The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:53:28 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-names-cupich-as-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbae2380fa5974d398b949c0c6943b5ab http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-names-cupich-as-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestbae2380fa5974d398b949c0c6943b5ab#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:00:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209993 Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most important posts in the U.S. church.

Cupich, of Spokane, Washington, will be installed in the Archdiocese of Chicago in November, succeeding Cardinal Francis George, according to an announcement by the papal ambassador to the U.S. The archdiocese has scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning which Cupich is expected to attend. George, 77, has been battling cancer and has said he believes the disease will end his life.

George is especially admired in the church's conservative wing as an intellectual who took an aggressive stand against abortion and gay marriage. Cupich has not been among the harder-line bishops and instead has called for a "return to civility" in conversations on divisive social policies. Francis has said he wants church leaders to focus more on mercy and compassion and less on hot-button issues.

Cupich is Francis' first major appointment in the U.S. and the clearest indication yet of the direction he wants to steer American church leaders. The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third-largest, and one of the most important, dioceses in the country, serving 2.2 million parishioners. Chicago archbishops are usually elevated to cardinal and are therefore eligible to vote for the next pope.

The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, said Cupich "will be a pastorally dedicated, theologically astute and visionary leader in line with Francis' transformative papacy." Michael Sean Winters, a columnist for The National Catholic Reporter who writes about the American bishops, noted that major appointments like the one in Chicago are made in consultation with U.S. church leaders.

"The cardinals of the U.S. church, and anyone else the Holy Father consulted, decided that it was important not only to send a bishop to Chicago: they wanted to send a message," Winters said.

Cupich, 65, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where he was ordained a priest. He holds degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and The Catholic University of America. In the 1980s, he worked on the staff of the Vatican embassy in Washington. He was appointed bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998, and served there until 2010, when he was appointed to Spokane.

In a 2012 essay in the Jesuit magazine America, Cupich said the U.S. bishops "rightly objected" to the original narrow religious exemption in President Barack Obama's requirement that employers provide health insurance that covers contraception. But Cupich called for a "return to civility" in conversations about religious liberty and society.

"While the outrage to the (government) decision was understandable, in the long run threats and condemnations have a limited impact," Cupich said. "We should never stop talking to one another."

Cupich has also defended Francis' views on the economy and emphasis on fighting poverty, which some Catholics and others have criticized as naive and against capitalism.

"Instead of approaching life from the 30-thousand-feet level of ideas, he challenges policy makers and elected officials indeed all of us to experience the life of everyday and real people," Cupich said at a conference last June on the Catholic case against libertarianism. "Much like he told religious leaders, Francis is saying that politicians and policy makers need to know the smell of the sheep."

Cupich served as chairman of the U.S. bishops' child protection committee at the height of the clergy sex abuse crisis and as church leaders were putting in place a toughened policy on disciplining guilty priests.

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AP Top U.S. News At 8 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-8-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda6c245afbcc04ed1bcbff1e0028848ae http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-8-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda6c245afbcc04ed1bcbff1e0028848ae#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209973 Calif. fire hit with record amount of retardant5 ways to protect yourself from data breachesFlorida town knew shooter had troubled pastGuilty verdict in peanut trial should send warningLicense plate scanner networks capture movementsFor victims, settlement marks a step in recoveryDaughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencingFeds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers]]> Woman, daughter charged with graphic vandalism http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-daughter-charged-with-graphic-vandalism-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports4a73ab2a82bb4293b0939ebe6928113c http://www.dailyastorian.com/woman-daughter-charged-with-graphic-vandalism-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports4a73ab2a82bb4293b0939ebe6928113c#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:01:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209941 MONROE, Mich. (AP) A woman and her teenage daughter have been charged with vandalism at a Michigan high school football field that included a depiction of male genitalia.

Grass killer was used to leave the shape of a penis spanning the length of the Bedford Community Stadium field in Monroe County's Bedford Township on Aug. 30.

The 50-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter as well as a 17-year-old are facing a felony charge of malicious destruction of turf or soil.

The woman also faces a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of children. She was arraigned Friday and released on bond. Her daughter is being charged as a juvenile.

Lawyer Tim Churchill represents the mother and daughter. He calls it "an unfortunate incident with unintended consequences."

The 17-year-old hasn't been arraigned yet.

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Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-names-cupich-as-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbae2380fa5974d398b949c0c6943b5ab http://www.dailyastorian.com/pope-names-cupich-as-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbae2380fa5974d398b949c0c6943b5ab#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209944 Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most important posts in the U.S. church.

Cupich, of Spokane, Washington, will be installed in the Archdiocese of Chicago in November, succeeding Cardinal Francis George, according to an announcement by the papal ambassador to the U.S. The archdiocese has scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning which Cupich is expected to attend. George has been battling cancer and has said he believes the disease will end his life.

George is especially admired in the church's conservative wing as an intellectual who took an aggressive stand against abortion and gay marriage. Cupich has called for a "return to civility" in conversations on divisive social issues. Francis has said he wants church leaders to focus more on mercy and compassion and less on hot-button social issues.

The choice of Cupich is Francis' first major appointment in the U.S. and the clearest indication yet of the direction he wants to steer American church leaders. The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third-largest, and one of the most important dioceses in the country, serving 2.2 million parishioners. Chicago archbishops are usually elevated to cardinal and are therefore eligible to vote for the next pope.

Cupich, 65, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where he was ordained a priest. He holds degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and The Catholic University of America. In the 1980s, he worked on the staff of the Vatican embassy in Washington. He was appointed bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998, and served there until 2010, when he was appointed to Spokane.

In a 2012 essay in the Jesuit magazine America, Cupich said the U.S. bishops "rightly objected" to the original narrow religious exemption in President Barack Obama's requirement that employers provide health insurance that covers contraception. But Cupich called for a "return to civility" in conversations about religious liberty and society.

"While the outrage to the (government) decision was understandable, in the long run threats and condemnations have a limited impact," Cupich said. "We should never stop talking to one another."

Cupich has also defended Francis' views on the economy and emphasis on fighting poverty, which some Catholics and others have criticized as naive and against capitalism.

"Instead of approaching life from the 30-thousand-feet level of ideas, he challenges policy makers and elected officials indeed all of us to experience the life of everyday and real people," Cupich said at a conference last June on the Catholic case against libertarianism. "Much like he told religious leaders, Francis is saying that politicians and policy makers need to know the smell of the sheep."

