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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 59.2 million people and killed over 1.3 million worldwide.

Here's how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:

Nov 24, 12:23 pm
26 US states plus DC see average number of new cases double since Nov. 1

At least 26 U.S. states and the nation's capital have seen the seven-day average of their daily COVID-19 cases double since the beginning of the month, according to an ABC News analysis of trends across the country.

In addition to Washington D.C., those 26 states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The national monthly tally of cases also continues to increase rapidly. There have been at least 20 straight days where the country as a whole has confirmed more than 100,000 new cases in a 24-hour reporting period. Over 3.1 million cases have been confirmed so far in just the month of November, which would be roughly the equivalent to a theoretical scenario where the entire state of Utah had tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three weeks.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the United States has doubled in the past month, with 12 states reporting a record number of hospitalizations on Monday.

The United States is now averaging more than 1,500 new COVID-19 fatalities every day, a rate of more than one death reported per minute. The national seven-day average of daily deaths is also now twice as high as it was just a month ago.

The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average.

ABC News' Benjamin Bell, Brian Hartman, Soorin Kim and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.

Nov 24, 11:54 am
Russia says its vaccine is over 95% effective

Russia claims it's COVID-19 vaccine, called Sputnik V, is more than 95% effective in preventing the disease.

The Russian Ministry of Health's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology released results Tuesday from the second interim data analysis of its ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials, which showed Sputnik V had a 91.4% efficacy rate 28 days after volunteers received the first dose and seven days after they received the second one.

Moreover, preliminary data obtained 42 days after the first dose -- 21 days after the second dose -- indicates the vaccine's efficacy rate is more than 95%, according to a press release from the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is overseeing the vaccine's development.

The analysis was carried out among nearly 19,000 volunteers who received both the first and second doses of Sputnik V or placebo. The press release noted that some volunteers experienced short-term, minor adverse events such as pain at the injection point and flu-like symptoms, but that no unexpected adverse events were identified as part of the research and the safety of the vaccine is constantly being monitored.

After being developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Sputnik V was controversially registered by the health ministry in August before starting crucial Phase 3 trials, with Russia declaring itself the first in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine. The latest results come just days after three other leading vaccine candidates from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford announced that data from their respective trials showed efficacy of up to or over 90%.

Russia has offered to share related technology from Sputnik V with U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to help boost the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine developed with England's University of Oxford. Like the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Sputnik V is based on a modified adenovirus, a type of virus that causes the common cold, which is adapted to produce an immune response for COVID-19. However, Russia claims its vaccine is more effective because it uses different types of modified adenovirus in the first and second doses, rather than just one. The Eastern European country has also said it will sell the drug for cheaper than the leading Western vaccines, offering it for less than $10 a dose.

Russia's vaccine effort has faced criticism for its lack of transparency and hurried approval process. International researchers raised questions about results from early trials published in peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet that contained anomalies and did not include a detailed breakdown of the data.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly praised Sputnik V and said one of his daughters has already received it. But Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskvov, told reporters Tuesday that the vaccine has not yet been administered to the head of state because it would be inappropriate for him to participate in the trials "as a volunteer."

"The president can't use an uncertified vaccine," Peskov said.

ABC News' Alina Lobzina and Patrick Reevell contributed to this report.

Nov 24, 9:56 am
US Bureau of Prisons working with Operation Warp Speed to prioritize staff, inmates for vaccine

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons is working with the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, to prioritize prison staff and inmates once a vaccine is approved, according to a memo obtained by ABC News.

The memo said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is determining allocations but the Bureau of Prisons will be included in that initial allotment, which will first be reserved for staff. The memo noted that staff must register on the CDC's website before receiving the vaccine, which will be administered in two doses.

"The BOP Health Services Division is working with the CDC and Operation Warp Speed to ensure the BOP is prepared to receive the COVID-19 once it becomes available," the memo said.

Earlier this month, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General "identified numerous failures" in how staff at a federal prison complex in south Louisiana responded to a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

The Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, Louisiana, suffered the first coronavirus-related death in the federal prison system. As of Nov. 8, the facility had 256 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and at least eight of the prison's approximately 1,800 inmates had died from COVID-19 complications, according to the inspector general's report.

ABC News' Luke Barr contributed to this report.

Nov 24, 9:03 am
Global airline body developing COVID-19 'Travel Pass'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced it is finalizing the development of a digital health pass that will allow travelers to store all vaccination or testing information required by airlines and governments amid COVID-19 restrictions.

