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MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette newspaper of Maryland that endured a mass shooting, and three Reuters reporters persecuted for their reporting have all been chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year.

"As we looked at the choices it became clear that the manipulation and abuse of truth is really the common thread in so many of this year's major stories from Russia to Riyadh, to Silicon Valley," Edward Felsenthal, Time editor in chief, said Tuesday morning on NBC's Today show. "And so we chose to highlight four individuals and one group who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths."

Khashoggi, 59, a Saudi journalist in self-imposed exile, was allegedly murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October. Investigators believe his death stemmed from his critical reporting of the Saudi government.

"This is the first time we've ever chosen someone no longer alive as the Person of the Year. But it's also very rare that a person's influence grows so immensely in death," Felsenthal said. "His murder prompted a global reassessment of the Saudi Crown Prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen."

Others selected were:

-- The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, which was attacked by a gunman in June. Five staffers were killed.

"The Gazette, one of the oldest papers in America, did what it's done before the Revolution and got a paper out the next day and continues to do so with courage," Felsenthal said.

-- Maria Ressa, a Reuters journalist who has come under attack for her reporting of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Felsenthal described Ressa as an "an extraordinary individual who has relentlessly pursued the current story in the Philippines."

"She has exposed Duterte's propaganda machine, the extrajudicial killings and ... she's been a legal target in the Philippines, currently under indictment in what many perceive as retribution for her reporting," he said.

-- Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters currently detained in Myanmar for their investigative reporting that uncovered the mass killing of Muslims.

"Two amazing reporters who exposed a mass killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and are in prison a year to the day tomorrow as a result of their reporting," Felsenthal said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mountainous areas of North Carolina saw almost 3 feet of snow from the recent storm that stranded motorists and left hundreds of thousands without electricity.

That storm may have moved eastward, but freezing temperatures remain and morning commuters should brace themselves for slick conditions. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for black ice along with the slippery conditions.

In northern Florida, a freeze warning has been issued -- the same applies for parts of Georgia and Louisiana.

Cold wind chills are being felt up and down the coast and throughout much of the eastern U.S. Tuesday morning, with lots of temperatures in the 20s and 30s.

Six states out West are under snow, wind or flood alerts ahead of a new storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest.

Later Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, heavier rainfall in the Northwest may lead to flash flooding as winds exceed 50 mph. That storm likely will move east Wednesday morning and deposit heavy snow, with 1 to 3 feet expected from the Cascades into the Rockies.

The storm system should move into the central U.S. on Thursday, with heavy rain likely in the South and some wet snow likely in the Plains and Great Lakes region.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A man is in custody after a possible road-rage incident led to the death of a New York City firefighter, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Faizal Coto, 33, of the New York Fire Department, was killed Sunday morning, police said.

Coto’s car collided with the suspect’s silver Infiniti on the Belt Parkway just before 5 a.m. Sunday, police said. The cars pulled over and shortly after the suspect’s car took off.

The victim was found on the ground next to his car, unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to his face and head, police said.

Coto was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

Surveillance video from that night showed Coto, a three-year FDNY employee, pulling his 2008 Ford Mustang over to the right shoulder of the road in the Bath Beach area of Brooklyn. Another vehicle then pulled up next to him.

Coto was found on the side of the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn around 5 a.m., suffering from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Joseph Desmond, the owner of the Infiniti involved in the incident, was arrested Monday by the U.S. Marshals in New Jersey, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

No charges have been filed against Desmond, 29, in connection with Coto’s death, sources said, though Coto's death was ruled a homicide, according to police.

Authorities released images of the vehicle of interest, which they described as a gray or silver Infiniti G35.

Desmond is being held in Middlesex County, New Jersey, on charges of being a fugitive from justice in New York, sources said.

Meanwhile, firefighters gathered in Brooklyn Monday, donning protection gear and stiff salutes, to pay tribute to the fallen officer.

Coto served in Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood.

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St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office(MISHAWAKA, Ind.) -- A 16-year-old has been charged with killing a pregnant classmate and her unborn child, of whom he was the father, authorities say.

Aaron Romeo Trejo allegedly stabbed Breana Rouhselang, 17, to death Saturday night and discarded her body in a dumpster near her home in Mishawaka, Indiana, according to a charging document filed in St. Joseph County Superior Court on Monday. Trejo will be charged as an adult under state law.

