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Secret Service chief: White House breach unacceptable, 'will never happen again'Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen (Yahoo Sports)

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. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said on Tuesday the recent White House breach by a man carrying a knife was unacceptable and promised it would not happen again. "I take full responsibility," Pierson said in prepared testimony to a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Sept. 19 intrusion. "What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again." Pierson told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that she ordered extra security measures around the White House immediately after the breach. ...


FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen coaches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The Raiders fired Allen on Monday night, Sept. 29, 2014, after he lost the first four games of his third year as coach and often failed to field a competitive team. The decision was announced soon after the Raiders returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last season, 34-14 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Dennis Allen arrived in Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner Al Davis' final years running the Raiders.


One person in custody after shooting at North Carolina high schoolCharles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots (Yahoo Sports)
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - One person was in custody after a shooting on Tuesday at a high school in Albemarle, North Carolina, according to police and local media reports. One person had been shot at Albemarle High School, and the school was on lockdown, NBC's Charlotte affiliate WCNC reported. A woman who answered the phone at the police department confirmed someone was in custody but had no other immediate details. Albemarle is about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins)

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, is congratulated by teammate Donnie Avery, left, after catching a 5-yard pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- It made sense that Andy Reid spoke in baseball metaphors after Kansas City whipped the New England Patriots on Monday night, with the Royals poised to end a long playoff drought just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium.


New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYTTwins fire manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons (Yahoo Sports)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio exits a subway train while on his way to a news conference in New York(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. ...


FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sits in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. The Twins fired Gardenhire on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, after 13 seasons that included at least 92 losses in each of the last four years. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.


Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back downAJ Hinch hired to manage Astros (Yahoo Sports)

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.


FILE - In this May 21, 2010, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch listens to players prior to the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Phoenix. The Houston Astros hired Hinch as their new manager, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

HOUSTON (AP) -- A.J. Hinch was hired as the manager of the Astros on Monday, and general manager Jeff Luhnow is confident he'll be the man to return Houston to success.


Parents charged in death of son found in homeBills bench quarterback Manuel, to start Orton (Yahoo Sports)

Childs Body FoundHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man and woman have been charged with homicide in the death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found in their Harrisburg home during the summer.


Buffalo Bills' EJ Manuel (3) looks to throw against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- EJ Manuel is out as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback, and veteran Kyle Orton is in.




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Why Midterm Elections Are Important

Primary elections are being held now in states across the country as members of political parties cast votes for the candidates they want to run in this November’s general election. Once the primaries are over, it will be time to focus on the general midterm election.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 
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