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JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Investigators are working to determine whether there was criminal liability, and if so, against whom, regarding the horrific blaze in Oakland, California that claimed the lives of 36 men and women over the weekend.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley has said that if charges are brought, they could range from murder to involuntary manslaughter, but there is no guarantee that this will happen.

Here is what we know about the ongoing investigation into the fire:

The Ghost Ship


"The Ghost Ship," as the warehouse was called by some, was purportedly run by a married couple, Derick Ion Almena, and Micah Allison, but owned by Chor Nar Siu Ng, a woman who appeared to have little involvement with its usage as a place for artist studios and a performance space for musicians. Neighbors and occupants of the warehouse told the Associated Press that Almena, who often went by the name Derick Ion, illegally carved the warehouse into what it became prior to the fire.

It is possible that the building may not have cleared safety standards, or been properly inspected, but no official statement has been made by authorities regarding these possibilities.

Oakland police said that they have responded to numerous calls about the warehouse in the past, but it is unclear how many. It is also unknown whether or not Ion, Allison, or Ng will be held accountable by authorities for the death toll created by the fire.

The last permitted use of the building was as a warehouse, according to the City of Oakland. The city said it received complaints of blight and unpermitted interior construction at the building on November 13, 2016. A few days later, on November 17, 2016, a City building inspector visited the property and verified the blight complaint, but could not gain access to the building to confirm the other complaint regarding unpermitted construction.

ABC affiliate KGO-TV reached out to Ion for comment on Sunday.

"They're my children. They're my friends, they're my family, they're my loves, they're my future. What else do I have to say?" Almena he told the station.

Ion appeared to address the fire in a Facebook post early on Saturday morning by saying that what he worked for was destroyed, but failed to elaborate on what work he put into the warehouse prior to the fire.

"Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound ... it's as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope ... to be standing now in poverty of self worth," he wrote.

A Wall of Fire

As many as 100 people were at Ghost Ship for a party on Friday night when what authorities described as an "electrical fire" broke out just before midnight.

Electrical fires can be caused by any number of problems, ranging from faulty electrical sockets to damaged wiring, but no specifics have emerged to determine what may have initially sparked it. No allegations of arson have surfaced in the days following the doomed party, but possibility hasn't been ruled out.

Darin Ranelletti, who is serving as the interim director of the city Planning and Building Department, told the press that the party required a permit, which he said was not obtained.

Survivors of the inferno recall fifteen feet of flames and billowing smoke so powerful that it opened a window, letting in oxygen that apparently intensified the blaze.

Nikki Kelber, a resident of the warehouse, which housed artist studios, said she was asleep Friday night and "woke up to smoke and an entire wall of fire."

Kelber was one of the lucky ones, as victims of the fire ultimately died of smoke inhalation, according to authorities.

Some victims texted messages to relatives such as, "I'm going to die" and "I love you," according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

A Housing Crisis

Ranelletti also told the press that the warehouse is under investigation to determine whether or not it was used to house people illegally.

The Bay Area has among the highest costs of living of any region in the U.S., and housing costs and a lack of availability were among the chief concerns of those living there, according to a study by the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy advocacy group.

Oakland's warehouses have become hubs for artists and musicians in recent years, according to residents who spoke to ABC News, largely because they can't afford to live elsewhere.

Carol Crewdson, a friend of Sara Hoda, a Montessori school teacher who was one of the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, remembered her friend fondly in a conversation with ABC News. She frequently touched on the crisis of space that affected many of the Bay Area's poor and young. Crewdson said she lived with Hoda in a house where people occupied spare bathrooms as bedrooms, and some occupants lived on the lawn.

Crewdson described some of Oakland's buildings as functioning almost like shelters, where people live due to a lack of alternatives.

"There were a lot of people in tough situations just trying to make ends meet," she said of the space she shared with her late friend.

It is unclear at this time how many people may have been living at Ghost Ship under illegal or unsafe conditions as of Friday night.

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Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Some victims of the Oakland, California, warehouse fire that killed at least 36 people texted messages to relatives such as, "I'm going to die" and "I love you," according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

Ten more victims were identified overnight. The 36 people who died range in age from 21 to 35, and primarily hailed from the Bay Area. Each of them died of smoke inhalation, officials said.

Authorities are not expecting the death toll to rise further from the Friday night blaze, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahren told reporters Tuesday.

