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Jun 12th, 2016

Summary: Largest U.S. mass killings since 9/11 … After pledging allegiance to ISIS, Omar Saddiqui Mateen opened fire in Orlando’s gay Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 in the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history before dying in a hail of police gunfire.

Summary: Video and photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, released by the FBI at a press briefing held April 18, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston. In attendance were Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office Richard DesLauriers, United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force law enforcement partners.

Aug 5th, 2012

Summary: Wade Michael Page, 40, the gunman who allegedly attacked a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing six people and wounding four, was a “white supremacist skinhead” and “frustrated neo-Nazi” who led a white power punk and metal band.

Summary: An Oregon man, Darryl James Swanson, has been detained for a mental health evaluation after appearing in federal court to face charges that he threatened to kill President Barack Obama and the president’s family. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 6, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Aghanistan wars.

Apr 20th, 2011

Summary: Today is the 12th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves on this date in 1999. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 20, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Feb 7th, 2011

Summary: Minnesota Somali gangs known in recent years for armed robberies, burglaries, and even killings of fellow East Africans have evolved into more lucrative criminal enterprises — including sex trafficking and credit card fraud — and are proliferating their crimes from Minneapolis to other parts of the United States. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 7, 2010, Aubrey Immelman featured the controversial “Focus on the Family” anti-abortion TV spot featuring football star Tim Tebow and his mother Pam, aired during the 2010 Super Bowl.

Feb 1st, 2011

Summary: The Government Accountability Office reports that just 32 miles of the nearly 4,000-mile U.S. border with Canada is adequately secured, according to an assessment by the Border Patrol. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 1, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that a female suicide bomber walking among Shiite pilgrims in northern Baghdad detonated an explosives belt, killing at least 54 people and wounding around 117.

Jan 9th, 2011

Summary: A gunman identified as Jared Lee Loughner, 22, opened fire as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) met with constituents outside a grocery store in Tucson, killing Arizona’s chief federal judge John M. Roll and five others, and leaving the lawmaker fighting for her life in an attempted assassination that had Americans questioning whether divisive politics had driven the attack. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 9, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the Yemeni government, while ramping up the fight against al-Qaida with U.S. help, has also escalated its own internal conflicts with Shi’ite rebels in the north and Sunni secessionists in the south, threatening to throw the fractured country into greater chaos and nourish the growth of al-Qaida.

Jan 3rd, 2011

Summary: The body of John Wheeler III, a military expert who served in three Republican administrations, was found dumped in a Delaware landfill on New Year’s Eve. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on January 3, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that White House aide John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, said U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a “smoking gun” that could have prevented the attempt by radical Islamic fundamentalist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

Dec 26th, 2010

Summary: In a matter of weeks, with a new Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Congress will go from trying to put illegal aliens on a path to citizenship to debating whether children born to parents who are in the country illegally should continue to enjoy automatic U.S. citizenship. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on December 26, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. agencies were looking into whether al-Qaida extremists in Yemen directed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and provided him with the explosives used in the failed bombing of Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit.