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WASHINGTON Washington police said on Sunday they detained a man wielding an assault rifle who entered a pizza restaurant that was the target of fake news reports it was operating a child abuse ring led by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top campaign aide. An unidentified 35-year-old man was being held for questioning after police were called to the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington near the Maryland border, said Aquita Brown, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department in the nation’s capital. Brown said no shots were fired and there were no injuries. A Reuters witness at the restaurant with his one-year-old child said it was crowded when the gunman entered, with many families dining. It was unclear whether the man was aware of the internet postings about Comet. Police said there was no active investigation of child abuse allegations there. Last month, various media outlets, including the Washington Post and New …

OAKLAND, Calif. –  The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Officials in Oakland say the 33 people confirmed dead in a fire at a warehouse range in age from teenagers to 30-plus years old. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says authorities have identified some 17 year olds among the victims. He says some of the victims are from Asia and Europe. Officials say they have identified victims through fingerprints. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event. ___ 3:20 p.m. Officials in Oakland say the death toll from a fire at a warehouse during a dance party has climbed to 33. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly announced the latest figure at a news conference Sunday. The number …

WELLINGTON Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has been advised by doctors to stay in New Zealand until fluid from his lungs clears, days after he was evacuated from the South Pole as his condition worsened. The 86-year-old adventurer who was visiting the pole as part of a tourist group, was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand, early on Friday because of congestion in his lungs. His team posted details of his medical evacuation from Antarctica over the weekend, along with pictures of him in good spirits, on his official website as well as on Twitter. “I am being very well looked after in Christchurch. I’m looking forward to getting home soon to spend Christmas with my family and to continue my quest for Cycling Pathways and a permanent settlement on Mars,” he said on his website. In one of the photos on Twitter, Aldrin can be seen reading …

CANNON BALL, N.D. –  Tribal elders have asked the military veterans joining the large Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment not to have confrontations with law enforcement officials, an organizer with Veterans Stand for Standing Rock said Sunday, adding the group is there to help out those who’ve dug in against the four-state, $3.8 billion project. About 250 veterans gathered about a mile from the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, camp for a meeting with organizer Wes Clark Jr., the son of former Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. The group had said about 2,000 veterans were coming to the camp, but it wasn’t clear how many actually arrived. “We have been asked by the elders not to do direct action,” Wes Clark Jr. said. He then talked about North Dakota authorities’ decision to move away from a key bridge north of the encampment by 4 p.m. Sunday if demonstrators agree to certain conditions, saying …

CHARLESTON, S.C. The avowed white supremacist accused of killing nine black people at an historic South Carolina church told a federal judge on Sunday that he no longer wished to represent himself during the “guilt” phase of his murder trial in Charleston. Dylann Roof, 22, sent a handwritten note to U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel saying that he now wished to bring back his defense team, at least temporarily, for a trial that began last week with jury selection. “Can you let me have them back for the guilt phase, and then let me represent myself for the sentencing phase of the trial?” Roof wrote in blue ink on lined notebook paper. “If you would allow that, then that is what I would like to do.” Roof has not said publicly why he wants to defend himself against charges stemming from the shooting attack, carried out during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist …

WASHINGTON The U.S. Defense Department on Sunday announced that a long-held inmate at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Shawqi Awad Balzuhair, had been transferred to the government of Cabo Verde. Balzuhair, a citizen of Yemen, was arrested in Pakistan on Sept. 11, 2002, and arrived the following month at the U.S. military facility in Cuba. Last July, the Obama administration found that Balzuhair did not present a significant threat to national security. He had been described by U.S. officials as a “low-level Yemeni militant” who received basic training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in mid-2001. With his release, there are 59 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Defense Department statement. President Barack Obama has been working to shrink the number of detainees at the U.S. facility in Cuba, but it appears he will leave office next Jan. 20 falling short of his goal to close the detention center amid opposition from …

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) — China’s foreign ministry said it filed a complaint to the United States about a call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s president. Since 1979, the U.S. has acknowledged Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China in a “one China” policy. Because there are no formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, the call didn’t follow protocol. “We have noticed relevant reports and lodged solemn representation with the relevant side in the United States,” said a statement Saturday from China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. “I must point out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of the Chinese territory … The ‘one China’ principle is the political foundation of China-U.S. relations. “We urge the relevant side in the U.S. to adhere to the ‘one China’ policy, abide by the pledges in the three joint China-U.S. communiques, and handle issues …

First responders had recovered 24 bodies from the ruins of a Friday inferno at a converted Oakland warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship,” officials said Sunday, raising the death toll substantially from the initial report of nine deceased. Fire and police leaders of the recovery effort became emotional as they described finding the bodies massed in bunches while somber rescue workers removed rubble “bucket by bucket.” “It was quiet. It was heartbreaking,” Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said during a news conference. OAKLAND-AREA SPORTS TEAMS DONATING TO FIRE VICTIMS Just 20 percent of the warehouse had been searched on Sunday morning, following 12 hours of night operations, Drayton said. Authorities expected to be at the site of the blaze for days and said the death toll was likely to rise. Firefighters were forced to breach a wall of the warehouse to gain access on Saturday. Within just feet of the breach, rescue workers found …

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 4 (UPI) — The Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office said up to 11 buildings were damaged, some severely, by a fire in Cambridge, which caused up to six minor injuries. The Cambridge Fire Department said a former church that was converted into affordable housing was among buildings severely damaged by the massive, 10-alarm fire that began at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. Firefighters were still at the scene as of Sunday morning. “The fact that it happened in daylight, people were up and around and conscious and not sleeping at night was obviously something in our favor,” Cambridge Fire Chief Gerald Reardon told reporters at the scene. About 140 firefighters from 17 local communities initially responded to the blaze. The Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire began at a three-family home that was undergoing renovations. The building collapsed. The Red Cross said the fire displaced about 60 people. Officials are working to …

The Boston Police Department is taking heat from civil liberty groups for plans to spend up to $1.4 million on new software that scours social media and the internet for potential threats. The attack Monday on the Ohio State University campus is just the latest illustration of why local law enforcement authorities need every tool they can muster to stop terrorism and other violence before it starts, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. More on this… Mark Wahlberg gets emotional about Boston Marathon bombing Ohio State Attack Spurs Calls for Campus Carry Law ISIS might have inspired Ohio State attacker, FBI says Monitoring technology can quickly mine the internet, from chat rooms to social media to blog posts, for certain keywords and phrases. It can track postings in a certain geographic area, send alerts to police about potentially dangerous postings and more. Law-enforcement officials say the technology allows them to more quickly and efficiently …

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