Puppet beware? Armed contractor with violent criminal record ...

Published reports have revealed that US President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols.

The Washington Examiner and the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the latest incident took place in an elevator during Obama's September 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, which protects the president, comes after agency Director Julia Pierson took full responsibility for a September 19 breach of the White House.

The Post said agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera.

Agents did not know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot, and the man turned over his gun.

Russia reports first cases of deadly bird flu in two years :: ...

Domestic chickens, geese and ducks were found infected with the H5N1 serotype of the disease on Sept. 1 in two villages in the Altai Krai region near the border with Kazakhstan, the OIE reported on its website, citing data submitted by the Russian ministry of agriculture.

CDC Ebola response team heading to Dallas for patient who may ...

Dallas County health officials on Tuesday told county commissioners that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dispatching a team to Dallas in case a patient at a local hospital tests positive for Ebola.

The report was delivered after Health and Human Services officials cut short a presentation on the threat of an Ebola outbreak for a conference call with the CDC. Officials said the CDC team would lead the response if test results, expected today, come back positive for the patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

During a media briefing outside the commissioners meeting, Dr. Christopher Perkins, the health department's medical director, said it was after arriving home from West Africa that the patient started showing symptoms, the point at which Ebola becomes contagious.

"We know at this time this person was not symptomatic during travel but became symptomatic once arriving here and being home for several days," Perkins said. "So that decreases the threat that might be to the general population."

News: Obama: We can't stabilize Syria under Assad - Wake Up From ...

As a US-led coalition continues to strike ISIL strongholds inside Syria, President Barack Obama says "we are not going to stabilize" the country under President Bashar al-Assad.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" program, Obama acknowledged the contradictory nature of his Syria strategy."I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance."

The US president explained that the military campaign against the ISIL terror network and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups was also helping the Syrian government.

Many militants who were initially trained and armed by the US and some of its Arab allies to fight the government of President Assad later joined the ISIL terrorist organization.

Obama has authorized airstrikes against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, but has repeatedly ruled out American boots on the ground in a combat role, a promise many experts say might soon be broken.

Almost 10,000 U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan after this ...

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Almost 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after this year as part of a long-delayed security agreement with the country.more:

Wildlife population falls by half in 40 years - Europe - Al ...

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the biggest environmental groups.

In a study released on Tuesday, the Swiss-based World Wildlife Fund blamed human threats to nature for the decline particularly in tropical regions like Latin America.

Mystery Over 'Weird' Plane Trail Photograph

The shape of the trail - which turns one way, then quickly back again - suggests the plane it came from made a sudden detour as it flew over Hampshire.

Teacher Florence Lehmann spotted it as she left her home in Southsea at about 7.20am.

Miss Lehmann said: "It's really weird. It looks like the pilot sneezed or fell asleep. Somebody said a UFO had been spotted recently in the area and the pilot had tried to avoid it, which I quite like the sound of.

"There was no wind this morning and the plane actually moved trajectory."

A spokeswoman for Nats, the air traffic control company, said she could not explain why the plane changed direction.



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