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iStock/Thinkstock(MARBLE FALLS, Texas) -- Massive floods swept through Central Texas on Tuesday, and rushing waters are expected to rise overnight and into Wednesday morning.

But despite flood operations in several counties already being in place in anticipation of more swift and high waters, the damage, it seems, has already begun.

Burnet County Sheriff's Office Captain Tom Dillard reported an unidentified body that was found in the Colorado River but could not provide more information.

Across the Colorado River, the Llano River experienced major historic flooding, with waters rising to just under 40 feet on Tuesday morning. The catastrophic waters rose so high, in fact, that they caused a traffic bridge to collapse.

Llano County emergency management coordinator Ron Anderson reported roughly 105 people being evacuated on Tuesday.

The Llano County Office of Emergency Management is warning residents of hazardous conditions, especially on the roads, and officials told residents to stay off the road if they could.

"One inch of rain can produce a flooded roadway within minutes," Ron Anderson, Llano County emergency management coordinator, told ABC News affiliate KVUE in Austin. "Any rain that falls right now, it’s pretty much running off into the creeks, streams, roadways, causing flash flooding and river flooding."

As flash flooding can occur instantly, Anderson said their biggest concern is people traveling around road barriers.

"People can be swept off the road, out of their cars, or just people standing by trying to sightsee can often find themselves in trouble a lot faster than they imagine that they would."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the State Operations Center to be ready to respond to severe weather and flooding on Tuesday morning.

“When severe weather strikes, Texas will ensure our responders and local officials have what they need to respond and protect those in harm's way,” Abbott said in a statement.

He added, "I also urge all Texans to take their safety into their own hands by closely monitoring changing weather conditions and heeding warnings from local officials.”

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@DukeEnergy/Twitter (MEXICO BEACH) -- Hurricane Michael's death toll has climbed to 26, with 16 people dying in Florida, according to state officials. Twelve of those deaths were in Bay County, which was hit hard by the monster Category 4 storm.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach in Bay County Wednesday with winds around 155 mph, decimating nearly every home and business in the small seaside community, including the Mexico Beach Police Department.

"We don't have a building -- from my understanding, the water surge moved it off its foundation," Police Chief Anthony Kelly told ABC News on Friday.

When Emily Mitchell returned on Saturday afternoon to see what was left of her family's Mexico Beach home, she found the roof ripped off and the walls blown in. She called it a "total loss."

As Michael barreled up the coast, it brought death and destruction with it, leaving 10 people dead in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Among the victims were an 11-year-old girl in Georgia and a firefighter in Virginia.

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Columbus Police(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Newly released body cam footage from the Columbus Police Department shows the tense moment an officer realized he had pulled his weapon on a couple of kids with a realistic-looking BB gun.

Officer Peter Casuccio received a call that there were "two young male blacks" that had "just flashed a gun" while he was driving on Saturday. When he arrived at the scene, one of the boys "freaked out and started pulling the gun out of his waistband," according to Casuccio, before dropping the gun quickly on the sidewalk.

"This is getting kids killed all over the country," Cascuccio said to the boys.

The two boys, who turned out to be 11 and 13 years old, sounded shaken up after understanding the gravity of the situation and apologized to the officer.

"You should be sorry and you should be scared," Casuccio said.

The 11-year-old boy then turned to his friend, "I didn't want him to shoot."

"I know you didn't want me to shoot," Casuccio responded. "Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old?"

Afterwards, Casuccio drove to the 11-year-old boy's home and explained what had happened to his mother.

"Regardless of what people say about the dudes wearing this uniform," Casuccio said. "We care, we legitimately care, and the last thing I want to do is shoot an 11-year-old because your life hasn't even gotten started yet."

Casuccio urged the boy to think about the idea before he went to bed.

"I could've killed you," Casuccio said. "You could be gone. Everything you wanted to do in this life could be over."

In the last few years, officers in Ohio have fatally shot young, black men saying they mistook toy or BB guns for real weapons. In 2014, 11-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed at a Cleveland park after touching a fake gun at his waist. In 2016, a Columbus police officer killed 13-year-old Tyre King after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband.

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Jason Littlejohn(NEW YORK) -- With tears streaming down his cheeks, a 9-year-old black child spoke out at a community meeting in New York about being wrongly accused of grabbing a white woman's backside in a corner store -- an incident disproved by security-camera footage.

