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WASHINGTON -

The latest on President Barack Obama's Oval Office address on the threat of terrorism and the government's response following attacks in California and Paris (all times local):
    
8:15 p.m.
    
President Barack Obama says he understands why Americans are worried about the threat of terrorism but is reassuring Americans the U.S. will overcome it.
    
Obama says "we will prevail by being strong and smart." He says Americans cannot give into fear.
    
8:10 p.m.
    
President Barack Obama says it's clear the two killers in the California shootings had gone down the "dark path of radicalization."
    
Obama is giving an Oval Office address on terrorism and the U.S. response following attacks in California and Paris. He's calling it an "act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people."
    
Obama says the killers had stockpiled weapons and ammunition. But Obama says there's no evidence the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas. He says there's also no evidence they were part of a broader network in the U.S.
    
7:30 p.m.
    
The podium is set in the Oval Office for President Barack Obama's address on terrorism and the threat posed by the Islamic State group.
    
Obama is scheduled to speak to the nation at 8 p.m. EST. The address comes as recent attacks in Paris and California have raised concerns that the U.S. and other countries aren't doing enough to prevent terror attacks.
    
This is only the third time Obama has given an Oval Office address, an event reserved for major, serious topics.
    
Typically, the president delivers Oval Office addresses from behind his desk. But Obama's staff arranged a podium in the Oval Office where Obama will stand, with his desk and the American flag behind him.
    
Administration officials say Obama will focus on the evolving terrorist threat and what government is doing to keep people safe. He's not expected to announce major policy changes.

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