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McLEAN, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to be vigilant over the holiday season. But he 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. Obama made the comment Thursday during a visit at the National Counterterrorism in Virginia.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Court documents say a friend of the gunman in the San Bernardino massacre helped Syed Farook plan attacks that were never carried out. Enrique Marquez appeared in federal court on Thursday. He's charged with three counts including conspiring to support terrorists and illegally purchasing two assault rifles that Farook and his wife used in the massacre.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed the Confederate monument removal ordinance into law. The city says it plans to place the monuments in a warehouse until officials decide where they should be put in the future, perhaps in a museum or park. Four preservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to stop the city from taking them down.

WASHINGTON (AP) — LifeLock is paying $100 million to consumers to settle charges by federal regulators that it failed to protect customers' personal data under a court order. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement with the provider of identity-theft protection. The agency says it's the largest settlement it has won in this type of enforcement case.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) —Florida Atlantic University is taking steps to fire a communications professor who claims the massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut, was staged. The university says James Tracy has been served a notice of termination. He was reprimanded in 2013 for writing in his blog that the Sandy Hook killings were staged. He's also questioned accounts of other mass slayings.

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