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Obama insists U.S. 'will not be terrorized&#39

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 07:01

As ISIS hails the Calif. shooters, the president pledges strength and resilience.


Chicago police account of 2014 shooting differs from video: newspaper

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 05:18

Chicago has been roiled by street protests and political turmoil since the Nov. 24 release of video that showed the officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times after he jogged away from police cars. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, on the day of the video's release was charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of the teen, who authorities say was carrying a knife. Hundreds of pages of police reports released by the city late on Friday indicated that, during an initial police investigation, at least five officers corroborated Van Dyke's account that McDonald moved toward officers, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Islamic State says California killers of 14 were their followers

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 04:18

Islamic State said on Saturday that a married couple who killed 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an "act of terrorism" were followers of the militant group based in Syria and Iraq. The group's declaration, in an online radio broadcast comes three days after U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his spouse, Tashfeen Malik, 29, a native of Pakistan, carried out the attack on a holiday party for civil servants in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.


FBI investigates Southern California attack as act of terror

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 03:57

The Pakistani woman who joined her U.S.-born husband in killing 14 people remains shrouded in mystery.


Obama says 'we will not be terrorized' after California shooting

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 02:04

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday that federal investigators would find out what motivated a married couple in California to shoot and kill 14 people, and he asked Americans to stand united after the attacks. Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook were killed in a shootout with police after the Wednesday attack during a holiday party at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the massacre as an "act of terrorism" after Malik was believed to have pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State.


Islamic State broadcast says followers of the group carried out California attacks

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 01:32

Islamic State said in an online radio broadcast on Saturday that two followers of the Islamist militant group had carried out Wednesday's attack on a social services agency party in California where 14 people were killed. "Two followers of Islamic State attacked several days ago a center in San Bernadino in California, opening fire inside the center, leading to the deaths of 14 people and wounding more than 20 others" the group's daily broadcast al-Bayan said, giving information already widely reported. A news agency that supports Islamic State, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, said on Friday the attackers were followers of the group.


An unspoken option if climate talks fail: Geoengineering

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 22:29

PARIS (AP) — It's the option climate negotiators here are loath to talk about.


New York Times, in rare front-page editorial, calls for outlawing some rifles

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 22:14

The newspaper's editorial comes three days after Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple, carried out the mass shooting in San Bernardino with legally-purchased, .223 caliber assault-style rifles. "Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership," the New York Times editorial said. The piece made brief mention of other U.S. mass shootings.


How El Niño is affecting weather forecasts

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 22:12

Every two to seven years, trade winds shift and sea surface temperatures warm in the Pacific, creating the meteorological event. As conditions change, they trigger a domino effect of disruptive weather patterns worldwide.


Reporters allowed into California shooters' home, FBI defends its search

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 17:13

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The decision by a landlord on Friday to allow news reporters into the home of the couple who massacred 14 people in California provoked outrage on social media but likely broke no laws, legal and media experts said. In an unusual scene carried live by major television networks, dozens of journalists, including Reuters employees, swarmed through the townhouse where Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Farook had lived with their six-month-old daughter. Malik, 29, and Farook, 28, were killed in a shootout with police hours after the attack at a social services agency in San Bernardino on Wednesday, during which 14 people were killed and 21 were wounded.


Bar in Paris attacks re-opens after 'nightmare'

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 17:04

A Paris bar where five people were killed in the jihadist attacks became the first to re-open, with customers defiantly returning to the site where black-clad gunmen sprayed bullets at terrified evening drinkers. A La Bonne Biere opened for business on a bright and sunny morning in the east of the capital and the first customers pushed through the doors as if everything was -- almost -- normal. The manager, Audrey Bily, came out to address a crowd of journalists and television cameras, standing near to where a carload of gunmen had pulled up on November 13 and spread terror through the trendy district as people enjoyed an end-of-week drink.


FBI investigating California massacre as 'act of terrorism'

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:33

By Dan Whitcomb and Mark Hosenball SAN BERNARDINO, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating the massacre of 14 people in California by a married couple armed with assault rifles as an "act of terrorism," officials said on Friday, noting the wife was believed to have pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State. Tashfeen Malik, 27, a native of Pakistan who lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, and her U.S.-born husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, were killed in a shootout with police hours after the Wednesday attack during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.


Exclusive: Most Americans see Muslims like any other group after California shooting - poll

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 15:08

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just days after two Muslims were accused of gunning down 14 people in California, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 51 percent of Americans view Muslims living in the United States the same as any other community, while only 14.6 percent are generally fearful. In the first poll on views of Muslim Americans taken in the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, much of the division is partisan. Among Democrats, 60 percent said they view Muslims like any other community, compared with only 30 percent of Republicans.


Oklahoma prisons boss resigns amid execution investigation

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 14:29

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of Oklahoma's prison system, who presided over two botched lethal injections and a third that was called off because the wrong drug was delivered, announced his resignation Friday amid an investigation into what went wrong with the executions.


Ben Carson says California shootings end refugee debate

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 14:27

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said Friday that this week's mass shooting in Southern California should end the debate over whether Syrian refugees can safely be screened.


New York City mayor urges city pension funds to divest gun stocks

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:49

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the city's pension funds on Friday to divest their holdings in stocks of gun makers after this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Two of the funds in the city's $155 billion pension system dropped their holdings in gun manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger & Co Inc after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.


Supreme Court agrees to hear Puerto Rico restructuring appeal

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:25

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Puerto Rico's bid to reinstate a law that would allow restructuring of the U.S. territory's public agencies as the Caribbean island grapples with its huge debt load. The court also took up a companion case filed by representatives of the publicly owned Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico. The court noted in its brief order that Justice Samuel Alito will not participate in the case, meaning only eight justices will hear it.


Mosque members on San Bernardino shooter: ‘He was living the American dream’

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 08:02

Members of the California mosques where San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook prayed were shocked to learn of his involvement in the massacre at Inland Regional Center.


Boston police bomb squad investigating suspicious package: spokeswoman

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 07:40
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston police on Friday were investigating a suspicious package discovered near a U.S. Coast Guard facility, with the department's bomb squad on the scene, police spokeswoman Myeshia Henderson said.

Exclusive: California shooter Malik lived in Saudi Arabia for years - Pakistani sources

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 07:32

(Reuters) - Accused San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik moved to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan about 25 years ago but returned home to study to become a pharmacist, two Pakistani officials told Reuters.


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