Rouhselang was reported missing by her parents Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m., according to the court document. Her mother told police that she was six months pregnant and had gone behind their home to talk to the father of her child around 11 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

When Rouhselang's mother woke up around 1 a.m. Sunday, she became concerned and went to Trejo's home several blocks away to ask where her daughter was, but Trejo told her that Breana did not show up to speak to him in the alley behind her home, the affidavit stated. Trejo also allegedly told the worried mother that "he had lost his cell phone so she could not call him back later."

Rouhselang's mother then called police after continuing to search for the teen and contacting her friends, police said.

Investigators went to talk to Trejo again, "since he may have been the last one to see or talk to Breana," but he reiterated that she was not there when he went to talk to her, according to the court document.

Police then instructed Trejo to send a message to Rouhselang's phone, to which he replied that he did not have a service plan and only had WiFi, police said. Trejo did have a service plan, the affidavit states.

When investigators surveyed the alley behind Rouhselang's home, they found glasses and a hat with what appeared to be blood on it, police said. They then located more blood throughout the area and located Rouhselang's body in a dumpster behind a nearby business -- a black plastic bag covering her head and upper torso, according to the charging document.

Police then transported Trejo and his parents to the station for questioning and asked him "what he knew about last night and Breana's whereabouts," the affidavit states.

Trejo stated that "he had reached out to Breana for the first time in months to see how she was doing with the pregnancy" and that she had agreed to meet him, but was not there when he walked to her home, police said. Trejo indicated that he waited around for a few minutes and then went home after Breana did not reply to a message he sent her, police said.

During the interrogation, Trejo stated that "neither he nor Breana wanted to have the baby" and that he had no idea where she was, according to the court document.

The detective then informed Trejo that the physical evidence would not support his story and asked if he and Rouhselang had fought over the pregnancy.

"Aaron Trejo quietly said, 'Yes,'" before explaining that "Breana waited too long" to tell him about the pregnancy for her to be able to get an abortion, the affidavit states.

Trejo then allegedly admitted to stabbing Rouhselang in the heart with a knife he brought from home, police said. He allegedly said he chose to use the knife "because he thought it would kill Breana quickly," according to the charging document.

"I took action....I took her life," Trejo allegedly told police, the affidavit states.

Trejo told police that he then put Rouhselang's body in the dumpster and threw her phone and the knife as far into a nearby river as he could, according to the court document.

Trejo also admitted he brought the black plastic bag he used to cover Rouhselang's head from home, knowing he would use it "for that purpose," police said.

He had been planning on killing Rouhselang and the baby for about a week, police said.

An autopsy determined that Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds and that her scarf had been "tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before Breana died," the charging document states. The manner of her death was ruled a homicide, police said.

Trejo is charged with one count of murder and one count of feticide, or the destruction or abortion of a fetus, according to the court document.

In a statement, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office said that "probable cause" was found to arrest Trejo.

Trejo is being held without bond and will be arraigned on Tuesday. He has not yet entered a plea, and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

He will be charged as an adult, according to an Indiana statute that states juvenile courts have no jurisdiction over murder cases involving defendants 16 or older.

Trejo is a football player for Mishawaka High School, and Rouhselang was the team's manager, ABC South Bend/Elkhart affiliate WBND-TV reported.

ABC News could not immediately reach a representative for the School City of Mishawaka for comment.

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tzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) -- New York City police officers are coming under fire after a "troubling" video surfaced showing them ripping a baby from the arms of a mother who had waited at a social services office for four hours seeking help, police and the woman's relatives said.

Jazmine Headley, 23, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, committing an act in a manner injurious to a child, criminal trespass and obstruction of governmental administration, according to the NYPD.

A judge also issued a restraining order against her barring her from coming near her baby.

Headley was booked into the Rikers Island jail pending a court hearing on Thursday.

"The video, obviously, is disturbing. It's very disturbing to me," Commissioner James O'Neill of the New York Police Department said Monday afternoon. "I'm a dad. I have two kids. But being a cop is a really difficult job."

O'Neill said an investigation of the incident has been launched by the NYPD and Steven Banks, commissioner of the city Human Resources Administration.

"We’re trying to get as much video as we can," O'Neill said. "We’ve got to see what led up to the incident. What were the actions of the people from HRA? What were the actions of our police officers?

