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U.S. Secret Service director resigns
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:32:09 -0400

Secret Service Director Julia PiersonThe recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.




The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:52:47 -0400

Carol LeonnigBehind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.




Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:13:13 -0400

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.




Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:36:33 -0400

In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.




Secret Service director resigns under fire
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:22:34 -0400

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...




Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:08:51 -0400

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...




Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:23:00 -0400

A view of downtown Stockton, California is reflected in a windowBy Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring. ...




Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:37:02 -0400

Sabrina AllenAn Austin, Texas, girl abducted 12 years ago has been found in Mexico, law enforcement officials say.




US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:24:16 -0400

US, India to Team Up on Mars ExplorationIndia's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency — to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.




UN loses first staffer to virus outbreak
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:48:49 -0400

Photos of the day - October 1, 2014"Probable Ebola" strikes member of international organization in Liberia.




Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:21:21 -0400

Gascon offers solution to reduce prison overcrowdingStudy after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.




No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:36:55 -0400

In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, a man sits among the debris of a destroyed school in the village of Budyali, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors released Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan is the worst country to live in as an older person, an annual index on the wellbeing of the elderly showed on Wednesday. The Asian country was ranked bottom for the second consecutive year in HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index, its health situation in particular the poorest in the world. Norway topped the index - up one place from last year - followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany, all of which remained in the top 10. ...




'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in job
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:56:52 -0400

Secret Service Director Julia PiersonSenior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.




Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:46:34 -0400

2 cases of enterovirus confirmed in Los Angeles CountyBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...




Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:03:14 -0400

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary arrive with their children on a boat in NuukBy Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...




Florida cop on leave after using stun gun on 62-year-old woman
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:46:36 -0400

Raw: Fla Officer Investigated for Stun Gun UseTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 61-year-old woman's back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood.




700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:21:02 -0400

Tomb of Suleyman ShahBy Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...




NYC teacher at elite school faces multiple sex charges
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:05:41 -0400

Brooklyn teacher indicted on charges of sex crimes against studentsNEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite New York City high school already accused of sending an indecent photo to a student is now facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six others.




Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:20:07 -0400

Gov. John HickenlooperNo one expected the 2014 Colorado governor's race to be tight — or even much of a race. Now the contest between Gov. John Hickenlooper and former dairy farmer, community banker, and Congressman Bob Beauprez is a textbook tossup.




Congo tries to contain second Ebola outbreak
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:05:12 -0400

The Ebola virus has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa this yearDeath toll from virus rose to 42 Wednesday in separate spread from West Africa's.




Taiwan throws support behind Hong Kong protests
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:14:12 -0400

Protesters shout slogans outside a flag-raising ceremony where Hong Kong's embattled leader attended in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, to mark China's National Day. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attended the flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)Chinese Communist Party has long wanted a governing arrangement like Hong Kong's, for Taiwan.




China body-searches 10K pigeons released for holiday celebration: reports
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:33:24 -0400

Pigeons fly over Tiananmen Gate after they were released in a flag raising ceremony on National Day, the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.




Royals slip past A's in epic 12-inning AL wild-card game
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

K.C. scores a crazy, come-from-behind, 12-inning, walk-off 9-8 victory over the Oakland A’s.




More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:38:48 -0400

Rescuers conduct a search operation near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Search efforts for people missing since Saturday's surprise eruption resumed Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITOTAKI, Japan (AP) — One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.




Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:43:18 -0400

Student protesters chant anti-government slogans outside of the China's National Day flag raising ceremony in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)Protest leaders vow to step up their actions if the territory's leader doesn't resign.




Texas patient confirmed as first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:50:18 -0400

CDC confirms first U.S. case of EbolaCDC director: “I have no doubt we’ll stop this disease dead in its tracks in the U.S."




Plea accepted in embassy bombings case
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:25:56 -0400

Egyptian to plead guilty over U.S. embassy bombingsJudge accepts Egyptian lawyer's guilty plea in 1998 blasts of two U.S. embassies.




