Former Central Intelligence Agency operative and local author T. L. Williams said government leaders are overlooking a national security threat.

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TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama — in what is becoming an all-too-familiar role as the consoler-in-chief — spent Thursday afternoon in Orlando, comforting the family members of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
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Refugees hoping to resettle in Florida could have to submit to an extra round of background checks if one Jacksonville lawmaker has his way.

Rep. Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville) has filed a bill requiring resettlement organizations to report more about who’s coming in.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll be watching Tuesday’s Republican debate on CNN.

On Monday in Jacksonville, the Republican governor said the GOP candidates should focus on four key areas: job creation, balancing the federal budget, regulation reduction and ISIS.


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In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, U.S. officials at all levels of government are questioning the country’s system for accepting Syrian refugees.

Skeptics worry allowing a proposed 10,000 resettlements could put people at risk.

But descendants of older Syrian refugees in Jacksonville want to remind locals of their community’s existing presence.

  Police in France and Belgium launched dozens of anti-terrorism raids this morning as authorities search for the suspects in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. Sunday, France responded to the attack it blames on the Islamic State with airstrikes on the group's Syrian stronghold in the city of Raqqa. We discuss the events in Paris with Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Professor of Finance with the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, and Dr. Christopher Roederer, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs with Florida Coastal School of Law.

Faith leaders on the First Coast are speaking out about the brutality and extremism of the organization that calls itself Islamic State. Iraqi government forces and allied militias have had some success pushing ISIS back out of the city of Tikrit but the group continues gaining territory elsewhere. Here in the U.S., outrage and alarm over the group’s butchery and persecution of those they term “infidels” continues to grow. We speak with Dr. Parvez Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida and Father Nicholas Louh of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Eric Smith, "People and Politics" host; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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Three men were arrested today for allegedly plotting to travel to Syria to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS.

President Obama, Jameis Winston and Jacksonville's quality of life are making headlines this week.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement Thursday condemning former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse against his fiancé. The shocking violence was recorded on an elevator video camera.

Wounded Warrior Project

As the nation reacts to President Barack Obama's announcement of an open-ended campaign against the threat posed by the Islamic State, the Wounded Warrior Project examines the state of veterans injured in combat.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest to remember Steven Sotloff, the South Florida native who was killed ​b​y militant extremists in Iraq.

​Video of Sotloff's beheading was released earlier this week.

On Friday afternoon,​ ​about 600 friends,​ ​family and complete strangers came together in memory of Sotloff.

"They want to celebrate his life, not just his death," said Robert Hersh, executive director of Temple Beth Am.

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Iraqi authorities this morning are looking at a video that purportedly shows the leader of the extremist terror group The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, delivering a sermon in Mosul.