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San Bernardino County employees return to work ... 2 University of Rochester students kidnapped ... New HIV cases leveling off in black men



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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — San Bernardino County employees are set to return to work today for the first time since 14 people were shot and killed at a holiday party. It was last Wednesday that Syed Farook and his wife opened fire on his co-workers at the holiday luncheon. Authorities say Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, had posted on Facebook her allegiance to the Islamic State group. Both husband and wife were killed during a shootout with police.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is imploring Americans to not turn against Muslims at home following last week's shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California. But Obama is also calling on Muslims in the U.S. and around the world to take up the cause of fighting extremism. The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night.

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets are cheered today by a healthy U.S. jobs report. Japan's Nikkei and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 are up. But South Korea's Kospi is down. Hong Kong's Hang Seng and China's Shanghai Composite are also up. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that employers added 211,000 jobs in November. That was more than investors expected, and a sign that consumers are still spending and keeping the American economy afloat even as manufacturing and energy companies struggle.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in Rochester, New York say two University of Rochester students are safe after being abducted and held hostage. Police say a SWAT team rescued Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo Sunday night, after they were reported missing Saturday evening. Police say one of the students was shot in the leg before the rescue operation began, but his injury is non-life-threatening. Four people have been taken into custody.

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say new HIV infections in gay black men may finally be leveling off. New figures released Sunday show that the number of newly diagnosed cases in gay and bisexual black men hasn't moved up much since 2010 — less than 1 percent. For younger men in that group — who have had alarming infection rates — new diagnoses dropped 2 percent.

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