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5 things you need to know Wednesday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:49

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

Islamic State influence spreads beyond Iraq and Syria

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:43

Pakistan, India, Mali and even Australia eye the spread of the Islamic State militants to their countries.

       

Study: Bark beetles not a wildfire bugaboo

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:40

Bark beetles aren't to blame for the wildfires that have ravaged parts of the West.

       

Secret Service director resigns

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:28

Resignations follows a series of security lapses by the Secret Service.

       

Girl, 10, dies from complications of enterovirus

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:18

State health officials say 10-year-old died from complications of unusual respiratory virus.

       

Watch two Suez Canal container ships collide

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:11

The crash reportedly occurred after one container ship had technical problems.

       

Photos: View gripping images from inside Hong Kong protests

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:08

Protesters in Hong Kong on Wednesday kicked off the National Day holiday with a captivating display of mass civil disobedience in hopes of g...

       

Suspect in White House breach pleads not guilty

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:55

Federal authorities say Omar Gonzalez has a history of mental illness.

       

Paralyzed painter uses teeth to create masterpieces

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:55

Mariam Pare was paralyzed at the age of 20 and could no longer paint the way she had always known.

       

Ad watch: Group slams Beauprez's banking background

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:54

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez is a former congressman, a rancher and a former banker. It's that last item Democrats are focused o...

       

Poll: For the GOP — What's the matter with Kansas?

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:00

Poll shows Sen. Roberts, Gov. Brownback trailing their Democratic challengers.

       

Paramedics, ER staff under Ebola observation in Dallas

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:40

After Ebola diagnosis, health officials begin 'contact investigation.'

       

2 suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:34

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

       

Watch: Congressman tries out his Bruce Lee moves

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:11

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., promotes Bruce Lee museum exhibit in video.

       

Boy, 2, critical after shooting himself in head

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:07

Police are uncertain how child got handgun in family's home.

       

Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100M

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:41

Pentagon may end up spending more than $100 million to move unwanted vehicles

       

Millions of new jobs open, if you know where to look

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 20:27

If you know where to look, millions of good-paying jobs will open in the next few years.

       

Photo stuns father of murdered Virginia student

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:39

Dan Harrington says accused killer of Hannah Graham looks like suspect in daughter's death.

       

Voices: Emma Watson isn't a game changer, just a player

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:33

While Watson's speech was cute, it wasn't inclusive of all women. It, actually, wasn't very inclusive of any woman.

       

Trump tricked into retweeting serial killer pic

USAToday.com Top Stories - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:31

Tycoon fooled into retweeting photo of notorious British killers Fred and Rosemary West.