San Bernardino attack: A look at the 14 lives lost

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AP News in Brief at 11:58 p.m. EST.

WASHINGTON: California shooter Syed Farook plotted an attack with an accomplice three years ago but got “cold feet” after a wave of US counterterrorism arrests, a senator said Wednesday. The husband-and-wife killers in the San Bernardino mass murder espoused extremist views before they met — and discussed jihad and martyrdom soon after making their love connection, the head of the FBI said Wednesday.

Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people last week at a social services agency in California, was discussing staging a terrorist attack in the Los Angeles area with a neighbor as early as 2012 — but got cold feet, investigators said Wednesday. A longtime friend and neighbour of Farook’s, Enrique Marquez, told investigators of their aborted plot, said Senator James Risch, who sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “He has admitted that in 2012 they had something in mind and they didn’t do it because there had been some immediate arrests by the counterterrorism people,” Risch told CNN.

It remained unclear if Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook met randomly on the Internet or were brought together by some sort of terrorist Tinder in 2013, FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “After this hearing today, every American will be asking the question: ‘How did this woman come in on a fiancée visa?’” said Sen. Investigators are also looking at whether the husband accused in the shootings was planning an attack in 2012 but abandoned those plans, according to two people familiar with the investigation who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The terrorist twosome were already embracing jihad before their romance began online, and Comey said the two were inspired by foreign terror groups that likely predated the rise of ISIS. The new timeline suggests that the couple were considering violent action before the Islamic State rose to prominence in 2014 and began trying to inspire sympathizers to carry out attacks in the West. But none of those indications were picked up when officials vetted the couple as part of Malik’s K-1 fiancee visa, which allowed her to enter the U.S. and get married in 2014, putting her on a path to full citizenship. “Here we have someone who was talking about jihad for a couple of years,” said Sen.

Nothing signalled that there were extremists, perhaps seeking an opportunity to kill, or that the husband and wife, whom friends describe as ‘ordinary’ had amassed ammunition in their house or constructed a formidable collection of pipe bombs and other devices, quite possibly built as their six month old daughter slept. The two men were also loosely related by marriage, according to the Times, which said Marquez last year married a woman named Mariya Chernykh, who is a sister of Farook’s sister-in-law. Schumer, New York Democrat. “Most Americans have the assumption that we are on top of things like this.” The FBI director also raised several areas where he said officials are concerned. We do not know why an apparently angry Syed Rizwan left a gathering at the county health department where he had worked for five years as an environmental health engineer – a subject in which he held a degree from the State University of California – and then returned with his wife, both macabrely clad in full battle gear, to unleash the shootings.

The investigation of Farook, who was born in Illinois to Pakistani immigrants, and Malik, who was born in Pakistan and lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia, is looking into his relationship with his boyhood friend Enrique Marquez. He said the intelligence community believes Islamic State operatives may have the ability to manufacture fraudulent passports that could fool inspectors. The source gave no details, but CNN cited two US officials as saying Farook and an unnamed second person selected a target but abandoned their plan after terror-related arrests in the area. Sources told NBC News the information was developed from examination of electronic media Farook and Malik left behind on their smashed phones and computers.

He called for technology companies to change a business model that has made encryption the default for much communication — though he didn’t say whether encrypted communications helped the terrorist couple hide their plans. Obama administration officials fanned out across Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to answer questions about the attack and about Malik’s immigration application. The assailants shot dead 14 people and wounded another 21 at a party full of Farook’s co-workers, before dying in a shootout with police hours later. Marquez, who worked at a Walmart Supercenter in Corona, California, has not been arrested in the case, but he was questioned by the FBI on Tuesday and his family home was raided over the weekend.

Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez refused to get into specifics, saying the ongoing FBI investigation prevented him from disclosing whether they did an in-person interview with Malik or what other steps were involved. “They’re dead, so I don’t know [if] we’re terribly worried about their privacy considerations,” Rep. Among all immigrants granted permanent residency status, or green cards, the share of Muslims increased from about 5 percent in 1992 to roughly 10 percent in 2012, representing about 100,000 immigrants in that year, according to Pew. MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Even campaigning half as much as his rivals, Donald Trump is drowning them out in an echo chamber of insults and charged pronouncements that have taken over the presidential campaign. State documents showed Marquez married Mariya Chernykh last year, whose sister is married to Farook’s brother, Syed Raheel Farook, a US Navy veteran.

All the while, some Republican officials worry the intense Trump focus is letting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton escape serious scrutiny as she works to strengthen her case to general election voters in the 2016 contest. “He’s playing you like a fine Stradivarius violin,” former Florida Gov. So far, as US investigators examine what has been the worst shooting in US history since the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there are few real leads.

Jeb Bush told reporters who mobbed him after a campaign stop in New Hampshire this week — to get his reaction to Trump’s remarks. “This is what he does. Tashfeen Malik, whose family comes from a village near Multan, had lived in both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan while growing up and is reported to have been a model student at the Bahauddin Zakariya University from where she obtained her degree in pharmacy. Nothing seems to have made her stand out in the eyes of her peers or her professors, apart from the fact that she apparently created no trouble and scored high grades. He’s phenomenal at garnering attention.” Perhaps no one is more frustrated than Bush, the former Florida governor once thought the likely nominee but now fighting for relevance as Trump leads most Republican polls.

