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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The new head of the Secret Service has this piece of advice for anyone thinking about trying to breach White House security: Don’t.

“I wouldn’t suggest it,” Secret Service director Joseph Clancy told ABC News in an expansive sit-down interview that explored the scandals that have rocked his agency and the path he’s now charting to protect the First Family and “regain the trust of the American people.”

“We have not received an unfair rap,” he conceded to ABC News’ Pierre Thomas. “I think when you fail, and we have failed, we own it. Now, it’s up to us to correct it.”

In September, a man with a small knife in his pocket jumped the White House’s perimeter fence and made it deep inside the presidential building. That came more than two years after the Secret Service was shaken by the 2012 prostitution scandal out of Cartagena, Colombia.

At the time those scandals and others unfolded, Clancy was the head of security for Comcast, having left the government in 2011 after 27 years with the Secret Service. Clancy was “shocked” by what happened, he said.

Then, last month, a small drone flew over the fence and crashed on the White House grounds – prompting a pre-dawn security scare. President Obama was in India at the time, and although the incident turned out to be a recreational flight gone awry, Clancy said he’s “certainly concerned” about the threat a drone like that could pose.

The newly-appointed Secret Service director was with President Obama in India, and the president “was very concerned, as he should be” about the breach, said Clancy, who found himself briefing the commander-in-chief on the matter.

“He wanted to know what happened,” and he “had very specific questions,” Clancy recalled. “But he has faith in the work that we’re doing.”

Clancy said the Secret Service and other federal agencies “have been doing a lot of research” to develop countermeasures related to drones. He declined to discuss specific ones already in place.

In retrospect, Clancy said, the poor judgment in Cartagena and the failures at the White House five months ago came down to one thing: “Just a lack of self-discipline.”

He dismissed suggestions the high-profile scandals were the product of a culture within the Secret Service that condones poor behavior. He said he “can certainly respect” such claims but insisted the only culture at the Secret Service is quite a different one.

As an example, he pointed to a recent trip he took with President Obama to China, Burma and Australia. An agent became so sick that he had to be hospitalized, but when Clancy visited the agent at the hospital, one of the first things the agent said was, “Sir, I’m sorry I’m out of the mix. I’m sorry I’m not there to pick up my post there,” Clancy recalled.

“That’s the culture that we have,” said Clancy. “Nobody wants to let the agency down, the president down, or the American people. Most importantly, we don’t want to let the American people down.”

Clancy said the more time he spends leading the Secret Service, the more he realizes an insider like himself is the only one who could get that job done.

Two months ago, a bipartisan, independent panel commissioned by the Obama administration to analyze the embattled agency recommended someone with no experience inside the Secret Service, saying “only a director from outside” can “do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment” needed.

“You need some experience in this position,” Clancy told ABC News, adding he plans to win over skeptics.

Clancy said he has three changes in mind to help make that happen: Hire more people, improve training, and raise the fence around the White House.

“We’ve got to do a better job of mentoring, coaching, teaching, and training our people,” he said. “[And] if we can build up our staffing, it will allow us to get more people out to training. With that, as we get more people trained, it’ll help our morale.”

As for the fence, Clancy said he is “very anxious” to make it taller, but that is “a long-term process.” So in the meantime, the Secret Service is planning to implement a series of interim enhancements, including “additional features” atop the fence, according to Clancy.

Those changes will be in place in the “near future,” he said, without offering any more details about the planned enhancements.

The need for a taller fence and better training is only growing, Clancy indicated. In recent years, the Secret Service has seen what he called “a large number” of people, many with some form of mental illness, coming to the White House or Capitol looking to air their grievances.

“That’s where our people have to be so well-trained,” he said. “You have to be able to distinguish those that have some mental illness and need help, and those who really have a desire to cause harm. So our people have to show great restraint, but also a great expertise in how to handle these.”

Furthermore, the Secret Service has some big assignments coming up in the next year – Pope Francis is expected to visit as many as three U.S. cities in September, the following month about 190 heads of state will come to New York to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary, and then the 2016 presidential race gets underway.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” Clancy said. “But we have had these challenges before … Our people will be very busy during that time frame, but we’re up to the challenge.”

Clancy became acting director of the Secret Service in October. President Obama officially appointed him as the Secret Service’s 24th director a little over a week ago.

“I think we’re on the right track,” he said.

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Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — William Shatner said Saturday he feels “really awful” that he will not be able to attend the funeral for Leonard Nimoy, his friend and co-star on Star Trek.

Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock to Shatner’s Captain Kirk on the long-running TV show and in movies, died Friday at the age of 83.

The actor revealed he was struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2014, according to the New York Times. Nimoy had been a smoker, which contributed to the ailment, before he gave up the habit years ago.