IATA, a Montreal-based body that represents many of the world's major airlines, plans to test the "Travel Pass" platform later this year before launching the set of mobile apps for Android and Apple iOS smartphones in the first half of 2021.

"Our main priority is to get people traveling again safely," Nick Careen, IATA's senior vice president of airport, passenger, cargo and security, said in a statement Monday. "In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements."

The "IATA Travel Pass" incorporates four open sourced and interoperable modules: a global registry of health requirements that enables passengers to find accurate information on travel, testing and eventually vaccine requirements for their journey; a global registry of testing and vaccination centers that allows passengers to find testing centers and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination; a "Lab App" that enables authorized labs and testing centers to securely share test and vaccination certificates with passengers; and a "Contactless Travel App" that allows passengers to create a "digital passport," receive test and vaccination certificates while verifying that they are sufficient for their journey, and share those certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.

The "Contactless Travel App" will also link to a digital copy of the user's passport and other travel documentation.

"Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures," IATA director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement Monday. "The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements."

Nov 24, 6:16 am
Daily virus deaths hit new high in Russia

Russia registered 491 more fatalities from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the country's highest single-day death toll from the disease so far.

An additional 24,326 cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed nationwide, down from the previous day's peak of 25,173 newly diagnosed infections. The cumulative total now stands at 2,138,828 confirmed cases, including 37,031 deaths, according to Russia's coronavirus response headquarters.

Russia has seen a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks, with multiple back-to-back days of record-high deaths and cases. The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of confirmed cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Tuesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign is expected to begin next year, according to the Interfax news agency. She noted that immunization will be voluntary.

More than two million doses of Sputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Russian Ministry of Health's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, will be produced by the end of the year, Golikova said.

Nov 24, 5:45 am
Death toll from outbreak at Illinois veterans home rises to 27

A COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans home in Illinois has left more than two dozen people dead, according to a report by Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.

At least 27 veterans who lived at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle, some 100 miles southwest of Chicago, have died from COVID-19, according to WLS, which cited the Illinois Department of Veterans.

"That's over 20 percent of our veterans that have passed away in the past several weeks," state Sen. Sue Rezin told WLS.

Rezin said the facility, which is in her district, continues to see an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases.

"November 4th, there were only four cases of COVID within the home," she said. "Very quickly within the past 20 days, we've had almost 200 cases."

The Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will meet virtually Tuesday to discuss the crises at the LaSalle facility.

"We need answers and we need answers today," Rezin said.

So far, a total of 96 residents and 93 employees at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the facility's administrator, Angela Mehlbrech. The veterans home has been conducting health screenings of its residents and staff, maintaining social distancing practices, wearing face coverings as well as intensifying cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

An infection control team has been sent to the facility, according to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

"When there is massive, widespread community spread," Pritzker told WLS, "there's no way to keep it out of every facility."

Nov 24, 4:05 am
US reports over 169,000 new cases

There were 169,190 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

It's the 21st straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday's count falls under the all-time high of 196,004 new cases on Nov. 20.

An additional 889 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.

A total of 12,420,872 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 257,701 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.

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(NEW YORK) -- A large storm system is developing in the central U.S. and it is bringing some snow to parts of the Rocky Mountains and the upper Midwest.

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for parts of both regions, including large parts of Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Roadways in and around Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee and Cedar Rapids could be slippery Tuesday morning due to the snow.

Temperatures in the region are pretty close to freezing so the snow will have trouble accumulating on some surfaces, with much of the accumulation being on grassy surfaces where most spots will see 1 to 3 inches of snow.

On the southern side of this storm system we will see the chance for severe storms to develop later Tuesday in parts of the Southern Plains, especially in Oklahoma where damaging winds and brief tornadoes will be possible.

By Wednesday morning as the storm moves east, some of those strong to severe storms will move through parts of Louisiana up through parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

Once again, the main threat will be damaging winds, although isolated tornadoes will also be possible once again.

On Thanksgiving morning, the storm system will reach the East Coast and heavy rain will overspread much of the Northeast including the major I-95 cities where localized flooding will be possible.

The good news is the bulk of the rain will clear the East Coast by the evening hours on Thanksgiving.

Behind this system on Thanksgiving, much of the country will be dry and mild with no real organized weather threat. This is perfect for many who are aiming to safely see relatives outdoors or with windows open given the current health crisis.

The next organized weather threat appears to be immediately after Thanksgiving during the extended holiday weekend as a slow moving storm system is likely to develop and move through the southern U.S.

Based on the latest forecast guidance, it appears there could be a potential rainfall and flooding threat on the way for the region that could last into early next week.

