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California warehouse fire kills at least nine at dance party

A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fire in the Fruitvale district of OaklandA fire that roared through a warehouse dance party in Oakland, California, killed more than nine people and left at least two dozen others missing and feared dead inside the gutted building, officials said on Saturday, as anguished friends and relatives awaited word of their fate. Oakland and Alameda County officials said they expected to find more victims once the burned-out ruins of the building were fully shored up and recovery crews were able to safely comb through the structure's charred interior. City Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, said the blaze marked the worst single-structure fire she had seen in her career.



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Trump threats may not stop US offshoring of jobs

President-elect Donald Trump struck a deal with Carrier to keep about 1,100 jobs in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in state tax incentives over 10 yearsPresident-elect Donald Trump's threats to retaliate against US companies planning to shift operations overseas constitute a new risk for multinationals, but may not sway those already planning to offshore jobs. Trump laid down the gauntlet on Thursday at a campaign-style rally after striking a deal with Carrier to keep about 1,100 jobs in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in state tax incentives over 10 years. "Companies are not going to leave the United States any more without consequences.



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Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9

Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least 9 people and making the ...



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Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers prepare to enter the accident site to conduct search and rescue operation after a gas explosion at the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in the city of Chifeng, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. More than dozen miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported. (Lian Zhen/Xinhua via AP)BEIJING (AP) ? Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported.



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Temple cruises past Navy 34-10 to capture AAC championship

Temple quarterback Phillip Walker, center, reacts during a ceremony after the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. Temple won 34-10.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) ? Soon after coach Matt Rhule received the obligatory drenching on the sideline, confetti rained down on the Temple football team and the players jumped with excitement during a celebration that was nearly five decades in the making.



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Trump heads to Long Island for lavish costume party

President-elect Donald Trump gestures toward reporters as he arrives for a party at the home of Robert Mercer, one of his biggest campaign donors, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Head of the Harbor, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)HEAD OF THE HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) ? President-elect Donald Trump, still mulling key Cabinet positions, attended a lavish costume party Saturday night hosted by some of his most influential donors at their palatial Long Island mansion.



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No. 1 Alabama romps past Florida 54-16 in SEC title game

Alabama team members celebrate after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 54-16. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) ? This was merely an annoyance for Alabama, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about over the next month, but in the end it was another dominating victory for the nation's top-ranked team.



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Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space

A firefighters walks on the roof of a smoldering building after a fire tore through a warehouse party early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Oakland. Oakland fire chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said many people were unaccounted for as of Saturday morning and authorities were working to verify who was in the cluttered warehouse when the fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Friday. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? The warehouse gutted by a blaze that killed at least nine people was home to musicians, painters, woodworkers, dancers and other artists who came together to make art and hold dance performances and parties. It was also a source of many complaints from neighbors.



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Cuba's Raul Castro vows to defend brother's legacy in final tribute

Cuban President Raul Castro waves at a tribute to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Santiago de CubaBy Diego Oré and Sarah Marsh SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans on Saturday in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the city where they launched the Cuban Revolution. "This is the unconquered Fidel who calls us with his example," the president, dressed in his four-star general's uniform, told a crowd that had burst into chants of "I am Fidel." "Yes, we will overcome any obstacle, turmoil or threat in the building of socialism in Cuba," the 85-year-old Castro said in a speech before Santiago's packed central plaza.



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Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, a former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials say Bergdahl submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April. He faces charges carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office.



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Killing Castro: Poisoned cigars, explosive seashells

Among plots cooked up by the CIA against Cuban president Fidel Castro was an idea to drug a cigar hoping he would smoke one before a speech and make a fool of himselfMobsters, poisoned cigars, exploding seashells, a contaminated diving suit: The CIA's imagination ran wild in its plots to assassinate Fidel Castro. As the late Cuban leader's ashes are laid to rest in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday, his cause of death remains a closely-guarded state secret.



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Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student quiet

USC professor killed in stabbing; student in custody, police sayLOS ANGELES (AP) ? A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was quiet and didn't seem to have many friends but never showed any signs that something may have been wrong, several people who knew him at the university said Saturday.



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Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacts during the team's NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, acknowledged he tried marijuana twice in the past 18 months while dealing with debilitating back pain. Kerr told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Warriors Insider Podcast with Monte Poole on Friday, Dec. 2, that he used medicinal marijuana but it didn't help. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.



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Raul Castro vows to defend Fidel's revolution

Tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters joined with President Raul Castro in pledging to uphold his brother Fidel's revolution at a massive, final rallyCuban President Raul Castro promised to uphold his brother Fidel's revolution at a massive, final rally in honor of the communist icon before his burial. Tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters recited the pledge with Raul Castro at the Revolution Plaza of Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of Fidel's guerrilla struggle. "We swear to defend the fatherland and socialism," said Castro, who took over when his brother fell ill in 2006.