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Police hunker down in ambush suspect's woods http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-hunker-down-in-ambush-suspects-woods-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde8286fee2400466f884b0ab0c6b35dfe http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-hunker-down-in-ambush-suspects-woods-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde8286fee2400466f884b0ab0c6b35dfe#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:20 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209962 CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) Authorities hunkered down early Saturday in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents, raising hopes they had him cornered a week after the ambush outside a rural police barracks.

For a second night, authorities closed roads near the home in a wooded neighborhood of Barrett Township, in the Pocono Mountains, and this time gunfire was reported in the area.

The shots were fired around 6:40 p.m. Friday, a Monroe County 911 dispatcher said. State police told residents in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to the area because of heavy police activity.

About 20 people who couldn't get back to their homes took refuge at the Barrett Township firehouse, said township supervisor Ralph Megliola.

State police would not say whether they believe they have 31-year-old Eric Frein surrounded. Their last communication came shortly after 9 p.m. Friday when a spokeswoman asked the media to relocate at a staging area farther away from the scene.

As state police appeared to undergo a shift change, an unmarked helicopter flew overhead early Saturday, its lights off.

Police have charged Frein with opening fire outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded by a gunman with a high-powered rifle.

Described as a self-taught survivalist with a grudge against law enforcement and government, Frein has been on the run ever since. He was placed on the FBI's 10 most wanted list, and hundreds of law enforcement officials have been searching for him in the dense woodlands surrounding his home in Canadensis. Schools in the area were closed again Friday.

Canadensis resident Richard Barry couldn't get home from work Friday night before the roadblocks went up. Barry said Saturday morning that he heard from family members who were at home and they told him police were going through their yard and the dog was barking.

Worried about his family, he said he preferred to wait near police in hopes of hearing something rather than staying overnight at the firehouse.

"I'm hoping that sooner or later he (Frein) just says 'I give up. You win,'" Barry said.

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Calif. fire hit with record amount of retardant http://www.dailyastorian.com/calif-fire-hit-with-record-amount-of-retardant-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world808cb35929764057ab3bdc686dc18720 http://www.dailyastorian.com/calif-fire-hit-with-record-amount-of-retardant-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world808cb35929764057ab3bdc686dc18720#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:32 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209943 PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) Firefighters are dropping record-breaking amounts of retardants on a massive Northern California wildfire that is burning explosively because of the prolonged drought.

California firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons of retardant, fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Friday. That included more than 203,000 gallons in a single day.

Retardant a water-and-fertilizer mix colored with red dye are used as an initial attack tool on wildfires to buy time for crews to get to the scene and dig fire lines.

But the fire activity is so extreme it's pushing through their lines.

"They can slow it down a little bit. But they're not able to hold it long enough to get ground units in there to extinguish it before it burns through and continues its path," Tolmachoff said.

The King Fire, which authorities said was deliberately set, has chewed through nearly 120 square miles of timber and vegetation about 60 miles east of Sacramento. It was 10 percent contained.

The blaze in steep terrain forced the evacuation of 2,800 people and burned multiple structures in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines, but details of the damage were not yet available because officials can't assess the area until it's safe to do so. One resident who has been helping carve fire lines with his bulldozer told the Sacramento Bee he lost his home on White Meadows Road when he went to check on it Friday.

"My house got burned. My house is gone. My outbuildings are gone," Tom Boscow said. "I just wish I'd been here."

The fire is threatening a key University of California, Berkeley research station that is home to scores of experiments on trees, plants and other wildlife. It is also threatening hydroelectric facilities and power lines that deliver water and electricity to the Sacramento region and some treasured Sierra Nevada recreations areas, the Bee reported. Some power stations and lines either burned or were shut down as a precaution, cutting off energy from three utility agencies' hydroelectric reservoirs.

The man suspected of setting the fire, Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to an arson charge Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court. He was being held on $10 million bail.

Authorities have not said what evidence they have linking Huntsman to the fire, by far the largest of about a dozen fires burning statewide.

The record retardant drop occurred Wednesday, and Thursday was another heavy day. Authorities reduced drops on Friday because smoke affected visibility for pilots.

Firefighters have used retardant since the 1950s to slow the advance of wildfires, but the practice is controversial because of its potential effect on wildlife. The Forest Service recently adjusted its retardant rules after two lawsuits that alleged the drops were killing fish, damaging watersheds and harming endangered species.

The agency now can't drop retardant within 300 feet of bodies of water on federal forest land and can't dump the slurry in certain exclusion zones designed to protect endangered plant species. The only exception is if people are in immediate danger from flames.

Andy Stahl, executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, said the intended purpose of retardant was to attack "very remote fire" until crews could get to the blaze.

"But now we're seeing a dramatic increase in the amount of retardant being dumped because we're not just using it in those remote wilderness areas, but we're using it on every fire, everywhere, and there are more fires," he said.

The Forest Service used 12 million gallons of retardant nationwide last year, and 60 percent of it was dumped on California fires, Stahl said.

The federal restrictions don't apply to California firefighters, and Cal Fire has increased the amount of retardant during the past decade.

Tolmachoff, the state fire spokeswoman, didn't know how many gallons her agency dropped on fires last year. But she said retardant use was rising because of the addition of bigger DC-10 air tankers, expanding populations in fire-prone areas and the increasing size and frequency of fires caused by drought.

"Our main goal in California is to protect lives and the property and resources, and we put every effort we can into it," she said.

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Flaccus reported from Tustin, California. Associated Press writer Fenit Nirappil in Sacramento contributed to this report.

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5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches http://www.dailyastorian.com/5-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-data-breaches-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world30f82db694cb4e418c33ba1d064c730e http://www.dailyastorian.com/5-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-data-breaches-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world30f82db694cb4e418c33ba1d064c730e#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:42 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209960 NEW YORK (AP) Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

Home Depot said Thursday that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards that customers swiped at its stores. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have also been attacked by hackers in the past year.

More breaches are likely. The Department of Homeland Security Department warned last month that more than 1,000 retailers could have malware in their cash-register computers.

Here are five ways to protect yourself:

1. CONSIDER ANOTHER WAY TO PAY

Try newer ways to pay, such as PayPal or Apple Pay. "Any technology that avoids you having your credit card in your hand in a store is safer," says Craig Young, security researcher for software maker Tripwire. Those services store your credit card information and it's not given to the retailer when you make a payment. Many big retailers, including Home Depot, accept PayPal at their stores, but many others don't. Apple Pay, which was only introduced this month, has even more limitations: It is available in just a small number of stores so far and only people with an iPhone 6 can use it.

