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iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- About a week ago, a 7-year-old girl, taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody while attempting to cross into the United States with her father, died after suffering a high fever and going into cardiac arrest, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Democrats immediately called for an investigation and the ACLU criticized how migrants are treated once arrested.

The Washington Post, which first reported the story, cited U.S. Customs and Border Protection as saying the young girl was from Guatemala and had taken into custody in a stretch of desert in New Mexico.

The girl began having seizures eight hours after she was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, according to DHS. Paramedics determined she had a 105.7-degree fever and she was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest. She was revived, DHS said, but did not recover.

She died at the hospital less than 24 hours later, DHS said.

She and her father were traveling in a large group and were about 90 miles away from the processing point, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an interview Friday morning on Fox News. Border Patrol agents had to make repeated attempts to round up the group, Nielsen said, and gave immediate care.

Nielsen said the girl's death was "heart-wrenching" and an example of the dangerous trek to cross into the U.S. through its Southwest border.

"We gave immediate care, we'll continue to look into the situation, but again, I cannot stress enough how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally," Nielsen said.

What happened with the girl, whose name has not been released, adds to a growing concern about a number of deaths related to substandard healthcare provided in border facilities.

Cynthia Pompa, an advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said the girl's death shed a light on "inhumane conditions" at CBP facilities.

"Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths. In 2017, migrant deaths increased even as the number of border crossings dramatically decreased," Pompa said.

“When the Trump administration pushes for the militarization of the border, including more border wall construction, they are driving people fleeing violence into the deadliest desert regions. The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” she said.

On Thursday, ABC News reported on the death of 52-year-old Gerardo Cruz, a father of six who died after 25 days in CBP custody, where his cellmate said he was throwing up blood.

Cruz died in February, 25 days after he was first detained, 18 days after he arrived at a detention center in San Diego, and 17 days after first seeking medical attention.

And in August, a mother filed suit against a detention center because of the death of her toddler, who died from a respiratory infection more than two months after her and her mother were detained.

According to a claim filed by Yazmin Juarez, whose young daughter was named Mariee, the little girl contracted the sickness in the immigration detention facility.

Human Rights Watch, which reviewed the 52 publicly available death reports of the 81 detainees who have died in detention since 2010, determined in June that almost half of those deaths were linked to substandard care.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from Texas who recently garnered popularity when he ran to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, called for a "complete investigation and the results shared with Congress and the public" on Thursday, after reports came out about the girl's death.

He was joined by other prominent Democrats, including Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who said Nielsen would face questions before the House Judiciary Committee next week in a previously-scheduled hearing.

The committee "will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy," Nadler said.

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kali9/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Police in Georgia are mourning the loss of an officer who was shot dead after a traffic stop turned into a foot chase Thursday night, authorities said.

Dekalb County Police Chief James Conroy was overcome with emotion when he announced that the unnamed officer, who was with the department for less than two years, "died in the line of duty serving the citizens of Dekalb County."

The deadly shooting began when the officer conducted a traffic stop and the driver fled on foot, Conroy said.

The officer pursued him and the suspect fatally shot the officer during the foot chase, the police chief said.

When other officers raced to the scene, a police K9 helped track the suspect who was found hiding behind a business, Conroy said.

The suspect shot the dog, which was taken to a veterinary center in critical condition, Conroy said.

Several officers returned fire at the suspect who was shot several times and also died, the police chief said.

Police did not release the identity of the suspect.

Governor-elect Brian Kemp tweeted about the slain officer, writing, "We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A storm system crossing the country dropped more than 4 inches of rain in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Thursday and snow in parts of Abilene, Texas.

As the storm moves east, numerous states from Texas to Maryland are under flood, wind and even snow alerts.

The storm is centered over Texas on Friday morning, but the heavy rain ahead of it is already spreading into the Carolinas.

By this evening, severe storms are possible across northern Florida and southern Georgia where damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible.

