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Fallout at Secret Service...US warns Israel about project...Parents' Ebola concerns

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A shake-up is underway at the Secret Service. Director Julia Pierson is out a day after her poorly received testimony to Congress about recent presidential security failures by the agency including a White House breach. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson has chosen a retired head of the of the agency's Presidential Protective Division to serve as interim director. Johnson also says there will be an independent review.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has warned Israel that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies." The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. Spokesman Josh Earnest says the project "would call into question Israel's ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians."

DALLAS (AP) — There's fear about Ebola among some parents in Dallas. That's because five schoolchildren were possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. The head of Dallas school says the students were in class after being in contact with the man over the weekend. He says none are showing symptoms and are being monitored at home. The patient is being treated in isolation.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — According to a federal report, an El Paso hospital worker who exposed more than 850 infants to tuberculosis was allowed to return to work despite showing symptoms of the disease. The report, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says the worker was coughing up blood at a hospital health screening. The worker was a nurse assistant at Providence Memorial Hospital.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has suspended parts of North Carolina's new voting law because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters in next month's election. The law, pushed through by state Republicans, is considered the toughest in the nation. It was challenged by the Justice Department and a coalition of civil rights groups. North Carolina is a key battleground for control of the U.S. Senate.

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