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Man with fake suicide belt sparks alert at Belgian mall

BRUSSELS — A man wearing a fake explosive belt filled with salt and cookies sparked a major security alert in Brussels and an emergency meeting of key government ministers Tuesday by claiming he would be blown up outside a shopping center.

Date: 06/21/2016 | Nation & World

Obama embraces Orlando families, appeals for gun controls

ORLANDO, Fla. — Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans’ security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws. Counterterror campaigns overseas, he declared, can never prevent all “lone wolf”...

Date: 06/16/2016 | Nation & World

Orlando probe leads to defeat of warrantless spying measure

WASHINGTON — Wary House lawmakers have rejected a measure that would have prohibited the U.S. government from searching the online communications of Americans without a warrant.The vote came days after the mass shooting in Florida.

Date: 06/16/2016 | Nation & World

Orlando proves necessity of surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch — twice — and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.But in this massive lost opportunity to prevent a slaughter dwells a positive sign for our ability to...

Date: 06/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

For Trump, Orlando shooting his to exploit

How long will it be before American Muslims are forced to wear yellow badges with the star and crescent?Donald Trump, the man Republicans will nominate to be president, has already said that, in addition to banning Muslim immigration, he would also look at closing mosques...

Date: 06/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump playing role better than ISIS could have hoped

Even by Donald Trump's standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country.Trump's response to Sunday morning's terrorist attack by Omar Mateen was initially an opportunistic tweet; then a boasting...

Date: 06/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize

WASHINGTON — Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government’s terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn’t have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday’s Orlando shooting rampage.

Date: 06/14/2016 | Nation & World

Trump suggests Obama doesn’t really want to stop terrorism

Donald Trump’s reaction to terrorist attacks has fallen into a predictable pattern: Blame President Barack Obama’s policies and Obama personally, hint at bigger attacks to come and take credit for having predicted the inevitable.

Date: 06/13/2016 | Nation & World

Battle in Fallujah sparks Saudi fundraising

Iraq's current military offensive against the Islamic State in the city of Fallujah has sparked a flurry of new fundraising campaigns in Saudi Arabia."You cannot control the sympathies of people," said Saudi Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, a spokesman for his...

Date: 06/09/2016 | Nation & World

Egyptair plane lands in china after bomb threat

CAIRO — An EgyptAir plane that made an emergency landing Wednesday in Uzbekistan following a bomb threat resumed its flight and landed in Beijing, Egyptian officials said, the latest in a series of deadly or damaging air travel incidents involving Egypt.

Date: 06/08/2016 | Nation & World

Syrian troops move in on ISIS stronghold

BEIRUT — Syrian troops reached the edge of the northern province of Raqqa on Saturday, home to the de facto capital of the Islamic State group's self-styled caliphate, in a push that leaves the extremists fighting fierce battles on four fronts in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Date: 06/05/2016 | Nation & World

Jihadists feed on Trump’s Islamophobia

The West is suffering from what one leading strategist calls an "autoimmune disease" in trying to fight the Islamic State. The self-defense mechanisms championed by Donald Trump and his European neo-populist counterparts have gone into toxic overdrive — weakening the...

Date: 06/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

3 guilty of conspiracy to commit murder abroad in ISIS case

MINNEAPOLIS — Three Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group were convicted Friday of conspiracy to commit murder overseas.The federal jury convicted 21-year-old Guled Ali Omar, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud and 22-year-old...

Date: 06/03/2016 | Nation & World

Prosecutors: San Bernardino attacker’s friend had ties to 2012 plot

Federal authorities say they have discovered connections between a friend of the San Bernardino attacker charged with conspiring to carry out other attacks with him and a group of men arrested years earlier in California as part of a different plot.

Date: 06/01/2016 | Nation & World

Guantanamo prosecutors want families of 9/11 victims to testify

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — With no date yet set for the Sept. 11 mass murder trial, prosecutors are asking the judge to let them take and preserve live, in-court testimony from 10 elderly relatives of people killed in the terrorist attacks — in October, on the eve of the elections.

Date: 05/31/2016 | Nation & World

Defense secretary sends Naval Academy graduating class out to fleet

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Friday called on the Naval Academy’s class of 2016 to bolster a Pacific order based on free commerce and open seas backed by American naval might, as he sent the new officers off to work in the nation’s fleets.

