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Investigators search for clues in fatal Oakland fire

Posted 12/5/2016 in National

As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.



Study: Biggest tornado outbreaks are spawning more twisters

Posted 12/3/2016 in National

The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed.



McConnell: Replacement of health law to take time

Posted 12/3/2016 in National

The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday.



Trump, backers ask courts to halt or block 3 state recounts

Posted 12/3/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.



Job deals like Carrier's often fall short of hype

Posted 12/3/2016 in National

When President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal to save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, it came with a cost to state taxpayers of about $7 million in tax breaks and grants.



House passes $611 billion defense policy bill by wide margin

Posted 12/3/2016 in National

The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise.



Charleston church shooting trial set to begin next week

Posted 12/2/2016 in National

The long-awaited federal death penalty trial of the white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church is scheduled to get underway next week with the final seating of a jury.



Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms

Posted 12/1/2016 in National

Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.



3 more bodies found in Tenn. wildfire ruins

Posted 12/1/2016 in National

Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area, raising the death toll to seven, a Tennessee mayor said Wednesday.



Trump says he's leaving businesses to focus on presidency

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector.



Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana.



Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes -- just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states.



Church shooting defendant eases into role as own attorney

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

The white man prosecutors accuse of gunning down nine black parishioners in a bid to start a race war showed no signs of a racial agenda Tuesday, taking a calm, businesslike approach to selecting a jury that would ultimately decide whether he's put to death.



More than 860 hate incidents documented since elections

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

Civil rights groups say President-elect Donald Trump should forcefully and publicly denounce racism and bigotry.



Official: Ohio attacker angry about treatment of Muslims

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

The Somali-born student who went on a car-and-knife rampage at Ohio State University railed on Facebook against U.S. interference in Muslim lands and warned, "If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace" with the Islamic State group, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.



Trump suggests 'consequences' for any flag-burners

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship.



Deadly, destructive wildfires ravage Tennessee tourism town

Posted 11/30/2016 in National

In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, a Tennessee tourist mecca emerged from the smoke, charred and vacant after a swift-moving wildfire.



Trump's threat to end Cuba detente may rouse GOP opposition

Posted 11/29/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump's threat Monday to "terminate" the U.S. detente with Cuba could trigger opposition from some Republican lawmakers and corporate leaders who favor continued engagement with Havana.



GOP states that expanded Medicaid want it kept

Posted 11/29/2016 in National

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought her own Republican party in the state Legislature for months to push through a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.



Trump summons Romney for 2nd look as staffers squabble

Posted 11/29/2016 in National

Donald Trump's hunt for a secretary of state is veering into dramatic terrain, with the president-elect summoning Mitt Romney back for a second look as a top aide leads a public pressure campaign against the pick.



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