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    The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau late Tuesday night positively identified nine more victims of the Oakland warehouse fire.

    The latest victims names released are Billy Dixon, 35, of Oakland; Johnny Igaz, 34, of Oakland; Ara Jo, 29, of Oakland; Amanda Kershaw, 34, of San Francisco; Griffin Madden, 23, of Berkeley; Vanessa Plotkin, 21, of Oakland; Hanna Ruax, 32, of Helsinki, Finland; Nicole Siegrist, 29, of Oakland; and Alex Vega, 22, of San Bruno.

    Jo's uncle released a statement about her earlier this week, saying she was creative, energetic and deeply involved in the arts community. She was a painter, a tattoo artist and a musician, and she worked at an art supply store and hair salon, often cutting hair for those who couldn't pay, the statement said.

    Madden was a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, and Plotkin was an undergrad student at the East Bay campus.

    Vega's family had set up a GoFundMe page Monday that had collected more than $14,000 by Tuesday night. Siegrist's family started a GoFundMe page earlier Tuesday that had collected $1,350 in donations.

    A total of 26 victims names have been released. At least 36 people died in the fire.

    On Monday officials named Em Bohlka, 33, of Oakland; Micah Danemayer, 28, of Oakland; Chelsea Dolan, 33, of San Francisco; Feral Pines, 29, of Berkeley; Alex Ghassan, 35, of Oakland; Michela Gregory, 20, of South San Francisco; Edmond Lapine, 34, of Oakland; Jennifer Morris, 21, of Foster City; Benjamin Runnels, 32, of Oakland; and Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye, 31, of Oakland.

    After the identification announcements rolled in, people flocked to Facebook to pen messages of remembrance and sorrow.

    Katherine L. Echols Moore wrote that she met Dolan at a music performance a few years ago, and she was touched by the female electronic artist's hardworking spirit.

    "(Dolan) was passionate about supporting other women in the industry," Moore scribed before thanking Dolan for being kind, encouraging and creative.

    Steven William Hicks expressed a similar sentiment and wrote, "I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person."

    Pines, who was one of three transgender women killed in the blaze and described as a lover of art, was commemorated for being patient and kindhearted.

    "You taught me a lot about myself, how to be a better friend, how to sew, how to both forgive and make amends," Ezra Kaprov wrote on Facebook. "You welcomed me into your home and into your circle of friends when I had lost my way. You helped me find direction when I was aimless."

    Nick Marcouiller composed a post saying Pines "changed my world and I barely knew her."

    Gregory, a San Bruno native and South San Francisco resident, was studying at San Francisco State University before losing her life in the warehouse fire. The 20-year-old student's death sparked emotional reactions on social media.

    "It's so rare, but she was honestly such a genuine and compassionate human being," Rehat Dubey recorded on Facebook. "It's impossible to express how devastating a loss this is. She made so many of our lives so much better."

    Lorrie Benjamin Runnels, mother of Ben Runnels, expressed deep heartbreak after learning that her son, an Oakland resident and musician, was among the deceased.

    "He was the brightest shining star and we carry him in our hearts," she voiced on Facebook.

    Lori Robinson wrote that she always looked forward to hanging out with Benjamin Runnels at an Oakland piano bar.

    "Your talent encouraged me to be a better singer and I loved you for it," Robinson composed in a Facebook post. "I loved your snarky humor and color commentary."

    Her positivity and "creative spirit" are just some of the personality traits that Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye is being commended for.

    "Jennifer was always such a delight and bright spark," Diane Leahy penned on Facebook.

    Allison Leahy noted that Tanouye "was the best friend a little me could have hoped for."

    Edmond Lapine, a 34-year-old from Oakland, was beloved for his musical prowess and flair on the dance floor, according to various Facebook posts.

    "I told him I wanted to learn to play guitar and he drove me to a guitar store to help me pick out a starter acoustic," Amanda Stauffer penned. "He gave me lessons, and his patience and enthusiasm for the whole project can only be described as saintly in the face of my unwavering lack of discipline."

    Aaron Smith summed up Lapine as being a "super cool dude and a chill roommate." He added that Lapine was someone he "could just sit with and talk to for hours on end.

