Secret Service Director Resigns
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it. The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a congressional hearing focused on recent security lapses at the White House. Pierson had worked at the Secret Service for 30 years.
U.S. Ebola Patient Had Contact With Children
DALLAS DALLAS (AP) - Five schoolchildren are among as many as 18 people who are being monitored by health officials in Texas, after they may have been exposed to a man who's become the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States. Thomas Duncan has been kept in isolation at a Dallas hospital since Sunday. His sister says he had told health care workers two days earlier that he was visiting the U.S. from Liberia, but that they sent him home with antibiotics.
Three People With Respiratory Virus Have Died
NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say three people died who were infected with a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. But what role the virus played in the deaths is unclear. A Rhode island child died last week after suffering both a bacterial infection and infection from enterovirus 68. The virus is behind a spike in harsh respiratory illnesses in children since early August. Rhode Island officials said it's unclear what role the virus played in the child's death. Federal officials have detected the virus in two other patients who died, but again say the virus's role was unclear. The government released no other details about them. The government says enterovirus 68 sickened at least 472 people in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Almost all have been children.
President Meets With Israeli Leader
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and Israel's prime minister have been pressing each other today to address issues that are causing tensions between their two countries. Meeting at the White House, Obama called for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths. Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, warned of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities. As the meeting began, Israeli officials announced plans to move ahead with a controversial new housing development in east Jerusalem. (Photo: NBC News)
County Well-Equipped For Major Disasters
Police, fire and other first-responders in Washington County attended a seminar Tuesday at the South Strabane township fire hall on how to prepare for a mass disaster. Jeff Yates, Public Safety Director for Washington County, says our county is actually well-equipped to handle major problems like bus crashes or other large-scale accidents, "thanks to Homeland Security funding and support from the Washington County Commissioners." Arbie Goings of Homeland Security was the main speaker at yesterday's seminar and said mass disasters can be "overwhelming" for small, rural areas. He stressed how first-responders must be prepared for the worst. The seminar was sponsored by the Emergency Management Agency and Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.