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Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say the death toll has risen to 24 in a fire that ripped through a late-night dance party in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California, and they expect that number to climb as the search continues....

Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space
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....

Veterans begin to assemble near Dakota Access protest camp
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- Military veterans started to gather Sunday near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, where they'll join the several hundred people who are against the four-state, $3.8 billion project that's largely complete....

Gun-rights backers vow to 'go on offense' during Trump years
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands....

Rare weasel returns to historic range in Washington state
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) -- The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park - returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades....

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives....

Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility's recreational center....

Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates....

Experts warn of mental health woes as wildfires ravage South
ATLANTA (AP) -- When U.S. Forest Ranger Jody Bandy confronted the man in the Pisgah National Forest, he said he'd been at the nearby wildfire and "couldn't take it anymore."...

Trump faces pushback from base, allies over Romney musings
NEW YORK (AP) -- As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "Thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!"...

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