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California Authorities Capture Four of Five Escaped Inmates


iStock/Thinkstock(MADERA COUNTY, Calif.) -- Authorities in Central California captured four out of five inmates who escaped a correctional facility this weekend. Officials originally believed one individual broke free from the Madera County Department of Corrections on Friday, but alarmed area residents a day later when they announced four other missing inmates. The prisoners escaped about 9:15 PM PT on Friday, with all five men considered armed and dangerous, according to Madera County Sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stewart. One of the inmates, Abel Ramos, was jailed for attempting to murder a sheriff's detective. Three were in for attempted murder, and most were held for robbery, strong-armed robbery, burglary, and probation violations, Stewart said. While the fifth prisoner is still at large, officials highlight the importance that majority are captured. No shots were fired while authorities caught the individuals. "The bottom line and the good news is, we do have four out of the five in custody," Stewart said. "The worst of the worst we have back behind bars, which is critical."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hundreds of Volunteers Join Search for Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham


iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Nearly a thousand volunteers spread out through Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday to help in the search for Hannah Graham, one week after the missing University of Virginia student was last seen.Police told ABC News that a person of interest who was seen going into a bar with Graham the night she disappeared was identified as Jesse L. Matthew, 32.Graham may have gotten into a car with Matthew, and police said Friday they want to ask him "what he knows about Hannah."Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said police spoke to Matthew on 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.Members of Matthew's family declined to speak with ABC News."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 first warrant was a search and seizure warrant for a vehicle that was executed shortly after midnight. When police arrived at the apartment building and seized the car, a person connected to the car was in his apartment with two others. Police identified those individuals, but the officer did not feel he had the grounds to detain the individuals, Longo said.After seizing the car and taking it to an undisclosed location for the full search, investigators developed probable cause and sought approvals for the two other warrants. Police arrived back at the apartment shortly after 10 a.m. and the three individuals were no longer inside, Longo said.The search warrants were issued a day after police announced a $50,000 reward for information about Graham's disappearance. Police had also released four clips of surveillance footage from local businesses that showed Graham, 18, walking around in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was last heard from around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends, allegedly saying that she was headed for a party but was unsure of where she was.A person of interest described by police Thursday came from a man who was seen following Graham on surveillance footage. That man told police that he was concerned about Graham because she looked "physically distressed," but he left when he reportedly saw another man approach her and put his arm around her.That second man has been described by police as a person of interest. He is not seen on any surveillance footage.Police described the person of interest as a black male in his 20s or early 30s, about 5'10" or 5'11" with a shaved head and goatee. He weighed between 250 to 285 pounds, has a slight beer belly and was wearing black jeans and a white T-shirt.The FBI joined the case in a 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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gun-Toting Pastor Stops Alleged Thief


iStock/Thinkstock(BAYTOWN, Texas) -- A gun-toting Texas pastor laid a trap for whoever was stealing packages from his front porch, and police say the 52-year-old grandmother he caught is suspected of pilfering packages from homes throughout the neighborhood.Benny Homes, a pastor of The Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, Texas, was frustrated after losing two mailed packages, according to his wife, Pat Holmes."I'm going to sit here and I'm going to pull guard duty. I'm going to be a watchman on the wall," Pat Holmes recalled her husband saying.She said her husband then put out two dummy packages on the porch and waited to see if anyone would stop.Months earlier the couple had seen a woman on surveillance cameras twice appearing to take packages from their doorstep.In footage released to the public, a woman can be seen allegedly walking up to Holmes' porch, taking a package, and putting it in her red car. In at least one instance, there were two children in the backseat.Pat Holmes said the day her husband laid out the bait, he waited hours to see if could catch the individual. Eventually, the woman allegedly turned into his driveway and started to walk over to the porch on the side of the house.This time Holmes met the woman with his handgun drawn and told her to lie down on the ground while he called the police.After stopping her, Holmes recognized the suspect as a woman he had stopped two years earlier when she walked by the side of his house claiming she was looking for a missing dog. This time Pat Holmes said the woman again claimed she was looking for her dog."I guess she uses that every time she gets caught," Pat Holmes said. "This time he replied, 'You found him, bow wow.'"The Baytown Police Department identified the suspect as Laurie Ferguson, 52, and said she was arrested on a charge of theft, though more charges are possible.Detective Luzette Watkins said they suspect Ferguson of being a habitual thief who took packages from the front doors of her neighbors.Ferguson had not sold any of the items she allegedly took and police found at least 30 items in a closet in her home, Watkins said.Pat Holmes said she has already gotten a gift for Ferguson, a cap that reads "forgiven."Calls to numbers listed to the suspect or her family were not answered.Watkins said Holmes would face no charges for pulling out a gun and detaining Ferguson."Here in Texas you're allowed to protect the property," Watkins said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Ship Launch


Matt Stroshane/Getty Images(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- NASA cancelled its launch plans for the SpaceX Dragon on Saturday after rainy weather around Cape Canaveral made for poor conditions. "The launch director and team have made the determination to scrub today’s launch attempt,” Mike Curie, NASA launch commentator said. Officials rescheduled the mission for Sunday at 1:52 a.m., with a forecast calling for 40 percent chance of "acceptable conditions."NASA is hoping to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station via the SpaceX Dragon, as well as more than 5,000 pounds of cargo.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pope Francis Names New Archbishop of Chicago


Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Pope Francis named the next archbishop of Chicago, appointing Bishop Blase J. Cupich to succeed 77-year-old Cardinal Francis E. George, who has been in the office for 17 years. Cupich moves from the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, to the third largest in the country. He will be formally installed on Nov. 18. "Archbishop Cupich is well prepared for his new responsibilities and brings to them a deep faith, a quick intelligence, personal commitment and varied pastoral experience," George said. The Vatican's first major U.S. appointment brings change, as George was known as a conservative, and Cupich brings a progressive perspective. The newly chosen archbishop took the opportunity to speak out on immigration reform during a Saturday news conference. "I don't want to dance around the issue that we need comprehensive immigration reform," Cupich said. "Our bishop's conference has called for that. It's time for political leaders to put aside their agendas and to take up this issue."Still, he says he is still a bit shocked by the pope's appointment. "First of all, I'm no saint and this is a pretty big niche. So I hope that what the Holy Father has done I can measure up to the responsibility."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texas Cancer Doctor Gives Testimony of Alleged Poisoning in Former Lover's Trial


iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A cancer researcher will return to the stand next week in the trial of his co-worker and former lover who's accused of poisoning him.Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Angulo is accused of poisoning Dr. George Blumenschein, an oncologist at the prestigious cancer hospital MD Anderson in Houston.“She said she had a special Colombian coffee for me to try,” testified Blumenschein.According to prosecutors, Gonzalez-Angulo, a fellow oncologist at MD Anderson, spiked the coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze. The chemical is also commonly found in medical labs, including those at MD Anderson.Prosecutors allege that Gonzalez-Angulo poisoned the coffee after Blumenschein picked his girlfriend over her.Blumenschein said he asked Gonzalez-Angulo why the coffee tasted so sweet and that she responded that she had put Splenda in it.The poisoning left Blumenschein with permanent kidney damage, according to testimony from doctors who treated him.Gonzalez-Angulo sat expressionless in the courtroom while Blumenschein testified. Next week, he will return to the stand when prosecutors play tapes of phone calls between the two.In his opening statement, Gonzalez-Angulo’s attorney, Derek Hollingsworth, said that his client "has been accused of something she did not do. Our first priority is to make sure the jury has the evidence to see that."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" Details NFL, Baltimore Ravens' Handling of Ray Rice S


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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NFL Commissioner: 'I Got It Wrong'


Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Friday that he "got it wrong" when it came to the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he "will get it right" going forward."At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference. Unfortunately over the past several weeks we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong and that starts with me," he said at a news conference in New York."We will re-examine, enhance and improve all of our current programs and then we'll do more," he added.Goodell said that he never considered resigning from his position, saying he holds himself to "the highest possible standard" and was disappointed in himself for making a mistake.The remarks were the first time that the NFL commissioner has been seen in public for more than a week."I got it wrong with the handling of the Ray Rice matter and I am sorry for that. I got it wrong on a number of levels from the process that I led, to the decision that I reached. I don't expect anyone just to take my word," Goodell admitted. "I believe in accountability, I understand the challenges before me and I will be held accountable for meeting them."The news conference came one day after Goodell sent out a memo to teams, saying the NFL has initiated a "long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault."Also Thursday, the NFL partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help women who have suffered from abuse.“We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels,” said Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.The move comes after the NFL has been hit with several high-profile cases of players arrested for domestic violence. The league has also come under fire for the way it has handled cases in the past.The National Domestic Violence Hotline said that just days after the release of a video last week showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline’s call volume increased by 84 percent.Goodell, who has come under fire in recent days with some calling on him to resign, said the NFL is also educating all its employees."We are also proceeding to implement broad educational programs within our league. Starting within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel -- including executives, coaches, players and staff -- will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault. We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way," he said in the memo.Not everyone, however, is happy with the NFL's efforts.In a statement prior to Goodell's remarks, Crest, a league sponsor, said it "believes Breast Cancer Awareness is a critically important program to support women and their health, and, as planned, is making a $100,000 donation to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and will participate in media and retailer activities to help drive attention to the cause. The brand has decided to cancel on-field activation with NFL teams."In response, the league said, "We are looking forward to our sixth year of the Crucial Catch campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. We understand the ways the last week have impacted our partners, including Crest. Players will still have the option to wear pink gear, including mouthguards, as planned, this year."More ABC news videos | Latest world newsFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NJ Teacher Accused of Having Affairs with Several Students


Hemera(NEW YORK) -- A New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with as many as 30 counts of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having affairs with several students.Prosecutors say Nicole Dufault, a language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, took advantage of her own students -- several 15-year-old boys -- for sex on school property and in her car.Dufault, 34, has been a teacher at the school for nine years. Authorities say she is being held on $500,000 bail and her two children have been removed from her home.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Parents of Missing UVA Student Urge Students to 'Walk with a Buddy'


Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released an emotional letter to the school's students and faculty Friday, saying they are still "optimistic" their daughter will return and urging students to be careful this weekend and "walk with a buddy."John and Sue Graham's 18-year-old daughter disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning after going out last Friday night."It is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance," they wrote in their letter emailed to all students and faculty.Adopting a parental tone, they added, "For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy."Police said Friday they had a major break in the case and issued three search warrants in connection to an unidentified person of interest.Police said that Sue Graham was the first to suspect that something had happened to her daughter when she hadn't heard from her for more than 24 hours. The Grahams are British but live in northern Virginia, calling Alexandria home for more than a decade.They have been in Charlottesville during much of the search and wrote that they attended the "extremely moving" candlelight vigil that the school held Thursday in Hannah's honor."We were comforted by the evident high esteem in which our cherished daughter is held by her many friends at the University of Virginia and beyond," the Grahams wrote in the letter sent out Friday. "We continue to be optimistic that Hannah will soon be returned safely to us."It was the second time the parents issued a public statement since their daughter vanished. Earlier this week, they wrote how they were "devastated by her disappearance" and pleaded with anyone who had any information about Hannah's movements that night to call police.In both notes, the parents expressed deep gratitude for everyone who had searched for her."Like you, we will not rest until we find her and she comes home," the parents said in their previous note.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio