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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach. Pierson told a House panel that the switch to automatic locks at the White House's north door was made after an Army veteran jumped the fence on Sept. 19 and made his way into the interior of the building through two unlocked doors.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have charged an Oklahoma man with first-degree murder in the beheading of a food plant worker. Alton Nolen had been fired from the company just before he walked into the plant's administrative office in suburban Oklahoma City on Thursday and attacked two women. Police say the company's chief operating officer, who is also a reserve sheriff's deputy, shot Nolen, stopping the attack.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — About 10,000 U.S. troops will be able to stay in Afghanistan after the international combat mission ends at the end of the year. U.S. and Afghan officials today signed a security pact, a day after the new Afghan president was sworn in. President Barack Obama calls it a "historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership."

KISO, Japan (AP) — There are concerns about another eruption at a volcano in Japan where 36 people were killed. Increased seismic activity today has forced rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies that are still near the summit.

NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is splitting off its fastest-growing segment, the payment service PayPal. And investors are welcoming that news, sending shares of eBay up by nearly 7 percent in morning trading. The move comes after months of pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn (EYE'-kahn), who has a 2.5 percent stake in eBay.

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