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Activists Take to the Streets to Fight Climate Change

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Organizers for the People’s Climate March in New York City are hoping a Sunday demonstration will influence the United Nation’s summit on climate change.

“The goal of the march is to show world leaders something needs to be done,” said Negesti Cantave, a field organizer for the march. “There needs to be a call to action.”

The event is scheduled two days before a United Nations summit on climate change, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 23.

World leaders from governments and international environmental and business industries are expected to attend, according to the United Nations’ website.

Cantave could not say how many people are expected to turn out for Sunday’s march, but she advises attendees to arrive early and to bring plenty of water.

“It’s going to be pretty crowded,” she said.

Events on the impact of climate change are scheduled to take place throughout New York City and other international cities.

A complete schedule can be found at peoplesclimate.org.

“The march will kick off an entire week of action,” Cantave said.

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Activists Take to the Streets to Fight Climate Change

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Organizers for the People’s Climate March in New York City are hoping a Sunday demonstration will influence the United Nation’s summit on climate change.

“The goal of the march is to show world leaders something needs to be done,” said Negesti Cantave, a field organizer for the march. “There needs to be a call to action.”

The event is scheduled two days before a United Nations summit on climate change, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 23.

World leaders from governments and international environmental and business industries are expected to attend, according to the United Nations’ website.

Cantave could not say how many people are expected to turn out for Sunday’s march, but she advises attendees to arrive early and to bring plenty of water.

“It’s going to be pretty crowded,” she said.

Events on the impact of climate change are scheduled to take place throughout New York City and other international cities.

A complete schedule can be found at peoplesclimate.org.

“The march will kick off an entire week of action,” Cantave said.

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Activists Take to the Streets to Fight Climate Change

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Organizers for the People’s Climate March in New York City are hoping a Sunday demonstration will influence the United Nation’s summit on climate change.

“The goal of the march is to show world leaders something needs to be done,” said Negesti Cantave, a field organizer for the march. “There needs to be a call to action.”

The event is scheduled two days before a United Nations summit on climate change, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 23.

World leaders from governments and international environmental and business industries are expected to attend, according to the United Nations’ website.

Cantave could not say how many people are expected to turn out for Sunday’s march, but she advises attendees to arrive early and to bring plenty of water.

“It’s going to be pretty crowded,” she said.

Events on the impact of climate change are scheduled to take place throughout New York City and other international cities.

A complete schedule can be found at peoplesclimate.org.

“The march will kick off an entire week of action,” Cantave said.

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White House Partially Evacuated as Fence Jumper Gets Into Executive Mansion

Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Part of the White House had to be evacuated Friday evening after a North Lawn fence jumper briefly eluded security and made it all the way inside the executive mansion.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was unarmed when he was arrested after jumping the fence and entering the White House through the North Portico doors, Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News. Gonzales ignored commands from Secret Service, Donovan added.

President Obama was not at the White House at the time of the intrusion after 7 p.m. Friday. He and his daughters had departed from the South Lawn on Marine One just minutes before to head to Camp David in Maryland for the weekend.

Gonzalez, from Copperas Cove, Texas, was taken to GW Hospital for a medical evaluation. He was expected to be charged with unlawful entry of the White House complex.

It is not uncommon for unauthorized people to jump the fences surrounding the White House. It is more unusual to have a fence jumper actually enter the White House.

“The location [of the arrest] is not acceptable,” a Secret Service official said, adding that the incident would be closely reviewed.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, instantly criticized the Secret Service for the security breach, tweeting it was “TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.”

Part of the incident was captured on an Instagram video, which showed a man in jeans and dark t-shirt sprinting across the North Lawn past the fountain, heading for the North Portico door.

ABC News saw Secret Service officers rushing towards the front portico as they yelled at reporters to move inside. Shortly after the breach, members of the media and White House staff were evacuated from the West Wing.

On Sept. 11, the Secret Service apprehended a man who jumped over the north fence and onto the White House grounds. Officers drew their firearms and used a service dog as they took the man in custody.

The last time unauthorized persons infiltrated the White House was in 2009, when Michaele and Tareq Salahi sneaked into a state dinner.

