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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The last Russian oligarch to challenge President Vladimir Putin politically — and pay dearly for it — says he’s ready to try again.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once Russia’s richest man and the head of Russian energy giant Yukos. But after he made political moves against Putin, he was quickly tried and convicted on fraud charges in 2003. His company was dismantled and he would spend nearly the next decade in prison.

Khodorkovsky’s takedown sent a strong signal to the rest of Russia’s powerful tycoons not to meddle in politics, lest they suffer a similar fate. It seems the message got through. In the decade since then, none have tried.

But now Khodorkovsky is back. Putin pardoned him and released him from prison in December, a move that was widely seen as an effort to tamp down on international criticism of Russia before hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

At the time, Khodorkovsky insisted he had no interest in challenging Putin.

“The struggle for power is not for me,” he said.

It appears that is no longer the case. In interviews with European publications this weekend, Khodorkovsky said he was “ready” to become Russia’s president and pledged to enact political reforms.

“I would not be interested in the idea of becoming president of Russia at a time when the country would be developing normally,” he told France’s Le Monde newspaper, according to AFP.

“But if it appeared necessary to overcome the crisis and to carry out constitutional reform, the essence of which would be to redistribute presidential powers in favor of the judiciary, parliament and civil society, then I would be ready to take on this part of the task,” he added.

In a separate interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Khodorkovsky warned that the longer Putin remains in power, the more likely Russia is headed towards a bloody disintegration.

Khodorkovsky’s comments come as he is set to help launch a group called Open Russia, which will seek to organize the opposition against Putin’s rule.

Yet if Khodorkovsky dreams of personally wresting the Kremlin from Putin’s grasp, he has a tough road ahead.

Putin remains firmly in power, having engineered a political system that has marginalized any meaningful opposition. He also controls most media, especially the powerful television stations.

Khodorkovsky, meanwhile, has limited leverage, living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland. Given what happened last time he got involved in politics, and also that shortly before his release last December prosecutors hinted at new charges against him, it’s unclear what might happen to Khodorkovsky if he returns to Russia.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — More than 300,000 people turned out Saturday for the People’s Climate March in New York City, making it the largest recorded demonstration calling for a response to climate change. The marchers just hope someone was paying attention.

“It was a really inspiring experience,” Gideon Wolf, 21, of Washington D.C. said. “I hope politicians see what we did here.”

Wolf and the other thousands of marchers gathered early Sunday morning along New York’s Central Park West. Organizers instructed marchers to line up to 86th Street, but the larger-than-expected attendance had some would-be marchers waiting on the side streets.

“It was packed with so many people,” said Laura Maranto, 22, of New York, New York. “Even when the front of the march had reached the end, there were still people waiting, they hadn’t even begun to march.”

The march began with a silent protest as thousands of marchers walked through Times Square with their fists in the air without making a sound.

Activists were organized into community groups and carried signs and chanted.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were also among the marchers.

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NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The New York Giants earned their first win of the season defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense hauling in five passes, including a 61 yard reception and his first touchdown which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

The day wasn’t a complete cakewalk as the Giants offense continued to show the struggles that had plagued them so far this season. The team’s first field goal attempt of the season came in the first quarter. Zak Deossie’s snap was botched and recoved by kicker Josh Brown after a 29 yard loss. The Giants remained strong and found thier groove as the day went on.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The New York Giants earned their first win of the season defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense hauling in five passes, including a 61 yard reception and his first touchdown which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

The day wasn’t a complete cakewalk as the Giants offense continued to show the struggles that had plagued them so far this season. The team’s first field goal attempt of the season came in the first quarter. Zak Deossie’s snap was botched and recoved by kicker Josh Brown after a 29 yard loss. The Giants remained strong and found thier groove as the day went on.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health is investigating a tuberculosis exposure at a local hospital affecting more than 700 patients and 40 employees.

Individuals were exposed to a hospital worker with an active case of the disease in the post-partum and newborn nursery area of Providence Memorial Hospital, officials announced Friday. The incident occurred between September 2013 and August 2014.

Health workers are reviewing records to determine which infants and employees were exposed, and the families of patients are being contacted with instructions for free follow-ups and screening.

The employee involved is no longer working at the hospital and is receiving treatment, officials in a statement.

“The health and well-being of our employees and patients is our top priority,” hospital representatives added.

