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U.S. lawmakers rebuke 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 them it would never happen again. Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting the president had failed on Sept. 19 when it allowed a man to jump the fence at the home of the President of the United States, burst through the front door and run into the East Room, which is used for events and receptions. ...


California becomes first U.S. state to ban plastic grocery bags

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from bag manufacturers. The law would ban grocery stores from handing out such bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy. ...



Student injured in shooting at Kentucky high school: officials

Police: 1 child hurt, school evacuated in KentuckyBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A student was injured on Tuesday in a shooting at a Louisville, Kentucky, high school, and police are searching for a suspect, officials said. The extent of the Fern Creek High School student's injuries were not known, said Jody Duncan, spokeswoman for Louisville's Emergency Management Agency. The parents of the student, who is believed to be male, are en route to the hospital, she said. Duncan did not know if the suspect is another student. ...



Georgia woman gets 30-year prison term in daughter's malnutrition death

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty charges in the malnutrition death of her 16-year-old daughter. Ebony Berry, 37, did not withhold food from her daughter, Markea, but failed to seek proper medical care for the teenager, who weighed 43 pounds (19.5 kg) when she died in 2012, prosecutors said. "Had (Ebony Berry) gotten the victim the help she needed, there's a chance Markea would be here today," Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Gardner said in a statement. ...


Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

A U.S. Marshal patrols along Mill Creek near Clarks Road in Barrett Township, Pa., Monday, Sept 29, 2014, as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grover Sept 12. Frein is a suspect in an ambush that killed a Pennsylvania State Police officer and critically wounded another. (AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, MIchael J. Mullen)BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) ? State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.



Police: Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspect

Police: Pipe bombs found in search for Pa. trooper shooting suspectInvestigators now say they've found an explosive device and other items they believe were left behind by Eric Frein.



Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps looks on after finishing seventh in the men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. National Championships swimming competition in Irvine, Calif. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)BALTIMORE (AP) ? Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.



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 early on Tuesday ended with one of them shooting the other, police said. The shooter, who was not identified by officials because he is a juvenile, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, said William Halliburton, the police chief in Albemarle, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. Police received a call about shots fired at Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m. EDT and arrived to find a 16-year-old student shot in the hip and abdomen, Halliburton said. ...


Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

In this Sept. 23, 2014 photo, high school students hold a protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism in the teaching of U.S. history, at Ralston Valley High School, in Arvada, Colo. The protests over the Colorado school district?s proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state?s marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) ? The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state.



Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading

FILE - This March 25, 2013, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen of Moore, Okla. Nolen was charged Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) ? An Oklahoma man who had been suspended from his job was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a co-worker, who was attacked from behind as the man sought revenge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.