12 dead in fast-moving New York City apartment fire

The deadliest residential fire to hit New York City in at least a quarter century swept through a Bronx apartment building Thursday on one of the coldest nights so far this winter, killing 12 people and leaving four more fighting for their lives, city officials said.

Democrat Jones officially declared winner over Roy Moore

Democrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election, despite Moore’s last-minute lawsuit claiming voter fraud.

Islamic State kills 41 in attack on Afghan cultural center

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and underscoring the extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been dismantled.

Soccer star Weah poised to win Liberia’s presidency

Former international soccer star George Weah was poised to win Liberia’s presidency with a significant lead and more than 98 percent of votes counted, according to provisional results released Thursday, as the West African nation prepared for its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

Inside the inferno

Padraic Gallagher was in Santa Paula, Santa Barbara and Ventura, California from Dec. 6 through Dec. 19. He opened up shelters in the more rural community of Santa Paula and at the University ofCalifornia campus in Santa Barbara.

Coastline changes

A wall of tangled roots separates the park at Black Pot from the beach, and the erosion has drastically changed the beach from six months ago.