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Secret Service criticized over breach...Pa. Authorities tight lipped on shooter search

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 20, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The security breach at the White House is prompting fresh questions about the Secret Service and its ability to protect the president. A man who jumped the fence is in custody, but he made it all the way inside the White House front door. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left. Utah republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fihtz), of Utah, who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, says Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The sound of gunshots in the afternoon and authorities hunkering down for the night leave an unclear picture of exactly what may be happening in the hunt for a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police officer. Some hope authorities have the suspect cornered. He's described as a self-taught survivalist who lives with his parents.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with President Barack Obama expanding the parameters of his approach to fighting Islamic State extremists, military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed. That could include embedding troops with front-line Iraqi forces, something that treads very close to violating his pledges to keep Americans out of combat in Iraq. While Obama has broad public support for airstrikes that may not hold true for any ground mission.

CAIRO (AP) — A well-known jihadist says the Islamic State group has it wrong when it comes to threatening the life of a hostage British aid worker. Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, who was released by Jordan in June after serving a five-year sentence on terror charges, says Islam forbids harming non-Muslims who work with relief agencies and that Islamic State militants should release Alan Henning.

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after being closed for five years of renovation and expansion that have been fraught with setbacks and dismissals. But the museum's president says the only thing to see will be 37 empty rooms. She calls it a "great disappointment." Laurent Le Bon has only had the job three months after her predecessor was fired. The official opening is next month.

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