Ahren also said officials were working from a list of 50 people whose whereabouts are unknown, but noted that not all the missing may be directly related to the blaze that a fleeing survivor described as looking like a "wall of fire.”

Of the 36 victims, 22 have been positively identified and their families have been notified, the city said in a statement. An additional 10 victims have been tentatively identified and three victims need scientific identification. Three of the victims were from outside the country: Finland, Korea and Guatemala.

The Oakland Fire Department first responded to reports of a structure fire at the 4,000-square-foot warehouse known as the Ghost Ship around 11:32 p.m. Friday night. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed told reporters Monday the facility appeared to function as a residential building that hosted a makeshift artists’ studio as well as parties like the one that took place Friday night.

Authorities Sunday asked families with missing loved ones who they believe attended the party to preserve DNA samples as a way of confirming the identities of those who died in the blaze, and the District Attorney's Office launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

Investigators are trying to determine whether there was criminal liability and, if so, against whom, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said. If charges are brought, they could range from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Fire Chief Reed Monday told reporters that the history of the building is being examined for clues about how the fire started.

“The city of Oakland is still looking at the history with the building … We’ve got a vibrant community in Oakland that we embrace, and we obviously want to make sure that we’re preventing any disasters like this in the future,” she said.

Oakland police have responded to numerous calls about the warehouse in the past, the department said, but it is unclear how many.

Darin Ranelletti, who is serving as the interim director of the city Planning and Building Department, told reporters Tuesday morning that the warehouse is now under investigation to determine whether it was used to house people illegally.

Ranelletti added that the party that was hosted Friday required a permit, which he said had not been obtained.

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Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Thousands of people attended a Monday evening vigil to mourn the victims of the warehouse fire in Oakland on Friday night that claimed 36 lives.

A Facebook event page created for the vigil showed more than 5,000 people attending the event at the Lake Merritt Pergola in Oakland.

Attendees posted photos online of mourners gathering around memorials dedicated to the victims.

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— Kate Eby (@blueeyed_kate) December 6, 2016

Officials released the names of 10 more victims of the blaze on Monday.

Of the 36 victims, 22 have been positively identified and their families have been notified, the city said in a statement. An additional 10 victims have been tentatively identified and three victims need scientific identification. Three of the victims were from outside the country -- Finland, Korea and Guatemala.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has launched a criminal investigation into the incident. Investigators are trying to determine whether there was criminal liability, and if so, against whom, said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The city of Los Angeles upped its security presence at transit stations after receiving a terror threat on Monday, officials said.

Law enforcement officials say the threat came from an English speaking male in a foreign country who called into into a foreign “public safety hotline” and was deemed credible enough by U.S. foreign partners to be relayed to the FBI.

"This could be real, it could be a hoax, but we must remain calm but vigilant," Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told KABC.

The caller warned of a specific imminent attack, but mistakes limited his credibility, according to law enforcement officials.

Federal and local law enforcement officers were notified very early Monday morning.

The threat was uncorroborated but officials decided to take additional security measures out of an "abundance of caution," law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The caller mentioned a possible attack on Tuesday at the Universal City Red Line station, according to the FBI. The male caller was reporting the threat, not making one himself, officials said.

Commuters at the station on Monday night told KABC they were worried, with one person saying he would not ride the train Tuesday. Others said they would continue their normal routines.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident in law enforcement's response to the threat and plans to ride the Red Line on Tuesday as a show of support.


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Almost half of the suspects charged with terrorism offenses in the U.S. since the Syrian civil war began five years ago have not associated themselves with ISIS but with the group's bitter rivals such as al-Qaeda or embraced the broader jihadist ideology, a new study by George Washington University's Program on Extremism has found.

While emphasis is often placed on whether ISIS directs or inspires terrorism suspects who attack or are arrested before carrying out attacks, the new study suggests that radicalization to Islamist violence will be a problem in the West far beyond the existence of ISIS or other groups because of an extreme ideology many find alluring.

The study, entitled "Not Just The Caliphate," which was provided to ABC News in advance of its release Tuesday, examined 178 individual terrorism cases since 2011 inside the United States. Researchers found that — alongside those lured to the self-declared "caliphate" created in Syria and Iraq by terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi more than two years ago — 79 individuals nabbed by law enforcement on terror charges supported a dozen other U.S.-designated foreign terrorist groups. Those groups including al-Qaeda and the Taliban espouse a similar Salafist-jihadi ideology, but are each locked in a bloody war with ISIS from Iraq to Afghanistan to North Africa.