Shatner tweeted Saturday that he was unable to get back to California in time for the funeral because he was in Florida doing a benefit for the Red Cross.

I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.

— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 28, 2015

“I loved him like a brother,” Shatner wrote on Facebook. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

Though he was best known for playing Spock in Star Trek, Nimoy also worked in the theater, portraying Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and published poetry and books of photography.

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Ruskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The history and values shared by the United States and Cuba can help the two countries overcome their differences, the island nation’s top diplomat tells ABC News.

Josefina Vidal, the Cuban diplomat leading the Cuban delegation in the talks to restore relations between the two countries, sat down exclusively with ABC News, following the second round of the negotiations.

“We think we can build coexistence, a civilized relationship between the United States, where we can respect each other’s differences and at the same time work together on issues of common interest between Cuba and the United States, as neighbors as are,” Vidal told ABC News.

The U.S. government has said since the announcement of restoration of ties in December that the best way to change Cuba is by opening it up to U.S. investments and people.

“We know that this is the way the United States government presents its policy toward Cuba, but we have another way to do that, so what we say is that we believe that no matter the differences we have, and we know that we have profound differences on certain issues, not on others, because we share a history, we share some values, we share culture traditions, between Cuba and the United States,” she said.

As the second round of talks came to an end Friday, Roberta Jacobson, leading the U.S. delegation, said the embassies in both countries could be reopened before the Summit of the Americas, which takes place on April 10-11 in Panama. Both presidents Obama and Raul Castro will be in attendance and it could be their first meeting since the announcement to restore diplomatic ties in December.

“We would like to see the resumption of diplomatic relations soon,” Vidal said. “No matter if the summit of the Americas takes place or not, but you are right that we think, we should try and have this problem solved as quick as we can.”

One of the biggest issues for the Cuban government in moving forward is their listing as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the State Department, which impacts their inability to bank at their current Interest Section in Washington, D.C.

While listed as a state sponsor of terror, they are unable to use any credit and must operate fully in cash.

“More and more banks have been fined because having operations, banking operations with Cuba,” she said. “As a result of this phenomenon problem, its more and more difficult to find a bank that wants to have a relationship with Cuba, and this has affected our office in Washington, that has been lacking financial resources for a year now … They don’t have credit cards, they don’t have debit cards, they have to operate in cash, which is something almost impossible to do in the United States.

“What we were told yesterday is that they have been working really hard, talking to different banks, not only American banks, but also foreign banks, to try to see if there can be a solution in the following, in the next few weeks,” she said. “We hope there is a solution, because we tell them that this situation is difficult to maintain, and it would be almost impossible to open a regular, normal embassy in Washington, Cuban embassy, without a bank.”

Vidal said at a press conference Friday that the U.S. taking Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terror is not a precondition for opening an embassy, but that the issue is a priority for the Cuban government.

She told ABC News Saturday that Cuba has never sponsored terrorism or those affiliated with terrorism toward any country.

“It has always been a political decision, not a decision based on real facts. Because it’s a fact of life that from the territory of Cuba, terrorism has never been organized, financed, or executed or implemented toward any country in the world, including the United States,” Vidal said. “We have always considered the inclusion of Cuba in that list has been unjust, has been unfounded, and has been based on political considerations that have no room, have no reason to continue in this moment where we are trying to build a new relation between our two countries.”

The State Department is conducting a review of that listing and is expected to present its findings to Obama soon. Once that happens, the president will make a recommendation and submit it to Congress.

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Lance King/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Senior Darion Atkins had 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in his final home game for Virginia as the No. 2 Cavaliers defeated Virginia Tech 69-57 Saturday.

Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC) has now clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title with two games remaining. The Cavaliers have now won eight straight and matched the 1981-82 team for the best start in school history.

Malcolm Brogdon had 19 points and eight rebounds while Anthony Gill added 16 points for Virginia.

Adam Smith scored 19 for Virginia Tech (10-19, 2-14 ACC), which has now lost five straight.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Anaheim Ducks acquired winger Tomas Fleischmann from the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Dany Heatley and a third round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 30-year-old Fleischmann has played in 52 games this season scoring seven goals and tallying 21 points.

Fleischmann is reunited with his former head coach whom he playd for in Washington, Bruce Boudreau. With Boudreau at the helm during the 2009-10 season, Fleischmann scored 23 goals and dished out 28 assists.

According to ESPN.com, the Ducks will pay Heatley’s $1 million salary to help compensate for Fleischmann’s $4.5 million salary.

The 34-year-old Heatley, who has twice scored 50 goals in the NHL, has only played six games for the Ducks this season. The rest of the season he spent playing with the AHL Norfolk Admirals, collecting seven points in 25 games.

It is expected Heatley will report to AHL San Antonio.

