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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A newborn with the umbilical cord still attached has been found dead, lying on the ground in a vacant lot, police said.

The discovery was made Tuesday night in Port Jervis, New York, which is about 90 miles from New York City and near where Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York intersect.

At about 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a dead infant in a vacant lot, according to the Port Jervis Police Department. The baby "appeared to have been born recently" and had its umbilical cord attached, said police.

Authorities identified and interviewed the baby's mother but her name has not been released because the investigation is ongoing, police said Wednesday.

An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday and "detectives are awaiting results of toxicology and further testing," said police.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Port Jervis Police Department at 845-856-5101.

The police department added that it asks "the public to keep the young infant in their thoughts and prayers."

Every state has Safe Surrender or Safe Haven laws, though they differ by state, including how much time after birth a parent or guardian has to surrender the child. In 32 states, parents or guardians have 30 days to relinquish the child, Damien Johnson, director of communications of the National Safe Haven Alliance, told ABC News last month.

Laws also differ on which locations are considered safe havens. In every state, a hospital is a safe location. Some states also allow a child to be taken to a fire station or police station, said Johnson.

The first Safe Haven law was enacted in Texas in 1999, and since then all states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have passed Safe Haven legislation, saving over 4,000 babies, according to the National Safe Haven Alliance. There is no federal legislation, Johnson said.

You can reach the toll-free crisis hotline at 1-888-510-BABY or get information on your state by clicking the map here at

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MicroStockHub/iStock(PULLMAN, Wash.) -- Police are investigating the death of a Washington State University student who was found dead at a fraternity house near campus.

Officers arrived at the Alpha Tau Omega house in Pullman, Washington, on Tuesday morning, after receiving a call about a 19-year-old fraternity member who appeared to be "unconscious and not breathing." Fellow fraternity members had attempted to perform CPR on the young man, but medics ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene, according to press release from the Pullman Police Department.

The student was later identified by police as Samuel Martinez, a freshman at Washington State University who was from Bellevue, a city 10 miles east of Seattle.

A preliminary investigation indicated Martinez's death may be alcohol-related but, at this time, investigators don't believe the incident meets the definition of hazing, police said.

The incident remains under investigation. The Whitman County Coroner’s Office is working with the Pullman Police Department to determine the cause and manner of death.

Washington State University did not identify the student by name in a statement released Tuesday but described his death as "heartbreaking." School counselors and student affairs staff have met with "those most closely affected by this tragic loss," the university said.

All fraternities and sororities on campus have self-imposed an immediate suspension of social events for the rest of the semester, amid the ongoing investigation.

"Washington State University will be working with the Pullman Police Department and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in the coming days to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death," the school said in the statement. "Today, however, we are focused on supporting the student’s family and our University community."

The Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity, headquartered in Indianapolis, released a brief statement Tuesday, saying in part, "Alpha Tau Omega mourns the death of a member who passed away overnight. The chapter is working with local officials and university administrators in their investigation."

Martinez's death comes just two days after a San Diego State University freshman, Dylan Hernandez, died after leaving a fraternity gathering. Hernandez died when he fell off a top bunk following an event at the Phi Gamma Delta house on campus. All 14 fraternities at the school were suspended in the wake of his death.

Separately, an Arizona State University student was found dead Monday at the Greek Leadership Village, but school officials have not released details about the circumstances of his death.

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Security footage shows the moment De'Von Bailey was shot by police officers. (ABC News)(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- A pair of Colorado Springs police officers will not face charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a black man in August.

The decision was announced by Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May, who said that body camera footage of the incident provided "the best view of an officer-involved shooting" he had ever seen, Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO reported.

De’Von Bailey, 19, was shot Aug. 3 by officers investigating a report of an armed robbery. Body camera footage of the incident was reviewed by a grand jury, who found that the officers’ use of lethal force was justified because they had evidence leading them to believe Bailey was armed while he was fleeing, KRDO reported.

The footage shows Bailey and another man with their hands up, as officers tell them they have a report of people matching their description with a gun. Officers inform the men that they are going to check them for weapons. Bailey then flees and appears to reach for his waistband, before officers fire on him.

Bailey was shot three times in the back and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said a weapon was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Bailey’s death prompted peaceful protests Colorado Springs, and his family called for an independent investigation into his death.

