WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising the "great job" the Secret Service does offering protection. The comment was his first since Friday's breach of the White House by a former soldier who scaled the security fence and made it inside the front door before being detained. Officials say he was carrying a knife. Federal authorities say investigators found 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the suspect's car.
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey may have traded prisoners of the Islamic State it held captive in exchange for 49 Turkish hostages held by the extremist group. Speaking in New York, Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) said "such things may be possible." Erdogan noted that Israel released 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli hostage. The Turkish hostages had been held more than three months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has promised frustrated Hispanic leaders that President Barack Obama remains "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms. Biden and his wife, Jill, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month reception today in Washington. Biden said the president is "going to do an awful lot.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The fate of the tough new voter ID law in Texas is now in the hands of a federal judge in Corpus Christi. In closing arguments today, attorneys defending the law urged the judge to follow other courts by upholding the photo identification requirements. But the Justice Department argued that black and Hispanic residents would be adversely impacted.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — SpaceX has broken ground on a commercial rocket launch site on the southernmost tip of Texas. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk says the spaceport, near Brownsville, could begin operating as early as 2016. SpaceX already provides resupply missions for the International Space Station with its unmanned Dragon capsule.
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