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G Fiume/Getty Images(MANHATTAN, Kan.) — Down by one with less than 20 seconds remaining, Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu stole Iowa State’s inbounds pass, took it to the rim and slammed it home to give the Wildcats a 70-69 victory over the No. 12 Cyclones on Saturday.

The win is Kansas State’s second straight against a top 15 team. The Wildcats beat No. 8 Kansas on Monday.

Iwundu’s game-winning slam was the finishing touch to 22-9 Kansas State scoring run to end the game.

Iowa State (20-8, 10-6 Big 12) led by seven at halftime but was held to 38 percent shooting from the field in the second half leading to its second straight loss.

“They pressure the heck out of you in this building, there is no doubt about that,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “They’ve won eight league games, they had a really good game and we expected them to come out and pressure us. They played us very tough.”

Kansas State (15-15, 8-9 Big 12) received a team-high 17 points from Nigel Johnson in the win.

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — The Conservative Public Action Conference ended on Saturday, and the results of the event’s straw poll revealed that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul may have an edge as the 2016 election season nears.

After three days of speeches and jockeying, CPAC announced that Paul received support from 25.7 percent of voters — tops out of the 17 options voters were presented with. Paul had won CPAC’s straw poll the last two years as well.

More than 3,000 people participated in the straw poll, a more than 20 percent increase over last year’s figure.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (21.4 percent) was a close second place in the straw poll, with Texas Gov. Ted Cruz (11.5 percent), Dr. Ben Carson (11.4 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (8.3 percent) rounding out the top five.

The poll aims to get in participants’ heads to determine the prospective candidate that they most favor to win the GOP nomination in the next presidential election.

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Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday to deny rumors that she and director David O. Russell had gotten into an argument on the set of their newest movie.

Lawrence is reportedly on the set of Joy, a film that directed by Russell and starring Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro. The foursome last worked together on Silver Linings Playbook. Rumors circulated earlier this week that, while on the set of the film, Russell and Lawrence got into quite a screaming match.

Lawrence said in a Facebook post that she doesn’t use the social media site much, “because I can barely work email.” Still, she felt the need to “clear…up” the story, which she calls a “terrible rumor.”

“David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship,” the Hunger Games star wrote. “I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey.”

In fact, according to Lawrence, Joy “is going great and I’m having a blast making it.”

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Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook on Friday to deny rumors that she and director David O. Russell had gotten into an argument on the set of their newest movie.

Lawrence is reportedly on the set of Joy, a film that directed by Russell and starring Bradley Cooper and Robert de Niro. The foursome last worked together on Silver Linings Playbook. Rumors circulated earlier this week that, while on the set of the film, Russell and Lawrence got into quite a screaming match.

Lawrence said in a Facebook post that she doesn’t use the social media site much, “because I can barely work email.” Still, she felt the need to “clear…up” the story, which she calls a “terrible rumor.”

“David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship,” the Hunger Games star wrote. “I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey.”

In fact, according to Lawrence, Joy “is going great and I’m having a blast making it.”

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bizoo_n/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The record-breaking month of February may be coming to a close for Boston, but with a new month comes a new snowstorm.

A Winter Storm Watch was issued by the National Weather Service early Saturday morning for the city of Boston and much of southern New England, including Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

This is in anticipation of another round of snow on the way Sunday evening. Boston has experienced its second snowiest season so far with 102 inches of snow, only 5.6 inches away from the all-time record set during the 1995-1996 season.

Boston has tripled its average snowfall to date so far, and it is also the city’s snowiest February on record. The city has also had one of its coldest Februaries on record, with this year likely being Boston’s second coldest February.

The ABC Weather Team is currently forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow for Boston by early Monday morning, which could make this season the city’s snowiest.

Snow showers will move into the Northeast on Sunday morning and into the early afternoon. However, by Sunday evening, a steadier and heavier snow will overspread the region, reaching Boston closer to sunset.

A wintry mix and even some rain is expected for locations closer to the coast and farther south, including southern New England, New York City, and areas south of Interstate 80.

The city of Boston is forecast to remain all snow throughout the event; therefore, several inches of snow is expected.

The storm will be clearing out of the Northeast by early Monday morning, with the snow likely over before the morning commute throughout the region. Scattered snow showers will linger across northern New England into Monday afternoon with blustery conditions expected from Pennsylvania to Maine.

Even though temperatures will be near or slightly above the freezing mark for most of the Northeast by Monday afternoon, windy conditions will lead to wind chills values below freezing throughout the day.

There have already been reports of a number of roof collapses in New England, including at a skating rink in Canton, Mass., a home in New Braintree, Mass, and another residence in Providence, Rhode Island.

In Dallas, the storm system left travel issues in its wake. More than 700 flights were cancelled at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Saturday due to icy conditions.

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