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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The Eldorado National Forest is burning. What does that mean for the family of a hiker who went missing there?

Vernon “Cody” Matthews disappeared in June, from his family’s vacation cabin in the Northern California woods.

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    Cumberland’s Jewish community determined to hang on

    Cumberland’s Jewish community determined to hang on

    A traditional Rosh Hashanah is one way a small Jewish community guards its heritage.

    Pepco shareholders approve acquisition by Exelon

    Company shareholders’ approval marks another step toward link-up; federal, state regulators still to go

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

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

    The United Nations, the Onion and outside groups

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    Meet the guys who might run against Hillary Clinton

    Meet the guys who might run against Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton might not be the only candidate on the left who launches a presidential campaign. Meet the guys who may try to take her on: former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

    Really? Jim Webb for president!?

    Really? Jim Webb for president!?

    Four reasons it makes no sense.

    What it’s like running for office when the last two guys with the job are facing 30 years in prison

    What it’s like running for office when the last two guys with the job are facing 30 years in prison

    Utah’s attorney general campaign follows one of the biggest scandals in the state’s political history.

    Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million
    by end of January, CDC reports

    Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million <br> by end of January, CDC reports

    Data suggest the total number of cases is hugely underreported and new cases double every 20 days.

    Va. legislators consider rules for unlicensed day cares

    The plans follow a recent Washington Post series on in-home providers, which aren’t regulated by the state.

    Looking for movie examples to illustrate a self-defense post

    Looking for two separate (non-law-enforcement) examples: (1) Coming armed to confront someone about his misdeeds, prepared to defend yourself if necessary. (2) Deliberately provoking someone to attack you, so you can kill the person in self-defense.

    VA honorees bring relief to battered agency

    VA honorees bring relief to battered agency

    Department of Veterans Affairs scientists were among the winners of prestigious “Sammies” awards for federal workers on Monday.

    Hispanic Democrats are really down on their party’s immigration efforts

    Hispanic Democrats are really down on their party’s immigration efforts

    52 percent of Democratic-leaning Hispanics say their party isn’t doing a good job on the issue.

    Obama presses world leaders on climate pact

    Obama presses world leaders on climate pact

    President, speaking at UN climate summit, reiterates pledge to seek global pact cutting carbon pollution.

    A life-saving idea = $500,000 from the FDA

    A life-saving idea = $500,000 from the FDA

    Agency is offering $500,000 to the best breakthrough idea it receives for detecting salmonella on fresh produce.

    The federal prison population dropped for the first time in 30 years. It may have been inevitable.

    The federal prison population dropped for the first time in 30 years. It may have been inevitable.

    Obama administration policies, though, likely helped with acceleration.

    MIT study finds learning gains from free online course

    Research offers evidence of effective teaching through a “massive open online course,” or MOOC.

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    Explaining the airstrikes in Syria: Desk to Desk

    Explaining the airstrikes in Syria: Desk to Desk

    As the war against the Islamic State expands with airstrikes in Syria, here's what senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, national security reporter Greg Miller, White House correspondent Katie Zezima and foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor have to say about what it all means.

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    Meet the Belgian Malinois, the highly trained military dogs guarding the White House

    Meet the Belgian Malinois, the highly trained military dogs guarding the White House

    The Secret Service began using dogs, including the Belgian Malinois, to patrol the White House gates last June — the first time canine agents were deployed among the general public. Belgian Malinois are often used in military operations by U.S. navy SEALS.

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    Could NFL scandals threaten tax-exempt status?

    Could NFL scandals threaten tax-exempt status?

    The NFL’s handling of allegations of domestic violence and child abuse cases, as well as the Redskins team name controversy, has members of Congress looking to eliminate its longtime tax exemption.

    What Rousseau can tell us about the challenges facing Climate March

    What Rousseau can tell us about the challenges facing Climate March

    Why the march likely won’t succeed without transforming democracy itself.

    Today is National Voter Registration Day. Democrats want to make sure you know that.

    Celebrities are all about signing people up to vote.

    Scott Brown posed nude for Cosmo, but doesn’t get magazine’s vote

    Scott Brown posed nude for Cosmo, but doesn’t get magazine’s vote

    Cosmopolitan was impressed with Scott Brown’s abs 30 years ago, but not very impressed with his politics now.

    The biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

    The biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

    The battle could become one of the most costly ballot fights in state history.

    Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

    Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

    Educator Peggy Robertson, a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing, refuses to give her students the PARCC test, and explains why.

    Did you know it’s ‘federal nurse week’?

    Did you know it’s ‘federal nurse week’?

    Federal Nurses Week honors more than 100,000 civil servants who work in hundreds of VA clinics, in the military and at other government agencies.

    U.S. keeps mines in ‘unique’ showdown with North Korea

    But the United States pledged to destroy stockpiles not needed to help defend ally South Korea.

    Postal union wins arbitration, forces USPS to make 9,000 jobs labor positions.

    Postal union wins arbitration, forces USPS to make 9,000 jobs labor positions.

    An arbitration ruling this month said post offices must use bargaining-unit employees at sites that cut back to four or six hours per day.

    Philosophical approaches to drone regulation

    Philosophical approaches to drone regulation

    Government regulation of domestic drone use is likely to fall within five broad categories.

    Federal prison population drops for first time in 3 decades

    The number of inmates has declined by nearly 5,000 this year, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

    Why the U.N. climate summit could be big for Obama’s legacy

    Why the U.N. climate summit could be big for Obama’s legacy

    And why it probably won’t help him.

    Understanding conservative America -- in one Venn diagram

    Understanding conservative America -- in one Venn diagram

    The Republican Party isn’t the tea party; the tea party is the Republican Party.

    America’s iconic beer brands are being bought by foreign investors. So what?

    America’s iconic beer brands are being bought by foreign investors. So what?

    Pabst Brewing’s purchase by an overseas beverage giant has extended the global identity crisis for formerly all-American beers.

    This is the most important election in Kansas in 40 years

    This is the most important election in Kansas in 40 years

    A conversation with Kansas political guru Bird Loomis.

    California drought sparking record fires

    California drought sparking record fires

    The chief of California’s fire fighting unit says the state has been in fire season continuously for 18 months.

    Ferrari issues recall of some vehicles -- individuals could get trapped in trunks

    Ferrari North America is recalling more than 3,000 F458 Italia and F458 Spider vehicles manufactured March 5, 2010, to May 20, 2013.

    Michelle Obama is the Democratic base whisperer

    Michelle Obama is the Democratic base whisperer

    The First Lady is the popular Obama.

    The political fundraising never stops. Ever.

    The political fundraising never stops. Ever.

    Join Mickey, Donald and David (Vitter) in Orlando for a family fundraiser only three days after the elections.

    Meet the woman hired to restore the NFL’s image

    Meet the woman hired to restore the NFL’s image

    Former PepsiCo veteran Dawn Hudson is the league’s new chief marketing officer.

    New Jersey bill would fine advertisers for sending text message ads you never asked for

    New Jersey bill would fine advertisers for sending text message ads you never asked for

    “Unwanted text messages not only tax consumers’ patience, but they are a drain on cell minutes and bank accounts,” one lawmaker said.