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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The city of Charlottesville covered two Confederate statues with giant black veils on Wednesday in remembrance of 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer, who was killed at a rally of white nationalists and neo-Nazis earlier this month.

The Charlottesville city council voted unanimously to cover the statues in a contentious meeting on Monday at which angry protesters expressed outrage over the deadly violence that broke out at the Aug. 12 rally. Violence at the rally resulted in one death and over a dozen people injured and has sparked an intense national debate about public symbols of the Confederacy.

Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy said the council's decision came after "listening to the community about their intense need to be heard as well as their desire to make amends.

"We want to be able to mourn as a city ... We are truly in a state of mourning," he said.

Bellamy said "there are some things that as a city we could have done differently" in response to the rally.

Workers in Charlottesville covered the statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park today that was the central focus of the Aug. 12 rally, where demonstrators gathered to protest the statue's removal. A statue of Stonewall Jackson in another city park was also covered in a large black drape on Wednesday.

Heyer was killed when James Alex Fields Jr. smashed the car he was driving into a crowd of counter-protesters at the rally, according to police. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder.

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Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ga.) -- An investigation into a sexual assault allegation at Fort Benning, Georgia, has revealed additional allegations of sexual misconduct between trainees and drill sergeants, the U.S. Army said Wednesday.

The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, along with the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, were investigating a recent charge of sexual assault by a female trainee against a drill sergeant when the other allegations were discovered, the center said in a press release Wednesday.

Now, the drill sergeants under review have been suspended pending the expanded investigation. The Army said they will have no contact with trainees while the investigation is carried out.

Counseling, legal and medical services have been provided to trainees involved in the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the Army.

"There is no place for sexual harassment or sexual assault in our Army," the Maneuver Center for Excellence said in the release. "Our Army remains committed to maintaining a values-based climate, intolerant of these acts, and to respond appropriately when accusations are made."

"While the investigation continues, our primary objective is the well-being of all of our soldiers," the release added.

The Maneuver Center for Excellence at Fort Benning includes the Army's infantry school, among other training programs.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released(NEW YORK) -- The Navy announced it is expanding its search for 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain on Wednesday just hours after the commander of the 7th Fleet was relieved of duty.

Ten sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial vessel on Monday. The Navy said Tuesday the remains of "a number" of the missing sailors were found within the ship but had yet to be identified.

Additional divers will join the search area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, where the ship originally crashed into the tanker, according to a statement. The Royal Malaysian Navy recovered the remains of a sailor in that location on Tuesday.

The Navy also said it will continue to search within the USS John S. McCain itself.

#USSJohnSMcCain Update: Divers continue to search the ship for the missing. At sea, the search area is expanding.

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The U.S. Navy announced early Wednesday it had relieved from duty the three-star admiral in charge of the U.S. 7th Fleet after a string of four accidents this year, including Monday's disaster. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was removed and replaced by Phil Sawyer, the Navy announced.

Seven sailors were killed in a similar accident in June when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship. In May, the USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, collided with a fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan in February.

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George Rose/Getty Images(BLOUNT COUNTY, Tennessee) -- A teen missing for 11 days walked out of the Tennessee woods in good condition on Tuesday after disappearing following a hike with his stepfather.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park confirmed in a release that Austin Bohanan, 18, emerged from the woods at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bohanan was taken to a local hospital, but later released, according to ABC affiliate WATE.

"We are so grateful for all the love, prayers and support from everyone," his aunt Carrie Bohanan told WATE at the hospital.

WATE said Bohanan was first reported missing on Sunday, Aug. 13 after going for a hike with his stepfather on Friday. Bohanan's great-uncle told The Associated Press it was not unusual for the teen to go camping alone.

Two search and rescue teams and 28 trained emergency responders had been searching the difficult terrain, WATE reported.

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U.S. Navy (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy has relieved from duty the three-star admiral in charge of the U.S. 7th Fleet after a string of four accidents this year that includes this week's deadly collision of the destroyer USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker off Singapore.

According to a statement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan, has been relieved of duty due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Aucoin was relieved of command by Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on Wednesday in Japan.

