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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a rare Oval Office address to the nation this evening to talk about last week's shooting rampage in California and the country's efforts to combat terrorism. Administration officials say Obama will urge Americans not to give into fear, without announcing any major changes in policy toward the Islamic State group.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two officials say investigators are looking into whether Tashfeen Malik radicalized her U.S.-born husband Syed Farook and was the driving force in the San Bernardino massacre plot. It was disclosed that Malik had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a Facebook post at about the same time she and her husband launched the deadly attack.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Muslims are expressing their grief over the San Bernardino, shootings. More than 100 people gathered for an interfaith memorial service at a mosque in Loma Linda, California where shooter Syed Farook had occasionally prayed. Muslims at the service say they're feeling both grief over the loss of life and fear of a backlash against their community.

BEIRUT (AP) — Opposition activists and social media pages loyal to the Islamic State group say airstrikes hit several positions of the Islamic State group in its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria on Sunday, killing and wounding at least 15 people. Airstrikes on Raqqa have intensified after last month's attack in Paris and the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai Peninsula.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than two weeks before the release of the new "Star Wars" movie, George Lucas is about to receive the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts. Lucas and four others will be celebrated at tonight's Kennedy Center Honors, which will be aired Dec. 29 on CBS. President Barack Obama will be a late arrival at the gala after delivering a national address at 8 p.m.

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