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Secret Service head takes heat for White House breach

WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday that her agency failed 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 subdued.

U.S.-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border today, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. — Under the blistering Central Valley sun, Filiberta Sanchez and her toddler granddaughter strolled down a Parkwood sidewalk lined with yellow weeds, dying grass and trees more fit for kindling than shade.

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation imposing the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients

MONROVIA, Liberia — First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.

DOE given more time to pump Hanford

RICHLAND —The state of Washington has agreed to give the Department of Energy 18 more months to start emptying radioactive waste from a Hanford double-shell tank with a leak between its shells.

Family escapes fire through window

EAST WENATCHEE — An Eastside family had to climb out a bedroom window Monday night after a car, parked near the front door, caught fire.

Still hearing mixed reports on Obamacare

Here we are, nine months into 2014 — a year I thought was going to make or break the new law now known as Obamacare — and I’m still hearing mixed reactions from friends and family.

Part of Mills Canyon closed

ENTIAT — A 6-mile stretch of Mills Canyon Road — which connects with the Entiat Valley Road three miles west of Entiat — will be closed on weekdays through Oct. 13.

City moves forward on South Wenatchee plan

WENATCHEE — The city wants to pull all the studies and professional advice and community opinions collected over the last few years into one sweeping plan for redeveloping South Wenatchee.

Carlton Complex wildlife issues to be discussed

BREWSTER — North Central Washington residents are invited to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual roundtable discussion from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Cove Recreation building, 508 W. Cliff Ave. in Brewster.
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A new sentence, but no new time, for drive-by felon

WATERVILLE — A Wenatchee man already serving 18 years for his part in a drive-by gang shooting received an additional sentence Monday for fleeing police who pursued him from the scene.

Chelan audit produces one finding

CHELAN — The city of Chelan failed to ensure that all subcontractors helping to remodel the Masonic lodge into a new public library were not suspended or disbarred, a state audit report says.