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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)

Secret Service woes grow as director resigns

By Stephen Dinan and Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday amid intense pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who feared the president and his family were being endangered by security lapses — highlighted by an intruder forcing his way into the White House last month. Published October 1, 2014

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

- Associated Press

An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.

In this Sept. 8, 2014 photo, Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, discusses his lawsuit against the U.S. government in his Plantation, Fla. office. Khan worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in the U.S. in 1994. He drove a taxi and operated a limousine company before landing a computer-related job in 2011 that promised a good living. Then Khan was accused of conspiring to send money to the Taliban. He spent 319 days in solitary confinement before federal prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges in June 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Man cleared in Taliban terror case suing US

- Associated Press

Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver, service technician and operated a limousine company. He was an avid cricket player. Then he stepped up to a California computer industry job in 2011 that promised a good living.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (left), Maryland Democrat, and Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, talk Sept. 30 before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, former Secret Service Director W. Ralph Basham and former Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Todd Keil testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill about a recent White House perimeter breach. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Two senior lawmakers want Secret Service chief out

- Associated Press

Two senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday urged Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job, saying they had lost confidence and trust in her ability to protect President Barack Obama. It came one day after Pierson spent hours during a congressional hearing trying to explain an embarrassing White House security breach.

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.

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Illustration on TSA abuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A cure for the common queue at the airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets.