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  • Two dozen bodies found after California loft fire, more deaths expected
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    Two dozen bodies found after California loft fire, more deaths expected

    Recovery teams have found 24 bodies in the charred ruins of an Oakland, California loft building after a fire broke out during a weekend dance party, and the death toll is expected to rise, authorities said on Sunday. Sergeant Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, said

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    Guantanamo detainee released to Cabo Verde

    The U.S. Defense Department on Sunday announced that a long-held inmate at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Shawqi Awad Balzuhair, had been transferred to the government of Cabo Verde. With his release, there are 59 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Defense Department statement

  • Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters
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    Morton County sheriff defends tactics against pipeline protesters

    The sheriff of the North Dakota county where thousands of people are protesting a controversial pipeline project defended police tactics after they used water hoses and rubber bullets in a late November confrontation. Kyle Kirchmeier, the sheriff of Morton County, where the Dakota Access Pipeline snakes

  • California warehouse fire kills at least nine at dance party
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    California warehouse fire kills at least nine at dance party

    A fire that roared through a warehouse dance party in Oakland, California, killed more than nine people and left at least two dozen others missing and feared dead inside the gutted building, officials said on Saturday, as anguished friends and relatives awaited word of their fate. Oakland and Alameda

  • Sense of duty draws U.S. veterans to Dakota pipeline protest
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    Sense of duty draws U.S. veterans to Dakota pipeline protest

    In the back reaches of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp, U.S. military veterans, armed with saws, hammers and other tools, are quietly building barracks, an infirmary and a mess hall. Despite the bitter cold and an evacuation order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the veterans hope to erect

  • Green Party's Stein to pursue Pennsylvania recount petition in federal court
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    Green Party's Stein to pursue Pennsylvania recount petition in federal court

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Green Party candidate Jill Stein late Saturday vowed to bring her fight for a recount of votes cast in Pennsylvania in the U.S. presidential election to federal court, after a state judge ordered her campaign to post a $1 million bond. “The Stein campaign

  • Pentagon arms buyer 'hopeful' that Lockheed F-35 block buy will proceed
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    Pentagon arms buyer 'hopeful' that Lockheed F-35 block buy will proceed

    Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer, said on Saturday he was hopeful that a proposed three-year block buy of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, expected to generate large savings, would go ahead."I can't say what's in the final budget, but I'm very hopeful that the

  • U.S. Navy aims to buy more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets: source
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    U.S. Navy aims to buy more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets: source

    The U.S. Navy plans to divest its older model Boeing Co F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in coming years and hopes to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with a shortfall of strike fighters aboard its carriers, a Navy official said. "To decrease the strike fighter shortfall and to best prepare

  • Fire at California loft party kills at least nine, two dozen missing
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    Fire at California loft party kills at least nine, two dozen missing

    By Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A fire that erupted during a dance party at a warehouse used by an artists' collective in Oakland, California, killed at least nine and left about two dozen people missing, raising fears that more bodies would be found inside, authorities said on Saturday

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    Firefighters battle major fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    At least one building was ablaze at Berkshire and Vandine Streets, the Cambridge Fire Department said in a string of tweets. The Boston Globe and local WCVB-TV reported that 10 alarms had been struck and that several buildings, as well as cars, were on fire. The newspaper said that the blaze broke

  • U.S. veterans, tribe elders join forces in pipeline protest
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    U.S. veterans, tribe elders join forces in pipeline protest

    By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. military veterans spoke with tribal leaders on Saturday about their shared interest in blocking a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation, with as many as 3,500 veterans joining protests at the

  • Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office
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    Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office

    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, the White House said on Saturday. Obama will relinquish office on Jan. 20 to Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who made

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    Yurts, cleats, coats: Dakota protesters dig in for brutal winter

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - In North Dakota, winter is most definitely coming.

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    FBI captures a Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive in Los Angeles

    Jones was wanted in connection with an early-morning shootout with a rival gang on October 15 that left four people dead and 10 wounded at a Los Angeles-area house that was being used as a restaurant, the FBI said in a statement. The suspect was captured during a pursuit, the agency's field office

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    Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

    Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness. Aldrin, 86, who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand

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    Man stabbed to death on California university campus

    A man who may have been a faculty member at the University of Southern California was stabbed to death on the downtown Los Angeles campus on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported stabbing around 4:30 p.m. local time and

  • Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit
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    Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording

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    Jury to continue deliberating in ex-South Carolina cop's murder trial

    Jurors in South Carolina weighing homicide charges against a white former policeman who fatally shot a fleeing black motorist last year were to resume deliberations on Monday after earlier declaring they were deadlocked, with one panelist holding out against a conviction. On Friday, their third day

  • U.S. veterans build barracks for pipeline protesters in cold
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    U.S. veterans build barracks for pipeline protesters in cold

    By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. military veterans were building barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project

  • Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses
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    Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

    Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court in Boston, said in a court filing that the money may be split among more than 1,000 people who were denied spousal benefits between 2011 and 2014, when Wal-Mart changed its policy. Sally Welborn, a senior

  • In San Bernardino, solemn ceremony marks mass shooting
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    In San Bernardino, solemn ceremony marks mass shooting

    The sound of a bell tolled through loudspeakers on Friday outside a building in Southern California, ringing once for each of the 14 people killed in a mass shooting by Islamist militants one year ago at the site. More than 200 workers at the Inland Regional Center, a complex in San Bernardino, stood

  • Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states
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    Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes in three states where Trump, a Republican, won with narrow victories. Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and

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    Accused Romanian-born arms trafficker gets 10 years in U.S. prison

    A Romanian-born man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison after he was convicted on U.S. charges that he conspired with two former European officials to sell $17 million worth of weapons to undercover informants posing as Colombian rebels. Virgil Flaviu Georgescu, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District

  • Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report
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    Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report

    A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company. The American International Recruitment Council, which certifies agencies that recruit foreign students on

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    Additional charge for Michigan man in counterterrorism probe

    Sebastian Gregerson, a Detroit resident who also goes by the name Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, was charged on Thursday, according the indictment against him filed with the United States District Court in Michigan. Gregerson previously was charged with unregistered possession of a destructive device and