    UC Berkeley student Jennifer Morris' Facebook page is inundated with messages of heartache, but compliments and everlasting memories as well.

    "I have such an unwavering appreciation for all of the love and genuine self expression that you embody and bring into the world, Frankie Lorenzini drafted.

    Danemayer, a native of Somerville, Massachusetts and Oakland warehouse fire victim, listed on his Facebook page that he was a music curator and producer. Back in October, Danemayer indicated that he was searching for "extra cash" so that he could find a new place to live with his girlfriend.

    The fire's death toll stood at 36 on Monday, with about 90 percent of the building searched. Officials say they've identified a total of 22 victims and notified their families. They've released 17 names.

    An 18th name, Draven McGill, 17, was confirmed Monday by officials at McGill's school in San Francisco. He is the son of an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy.

    The seven victims previously identified are Donna Kellogg, 32, of Oakland; Cash Askew, 22, of Oakland; David Cline, 35, of Oakland; Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Coronado; Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek; Travis Hough, 35, of Oakland; and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward.

    The death toll in the warehouse fire may rise in the coming days, officials said.

    Kellogg, one of the first people to be confirmed dead, was going to culinary school and worked at High Wire Roasters coffee shop in Berkeley. Her coworkers learned Sunday night that she was killed in the fire.

    Kellogg was a former resident of Chico who graduated from Chico High. One friend described her as a freewheeling, free-spirited, candid person.

    Wittenauer, better known by his stage name Nex Iuguolo, was an electronic music artist and vocalist for the band Symbiotix Fungi.

    Hough was a musician with the Oakland-based electronic band Ghost of Lightning. Hough often went by the stage name Travis Blitzen.

    Askew, another musician, was a member of the Bay Area dream pop band Them Are Us Too.

    Gomez-Hall was an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press who called himself a decomposer of music.

    Cline was a UC Berkeley graduate, having earned degrees in cognitive science and computer science.

    Hoda's friends on Facebook said she was a teacher, gardener and a hardworking person who loved children.

    Hoda taught a first through third-grade class at the Urban Montessori in East Oakland. On Monday, Hoda's family attended a small meomrial on campus where students shared stories about their teacher and presented them with cards and art work.

    The victims' families have been notified. Other names are expected to be released in the coming days. Some of the victims are non-citizens, officials said.

    was creative, energetic and deeply involved in the Bay Area arts community. She was a painter, a tattoo artist and a musician. Jo worked at an art supply store and hair salon but would often cut hair for those who couldn't pay. She organized and supported numerous art projects and gatherings.

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    Oakland fire victims, clockwise from bottom left, Johnny Igaz, Hanna Ruax (with Alex Ghassan), Ara Jo and Griffin Madden.Oakland fire victims, clockwise from bottom left, Johnny Igaz, Hanna Ruax (with Alex Ghassan), Ara Jo and Griffin Madden.

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    The man who founded and ran the artists' collective at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland said he is grief stricken and "incredibly sorry" after the tragic fire that took his home and many of his friends. 

    But in speaking out about the tragedy he refused to answer questions about safety concerns, telling NBC's "Today" show that he would rather "get on the floor and get trampled by the parents" or "let them tear at my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions." 

    Derick Almena is the lease holder of the converted warehouse in Oakland that caught fire Friday night, killing at least 36 people who had gathered there for a dance party. 

    "I'd gladly would give my entire life of fortune, of wealth and experence again and again," Almena said first in an interview with NBC Bay Area. "There's nothing more important than the lives lost there." 

    Almena, 46, said he did not organize or attend the event, which he described as a fusion of art and culture. Instead, he decided to rent a hotel for the night for his wife and three children. 

    City officials said the space was not permitted as a residential building, but Almena said about 20 people lived there. Almena said the group was a collective of young artists called Satya Yuga, and that he was like the group's grandfather.

    "The center we all lived there, and was one of creativity, and beauty, and optimism," Almena told NBC Bay Area.

    Almena, who was convicted in January of receiving stolen property and is now on probation, said police had been in and out of the East Oakland building through the past few years to respond to break-ins and other concerns of the people who lived there. 

