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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Four people have died -- including a police officer -- after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago's South side.

Three shooting victims all died from their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.

The shooting began as a verbal altercation between a man and a woman near Michigan Avenue outside of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in the city's Bronzeville District, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday evening.

After a friend of one of the individuals tried to intervene, the man then lifted up his shirt, showing that he was armed, Johnson said.

The acquaintance then fled into the hospital, and the man fired at the woman in the parking lot, killing her, Johnson said. The couple were in a domestic relationship, and the woman was an employee at the hospital.

Police responded to the scene and observed the suspect with a handgun, who fired multiple shots at the officers before they could exit their cars, after which officers chased him into the hospital, Johnson said.

Officers then exchanged gunfire with the suspect inside the hospital. A female staff member inside an elevator and a police officer struck by gunfire both also died.

One of the women killed was a doctor, while the other was a pharmaceutical assistant, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during the news conference.

"The City of Chicago lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they love," Emanuel said.

The doctor was later identified as 38-year-old Tamara O'Neal, an emergency room physician who was dedicated to her church and never worked Sundays, said Patrick Connor, director of emergency medicine at the hospital. Dayna Less, 25, was the pharmacy resident in training killed.

The ER is expected to be closed on Tuesday.

"A hospital should be a safe place," Connor said. "Every shooting in America is a tragedy -- it is a national tragedy. And it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in a healing space of a hospital."

The hospital had its first active-shooter drill three or four weeks ago, said Michael Davenport, the chief medical officer.

"We never thought we would have to experience what we had," Davenport said. "Everyone did what they were trained to do."

About 200 patients were being cared for at the time of the shooting, he added. Everyone from the emergency room was relocated.

It is unclear if the suspect died by police gunfire or from a self-inflicted shot, Johnson said.

The officer was identified by the department as Samuel Jimenez, Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, wrote on Twitter, describing the deadly attack as a "senseless active shooter incident."

Jimenez "saved a lot of lives," Johnson said, adding that the suspect "was just shooting" and they "just don't know how much damage he was prepared to do."

"Today, the Fraternal Order of Police lost a valued brother -- a courageous police officer who got up this morning, went to work and wanted to protect the city of Chicago," said Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago chapter of the police union. "He did that today, and he did so with his life."

Law enforcement swarmed the scene near the hospital after shots were fired near 26th Street and Michigan Avenue, Guglielmi said.

Officers were executing a "methodical" search of the hospital in the wake of the shooting, Guglielmi said. The hospital later tweeted that the building was secured and that patients were safe.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Across the Northeast Tuesday morning, winter weather advisories are in effect, with much of New England anticipating snow.

Around 7 a.m. EST snowfall's expected to begin from western Massachusetts to Albany, New York, as well as in southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Snow showers from Buffalo to Watertown are also expected in New York.

Widespread snowfalls of 2 to 4 inches are possible, with some areas, including higher elevations, potentially seeing as much as 6 inches.

Thanksgiving Day is going to be frigid, with wind chills in the Northeast below zero and in the teens from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.

Record lows are expected throughout the region, with daytime temperatures forecast to be 20 to 35 degrees below normal. Temps should return to normal by the weekend.

On the West Coast, much-needed rain should be falling soon, necessitating a flood watch for parts of Northern California from Wednesday evening through Friday morning. Heavy rains may help extinguish the deadly Camp Fire, but too much precipitation could lead to mudslides.

Beginning Wednesday evening, 6 to 15 inches of snow is possible throughout the Sierra Nevadas, which could make travel in those areas quite difficult.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, and perhaps lasting much of the day, showers are likely from Seattle down to Los Angeles.

Another storm likely will move in Thursday night, into Friday morning, but it will mostly be confined to the Northwest, where a flood watch should be in effect.

The travel forecast on Wednesday looks mostly clear, with a few trouble spots including the rain on the West Coast, a few showers toward the Gulf of Mexico and a little lake effect snow. The middle part of the country and East Coast should be seasonable, sunny and dry.

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Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early Tuesday morning.

The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 82 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 64 of the remains have been positively identified so far.

