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Expert: Friends recruit most Islamic State fighters

- Associated Press

A terrorism expert says three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for the Islamic State extremist group are recruited through friends and about 20 percent through family members.

A woman holds a poster reading "Turkey to account!" as others wave Russian and Syrian national flags during a picket at the Turkish Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's decision to down a Russian jet near the Syria border a "stab in the back." (Associated Press)

Russian jet shot down by Turkey ramps up Syria tension

- The Washington Times

The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey raised the complex tensions around Syria's multisided civil war to new heights Tuesday, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to take a more aggressive leadership role in the conflict to head off a further escalation between Moscow and Ankara.

With his poll numbers all but nonexistent, Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hoped to revive his standing with voters by vowing to restore phone-snooping and resume waterboarding suspected terrorists. (Associated Press)

Christie looks to rally with tough terror talk

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential candidates angled Tuesday to steal the spotlight on national security issues that now dominate the race, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowing to restore NSA's phone-snooping program canceled this year over civil liberties concerns.

Police: Postal worker harassed Muslim woman in NYC

- Associated Press

A postal worker arrested on hate crime charges had bumped into and spit on a Muslim woman before following her into a deli and threatening to burn down her place of worship, New York City police said.

State lawyers question school choice program's military perk

- Associated Press

State Treasurer Dan Schwartz is getting pushback from state lawyers over a rule he proposed to help military families and kindergartners more easily access Nevada's new education savings accounts.

Police: Newborn left in Christmas nativity manger at church

- Associated Press

For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are searching for whoever left the child.