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MattGush/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- An 11-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly intentionally setting multiple fires at a home in his own neighborhood while people were located inside.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. Monday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when the Chattanooga Fire Department received a call regarding several fires outside a home with a possible vehicle and dumpster fire.

When authorities arrived they discovered a car was on fire in the rear driveway of the home, another fire located in a trash can that was up against the residence and a cooler on the porch that was also ablaze, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

“Several witnesses provided statements about what they saw to investigators, who arrested and charged the child with Aggravated Arson and Setting Fire to Personal Property,” the Chattanooga Fire Department said in a press release.

The child reportedly lives in the area but not at the home where all of the fires were located. It is unclear what the child’s motivations were or what relationship he may have had with the people at the residence.

Authorities, however, were able to successfully extinguish the fires on the porch and in the trash can against the home before more damage was caused to the residence. The car fire, however, did cause damage to the vehicle, the extent of which was not disclosed by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The boy, whose name has not been released due to his age, has since been taken to a juvenile detention facility for processing.

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(NEW YORK) -- With Thanksgiving just days away providing a stark reminder, the need for food has grown worse among Americans who are struggling to feed their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

“About 40% of the people who are turning to us for help have never before relied upon the charitable food system,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, the country’s largest hunger relief organization. “Unfortunately, the food crisis persists.”

An October report from Feeding America said that the pandemic had created “the perfect storm” for food banks with a surge in demand but a decline in food donations, the availability of volunteers and other operational challenges.

With no immediate end to the crisis in sight, innovative Americans began new charitable organizations aimed at combating the hunger spread rampant across the country.

College student Aidan Riley, the founder of “FarmLink,” began the organization to connect farmers who’d been forced to discard spoiled food with food banks instead. On Monday, the organization said it plans to deliver a million Thanksgiving meals.

In May, FarmLink helped Idaho potato farmer, Doug Hess, deliver his potatoes to food banks in California.

“I’d like to thank FarmLink for helping me move 125,000 pounds of potatoes that otherwise would have gone to waste,” said Hess.

FarmLink said that they have since delivered more than 15 million pounds of food.

The “East West Food Rescue,” a Northwest-based group that purchases surplus food from farmers and distributes it with people in-need, said that it plans to deliver 8,000 turkeys in time for Thanksgiving.

Zsofia Pasztor, a member of East West Food Rescue said, “We keep America strong during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the U.S., food is not the only thing needed during the upcoming weeks -- but also care from frontline workers.

Rine Uhm, co-founder of “Give Essential,” said that they’re working to make sure our frontline workers are taken care of while they take care of us.

“We’ve been able to raise the equivalent of 1 million dollars in donations for essential workers for all 50 states,” said Uhm.

A nurse in Chicago who received a care package from Give Essential said that she feels grateful.

“I just wanted to say that this is such a wonderful blessing for me and my family,” she said.

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Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected over 57.4 million people and killed more than 1.3 million worldwide.

Here's how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:


Nov 23, 9:19 pm
US marks 2 weeks of record hospitalizations

The COVID Tracking Project announced that 85,836 people are currently hospitalized in the United States with COVID-19.

This marks the 14th consecutive day of record-setting hospitalization numbers in the country, according to the health data.

"Only 4 states—Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont—have fewer than 100 people per million hospitalized with COVID-19," the COVID Tracking Project tweeted.

The U.S. recorded 105,975 new coronavirus cases and 956 new deaths Monday. The seven-day average of deaths is now over 1,500, an 87% increase since Nov. 1, according to the health data.

Nov 23, 8:02 pm
Fauci warns it's 'conceivable' that country will run out of beds

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned during an interview on the PBS NewsHour Monday that the country could run out of beds and nurses as coronavirus cases go up.

"It is really conceivable that if we don’t turn around the trajectory that that will happen," he said.

Fauci also said that families that are gathering for Thanksgiving with those outside their household are putting themselves at risk.

"We really can do something about it if we adhere to the public health measures," he said. "It’s within our power to do something about it."

Nov 23, 6:41 pm
Los Angeles to shut down in-person dining

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer announced the county will shut down in-person restaurant dining starting Wednesday as cases continue to rise.

The county recorded 6,124 new cases and eight new deaths Monday, according to the local Health Department. There are 1,473 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County, the Health Department said.

Eateries and bars will be able to offer take-out options, according to Ferrer. The order will be in effect for at least three weeks, she said.

The Los Angeles County Board will meet Tuesday to discuss further shutdown measures. If the five-day case average is 4,500 or higher, a more restrictive stay-at-home order will be issued for three weeks.

