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  • Secret Service: Use of force being reviewed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the agency's security plan to protect the White House was not properly executed when an Army veteran with a knife jumped the fence and made his way well into the executive mansion. Pierson says all decisions and actions made on Sept....

  • Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes full responsibility for the breach of White House security in which a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued....

  • Young Californian men beware: You could be branded a rapist

    California's bill, S.B.967, is the first in the nation to define consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement," but also codify into law that a "lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent."

  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year. Ukrainians are rushing to insulate their walls, seal up...

  • Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts —...

  • HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has...

  • Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives. Soon her mother's sorrow became so...

  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door. "IS took over last night," the power plant's foreman shouted, referring to the Islamic State...

  • Link between climate change, extreme weather hard to prove: federal scientists

    Man-made climate change, largely through burning greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels that scientists say warm the planet, did not necessarily explain the 16 extreme weather events for 2013 that the report covered.

  • At 69, satirist keeps South Africa laughing

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cross-dressing South African satirist says he doesn't tell jokes and can't remember punchlines. "Sometimes the truth is funnier," said Pieter-Dirk Uys, who lampooned the leaders of white racist rule decades ago and now pokes fun at South Africa's politics 20 years after...

  • UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian chief says tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country. Valerie Amos told the Security Council on Tuesday that more than 160,000 people from northern Aleppo have fled...

  • US consumer confidence slides in September

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dropped in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its confidence index fell to 86.0, the lowest point since a May reading of 82.2. It was the first decline after four months...

  • Who is the man replacing the 'Bond King'?

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Bill Gross' surprise departure from Pimco, 45-year-old Daniel Ivascyn now finds himself watching over trillions in assets at the huge mutual fund firm. The new chief investment officer takes over from a fiery Wall Street legend. Gross co-founded Pimco in 1971 and ran the...

  • Meadery opens in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — In Greek, the word "Arktos" means "bear." Based on the alcohol-by-volume content of mead out now from the new Arktos Meadery of Grand Rapids, you might need the tolerance of one to drink it. Maciej Halaczkiewicz, a former nuclear submarine technician from Oak Park,...

  • Viagra ads target women for 1st time

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical...



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