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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It's a grim scene today at a converted warehouse in Oakland, California. A raging fire tore through the warehouse last night during a dance party, killing at least nine people. Officials are afraid as many as 40 may have perished. The warehouse had been partitioned into several artist studios and was packed with furniture, mannequins, lamps, and other objects.
CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilians are mourning the deaths of members of a soccer club who died in a plane crash. Twenty-thousand people filled a tiny stadium today in Chapeco to say goodbye. Tens of thousands more crowded outside despite a steady rain. Monday's crash in the Colombian Andes claimed most of the team's players and staff as they headed to the finals of one of Latin America's most important club tournaments.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished in 2014 are in Madagascar to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean. Some pieces of debris from the Boeing 777 have been found on African coastlines.
SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Fidel Castro's ashes have arrived in the eastern city of Santiago, ending a four-day journey across Cuba. Thousands of people welcomed the leader's remains to shouts of "Fidel! I am Fidel!" The 90-year-old former president died Nov. 25. He will be remembered in a nationally televised service led by his brother, President Raul Castro, this evening. His ashes will be interred Sunday morning, ending a nine-day mourning period.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students. The movement comes after President-elect Donald Trump promised to end an executive order that granted temporary status to students living in the country illegally. He has also vowed to withhold federal funding from America's "sanctuary cities."
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