Prosecutors in Oakland, California, say murder charges are possible in Friday’s deadly warehouse fire. Thirty-six people were killed in the studios and illegal living spaces known as the “Ghost Ship.” Investigators have not pinpointed the cause of the fire, but one former resident has said the cluttered space was a “death trap.”
Given that a third of Americans seem to have no faith in major media outlets, Will Rahn wonders who, if anyone, can debunk the “Pizzagate” conspiracy about a D.C. pizza joint. He argues President-elect Donald Trump and his closest advisors have a role to play in helping diminish the influence of “fake news,” which is eroding a cornerstone of American democracy.
Tale of 2 Steves
Donald Trump has tapped two men for powerful posts whose approaches to Wall Street are poles apart: populist firebrand Steve Bannon and establishment Republican Steve Mnuchin. Whose view prevails could determine whether the incoming administration fulfill the president-elect’s pledge to crack down on big banks.
Over, for now
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II is urging protesters braving harsh winter conditions to go home after the Army Corps of Engineers rejected the most controversial part of the pipeline route, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. But President-elect Donald Trump set to take office soon, the pipeline’s future remains uncertain.
Drowsy and dangerous
New research shows how deadly it can be to drive when you’re tired. A study by the AAA finds drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day more than quadruple their risk of getting in a crash. See why federal regulators say the accident risk from drowsy driving is comparable to driving drunk.
Buying or selling?
Nothing can chill the real estate sector in the U.S. like rising interest rates. So is the Federal Reserve’s expected move to boost borrowing costs later this month likely to dent the housing market? As the central bank prepares to hike rates, we look at what home buyers and sellers can expect in 2017.