Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) —€” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

Warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33, and includes teens

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed to 33 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing and made the grim announcement that teenagers were among the dead.

  • Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press; BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press