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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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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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