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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There are fears as many as 40 people may have died in a raging fire at a converted warehouse in Oakland, California. At least nine people are confirmed dead after the fire tore through the artist collective during a late night dance party. The victims are believed to be young people in their 20s. The warehouse was known as the "Oakland Ghost Ship."
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say two adults and two young girls were killed in an overnight house fire in Akron, Ohio. Media reports say one 12-year-old girl was rescued and a woman escaped by jumping from an attic window in the three-story house. A city spokeswoman says the adults were a man and woman and the girls were about 7 or 8 years old. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say SWAT team officers shot a man to death when they stormed a house after the man shot a sheriff's deputy. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the 48-year-old deputy is hospitalized and "alert and doing well." Authorities have not released the identity of the slain man. Normand told the New Orleans Advocate the SWAT team shot the suspect after he refused to lower his weapon.
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 is being held on $1 million bail. David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested in the Friday afternoon attack in the heart of the Los Angeles campus. His mentor, Bosco Tjan, was killed inside a science building, where he ran an intensive lab that studies vision loss.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former prisoner of war accused of endangering his U.S. comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan is asking President Barack Obama to pardon him before leaving office. White House and Justice Department officials say U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl submitted the clemency request. If granted, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April. He faces charges carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison.
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