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Obama: Change was needed at Secret Service...Man with Ebola was sent home...Stocks fall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — There could be additional changes at the Secret Service, where director Julia Pierson has resigned. The move came a day after Pierson faced heated questioning from lawmakers concerned about a security breach last month in which a man jumped a fence, raced across the lawn and got well inside the White House before he was stopped. A spokesman says President Barack Obama concluded that new leadership was needed at the agency. The spokesman says more people may be leaving after a review of what happened.

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas hospital is acknowledging that it sent a man home last week after he'd come in to the emergency room -- even though he told a nurse he had been in West Africa, parts of which is ravaged with the Ebola virus. Thomas Duncan went back to the hospital two days later, and he's now the first person diagnosed in the United States with Ebola. The decision to release him could have put others at risk of exposure to the disease. Health officials are tracking those who have been in close contact with him.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant has been ordered held without bond. And he says he wants a Muslim to be named as his court-appointed lawyer. Alton Nolen is charged with first-degree murder, and also with assault for allegedly attacking another employee before being shot by a plant manager. The FBI is investigating because of the nature of the alleged attack, which followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings by Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A jury has found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager after an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store. The jury reached its verdict after more than five hours of deliberations. Michael Dunn testified that he had thought his life was in danger when he opened fire. He was convicted of attempted murder at an earlier trial, but that jury deadlocked on the murder count.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slumping to a third straight loss as investors fret over poor economic news. Airline stocks sank over worries that the first diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S. would cause people to curtail their travel plans. American Airlines and Delta each fell 3 percent. The Dow lost 238 points. The S&P lost 26, and the Nasdaq fell 71 points.

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