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  • Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public
    Olivier Knox

    Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama could make a Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture partly public before he leaves office in January. “Probably the most that we might expect this administration to do — and maybe ‘expect’ is the wrong word — but the most it could probably accomplish is to designate it some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to redaction, obviously,” said Schiff, who was speaking at a breakfast for reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. The Senate Intelligence Committee worked for years to compile the 6,700-page report, perhaps the most detailed and complete accounting of the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other interrogation techniques that meet international definitions of torture.

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    Trump team: Flynn Jr., who spread conspiracies, ‘no longer’ with transition

    Michael Flynn Jr., the son of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn who helped spread the so-called PizzaGate conspiracy, has no involvement in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Tuesday. “Gen. Flynn’s son has no involvement in the transition whatsoever,” Pence said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.

  • Oakland warehouse operator distraught in interview about deadly fire
    Dylan Stableford

    Oakland warehouse operator distraught in interview about deadly fire

    The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a massive fire killed at least 36 people over the weekend is facing intense scrutiny over his role as de facto landlord of a building that fire officials say was a maze of plywood, tapestries, furniture, art and apparently illegal living spaces. “What am I doing here?” Almena said. A criminal investigation is under way, though it’s unclear whether Almena is the focus.

  • 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack
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    75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

    On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii and began their assault. The attack killed more than 2,300 people, nearly half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. More than 1,100 were injured. After the attack, President Franklin D.

  • Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.
    Lisa Belkin

    Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.

    Dr. Ben Carson speaks before a Trump campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., in August 2016. It is a view that worries longtime housing advocates who find themselves parsing the limited words Dr. Carson has spoken and written on the subject before the former neurosurgeon was named Monday Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of housing and urban development. “The fair housing community has been hoping for a HUD appointee that would do no harm,” said Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.

  • Photos of the day — December 5, 2016
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    Photos of the day — December 5, 2016

    A street actor dressed as a devil frightens children in downtown Prague on the eve of St. Nicholas in the Czech Republic; military veterans huddle together to hold a United States flag against strong winds during a march to a closed bridge outside the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D.; and Civil Defense members look for survivors under rubble of damaged buildings after air strikes on the northern neighborhood of Idlib city, Syria. (AP/Reuters) These are just a few of the photo of the day for December 5, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

  • Artists, musicians, teachers among the young victims of Oakland warehouse fire that killed at least 36
    Caitlin Dickson and Gabriela Kaufman

    Artists, musicians, teachers among the young victims of Oakland warehouse fire that killed at least 36

    Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland over the weekend, killing several dozen attendees of a party in an art space. According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modste, 36 bodies had been recovered as of Sunday from the dilapidated, two-story Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the teenage victim was Draven McGill, a junior at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and the son of a deputy for the Alameda County sheriff’s office.

  • Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire

    Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland over the weekend, killing several dozen attendees of a party in an art space.

  • Fidel Castro’s quiet end
    Patrick Symmes

    Fidel Castro’s quiet end

    Fidel Castro is dead. Castro was believed dead in 1953, after he disappeared during his surprise attack on the Moncada Barracks during an early, failed attempt to overthrow Cuba’s government. Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, receives the box containing the ashes of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 4, 2016.

  • White House chides Trump for Taiwan call
    Olivier Knox

    White House chides Trump for Taiwan call

    The White House on Monday scolded Donald Trump over his controversial telephone call with Taiwan’s leader, charging that the president-elect had broken with four decades of bipartisan foreign policy consensus and angered China without reaping any benefits for the United States. “It’s unclear exactly what the strategic effort is, what the aim of the strategic effort is, and it’s unclear exactly what potential benefit could be experienced by the United States, China or Taiwan, but I’ll leave that to them to explain,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing.

  • Amazon Go pioneers grocery shopping without checkout lines, cashier jobs
    Michael Walsh

    Amazon Go pioneers grocery shopping without checkout lines, cashier jobs

    On Monday morning, Amazon unveiled its new vision for the future of brick-and-mortar grocery stores: Amazon Go. Amazon says the company brought together the most advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to eliminate cash registers in a new 1,800-square-foot store in Seattle. Amazon Go is already open to Amazon employees through its beta program and is scheduled to open to the public in early 2017.

  • Muslim MTA employee, NYPD officer targeted in alleged hate crimes
    Dylan Stableford

    Muslim MTA employee, NYPD officer targeted in alleged hate crimes

    A uniformed Muslim New York City transit employee was allegedly assaulted Monday by a man who called her a “terrorist” before pushing her down a flight of stairs at a Grand Central Terminal subway station. Officials say the incident was yet another hate crime reported in the wake of a divisive presidential election. The off-duty employee, who was not identified, injured her ankle and knee in the alleged attack, which occurred at about 6:20 a.m., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

  • Katie Couric interviews Edward Snowden: A look behind the scenes
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    Katie Couric interviews Edward Snowden: A look behind the scenes

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric traveled to Moscow, Russia, for a rare, face-to-face interview with fugitive and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents to the media in 2013, revealing the scope of U.S. surveillance activities. He now lives in exile in Russia where he has sought asylum. See the full Katie Couric Interview on Yahoo.com/KatieCouric. _____ See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr

  • ‘Under attack. Nowhere to go’: Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Aleppo girl, back on Twitter after account disappeared
    Michael Walsh

    ‘Under attack. Nowhere to go’: Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Aleppo girl, back on Twitter after account disappeared

    A 7-year-old Syrian girl caught the attention of people across the globe with her tweets about life in war-torn Aleppo. On Sunday, as the Syrian army pushed into eastern Aleppo, her Twitter account mysteriously disappeared. Bana Alabed and her mother, Fatemah, have gathered roughly 198,000 followers since starting the account in September.

