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  • Secret Service agent who stopped White House intruder was off-duty

    By pure coincidence, the agent who tackled intruder Omar Gonzalez serves on the security detail for President Obama's daughters and was leaving for the night through the White House after seeing off the first family, sources told the Washington Post.

  • Secret Service head grilled over breach

    One after another, lawmakers expressed outrage and disbelief over the Sept. 19 breach, along with another incident involving the Secret Service's botched response to a shooter who fired off seven shots that hit the White House's upper residence in 2011.

  • Lawmaker calls for study on school start times

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said the legislation would require the Department of Education to conduct a study on the relationship between school start times and adolescent health and academic performance.

  • Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

    TOKYO (AP) — Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Some survivors of the eruption of Mount Ontake made a split-second decision to hide behind big rocks or escaped into...

  • 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...

  • Guinea-Bissau leader pardons accused in coup try

    BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — Guinea-Bissau's new president has pardoned a group of soldiers who were convicted in a failed 2012 coup attempt, according to a decree read out on the radio Tuesday. Among the six soldiers pardoned Tuesday was Pansau Ntchama, the army captain accused of leading the...

  • Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Industry spent nearly $3.5 billion...

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag...

  • Ikea's lone Michigan store is planning expansion

    CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Demolition is underway on a building adjacent to an Ikea store west of Detroit as part of the Swedish retailer's plan to expand its lone Michigan location. The razing of the 30,000 square-foot building began Tuesday in Wayne County's Canton Township. Ikea Canton...

  • Quinn touts first year of Affordable Care Act

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is highlighting what he calls a successful first year of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois. The Democratic governor who is up for re-election appeared at a medical facility Tuesday in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. He announced that more than 685,000 residents...

  • Governor veto of funding plan wallops new cities

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to veto a $19 million funding plan dealt a blow to four new Riverside County cities that were counting on the measure to make up for lost revenue. The Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/1yy73Uj ) Tuesday that the recently...

  • IG says EPA ignoring sewage chemicals

    Environmental Protection Agency officials can't assure that water resources are safe from the hazardous waste that emanates from sewage facilities, according to a government watchdog.

  • Obama, Modi tout potential for deeper econ ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi touted the potential for deeper economic collaboration between the world's two largest democracies Tuesday, while seeking to address concerns that they have grown apart. Following an Oval Office meeting, Obama...

  • White House urges Secret Service to release probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says there is legitimate public interest into how a man armed with a knife was...

  • UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign. Valerie Amos said tens of thousands more could flee if the...



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