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Secret Service chief before Congress...Light to shine on drug company payments to docs...Welcoming India PM

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The security breach at the White House where a man actually got in after jumping a fence is sure to be Topic A when Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faces the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. She'll have some explaining to do, especially in light of statements by a Republican congressman that the gate jumper got much farther into the White House than originally acknowledged.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening the books of the medical profession is one of the intents of the new health care law, and the Obama administration is releasing data today on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors. Consumer groups see a built-in conflict of interest in the payments. The American Medical Association says it's concerned there's not enough context for the average person.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is welcoming India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) back to the White House today in a rare second day of attention for a visiting leader. It underscores Washington's effort to put an optimistic face on the future of sometimes strained relations between India and the United States and give a warm welcome to a man who was once barred from even entering the U.S.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is taking a big step to trash the single use plastic bag. He's indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on the bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Today is the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills.

KISO, Japan (AP) — A Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed is rumbling again, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit. Officials say volcanic tremors on Mount Ontake (ahn-TAH'-kay) have risen to a level not seen since Saturday evening, hours after the initial large eruption.

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