"Most aspiring militants at the grassroots level in the West care little about the divisions between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, they just want to fight jihad. What attracts them is a common ideology, a blend that takes from all jihadists groups and ideologues without much distinction,” said Lorenzo Vidino, director of the Program on Extremism, who oversaw the research.

ISIS has sent operatives through Europe's porous borders to attack Paris and Brussels in several operations directed by senior leadership in Raqqa, Syria. However, nothing suggests that ISIS-directed cells have been discovered inside the U.S., where the terror group has had greater success inspiring radicalized extremists working alone or in pairs, such as in several cases, to plan or execute attacks.

Only one American jihadi, Elton Simpson — who was on the FBI's radar for a decade and had a terrorism-related court conviction on his record — is known to have communicated privately with an important American-ISIS recruiter in Somalia — Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, known as "Miski."

But a senior counterterrorism official recently told ABC that the FBI still has not been able to read encrypted messages between the two, meaning it remains unknown whether Miski directed Simpson's ill-fated assault on a "Draw the Prophet Mohammed" contest in Garland, Texas, in 2015, where he and another armed assailant were shot dead by police officers.

The Program on Extremism did not include in its data pool Simpson and at least a dozen other individuals killed by police during attacks since 2011, or those Americans who successfully traveled overseas to undertake violent jihad. The focus was placed on people charged in federal court where there is a record and evidence of their offenses, mindset and motives, said the think-tank's deputy director Seamus Hughes.

A third of the non-ISIS defendants were charged in 2011, several years before ISIS emerged as a standalone jihadist group in Syria in a violent break with al-Qaeda. With the rise of the group since 2014, however, arrests for terrorism in the U.S. have climbed but those arrested by the FBI for supporting groups other than ISIS declined over the past three years. Only 15 non-ISIS defendants have been charged since 2015.

"There is a focus on these terrorist organizations, and that's important, but it's not the be all, end all. It's Coke versus Pepsi, but it's still soda at the end of the day," Hughes told ABC News.

Most of those supporting al-Qaeda, the Taliban or 10 other jihadi groups, or simply supporting extreme Salafist-jihadist ideology broadly, were U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and their ages ranged from 17 to 76, with an average age of 26. Almost half tried or did succeed in traveling overseas.

The authors of the study have not changed their assessment from a year ago, when the program released its "ISIS in America" report. That study found that there is no profile of a typical radical Islamist extremist in the United States, which makes rooting out radicalized people difficult for law enforcement, they said.

Karen Greenberg, a terrorism expert and author at Fordham University, said law enforcement now focuses almost entirely on ISIS and those inspired by it or possibly directed by it, but she agreed that deciding which group to support is driven by a core belief in using extremism to advance Islam.

"The ideology has persisted over various incarnations," Greenberg said on Monday. "But it has also changed from being attached to a specific target or specific grievance to something that's more amorphous, more self-directed in terms of targets of potential attacks, and it picks and choses from various versions of jihadist ideology."

The Program on Extremism report puts emphasis on the bombing attacks in Manhattan and New Jersey in September, which were allegedly perpetrated by Afghan immigrant Ahmad Rahami, whose case is still working its way through federal court in New York.

Rahami in a partially-damaged diary allegedly praised indirect "guidance" he perceived from public statements and sermons by American imam turned al-Qaeda terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a CIA drone in Yemen in 2012, and ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad Adnani, who was killed recently by a U.S. airstrike in Syria. Citing both men from warring jihadi groups on the same page "suggests Rahami was driven by a Salafi-jihadist ideology that drives both groups, rather than by his allegiance to a specific terrorist organization," the Program on Extremism report's primary author, Sarah Gilkes, wrote.

"Group affiliation is perhaps less important than identification...with the central tenets of Salafi-jihadist ideology," the report said. Many of those radicalized in the U.S. "often care little about the philosophical or tactical differences among jihadist organizations. Which organization they identify with is often a function of circumstance, opportunity and serendipity."

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Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A mistrial was declared Monday in the state murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager, who was accused in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

The jury said they were unable to come to unanimous decision.

Slager, who is white, was accused of killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, at a traffic stop on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston while Slager was an officer with the city's police department. Witness video that surfaced shortly after the deadly encounter appears to show the moment Slager fatally shot Scott as he ran away. The video garnered national attention, propelling Slager into the spotlight.