With his mother standing beside him, Jeremiah Hervey delivered a simple message at the community meeting: "Friendship is really the key."

Jeremiah's emotional response came six days after Teresa Klein called the police and claimed the boy had grabbed her butt in a Brooklyn corner store Wednesday.

Klein issued an apology after viewing surveillance video of Jeremiah's backpack brushing her backside as he passed her in the store. The video clearly shows Jeremiah's hands were in front of him as he passed her.

Shortly after the encounter, a witness took a cell phone video of Klein apparently on the phone with a 911 operator, claiming the child groped her.

"That's right. Her son grabbed my a--," Klein could be heard saying on her phone. "And, she [the mother] decided to yell at me. There are security cameras in this bodega."

The video shows Klein pleading for police to be sent to the store immediately, prompting terrified cries from the young Jeremiah and his little sister as they held onto their mother, Someko Bellille.

Jeremiah and his sister, dressed in school uniforms and carrying shopping bags, could be seen and heard crying and calling for their mother as she and other customers and residents tried to address Klein's accusations.

"'Cornerstore Caroline,' that's what that is," one person could be heard saying on the video. "Don't cry, little man."

Bellille also spoke at Monday's meeting, telling the crowd, "What happened to us respecting one another, having unity and being neighborly?"

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams organized the community meeting after the video of Klein calling 911 on Jeremiah went viral on social media, sparking outrage.

Following the meeting, Jeremiah told ABC New York station WABC that he does not accept Klein's apology.

"I don't forgive this woman, and she needs help," he said.

On Friday, Klein returned to the store, as residents and local media stood by, to finally watch the surveillance video that exonerated Jeremiah. Footage from inside the store showed the boy's book bag grazing Klein's butt. His hands, which did not touch her, were in plain sight on surveillance video.

The episode is the latest in a string of incidents in which white people have called the police on black people for seemingly innocuous behavior.

Klein also claimed that she called the police because the child's mother was aggressive.

"I felt someone grab my a--. I said, 'Don't touch my a--.' The woman flew at me, claimed she was a police officer, threatened to arrest me and I called 911," Klein told New York ABC station WABC-TV.

On Friday, Klein returned to the store, as residents and local media stood by, to finally watch the surveillance video. Footage from inside the store showed the boy's book bag grazing Klein's butt. His hands, which didn't touch her, were in plain sight on the video.

Klein later apologized on video to the boy after seeing the footage.

"Young man, I don't know your name, but I'm sorry," she said.

The hashtag "Cornerstore Caroline" lit up on social media almost immediately after a video of Klein was released. The video was taken by a man named Jason Littlejohn, who posted it Facebook.

Littlejohn encouraged people to "make this go viral" in his post. As of Monday, the video had been viewed nearly 8 million times.

"She basically said, 'I'm calling the cops on you.' She didn't say the mom or anybody else. She said I'm calling the cops on you and that poor, little boy, man," Littlejohn told WABC.

"We're definitely going to make a movement out here," Littlejohn said in his Facebook post Sunday. "We're going to stop people -- I will say, people -- from dialing 911 unnecessarily. ... It's gotta stop, people. ... We will not let this continue to happen."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some of the coldest air of the season is about to descend on the U.S. from the Arctic.

Wind chills on Tuesday morning are already in the teens, 20s and 30s from the Rockies to the Northeast.

The coldest morning and day will be on Thursday for the Northeast and the Midwest as another reinforcing shot of cold air moves in. It will feel like it is below freezing for much of the Northeast.

This will be a major shock to the system considering it's been very mild all of September and the first half of October in the Northeast.

Flashing flooding in Texas

Up to 10 inches of rain fell just south of Dallas on Monday, producing flash flooding, washing out roads and prompting water rescues.

Unsettled weather will continue to pelt Texas with more rain on the way in the next several days!

Flood watches and warnings continue to be in place Tuesday morning for a large portion of the state, including Dallas, Abilene and San Angelo. Flash flooding is ongoing right now.

Additional rainfall is forecast through the next several days with some areas likely seeing an additional half a foot of rain and more flooding expected.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Pastor Andrew Brunson, the American who was detained in Turkey for two years before his release over the weekend, said he is "hated" in the country where he had lived and worked for more than 20 years in large part because of the Turkish government's accusation that he spied and was linked to terrorism.