Ten sailors are missing from the McCain's collision. Earlier on Tuesday, Navy divers found some of their remains inside the ship's flooded sleeping compartments. The collision comes two months after the USS Fitzgerald's deadly collision with a container ship that killed seven sailors.

News of Aucoin's being relieved of command was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Aucoin was already slated to retire in September and turn over command of the 7th Fleet to Rear Admiral Phillip Sawyer. But his relief from command shows the Navy’s focus on accountability in the wake of the incidents this year involving the USS John S. McCain, USS Fitzgerald, USS Lake Champlain and the USS Antietam.

The Navy's statement on Wednesday confirmed Sawyer will take over command immediately.

"I support Admiral Swift's decision to bring in new leadership to 7th Fleet," Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, said in a statement. "The new 7th Fleet Commander must help move his team forward, focusing efforts on safe and effective operations."

The collision involving the USS McCain is just the latest in a string of mishaps for the U.S. Navy that have taken place in the Pacific.

The USS Fitzgerald collided in mid-June with a Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan in June, killing seven sailors.

In May, the USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, collided with a fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. There were no injuries. In this case, the Navy ship tried to alert the fishing boat prior to the collision, but it was too late.

And in February, the USS Antietam, also a guided missile cruiser, ran aground off the coast of Japan, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released(DETROIT) -- The mother of one of the ten sailors who went missing following a U.S. Navy ship collision near Singapore on Monday said that she and her husband "couldn't be prouder" of their son.

April Brandon, the mother of Kenneth Brandon, spoke to ABC News about her son.

"His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son," Brandon said about her son. "He's a great kid [and] he's a hero."

Brandon told ABC News that officers from the Navy came to her home and told her they are doing everything possible to find Kenneth.

"The Naval officer came over to tell me he's missing," Brandon said. "That's the last update that we have."

The family has a history with the Navy that dates back many years, according to Brandon.

"His father was in the Navy, his stepmother had been in the Navy, my father was in the Navy," Brandon says.

The collision represents the second such incident involving a U.S. ship in Asian waters in two months. Back in June, seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan, leading to the death of seven sailors.

Although fatalities have been confirmed in the accident regarding the USS John McCain, it is unclear at this time how many sailors died as a result.

The Navy said they discovered human remains in the search for the missing sailors early Monday morning.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- More than two months after a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was allegedly kidnapped, authorities say she is presumed dead but her body has not been found. Her family members, who are from China, are staying in Illinois and have not given up on finding her.

Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Illinois, was arrested on June 30 and charged with the kidnapping of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, the FBI said. Authorities claim Christensen lured her into his car in broad daylight on June 9. Surveillance video shows her getting into the passenger seat of a car that day.

Christensen has pleaded not guilty, his attorney, Evan Bruno, told ABC News.

Zhang's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, said at a news conference this afternoon that when Zhang's mother learned of her daughter's disappearance, "she fainted immediately."

"A lot of time after that, she could not eat or sleep. She was extremely weak," Hou said. "In these two months, we continue to encourage her that she must hurry to get well."

He added that Zhang's mother has since begun "to try her best on eating and sleeping on time, enduring great pain in her heart."

Zhang's father is also not in good health, Hou said.

"He often feels an unendurable pain in his heart," he said. "During these two months in America, he asked me the same question most every day: why there's still no update about where Ying is."

Hou spoke of the family members' difficulties during their past two months in the U.S., explaining that they are not familiar with the laws, customs and culture and are dealing with a language barrier.

But he emphasized that Zhang means the world to her parents and they do not want to return to China without her.

He also said Zhang would want to be with them, too, explaining that "this may be the last desire we can fulfill for her."

"We will never give up on her," he said. "I have no energy or time to be anxious, frustrated or angry. There's only one thought on my mind. That's to try everything I can to find her."

Zhang's family members wrote a letter to President Trump requesting that he "direct all available federal law enforcement and investigatory resources be used to find our daughter as soon as possible." The letter was read during the family's press conference today.

"As a loving father to your own children, you can understand what we are going through," the letter said. "Yingying meant the world to us."

