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Obama says attackers were radicalized ... Some San Bernardino Cnty employees return to work ... Syria sends protest letter to UN



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that while there's no evidence the shooters in San Bernardino, California, were directed by a terror network overseas or part of a broader plot, "the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization." Obama delivered a rare Oval Office address last night, following last Wednesday's attack that killed 14 people during a holiday luncheon for San Bernardino County employees. Authorities say one of the two attackers took to Facebook to voice support for the Islamic State group.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Most employees with San Bernardino County, California, are returning to work today, five days after a fellow employee and his wife opened fire on a holiday luncheon, killing 14 people and wounding 21. Meanwhile, investigators continue to look into what led Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik to attack they party. They were killed in a furious shootout with police hours later. The county's Environmental Health Services division, where Farook and many of the victims worked, will be off at least one more week.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government is accusing the U.S.-led coalition of launching airstrikes on a Syrian army camp in the country's east that killed three soldiers and wounded 13. In a protest letter sent to the United Nations, the government in Damascus says four aircraft belonging to the U.S.-led coalition targeted the army camp in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour Sunday night. The letter says, "This hampers efforts to combat terrorism and proves once again that this coalition lacks seriousness and credibility to effectively fight terrorism."

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Talks on a universal climate pact have shifted to a higher gear today outside Paris. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to set off an "energy revolution" to rein in heat-trapping carbon emissions and avert disastrous global warming. Foreign and environment ministers have joined the talks after lower-level negotiators who met last week delivered a draft agreement with all crunch issues left unresolved. Ban told ministers that "the clock is ticking" toward "climate catastrophe."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is rolling out a plan to slow the effect of climate change. The Democratic presidential candidate is vowing to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Sanders says in a proposal that he wants to impose a tax on carbon dioxide pollution, long a nonstarter with majority Republicans in Congress, and aims to slash carbon pollution in the U.S. by 80 percent by 2050 compared to levels in 1990. He says the proposal would put "people before the profits of polluters."

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