U.S. lawmakers scold Secret Service over White House breach

U.S. President Obama stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Pierson after she is sworn in as first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised to make changes to agency procedures to ensure it would never happen again. "This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility," Pierson told a U.S House of Representatives committee investigating the Sept. 19 incident in which an intruder jumped the fence, burst through the front door and ran into the East Room of the White House. ...



Student shot after argument at North Carolina high school
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - An argument between two male students outside a North Carolina high school on Tuesday ended with one of them shooting the other before classes began, police said. Police received a call about shots fired at Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m. EDT and arrived to find a student shot in the lower extremities, said William Halliburton, the police chief in Albemarle, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. The suspected shooter, who was not identified, surrendered to police, Halliburton said. ...

New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio(Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand the city's living wage measure to include thousands of additional workers, as well as increase the amount workers are paid under the law, the New York Times reported on Monday. De Blasio will sign an executive order on Tuesday to make the change, which his administration estimated could extend coverage to 18,000 workers over the next five years, the newspaper said on its website. The living wage would go to $11.50 an hour from $10. ...



Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

Wrapped in plastic to shield from pepper spray, a student protester stands behind a makeshift barrier blocking main streets in the central business district of Hong Kong, late Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)Pro-democracy protesters set an Oct. 1 deadline for the government to meet their demands.



NFL player gets penalized after kneeling in Muslim prayer

Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady.



New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a Uniformed Secret Service police officer stands outside the White House in Washington. The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday, Sept. 29. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short 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.



White House intruder got far past front door

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, a Uniformed Secret Service police officer stands outside the White House in Washington. The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday, Sept. 29. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)New disclosures by the Secret Service came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the agency's director.



NYC police chokehold death goes to grand jury

Thousands Attend Sharpton's Staten Island MarchA grand jury began hearing evidence Monday to determine whether there will be criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed New York City man whose videotaped confrontation with police sparked outrage, union officials said.



Ebola: U.N. opens headquarters in Ghana

A Doctors Without Borders health worker takes off his protective gear under the surveillance of a colleague at a treatment facility for Ebola victims in MonroviaThe U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.



Parents charged in Pa. boy’s starvation death

Jarrod Nicholas Tutko, 38, is shown in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 4, 2014.Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, and Kimberly A. Tutko, 39, were arraigned before District Judge Barbara Pianka on criminal homicide charges. They were denied bail. ...



Judge recommends 6 officers be fired for N.Y. jail beating

Rikers Island is seen in this aerial photograph taken in New YorkA New York judge is recommending six correction officers at the city's largest jail be fired for the hog-tying and brutal beating of an inmate who was handcuffed in a segregated mental health unit, according to a ruling released on Monday. Robert Hinton was seriously hurt in the April 3, 2012, incident at the Rikers Island jail complex, where he suffered facial injuries and a back fracture, according to the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Tynia Richard. Hinton was resisting being transferred to a new cell when he was beaten, the ruling said. ...



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