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Security lapses lead to shakeup at top of Secret Service

Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a fence-jumper gaining access to the White House on September 19 and a subsequent congressional inquiry uncovering other security lapses.

Pool

Who is Julia Pierson?

Julia Pierson became the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service in March 2013, tapped to change the culture of an agency that was then marred by a Colombian prostitution scandal.

Boston Herald

Boston Herald apologizes for Obama cartoon

The Boston Herald and its cartoonist apologized Wednesday for a cartoon that quickly drew criticism on social media for being racist.

A satire on the recent news that an intruder got farther into the White House last month than previously known, the ...

REUTERS/Keith Bedford

The great American freakout

Late Thursday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a group of reporters in New York that his country had uncovered a plot by ISIS sympathizers to attack subway systems in Paris and New York..

Courtesy Omar Gonzalez's family

Accused WH fence jumper pleads not guilty

The man who allegedly jumped a White House fence last month and breached the mansion's doors pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

CNN

Secret Service vague with details to court

The U.S. Secret Service offered only vague information in its first criminal filing in federal court about how deep accused fence-jumper Omar Gonzalez entered the White House, in contrast to the dramatic account of the intruder's dash through the building that was revealed by lawmakers Monday.

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Strange Vine alert: Congressman does karate

For all of you waiting to see a 77-year-old congressman in a skin-tight track suit show off his martial arts skills, here's your chance.

Existing 5th Congressional District on left, approved proposal, right.

Redistricting fight speeding to supreme court

A high-stakes legal battle about the constitutionality of the state's congressional districts should be fast-tracked to the Florida Supreme Court, a divided appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Absentee ballots sent out for Nov. 4 election

Absentee ballots have been sent out and early voting is right around the corner for the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election.

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Armed contractor shared elevator with Obama

Testimony given by the director of the embattled U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday appears to conflict with the news that broke hours after Julia Pierson's testimony -- that a private security contractor with a gun shared an elevator with President Barack Obama, in violation of protocol, during his trip to the Centers for Disease Control and…

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Can the Secret Service actually change?

Some people are wondering about the capability of the Secret Service after a string of other blunders in recent years.

Pool

Secret Service director: WH breach 'unacceptable'

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House "unacceptable" and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes "full responsibility."

Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-...

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