"At this point I’m one of the most hated men in Turkey, probably," Brunson told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

Brunson, 50, was a Christian evangelist in Turkey for more than 20 years before he was arrested in October 2016 and accused by the Turkish government of espionage and ties to terrorist groups. He, his lawyers and the U.S. deny those charges.

"We were never involved in anything political," Brunson told Stephanopoulos. He said he and his wife were shocked by their arrest, which happened on their oldest son's birthday.

Prior to his release over the weekend, Brunson's case had created a deep rift in U.S.-Turkish relations, with the Trump administration heavily committed to securing his freedom and punishing its NATO ally with economic penalties for not doing so. An evangelical Christian pastor, he had also become a rallying cry for religious freedom advocates in the U.S.

The Turkish court sentenced him Friday to three years and one a half months, but given his time served and that it was his first arrest, his house arrest and travel ban were lifted. He was flown out of the country that Friday on a U.S. military aircraft, stopping in Germany for a medical evacuation before landing in Washington Saturday. There, he met with President Trump in an Oval Office welcome celebration.

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ABCNews.com(BARRON, Wis.) -- Police said a young Wisconsin girl is “missing and endangered” on Monday after discovering her parents dead inside the family’s home.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 13-year-old Jayme Closs after discovering the bodies of her parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, earlier in the day.

Officers made the terrifying discovery at the couple’s home in Barron, Wisconsin, at around 1 a.m., while responding to a 911 report from an unknown caller asking for help, police said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald did not say how the couple had died, but he indicated that there had been gunshots. Investigators said the teenager may have been abducted from the home at gunpoint.

There were no leads or suspects as of early Tuesday morning and there were no clues or hints left the crime scene.

"At the end of the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound. That's our goal. That's our only goal right now," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news briefing.

Police in Miami were investigating a possible sighting of the teen at a gas station, but they could not confirm the authenticity of the tip.

A tipster reported seeing a person “fitting the description of endangered juvenile Jayme Closs” between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday in a black Ford Explorer with a possible Wisconsin plate of I60WER, the Miami Police Department said Tuesday.

“The vehicle was occupied by 2 well dressed, middle eastern males in their 30’s, about 5’7” to 5’09”, 200-250 lbs., and both had a beard. Furthermore, inside the vehicle was a young girl fitting the description of Jayme Closs,” the department said in a press release. “If you have any information please call 911 immediately.”

Police said anyone with information about the case should contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MEXICO BEACH, Fla.) -- President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Florida and Georgia Monday afternoon to tour the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Michael and to highlight the ongoing recovery efforts as dozens still remain missing in the wake of the deadly storm.

As he toured a ravaged neighborhood street in Lynn Haven, Florida, the president called it "total devastation."

"To see this personally is very, very tough,” Trump said, having observed badly damaged homes and trees that had been knocked off and pulled up by their roots.

“It seemed almost like a giant tornado, a really wide tornado,” Trump said as he spoke with the mayor of the city in front of cameras during his neighborhood tour.

The president, along with the first lady, Gov. Rick Scott, and the local mayor, greeted one resident Michael Rollins, whose home was visibly damaged – the roof had blue tarp over it, the front façade of the home was quite damaged, the yard was completely torn up, with lots of mud and trees ripped up by their roots.

At a relief distribution center, the president handed out water bottles and applauded the work of first responders, FEMA, and Gov Scott and marveled at the response effort.

“We are doing more than anybody would have ever done," Trump said. "And probably, there hasn’t been hits like this, not very often, they say 50 years there was one that had this kind of power, 50 years, that’s a long time.”

Speaking to reporters on the tarmac at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, the president repeatedly touted the coordination with the local government said the priority is ensuring displaced residents are safe and have access to food and water.

“The job they've done in Florida has been incredible, and likewise I'm hearing in Georgia pretty good things,” Trump said. “Just making sure everyone's safe, that they're fed, you know many of these people, they have no – they have no home. Some of them have no trace of a home, you wouldn't even know it just got blown right off the footing. So our big thing is feeding and water and safety.”

In Georgia, the president visited a Red Cross center where he received a briefing from local leaders about the ongoing recovery efforts.

