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San Bernardino, CA – California Gunman Was In Touch With Extremists

December 3, 2015 at 11:30 PM
San Bernardino, CA - California gunman Syed Rizwan Farook had been in contact with known Islamic extremists on social media, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday, and police said he and his wife had enough bullets and bombs to slaughter hundreds when they launched their deadly attack on a holiday party. The details emerged as investigators tried to determine whether the rampage that left...

San Bernardino, CA – Leaders Of Mosques Where California Shooter Prayed Say Rampage Betrayed Islam

December 3, 2015 at 11:00 PM
San Bernardino, CA - 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. And that has left them all the more puzzled about his killing spree on Wednesday. "He is someone who used to listen to my sermons...

Pageland, South Carolina – Man’s Hoard Of Nearly 5,000 Guns Shows Ease Of Amassing Arms In U.S

December 3, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Pageland, South Carolina - As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door. Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and...

Washington – Senate Rejects More Gun Background Checks After CA Attack

December 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington -A polarized Senate voted Thursday against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's mostly party-line 50-48 vote, which followed the Senate's defeat of other firearms curbs, underscored that political gridlock over the issue remains formidable in Washington, even...

San Bernardino, CA – Shooter Underwent Background Checks To Get Visa

December 3, 2015 at 09:33 PM
San Bernardino, CA - One of the shooters who killed 14 people at a California social service center was a conditional resident in the U.S. after marrying a citizen. The FBI says Tashfeen Malik came to the U.S. in July 2014 on a Pakistani passport and a so-called fiancée visa. To get the visa, she had to submit to an in-person interview and biometric and background checks to ensure she wasn't...

Washington – Motives Behind Mass Violence Can Be A Complex Mix

December 3, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Washington - Why did they do it? The California rampage that left 14 dead shows the motives behind mass violence can be complex and difficult to determine. The careful planning, multiple shooters and military-style weapons might seem to match up with recent terror attacks. But other circumstances — killing people known to an attacker, for example — could be more in line with the deep anger...

Washington – Politics Of Grief, Gun Control, Prayer After Latest Shooting

December 3, 2015 at 08:29 PM
Washington - It's a natural reaction in times of grief: Politicians from both parties offered supportive thoughts and prayers for those killed in the San Bernardino shootings. But within hours, social media was awash with pushback from gun control advocates calling out those who offer prayers without pushing for tighter gun laws. "Your 'thoughts' should be about steps to take to stop this...

New York – 1,800 NYC Apartments Are Returned To Rent Stabilization

December 3, 2015 at 08:04 PM
New York - Officials say more than 1,800 apartments in New York City have been returned to rent stabilization. The announcement was made Thursday by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. They say 128 landlords who benefit from the New York Real Property Tax Law are now registering 1,823 market-rate apartments as...

Washington – Republican Christie: Convinced Calif. Shooting Was Terrorist Attack

December 3, 2015 at 07:15 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie said on Thursday he was convinced the shooting in San Bernardino, California, was a terrorist attack. "If a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California, can be a target for a terrorist attack, then every place in America is a target for a terrorist attack," Christie, who is the governor of New Jersey...

Washington – Rifles In Deadly Shooting Legal In State With Strict Laws

December 3, 2015 at 07:01 PM
Washington - The military-style rifles used in the deadly California shootings were legally purchased, the U.S. government said Thursday. The two rifles were not specifically listed among the models outlawed under California's famously tough gun laws, and as long as each included a minor design change affecting how bullets are loaded into the weapon they would have been legal. California...

Jersey City, NJ – Muslim Leader Challenges Donald Trump To Come To Jersey City

December 3, 2015 at 06:18 PM
Jersey City, NJ - The leader of a national Muslim-American organization characterized Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that he saw Jersey City residents celebrating on the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks as "vicious" and invited the Republican presidential candidate to come to the city and meet with Muslims. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations...

Berlin – UN: 420,000 People Die Annually From Tainted Food

December 3, 2015 at 05:46 PM
Berlin - The World Health Organization says some 420,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases, with young children accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths. The U.N. health agency says it estimates that about 600 million people fall ill annually after consuming tainted food. It says children under 5 are particularly vulnerable to serious illness, resulting in 125,000 deaths...

Michigan – Muslim Americans Fear Demonization Of Islam After Mass Shooting

December 3, 2015 at 05:20 PM
Michigan - 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...

Washington – Bush, Cheney Reunite For Cheney’s Bust Unveiling In Capitol

December 3, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Full of humor and praise, former President George W. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, reunited at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to unveil a marble bust of Cheney. At a ceremony also attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Republican leaders of Congress, the 43rd president and 46th vice president used their rare joint appearance to reflect on the past, not dwell on the...

New York – Markets Slide In US And Europe After Stimulus Falls Short

December 3, 2015 at 04:32 PM
New York - Stocks and bond prices fell sharply in the U.S., and even more so in Europe, after the European Central Bank announced stimulus plans that were less aggressive than investors were expecting. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 251 points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 17,477. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 29 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,049. The Nasdaq declined 85...

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