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San Bernardino Shooters Were Angry About a Christmas Tree

Tashfeen Malik didn't want husband at a Christmas party: cops

(Newser) - A mandatory meeting decked out with a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations may have sparked last year's deadly shooting at an office building in San Bernardino, Calif., reports ABC News . Police say that Syed Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, was that upset her husband had to attend, based... More »

San Bernardino Shooters' Orphaned Baby Stuck in Sad Limbo

'Washington Post' reports on custody case

(Newser) - A heartbreaking piece in the Washington Post delves into the story of the then-6-month-old girl left behind by the San Bernardino shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, before they killed 14 people at an office party and then died in a shootout with police. Farook's sister and brother-in-law,... More »

Report: 3 Men Rushed San Bernardino Shooter

Fast, heroic police response praised

(Newser) - A new report on last year's San Bernardino shooting details how the horror and chaos of the massacre was met with "the very best that our country has to offer," US Attorney Eileen Decker says. The report from the Department of Justice and the Police Foundation group... More »

Feds Go After San Bernardino Shooter's Life Insurance

Funds should go to families of victims, US attorney says

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have filed a lawsuit to seize payments on life insurance policies taken out by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in the years before the December attacks. The US attorney's office in Los Angeles filed the civil asset forfeiture lawsuit Tuesday for two policies worth a total... 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 »

DA: Shooter's iPhone May Contain 'Cyber Pathogen'

One expert calls it 'blatant fear mongering'

(Newser) - A local prosecutor has offered an unusual justification for forcing Apple to help hack an iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass killer: The phone might have been "used as a weapon" to introduce malicious software to county computer systems. San Bernardino County DA Michael Ramos tells the AP... More »

Apple Reportedly Working to Fix Its Vulnerability

Effort began before San Bernardino shooting, sources say

(Newser) - Engineers at Apple are developing a technical fix that would make it even harder for the government to break into a locked iPhone. Sources tell the New York Times the effort began before the San Bernardino attack, and therefore well before a federal judge's order that Apple unlock an... More »

Feds: Apple's Fight With FBI Is a Marketing Stunt

Apple says the US asks for more than China

(Newser) - Things are getting pretty heated in Apple's showdown with the federal government . On Friday, the Justice Department suggested that Apple is only refusing to help investigators crack the phone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook because it wants to sell more iPhones, the New York Times reports. The stance... More »

Apple-FBI Showdown Took Shape a Year Ago

Legal showdown has been in the works for a long time

(Newser) - It's a battle that could shape the future of technology, and Facebook has chosen a side: The company issued a statement on Thursday signaling that it supports Apple in its refusal to crack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Facebook condemns terrorism, the company said... More »

Defiant Apple Refusing Feds' Order to Unlock Shooter's iPhone

'Unprecedented' demand is too dangerous, says Tim Cook

(Newser) - It's what the Wall Street Journal describes as a "watershed moment" in the fight over smartphone encryption: A court has ordered Apple to obey the government's demand to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, and Tim Cook is refusing to do so. The... More »

Apple Ordered to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Company 'declined to provide that assistance voluntarily'

(Newser) - After more than two months of being thwarted by encryption technology —and by an uncooperative Apple—federal investigators have turned to the courts to try to get into San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook's locked iPhone. At a hearing on Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Apple to help the... 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 »

Obama Back in Hawaii for Annual Christmas Vacation

President expresses optimism for the upcoming year

(Newser) - After a somber start to his vacation, President Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual... 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 »

San Bernardino Shooters Are Buried in Secret

Lawyers: It took a week to find cemetery willing to accept them

(Newser) - San Bernardino shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik have been buried in southern California, but it isn't clear exactly where. The attorneys representing the couple's families say only that it took about a week to find a cemetery willing to accept the bodies and that the pair... More »

FBI: California Couple Didn't Post About Jihad Publicly

'That's a garble'

(Newser) - During the GOP debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Ted Cruz criticized the government for not noticing public social media posts from the San Bernardino shooters showing their commitment to jihad, the Washington Post reports. "[Tashfeen Malik] made a public call to jihad, and they didn’t target it,"... More »

Before Coming to US, Malik Praised Jihad on Facebook

Legislation may force review of applicants' social media posts

(Newser) - Tashfeen Malik pledged her support for Islamic jihad in private Facebook messages sent before she entered the United States on a K-1 fiancee visa in July 2014. Malik, who wrote that she hoped to eventually become a jihadist, sent the messages written in Urdu "to a small group... More »

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