be great in the South. There might be a dusting in Tennessee but, as we saw on Monday, it does not take much to make those roads slick once the temperature falls below freezing.

A dusting of snow is also possible in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, and New York City may get 1 to 2 inches while southern Massachusetts could see up to 4 inches. Roads could be very slick Wednesday morning during rush-hour.

Behind this cold front is an arctic air mass headed for the northern Plains, the coldest air of the season. Temperatures Tuesday morning in the Twin Cities has dipped below zero for the first time this year with wind chill near 20 below zero.

On Wednesday morning, temperatures will be even colder with wind gusts making it feel like it's 20 to 40 below zero. A wind chill advisory has been issued for the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin where frost bite can occur in as little as 10 minutes on any exposed skin.

Some of the coldest air will spill East and South by Thursday with wind chills in the single digits in the Northeast and it will feel like it’s in the 20s and 30s across the Deep South.

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amphotora/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-two police officers in the Southern United States have been killed by guns used by offenders in 2019 -- more than the rest of the United States combined, according to data from the FBI.

Nine officers were killed by felony gunfire in both the West and the Midwest, two were shot and killed in Puerto Rico and none were killed in the Northeast, according to the FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted program.

As the epicenter of gun violence against law enforcement, the South's death toll includes three officers who were shot and killed by felony gunfire in recent days.

Huntsville Officer Billy Fred Clardy III was shot and killed last Friday by a "known offender" during a drug bust in Alabama.

Houston Police Sgt. Christopher Brewster was killed while responding to a domestic violence situation on Saturday afternoon.

And on Saturday night, Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr was "ambushed and executed" outside the Arkansas police department.

The suspects in the most recent shootings likely "decided that the way to exact their issue was to kill a cop," said Don Mihalek, executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, retired senior Secret Service agent and ABC News contributor.

A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that law enforcement homicides were more likely to occur in states with higher gun ownership.

Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi were in the top 20% for both gun ownership and law enforcement homicides, according to the study, authored by a University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health research assistant professor.

Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told ABC News that the availability of guns in the South is likely one of the reasons for the level of violence against police officers in the region.

"You have guns; you have more violence," she said. "In the United States, it seems to be a direct correlation."

Alabama and Texas had the most police killings by gunfire in 2019 at six each -- according to data from the Officer Down Memorial Page. A seventh officer killed in the line of duty in Alabama this year died in an automobile crash.

The state of Georgia saw four of its law enforcement agents killed by felony gunfire this year, according to the memorial page. Three officers in the U.S. were also killed in accidents involving firearms in 2019, according to the FBI.

The percentages of felony law enforcement killings are similar in past years as well. In 2018, 26 of the 55 law enforcement officers who were feloniously killed were in the South, and in 2017, 24 of the 46 law enforcement officers feloniously killed were in the South, according to the FBI.

By contrast, Northeast states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island were in the lowest quintile for gun ownership and police officer homicides, according to the 2015 study.

Guns "were always considered bad" in the region, while in the South, it's a "normal course of life" for people to own them, Mihalek said.

"A gun is a tool to defend and protect people, or for recreation and sport, but when placed in the hands of somebody who is not right, it can inflict terror," he added.

Retired New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives and ABC News contributor Robert Boyce hypothesized that the number of police deaths due to felony gunfire appear to be down due to state laws that make it "very difficult" to purchase a firearm, although assaults on New York Police Department officers without guns have increased.

Both Boyce and Mihalek agree that there is an uptick in anti-law enforcement rhetoric around the country.

"Attacks on police are up across the nation," Boyce said, describing it as a "general disrespect for law enforcement."

Mihalek added that some of the anti-police rhetoric might be coming from people who have a grievance or "maybe had a bad experience with an officer," causing them to "label all as bad."

"All that does is undermine the authority of officers," paving the way for those predisposed not to want to obey the law to break it, he said.

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RyanJLane/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- A California church has sparked widespread debate by sharing images of a Nativity scene depicting baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages in protest of the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Pastors at the Claremont United Methodist Church, located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, shared the images on Facebook, using the display as a way to speak out against the administration's past policy to separate families who entered the country illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The church's pastor, Karen Clark Ristine, said she was "stirred to tears" when she first saw the display over the weekend.

