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Lawyers Say Teenage Terror Suspect Was Entrapped By FBI

Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of young Somali-American who is accused of wanting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., two years ago. The case of Mohamed Mohamud is drawing attention because the defendant was just a teenager when he was arrested and the charges leveled against him came as a result of an FBI sting operation. His lawyers are likely to mount an entrapment defense.
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Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control

In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, come ambitious new efforts aimed at gun violence both in Connecticut and neighboring New York state.
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Obama Wants Urgent Action To End Gun Violence

Vice President Joe Biden is tasked with coming up with recommendations to stem gun violence. On Wednesday, he met with gun control advocates. Next he meets with backers of gun rights.
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Iranian Government May Be Behind Recent Cyber Attacks

Over the last several months, U.S. banks have been subjected to a series of cyber attacks apparently aimed at disrupting normal operations. A volunteer cyber militia group has taken credit for the attacks, saying they are to protest the anti-Islam video that has angered the Muslim world. But U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts are increasingly convinced the government of Iran is behind the attacks. Tom Gjelten talks to Melissa Block.
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Alleged Leaker Manning Subjected To Illegal Pretrial Punishment, Judge Rules

At a pretrial hearing Tuesday at Fort Meade, a military judge said some of the punishment given to Pvt. Bradley Manning while he was in solitary confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." He is accused of sending a mass of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.
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Future Of U.S. Troops Looms Over Afghan Leader's Visit

President Hamid Karzai is in Washington this week for meetings with President Obama and other officials. One of the key issues to be discussed is the number of American troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when the bulk of U.S. and NATO forces leave.
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Hagel Nomination Could Face Resistance From GOP Over Israel, Iran

President Obama rounded out his second term national security team on Monday. He nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and chose counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. Already, Hagel has encountered opposition from some in the GOP who question his commitment to Israel, and Brennan is sure to face questions about his tenure at the CIA under President George W. Bush.

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