Stored-value cards or apps, such as the ones used at coffee chains Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, are also a safer bet, says Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan. That's because they don't expose credit card information at the register.

2. SIGN IT, DON'T PIN IT

If you're planning on paying with a debit card, sign for your purchase instead of typing in your personal identification number at the cash register. You can do this by asking the cashier to process the card as a credit card or select credit card on the display. Not entering you PIN into a keypad will help reduce the chances of a hacker stealing that number too, Young says. Crooks can do more damage with your PIN, possibly printing a copy of the card and taking money out of an ATM, he says. During Target's breach last year, the discount retailer said hackers gained access to customers' PINs. Home Depot, however, said there was no indication that PINs were compromised in the breach at its stores.

3. BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAMMERS

After big data breaches are exposed, and get a lot of media attention, scammers come out of the woodwork looking to steal personal information. Some emails may mention Home Depot or offer free credit monitoring, but you should never click on the links. Many are for fake sites that try to steal bank information or passwords. "Avoid these entirely," Young says. If an email looks credible, go to Home Depot's site directly instead of clicking on links.

4. KEEP UP WITH STATEMENTS

Scan credit card statements every month for any unauthorized charges. And keep an eye out for smaller charges. Thieves will charge smaller amounts to test to see if you notice and then charge a larger amount later, Litan says. They may also steal a small amount from millions of accounts, scoring a big payday, she says.

And check your credit report for any accounts that crooks may have opened in your name. Credit reports are available for free, from each of the three national credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion every 12 months from AnnualCreditReport.com. Home Depot is also offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services to customers. Customers can go to the company's website for more information or call them at 800-466-3337.

5. GO OLD SCHOOL

Use cash. When possible, the safest bet is to not swipe a card at all. Even if security gets stronger at stores, hackers are likely to figure out a way around it. "It's always a cat and mouse game," Young says.

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Spokane's Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop http://www.dailyastorian.com/spokanes-cupich-to-be-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest45254d1ed30d4121a0b50266c6682d38 http://www.dailyastorian.com/spokanes-cupich-to-be-next-chicago-archbishop-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest45254d1ed30d4121a0b50266c6682d38#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:00:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209945 Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars and has embraced Pope Francis' focus on fighting poverty, will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned.

Cupich of Spokane, Washington will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled a news conference for Saturday morning. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese would not comment. George, 77, has been battling cancer and has said he believes the disease will end his life.

The pope's choice for Chicago has been closely watched as his first major appointment in the U.S., and the clearest indication yet of the direction he will steer American church leaders. Cupich is a moderate and is not among U.S. Roman Catholic bishops who have taken a harder line on hot-button issues. Francis has called for a greater focus on mercy and compassion instead of divisive social issues.

The Archdiocese of Chicago serves 2.2 million parishioners and is the third-largest diocese in the country. Chicago archbishops are usually elevated to cardinal and are therefore eligible to vote for the next pope.

The Chicago church has long been considered a flagship of American Catholicism, sparking lay movements of national influence and producing archbishops who shape national debate.

George is especially admired in the church's conservative wing as an intellectual who took an aggressive stand against abortion, gay marriage and other issues. He had succeeded Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, a liberal and hero to Catholics who place equal importance on issues such as abortion and poverty.

Cupich, 65, is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where he was ordained a priest. He holds degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and The Catholic University of America. He was appointed bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998, and served there until 2010, when he was appointed to Spokane.

In a 2012 essay in the Jesuit magazine America, Cupich said the U.S. bishops "rightly objected" to the original narrow religious exemption in President Barack Obama's requirement that employers provide health insurance that covers contraception. But Cupich called for a "return to civility" in conversations about religious liberty and society.

"While the outrage to the (government) decision was understandable, in the long run threats and condemnations have a limited impact," Cupich said. "We should never stop talking to one another."

Cupich has also defended Francis' views on the economy and emphasis on fighting poverty, which some Catholics and others have criticized as naive and against capitalism.

"Instead of approaching life from the 30-thousand-feet level of ideas, he challenges policy makers and elected officials indeed all of us to experience the life of everyday and real people," Cupich said at a conference last June on the Catholic case against libertarianism. "Much like he told religious leaders, Francis is saying that politicians and policy makers need to know the smell of the sheep."

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Security breached: Intruder gets into White House http://www.dailyastorian.com/security-breached-intruder-gets-into-white-house-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde58d0b7516ca4425a757eb48bcfc1408 http://www.dailyastorian.com/security-breached-intruder-gets-into-white-house-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde58d0b7516ca4425a757eb48bcfc1408#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209950 WASHINGTON (AP) The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.

President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.

For the Secret Service, the incident was a devastating episode that prompted fresh questions about the storied agency and its ability to protect the president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called it "totally unacceptable" but said the incident was just one of a string of security failings on the Secret Service's watch.

"Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job," Chaffetz said. "These are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer."

"Was the door open?" he added incredulously.

The Secret Service said the incident would be carefully reviewed to ensure proper protocols were followed.

The man in jeans and a dark shirt who scaled the fence shortly after 7 p.m. appeared to be unarmed, but ignored commands from officers to halt, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was tackled just inside the doors of the North Portico, the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Avenue. A search of the suspect turned up no weapons.

The Secret Service identified the suspect as Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old man from Copperas Cove, Texas. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex and transported to a nearby hospital complaining of chest pain. Attempts to reach Gonzalez or his relatives by phone were unsuccessful.

Although it's not uncommon for people to make it over the White House fence, they're typically stopped almost immediately and rarely get very far. Video from the scene showed the intruder sprinting across the lawn as Secret Service agents shouted at nearby pedestrians to clear the area.

"This situation was a little different than other incidents we have at the White House," Donovan said. "There will be a thorough investigation into the incident."

Only minutes before the breach, Obama had boarded his helicopter on the South Lawn with his daughters and one of their friends, who was joining the Obamas for a weekend getaway to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. First lady Michelle Obama had traveled separately to Camp David and was not at home.

It was unclear whether any other fence-jumpers have ever made it into the White House, one of the most highly protected buildings in the world. But Friday's incident was just the latest setback for an elite agency whose reputation has suffered a succession of blows in recent years.