    "They'd come in and walk through our space, and they'd always say, 'Wow, what an amazing space,'" Almena said. 

    In a follow-up interview on NBC's "Today" show, Almena said he was "only there to say one thing -- that I am incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger, more beautiful community and to bring people together." 

    The interview grew contentious when Almena was asked about allegations that he was more concerned about making profits than safety. Almena said he didn't want to "talk about me." 

    "Profit? This is not profit, this is loss," he said on "Today." "This is a mass grave." 

    “People didn’t walk through those doors because it was a horrible place," he said. "People didn’t seek us out to perform and express themselves because it was a horrible place.” 

    Almena and his wife, Micah Allison, are cooperating with investigators and want to offer their hearts to the victims and their families, he said. 

    "We haven't been in any way hiding from this," Allison told NBC Bay Area. 

    "We're sorry to the families and all the friends that have lost loved ones," Almena said. 



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    Derick Almena is the lease holder of the converted warehouse in Oakland that caught fire, killing at least 36 people who had gathered there for a dance party.Derick Almena is the lease holder of the converted warehouse in Oakland that caught fire, killing at least 36 people who had gathered there for a dance party.

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    A civilian leader in the Army made the decision to deny an easement to the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite Army Corps of Engineers recommendations that it be granted, according to officials and a document, NBC News reported. 

    But because of the pipeline's size — 30 inches in diameter — its approval went to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, an official said. 

    "Ms. Darcy had the authority to make the decision on behalf of the Department of the Army, and she did so," Darcy spokesperson Moira Kelley told NBC News Tuesday evening. 

    Sunday's decision was hailed as a victory by protesters who oppose the pipeline, saying its construction threatens land believed to be sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and could threaten its drinking water. The activists call themselves "water protectors."



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    Law enforcement vehicles line a road leading to a blocked bridge next to the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.Law enforcement vehicles line a road leading to a blocked bridge next to the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

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    Starbucks announced Wednesday that it plans to open standalone Italian bakeries in three U.S. cities between late 2017 and early 2018. 

    The bakeries, called Princi, will come to New York, Chicago and Seattle, according to an announcement on the global coffee chain's website

    In addition, Starbucks plans to open "Reserve Roasteries" in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York in 2017 and 2018. 

    The first Reserve Roastery opened in Seattle in 2014 and was advertised as a 15,000 square foot space, "dedicated to roasting, coffee education and increasing availability of the company’s small-lot Reserve coffees." 



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    Stock photo -- Starbucks' new iced coffee and tea beverages are displayed during a promotion July 2, 2003 outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.Stock photo -- Starbucks' new iced coffee and tea beverages are displayed during a promotion July 2, 2003 outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

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    A U.S. Marine Corps fighter jet suffered a mishap Wednesday, prompting its pilot to eject, according to a military news release.

    Search-and-rescue teams are looking for the pilot, who ejected southeast of Japan's Shikoku island, the military said. The F/A-18 was part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, Japan and was flying a regularly scheduled training mission.

    It's not clear what the cause of the crash was.



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    A U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet is seen during a military training exercise on March 28, 2015, in South Korea.A U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet is seen during a military training exercise on March 28, 2015, in South Korea.

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    During this time of the year, it's common to see volunteers from the Salvation Army standing outside ringing a bell to raise money. One volunteer in Michigan vows to live in a giant red kettle until he raises $10,000.

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    Today's "super cute" animal video alert comes out of Shanghai, China. Visitors at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park got a chance to see one-month old twin giant panda cubs. The two adorable pandas have gained healthy amounts of weight, and recent medical examinations show they are both in excellent condition.

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    Michelle Obama did not stay out of bed long enough on election night to see Donald Trump pass 270 electoral votes, she said in a recent interview with People magazine. 

    “I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People in the joint interview with her husband. “I barely did with him,” she added, referring to her husband. 

    “Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people,” she said.

    Obama stood by her passionate support of Hillary Clinton during the election, telling the magazine, "anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by.”

    But she reinforced her commitment to help a smooth transition to the new administration so they could be "as successful as they can be."