Flash flooding cannot be ruled out from Tallahassee, Florida, to South Carolina and North Carolina, including the inland areas that got the heavy snow last weekend.

The heavy rain will move into the mid-Atlantic and part of the Northeast from Friday night into Saturday morning with some flooding possible near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

By Sunday, the main center of the storm system will move into the Northeast with more heavy rain and even snow to the north.

Some areas in the Southeast could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with 5 inches of rain possible in some parts of northern Florida.

Due to a very saturated ground and the snowpack in the Southeast, flash flooding and river flooding is expected. Some of the river flooding could reach a major flood stage this weekend.

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ABC News(CLEAR CREEK, W.Va.) -- The four people who illegally entered a West Virginia mine, where they were trapped for days, could face felony charges if investigators determine they had intended to steal copper, authorities said.

The individuals entered the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek on Saturday, officials said.

Ed Williams, 43, escaped on Monday and told authorities the three others -- Kayla Williams, 25, Erica Treadway, 31, and Cody Beverly, 21, -- were alive and still inside. The final three were rescued Wednesday night.

Now that the rescue is complete, a criminal investigation is ongoing as authorities work to establish intent, Lt. M.A. McCray of the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office told ABC News Thursday.

Depending on what police find, they could face charges ranging from misdemeanor trespassing to felonies, McCray said.

Interviews are underway, McCray said.

While the rescue efforts were happening, Kayla Williams' father, Randy Williams, told ABC News, "The reason they're in there is to get copper."

"It's worth money," he said. "A couple years ago it was up to almost $4 a pound. You could go into a mine and make $1,000 a day."

Hours after their rescue, Kayla Williams and Beverly spoke out, thanking those who helped save them.

"All the effort that everybody put in to get us out, we really appreciate it and we thank God," Kayla Williams told ABC News.

Beverly added, "Everyone who was involved in searching for us, I just wanna thank you, with everything inside of me. This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned in my life. This is a life-changing experience for me."

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Melania Trump visited the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, continuing a tradition followed by every first lady since Bess Truman more than 60 years ago, according to the White House.

It came on the heels of a Fox News interview in which, asked about criticism, she said, "I follow what’s going on. And I give my husband advice and my honest opinion. And sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t."

During her visit to the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, to meet with families and their children who have graduated from the program, a 7-year-old girl told Trump that she wanted a dog for Christmas. The first lady then asked if she had a name in mind, to which the child replied, "Peppermint."

Trump then read Oliver the Ornament to children who are current patients. The story is about an ornament who is pushed around by others, playing to the first lady's "Be Best" campaign and its prevailing anti-bullying message.

The holiday visit followed her interview with Fox News that aired Wednesday night, in which she shared her views on her first two years in the White House while visiting troops on the USS George H.W. Bush. During the visit to the troops, the first lady posted a photo to Twitter wearing a USS George H.W. Bush baseball cap while aboard a flight on a V-22 Osprey, a military aircraft -- making history as the first presidential spouse to take the flight.

Trump said the hardest part in her role was coping with people who she said frequently "use" her and her husband.

“I would say the opportunists who are using my name, or my family name, to advance themselves -- from comedians to journalists to book writers," are the most difficult parts of the job, Trump said.

The first lady then said she is prepared for regular criticism, but added she does what she believes to be correct.

“I know I will get the criticism -- from the public or from the media -- but I will do what is right and what I feel is right for the country and for the people," she said.

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ssuaphoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A fuzzy orange creature famous for standing on a stump played a role in a legal decision on a major natural gas pipeline this week.

A federal judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals quoted Dr. Seuss' beloved environmental warrior in a decision calling for the U.S. Forest Service to revisit its approval for a natural gas pipeline on the East Coast to go forward.

"We trust the United States Forest Service to 'speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,'" Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote, quoting Dr. Seuss' 1971 book The Lorax.

"A thorough review of the record leads to the necessary conclusion that the Forest Service abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources. This conclusion is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines," she wrote.