"We do get called to HRA facilities now and again," he said. "We have to figure out the protocols and work with HRA to figure out a better way to do things."

Headley's mother, who witnessed the arrest, claims city Human Resources Administration security guards and police officers were in the wrong and responsible for letting the incident escalate into pandemonium.

"I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson," Headley's mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, told ABC New York station WABC-TV.

The office was crowded and there were no seats available when she and her Headley arrived, Jenkins said. She said her daughter sat on the floor with her 1-year-old son, Damone, to keep him calm.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, said at a news conference Monday outside the social services office that the "horrific" incident should have never happened.

"We are better than the images we witnessed over the weekend," Adams, a former New York City police captain, said. "This should be a place where families come to regain their dignity and respect instead of having it ripped from them."

He demanded a full investigation by the NYPD and that all charges be immediately dropped against Headley.

"Something's terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can't resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like the President's southern border strategy. We must do better," Adams said, referring to the Trump administration's practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a tweet that the video as heartbreaking and "hard to watch."

"This is unacceptable, appalling ...," he wrote. "I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this."

NYPD officials said in a statement that they were called to the city Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn just before 1 p.m. on Friday.

"The NYPD was called after office staff and HRA peace officers made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing a hallway," police said in a statement.

Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said her office has assigned an attorney to represent Headley. She said the woman went to the social services office to determine why daycare vouchers for her child were suddenly cut off.

She said Headley took a day off from her job as a security guard in hopes or resolving the daycare problems. She said Headley had been waiting at the office for four hours before the police were called on her.

"When people come to this office, they are here because they are in crisis," Schreibersdorf said. "Instead, they escalated the situation by bringing the police department in."

Both Adams and Schreibersdorf said the incident could have been avoided had officials at the office just went and found a chair for Headley or spoke to her calmly.

Jenkins said the HRA guards told her daughter she could not sit on the floor because she was blocking a hallway. When she refused to stand, a supervisor called the police, she said.

A cellphone video taken by Nyasia Ferguson, one of several taken by people who were also waiting at the office, shows at least three NYPD officers, including a sergeant, on top of Headley, who refused to let her child go.

"They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son!" Headley is heard screaming in the video.

One officer appeared to grab Damone and yank hard several times in an attempt to remove him from Headley's arms. A crowd of people gathered around the officers yelling for them to stop and attempting to explain that Headley had not been bothering anyone.

At one point, an officer is seen in the video pulling out a stun gun and appearing to point it at the crowd, ordering people to step back. The officer also appeared to point the stun gun at Headley, but it was never deployed, the video shows.

"I was just disgusted and scared," Ferguson told WABC. "I thought the cops [are] supposed to help you -- they just straight up came and attacked the lady."

Police were eventually able to wrest the baby away and place Headley under arrest. The city Administration for Child Protective Services was initially called in to take custody of the child, who was later turned over to Jenkins.

The NYPD called the incident "troubling" and said the encounter was "under review." The statement said the review will include all available video that captured the incident.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office was also conducting an investigation of the incident. A spokesperson for the district attorney said prosecutors do not plan to proceed with the charges against Headley.

Headly was being held on an unrelated warrant from Mercer County, New Jersey, Schreibersdorf said.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said it was reaching out to New Jersey authorities on behalf of Headley "to expedite her release."

Police officials said the HRA guards were the ones who initially took Headly to the floor when she refused to leave.

"NYPD officers then attempted to place her under arrest. She refused to comply with officers' orders, and was then taken into custody," according to the NYPD statement.

Police said no one was hurt in the confrontation.

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ABC News(SACRAMENTO) -- A woman whose family home and property were destroyed by the deadly and devastating Camp Fire in Northern California has been reunited with both of her dogs, thanks in part, to the determination of an animal rescue volunteer.

When the Camp Fire broke out in November, burning Andrea Gaylord's home to the ground, her two Anatolian shepherd-mix dogs -- Madison and Miguel -- went missing. The property had been in her family for 100 years, Gaylord said.

"It is very sad to see but it will renew," she said of the destruction to ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento. "We're still sifting through the ashes."

With neighborhoods completely wiped out and families not allowed to yet return to see the damage, volunteers like Shayla Sullivan were tasked with entering the fire zone and hopefully locating lost pets.