    “This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. 



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    Stock Photo -- U.S. President Barack Obama gives the thumbs-up when talking about how U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama looks while waiting on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.Stock Photo -- U.S. President Barack Obama gives the thumbs-up when talking about how U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama looks while waiting on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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    Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has accepted Donald Trump's offer to be named ambassador to China, the president-elect's transition team announced on Wednesday.

    Branstad, the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, met with Trump on Monday to discuss the post, NBC News reported. He is a longtime friend of Chinese president Xi Jinping, whom he met during a Chinese delegation trip to Iowa in 1985.

    The decision comes just days after Trump broke with decades of diplomatic protocol by speaking directly to the leader of Taiwan, which China still considers as part of its territory.

    “Governor Branstad’s decades of experience in public service and long-time relationship with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders make him the ideal choice to serve as America’s ambassador to China,” Trump said in a statement.

    Trump was an outspoken critic of China throughout his campaign, frequently accusing the country of manipulating its currency and exploiting trade policy.



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    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad arrives at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

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    This pig can't fly but she can greet people who are about to fly.

    San Francisco International Airport introduced “Lilou” the therapy pig this week as the newest member of the airport’s Wag Brigade. And, not surprisingly, she's the first airport therapy pig in the United States, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said, adding that he's sure she'll be a "big hit" with travelers.

    Lilou happily let passengers pet her pink snout and her back (all the while wearing a pilot’s cap and a blue tutu) while walking through the busy terminals. At one point on Monday, Lilou did circles and ate treats to entertain the crowds. Lilou wasn't immediately available to snort and oink for an interview, but of course, she has an Instagram page, where she touted her new gig: "City pig & the 1st pig in SF SPCA AAT program."

    One traveler tweeted that she was more excited to meet Lilou than any celebrity.

    SFO launched the Wag Brigade in 2013 and Lilou is the first pig to join the ranks of friendly dogs, named Bailey and Biggie, to make “passenger travel more enjoyable.” The dogs — and now, one pig — are trained through the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and certified through their Animal Assisted Therapy Program.

    SFSPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney said the idea for the pig came straight from the swine's owner, Tatyana Danilova.

    "She was very interested in having Lilou become certified as a therapy animal," Maloney said. So except for the "sit" and "down" commands, Lilou jumped through the same training hoops that dogs do, and passed with flying colors, Maloney said.

    "She's friendly and she's pretty well trained," Maloney said, adding that Lilou also visits hospitals and senior homes to give comfort there as well. "She's also housebroken, which is pretty important in an airport."



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    The San Francisco International Airport added pigs to the therapy animal program, also known as the Wag Brigade, which helps calm stressed travelers.The San Francisco International Airport added pigs to the therapy animal program, also known as the Wag Brigade, which helps calm stressed travelers.

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    A male student at Stanford University could have been stopped from sexually assaulting at least four female students at the school if staff were able to connect the dots, according to a lawsuit filed by an advocacy group Monday, NBC News reported.

    The suit identifies the alleged sexual predator as "Mr. X," and says he was eventually found responsible in several instances of sexual assault. But despite being banned from campus, he was awarded bachelor's and master's degrees.

    The school became the focus of the national campus sexual assault debate earlier this year when a former swimmer was given a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting a woman. The new lawsuit, filed on behalf of one of the accusers, alleges Stanford engaged in systematic negligence.

    Stanford said in a statement that sexual assault and misconduct are "abhorrent" but suggested it was not able to act because one or more of the victims did not want to pursue formal charges.



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    Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus is seen on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus is seen on May 22, 2014. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    State police say holiday music was blaring from a Pennsylvania woman's car as she tore up the yard of her ex-boyfriend's home, nearly running the man and his family over.

    Forty-seven-year-old Mary Jo Smith was charged Tuesday with multiple offenses stemming from Monday's incident.

    Alan McCutcheon says he was setting up a Christmas light display outside of his Fayette County home when Smith yelled "Merry Christmas" and made several passes through his yard.

    State police say Smith attempted to hit the 64-year-old along with his wife and adult daughter. No one was injured.

