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Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade....

Music therapist, teacher, teens among warehouse fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A therapist who used music to help kids cope with trauma. A woman who taught at a Montessori school. An energetic artist who could make friends with anyone....

Colleagues paint caustic portrait of artist colony founder
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors and acquaintances....

Expect the unexpected, say college disaster prep officials
When Jefferson Community College was making plans to build its first residence hall, there was one must-have for President Carole McCoy: generators for backup if the power went out....

Rhode Island School of Design works with NASA on Mars suit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- When scientists are trying to figure out how to live in near-isolation in a dome to simulate a Mars mission, the last thing they'll need is an ill-fitting space suit. So one of the nation's top design schools has come to the rescue....

Michigan starts recount; Pennsylvania awaits federal ruling
DETROIT (AP) -- The presidential recount in Michigan expands Tuesday to its largest county, which includes Detroit, and five other large counties, with the fate of a statewide recount push in Pennsylvania awaiting action in federal court....

Math a concern for US teens; science, reading flat on test
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American students have a math problem....

Chinese volleyball game in the crosshairs of development
BOSTON (AP) -- A modest asphalt court that served as a nursery for a unique style of volleyball played by Chinese immigrants across the country now stands in the way of development, touching off a battle over preservation....

After mistrial, slain SC motorist's family still confident
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Relatives of Walter Scott, the black motorist fatally shot while fleeing a traffic stop, say they are confident justice will prevail even though a South Carolina jury could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in his death....

Officials: Potential for violence from fake news troubling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint....

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