A family representative said the family was disappointed by the district attorney's decision not to charge the officers.

"It is certainly not a surprise when a tainted investigation is presented by a biased prosecutor," Bailey family attorney Mari Newman said after the announcement. "This is the exact reason why we have called for an independent investigation and an independent prosecution."

It is not clear if the Bailey family will file a civil lawsuit or pursue any additional legal action in relation to the shooting.

“We fully acknowledge that there has been confusion and frustration surrounding this incident,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement released after the announcement.

He added that the shooting was investigated by an outside law enforcement agency -- the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office -- and that the results of their investigation led to the grand jury’s decision.

The officers involved in Bailey’s shooting have not been identified.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Since Monday, up to 40 states from New Mexico to Maine had more than 1,000 cold records tied or broken.

The National Weather Service is comparing this historic cold blast to November of 1911 -- more than 100 years ago.

Thusday morning, the chill is lingering around the eastern half of the country with wind chills still below zero in the northern Plains, temperatures in the teens in the Northeast, and temps in the 20s all the way to Atlanta.

The town of Caribou, Maine, dropped to 3 degrees Thursday morning, the coldest temperature ever recorded there this early in the season.

A nice rebound in temperatures is expected this afternoon, with highs in the 40s in New York City, Washington, D.C., and even Chicago.

Even milder weather expected Friday with highs near 40 in Chicago and temperatures in the 50s in New York.

From St. Louis to Washington, D.C., temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s -- so enjoy the thaw!

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Wolterk/iStock(OXON HILL, Md.) -- A Maryland man wanted in a fatal stabbing over a Popeyes chicken sandwich has been arrested, police said.

Ricoh McClain, 30, of District Heights, Md., was located and taken into custody Wednesday night for murder and other charges, according to the Prince George's County Police Department. No further details were immediately released.

Police believe McClain is responsible for a stabbing that occurred on the evening of Nov. 4 at a Popeyes restaurant in Oxon Hill, Md., about 12 miles south of Washington, D.C.

McClain allegedly got into a brief argument with another customer who had cut the line at the fast food spot while waiting to order the chicken sandwich, a popular menu item that returned to Popeyes nationwide this month. Agreeing to take the fight outside, the two men both got out of line and walked out the front door to the parking lot. McClain allegedly stabbed the other man immediately and then fled the scene, according to police.

The victim -- identified as 29-year-old Kevin Tyrell Davis of Oxon Hill, Maryland -- suffered a single stab wound and was rushed to a local hospital, where he died soon after. There is no indication the pair knew each other prior to the confrontation, according to police.

"Our homicide detectives are hard at work on this one, but we have been able to determine preliminary that this is related to the release of the sandwich here at this restaurant," Prince George's County police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan told reporters at a press conference that night.

"For you to get that angry over anything," she added, "and to develop into this type of violence, again, is a very sad and tragic day."

Investigators identified McClain after releasing surveillance images of him while he was still at large. A Prince George's County police officer who saw the photos recognized McClain from previous run-ins. Investigators also received multiple tips from the community, police said.

Police do not believe McClain acted in self defense and have charged him with first-degree and second-degree murder, first-degree and second-degree assault, as well as reckless endangerment.

Following the man's death, a Popeyes spokesperson told ABC News that the company was "very sad to hear about the tragedy."

"We do not yet know whether this was the result of a dispute over one of our products or something unrelated, but there is no reason for someone to lose their life on a Monday night in a parking lot," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and we are fully cooperating with local authorities."

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Freehold Township Police Department(NEW YORK) -- Authorities are using bloodhounds to search a Staten Island park in the hunt for a New Jersey woman who has been missing since October.

Stephanie Parze, 25, was last seen Oct. 30 after visiting a psychic with members of her family, New York City ABC station WABC reports.

Parze, who works as a makeup artist, dropped her family off at their house and then went to drive home.

"She gave me three kisses goodbye and I just told her to call me or text me when she gets home and I never heard from her," her mother Sharlene Parze told WABC.

"All the text messages and calls I tried to reach out to her, there was never any response which was not like her," she continued. "Whoever has her, please let her go. Please, we want our baby back."

