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U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire
Oct 01, 2014   07:41 PM  34 minutes ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light involving the protection for President Barack Obama.

Republicans craft 2015 plan to force Obama’s hand on Keystone
Oct 01, 2014   07:35 PM  40 minutes ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U.S. Senate majority in November, finally forcing President Barack Obama to make a tough c…

White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach
Oct 01, 2014   07:33 PM  42 minutes ago  Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court.

Court says Kansas Democrats need not put candidate on ballot
Oct 01, 2014   07:12 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) – A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the U.S Senate ballot, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an …

U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law
Oct 01, 2014   07:00 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November elections that the provisions would disproportionately impact African-American voters.

U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law
Oct 01, 2014   06:48 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: Politics
CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November election that the provisions would disproportionately impact African-American voters.

CNN

Secret Service Vague with Details to Federal Court Following Fence-Jumper Arrest
Oct 01, 2014   05:53 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
The U.S. Secret Service offered only vague information in its first criminal filing in federal court about how deep accused fence-jumper Omar Gonzalez entered the White House, in contrast to the dramatic account of the intruder’s dash th…

Boston Herald apologizes for Obama cartoon after backlash
Oct 01, 2014   05:42 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
The Boston Herald and its cartoonist apologized Wednesday for a cartoon that quickly drew criticism on social media for being racist.

Allen: Training Syrian opposition ‘could take years’
Oct 01, 2014   05:23 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
“It could take years” to train Syrian opposition forces to effectively take on ISIS in Syria, retired Gen. John Allen told CNN in an exclusive interview. “But, the process for getting that unfolded is occurring right now.”

Pelosi predicts 2016 Democratic sweep
Oct 01, 2014   05:16 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
About a month from the 2014 midterm elections House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was already predicting a sweep for her party in the 2016 election.

White House exempts ISIS strikes from civilian casualty guidelines
Oct 01, 2014   05:02 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
New rules meant to temper the civilian death toll from unmanned U.S. drones won’t apply in the fight against terrorists in Iraq and Syria, the White House says.

Growing threat of homegrown terror
Oct 01, 2014   03:59 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – Politics
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge talks about national security and ISIS.

Washington Post

GovBeat: Forget 2014, pot advocates are already pushing legalization in at least six states for 2016
Oct 01, 2014   08:02 PM  13 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Advocates have taken first steps toward getting marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot in at least six states, with two more joining the growing list this week. In Maine, advocates formed a political action committee to support their …

Julia Pierson’s resignation: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement
Oct 01, 2014   07:58 PM  18 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon on Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s resignation : “Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her res…

Federal Eye: Secret Service chief Julia Pierson resigns
Oct 01, 2014   07:51 PM  24 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson , one day after she went through a grilling on Capitol Hill over her agency’s recent problems with White House security. …

The Fix: Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he’s not a goner yet
Oct 01, 2014   07:42 PM  33 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent t…

Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service director
Oct 01, 2014   07:30 PM  45 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
The director of the Secret Service resigned Wednesday after a series of security gaffes. Support for Julia Pierson rapidly declined on Capitol Hill just hours after a congressional hearing where she avoided answering direct questions and…

Federal Eye: Foster Farms outbreak sparks legal petition to outlaw dangerous pathogens
Oct 01, 2014   07:19 PM  56 minutes ago  Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More – The Washington Post
Although hundreds of Americans were hospitalized over the past two years with salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chickens, the U.S. Agriculture Department said it had no power to order a recall on the contaminated poultry. Read …

Reuters

White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach
Oct 01, 2014   07:33 PM  42 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court.

U.S. parents who ferried children to Cuba agree to jail time
Oct 01, 2014   07:19 PM  57 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – A U.S. couple face a decade or longer in jail after pleading guilty this week to kidnapping their two young sons in Florida last year, then fleeing by sailboat to Cuba with the family dog.

Up to 18 exposed to U.S. Ebola patient, including children
Oct 01, 2014   07:17 PM  58 minutes ago  Reuters: U.S.
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.

Mother of former U.S. Marine says son suffers in Mexico jail
Oct 01, 2014   07:11 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mother of a U.S. Marine held for six months in a Mexican prison appealed on Wednesday for the U.S. government to do more to free her son, who told her his guards threatened him with rape, torture and execution.

