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White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

WASHINGTON – A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement. The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. EST.

Obama signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill

PUBLIC LANDS -- Less than three days after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains area for wilderness designation, President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, ending a 40-year effort. Obama signed the Senates approval of H.R. 1138,...

White House streams today’s Conference on Aging

Local senior advocates are watching today’s White House Conference on Aging and will provide feedback about how to improve aging services. The public can watch a live feed of the conference, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at https://www.whitehouse .gov/live. At press time, the White House hadn’t released an agenda. The event’s website is http://whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov.

White House intruder got far into mansion, congressman says

WASHINGTON – The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president’s life. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Monday night that whistleblowers told his committee that the intruder ran through the White House, into the East Room and near the doors to the Green Room before being apprehended. They also told the committee that the intruder made it past a guard stationed inside the White House, Chaffetz said.

Obama salutes Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks

President Barack Obama can appreciate a team overcoming long odds. Welcoming the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House on Wednesday, Obama took note that some football analysts hadn’t seen Seattle as a top-tier team. “As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog,” the president joked. Obama singled out the team’s outspoken cornerback, Richard Sherman, for being a role model to young people. Sherman was born in Compton, California, once a center of gang activity, and attended Stanford University on a scholarship. “If he seems a little brash, it’s because you’ve got to have attitude sometimes if you are going to overcome some of this adversity,” Obama said. – Associated Press

White House defends Biden against Gates criticism

WASHINGTON — The White House is bristling over former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new memoir accusing President Barack Obama of showing too little enthusiasm for the U.S. war mission in Afghanistan and sharply criticizing Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy instincts.

Low-key Obama aide at center of secret Iran talks

WASHINGTON — Last summer, while Jake Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he quietly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton’s traveling contingent in Mongolia.

Official: Woman killed in DC chase was delusional

WASHINGTON — A federal law enforcement official says the woman killed by police after trying to drive through barricades outside the White House had believed the president was communicating with her and was delusional.

‘White House Down’ makes perfect popcorn fare

If you see just one terrorists-take-over-the- White-House thriller this year, make it “White House Down.” Even if you saw the dour and bloody “Olympus Has Fallen,” which has a LOT in common with “White House Down,” you owe it to yourself to check out Roland “2012” Emmerich’s preachy, goofy, over-the-top take on “ ‘Die Hard’ at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” From the earnest but earnestly funny president in jeopardy (Jamie Foxx) who doesn’t like bad guys yanking on his sneakers (“Take your hands OFF my Jordans!”) to the eye-rolling image of a child having a “Les Miz” big-flag-on-the-barricades moment, “White House Down” is a corker, real competition for “Fast & Furious 6” as the dumbest fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.

Hackers compromise AP Twitter account

LONDON — Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.

Mead High graduate plays in Marine Band

A Spokane native will perform at Monday’s presidential inauguration. Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Ridlington, a 1991 Mead High School graduate, is a saxophonist in “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. The band will perform during the 57th Inauguration of President of the United States.