In 2012, 13 Secret Service agents and officers were implicated in a prostitution scandal during preparations for Obama's trip to Cartagena, Colombia. The next year, two officers were removed from the president's detail after another alleged incident of sexually-related misconduct. And in March, an agent was found drunk by staff at a Dutch hotel the day before Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands.

Obama appointed the agency's first female director last year as a sign he wanted to change the culture and restore public confidence in its operations. An inspector general's report in December found no evidence of widespread misconduct.

The Secret Service has struggled in recent years to strike the appropriate balance between ensuring the first family's security and preserving the public's access to the White House grounds. Once open to vehicles, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was confined to pedestrians after the Oklahoma City bombing, but officials have been reluctant to restrict access to the area further.

Evacuations at the White House are extremely rare. Typically, when someone jumps the White House fence, the compound is put on lockdown and those inside remain in place while officers respond. Last week, the Secret Service apprehended a man who jumped over the same stretch of fence on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting officers to draw their firearms and deploy service dogs as they took the man into custody.

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Wozniacki, Ivanovic make final at Pan Pacific Open http://www.dailyastorian.com/wozniacki-ivanovic-make-final-at-pan-pacific-open-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7772db84d8c647d59914e8764b4fcfd8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/wozniacki-ivanovic-make-final-at-pan-pacific-open-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports7772db84d8c647d59914e8764b4fcfd8#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:01:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209949 TOKYO (AP) Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open.

The U.S. Open finalist lost the first two games of the third set but took advantage of an increasingly erratic Muguruza and won when her opponent sent a forehand wide on match point.

Wozniacki, who won here in 2010, will meet third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in Sunday's final. Ivanovic ousted top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-5, 6-3.

Muguruza had beaten Wozniacki in their two previous encounters, in the third round of the Australian Open in January and in Miami last year.

Wozniacki broke Muguuza's serve five times but lost hers four times in the two-and-half-hour match that featured plenty of long rallies.

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AP Top News At 5 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-5-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldef94610a0cf94db28911de375030fba8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-5-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldef94610a0cf94db28911de375030fba8#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209964 Police hunker down in ambush suspect's woodsSecurity breached: Intruder gets into White HouseCIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. EuropeSpokane's Cupich to be next Chicago archbishopIndia, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean5 ways to protect yourself from data breachesWith Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to knowFlorida State suspends Winston for entire game]]> AP Top Entertainment News At 4:47 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-447-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment60f81a34d246407da701aca863f29a50 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-447-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment60f81a34d246407da701aca863f29a50#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:01:54 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309199794 Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of batteryE! says 'Fashion Police' will continueNearly empty Picasso museum to open in ParisFallon to pay up, broadcast show in ChicagoTV special puts Stonehenge in spotlightBennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazzColor lines are blurred in ABC comedy 'black-ish'Jazz at Lincoln Center opens season with 'Ochas']]> 2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-day-iheartradio-festival-kicks-off-on-las-vegas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment6638cbcbe4344b908b7471872f9a19cd http://www.dailyastorian.com/2-day-iheartradio-festival-kicks-off-on-las-vegas-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment6638cbcbe4344b908b7471872f9a19cd#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:01:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209947 LAS VEGAS (AP) Taylor Swift showed she could get a crowd to their feet with her new single, "Shake it Off," but she's not divulging any more secrets from her upcoming album just yet.

Swift was the opening act for the 4th Annual iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday. The nearly five-hour program at the MGM Grand Garden Arena also included Coldplay, Usher, Nick Minaj and Ariana Grande.

The two-day festival continues Saturday with performances by Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and more.

The event took its name from the iHeartRadio music app developed by the broadcasting giant formerly known as Clear Channel Communications. The company announced this week that it was changing its name to iHeartMedia to reflect the success of the iHeartRadio brand.

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Nearly empty Picasso museum to open in Paris http://www.dailyastorian.com/nearly-empty-picasso-museum-to-open-in-paris-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment9a330adda0404bf88525a84c1af5c814 http://www.dailyastorian.com/nearly-empty-picasso-museum-to-open-in-paris-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment9a330adda0404bf88525a84c1af5c814#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:02:06 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209946 PARIS (AP) Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after being closed for five years of renovation and expansion that have been fraught with setbacks and dismissals. But there won't be many art works to see.

"I will first of all calm your ardor and your enthusiasm ... but you're going to see nothing. It's a great disappointment. It's an empty museum," Laurent Le Bon, the museum's president, said during Friday's preview reception.

She has had her job for just three months. Her predecessor was sacked.

The 37 rooms of Musee Picasso, located inside the Marais district's grand 17th-century Hotel de Sale, are being temporarily opened in honor of France's annual heritage weekend.

The museum, which is under the stewardship of the French government, won't officially open until Oct. 25.

It will house a 52-million-euro (about $72 million) renovation, which organizers hope will end the museum's seemingly endless problems.

The previous president, Anne Baldassari, was sacked in May over the lagging renovation, amid accusations of mismanagement and clashes between the government and the artist's family.

This weekend, visitors are being encouraged to use their imagination about how the museum will look.

"In lots of rooms there is nothing to see. It's a little like a blank page, where we can use our imagination. It's a moment when we can still dream," insisted Le Bon.

When it officially opens, 400 works from the prolific founder of Cubism will be on display. Until then, this weekend's visitors will mostly be viewing bare white walls, white ceilings, decorative white stucco reliefs, white staircases, and empty display cabinets.

For some, the reception at the preview was tepid.

"It's great to see the restoration. It's beautiful. But where's all the art?" asked Pierre Vercueil, 23.

Organizers said it is important symbolically for the museum to open on national heritage day, even if the space is not yet ready, adding that the official opening in October will feature actual Picassos on the walls.

For Picasso-lovers interested in more than sparkling interiors this weekend, there will be six large-format works made by the Spanish-born artist peppered around the 3,700 square meter space including the impressive canvass "Three Women at the Fountain" from 1921.

These tableaux were selected carefully from the vast collection of some 5,000 works and nearly 300 paintings.

The renovation is aimed at helping to double the possible number of visitors but the bad press may not have helped.

France's Culture Ministry said Baldassari, who had led the renovations and was head of the museum for a decade, was dismissed because of the need to "reopen under the best conditions, protect the employees and restore confidence between the museum and its partners."

Claude Picasso, the painter's son, has denounced the delays in reopening the museum, one of the city's premier art attractions.

