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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 a man identified as Dominic Adesanya about 7:16 p.m. on the North Lawn, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. He kicked at one of the dogs, then another dog subdued him.

"Where he landed, the officers swarmed on him," said Philipos Melaku-Bello, a witness.

Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, was then taken to a nearby hospital, said Donovan. Charges against him are pending. He was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

The White House was put on lockdown during the incident. Two K-9s were taken to the veterinarian for injuries they sustained in 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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Canada PM Calls Parliament Shooting a 'Terrorist' Act


MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- A gunman on Wednesday fatally shot a Canadian soldier in an attack near the Parliament that led to building lockdowns and the evacuation of the country's prime minister.

The gunman, who was shot and killed inside the Parliament building, has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian national. The soldier who was killed was Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Ottawa police first learned of the attacks after receiving multiple 911 calls at 9:52 a.m. about a shooting at the National War Memorial. Gunfire was later reported inside the Parliament building, less than 400 yards away. The Parliament building was put into lockdown as government officials hid in their offices while police searched the sprawling building.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a televised statement to the nation Wednesday evening about the incident. "Today was without question a difficult day," he said, noting two attacks against the country this week.

"In the days to come we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices," he added. Harper said the government would work to "keep Canada safe and fight against terrorist organizations that are brutalizing so many people around the world in the hope of keeping their savagery from reaching our shores."

Canada had already raised its national terrorism alert level Wednesday, following an incident Monday in which a Canadian soldier was killed in a hit-and-run by a man suspected to have been a radicalized jihadist.

Officials are investigating any terrorist ties to the suspect in Wednesday's shooting.

Police initially believed that they were searching for more than one shooter, but they later said that it was too soon to determine whether or not the gunman acted alone.

"Today is a sad and tragic day for our city and our country," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said.

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Civic Hospital in Ottawa received four patients, including the wounded soldier who later died of his injuries.

"Apart from first patient, they had minor, non-life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital at this time," hospital spokeswoman Hazel Harding told ABC News.

One of the patients was a Parliamentary Security officer who had been shot in the leg when the gunman entered the building, but the hospital said that it was an "extremity gunshot wound" and is "quite stable." Two others were brought to the hospital with unspecified injuries. All three were later released.

Witnesses told CTV they saw a man with long hair carrying a rifle at the war memorial and heard four shots fired at the soldier, who was guarding Canada's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A witness told Canada's CBC the gunman then ran the short distance to Canada’s Parliament, jumped a wall, stopped a car at gunpoint and hijacked it. The gunman drove the car to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill where senior government leaders have their offices.

A CBC reporter inside the Canadian Parliament reported chaos there, hearing lots of gunshots. A lawmaker tweeted more than 30 shots were heard inside Parliament's Center Block.

The gunman was shot dead by the Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.

All military bases in Canada have been put on lockdown in response to the events in Ottawa, CTV reported. The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa recently followed suit. A safety perimeter in downtown Ottawa was lifted Wednesday evening.

Senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials told ABC News they are closely monitoring the situation. The White House said President Obama has been briefed and has spoken to Harper over the phone.

According to a readout of the call, Obama condemned the attack and "reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between our people." The president also offered Canada any assistance it needed in responding to the attack.

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Matthew McConaughey Reveals 'Gut Reason' He Took 'Interstellar' Role


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) --  When Matthew McConaughey was considering taking the role of a father and former astronaut in the science-fiction movie Interstellar, he says he thought of his son Levi.

"He was into space and I would explain things in the solar system and how we got on the moon and all these things, and [he'd have] these young, wondrous eyes trying to, you know, work this out in his head," McConaughey said. "That was the main gut reason why I had to do this film."

The Oscar winner appears alongside fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the Christopher Nolan film. They all sat down for an interview recently with ABC News' David Muir.

The film centers on a team of explorers that travels to another galaxy in search of another planet for humans to live on because Earth is in trouble over climate change.

The movie is due out Nov. 5 in select theaters and in wide release Nov. 7.


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Nolan said that he was drawn to the emotion of the script, which was originally written by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

"My brother's original script has this amazing set of characters at the heart of it. This family who's sort of tested in this extraordinary way," he said. "And that's the thing that I most related to in the film."

Hathaway revealed that a particular scene during which her character cried had her hugging her castmates even more than usual.

"I immediately wanted to go out and find a comedy to act in," she said with a laugh.

Nolan and his crew turned to Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist who has long studied the far reaches of the universe, for help on creating the black hole the astronauts travel through. Nolan said parts of a spaceship were also built and used on the set, rather than a green screen or special effects.

"If you look at this film and you look at where we are right now in the world — and the climate changes that’s happening … You have to push forward and evoke some kind of positive change in your life, in the world," Chastain said. "It’s an incredible, thrilling movie."

She said she also hoped the movie would inspire younger generations.

"The idea that there could be a 7-year-old kid and it inspires her or him to want to go into space and explore space, I think that’s incredible," Chastain said.

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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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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/22/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs - World Series Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7 - San Francisco Giants 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 5 (2-3-2; 6pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (3-2-0; 6pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3-1; 7pts)  at Ottawa Senators (4-1-0; 8pts) Postponed

Edmonton Oilers 3 (2-4-1, 5pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (3-1-2, 8pts)

 

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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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