The decision issued Thursday was the latest move in ongoing lawsuits seeking to block the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile underground natural gas pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The route for the pipeline would cross the Appalachian Trail and George Washington and Monongahela national forests, which environmental groups say could be threatened by the project.

Environmental groups, like the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Sierra Club, have argued in this case that Dominion Energy, the company behind the pipeline, went around Forest Service officials who expressed concerns about the project and asked political appointees in the Trump administration to approve the project.

Thacker and the two other judges on the panel agreed Thursday that the Forest Service permits should not have been approved because the company didn't provide information to resolve the agency's earlier concerns. The permits were vacated and are no longer valid.

Greg Buppert, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, also said the decision found that no federal agency has the authority to allow a pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail, essentially blocking the planned path for the project completely.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby said they strongly disagree with the court's ruling and plan to appeal immediately. He said other federal agencies have said the Forest Service does have the authority to approve pipelines across the Appalachian Trial.

"We are confident we will prevail on appeal," he said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the Forest Service said they will review the court opinion and look into their options before taking any further action.

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TinaFields/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Multiple bomb threats have been reported across the country, according to authorities.

The New York Police Department said it was monitoring multiple bomb threats sent electronically to various locations throughout the city. The threats are not credible at this time, the department said.

 The FBI said in a statement that it was aware of "recent bomb threats made in cities around the country." The agency is in touch with local law enforcement to provide assistance, it said, asking the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report any suspicious activity.

Also in New York City, a call came into The Bronx High School of Science saying a pipe bomb would explode in 20 minutes, a police spokesperson told ABC News. The school was cleared, and it was determined that there was no threat, police said.

 The threat seemed to fit the pattern of others deemed not credible, saying that a detonation would occur in the absence of a $20,000 bitcoin payment.

Massachusetts State Police are also tracking multiple bomb threats emailed to several businesses throughout the state, it said.

Bomb threats were made to several locations in the Chicago area, including Aurora City Hall, the Aurora Library and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Threats have also been made in Canadian cities Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Penticton, CTV reported.

It is unclear how many bomb threats were made. Additional details were not immediately available.

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WABC-TV(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Rush hour was particularly hectic on one New Jersey highway Thursday morning.

Some drivers stopped their vehicles on Route 3 in East Rutherford during their morning commute to pick up cash that had apparently spilled out of an armored truck. The commotion caused "multiple" car accidents, police said.

A video taken by a motorist on the other side of the highway divider shows people clamoring for the bills in the middle of the road, bringing the traffic behind them to an almost standstill. Some drivers were laying on their car horns as they tried to get through.

"There's money all over Route 3, no joke. Can't make this up," the woman who took the video says in disbelief. "I want to get out and go get money too, but I wouldn't dare!"

Brink's, an American security and protection company, confirmed to ABC News that one of its trucks was involved in the incident on Route 3 in East Rutherford.

"The incident is under investigation and we have no additional comment at this time," a company spokesperson said in an email Thursday.

It was unknown how much money wound up on the roadway or if those who pocketed the cash will be allowed to keep it.

The East Rutherford Police Department said its detectives are investigating the incident.

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D-Keine/iStock(LAKE GROVE, N.Y.) -- A murder investigation is underway after the remains of a man who vanished in 1961 were found in his family's Long Island home, police said.

George Carroll's remains were found by his son, Michael Carroll, and grandsons while they were excavating the basement of the Lake Grove home on Halloween, the Suffolk County Police Department said.

The skeleton was sent to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner to be examined by an anthropologist, and on Wednesday police confirmed that the remains belong to George Carroll.

Michael Carroll, 57, now owns the house, police said.

As a child he lived there with his parents, George and Dorothy Carroll, and his siblings before George Carroll disappeared in 1961, police said.

How his father ended up beneath the basement is still unclear.

Michael Carroll, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday, told ABC New York station WABC in October that his father vanished when he was a baby, but the possibility that his father was buried in the basement was always a family rumor.

"It's something that's been talked about for years," he told WABC. "We heard multiple stories."