Parze's ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, was taken into custody last week on unrelated child pornography charges. Sources told WABC he is a person of interest in the case of her disappearance, and police searched his home in connection with her disappearance.

The Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor said in a statement that Parze's case is active and ongoing.

"Our investigation to this point has not given us any reason to believe that there is any danger to the general public. This matter remains a high priority as investigators are determined to locate Ms. Parze. We are following up on every lead and the investigation has taken our team into Staten Island," it added.

Parze is described as petite in size, standing 4 feet 11 inches and weighing 115 pounds.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 732-431-7160 ext. 7032, or Detective Daniel Valentine of the Freehold Township Police at 732-462-7908.

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Washington County Sheriffs Office(WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore.) -- A 20-year-old school bus driver in Oregon has been charged with DUI after he allegedly crashed a bus with 10 students on board, authorities said.

The bus crashed Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. on Southwest Old Highway Road in Washington County, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they said they saw the bus in a ditch and that the driver, Jonathan C. Gates of Hillsboro, Ore., "appeared to be impaired."

Surveillance video released by the sheriff's office shows the tilted bus skidding on the shoulder of the highway before crashing.

A bus aide was also aboard the bus, along with the students, ages 10 to 16. No one was injured, authorities said.

The bus was serving students from Forest Grove High School, Neil Armstrong Middle School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, the Forest Grove School District said in a statement to ABC Portland affiliate KATU.

Gates was arrested on a DUI-controlled substance charge. He had been released from the Washington County Jail by Wednesday afternoon.

He's been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing and will be required to undergo a mandatory drug test, according to the school district.

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(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport intercepted a traveler attempting to smuggle 35 pounds of liquid cocaine into the United States in shampoo bottles, Nov. 11, 2019. (HOUSTON) -- Authorities confiscated hundreds of thousands dollars worth of liquid cocaine inside two dozen shampoo bottles at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Officials on Wednesday stopped a man who was allegedly trying to smuggle 35 pounds of the drug in 24 full-sized bottles of shampoo, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The 26-year-old man, who was not named, had stashed the liquid cocaine amid his clothing in his checked bag, CBP said.

Upon discovering the bottles, officers used a K-9 to examine them.

The K-9 confirmed there were narcotics inside the shampoo bottles, according to CBP.

The total amount seized came out to more than $400,000, the agency said.

The man was brought back to Colombia, where he is from, and the drugs were turned over to the Houston Police Department for further investigation.

“We take every opportunity to intercept those illicit goods before they enter our communities, in this case it was 35 pounds of liquid cocaine," CBP Port Director Shawn Polley said in a statement.

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(Photo Credit: Melissa Akacha) Lynn Schutzman, a 70-year-old former pharmacist, was living out of a small SUV with her two dogs until two friends came across her car in a suburban Philadelphia store parking lot.(PHILADELPHIA) -- It all started with two best friends who took to a neighborhood social media site to get more information about a stranger they'd noticed living in her car in a suburban Philadelphia store parking lot.

"Does anyone know anything about the elderly woman with 2 dogs that has recently been living in her car under the covered part of the Target parking lot?" Jennifer Husband-Elsier asked on the Nextdoor app in April. "I spoke to the police and they said she's been living like this for over 2 years in different areas of [King of Prussia]. ... It's an awful scenario. Really, really upsetting."

That post brought about a life change that Lynn Schutzman, a 70-year-old former pharmacist living out of a small SUV and battling multiple health issues, could never imagine.

Schutzman and her two dogs now live in an apartment where she receives food deliveries and neighbors stop by to walk her dogs. For the first time in years, Schutzman has Thanksgiving dinner plans with Husband-Elsier's family and others.

"It's incredible," Schutzman told ABC News on Wednesday. "[The community] did a beautiful job. I mean, the apartment is just beautiful with personal touches. ... I couldn't believe it."

In that April post, Husband-Elsier told the app's users that she wanted to do something about Schutzman's predicament.

Husband-Eisler said she and her friend Melissa Akacha approached Schutzman's car.

"Our first question to her was just, 'Are you OK?'" Husband-Elsier said.

Soon, the two women learned of her story: Schutzman had suffered from numerous illnesses following the sudden death of her husband, and that brought about a continuous mountain of medical bills, according to WBUR News.