    The holiday joyride caused more than $500 in damage, leaving behind tire tracks and a trail of broken lights and decorations.

    It's unclear if Smith has an attorney to could comment.


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    The body of a San Diego woman, a Navy wife, was pulled from the water near Liberty Station two months ago, two years after she was reported missing, investigators confirmed Wednesday.

    Elizabeth Sullivan, 31 and a mother of two, was last seen near her home in Liberty Station on the night of October 13, 2014. A text message sent that same day was the last contact anyone had from her.

    Sullivan was reportedly spotted near the soccer fields at Liberty Station just two days after her disappearance was reported. But investigators said leads did not turn up any clues for Sullivan’s whereabouts.

    A private investigator told NBC 7 San Diego on Tuesday that Sullivan’s body had been found.

    And on Wednesday, San Diego police confirmed Sullivan was found in San Diego Bay in early October.

    NBC 7 reported on October 5 that a woman's body had been pulled from the water.

    Homicide investigators were on the East Coast looking into possible leads. NBC 7 has learned there have been no arrests in the case.

    No other information was immediately available.

    Sullivan was married to a Navy service member. Her father traveled to San Diego after her disappearance to help search for her.

    "It can happen to you. When it does, it gets very personal, and it takes on a whole new light when it happens to you," Edward Ricks told NBC 7 at the time. 

    Check back for updates on this developing news story. 



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    San Diego resident Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, vanished on Oct. 13, 2014.San Diego resident Elizabeth Sullivan, 31, vanished on Oct. 13, 2014.

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    The Oakland warehouse fire recovery efforts have been completed, officials said on Wednesday, with the death toll of people killed inside during a dance party Friday night holding at 36.

    That news came a day after Oakland officials declared a local state of emergency because of Friday night's deadly fire at 1305 E. 31st Ave. The city council is scheduled to ratify the state of emergency on Thursday, which makes the city eligible for state and federal aid as it copes with the worst fire in its history.

    Meanwhile, investigators continue to work on determining what caused the fire at the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse, which had been illegally converted into living spaces and was hosting a dance party when the blaze ignited.

    Officials indicated a refrigerator or appliance was a potential source of the fire, but it was too early to say for sure.

    "The refrigerator is something that they’re looking at as a potential source of ignition," said Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the San Francisco Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. "It has not been identified as the smoking gun."

    Synder said the fire appears to have started on the first floor and traveled up two stairwells, trapping the occupants on the second floor, who were "consumed by smoke before they could get out of the building."

    Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said that fire crews will be on scene until they can "look family members in the face" and tell them the building has been completely searched, and no more victims have been found.

    On Tuesday, families of the loved ones lost in the fire were escorted into the area now being looked at as a crime scene.

    Alameda County Sheriff's Office Sgt. J.D. Nelson said some of the victims were found trying to shield each other form the flames.

    "They were both on the ground and what looked to be right next to each other," Nelson said.

    Nelson said most died from smoke inhalation, and that 35 of the 36 victims have been identified. Thirty families have been notified, Nelson added.

    "I hope in my heart it was fast and that they didn't have to suffer," Nelson said of the victims.

    In order to access the last 10 percent of the warehouse just before midnight on Tuesday, crews had to knock down walls in an area they already searched.

    "We are going to bring closure when they search the rest of the 10 percent," Oakland Police Public Information Officer Johnna Watson said.

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf during a news conference late Tuesday also discussed past complaints about the warehouse. In 2015, the city received three complaints, including constructing housing without a permit and pallets blocking sidewalks, according to Schaaf.

    Jose Avalos lived in the warehouse. The 38-year-old artist said he shut the doors of his studio space inside the warehouse Friday night to keep party goers away.

    "By the time I got the doors open flames were starting to engulf my space," Avalos said.

    Avalos believes the fire started in the back of the 1,000 square-foot building and quickly spread.

    "I know people saying they are looking into arson and thinking that someone did this maliciously, but I truly do not feel like this was a malicious act.

    Meanwhile, Avalos said he does not blame his friend, Derick Ion Almena or his wife, who ran the so-called Ghost Ship. But Avalos said everyone who lived there knew the dangers inside.