The vast majority of the deaths -- 79 total -- were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state's history.

The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 1,202 as of Sunday but decreased to 699 on Monday evening, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.

The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage "total devastation."

"We've never seen anything like this in California," Trump said.

The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.

Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.

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Courtesy Officer Monica Blake(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Nashville Police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against her employer, accusing the department of retaliating against her after she reported that she was raped by a fellow officer.

On May 2, 2016, Officer Monica Blake, 36, was strangled and sexually assaulted allegedly by another officer, Julian Pirtle, in her home while that officer was drunk, according to the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Middle District of Tennessee.

Blake had been romantically involved with Pirtle "off-and-on for a number of years," up until that point, the civil complaint stated.

Blake was "terrified" by the attack and thought Pirtle was going to kill her, according to the lawsuit. She did not immediately report the attack but stopped seeing and communicating with the man, the lawsuit said.

On May 10, 2016, Pirtle showed up to McKissack Middle School, where Blake was assigned as a school resource officer, to talk to her about what happened, the civil complaint stated. Blake "surreptitiously" recorded the conversation, which included Pirtle allegedly admitting to choking her, as well as him referring to himself as "a killer" and "The Hulk," according to the court document. Blake then reported the attack to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, but did not disclose that she was raped until May 23, 2016.

The next day, Pirtle was charged with aggravated domestic assault and decommissioned, a press release by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville showed. A temporary order of protection was also issued against Pirtle that day, and he was later charged with rape, online criminal court records showed.

Pirtle is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Trouble for Blake began after she reported the attack, she told ABC News. The lawsuit names the Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County and Cmdr. Janet Marlene Pardue in her role as Blake's supervisor, as defendents.

First, Blake's shift was changed from the morning to evening shift, and when Blake submitted a hardship request asking to be assigned to a different detail "due to the trauma she had experienced" as well as due to her childcare responsibilities, Pardue moved her shift back to mornings but required her to work a weekend day as well, the lawsuit stated.

In addition, when Blake asked to move her start time to an hour later so she could take her kids to school, Pardue agreed, but said she would have to use her vacation time for that hour, Blake said, adding that she used up several vacation days as a result.

It was then that Blake had an inkling she was being retaliated against, because she was aware that similar requests made to Pardue had been granted without issue, Blake said. The retaliation became "continuous" after that point, she said.

On June 8, 2016, Pirtle violated the order of protection by texting Blake, and Blake reported the violation to the department, documents stated. That same day, Davidson County’s Jean Crowe Advocacy Center sent an "Outstanding Officer" commendation on behalf of Blake to Pardue in recognition of "Blake's excellent work on a particular domestic violence case," according to the lawsuit.

Pardue then decommissioned Blake on June 15, 2016, the court document stated. Blake's police powers were stripped, and she was required to turn in her badge, gun and radio, she said. She returned to work later that summer after completing a psyche evaluation, she added.

Then, in October 2017, Pardue initiated two disciplinary investigations into Blake for her handling of situations at McKissack Middle School, one of which she had already been exonerated for, and the other, a "truthfulness allegation" against Blake's claim that she'd taken her utility belt off before entering her car, had been proven false by surveillance video from the middle school, according to the civil complaint.

Blake, who has been working with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2005, had "received only a handful of minor disciplinary infractions" from the police department up until 2014, and between 2010 and 2013, her performance reviews averaged a 3 on a 4-point scale, with "3" ranking as "Commendable," according to the lawsuit.

On Oct. 17, 2017, Pardue informed Blake that she would be "indefinitely restricted from any secondary employment privileges," without giving a reason or providing a process to contest it, according to the civil complaint.

Pardue also indicated to Pirtle's defense attorney in December 2017 that she would be "willing to testify on behalf of Pirtle by alleging that Officer Blake is a dishonest person," according to the complaint.

In January of this year, Pirtle pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, but the rape charge against him was dropped, criminal records showed. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to stay away from Blake.

The plea bargain prosecutors offered Pirtle kept his name off the sex offender registry and will allow him to expunge his record if he completes three years of probation successfully, according to Blake's lawsuit.

After Pirtle was convicted, Blake then became concerned that Pardue would "use any excuse to provoke a conflict, make false allegations against her, or even physically harm her," according to the lawsuit.

Blake was temporary assigned to the North Precinct after expressing her concerns to human resources. On Jan. 29, when she and her attorney showed up to the West Precinct for a settlement hearing on the two disciplinary investigations from October, she appeared unarmed and out of uniform "in order to minimize the chances of escalating the conflict with Pardue," the complaint stated. A lieutenant who asked Blake why she was out of uniform then advised her to write a supplement to human resources detailing her concerns.

When Blake also appeared in civilian clothes for a Feb. 12 meeting, Pardue questioned why she was out of uniform and unarmed, according to the complaint.

Blake responded, "I have explained in detail why I’m not comfortable being armed at this point around you particularly," which another lieutenant who was present constituted as a "threat" to Pardue, the complaint stated.

That lieutenant advised Pardue to "review the recording" of her interaction with Blake, and after doing so, Pardue referred the "threat" to MNPD Deputy Chief Brian Johnson, according to the lawsuit.

Later that day, Johnson reviewed the recording and "immediately decommissioned" Blake, the lawsuit said. Pardue filed an incident report the next day, characterizing the alleged threat as "assault by intimidation," the court document stated. Blake returned to work again on April 13 after undergoing another psyche evaluation, she said.

After that, a barrage of complaints were filed against Blake.

One for a March 26 Facebook post she made stating that a community oversight board would help relations between the police and the public, and another for a 2012 video in which "Blake had done a video testimonial for the website of a magician, which she did not have permission for from the police chief, violating MNPD policy," the lawsuit alleged.

Another complaint stated that Blake violated MNPD's "secondary employment" policy in 2013, about five years earlier, by hosting a "Princess House" party without the department's authorization, and another was filed for "assault" for the comment she made to Pardue on Feb. 12, according to the complaint.

Blake has been given 41 suspensions since first reporting the attack in 2017, she said. If an officer receives 30 or more suspension days in a calendar year, he or she will be terminated, under MNPD policy, the lawsuit stated.

Blake may have been retaliated against for not adhering to the "blue code," a "cultural ethos" that "asserts that police officers must identify as police officers first, must always take up for other officers, and must never report on other officers' misconduct," according to the civil complaint.

But, Pardue's discrimination toward Blake allegedly began long before she reported the attack, the lawsuit alleged. Pardue began "making life difficult" for Blake the moment she assumed command of the West Precinct in 2012, the complaint stated.

The lawsuit also accused Pardue of "typically" favoring male officers over female officers, giving one example of Pardue "accommodating the work-related requests of male officers more frequently and easily than similar requests by female officers." The lawsuit also accused Pardue as being "personally hostile to African-Americans who raise the issue of racism in America, especially if they raise it in the context of the criminal justice system."

The "retaliation" by Pardue has caused Blake "to suffer emotional harm as well as lost income," the complaint alleged. Blake is still on patrol as a school resource officer, but now is assigned to a high school in the North Precinct, she said.

Blake told ABC News she filed the lawsuit after exhausting "every possible way to try and resolve the conflict."

"But, because of the culture of the police department, at every turn, either the complaints fell on deaf ears, or inadequate investigations would occur, or they would not include me in the investigation at all," she said.

Blake said she also hoped the lawsuit would "hold the people who have done wrong accountable for their actions," adding that she hoped to change the culture within the police department.

"We can't call ourselves the guardians of Nashville and not stand up in every situation," she said.

The lawsuit requested a jury trial, nominal damages, compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by the jury, attorneys fees, court costs and a restraining order against the department "as soon as possible."

When asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department directed ABC News to the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law, which will be defending the police department in the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Department of Law declined to comment on the pending federal court litigation to ABC News.

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Marine Animal Rescue/Facebook(MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.) -- An animal rescue group is outraged after its president said he recovered a dolphin shot to death at a beach in Southern California.

Peter Wallerstein, president of Marine Animal Rescue based out of El Segundo, California, told ABC News he spotted the freshly-killed dolphin in the surf on Manhattan Beach on Nov. 8.