Speaking to Le Figaro in May, Claude Picasso said former Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti had told him that troubles getting security guards in place, as required under French regulations, were behind the delay. Picasso said he couldn't understand that, and that he had the impression that France "doesn't care" about him or his father.

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Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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Turkey: 49 hostages have been freed http://www.dailyastorian.com/turkey-49-hostages-have-been-freed-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7052277fc9b24309ba9fdb92c68bf1f4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/turkey-49-hostages-have-been-freed-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world7052277fc9b24309ba9fdb92c68bf1f4#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:33 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209963 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.

The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Their release contrasts with the recent beheadings of two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker by the Islamic State group, but it wasn't immediately clear what Turkey had done to secure the safe return of the hostages.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the hostages are 49 Turkish consulate employees 46 Turks and three local Iraqis. They include Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz, other diplomats, children and special forces police.

The hostages were released early on Saturday and had arrived in Turkey, Davutoglu told Turkish reporters during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He cut his visit short to meet them in the province of Sanliurfa, near Turkey's border with Syria and was bringing them back to Ankara on his plane.

He didn't say where the release took place, but Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said the hostages had been held in eight separate addresses in Mosul. Their whereabouts were monitored by drones and other means, it said.

Turkey had been reluctant to join a coalition to defeat the Islamic State group, citing the safety of its 49 kidnapped citizens. The United States had been careful not to push Turkey too hard as it tried to free the hostages.

The extremist group beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker who were working in Syria as payback for airstrikes that Washington has launched against them in Iraq.

Turkish leaders gave only limited details of the release and it wasn't clear what they had done to avoid a similar outcome for their hostages.

The Anadolu Agency reported no ransom had been paid and "no conditions were accepted in return for their release." The agency, which didn't cite any source, also reported there were five or six previous attempts to secure the Turks' release, but none of them were successful.

Davutoglu said the release was the result of the intelligence agency's "own methods," and not a "point operation" involving special forces, but didn't elaborate.

"After intense efforts that lasted days and weeks, in the early hours, our citizens were handed over to us and we brought them back to our country," Davutoglu said.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turks were freed through "a successful operation."

"I thank the prime minister and his colleagues for this operation which was pre-planned, whose every detail was calculated, which lasted through the night in total secrecy and ended successfully this morning," Erdogan said in a statement.

Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the government had no information about the release of the hostages and didn't know where they had been held or where they were released.

Thirty-two Turkish truck drivers who were also seized in Mosul on June 6 were released a month later. Turkey did not provide information surrounding their release.

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Associated Press writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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ACC showdown and All-America matchup in SEC http://www.dailyastorian.com/acc-showdown-and-all-america-matchup-in-sec-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports45711c2f75b24b89a94035f794fd38d9 http://www.dailyastorian.com/acc-showdown-and-all-america-matchup-in-sec-da-ap-webfeeds-news-college-sports45711c2f75b24b89a94035f794fd38d9#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:01:45 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209948 An ACC showdown has an unlikely star, an SEC showdown has an enticing one-on-one matchup and East Carolina goes for two straight upsets.

Here are some things to know about the fourth weekend of the college football season:

WINSTON'S STAND-IN: Introducing Sean Maguire, starting quarterback for the No. 1 team in the country. As you might have heard Jameis Winston earned himself a full-game benching for some less-than-ideal behavior at Florida State this week. Enter Maguire, starting what might be the Seminoles' most significant game of the season against ACC Atlantic Division rival No. 22 Clemson. A loss could cost Florida State a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

So who is Maguire? Well, he's not a big-time recruit. He ran the run-first, wing-T offense at Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey.

Coach Jimbo Fisher, however, has always been enamored with Maguire's strong arm and said he won't change the offense at all. Maguire has thrown 26 passes in college career. He was 3 of 5 for 28 yards after entering the Citadel game in the third quarter with a 34-0 lead two weeks ago. He played in nine games in 2013 and threw for 116 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

His job is to not screw up and maybe make a few plays. And he's pumped for the chance.

"It's going to be pretty awesome, I'd like to imagine," Maguire said. "I've pictured this since I started playing little league ball. ... I don't know how much better it gets than this."

COOPER vs. HARGREAVES: The game between Florida and No. 3 Alabama features what could end up ranking among the top 1-on-1 matchups of the entire season, with Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves covering Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

Cooper, a junior, leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 33 catches and ranks third nationally with 454 yards receiving. He's a future first-round pick. Hargreaves was a first-team all-SEC selection and a third-team AP All-America pick as a freshman last season. Another future first-rounder.

"Coop, he's a great player," Hargreaves said. "Me and him, we talk a little bit. We knew this was coming. He's excited. I'm excited. We both know the magnitude of the game. It's going to be a great matchup on Saturday."

ECU vs. ACC: East Carolina, a member of the American Athletic Conference, will try to continue its recent mastery of Atlantic Coast Conference teams when it hosts North Carolina.

The Pirates are coming off a 28-21 upset of Virginia Tech, which was ranked 17th at the time. East Carolina has won its last three games against ACC teams, a streak that includes a 55-31 victory at North Carolina last season. A home game with an in-state foe after an upset of a ranked team has created plenty of excitement around East Carolina's campus.

"The vibe is crazy right now," East Carolina linebacker Brandon Williams said.

GOING FOR 4-0: Two Atlantic Coast Conference teams are trying to reach 4-0 for the first time in a long time.

Duke takes its perfect record into a home game against Tulane (1-2). The Blue Devils are a heavy favorite to reach 4-0 for the first time since 1994, when they set a school record by winning their first seven games. There have been only three other times when Duke has started the season at least 4-0.

Pittsburgh goes for 4-0 at home against Iowa (2-1), which is coming off a tough loss to rival Iowa State. The Panthers haven't been 4-0 since 2000.

HOME RUN HOOSIER: Indiana, coming off a bad loss to Bowling Green, goes to No. 18 Missouri as a big underdog.

Tevin Coleman gives the Hoosiers at least a shot to pull the upset. The leading rusher in the country, Coleman is averaging 218 yards per game and 9.3 yards per carry.

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo and AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee and Kareem Copeland contributed to this report.

