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Oakland Fire: New Video Surfaces Of Cramped Conditions As Death Toll Rises To At Least 24

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We continue to learn more about the Oakland warehouse fire that took place on Friday night — and it is only getting worse as we follow up on reports.

As we know, the death toll was expected to rise sharply from the fire as first responders finally made their way into the building this morning, and it appears that the total number of dead may be even higher than expected.

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According to a report in the New York Times, the death toll is currently at 24 people (up from nine victims as of yesterday), and yet first responders have still only searched somewhere around one-fifth of the entire building.

Not only that, but officials told the Times that they don't yet believe they are even close to where the fire started — and they expect many, many more bodies as they are able to search deeper into the structure.

Ugh.

And the building — an artistic, commune-type living and work space known as the Oakland Ghost Ship — is coming under controversy more and more for the allegedly un-permitted activities and construction that took place there in the past.

Now, though, we are getting a look at what these underground concerts and performances inside the building looked like, including a video from an earlier EDM performance that went down there in June.

The show, an Obscura Machina event that featured several different DJs, also hints at a crowded, cramped, and unusual space, as you can see in this video from June at the Ghost Ship (below):

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Madonna Slams Donald Trump, Says She Is 'Ashamed To Be An American' In Political Rant At Art Basel

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Even though Art Basel might have mostly been fun, games, and charity for Madonna, she got real about politics while down in Miami this weekend, too.

We know the Material Girl had her fun with ex-flame Sean Penn on Friday night at a charity auction for the African nation of Malawi, but Madge also turned her focus on our nation, too — and one man in particular: Donald Trump.

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With audible gasps coming from audience members at various points throughout her charity auction night, Madonna ripped into The Donald several times, even going so far as to say she was "ashamed to be an American" because of his election and rise to power.

She also re-told a story of doing a photo shoot in a bedroom at one of Trump's resorts in Palm Beach years ago, and recounted jumping into his bed for it (below):

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Oakland Fire Ripped Through EDM Party That Did Not Have City Permits — Dozens Of People Are Still Missing As Officials Prepare For The Worst

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This tragic story is still on our minds after breaking yesterday, and we are absolutely heartbroken for all the victims and their loved ones.

As you remember, a fire ripped through an EDM performance at a warehouse-type structure in Oakland on Friday night, killing at least nine people and trapping likely dozens more.

Now, officials have revealed that the event organizers would have needed special permits to hold the rave there — permits they apparently did not have.

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To boot, Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf and Planning and Building Director Darin Ranelletti revealed at a press conference late yesterday evening that a complaint had been made recently about "unpermitted construction" taking place in the warehouse just a few weeks ago.

Officials were still investigating that claim as the fire broke out on Friday night.

The fear, of course, is that because the structure is so unique — and perhaps dangerous — it could have trapped far more people inside than what would happen in a typical fire of this type, and officials are already planning for the worst when it comes to search and recovery.

There's one (major) problem:

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Donald Trump Is ALREADY Risking A Major Dispute With China — Here's What He Did Last Night

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Well, Donald Trump won't take office for another six or so weeks, and he's already risking a pretty significant diplomatic dispute with one of the more important countries in the world: China.

The President-elect on Friday night startled the international community when he spoke on the phone with the President of Taiwan — and while that may not sound like a big deal to those not in the know, that marks the first time a U.S. politician has spoken with a Taiwanese leader since 1979.

What the what?!

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It's a complicated history, but basically, it all goes back to '79 and President Jimmy Carter, who severed diplomatic relations with the island and installed a "One China" policy, recognizing only the government in Beijing as the one, true China.

Every President since — from Ronald Reagan, to both Bushes, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama — has followed the policy.

Now, Trump already has broken from it, and the consequences could be dire, because the general feeling is that China is PISSED at this development.

Trump, tweeting away on Friday, obviously doesn't see the big deal in his phone call (below):

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News Legend Gwen Ifill Dead At 61 After Cancer Battle — Journalists & Celebs Mourn The Devastating Loss

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We just lost a journalism great.

On Monday, Gwen Ifill tragically lost her battle with cancer, and passed away at the age of 61. The iconic anchor died at a hospice in Washington, surrounded by loved ones.

Gwen took over Washington Week in Review in 1999, and officially became the first African-American woman to host a major political talk show on television.

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Over the course of her career, Ifill covered seven presidential campaigns. In 2013, she became the cohost for PBS' NewsHour. In addition to her television career, she also served as a national political reporter for The Washington Post and the White House correspondent for The New York Times.

NewsHour heartbreakingly announced their co-anchor's death. The show's executive producer, Sara Just, remembered her colleague, saying:

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One Year After The Paris Attacks, The Bataclan Reopens With A Powerful Performance By Sting

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This is so moving.

One year ago last night, the entire world was rocked by the horrific and senseless terror attacks on Paris that left 89 people dead, including at the Bataclan theater during a performance by the Eagles of Death Metal.

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Now, exactly one year later, the theater has reopened, with Sting delivering an incredible and memorable performance and a poignant message to those in attendance to commemorate those lives lost in the attacks.

It's a very powerful video (above), emotional to watch and think back to where we all were one year ago.

Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected, for we know though time may diminish the pain of loss, it never entirely subsides.

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Pink Is Pregnant! See The Announcement — And Her Growing Baby Bump — HERE!

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This is such a great day!!

Not only is Blac Chyna showing off as an obviously-proud momma this morning, now word has come that Pink is pregnant!! Yay!!!

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The superstar announced this morning on her Instagram page that she's expecting what will be her second child with husband Carey Hart!

In a very, very simple announcement — and flanked by the couple's five-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart — Pink had just one word to say about the news today:

"Surprise!"

Awww!!!

Ch-ch-check out the AH-Mazing pic (below)!!!

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