Schutzman soon found herself unable to pay for her home, so she moved all of her belongings and her two dogs into her SUV. She said she didn't qualify for affordable housing and that homeless shelters would not allow her dogs.

Because Akacha is a pharmacist, she asked people in the field whether they knew of Schutzman. Meanwhile, Akacha and Husband-Eisler paid for Schutzman to stay in a hotel. Akacha said she learned that Schutzman was a respected mentor in the pharmacy field.

"Everybody knew that Lynn was a really wonderful, sweet, loving, giving person who really fell on hard times," Husband-Elsier told ABC News. "That made us confident in our journey to start helping her."

After Husband-Elsier and Akacha each posted about Schutzman on the app to make residents aware, some people brought meals and blankets, and even food for her pets, to her vehicle in the Target parking lot.

Husband-Elsier and Akacha, however, wanted to do more. So, they posted a crowdfunding page for Schutzman.

"This woman has gone completely absolutely everyone in our town for over two years! Up until today, she never wanted to admit to anyone, including her physicians, that she is homeless. She puts on a front to most people who know her because she is embarrassed [as you can imagine] of what has happened to her. ... She is one of 'King of Prussia's homeless,'" Husband-Elsier and Akacha wrote in their posts. "We need to help this woman. NO ONE should ever have to live the way she is living."

Ten days later, they'd raised enough money online to get Schutzman a studio apartment. About a dozen neighbors also came to King of Prussia in May to help paint and furnish Schutzman's new apartment with donated items before she finally moved in. Husband-Elsier and Akacha said there were various committees in charge of fixing Schutzman's car, caring for her dogs and even getting her doctors.

"Everyone wanted to be a part of this," Akacha said.

"I know that Lynn needed us. She needed friendship and love and people who care. ... We learned that we needed Lynn, too. This opportunity has also given us love and friendship and restored our faith in humanity," Husband-Elsier wrote in a post on NextDoor.

In a video that captured Schutzman entering her new home, there wasn't a dry eye in the room as she thanked everyone.

"It was unbelievable the way our community came together," Husband-Elsier said on Wednesday. "We just asked [Schutzman] if she was OK. Really, it's the community who made the big impact."

As of Wednesday, the rent for that apartment had been paid off for the next two years and the crowdfunding page had raised more than $30,000.

"It wouldn't have happened without these angels," Schutzman told ABC News. "I just want people to realize that this can happen to anybody. ... I had a good job. I had good retirement but I got sick and health insurance only covers so much. ... I have no children. I have no family. .. I had nowhere to turn. Sometimes, you know, just the kindness of strangers just makes all the difference in someone's life."

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aijohn784/iStock(DETROIT) -- When a 21-year-old Detroit, Michigan, aspiring nurse did not contact her father as she was heading home from work, red flags were raised.

KaBria Arnold's close-knit family had a system where they would text or call their dad wherever they went. On Sunday, Nov. 10, KaBria Arnold got off work from a local supermarket at 11:30 p.m. and was found dead 20 minutes later.

"KaBria texted dad that she was at work, but never texted when she was leaving," KaBria's sister, Qiana Arnold, told ABC News over the phone on Wednesday.

When KaBria's Arnold's phone went straight to voicemail, her father and his daughters sprung into action.

"My dad and my other sister drove around the neighborhood and drove up and down streets they don't normally drive around," said Qiana Arnold.

Detroit Police Department received a 911 call around 11:40 p.m. Sunday of shots fired on the corner of Pilgrim and Bentler Streets. When officers arrived, KaBria Arnold was laying on the street unresponsive.

"They saw a lot of police cars, drove up and saw my dad's car that KaBria drove to work," said Qiana Arnold, who added, "and a body on the ground."

According to a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman, multiple shell casings "were found near the victim, but the victim sustained one fatal wound."

"KaBria was a loving, beautiful spirit ... everyone in the community knew her," Qiana Arnold said about her younger sister. "We live in Rosadale Park, but in that area we have no idea who she would know over there."

KaBria Arnold played volleyball, softball and ran cross country for Renaissance High School. During the fall of 2018, she spent one semester at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and played on the softball team, a university spokeswoman told ABC News.