Date: 05/28/2016 | Nation & World

Terrorist? Pedophile? Start-up says it can find them by analyzing faces

An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person's face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye.Faception said it's already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists. The company said its technology...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

EgyptAir crash spurs calls for real-time access to flight data

As days pass while crews search the seas for answers to yet another aviation mystery, some accident investigators are saying it’s time to employ technology to make crash data available immediately.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

Flying? Take a book — or two

So, how did you pass the time recently at the airport while waiting in line for your pre-flight security check?Solitaire on your smartphone? A book? The people-watching is always good because, well, there are plenty of people to watch.If you've scheduled a flight...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Editorials

Belgium detains 4 ISIS suspects who may have planned attacks

BRUSSELS — Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have detained four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who they said may have planned new attacks in the country.The suspects were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group, the Federal...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

Despite military gains political problems persist in Mideast

ANKARA — A tour of the war zones in Iraq and Syria with the top American commander ends, appropriately enough, here in Turkey, the strongest power in the region and the place where the modern troubles began a hundred years ago with the collapse of the Ottoman empire.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

How a Brit became one of the most notorious members of ISIS

The last member of the group of British jailers who supervised the torture and killing of Western hostages held by the Islamic State has been identified as a 27-year-old Londoner who traveled to Syria in 2012.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

EgyptAir jet reported multiple problems before crash

CAIRO — Leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit and smoke in a plane lavatory are bringing into focus the chaotic final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804, including a three-minute period before contact was lost as alarms on the Airbus 320 screeched one after another.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Girl kidnapped by Boko Haram found traumatized, with baby

LAGOS, Nigeria — One of the teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists over two years ago from a school in northeastern Nigeria has been found with a baby and was reunited Wednesday with her mother — the first of the Chibok girls to be freed since the mass abduction.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

Passenger gets probation for fake bomb

PORTLAND, Ore. — A U.S. passenger who placed a fake bomb in a restroom during an international flight — and then reported it to look like a hero — has avoided a prison term.Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman sentenced Sean Davies to five...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Northwest

Microsoft exec: No silver bullet to fight terror on internet

UNITED NATIONS — A Microsoft executive told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that “there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet.”

Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World

Kenya: Police disrupt alleged plot by extremist medics

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan police have disrupted a cell of extremist medics linked to the Islamic State group suspected of plotting a biological attack on Kenya and recruiting university students to join the group in Libya and Syria, Kenya’s police chief said Tuesday

Date: 05/03/2016 | Nation & World

Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit on harsh interrogation

SPOKANE — A federal judge Friday said he won’t dismiss a lawsuit against two Washington state psychologists who helped design the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques in the war on terror. The decision means a continuation of the closely watched case that likely will include secret information in...

Date: 04/22/2016 | Northwest

Video appears to show kidnapped Nigerian girls

LAGOS, Nigeria — A video appearing to show some of Nigeria’s kidnapped Chibok girls is being aired along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, who have not been heard from since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

Senators propose forcing companies like Apple to aid FBI

WASHINGTON — North Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, Richard Burr, a Republican, and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, want a federal law requiring companies such as Apple to help the government access encrypted phone data under court...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

CIA left explosives on a special-needs school bus

Briar Woods High School, a half-hour drive from the CIA’s headquarters in Northern Virginia, might have provided an ideal training ground for the agency’s bomb-sniffing dogs. Its labyrinthine hallways and voluminous classrooms are home to something that can wreak havoc for the canines: polished...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Nation & World

New anti-terror medal features armored hand stabbing scorpion

A new medal for service members fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was announced by the Pentagon on Wednesday.The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, authorized in an executive order by President Barack Obama, joins a growing list of decorations created for the wars...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. offers contrast in response to attacks in Belgiuim

Belgians planning to "march against fear" Sunday were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?Over here, there's a bizarre split screen...

Date: 03/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Dutch arrest Frenchman suspected in planning attack

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch police arrested a 32-year-old Frenchman in the port city of Rotterdam on Sunday at the request of French authorities who suspect him of “involvement in planning a terror attack,” prosecutors said.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

What Europe must fix to prevent its end

"We have the Europe we deserve," admitted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday. The question is how Europeans can build the security structures they need.The first requirement is solidarity, within each country and among the 28 nations of the European...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. forces kill senior Islamic State leader, defense chief says

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, among several key members of the militant group eliminated this week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

Date: 03/25/2016 | Nation & World

Reaction to Belgium shows one candidate with right bearing

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to a small room — 135 attendees, not counting journalists — at Stanford University on Wednesday about the need for the United States' "nimble and far-reaching" response to the Islamic State group, "an...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Obama again unmoved by tragedy abroad

The split-screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raul Castro at a baseball game in Havana.On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism. On the other, the Obama fantasy world in...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

To thwart attacks Europe must rethink intelligence

The value of catastrophic events is that they can help people face up to problems that are otherwise impossible to address. Maybe this will be the case with Tuesday's horrific attacks in Brussels.Europe is facing a security threat that's unprecedented in its modern history,...