Scott family attorney L. Chris Stewart said at a news conference after the mistrial was announced, "If you thought that we were going to come out here crying or weeping or weak, you don't know the Scott family, who've become my family."

Slager "dodged it by a hair," Stewart said, adding, "he's not dodging it again."

"The fight isn't over," he said, "That was round one."

Stewart said the solicitor will try the case again and the Department of Justice will also be trying the case.

Slager "delayed justice," he added, but "he did not escape it."

"That's the justice system."

Another family attorney, Justin Bamberg, said "justice will be had" at the end.

"Thanks to Feidin Santana [who filmed the witness video], we've seen the light and there is no way at the end of the day that former officer Michael Slager can escape what's coming to him," Bamberg added. He believes that will mean a conviction and prison time.

Scott's mother, Judy Scott, said she isn't sad about the mistrial because "Jesus is on the inside and I know that justice will be served."

"Injustice will not prevail," she added.

Scott's brother, Anthony Scott, said, "We have to live with his video being played over and over again."

Anthony Scott said he feels sorry for Slager's young child, but added, "there's not pity" for the rest.

He also urged for peaceful protests.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson thanked the jury for their "exemplary service," adding, "I don't mean to downplay or understate my disappointment that together we weren't able to reach a resolution."

She also thanked the Scott family.

"When I finished up closing arguments," she said, "and I walked over to give hugs, poppa Scott, the patriarch of the family, said to me, 'You'll always be my daughter.'"

"I just thank them so much for trusting me and for being an example for this community and leading this community to peace," Wilson said.

Defense attorney Andy Savage also thanked the jury.

"This is not a case about an individual or family," Savage said, adding the case is about "the state of South Carolina" -- not Walter Scott. "That's not to diminish Mr. Scott," Savage added.

"The rule of law has to be preserved in this country, and you have done that," Savage continued. "Thank you."

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement after the mistrial, "It is my understanding that there will be, as quickly as possible, a new trial where the Scott family and all of South Carolina will hopefully receive the closure that a verdict brings. Justice is not always immediate, but we must all have faith that it will be served -- I certainly do."

Haley said she urges all South Carolinians "to continue along the path we have walked these last two years: a path of grace, faith, love and understanding. That is who we are, and who I know we will continue to be."

Slager had pleaded not guilty to murder. But as the trial concluded last week, the jury was also allowed to consider a voluntary manslaughter charge. The voluntary manslaughter charge was requested by the prosecution and the judge allowed it based on testimony he heard during the trial.

Slager also faces a federal trial, which is scheduled for next year.



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Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Survivors of the deadly fire at an Oakland, California, warehouse that killed at least 36 people recall waking up to a "wall of fire" and billowing smoke so powerful that it opened a window, letting in oxygen that apparently added fuel to the blaze.

Nikki Kelber, a resident of the warehouse that housed artist studios, said she was asleep Friday night and "woke up to smoke and an entire wall of fire."

"I started walking toward the front door and I called for help and I don’t know that anybody could hear me with the music," Kelber said. "Minutes later, the power went out, so everyone who was inside was trapped in the dark."

Authorities continued Monday to search for bodies from the fire that was called in to the Oakland Fire Department at 11:32 p.m. Friday. A dance party was going on in the building at the time the blaze began. Among the victims whose bodies have been found so far, some were teens.

Another survivor, Carmen Brito, described "15 feet of flames literally." She recalled "just being hit in the face by black smoke that I was immediately blinded by and made my eyes water."

"I couldn’t breathe, and [the smoke] was so strong that it actually opened my window, which then brought all this oxygen into the space, which just fueled it and made it worse, and that’s when the power went out," Brito said.

Brito remembered "getting outside and realizing that there are no fire trucks here yet, there was nobody here."

The Oakland Fire Department had as of Monday morning searched about 70 percent of the charred building but had to stop because of unsafe conditions, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed told Good Morning America. Firefighters were expected to resume the search for victims later Monday.

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Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The owner of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub where 49 people were killed in a mass shooting June 12 has decided not to sell the nightclub to the city, which had planned to convert the building into a memorial to the victims.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma in a statement said she “can’t just walk away” from the nightclub.

“I feel a personal obligation to ensure that a permanent space at Pulse be created so that all generations to come will remember those affected by, and taken on, June 12th,” Poma said in the statement, released by attorney Gus Benitez.

