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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The discovery of additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers killed in an October ambush in Niger, drew renewed attention to the process of how the military transports the remains of deceased service members back to the United States and releases them to their family.

On Tuesday, a Defense Department spokesperson told ABC News that additional remains were discovered on Nov. 12 in the same location in which his body was originally discovered two days after the Oct. 4 ambush.

In instances in which additional remains may be identified, the family of the deceased service member elects beforehand whether they wish to be notified, according to a spokesperson for Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

As is the case with the original remains, they are transferred to Dover and the family is given the choice of how they want to receive them, if at all.

Johnson's family had been notified about the discovery, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

Myeshia Johnson, Sgt. Johnson's widow, claimed in October that she was prevented from viewing her late husband's remains.

"Every time I asked to see my husband, they wouldn't let me," Myeshia Johnson said in an Oct. 23 interview on "Good Morning America." At the time, a Dover mortuary affairs spokesperson said that families cannot view remains at the base but are free to do so when they are released to the family.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, North Carolina) -- The rush is on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to get passengers into the air and on to their Thanksgiving plans.

The airport is the ninth busiest in the United States and the second biggest hub for American Airlines. Airport officials there are expecting to serve more than 130,000 passengers on Wednesday alone.

Nationwide, TSA plans to screen more than 26 million passengers and crew at airport checkpoints, a 5 percent increase over last year.

Many airline employees like pilots, flight attendants and gate agents are regularly seen by fliers, but there are others who are working equally hard over the holiday: baggage and cargo handlers, mechanics and cleaners.

"Everything has to be done in 120 minutes, otherwise we don't make our time," said Frank Fracsa, a maintenance worker for American Airlines.

If you look outside at the baggage handlers, you might witness a rarely seen exercise.

These men and women regularly gather to stretch, and are sometimes joined by an on-site physical therapist.

"It does make a difference," said Laura Sabatino, a physical therapist at the airport. "Nobody realizes how physical the jobs in the airport industry are. I mean, they're lifting over and over all day."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The travel forecast across much of the country for one of the busiest travel days of the year will be quiet with minimal travel disruptions on the road and in the air.

The main trouble spot will be in the Pacific Northwest, where several storms have brought heavy rain to the area this week. It will continue Wednesday with possible flooding and flight delays.

Anyone traveling early Wednesday morning in the Northeast could face some issues, with snow for the interior areas and rain showers from New York City to Boston. However, it will clear out by the afternoon.

Elsewhere, the rest of the country will be mostly sunny and dry with easy travel weather.

Wet early in Northeast

A cold front is making its way into the Northeast Wednesday with colder air behind the front and milder air ahead of it.

The cold air is creating light snow for parts of Pennsylvania and western New York early Wednesday morning, and that will move into interior New England later. Any snow should be confined to northern interior Maine by the afternoon.

ABC meteorologists are also tracking the rain ahead of the front with some heavy showers happening in eastern North Carolina -- mainly the Outer Banks -- and moving up the coast through Wednesday morning.

Washington D.C. should stay mostly dry, with some light rain anticipated for New York City between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Then rain moves into Boston, lingering there through the early afternoon. Overall, this could bring minor travel impacts to the area Wednesday morning.

Cold weather coming next

Behind that front is another cold blast. Although widespread record lows are not expected, wind chills will still be quite cold for the Midwest Wednesday morning and the Northeast by Thanksgiving morning.

Wind chills are in the teens and even single digits across the Midwest early Wednesday, and it feels like only 15 degrees in Chicago and 9 degrees in Minneapolis.

By Thursday, morning wind chills will be in the 20s from New York City to Boston.

It will be cold for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but winds look light with lots of sunshine.

Northwest continues to see rain

A flood watch remains in effect for northwest Washington, including Seattle, Wednesday through Thursday afternoon.

Rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches have already fallen, and an additional 1 to 3 inches is possible, with storm totals of over 7 inches of rain this week.

Due to all the rain from these storms, minor flooding is possible for rivers in the area. The rain will also bring slick and wet roads for travelers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKFORD, Ala.) -- U.S. marshals have captured an "armed and extremely dangerous" fugitive who escaped through the ceiling of an Alabama jail on Sunday afternoon.

