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New Mexico State Police(SHIPROCK, N.M.) -- A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, the FBI announced Tuesday evening.

The Albuquerque office of the FBI tweeted its arrest of Tom Begaye, 27, of Waterflow, New Mexico, for the "abduction and death" of Ashlynne Mike, who went missing Monday and was found dead Tuesday.

Begaye is slated to appear in court Wednesday, according to the FBI's tweet. It was unknown if he had a lawyer yet.

#FBI announces Tom Begaye, 27, of Waterflow, N.M., arrested in abduction and death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. Court appearance tomorrow.

— FBI Albuquerque (@FBIAlbuquerque) May 4, 2016

Ashlynne Mike was last seen Monday around 4 p.m., according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. "An unknown Native American male is believed to have abducted Ashlynn[e]," read the press release. "[The] abductor was last seen in the area of Navajo Route 36 Mile Post 13 at 4 p.m."

Her parents filed a police report Monday night after Ashlynne and her 9-year-old brother, Ian, went missing, Najavo Nation Public Information Officer Mihio Manus said.

Shortly after the report was filed, a motorist picked up Ian as he walked along the highway and took him to the Shiprock Police Department. Ian told police that a man had taken them toward the Shiprock Pinnacle, but he let Ian out when he came upon a dead end, Manus said. The man then continued on with Ashlynne.

The man later returned without Ashlynne and told Ian to "go home," Manus said.

Ashlynne's body was found Tuesday in Shiprock, according to FBI Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher.

The FBI described the man suspected of abducting her as a light-skinned Navajo man in his 20s or 30s with short, dark hair. The man has a tear-drop tattoo under his left eye, according to the FBI, and was last seen wearing earrings in both ears, a long, silver chain necklace, gold watch, with a black shirt and blue pants.

The vehicle used in the alleged abduction was a maroon minivan with sliding doors with a luggage rack on the top and no hub caps on the wheels, the FBI said.

“We want to reassure the family that the Navajo Nation Police are conducting a thorough investigation in this case and will be working with the FBI to apprehend the abductor and bring him to justice,” said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

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WABC-TV(SYOSSET, N.Y.) -- A pilot and two passengers are dead after a small plane en route from South Carolina to Connecticut crashed on Long Island, New York, officials say.

According to Nassau County Police, the plane came down in the hamlet of Syosset at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Initially, police said it suffered an “an unknown problem." But at an NTSB briefing this evening, senior NTSB air safety investigator Robert Gretz said that the pilot of the aircraft made a distress call prior to the crash, reporting an issue with the plane’s instrumentation panel -- possibly the loss of the panel.

Gretz says the plane broke up before reaching the ground and the debris field spans about 2 miles.

He added that at this time there is no indication that the plane ran out of gas. The NTSB's investigation continues.

Despite the large debris field, which is near several schools, there were no injuries on the ground.

Most of the children had already been dismissed, but the superintendent told ABC News he will keep the remaining students at South Woods Middle School, Berry Hill Elementary and Syosset High School in their respective buildings for the time being.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Beech BE35 aircraft crashed on Cold Spring Road in Syosset as it was heading to Robertson Field in Plainville, Connecticut, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Detroit teachers are taking to the streets instead of classrooms for the second day of a "sick out" rally in a fight for paychecks.

Kendra Lincourt, an art teacher who has worked at Detroit Public Schools for 17 years, participated in the rallies, both on Monday and Tuesday.

"People need to realize that teachers are not going to work without being paid," Lincourt told ABC News Tuesday. "I love my job. I want to continue to do my job, but I'm not going to do it for free. I have a family I need to support."

Lincourt said her husband is also a teacher but not with Detroit public schools.

"We're not trying to be selfish by any means," she said. "It's our passion, but it's also our job, it's how we live. We're not asking for anything that we don't deserve."

On Tuesday, 94 of 97 schools in the Detroit Public School district were closed, impacting 45,726 students, according to school officials.

