October 2014 Current Events: U.S. News
Here are the key events in United States news for the month of October 2014.
Secret Service Director Resigns after Security Breach (Oct. 1): The first female director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigns just days after the House committee hearing examined how the U.S. Secret Service failed to prevent the intrusion into the White House last month and uncovered other lapses in security. Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announces Pierson's resignation in a statement. He also announces that the Department of Homeland Security will do an internal inquiry of the Secret Service. Johnson says he will appoint a new panel to review security at the White House. Former special agent Joseph Clancy is named interim Secret Service director. (Oct. 22): Dominic Adesanya, age 23, jumps the fence at the White House. Secret Service and two dogs stop the unarmed Adesanya before he gets inside the building. Charges are pending. The incident occurs just a little over a month since the last White House security incident.
Supreme Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Appeals (Oct. 6): The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeals of rulings in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin that allowed same-sex marriage. The move paves the way for same-sex marriages in the five states. In fact, Virginia announces that unions will begin that day.
Two Die in Washington State High School Shooting (Oct. 24): Jaylen Ray Fryberg, a 14 year-old student, opens fire in the cafeteria of a Marysville, Washington high school. Fryberg pulls out a handgun and shoots at close friends. He kills one student and critically wounds four others before killing himself. Two of the wounded victims are Fryberg's cousins, Nate Hatch, age 14, and Andrew Fryberg, age 15. Officials have not yet identified the female classmate killed in the shooting.
Giants Win Third World Series in Five Years (Oct. 29): The San Francisco Giants defeat the Kansas City Royals in an eventful seven games to win their third World Series title in five years. In the final game of the series, the Giants beat the Royals 3-2 with relief help from 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Pitching on just two days' rest, Bumgarner shuts out the Royals, allowing only two hits in the final five innings. Bumgarner's World Series performance is record breaking and historic: 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 earned run average (E.R.A.) for 2014. Adding in his stats from two previous World Series appearances (2010, 2012) and his E.R.A. is 0.25, the best in World Series history, minimum 25 innings.
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes (Oct. 31): A Virgin Galactic space plane, known as SpaceShipTwo, breaks apart over the Mojave Desert soon after takeoff. Co-pilot Michael Alsbury is killed. Pilot Peter Siebold parachutes out of the plane and survives. Later, during a news conference, investigators explain that the crash happened because the plane shifted too quickly into a mode designed to slow it down.