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WASHINGTON (AP) — The performance of the federal agency charged with protecting the president will come under heavy scrutiny at a congressional hearing tomorrow. Some in Congress already had been raising questions about the competence of the Secret Service. And that was before a series of news reports today indicating that an intruder who breached White House security earlier this month made it even farther into the executive mansion than the Secret Service has acknowledged.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Hazardous material and fire crews are at the Ronald Reagan Library in California after a worker opened an envelope containing a white powder. But a spokeswoman says there is no threat to the public. Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller says authorities checked the worker who opened the envelope and she is fine. Two others who reacted to the discovery of the white powder also were cleared.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin tomorrow. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote granted a request from state officials who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening hours. The moves prompted a lawsuit from black churches and civil rights groups that the new rules would make it difficult for residents to vote and would disproportionately affect low-income and black voters.

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention was the cause of a highway collision that killed 4 members of a Texas college softball team. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol declined to say today what distracted the driver of the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash Friday night.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed a court challenge to New Jersey's latest attempt to offer legal sports gambling, calling the effort "astounding," ''specious" and a "blatant violation" of an earlier court order. The filing came three weeks after Republican Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive that would allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports wagering as long as it wasn't state-regulated, an attempt to avoid conflicting with a 1992 federal law.

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