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AP Top Political News At 3:52 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-political-news-at-352-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world02e702ce35f34f3884b6a87413615ea2 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-political-news-at-352-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world02e702ce35f34f3884b6a87413615ea2#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:00:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309199761 No boost yet for Dems from fight with extremistsBiden: Young men need to stand against violenceSome Kansas ballots to have no Democrat for SenateArmy opens Ranger school to womenObama, Clinton urge women to back DemocratsDNC raises $7M in August, has $11M bankedGeneral: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend inCongress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels]]> CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe http://www.dailyastorian.com/cia-stops-spying-on-friendly-nations-in-w-europe-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6611ea4476b44d3f804c4ba5196c316a http://www.dailyastorian.com/cia-stops-spying-on-friendly-nations-in-w-europe-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6611ea4476b44d3f804c4ba5196c316a#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:00:45 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209953 WASHINGTON (AP) Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets to the U.S. and the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency, the CIA has stopped spying on friendly governments in Western Europe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.

CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country's intelligence service and conduct joint operations with host country services. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals Russians in France, for example were restarted. But meetings with independent sources in the host country remain on hold, as do new recruitments.

The CIA declined to comment.

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on "specific targets," though he didn't spell out details.

Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but "never this long or this deep," said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity because it's illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.

The pullback comes at an inopportune time, with the U.S. worried about monitoring European extremists who have fought in Syria, Europe's response to Russian aggression and European hostility to American technology companies following revelations the companies turned over data to the NSA. While the U.S. cooperates closely with Europe against terrorism, spying can help American officials understand what their allies are planning and thinking, whether about counterterrorism or trade talks.

The current stand-down was part of the fallout from the July 2 arrest of a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence service. Suspected of spying for Russia, he told authorities he passed 218 German intelligence documents to the CIA.

In a second case, authorities searched the home and office of a German defense official suspected of spying for the U.S., but he denied doing so, and no charges have been filed against him.

A few days later, Germany asked the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country, an unprecedented demand from a U.S. ally. The move demonstrated how seriously the Germans were taking the situation, having already been stung by revelations made by Edward Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator, that the agency had tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

The NSA disclosure infuriated Merkel, who demanded explanations from President Barack Obama. It embarrassed both world leaders and has left many Germans skeptical about cooperating with the U.S.

CIA managers were worried that the incident could lead European security services to begin closely watching CIA personnel. Many agency officers in Europe, operating out of U.S. embassies, have declared their status as intelligence operatives to the host country.

The "EUR" division, as it is known within the CIA, covers Canada, Western Europe and Turkey. While spying on Western European allies is not a top priority, Turkey is considered a high-priority target an Islamic country that talks to U.S. adversaries such as Iran, while sharing a border with Syria and Iraq. It was not known to what extent the stand-down affected operations in Turkey.

European countries also are used as safe venues to conduct meetings between CIA officers and their sources from the Middle East and other high-priority areas. Those meetings have been rerouted to other locales while the pause is in place.

The European Division staff has long been considered among the most risk-averse in the agency, several former case officers said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss secret intelligence matters by name.

A former CIA officer who worked under nonofficial cover wrote a 2008 book in which he described a number of operational "stand-downs" in Europe, including one in France in 1998 because of the World Cup soccer championship, and another in a European country in 2005, in response to unspecified security threats.

The former officer, whose real name has not be disclosed, wrote "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture," under a pseudonym, Ishmael Jones. He is a former Marine who served 15 years in the agency before resigning in 2006. The CIA acknowledged his status as a case officer when it successfully sued him for publishing the book without first submitting it for pre-publication censorship, as required under his secrecy agreement.

The CIA last faced that sort of blowback from a European ally in 1996, when several of its officers were ordered to leave France. An operation to uncover French positions on world trade talks was unraveled by French authorities because of poor CIA tactics, according to a secret CIA inspector general report, details of which were leaked to reporters.

The Paris flap left the EUR division much less willing to mount risky espionage operations, many former case officers have said.

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IOC's Bach says sports tied to politics http://www.dailyastorian.com/iocs-bach-says-sports-tied-to-politics-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8fa01a7b258c4ad8b0e486d2237439b6 http://www.dailyastorian.com/iocs-bach-says-sports-tied-to-politics-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8fa01a7b258c4ad8b0e486d2237439b6#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:01:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209952 INCHEON, China (AP) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says sports must acknowledge its relationship to politics and big business, while still maintaining its neutrality.

In a speech at the Asian Games Saturday, Bach said the IOC and other sporting bodies need to partner with the world's political and business leaders, but shouldn't take sides in conflicts. Likewise, global leaders also need to respect the autonomy of sporting bodies.

Bach cited the universal application of competition regulations as an example of sports' ability to function as a sort of international law helping global peace and development.

Bach said that has been a central theme of his first year in office, during which he's met with 81 heads of state and government. He cited the IOC's relationship with the United Nations as being particularly successful.

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Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-faces-questions-on-prospect-of-expanded-war-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6acdada6bdc44a5b809892abb65399a1 http://www.dailyastorian.com/obama-faces-questions-on-prospect-of-expanded-war-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6acdada6bdc44a5b809892abb65399a1#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:00:31 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209954 WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago.

But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants. Taking that step could put Obama dangerously close to violating his pledges to keep Americans out of combat in Iraq.

For Obama, re-engaging in combat in Iraq would not only mark a reversal of his promises with regard to the current mission, but also undercut one of the broader causes of his presidency, which has been to end lengthy American wars and avoid new ones. But if his military commanders ask for ground troops and he rejects the request, he could be accused of putting his legacy ahead of the mission's success.

Already Obama has shown a willingness to expand the size and scope of the fight against the Islamic State extremist group. After first announcing a limited airstrike campaign, the U.S. is now going after militant targets across Iraq and is expected to extend the attacks into Syria. About 1,600 U.S. troops have also been deployed to Iraq to train local security forces and help safeguard U.S. personnel in the country. And the Pentagon will soon start training and equipping Syrian rebels to fight the militants.

The president has insisted that Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Syrian opposition fighters will be the ones engaged in a ground battle with the Islamic State group. But some of Obama's current and former military advisers have raised the prospect that unless American troops are also engaged in that effort, it will be difficult to degrade and defeat the militants that have moved freely across the blurred border between Iraq and Syria.

"They're not going to be able to be successful against ISIS strictly from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces or the Peshmerga," said Robert Gates, Obama's former defense secretary, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State group. "So there will be boots on the ground if there's to be any hope of success in the strategy."

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress he would indeed recommend that step if Obama's strategy fails. Dempsey also said that about half of the Iraqi army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group, suggesting that the likelihood more Americans would be needed on the ground is high.