"She was studying to become a registered nurse because she loved to help others...she would give her last to make sure her loved ones were okay," said Qiana Arnold, who set up a fundraising page to help pay for her sister's funeral. As of Wednesday morning, more than half of the family's $15,000 goal had been raised.

KaBria Arnold's life was hoping to enroll again at UM-Dearborn in the spring of 2020, according to her family.

Qiana Arnold's voice cracked as she remembered her baby sister's smile and the sadness that she will not meet her fourth niece who is expected to be born in the coming months.

"The police are still trying to put everything together and they are asking us to be patient," said Qiana Arnold.

If you have information on this crime, contact the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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WEWS(CLEVELAND) -- A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a 6-year-old girl who was asleep in her Cleveland home when she was fatally shot in the head, authorities said Wednesday.

Lyric Lawson was asleep on a couch when bullets from a semi-automatic rifle pierced through her house at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 5 , said police. She was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Reporting on the death of a child...never gets easier.

This morning on #WEWS we have the latest in the search for answers surrounding the death of this beautiful baby.

6 yr. old Lyric Lawson was shot in the head while sleeping at home Saturday. Police say it was a drive by.

— Jessi Schultz (@Jessi_Dianne) October 7, 2019

Suspect Raysean Howard, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning in Hermitage, Tenn., while he was hiding in the attic of his father's home, authorities said.

Other people are believed to be "directly" involved in Lyric's death and investigators are "following up as we speak on those other individuals," police said at a news conference Wednesday.

"We do believe that this was some continued violence or intimidation directed at someone else. We don't think this was random, we do believe someone else was targeted at that home," police said.

"This is a continuing investigation," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams added. "We are by no means done."

Lyric's aunt, Corday Lawson, said she was "so happy" to learn of the arrest. She didn't expect it to take over one month, but she told ABC News, "I'm just grateful it didn't take longer."

"I just want everyone to remember her as the fun loving tomboy/girly girl she was," Lawson said.

"She was beautiful inside and out," she said, adding that Lyric's older and younger sisters are "missing her every day."

Eric Smith, special agent in charge of the FBI Cleveland Field Office, said Wednesday, "while the arrest will not bring back little Lyric Lawson," he hopes it "will bring some closure to her loved ones."

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DNY59/iStock(BOSTON) -- A former Southern California private school director and test administrator has agreed to a plea deal in cooperation with the government for his role in the college admissions scandal nicknamed "Varsity Blues."

Igor Dvorskiy, who was head of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School and test administrator for the College Board and ACT, appeared in a Boston federal court Wednesday to enter a guilty plea for the charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering.

Prosecutors accused Dvorskiy of accepting bribes to facilitate the cheating scheme at the West Hollywood test center, allowing Mark Riddell, the 37-year-old Harvard grad embattled in the scandal, of secretly taking the standardized tests in place of the children whose parents were working with William "Rick" Singer, the alleged ringleader of the conspiracy.

As a part of the plea deal, the government recommended that Dvorskiy spend 24 to 30 months in prison -- on the low end of the sentencing guideline range. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Dvorskiy will be sentenced on Feb. 7, 2020.

Dvorskiy also agreed to forfeit $149,540, which prosecutors say is equal to the amount he made during Singer's scheme. In addition, he has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify at trial, if called, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Dvorskiy's attorney, Melissa Weinberger, declined to provide a comment to ABC News.

Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at an insurance company, was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday for paying $450,000 in bribes to get his two children into the University of Southern California as fraudulent athletic recruits.

Prosecutors initially had recommended a 12-month sentence because he participated in the scheme for more than one child. His son was admitted to USC as a fake basketball recruit, while his daughter was admitted as a fake soccer recruit.

MacFarlane also will serve two years of supervised release and has been ordered to pay a $150,000 fine. His is the longest sentence to be handed out among the 13 parents in the case sentenced so far.

MacFarlane's attorney, Cristina Arguedas, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Last month, a grand jury in Boston returned additional charges against 18 people tied to the scandal, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannuli, both of whom pleaded not guilty to the new charges.

