US News  October 24, 2014
Firestorm over White House security after new fence jump
A US Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014For once, the debate gripping Washington is not about party politics.It's about the White House fence. Is it high enough? Should it be electrified? Are tourists allowed to get too close to the building?After a series of security lapses that raised questions about the safety of the US president, do authorities need to change or reconsider the fence ...  Full Story
Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules
A newspaper vendor holds up a copy of the NY Post  in front of the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New YorkNew York and New Jersey on Friday ordered a mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of the disease in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.The new measures were ordered by state governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie the day after an American doctor tested positive for Ebola one week after returning fr...  Full Story
Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space
lan Eustace speaks during the grand opening of Google Kirkland October 28, 2009 in Kirkland, WashingtonA Google executive set a new record Friday by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere -- some 135,000 feet, or 41,000 meters high, his project website said.The record dive by 57-year-old Alan Eustace, who is a "senior vice president of knowledge" at Google, was conducted as part of the Stratospheric Explorer project to allow mann...  Full Story
Hunt for man who killed US cop, shot several others
US police launch a manhunt in northern California after a suspect shot at least three police officers and one civilian, officials sayA man shot a police officer dead and wounded three others Friday before going on the run in California, US officials said, launching a massive hunt for the suspect.The violence began around 10:30 am when a police deputy went to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked at a hotel in Sacramento.As he approached, the driver opened fire and struck the d...  Full Story
US school shooter's ominous social media posts
This video grab courtesy of CNN and affiliate KIRO TV News, shows police at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on October 24, 2014The final social media postings of the teenage gunman in Friday's US school shooting had offered a chilling forewarning of the carnage he was preparing to unleash on his classmates.The gunman, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, left a series of tortured posts on Twitter in the months leading up to his attack in Washington state, hinting that a failed ro...  Full Story
US stocks surge as investors buy the dip
A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on October 16, 2014US equities enjoyed their best week in months as buying fever returned to the market following a month-long swoon on solid earnings and easing anxiety about the Ebola virus outbreak.The S&P 500 jumped 77.82 points (4.12 percent) to 1,964.58 Friday, the biggest weekly increase in percentage terms since late 2012.The Dow Jones Industrial Average ...  Full Story
US school shooting leaves gunman, student dead
A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.The gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington, as terrifie...  Full Story
New York police brand hatchet attack 'terrorist' act
US media have identified the assailant as Zale Thompson A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday."This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" d...  Full Story