Second U.S. university cuts ties with China’s Confucius Institute
Oct 01, 2014   06:50 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
(Reuters) – A second major U.S. university in a week is severing ties with China’s government-funded Confucius Institute, which critics call a propaganda arm wrapped in culture and language education.

New York transit authority sued for denying anti-Islamic bus ad
Oct 01, 2014   06:46 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An anti-Islam group filed a civil rights lawsuit against New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Wednesday for refusing to run a so-called “Hamas Killing Jews” advertisement on city busses, the…

CNN

Officer on paid leave after using Taser on 62-year-old woman
Oct 01, 2014   07:05 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – U.S.
A Florida police department is investigating one of its officers after he shot a 62-year-old woman in the back with a Taser on Tuesday afternoon.

Texas girl missing for 12 years is recovered with mother in Mexico
Oct 01, 2014   06:34 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Sabrina Allen, a Texas girl allegedly kidnapped by her noncustodial mother 12 years ago, was recovered safely Tuesday in Mexico, and her mother was arrested there, said Dan Powers, San Antonio FBI assistant special agent in charge.

35,000 walruses ‘haul out’ on Alaska beach
Oct 01, 2014   06:27 PM  1 hour ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Arctic ice is dwindling, the waters of the North Pacific Ocean are the warmest on record and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, “hauling out” on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before.

First case of Ebola in the U.S. diagnosed — now what?
Oct 01, 2014   04:58 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
In this age of modern air travel, it was just a matter of when, not if.

Haunted house no match for reporter
Oct 01, 2014   04:35 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, contains eight haunted houses, more than 100 scary characters and one fearless reporter.

Intruders kill hundreds of chickens with golf club, officials say
Oct 01, 2014   04:13 PM  4 hours ago  CNN.com – U.S.
Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a farm in central California earlier this month, authorities say.

MSNBC

Texas Ebola Patient Had Contact With Kids, Perry Says
Oct 01, 2014   07:29 PM  47 minutes ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Texas Governor Rick Perry held a news conference Wednesday at the hospital treating the man with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.

Man Gets 30 Years in Christmas Tree-Lighting Bomb Plot
Oct 01, 2014   07:22 PM  53 minutes ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
An Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland four years ago.

Missing Girl to Be Reunited With Dad 12 Years Later
Oct 01, 2014   07:22 PM  54 minutes ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
A Texas girl taken from her father in 2002 has been found in Mexico and her mother has been taken into custody, an investigator said Wednesday.

She’s Out: Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Scandal
Oct 01, 2014   07:19 PM  56 minutes ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
It came a day after Julia Pierson was upbraided by lawmakers.

Authorities Confirm Sabrina Allen Was Found
Oct 01, 2014   07:05 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
Authorities say that the girl who was kidnapped by her mother 12 years ago has been found in Mexico.

Father Says Sabrina Allen Is ‘In Pretty Bad Shape’
Oct 01, 2014   07:04 PM  1 hour ago  MSNBC.com: U.S. News
The father of the girl who was found after being kidnapped by her mother 12 years ago says that she has been ‘manipulated.’

Fox News

Texas girl reporting kidnapped 12 years ago found with mother in Mexico, mother facing charges
Oct 01, 2014   07:31 PM  44 minutes ago  FOXNews.com
Authorities say a Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago has been found with her mother in Mexico, and that the mother is now facing charges in the U.S.

Pennsylvania steroid ring bust nets prison guards, free agent who signed with Dallas Cowboys
Oct 01, 2014   07:31 PM  44 minutes ago  FOXNews.com
Prosecutors said Wednesday they broke up a mail-order steroid ring whose participants included three prison guards, a probation officer and football player who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year and was recently cut.

Hagel: Military medical system is ‘average,’ needs improvement
Oct 01, 2014   07:21 PM  54 minutes ago  FOXNews.com
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is directing military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at under-achieving military health care facilities.

Wyoming officials: No time left this year for permanent landslide fix; work to begin in 2015
Oct 01, 2014   06:45 PM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
Work will begin next spring on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide that has been affecting a Wyoming neighborhood.

Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting and how did the fight over history class begin?
Oct 01, 2014   06:16 PM  1 hour ago  FOXNews.com
A fight in Colorado over how United States’ history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.

Oklahoma beheading suspect released from hospital; was shot during attack on 2 women
Oct 01, 2014   06:14 PM  2 hours ago  FOXNews.com
A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma processing plant has been released from the hospital.