According to a criminal complaint, during an interview at the FBI's Champaign office, Christensen "admitted to driving around the UI campus when he observed an Asian female with a backpack standing at a corner appearing distressed." Christensen then claimed that he drove up to her and when she said she was late to an appointment, he offered her a ride. He said she got into his car and tried to show him where she needed to go, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, "Christensen claimed that he believed he made a wrong turn, because the female became panicked, at which point Christensen claimed that he let her out of the vehicle in a residential area a few blocks away from where he picked her up."

But on June 29, Christensen allegedly was "captured on audio recording while under law enforcement surveillance explaining how he kidnapped" Zhang. The complaint said Christensen admitted to bringing her back to his apartment and holding her there against her will.

But Bruno, Christensen's lawyer, said: "he is legally presumed innocent." Bruno added that the defense team is "meticulously going through the mountain of evidence we have," explaining that they are "in the early stages of that long process."

"All the lawyers here at this firm who are representing Mr. Christensen, we all appreciate the depth of pain that Ms. Zhang's family is feeling and how difficult this all is for them," Bruno said.

Christensen's trial is set for Sept. 12.

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ABC News(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- The man who officials say ambushed and shot an Ohio judge was the father of a high school football player convicted in the high-profile Steubenville High School rape case.

Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot and injured outside the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville in eastern Ohio shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, after the suspect, identified as Nathaniel Richmond, ran up to him and started firing, officials said.

Steubenville city manager James Mavromatis said a probation officer returned fire and the sheriff said the judge also pulled out his own gun, firing several rounds.

The judge was listed in stable condition Monday and is expected to survive, officials said.

Bruzzese did not preside over Ma'lik Richmond's case, Jefferson County prosecuting attorney Jane Hanlin said, adding there is no reason to believe there is any connection between Ma'lik Richmond's case and this shooting.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, Hanlin said, adding that there were a number of cases involving the gunman in this judge's courtroom and other courtrooms in the past. "Whether there is a connection between any prior appearances and today’s action, we don’t know the answer to that," she said.

"This individual laid in wait, for our judge, and ... it just hurts. First thing on a Monday morning," Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said emotionally. "You have a judge shot in front of his courthouse, and that affected me... This was ambush and attempted murder on our judge."

Abdalla said a passenger was in the suspect's car before the shooting, and while the passenger is not considered a suspect at this time, the individual is being questioned.

"He didn't get out of the car," Abdalla said. "Supposedly, according to him, he wasn't aware what this guy was going to do."

Hanlin said this individual is in custody and it is not yet clear if he or she would face any criminal charges.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he and his wife "are praying for Judge Bruzzese and his family at this difficult time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- The family of Payton Leutner, a Wisconsin teenage girl who survived a stabbing -- allegedly at the hands of two other teenage girls who prosecutors say were trying to impress the fictional character "Slender Man" -- said a plea agreement for one of the accused teens "is what is best."

Anissa Weier, 15, one of two teens accused of stabbing Leutner 19 times, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, party to a crime, with the use of a dangerous weapon as part of a plea deal.

After the plea deal, Leutner's family said in a statement, "It has been more than three years since our daughter was brutally attacked by two classmates who premeditatedly and meticulously planned their assault in an attempt to kill our daughter. These three years have been very difficult both physically and emotionally for Payton and our family. Paramount in our decision to accept today’s plea agreement is that it provides closure without having to have Payton testify and be forced to relive this horrific incident."

"Though perhaps not to the extent in which we would hope these assailants be punished, we are forced to work within the confines of current law. Ultimately, our decision is what is best for our beautiful and amazingly brave daughter, Payton," the statement added.

Weier and Morgan Geyser were arrested May 31, 2014, after allegedly stabbing then 12-year-old Leutner and leaving her in the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Leutner was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but survived.

Weier and Geyser were 12 at the time of the alleged crime.

Prosecutors have said that both girls were obsessed with the fictional character "Slender Man," who is often depicted in fan fiction stories online as a horror figure who stalks children.

On Monday, prosecutors recommended up to 10 years in prison for Weier, pending a trial set to begin Sept. 11 that will decide if she is legally responsible for the crime, or if she was mentally ill when she participated in the stabbing. If in next month’s trial a jury decides Weier is not responsible because of mental illness, she will spend three years in a mental hospital.

