Shooting at the White House
November 16th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Shooting at the White House

Washington (CNN) - A man wanted in connection with a White House shooting incident was arrested Wednesday in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Secret Service announced.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police near Indiana, Pennsylvania, was allegedly involved in a shooting Friday night that may be responsible for two bullets found at the White House.

One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass, and another was found on the White House exterior, the Secret Service said. Both bullets were found Tuesday.

There is no specific concern for President Barack Obama's safety, a Secret Service official not authorized to speak on the record told CNN.

The bullets were found on the south side of the White House, the official told CNN.

"A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass. One additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House. This damage has not been conclusively connected to Friday's incident, and an assessment of the exterior of the White House is ongoing," a Secret Service statement said.

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Topics: Secret Service • White House
Obama in Australia: What day is it?
President Obama held a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gilliard Wednesday.
November 16th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

Obama in Australia: What day is it?

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (CNN) - President Obama might be surrounded by an army of secret service agents, but on his trip to Canberra, Australia he got no protection from a crushing time zone change that left him a bit confused.

“I’m trying to figure out what, what time zone I’m in here,” the president joked during a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Flying from Honolulu, Hawaii to Australia took the president forward in time, virtually skipping Tuesday all together and jumping to Wednesday.

Canberra is 16 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

The fast forward left the president looking a bit tired as he attended an arrival ceremony and news conference.

At the closing event of the day, the parliamentary dinner, the time zone change once again took its toll.

“I am going to be brief, for we have had a busy day,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m not sure what day it is.”


Topics: President Obama
U.S. military footprint to grow in Australia
November 16th, 2011
04:49 AM ET

U.S. military footprint to grow in Australia

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (CNN) - The U.S. military presence will soon be expanding in Australia as part of a new joint strategic partnership.

Under the agreement announced during a joint news conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Gillard, 200 to 250 U-S Marines will be sent sometime in mid 2012 to Darwin and the northern region of Australia, in six month rotations.

They will conduct exercises and training.

Over the next several years the numbers are expected to climb to 2,500, comprising a Marine Ground Task Force.

China's looming military presence in the region is part of the reason for this stepped up U.S. activity, said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

But at the news conference, President Obama insisted fear wasn't driving the enhanced military initiatives.

"The notion that we fear China is mistaken," Mr. Obama said.

Shortly after the announcement was made at the Australian parliament building, AFP reported the Chinese were skeptical of the deal and said it "may not be quite appropriate."

Asked to respond to China's apparent push-back, Rhodes told CNN, "It is not just entirely appropriate but an important step to dealing with the challenges of the future of the Asian Pacific region."


Topics: President Obama • The News