Michael Carroll's mother died in the 1990s, police said.

Police on Wednesday said the death is being investigated as a homicide, but the department declined to release the cause of death.

"Previously, we said the skull was fractured due to blunt force trauma, however, that was not concluded as the cause at this point," a Suffolk County police spokesperson told ABC News via email on Thursday.

The department also declined to discuss any potential suspects.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The storm that dumped over a foot of snow from Washington to Colorado over the past two days is continuing to push east on Thursday.

Numerous states from the east to west are under flood, snow and high wind alerts.

The storm system will move into the Southern Plains on Thursday, bringing heavy rain and storms ahead of it, from the Gulf Coast into the mid-Mississippi Valley.

A few of the storms could become severe with damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado. Flash flooding is also possible.

The storm system will not move much on Friday, but the rain ahead of it will spread into the Southeast -- the areas that just got hit with heavy snow and ice last weekend.

Damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes -- as well as flooding from heavy rain -- are possible from Florida to the Carolinas.

The heavy rain moves up the East Coast into the Mid-Atlantic on Friday night into Saturday morning and into the Northeast by Saturday afternoon.

Some flash flooding is possible from the heavy rain.

Some areas from northern Florida to the Carolinas could see more than 4 inches of rain as the storm moves through the eastern U.S.

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(RICHMOND, Ind.) -- A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting outside an Indiana middle school Thursday morning, police said.

The single shooter exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling.

No other students were injured in the incident at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, police said.

Bowling credited an unknown individual who warned police.

"Someone knew something and said something," he said. "The school was able to follow procedure to help protect students."

The students are being evacuated from the intermediate school, Richmond Community Schools said, while other schools in the district are resuming classes.

"You wouldn't think a small town like Richmond this would happen," one grandmother who raced to the scene told ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV. "I don't know what's wrong with this new generation."

"My heart is aching for all these parents," she added.

The investigation is ongoing, Bowling said.

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Benjamin Eads, of Freedom, Ind., is pictured in this mugshot. Credit: Indiana State Police(CHARLESTOWN, Ind.) -- A police officer in southeastern Indiana was killed in a high-speed chase Wednesday night, authorities said.

The pursuit began in Clark County when Sgt. Benton Bertram of the Charlestown Police Department attempted to pull over a teal colored 1998 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation on Indiana State Road 3. The driver sped off and fled into neighboring Scott County.

As Bertram chased the car and approached the intersection with Indiana State Road 56 east of Scottsburg, the officer lost control of his vehicle, driving off the roadway and hitting a tree in the front yard of a nearby residence. Bertram, 35, died at the scene of the crash, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police.

He was a nine-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Department.

"Charlestown suffered a great loss last evening of one its police officers in the line duty," Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall said in a statement on Facebook early Thursday morning. "We have a small close knit department and it is like losing one of our family."

Authorities later located the driver of the car that Bertram was pursuing, identified as 35-year-old Benjamin Eads of Freedom, Indiana. He was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and auto theft. He was being held at the Scott County Jail, police said.

Indiana State Road 56 remained closed until 4:30 a.m. local time Thursday as investigators remained on scene, trying to reconstruct the crash.

"At this time, the crash and pursuit are still under investigation," Sgt. Carey Huls of the Indiana State Police said in a press release Thursday.

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gaspr13/iStock(ALVIN, Texas) -- Authorities are saying a teen girl out for a jog "did everything right" as she managed to escape an alleged kidnapper.

The 15-year-old was out for a run in Alvin, Texas, an idyllic suburb south of Houston on the Gulf Coast, at 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 2 when a man repeatedly drove his truck past the teen, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. The man eventually pulled over and approached the girl and wrapped his arms around her.

"The victim reports that she began to scream for help and was able to fight the suspect off when they fell to the ground," according to the sheriff's office.

Three days after the attempted abduction, sheriff's investigators were in the area conducting interviews when they found a Chevrolet truck matching the description given by the girl, authorities said. The driver fled before being cut off by the sheriffs.

