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McLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials don't have any specific, credible information suggesting a potential terrorist attack against the U.S. during the holidays. But he says the country must be vigilant over the holidays. Obama made the comment during a visit today to the National Counterterrorism Center in Virginia.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Hours after the San Bernardino massacre, the man who bought two assault rifles used in the attack called 911 to report he'd given a gun to suspect Syed Farook for "storage." Enrique Marquez was charged today with terrorism-related counts including illegally purchasing the rifles. Marquez was also charged with conspiring with Farook to commit terrorism in 2011 and 2012.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Evangelical leaders are urging fellow Christians to welcome refugees from Syria and Iraq despite opposition by many governors and presidential candidates. Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, World Relief and other Christian groups say they would not surrender to fears surrounding the issue.

CHICAGO (AP) —Justice Department officials say they've finished two days of meetings in Chicago as they begin a civil rights investigation into the police department. Yesterday, investigators talked with the new police superintendent and today they met with community groups, the police union and city officials, including the mayo, and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority.

CHICAGO (AP) — Legal experts say Dennis Hastert's hospitalization is likely to delay his Feb. 29 sentencing and the illness could influence the federal judge's decision on a punishment in his hush-money case. A lawyer for the former House speaker says at the 73-year-old Illinois Republican was hospitalized in November and had a stroke. Hastert has pleaded guilty to evading bank laws.

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