U.S. security officials are revamping the national alert system to warn the public about terrorism risks and will begin issuing bulletins to inform people about threats from Islamic State and other militant groups. "The bulletin is intended to describe current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism to the United States for the American people," he said. The bulletins would also inform the public about what security authorities are doing about the threat and give advice about what people may do to keep safe, the official said.
A deadlocked Maryland jury will try again on Wednesday to reach a decision in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the April death of black detainee Freddie Gray. Officer William Porter, 26, is on trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in Gray's death from a broken neck sustained in the back of a police van.
By Idrees Ali and Alana Wise ANAHEIM, Calif./MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Omar Elhanafy, vice president of the Muslim student organization at California State University, San Bernardino, hasn't followed the 2016 U.S. presidential election closely. "Trump, he kind of has a really powerful voice at the moment and the things that he is saying are kind of scary and kind of shocking to me," Elhanafy said. After the Dec. 2 shootings, Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional negotiators on Tuesday wrapped up a sprawling deal to keep the U.S. government operating through next September, while setting new policies ranging from repealing a 40-year-old ban on oil exports to making many business tax breaks permanent, according to Republican lawmakers. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told his rank-and-file Republicans that weeks of negotiations with Democrats had culminated in a deal that would eliminate any possibility of government shutdowns until at least next October, according to lawmakers present. "That's my understanding, that there is agreement on both tax extenders and the omnibus" spending bill," Representative John Kline told reporters upon leaving a closed-door meeting of House Republicans.
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles shut more than 1,000 public schools on Tuesday over a threatened attack with bombs and assault rifles, sending hundreds of thousands of students home as city leaders were criticized for overreacting to what authorities later said was likely a hoax. The emailed threat, which authorities said was "routed through Germany" but likely originated locally, was made nearly two weeks after a married couple inspired by Islamic State killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a county office building 60 miles (100 km) away in San Bernardino. "Based on past circumstance, I could not take the chance," Los Angeles School Superintendent Ramon Cortines told a news conference.
Donald Trump shook off intense criticism about his anti-Muslim comments to surge to his biggest lead yet in the Republican presidential nominations race, ahead of a Tuesday debate featuring the billionaire and his rivals. Two polls unveiled Monday and Tuesday show Trump at new heights, with maverick US Senator Ted Cruz surging into second place and looking to rattle the frontrunner on the national stage. With seven weeks before voters in the heartland state of Iowa cast the first votes in the nominations process, Trump, Cruz and seven other candidates will go toe to toe in Las Vegas in the final Republican presidential debate of 2015.
U.S. authorities in Pakistan could have sought - but did not - a full background security investigation of San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik before granting her a visa to enter the United States in 2014, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. Under the U.S. "Visa Security Program," consular officials in American embassies overseas can ask U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stationed in the embassies to produce a "Security Assessment Opinion," or SAO, before the consulate decides whether to approve a U.S. visa application.