The president responded swiftly to Dempsey's comments by emphasizing his pledge to keep Americans out of combat missions.

"The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission," Obama told troops at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. "As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq."

But White House officials have left open the possibility that Obama could accept a recommendation to put ground troops in forward operating positions alongside Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces. While officials say those troops would not be sent with a specific combat mission, they would be armed, as are the 1,600 military personnel that have been deployed to Iraq this summer. And if they come under attack, the forces have the authority to fight back.

Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for New American Security, said that would leave Obama with "something of a rhetorical quandary."

"From a realistic and even legal standpoint, what's going to be happening in Iraq is going to look a lot like combat," said Fontaine, a former State Department official who also advised Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on foreign policy.

While Obama has broad public support for carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group, it's unclear whether a war-weary public would also approve of an expanded ground mission. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that while 76 percent of Americans back strikes in Iraq and 75 percent back strikes in Syria, just 38 percent favor sending U.S. ground troops to those countries.

Should Obama have to take that step, the White House's goal would be to ensure that the ground forces were not solely American. Administration officials have been pressing other countries, particularly Iraq and Syria's Arab neighbors, to commit their own ground troops to help bolster local security forces.

While administration officials say they've received positive feedback from Arab nations, there have yet to be any specific commitments to send ground troops or take other direct military action. Obama will make direct appeals for support when he arrives in New York Tuesday for meetings with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly gathering.

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows http://www.dailyastorian.com/guest-lineups-for-the-sunday-news-shows-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment88087bc94ad44c2e82ebd31da8e6d434 http://www.dailyastorian.com/guest-lineups-for-the-sunday-news-shows-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainment88087bc94ad44c2e82ebd31da8e6d434#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:01:42 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209951 WASHINGTON (AP) Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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NBC's "Meet the Press" Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Michael Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

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CBS' "Face the Nation" Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

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CNN's "State of the Union" Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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"Fox News Sunday" Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Wyoming soccer plays Northern Colorado to scoreless draw http://www.dailyastorian.com/wyoming-soccer-plays-northern-colorado-to-scoreless-draw-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc71af44963224209bd5ce3ad9e6dfc00 http://www.dailyastorian.com/wyoming-soccer-plays-northern-colorado-to-scoreless-draw-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc71af44963224209bd5ce3ad9e6dfc00#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:01:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209955 The University of Wyoming women's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw Friday evening on the road against Northern Colorado.

The Cowgirls (2-5-1) shut out Northern Colorado through regulation and two overtimes to record their second blank sheet of the season.

Wyoming returns to action with its Mountain West Conference opener at home against UNLV at 3 p.m.

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India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean http://www.dailyastorian.com/india-china-quietly-struggle-in-indian-ocean-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd8bcfdbc3b1947dabb83687aefd1063a http://www.dailyastorian.com/india-china-quietly-struggle-in-indian-ocean-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd8bcfdbc3b1947dabb83687aefd1063a#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209956 NEW DELHI (AP) At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, Xi dressed in a Nehru jacket.

The men are full of praise for one another, and one another's countries. Xi gushes over India as "an enchanting and beautiful land." Modi declares that their pledges to work together "will open big gates for progress and development in the world." Just a few hours into the Xi's three-day visit, Indian newspapers were awash with accomplishments: a joint industrial park, a sister-city pact, ramped up cultural ties, business deals and investment promises from China worth well more than $20 billion.

Left largely unspoken, though, are the deep worries in India over Chinese maneuvering in the Indian Ocean, where New Delhi's years of dominance is being chipped away by billions of dollars in aid from Beijing and gargantuan Chinese construction projects.

And while China's recent push for dominance in the South China and East China seas get more attention, the quiet contest for influence in the Indian Ocean is being watched carefully from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. More than anything else, the worries are over energy.

The tankers that move through Indian Ocean carry 80 percent of China's oil, 65 percent of India's and 60 percent of Japan's, making those waters crucially important to three of Asia's great powers. A significant slowdown in tanker traffic whether from diplomatic standoff, piracy or war could cripple those countries and send shockwaves around the world.

So for years Beijing has been working to ensure it is not left out of the regional equation, building ports and forging alliances in coastal nations from Myanmar to Pakistan.

"China wants to be a major player in the Indian Ocean, alongside India and the U.S." said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary who also held a series of ambassadorships.

Xi's latest initiative is the maritime Silk Road, a series of agreements that would link China to Europe by sea. But if China heralds the Silk Road as a vision of international cooperation, many in the Indian government worry it is a Trojan horse to hide Beijing's expanding influence, said Sibal, who is well-connected in New Delhi's foreign policy circles.

"It is a precursor to eventually positioning themselves more permanently in the Indian Ocean," he said.

Xi, notably, made two stops before arriving in India, both in Indian Ocean nations. First came the Maldives, the isolated archipelago and high-end tourist destination where Beijing's influence has been growing steadily. Next was Sri Lanka, a war-battered island nation where China has become the largest investor, and where it has built a colossal port in the once-quiet town of Hambantota.

"They are building pockets of influence," Sibal said.

Beijing, for its part, firmly denies it is on a quest for Indian Ocean influence. In a signing ceremony for the Silk Road plan in Sri Lanka, Xi called it a chance to "strengthen our cooperation" in everything from port development to maritime security.

Wang Shaopu, director of the Center for Pan-Pacific Studies at Shanghai Jiaotong University, noted that competition was natural given the importance of the region. But, he added, that doesn't make conflict inevitable.

"China and India should make a high priority of cooperation and avoid letting competition become cutthroat," he said. "I think both countries already have realized this."

Publicly, that is definitely the case. The neighbors might have plenty of room for disagreement, from an immense Indian trade deficit to an Indian state that China claims as its own territory. But they have also become highly adept at avoiding the most sensitive issues, playing down disagreements to focus on economic growth.

Even in India, where China's emergence as a world power stings national pride deeply, plenty of people say that's not automatically a bad thing.

China "has the opportunity to build massive infrastructure," across the Indian Ocean as part of the Silk Road initiative, said Vijay Sakhuja, a former Indian naval officer and head of the New Delhi-based National Maritime Foundation. "They make world-class ports ... So can we emulate them or partake" of what they build?

India, however, is also being careful not to put too much trust in China, forging diplomatic agreements in an attempt to balance Beijing's growing strength.