"In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family," she said in a Facebook post on Saturday. "Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

Ristine also urged her followers to imagine what would have happened if the biblical family existed in modern times, saying "What if this family sought refuge in our country today?"

"Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years," she wrote. "Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people."

"Inside the church, you will see this same family reunited, the Holy Family together, in a Nativity that joins the angels in singing 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to all.' Luke 2:14," she added.

The post had acquired more than 60,000 shares, comments comments and Facebook reactions late Monday with a majority of the people tapping the "love" button.

"Thank you for this. Thank you for this poignant statement," one user commented. "I hope it helps open peoples' eyes. We are all people, we are all deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Many also took issue with the display and accused the church of attacking President Donald Trump and taking it easy on former President Barack Obama.

"Why didn't you put them up during Obama's administration?" one person asked.

Another added: "Didn't Obama separate family? How is every thing Trumps fault?"

The Trump administration has repeatedly pushed back against claims it intentionally sought to separate children from their parents at the southern border. Controversy about the separations hit a fever pitch last year when lawmakers accused the president of using migrant children to force Congress to pass immigration reform.

Trump attributed the family separations to "crippling loopholes" in immigration law supported by Democrats and not the Justice Department's "zero-tolerance" policy to prosecute anyone who crossed the border illegally. About 2,600 children were separated from their parents during the zero-tolerance policy.

"Under current law, we have only two policy options to respond to this massive crisis. We can either release all illegal immigrant families [of] minors who show up at the border from Central America or we can arrest the adults for the federal crime of illegal entry," the president during a June 2018 speech. "Those are the only two options, totally open borders for criminal prosecution for lawbreaking. And you want to be able to do that. If we don't want people pouring into our country. We want them to come in through the process, through the legal system and we want ultimately a merit-based system where people come in based on merit."

The government has since changed the policy -- with Trump signing an executive order in June 2018 -- and said separations only happen when a parent has a criminal history or is unfit to care for a child.

The Obama and George W. Bush administrations only separated families tied to serious crimes, such a drug trafficking.

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BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(RED BLUFF, Calif.) -- A California police department has arrested two “Grinches” after the pair allegedly stole large amounts of presents that were supposed to be given to foster children.

The Red Bluff Police Department said that they received a call at 10:51 a.m. last Friday from the Children First Foster Family Agency reporting a burglary from the night before and that a large amount of toys that were supposed to be given to foster children had been stolen from the premises.

Police responded to the scene and reviewed surveillance footage from the agency to discover that two suspects were coming and going from the residence right next door to the non-profit.

Officers then located the two suspects inside the house next to the scene of the crime, apprehended them and booked them into Tehama County Jail.

“These ‘Grinches’ will not be stealing Christmas from the kids on our watch," Red Bluff County Department said in a statement on Facebook.

The suspects were identified as Joseph Betancourt, 24, and Marie Bennett, 40, both from Woodland California.

The story does, however, have a happy ending.

Authorities were able to recover all of the stolen toys and items from the premises next to the foster agency and Christmas is expected to continue as originally planned.

“THANK YOU Red Bluff Police Department!” the Children First Foster Family Agency said on Facebook. “With their swift response, RBPD reviewed our surveillance and caught these wto, ultimately saving Christmas! We appreciate you!”

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(Ordonez Family/Facebook) An undated photo shows Frank Ordonez, who was killed in a shootout in Miramar Fla., on Dec. 5, 2019, in a UPS uniform. (MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- UPS workers around the country were asked to pause for a moment of silence on their routes Monday to honor fellow driver Frank Ordonez, who was taken hostage and killed last week in a police shootout.

Teamsters Local 769, Ordonez’s UPS union chapter, asked drivers to participate in the moment of silence in a tweet on Sunday, sharing an image of the slain 27-year-old in his uniform along with the time and date of the planned nationwide event.

"If in a safe place to do so, UPS drivers across the nation will have a moment of silence with four-way flashers on while parked," the union said. "#RIPFrank If you are able to safely participate in the planned moment of silence tomorrow at 5pm EST, do it for #FRANK."

