A man holds a microphone as protesters turn on their mobile phone flashlights outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

'Umbrella Revolution' forces China to confront limits

HONG KONG - Leaders in Hong Kong need to contain the campaign for democracy without the tools employed on the mainland to suppress dissent, including sweeping powers of arrest, indefinite detention, compliant courts and a controlled media.  Full Article 

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire 3:41pm EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light involving the protection for President Barack Obama.

Hong Kong protests spread on National Day

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a media conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity.  Full Article 

Displaced people from the Syrian border town of Kobani wait to receive humanitarian aid in the Sheikh Maksoud area of Aleppo October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Turkey vows to fight Islamic State

MURSITPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT - Turkey signaled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State.  Full Article 

A view of a classroom of school No.57 damaged by recent shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Shelling kills 10 in Ukraine, ceasefire in doubt

DONETSK Ukraine - At least 10 people were killed when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.  Video | Full Article 

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Not by the hair on their chinny chin chins?

A Virginia couple is pleading with county officials to let them keep their 150-pound pet pig named Tucker, saying he's part of their family, in a fight that raises questions about the boundaries of local government.  Video