The Coosa County Sheriff's Office said Shane Anthony Vernon was taken back into custody without incident by DeKalb County, Georgia police at about 10:17 p.m on Tuesday. He is being held in DeKalb County Jail, just outside Atlanta, awaiting extradition back to Alabama.

It was the second time Vernon, 27, has escaped custody in less than a month, officials said.

After escaping Sunday from the Coosa County Jail, Vernon invaded a home in Rockford, Alabama, tied up its residents and stole a vehicle, Sheriff Bill Franklin of the Elmore County Sheriff's Office told ABC News.

After leaving the home, he drove seven-and-a-half miles to an area in Elmore County where he concealed the stolen vehicle in shrubs and branches in order to not be seen by the search helicopters, Franklin said.

He then went into another home in Elmore County, where he waited for another victim to get off of work, according to Franklin, and likely held that victim at gunpoint when he arrived home.

Vernon took another vehicle and left with the victim, driving about three hours to Douglasville, Georgia, Franklin said.

Douglasville Police alerted officials in Elmore County around 7 a.m. this morning that the stolen vehicle and the victim had both been found and that the victim was safe, Franklin said.

Vernon could be now in the metro Atlanta area, deputies told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

The U.S. Marshals Service is assisting in the hunt for Vernon.

"The U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of Alabama and the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is currently assisting the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office in locating and apprehending Shane Anthony Vernon. At this time, Vernon is wanted for multiple offenses and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, his whereabouts are unknown," the U.S. Marshals Service told ABC News in a statement.

A statement on the Coosa County Jail's Facebook page said Vernon escaped after noticing that a correctional officer "had failed to properly secure one of the doors in the area of the jail he was in. Vernon was able to go through this door and gain access to the maintenance area in the ceiling of the jail." Vernon had been recaptured on Oct. 30 after previously escaping the jail, according to officials.

Multiple agencies are assisting in the search for Vernon, including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

"As always, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is collaborating with local, state and federal law enforcement partners not only to locate and capture escaped inmate Shane Anthony Vernon, but to protect anyone who may cross his path," Hal Taylor, the Alabama secretary of law enforcement, told ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WEST CHESTER, Pa.) -- The remains of two individuals have been found in the rubble of a Pennsylvania senior living community that burned down in a massive fire last Thursday.

Authorities discovered the first victim of the Barclays Friends Senior Living Community fire in West Chester, Pennsylvania early Tuesday morning. The second victim was found Tuesday afternoon, and crews are continuing to search for the remains of two other individuals previously reported missing.

None of the victims have been identified by name, but authorities have said the four missing residents included a husband and wife ages 89 and 92, an 85-year-old woman and a 93-year-old woman.

The families of all four have been notified.

"The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of ATF are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. Their losses only strengthen our resolve to provide answers to them as a result of our investigation of this tragedy," said Special Agent in Charge Donald Robinson.

Both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Chester County Fire Department are continuing to investigate the origin and cause of the five-alarm fire. Cranes and excavating equipment have been brought to the scene to remove large masses of debris.

There were 152 people in the building when the blaze erupted on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET. Hundreds of first responders used beds and wheelchairs to evacuate elderly residents. The fire continued burning into the next day and was contained Friday afternoon.

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Connecticut State Police(WATERBURY, Conn.) -- A driver fleeing from authorities hit and killed a toddler in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The incident occurred in Waterbury, where local police officers in an unmarked vehicle attempted to stop a suspect of a criminal investigation on Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. ET. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Zekhi Eric Lee of Waterbury, failed to pull over his Acura, and fled from officers, according to Connecticut State Police.

Lee collided with a Toyota Corolla at an intersection and veered off the road onto the sidewalk, striking four pedestrians and knocking down a light pole, state police said.

After crashing his vehicle, Lee fled on foot but was apprehended by Waterbury police officers a short time later and taken into custody, according to state police.

Five people were transported to local hospitals for injuries related to the incident, including a 19-month-old girl. A 3-year-old boy was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to state police.

Connecticut State Police detectives are investigating the fatal crash.

Police said anyone with information about the incident should contact Western District Major Crime Detective Ed Vayan at 203-267-2200 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637. All calls and texts will be kept confidential, authorities said.

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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 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."