Sullivan said in a social media post that workers had reported seeing both Madison and Miguel.

On Nov. 24, Sullivan said, Gaylord told her that someone had messaged her via social media with a picture of Miguel. Sullivan said she was able to locate Miguel nearly 87 miles away. He'd been picked up by another rescue group.

With Gaylord and her husband unable to drive and staying in a shelter, Sullivan offered to pick up Miguel and return him to his family. Meanwhile, Sullivan continued trying to locate Madison.

"Shayla has been so helpful, you know, taking care of the dogs," Gaylord told ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento. "I have 141 phone calls on my cellphone from this gal, helping us find our dogs."

Sullivan said she saw the dog roaming around but was unable to catch him despite leaving food and water near the Gaylord property. Finally, after speaking to Gaylord, Sullivan said the two came up with the idea to leave a piece of clothing at the property to lure Madison.

On Wednesday, Sullivan shared that Gaylord had found Madison, after the family had finally been allowed to return to their property. Madison was found sitting guard on the family's land. Sullivan said it was the best moment getting that call.

"Imagine the loyalty, of hanging in, through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting. It was so emotional," Gaylord told the station. "You could never ask for better animals."

On Friday, Sullivan was present as Miguel, Madison and the Gaylords were all reunited.

The Camp Fire, considered the most destructive fire in state history, burned for 18 days, destroyed thousands of homes and structures, and killed at least 85 people before it was contained Nov. 25. Sullivan and Gaylord marveled at the fact that neither dog had sustained injuries from the fire.

"They're home," Sullivan said of the dogs.

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Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The mother of the woman who was killed when a protester rammed his car into a crowd of people at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 spoke about how her family has coped in the wake of her death.

Heather Heyer was killed by James Alex Fields, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges. Her mother, Susan Bro, was one of several people who gave victim impact statements in court on Monday.

"Almost all members of our family have gone into grief therapy as the darkness has tried to swallow us whole," Bro said in court, according to The Washington Post.

"We are survivors but we are much sadder survivors. We are forever scarred by the pain," she said.

Jurors listened to the impact statements from Bro and several others who were injured. They are expected to make their sentencing recommendation on Tuesday.

Fields, 21, was found guilty of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding and three counts of malicious wounding in addition to the first-degree murder count. He could face multiple counts of life sentences, based on the guidelines for those charges.

Jeanne “Star” Peterson was one of the victims who spoke in court, saying that her life has been "a living nightmare" after the crash, going through five surgeries to repair her shattered right leg.

"I saw Heather fly into the air before I was struck," Peterson said, according to ABC affiliate WVAW-TV. "I will never forget the look in her eyes."

She spoke about how difficult it was to be in the same room as the man whose actions injured her and killed Heyer, her friend.

"It's been really hard to be in the courtroom with him ... I watched the people I love testify about the worst day of their lives and he just doesn't show any emotion," Peterson said, according to WVAW-TV.

"I didn't realize that I have been carrying this heavy weight and I mean since the car attack really and now I feel so so light," she said.

Another victim who gave an impact statement, going only by the name Lisa Q., explained the painful process of recovering from her various injuries.

She said that she has gone through months of physical therapy in the wake of the August 2017 attack and "today I came close to making a fist."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- An Ohio man who said he was inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect planned to attack a Toledo-area Jewish house of worship for a "mass casualty attack" on behalf of ISIS, officials said.

Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, was arrested on Friday and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

"In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from radicalized, virtual jihadist to attack planner," said FBI acting special agent-in-charge Jeff Fortunato.

"Joseph will now be accountable in a court of law for his pursuit of a violent act of terrorism upon our fellow citizens attending their desired house of worship," Fortunato said in a statement released by the Department of Justice.

Joseph unknowingly had multiple interactions with undercover FBI agents, telling them that he was an ISIS supporter and saying that he was supportive of "martyrdom operations," the statement reads.

According to officials, Joseph expressed admiration for the shooter who opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27, killing 11 people inside the house of worship.

"I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually," Joseph told the undercover agent, according to the DOJ.

"I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah. They wouldn’t even [an attack] expect in my area..." Joseph said, the Justice Department said.

Joseph then started planning an alleged attack, sizing up two synagogues in the Toledo area as potential targets and telling the undercover agent that the final location would depend on "which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home."

