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Fence Jumper Caught Outside White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A fence jumper was apprehended Wednesday night outside the White House after he scaled the north fence, a Secret Service spokesman told ABC News.

A K-9 unit caught the jumper about 7:16 p.m. on the North Lawn, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. The suspect kicked at one of the dogs, then another dog subdued him.

The jumper was then taken to a nearby hospital, said Donovan. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident.

The Secret Service came under scrutiny last month after Omar Gonzalez, a knife-wielding Iraq War veteran, allegedly managed to slip over the fence, past several layers of security, and into the White House’s East Room, where he was subdued by an off-duty agent.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned after the incident.

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Fence Jumper Caught Outside White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A fence jumper was apprehended Wednesday night outside the White House after he scaled the north fence, a Secret Service spokesman told ABC News.

A K-9 unit caught the jumper about 7:16 p.m. on the North Lawn, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. The suspect kicked at one of the dogs, then another dog subdued him.

The jumper was then taken to a nearby hospital, said Donovan. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident.

The Secret Service came under scrutiny last month after Omar Gonzalez, a knife-wielding Iraq War veteran, allegedly managed to slip over the fence, past several layers of security, and into the White House’s East Room, where he was subdued by an off-duty agent.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned after the incident.

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Why Kids Keep Getting Stuck in Claw Toy Machines

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Like a moth attracted to the flame, kids just can’t seem to keep their tiny bodies out of toy claw machines. The latest incident started when 18-month-old Colin Lambert climbed into the game in Maryville, Tennessee, while his grandmother wasn’t looking.

The fire department quickly retrieved the toddler from the toy machine at Browns Creek Coin Laundry.

States including Wisconsin have regulated claw machine games as they do gambling activities — limiting the value of prizes — but not as safety hazards.

Claw machines are designed to be tantalizing, said Barbara Eldredge, design researcher and writer for creative agency Real Art, which made the world’s biggest claw machine, according to Guinness World Records. It is being re-installed and opens this week at Proto BuildBar in Dayton, Ohio. The claw game is 17-by-8-by-12 feet and costs $5 to play.

“The prizes are so close but they are also just out of reach. The appeal of going inside is like entering a magic land. It’s kid-sized and if the kid can fit, why not?” she said.

Only about a foot away, Colin had been playing with the machine’s door, which made a loud sound when it was pushed open, then closed.

“He likes things that go ‘bang’ and climbing. He’s just at that age,” Colin Lambert’s grandmother Diane O’Neill said. “I was listening to the ‘bang bang.’ I personally think he was hitting it with his head then he realized he could get through.”

O’Neill said in the seconds that she looked at a message on her phone, the toddler had climbed through the game’s door, which she estimates at about 8-by-10 inches. The only thing she saw was his feet through the door, but when she grabbed his feet, he kicked her grasp away.

The laundromat worker didn’t have the key to open the machine, so O’Neill called 911. The fire department swiftly removed the boy.

“They literally popped the glass part where the toys were, took him out and gave him a toy,” O’Neill said.

Other incidents include the teary 2-year-old in Kentucky rescued from a claw machine, also in a laundromat, in 2012.

In April, a toddler in Nebraska wandered out of his home to a nearby bowling alley and climbed into its claw machine. Both the mother and the bowling alley had called 911.

Last year, another boy was rescued from a bowling alley claw game, because the machine’s key was handy.

In 2010, a Pennsylvania toddler with a pacifier climbed into the toy machine in a mall, to the horror of her mother.

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Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus-Free, Mom Says

Debra Berry(DALLAS) — A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan is virus-free, her mother said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

Amber Vinson became the second person to contract Ebola in the United States after she treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan died of the virus on Oct. 8, and Vinson’s fellow nurse, Nina Pham, 26, tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 11.

Vinson, 29, was diagnosed on Oct. 15 and transported to the isolation unit at Emory University Hospital for treatment.

“We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Tuesday] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body,” the family said in the statement Wednesday, adding that Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit.

“Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,” Vinson’s mother, Debra Berry, said in a statement. “We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home.”

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Inside the Canadian Parliament as Gunfire Is Heard

Mike Carroccetto/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — Greta Levy was lying on a polished hallway floor in the ornate Canadian Parliament building when she saw a man approaching with a gun. Moments later gunfire erupted.

