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  • Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man
    Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.

  • Colorado's pot market getting new competition
    Colorado's pot market getting new competition

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new marijuana industry is in for a brand new element Wednesday — competition.

  • Iran does not see ground offensive in Syria by U.S., allies

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official said on Tuesday he did not expect a ground offensive in Syria by a U.S.-led coalition that is mounting air strikes on Islamic State insurgents there. "There will not be an intention of a ground intervention because they failed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we oppose any foreign intervention in the region by these states," Supreme National Security Council Director Ali Shamkhani said in a news conference televised from Damascus. His remarks were rendered into Arabic by a translator. (Writing by Tom Perry/Mariam Karouny; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

  • U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach
    U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House and the Washington Post reported a separate security lapse of an armed contractor with a criminal record who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting Obama had failed on Sept. ...

  • Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East
    Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job
    Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

  • Queen's sticky problem: Palace seeks chewing gum remover
    Queen's sticky problem: Palace seeks chewing gum remover

    London (AFP) - Buckingham Palace has revealed a sticky reality -- Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a cleaner who can oversee the removal of chewing gum left by visitors to a royal residence.

  • Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route
    Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route.

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