"The problem is, we have such a high rate of transmission and so many people are infected that it will take a lot to get us back down," Ferrer said.

Nov 23, 6:16 pm
Maryland sees 19 straight days with over 1,000 new cases

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced his state will launch an education campaign and additional enforcement action this week, as the state sees a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Maryland has seen 19 straight days with over 1,000 new daily cases recorded, Hogan said. The positivity rate is 6.8%, hospitalizations have increased by 80% in the last two weeks, and 29 hospitals are at 90% capacity, according to the governor.

Federal and state officials have announced they will enforce compliance rules over Thanksgiving. A wireless alert will be send out on Wednesday that reminds the public about the pandemic and the state's enforcement.

"Following the public health directives is the only way we will be able to stop this virus, keep Maryland open for business, and keep hospitals from overflowing," Hogan said in a statement.

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iStock/GreenPimpBy: ANDREA TUCCILLO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- "Jeopardy!" will resume production again next week, with Ken Jennings stepping in as the first guest host following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek earlier this month.

“We will resume production on 11/30 with a series of interim guest hosts from the Jeopardy! family — starting with Ken Jennings,” the game show tweeted Monday. “Additional guest hosts to be announced.”

Executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement, “Alex believed in the importance of 'Jeopardy!' and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him.”

“We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart contestants and challenging clues. By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers.”

Jennings is certainly a familiar face to "Jeopardy!" fans. He holds the record for the longest winning streak on the show with 74 wins.

Trebek, who hosted "Jeopardy"! for 35 years, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8 at age 80. His final day in the studio was Oct. 29. The show will air 10 of Trebek's best episodes during the weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, and his final week of episodes will air starting Jan. 4.

The first guest-hosted shows will air the week of Jan. 11.

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tupungato/iStockBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Students at New York's Columbia Business School who recently violated the university's COVID-19 travel policy are temporarily prohibited from attending in-person classes.

The group of 70 MBA students had traveled to the island of Turks and Caicos on a trip that was not school-sponsored. None of the students have been suspended.

"An important part of Columbia's public health protocols is that there are consequences for community members who violate the university’s health compact," a Columbia Business School spokesperson told "Good Morning America."

In its COVID-19 travel restrictions listed for the fall 2020 semester, the Columbia University website states, "All academic or work-related travel, domestic or international, is suspended."

"Columbia faculty, staff and students are required to follow local, state and federal travel restrictions, and should consult with CDC guidance," the website states.

On Sept. 29, the CDC released a report revealing there was an increase in COVID-19 infections from August to September among people ages 18 to 22 as some colleges and universities reopened in the United States. According to a recent New York Times survey of more than 1,700 American colleges and universities, there have been more than 320,000 cases and at least 80 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Cases across the U.S. now top more than 12 million, and more than 68,000 cases have been reported at colleges since early November, according to The Times tracker.

In the state of New York, there have been more than 596,000 cases and at least 34,319 deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Columbia's MBA students who violated the international travel suspension are banned from campus until Dec. 1. They must fulfill their academic obligations by taking their courses remotely.

With Thanksgiving approaching, colleges and universities are strategizing game plans to minimize the spread of the virus if students travel home.

Dr. Anita Barkin, co-chair of the American College Health Association COVID-19 Task Force, spoke with "Good Morning America" as health experts urge students to either remain on campus or follow specific protocols in an attempt to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus.

"We would encourage students not to go home, and the reason is that we know with travel comes risk of exposure," Barkin said. "So we would prefer students stay on campus and do a virtual Thanksgiving with their family."

Barkin shared tips with "GMA" on what families and students need to consider as many head home for the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of her advice includes reducing the number of stops on a car trip and avoiding kissing, hugging and shaking hands.

Read more of Barkin's expert tips here.

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(NEW YORK) -- New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and its former leaders Bishop Richard Malone and Bishop Edward Grosz, alleging that they engaged in a years-long cover-up of accusations of sexual abuse of minors by local priests.

Over a two-year investigation, James' office identified more than two dozen diocesan priests who were credibly accused of abuse but were not, according to the complaint, immediately referred to the Vatican for possible removal from the clergy in accordance with the church's established policies and procedures.

"For years, the Diocese of Buffalo and its leadership failed to protect children from sexual abuse," said Attorney General James in a statement. "Instead, they chose to protect the very priests who were credibly accused of these atrocious acts."

The lawsuit also seeks to bar Bishops Malone and Grosz from future service as directors or officers of any charitable organization subject to New York law, citing their alleged violations of their fiduciary duties to the diocese.

