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Wildfire Takes Out Iconic Route 66 Diner

Summit Inn burns to ground in California's Blue Cut blaze

(Newser) - A popular Route 66 diner frequented in its heyday by the likes of Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood has gone up in smoke. The Summit Inn is the latest victim of the Blue Cut wildfire raging through California's San Bernardino County, the Los Angeles Times reports, destroyed by the... More »

Would-Be Baby Snatcher No Match for Brave Nanny

'I thought he was going to take it'

(Newser) - A dedicated babysitter fought off a man who was allegedly trying to take a 4-month-old baby away from her Tuesday morning in San Bernardino, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , Carmen Perez had just put baby Chloe into her stroller when a man started hustling... More »

Brother of San Bernardino Shooter, Others Arrested

Syed Raheel Farook, 2 Russian women charged with marriage fraud

(Newser) - Syed Raheel Farook—older brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook—was arrested, along with his wife and her sister, Thursday in California, the Washington Post reports. The trio have been charged with marriage fraud and lying under oath. None of the charges are connected to the December shooting... More »

John Oliver Devotes Whole Show to Apple Encryption Tiff

'Think of the government as your dad,' show host warns

(Newser) - First John Oliver took on Donald Trump . Now the HBO host is taking on Apple, the government, and encryption, a safeguard he labeled on Sunday's Last Week Tonight as "the best way to keep people from reading your emails short of making the subject line 'Fwd: Fwd:... More »

2 Months Later, FBI Can't Unlock San Bernardino Terrorist's Phone

James Comey testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

(Newser) - The FBI is still being thwarted by an encrypted phone in the San Bernardino terrorist shooting investigation. "We still have one of those killers' phones that we haven’t been able to open," FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, per the Los Angeles Times... More »

FBI Still Can't Crack Terror Couple's Codes

Some lawmakers say it's time for tech firms to open backdoors

(Newser) - The secrets on the phones and hard drive of the San Bernardino shooters, possibly including the names of accomplices or plans for further attacks, may never be unlocked, officials say. David Bowdich, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, tells Fox News that the... More »

San Bernardino Shooters Disappeared for 18 Minutes

And the FBI wants to know where they went

(Newser) - The FBI is trying to figure out what the San Bernardino shooters were doing during an 18-minute stretch after killing 14 people and wounding 22 others at a California holiday party on Dec. 2, the Press Enterprise reports. According to ABC News , the FBI has accounted for most of Syed... More »

Farook's Friend Arrested

Enrique Marquez hit with terrorism-related charges

(Newser) - The man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with terrorism-related counts. The FBI arrested Enrique Marquez, 24, on charges of conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to commit terrorist attacks in 2011 and 2012 that they never carried out. Marquez... More »

Farook's Friend Will Be Charged: Officials

Gun charges against Enrique Marquez expected Thursday

(Newser) - Enrique Marquez will indeed face charges . Federal prosecutors say gun charges are expected against Syed Farook's friend and former neighbor on Thursday, per the Washington Post ; a press conference is scheduled for later in the day. Police allege Marquez purchased the two guns used in the San Bernardino shooting... More »

The Cost of Terror in San Bernardino: Just $4.5K

Analysis provides breakdown of costs

(Newser) - It cost Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik less than $5,000 to build the arsenal used for the Dec. 2 terror attack in which they killed 14 people and injured 22 others in San Bernardino, Calif., according to an analysis by NBC News . Materials to make more than 20 pipe... More »

Officials: Farook's Friend Bragged of Pipe Bomb Skills

Local bar patron says Enrique Marquez also spoke about sleeper cells

(Newser) - The man who allegedly bought the guns used in the San Bernardino rampage was a "goody two shoes type kid," not someone you'd expect to be involved in terrorism, says his former boss. Enrique Marquez worked as a bouncer at Morgan's Tavern in Riverside, Calif., for... More »

Source: Extremist Groups Rebuffed Calif. Shooters

Farook, Malik discussed jihad online before meeting

(Newser) - San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik tried to join Islamic extremist groups in the months before the massacre only to get the cold shoulder, according to law enforcement sources. Those sources tell Reuters that the groups appear to have ignored Malik because she was completely unknown to them and they feared... More »

'Repel Evil': Muslims Raise $122K for Shooting Victims

In just 5 days, donations for victims' families have poured in

(Newser) - An alliance of Muslim groups has raised $122,000 for the families of victims of the San Bernardino shooting in just five days, and donations are still pouring in. Muslims United for San Bernardino, led by southern California's MiNDS Network, originally planned to raise $50,000 to cover short-term... More »

Reporters Storm Home of Shooting Suspects

'This is going to be a rather extensive chapter in future journalism textbooks'

(Newser) - It was a scene of complete chaos and questionable ethics Friday morning, as members of the media stormed into a California townhouse rented by the suspects in this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino. The New York Times reports landlord Doyle Miller let reporters and photographers—many of them... More »

Female San Bernardino Shooter Praised ISIS Online

Authorities say Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to Islamic State

(Newser) - Authorities say the woman who took part in this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State online. The details of what Tashfeen Malik wrote and when she wrote it are still developing, but NBC News quotes a source as saying that she posted... More »

ATF: San Bernardino Rifles Were Legal—at First

Weapons used by San Bernardino shooters altered for more power after purchase

(Newser) - The weapons used by the San Bernardino shooters may have been legally obtained , but that doesn't mean they remained legal under California law. The two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm pistols said to have been carried by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik in Wednesday's attack were... More »

Co-Worker's Question Before Rampage: 'Where's Syed?'

'The situation was surreal,' says responding officer

(Newser) - Patrick Baccari greeted his San Bernardino County co-worker with his usual joke before a mandatory all-day continuing education meeting in the conference room. "Ready to be bored?" he asked. "I'm ready," Syed Farook said with a smile. Soon the room was filled with 75 people and... More »

Shooter's Brother Is Decorated Navy Vet

The other Syed Farook was wrongly identified as gunman

(Newser) - Whatever San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizman Farook's problem was, it wasn't the result of his upbringing, if his brother is anything to go by. The brother, whose name is Syed Raheel Farook, was falsely identified as the gunman by some media outlets because the names are so similar,... More »

San Bernardino Shooters Had 'Veritable Armory' in Home

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik's residence held a dozen pipe bombs

(Newser) - As details come into focus regarding the rampage in San Bernardino, police are making one thing clear: This was not a typical one-off workplace shooting. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, "were equipped ... and they could have done another attack," San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan... More »

'I'll Take a Bullet Before You Do': San Bernardino Cop to Workers

Video shows tense moments as group is led out of massacre site to safety

(Newser) - San Bernardino office workers trapped in the Inland Regional Center after Wednesday's shootings got some reassurance in the form of a police officer who led them to safety. In a video taken by employee Gabi Flores and provided to KPCC , the cop instructs frightened people to "keep your... More »

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