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Phoenix man charged in anti-Islam event attack

Calling him "off-the-charts dangerous," authorities outlined evidence Tuesday against a Phoenix man they say helped orchestrate a shootout on an anti-Islam event in Texas and had aspirations to join the Islamic State group and attack the Super Bowl.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 43, was arrested last week on charges related to the shootout at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that led to the deaths of two roommates from Phoenix. An indictment filed in federal court says Kareem hosted the gunmen in his home beginning in January and provided the guns used in the May 3 shooting in Garland, Texas.

At a hearing in federal court, FBI special agent Dina McCarthy described how a witness and a confidential informant learned about Kareem's interest in Islamic State, including watching the group's videos with Texas shooters Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

The magistrate denied bail for Kareem, who is charged with conspiracy, making false statements and interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony.

Defense lawyer Daniel Maynard called it a trumped-up case.

White House fence jumper gets 17 months * An Army veteran with mental health issues who got over the White House fence and inside the mansion was sentenced Tuesday to 17 months in prison, and a judge said that means he's likely to be released before Christmas.

Omar Gonzalez's arrest in September was an embarrassment to the Secret Service because officers weren't able to stop him until he was inside the East Room of the home. It was one of several Secret Service security breaches that led to the resignation of director Julia Pierson in October.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said in sentencing Gonzalez that the White House is often thought of as "the most secure place in the world" but that Gonzalez's actions showed it was not on that day. Gonzalez, 43, was found carrying a knife in his pants pocket, and investigators found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a machete and tomahawks in his car.

California considers health coverage for undocumented children * A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other welfare programs, Gov. …

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