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Here’s Your Eye-Popping, Leaf-Peeping Fall Foliage Forecast

ABC News (NEW YORK) — Fall 2014 begins Monday at 10:29 p.m. ET, and here’s your leaf-peeping forecast. With less daylight and cooler nights, trees begin to change color.

By late September and early October, areas in the United States that see leaves change color are mostly in the northern Great Lakes near the Canadian border, northern New England and in the higher elevations of the Rockies and northern Appalachian Mountains.

By the middle of October, the colorful carpet of leaves begins to slide further south into most of the Midwest, lower elevations of the West and all the way along the southern Appalachians in the East. Major cities that see peak color at this time are Denver and Chicago.

By late October, fall colors slide even further south and ocean-moderated cities that are on the coast in the Northeast such as Portland and Boston begin to see colors peak. Also, the Mid-Mississippi Valley around St. Louis and Kansas City begin to experience colors peak.

In the West, lower elevations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains begin to see color, just outside of Sacramento, California, and up into the Pacific Northwest, Cascade Mountains from Portland to Seattle.

Finally, by Halloween and into early November, leaves peak from New York City to the Carolinas and into Atlanta. Trees in the Southern Plains around Dallas will be getting close to their peak colors as well.

Trees along the Gulf Coast, Florida and coastal California don’t really change color because the majority of them are palm trees. There is a small percentage of deciduous trees that do grow in such tropical areas and can change color throughout winter time, but the majority stay green.

If you are wondering what the forecast is for autumn 2014, here is the official NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and CPC (Climate Predictions Center) forecast.

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Warmer and drier-than-normal weather will continue for the entire West Coast including cities such as Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Also, milder-than-normal conditions are possible for most of the Midwest, the Great Lakes from Chicago to Cleveland and the East Coast from NYC to Miami.

Wetter and cool-than-normal conditions will continue for the parts of the Southwest and into Texas. Also, Florida could see a wetter-than-normal fall season.

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Thousands March in New York City to Fight Climate Change

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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Arrest Warrant Issued for Person of Interest in Missing UVA Student Case

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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Arrest Warrant Issued for Person of Interest in Missing UVA Student Case

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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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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