1. AL QAEDA MEETS ‘THE HILLS’

    Cali Men Charged in Terror Plot

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 11:  A sunset is seen above the two steeples of Good Shepherd Catholic Church on December 11, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. Actrees Elizabeth Taylor and her first husband, Nicky Hilton, were married here in 1950 and funerals of Hollywood greats Alfred Hitchcock, Gary Cooper, Eva Gabor, and Frank Sinatra were all held at the church. A heat wave is in the forecast for the Los Angeles area this weekend.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    Remember that plotline on The O.C. where four men were arrested in a plot to join al Qaeda and the Taliban and kill Americans in a violent jihad? Oh no, that’s real life: four Southern Californian men, including one who served in the Air Force, are being held for scheming to bomb military bases and government facilities. The men, inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, allegedly plotted to go to Afghanistan for jihad-training in mid-November. The organizer, age 34, recruited a 23-year-old and two 21-year-olds on Facebook, and online conversations and Skype calls helped foil their plans.

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