WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing that the U.S. will overcome a new phase of terror that he says threatens to "poison the minds" of people here and around the world. Obama's rare Oval Office address Sunday night followed last Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21. Authorities say a couple carried out the attack and the wife pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader in a Facebook post.
DALLAS (AP) — Nearly two dozen Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive in Texas this week, after the state eased up in its legal fight to stop them. Twelve Syrians are expected to join relatives in Dallas and Houston on Monday. And another nine are expected to arrive in Houston Thursday. Last week Texas sued the federal government and the International Rescue Committee, the agency bringing a family of six refugees to Dallas. But on Friday, the state said it no longer wanted an immediate order stopping refugees but would continue its lawsuit.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nine people have been wounded in a suicide car bombing in eastern Afghanistan. An Afghan official says the bomber targeted a police compound early Monday in Nangarhar province. He says six policemen and three civilians were wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Riverside, California are searching for three robbers who smashed the counters of a jewelry store, setting off panic and prompting police to lock down the mall. Police say there were initial reports of a shooting Sunday night at the Galleria at Tyler mall, but people had confused the sound of breaking glass with gunfire. Witnesses tell the Riverside Press-Enterprise that shoppers ran and screamed as dozens of officers stormed the mall. Police say no one was injured.
NEW YORK (AP) — A just-released survey says business economists are slightly less bullish about the prospects for economic growth next year. The National Association for Business Economics says the average forecast is for growth of 2.6 percent next year, down slightly from 2.7 percent. But economists surveyed expect the jobs market to continue strengthening, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.7 percent by the end of 2016. The rate now stands at 5 percent. The survey was conducted in September.