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Secret Service leader resigns...Tracking possible Ebola exposures...Supporting Hong Kong protests

By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired head of the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division has come out of retirement to lead the Secret Service temporarily. A day after she was raked over the coals by lawmakers, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned. The agency has suffered several high-profile slip-ups, including a White House intrusion and allowing the president to be near an armed guard who had a criminal record.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas public school system says five students who had contact with a man diagnosed with Ebola are being monitored but are showing no symptoms of the disease. Health experts say that means they don't pose a risk to anyone. The patient, from Liberia, is being treated in isolation in Dallas. Federal health workers are tracing all close contacts the man may have had.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. students have been expressing solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Protesters carrying umbrellas have gathered in New York's Times Square. An organizer says there will be similar demonstrations in 40 U.S. cities. Protesters in Hong Kong have been using umbrellas for protection against pepper spray used by police.

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after skipping out on a military training exercise in Massachusetts say they were fleeing Taliban violence. But they say they now face the wrath of their own government as well. In interviews today inside the federal detention center outside Buffalo, New York, where they are being held, the three said they fear they will be killed or imprisoned and tortured if they are returned to Afghanistan.

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the Pennsylvania state trooper killed during a firearms training exercise in suburban Philadelphia was fatally wounded when another trooper's gun accidentally discharged. But state police won't disclose further information. The 26-year-old trooper was shot in the chest.

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