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At defense forum, Trump's promises on spending draw praise, but other questions linger

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- President-elect Donald Trump has promised to increase military spending.

It's a pledge that had widespread support among the hundreds of defense officials -- including members of Congress, military leaders and industry executives -- who met Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to discuss ...Read more

Nine bodies removed from burned Oakland warehouse; search begins for more victims

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In what may be the deadliest structure fire in Oakland's history, at least nine people died in a blaze that broke out late Friday at an electronic music party at a Fruitvale district live-work space, and firefighters as of late Saturday afternoon had started combing through the burned building.

The nine bodies were the most ...Read more

Oakland concert venue 'was a tinderbox'

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OAKLAND, Calif.--The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen.

People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings -- ...Read more

Report: Jill Stein campaign drops recount effort in Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has dropped a state-wide recount of the presidential election in the state of Pennsylvania, National Public Radio reported Saturday.

Stein's lawyer Lawrence M. Otter withdrew the lawsuit filed with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania early Saturday evening, according to the report.

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China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

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BEIJING -- President-elect Donald Trump's surprise phone call with Taiwan's president left many in China reeling over a perceived assault on the country's sovereignty and questioning their assumptions about America's future leader.

Although Trump repeatedly denounced China's trade policies as unfair during the campaign, many here thought that ...Read more

Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury, resigns as MOCA board member

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LOS ANGELES--Following his appointment as the next Treasury secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, California banker Steven Mnuchin has resigned from his board position at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner and one-time co-chairman of the troubled Relativity Media studio, joined the Board of ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's call with the Taiwanese president was his latest break from diplomatic norms

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WASHINGTON -- He praises enemies, he ignores allies, he upends decades of policy.

And Donald Trump hasn't even been sworn in as president.

In a series of telephone calls with foreign leaders apparently eager to congratulate the president-elect, Trump has broken many of the rules that govern delicate matters of international relations, leaving ...Read more

Fidel Castro returns to the city where his revolution began

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SANTIAGO DE CUBA--Fidel Castro returned Saturday to the city where he and a band of rebels launched an assault on the Moncada Barracks, starting the Cuban Revolution.

Castro, leader of the revolution, died Nov. 25, at 90 after a lingering illness that resulted in his ceding power to his brother Raul in 2006.

A caravan carrying Castro's ashes ...Read more

Ford says it's willing to work with Trump on jobs if it likes his policies

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –– Ford Motor Co. was a target of Donald Trump's criticism during his campaign for building cars in Mexico, and now that Trump will be president, Ford said it's willing to work with him to keep jobs in the U.S. –– provided Trump puts the right policies in place, according to the automaker's chief executive officer.

"We...Read more

Oakland, Calif., fire kills 9; many are missing

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At least nine people died when a fire raced through an Oakland, Calif., warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said.

Oakland fire officials said Saturday morning that some people were still unaccounted for.

"We are up to nine known fatalities," Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said at the fire scene in ...Read more

China says Trump's call with Taiwanese president was a 'gimmick'

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WASHINGTON –– China has dismissed a Friday phone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen as a "gimmick" by the island it considers a renegade province.

"This was a gimmick pulled off by Taiwan, and it won't stand a chance to change the one China structure agreed upon in the international community," China...Read more

Veterans plan to be human shields for Dakota pipeline protesters

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A showdown looms as thousands of veterans from around the country head to North Dakota to be shield Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from police.

The plan by an unarmed citizens' militia, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, coincides with North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's order to evacuate a protesters' camp near the pipeline ...Read more

Student suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of USC faculty member on campus

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LOS ANGELES--A University of Southern California faculty member was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday, allegedly by a student who has been taken into custody, Los Angeles police said.

Police received a 911 call from USC about 4:30 p.m. of a victim with multiple stab wounds, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan ...Read more