Actress Felicity Huffman served 11 days of her 14-day prison sentence last month for her role in the scheme, in which she paid someone $15,000 to improve and correct her daughter's SAT exam. She was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and serve probation for one year.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- An arctic blast is taking over a large swath of the country Wednesday, with brutally cold temperatures paralyzing the Midwest, the Northeast and even the deep south.

The wind chill plummeted Wednesday morning to a bone-chilling 1 degree in Syracuse, 4 degrees in Boston and 8 degrees in Pittsburgh.

Even the South was feeling the arctic blast, with wind chills falling to 17 degrees in Raleigh, 15 degrees in Knoxville and 21 degrees in Atlanta. Temperatures in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi on Wednesday morning were in the 20s and 30s -- colder than any temperature recorded all of last winter.

More than 300 record cold temperatures were reported in the last two days, including in Chicago, where the high of the day Tuesday was 17 degrees -- the coldest high temperature ever recorded this early in the season.

New York City and Philadelphia dropped to a frigid 23 degrees Wednesday morning, breaking daily records in both cities.

By Wednesday afternoon, it warmed up slightly -- to a wind chill of 9 degrees in Chicago, 21 degrees in Boston, 16 degrees in Cleveland and 40 degrees in Atlanta and New Orleans.

Thursday will be another cold morning, with wind chills forecast to clock in at 17 degrees in Chicago, 11 degrees in Minneapolis, 20 degrees in Boston and 26 degrees in Atlanta.

But the record-breaking deep freeze won't last long. By Friday, temperatures will rebound to above freezing in Chicago and New York City will thaw to about 50 degrees.

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MattGush/iStock(WORCESTER, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts firefighter and father of three died while rescuing members of his crew at the scene of a 4-alarm blaze overnight, officials said.

The massive fire in Worcester, about 45 miles west of Boston, was reported just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the Worcester Fire Department since 2010, died rescuing the other members of his crew, officials said.

Menard's family had planned to be leaving for a trip to Disney, said Michael Papagni, president of the local firefighters' union.

"They're now instead planning a hero's send off," Papagni told reporters Wednesday morning.

Menard and the other firefighters were working to rescue a resident and baby when they became trapped by heavy fire conditions, Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said.

Menard "heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another trapped firefighter, assisting him out the window," Lavoie said at a news conference.

Fire conditions then overtook the third floor and Menard "was unable to escape," Lavoie said.

The high winds and brutally cold temperature made it difficult for the fallen lieutenant to be rescued, officials said.

Three other firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. One remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition and the other two firefighters have been released.

Menard leaves behind his wife, three children and parents, the department said.

"He had a true passion for the job and he'll be missed," Papagni added.

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Chanintorn.v/iStock(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- A YouTube star who was accused of physically abusing her seven adopted children has died at an Arizona hospital.

Machelle Hobson, 48, died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. The cause and manner of her death was unknown.

For years, Hobson ran the popular YouTube channel "Fantastic Adventures," which featured her adopted kids in different scenarios. She was arrested on March 15 following a welfare check at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, about 35 miles south of downtown Phoenix, according to the complaint filed in Pinal County Superior Court.
The officers conducting the welfare check found seven children at Hobson's residence "who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale completion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry," according to the probable cause statement.

Some of the children alleged that they were pepper-sprayed, beaten and deprived of food and water if they didn't participate in the YouTube videos, and that they were punished if they forgot their lines or didn't follow Hobson's directions. The YouTube channel has since been deleted.

"This is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school, so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years," the probable cause statement reads.

All seven children were removed from Hobson's custody.

Hobson denied the allegations at the time, saying the only forms of punishment she uses are grounding, spanking and making the kids stand in the corner, according to the complaint. Her attorney, Richard Scherb, told ABC News in a statement in March, "The state's case is without merit."

Scherb did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on her death.

Hobson was indicted on Mar. 25 by a grand jury on 30 counts of kidnapping, child abuse, dangerous crimes against children and aggravated assault, according to a press release from the Pinal County Attorney's Office.
Her two biological children, 27-year-old Logan Hackney and 25-year-old Ryan Hackney, were also taken into custody in March on 7 counts each of failing to report child abuse. The brothers were released on their own recognizance and were scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 8. But then the Pinal County Attorney's Office announced its decision not to charge either of them, noting in a statement that the investigation into their "role in the case -- if any -- is ongoing."

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