Accused White House intruder to appear in court
WASHINGTON (AP) — Following an embarrassing security breach at the White House, one of the most closely protected buildings in the world, the Secret Service is said to be considering establishing new checkpoints to screen tourists in public areas near the presidential mansion.

10 Things to Know for Today

In this Nov. 22 2012 photo, Po Po Aung, left and Cho Cho Aung right count sticks-that reflects the tally of baskets of gravel they hulled in a riverside barge in Yangon, Myanmar. The sisters haul gravel for less than 4 cents for each 20 kilogram (44 pound) basket, earning money to pay for school fees. From India to Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, overcrowded cities have become studies in extremes of deprivation and wealth. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



India's Modi to observe strict fast during maiden trip to U.S

India's Prime Minister Modi gives a speech during his lecture meeting hosted by Nikkei Inc. and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in TokyoBy Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his maiden trip to the United States, aides said on Monday, in a test both of the 64-year-old leader's stamina and of protocol in the Obama White House. Throughout a grueling schedule that features the United Nations General Assembly, a rally of Indian Americans at New York's Madison Square Garden and talks with Obama in Washington, the devout Hindu will abstain from food. ...



The So-Called “Islamic State” and the Constitution: What Can the President Do? (Part One)
In this two-part commentary, Robert F. Turner from the University of Virginia looks at some points of fact and law in the debate over executive power and American involvement in fighting terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State tells followers to attack U.S., French citizens: website
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants' hands. ...

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as U.S. 'sham'

Afghan rival presidential candidates Abdullah and Ghani stand together after exchanging signed agreements for the country's unity government in KabulBy Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban militants on Monday decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a "sham" orchestrated by the United States and they vowed to press on with their war. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, ending months of turmoil that has destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave. ...



Who wins Senate control? Nov. 4 might not decide

2014 U.S. Senate racesWASHINGTON (AP) — A suspenseful election night is one thing, but what if it stretches out for a month? Or into next year?



Russia wants to keep Ukraine off UN radar

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a terrestrial globe, with Russian territory colored pink, seemingly including Crimea, presented to him as a gift during his meeting with participants in the youth educational forum at the Seliger youth camp near Lake Seliger, Russia. As world leaders gather at the U.N., during the week of Sept. 22, 2014, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That’s likely just fine with Putin, since these issues distract from Russia’s presence in neighboring Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev, Pool, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.



Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

FILE - In this July 29, 2014, file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, left, D-N.J., talks with ranking member Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez and Corker say they'll draft a bill in the lame-duck session repealing what they call outdated authorizations for the use of force and replace them with a new one. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet.



Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record

FILE - In this June 30, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama over time has been embraced and scorned by immigrant advocates who have viewed him as both a champion and an obstacle to their cause. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama.



Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids

Police talk as they guard a house that was involved in pre-dawn raids in western SydneyBy Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said on Monday, on the heels of sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week. Under the tough legislation, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott said would be introduced into parliament this week, it would be a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits. ...



Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

President Obama addresses the Democratic National Committee's Women?s Leadership Forum annual Issues Conference in WashingtonBy Jason Lange and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Framing the debate like that helped Reagan twice - in 1980 when he beat incumbent Jimmy Carter, and then again in 1984 when he won re-election during an economic upswing. ...



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