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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to reassure Americans that terrorism can be conquered. In a rare Oval Office address last night, Obama acknowledged worries that terrorism is "a cancer that has no immediate cure." While saying the threat is real, Obama implored Americans to not turn against Muslims because the Islamic State group is driven by a desire to spark a war.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Most of San Bernardino County's 20,000 employees go back to work today, but those at the Environmental Health Services division, scene of the shootings that left 14 dead, will be off at least one more week. The reopening of much of the government's offices signals an effort to return to normalcy for a community that has been in shock and mourning since Wednesday.

DALLAS (AP) — A lower-income apartment complex in northeast Dallas that's already home to recent arrivals from around the world will welcome a family of six Syrian refugees today. They are among a dozen being resettled in Texas today after the state eased up in its legal fight against resettlement agencies and the federal government.

NEW YORK (AP) — Business economists say they expect the jobs market to keep improving next year, including wages. The National Association for Business Economics survey is slightly less bullish about economic growth next year, predicting 2.6 percent growth, down slightly from a 2.7 percent prediction in September.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Seventeen years after the late Hugo Chavez kicked off Venezuela's socialist revolution, the balance of power could be shifting. Venezuela's opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat legislature. The ruling socialist party won 46 seats. If the opposition takes enough of the remaining seats, it could give them a two-thirds supermajority needed to strongly challenge President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

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