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WASHINGTON (AP) — The breach at the White House on Sept. 19th was far more serious than first disclosed by the Secret Service. The Washington Post and New York Times are reporting that the intruder who scaled the fence ran past the guard at the front door and into the East Room, which is about halfway across the first floor of the building. He was eventually "tackled" by a counter-assault agent, according to the Post, which was first to report the news. A congressional panel will hold a hearing on White House security on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' hourly pay before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In one case, the city charged the AP $135 an hour to merely retrieve a handful of emails. The high fees discourage journalists and civil rights groups from investigating the shooting and its aftermath.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for Wal-Mart say actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by one of the retail giant's trucks weren't wearing seatbelts. The New Jersey crash killed a friend of Morgan and left him severely injured. Wal-Mart's lawyers say failure to wear seat belts constitutes unreasonable conduct. Authorities say the firm's trucker hadn't slept in 24 hours.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, says he can't offer massive tax breaks that the owner of the Trump Taj Mahal and prospective owner Carl Icahn are demanding to keep the casino open. The mayor says the city's finances are too stressed. Billionaire Icahn is considering spending $100 million to save the Taj Mahal casino from closing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A developer proposing to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles is asking the mayor and other city officials for more time to lure a football team. Anschutz Entertainment Group asked city officials Monday for a six-month extension to land an NFL franchise. AEG has proposed replacing the city's convention center with a 76,000-seat stadium and building a new $287 million convention center wing.
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