He visited a farm in Macon, Georgia, where he met with pecan and cotton farmers who told him about the damage to their crops and trees caused by the storm. In the case of some tree crops, it can take up to ten years before a destroyed tree can be replaced.

"You just got hit dead center?" Trump could be heard asking one farmer.

"That's a hell of a story," Trump told him after listening to his story. "You're going to make it."

"You're going to be okay, you watch," the president told another farmer after listening to his story.

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NOAA/Twitter (MEXICO BEACH, Fla.) -- Five days after Hurricane Michael roared into the Florida Panhandle, decimating the seaside community of Mexico Beach, rescuers appear to have some good news -- just three people remain missing in the city that was torn apart by the Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Michael's death toll has climbed to 18 and officials feared the number of people killed by the storm would increase as crews sifted through the wreckage of once-bustling oceanside cities, including Mexico Beach and Panama City Beach, the Associated Press reported.

In Mexico Beach, three of those who didn't evacuate were missing still unaccounted for on Monday, city manager Tanya Castro told ABC News.

She said search and rescue teams were making their final sweep of the area and they’re optimistic about finding the other three.

Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey had said 289 people, including 10 children, decided to stay put despite evacuation orders, and rode out the storm, which made landfall there on Wednesday. Michael devastated homes and businesses in Mexico Beach, which has a population of nearly 1,200.

The powerful storm sounded like a freight train when it barreled into nearby Panama City, said resident Jackie Lane, who was overcome with emotion recalling her experience to ABC News on Monday.

Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm on the second story of an inn down the street from her home. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door to hold it.

"It was already splitting," she said of the door, her voice shaking, "and the roof came, the ceiling came off."

"For about three hours it just sucked us in and sucked us out, sucked us in and sucked us out," she said. "I thought I was gonna lose my husband cause the door was cracking. And the stove and refrigerator that was in there, we could hear them just backing together and clanging around. We seen the stove fly across us. We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything."

The entire second story of that inn is now gone.

"We lost everything," Lane said. "We're lucky to have our lives."

Of the 18 people killed as the hurricane swept through the Florida Panhandle, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina, only one confirmed death was reported in Mexico Beach. When Michael made landfall there, winds topped out around 155 mph.

Michael knocked out power across the South, and Monday over 280,000 remained powerless across four states, including 150,000 in Florida.

President Donald Trump toured some of the hurricane-hit Sunshine State Monday with Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Trump called it "total devastation" as he toured a badly damaged neighborhood in Lynn Haven.

"To see this personally, is very, very tough," he said.

The storm not only destroyed homes and businesses in the city, it destroyed the Mexico Beach Police Department.

"We don't have a building -- from my understanding, the water surge moved it off its foundation," Police Chief Anthony Kelly told ABC News on Friday. "The officers, I finally made accountability of them all today, two days after the fact. ... They're not just my officers, the people that I work with, they're my family."

Emily Mitchell returned on Saturday afternoon to what was left of the house her family owned in Mexico Beach. The roof was ripped off and walls were blown in. She called it a "total loss."

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(MEXICO BEACH, Fla.) -- The seaside community of Mexico Beach, Florida, was demolished by Hurricane Michael -- but one family's newly-built concrete home survived virtually untouched.

"Hurricanes happen and so we intended to build it to survive" and pass through the generations, Dr. Lebron Lackey told ABC News of the vacation home he built last year with his uncle.

When Category 4 Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach Wednesday with winds around 155 mph, Lackey was home in Tennessee, "nauseated" as he monitored the house security camera, watching footage of the winds and debris whipping by.

Lackey wasn't confident the home would survive, afraid he would lose the roof at any moment.

"I was watching the corner of the roof buck like an airplane wing. And I was watching the air pass by with debris in it about the speed of which you'd expect to see in an airplane," he said.

For Lackey and his uncle, the goal during construction just last year was to go "overboard to preserve the structure." He said they often went the extra mile to add more concrete -- especially in corners.

Making small accommodations as they went, he said they often "went one step further" beyond the building codes, like when they added 1-foot thick concrete walls as well as steel cables to hold the roof steady.

They also built the ground floor out of tall pilings, with the house elevated above it, to create a ground floor structure intended to give way with massive storm surge if necessary -- and "sure enough it did," he said.