Date: 03/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

IS trains fighters to attack Europe in wave of terrorism

PARIS — The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum carnage, officials have told The Associated...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World

Officials: Paris bomb maker among dead in Brussels attack

BRUSSELS — The suspected bomb maker in the Paris attacks in November was one of two suicide bombers who targeted the Brussels airport, officials said Wednesday, in a new sign that both attacks are linked to the same cell of the Islamic State group.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World

Turkey detains 13 suspects amid fear of new attacks

ISTANBUL — A Turkish state-run agency says authorities detained three men, including two foreigners, suspected of planning another attack in Istanbul. Security forces also captured 10 men suspected of being linked to the Islamic State group in southern Turkey.

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Terror in Belgium

Suicide attacks kill dozens at airport, subways

Date: 03/22/2016 | Nation & World

Russia’s pullback may aid moderates in Syria

Moderate Syrian opposition forces claim they are strengthening their positions against extremists in northern and southern Syria as the Russian military withdraws and a fragile cease-fire takes hold with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.Two rebel commanders described...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Paris attacks fugitive Abdeslam arrested in Brussels raid

BRUSSELS — Police raiding an apartment building captured Europe's most wanted fugitive Friday, arresting the prime suspect in last year's deadly Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.Hours later, the French president said more people were...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

Paris attacks fugitive Abdeslam arrested in Brussels raid

BRUSSELS — After an intense four-month manhunt, police on Friday captured the top fugitive in last year's deadly Paris attacks in the same Brussels neighborhood where he grew up.

Date: 03/18/2016 | Nation & World

Finding a middle path to fight ISIS’s propaganda

MIAMI BEACH — One wouldn't call them bedfellows, strange or otherwise, but President Obama and Donald Trump are both inadvertently helping the Islamic State through rhetoric that is either too cautious or too rash.It shouldn't be difficult to discern which is which.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Little success but Syrian talks move along

The head of the Syrian opposition says he's going to Geneva for the next round of U.S.-Russian-sponsored peace talks Monday, even though the opposition rejects any future role for President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime will be the other party in the talks.The Syria...

Date: 03/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Documents reveal details about Boston Marathon bombers

BOSTON — Tamerlan Tsarnaev passed the U.S. citizenship test and denied terrorism links months before he and his brother detonated two bombs that killed three people at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Nation & World

Don’t be too quick to crack open iPhone

Just as necessity is the mother of invention, expediency is the mother of unintended consequences.The necessity here is the FBI's desire to unlock the Apple iPhone used by Syed...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Editorials

Downsides of Apple backdoor may be worse than upside

I view Apple with almost as much loathing as I save for overzealous federal prosecutors. My last Apple phone was a lemon. The "Genius Bar" isn't. When I hear Apple extol its vaunted regard for privacy, I think of all the invasive personal questions my iPhone used to ask...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Your iPhone isn’t beyond the reach of a warrant

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.The matter ended up in...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

John Kerry meets with Hollywood studio executives to talk Islamic State

LOS ANGELES-Secretary of State John Kerry met with Hollywood studio chiefs in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss various topics including Islamic State.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Nation & World

Islamic State faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

BEIRUT — Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Nation & World

From within, Trump dispels a vaunted GOP fantasy

"Surely this time," the establishment chorus cries with joy, "Donald Trump has gone too far!"Sorry, but I wouldn't bet on it.What Trump did at Saturday night's debate was ruder than any of his prior insults, profanities or remarks about...

Date: 02/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Schumer slams Obama budget cuts to anti-terror funds

NEW YORK — Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would reduce funding for counterterrorism programs across the country by nearly $300 million.The New York Democrat is pushing President Barack Obama to reconsider the cuts.