By the time Levy, the press secretary for Canada’s New Democratic Party, was on the floor, a soldier at the country war memorial had already been fatally wounded and the Parliament was going into lockdown with government officials barricading themselves and hiding in offices.

Levy was walking in the hallway of the main Parliament building when she and a colleague heard yelling and got on the ground. She hesitated only briefly before joining a colleague and a tourist on the floor.

“For whatever reason I then lifted my head and saw a man coming up the ramp that leads into Centre Block walking not fast, purposefully, and carrying a gun,” Levy told ABC News. “And as soon as I saw the gun I looked back down, and a few seconds later, the shooting started.”

The sprawling building remained on lockdown for hours and members of Parliament used social media to get word of their safety to loved ones.

Michelle Rempel, a member of the Conservative Party representing parts of Calgary, sent a message to her mother and told a friend that she was unable to speak directly because she doesn’t have her cell phone with her as she hides.

She first tweeted, “Mom im okay Im in hiding,” and then, “is it clear people? shots were outside caucus room.”

A CTV reporter inside the building shared a photo of people inside the caucus room after the shooting, showing chairs blocked up against the interior of the doors as a makeshift barricade.

Another MP, Mark Strahl, called the ongoing situation “very tense,” tweeting, “Multiple gun shots fired outside of our caucus room. I am safe and in lockdown. Unbelievable.”

Out of fears that the suspect is still on the loose, fellow Conservative MP Kyle Seeback kept details about his location vague, writing, “Horrific day on parliament hill. Shots fired inside centre block during our caucus meeting. I’m safe locked in a office awaiting security.”

One of his colleagues, Tony Clement, said they were hiding together in the building. Clement’s tweets said: “Shots fired during caucus meeting. at least 30 shots. MPs piled out. I’m safe with 2 colleagues but we’re still at risk…”; “I’m with colleages Mark Strahl and Kyle Seeback. PM was in Caucus but now secure. Assuming it’s not safe to venture out yet…”; “Still patiently awaiting rescue here in Centre Block. I feared this day would come, and my prayers are with the fallen soldier. Hug your fam”; “Notified to remain in place inside Parliament. The area is still dangerous, and I put my faith in first responders and the Lord above…”

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Ebola Czar Ron Klain Starts His Job — Quietly

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newly-installed Ebola czar Ron Klain appeared for the first time on Wednesday with his new boss President Obama in the Oval Office — and said not a word.

In fact, the president didn’t even introduce Klain or acknowledge him during a brief press avail after their hour-long meeting.

Klain nodded his head a few times as Obama recapped the U.S. response to Ebola and new federal policies now in place.

Obama said he is “cautiously more optimistic” about the situation in the U.S., noting that dozens of people who had interacted with Thomas Eric Duncan have now been cleared.

The president said Amber Vinson and Nina Pham “seem to be doing better” and that Wednesday he called their co-workers at Texas Presbyterian to give a pep talk.

“Spirits were good,” Obama said. “People were very proud of the work that they’ve done and understandably so.”

Obama said the American people should have confidence that the government is in a much better position to deal with any additional cases of Ebola.

He also noted a “silver lining” in the Ebola scare: “It’s a reminder of how important our public health systems are, and in many ways, what this has done is elevated that importance.”

“There may come a time sometime in the future where we are dealing with an airborne disease that is much easier to catch and is deadly,” he said, “and in some ways, this has created a trial run for federal, state and local public health officials and health care providers.”

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Little League Champ Mo’ne Davis Stars in New Chevrolet Commercial

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Little League star Mo’ne Davis is back in the spotlight, starring in a new Chevrolet ad that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.

And the pint-sized pitcher is still out to prove that throwing like a girl is a good thing.

Davis said she had “the best summer of my young life” as the star of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons. She led the team to the Little League World Series and made history as one of the few girls to play in the series, and the first Little Leaguer ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

“I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people young and old,” Davis, 13, says in the commercial, directed by Spike Lee. “I throw 70 miles per hour — that’s throwing like a girl.”

Chevrolet posted a longer version of the commercial, which aired Tuesday night, on YouTube that includes interviews with her family, coach and other people who have come in contact with the young star.

“There’s this little girl that I’d never seen before and she’s throwing these effortless, perfect spirals, once after another,” said coach Steve Bandura, who spotted Davis on the field when she was only seven years old. “And she’s throwing them like twenty yards and it just looked like it was computer-generated.”

