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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The majority of the nation will be enjoying a quiet and tranquil Thanksgiving with sunshine spreading across nearly the entire nation -- including the Southwest, the Great Plains, the Midwest, a large portion of the Ohio Valley and the major I-95 corridor cities in the Northeast.  This quiet weather pattern across a large portion of the nation is actually notable -- this time of year can be quite turbulent with significant winter storm threats.There are only a couple of notable weather headlines to highlight including record heat in the Southwest, cold in the Northeast and more rain for the Northwest.Bitter wind chillsIn the Northeast, it will be a seasonably chilly start to Thanksgiving. For those heading out to events on Thanksgiving morning it will feel like the 20s in many of the Northeast cities.It will also be quite chilly in parts of the south this morning with wind chills in the 20s all the way down to Alabama and Mississippi. Broiling hot ThanksgivingA warm and mild weather pattern is bringing hot temperatures to parts of the Southwest. Notable records from Wednesday:Los Angeles - 93 degrees F (Previous 89 degrees F in 1950)Long Beach Airport, Calif. - 96 degrees F (Previous 88 degrees F in 2015)Palm Springs, Calif. - 96 Degrees F (Previous 93 degrees F in 1933)El Cajon, Calif. - 98 degrees F (Previous 92 degrees F in 2002)Anaheim, California was the hottest location in the nation on Wednesday, with a high temperature of 100 degrees.The mild weather has also been stretching north and east into the mountains and Pacific Northwest. It was nearly 70 degrees in Seattle on Wednesday.  It will be in the upper 80s Thursday across the Arizona deserts, and in the 90s in parts of Southern California. Downtown Los Angeles is forecast to be 90 degrees Thursday. It will be one of the warmest Thanksgivings on record in Southern California. Several daily records will be possible, including Phoenix and Los Angeles.The heat will slowly ease through the holiday weekend, with the chance for records diminishing each day.Northwest storm moving inHeavy rains over the past few days in the Seattle area will continue on Thursday.First responders rescued a few people in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday as flood waters stranded some drivers on roads in the county. Some rivers remain in minor to moderate flood stage Thanksgiving morning due to excessive rain over the past few days. Another system is moving into the Northwest Thursday morning and it will bring more rain to parts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Area river flooding is possible through the next few days as an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected. A flood watch remains in effect for parts of the region through Thanksgiving afternoon. There is an isolated threat of landslides in the region due to saturated soils.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Kate McClure(NEW YORK) -- A young woman has raised over $160,000 for a homeless man she said spent his last $20 to buy her gas after she became stranded on a major interstate.On a fundraising page she has since set up for the man, Kate McClure, 27, wrote that she pulled off an exit ramp on I-95 near Philadelphia late one night when she realized her car was running out of gas.A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, 34, spotted her vehicle and approached to offer her assistance, she said."Johnny sits on the side of the road every day, holding a sign. He saw me pull over and knew something was wrong," McClure wrote. "He told me to get back in the car and lock the doors. A few minutes later, he comes back with a red gas can."Bobbitt, who McClure said she later learned is a Marine Corps veteran and a former firefighter, had used his last $20 to buy her gas. Wanting to repay him for his kindness, McClure started a GoFundMe page to share the story and raise funds for Bobbitt.In addition to bringing him essentials to stay warm and repaying him for the gas, McClure's page has raised more than $160,000 in donations, far more than her $10,000 goal. McClure wrote that she would like to use the funds to help him with rent an apartment, get a reliable vehicle and cover four to six months worth of expenses.Neither McClure nor Bobbitt immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- As the investigation into the murder of Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter continues, it was revealed during a press conference held by Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on Wednesday evening that Suiter was shot with his own gun and the detective was set to testify in a police corruption case the next day.Suiter was gunned down on Nov. 15 in West Baltimore while conducting a follow-up on a homicide investigation. The 18-year veteran officer sustained a close-contact gunshot wound to the head.During Wednesday evening’s press conference, Davis confirmed that Suiter’s was set to testify in an unspecified case against officers who were indicted in March. Davis noted that the U.S. attorney's office and the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore field office assured him that Suiter was not a target in any ongoing criminal investigation."There is no information that has been communicated to me that Det. Suiter was anything other than a stellar detective, great friend, loving husband and dedicated father," Davis said.Davis also revealed in Wednesday's press conference that Suiter was killed with his own gun.Evidence found on the detective's clothing, in addition to body camera footage, indicates that there was a struggle between the officer and his killer, authorities said.On the night of the incident there was a radio transmission by Suiter that lasted only a few seconds before he was killed indicating he was in distress, Davis said. Also, Suiters’ partner was confirmed to be nearby when the incident happened and can be seen on private surveillance video calling for help.Davis said despite the timing of the shooting one night before Suiter was set to testify, the evidence does not indicate any conspiracy. Police believe the original motive is accurate -- the officers approached a suspicious individual when the struggle ensued and Suiter was shot.Baltimore police still do not have a clear description of the suspect, other than that of an African-American man wearing a black coat with a white stripe."We will continue to follow the evidence in this very important case. ... I owe it to the Suiter family and the BPD to pursue every investigative lead and to examine every piece of evidence to determine exactly what happened," Davis said.The reward for information leading to an arrest has grown to $215,000.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a comprehensive review of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the wake of the shooting at a church in Sutherland Spring, Texas, which killed 26 people, including an unborn child police have included in the total.“The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS –- this is alarming and it is unacceptable," Sessions said in a statement.The shooter in that case, Devin Kelley, should have been prevented from purchasing a gun, based on his conviction in a military court. That criminal information did not appear in his criminal background check when he purchased four guns over a four-year period, including the AR-556 rifle used in the deadly church massacre.The Pentagon's inspector general is also conducting a review of why those records were not part of one of the federal criminal database used to keep firearms out of the hands of prohibited purchasers."I am directing the FBI and ATF to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and report back to me the steps we can take to ensure that those who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so,” Sessions said.Sessions is ordering the agencies to work with the Department of Defense to identify and resolve any issues the military may have with reporting convictions to the NICS system. The review will also identify others federal agencies that may not be fully and accurately reporting information into the system.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and FBI will also conduct a review of ATF Form 4473 and recommend changes as necessary. This is the form that people who purchase guns from federally licensed firearms dealer must fill out before a criminal background check is conducted.Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 while a member of the Air Force on charges of assault on his spouse and their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 months and a reduction of his military status. Kelley was killed by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing the church shooting.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PATTERSON, La.) -- Jude Verrett is one brave man.The Louisiana exterminator was called to destroy a massive hornet's nest in a shed at a home in Patterson, located about 90 miles southwest of New Orleans.Armed with a GoPro camera, Verrett documented being attacked by thousands of angry, territorial hornets as he pulls apart their home and destroys it with a shovel."We got here, what I would say, is the granddaddy of all hornet's nests, European Yellowjacket,” he said in the video.Although he wore protective gear head to toe, Verrett admits he is still a bit uneasy. "Actually, I'm not usually scared," he said before the unnerving sound of swarming hornets drowned out his words.As Verrett tore the nest apart, a dizzying number of hornets are seen swarming around and bouncing off the camera lens.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is investigating the injuries that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another severely injured as a "potential assault," officials said.The agents had been discovered at the bottom of a ravine in Texas after they had responded to a sensor triggered in the area, law enforcement sources told ABC News.On Monday, authorities were open to the possibility that the two agents had inadvertently slipped into the ravine because of a lack of concrete evidence, the sources said.During a press conference on Tuesday, the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Emerson Buie, Jr. said it was investigating the case as a "potential assault on federal officers" and appealed to the public to call in with any tips.The unnamed injured agent was released Wednesday afternoon from University Medical Center in El Paso, according to a hospital spokesperson.The reward for information has been raised to $25,000, officials said.President Donald Trump said Monday that the agents had been "brutally attacked." When asked if Trump was correct in the description, Buie said that he had not briefed the president on the case.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also referred to the injuries the agents sustained as an "attack." Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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