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Utah Doctor Convicted of Murdering Wife Sentenced to Up to Life in Prison

ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison on Friday.

Martin MacNeill had been found guilty of drugging his wife and drowning her in a bathtub. A jury found MacNeill guilty of persuading his wife to undergo plastic surgery with the intent of giving her drugs during her recovery and drowning her, clearing the way for his purported mistress to move into the family’s home.

Four of MacNeill’s daughters testified during the trial, and one of his oldest children told the jury that she believed her father was guilty.

MacNeill has maintained his innocence, and an appeal is possible.

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Utah Doctor Convicted of Murdering Wife Sentenced to Up to Life in Prison

ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison on Friday.

Martin MacNeill had been found guilty of drugging his wife and drowning her in a bathtub. A jury found MacNeill guilty of persuading his wife to undergo plastic surgery with the intent of giving her drugs during her recovery and drowning her, clearing the way for his purported mistress to move into the family’s home.

Four of MacNeill’s daughters testified during the trial, and one of his oldest children told the jury that she believed her father was guilty.

MacNeill has maintained his innocence, and an appeal is possible.

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ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Details NFL, Baltimore Ravens’ Handling of Ray Rice Situation

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Ravens executives may have received a detailed description of what transpired just hours after former running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee at Revel in Atlantic City in February.

The latest bombshell in the ongoing scandal involving Rice’s actions and the National Football League and Baltimore Ravens’ handling in the aftermath was reported by ESPN’s Outside the Lines. According to the report, the Ravens’ head of security had video from inside the elevator — which wasn’t released until earlier this month — described to him by an Atlantic City police officer.

The head of security passed that information along to higher-ups Outside the Lines says, though it was unclear whether he told Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and President Dick Cass directly.

TMZ posted the first video, from outside the elevator, four days after the incident. In that video, Rice was seen dragging his Janay Palmer from the elevator. The woman appeared unconscious.

In late July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Rice would be suspended for two games, a ruling that he would later call a mistake.

Months later, TMZ posted a second video, from the interior of the elevator, showing Rice punch his now-wife in the face. At that point, both the Ravens and the NFL denied prior knowledge of the content of the second tape.

Shortly after the second tape became public, the Ravens released Rice from his contract and Commissioner Goodell altered Rice’s suspension from two games to indefinite length. Goodell claimed that seeing the video — he says for the first time — changed his opinion of what he called an “ambiguous” incident. Goodell has received criticism both for the brevity of the initial suspension and for his handling of the subsequent investigation.

The NFL and the Ravens have said that they should have tried harder to obtain the second tape, though Outside the Lines reports that the Ravens were aware of exactly what it would show.

Goodell’s decision to lengthen the suspension came in the wake of criticism from fans, sponsors, politicians and organizations like the National Organization for Women. Numerous calls for the commissioner to resign have been made, though Goodell said in a Friday press conference that he never considered that route.

Outside the Lines‘ report also claims that some in the Ravens’ front office lobbied for leniency for Rice, pointing out his presence in the community. Some executives also rejected Head Coach John Harbaugh’s urging to release Rice after the first tape was released.

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White House Briefly Locked Down Due to Fence Jumper

Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Shortly after President Obama took off from the White House for Camp David on Friday, the White House was placed on lockdown after someone jumped the fence and ran towards the building.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, the press was evacuated from the White House. It was not immediately clear how the individual got over the fence or how close to the White House he or she got. Neither the president nor his family were at the White House at the time, having boarded Marine One for Camp David shortly beforehand.

The lockdown was ended and press were allowed through security at about 8 p.m., but was still held outside the building. It was not immediately clear whether the fence jumper was in custody.

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Missing Virginia Student Hannah Graham May Have Gotten Into Car With Man

Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went to a bar with an older man and may have gotten into a car with him, and police said Friday they want to ask that man “what he knows about Hannah.”

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo did not publicly identify the man, but said that he is 32, has dreadlocks, is 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds. Police spoke to him Friday morning when they executed a search warrant and seized his car, but did not feel that they had enough probable cause to arrest him, Longo said.

“We know that he purchased alcohol (in the restaurant) and we know that Hannah Graham was with him. We also know that within 15 minutes he was gone from that bar and Hannah Graham was with him,” Longo said.