Diocese of Buffalo spokesperson Gregory Tucker told ABC News they will be "reviewing" the suit and "weighing the Diocese's response."

"In the meantime, we wish to reiterate that there is zero tolerance for sexual abuse of a minor or of sexual harassment of an adult in the Diocese of Buffalo by any member of the clergy, employee or volunteer," Tucker said in a statement. "The Diocese has put in place rigorous policies and protocols governing required behavior as well as a code of conduct which all clergy are expected to abide by. Moreover, the Diocese has committed to full cooperation with all civil authorities in both the reporting and investigation of alleged crimes and complaints."

The Diocese of Buffalo is currently seeking bankruptcy protection following a flood of lawsuits under New York's Child Victims Act, which created a look-back window allowing allegations of sexual abuse that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitation to be filed.

Bishop Malone resigned in December 2019 in the wake of a Vatican review of the diocese prompted by widespread criticism of his handling of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by local clergy members. Bishop Grosz resigned in March 2020 upon reaching mandatory retirement age for bishops.

The Diocese of Buffalo had been in a state of crisis since 2018, when Siobhan O'Connor, Malone's former personal secretary, leaked internal church documents to investigative reporter Charlie Specht from ABC's local station WKBW-TV, sparking months of reporting about whether there had been efforts to conceal the extent of the sexual abuse problem from the public.

In an interview with ABC News that aired as a special edition of "Nightline," Malone admitted that he had made some mistakes but defended his leadership.

"I feel that in the almost 20 years I have been a bishop, I've tried hard to be a good shepherd," Malone told ABC News, arguing that he had "inherited a decades old horrific problem of abuse."

But in Monday's 216-page complaint, James claimed Bishops Malone and Grosz "sheltered accused priests" and "wasted charitable assets" in supporting them.

"In numerous cases," the complaint alleges, "Malone and Grosz failed to properly examine or address individual complaints and disregarded the risks created by their decisions to avoid procedures required under Church law and the Diocesan Corporation's policies and procedures."

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(NEW YORK) -- A quick moving and rather weak storm system moved through parts of the Midwest this weekend and a quick burst of snow fell on Sunday in parts of Indiana and Michigan, where locally 1 to 2 inches accumulated.

This same frontal system is on the East Coast Monday morning and will bring a quick round of very heavy rain to the major I-95 cities Monday morning including Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford and Boston. A couple of strong wind gusts and a few embedded thunderstorms will also be possible.

In the interior Northeast, some precipitation could change to snow briefly, especially in the higher elevations of the Catskills and Adirondacks where very light accumulation will be possible.

This storm system quickly moves out later Monday with some clearing arriving in the afternoon.

Elsewhere, attention turns to a rather large storm system that will develop in the central U.S. beginning mainly on Tuesday.

On the western side of this storm system, some heavy mountain snow of locally up 10 to 20 inches will be possible across parts of the Colorado Rockies.

Some snow will also likely sneak into parts of the immediate Denver metro area and the Colorado high plains. However, it will be tough for the snowfall to accumulate due to mild temperatures.

Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the snow, a burst of snow will also move into parts of the Upper Midwest and especially in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

Again, accumulations should be light, because of temperatures near the freezing mark. The best chance for over 3 inches of snow appears to be Central and Southern Wisconsin. Regardless of precise snowfall amount, however, wet snow could make roads slippery in the region.

Meanwhile, on the southern side of the storm in the warm sector, some scattered severe storms could move across parts of Texas, Oklahoma on Tuesday sliding to the Mississippi River valley by Wednesday morning.

The strong storms could bring some gusty winds and perhaps a couple of brief tornadoes and the threat area will include places like Dallas, Shreveport, Little Rock and Memphis.

The good news is by Thanksgiving on Thursday, the bulk of the impacts of this storm system are done.

Some leftover showers will be possible on the East Coast but most of it should remain pretty scattered.

It will not be a washout, nor will it be cold, so on the East Coast there likely will be an opportunity to meet family members or friends outside for safe and socially distant Thanksgiving activities.

The rest of the country is looking rather quiet on the holiday with no real organized weather concerns. Perhaps most notably, is that there is no real big blast of cold air anywhere.

It could a little seasonably cool in the Northwest, but nothing too unbearable. This is very good news coast to coast because just about everyone should be able to find an acceptable time frame to spend outdoors, safe and socially distant.

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RichLegg/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- In Washington, D.C., the city's nonprofits that care for the hungry are bracing for a critical juncture this holiday season.

