Study found White House’s fence vulnerability

Security is heightened at the White House after a recent breach.

A mock attack in the 1990s showed that six to eight attackers climbing over at the same time could overwhelm the Secret Service. The risk remains despite the creation of specially trained units.

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California’s King fire continues to rage. Here’s how it looks from above.

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    White House fence largely unaltered for the past 50 years

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    Fans and survivors find common ground on an NFL weekend

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    Philosophical approaches to drone regulation

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    Scott Brown makes Islamic State the issue in New Hampshire

    The terrorist group as campaign issue.

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    Stephen Colbert wishes climate change were more like ironic facial hair

    Both the Daily Show and Colbert tackle the issue.

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    The unlucky nominees the Senate left behind include wannabe ambassadors and judges

    Scores of nominees were left on the Senate floor last week when the lawmakers left town. Some may never be confirmed.

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    What an algorithm can do for fantasy football

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    ID theft cost the IRS $5 billion last year. Here’s what Congress can do about it.

    ID theft cost the IRS $5 billion last year. Here’s what Congress can do about it.

    The Government Accountability Office issued recommendations this week for how Congress and the IRS can address the problem.

    Power outage closes D.C.’s Eastern Senior High School

    A D.C. public schools alert said the outage will close the Capitol Hill school Tuesday.

    Why the GOP loves to eat its own -- and Democrats don’t

    Why the GOP loves to eat its own -- and Democrats don’t

    Republicans are very unhappy with their party’s performance on key issues.

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    Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?

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    Tom Cotton’s invented history

    Rep. Tom Cotton (R) says Obama hijacked the Farm Bill to add in food stamps. But the practice is decades old.

    U.S. attacks Islamic State targets in Syria

    U.S. attacks Islamic State targets in Syria

    The U.S. military expanded its war against the militant group by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria.

    Ebola cases could eclipse 20,000 by November

    In absence of drastic measures, infections could go from “hundreds to thousands per week,” report finds.

    Obama taking case for strikes against Islamic State to U.N.

    Obama taking case for strikes against Islamic State to U.N.

    He has vowed that the U.S. will not act alone, but has struggled to win commitments from global allies.

    Russian support for destroying Islamic State stops at Syria

    Russian support for destroying Islamic State stops at Syria

    Russia says U.S. plan to destroy the Islamic State has no legitimacy without Syrian cooperation.

    Wells Fargo Advisors admits to control problems

    Wells Fargo Advisors admits to control problems

    The SEC fined the firm’s investment arm for failing to maintain adequate controls to prevent insider trading.

    New Liberian plan would move sick out of their homes

    New Liberian plan would move sick out of their homes

    WHO-backed plan for Ebola is seen as intermediate step between treatment centers and home care.

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    Fine Print: The significance of Obama’s words

    Fine Print: The significance of Obama’s words

    In the fight against the Islamic State, slogans are not as key as strategy.

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    In the Loop: Intruders and other scary stories

    In the Loop: Intruders and other scary stories

    That White House security breach was bad, all right. But it’s not the worst of its kind we know of.

    Party with Leo DiCaprio or diplomats? Clinton event outshines U.N. meeting.

    Party with Leo DiCaprio or diplomats? Clinton event outshines U.N. meeting.

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    Historic U.S.-Iran call inspired hope but little progress

    Historic U.S.-Iran call inspired hope but little progress

    A year after their leaders spoke by phone, the nations are still distrustful of each other on key issues.

    Meet the winners of the federal Oscars

    Meet the winners of the federal Oscars

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    Md. school shares thrill with teacher who won $1 million

    Math teacher Sarah Manchester returned to Montgomery school after $1 million win on Wheel of Fortune.

    More Salvadorans making leap from employee to boss

    More Salvadorans making leap from employee to boss

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    Prince George’s schools CFO, wife resign after fraud charge

    Prince George’s schools CFO, wife resign after fraud charge

    State said Colby and Keisha White committed insurance fraud with claims for a lost wedding ring.

    Virginia drops JPMorgan from mortgage fraud lawsuit

    Virginia drops JPMorgan from mortgage fraud lawsuit

    Virginia is suing country’s largest banks for misleading a state retirement fund.

    Treasury officials unveil new rules to tackle inversions

    Treasury officials unveil new rules to tackle inversions

    Regulations aimed at discouraging corporations from moving their headquarters abroad to avoid taxes.

    “Islam is not even a religion; it is a social, political system that uses a deity to advance its agenda of global conquest”

    Because of course real religions have never tried been social and political systems that have tried to advance an agenda of global conquest.

    ‘Wanted’ poster issued for man seen with missing student

    ‘Wanted’ poster issued for man seen with missing student

    Jesse Matthew Jr. — who was seen with Hannah Graham — is sought on two counts of reckless driving.

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    Is that ‘cool’ tattoo safe?

    Studies looking for links to cancer from inks have failed to find evidence, but long-term questions remain.

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    Octopus envy: Camouflage tricks from under the sea

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    Tourism to Switzerland now includes assisted suicide

    Tourism to Switzerland now includes assisted suicide

    More and more people with a nonfatal disease are making the trip to end their lives.

    Finessing a power-sharing agreement in Afghanistan

    Finessing a power-sharing agreement in Afghanistan

    Personal diplomacy and U.S. arm-twisting secured a breakthrough.

    Texas court rules anti-’creepshot’ law is unconstitutional

    The case involved a man accused of taking underwater pictures of children at a San Antonio water park.

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    8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

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    Enterovirus spreading across the U.S.

    Enterovirus spreading across the U.S.

    The respiratory illness has sent scores of children to emergency rooms with deadly symptoms.

    Southern states are now the U.S. epicenter of HIV/AIDS

    Southern states are now the U.S. epicenter of HIV/AIDS

    The infection rate among African American and Latina women in the South rivals sub-Saharan Africa.