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

      By 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

      (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

      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

      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

      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

      A 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

      The 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

      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

      A 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. ...



      Britons sign away first-born children for free Wi-Fi

      London (AFP) - Several Britons agreed to give up their eldest child in return for the use of free Wi-Fi, in an experiment to highlight the dangers of public Internet, published on Monday.



      Drone captures Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests
      A drone operator captured footage of the growing crowd as it swelled beneath the skyscrapers of the city's central business district.
      Scores of children at nightclub during shooting that injured 15

      At The Spot, customers can typically buy beer, listen to music and eat fried conch or chicken wings. "Teen nights" at the restaurant and lounge had recently been drawing large crowds, and there were scores of young people there about 1 a.m. Sunday when police said a shooting erupted, wounding 15, including an 11-year-old girl.



      5-year-old cancer patient creates inspirational 'commercial' on bravery
      "If you have cancer, don't worry," Hannah Higgins says in the two-minute video. "'Cause I am brave, and you can be brave also."
      Grand jury to review 2nd case on Ferguson officer who shot teen

      CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting.



      Syria backs global fight against Islamic State

      Syria stands with worldwide effort to combat Islamic State: Foreign Minister al-Moualem.



      Argentina held in contempt in debt case

      By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina is in contempt of court, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday, the latest step in a years-old case brought by the U.S. hedge funds over defaulted debt. U.S. Judge Thomas Griesa in New York held off on any decision on fines or sanctions against the South American country, which in July fell into its second sovereign default in 12 years and has long been at odds with Griesa's decisions and adopted a law aimed at evading them. ...



      Texas doctor sentenced for poisoning lover

      A cancer researcher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning her lover.



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