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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democratic lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her post, after a series of embarrassing presidential security breaches. Elijah Cummings of Maryland didn't call for Pierson's firing or resignation during a hearing yesterday, but he's now told MSNBC that he doesn't "feel comfortable with her in that position." Pierson testified about a Sept. 19 White House security breach and Cummings and other lawmakers said they were unimpressed with her explanations.

DAMASCUS (AP) — Children in Syria have often been among the victims of attacks in the country's civil war -- but today, they appear to have been the target. Two car bombs went off near an elementary school in Syria, killing 22 people -- including at least 10 children. The second bomb went off as parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and Chrysler are both reporting 19 percent gains in their U.S. sales in September. GM's says its sales rose on big demand for its pickup trucks. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup rose 54 percent, while the GMC Sierra pickup was up 25 percent. Chrysler saw strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Canadian asset management company that won a bankruptcy court auction for the failed Revel casino hotel in Atlantic City plans to re-open it as a casino and hotel. Brookfield US Holdings submitted a bid of $110 million in an auction that began yesterday morning and lasted until early today. Revel closed on Sept. 2 after just over two years of operation, one of four Atlantic City casinos to go out of business this year.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion Michael Phelps is facing five traffic charges, including three involving drunken driving, after being pulled over by police in Baltimore. Police charged Phelps early yesterday with DUI, but weren't specific about the substance they said affected his driving. Now, online charging documents show that the charges include driving while impaired by alcohol. The charges also include speeding. In a statement, Phelps apologized and said he takes "full responsibility."

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