Islamic Center receives e-mail threat

Islamic Center of Lexington officials contacted police and federal Homeland Security after receiving an e-mail threat, its imam, Mahmoud Shalash, said. The e-mail threat said: "I'm going to kill everyone," according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to step up protection for the mosque.


Flooding claims at least three lives

Three people were reported dead after flooding in North Texas. Garland firefighters found one person dead inside a submerged car. It appeared the person tried to drive through high water, said Garland fire spokesman Merrill Balanciere. In Johnson County, authorities pulled a body out of a vehicle that was swept away. Another body was found near Mansfield; no details were released.

Washington, D.C.

Evaluation ordered for fence jumper

A Connecticut man who draped himself in an American flag and scaled the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day was ordered to undergo an emergency psychiatric evaluation. Joseph Caputo made an initial appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court. His case will be transferred to U.S. District Court on Monday.


Bill allows vehicle impoundment

Driving without a valid license could result in a vehicle being impounded under a bill aimed at reducing drunken driving, but critics say it would disproportionately harm poor people. The measure would require a police officer making an arrest or issuing a citation for driving without a license or with a revoked or suspended license to immediately impound the vehicle.


Controversial holidays renamed

Georgia has long given state employees a holiday honoring the birthday of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, on the day after Thanksgiving. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal quietly changed that practice for next year. Lee's birthday and Confederate Memorial Day were replaced with the neutral term "state holiday."


Two Palestinians killed after attacks

Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence. The attacks, in which at least eight Israeli soldiers were injured, were the latest in over two months of bloodshed.


ISIL affiliate claims mosque attack

An Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant affiliate said that it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque that killed one man and wounded three others. The mosque was hit by machine guns during evening prayers in Haripur village.

Burkina Faso

Security forces disrupt attack

Security forces disrupted a "large-scale attack," arresting 13 suspects and seizing weapons and bomb-making materials, the security minister said. The arrests came two days before the nation holds elections, capping a turbulent year that began with a popular uprising in October 2014 and a failed coup in September.

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