A spokeswoman for the district said the three remaining schools had enough teachers report to work. The district closed schools where 40 percent or more of the teaching staff called in sick, the spokeswoman said.

Monday's "sick out" also closed 94 schools, impacting 45,628 students. The sick out is ongoing "because we still don't have assurance that we're going to be paid," Detroit Federation of Teachers interim President Ivy Bailey told ABC News Tuesday.

"We were hoping yesterday would be the last day," Bailey said, adding that teachers were telling her they miss their students.

Lincourt said it's unfortunate that the school closures are causing last-minute child care problems for parents.

"We do feel for the parents," she said. "At our school we're fortunate that we have a lot of parental support. They understand that nobody is going to work without being paid"

And as for her own three daughters, who attend the school where she teachers, they went along to the rallies, Lincourt said. While her children are missing class time, Lincourt said the rallies provided "amazing connections." She said one daughter, a 4th-grader, likened marching down the middle of a Detroit road to her studies about Martin Luther King.

When the "sick out" began Monday, Bailey explained to ABC News the reason behind it. Because teachers do not get paid during the summer, some teachers are on 26 pay periods. "They take their salary and they pro-rate it throughout the year [with] additional pay periods in the summer, so they can get paid over the summer," she said.

She explained that the state gave the district $48.7 million to get through the rest of the school year but that did not include money to cover summer payments.

"When we figured out what was going on and looked at the payments of those teachers, technically Thursday of last week is the last day that they're actually being paid," Bailey said.

"In theory, they're working without pay," she said. "There's no guarantee -- based on what the district has told us -- that they will receive payment after June 30, which is not fair. No one should work for free."

In Detroit, where the economy has been struggling for years, schools are currently under a state of financial emergency and are run by an emergency manager instead of a school board and superintendent.

"If you are an emergency manager and you're supposed to be the person who came here to straighten out our finances, and now they're worse than they ever were ... I believe we have every right to be upset. And there is no accountability for what has gone on with these emergency mangers," she said.

"The teachers feel, and I feel, that no one is listening to us," Bailey said. "The teachers are not only fighting for themselves, but more importantly, they're fighting for their students."

Mechelle Doty, a school psychologist for the district, told ABC News Tuesday that staff members "would like nothing better than being able to serve the students. But we just want what's fair."

"Anyone in any work place ... expects compensation," she said. "We have bills, we have families, we have responsibilities just like anyone else who has a job. We're just really asking for fairness and what's due."

Doty said she's not sure if she'll go back to school Wednesday.

"It's a day-to-day approach," she said. "We are showing what our concerns are and we're waiting for a response. And we're really waiting to see if the funding that is necessary for the education of the district, if that's going to be approved."

Tuesday also happens to be National Teacher Appreciation Day, a part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Bailey said the timing is a coincidence.

"I did tell teachers 'Happy Appreciation Day,'" Bailey said. "It's kind of ironic."

Detroit Public Schools DPS Transition Manager Steven Rhodes did not immediately issue a statement on the second day of the "sick out," but he said Monday, "I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay."

"Nevertheless, it breaks my heart to think about the major impact that the closure of 94 of the district’s 97 schools is having on our students and their families," Rhodes said Monday, also noting that "families were forced to try to find a way to unexpectedly care for their students" and "many parents may have been forced to take a day off from work without pay." He also mentioned that some students rely on school for meals.

"Apart from the toll this is taking on our students and their families, of closing 94 schools, District funding will also be impacted -- at a time when we can least afford it," he said. "Today’s school closure action encouraged by the DFT may cost the District approximately $2 million in state aid. That amount of funding equates to the cost of hiring roughly 20 teachers. The loss of these funds also does nothing to help the district address the serious issues that we have all been working to address, including teacher/student ratios and smaller class sizes, as well as improving the quality of the learning environment in our schools."