    "I don't blame Derick for this. I do not see how this is his fault," Avalos said.

    Public records will be shared with other agencies posted to the city of Oakland website on a rolling basis, officials said.

    NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.



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    Crews continue to search a warehouse that burned in Oakland. At least 36 people died in the blaze. (Dec. 6, 2016)Crews continue to search a warehouse that burned in Oakland. At least 36 people died in the blaze. (Dec. 6, 2016)

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    Veterans and survivors gather in Oahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 2016 to observe the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack 75 years ago.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York City and delivered a letter from mayors across the country calling for protections for young immigrants.   

    Emanuel said after the meeting he had a "very good meeting" with Trump, his incoming chief of staff and senior adviser and also discussed transportation, investment in infrastructure and job creation.

    "I was clear about where I stood on immigrants, that we welcome them because they are achieving and striving to the American Dream," Emanuel said. "But, also then, how to make, as a city and as a country, key investments in both the talent, the training, as well as the transportation to drive economic growth."

    Emanuel, along with mayors from New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia and other cities, warned the incoming Trump Administration about the economic impact eliminating the program would have. They cited the potential loss of $9.9 billion in tax contributions over the next four years. Emanuel hand-delivered the letter to the president-elect Wednesday. 

    Trump reportedly called Emanuel, who worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations, following the November election to discuss the ongoing presidential transition process. According to the mayor, Trump asked for an in-person meeting during that call. 

    Since Trump was elected, Emanuel has been preparing for a clash over Chicago’s sanctuary city status. Over the course of Trump's campaign, the president-elect promised to deport as many as 3 million immigrants who have a criminal record or are living in the country illegally. Additionally, the billionaire also pledged to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities.

    During a Trump transition press conference Monday, spokesman Jason Miller explained that the real estate magnate who was elected commander-in-chief “has been very direct in where he stands with regard to sanctuary cities, and I expect to see significant action on that front after he is sworn in,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

    As a result, Mayor Emanuel and a group of 14 mayors from across the country signed a letter to Trump Wednesday urging him to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program until Congress modernizes the country's immigration system and provides "a more permanent form of relief for the close to one million young people who were brought to the United States before they were 16," according to a release.

    Following the meeting, Emanuel pushed to protect DREAMers, a designation given to undocumented young people protected under executive orders signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.

    "We are clear as mayors that these are DREAMers who are seeking the American Dream and we should embrace them rather than do a bait-and-switch," Emanuel told reporters. "I also spoke out strongly about what it means to be a sanctuary city, where we support and secure the people that are here, like my grandfather who came to the city of Chicago as a 13-year-old 100 years ago."

    The mayor added, "Chicago was a sanctuary city for my grandfather. His grandson today is the mayor of this city, which is a testament to the strength of the values and the ideals of being America."

    In an interview with Time released Wednesday, wherein Trump was named the magazine's Person of the Year, the president-elect seemed to soften on his immigration stance, despite continuing to push for a border wall.

    "I want DREAMers for our children also," Trump said. "We're going to work something out. On a humanitarian basis it's a very tough situation. We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud. But that's a very tough situation."

    Emanuel has recently taken a series of steps to protect Chicago's immigrants, including sponsoring a resolution that calls on Gov. Bruce Rauner to publicly support his efforts to promote Chicago as a sanctuary city for immigrants. The measure reaffirms the 2012 Welcoming City ordinance that cements Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city.

    Additionally, Emanuel joined Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Luis Gutierrez Tuesday in launching a new "Chicago is With You" task force, which is collaborating on mental health, legal services, employer communications, and education polices to ensure the city of Chicago is delivering comprehensive services to immigrants, refugees and other disenfranchised communities.

    Emanuel's meeting with Trump comes just days after Chicago city workers removed the remaining honorary "Trump Plaza" street signs near the president-elect's riverfront hotel and condominium tower. Emanuel and a group of aldermen led the effort to remove the signs as a response to Trump's divisive campaign rhetoric and comments about the city's violence. 