The city announced in November that it had a deal in place to buy the property for $2.25 million and turn it into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said at the time that the city planned to keep the nightclub “as-is” for about 12 to 18 months after purchasing it and then get community input for what to do with the site.

In response to Poma’s decision, Dyer put out a statement saying he respects the decision and is “hopeful the Pulse site will continue to be a place of hope and healing that honors the victims.” City Commissioner Patty Sheehan told ABC affiliate WFTV she also respected Poma’s decision but was disappointed that the city did not purchase the property.

Poma did not give details about what she plans to do with the site, but said in her statement that she wants to “create a space for everyone, a sanctuary of hope and a welcoming area to remember all those affected by the tragedy.” She said she plans to work with “communities impacted by this tragedy, the families of the victims and any private or public sector individuals or organizations who wish to assist.”

The Orlando City Council was set to vote on whether to approve the deal on Nov. 14, but the vote was postponed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Justin Ross Harris was sentenced Monday afternoon to life without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, who died after he was left in Harris' hot car in Georgia. He was also sentenced to an additional 32 years on other charges.

Harris' son, Cooper, died on June 18, 2014, after he spent about seven hours in a car seat in Harris' locked SUV in the Atlanta area.

Prosecutor Chuck Boring said at the sentencing that Cooper died in the most "torturous, horrific, unimaginable way possible."

"There is no justification," he said.

Boring said only one sentence "reflects" the "evil" crime -- life without parole. Boring also asked for an additional 32 years for other charges.

Judge Mary Staley Clark said at the sentencing that the jury "fairly deliberated and discharged their duties, and found the defendant guilty of what factually was a horrendous, horrific experience for this 22-month-old child who had been placed in the trust of his father. And, in violation and dereliction of duty to that child, if not love of that child, callously walked away and left that child in a hot car, in June, in Georgia, in the summer to swelter and die."

Clark then said she would follow the state's sentencing recommendation.

Harris, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, appeared emotionless in court after signing a sentencing document.

Last month, the jury of six men and six women found Harris guilty of all eight counts against him: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, criminal attempt to commit a felony and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Besides Cooper's death, charges in the indictment also referred to sexually explicit online exchanges from March 2014 through the day of Cooper's death that, prosecutors say, Harris had with an underage girl. Prosecutors argued that Harris wanted to be free of his family responsibilities and was having multiple online affairs, including with the girl.

During closing arguments at Harris' trial in Brunswick, Georgia, about 300 miles from Atlanta, the prosecution said there is no doubt Cooper died due to the heat, no doubt Harris lived a double life and no doubt that Harris left Cooper in his car, while defense attorney Maddox Kilgore said Cooper's death was an accident.

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ABCNews.com(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- The Metro-North conductor who led the Yale Glee Club in an impromptu holiday sing-along that was a viral video last year has reunited with the singers for another carolling treat.

Bob McDonough shared a video on Facebook Saturday of his session "conducting" the New Haven-based singers in a holiday song aboard a Metro-North train.

This year, the glee club performed "In the Bleak Midwinter."

McDonough told ABC News he normally drives an empty train from New Haven to New York City each afternoon to position it for rush hour. On Friday, a train shortage left him without a train to drive, so he rode on a local into Grand Central Station.

As McDonough sat down to read a book, a coworker saw a "group of well-dressed college kids" on the platform and told McDonough he thought it was the Yale Glee Club.

"He said, 'Hey Bobby, I think these are your glee club kids from last year,'" McDonough recalled.

McDonough surprised the students on the train and said they "all started laughing" when they saw their old "conductor."

The glee club was traveling into New York City to perform a Christmas concert at The Yale Club in midtown Manhattan, according to McDonough. He said the singers were all happy to reprise their train performance with a new song this year.

"I said, 'What are the chances and can we do another one?'" McDonough said. "Emma, the choral leader, suggested 'In the Bleak Midwinter.'"

"I said, 'I love that song so much, sounds great,'" he recalled.

McDonough had the singers practice the song as they waited to pass the next stop to avoid being interrupted by train announcements. He asked glee club member Sara Viola Speller to shoot a video on his smartphone while they sang. The club performed the song in one take.

McDonough’s video has received 23,000 views since Saturday.

The Yale Glee Club also shared the video on Facebook. They did not yet respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The death toll from the Oakland, California, warehouse fire has now climbed to 36 as authorities continue to discover more bodies -- some of them of teens possibly younger than 17 -- after a blaze broke out during a dance party in the building that housed artist studios.