Date: 02/14/2016 | Nation & World

Islamic rebels claim responsibility for Airbus bombing

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, said Saturday they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, sucking out the suspected bomber and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

Date: 02/13/2016 | Nation & World

Feds: Montesano Army deserter supported ISIS, faces gun charges

SEATTLE — An Army deserter from Washington state who called Osama bin Laden “a beautiful man,” made statements supporting the Islamic State group and called for the death of American troops has been charged with illegally possessing firearms, including machine guns, federal prosecutors said...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest

Video shows laptop handed to Airbus bombing suspect

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Security video footage taken at Mogadishu airport shows two men handing what looks like a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber after he passed through the security checkpoint, Somalia's government spokesman said Sunday.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Nation & World

Recent losses haven’t lessened ISIS’s reach

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn't turned in the war against the Islamic State. In the 18 months that the U.S. has been working to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the group, it has...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Man accused of IS-inspired plot to attack Detroit church

DETROIT — Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old Michigan man whom they accuse of supporting Islamic State militants and plotting to attack a Detroit church.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

To help fight radicals, Tajikistan shaves 13,000 men

In a bid to curb Islamist radicalization, authorities in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan shaved the beards off nearly 13,000 men in the country. They also shut down about 160 shops selling traditional Islamic garb and supposedly “convinced” more than 1,700 women to stop wearing hijabs, or...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World

ISIS levels 1,400-year-old Christian monastery

IRBIL, Iraq — The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1,400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World

AP Exclusive: Video footage shows Burkina Faso attackers

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Two jihadis can be seen on video standing next to burning cars a little more than an hour after an assault began on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital, raising new questions Tuesday about why it took so long for security forces to find and kill the militants...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

IS acknowledges death of militant ‘Jihadi John’ in magazine

NEW YORK — The Islamic State group has acknowledged the death of the masked militant known as “Jihadi John,” who appeared in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages, the SITE Intelligence Group reported Tuesday.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Israel charges 2 Jewish extremists in deadly arson

JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday charged two Jewish extremists in an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents last July — culminating a drawn-out investigation into a case that has helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Date: 01/04/2016 | Nation & World

Saudis cut ties with Iran after Shiite cleric's execution

TEHRAN, Iran — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran amid escalating tensions over the Sunni kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.The move came hours after protesters stormed and set fire to the Saudi...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Nation & World

France quarrels over revoking citizenship of terrorists

PARIS — The push by France’s Socialist government to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists with dual nationality after the Paris attacks has turned into a harsh political dispute, with the far right applauding the move while some on the left express indignation at what they call a divisive...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Nation & World

Munich terror threat remains in place, stations open again

BERLIN — A terror warning in Munich on New Year’s Eve that led to the evacuation of two train stations was not a false alert, security officials said Friday, although there have been no arrests.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

Boko Haram attacks northeast Nigerian city, many killed

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and two female suicide bombers, witnesses said. At least 15 people were killed.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World

60 in U.S. charged in terror-linked crimes this year

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has charged at least 60 individuals this year with terrorism-related crimes, an unprecedented number that officials attribute to a heightened threat from the Islamic State and the influence of social media on potential recruits.Last...

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

India’s leader makes surprise visit to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — With a surprise visit to Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday breathed new life into a long-troubled relationship.Weeks before the reopening of high-level talks between the nuclear-armed rivals, Modi became the first Indian prime minister...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. blocks Muslim family from boarding plane to Disneyland

LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron will look into claims that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

Eight years for X-ray weapon plot that targeted Muslims

ALBANY, N.Y. — An upstate New York man who admitted building a remote control for a mobile X-ray device intended to kill Muslims has been sentenced to eight years in prison.Eric Feight, 57, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in 2014 to providing material support to terrorists.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World

Obama trying to avoid a quick fix at an unacceptable cost

To Republican presidential candidates who were denouncing President Obama on Tuesday night for not fighting harder against the Islamic State, there's an obvious if unspoken answer: Obama doesn't think this is an existential battle that's worth the cost to America of an all-out war.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Top military advisers reluctant to move on Syria

The U.S. military is the world's most powerful fighting force, but its leaders sounded downright timid on Capitol Hill Wednesday.Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assured members of the Senate Armed...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

California shooters were mulling jihad as early as 2013, FBI chief says

WASHINGTON — The two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

Date: 12/09/2015 | Nation & World

Leaders should heed example of WWII vets

Dec. 7, 2015: A date which will live in immaturity.President Obama addressed the nation Sunday night from the Oval Office, a rare use of the sacred symbols of the presidency to reassure Americans about their security while steeling them for a long and complex struggle...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Obama understands and Trump doesn’t about ISIS

Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.From President Obama's recent terror speech in the Oval Office to Donald Trump's terrifying, race-baiting,...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

All that’s missing in Syria, Iraq are Sunni ‘local forces’

At the center of President Obama's strategy for dealing with the Islamic State is an empty space. It's supposed to be filled by a hypothetical "Sunni ground force," but after more than a year of effort, it's still not there. Unless this gap is filled, Obama's plan won't...

