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Donald Trump handily won Texas, but one Texas elector says he won’t cast his vote for the president-elect

On November 8, Donald Trump handily won Texas’ 38 electoral votes in his unforeseen presidential victory over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

On December 19, when the Electoral College meets to officially vote, Texas elector Christopher Suprun will ignore his state’s voting results by refusing to cast his vote for the president-elect.

In an op-ed for the New York Times, the former firefighter cited Trump’s lack of qualifications as a major reason behind his decision:

Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day. George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

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Suprun, who urged electors to cast their votes for a more qualified candidate like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, went on to call out Trump for everything from his Twitter beef with “Saturday Night Live” to his lack of foreign policy expertise. He argued that the Electoral College was set up for the very reason of preventing candidates like Trump from becoming president:

The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.

Suprun is not the only Texas elector to publicly refuse to vote for Trump. Back in late November, Art Sisneros wrote a blog post stating his decision to resign as elector rather than cast his vote for the president-elect.

RELATED: This pollster didn’t think Trump would get more than 240 electoral votes — then he ate a bug on live TV

Sad! Hillary Clinton to host party and grieve with millionaire donors in one-time Trump hotel

Just over a month after a crushing loss on Election Day, Page Six reports Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are reuniting for a lavish party in the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

They’ll be thanking the Hillary for America Finance Leadership Council, made up of wealthy donors and other supporters who gave them money and organized on their behalf during the election. It’s no cheap sendoff: events in the Grand Ballroom often run between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

The Plaza Hotel is quite a choice of location. It’s blocks from Trump Tower — so close that attendees will likely have to contend with traffic from NYPD and Secret Service protection — and is, famously, the hotel Donald Trump bought in 1988 but lost after declaring bankruptcy on $900 million in personal debt.

RELATED: Trump and his team were shocked to learn how much work it takes to be president

Guests include major millionaire bundlers like Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, Alan Patricof, Tory Burch and Marc Lasry. During the cycle, they were asked to tap into their extensive personal networks and come up with donations in support of the Clinton campaign, often hosting fundraisers of their own.

A Page Six source is reported to have said, “Hopefully there’s [sic] no balconies so nobody can jump.”

Joe McKnight shooting: Sheriff defends delayed arrest

Deputies on Tuesday defended the widely-criticized decision to release the man who told deputies he shot and killed former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road-rage incident in Louisiana last week, saying the choice was key to their investigation.

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After speaking to more than 150 witnesses, authorities booked Ronald Gasser, 54, into jail Monday on one count of manslaughter.

"Had we arrested him Thursday night, it would have been over," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Tuesday at a news conference.

Few witnesses came forward in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Normand said, with some of them scared away by overzealous critics of the investigation.

"(On) Thursday evening we had a statement by Mr. Gasser," Normand said. "We had no corroborating statements and we had no contradictory statements of witnesses …. So, I had a statement.

"In this state, whether we like it or not, we have a very forward-leaning stand your ground, self-defense, justifiable homicide laws -- however you want to refer to it -- that … creates for us an obligation to make sure that we get it right."

>> Related: Ronald Gasser charged with manslaughter in NFL player Joe McKnight's shooting

Perhaps comforted by the lack of charges, Gasser spoke with deputies for 10 hours without an attorney and agreed to let them search his home without a warrant. He spoke to investigators for two more hours with an attorney present, Normand said.

Gasser told deputies he was irritated after McKnight, 28, cut him off while driving on Thursday afternoon. Witnesses told investigators they spotted Gasser and McKnight cutting each other off and "zipping around other vehicles" before McKnight got out of his SUV at a red light in Terrytown and confronted Gasser.

The two were surrounded by other vehicles and Gasser told deputies that McKnight made multiple threats against his life.

At some point during the argument, Gasser pulled a gun from between a seat and the car's console and fired three shots at McKnight, killing him.

