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At least 9 dead in warehouse fire...8 hurt in bus crash...North Dakota preparing for winter pipeline protests

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say at least nine people have died in a blaze that broke out during a party in a warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Oakland fire chief says at least another 13 people are unaccounted for. Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were in the building, which houses a group of artists and their studios. The East Bay Times reports that the fire tore through the building during an event featuring musician Golden Donna's 100% Silk West Coast tour.

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) — Texas officials say eight people are injured after a bus carrying high school cheerleaders crashed with a tractor-trailer rig. It happened in Howard County after a football game last night. Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring told KWES-TV that two of the eight people injured were in critical condition, two others were in serious condition and four were being transferred to another hospital for further treatment.

BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office told reporters that the man was armed and refused to drop his weapon when ordered by deputies. Deputies had been searching for the man because he was alleged to be suicidal. There's no word on his condition.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's homeland security director says the state is prepared to respond to pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis. He says his office has winter shelter plans in place and various agencies are ready to respond, though it could be a "huge challenge." The government has ordered hundreds of protesters to leave their encampment on federal land by Monday. The protesters are vowing to stay until changes are made to the route of the Dakota Access pipeline.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One U.S. Senate seat remains undecided after last month's elections. Louisiana will hold a runoff on Dec. 10 between Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regulator. The race has drawn donations from Democrats around the country who are supporting Campbell even though he's pro-gun, anti-abortion and considered such a longshot that he's getting little help from the national party. If Kennedy wins, Republicans will have a 52-48 Senate majority next year.

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