• Hong Kong protesters won't stop rallies

    Numbers swell for a third night before national holiday expected to put campaign for free elections into overdrive.

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  • No more 'paper or plastic': California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national ...

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  • Mitt Romney on 2016: 'We’ll see what happens'

    After months of insisting he was not interested in running for president again, the 2012 Republican nominee now says he's keeping the door open for another run.

  • Secret Service chief: White House breach unacceptable, 'will never happen again'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said on Tuesday the recent White House breach by a man carrying a knife was unacceptable and promised "it will never happen again." "It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly," Pierson said in prepared testimony to a House of Representatives committee investigating the Sept. 19 intrusion. (Reporting by David Lawder; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jim Loney)

  • Olympic U.S. swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. Phelps was clocked by radar at around 1:40 a.m. traveling 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist was booked and released. Police said Phelps was "unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests," adding that the Baltimore native was cooperative "throughout the process. ...

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  • Miami commissioners approve billion-dollar downtown complex

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The city of Miami has given the nod to a $1.5 billion mixed-use project boosters said will transform downtown Miami, adding retail and public spaces to a destitute neighborhood squeezed between condominium towers and the home of the Miami Heat basketball team. City commissioners late Monday voted unanimously to allow Miami developers Miami Worldcenter Associates, together with Michigan-based shopping center developers Taubman Centers and The Forbes Company, to move forward with plans for a sprawling complex that will span several city blocks. ...

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  • Murder charge in Oklahoma beheading case

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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  • Man recognized before White House fence jump

    Secret Service director says at least two of her officers recalled man from prior incident, but didn't raise an alarm.

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  • Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

    Pro-democracy protesters set an Oct. 1 deadline for the government to meet their demands.

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  • NFL player gets penalized after kneeling in Muslim prayer

    Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady.

  • New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

    KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

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  • Secret Service head takes heat for WH breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

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  • White House intruder got far past front door

    New disclosures by the Secret Service came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the agency's director.

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  • NYC police chokehold death goes to grand jury

    A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said.

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  • Ebola: U.N. opens headquarters in Ghana

    The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

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  • Parents charged in Pa. boy’s starvation death

    Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...

  • Judge recommends 6 officers be fired for N.Y. jail beating

    A New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard. Hinton was resisting being transferred to a new cell when he was beaten, the ruling said. ...

  • Britons sign away first-born children for free Wi-Fi

    London (AFP) - Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free Wi-Fi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday.

  • Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests

    A drone operator captured footage of the growing crowd as it swelled beneath the skyscrapers of the city's central business district.