Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day....
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Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists
HONG KONG (AP) -- The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren....
Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday....
More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption....
Philly relaxes penalties for marijuana possession
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia has enacted legislation that allows police to ticket people for possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them....
US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court has reversed a decision that threw out evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant....
Former eBay exec sentenced for insider trading
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former eBay executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in insider trading....
Army drops murder charges over Iraqi boys' deaths
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Army has dropped murder charges against a soldier in the shooting of two unarmed Iraqi boys during a blown reconnaissance mission in 2007, but he still faces prosecution on allegations that he obstructed the investigation and threatened a journalist's wife....
Eagles' defense waiting for balanced game
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis is waiting for that game when it all comes together....
ICE frees 9 in crashed SUV, won't confirm status
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official won't say if 9 Hispanic individuals whose vehicle was allegedly hit by an intoxicated driver on a southwestern Pennsylvania highway were in the country legally, only that they've been set free....
Penn State starting over after first loss
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Linebacker Mike Hull is looking for the right buttons to push in the Penn State locker room to help the Nittany Lions recover from their first defeat. He started with the reset button....
Sparks fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf campaign debate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers....
Officials release few details in trooper death
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities released few details Wednesday in the deadly shooting of a Pennsylvania state trooper during a training exercise in suburban Philadelphia....
Porn emails case emerges in gubernatorial debate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett crossed swords Wednesday over the newly disclosed email chains of pornographic videos and images between employees of the attorney general's office, with Corbett calling it a "cheap shot" to suggest that he bore responsibility....
President Obama has faced criticism for deflecting blame for Syria and Iraq onto U.S. intelligence officials for underestimating the threat of ISSL. Many Republicans believe that the rapid rise of Islamic State resulted from a political or policy failure. U.S. intelligence officials had warned publicly of the threat early this year, citing the testimony in February of Gen. Mike Flynn, who until last month was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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