Rhodes said he "can make no guarantees, but it is clear that the Michigan Legislature understands the urgency of this situation and will act in a timely manner to ensure that operations of the school district continues uninterrupted."

He said he will continue to work with Lansing policy makers to "help them understand how critical the passage of the legislation before them is not only to the future of Detroit Public Schools, but also to the future of the city of Detroit."

"Without this legislation, Detroit Public Schools will not be able to operate after June 30, 2016," Rhodes said.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Victims of domestic violence in Connecticut will receive additional protections with the passing of a bill aimed at prohibiting those who are subject to a temporary restraining order from possessing firearms, thus eliminating a critical window of time during which a victim’s life could be at risk. The bill heads to the governor’s desk in the coming days for his signature before it becomes state law.

The bill passed in the Connecticut General Assembly -- the House passing its version of the bill last week, the Senate approving it Monday -- the latest action to strengthening gun laws following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, who introduced the bill in February this year, said the bill is vital for the safety of domestic violence victims.

"We have a moral obligation to work to prevent needless tragedy and to make this the law,” he said in a statement Monday. “Women in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm. When an instance of domestic violence rises to the point that a temporary restraining order is needed, we must do everything we can to prevent tragedy. Now, Connecticut will take a commonsense step towards strengthening and enhancing our gun violence protection laws.”

Under current state law, only those with permanent restraining orders are prohibited from firearm possession. Those with temporary restraining orders must attend a hearing with a judge before a full restraining order can be granted -- this process often taking several weeks during which a victim’s life could be at risk, according to supporters of the bill.

The new bill will require the subject of the temporary order to turn in their firearm to police within 24 hours. The bill also requires a hearing on a full order to take place within seven days to usher along the process in a timely fashion, instead of the two week time allotment.

It's a bill federal lawmakers are also trying to mirror and propel across a national level. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, who's working on legislation of his own in the U.S. Senate, told ABC News that Congress needs to act, and fast.

“Congress must follow Connecticut’s lead and end its complicity with domestic violence gun deaths by passing national legislation prohibiting domestic abusers from having firearms. My measure would save lives by preventing domestic abusers across the country from purchasing or possessing guns," Blumenthal said. "Abusers are often at the height of their rage after being served with a temporary restraining order, and this new Connecticut law removes deadly weapons from their hands before they can cause irreversible harm. The link between guns and domestic violence is a deadly one. We must act quickly. Lives are literally on the line.”

Connecticut’s other Democratic senator, Chris Murphy, a co-sponsor of Blumenthal's bill, faults Congress for its inaction.

“I’m glad Connecticut is continuing to lead the nation in preventing dangerous people from buying guns. I see absolutely no reason why anyone would stand up and argue that a domestic abuser under a under a court-ordered temporary restraining order should be able to walk out of a store with a gun,” he said. “If Congress continues to fail to expand background checks and keep deadly weapons out of the hands of domestic abusers, more lives will be lost. And that will be on us.”

The state bill has earned applause from the White House and also former congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabby Giffords.

“I applaud Connecticut’s leaders who stood up for common sense and voted for this responsible bill that will make it harder for abusers to get their hands on guns,” she said in a statement posted online.

According to Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other developed countries. And more than than half of all murders of American women are committed with a gun, according to the group, which also noted that abused women are also five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a firearm.

But critics of gun control, including the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, say the bill violates due process rights for gun owners. CCDL President Scott Wilson posted his own statement online saying the bill eliminates the protections affirmed under the Fifth and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“We feel it is important for the public to understand that individuals who may be served with an order of this type do not even have to be charged with any crime, let alone convicted of wrong-doing,” Wilson said. “It’s very unfortunate that proponents of this bill that hold office and have sworn to uphold our constitution are working hand in hand with groups that are specifically misleading the public.”

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Courtesy Nathaniel White(HOUSTON) -- "Non, je ne parle pas Français," is what one substitute high school teacher in Texas might say to his students -- though he is supposed to be teaching them French language.

