Before deadly Oakland fire, Ghost Ship warehouse was scene of legal sparring and tenant drama – Los Angeles Times

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For more than two years, the gray converted warehouse — where a massive fire killed at least 36 people Friday night — had been on Oakland officials’ radar. Neighbors had complained about piles of trash and illegal construction. A steady stream of young artists came and went, giving every indication that the building was their home,

Mistrial declared in case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop – Washington Post

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Mistrial declared in case of South Carolina officer who shot Walter Scott after traffic stop – Washington Post
A video showing former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager holding Walter Scott is shown in court during his Slager’s murder trial last week. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool) A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year

Trump to nominate Carson to lead US housing, urban policy – Washington Post

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President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an unconventional choice that underscores Trump’s willingness to forgo traditional policy expertise in some Cabinet positions to surround himself with allies. Carson — who ran against Trump in the wide field of Republican presidential primary candidates

‘People want answers’: Criminal probe of Oakland fire launched as death toll hits 36 – Los Angeles Times

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The grim search for bodies in the ruins of the Oakland warehouse fire entered its third day Monday as criminal investigators began to examine who is to blame for one of the worst fires in modern California history. Thirty-six bodies have been recovered, but officials halted recovery operations overnight due to the unstable condition of