“People saw Hannah and people saw him, and people saw them together. And it’s entirely possible, we believe, that Hannah Graham may have gotten into his vehicle,” the chief said.

Longo asked for anyone to call police if they saw Graham get into the man’s 1998 burnt orange Chrysler coupe.

While the person is not in custody, “We know who he is and we are aware of where he is,” Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney said.

“I’m not calling him a suspect,” Longo said. “We’re interested in him, interested in talking to him, interested in what he knows about Hannah.”

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

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

Longo said he spoke with Graham’s parents shortly before the news conference. “They want their daughter back. They want to know what happened.”

Longo held his news conference after executing three search warrants on the car, an apartment and phone. He said that the searches “absolutely” marked a major break in the case.

The FBI joined the case in guidance role earlier this week and investigators are calling for volunteers as they plan a massive search Saturday. The volunteers are being asked to only join the search if they can walk four to five miles in a wooded area.

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Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Reenacting Rambo, Colleague Suggests

Courtesy Roman Kamensky(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — The Pennsylvania man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another trooper in an ambush is a military enthusiast who reenacted battles and may have been imitating Rambo, a fellow war reenactor told ABC News Friday.

The suspect, Eric Frein, is the subject of a massive manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania where he has often disappeared for days for self-taught survival training. He has been placed on the FBI’s most wanted list and there are two rewards totaling $175,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Frein is part of a collection of groups called Red Alliance that practices MilSim — recreating battles or wars with real uniforms and weapons for recreational purposes. They are particularly interested in Eastern European armies. Frein helped found the MilSim group Eastern Wolves, said fellow reenactor Roman Kamensky.

The Eastern Wolves specialize in the tactics and battles of Eastern European armies and Frein, a marksman who is the son of retired U.S. Army major, took part in their maneuvers, Kamensky said.

“If he’s re-enacting anyone, it’s Rambo from the very first movie,” Kamensky said. In the first Rambo movie, First Blood, the character is a traumatized Vietnam War vet who battles sheriff’s deputies who arrest and abuse him before he escapes into the woods.

Kamensky believes he’s seen the gun that Frein allegedly used in the ambush. Police found .308 cartridges in Frein’s vehicle after the attack and the suspect’s father told police two guns were missing from his home, including a .308 rifle with a scope. Kamensky said: “That was his baby.”

Frein’s views don’t represent the larger MilSim community, Kamensky said, which often raises money for charity at its events.

“I’d like to completely disassociate that he was interested in the Eastern European military or that he wore the Serbian uniform. He put a bad light on us,” said Kamensky, 31, of New York City.

“We respect cops, we don’t try to kill cops,” Kamensky added.

Red Alliance is a tight community of people who practice MilSim. They communicate through an online forum about soldiers’ uniforms, helmets and patches, swapping historical facts and chatting about upcoming war re-enactment events.

“We attended the same events,” Kamensky said. “Red Alliance is a global community, so when you find someone in the Tri-state area, you try to meet up.”

“I’m personally interested in Russian and Serbian things and that was our mutual connection,” added Kamensky, who is from what is now Ukraine.

The Eastern Wolves describe themselves as a “group of military historians who have a great deal of re-enacting experience and were looking for something different to get into,” on their website.

“Our goal is to not just be a group of guys wearing different camouflage and carrying Kalashnikovs, but to also use authentic tactics and commands that differ from their Western equivalents,” the website says.

The military re-enactments take place throughout the country and can take anywhere from an hour to a week, he said, depending on what battle or war people are recreating. In many cases, the public comes out to watch. Members wear authentic military uniforms and often use Airsoft, replica firearms that shoot pellets.

“If you leave the city, things like paintball and Airsoft are not a big deal,” he said. “It’s just something people do outside the city where they have woods. It’s not very sensational stuff.”

“People show up with their families, they watch them play army, pretend to shoot each other, play dead. It’s normal stuff out there.”

Kamensky said he hasn’t spoken to Frein in four years, and that his group has been inactive lately.

“From what I’ve seen, they haven’t been doing much,” he said. “Most of them are just casual guys from Pennsylvania. They have some land over there. They host their events and locals come out and they just play Airsoft.”

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