When Energy Institute High School in Houston, Texas parted ways with their staff French teacher in December, they didn't have another teacher qualified to teach the language. They had to hire someone to run the class on short notice and the school district sent them a substitute who does not speak, let alone teach, French language.

The former teacher of the class, Jean Cius, said his students were doing well in French before he left the school. Although he doesn't believe it's the new teacher's fault that he doesn't know French, he doesn't believe he's a good fit for teaching the class.

“If you are a long-term sub, you have to be knowledgeable of the subject," he said. "You can’t be a sub for longer than two or three months and not be knowledgeable.”

But the substitute now in charge of the class, Albert Moyer, defends his position saying he has to be flexible. In a personal blog post, Moyer added that because he is an associate teacher he is not required to be certified in the subject.

“My job is to be as qualified as I can in an emergency wherever I am placed," he wrote in the post. "I have had numerous assignments in all subjects.”

Nathaniel White is a student in Moyer’s class and said he likes him as a teacher, but the class works on fill in the blank worksheets in order to learn the material.

White’s mother, Sharonda White, said she doesn't blame Moyer, but her Nathaniel is not learning the foreign language like he should be. She believes the school should be doing more to help the situation.

“It’s not his fault that he’s there. The school should do a better job at finding someone who is qualified.”

Jason Spencer of Houston Independent School District (HISD)said the school has been trying to find a qualified instructor but there is a shallow pool of candidates.

“It can often become a difficult task to find certified foreign language teachers, in the middle of the academic school year, to fill the needs of the district. Effective French teachers are especially hard to come by," officials from the HISD said in a statement. "The district continues its efforts to hire talented foreign language teachers to instruct HISD students. HISD strives to ensure all students have access to an education that will help ensure they are successful academically and ready to complete in a global econom

With one month left in the school year, Spencer says Moyer will still be in charge of the school’s French class unless a permanent replacement is found.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A suspect hijacked a Washington, D.C., bus Tuesday morning and hit and killed a pedestrian, the D.C. police department said.

The suspect boarded the metro bus around 10:30 a.m., and one stop later, he attacked the driver, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

The driver and passengers fled, but the suspect then pulled out a weapon, shut the bus door and drove away, Lanier said.

At a gas station lot, the suspect drove over a curb and fatally hit a pedestrian, Lanier said.

The suspect is in custody. Lanier said the entire deadly hijacking lasted less than three minutes.

The bus operator suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Metro Transit Police. No passengers were injured.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A “disturbing” attitude towards safety contributed to the track fire that killed one passenger and injured 91 more in Washington, D.C.’s metro system in January 2015, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Tuesday.

Following an electrical arcing incident on the yellow line’s high-voltage third rail, hundreds of riders were trapped underground in a dark, smoky train for nearly an hour, many unable to pry open the doors.

As a voice on the loudspeaker urged passengers to “remain calm,” survivors say many were coughing, choking and crying.

Numerous issues -- including an ineffectively deployed ventilation system and poor communication with first responders -- intensified the situation, officials from the NTSB explained Tuesday.

A 61-year-old mother died of respiratory failure, and scores more suffered from smoke inhalation, authorities said.

According to the NTSB, the Washington Area Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) lacked comprehensive written procedures for responding to smoke and fire events in tunnels -- and didn't follow standard operating procedures where they had them.

For example, WMATA procedures dictate the control center stop all trains in both directions when smoke is reported in a tunnel. But disturbingly, according to the NTSB, rather than halting trains, "it was common practice to use trains with passengers to investigate reports of fire or smoke instead."

"If WMATA had followed this standard operating procedure and stopped all trains at the first report of smoke, train 302 would not have been trapped in the smoke-filled tunnel," investigators said Tuesday.

This isn't the first time the NTSB has noted deficiencies in metro's safety culture.

