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Not guilty plea for man in White House incident
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife....

Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials....

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system....

Questions and answers about the US Ebola case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S....

Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign....

US sharply criticizes new Israeli construction
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians....

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is issuing a final rule raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour....

Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of capturing a majority....

Hagel: Military medical system 'average'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities....

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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Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

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Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service

US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses

US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

Not guilty plea for man in White House incident

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