Wallerstein said he pulled the animal -- known as a common dolphin -- out of the water. When he saw the hole in its side, he brought the animal to an animal rehab center where the bullet was removed.

Usually officials with the Los Angeles Natural History Museum will pick up a dead animal for a necropsy, according to Wallerstein. But since this seemed to be case in which the dolphin was purposefully killed, he wanted it to be analyzed immediately.

Wallerstein called the incident "barbaric" and a "senseless act of aggression." He noted that he's seen sea lions who have been shot over the years, but this is the first dolphin killing he has come across.

It's possible other dolphins in the area have been shot, but if they float further out to sea instead of towards shore, they wouldn't be noticed.

"We don't know if it's the only one," said Wallerstein. "There could be others being shot out there, too."

Marine Animal Rescue, which saves hundreds of marine animals every year in Los Angeles County, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the dolphin's shooter.

"We're gonna pursue it until we get the killer," Wallerstein said.

Killing a wild dolphin -- as well as harassing, hurting or feeding one -- is illegal under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, according to NOAA Fisheries. The offender could face up to one year in jail and up to a $100,000 fine.

Earlier this year, a dolphin was shot and killed off the coast of Mississippi. The NOAA wrote on its website that "the number of violent incidents towards dolphins in the Northern Gulf have increased in recent years."

An NOAA spokesperson told ABC News the agency was aware of the reports that a dolphin had been shot in Manhattan Beach, but they would not comment on any potential or ongoing investigation.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- One 7-year-old from California has chosen to do what she can by holding a toy drive for kids who were affected by the Woolsey Fire -- even after her own family were victimized by the devastation.

Sophia Novotny's home in Agoura Hills was among the 1,500 structures destroyed in the wildfires that swept through neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, ABC owned station KABC-TV reported.

Despite losing valuable items in the fire, Sophia was more consumed with helping out other children in her situation, her mother said.

"Very quickly she realized that our things were gone, so the day that we lost the house, she said...'Let's get some toys for the other kids who lost their house,'" April Novotny, Sophia’s mother told KABC-TV.

That sparked the idea for "The Sophia’s Wishes Toy Drive," with a goal to help replace toys for children who lost their treasured possessions in the fire.

"I just want to help other kids because I know how it feels to lose your things," Sophia told to KABC-TV.

The toy drive was held on Sunday, with all the donated items given to any child on-site who was victimized by the fire.

"Thank you for making my wish come true," Sophia said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Six people left the dining room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s famed Hancock building early Friday, stepped into an express elevator and fell 84 floors before they were rescued by firefighters who had to break through a brick wall to access them.

The 100-story skyscraper is the twelfth tallest building in the world, 141 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower.

The Chicago Fire Department were called after passengers became stuck at 12:30 a.m. Friday, and officials soon realized two cables had snapped and six people, including a pregnant woman, were trapped in a "blind shaft" elevator.

Found in parking garages and other tall buildings, these elevators travel express between floors – in a shaft constructed without openings in between.

This caused a big problem for Chicago FD’s Special Ops: "It was a pretty precarious situation where the cables that were broke were on top of the elevator," Battalion Chief Patrick Maloney said. "We couldn’t do an elevator to elevator rescue."

They broke through a brick wall on the 11th floor, where the elevator was halted, to open the doors.

Thankfully, Maloney said the group was “very gracious that the Fire Department did a nice job” and unharmed after they waited nearly three hours to be rescued.

He explained because there are "multiple" cables on elevators, they "were still safe in there" – the car was just not operational.

"They’re from out of town, came to visit the great city of Chicago," Maloney said. "They were just joyous that we were able to assist."

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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- Four people were found "executed" in the basement of a Philadelphia home, authorities said Monday.

The victims who were shot dead were two men and two women who appeared to be in their 30s, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a Monday news conference. It appeared they were shot in the head on Sunday night.

"Sadly, all four of these individuals were executed," Ross said, calling it an "evil" act and a "horrible scene."

The home appeared to be in the process of being renovated, Ross said, and when a neighbor heard banging Sunday night, he thought it was part of the renovations.