Following a deadly collision near the Fort Totten in 2009, NTSB investigators cited WMATA's ineffective safety culture.

”Safety is still not institutionalized as a core value at WMATA,” Hart said Tuesday.

The NTSB's criticism didn't stop with the Metro. Officials also lambasted the "uniquely dysfunctional" tri-state oversight committee, and noted that the DC Fire Department and EMS had not practiced a full-scale tunnel evacuation for five years before the fatal accident at L'Enfant Plaza.

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DEA(LAKE DELTON, Wis.) — The wife of a federal employee has died after a gunman shot her in the neck while she was in her car with her family, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Her husband has been a DEA employee for 11 years.

"Tracy is a loving wife of 15 years, mother of two tender age children, daughter and friend," the DEA said in a statement. "The family is asking for privacy in this difficult time so that they can comfort each other. The family would like to say thank you for the prayers and out pouring of support for Tracy."

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney called the shooting "a random act." There is no suspected link to husband’s employment with DEA, a DEA spokesman confirmed to ABC News. The gunman, who was later shot by law enforcement, is in police custody.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 90/94 as Czaczkowski, her husband and their two children were driving home to Illinois from the Wisconsin Dells area.

They were passing a Chevrolet Blazer when the Blazer driver rolled down his window and fired three rounds at their car, the Sauk County Sheriff's Office said.

It was the second round that went into the passenger window and hit Czaczkowski's neck. The sheriff's office said Czaczkowski's husband and children were not injured.

Meanwhile, the gunman -- with his two brothers as passengers -- kept driving. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said another car was also struck by gunfire but the driver wasn't injured.

Witnesses called 911 and officers pursued the gunman's car, deploying road spikes to stop it. The suspect then got out of the car and walked toward the officers armed with a revolver, the sheriff's office said. After ignoring commands to stop, the suspect was shot by officers, according to police.

The sheriff's office said the alleged gunman is also the suspect in a murder at an apartment building in West Allis, Wisconsin, that occurred on the morning of the shooting.

The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Zachary Hays of West Allis, remains in a local hospital, officials said. "Multiple counties, including Milwaukee, Columbia, Sauk, and Dane are continuing to investigate collaboratively to determine what charges will be referred to the respective District Attorneys," the Dane County Sheriff's Office said.

One of Hays' brothers, 30-year-old Jeremy Hays, is being held on a tentative charge of felon in possession of a firearm, the sheriff's office said. The identity of the other brother was not released.

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Google(BOSTON) — The search for missing art stolen more than two decades ago from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has taken FBI agents to six continents around the world. But the most active lead seems to be in the backyard of an aging mobster in a small town in Connecticut.

Boston FBI field office spokeswoman Kristen Setera confirmed to ABC News that the “FBI is conducting court-authorized activity at 69 Frances Drive in Manchester, [Connecticut], in connection with an ongoing federal investigation,” but declined to comment further.

It is the third time the FBI has executed search warrants in and around that particular ranch house, the home of Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, who is currently serving a 2-and-a-half-year federal sentence on unrelated drug and gun charges that came with his 2015 arrest by the FBI.

Gentile, who pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges, has repeatedly denied any connection to the stolen art and once famously muttered in court that his involvement in the heist was “lies, lies, all lies.” His lawyer, Rome McGuigan, told ABC News that his client knows nothing.

"He laughed and he couldn’t believe they were, that they were at his house again, and he said, this is a quote, ‘They ain’t gonna find nuttin,’" McGuigan said.

Among the stolen pieces were three Rembrandts, including his only seascape, "Storm on the Sea of Galilee," along with one of only 31 known works by Vermeer, "The Concert."