Mike Curtin, the CEO of DC Central Kitchen, which provides meals to homeless shelters, senior centers and other groups, told ABC News his team will provide 12,000 meals this Thanksgiving, a 5,000-meal increase over last year.

This rise in demand is being exacerbated by logistical changes brought on by the coronavirus, according to Curtin.

Coronavirus restrictions mean that nonprofits won't be able to provide buffet-style service this year, so meals are being prepared in individual packets. Diners also won't be able to eat together indoors or for extended periods.

"One of the hardest things to create in an institutional setting ... is a true sense of community," Curtin told ABC News. "One of the ways we thought we could provide to get that place is that shared healthy meal. Taking that piece away is making the providers' jobs even more difficult."

The situation in the nation's capital is being played out in communities across the country, as millions of Americans -- even those who are employed -- are becoming more food insecure, according to experts.

A report issued last month by the nonprofit Feeding America found that 50.4 million Americans have been identified as food insecure, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life." In 2018, the organization said that 37.2 million Americans were food insecure.

The number of children who are food insecure has grown from 11.2 million to 17 million over the last two years, according to the report.

A follow-up report by Feeding America issued last week found that one in six Americans, and a quarter of the nation's children, could face hunger in 2020 because of the pandemic.

"With 11.1 million people in America still unemployed, many are turning to the food banks for the first time," the nonprofit said in a news release. "Previous food bank surveys revealed that an estimated 40 percent of people seeking assistance from food banks had never needed help before."

Organizations across the country that help feed the hungry have been seeing the increased demand.

A spokeswoman for YMCA told ABC News that their locations with food programs increased by 25% this year.

YMCAs across the country served over 37 million people between March and August, according to the spokeswoman. Prior to this year, YMCAs served 27 million people a year on average, the spokeswoman said.

Rosie Allen-Herring, the president and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, told ABC News that the biggest problem facing nonprofits is the increase of so-called ALICE households, which are "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed."

"These are individuals who go into work every day, but they need these [food] services to get by," she told ABC News.

Allen-Herring said about 55% of residents in the Washington, D.C., area are ALICE households, while nationally it's about 40%.

Curtin said that since the pandemic began his nonprofit partners have been able to adapt and are, so far, able to keep up with the demand. For the holidays, he said the organizations created solutions to provide families with some semblance of a community get-together or dinner.

For example, some of the charities in D.C. are holding their dinners outdoors, while others are experimenting with dinners where the families eat in shifts, according to Curtin.

"When you're living in a situation where every day you're trying to achieve normalcy in a non-pandemic time, getting to that place to celebrate Thanksgiving is that much harder," he said.

Curtin and other experts said the biggest challenge ahead for the nonprofits is funding. Food banks, kitchens and other charities are in desperate need of cash as Congress has stalled on stimulus assistance and donations have slowed as millions of Americans deal with their own financial crises.

In addition, said Curtin, it simply isn't safe to have many volunteers working indoors or close together.

"If you'd ask me nine months, ago I'd say come and volunteer," he said when asked what people can do to help during the holidays. "I can't say that now. We need your money and we need it desperately."

Allen-Herring also warned that the country's current hunger situation will get worse for months -- even if the economy rebounds. It will take a long time for families to recover, and without funding and additional resources, she said the country could be looking at more holidays where nonprofits have to go the extra mile.

"We see it with all of our nonprofit partners," Allen-Herring said. "That work must continue, the challenge is there. But we know we can do it."

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Bellevue Police DepartmentBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News

(BELLEVUE, Neb.) -- A suspect is under arrest and charged in connection with a shooting at a Sonic Drive-In late Saturday evening that killed two people and left two others hospitalized, according to police.

At approximately 9:23 p.m. police in Bellevue, Nebraska, received a call about reports of a possible bomb inside a moving truck in the parking lot of a Sonic Drive-In, according to local authorities.

In a statement released by the Bellevue Police Department, numerous officers immediately responded to the scene of the incident, which was then updated at 9:24 p.m. to a shooting, with the first officers arriving only two minutes later at 9:26 p.m. to discover four victims with gunshot wounds.

“Two victims were transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center,” the Bellevue Police Department said in its statement. “Two additional victims were determined to be deceased on the scene. The victims will be identified after the completion of appropriate family notifications.”

On Sunday evening, police released the names of the shooting victims, all who were employees of Sonic: Nathan Pastrana, 22, and Ryan Helbert, 28, both died at the scene. Kenneth Gerner, 25, and Zoey Reece Atalig Lujan, 18, were injured.

