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Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe....

Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial....

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences....

Preparing for White House, Trump to attend Army-Navy game
NEW YORK (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is partaking in one the nation's most storied football rivalries, saluting U.S. troops at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday as he prepares to enter the White House....

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post....

Sound engineer, attorney among Oakland fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A popular sound engineer, a young attorney and a woman described as a visionary were among the people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department has released the names of all 36 victims. They ranged in age from 17 to 61....

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank....

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedate inmates before they are put to death should not be used in lethal injections, critics of the drug said Friday....

Tourists stream back to Gatlinburg, but rebuilding looms
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Visitors jammed the main roads and sidewalks in Gatlinburg as the tourism city reopened to the public Friday for the first time since wildfires killed 14 people....

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year....

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