In a court filing obtained by ABC News, McGuigan alleged that the government was using the drug and gun charges as a way to force his client to produce the Gardner Museum paintings. He also said that the government had used informants to prod him into “talking about the paintings.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham acknowledged in a separate court filing that the FBI "tasked" a mob informant "to go see Gentile and engage him in general conversation” in 2010. The informant was instructed to "pay particular attention to anything Gentile might say about the Gardner Museum theft, but not to initiate any conversation on that topic."

According to Durham, Gentile failed a lie detector test administered by the FBI when asked questions including: “Did you know those paintings would be stolen before it happened?”; “Did you ever have any of those stolen paintings in your possession?”; and “Do know the current location of any of those paintings?”

Gentile answered no to each question but “the results of the polygraph,” the government claimed in the filing, established he “was not being truthful” about the 13 paintings stolen from the Gardner Museum in March 1990. The infamous heist remains unsolved.

Anthony Amore, the security director for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, referred all questions about Monday’s activities to the FBI. It remains unclear what was recovered, if anything, in Monday's search.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) — A State of Emergency was declared in a small town in the metropolitan area of New York Monday due to the discovery of contaminated water.

City officials in Newburgh -- with a population of roughly 30,000, is located about 60 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River -- detected elevated levels of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), a key ingredient found in Scotchgard and numerous stain repellents.

The New York State Department of Conservation and The Department of Health have recommended that steps be taken to reduce or eliminate the compound from the city's water system, according to a statement released by City Manager Michael Ciaravino.

Officials are asking people to conserve usage while the city draws water from other local resources for the time being.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Detroit Public School teachers are fighting for their paychecks by continuing a "sick out" that started Monday and closed over 90 of the 105 public schools in the city.

"The teachers feel, and I feel, that no one is listening to us when we try to explain what's going on here. I feel like we're being held hostage by our legislatures," Detroit Federation of Teachers interim president Ivy Bailey told ABC News Monday. "The teachers are not only fighting for themselves, but more importantly, they're fighting for their students."

"We have teachers who are on 26 pay periods," Bailey explained. "What happens is they take their salary and they pro-rate it throughout the year [with] additional pay periods in the summer, so they can get paid over the summer -- because teachers do not get paid in the summer."

She explained that the state gave the district $48.7 million to get through the rest of the school year but that did not include money to cover summer payments.

"When we figured out what was going on and looked at the payments of those teachers, technically Thursday of last week is the last day that they're actually being paid," Bailey said.

"In theory, they're working without pay," she said. "There's no guarantee -- based on what the district has told us -- that they will receive payment after June 30, which is not fair. No one should work for free. And so rightfully so, we're all upset about that."

Bailey said when they asked if the money they received would include money for all employees who are on a 26 pay period, they were told "yes."

She said this is not happening anywhere else in Michigan -- just Detroit, where the economy has been struggling for years.

Detroit schools are currently under a state of financial emergency and are run by an emergency manager instead of a school board and superintendent.

"I'm hoping today will accomplish an awareness across the city of Detroit -- what's happening to our schools systems is an atrocity," Bailey said. "If you are an emergency manager and you're supposed to be the person who came here to straighten out our finances, and now they're worse than they ever were ... I believe we have every right to be upset. And there is no accountability for what has gone on with these emergency mangers."

Detroit Public Schools did not immediately provide a comment on Monday, but Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes said in a statement Sunday evening that the planned "sick out" would be "counterproductive and detrimental."

"It is unfortunate that the DFT [Detroit Federation of Teachers] has chosen to make a statement in this way," Rhodes said.

"I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay. Wages that are owed to teachers should be paid. I understand the frustration and anger that our teachers feel," Rhodes said. "I am, however, confident that the legislature will support the request that will guarantee that teachers will receive the pay that is owed to them. The DFT's choice for a drastic call to action was not necessary."

"I am confident that the Michigan Legislature understands the urgency of this situation and will act in a timely manner to ensure that operations of the school district continue uninterrupted," he said, adding that he's working with policy makers in Lansing "to move this legislation forward."