Normand declined to discuss specific details of Gasser's interview with law enforcement, although he said that Gasser was adamant that he was in fear for his life.

"That's why on Thursday evening, only faced with and only having Mr. Gasser's statement, we thought (it best that) an arrest not be made for strategic reasons until we could get other witnesses," Normand said.

At least one person came forward to police, peddling a fake story that Gasser shouted his support for Donald Trump before killing McKnight.

"We knew that story was false from the get-go, that it could not have happened," Normand said, because the supposed witness claimed that Gasser fired shots into McKnight's car. McKnight was not in his SUV at the time of the shooting, but was standing over the vehicle Gasser was in.

Normand admonished critics of the investigation and those who perpetuated the story.

>> Related: Man suspected of killing ex-NFL player Joe McKnight released without charges

"I am very much disappointed in the conduct of some of the citizens of not only this parish, but this country," he said. "At some point of time we're going to have to come to grips with, and we're going to have to talk about, this dialogue."

He insisted the case, which has highlighted ongoing racial tensions across the country, had nothing to do with race.

McKnight was black. Gasser is white.

"Not a single witness has said, up to this day, that there was one racial slur uttered during the course of this event," Normand said. "And unfortunately, a life was lost, but you know something, folks? Two people engaged in bad behavior that day. And why? I don't know."

Under Louisiana law, a person can face a manslaughter charge if he or she is accused of killing a person "in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection."

Normand said at a news conference last week that Gasser identified himself as the shooter and surrendered his gun to authorities. He was taken into custody, questioned and released. McKnight had a gun in his SUV, but Normand said there is no evidence that he indicated he had the weapon during the confrontation.

The decision not to immediately charge Gasser sparked outrage nationwide.

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets, from 2010 to 2012, and one with the Kansas City Chiefs, in 2014.

Deputies continue to investigate the shooting.

Trump calls for canceling Boeing's Air Force One contract in morning tweet

President-elect Donald Trump slammed the cost of a new Air Force One and used Twitter to call for canceling the new aircraft fleet Tuesday, raising questions about the future of the program managed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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In a tweet sent at 8:52 a.m., the president-elect wrote: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!"

Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher declined comment and referred all questions to the Air Force, which did not immediately release a response.

The Air Force is planning to replace two aging Boeing 747-200s that serve as Air Force One when the president is aboard with two newer and highly modified Boeing 747-8 airliners. The jets were expected to join the fleet by 2024, replacing a current fleet that will be more than three decades old at the time.

A program official at Wright-Patterson has said the White House has urgently asked for the jets because of reliability concerns as the planes age, among other concerns.

Richard Aboulafia, a senior aviation analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group, said in an email the tweet was "complete nonsense. But making program management and military requirements decisions via tweet is just very wrong."

In an interview, he said the president-elect's position on the Air Force One replacement was "very concerning."

"This is not from the standpoint of the contract, but just from deeper lack of understanding for what the president does," he said. "It's very important for the president to travel, visit other places in the country, and other countries and be able to manage national emergencies while he travels. You can't do that without Air Force One.

"Now the alternative is he thinks a 50-year-old Air Force One will do the job," Aboulafia said. "Hopefully, nobody can be that completely misinformed."

A message seeking comment was sent to Trump spokespersons this morning.

Todd Harrison, director of the aerospace project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., said it's a tradition for an outgoing president to request a new Air Force One "so that it would not be seen as being for personal benefit." President George H.W. Bush's administration OK'd the purchase of the current fleet, he noted.

"If Trump cancels the program now, it could be another eight years before a new replacement program is started, so that aircraft would be pushing 40 years old by then," Harrison wrote.

The production of the iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet could come to an end "so it's not clear that the Air Force would be able to buy a commercial derivative plane like the 747 from a U.S. company in the future."

Neither Boeing nor the Air Force has released the latest figures on the program.

Aboulafia said the more than $4 billion Trump cited was "about right over 10 years."

