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President Barack Obama pauses during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Washington. The signing of a security deal allowing U.S. forces to stay in Afghanistan aims to keep the country from slipping into the kind of chaos that followed the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. Critics accuse President Barack Obama of putting the political goal of ending the Iraq war ahead of efforts to sign a similar pact there.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama rode elevator with armed man: reports

- Associated Press

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.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies Sept. 30 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill about the recent White House perimeter breach in which an armed man made it inside. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Six fence-jumpers breached White House this year; 16 in past five years

- The Washington Times

Six people have jumped the fence at the White House this year alone, and 16 have jumped the fence over the past five years, Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson told Congress on Tuesday as she tried to explain how an intruder managed to cross the lawn and get into the president’s iconic residence.

Local workers look on as  a team or U.S. Navy engineers prepares the ground for  a 25-beds medical facility they are building next to the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. Six months into the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak, and the first to happen in an unprepared West Africa, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is desperately needed is huge. Even as countries try to marshal more resources to close the gap, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Ebola mission not worthy of troops’ sacrifices

The world’s supply of experimental Ebola drug runs dry just as U.S. troops are deployed to West Africa by a commander-in-chief who has never appeared to have much use for the military as an actual military force. He has deployed them there to fight, in all seriousness, the Ebola virus.

National Commander of the American Legion Michael Helm at their national headquarters, Washington, D.C., Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

‘Substantial’ VA staff will face discipline

- The Washington Times

A “substantial” number of VA employees will face punishment for the veterans treatment scandal, the new national commander of the American Legion predicted Tuesday, indicating that the slow pace of discipline has more to do with the hoops the department must jump through than it does a lack of willingness to fire people.

President Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, D.C., to discuss bilateral trade relations and the possibility of reviving nuclear energy talks, however, India's liability laws may scuttle such plans. Mr. Modi maintained he is open to changing those laws. (Associated Press)

Nuclear liability laws strain U.S.-India energy policy

- The Washington Times

President Obama and his Indian counterpart pledged Tuesday to cooperate on nuclear energy, but specialists say Indian liability laws have made progress virtually impossible and have rendered moot a landmark 2008 agreement between the two countries.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Journalists jump at the novelty of a Secret Service probe

- The Washington Times

Bored with the midterm horse races, the press frolicked through a real novelty: raking a clandestine group over the coals. Their inspiration was the bipartisan investigation of a White House security breach conducted by nine Democrats and eight Republicans, all members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and all with much on their minds.

The nearly four-year investigation by the State Department's Office of Inspector General found that in one case, DynCorp paid more than $17,000 for "facilitation" services to subcontractor Speed-Flo Filters for visas for 15 people. Typically, the visas would cost about $3,000 in total, records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show (State Department images via Associated Press)

Pakistani officials bribed by agents of military contractors: IG

- The Washington Times

State Department investigators uncovered evidence that agents working for one of the largest U.S. military contractors paid tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to Pakistani officials to obtain visas and weapons licenses, but records show the government closed the case without punishing DynCorp.

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FILE -- In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Richard Martinez, right, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez was killed in a shooting spree in Isle Vista last May, hugs State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, as Bob Weiss, whose daughter Veronika, whose daughter was also killed in the same shooting spree, hugs, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, after the bill they carried, that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat was approved by the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. Gov Jerry Brown signed the measure, AB1014, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, that will allow law enforcement and immediate family members to seek are restraining order removing fire arms for 21 days. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

California gun restraining order may deter suicide

- Associated Press

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him.

Ore. rally in support of immigrant draws hundreds

Associated Press

An interfaith service in support of an immigrant activist who has taken refuge at an Oregon church to avoid deportation drew hundreds of people to Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.

Group hails anniversary of Md. gun control law

Associated Press

Two groups favoring restrictions on firearms are celebrating the first anniversary of Maryland's implementation of one of the nation's strictest gun-control laws.

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. A grand jury says Yee took bribes in exchange for votes in favor of several legislative bills, including one on medical marijuana. Despite a series of political scandals that marred the state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

California governor vetoes ethics bills

- Associated Press

Despite a series of political scandals that marred the California state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending.

Fugitive Afghan officers fear death at home

Associated Press

The three Afghanistan National Army officers who disappeared during a training exercise on Cape Cod before being caught trying to cross into Canada in Niagara Falls, New York, fear they will be killed if sent home.

Portland seeks state reimbursement for aid

Associated Press

Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

Democrat Mary Tinkler, who is opposing suspended South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell in November, discusses ethics reform with reporters in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Harrell, a Republican, faces nine misdemeanor charges that he misused his office for person gain and lied to law enforcement about campaign expenses. Tinker is calling for term limits for state lawmakers and wants ethics complaints investigated by an outside panel, not legislative ethics committees. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Harrell opponent calls for reform, term limits

- Associated Press

Suspended State House Speaker Bobby Harrell's Democratic opponent called Tuesday for term limits for state lawmakers and changes in the way legislative ethics complaints are investigated.

Former NBA player George seeks new fraud trial

- Associated Press

A former NBA player convicted of wire fraud in an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction thrown out and claiming prosecutorial misconduct, among other allegations.