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WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate may re-open debate on National Security Agency wire-tapping authority following the deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. McConnell says the attacks abroad and on U.S. soil have led to second thoughts about Congress' wisdom in limiting the NSA's authority earlier this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to meet with families of the victims of this month's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The White House says the meeting is set for Friday. Obama is adding the stop in Southern California to a previously scheduled trip to Hawaii for Christmas vacation.

INDIO, Calif. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to setting fire to a Southern California mosque last week. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Carl Dial of Palm Desert entered pleas Wednesday to arson, burglary and committing a hate crime. He could face nearly 11 ½ years in prison if convicted. Dial is charged with setting a fire last Friday at the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley. No one was hurt.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account to do some of his government business during his first months at the Pentagon. The Times says it has obtained 72 work-related emails. Carter's news secretary tells the paper that Carter believes his use of personal email for work-related business was a mistake.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising a key interest rate a quarter-point from record lows set at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. The move means slightly higher rates for consumers and businesses on some loans. The Fed coupled the hike in the federal funds rate, the rate that banks charge on overnight loans, with a signal that further increases will likely be made slowly.

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