In Jan. 2017, Weier's parents told “Good Morning America” that their daughter had expressed remorse.

Her mother, Kristi Weier, said that according to police interview tapes of Geyser and her daughter, "they thoroughly believed that 'Slender Man' was real and wanted to prove that he was real."

Her father, Bill Weier, said that if he had the chance to meet Leutner's family face to face, "I would tell them I'm sorry. I would tell them that I'm thankful that Payton survived. And I would tell them that for as much as they are struggling with trying to process this in what happened to their daughter, we are struggling equally trying to process this with what happened not only to their daughter but to our daughter."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A lockdown on the White House was lifted without incident Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious package drew the attention of law enforcement outside the complex's North Fence.

Members of the press and construction workers performing renovations were moved inside the building while Secret Service and D.C. Metropolitan Police responded to the scene.

President Donald Trump was aboard Air Force One, traveling to Arizona for a scheduled campaign rally.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Authorities in the Kansas City, Missouri, area have responded to at least 160 water rescues after heavy rains produced deadly flooding, officials said.

Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in the Kansas City metro area overnight, drenching the roads, flooding rivers and stranding residents. By 5:30 a.m. local time the rain began to subside, moving southeast of the city.

At least one person has died because of the flooding, according to authorities. The sheriff's office in Miami County, Kansas, said a 56-year-old man died when his car hydroplaned off the highway into deep rushing water. First responders found his body about 75 yards away from his car.

The Overland Park Fire Department said rescues included two people plucked from the roof of their vehicle and a young woman rescued from a car in a flooded creek.

One video showed seven people on a roof waiting to be rescued. They were brought to safety, police said.

Another woman was rescued from a tree, according to ABC affiliate KMBC-TV.

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Robert Millis / EyeEm(PHILADELPHIA) -- More than 40 people were injured on Tuesday after a high-speed train made contact with an unoccupied parked train outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to official with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

The incident happened just after midnight at a transportation terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, located about 30 minutes west of Philadelphia, a SEPTA spokeswoman said.

Forty-two people, including the train’s operator, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident, according to the spokeswoman.

The spokesperson did not say exactly how the trains made contact, but she said the incident involved two trains, including an inbound train on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed line.

The incident is currently under investigation and police, medics and safety operations staff are all on scene, SEPTA officials said.

In an early morning briefing, Upper Darby Mayor Nicholas Micozzie said victims were taken to area hospitals and that four people suffered serious injuries, according to The Associated Press.

One witness, who said he was on the train at the time of the accident, said the collision occurred just as he stood up to get off the train.

"My face hit the wall, put a big hole in the wall and I went straight down. I blacked out," the witness said in an interview with KYW-CBS on Tuesday.

"There was blood everywhere. The driver was all banged up and there was this one girl bleeding out of her face pretty bad."

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Chicago Police(CHICAGO) -- A Northwestern University professor, as he allegedly stabbed his boyfriend whom prosecutors say he couldn't subdue, yelled for a second man to help him, according to a court document detailing the alleged murder.

Wyndham Lathem, a faculty member at Northwestern until he was fired this month after the alleged crime, and the second suspect, Andrew Warren, spent more than a week on the run together after, police say, they killed Lathem's boyfriend, Trenton Cornell-Duranleau.

Cornell-Duranleau, 26, was found stabbed to death at Lathem's Chicago apartment July 27. Both suspects were taken into custody in California Aug. 4 after a nationwide manhunt.

The suspects have not been arraigned to face a formal charge but the court document cites first-degree murder. Their attorneys say they are innocent.

Police Sunday described the crime scene as "savage and grisly."

Here are some of the details of the crime, according to the court document from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office:

Lathem, who lived in Chicago, and Warren, who lived in England, had allegedly communicated in an internet chatroom "about carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves."

Lathem allegedly paid for Warren to come to the United States for them to kill someone and then each other, and a few days before July 27, Lathem met Warren at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Lathem allegedly rented a room for Warren near his apartment.