"A district-wide sick out will be counterproductive and detrimental to the efforts of everyone working to help the District," he said. Rhodes said he hopes to continue his "strong relationship" with the Detroit Federation of Teachers "so that jointly we can achieve our mutual goal of creating a New DPS under local control that we can be proud of.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday as he appeals his child-sex abuse conviction.

In 2012, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, following tearful testimony from his victims.

As officers led Sandusky into the courthouse Monday morning, the former coach, wearing an orange jumpsuit, told waiting reporters, "There’s much to say. For now, [defense attorney] Al Lindsay is gonna say it."

Defense attorneys and prosecutors then presented their arguments in an hour-long hearing before Judge John Cleland in a Centre County, Pennsylvania courtroom, near the State College campus of Penn State University.

Sandusky sat in the court as defense attorney Lindsay asked the judge for permission to question witnesses, including Sandusky's former lawyers, about the investigation and trial.

Prosecutors argued that a new hearing shouldn’t be granted.

Judge Cleland did not make a decision Monday, but warned the defense that he needs sufficient reason to continue with a hearing and it could not be a fishing expedition.

The judge did not set a date for ruling on Sandusky’s motions.

If his sentence stands, Sandusky, now 72, would be 98 at his earliest possible release date.

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ANDREW BIRAJ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New surveillance video released by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority shows the moment 16 CSX train cars derailed in northeast Washington, D.C., Sunday morning.

In the video, taken from a camera at WMATA’s Rhode Island Avenue metro stop, several cars appear to hurtle sideways off the tracks, creating a pileup near the station.

No injuries were reported, and workers were able to plug a damaged car leaking sodium hydroxide, a chemical often used in detergents and other household products, and contain a separate ethanol leak, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

“CSX appreciates the continued support of D.C. first responders as safety remains the company's first priority,” the company said in a statement, adding that CSX is monitoring air quality to “confirm there are no adverse effects.”

The company says it has re-railed 15 of the 16 derailed train cars, and plans to tow the final car away from the site.

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Miami-Dade Police Department(MIAMI) -- A man identified as a former student in Miami, Florida, admitted to stealing over $260,000 worth of airline miles after he obtained personal information of several individuals across the country and used that information to gain access to their American Airlines AAdvantage accounts, according to court documents.

According to an arrest affidavit, Milad Avazdavani, of Miami, admitted to police that he attempted to take over at least six individuals' American Airlines rewards accounts; he then attempted to redeem the miles to purchase trips to Dubai and Fort Lauderdale in addition to renting sports cars.

The alleged thefts mentioned in the affidavit took place between December 2014 and February 2015, according to the affidavit. Miami-Dade Police arrested Avazdavani in March of 2015.

Avazdavani, who is in jail awaiting trial, spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday, insisting he is not stupid enough to use stolen miles to book trips in his own name.

Avazdavani told the Herald he was guilty only of “bargain shopping” for travel deals on the internet, while pointing the finger at "a third party."

Police say Avazdavani admitted to obtaining the personal information of several individuals and using it to change the registered email addresses of their AAdvantage accounts.

Police were alerted to the alleged identity theft after victims were asked by American Airlines to confirm the authenticity of the change on their accounts.

After police searched Avazdavani's residence, police say they discovered credit cards belonging to other individuals and equipment designed to reprogram the magnetic strips of credit cards.

“We encourage our AAdvantage members to contact us immediately if they believe their miles have been used fraudulently,” said American Airlines Spokesman Ross Feinstein. “In this specific case, we assisted law enforcement throughout their investigation. Our corporate security team spoke to each AAdvantage member that was impacted to ensure their mileage was reinstated.”

The airline recommends that members use a strong password, monitor emails from American regarding account activity and keep a close eye on accounts.

Police documents indicate Avazdavani has been charged with multiple felonies, including grand theft and unlawful possession of a credit card.