Roberto Carlos Silva Jr., 23, was taken into custody shortly after police arrived on scene, according to authorities. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson, the police said Sunday.

At a press conference late Sunday, police showed bodycam video of Silva Jr. being arrested in the parking lot of the Bellevue restaurant. In one part of the video -- which was shown on a screen at the presser and is not being released beyond that -- one can see the U-Haul truck burning in the background.

Police did not release any details on why the U-Haul was on fire, only that they believe the truck was in fact brought there by the suspect.

Police did not give any updates on the condition of the two victims who were taken to hospital, and the motive behind the shooting is currently not known.

Authorities also said that there are no indications of any additional suspects involved in the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

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(NEW YORK) -- Police announced Sunday evening that they arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with a shooting at a Wisconsin mall Friday that left eight people injured.

The Wauwatosa Police Department announced in a statement that the unidentified teen was picked up earlier in the day.

Officers also found a firearm that the boy allegedly used during the incident, police said.

On Friday afternoon, officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Mayfair Mall's lower level, and discovered seven adults and one teenager who had been injured, according to police.

Police say the suspect exited the mall along with other patrons as officers and tactical teams worked for hours to secure the scene.

"An officer’s first priority in this situation is to secure the immediate scene and begin rendering first aid," the Wauwatosa Police Department said in a statement. "The process to completely secure the mall, which contains 1,265 million square feet, took approximately six hours and involved seven tactical teams. "

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride told ABC News Saturday that the eight victims were recovering from their injuries.

The police said the incident was not random but "an altercation between two groups." Four of the victims were "innocent bystanders," according to the police.

Investigators, aided by the FBI, received several leads from victims and witnesses during the day and were able to track down the suspect, according to the police.

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sshepard/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of college students are in the process of heading home for the Thanksgiving break, even as public health experts warn against travel for the holiday amid exponential growth of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

According to the College Crisis Initiative, a research project at Davidson College, few institutions have announced post-Thanksgiving exit plans. Those that have may recommend students be tested before leaving campus, but fewer still require it. After the break, they also may be keeping the majority of students off campus until next year.

The campuses of the State University of New York are among a small number of institutions that are mandating testing as part of its Thanksgiving break plan. Testing is currently underway across dozens of campuses, with students required to test negative for COVID-19 within 10 days before leaving. Students were encouraged to take their test as close to their departure date as possible, with individual campuses coordinating testing schedules.

The system plans to ultimately test some 140,000 students, using a self-administered, saliva swab diagnostic test developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences. The policy was reviewed by public health experts at the University of Albany's School of Public Health and Upstate Medical University.

"The health experts said you need to wind down your semester after Thanksgiving break and then go all remote because you don't want people traveling back and forth in the cold months," SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras told ABC News. "We don't want to send our students home, possibly infected."

Most students won't return in-person until next year. The winter term will be fully remote, and the start of in-person learning for the spring semester was recently pushed back to Feb. 1, to help reduce additional risks during flu season.

SUNY has not been immune to outbreaks across its 64 campuses. A handful of its schools have had to temporarily pause or end in-person learning for the fall. Notably, SUNY Oneonta pivoted to all-remote learning in early September after more than 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students, largely driven by on- and off-campus parties, officials said.

Shortly after, SUNY announced that all its colleges and universities will be required to implement a testing program to detect COVID-19 cases on campuses, and it crafted a uniform compliance document.

"I felt that we needed to bring a little more rigor to the process, and more uniformity to the process," said Malatras, who was named chancellor in late August. "Every campus dealt with infractions against their codes of conduct differently. But what you saw there was an uneven application was leading to bad results on some of our campuses."

Currently, the rolling seven-day average positivity rate across SUNY campuses is around .9%. Statewide, that number is closer to 3% -- among the lowest in the nation. Malatras points to high compliance among students and SUNY's testing regimen to getting the system to this point.

"COVID still exists in the community. You're seeing an uptick everywhere, and you're gonna have it," he said. "It's how do you mitigate it and manage it in a proper way. You need high compliance, and you need a smart way of monitoring the virus. You monitor it through testing."

SUNY has been among the "most aggressive in the country" on its protocols, Malatras posits, "partially because New York was one of the earliest- and hardest-hit states."

"We have more awareness of the situation in many cases, sadly," he said. "The cases are exploding at this time for the first time in many states, so they're dealing with it, they're grappling with it for the first time."

Malatras addressed some criticism that the policy "infringes on students' rights" and is an attempt to "hold students hostage" in a recent New York Daily News op-ed.