The Oakland Fire Department has searched 70 percent of the charred building so far but had to stop this morning because of unsafe conditions, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed told Good Morning America Monday. They plan to resume their search for victims later Monday.

“The unfortunate reality of this somber Monday morning is that we’re anticipating additional bodies being recovered within the structure," Reed told GMA Monday morning. "We’re at approximately 70 percent of coverage in terms of the area that we’re able to search, and the 30 percent that’s left is 12 to 15 feet high with debris.”

When Reed spoke, 33 bodies had been found, and the number has now risen by three. Of the 36 victims, 11 have been positively identified, authorities said Monday morning.

The Oakland Fire Department first responded to reports of a structure fire at the warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" around 11:32 p.m. Friday night. Reed told reporters the facility appeared to function as a residential building that hosted a makeshift artists' studio, as well as parties like the one that took place Friday night.

Authorities Sunday asked families with missing loved ones who attended the party to preserve DNA samples as a way of confirming the identities of those who died in the blaze, and the District Attorney's Office launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

Reed said Monday morning the history of the building is being examined for clues about how the tragedy took place.

“The city of Oakland is still looking at the history with the building. … We’ve got a vibrant community in Oakland that we embrace and we obviously want to make sure that we’re preventing any disasters like this in the future," Reed said.

The Oakland-based weekly newspaper Eastbay Express has previously blamed gentrification and rising rents in the Bay Area for putting the Northern California region's counter-cultural arts scene in a crisis of space and money.

Authorities said Monday morning that firefighters were encountering obstacles in their search due to the precarious nature of the building's structure.

Reed said Monday firefighters are taking mental health breaks as a way of coping with the exhausting and traumatic job they are undertaking.

“We set up at our union hall yesterday for the anticipation of many firefighters that just wanted to kind of watch football together and chill, eat some pizza, debrief with peers before going home to their families. Sometimes it helps to kind of offload those emotions before bringing it home," Reed told GMA.

"We’ve got our peer-support group off the scene, available offsite. We have an incredible number of new firefighters who are realizing the somber effect of a very dangerous fire and the tragic loss in our community.”

Rain is expected in the region on Wednesday, a circumstance that could further complicate recovery efforts for firefighters.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNON BALL, N.D.) — The day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not approve an easement needed to permit the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, sparking a wave of celebration throughout the protest camp, efforts to protest the construction of the pipeline were expected to resume Monday.

The announcement Sunday afternoon marked a major victory for the Native American tribes and thousands of environmentalists and other activists who have demonstrated in solidarity with their cause. Many who gathered at the site of the protest met around a communal "sacred" fire to discuss the victory, and some were too overcome with emotion to put their thoughts into words.

But work on the controversial crude oil pipeline may not have been defeated by Sunday's announcement, at least not permanently, and because of this, the protest camp is expected to resume activity Monday.

Many vowed to remain at camp until a definitive rejection of the pipeline could be secured.

Additionally, at least 2,000 military veterans who arrived Sunday to act as a "human shield" between the protesters and the police have started the process of taking over camp security, a circumstance that had led to mixed emotions around the camp due to the complicated, and often brutal history between U.S. armed forces and Native Americans.

The vets, led by Wesley Clark Jr., son of retired general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark, are expected to be present at the camp until Dec. 7. Donations to a GoFundMe account launched by Clark in support of Veterans for Standing Rock, a group he claimed would "assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation," passed the $1 million dollar mark Sunday morning.

Native American groups and environmental activists have been protesting since summer to block construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline that would have cut across four states and transport crude oil from North Dakota's oil fields to refinery markets in Illinois.

The activists, who call themselves "water protectors," say that the pipeline traverses culturally sacred sites and poses a risk to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's water supply.

Prominent progressives, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., applauded the Army Corps' decision to halt work on the pipeline, saying in a statement, "in the year 2016, we should not continue to trample on Native American sovereignty. We should not endanger the water supply of millions of people."

Canadian author and environmental activist Naomi Klein wrote in The Nation that the Army Corps' announcement demonstrated the efficacy of protest as a way for activists to make gains in the movement to combat man-made climate change.