On July 26, Lathem allegedly lured the victim to his apartment while texting Warren that they would kill him that night.

After Cornell-Duranleau went to sleep, Lathem texted Warren and told him to come over, and Lathem allegedly gave Warren a cellphone and told him to record the killing.

After Lathem allegedly stabbed his boyfriend repeatedly in the neck and chest, the victim woke up and began to scream and fight back.

Lathem allegedly couldn't control the victim and yelled to Warren to help him.

"Warren walked into the bedroom and placed his hands over the victim’s mouth to stop him from screaming. The victim bit defendant Warren’s hand and flailed his arms in the struggle," the court document said. "To silence the victim and stop him from moving, defendant Warren struck the victim in the head with a heavy metal lamp."

Both suspects stabbed the victim, the document said, alleging that "Warren used so much force on the victim that he broke the blade of one of the knives he used."

The court document said the victim’s last words to Lathem were, "Wyndham, what are you doing?"

While the victim bled to death in the bedroom, the suspects showered and tried to clean up the scene, the document said.

The document said a car was rented in Lathem’s name and that he left an anonymous cash donation of $5,610 at the Howard Brown Health Center in the victim's name.

The court document said after the suspects fled Chicago, Lathem "called the front desk of his apartment building and told front desk security that apartment 1004 should be checked, there had been a crime committed in that room."

Responding authorities found that the victim had been stabbed 70 times and his head was nearly decapitated, the court document said.

While the suspects were on the run, Lathem sent a video message to his parents and to friends, admitting "that he killed the victim and that the murder was not an accident," but saying, "he is not the person people thought he was," according to the court document.

"He admitted that the victim trusted him completely and felt safe with him but that he betrayed that trust," the document said.

The defendants at one point fled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where Lathem went to the Lake Geneva public library and made a $1,000 cash donation to the library in the victim's name, the document said.

Lathem's attorney, Barry Sheppard, told ABC News today, "We are representing a brilliant scientist who at this point we believe is innocent."

Sheppard said Lathem has not yet entered a plea but plans to plead not guilty.

Sheppard said "we don't accept the facts" presented in the court document, adding, "we are conducting our own independent investigation that will differ substantially from the [court document]."

Sheppard said no arraignment date has been set.

Once in custody, Warren allegedly admitted to helping Lathem in the killing, and when asked whether there were any other potential victims, Warren allegedly said there were but said he did not know if that person showed up at Lathem's apartment the next morning after they fled the crime scene.

Warren allegedly demonstrated for officers how he and Lathem stabbed the victim and Warren said he did not record the killing on the cellphone, the court document said.

Kulmeet Galhotra of the Cook County Public Defender's office, which is representing Warren, told ABC News today that Warren is "presumed innocent. And we have just been appointed, so we're going to begin our investigation of the case."

"I anticipate that in a few weeks there will be an arraignment at which he will be entering a plea of not guilty," he said.

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ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- A historic total solar eclipse arced across the United States from west to east Monday, as millions of people who had gathered in its relatively narrow "path of totality" watched in awe.

The total solar eclipse, which is the first to traverse the continental United States in decades, first made contact over Lincoln City, Oregon. Crowds of people donning special-purpose solar filters cheered and roared as the moon completely blocked the sun and cast a 70-mile wide shadow stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

For brief moments, the sky over various U.S. cities plunged into darkness and temperatures dropped as much as 12 degrees. The sun's outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by glare, appeared as a ring of ethereal white wisps around the moon while it blocked the solar surface.

In areas with clear skies, bright stars and planets appeared in the darkened daytime sky. And as the sun reemerged from behind the moon, it created an astonishing "diamond ring" effect.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, an occurrence that lasts up to three hours from beginning to end. Monday's total solar eclipse is particularly rare because it's the first time in 99 years that the path of totality exclusively crosses the continental United States from coast to coast. It's also the first continent-wide eclipse to be visible only from the United States since 1776.

The last time the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse was Feb. 26, 1979, when the path of totality crossed the Pacific Northwest. ABC News' Frank Reynolds anchored a special report on the celestial phenomenon at the time and pledged that the network would cover the next total solar eclipse in 2017.

