People also are talking about Trump's "Pocahontas" remark and a candidate calls his campaign a spiritual battle.
Volcano's ash closes Bali airport again
A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate.
Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray ash about 9,800 feet above its cone since the weekend and lava is welling in the crater, sometimes reflected as an orange-red glow in the ash plumes.
The local airport authority said Tuesday that closure for another 24 hours was required for safety reasons. Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Agung is moving south-southwest toward the airport. Ash has reached a height of about 30,000 feet as it drifts across the island.
"I don't know, we can't change it," said stranded German tourist Gina Camp, sitting on a bench at the airport. "It's the nature and we have to wait until it's over."
She decided to look on the bright side, saying she planned to go back outside to enjoy another day on the island.
Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano's alert to the highest level Monday and expanded an exclusion zone to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater in places from the previous 7 1/2 kilometers. It said a larger eruption is possible, though a top government volcanologist has also said the volcano could continue for weeks at its current level of activity and not erupt explosively.
Agung's last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.
Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave homes that are in close proximity to the volcano, though as of Monday tens of thousands stayed because they felt safe or didn't want to abandon livestock. They have also warned people of the danger of mudflows from the volcano as it's now rainy season in Bali.s report.
Students turn in teacher after filming her allegedly doing drugs in classroom
Prosecutors filed charges against an Indiana high school teacher on Monday after students secretly filmed her allegedly snorting a white powder in between classes and told the school’s administrators, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Lake County prosecutor’s office charged Samantha Cox, 24, of Cedar Lake, Ind., with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, the newspaper reported.
The events unfolded last Wednesday morning, when students at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., saw Cox through a door window sitting in an empty classroom and behaving strangely.
“She’s in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines,” junior Will Rogers told WGN.
Rogers pulled out his cellphone and began filming her through the glass pane in the door. That video, which he later posted to YouTube, is fairly grainy.
“What is she doing?” a student asked on the video. Rogers didn’t know himself, until he watched the video he just shot.
“When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my English teacher just did cocaine,” Rogers told WGN.
The students told school administrators, who alerted police. They came in with a drug dog who signaled that drugs were potentially in her desk.
Police found “a clear tightly twisted bag with multiple small rolled up pieces of tin foil” and “a rolled up small piece of paper” that can be “used to ingest illegal narcotics through one’s nostril,” according to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Police arrested Cox and escorted her from the school in handcuffs. They then searched her car, finding a glass pipe, more tin foil, torn plastic baggies and two more straws made from paper, according to court records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Cox told police she had been using drugs since her freshman year of college and had purchased $160 of “dope cocaine” that morning, adding that she normally purchased drugs after school but was feeling sick, CBS reported. She admitted to locking the door to her classroom and consuming the drugs, CBS reported.
Families of Navajo code talkers don't like Trump's jab
Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II.
Trump turned to a nickname he often deployed for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the 2016 presidential campaign: Pocahontas. He then told the three Navajo Code Talkers on stage that he had affection for them that he doesn’t have for Warren.
“It was uncalled for,” said Marty Thompson, whose great uncle was a Navajo Code Talker. “He can say what he wants when he’s out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honoring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that.”
Pocahontas is a well-known historical figure who bridged her own Pamunkey Tribe in present-day Virginia with the British in the 1600s. But the National Congress of American Indians says Trump wrongly has flipped the name into a derogatory term, and the comment drew swift criticism from American Indians and politicians.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, asked about criticism of Trump’s remarks, said a racial slur “was certainly not the president’s intent.”
Trump made the comment as he stood near a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, which he hung in the Oval Office in January. Trump admires Jackson’s populism. But Jackson is an unpopular figure in Indian Country because his policies led to the forced removal of American Indians out of their southern homelands.
The Navajo Nation suggested Trump’s remark Monday was an example of “cultural insensitivity” and resolved to stay out of the “ongoing feud between the senator and President Trump.”
“All tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement.
In an appearance on CNN on Monday night, Warren said she couldn't believe Trump's comment.
He "couldn't even make it through a ceremony to honor these men without throwing in a racial slur."
CBS shortens show after sexual misconduct claims against Jeremy Piven
A crime drama TV series on CBS is getting its season shortened in the wake of sexual misconduct claims against star Jeremy Piven.
The network said Monday all 13 episodes of "Wisdom of the Crowd" will air but it won't order any more this season.
Three women have made claims of sexual misconduct against Piven, who has denied them. CBS said previously it was looking into the claims but it issued no further statement.
Piven stars in the series as a tech guru who creates a crowd-sourcing app to help solve crimes, including his daughter's killing.
A spokeswoman for the former "Entourage" star didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Wisdom of the Crowd" has earned lackluster ratings, and CBS didn't comment on why it wasn't ordering a full season or on the drama's future.
Alabama's Roy Moore calls his campaign a 'spiritual battle'
Casting his campaign as a “spiritual battle” against “the immorality of our time,” Alabama Republican Roy Moore vowed Monday to “take off the gloves” in the final weeks of his Senate race so he can establish a clear contrast with his Democratic opponent.
"I'm a fighter. I don't hesitate to say that. I've been that way my whole life," Moore told more than 100 supporters at his first public event since Nov. 16. "My opponent will allow our Constitution to be totally undermined and disregarded. And I oppose that."
Moore's campaign has been rocked by accusations from local women who have come forward over the past month to say he treated them inappropriately, including a woman who says he touched her sexually when she was 14 and he was 32. Moore, 70, has denied any sexual misconduct, while saying he may have dated teenagers in his 30s.
National Republican leaders, with the exception of President Trump, have dropped support for Moore, with many, including Sen. Richard C. Shelby (Ala.), Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), describing the allegations as credible.
In his remarks Monday, Moore cast the allegations in biblical terms, saying they demonstrated the end-of-time deceptions of ancient prophecy. "In the last days, perilous times shall come," Moore said, quoting from the book of Timothy. "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection . . . trucebreakers, false accusers."
Lawyer for Trump's ex-national security adviser may be discussing plea deal
The lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn met Monday morning with members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team — the latest indication that both sides are discussing a possible plea deal, ABC News has learned.
Trump’s legal team confirmed late last week that Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner alerted the team that he could no longer engage in privileged discussions about defense strategy in the case — a sign Flynn is preparing to negotiate with prosecutors over a deal that could include his testimony against the president or senior White House officials.
That process would typically include a series of off-the-record discussions in which prosecutors lay out in detail for Flynn and his lawyers the fruits of their investigation into his activities. Prosecutors would also provide Flynn an opportunity to offer what’s called a proffer, detailing what information, if any, he has that could implicate others in wrongdoing.
Kelner declined to comment on Monday.
Sources familiar with the discussions between Flynn’s legal team and Trump’s attorneys told ABC News that while there was never a formal, signed joint defense agreement between Flynn’s defense counsel and other targets of the Mueller probe, the lawyers had engaged in privileged discussions for months.
The New York Times broke the news, calling it an indication that Flynn may be cooperating with prosecutors.