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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least nine people are confirmed dead after a fire tore through an Oakland, California, warehouse during a late night dance party. Officials say the death toll could rise as high as 40. The warehouse had been converted into artist studios. An official says the city is investigating whether people lived in the warehouse illegally weeks before the fire.

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Cuba is nearing the end of its nine-day public mourning for Fidel Castro with a second massive rally in honor of the revolutionary leader. The 90-year-old former president died Nov. 25. His ashes arrived this afternoon in the eastern city of Santiago, ending a four-day journey across Cuba that began after a massive rally in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution. He will be interred in Santiago tomorrow.

BEIJING (AP) — Thirty-two miners are confirmed dead in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China. According to state-run media, the gas explosion hit the mine in the Inner Mongolia region midday Saturday. The official Xinhua (shihn-wah) News Agency reports that 149 of the 181 miners working underground managed to get out. China's mining industry has long been among the world's deadliest.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Green Party-backed voters are dropping a court case that sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein framed the court case as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest public-employee union says it has reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration after long-stalled negotiations. The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 announced the agreement today. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious negotiations that led to a strike threat and allegations of bad-faith bargaining.

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