Just weeks ago, for instance, Modi returned from a highly successful trip to Japan, China's fiercest rival, bringing home pledges of billions of dollars in aid and investment along with agreements to strengthen security and economic ties. Then, just days ago, the Indian and Vietnamese presidents issued a joint statement calling for freedom of navigation in the South China and East China seas a clear jab at Beijing's aggressiveness in the region.

And the underlying tensions between India and China never go completely away.

Indian officials said a few days ago that Chinese soldiers had again entered Indian territory in the isolated Himalayan border region of Ladakh. The soldiers were said to be building a road.

While Modi made a brief mention Thursday of border disagreements during a joint appearance with Xi saying he had raised the issue of the "repeated incursions" with the Chinese leader his statement was overwhelmingly positive, concluding by saying their relationship was "filled with vast opportunities."

That didn't surprise Sibal.

"We rarely speak frankly to China," said Sibal, the former diplomat said. "We have preferred to speak about areas where we have common interests."

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Researcher Yu Bing in Beijing contributed to this report.

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Evacuations ordered in new W. Oregon wildfire http://www.dailyastorian.com/evacuations-ordered-in-new-w-oregon-wildfire-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest68e55921b5614ba2834e51def453ee15 http://www.dailyastorian.com/evacuations-ordered-in-new-w-oregon-wildfire-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwest68e55921b5614ba2834e51def453ee15#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209994 FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) Fire officials say a new wildfire in a forested area west of Portland has burned across more than 300 acres, prompting urgent evacuation notices to more than 30 homes.

At least 70 firefighters responded after the fire started Friday afternoon, sending up massive smoke plumes. No injuries have been reported.

A Forest Grove Fire & Rescue spokesman says two helicopters and an air tanker dropped water on the fire.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/tW0Vet ) that Forest Grove Fire spokesman Dave Nemeyer says crews planned to fight the fire through the night and attack it again Saturday.

State fire crews took over management of the blaze late Friday night.

State Forestry Department spokesman Jen Warren says the fire is burning in replanted forest land. The cause is under investigation.

A nearby lake is being used to supply water for the fire fight.

The blaze is burning about 25 miles west of Portland.

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Friday's Scores http://www.dailyastorian.com/fridays-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestfdd8649223354afcb05670afedc94eb7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/fridays-scores-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestfdd8649223354afcb05670afedc94eb7#Comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:18 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014309209968 PREP FOOTBALL

Aloha 27, Glencoe 14

Ashland 35, Summit 14

Barlow 41, Gresham 37

Beaverton 42, Century 17

Bend 49, Eagle Point 0

Blanchet Catholic 30, Scio 28

Bonanza 54, Riddle 20

Burns 49, Cascade Christian 16

Cascade 27, Junction City 6

Centennial 36, Reynolds 26

Central 32, South Albany 15

Central Catholic 49, Oregon City 21

Central Linn 64, Gaston 18

Clackamas 21, David Douglas 14

Cleveland 33, Jefferson PDX 26

Coquille 56, Bandon 28

Corvallis 41, Crescent Valley 34

Crook County 39, Sisters 14

Dallas 28, Woodburn 16

Dufur 52, Arlington 28

Echo 54, South Wasco County 20

Elmira 42, Klamath 18

Enterprise 52, Heppner 3

Falls City 44, North Douglas 26

Fruitland, Idaho 64, Baker 8

Gladstone 35, Scappoose 21

Grant 59, Benson 19

Grant Union 38, Stanfield 32

Grants Pass 38, Sheldon 34

Harrisburg 43, Sutherlin 20

Henley 21, Cottage Grove 0

Hermiston 28, Springfield 21

Hillsboro 51, La Salle 27

Horizon Christian Tualatin 12, Dayton 6

Ione 40, Condon/Wheeler 26

Jefferson 17, Gervais 14

Jesuit 47, Sunset 14

Kennedy 42, Waldport 6

Knappa 38, Riverside 0

Lakeridge 57, Canby 33

Lakeview 33, La Pine 24

Liberty 41, Sandy 35, OT

Lost River 56, Crow 13

Lowell 62, Triangle Lake 34

Madras 13, Stayton 12

Mapleton 62, McKenzie 22

Marshfield 34, Newport 28

Mazama 61, Douglas 6

Mohawk 78, Alsea 14

Molalla 67, Valley Catholic 27

Mountain View 40, Crater 34

Naselle, Wash. def. Jewell, forfeit

Newberg 35, Tualatin 28

North Bend 47, Marist 7

North Marion 41, Tillamook 13

North Medford 56, Roseburg 7

North Salem 20, McKay 14

Nyssa 50, Cole Valley, Idaho 0

Oakridge 28, Monroe 21

Parkrose 38, Milwaukie 7

Pendleton 28, Ontario 14

Perrydale 64, Triad School 22

Philomath 23, Astoria 20

Phoenix 55, North Eugene 22

Pleasant Hill 18, Amity 8

Powers 34, Myrtle Point 14

Prospect 56, Glendale 6

Putnam 15, Churchill 7

Redmond 61, The Dalles 0

Reedsport 14, Glide 0

Regis 41, Nestucca 12

Ridgeview 61, Hood River 51

Roosevelt 61, Madison 6

Salem Academy 27, Colton 6

Santiam Christian 50, Willamina 0

Seaside 47, Rainier 8

Sherman 74, Mitchell-Spray 6

Silverton 55, Lebanon 6

Siuslaw 49, Hidden Valley 21

South Medford 43, Willamette 6

South Salem 48, Forest Grove 27

South Umpqua 13, Banks 7

Sprague 56, McMinnville 35

St. Paul 26, Creswell 0

Stevenson, Wash. 24, Estacada 7

Sweet Home 22, North Valley 12

Taft 40, Sheridan 24

Thurston 58, South Eugene 12

Tigard 49, Sherwood 28

Union/Cove 49, Pilot Rock 21

Vale 49, McLoughlin 0

Warrenton 53, Neah-Kah-Nie 6

Weiser, Idaho 43, La Grande 28

West Albany 28, McNary 27, OT

West Linn 20, Lake Oswego 6

West Salem 43, Lincoln 35

Westview 49, Southridge 28

Wilson 54, Franklin 7

Wilsonville 42, St. Helens 28

Yamhill-Carlton 19, Corbett 18

Yoncalla 60, Siletz Valley 32

Yreka, Calif. 48, Brookings-Harbor 6

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