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The Latest: Oakland sports teams donating to fire victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:11pm

The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:00pm

A woman was killed and seven other people were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders, authorities said Saturday.

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Fire tears through Oakland dance party, killing at least 9

Paul Elias and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:30pm

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 at least two dozen more were missing in the rubble of the building.

Overnight house fire in Ohio kills 2 adults, 2 children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:43pm

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

Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:31pm

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

Eric Tucker and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:21pm

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.

Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student quiet

Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:01pm

A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was quiet and didn't seem to have many friends but never showed any signs that something may have been wrong, several people who knew him at the university said Saturday.

Carter: US, partners need to stay in Iraq after IS defeat

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:32pm

The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Green Party drops bid for statewide Pennsylvania recount

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:31pm

Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

Despite uproar, N.Carolina governor rivals use private email

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:21pm

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory and his Democratic opponent in the undecided North Carolina governor's race have together sent or received hundreds of messages from private email accounts —a sidestep around official communication channels that McCrory's team blasted as "questionable" in a comparison to Hillary Clinton.

Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:01pm

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.

Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:01pm

Green Party drops court case seeking statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election.

California official: City started investigating whether people lived in warehouse illegally weeks before deadly fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:51pm

California official: City started investigating whether people lived in warehouse illegally weeks before deadly fire.

Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:51pm

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

Lawsuit reopens issue of depleted uranium disposal in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:44pm

Fears are being rekindled that a type of nuclear waste that grows more radioactive for 2 million years could end up buried in Utah's west desert now that the federal government is trying to block the pending purchase of a company that has a site in Texas already approved to store the material.

SWAT team shoots man to death after Louisiana deputy shot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:31pm

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

Jackson Town Council considers boosting renter protections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:25pm

The Jackson Town Council is considering ordinances that would offer more protection to renters.

Chapecoense fans pay homage to their fallen heroes

Don Riddell, CNN  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 3:22pm

Through thick and thin, the small Brazilian town of Chapeco has stood by its football team.

Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state

John Seewer and Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:30pm

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.