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iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- December Htoo was on his way to achieving his very own American dream, say those who knew him. After fleeing from Thailand as a refugee with his family, he came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He worked hard in school, joined his high school's wrestling team, sang in the choir and wanted to become a doctor, his sister said.

But his life came to a brutal end Friday night when he was gunned down in a Kansas City, Kansas, laundromat just weeks before his 16th birthday.

Say Htoonay said she dropped off her brother for work just like she always did on Friday and Saturday nights. Named after his birth month, Htoo worked cleaning and clerking the coin-operated Maple Hill Laundromat for $8 an hour, his sister said. He used the money he made to buy new shoes and clothing and was generous with his friends.

"He really loved his job and making money," Htoonay told ABC News. "He told me, 'I don't really want money for myself, I want to spend it on my friends.'"

When his shift ended on Friday, Htoonay said she tried texting her brother before driving over to pick him up. But when she arrived, there was no sign of him.

"I thought maybe he would call me when he was finished," Htoonay said, adding that it wasn't uncommon for December to stick around late to tidy and close out the place. "He didn't call me so I waited and then I called the work laundry and no one picked up."

She assumed Htoo had gone home with one of his friends.

"He did that a couple of times in the summer," she said. "So after I call him several times and no answer, I give up."

But the following morning, the owners of the laundromat rang her home with grave news: Htoo had been shot and killed around 9 p.m.

Police 'kind of baffled at this point'


According to police, December Htoo was found lying face up in the laundromat with multiple gunshot wounds. When police found his body around 7:15 a.m. Saturday, they said there were no signs of forced entry and nothing had been broken. No cash was stolen and the small desktop safe "wasn't touched," Officer Tom Tomasic, the spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, told ABC News.

"He was face up with multiple shots next to a washing machine out in the public area," Tomasic said. "I can tell you we are kind of baffled at this point."

Tomasic said only two tips have come in so far and there is no surveillance footage from inside the laundromat. With so little to go on, the police are hoping the public comes forward with more information.

"We're just trying to track down customers that may have been in there or saw people in there," he said.

In one police press release, a photo of a metallic-colored minivan and a light-colored pickup truck are shown with a request from detectives "to speak with individuals" in the vehicles. Police said the owners of the vehicles are "not necessarily" suspects "but may be able to assist us in the investigation."


'Unlike anyone else'


As police investigate the killing, December Htoo's friends are left to cope with his absence.

The J.C. Harmon High School Hawks are now without one of their brightest and "one-of-a-kind" wrestlers, wrestling coach Zach Davies said.

"December had a ton of potential as he was one of the more naturally gifted athletes I’ve had the pleasure of coaching," Davies told ABC News. "He had his own way about life that was unlike anyone else."

"He was the same way on the wrestling mat, he has his own way about him and his own style," Davies added.

Htoo's best friend, Diana Bueso, 15, said that December loved to win but always did so with honor.

"Last season he was competing for first place and he got second place," Bueso told ABC News. "But I saw him shake hands and he went in for a hug and let him know how he respected him, and that it was a great opportunity to wrestle with you."

Davies said the wrestling team was just about to kick off the season with Htoo as one of its leaders. The coach remembered him as someone who "always had a smile on his face."

"Our team is our family, so the kids felt they lost a brother and as coaches, we lost a son," he said. "We will miss his innocence, his goofiness, his kindness and his giving attitude."

Htoo brought that attitude to the mat, to the classroom, and to his friends.

He had also made a name for himself as part of the school's choir.

"He had an amazing voice," Bueso said. "If we were in a room that echoed, he would sing his favorite song."

That was the Imagine Dragons track "Demons," she said.

"We had choir and he was the loudest and everyone heard him, and he didn't care," Bueso remembered. "He just would go."


'Why did you kill my son?'


His family is struggling to understand who would kill a promising young student.

Htoo's mother, Ma Than, traveled to the laundromat after his murder. A handwritten sign there now reads "RIP December," just one part of a makeshift memorial that also includes milk crates filled with green and magenta stuffed animals.

Than got on her knees to mourn in front of it. She told ABC's Kansas City affiliate KMBC that she wanted answers.

"Why did you kill my son?" Than told KMBC. "He did not do anything wrong and was nice to everyone."

Htoo's classmates are planning to release balloons in his honor on Wednesday.