The implication apparently made by the US to the Pakistan government that Tashfeen Malik may have been linked to Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz is hazy. Comey said authorities were trying to determine if their union was a marriage arranged by extremist operatives, in order for Malik to gain access to the country. “It would be a very, very important thing to know,” he said.

Because he provided two of the four weapons used by the attackers, some investigators have questioned his credibility, thinking that he might exaggerate what he knows about the couple to win favor with the authorities. Carter outlined the steps as the Obama administration faces criticism from both Republicans and Democrats about its strategy to defeat the IS militants, reflecting a nation’s growing fears about the threat of terrorism. Comey addressed what he called the growing problem of encryption, which allows terror suspects to “go dark” using easily available encrypted services including telephone messaging apps and gaming consoles. Rizwan Farooq met his future wife online, on an Islamic dating site, on which his picture appears as a pleasant young man, lightly bearded and standing in a pretty garden. It was the first time that Carter has testified before the committee since IS claimed responsibility for bombing a Russian airliner, attacks in Beirut and Paris, and the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California, by a self-radicalized couple.

His comments follow up on an appeal from President Barack Obama for high-tech leaders to help make it harder for extremists to escape from the law using technology. Carter said that during the past several months, the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria has provided specialized training and equipment, including combat engineering assistance such as bulldozing, and munitions such as AT-4 shoulder-fired missiles to stop truck bombs, to the Iraqi army and counter-terrorism service units entering Ramadi neighborhoods from multiple directions. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic stunned a courtroom Wednesday when he declared himself a “warrior for the babies” and said he was guilty and won’t go to trial.

King — who represented Colorado theater shooter James Holmes — has asked the judge to impose a gag order on participants in the Planned Parenthood case before a trial. “You’ll never know what I saw in that clinic. According to law enforcement officials, they had not finished building at least some of the dozen pipe bombs that were found in their home, leading investigators to believe they had a much larger attack planned for the future. Major technology companies such as Apple and Google began encrypting their phones last year, a process that scrambles communications so that it is impossible to read the messages without a key. It is thought possible she may have played a major part in influencing her husband although, clearly, this could not have happened unless he himself shared the belief that drove him to the last, violent act of his life, bringing death to so many innocent people.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Torn as ever over race, the Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether it’s time to end the use of race in college admissions nationwide or at least at the University of Texas. Farook had contacts with six people in Orange County, Calif., whom federal authorities had scrutinized at some point in recent years for their apparent ties to terrorism. Instead, they quietly and insidiously built their own set of beliefs, hidden from their closest friends and then appear to have carried out their warped vision of whatever it was that drove them. Fisher has been out of college since 2012, but the justices’ renewed interest in her case appeared to be a sign that the court’s conservative majority is poised to cut back, or even end, affirmative action in higher education. Comey also emphasized Wednesday that beyond terror threats, encryption is increasingly making it more difficult for local law enforcement agencies to investigate crimes such as homicides, kidnappings and drug conspiracies. “Encryption is always going to be available to the sophisticated user,” Mr.

Investigators and intelligence agents all over the world, including those in our own country, are trained to look out for specific signals and clues that an individual may be turning into someone dangerous or capable of violence. The municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in Saudi society.

Still, women face challenges on the campaign trail: Because of Saudi Arabia’s strict policy of segregation of the sexes, they cannot address male voters directly and have to speak from behind a partition — or have male relatives speak for them. So it’s now affecting every criminal investigation.” Even if U.S. lawmakers were to adopt legislation requiring a backdoor to encrypted technology, which Mr. In an effort to create a more level playing field, the General Election Committee banned both male and female candidates from showing their faces in promotional flyers, billboards or in social media. Malik had been cleared for a K-1 visa to come to the United States, a spokesman for the State Department, John Kirby, said Wednesday that “it’s too soon to know what, if anything, might have been missed in the screening process” that allowed Ms.

This happens indeed not only in Pakistan but also in other countries, with many Muslim students drawn into extremism at British or American universities. The results are based on questionnaires from more than 715,000 British women aged 50 to 69 who were enrolled in a national breast cancer screening program in the late 1990s. The question is if there is some change in pattern, if social media is being used, if other influences are coming in – and how can we guard against these? Kirby added that “if in the context or in the process of the review we find things that we can do, we’re not going to wait for the review to be complete before we make the changes.” More details about Mr.

But we do need to look into what is happening within our society, what is stirring within it, how peoples’ mindsets are being shifted and religion used for a purpose it was never intended for. Malik replied that he was looking for a similar match for his daughter, and that he liked the young American man because, like his daughter, he had memorized the Quran. The slightly unusual meeting over the internet developed into a marriage because they shared a belief in Islam, not because they had extremist links or an affiliation with a particular group.

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who leads the Senate Education Committee, called the legislation a “Christmas present” for 50 million children across the country. Patty Murray of Washington — and in the House, Education Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., and ranking Democrat Bobby Scott of Virginia. “You’ll see states taking the opportunity to serve kids better, meaning it’s not just a conversation about labeling schools but also a conversation about when a school’s not doing right by kids,” Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said in an interview.

At home, her father said, she spent much of her time alone in her room, studying for university or reading the Quran. “She was always busy in her studies,” he said.

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