Mayor of suburban L.A. city fatally shot; wife in custody
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:34:30 -0400

Bell Gardens, California Mayor Daniel Crespo fatally shot; wife releasedBELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — The wife suspected of shooting and killing the mayor of a Los Angeles County city has been released after hours of questioning, authorities said.




3 charged in Mexico army killing of 22
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:33:23 -0400

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, a state police vehicle sits parked outside a warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. An eyewitness to the confrontation says all but one of the 22 victims were shot after they had surrendered to the army and were disarmed. The Mexican government has maintained that those killed on the early morning of June 30 died in a fierce shootout with security forces, a version that came into question because government troops suffered only one wounded, and physical evidence at the scene pointed toward more selective killings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced on Tuesday.




Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:26:23 -0400

The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone, images released by NASA this week show.

U.S. loosens civilian death policy in Syria, Iraq
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:30:50 -0400

A Syrian refugee woman waits for transport after arriving at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)Exclusive: New standards in Iraq, Syria follow reports of Idlib missile strike casualties.




Police on manhunt for ambush suspect find pipe bombs
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:20:25 -0400

Three A U.S. Marshals patrol along Mill Creek near Clarks Road in Barrett Township, Pa., Monday Sept 29, 2014, as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grover Sept 12. Frein is a suspect in an ambush that killed a Pennsylvania State Police officer and critically wounded another. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, MIchael J. Mullen)State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.




Tsarnaev sister appears in court for alleged bomb threat
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:19:06 -0400

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs district court in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Tsarnaeva has been arrested in New York City for allegedly threatening to bomb a Harlem woman. Police say that she is charged with aggravated harassment for threatening the woman over the phone on Monday, Aug. 25. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in court on Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister's latest brush with the law puts a family caught up in the mystery over the 2013 attacks back in the spotlight.




Louisville high school placed on lockdown
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:19:02 -0400

Members of the Louisville SWAT team prepare to enter Fern Creek High School to do a sweep Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ky. One child was injured and a high school was evacuated after a report of weapons seen on the campus in Louisville, police said Tuesday. Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the child sustained non-life threatening injuries and that a parent was with the child. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)One student injured, school evacuated after reports of weapon on campus: police.




1 student injured, 2nd in custody at N.C. high school
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:34:24 -0400

1 student shot, 2nd in custody at NC high schoolA shooting at a North Carolina high school early Tuesday left one male student wounded and another in custody, officials say.




25 killed in Baghdad car bomb, mortar attacks
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:49 -0400

Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the town of Ashar, in the Basra region, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Officials say a wave of bombings targeted commercial areas across Iraq, killing and wounding dozens of people. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jourani)BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since U.S.-led forces began bombing Islamic State insurgents in Iraq last month. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Islamic State, ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq in June, claimed several suicide bombings in the capital earlier this year. ...




Police officer kills man through car door in his driveway
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:34:05 -0400

In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo released by the Columbia County (Ga.) Sheriff`s Office, Earnest Satterwhite poses for a booking bug. Satterwhite spent some of the last moments of his life fleeing from officers that wanted to pull the 68-year-old man over on suspicion of drunken driving. Seconds after he pulled into a driveway off a dirt road in Edgefield County, an officer opened fired, leaving him one of 75 people in South Carolina killed by an officer since 2010. (AP Photo/Columbia County (Ga.) Sheriff`s Office)Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with a habit of ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over — an act of defiance that ultimately got him killed.




U.K. launches first airstrikes on IS in Iraq
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:09:11 -0400

A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jet prepares to land at the Akrotiri British airbase in Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27, 2014British tornado jets destroyed IS heavy weapons post, machine gun-mounted vehicle: report.




No more 'paper or plastic': California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:14:33 -0400

California becomes first state to ban plastic bagsGov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition ...




Hong Kong protesters won't stop rallies
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:02:58 -0400

Pro-democracy demonstrators let an ambulance go through as the protestors gather for the third night in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014Numbers swell for a third night before national holiday expected to put campaign for free elections into overdrive.