Lackey said he only felt the house was vulnerable in the corner of the roof from an "airplane wing effect."

Lackey said the additions weren't very expensive and called them "totally worth it."

To others looking to build their dream beach home, Lackey recommends studying "the environment where you are and take whatever you hear and expect it to be worse than that. And if you want to have it last, build it above and beyond."

"I'm a fan of concrete construction," he added.

Though Lackey's family's home is standing strongly in the sand, it's surrounded by destruction.

Michael demolished nearly every Mexico Beach home and business in its path, including the Mexico Beach Police Department.

Of the 18 confirmed fatalities from Hurricane Michael, one was in Mexico Beach.

"These are great people," Lackey said of Mexico Beach residents, describing it as a small, family town.

"We will rebuild," he said. "We're coming back."

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NYPD(NEW YORK) -- Police released photos of three men allegedly involved in a violent clash between right- and left-wing protesters in New York City last week.

Investigators with the New York Police Department say the three took part in a brutal brawl Friday night between protesters and members of the right-wing Proud Boys organization, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Police said two of the people wanted for questioning were seen kicking a victim lying on the sidewalk and the other was observed punching a victim who was trying to run away.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio urged witnesses to speak up if they had any information about the fight.

“The NYPD is fully investigating last night’s attack involving the Proud Boys. If you know anything, the NYPD wants your help,” De Blasio said in a statement. “Hate is never welcome in NYC and we will punish those responsible — whether they threw punches or incited violence — to the fullest extent of the law.”

Cuomo struck a more pointed tone in his statement and called out the Proud Boys by name.

“Hate cannot and will not be tolerated in New York. Here's a message from a Queens boy to the so-called 'proud boys' – NY has zero tolerance for your bs,” the governor wrote in a tweet.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that monitors extremist activity, classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group due to its alleged use of anti-Muslim and white nationalist rhetoric. The Proud Boys group describes itself as “western chauvinists,” but it denies ties to the racist “alt-right” movement.

Chaos erupted near the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City at around 8:30 p.m. Friday as demonstrators gathered to protest a speech there by Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes.

The club said some protesters threw glass bottles at attendees as they exited the venue.

“Gavin’s talk on Friday night, while at times was politically incorrect and a bit edgy, was certainly not inciting violence,” the Metropolitan Republican Club wrote in a statement, noting that its building had been vandalized ahead of the event.

Three others were already arrested in connection to the incident.

Finbarr Slonim, 20, of Manhattan, and Kai Russo, 20, of Brooklyn, were arrested in the wake of the event on robbery and assault charges, according to police. A third man, 35-year-old Caleb Perkins, of Manhattan, was arrested and charged with robbery, assault and resisting arrest, police said.

Investigators released video from the scene on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, showing the wanted men throwing punches as others cheered “USA” in the background. Officials said they could not confirm whether those arrested were associated with a particular group.

Police said they were wanted for questioning and no charges have been filed.

“We continue to investigate the violent incident on the UES on Friday night, and need information regarding these persons-of-interest,” the NYPD wrote in a tweet Saturday. “No complaints have been filed. If you were the victim of a crime, or have information about the incident, please call 1-800-577-TIPS. @NYPDTips.”

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Courtesy D'Arreion Toles(ST. LOUIS) -- A white woman in St. Louis was fired after videos went viral of her trying to block a black man from entering his own apartment building on Saturday.

D'Arreion Toles recorded his attempts to enter his apartment complex after returning home late from work. The woman can be seen standing in the doorway, asking what unit Toles lives in, and to see his key fob.

"It's not your building, you're not the owner," Toles says in the video before getting past her. The woman continues to follow Toles up to his fourth-floor loft and demands to find out whom he's "going to see" and “why he's there."

Toles asked her to stop following him, but she continued as he used his keys to open his door. Toles told ABC News that 30 minutes later police showed up because the woman had called 911.

Toles posted the videos to his Facebook page early Saturday morning and they've been viewed more than 5 million times. He wrote that the videos show what it's like "to be a black man in America" and "this is America in 2018."

The woman's employer, Tribeca-STL, which manages real estate properties, said in a statement on its website that the company was aware of the video and that the woman had been terminated.

"The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds," the statement continued. "We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company."

The woman’s estranged husband, Brandon Mueller, posted a public video to his Facebook page condemning his ex-partner’s behavior.

“As a man of color I have spent most of my professional career teaching others the importance of diversity and inclusion,” Mueller said. He hopes that the community will “not allow others ignorance to incite anger and hatred, but to use it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and promote love.”

This is the latest video that has gone viral of a white person threatening to call the police on a black person for performing daily tasks.

Internet users were quick to dub the woman in the video "Apartment Patty" after a woman dubbed "Permit Patty" who threatened to call 911 on an 8-year-old black girl for selling bottled water without a permit in California.

Toles says this isn't a time for negativity and asked people to send the woman "positive waves of energy."

"I wish anybody well," Toles said.

ABC News has reached out to Brandon Mueller for comment and is working to confirm the identity of the woman in the video.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- To hear Alex Halderman tell it, hacking the vote is easy.

The University of Michigan professor is on a crusade to demonstrate how vulnerable American voting machines are, and some of his arguments are quite compelling. He has rigged mock elections. He has testified to the machines’ vulnerabilities in Congress and in court. He has even managed to turn a commonly used voting machine into an iteration of the classic arcade game Pac-Man.

“They’re just computers at the end of the day,” said Halderman, who told the Senate Intelligence Committee last year that states should move back to paper ballots. “Often with voting machines, when you open it up, it’s not that different from a desktop PC or mobile device. The only difference is that it’s going to be 10 years out of date, or sometimes 20 years.”

Election officials, on the other hand, say those concerns are overblown. Hacking the vote, according to them, would be all but impossible, because it would be too difficult for hackers to gain physical access to the machines on Election Day without drawing notice.

“In the real world of elections, it’s ludicrous,” said Clifford Rodgers, administrator of elections in Knox County, Tenn. “We’ve got people watching people come in to vote.They’re not coming in with screwdrivers to open it up. They’re not coming in with computers.”

With the midterms fast approaching amid the ongoing fallout from Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, concerns about vote hacking have never been higher. But while academics, cybersecurity professionals, and hackers say American votes can be hacked, election officials insist they can’t. Understanding the dispute is key to understanding how secure – or not -- American elections are.

In a January 2018 report, the Congressional Task Force on Election Security warned that “many jurisdictions are using voting machines that are highly vulnerable to an outside attack.” Cybersecurity professionals concur. Voting machines are “not designed to face any sort of hostile environment,” said Ryan Kalember, a vice president at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, which says they work to combat phishing attacks against election officials.

And organizers of the annual DEF CON hacking conference wrote of this year’s effort to probe three different types of voting machine models that “the number and severity of vulnerabilities discovered on voting equipment still used throughout the United States today was staggering.”

Most states still use either paper ballots or machines that record votes both individually on a cash-register-style roll of paper and store them electronically, but thirty percent of U.S. voters choose their candidates on electronic voting machines that involve no individualized paper record, according to Verified Voting, a group that advocates for paper ballots. Five states — Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey, and South Carolina — use paperless electronic voting machines statewide, and another ten used them in some counties in 2016, according to the independent, bipartisan Election Assistance Commission.

Those paperless machines have drawn the most concern, as election-security experts worry that a hack won’t be detectable without a paper trail. And while there is little doubt that many machines are technically hackable, there is widespread debate over whether it is practically possible.

One major point of contention is physical security.

For example, with regard to the AVC Edge – a voting machine used in 956 counties in 10 states – DEF CON’s report notes that hacking the vote would involve opening the machine casing with a screwdriver, swapping a removable memory device with a hacked one, and closing the machine back up.

But the DEF CON report has drawn both praise and pushback. The National Association of Secretaries of State pointed out that the “unlimited physical access” to machines at the hacking convention “does not replicate accurate physical and cyber protections” when votes are actually cast.

Questions have also been raised about how securely the machines are stored prior to Election Day. Verified Voting President Marian Schneider suggested unattended machines could be tampered with by bad actors.

“They’re not secured all the time. Nobody enforces it,” Schneider said. “They’re delivered to where they’re going to be voted on, and they sit there for a week.”

Vulnerability via Internet is another matter of debate.

Election officials make a consistent point: Their machines are not connected to the Internet, meaning hackers can’t reach them from afar. Nor are they (usually) connected to each other, meaning a hacker would have to attack many machines to change votes on a broad scale.

