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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service faces a very public critique of security breaches at the White House. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fihtz) says whistleblowers have told his committee that the intruder who scaled the White House fence earlier this month made his way well into the mansion. The Secret Service said at the time that Omar Gonzalez was detained just inside the North Portico doors. The president and his family had left earlier.

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters demanding democratic reforms in Hong Kong have spent a peaceful night singing as they blocked streets. It's an unprecedented show of civil disobedience. Officials announced that schools in some districts of Hong Kong would remain closed Tuesday because of safety concerns. Students and activists have been camped out since late Friday, demanding that Beijing grant democratic reforms to the former British colony.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's coast guard says a cruise ship has run aground off the southwestern coast. Officials say all of the 109 people aboard the vessel have been rescued. South Korea is still struggling to deal with the aftermath of April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. The coast guard says the cause of the incident wasn't immediately known.

DETROIT (AP) — A judge in Detroit has turned down a request to stop the trial of a police officer who killed a girl during a raid in 2010. The defense argued that the victim's grandmother spoiled the chance for a fair trial when she lashed out at the officer last week while testifying. The grandmother shouted "You killed my grandbaby." Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nation's largest tobacco companies don't want to go along with a court order that requires them to run advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking. A judge ruled several years ago that the companies concealed the dangers of smoking for decades -- and the judge has since ordered them to pay for those statements in various ads. They filed a court brief today arguing that the corrective statements would require them to "shame and humiliate themselves" and label themselves as liars.

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