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Death toll in California loft fire rises to 30

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OAKLAND, Calif. The death toll in a fire that devastated a California loft building during a weekend dance party has climbed to 30 people and will likely rise further as recovery teams push deeper into the charred ruin, authorities said on Sunday. | Video

Accused Charleston gunman asks judge to reinstate defense team

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.

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Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for several months.

6:02pm EST

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin to stay in New Zealand until lungs clear

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.

Gunman enters Washington restaurant hit by fake news reports

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.

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U.S. Navy aims to buy more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets: source

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. Navy plans to divest its older model Boeing Co F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in coming years and hopes to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with a shortfall of strike fighters aboard its carriers, a Navy official said.

Aerospace & Defense Dec 03 2016

Guantanamo detainee released to Cabo Verde

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.

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Sense of duty draws U.S. veterans to Dakota pipeline protest

CANNON BALL, N.D. In the back reaches of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp, U.S. military veterans, armed with saws, hammers and other tools, are quietly building barracks, an infirmary and a mess hall.

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Pentagon arms buyer 'hopeful' that Lockheed F-35 block buy will proceed

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer, said on Saturday he was hopeful that a proposed three-year block buy of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, expected to generate large savings, would go ahead."I can't say what's in the final budget, but I'm very hopeful that the block buy will proceed as planned, Kendall told Reuters at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in southern California.

12:17am EST

Bergdahl seeks pardon before Trump takes office

WASHINGTON U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, the White House said on Saturday.

Dec 03 2016

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