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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid recent White House security breach.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Secret Service chief quits over security breaches

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama “concluded new leadership of that agency was required,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her …

Ebola-infected passenger was sent home from ER

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DALLAS — The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed. The …

US raps Israel on housing project

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack …

Climate summit produces no binding pledges

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States’ lead on the issue, even as a United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles …

Chinese scholar gets life for ‘separatism’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BEIJING — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said. A court found …

Israel kills 2 suspected in teens’ deaths

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JERUSALEM (ap) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events …

Bin Laden’s son-in-law gets life prison term in NY

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Defiant to the end, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, telling a judge that there would be …

UVa. medical worker charged in case of missing student

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The man authorities believe was the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared has been charged with abduction, police said Tuesday night. Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a …

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions …

Feds say 800 rounds found in intruder’s car

Monday, September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal …

US launches first airstrikes in Syria

Monday, September 22, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge …

Officials seek campus worker in student’s disappearance

Monday, September 22, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to …

Fire crews brace for weather shift

Monday, September 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week …