He gave the undercover agent the name and address of the synagogue that he was planning to attack, though that information has not been publicly disclosed. He told the agent that he wanted to kill a rabbi, and showed the agent photos from inside the synagogue, according to the DOJ.

He then discussed which weapons would who be helpful in inflicting mass casualties, the DOJ said, and made a plan for the undercover agent to purchase the two AR-15s that Joseph would then hide in his house.

Joseph was arrested when he took the bag containing two AR-15s from the undercover agent on Dec. 7.

It was not immediately clear if Joseph had a lawyer.

Jeremy Pappas, the regional director of the Cleveland chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, praised law enforcement "for working so diligently to prevent terror from hitting our community.

"The Jewish community is still grieving following the October attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We can never let that happen again," Pappas said in a statement.

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Zolnierek/iStock(LUMBERTON, N.C.) -- The man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar in North Carolina could face the death penalty if convicted, a judge said Monday, according to ABC Raleigh station WTVD.

Michael McLellan, 34, is accused of abducting and killing the teen in November. Her disappearance sparked a massive manhunt and her body was found in Robeson County, North Carolina, weeks later.

During McLellan's brief court appearance Monday, the judge revoked bond, WTVD reported.

McLellan is charged with 10 felonies in Hania's case including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape, abduction of a child and first-degree kidnapping, the FBI said.

The FBI announced the arrest on Saturday and said McLellan was being held on unrelated charges.

Hania was abducted outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home in Lumberton on the morning of Nov. 5.

She had taken the keys to her aunt's SUV to start the car when a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face forced her in the car and drove away, police said. The stolen SUV was found three days later in Lumberton.

The same day McLellan's arrest was announced, more than 1,000 mourners gathered in a school gymnasium in Lumberton for Hania's emotional funeral service.

Friends and family took turns coming up to the podium to read letters and poems they had wrote for Hania.

She was described as a bright, happy 8th grader who was a good student and a loving daughter, big sister and friend.

Born in Fort Payne, Ala., on March 21, 2005, Hania loved to draw and listen to music, had dreams of becoming an architect, played soccer and the viola.

One of Hania's best friends, Jeidy Diaz Perez, read a letter at the funeral that she had written to Hania.

"When I found out what happened to you that morning, I didn't want to believe it," she said. "I prayed for you to come back that same day but you didn't. That night they found a body, I hoped that it wasn't you. But when that it was confirmed that it was you, I felt my heart breaking into pieces."

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Prathaan/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- A mother and her 17-year-old daughter were strangled to death in Southern California, officials said, as authorities search for their suspected killer.

Cecilia Meza, 41, and her daughter Kelsey Meza, 17, were found dead in a Monrovia home on Dec. 5 by officers conducting a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Cecilia Meza died from strangulation while Kelsey Meza died from blunt head trauma and strangulation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office.

Their suspected killer, Nimrod Perez Guerrero, remains at-large, the sheriff's office said.

Kelsey attended Monrovia High School, across the street from her home, reported KABC.

The 17-year-old was "excited about going to college," and was a "sweet, kind girl who always went out of her way to help others," Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said in a Dec. 6 statement.

"It is not natural for us to comprehend unnatural death – especially one in our own back yard," Thorossian said. "We’ve deployed our emergency response team, including trained counselors and psychologists, to Monrovia High School, where they will remain as long as they are needed to support students and staff coming to terms with their shock and grief."

Guerrero was believed to have known the victims, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported.

The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major winter storm that pummeled the Southeast has become a "nightmare and a tragedy" in North Carolina, claiming at least two lives, the governor said, as he warned drivers to be cautious of snowy roads and dangerous ice.

The storm has dropped staggering amounts of snow, ice and rain across North Carolina, with a year's worth of snow falling in some places in just one day, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.

A driver died in Matthews, NC, on Sunday after a tree struck the car. The driver then plowed through the front lawn of a church, hitting the building and causing minor structural damage, local police said.

In Haywood County, a woman on hospice care died, Cooper said, and another possible storm-related death is under investigation.

Now the South is digging out from what Cooper called a "mammoth winter storm."

While up to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in North Carolina, the storm also brought 2 feet of snow to Whitetop, Va.

Richmond, Va., had its second-snowiest December day on record and double-digit totals were reported in South Carolina, Tennessee and as far west as Texas.

