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Tornadoes Usher in Winter Weather Across the United States

Traffic accidents caused by a massive storm killed at least four people and possibly seven in Garland, Texas on Saturday. The unofficial death toll from the storm is 11. Another 15 are injured in Copeville, Texas. Garland police officer Pedro Barineau said it is not clear whether three people found dead in vehicles are part of the four involved in ...

Violence in the Holy Land

As Bethlehem suffers a three month-long wave of violence, four Palestinians were killed on Thursday just as tourists and Christians gathered for Christmas celebrations. Some of the many celebrations were cancelled or curtailed because of the recent violence. Rula Maayah, the Palestinian Tourism Minister said, “We’re in Bethlehem celebrating the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the birthplace of ...

Gunman Reigns Terror on Christmas Eve Shoppers

Update: A gunman identified as Daquan Westbrook pointed his weapon at an off-duty police officer who responded to the sound of gunshots in a busy mall on Christmas eve.  As the officer approached, Westbrook pointed a gun at the officer who had given orders to Westbrook to drop the gun.  The  veteran officer shot and killed Westbrook.  The officer is ...

Email Threat Determined not Credible, LA Schools Reopen Wednesday


The FBI today announced that an email threat of violence against students, to include guns and explosives, was not a credible threat.

Schools in the Los Angeles School District were shut down today after a school board member received an email Monday evening from an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany. School officials announced the school closure shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Emergency Operation Center was activated at its lowest level according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

After a 12-hour investigation, school officials determined the threat was not credible.

LA Superintendent Ramon Cortines indicated that it was important to take precaution based on the recent attack in San Bernardino.

“I do not want people to say, because sometimes things don’t result in a shooting or don’t result in a foiled plot, to not speak up and to not speak out,” Garcetti said. “If you see something, say something.”

New York City’s school system received


Charges Possible for Enrique Marquez

Developing: Investigation into Enrique Marquez reveals that the childhood friend of terrorist Syed Farook plotted a terrorist attack with Farook in 2012, according to Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, who is on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. At that time, Marquez purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 and a .223-caliber DPMS Model A-15, according to the LA Times, which ...

70,000 Clerics Issue Fatwa Condemning Terrorist Organizations

“The time has come for the world to unite to confront this monster,” Cairo’s Al-Azhar said on Saturday. “We denounce this hateful incident.” Observed every year in Safar, Urs provides an opportunity for Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs to pay respect to the Sufi saint and enjoy the fellowship of other religious groups. Urs is completely religious in nature and no ...

Witness Reveals 2012 Terror Attack Aborted by Syed Farook

San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook (Farooq) aborted an earlier attack plan according to information received in the course of investigations into Enrique Marquez. Marquez, former neighbor and childhood friend of Farook, is reportedly cooperating with the FBI and has not been named as a suspect but has been identified as the purchaser of two AR-15 rifles used in the deadly ...

Islamic Terrorist Activity Not Uncommon in Southern California

The San Bernardino Islamic terrorist attack may be the first of its kind in Southern California, but the region has seen its share of Islamic terrorism activity in recent years. Several Southern California residents have been tied to such activity since 2001. Los Angeles: March 23, 2003 In March of 2003, army Sgt. Hasan Akbar, shot and killed fellow officers ...

Thousands Without Power from Storm Desmond

Two lives have been claimed by Storm Desmond as 43,000 homes suffer from power cuts and 5,200 homes have been affected by flooding. The storm lashed parts of Northern Ireland, North Wales, Southern Scotland and Northwest England over the weekend. Record breaking rainfall in Cumbria prompted the county to declare a major incident. The majority of schools in Cumbria reopened ...

Investigation Continues in U.S. Terrorist Attack

The investigation continues into the radical Islamic killers who terrorized a holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on December 2nd. Bomb experts involved in the investigation reveal that several pipe bombs were in place and may have been set to detonate as first responders arrived at the scene of the massacre. The bombs did not ...

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