Reuters

More than 100 ex-rebels, family members die in Congo camp: HRW
Oct 01, 2014   07:21 PM  54 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
KINSHASA (Reuters) – More than 100 people died from starvation and disease over the last year in a government-run camp set up to house former rebels and their families in Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wed…

Japanese rescuers find more dead on volcano, toll at 47
Oct 01, 2014   07:16 PM  59 minutes ago  Reuters: World News
TOKYO (Reuters) – The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain.

Britain’s Hill charms EU parliament despite doubts
Oct 01, 2014   06:58 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain’s choice for the European Commission appeared to disarm doubting EU lawmakers with a combination of charm, a broad grasp of financial regulation and commitment to European integration at a hearing in the Euro…

Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border
Oct 01, 2014   06:56 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on i…

New Polish PM signals cautious approach on euro accession
Oct 01, 2014   06:53 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said on Wednesday she would largely stick to the policies of her predecessor Donald Tusk, including a cautious approach to the question of when eastern Europe’s biggest economy wi…

Hong Kong’s embattled leader believes protests could last weeks: source
Oct 01, 2014   06:27 PM  1 hour ago  Reuters: World News
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities will not immediately move to clear tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupying large areas of the city, and will let them stay for weeks if need be, a source with ties to leader Leu…

CNN

Iran postpones execution of woman who killed her alleged rapist
Oct 01, 2014   06:06 PM  2 hours ago  CNN.com – World
The hanging of an Iranian woman, convicted of murder in a killing that human rights groups called self-defense against her rapist, has been delayed for 10 days, according to Amnesty International.

Dog rescued after being stuck in hot tar
Oct 01, 2014   05:10 PM  3 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A five-month-old dog that fell into hot tar spilled around a construction site in northern India was eventually saved by a four-hour rescue operation.

Australian aircraft support action vs. ISIS
Oct 01, 2014   01:35 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Who will be next to join the U.S.-led coalition in its air campaign against the extremists who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria?

10 killed when shells hit Ukrainian school
Oct 01, 2014   01:31 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
A school and a bus were shelled in war-torn eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead, officials in the country’s Donetsk region said.

Tear gas brings Hong Kongers together
Oct 01, 2014   01:31 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
When police used tear gas on unarmed Hong Kong students, they unwittingly created a massive movement.

Dark art from golf’s glamour girl
Oct 01, 2014   01:28 PM  6 hours ago  CNN.com – World
Her artwork is dark, bold and often sombre, with black figures and sinister skulls splattered across the canvasses.

MSNBC

Americans gear up to help Philippines
Nov 12, 2013   12:38 AM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
From military veterans and U.S. troops to grassroots Filipino-American organizations, people across the country geared up to do what they could to help after one of largest storms ever barreled through the Philippines over the weekend an…

Video: Hundreds attend 99-year-old UK veteran’s funeral
Nov 12, 2013   12:15 AM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
A veteran of the RAF during World War II, Harold Jellicoe Percival’s funeral was attended by hundreds of Britons even though they never knew him. An ad in a local paper encouraged attendees, because he had no living family members. NBC’s…

Video: Typhoon’s winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina
Nov 12, 2013   12:09 AM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
Typhoon Haiyan may be among the biggest ever recorded, peaking at more than 200 mph with a 20-foot storm surge. NBC’s Tom Costello reports. (Nightly News)

Video: Tacloban residents struggle without food, water
Nov 11, 2013   11:54 PM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
The Philippine city of Tacloban is ground zero in an area completely wiped out by the fast-moving, ferocious typhoon. People are desperate for aid, and have no access to food, shelter or water. NBC’s Harry Smith reports. (Nightly News)

Doctors haunted by typhoon victims they couldn’t help
Nov 11, 2013   11:53 PM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
TACLOBAN, Philippines — Days after the super-typhoon Haiyan roared ashore here and laid waste to the Philippine island of Leyte, the roads remain blocked, the airports closed, the ferries aren’t running — and a public health crisis is un…

Typhoon pushed the limits — bigger storms ahead
Nov 11, 2013   11:05 PM  10 months ago  MSNBC.com: World News
Experts say Typhoon Haiyan was about as strong as it could theoretically get when it swept through the Philippines, but storm intensity limits are on the rise.

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