By Nomaan Merchant Associated Press DALLAS – The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman. Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, […]

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. Rejecting appeals from five states seeking to preserve their […]

By Eileen Sullivan and Alicia A. Caldwell Associated Press WASHINGTON – Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama “concluded new leadership of that agency was required,” said […]

DALLAS (AP) – A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following […]

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, left, is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday prior to testifying before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued..  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Alicia A. Caldwell and Josh Lederman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being […]

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, left, and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson gather Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Authorities say a police officer was shot in Ferguson on Saturday. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach)

By Jim Salter Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. – Authorities searched Sunday for two men suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month. Although there were two separate protests about […]

By Tim Talley Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY – A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says police are waiting until the 30-year-old man is […]

By Nedra Pickler and Jim Kuhnhenn Associated Press WASHINGTON – Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general. The White House said that […]

By Lauren Raab Los Angeles Times (MCT) A gunman in a UPS uniform opened fire at a UPS facility in Alabama on Tuesday morning, killing two people and himself, Birmingham police said. Police Lt. Sean Edwards told reporters the gunman was wearing a UPS uniform and was believed to be an employee of the company. […]