Steven Salazar, 22, was identified as the driver and arrested on a charge of reckless driving.

"Salazar fit the description given of the attempted abductor, however, he denied having any contact with the victim or any involvement with the incident," the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

He was booked on the reckless driving charge on Dec. 6, but was released from custody.

After Salazar "gave several inconsistent stories about the incident," he was arrested for attempted kidnapping on Tuesday. Salazar has also been charged with evading arrest, according to jail records.

He is being held on $45,000 bond for the two charges.

"She did everything right to survive this," Brazoria County Sheriff's Lt. Varon Snelgrove told Houston ABC station KTRK.

The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office is still asking anyone who may have been approached in a similar manner to contact them at 1-800-460-2222.

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ABC News(CLEAR CREEK, W.Va.) -- After being trapped in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine for days, a pair of young explorers said they learned the biggest lesson of their lives.

"Everyone who was involved in searching for us, I just wanna thank you, with everything inside of me -- this is the biggest lesson I've ever learned in my life," Cody Beverly, 21, told ABC News on Wednesday. "This is a life-changing experience for me."

Beverly and two friends -- Kayla Williams, 25, Erica Treadway, 31 -- were discovered and rescued from the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, about 30 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday night. They entered the inactive coal mine around 3 a.m. on Saturday looking for copper, officials said.

"All the effort that everybody put in to get us out, we really appreciate it, and we thank God," Williams told ABC News on Wednesday. "We have great families. We knew they was going to find us."

Beverly and Williams spoke with reporters outside of Charleston General Hospital, where they were taken for an evaluation after being rescued.

All three were released from the hospital early Thursday. Treadway declined to comment.

"I'm just glad to be home with my family, my friends, my brothers, that I see around me right now, my family," Beverly said.

When asked how they managed to survive, Beverly said, "We drank mine water."

"We had no food," he said. "We just found a stream in the mine and started drinking it and hoping and praying to God it wasn't contaminated."

Williams said they "panicked sometimes," but the pair said prayer, determination and God is what got them though.

"We just want to thank God, that's the main person we're thanking," Beverly said. "We stayed together and we prayed to God. ... We pulled together as much as we could."

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Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- It's been nearly three weeks since Kelsey Berreth, a young mother from Colorado, went missing, but her family and friends said they refuse to give up hope.

"There's gotta be somebody that saw something go on there, and if they would get in contact with the police department, so they can get to the bottom ... that would be the greatest thing," Jim Morgan, a close friend of the Berreth family, told ABC News' Good Morning America on Thursday. "God is powerful and he answers prayers, and I'm just encouraging everybody to lift the family up, lift Kelsey up in prayer."

Berreth, a 29-year-old pilot, was last seen entering a Safeway near her home in Woodland Park, Colorado, on Nov. 22, according to surveillance footage from the store, but her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, said he saw her later that day.

Berreth's mother reported her missing on Dec. 2, police said. The FBI confirmed on Tuesday it's assisting local authorities in the search.

"Three weeks is a long time to be missing," Morgan said. "We still have hope that she'll be back and God will bring her back to us, but we certainly can't guarantee that."

Morgan said he's known the Berreth family for almost two decades.

"In this world, good things don't always happen, miracles don't always happen, but fortunately God is with us through it anyway," he added.

Morgan described Berreth as a loving, caring, kind woman -- someone who would do anything for her loved ones.

"She was my son's first babysitter, and he really liked her. That speaks highly to her character," Morgan added. "Her dad is one of my best friends at this point, and we are talking regular trying to help him through a really tough time."

Neighbors and friends are scheduled to hold a candlelight vigil at Memorial Park in Woodland Park Thursday night, according to the Woodland Park Police Department.

The footage of Berreth at the Safeway, released by police Tuesday night, showed her entering with her baby in a car seat and getting a shopping cart. It's the last confirmed sighting of her.

There were no leads or suspects as of early Thursday.

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