Bueso said students will convene at the laundromat and send balloons and lanterns into the sky bearing the school's purple, black and white colors.

Htoo's favorite color, she said, was purple.

His sister, who remembered how her little brother joked and called her "short" as he towered over her, said she also wants answers.

"I want to know why you kill him," Htoonay said. "Why you have to shoot him so many times? Why him, why? We have to make justice for him."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment Tuesday against Sayfullo Saipov in connection with the deadly terror attack on Manhattan's West Side on Halloween.

The indictment treats the Islamic State, in whose name Saipov told police he carried out the attack, like a mafia family. It charges Saipov with murder in aid of racketeering, a charge federal prosecutors typically use in organized crime cases.

"Consumed by hate and a twisted ideology, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly barreled down a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path on a sunny afternoon on the west side of Manhattan, killing eight innocent people," acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native who had been living in New Jersey, has been in federal custody since the attack that killed eight people, including five Argentine men visiting New York to celebrate a high school reunion.

Saipov had previously been charged in a criminal complaint that accused him of two crimes, one of which made him eligible for the death penalty.

According to the indictment, Saipov allegedly told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by ISIS videos he had watched on his phone.

The indictment states "he decided to use a truck to inflict maximum damage against civilians," federal prosecutors said. He rented the truck a little more than a week prior to the attack on Oct. 31 to practice driving it.

Saipov allegedly planned to use the truck to strike pedestrians in the vicinity of the West Side Highway and then proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge to continue to strike pedestrians, the indictment states.

Instead, the attack stopped when Saipov hit a school bus, exited the truck waving two toy guns and was shot by police.

Saipov wanted to display ISIS flags in the front and back of the truck during the attack, but decided against it because he did not want to draw attention to himself, the indictment states.

He requested to display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room and stated that he felt good about what he had done, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(VALLEY, Ala.) -- A brazen theft of an ATM was caught on camera in Alabama Tuesday.

Surveillance video from the scene at a Givorns Foods shows a white truck with a Georgia license plate crashing through the storefront. The truck then drives around to another set of doors and crashes through again.

Two men then load an ATM into the bed of the truck and proceed to drive away.

The Valley Police Department in Valley, Alabama, said the vehicle involved with the theft was reported stolen on Monday in Duluth, Georgia.

The suspects are still at large.


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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The jury has begun deliberating in the murder trial of Kate Steinle, the woman killed on a San Francisco pier in 2015.

Closing arguments were made Tuesday morning and the jury went into deliberation at 11:38 a.m. local time, according to ABC station KGO-TV.

The accused, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, of Mexico, had been deported several times and has previous convictions for re-entry after deportation. He is charged with second-degree murder in Steinle's death and has pleaded not guilty.

The case gained national attention during the 2016 presidential race when then-candidate Donald Trump cited it as an example of why the sanctuary cities, which limits a city's cooperation with the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration law, should be ended.

One of the emotional moments from the trial came on the first day, when Steinle's father, James Steinle, who was with her when she was shot, took the stand for the prosecution.

In emotional testimony, he described not understanding what happened initially. When he saw something was wrong, James Steinle said he grabbed his daughter, and when he turned her over, he noticed what appeared to be a bullet wound. He said he provided CPR until paramedics arrived.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After five days, one of the most wanted men in Pennsylvania was finally arrested in Hazelwood.

Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, is in custody and facing murder charges for allegedly fatally shooting rookie New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop inside the parking lot of the Assemblies of God Church.

Authorities said Tavon Jamere Harper was behind the wheel of the SUV that blew a stop sign and that's when Shaw, 25, allegedly attempted to pull over him and his passenger Holt on Leishman Avenue.

The Pennsylvania State Police announced the arrest of Holt Tuesday morning after offering a reward of up to $55,000 for information leading to his apprehension.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Shaw was able to relay to dispatch the Pennsylvania registration of the SUV he was detaining.

Instantly, "shots had been fired" the document states and Shaw pursued Holt by foot.

Harper, according to the affidavit, drove away.

The police officer encountered an alley between Leishman and Victoria Avenues and based on surveillance footage, the document states, "[i] shows the actor discharge a firearm striking the officer."

On Tuesday, Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said that "several shots were fired at Officer Shaw that evening ... We estimate at least six shots were fired."

