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  • First U.S. case of Ebola confirmed in Texas after man who came from Liberia falls ill

    30 September 2014, 9:08 pm by: Mark Berman, Brady Dennis, Elahe Izadi

    A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas this month received a diagnosis of Ebola on Tuesday, becoming the first person to board a passenger jet and unknowingly bring the disease here from West Africa, where it has killed thousands of people in recent months.…
  • Armed contractor with criminal record was on elevator with Obama in Atlanta

    30 September 2014, 8:43 pm by: Carol D. Leonnig

    A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.…
  • From shaming to semi-stalking, Democrats flood inboxes for last-minute campaign cash

    30 September 2014, 8:27 pm by: Ed O’Keefe

    “Absolute meltdown.” “Kiss any hope goodbye.” “We’re done. Go home. Give up.” The lyrics to a moody ballad? A depressing Facebook page? No, these are actual subject lines from a series of frantic e-mail messages sent to Democratic donors in…
  • Editorial: U.S. should send signal to China in support of Hong Kong democracy movement

    30 September 2014, 8:24 pm by: Editorial Board

    IT’S HARD not to be inspired by the images of crowds in the center of Hong Kong peacefully demonstrating in favor of democracy, their unlikely symbol not a clenched fist but an open umbrella. But it’s also difficult not to remember the similar mass…
  • As Ebola confirmed in U.S., CDC vows: ‘We’re stopping it in its tracks’

    30 September 2014, 7:35 pm by: Mark Berman, J. Freedom du Lac, Elahe Izadi, Brady Dennis

    Months after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history began ravaging West African countries, a man who flew from Liberia to Dallas became the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. Health officials stressed that they are confident they can…
  • In Modi’s visit to MLK memorial, a touch of diplomatic poetry

    30 September 2014, 7:17 pm by: Carol Morello, Katie Zezima

    It was a moment of sheer diplomatic poetry. When President Obama showed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Tuesday, history seemed to come full circle. Many Indians take pride in the fact that King drew much…
  • U.S. to greatly expand resettlement for Syrian refugees

    30 September 2014, 6:44 pm by: Anne Gearan

    The Obama administration will greatly increase the number of Syrian refugees approved for permanent resettlement in the United States next year but has opted against a separate refugee program to serve victims of that intractable civil war, administration…
  • Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charges

    30 September 2014, 6:05 pm by: Kent Babb, Marissa Payne

    Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medal swimmer and one of the most famous faces in international sports, was arrested early Tuesday in Baltimore and charged with driving under the influence. Phelps was driving his white 2014 Land Rover on southbound…
  • Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society

    30 September 2014, 5:26 pm by: Simon Denyer

    BEIJING — Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers. The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive…
  • Milbank: Julia Pierson puts the ‘secret’ in Secret Service

    30 September 2014, 5:12 pm by: Dana Milbank

    Julia Pierson is really putting “secret” into the Secret Service. First, her agency declared that the White House fence jumper who made it all the way into the Executive Mansion was unarmed; turned out later that he had a knife. Read full article >>
  • Report: CDC has confirmed an Ebola case in Texas

    30 September 2014, 4:53 pm by: J. Freedom du Lac, Sarah Larimer, Elahe Izadi

    UPDATE: The Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate is reporting that a patient who was being evaluated for Ebola has tested positive for the virus. According to Reuters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case -- the first time Ebola has…
  • In Hong Kong, protesters and government officials try to sway the silent majority

    30 September 2014, 4:25 pm by: William Wan

    HONG KONG — On the eve of what could be the biggest turnout yet in Hong Kong’s continuing protests, and a crucial test of wills on both sides, a demonstration that began with physical confrontation between authorities and pro-democracy demonstrators…
  • In the Loop: Former senator Larry Craig owes U.S. Treasury $242,000 over airport sex-sting arrest,…

    30 September 2014, 4:18 pm by: Al Kamen, Spencer Hsu

    A federal judge Tuesday ordered former senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R-Idaho) to pay the U.S. Treasury $242,000 for improperly using campaign funds to pay for his legal defense after a 2007 sex-sting arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom. Read…
  • Microsoft jumps straight to Windows 10, brings back the Start Menu

    30 September 2014, 3:32 pm by: Hayley Tsukayama

    Introducing the best one yet. #Windows10 pic.twitter.com/LDPSJF6pUH As expected, Microsoft launched a new version of Windows on Tuesday two years after the troubled release of its last operating system, Windows 8. But instead of introducing the expected…
  • U.S. and Britain combine to launch the largest day yet for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

    30 September 2014, 2:58 pm by: Dan Lamothe

    The United States and Great Britain launched 24 more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, defense officials said on Tuesday, making it the biggest day yet in the air war against the Islamic State militant group. Read full article >>
  • Secret Service director promises full security review after White House breach

    30 September 2014, 2:55 pm by: Wesley Lowery, Brian Murphy

    With questions mounting about the competency and command of the Secret Service, House lawmakers on Tuesday grilled the agency’s director about security breaches at the White House and called for a wide-ranging probe into every level of the elite force. Read…
  • What we know about Alton Nolen, who has been charged with murder in the Oklahoma beheading case

    30 September 2014, 2:03 pm by: Abby Ohlheiser

    Alton Nolen was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and assault in the decapitation of a former co-worker at a processing plant in Oklahoma. He could face the death penalty, a county prosecutor said. Read full article >>
  • Wonkblog: Will deBlasio’s big raise for low-wage workers encourage other cities to follow suit?

    30 September 2014, 1:50 pm by: Michael A. Fletcher

    Is the unlikely movement to improve the plight of low-wage workers reaching a point where it can’t be stopped? On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio signed an executive order expanding the city’s living wage law. The change means businesses housed in…
  • White House intruder was tackled by off-duty Secret Service agent

    30 September 2014, 1:15 pm by: Carol D. Leonnig

    The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent who was coincidentally in the house and leaving for the night. Read full…
  • Wonkblog: HHS is kicking immigrants off Obamacare coverage without fair warning, complaints allege

    30 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Jason Millman

    Potentially tens of thousands of people set to lose new health coverage on Tuesday didn't receive proper warning that they were at risk of becoming uninsured, new federal complaints allege. About 115,000 people are expected to lose new coverage purchased…
  • Wonkblog: We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970

    30 September 2014, 12:18 pm by: Christopher Ingraham

    The new Living Planet Index report from the World Wildlife Fund opens with a jaw-dropping statistic: we've killed roughly half of the world's non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970. The main culprits? Exploitation (i.e., overfishing and…
  • Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charges

    30 September 2014, 12:08 pm by: Marissa Payne

    Michael Phelps was arrested Monday night in Maryland for driving under the influence, WBAL-TV reports. TMZ Sports first broke the Tuesday morning. Per WBAL-TV: Police said Phelps was speeding excessively and crossing double lane lines within the Fort McHenry…
  • U.S., Afghanistan sign long-delayed security pact

    30 September 2014, 11:49 am by: Sudarsan Raghavan

    KABUL — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region. Read full article >>
  • The FCC just sacked the sports blackout rule

    30 September 2014, 11:32 am by: Brian Fung

    Federal regulators have ended a longstanding rule that prevents certain sports games from being shown on TV. In a bipartisan vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously agreed to do away with the sports blackout rule, a…
  • Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress photos: How celebs like George Clooney turn marriage into payday

    30 September 2014, 11:22 am by: Emily Yahr

    The rest of you can stick to something-borrowed-something blue for your weddings, but celebrities have a checklist of their own: Confiscate your guest’s phones so they can’t take pictures. Lure the paparazzi away with decoys. Then sell the photos to a…

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