Parts of West Virginia saw a whopping 20 inches of snow.

Freezing temperatures could turn wet and slushy roads into ice rinks in some areas on Tuesday, Cooper warned Monday.

Cars were abandoned amid the snow and sleet. A four-wheel drive plow even became stuck in 1 foot of snow in Greensboro, NC.

In Virginia, state police said they responded to over 1,000 car crashes on Sunday.

Due to the heavy snow and freezing temperatures overnight, state police on Monday are urging Virginians to avoid driving in the western, southern and central regions of the state.

Gov. Cooper added Sunday, "Travel conditions are extremely hazardous. Don’t put your life and the lives of first responders at risk by getting out on roads covered with snow and ice."

The storm not only canceled over 1,000 flights on Sunday, it also left more than 276,000 people without power across seven states Monday morning. Over half of the power outages are in North Carolina.

The forecast


That storm now has moved to the coast, just off the Carolinas. Wet snow was falling Monday morning in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

Snow and rain are expected to continue falling in the Southeast as the low pressure slowly begins to pull away from the coast. Not much snow accumulation is expected.

The Southeast will remain chilly into Tuesday, with early-morning wind chills in the 20s and 30s for many areas.

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Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- The search for a young Colorado mother who vanished on Thanksgiving Day is intensifying with local police enlisting help from law enforcement nationwide and worried loved ones asking for prayers that she be found safely.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, a pilot and the mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen at a Safeway supermarket on Thanksgiving near her home in Woodland Park, police said.

After she disappeared, Berreth's cell phone pinged in Gooding, Idaho, more than 700 miles from where she vanished, Cmdr. Chris Adams of the Woodland Park Police Department told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Sunday.

"It makes us wonder what she's doing up there, or what the phone is, potentially, because she may not be there," Adams said. Berreth's worried loved ones described her as a "responsible" and "grounded" woman, who wouldn't just leave her child without some sort of explanation.

"I just want her to come home," her brother-in-law, Brendan Kindle, told ABC News. "I find myself calling her quite often and her phone just goes to voicemail."

Police searched Berreth's house for clues and found her suitcases, makeup, and vehicles all untouched.

"After arriving at Kelsey's house ... and combing through things, we know 1 thing [is] certain, Kelsey did not pack to go anywhere," her brother, Clint Berreth, wrote on Facebook.

The FBI is now assisting in the investigation.

Berreth is described as 5-foot-3-inches tall, 110 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray sweater, and blue pants.

"We are determined to bring Kelsey Berreth home! We will NOT STOP LOOKING!" Berreth's family said in a post on a Facebook page created to keep people updated on the search.

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Courtesy BBDO New York and Sandy Hook Promise(NEW YORK) -- Every year without her son Dylan and his classmates who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School is unimaginably difficult for Nicole Hockley, but this year brought fresh pain.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas this February marked the deadliest school shooting since the one in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.

“Parkland hit me and all of Sandy Hook Promise incredibly hard, as it hit the whole country,” Hockley said, referring to the gun violence prevention group she co-founded in the wake of her son’s death.

The two tragedies drew instant comparisons, and they came together directly at the White House earlier this year when President Donald Trump held a listening session on gun violence the week after the Florida shooting.

Hockley was seated next to Sam Zeif, a Parkland survivor who issued an emotional call to action.

“Being in the room with a lot of those parents and kids -- where the grief was incredibly raw -- it was very much like looking at myself five years ago,” Hockley told ABC News last week.

“You really do feel like the earth isn’t balanced underneath your feet," she said. "That whole first year I felt like I was walking on a tilt."

The parallels between Sandy Hook and Parkland -- both of which are among the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history -- make for easy juxtapositions.

But Hockley says that the wounds re-emerge much more often, with every shooting.

“Each shooting we take very personally because we feel it was another preventable shooting and we haven’t trained people fast enough,” Hockley said.

She and Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was also killed in Newtown, founded Sandy Hook Promise to help combat school shootings as well as gun suicides and other forms of gun violence.

“We know logically that we can’t reach them all, but we know in our hearts we want to,” she said.

As part of that effort, the group organizes training sessions in schools and guidelines for how students, parents and teachers can know the signs of gun violence.

Their latest annual ad stressing the importance of being aware of such warning signs was released Monday morning on ABC News' Good Morning America.

