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Gun buyer and gunman linked through marriage, previous plot

Posted 12/10/2015 in National

The gunman who massacred his co-workers in the San Bernardino rampage and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting were related through marriage and may have plotted an attack together three years ago.



After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise

Posted 12/10/2015 in National

A severed pig's head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. An Islamic center in Florida was defaced. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group.


AP Poll: Republicans wary of immigration from Middle East

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

With his call for blocking Muslims from entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into deep concern among Republican voters about allowing Middle Eastern immigrants into the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.


Outdated education law up for major makeover in Senate

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

The way the nation's public schools are evaluated -- teachers, students and the schools themselves -- is in store for a major makeover, with a sweeping shift from federal to state control over school accountability and student testing.



Syrian refugees resettled in resistant Texas, Indiana

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Syrian families have been settled in Texas and in Indiana, the groups helping them said Tuesday, defying efforts by the conservative states' governors to stop their arrival.



Legal experts agree: Trump's proposal unconstitutional

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Donald Trump's call to block all Muslims from entering the United States is not only unconstitutional, but also impossible to carry out, legal experts said Tuesday.



FDA clears cold cap to save hair during breast cancer chemo

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Hair loss is one of the most despised side effects of chemotherapy, and now breast cancer patients are getting a new way to try to save their locks.



US life expectancy flat for third straight year at almost 79

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.



House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the U.S. and require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years.



California shooting shows difficulty in identifying attackers

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino attack came to the attention of police, it was far too late.



Cabinet secretary urges US to avoid suspicion of Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Vilifying and casting suspicion on American Muslims would threaten counterterrorism efforts and is un-American, the Homeland Security secretary said Monday.



Donald Trump's comments escalate GOP rhetoric on Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Amid fear of terrorism, the Republican candidates for president for months have escalated their rhetoric about the place of Muslims in the United States.



Mayor bans Trump after candidate suggests blocking Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

A Florida mayor says he's banning Donald Trump from his city after the Republican presidential candidate called for the U.S. to stop Muslims from entering the country.


Survivors return to Pearl Harbor 74 years after attack

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

A few dozen elderly men who survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor 74 years ago gathered at the site to remember fellow servicemen who didn't make it.


Republicans assail Obama on ISIS -- despite similarities

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Minutes after a solemn President Barack Obama spelled out his plans to protect Americans from terrorism, Marco Rubio declared that he "may have made things worse."



Homeland secretary: US to revise terror alert system

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

The Obama administration will announce changes to the terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday.



FBI: Killers had been radicalized 'for quite some time'

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

The San Bernardino killers had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead, the FBI said Monday.



AP-NORC Poll: Americans want more political donor disclosure

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Americans want to know the names of donors who are giving to all groups that work to elect candidates -- and by an overwhelming majority believe that requiring disclosure would be an effective way to reduce the influence of money in politics.


Liberty president calls for armed Christian campus

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students, staff and faculty at his Christian school to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus to counter any copycat attack like the deadly rampage in California just days ago.


Analysis: Obama offers little policy in speech

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

There were no new policy prescriptions, no fresh military strategies and no timelines. When President Barack Obama seized the spotlight for a rare prime time address Sunday night, he came with one major message: It's going to be OK.



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