"It's incredibly expensive to be able to manage a country and fight a war from the air, and build two planes that can do that," he said. But he rejected the claim the costs were "out of control."

Loren B. Thompson, a senior defense analyst at the Virginia-based Lexington Institute and a defense industry consultant, said in an email the president-elect "probably overstates" the cost of the two new jets.

"Boeing thinks the program will cost less, but it is hard to say precisely how much because the Air Force hasn't finalized the requirements for the program.

"This is a plane that might need to remain airborne for days during a nuclear war," Thompson wrote. "It must be able to carry out functions no other plane in the world would need to accomplish."

The jet's cost is driven by its mission with self-protection measures such as shielding against electromagnetic pulse in a nuclear explosion and specialized communication gear to command a nuclear strike "which is why it is so much more expensive than the planes Trump is used to buying," Harrison wrote.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hopes to land one of the current Air Force Ones when the plane was expected to be retired in the next decade to add to its collection of 10 presidential aircraft.

Wife of dead Florida man alleges that her husband’s death was caused by this humiliating Walgreens bathroom experience

ORLANDO, Fla. – The widow of a 69-year-old man has sued an Orlando Walgreens store, accusing them of holding her husband captive until he cleaned and mopped the store’s bathroom.

Maria Elizarraras claims that the humiliation of the experience caused emotional distress so severe that it killed her husband, Fernando Elizarraras.

The lawsuit was originally filed in state court but was moved to federal court Monday, according to court documents.

According to the suit, Fernando Elizarraras went to the Walgreens on Landstar Boulevard, where he had been a long-term customer, on Oct. 15, 2012.

After using the bathroom at the store, store employees stopped Fernando as he tried to leave and physically escorted him back to the bathroom, the lawsuit alleges.

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The employees insisted the 69-year-old man clean the facility because, “You left a mess, (expletive) all over the bathroom,” the suit says.

For 20 minutes, Fernando was threatened and forced to clean and mop the bathroom before he was allowed to leave the store, his wife claims in the suit.

The incident caused Fernando to be “humiliated, disgraced and injured in his feelings, emotionally and mentally,” the lawsuit says.

The emotional distress caused by the situation was so severe that it “resulted in the death of Fernando,” the suit says.

The lawsuit does not say how much time passed between the incident and Fernando’s death.

On behalf of her husband’s estate, Maria Elizarraras was suing the company for an undetermined amount, but according to court documents has a standing offer to settle for $500,000.

As of early Tuesday, Walgreens had not responded to the lawsuit in federal court.

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Who died in Oakland: Victims of deadly warehouse fire remembered

The names and details of the lives lost in a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, California, over the weekend have been trickling out as investigators continue to sift through the rubble of the blaze that authorities said killed at least 36 people.

Criminal investigators are probing the cause of the fire, which is being listed as one of the worst in modern California history. The blaze broke out at the “Ghost Ship,” an artists’ collective in what the East Bay Times described as an illegally converted warehouse where multiple artists lived and worked.

Details of the victims’ final moments have started coming out, including the fact that many of those killed realized they were trapped with no way out. The fire is believed to have started on the first floor of the building during an electronic music party on the second floor.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly told the Times that several families received text messages, including one woman whose daughter typed, “I love you. I’m going to die, Mom.”

“I think it’s important to recognize messages like these,” Kelly told the newspaper. “Victims were inside and aware that they were going to die.”

Kelly said recovery crews have also found bodies at the scene that indicated many victims died trying to shield or comfort one another.

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The newspaper reported that the search for victims, completed in about 75 percent of the building so far, had to be halted early Monday morning due to structural weaknesses. The search continued later in the day, and as of Monday afternoon, 33 of the 36 confirmed dead had been identified and the families of more than two dozen victims had been notified.

Additional fatalities are anticipated as first responders continue the painstaking search of the rubble.

Details about the victims’ lives before the fire have also begun coming out through the news media and on social media. Below is a listing of those victims identified thus far, along with brief biographies of them where available.

