Wednesday, December 7, 2016
ATF: Fridge may have caused warehouse fire
As crews searched the Oakland warehouse for more bodies, the founder of the arts collective stood near the gutted building Tuesday and said he was “incredibly sorry” and that everything he did was to bring people together.
The death toll remains at 36, with officials saying early Tuesday that no additional bodies have been recovered.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modeste said of the 36 victims found after Friday’s fire, 26 of their families have been notified.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday afternoon that it is looking at the possibility that a refrigerator or other appliance was the source of the warehouse fire.
Trending story that Clinton won just 57 counties is untrue
A trending story that claims Hillary Clinton won a total of 57 counties in the presidential election is untrue.
The Associated Press finds that Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President-elect Donald Trump.
The story appeared on several viral content sites that cater to some of Trump’s supporters.
It also falsely claimed that Clinton outpaced Trump by more than 2 million votes in the five counties that comprise New York City, which the story said accounted for the entirety of her lead in the national popular vote. An AP count finds that Clinton beat Trump by roughly 1.5 million votes in New York City. Nationwide, Clinton holds a popular vote lead of more than 2 million.
Math a concern for US teens; reading, science flat on test
American students have a math problem.
The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.
Education Secretary John B. King Jr. says this country is losing ground and he finds that to be a troubling reality when, in today’s economy, “the best jobs can go anywhere in the world.”
Poll: Parents binge on media, say they are good role models
Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children’s media use, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Among all those surveyed – nearly 1,800 parents in the U.S. – daily screen time averaged nine hours and 22 minutes, with the bulk of that, seven hours and 43 minutes, categorized as personal screen time and the other roughly 90 minutes spent on work.
The study also found they were enthusiastic about technology’s role in their kids’ lives but wary of the risks it may hold, including loss of sleep and online oversharing. Researchers from the nonprofit Common Sense Media group and Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development conducted the project.
Georgia executes man
Georgia executed its ninth inmate this year Tuesday night, putting to death a man convicted of killing his father-in-law more than a quarter of a century ago.
William Sallie, 50, was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. after a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. Sallie was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of John Lee Moore in March 1990.
Quake kills at least 20
A magnitude-6.4 earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early today has killed at least 20 people and collapsed buildings. A frantic rescue effort is underway for survivors in districts nearest the epicenter.