The police officer with only six months on the force was unable to draw his own weapon and fire back, the prosecutor confirmed.

"It doesn't appear he returned fire," he said.

A day following Shaw’s fatal shooting, police, according to the affidavit of probable cause, found “two bundles of stamp bags of suspected heroin” in the second floor bedroom where Harper lived.

They also found $2,500 in cash.

When questioned, according to the affidavit, Harper told cops he “delivered a quantity of marijuana to Rahmael Holt in the City of Arnold.”

Holt faces charges of murder of a police officer.

His mother, Sherry Holt, told a local news outlet Monday that her son wished to turn himself in, but he wanted to ensure his that his surrender would be a peaceful one.

She along with other family members that include a cousin and a cousin's girlfriend were also arrested Tuesday from hiding Holt from facing justice. "These individuals were not cooperating or hinderin the arrest and that led to the arrest of some individuals," Peck said.

It appears Holt's capture was credited in large part to various informants offering tips.

"We had information from informants," Peck said. "That information, pieced together with other capabilities that agencies have -- they were able to locate Mr. Holt at that home."

The investigators were also seeking a warrant to be able to locate the possible murder weapon that killed Shaw.

The emotions were visible on the prosecutor's face who called the killing "one of the most violent and senseless actions."

Holding back tears was New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein who said that he and his fellow police department "will be able to start to grieve." He said that grief counselors were coming to help the staff heal and that afterward the police will be back in full force.

"Our officers are dedicated to providing the best possible service to protect you and keep you safe," he said. "There is no better example than Brian Shaw who gave his life serving the community. I promise you our officers will continue to serve with the same honor that Brian did."

Shaw, a native of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, graduated from Burrell High School in 2010 and went on to graduate from Slippery Rock University with a degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.

After graduating from Allegheny County Police Academy, Shaw became a part-time police officer with several departments.

"Officer Brian Shaw, you were taken from us too soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your life mattered and you will be missed," the Allegheny Police Department wrote on its Facebook page.

Shaw's funeral mass is set to be held at Mount Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church in New Kensington.

Officers from surrounding towns and municipalities had been helping with the manhunt, which spanned five days, in order to let town's police department grieve Shaw, New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo said.

"The outpouring of support from the officers from all over western Pennsylvania has been extraordinary," Guzzo told local reporters. "We could not be doing this without them."

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misidentified police officer Brian Shaw’s affiliation and misstated the name of the shooting suspect’s mother.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A jury has awarded a transgender professor $1.1 million after she accused her employer of discrimination.

Dr. Rachel Tudor, a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University from 2004 to 2011, accused the school in 2010 of subjecting her to sex discrimination "when it denied her application for promotion and tenure during the 2009-10 academic year," according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015. Tudor later joined the lawsuit.

A jury decided in her favor on Monday, finding a preponderance of evidence that she was “denied tenure because of her gender” and was later retaliated against after complaining about workplace discrimination, according to a verdict form obtained by ABC News.

Tudor first filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, which referred her to U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the lawsuit states.

In that complaint, Tudor states that she notified the school of her intent to transition from male to female in 2007, according to the lawsuit. However, Tudor then received a call from a Southeastern employee who informed her that "Southeastern’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Douglas McMillan, had inquired whether Dr. Tudor could be fired because her 'transgender lifestyle' offended his religious beliefs," the lawsuit states. The employee told Tudor that McMillan was told he could not fire Tudor because of her gender identity.

Tudor began presenting herself as a woman during the 2007-08 academic year and was informed by Jane McMillan, the director of Southeastern’s Counseling Center and sister of Douglas McMillan, "that she should take safety precautions because some people were openly hostile towards transgender people," according to the lawsuit.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Douglas McMillan, who is retired, refused to discuss Tudor's case and court victory. "I don’t want to comment on this, thank you," he said.

Jane McMillan did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

Tudor met with the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Lucretia Scoufos, to begin preparations to apply for tenure in 2009, the lawsuit states. It was during that meeting that Scoufos learned that Tudor was transgender, but Tudor says she nonetheless "intentionally referred to Dr. Tudor by male pronouns such as 'he' and 'him,'" according to the lawsuit.

Multiple attempts by ABC News to get comment from Scoufos, who is also retired according to the university's spokesman, were unsuccessful.

