The weekend massacre at an upscale shopping center in Kenya is shining a new light on an old concern for Western counterterrorism officials: the recruitment of jihadist fighters from Somali communities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
It's a concern all too familiar for many Somali-American families in Minneapolis, Minn., where young men have been slipping away to join the al Qaeda-affiliated guerrilla group Al-Shabaab for the past few years, sometimes in groups. Several have died, their relatives learning of their deaths in cryptic phone calls or in messages posted online.
One of those killed was Burhan Hassan, who was killed fighting in Somalia. His uncle, Abdirizak Bihi, told CNN that members of the city's Somali community have been trying to counteract the recruitment efforts.
"We will not negotiate over whether or not America should keep its word and meet its obligations," President Barack Obama said on Saturday night during the dinner at the close of the 43rd Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual legislative conference.
"We're not going to allow anyone to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just to make an ideological point. And those folks are going to get some health care in this country – we've been waiting 50 years for it."
On Friday, the health care battle roared on Capitol Hill as House Republicans passed a bill that would maintain funding for the federal government as long as funding for the Affordable Care Act was eliminated. This week, the bill heads to the Senate, where it likely will be voted down.
Fresh off the heels of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, his personal secretary is set to auction off a page from the iconic address, along with more than 100 other items, the Associated Press reports.
"Maude Ballou worked as King's secretary from 1955 to 1960, when King led the Montgomery Improvement Association and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
"Ballou, who turned 88 Friday, is selling the items Oct. 17 in New York through Texas-based Heritage Auctions. People can bid in person or online. Ballou and Heritage Auctions say a portion of the proceeds will be used to establish an education fund at Alabama State University."
The one question we all desperately want answered may have gone to the grave with Aaron Alexis: Why?
Why did he park at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, walk into Building 197, perch himself on an overlook above the atrium and open fire? The bullets that rained down killed 12 people and wounded eight others.
But that's not the only missing puzzle piece. Investigators are painstakingly trying to piece together the motive, the means and the method.
WASHINGTON – The normal buzz of the Washington Navy Yard's 3,000 workers will be replaced by the meticulous work of forensics teams, looking for answers after military contractor Aaron Alexis gunned down 12 people and wounded eight others.
Aside from investigators, only a few essential employees will be on the base Tuesday. Authorities have questions to ask, measurements to take and information to sift through.
Dead is Alexis, a former sailor with a "pattern of misconduct," and 12 others, a mix of civilian workers and military contractors.
Authorities said Alexis was killed after an encounter with security. They gave no other details.
No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.
"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another.
Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.
Michelle Obama would like to see people pop more bottles and raise more glasses -- of water.
The first lady announced that the latest campaign in her initiative to combat childhood obesity will focus on getting people to drink more of Earth's most natural thirst quencher, according to the Associated Press. The message is straightforward and simple: Drink up.
She was joining the Partnership for a Healthier America as the nonpartisan, nonprofit group launches the nationwide effort from Watertown, Wis., with backing from a variety of likely and unlikely sources, including the beverage industry, media, government and entertainers, including actress Eva Longoria. Mrs. Obama is the organization's honorary chairman.