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The Latest: 9 bodies recovered from burned Oakland warehouse

The Latest: 9 bodies recovered from burned Oakland warehouseThe Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Authorities say nine bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a warehouse gutted by a fire ...



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Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after IS defeat

FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2016 file photo, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and his Iraqi counterpart, Khaled al-Obeidi, stand for their country's national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, Carter said the American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo)SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) ? The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.



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Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation

In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, photo provided by Christina Korp, right, Buzz Aldrin lies in a hospital bed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was hospitalized in stable condition. (Christina Korp via AP)CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) ? Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness.



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Raul Castro: Cuba will ban naming of monuments after Fidel

People wait for the start of a memorial honoring the late Fidel Castro at Plaza Antonio Maceo in Santiago, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. After a four-day journey across the country through small towns and cities where his rebel army fought its way to power nearly 60 years ago, Castro's remains arrived to Santiago for burial. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)After a week of national mourning that reached near-religious peaks of adulation, Cuban President Raul Castro announced Saturday that his government would prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after ...



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Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro

FILE - In this May 15, 1960 file photo, American novelist Ernest Hemingway, right, stands with Cuba's leader Fidel Castro who holds a trophy after winning the individual championship in the annual Hemingway Fishing Tournament in Havana, Cuba. For many artists, Fidel Castro was a contradiction they never quite resolved, a man equally hard to embrace or to ignore. He was the bold revolutionary who defied the U.S. government and inspired the left worldwide and the long-winded despot who reminded them of the right-wing leaders they had traditionally opposed. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) ? As a prominent advocate for human rights, the poet Rose Styron knew well the abuses in Fidel Castro's Cuba and the censorship of artists and publications with dissenting views. But when she and her husband, author William Styron, were invited to meet him in 2000 she didn't hesitate to accept.



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Up to 40 feared dead in blaze at California party

Firefighters inspect a warehouse on December 3, 2016, where a fire killed 9 people during a rave party the night before in Oakland, CaliforniaUp to 40 people were feared dead in a huge fire that tore through a rave party in a warehouse near San Francisco, as authorities warned Saturday of a prolonged search and recovery effort. The building lacked permits for people to live and work as a group of artists did, and for the party to take place, officials said, adding that it also had no smoke detectors or sprinklers. The interim chief of Oakland's Planning Department, Darin Ranelletti, said the city had recently received complaints against the building for blight -- debris and trash -- placed in adjacent vacant lots, and illegal construction inside the building.



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"Rogue One" director Gareth Edwards has a cameo in the film

FILE - In this May 11, 2014 file photo, director Gareth Edwards poses for photographers on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Godzilla in London. Edwards says he gave himself a cameo in the "Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Arriving in theaters on Dec. 16, 2016, "Rogue One" is the first in a series of spinoffs set inside the universe of "Star Wars." (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Director Gareth Edwards says he gave himself a cameo in the "Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." But, as with most things "Star Wars," Edwards is staying mum on what exactly that entails.



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Rising Oakland rents push artists, musicians to communal spaces

By Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The two-story warehouse engulfed by a deadly Oakland fire at a Friday night dance party was typical of the collective spaces artists and musicians say they have increasingly looked for to cope with rising rents. "You don't necessarily trust the landlords to do the work they are supposed to do because they will evict you." EVENTS 'TO HELP PAY RENT' People who had been inside the warehouse described the building as full of pianos and sculptures with rooms where artists lived and worked.
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US Green Party drops election recount bid in Pennsylvania

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dropped a request for a vote recount in Pennsylvania because petitioners could not afford the $1mn bond requiredFormer Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dropped her efforts to request a vote recount in Pennsylvania, one of three battleground states won by Donald Trump where she challenged the results. Stein plans to hold a rally on Monday across the street from Trump Tower in New York "vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security and fairness of the vote," a statement read. On Twitter, she added: "How odd is it that we must jump through bureaucratic hoops and raise millions of dollars so we can trust our election results?



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Alabama's Saban aims to help Kiffin land another head job

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, right, talks with quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during practice for the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA college football game where they will play Florida, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)ATLANTA (AP) ? Alabama coach Nick Saban wants to help offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin get another head coaching job.



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Pats officially rule Gronkowski out for rest of season

Rob Gronkowski, who is in his seventh season with the Patriots, finishes this season with 25 receptions for 540 yards with three touchdowns in eight gamesNew England's star tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the NFL season the Patriots confirmed, one day after he had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The Patriots had said Thursday they would wait to see the results of the surgery before making a final decision on whether Gronkowski might return. There was a slight possibility Gronkowski could be ready for the Super Bowl if the 9-2 Patriots made it to the championship game.