It appeared the victims were led to the basement, Ross said, citing that there were no signs of struggle in the home.

At least one of the victims lived in the home, police said, and some of the victims may be related.

"This could be anybody's family," Ross said. "You just hope that people don't get desensitized to these horrible acts that just keep occurring."

There's no indication of motive, Ross said.

"We're interviewing witnesses, family members to see if we can determine what this might be about, as well as checking potential surveillance cameras in the area," Ross said.

The area is gentrifying, Ross said, adding that this block isn't frequented by police.

Ross urged anyone with information to "please call so we can get this killer off the street. Or killers."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant "caravan" were gathering in Tijuana and planning to "rush" the border.

Customs and Border Patrol said the northbound lanes at the nation's busiest border crossing were closed and with the military's help "port hardening materials" quickly installed, including "jersey barriers and concertina wire, to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States.”

But it turned out to be a false alarm -- the CPB said no migrants never came.

On Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted out photos of CPB officers in riot gear as well as the barbed wire and barriers citing the reports about plans to "rush" the border.

According to a DHS official, the concern prompted a suspension of the port for three hours in order to get more CBP personnel in the area.

“CBP will not allow for the unlawful entry of persons into the United States, at or between our ports of entry,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us; we need to be prepared prior to when they arrive at the border crossing.”

According to a DHS official, the San Ysidro facility can hold only up to 300 people.

Officials said they are also limited if they need to deal with rival gang members in custody or unaccompanied minors.

The main concern was safety for their personnel, that DHS official said.

DHS claims the department has identified more than "500 criminals" in the caravan.

"Most of the caravan are not women and children," an official said, adding that most are men and male teenagers trying to enter the country.

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Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) -- The Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was called a "heartless monster" by his father-in-law at Monday's sentencing hearing.

Chris Watts, 33, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4.

Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, said Chris Watts "carried them out like trash."

"I trusted you to take care of them, not kill them. And they also trusted you," said Rzucek, who was overcome with emotion. "You disgust me."

Both daughters died from smothering, prosecutors said.

"Imagine the horror in Bella's mind as her father took her last breaths away," Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said at Monday's sentencing, adding that "Bella fought back for her life."

Shanann Watts' family clutched each other and wept as Rourke described how Chris Watts disposed of his daughters' bodies, shoving them through 8-inch holes at the top of separate oil tanks.

Judge Marcelo Kopcow commented, "This is perhaps the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the thousands of cases."

Chris Watts pleaded guilty to all charges. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will not pursue the death penalty, the Weld County District Attorney's office said. The victims' family agreed to those terms, the district attorney's office added.

"They looked up to you because you promised to keep them safe. Instead, you turned on your family," Shanann's brother, Frank Rzucek Jr., wrote in a statement read in court Monday by prosecutors.

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry for my family. They were my whole world," Rzucek Jr. said. "Why would you do this? ... What kind of person slaughters the people that love them the most?"

He called his sister his "best friend" and said his brother-in-law "took away my privilege of being an uncle to the most precious girls."

"Hearing my mother and father cry themselves to sleep ... causes me anguish beyond words," he continued. "I hope you spend the rest of your life ... being haunted by what you've done."

Sandra Rzucek, Shanann's mother, said they loved Chris Watts "like a son."

"We trusted you," she said. "Your faithful wife trusted you. Your children adored you.

"I didn't want death for you because that's not my right," she added. "Your life is between you and God and I pray that he has mercy for you."

Chris Watts' mother, Cindy Watts, said in court, "I am still struggling to understand how and why this tragedy occurred."

"I may never be able to understand and accept it, but I pray for peace and healing for all of us," she said in court, shaking.

His parents said they accept he is guilty and encourage a full confession.

To her son, who sat in just steps away in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Cindy Watts said, "I've known you since the day you were born into this world. I've watched you grow from a quiet and sweet child who Bella reminded me so much of."

"As your mother, Chris, I have always loved you and I still do. I hate what has happened," she said, crying. "But we will remain faithful as your family ... we love you and we forgive you, son."

