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Oakland Toll Rises to 36

The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire has grown to 36. Authorities announced the latest tally early Monday, saying they expect the number to rise. Eleven victims have been positively identified, but the names have yet to be publicly released

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Florida Press Conference

Trump Taps Carson as Housing Secretary

Donald Trump has chosen former 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's decision comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of deliberations aimed at forming his administration

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on Dec. 5, 2016.

Abe Will Be First Japanese Leader to Visit Pearl Harbor

Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor, becoming the the first sitting Japanese leader to visit the site of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack of the U.S. naval base in Hawaii, which killed more than 2,000 and pulled America into World War II


Moana Rides Waves to Top of the Box Office

Disney's Moana topped the domestic box office for the second week in a row, drawing $28.4 million, in a 50% drop from its opening weekend. The film has now earned $119.9 million domestically and $177.4 million worldwide

Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Roof Allowed to Hire Back His Lawyers

A federal judge has allowed Dylann Roof, a white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, to hire back his lawyers, at least for the first phase of his trial


Italy's Populists Claim Victory, But Chaos Looms

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s resignation from office on Sunday night after the unexpectedly heavy referendum defeat opens a period of political instability and high risks of market volatility, declaring as winners populist and anti-establishment parties. But what comes next?

Charleston Families Brace for Dylann Roof’s Trial

The relatives of the nine black churchgoers killed in Charleston last year are bracing for the trial of Dylann Roof, set to formally begin this week. “This nation will get an opportunity to see what racism looks like and sounds like,” one family member said

Prisoner Tortured with Waterboarding

Almost Half of Americans Think Torture Works

Almost half of Americans see torture as a useful way of getting information out of enemy combatants during times of war, according to a new survey. Americans' views on the issue of torture differ from those of people in many other countries

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Fake News Story Led a Man to Shoot Inside a Pizza Shop

A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant injuring no one, police and news reports said

North Dakota national guardsmen stand guard on Turtle Island watching activists and native americans at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Dec. 3, 2016.

U.S. Army Bows to Activists in Dakota Pipeline Fight

The current Dakota Access pipeline route will be denied, the U.S. Army announced, in a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists against the construction. Work on the pipeline will halt for an environmental-impact study to look at alternative routes


Judge Orders Michigan Recount to Begin

Michigan must begin its presidential recount at noon Monday, a federal judge ruled in a late-night order that could make it more likely the state will complete the count ahead of a Dec. 13 deadline


Blaze at Top Hotel 'With No Fire Exits' in Pakistan Kills 11

At least 11 people were killed and 75 injured Monday when a fire broke out at the Regent Plaza hotel in Karachi — Pakistan's biggest city and the country's commercial hub. Karachi's mayor Waseem Akhtar told media that the hotel had "no fire exits or fire alarms."

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The Most Influential Images of All Time

Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience