A federal official says a faulty appliance may have sparked the Oakland, California warehouse fire that left 36 people dead. The local fire chief says the search of the fire-gutted building is nearly complete, but there are many unanswered questions about how years of complaints about the building seemingly went unanswered.
President-elect Donald Trump has continued his post-election “thank you” tour with a speech in North Carolina, and by formally introducing his pick for secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis. Mr. Trump stuck to a more optimistic tone in his address than he had on the campaign trail, vowing to revitalize America’s armed forces but only use them “when it’s in the vital interest of the United States.”
The number of school shootings in the U.S. has risen sharply in recent years, and a new study shows some states have been hit harder than others. Researchers say they found school shootings were less likely to happen in states with background check laws for gun purchases, but several other factors also come into play.
Joy amid suffering
The Syrian city of Aleppo has been bombed for weeks under a punishing, Russian-backed army offensive to wrest half the city from rebel hands. We see elation as the army’s advance allows a family divided for five years to reunite, and anguish as a man is forced to watch his wife die because his city is destroyed and help came too late.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii -- the attack that drew the United States military into World War II. Survivors of the surprise Japanese attack will attend commemorative ceremonies to honor those who died, and we find out what some of them are thinking on this solemn day.
North Dakota and parts of Minnesota are under a blizzard warning. Some places have already been buried in more than a foot of snow. Temperatures are lower than normal across the Great Plains, and even in some parts of the South. They will continue to drop in temperature as cold temperatures head from west to east throughout the week.
Donald Trump is claiming credit for Japanese billionaire Masayoshi “Masa” Son’s planned $50 billion investment in U.S. tech startups. But there may be less political art to this deal than it appears. We look at what’s behind the plan, which the president-elect and entrepreneur say would create 50,000 jobs.
When parents give their kids a gift, they probably don’t expect the toy to listen in on their conversations. But some internet-enabled items are drawing scrutiny from privacy advocates who say they can eavesdrop on children and their families, and potentially expose personal information to hackers.
Residents and officials in the famed Italian city understand well how valuable tourism is to their local economy. But Venice’s popularity is a double-edge sword; the small city simply can’t cope with the hordes who descend to snap selfies. Without change, the city risks being labeled a “heritage site in danger.”