"None of it is true," he said, noting that by state health law, any person who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days. Campuses are also staying open for students that are choosing not to leave for the remainder of the semester, he said.

Each SUNY campus must make accommodations for students to isolate, he told ABC News. The local health department can also sign off on students leaving campus to isolate elsewhere, he said.

Students, who have undergone regular testing throughout the semester, have responded well to the Thanksgiving policy, he said.

"It's good, they give us enough time and they work with everyone," SUNY Purchase student Kristen Lambert told New York ABC station WABC-TV while getting tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving break.

Zionah Campbell, a student at SUNY Brockport, told Rochester ABC affiliate WHAM-TV earlier this month, "I like knowing that we're getting tested, so that we feel safe."

The school was encouraging students to leave early for Thanksgiving break after testing negative after discovering a COVID-19 cluster.

"The fact that we could learn that we're fine could protect us or save us," said SUNY Brockport student Layla Jacobs told the station.

With most of the population off-campus and not undergoing regular COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving, SUNY is considering having its Food and Drug Administration-approved saliva test available to those outside the institution during that time, Malatras said.

Come the spring semester, returning students must complete a seven-day quarantine before they arrive on campus, at which point they also will be tested for COVID-19, officials said.

Spring break has been canceled across SUNY institutions as well to limit the potential spread of the virus.

For right now though, travel over the upcoming holiday is a pressing concern for health professionals, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising that people stay home this Thanksgiving.

Testing can help lower the risk of bringing the virus home, said Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and an ABC News contributor.

"But there's going to be risk," he said.

"Any amount of travel, and additional contacts that people have, is going to lead to transmission," he said.

For schools that plan to go primarily remote for the winter and send students home, the American College Health Association recommended that they remind students that "the test only reflects one point in time, there can be false negative results, and, in some cases, the virus may be contracted during travel." It also advised students to consider getting a test after traveling and to quarantine for the first 14 days after arrival.

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Facebook/Tracy Police DepartmentBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News

(TRACY, Calif.) -- A 64-year-old caretaker has been arrested after the 92-year-old man he had served as caretaker to for approximately 20 years was found dead in a motel room with multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

The incident occurred on Nov. 18 around 8 p.m. when the Tracy Police Department in Tracy, California, received a call of a person not breathing in a motel room located just off of Interstate 205.

When authorities arrived they discovered 92-year-old JC Williams Jr. in the motel room unresponsive and pronounced him deceased shortly after and deemed that Williams’ death was suspicious.

“Upon further investigation, Mr. Williams appeared to have multiple blunt force trauma injuries, which were believed to have resulted in his death,” the Tracy Police Department said in a statement.

Two days later on Nov. 20, Clark Stone, a 64-year-old resident of Lathrop, California, who had served as William’s caretaker for approximately two decades, was arrested in association with the homicide of Williams.

Stone was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and charged with inflicting great bodily injury upon another during the commission of a felony, elder abuse for causing unjustifiable pain and suffering and elder abuse for causing great bodily harm.

Authorities did not disclose what could have caused the extensive injuries Williams suffered or how long Williams had been in the motel room before being discovered.

No possible motives in the case were revealed during the course of the investigation and the investigation into Williams’ death is currently ongoing.

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(NEW YORK) -- A cold rain will spread out along a cold front as a low pressure system makes its way across the Midwest today.

By the afternoon some light snow could mix in with the rain for northern Ohio, eastern Michigan and parts of western New York.

By Monday morning, heavy rain could be a hassle heading out in Boston with some showers in New York City and Philadelphia through the late morning.

Light snow is also possible in the Adirondacks and western Catskills as colder air is expected behind this front by Tuesday.

Snow accumulations will likely be minimal, though an inch or so is not out of the question for northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio, near Toledo. Ice, however, could be a concern with the mixture of snow and rain with the colder air on the back side of the front refreezing any standing moisture on hard surfaces.

Elsewhere, much of the South through the Mid-Atlantic is expecting warmer than normal temperatures today. Temperatures in the low 70s in Atlanta today are consistent with normal highs in the month of October.

As a cold front passes, temperatures will dip closer to average on Tuesday for most spots. The cool down does not last long, however, as mild air returns mid-week.

As far as Thanksgiving Day is concerned, folks along the East Coast could wake up to a soggy start. By the evening, however, most of the showers will have exited the region making way for peeks of sunshine.

Much of the country will be warm and dry with the cooler air bottled up in the Rockies. The Northwest will likely see scattered rain and snow showers to start off the holiday which will taper off as the day goes on.

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