While tuberculosis is not highly contagious and generally requires close contact over an extended period of time for spreading, the bacteria can remain dormant for months or years before becoming active.Follow @ABCNewsRadio
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Fuse/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health is investigating a tuberculosis exposure at a local hospital affecting more than 700 patients and 40 employees.

Individuals were exposed to a hospital worker with an active case of the disease in the post-partum and newborn nursery area of Providence Memorial Hospital, officials announced Friday. The incident occurred between September 2013 and August 2014.

Health workers are reviewing records to determine which infants and employees were exposed, and the families of patients are being contacted with instructions for free follow-ups and screening.

The employee involved is no longer working at the hospital and is receiving treatment, officials in a statement.

“The health and well-being of our employees and patients is our top priority,” hospital representatives added.

While tuberculosis is not highly contagious and generally requires close contact over an extended period of time for spreading, the bacteria can remain dormant for months or years before becoming active.Follow @ABCNewsRadio
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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, but he is not being sought for activity related to the disappearance.

Charlottesville, Virginia, police said Sunday they are looking for Jesse L. Matthew, 32, on two counts of reckless driving, because he sped away from the police station Saturday after showing up there and asking for a lawyer.

Matthew is still a “person with whom we would like to talk to about the whereabouts of Hannah Graham,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

The chief has reiterated that police are not calling Matthew a suspect, just someone who could have useful information about what happened to Graham.

Nearly a thousand volunteers spread out through Charlottesville on Saturday to help in the search, one week after the student was last seen.

The chief would not say whether he believed Graham was still alive.

“I will always be hopeful until we find Hannah,” he said.

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the hunt for a man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another in an ambush, saying that they believe they are closer to catching the suspected shooter.

Eric Frein is thought to be armed and hiding in the woods, according to State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens.

“Up until now his advantage has been that this is his backyard,” Bivens said. “He knows this rugged terrain. Out tactical operations people now also know his backyard.”

While a shelter in place order has been lifted for two area townships near eastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, residents are still being told to stay alert and avoid wooded areas. Officials also ask hunters preparing for archery season to refrain from frequenting the locations.

“The suspect is still considered armed and dangerous. We ask and remind residents to lock all doors as well as their vehicles. At night, keep the exterior of their homes well lit,” Bivens said.

Police are looking into several possible sightings, along with a number of items believed to have been left behind by Frein after the shooting.

Though he is said to be armed, officials have no reason to believe Frein wishes to harm the public, since “he’s had lots of opportunity” to do so.

The suspect made “extensive preparations” for the Sept. 12 attack, according to police, spanning months, if not years in his planning.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, but he is not being sought for activity related to the disappearance.

Charlottesville, Virginia, police said Sunday they are looking for Jesse L. Matthew, 32, on two counts of reckless driving, because he sped away from the police station Saturday after showing up there and asking for a lawyer.

Matthew is still a “person with whom we would like to talk to about the whereabouts of Hannah Graham,” Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.

The chief has reiterated that police are not calling Matthew a suspect, just someone who could have useful information about what happened to Graham.

Nearly a thousand volunteers spread out through Charlottesville on Saturday to help in the search, one week after the student was last seen.

The chief would not say whether he believed Graham was still alive.

“I will always be hopeful until we find Hannah,” he said.

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Pennsylvania State Police are continuing the hunt for a man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another in an ambush, saying that they believe they are closer to catching the suspected shooter.

Eric Frein is thought to be armed and hiding in the woods, according to State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens.

“Up until now his advantage has been that this is his backyard,” Bivens said. “He knows this rugged terrain. Out tactical operations people now also know his backyard.”

While a shelter in place order has been lifted for two area townships near eastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, residents are still being told to stay alert and avoid wooded areas. Officials also ask hunters preparing for archery season to refrain from frequenting the locations.

“The suspect is still considered armed and dangerous. We ask and remind residents to lock all doors as well as their vehicles. At night, keep the exterior of their homes well lit,” Bivens said.

Police are looking into several possible sightings, along with a number of items believed to have been left behind by Frein after the shooting.

Though he is said to be armed, officials have no reason to believe Frein wishes to harm the public, since “he’s had lots of opportunity” to do so.

The suspect made “extensive preparations” for the Sept. 12 attack, according to police, spanning months, if not years in his planning.

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