“So that’s it -- the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent in this century. And as I said not until Aug. 21, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America. That’s 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world in peace. ABC News, of course, will bring you a complete report on that next eclipse 38 years from now,” Reynolds said before signing off.

From 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET to 1 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET, ABC News' David Muir will lead the network's live coverage of the astronomical event from within the path of totality.

You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. NASA estimates more than 300 million people in the United States could potentially view the total solar eclipse in its entirety.

However, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in every U.S. state. In fact, everyone in North America, as well as parts of South America, Africa and Europe, will see at least a partial eclipse, according to NASA.

The path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse is a 70-mile-wide ribbon that will cross the United States from west to east, sweeping over portions of 14 U.S. states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The moon's shadow started to eclipse the sun over the West Coast just after 9 a.m. PT. From there, it will speed across the country and leave the East Coast just after 4 p.m. ET.

The exact times for partial and total phases of Monday's eclipse vary depending on your location.

With millions of people pouring into the select U.S. cities located within the path of totality, law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospitals there are on high alert.

"It's all hands on deck," Kentucky's Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams told ABC News. "We're kind of throwing everything at it."

The state of Oregon alone anticipated a million visitors Monday, causing some local hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and call in extra help for the emergency rooms. Some cities even preemptively declared a state of disaster, a move that allows them to call in the National Guard to help direct the large crowds if needed.

"If a police department in a certain area is overwhelmed and they need us to help come and set up traffic control check points, we're ready to do that," Oregon National Guard spokesperson Leslie Reed told ABC News.

More than than 17,000 cars and SUVs were rented for Monday at Oregon's Portland International Airport, a number it normally hits over an entire week.

In northeast Georgia, the mountain town of Blairsville expected to host up to 200 percent more people than the number of residents who live there. The town's hotels were fully booked and camping sites were sold out for Monday.

"There is no reason to panic," Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce tourism director Tobie Chandler told ABC News. "We are not going to run out of gas, we are not going to run out of groceries. We just need to enjoy this event."

The American Red Cross has set up resources along the path of totality to help keep people safe during Monday's rare celestial event.

"One thing is we really encourage folks to have in their cars an emergency go kit and that should include things like water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight with batteries and an envelope with cash," Josh Lockwood, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Greater New York region, told ABC News.

Authorities warned that people might have to look for landlines in some areas to make emergency phone calls, as some small towns may not be able to handle the large number of cellphone calls.

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ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The University of Texas at Austin is removing four Confederate monuments that it says have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism, the school announced on Sunday.

The university said the monuments -- which honor four figures tied to the Confederacy -- were erected during the period of segregation and “represent the subjugation of African Americans” and therefore should be taken down.

The statues -- which depict confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, former U.S. Sen. John Reagan and former Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg -- were taken down early Monday morning.

The news comes in the wake of a deadly outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- which began in protest of the planned removal of a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee -- that left one dead and 19 injured after a car-ramming attack. Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.

“Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation,” University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves said in a statement Sunday. “These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”

Fenves said he spoke with faculty, students and alumni, and reviewed a 2015 task force report before making the decision.

The bronze monuments of Lee, Reagan and Johnston will be relocated to the school’s Briscoe Center for American History for scholarly study, Fenves said. The statues of Hogg, governor of Texas from 1891 to 1895, will be considered for re-installation at another campus site, he added.

“The University of Texas at Austin has a duty to preserve and study history,” Fenves said Sunday. “But our duty also compels us to acknowledge that those parts of our history that run counter to the university’s core values, the values of our state and the enduring values of our nation do not belong on pedestals in the heart of the Forty Acres.”

"We do not choose our history, but we choose what we honor and celebrate on our campus," he added.

The school removed statues of Jefferson Davis and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from campus back in 2015 after a deadly mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Other Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who consider them symbols of racism and white supremacy.

Four Confederate-era monuments were removed last week in Baltimore, Maryland, and the governors of Virginia and North Carolina requested the removal of Confederate monuments in their states.

President Donald Trump, however, has pushed back against removing the Confederate symbols, calling it "changing history."

“This week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Trump said in a press conference last week.

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