U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Capitol Hill in Washington September 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Secret Service director resigns over breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire after a series of security lapses that showed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.  Full Article 

Wall Street tumbles on Ebola fears; small caps drop 4:53pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks dropped more than 1 percent on Wednesday as the first diagnosis of Ebola in a patient in the United States spooked investors, economic data pointed to uneven growth, and the Russell 2000 index entered correction territory. | Video

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 


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 

Defendant Michael Dunn reacts on the stand during testimony in his own defense during his murder trial in Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida in this photo taken February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Bob Mack/Pool

Man convicted for teen killed over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida jury found Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in an argument over loud rap music.  Full Article 

Children had contact with U.S. Ebola patient -Texas governor

Texas Governor Rick Perry says some school-age children have had contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.. Vanessa Johnston reports.