Police officers secure the area after a bomb attack in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016.
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Europe continues to reel from violence that has swept over the continent in recent weeks. France is still mourning the loss of more than 80 people killed while celebrating Bastille Day earlier this month. They were killed when a man drove a truck through a crowded promenade in Nice as the seaside resort in the French Rivera celebrated the national holiday.

The New York Times' Pentagon correspondent Thom Shanker interviews Defense Secretary Robert Gates aboard an aircraft headed for West Point, New York, April 21, 2008.
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Thom Shanker took a job as the Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times in May 2001. Four months later hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the western wall of the building during the September 11 attacks, and he spent the next 14 years covering the war on terror.

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Last week the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin listing the July 4 holiday weekend as a possible target for terrorist attacks.

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Prosecutors are dropping a terrorism hoax charge against a former Oklahoma City nursing home employee who told his co-worker that he was going to cut off her head.

An Oklahoma County judge dismissed the felony charge Monday at the request of prosecutors.

District Attorney David Prater tells The Oklahoman the charge was withdrawn because the credibility of the co-worker came into question. Other witnesses at the nursing home said the ex-employee was clearly joking.

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A man imprisoned for his role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks says he wants to talk in open court about an al-Qaida plot to kill Bill and Hillary Clinton. He also complains that he has rodents in his Colorado prison cell.

Zacarias Moussaoui wrote a four-page, handwritten letter last month to an Oklahoma federal court. The court filed the letter Monday. The Oklahoman first reported about the document Thursday.

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The Justice Department is reviving a task force dedicated to preventing acts of domestic terrorism.

Officials say the reconstituted panel will include national security lawyers from the Justice Department and representatives from the FBI, among other agencies.

Participants in the group will share information in hopes of disrupting violence motivated by extremist ideologies, like the April shooting outside a Jewish Community Center in Kansas.

Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing the creation of the panel Tuesday.

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An Oklahoma City-based institute that offers free counterterrorism training to police officers may be shutting down.

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism has trained more than 16,000 police officers since 2000. But in September the institute lost its federal funding, which it gets from the Department of Homeland Security, and is now in danger of closing.

Police say they've captured Suspect #2 in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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While the nation’s attention is focused on the unfolding events following Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City bombing survivors, victims’ family members and others gathered Friday morning for the annual remembrance of that disaster.

After 18 years, the service follows a routine: bag pipes, one second of silence for each of the 168 people who died, a few comments, and then the reading of the names of those killed in the blast.

But this year, the emotions seemed closer to the surface at the service held in the sanctuary of First Church across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.