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Investigators search for clues in fatal fire, friends mourn

OAKLAND, Calif. — As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.

UN prosecutors: Mladic ‘called the shots’ in Bosnian war

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Gen. Ratko Mladic “called the shots” as his troops murdered and expelled thousands of civilians to carve out an ethnically pure Serb mini-state in Bosnia during the Balkan nation’s 1992-95 war, a United Nations prosecutor said Monday as Mladic’s genocide trial neared its end.

Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

CANNON BALL, N.D. — 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.

Australia strikes deal with Greens on taxing foreign workers

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s government struck a deal with a minor party on Thursday on a tax rate aimed at encouraging foreign travellers to pick fruit on the nation’s farms.

The conservative government and the left-wing Greens party reached a compromise on how much vacationers should be taxed on income earned picking farm produce next year, officials said.