UPS said the moment of silence was not a "coordinated company-wide effort," but said workers could "honor this moment" as long as it is safe to do so.

Ordonez was killed last Thursday after being held hostage at the scene of an attempted robbery at Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables, Florida. Police said two suspects opened fired while fleeing the store and carjacked Ordonez’s UPS truck before leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Ordonez and Richard Cutshaw, another bystander, were both killed in the shootout along with suspects Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, according to the FBI.

“We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence," UPS said in a statement Thursday. "We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident."

Ordonez began working with the company in July 2016, first as a package handler and then as a driver.

He leaves behind two daughters, ages 3 and 5. Cutshaw leaves behind his 99-year-old mother and five brothers and sisters.

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recep-bg/iStock(WESTON, Fla.) -- A 12-year-old Florida girl was arrested for posting a "death list" on social media and threatening to attack students at her middle school, police said.

A student and her parent at Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston contacted the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 6 around 7 p.m. to report a threat posted on Snapchat, the sheriff's office said in a press release.

The threat "included a death list with student names" from the school, police said.

A second threat was also posted to Snapchat the same afternoon that allegedly said the "students were not safe and that they would be killed on Monday, Dec. 9," according to police.

Detectives with the Threat Management Unit and Real Time Crime Center were able to identify that the source of the threats belonged to a 12-year-old girl from Weston, who is also a student at the same middle school.

The girl allegedly confirmed she made the threats, which were determined to be false, police said. She was arrested on Saturday evening and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The 12-year-old suspect currently faces two counts of a written threat to kill and false reporting concerning a firearm.

Police have not said why she made the threats.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend a storm system that moved into the West Coast brought more than 5 inches of rain to northern California around the Bay area. This heavy rain flooded streets and even produced a few mudslides in the state.

In the mountains, heavy snow of 12 to 17 inches fell from California to Montana making driving extremely difficult on the roads.

Now this storm system is in the Midwest and the Great Lakes, bringing with it heavy snow from the Dakotas to Minnesota and into Michigan. A treacherous Monday morning commute is expected in the Twin Cities.

Numerous snow alerts have been issued this morning from the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes.

Further south, heavy rain is moving through Indianapolis and Detroit.

Some of the heavy rain will move into the Northeast later this afternoon into the evening hours, just in time for evening rush hour. Snow will be ending in the Midwest by Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday, the cold front will move through the Midwest and the Northeast and, behind it, colder air will mix with precipitation changing it to snow from the Mid-South all the way into the Northeast.

By Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the rain will change to snow for most major cities along I-95 and there could be several inches of accumulation.

The Wednesday morning rush could be messy from Washington, D.C. to New York City and Boston.

Snow could even fall Tuesday evening in the South from northern Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee and into West Virginia.

At the moment, it looks like the heaviest snow Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning will be from the southern Appalachians and into southeast New England where 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall in Boston.

New York City and Philadelphia could see 1 to 3 inches of snow with Washington, D.C. getting a possible dusting.

Behind this storm system, the coldest air of the season is expected for the Midwest and the Great Lakes with winds chills well below zero.

Actual temperatures will be below zero across the Upper Midwest. Some of this cold air will move into the Northeast Wednesday, but it is not expected to be as cold as the Midwest.

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Sjo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- If you have a thing for moon phases or numbers then mark your calendar for this upcoming celestial event.

On Dec. 12 (12/12) at 12:12 a.m. ET the Cold Moon will become a full moon, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

🌕Feeling superstitious?🤞Lucky? Here's why next week's full Moon may be significant for some... https://t.co/IwyDR1EZS9#thatsalotof12s#fullmoon

— The Farmers' Almanac (@FarmersAlmanac) December 6, 2019

"The midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time," Farmers' Almanac explained.

The final full moon of the lunar cycle this year, and of the decade, is also known as the "Long Night's Moon" -- a fitting title as winter solstice nears which brings longer, darker nights.

And to top off the numerical calendar fun, the next day is Friday the 13th.

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