Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators


PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Tashfeen Malik, the woman involved in this week's Southern California mass shooting, has another claim to notoriety: She's the latest in a growing line of extremists and disturbed killers who have used social media to punctuate their horrific violence.

  • Written by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers

FBI investigates Southern California attack as act of terror


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The Pakistani woman, who joined her U.S.-born husband in killing 14 people in a commando-style assault on his co-workers, is now at the center of a massive FBI terrorism investigation, yet she remains shrouded in mystery.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press

UPDATED: Stories of those who died in the mass shooting in California

Most of the 14 people killed at a holiday banquet in San Bernardino County, California, worked in the same county public health department as the man who showed up with his wife and sprayed the hall with gunfire.

An official list of the dead was released Thursday, and families, friends and co-workers came forward to share some of their stories:

  • Written by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

AP: Railroads beat back new safety rules after derailments


A pair of train derailments in 2012 that killed two people in Maryland and triggered a fiery explosion in Ohio exposed an unsettling truth: No rules govern when rail becomes too worn down to be used for hauling hazardous chemicals, freight and other products.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Chicago cops' versions of teen's killing at odds with video


CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers who watched one of their own shoot a black teenager 16 times filed reports depicting a version of events that contrasted sharply with what was captured on the dashcam footage that has sparked protests and cost the police commissioner his job.

  • Written by SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press