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Accused White House intruder's mental health questioned — Washington (CNN) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a full mental competency screening for Omar Gonzalez, who is accused of jumping the White House fence, after a disputed initial examination found him not competent for trial. U.S.

U.S. drug war in Afghanistan is failing, report says — (CNN) -- America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, a U.S. government watchdog says in a new report. Afghan farmers are growing bumper crops of opium poppies -- an unprecedented 209,000 hectares in 2013 -- even though U.S. agencies spent $7.6 billion to stop narcotics production in the nation.

Drug War Fail:$7 billion spent, Record Opium Poppy Crop — Washington (CNN) -- America's drug war in Afghanistan is failing badly, according to a new report from a U.S. government watchdog. Afghan farmers are growing record bumper crops of opium poppies, an unprecedented 209,000 hectares in 2013, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Holder's legacy stretches from Guantanamo to Ferguson — Holder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January on oversight of the Justice Department and reform of government surveillance programs. Editor's note: Tune in to CNN Monday for Evan Perez's interview with Attorney General Eric Holder on his legacy and his time in the Obama administration.

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage — Rachael Beierle, left, and Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan, center, laugh at a joke during Amber Beierle's wedding vows Wednesday, October 15, at City Hall in Boise, Idaho. With Boise Mayor Dave Bieter out of town, Jordan officiated the wedding as acting mayor.

Here's why FBI wants access to your iPhone — Washington (CNN) -- FBI Director James Comey says new encryption standards by Apple and Google will create "a black hole for law enforcement" that will help sophisticated criminals avoid detection. Comey is taking up the FBI's years-long push to expand federal surveillance law to require tech companies to include a way for law enforcement to get court ordered access to data on new devices.

17 new charges against suspected Benghazi ringleader — Washington (CNN) -- Federal authorities filed 17 new charges against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, alleging that he was the ringleader of twin 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Justice Department stops waivers preventing appeal — (CNN) -- The Justice Department says it will no longer ask defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to appeal convictions because of bad legal advice. The department issued a memo Tuesday to ban the practice in 35 U.S.

Equatorial Guinea official settles corruption case — Washington (CNN) -- A top official of Equatorial Guinea, the son of the African country's longtime leader, agreed to a $30 million settlement to resolve the U.S. government's allegations that he used money plundered from his country to amass assets such as a California mansion, a jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia including a crystal-encrusted glove.

Cartagena fallout hangs over Secret Service issues — (CNN) -- Echoes of the 2012 prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, lie at the root of the turmoil that has upended the Secret Service, prompting the ouster of its director in the wake of security lapses.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @shephardm: "Today is a sad and tragic day for our city and our country," #Ottawa mayor at #RCMP & @OttawaPolice update.…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @NYCEMSwebsite: Man who saw gunman shoot Canadian soldier at war memorial in Ottawa says shooter "raised his arms in triumph":

Oct 22, 2014

RT @joshuafoust: Man commits violence supposedly over Canada's anti-ISIS stance… Greenwald blames Canada in OEF…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @globeandmail: .@josh_wingrove's first-person account of the scene inside Parliament during shooting

Oct 22, 2014

RT @etuckerAP: Blackwater verdict to be read in 10 minutes. No matter the outcome, extraordinarily impressive to have a jury out for nearly 30 days.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BreakingNews: Video: Heavy gunfire echoes through the halls of Canada's parliament - @globeandmail

Oct 22, 2014

RT @IvisonJ: "There is a shooter on the loose," says cop as he clears the area.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @PzFeed: Canadian prime minister is safe and has evacuated the building after shootings - CBC

Oct 22, 2014

RT @IvisonJ: Witness says this is the suspect's car. He says two men climbed out. No licence plates on it.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @holmescnn: #breaking Man shot at Canada’s War Memorial, near the country’s Parliament. Parlt on lockdown - Ottawa police

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