The attorney listed for Avadzavani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- First daughter Malia Obama has finally made her decision to attend Harvard University, but not until the fall of 2017. Between then and now, the 17-year-old will be taking a so-called gap year, an option that appears to be as popular as ever among U.S. high school students, even those with limited means.

There’re no firm numbers on U.S. high school graduates who put off college for a year, but the American Gap Association has seen a 23 percent growth in enrollment for gap-year programs in the past year, the organization says.

While the idea of going abroad for service work or even non-academic experiential learning closer to home might turn off some parents, there’s something to be said for building homes in Thailand or teaching children English in Spain, experts say.

But there are also some key questions for families to keep in mind as students explore the possibility of taking off a year between high school and college.

Here are some of them:

How much will it cost?

“I get a lot of parents calling me saying they saved for four years of college, not five,” executive director Ethan Knight of the American Gap Association told ABC News.

But while these programs, not to be confused with studying abroad, can cost anywhere from $1,100 to $20,000, not including airfare, Knight said there are several scholarships and financial packages that can help relieve some of the financial burden.

Some colleges also offer credit toward students’ gap years to keep them on track with their education and save money on classes, he added.

Grace Milstein, 21, was able to afford a gap year to Israel from September 2012 to June 2013 with subsidies and grants that went toward her $20,000 program tag. Even though it was a big investment, she said of the time that included helping children with Down syndrome, it was “extremely beneficial,” and helped her focus more on her classes when she began attending New York’s Barnard College in fall 2013.

Knight said the financial strain can actually help students learn more about budgeting, adding “it was one of the highest aspects students recorded learning from their experiences.”

What if colleges make it difficult for students to take a gap year?


Not all schools will allow students to defer their acceptance for a year, with some making students re-apply the next year when they will attend school. But more colleges are creating programs that work alongside gap years, according to Knight.

Harvard University encourages students to take gap years and has between 80 and 110 students defer each year, the school says. So that was not a problem for Malia Obama, whatever she chooses to do.

Will students want to attend college when they come back?

“Parents fear that their children won’t want to go to college after being abroad for a year,” Knight said, adding that 90 percent of students who take a gap year go on to college.

There may be other less-obvious benefits, as well.

C. Hansell Bourdon, executive director of Carpe Mundi, a nonprofit that helps first-generation and low-income students take gap years, said, “Data is showing that it takes a student about six years to finish college. If you take a gap year, you actually finish sooner than the students that just go straight into school” because they usually have a clearer idea of their goals and plans after spending time abroad.

“In a way it can save you money,” she said.

Will it be a life-changing experience?

“When you take a gap year it makes you realize there are other world views and perspectives,” Chris Mathy, 22, a senior at Stanford, told ABC News. “When you realize there’s this other perspective, it makes you question your own perspective.”

It can even be more of a life-changing experience for men, who typically make up only 30 percent of the student population that takes a gap year, Knight, of the American Gap Association, said.

“They develop more in that period of time than women do,” he said.

Mathy agrees that he grew a lot as a person while taking a gap year in a small town in France, where he was the only man in the program. “I didn’t have American guys that I could hang out with, so I felt the need to go out of my way to meet more people,” he said.

Milstein, the Barnard College junior, agreed that “living in another country does challenge you to step up and learn another culture. As long as you’re doing something out of your comfort zone, it will be enriching.”

Milstein, who also took non-intensive elective courses in Israel based around her interests, knew she could not handle going to a competitive four-year college right after high school. “It was overwhelming,” she said.

But Knight stressed that not taking a gap year shouldn’t be seen as a disadvantage. “If a student is genuinely excited for college, they should go to college,” he said.

But, he added, college is “too much time and investment to go in if you don’t have a sense of purpose in it. College doesn’t immediately translate to getting a job.”

In any scenario, whether college or the gap year, adversity is what will lead to the greatest change and development in a person, Knight said.

“Pushing comfort zones is what makes it successful,” he added.

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