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The city of Los Angeles upped its security presence at transit stations after receiving a terror threat on Monday, officials said.
Thousands of people attended a Monday evening vigil to mourn the victims of the warehouse fire in Oakland on Friday night that claimed 36 lives.
"Most aspiring militants at the grassroots level in the West care little about the divisions between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, they just want to fight jihad. What attracts them is a common ideology, a blend that takes from all jihadists groups and ideologues without much distinction."
Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.
President-elect Donald Trump's unprecedented phone call with the leader of Taiwan on Friday, followed by his anti-China tweets on Sunday, signal strongly that upon taking office next month he could seek to deviate further from America's long-standing one-China policy.