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Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters 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 charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said they feared the death toll could rise as high as 40....

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....

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial
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....

Within hours, wildfires set Tennessee mountain city aflame
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Tracey Mayberry told her boss to fire her....

Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state
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....

Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze
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 exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants
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....

Keys, lightbulbs tied to Thomas Edison sell at auction
DALLAS (AP) -- Keys to the New Jersey lab where Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and some of the lightbulbs that he perfected sold for more than $60,000 at auction on Saturday....

Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested
LOS 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 being held on $1 million bail Saturday as their shocked colleagues began processing the news...

Guns at zoos? Texas says no while struggling to tame rules
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....

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