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Coe ushers in brave new world for IAAF

Since taking charge of the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2015 Sebastian Coe has often found himself in the limelight for the wrong reasonsSebastian Coe has taken the first successful step to dragging an IAAF riddled with corruption into a brave new world of transparency. Since taking charge of the International Association of Athletics Federations in August 2015, Coe has often found himself in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. While some federation members bristled at the open nature of the vote, with results published for all to see, Coe was defiant.



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Green Party drops bid for statewide Pennsylvania recount

Green Party drops bid for statewide Pennsylvania recountGreen Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green ...



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Uzbekistan has first election since Soviet-era ruler's death

MOSCOW (AP) ? Voters in Uzbekistan are casting ballots Sunday in the tightly controlled, ex-Soviet nation's first presidential election since the death of Islam Karimov, the authoritarian leader who ruled for 27 years.
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AmCham in China says new U.S. administration needs to get up to speed quickly

BEIJING (Reuters) - (This December 2 has been refiled to change headline to clarify AmCham.) The American Chamber of Commerce in China said on Saturday the incoming U.S. administration is still formulating positions but needs to get up to speed quickly on historical tensions, after Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. "The chamber has long supported maintaining stability in the region, and we expect the new administration to respect the status quo.
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Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, ...
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A brief run by Tiger, and now everyone chasing Matsuyama

Tiger Woods hits from the first fairway during the third round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) ? Tiger Woods raised his right index finger in the air when he holed a long bunker shot, his fourth birdie in five holes that put him within two shots of the lead early in the third round Saturday of the Hero World Challenge.



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Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election.
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Fire at California loft party kills at least nine, two dozen missing

Flames rise from the top of a warehouse, which caught fire during a dance party in OaklandBy Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A fire that erupted during a dance party at a warehouse used by an artists' collective in Oakland, California, killed at least nine and left about two dozen people missing, raising fears that more bodies would be found inside, authorities said on Saturday. ?I don?t have high hopes,? said a woman who had four friends among the missing, declining to give her name.



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Mayfield, Oklahoma top Oklahoma St. 38-20 to win Big 12

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is sacked by Oklahoma State linebacker Jordan Burton (20) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) ? With his best receiver sidelined, Baker Mayfield still boosted his Heisman Trophy resume.



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Deliberations by Texas jury prompts missing person report

WACO, Texas (AP) ? One juror in a Central Texas robbery trial apparently forgot to tell her family she'd be working late deliberating in the case, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.
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Far right has second chance in Austrian presidential election

Protesters demonstrate against Austrian presidential candidate Hofer of the FPOe in ViennaBy Francois Murphy VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will provide a new gauge of the populist wave sweeping Western democracies on Sunday, as the divided country holds a vote that could deliver the first freely-elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two. The knife-edge presidential run-off is all the more dramatic for being a re-run of an election held six months ago - before Britain chose to leave the European Union and Americans elected Donald Trump as president - offering an indication of whether popular anger at the political establishment has grown. When Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) narrowly lost the original run-off in May with 49.65 percent of the vote, European governments breathed a sigh of relief.



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No. 11 UCLA upsets top-ranked Kentucky 97-92

UCLA's TJ Leaf, left, dribbles around Kentucky's Edrice "Bam" Adebayo during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. UCLA upset No. 1 Kentucky 97-92. (AP Photo/James Crisp)LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) ? Only briefly did UCLA appear vulnerable against top-ranked Kentucky in its usual charged environment that has made the Wildcats one of the hardest teams to beat at home.



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Texas gives Herman 5 years, minimum of $25 million

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? University of Texas regents on Saturday gave new football coach Tom Herman a five-year contract worth at least $25 million.
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Trump targets another company, draws Sanders' criticism

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appears at a USA Thank You Tour event at U.S. Bank Arena in CincinnatiBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump drew a rebuke from former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday, after turning his attention to another Indiana company planning a move to Mexico. "Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. Rexnord Corp , an industrial supplier based in Milwaukee, announced plans in October to move a bearing plant, and its 300 jobs, from Indianapolis to Mexico, employees told the Indianapolis Star at the time.



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Tiger 'not quite there' but still eyes major record

Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the second hole during round three of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 3, 2016Tiger Woods sees daily progress in his return from a 16-month back injury layoff and hinted Saturday he is still chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. Woods, a 14-time major champion, sizzled early for the third consecutive round but fizzled late in firing a two-under-par 70 at his comeback event, the Hero World Challenge hosted by his charity foundation. The great thing is I'm building and each day I've gotten a little bit stronger," said Woods, who admits tiring on late holes.



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