In August, right after the killings, Chris Watts spoke out to reporters, saying his wife and daughters disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home.

"My kids are my life," he told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV. "I mean, those smiles light up my life."

"When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here," he said.

Within days of the disappearance, Chris Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were found.

Chris Watts' attorney, Kathryn Harrold, on Monday said her client is "devastated" and "is sincerely sorry for all of this."

Chris Watts declined to speak.

Prosecutors claim his "desire for a fresh start" to begin a new relationship was a motive for the crimes.

At the time of the killings, Chris Watts was dating another woman, 30-year-old Nichol Kessinger, she told The Denver Post.

Chris Watts and Kessinger met through work in June and started dating the next month, she told the newspaper.

Chris Watts told Kessinger he had two daughters and was going through a mutual divorce, which was almost finalized, Kessinger said.

At the end of July, Chris Watts told her that his divorce was official, Kessinger said in the report, which was published online last week.

Chris Watts pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him: five counts of murder in the first degree; three counts of tampering with a deceased human body; and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The lawyer for one of the suspects in an alleged GoFundMe scam released a secret bombshell tape recording Monday that he says shows his client's ex-boyfriend and the homeless veteran they were purportedly helping duped her into joining the $400,000 swindle.

Kate McClure's attorney played the tape on ABC's Good Morning America, saying she made it after Johnny Bobbitt accused her and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, of cutting him out of his share of donations.

In the tape, which has not been verified by ABC News, McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, engage in a heated and expletive-laced argument in which she put the onus on him and he countered by saying she was complicit in the fleece.

"You started the whole f------ thing. You did everything. I had no part in any of this, and I'm the one taking f------ fall," McClure's is heard supposedly telling D'Amico on the recording.

D'Amico allegedly responded, seeming to say, "You don't go to jail for lying on TV, you dumb f---."

He was apparently referring to the blitz of media interviews the now-former couple and Bobbitt, 38, did to further the scam, according to New Jersey prosecutors.

"But who made me lie on TV?" McClure is heard on the tape asking D'Amico.

"Who cares?" D'Amico allegedly shot back.

He then asked her about $2,500 in ill-gotten gains she allegedly spent on a trip to California.

"You act like you didn't spend a dollar. Stop it!" D'Amico allegedly told McClure.

McClure is then heard replying, "I'm not acting like that. I never said I didn't spend a dollar."

In a stunning twist in what the public and more than 14,000 people who donated during last holiday season, thinking they were helping a homeless veteran get off the streets, prosecutors charged McClure, D'Amico, and Bobbitt last week with second-degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

"The entire campaign was predicated on a lie," Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference on Thursday. "Less than an hour after the GoFundMe campaign went live McClure, in a text exchange with a friend, stated that the story about Bobbitt assisting her was fake."

Attorneys for D'Amico and Bobbitt have yet to respond to ABC News' requests for comment on Gerrow's allegations or the tape.

Prosecutors say McClure was well aware that the trio concocted the tale that got the whole criminal feat rolling: the heart-tugging story that Bobbitt used his last $20 to buy her gas when her car stalled out near the I-95 offramp in Philadelphia near where the former Marine was living on the streets at the time.

GoFundMe says it is refunding all donations made to Bobbitt and sent donors an email last week explaining how to get their money back.

"While this type of behavior by an individual is extremely rare, it's unacceptable and clearly it has consequences. Committing fraud, whether it takes place on or offline is against the law," GoFundMe said in a statement, adding that it is fully cooperating in the investigation.

In an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on GMA Monday, Gerrow claimed McClure was not complicit in the alleged scheme.

"I think that first of all people have to understand that this was an abusive relationship," Gerrow said. "One of the reasons that I provided you the tape was to show you the nature of that. From the start, Kate thought she was helping a veteran who was homeless and that Mr. D'Amico was the one behind this and he was calling all the shots."

Gerrow also downplayed the apparent trove of evidence Coffina laid out against the former couple last week, saying they purchased a luxury BMW, numerous high-end handbags, and "hit the casinos hard."

Gerrow conceded D'Amico did purchase a handbag worth about $1,000 and that McClure bought one for about $800, but said they were purchased online and that the bags were used.