  • Paul Ryan on Trump’s baseless voter fraud claim: ‘Who cares what he tweeted?’
    Dylan Stableford

    Paul Ryan on Trump’s baseless voter fraud claim: ‘Who cares what he tweeted?’

    House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn’t care that Donald Trump continues to tweet outlandish claims as president-elect as long as Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress get things done when he’s in the Oval Office. “That’s what’s going to matter at the end of the day,” Ryan said in an interview that aired on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday. It was a stunning claim as there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.

  • Comet pizza owner rips fake news after gunman tells police he was there to ‘self-investigate’ election conspiracy
    Dylan Stableford

    Comet pizza owner rips fake news after gunman tells police he was there to ‘self-investigate’ election conspiracy

    The owner of the Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant that was the subject of a false Hillary Clinton conspiracy ripped those who spread fake news after a North Carolina man walked into the pizzeria on Sunday and pointed an assault rifle at one of his employees, then began shooting. The 28-year-old gunman, Edgar Maddison Welch, told police he traveled to Washington from Salisbury, N.C., to “self-investigate” the conspiracy theory, which alleged that the pizzeria was the center of a sex ring involving Clinton and her campaign chief. “There will be a time and place to address how and why this happened in greater detail,” James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, said in a statement.

  • Fatal warehouse fire in Oakland
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Fatal warehouse fire in Oakland

    A rising death toll is an "unfortunate reality" after authorities recovered 33 bodies -- some of them teens possibly younger than 17 -- from a fire-ravaged warehouse in Oakland, California, that housed artist studios and was hosting a dance party when the deadly blaze broke out.

  • Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’
    Dylan Stableford

    Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’

    “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!” Trump tweeted, perhaps proving the sketch’s point. “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.

  • Photos of the day - December 4, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day - December 4, 2016

    The Indian Navy band performs during the ‘Navy Day’ celebration in Mumbai, India; cats are held by their owner waiting for evaluation by a judge during a cat show in Moscow, Russia; and a model presents makeup design during the wedding bun competition at the Hungarian Open Europe Cup Beauty Championship in Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Abandoned lunatic asylum
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Abandoned lunatic asylum

    These creepy snapshots of an eerie abandoned asylum will send a shiver down your spine. The old building, a former lunatic asylum in Columbia, South Carolina, opened in 1821, and was used to house traumatized veterans from the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. But the hospital is now in ruins after it was left to crumble – the insides have been stripped bare, with nothing left but peeling paintwork and gratified walls. These eerie pictures were taken by urban explorer Bullet, who risked life and limb to explore the old hospital. (Caters News) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.  

  • Oakland warehouse operator sparks outrage for mourning loss of venue — not victims
    Dylan Stableford

    Oakland warehouse operator sparks outrage for mourning loss of venue — not victims

    The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a fire broke out during a dance party on Friday night, killing at least 33 people, has been widely criticized over his initial response to the tragedy. “Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” Derick Ion Almena wrote in a Facebook post early Saturday morning. Almena’s post was met with immediate backlash from Facebook users for omitting any mention of the victims.

  • Katie Couric interviews Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles
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    Katie Couric interviews Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles

    Between bites of a pepperoni (her topping of choice) pizza at John's Pizzeria in Times Square, American gymnast Simone Biles talked to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about balancing small pleasures like this with maintaining a healthy body image. (Yahoo News) Photography by Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News Read story and full interview: Simone Biles on Olympic glory, life in foster care and doing splits with President Obama by Sarah B. Boxer See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.

  • Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’
    Dylan Stableford

    Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’

    Retired Gen. David Petraeus admitted he made a “very serious mistake” in sharing classified information with his biographer when he was CIA director, adding that it would be up to the Senate to decide whether it should confirm or disqualify him should President-elect Donald Trump nominate him to be secretary of state. “Five years ago I made a very serious mistake,” Petraeus said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in April 2015 for mishandling classified information, receiving two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine.

  • Fidel Castro laid to rest
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Fidel Castro laid to rest

    Fidel Castro’s ashes have arrived at a Santiago, Cuba cemetery to mark the start of funeral ceremonies for Fidel Castro. The salute sounded in the capital, Havana, as Fidel Castro’s ashes before they were taken to the cemetery in eastern Cuba where they will be interred at the end of a nine-day waiting period.

  • Photos of the day — December 3, 2016
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Photos of the day — December 3, 2016

    Kyle Tress, of the United States, competes in a world cup men’s skeleton race in Whistler, British Columbia; People gather under a Christmas Tree, marking the beginning of Christmas season in Zgharta city, north Lebanon; and Students wait by the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro as they pass by on their four-day journey across the country in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.