    Trump also met with Emanuel’s brother, Ari Emanuel, at his New Jersey golf course last month, CNN reported. During the meeting, Trump referred to Emanuel, who is the co-CEO of the powerful WME-IMG talent agency, as "the king of Hollywood."

    Emanuel is reportedly not seeking a role in Trump’s administration, but attended the meeting to "discuss some concerns he had," although details remain scarce. Following the meeting, Trump referred to Emanuel as a "great friend."

    Emanuel represented Trump in some negotiations with NBC over his reality television show "The Celebrity Apprentice," CNN reported. However, WME-IMG, which bought Trump’s ownership stake in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2015, said it no longer represents Trump.



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    U.S. equities closed sharply higher on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P hit new record highs, while investors awaited a monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank, CNBC reported.

    The S&P 500 gained around 1.3 percent while the Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 300 points, and the Nasdaq composite rose 1.2 percent.

    "I think this is more momentum from the Trump rally," said Adam Sarhan, CEO at 50 Park Investments. "You've got the financials, transports, steel stocks, small and mid-cap stocks all trading higher. The areas that have worked [since the election] continue to work."

    "While all this is happening, you've seen virtually no selling. That's very good for stocks moving forward," he added.



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    File Photo -- Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the close of the trading day on June 28, 2016, in New York City.File Photo -- Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the close of the trading day on June 28, 2016, in New York City.

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    Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study.

    The study, published in the Sexually Transmitted Infections journal, surveyed 7,580 people between the ages of 18 and 65. The researches asked the participants whether they trimmed or shaved their pubic hair; how often they did so and what tools they used. Researches also asked the participants how many sexual partners they've had and whether they've had a sexually transmitted infection. 

    The results showed that participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had a higher rate of contracting an STI, but did not prove a direct correlation between the two.  

    Participants who regularly groomed their pubic hair were 80 percent more likely to report contracting an STI than those who never groomed, according to the study. 

    The researchers note small tears in the skin created during grooming could allow STI-causing bacteria to infect someone who shaves their private parts. 

    But the correlation could also be accounted for if the people who groom tend to have more sexual partners, thus putting them at greater risk of contracting an STI.

    The study had other limitations, like not asking participants if they used condoms during sex, Debby Herbenick, an associate professor at Indiana University Bloomington, told Live Science. 



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    Playworld Systems Inc. is recalling 1,300 slides that are used in school and municipal playgrounds after a defect caused two children to suffer finger amputations.

    The Lightning Slides were sold by independent distributors between November 2000 and October 2016. They are made of stainless steel and the welds on the slides can crack and separate. A child's finger can get caught in the space.

    The company said it is aware of 13 incidents of broken welds and two children who have suffered finger amputations.

    Consumers were advised to stop using the recalled slides. They were sold to parks, schools and municipalities for between $1,500 through $4,000.

    Playworld, based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is contacting consumers who purchased the slides directly. Buyers can get a free replacement.

    For more information, consumers can call Playworld at 1-800-233-8404 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, send email to info@playworld.com or visit Playworld.com's Slide Recall Safety Information for more information.



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    Images from Playworld show the Lightning slides, as well as one, center, where there is a broken weld between the bedway and sidewall.Images from Playworld show the Lightning slides, as well as one, center, where there is a broken weld between the bedway and sidewall.

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    President-elect Donald Trump pledged to be "so presidential you will be bored" during the election, but he continues to keep Americans on their toes after again taking to Twitter to battle his most recent critic.

    Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999, has not been shy to tell publications that Trump broke his promise to save the jobs at the Carrier plant, a pledge on which the president-elect campaigned.

    Trump recently proudly proclaimed that he saved 1,000 jobs at the plant, which is untrue. Instead the deal saves 800 positions and in return Carrier's parent company receives $7 million in tax cuts and incentives over 10 years.

    Three hundred Carrier jobs are still slated to be sent to Mexico, NBC News reported.

    Trump did not address the reasons for the feud directly, but instead — with no evidence or reason — stated via a tweet that Jones had done a terrible job and suggested the union president was the reason companies were leaving the country. A claim that is hyperbolic and baseless.



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    File -  Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City.File - Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016 in New York City.

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