The ad, directed by Rupert Sanders -- best known for directing Snow White and the Huntsman -- uses a twist to shock the viewer at the end of a seemingly normal high school day.

“Folks are going to find it a gut punch,” Barden said of the ad. “It’s powerful. It’s hard-hitting. It’s real, but it absolutely emphasizes that there are warning signs.”

Barden said that the work that he and the team at Sandy Hook Promise have done helps him in the wake of Daniel’s death.

“I have to keep reminding myself of all the good work we are doing, and all the mass shootings that didn’t happen because of our work and all the suicides we have prevented,” he said, noting that more than 5.5 million children and adults have received the group’s training.

“We are getting anecdotal evidence from the field literally every day” about prevented shootings or instances of gun violence, Barden said, adding “it’s a good counterweight to these statistics of the growing number of mass shootings.”

He doesn’t have to go far to see the reality and regularity of shootings in America impacting children, though. He sees it with his daughter. Daniel Barden was 7 years old when he was killed at Sandy Hook, and he had two older siblings, Natalie who was 10 years old at the time and James who was 12 years old.

“I’ve heard my Natalie express things just recently,” Barden said of his daughter, now 16.

“She was having an anxiety attack at the movie theater," he said. "She was afraid she was going to get shot. That shouldn’t be normal.”

“You can’t say ‘You’ll be okay, don’t worry,’ ... she has every right to have that concern and I don’t know what to say,” Barden told ABC News.

He said he places his greatest hope in the notion that future generations won't be subject to the kind of horror and fear his own children have endured.

“I do feel like, ‘Hang in there, Natalie, we’re on it.’… Natalie’s kids won’t have to worry about being shot in the movie theater or being shot at the beach,” he said.

Hockley said that the group believes that gun violence prevention is a two-generation campaign, and she hopes that the invigorated students who have become vocal advocates in the wake of the Parkland shooting will help lead to massive, sweeping change.

“Now that the Parkland student leaders have given voice to youth… that’s powerful, so that’s why we’re seeing more movement and more noise,” she said.

“I would love for Sandy Hook Promise not to exist," she said. "My goal in life is to put this organization out of business."

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MattGush/iStock(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) -- Five children have died following a house fire in Youngstown, Ohio, local fire officials said.

Arson is not suspected in the Sunday night blaze, officials said.

Youngstown is just miles from the Pennsylvania border.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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ABC News(CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.) -- Broward County Schools has pulled an assignment asking 9th graders whether they think suspected Parkland gunman Nicholas Cruz should die.

The worksheet, titled "Does Nikolas Cruz deserve to die," was given to ninth-grade students at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs Friday and was provided by an academic subscription service by the Scholastic Corporation -- an Oct. 8 article on capital punishment from The New York Times' Upfront Magazine included with it, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV reported.

The assignment, formatted as a quiz with multiple choice answers, included questions such as "What does the Eighth amendment prohibit" and "Why did states start using lethal injection in the 1980s?"

Cameron Kasky, a junior at the time of the shooting and one of the founders of the March For Our Lives movement, wrote on Twitter that Broward County Schools should be "ashamed."

"I cannot express how pathetic I find this," he wrote.

This worksheet was given to students in @BrowardSchools. I cannot begin to express how pathetic I find this. Our school
board should add this to the list of 1000 reasons to be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/tEl3BzTLg0

— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) December 7, 2018

Kasky was quoted in one of the questions on the assignment, which read, "In the article, Cameron Kasky says, 'Let him rot forever.' His tone can best be described as ___." The multiple choice answers provided were, "angry," "fearful," "gloomy" and "truthful."

Coral Glades High School is less than 5 miles, a mere 10-minute drive, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were killed on Valentine's Day when Cruz allegedly opened fire into multiple classrooms.

Broward County Schools apologized for the "assignment with insensitive content" in a statement on its website, saying it was pulled and that school administration was unaware of the content.

"The material was from a subscription-based publication, used as a curriculum resource," the statement read. "The school's leadership has pulled the assignment, is instituting an approved review process of all such materials and regrets that this incident occurred. Broward County Public Schools is working with the publishers to make them aware of our concerns."

ABC News could not immediately reach a spokesperson for the Scholastic Corporation for comment.

Cruz is currently awaiting trial and faces the death penalty, if convicted.

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