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The city of Oakland started investigating nearly three weeks ago whether people were illegally living in a warehouse that was destroyed by a fire late Friday night that killed at least nine people
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Fire tore through an Oakland warehouse converted into artist studios during a late night dance party, killing at least nine people, and officials said Saturday that the death toll could rise as high as 40....

The city of Oakland started investigating nearly three weeks ago whether people were illegally living in a warehouse that was destroyed by a fire late Friday night that killed at least nine people
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):...

A former prisoner of war who's 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
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....

The inferno that destroyed Gatlinburg, Tennessee, began as a small wildfire on a steep, rugged peak known as Chimney Tops, about 4 miles away from the city
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Tracey Mayberry told her boss to fire her....

North Dakota emergency management officials say they are prepared to help Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a brutal storm or some other crisis
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis....

Universities and colleges, including those in the nation's most Hispanic state, are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary universities" amid fears from immigrant students
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump....

Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state....

Texas is still sorting out where firearms are allowed a year after it vastly expanded gun rights
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- More than a year after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made firearms, including openly holstered weapons, legal in more places in the state, disputes remain over where guns are allowed - much to the frustration of advocates on both sides of the debate....

The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Green Party is dropping its court case seeking a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election. It had wanted to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated....

A California police chief is defending his decision to issue a fake press release reporting the arrest of two gang members as a ruse to mislead rivals who planned to kill them
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact....

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Firefighters are struggling to put down a large fire that jumped from one building to another across a densely-populated neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The 22-year-old woman who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in South Dakota was on the phone with rescuers and her parents for hours

The city of Oakland started investigating nearly three weeks ago whether people were illegally living in a warehouse that was destroyed by a fire late Friday night that killed at least nine people

The city of Oakland started investigating nearly three weeks ago whether people were illegally living in a warehouse that was destroyed by a fire late Friday night that killed at least nine people

Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him

An overnight house fire in Akron, Ohio has killed two adults and two young girls

Authorities say SWAT team officers shot a man to death when they stormed a house after the man shot a sheriff's deputy

California's largest public-employee union says it has reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration after long-stalled negotiations

Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus

North Dakota emergency management officials say they are prepared to help Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a brutal storm or some other crisis