Date: 12/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cautious, slow, uncertain may be only option

"A cancer that has no immediate cure" was not the most soothing metaphor President Obama could have chosen, but it was the most honest. He has no idea how to prevent another terrorist attack like the one in San Bernardino — and neither does anyone else, including his...

Date: 12/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Left veers from topic in linking latest attack to guns, refugees

Traumatic national events often lead promoters of various causes to attempt a product tie-in. The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, was no exception.The agendas may be worthy of support, but trying to Scotch-tape them onto only vaguely related circumstances...

Date: 12/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

FBI: Killers were ‘radicalized,’ took target practice

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The husband and wife who carried out the San Bernardino massacre had been radicalized and had taken part in target practice, once within days of the attack that killed 14 people, the FBI said Monday.The details came out as thousands of San...

Date: 12/07/2015 | Nation & World

Homeland secretary: U.S. to roll out new terror alert system

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will announce a new terror alert system “in the coming days,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday.

Date: 12/07/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama: We will defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON — In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the U.S. will overcome a new phase of the terror threat that seeks to "poison the minds" of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent...

Date: 12/07/2015 | Nation & World

3,300 U.S. coalition bombs hit ISIS last month

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State last month dropped the most bombs in its 16-month campaign in Iraq and Syria, according to new Air Force data.The 3,271 munitions used in November were almost double the 1,683 in June, the low point of this...

Date: 12/07/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama: We will overcome ISIS

President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase in the wake of recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, but he vowed that the nation will ultimately defeat the Islamic State and other militant groups.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Nation & World

Islamic State faces money problems as it loses territory

BEIRUT — By most estimates, the Islamic State is the world’s richest terrorist organization. But it appears to be wrestling with money problems that could affect its ability to wage war while trying to govern millions of people in its self-declared caliphate.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Nation & World

FBI: No plot uncovered in California mass slaying

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating the mass shooting at a Southern California office party as an act of terrorism, but the agency's director said there is no indication the husband and wife who killed 14 people were part of a larger plot or...

Date: 12/05/2015 | Nation & World

California gunman was in touch with extremists

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — 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...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World

Motives in massacres less an issue than the means

Was the San Bernardino shooting an act of terrorism or workplace rage? It doesn't really matter, in terms of the need for better regulation of assault rifles and semiautomatic weapons.The growing evidence that this latest attack was terrorism should galvanize a citizen...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More U.S. special ops will deploy to fight ISIS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Many in Iraq see U.S. as an ally of ISIS

BAIJI, Iraq - On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives...

Date: 12/01/2015 | Nation & World

California man pleads guilty to trying to join extremists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 22-year-old California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to join Islamic extremists in Syria and could face up to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Northwest

Attacks reveal fatal flaws in European security

PARIS — To carry out the attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris this month, the killers relied on a cunning awareness of the weaknesses at the heart of the European security services charged with stopping them.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

Queen Elizabeth II wraps up a nostalgic trip to Malta

VALLETTA, Malta — Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta, her one-time home, where she joked that Canada’s youthful new leader had made her feel old.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

Should the U.S. turn away Syrian refugees?

The deadly attacks Nov. 13 in Paris by the Islamic State have raised new concerns about terrorists entering Europe and the United States posing as refugees from Syria's civil war.President Obama this week reiterated that he intends to welcome at least 10,000 refugees over...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Commentary

NSA’s mass collection of phone metadata to end

The National Security Agency on Sunday will end its mass collection of data about Americans' phone calls, 14 years after the counterterrorism program began in secret under the authority of President George W. Bush.The halt was ordered by Congress, which in June passed the...

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Little reason on either side of refugee debate

The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES — The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Nation & World

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A very slow invasion
A very slow invasion: Non-native snails take over the Northwest
Girls H.S. Athlete of the Year
Girls H.S. Athlete of the Year: Lynnwood High School three-sport star Mikayla Pivec
Boys H.S. Athlete of the Year
Boys H.S. Athlete of the Year: Lake Stevens High School quarterback Jacob Eason
In all its glory
In all its glory: The North Cascades on display at the Burke Museum