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FBI Chief: California Shooters Radicalized Long Before Attack

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the two shooters in last week's California massacre were radicalized before they met online and started discussing jihad and martyrdom about two years ago. FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were radicalized "for quite a long time" before carrying the attack in San Bernardino, California. The couple married last year. Comey also said the two were inspired by foreign terrorist groups and described them as "homegrown violent extremists." "We’re working very hard to understand exactly their association and…
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14 Killed in California Shooting, Two Suspects Captured

VOA News Last updated on: December 02, 2015 The two suspects killed one man, one woman, were armed with assault rifles and handguns, dressed in "assault-style" clothing.   At least 14 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Wednesday when three gunmen burst into a handicapped training center in San Bernardino, California and started shooting. Hours later, police shot and wounded one suspect after spotting an SUV in which the gunmen escaped, and they captured at least one other. There are conflicting reports about whether the wounded suspect is dead. Television pictures showed the SUV with the windows shot out,…
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Officials: Many Victims in California Shooting

Updated VOA News At least 14 victims dead and  14 injured  are reported at the press conference from a shooting at a handicapped training center in San Bernardino, California, an hour east of Los Angeles. There are fatalities, but it is not yet clear how many. The local sheriff's department says as many as three shooters may be involved. Police say officers are trying to determine if any active shooters are still on the scene. They are warning people to stay in place and keep away from the neighborhood. A police spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times  the suspects were heavily armed…
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Zuckerberg Makes $45 Billion Charity Pledge to Baby Daughter

VOA News December 02, 2015 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan introduced their new baby daughter to the world Tuesday along with a $45 billion initiative to improve the lives of those in her generation and those that follow. Presented as a letter to Max, who was born last week, Zuckerberg and Chan said they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lifetimes.  The focus at first will be on "personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities." "We believe all lives have value, and that includes the many more people…
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Kerry: Iraq Briefed on US Plan to Strike at Heart of IS

Jeff Seldin Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the Iraqi government was briefed in advance of Defense Secretary Ash Carter's announcement that teams of special operators could be in Iraq in a matter of weeks. The “specialized expeditionary targeting force" will consist of approximately 200 special forces personnel, according to officials familiar with the plans aimed at striking the brain trust and nervous system of the Islamic State terror group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi praised his forces in a statement Tuesday, and said that while Iraq welcomes support from its international partners, it does not need foreign combat…
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US-Cuba Talks Underway; Focus on Migrants, Illegal Drugs

Pamela Dockins STATE DEPARTMENT—A surge in the number of Cubans entering the United States and methods to prevent the flow of illegal drugs between the two countries are among issues being discussed by and Cuban working groups this week. and Cuban officials are meeting in Washington, as the two countries move forward with efforts to normalize ties. On Monday, officials held high-level bi-annual migration talks at the State Department to discuss the implementation of agreements between the and Cuba. A Cuban migrant holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Help us Obama", Nov. 16, 2015. Push to reach US The…
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Chicago Police Chief Fired in Aftermath of Police Shooting Video

Ken Bredemeier Chicago's police chief was fired Tuesday, a week after the release of a video showing a white city police officer killing a black teenager by firing 16 shots at him. Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in the third biggest city, saying it was an "undeniable fact" that the public's trust in Chicago police had eroded and that it was time for "fresh eyes and leadership." The video shot from a police car in October 2014 shows Officer Jason Van Dyke getting out of another squad car in the middle of a four-lane Chicago street and…
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Hillary promete no usar término “inmigrantes ilegales”

La exsecretaria de Estado y precandidata demócrata a la presidencia reconoció que es "una mala elección de palabras". Durante una sesión de preguntas y respuestas por Facebook organizada por la cadena Telemundo, la precandidata demócrata Hillary Clinton reconoció que emplear el término "inmigrantes ilegales" fue "una mala elección de palabras" y prometió no volver a emplearlo en sus discursos. El autor de la pregunta sobre el uso del término la realizó el activista José Antonio Vargas, un periodista indocumentado fundador de la organización Define America, que considera que la terminología es ofensiva y pidió a todos los precandidatos presidenciales que…
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Electronics Make Driving Easier, Safer

LOS ANGELES—New cars increasingly use connected technology, and incremental improvements in automotive electronics are making cars safer and smarter. Some new models are flashy and others are fuel efficient, and embedded technology is at the heart of all of them. The new Ford Escape has a radar-enabled adaptive cruise control to avoid collisions, with sensors on the front and side of the car.  Ford's Mark Schirmer says the electronic system can be accessed through the dashboard or a smartphone. “Where I am from, in Michigan, if it is a cold morning, I can have it start up right before I…
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Homeland Security Defends US Refugee Security Vetting

Megan Duzor The Department of Homeland Security is defending its ability to screen refugee applicants following the deadly attacks in Paris, and officials there say that state governors who want to refuse Syrian refugees on security grounds have unfounded fears. The department's Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters on a conference call Monday that he is confident the governors' concerns will be adequately addressed. He said they will "be able to stand tall and accept refugees across the country." Mayorkas said the administration "strongly believes that the governors' fears are not well founded." More than two dozen governors are balking…
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