The NCAA says Davis’ appearance in the Chevy ad won’t affect her eligibility to someday play college sports.

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Bill Murray Talks Dating and Whether He’d Try Tinder

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Bill Murray knows all about Tinder, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to use it.

When asked if he would consider downloading the dating app, he responded in the negative.

“I think it could be amusing but I can’t imagine doing it,” he said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I feel like I’ve lived that life and I can live that life at any moment.”

Need proof? The St. Vincent star, 64, looked into the studio audience and made eyes at a man in the front row.

“I can just sort of say, ‘Hey you, with the camera. No, you. Come here,'” he said. “Dammit, I’m coming your way!”

With that, he pulled the man onstage, to laughter from Kimmel and the crowd.

“Well, he blushes easily,” Murray quipped. We’re never going to get to a lot of the good stuff!”

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Boy Battling Inoperable Brain Cancer Gets His Own Superhero Theme Song

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — When Chad Carr fell and broke his nose, the four-year-old boy’s parents took him to a hospital. Medical staffers saw him and sent him home, but the incident had his mother thinking about all the other times her son had fallen.

“I just said I think we have to take him back to the ER, I don’t think something’s right….,” Tammi Carr, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, told ABC News.

While Carr and her husband, Jason, waited on the results of an MRI that was to have taken two hours but which took over three hours instead, Carr said she knew something was wrong.

“When the anesthesiologist came out I just knew something was really bad because she literally couldn’t look at us and she’d been crying…so it was — she just said they found something, and then a doctor came in later and told us what it was,” Carr said.

The Carrs were told that their son -– the youngest of their three young boys –- had diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive, inoperable tumor in his brain stem.

He was soon started on radiation and put into a clinical drug trial at the University of Michigan. Asked about his prognosis, Carr said doctors said it was “not good,” but she added that her son has been improving.

One bright spot came in the form of a text from a friend, who wrote that his family had been inspired by Chad’s challenge and was writing a song about him. He sent them lyrics, and Carr said the song was “totally catchy and adorable.”

It became Chad’s own superhero theme, with rousing music and lyrics that extol the virtues of a boy who’s “stronger than the darkest night, faster than the speed of light,” with a chant in the background: “We need Chad tough.” The video features appearances by Chad, his two brothers, his cousins, his father, and the basketball team of the University of Michigan.

The video, first posted to YouTube on Monday, now has over 6,000 views.

Carr said, “It’s a great song. It’s something I’m going to cherish forever.”

Proceeds from the sale of the song will go for Chad’s care and treatment. A separate GoFundMe page for Chad had raised more than $9,000 of the stated $50,000 goal. That fund was started fifteen days ago.

Carr hopes the family won’t have to use the funds.

“It’s our goal that we don’t have to use that and we can do something great with it for research but if our son needs it then we’re going to do whatever we can, so it’s great to have that started. It’s a peace of mind for sure because there’s a lot coming our way. We don’t exactly know yet what it is but none of it is expensive,” she said.

Carr said Chad is being kept out of preschool while he undergoes treatment.

“We want to make sure we’re spending time with him as much as we can and, you know, God willing, he’s able to go back to school next year and, you know, get ready for kindergarten the next year,” she said.

Carr said her family also has a fund started at the University of Michigan for brain cancer research.

“I worked in raising money for 11 years to build the hospital that we’re getting treated in now,” she said, adding that the building that houses the unit where her son is treated bears her father-in-law’s name. “It’s just crazy.”

Carr is pleased that the video has caught on, not only because it’s spreading her son’s story, but also because it’s giving her the opportunity to spread the message about the importance for greater funding for childhood cancer research.

According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancer is the top cause of disease-related deaths among children and adolescents up to age 19 in the United States. DIPG affects between 200 and 300 children every year, and the outlook for patients is generally poor, according to information from the National Institutes of Health.

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After Two Days of Gains, Dow Falls Over 100 Points

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After two days of gains, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 100 points on Wednesday.

The Dow lost 153.49 points, closing at 16,461.32.

The Nasdaq went down 36.63 points to 4,382.85, while the S&P 500 dropped 14.17 points, ending the day at 1,927.11.

After reporting one of its worst quarters in years, McDonald’s is outlining a plan for what it calls fundamental changes to its business. A big part will include simplifying the menu and removing low-selling products.

Boeing is reporting strong earnings, with profits up 18% for the quarter.

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