After Tudor submitted her application for tenure, the Promotion & Tenure Review Committee recommended she receive a promotion and tenure. However, Tudor's application was ultimately denied without explanation, the lawsuit states. It was the first time an English professor was denied a promotion and tenure despite a recommendation from the committee. In June 2010, Tudor received a letter from Douglas McMillan stating her application had been denied because "her record in the areas of 'research/scholarship' and 'university service' were deficient," the lawsuit states.

Tudor then filed her complaint with the Department of Education and attempted to reapply for tenure in 2010, but was denied. She supplemented her complaint to the EEOC in 2011, further accusing the university of retaliating against her for complaining about the school's discrimination. That year, Tudor was fired from her position because she had failed to attain tenure.

The case ultimately made its way to the Department of Justice, which filed a lawsuit against the school in March 2015.

Tudor has not yet commented on the verdict.

In a statement on Tuesday, Southeastern president Sean Burrage said: “Southeastern Oklahoma State University places great trust in the judicial system and respects the verdict rendered today by the jury. It has been our position throughout this process that the legal system would handle this matter, while the University continues to focus its time and energy on educating students. All legal questions should be directed to the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.”

An attorney for Tudor declined to comment further.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s a warmer day ahead for the Northeast with Monday's lake effect snow long gone. Highs will be in the 50’s for many areas.

Our attention turns to the West where serious of storms will bring a threat of flooding to Washington state.

There are flood watches for Seattle and most of western Washington state through Thursday.

Tuesday morning, the next storm system is already moving in, bringing very warm air with rain reaching even the mountains.

By Wednesday, more rain with mild temps will continue for the Pacific Northwest, this could result in flooding.

On Thursday, the cold front finally reaches the coast and will bring additional rain, possibly heavy at times. Flooding could be possible all the way to the mountains.

Over the next 48 to 56 hours, some areas could see more than a half-a-foot of rain.

More cold air for the Midwest and the Northeast

After one warm day for the Midwest and the Great Lakes, a new shot of cold air is moving in Tuesday. Single digits and teens are possible for the Great Lakes and the northern Plains.

This new cold blast moves east Wednesday afternoon and the coldest wind chills will be Thursday morning, teens and 20s for most of the Northeast, even the mid-South will feel like its below freezing.

Holiday travel forecast

For the busiest travel day of the year, Wednesday, most of the country does not look too bad, but we do have a few trouble spots.

The worst weather will be in the Pacific Northwest on I-5 and I-90 with flooding possible from Seattle to Portland and east to Spokane.

In the Northeast, not looking for anything major, but a few lake effect snow bands could cause slippery roads in western NY and PA on I-90.

Rain and a few thunderstorms are possible for central Florida on I-95 and I-75.

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Design Pics / Reynold Mainse / Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Nearly 60,000 Haitians currently living in the United States under a protected immigration status will have 18 months to leave or face deportation after the Trump administration announced the end of a program that allowed thousands of survivors of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake to reside in the country for nearly eight years.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti with an 18-month delay "to allow for an orderly transition," the agency announced in a press release on Monday.

"The decision to terminate TPS for Haiti was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country’s original designation were based and whether those extraordinary but temporary conditions prevented Haiti from adequately handling the return of their nationals," the statement read.

Seventeen-year-old Miami resident Peterson Exais was just a child when he was injured in the country's 2010 earthquake.

"It's very devastating hearing this news," Exais told ABC affiliate WPLG.

Exais, a high school student who lives with his mother, said his family in Haiti is struggling to survive nearly eight years after the deadly quake struck, killing over 300,000 and causing widespread damages.

"They're hungry. They're not receiving food," he told WPLG. "They're not receiving clothing. It's very difficult for them. And I could not imagine myself in that situation again."

More than 320,000 people from 10 countries have Temporary Protected Status in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. The program was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and gives the White House the power to decide to extend the designation for various countries on a rolling basis.

The Trump administration has moved to curtail the program.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended TPS for some 2,500 Nicaraguans living in the country but delayed a decision on the status of 57,000 Hondurans. Similar protections for immigrants from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were allowed to expire.

Temporary Protected Status is a special immigration status for people from a foreign country where the U.S. determines that conditions in that home country prevent those people from returning safely or where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.

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