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Man scales fence at White House

Washington A man from Arkansas scaled the fence surrounding the White House Sunday while President Bush was inside and was immediately captured by Secret Service officers.

Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry identified the jumper as Shawn A. Cox. Cherry said Cox was being charged with unlawful entry and was expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court.

Cox has previously come to the attention of the Secret Service, Cherry said, but he would not provide details.

Cherry said he did not know where Cox was from in Arkansas or why he wanted to get on the White House grounds. He did not have a weapon, Cherry said.

Bush was home at when Cox climbed the fence on the northeast side of the property around lunchtime. Uniformed Secret Service officers stood by with guns drawn while an agent escorted Cox to a guard station.

Black bear hunt today in New Jersey

Vernon, N.J. New Jersey hunters take to the woods today for a controversial season aimed at thinning the state’s growing population of black bears, whose hungry foraging has frightened suburban residents.

Up to 5,000 hunters were expected to part in the six-day hunt – only the second in New Jersey in 35 years – which began at sunrise today.

Black bears have rebounded from near extinction in the state but the loss of habitat to development is forcing many of the animals to seek food in populated areas.

The hunt, restricted to an area of about 1,600 square miles in the state’s northwest corner, is expected to draw thousands of hunters armed with shotguns or old-fashioned muzzle-loading rifles.

Epsilon strengthens into hurricane again

Miami Hurricane Epsilon regained strength Sunday in the open Atlantic, surprising experts but still posing no threat to land.

The 26th named storm of a record-breaking hurricane season had top sustained winds Sunday night near 75 mph, just above the threshold for a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Cooler waters, higher wind shear and drier air should cause Epsilon to gradually weaken, hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said. The storm had been downgraded early Sunday to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 70 mph but unexpectedly gained strength.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and officially ended on Wednesday.



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