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  • Secret Service chief says intruder was recognized

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service director says at least two of her uniformed officers recognized a man just before he jumped the White House fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him. But she acknowledged that they never approached him that day or reported his presence to superiors....

  • Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the 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....

  • Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House. Pierson was not clear about whether the Secret Service is authorized to shoot people trying to jump over the White House fence....

  • Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart. The leaders met in the Oval Office Tuesday, the...

  • White House front door now locks automatically

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach. Pierson told a House panel that the switch to automatic locks at the White House's north door was made after an Army veteran jumped the fence on Sept. 19...

  • 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 responsibility in breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told lawmakers she takes full responsibility for the serious breach of the White House mansion eight days ago. That's when an Army veteran with a knife climbed the fence and made his way well into the executive mansion before he was...

  • Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again. Pierson told the House Oversight and Government Operations...

  • Secret Service director says it's clear White House security plan was not properly executed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service director says it's clear White House security plan was not properly executed.

  • Obama welcomes signing of Afghan security pact

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the signing of a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan marks a "historic day" in the partnership between the two countries. The pact allows about 10,000 American troops to stay in Afghanistan after the end of this year. It was signed...

  • Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process. That's caused frustration within the administration and raised doubts that President Barack Obama can fulfill his campaign promise to close the U.S. prison in Cuba for...

  • White House intruder got far past front door

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency...

  • Ferguson demands high fees to turn over city files

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Missouri's attorney general on Monday,...

  • Obama hosts India's Modi for White House visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Once shunned by the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of enthusiasm and popular support Monday to the White House, where he kicked off a two-day visit with President Barack Obama. The two leaders sought to put a brave face on the relationship...

  • Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can't locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according to a federal report released Monday. The study does not...



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