The Latest: Death toll grows to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36. Authorities announced the latest tally early Monday, saying they expect the number to rise. Eleven victims have been positively identified, but the names have yet to be publicly released. Work has stopped at the scene for now because one wall is leaning inward, posing a safety hazard for those who have been searching the structure. Officials hope to have an engineering solution later today. Authorities also believe they've located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown. The fire erupted during a dance party late Friday night.
The Latest: Rohrabacher says Trump considering him for State WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:59 a.m. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims he is under consideration to become the next secretary of state and says it's "terrific" that President-elect Donald Trump flouted decades of U.S. diplomatic convention by speaking directly to the leader of Taiwan. Trump's phone call irritated China, whose leaders consider Taiwan a rogue province. Trump defended the contact in a tweet and accused China of economic policies that Trump says hurt the U.S. Rohrabacher told Fox News on Monday that it's not as though Trump violated any treaties. He said: "I think it was a terrific message to them that we're no longer going to be pushovers, and there's going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions." Rohrabacher is a California Republican known for his favorable views of Russia.
Beijing faces decision on how to respond to Trump's tweets BEIJING (AP) - Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump. Weeks before taking office, the incoming American president is riling Beijing with confrontation and online statements that appear to foreshadow a tougher foreign policy toward China. China awoke Monday to sharp criticism posted by Trump on Twitter, days after Beijing responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan's president by accusing the Taiwanese of playing a "small trick" on Trump. Trump wrote, "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S.
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10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RISE IN OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE A criminal investigation is underway in the blaze that killed at least 33 during a dance party. Neighbors had complained of trash piling up and that people were illegally living there. 2. TRUMP TAPS FORMER CAMPAIGN RIVAL FOR CABINET POST The president-elect chooses Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 3. FEDS REFUSE TO LET COMPANY EXTEND DAKOTA ACCESS OIL PIPELINE Protesters are pledging to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota, despite a favorable government ruling and an imminent deadline to leave.
Italy faces political, economic uncertainty after referendum MILAN (AP) - Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a resounding rebuke by rejecting his proposed constitutional reforms, plunging Europe's fourth-largest economy into political and economic uncertainty Monday. Renzi announced he would quit following Sunday's referendum vote, in which 60 percent of voters rejected his proposals and signaled they wanted a change in political direction. Renzi, who had boldly staked his political future on winning the referendum, was expected to hand in his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella later Monday. The unexpectedly large margin of defeat with a robust voter turnout of 68.5 percent appeared to rule out any chance that Renzi would be offered another shot at forming a government.
'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo ALEPPO, Syria (AP) - Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything." They were among a few hundred residents who fled fighting in the Hanano neighborhood last month and were able to return after government forces drove out Syrian rebels, whose besieged and bombed out enclave in eastern Aleppo has begun to collapse. After registering with authorities, Hamawy's family was driven past blackened shells of buildings and mounds of rubble, devastation wrought by more than four years of near-daily airstrikes, including explosives-filled barrels dropped from helicopters.
Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria WASHINGTON (AP) - A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Aquita Brown said police received a call Sunday afternoon about a male with a weapon on Connecticut Avenue, in an affluent neighborhood of the nation's capital. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, North Carolina, walked into the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee, the Washington Post reported.
Michigan to begin recount; legal fight moves to Pennsylvania A judge has ordered a hand recount of Michigan's presidential results to begin by noon Monday, and the Green Party is trying to force a federal court order for a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is trying to force recounts in three states. The count is underway in Wisconsin. In Nevada, a partial recount of the race was requested by independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente. Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling early Monday that rejected an effort by Michigan state officials to wait two business days before starting to hand-count about 4.8 million ballots. The move increases the chances that the state could complete the count ahead of a Dec.
UN refugee agency hands out aid to those uprooted from Mosul KHAZIR, Iraq (AP) - The U.N. refugee agency distributed aid on Monday to dozens of Iraqi families uprooted from their homes in and around the city of Mosul, warning that their needs will only increase as winter progresses and temperatures continue to fall below zero. UNHCR aid workers handed out kerosene heaters, jerry cans, plastic sheets and hygiene kits to about 30 families. Unlike in some areas inside Mosul where chaos erupted when hundreds of civilians overwhelmed aid trucks, the people lined up to get the aid in a camp in the town of Khazir, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Mosul.
Children who lived through Pearl Harbor attack remember HONOLULU (AP) - In some ways, it could be any class photo from the 1940s. The sepia-toned image shows 30 fifth-graders - 26 girls and four boys - at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki. Most are smiling, some look stern. A few have no shoes. Yet this picture is different in one striking way: Each child is holding a bag containing a gas mask, a sign of how war had suddenly broke apart the routines of their adolescence on Dec. 7, 1941. Three of the students, now in their mid-80s and all friends who have kept in touch over the years, reflected recently on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago and the mark it left on their childhoods.