“I don’t think anybody can get into our machines, so security wise, I am not concerned about them,” Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove told ABC News in August.

Cybersecurity experts, however, aren’t so sure. Sophisticated hackers can breach even those “air-gapped” networks, they say, and voting machines might come into contact with the Internet in other ways. Experts point to potential vulnerabilities along the supply chain of a vote, perhaps in the computers used to program the voting machines or those used to tally the votes.

“The argument that you have to hack them one by one is a misconception, in my opinion,” DEF CON organizer Harri Hursti told ABC News, because “the programming of the voting machines is always coming from a central location” that could be hacked.

Practices vary widely county by county , and some states have been more active than others in addressing threats, which can make the overall landscape of vulnerabilities difficult to assess.

“It’s absolutely a patchwork of strengths and weaknesses,” Halderman said.

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PA State Police/Facebook(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- A missing Pennsylvania teenager may have left to hike the Appalachian Trail, authorities said.

Corey Lee Bliesath, 15, was last seen at his home in Swatara Township near Harrisburg around 9 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police said Monday.

Bliesath had been talking about going to Florida by way of the Appalachian Trail, his family told police.

The Appalachian Trail runs north to south, from Maine down to Georgia. It passes right by Harrisburg.

Hiking and camping are the boy's hobbies, and he has basic survival skills, his family said, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm.

Bliesath's interest in hiking the Appalachian Trail has grown in recent weeks, his family told police, though it's unclear why, Beohm told ABC News.

"I don't think he's in any danger other than he's 15 and he may be walking on the Appalachian Trail by himself," Beohm said.

Police said that by showing the teen's photo to the public, he may be safely located more quickly, Beohm said.

Bliesath is described as 5-foot-4 and about 105 pounds.

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ABCNews.com(FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky.) -- Kentucky mom is expressing outrage after viewing surveillance video of a teacher dragging her son through the hallway at school, an incident she says left him bruised and traumatized.

Jo Grayson found it hard to contain her anger in an interview on Sunday after the Fayette County Public Schools released footage showing a teacher and a nurse dragging her 11-year-old son, Thatcher, through the hallways of one of its schools.

At one point during the video, Thatcher, who has autism and is nonverbal, appeared to scream as the employees dragged him up a flight of stairs, while his service dog stood helplessly nearby.

“It was terrible because it’s my child,” Grayson told ABC News. “I mean, I don’t understand how anybody could do that to any child, regardless of whether or not they have a disability.

“I was initially told that he was having a meltdown, but the truth is, he wasn’t having a meltdown,” she added.

Grayson said the school notified her via text message when the incident occurred last month, but it never mentioned that her son had been dragged.

“I got a text from the teacher that said that she and the nurse had to pick up my son,” Grayson said. “I was helping him dress because he needs a lot of help and I took off his shirt and I noticed all these marks on him.

“I got a call from somebody from Child Protective Services ... and she’s the one who told me what had actually occurred in the video -- that he’d been dragged down the hallway and some of the specifics about what were in the video,” she added.

School district officials said the incident took place at the Tates Creek Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sept. 14, and escalated when Thatcher refused to stand up in class.

School employees are trained to transport and/or restrain a student if they’re believed to be a danger to themselves or others, but the teachers didn’t follow the correct procedures in this situation, the school district said.

"Incidents of this nature –- in which an employee is acting outside of the district’s expectations and out of line with the training provided –- are isolated,” the Fayette County Public Schools said in a statement. “Our training is very explicit that physical restraint is a last resort only to be used when a student is a danger to themselves or others.

“The training also shows employees the proper ways to hold or transport students. In this case, neither of those standards were met,” it added.

School officials refused to disclose “details of individual personnel matters,” but said the teacher is no longer an employee. It did not say if the nurse, who is employed by the health department, had been penalized.

Grayson, on the other hand, has contacted a lawyer and is planning to purse legal measures. She said she agrees with the district's decision to dismiss the teacher, but she ultimately blamed the incident on poor training.

“I feel that had she had better training and know what to do in such a situation as that then the situation might not have happened at all,” Grayson told ABC News. “I feel like this was something that neither the school nurse or teacher were prepared for.”

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