"The line between resistance and results is bright and undeniable. That kind of victory is rare precisely because it’s contagious, because it shows people everywhere that organizing and resistance is not futile. And as Donald Trump moves closer and closer to the White House, that message is very important indeed," Klein wrote.

President-elect Donald Trump said last week for the first time that he supports the completion the pipeline. Trump has been accused of being dismissive of the concerns of scientists and activists regarding the potential threat posed by man-made climate change.

In a meeting last month with The New York Times, Trump appeared to soften his tone on the subject by acknowledging "connectivity" between human activity and climate change.

"I think there is some connectivity. Some, something," he said in the meeting.

House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced his disapproval last night of the Army Corps' decision, tweeting that it was "big-government decision-making at its worst."

"I look forward to putting this anti-energy presidency behind us," Ryan wrote, anticipating the start of Trump's administration next month.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who gained prominence when she left the Democratic National Committee to campaign for Bernie Sanders during his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this year, and was among the more high profile veterans attending the protests at Standing Rock, urged caution to activists, suggesting on Twitter that more fights were likely on the horizon.

"While we celebrate today's news, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to protect our water and preserve our land," she wrote on Sunday night.

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Courtesy of Keith Papini(REDDING, Calif.) — Members of a tight-knit California community gathered over the weekend to welcome home Sherri Papini, a mother of two whose harrowing alleged kidnapping has captured worldwide attention.

Hundreds of people met at the Redding Civic Auditorium on Saturday dressed in pink, Papini's favorite color, and took a Christmas card photo to send to the family as a gift.

Despite swirling rumors and mixed reactions surrounding the family's ordeal, friends and locals rallied together to send a positive message to the Papini's after the 34-year-old's alleged three-week abduction.

Mayor Missy McArthur thanked the residents of Redding for their help, according to KRCR, a local ABC News affiliate.

"We never lost hope, we kept working, we made it happen. We're so proud of our community, and thank you so much," said McArthur.

Authorities are still hunting for the alleged kidnappers. Based on Sherri's description of her alleged captors, Sheriff Bosenko told ABC News that authorities are searching for two Hispanic female adults armed with a gun and driving a dark SUV.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Authorities arrested a man on Sunday who fired an assault rifle inside a popular Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant that has become a target after being featured in a fake news story.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, entered Comet Ping Pong in Northwest D.C. on Sunday afternoon wielding an assault rifle — sending patrons fleeing from the popular pizza joint — before firing one shot, according to police.

The restaurant was featured in a made up news story circulated online during the presidential election.

Welch told authorities he entered the establishment to “self-investigate" a spurious theory in the story that involves Hillary Clinton.

D.C. Metro Police referred to the story as “a fictitious online conspiracy theory” — but that hasn't stopped believers from harassing the business and its patrons both online and in person.

According to police, Welch entered the restaurant around 3 p.m. and pointed a gun in the direction of an employee. That employee was able to flee and call police, who arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Welch without incident.

Welch discharged his firearm one time. There were no reports of injuries, police said.

Police found two weapons on Welch and another in his vehicle. Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

“What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences,” Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis said in a statement on Sunday.

"I really hope that all these people fanning the flames of this conspiracy theory would take a moment to contemplate what has gone on today and maybe to stop,” he told WJLA, an ABC affiliate.

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Twitter / @bayreef (WASHINGTON) -- A North Carolina man who fired a gun Sunday at a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. said he was there to "self-investigate" a fake news conspiracy theory, according to police.

The online conspiracy theory "Pizzagate" has circulated since the presidential election with fake news stories alleging crimes involving Comet Ping Pong, a popular pizza place in the nation's capital, and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, the Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to reports of a man with a firearm at Comet Ping Pong. The man allegedy pointed a firearm in the direction of an employee at the restaurant and police said the employee was able to escape and call authorities.

The suspect then fired at least one shot inside the restaurant, police said, but there were no reported injuries. Two firearms were recovered from inside Comet Ping Pong and an additional weapon was found inside the suspect's vehicle, according to police.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, was arrested without incident and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue said in a statement.

Police added later that in a "post arrest interview" Sunday night, the suspect said he was at Comet Ping Pong to "self-investigate 'Pizza Gate' (a fictitious online conspiracy theory)," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Initially police said they did not have any information linking the actions of the suspect to the false conspiracy theory.

Since the fake news stories about "Pizza Gate" first began, Comet Ping Pong employees said its owner, staff, and other businesses nearby received threats and have been attacked on the internet, according to the Washington Post.

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