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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.

California massacre shooter pledged allegiance to Islamic State: sources

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 07:23

Tashfeen Malik, 27, and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, were killed in a shootout with police hours after the Wednesday massacre at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. U.S. investigators are evaluating evidence that Malik, a Pakistani native who had been living in Saudi Arabia when she married Farook, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, two U.S. officials told Reuters. Malik and Farook had spent time destroying computer hard drives and other electronics before embarking on their rampage Wednesday, a U.S. government source said.

AP Source: Woman in shooting pledged allegiance to IS

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 07:22

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The woman who helped her husband kill 14 people at a holiday banquet for his county co-workers pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook using an alias, then deleted the messages before the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday, providing the strongest evidence to date that the rampage may have been a terrorist attack.

Trump picked stock fraud felon as senior adviser

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 06:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man's past involvement in a major Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known, according to Associated Press interviews and a review of court records.

U.S. gun control activists newly optimistic, but change may be elusive

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 02:18

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After years of thwarted efforts to tighten restrictions on firearms, gun control activists are heralding the 2016 elections as a watershed moment. Everytown for Gun Safety said its membership spiked by 20,000, to 3.5 million, in the hours after the California shooting - in which a young married couple armed with assault-style rifles left their infant daughter in the care of a grandmother before opening fire at a workplace holiday party.

Baltimore police trial resumes after Freddie Gray arrest video draws tears

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 02:14

The trial of a Baltimore police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a young black man is due to resume on Friday, a day after prosecutors showed a video of his arrest that reduced his family to tears. Officer William Porter has also been charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. On Thursday, Gray's mother and other relatives wept as a cellphone video, taken by bystander Kevin Moore, showed Gray screaming as he was arrested and people yelling at police.

Muslim Americans fear demonization of Islam after mass shooting

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 01:15

Muslim Americans fear their religion will be demonized and Islamophobia will spread after a young Muslim couple was accused of carrying out one of the bloodiest mass killings in the United States. Across the country, Muslim Americans responded with shock and outrage after a shooting in which authorities said Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees in California on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 21. "I was at the gym yesterday while the shooting was taking place and all the TVs were showing that footage and all I could keep thinking to myself is 'God, I hope they don't have any Eastern descent, not just Middle Eastern, anything we'd associate with a Muslim'," said Adam Hashem, 32, in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb with one of the country’s largest Muslim populations.

Leaders of mosques where California shooter prayed say rampage betrayed Islam

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 17:22

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN BERNARDINO (Reuters) - California shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was a devout Muslim who made a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2013 and prayed regularly at a mosque in Riverside, California and later at one in nearby San Bernardino, officials at the mosques said on Thursday. "He is someone who used to listen to my sermons, my talks here," said Mustafa Kuko, director of the Islamic Center of Riverside. "I sat up last night thinking about him and what's happened." Kuko has trouble understanding how Farook could have betrayed the very principles of his religion.

One wounded in shooting at Illinois Wal-Mart store

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 17:17
Police in Darien, a small city about 30 miles (48 km) outside of Chicago, received reports of shots fired inside the store on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Chief John Cooper said. Police said the wound was non-life-threatening. Cooper said police were searching for a man who fled the scene, but that the store was deemed safe.