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Obama to meet advisers Wednesday on homeland security after Paris attacks

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is slated to meet on Wednesday morning with his national security advisers to review the "homeland security posture" of the United States after Islamic State attacks in Paris and "as we enter the holiday season," the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:52:09 -0500
Many House Republicans want refugee restrictions in spending bill

Syrian refugee Dania poses for a portrait at the Sacramento, California apartment complex she lives in.By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries, the bill's sponsor said on Tuesday. Seventy-four of the 246 House Republicans signed the letter, which was circulated by Republican Representative Brian Babin. It urges Speaker Paul Ryan and other House leaders to include a provision in an upcoming appropriations bill that would block President Barack Obama's plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:00:49 -0500
U.S., France agree to scale up fight against Islamic State

U.S. President Barack meets with France's President Hollande at the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy John Irish and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and France agreed on Tuesday to ramp up military operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and coordinate intelligence on domestic threats following the worst attacks to hit France since World War Two. Relations between the two allies over Syrian policy have been strained since August 2013 when U.S. President Barack Obama canceled a plan to strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces over the use of chemical weapons. French warplanes were ready on the runway when the word came from Washington that Obama had decided against action.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:56:47 -0500
Clinton wins another union endorsement in U.S. presidential race

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop in Reno, NevadaBy Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday won the endorsement of the 500,000-member Laborers' International Union of North America, bolstering her lead for the party's nomination in the November 2016 presidential race. LIUNA members and leadership believe that Secretary Clinton is the right leader to move our country forward and the most qualified candidate to address the many challenges facing the United States, the union, which represents construction workers and public service employees, said in a statement. "Secretary Clintons record proves that she is a tough and tested fighter for our nation and for working men and women." The latest endorsement boosts the former U.S. secretary of state's hold on Democratic support over her closest rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has struggled to lock down major union support despite longstanding ties with the labor movement.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:02:28 -0500
US Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

An estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs nonmedically for the first time in 2010, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). And most abusers start the habit in their teenage years.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:42:51 -0500
Data Visualizations: Police Officers Feloniously Killed in the Line of Duty

Statistics released by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014, which has increased almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. The 2013 total, 27, was the lowest during s 35-year period. By region, 17 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, 14 officers in the West, eight officers in the Midwest, eight in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico. The following visualizations show a map of the number of officers feloniously killed by state over time and a bar chart of officers feloniously killed by year.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:42:33 -0500
Data Visualizations: A Look at Fatal Police Shootings

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Tamir Rice, the Cleveland boy who was shot by a white police officer while he was carrying a toy pellet gun. Vigils were held in Cleveland and other cities to commemorate the 12-year-old black boy.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:33:20 -0500
Tension Rise After Five Shot Near Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis

Five people were shot by unidentified suspects today at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. The protest was sparked by the police shooting and killing of Jamar Clark on November 15. Police say that none of the five injuries that were sustained are life-threatening. This story is unfolding at the same time as news is being released that a Chicago police officer is expected to face murder charges in the shooting of Laquan McDonald, leading some community leaders to believe that Chicago will be experiencing protests similar to those in Minneapolis. The following visualizations show a breakdown of racial hate crimes by victim group, a racial breakdown of people killed by police, a map of people killed by police by state and a poll showing police attitudes towards abuse of authority.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:27:34 -0500
Canada to Bring in 10,000 Syrian Refugees, Push Back Deadline for 25,000

The Canadian government announced today that it will be pushing back its deadline for bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees, and will only be able to bring in 10,000 by the end of the year. The rest will be brought in by the end of February, according to the Associated Press. The following visualizations show the number of asylum seekers in Canada over time, as well as to show maps of where Syrian refugees are being relocated to and where Canada's refugees come from.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:37:37 -0500
Paris Ringleader Planned Another Attack on Major Business District for Days Later, Prosecutor Says

An undated picture taken from the February 2015 issue of the Islamic State group's online magazine Dabiq purportedly shows Belgian IS militant Abdelhamid AbaaoudThe suspected ringleader of the deadly Paris terror attacks planned to strike again on a major business district in the city's metropolitan area just days later, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said today. Molins also released further details on the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead, including how Abaaoud and another man came back to the scene of the attacks later that night.

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:50:15 -0500
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