• U.S. Secret Service director resigns

    The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.

  • Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.

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  • Beheading suspect ordered held without bond

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant after being suspended from his job was ordered held without bond Wednesday and asked a judge to name a Muslim as his court-appointed lawyer.

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  • Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

    By 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 showed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before he was stopped. ...

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  • Up to 18 exposed to U.S. Ebola patient, including children

    By Lisa Maria Garza and Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Health experts were observing up to 18 people, including children, who had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, officials said on Wednesday. Confirmation that a man who flew to Texas from Liberia later fell ill with the hemorrhagic fever prompted U.S. health officials to take steps to contain the virus, which has killed at least 3,338 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization said. ...

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  • U.S. judge set to rule on how Calpers 'fits' in Stockton bankruptcy

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday said he will make a determination later in the day about the role of the state's public employees' retirement fund, or Calpers, in the case. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein has wrestled throughout the trial with the question of whether to confirm the cash-strapped city's restructuring plan without imposing payment reductions to the California Public Employees' Retirement System, as well as other creditors slated to take a haircut. ...

    Reuters
  • Texas girl kidnapped 12 years ago at age 4 found alive in Mexico

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

  • US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

    India'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.

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  • UN loses first staffer to virus outbreak

    "Probable Ebola" strikes member of international organization in Liberia.

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  • Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

    Study 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

    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. ...

    Reuters
  • 'Not comfortable' with Secret Service chief in job

    Senior Democratic lawmaker wants Julia Pierson to leave after series of presidential security breaches.

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  • Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68

    By 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. ...

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  • Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government

    By 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. ...

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  • Florida cop on leave after using stun gun on 62-year-old woman

    TALLAHASSEE, 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.

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  • 700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight

    By 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. ...

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  • NYC teacher at elite school faces multiple sex charges

    NEW 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.

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  • Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

    No 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

    Death toll from virus rose to 42 Wednesday in separate spread from West Africa's.

    AFP
  • Taiwan throws support behind Hong Kong protests

    Chinese Communist Party has long wanted a governing arrangement like Hong Kong's, for Taiwan.

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