"In terms of the BMW, we're talking about a 2015 BMW, hardly top of the line and they paid $17,500 for it," Gerrow said.

Asked why McClure didn't go to authorities sooner to implicate D'Amico and Bobbitt in the alleged scam, Gerrow said McClure always thought she was helping a down-and-out homeless veteran.

"At that point in time, she didn't understand or appreciate the fact that this might very well be a crime," Gerrow said. "What she's talking about and what she thought all along was the fact .... that she was trying to help this homeless man."

Gerrow said McClure is remorseful.

"One of the things that she does feel remorse about is the fact that this has garnered such publicity and will cause people perhaps to have second thoughts about giving, especially in this time of year," Gerrow said. "I know she's concerned about what this has done to her family and, quite frankly, it has traumatized her."

D'Amico and McClure were arrested last week and released from custody pending a court hearing on Christmas Eve.

Bobbitt was arrested in Philadelphia last week and remains in custody, facing extradition to Burlington County.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Record cold is headed to the Northeast for Thanksgiving.

It could be the chilliest Turkey Day on record for New York and Boston, with wind chills below zero in some areas on Thanksgiving morning.

Here is what you need to know:

-- Snow will be falling Tuesday morning in upstate New York and northern New England. Up to six inches of snow is possible in some areas. The snow will linger in the afternoon and move out by Tuesday night.

-- Rain is headed to the West Coast Wednesday, which will provide some relief to firefighters battling the deadly wildfires. However, heavy rain in Northern California does bring the risk for mudslides and flash flooding.

-- No major storms are in the forecast for Thanksgiving.

-- On Thanksgiving many Northeast residents could wake up to temperatures in the teens or single digits.

-- Thursday is likely to be the coldest Thanksgiving along the East Coast since 1996.

-- Wind chills on Thursday could reach the teens in Philadelphia and New York, and near zero degrees in Boston. Wind chills may be below zero in upstate New York and northern New England.

-- Boston could experience its coldest Thanksgiving on record since 1901, which was a frigid high of 24 degrees.

If you are bundling up to hit the road for Thanksgiving, be mindful of the dangers on a week when so many are traveling.

The National Safety Council projects that 433 people may be killed and another 49,400 may be seriously hurt in car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Wednesday night to Sunday night.

Last year, Thanksgiving was the second deadliest holiday on the roads, the safety council said. The deadliest holiday was the Fourth of July.

The arctic blast is forecast to move through quickly, with temperatures returning to the low 50s on Sunday.

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Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners (TOPEKA, Kan.) -- The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was "part of the master race" when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week.

Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his "inappropriate remarks" made during a public meeting on Nov. 13.

"Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office," Colyer said in a statement. "The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the county which he represents. As such I call on him to step down as county commissioner."

During a public meeting on Tuesday, Triveece Penelton, a consultant for VIREO Planning Associates in Kansas City, was making a presentation to the board of commissioners about community engagement on a potential development of rural land in Tonganoxie, Kansas.

In a video of the meeting, posted on the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners' YouTube channel, Klemp expressed his displeasure with a plan to develop the land as residential. He said he favored an industrial development that would return revenue to the county.

Speaking directly to Penelton, Klemp said, "I don’t want you to think I'm picking on you because we're part of the master race. You know you got a gap in your teeth. You're the masters. Don’t ever forget that."

Klemp did not explain what he meant by the comment.

The term "master race" stems from Nazi terminology, often describing Adolf Hitler's belief in a superior Aryan race.

Klemp did not respond to requests for comment Sunday from ABC News.

Penelton also could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Leavenworth County Administrator Mark Loughry issued a statement defending Klemp, saying the commissioner was referring to a gap in his own teeth and noting that Penelton had a similar gap.

"The use of the term 'Master Race,' as ill-advised as it may be, was not a reference to Nazis or used in a racist manner in this instance," Loughry said in a statement. "Leavenworth County has a zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form from any staff members. I am deeply sorry that one misconstrued comment by a member of our elected governing body has caused so much grief, sorrow and hatred."

But Robert Holland, one of Klemp's colleagues on the commission, said Klemp needs to be disciplined.

"When he said 'master race,' there is no master race," Holland told ABC affiliate station KMBC-TV in Leavenworth. "I mean, we're all Americans, we're all human beings. There is no master race."

Holland said he is considering a motion to remove Klemp, whose term on the board runs through Jan. 15, from being chairman of the board.

Meanwhile, the Leavenworth City Commission held a special meeting on Thursday and issued a statement condemning Klemp's remark and asked that he apologize and step down.

"These comments have resulted in widespread negative attention and have harmed the overall perception of residents, businesses, cities, organizations and agencies in Leavenworth County," the Leavenworth City Commission said in its statement. "The City Commission unequivocally denounces the use of 'master race' or any other language that has historic ties to racism, division and bigotry in any setting at any time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The search for a San Francisco 49ers' fan who mysteriously went missing during a football game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, took a grim turn when fishermen discovered a body in the water near where the man vanished, police said.

Santa Clara and San Jose police have been searching for Ian Powers, 32, a U.S. Army veteran from Spokane, Washington, since Nov. 12 when he got separated from his girlfriend and her two children during a Monday Night Football game between the Niners and New York Giants, police said.

On Saturday afternoon, fishermen discovered the body of a fully-clothed man face down in the water about a mile offshore from a marina near Levi's Stadium, Lt. John Hutchings, spokesman for the San Jose Police Department told ABC San Francisco affiliate station KGO-TV.

"I believe the body was visible because of the low tide," Hutchings said.

He said the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the identity of the body and the cause of death.

Powers’ girlfriend, Chelsea Robbins, said she and her two children attended the game with Powers and that they got separated in the fourth quarter.

"He went to the bathroom and then got lost, or something happened," Robbins told KGO on Friday.

Surveillance cameras showed Powers walking out of Levi's Stadium about 8:52 p.m. during the fourth quarter of a close game that the Giants won 27-23. Security cameras showed him walking west through the parking lot before losing sight of him at 9:03 p.m., authorities said. 

Robbins told police she had texted Powers and video chatted with him to coordinate a place to meet, said Santa Clara Police Department Capt. Wahid Kazem.

Police tracked Powers' cellphone to a parking lot near the stadium and found his car abandoned, officials said.

The body discovered Saturday was found in the water off Alviso Marina, which is more than a 2-mile walk from Levi's Stadium.

The marina is in the jurisdiction of the San Jose Police Department.

Santa Clara Police Department officials, who are investigating Powers' disappearance as suspicious and had asked the public for help in finding the man, were immediately notified that a body was discovered, Hutchings said.

Power's uncle, Sean Powers, said he is baffled by his nephew's disappearance.

"It's incredibly unlike him," Sean Powers, told KGO of his nephew leaving the stadium without his girlfriend and her children. "I've said this before, he's probably the most responsible person in my family."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The fire danger in California continues on Sunday, but firefighters in the region are about to get a needed respite.

A red flag warning is in effect for the Sacramento area, near the Camp Fire, due to low relative humidity and the potential for wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. This will not only make it difficult to fight existing fires, but could spread new fires if they were to ignite.

But rain is on the way for the West Coast beginning late Tuesday night. This is extremely good news for the firefighting efforts in California. Also, this will help alleviate the widespread air quality issues in the state.

The bad news is too much rain on the scorched ground could cause mudslides and debris flows. It is important to watch the progression of the pattern as some areas could see several inches of rain by the end of the week.

Cold travel outlook for eastern US

Another cold blast is on the way for one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Wind chill values will be below zero in northern Minnesota on Wednesday morning, while 20 degree wind chills extend as far south as Kansas City, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee. Boston and New York will feel like the teens and 20s, and a few record-cold values are possible on Tuesday morning in the Plains and upper Midwest.

Though it will be cold in the Plains and Northeast, the weather is looking good overall for both road and air travelers across the majority of the country.

There are select trouble spots due to the threat of rain, including the Pacific Northwest through central California and south Texas along the Gulf of Mexico.

Mild weather will stick to the southern half of the country.

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