Cash Askew, 22, of Oakland

Transgender musician Askew was a member of the goth music duo Them Are Us Too. The East Bay Times reported that, in an interview earlier this year, Askew said she was drawn to goth music because of the androgyny that many of the scene’s performers displayed. She and band mate Kennedy Ashylyn released their debut album last year through record label Dais Records.

Dais Records founder Ryan Martin told People magazine that Askew’s death “doesn’t seem to be real right now.” A statement from the record label stated that Askew was “loved and admired by everyone she met, and her passing is an excruciating loss that we may never fully process or recover from.”

❤️out to my friends it Oakland . This could of been any of our parties at anytime in any city . Absolute heartbreaker stay strong xoPosted by Ryan Grotz on Monday, December 5, 2016

Em Bohlka, 33, of Oakland

Bohlka was the second of three transgender women confirmed to have died in the fire. KCRA in Sacramento described Bohlka as a poet who also worked as a barista and a baker.

David Cline, 24, of Oakland

Cline, a recent University of California at Berkeley graduate, had studied cognitive science and computer science, and was passionate about attending electronic music shows in Oakland, according to the Daily Californian. Friends described him as a “great personality” who lit up a room.

Cline’s brother, Neil Cline, said in a statement that his family would love him forever.

“David was an incredible man, an amazing brother, a perfect son and an inspiring friend to everyone who was fortunate enough to have him in their lives,” Cline said.

Micah Danemayer, 28, of Oakland

Danemayer, an electronic musician, was at the warehouse Friday night with his girlfriend to do a light show for the party, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. His friend and band mate, Devyn Fordyce, told the newspaper that they’d recently started a new band, Red Cellar.

“I’ve never met anybody so passionate, not only for his own art and music, but for everyone else’s,” Fordyce said.

Danemayer’s girlfriend, Alana “Jen” Kane, was still among the missing as of Tuesday.

Chelsea Dolan, 33, of San Francisco

Dolan was an electronic music producer and event promoter and volunteered as a DJ for KALX, the radio station at the University of California at Berkeley. The Marin Independent Journal reported that Dolan, who went by the stage name Cherushii, was working as a DJ at the party held at the warehouse the night of the fire.  

Ray Martin, the owner of a Marin ice cream shop where Dolan once worked, described her as a “wonderful” person.

“She was very sweet, very empathetic, upbeat, artistic -- just a person you really don’t want to have this happen to,” Martin told the newspaper. “She’ll be very missed.”

It has been confirmed. My cousin Chelsea Dolan's body has been positively identified among the souls lost in Oakland's recent tragic fire.  May Our Lord be with her and her family.Posted by Herb Knoll on Monday, December 5, 2016

Feral Pines, 29, of Berkeley

Pines was the last of three transgender women known, as of Tuesday, to have died in the fire. The Hartford Courant, the newspaper in the New England community where Pines grew up as Justin Riley Fritz, reported that Pines had moved to Oakland a few months ago to be closer to friends and her brother, who lives in Los Angeles.

“She was a gentle soul, the kind of person who never had a bad word to say about anyone,” Pines’ father, Bruce Fritz, told the Courant. “She was someone you wanted to put your arms around and not let go.”

Scout Wolfcave, a friend and former roommate, called Pines a “guide and sister” in the trans community.

“Feral was truly committed to empowering those that the world deems powerless,” Wolfcave said.  

Alex Ghassan, 35, of Oakland

Ghassan, a New Jersey native, was a filmmaker who, according to NBC New York, posted video about an hour before the fire that appeared to be from inside the warehouse. His family described him as a fighter and fast thinker who leaves behind two young daughters.

“He’s an artist at heart, a wonderful dad, a wonderful son, a wonderful friend,” Ghassan’s mother, Emilie Grandchamps, told the news station Monday, before news of his death had been confirmed.

Our friend and colleague Alex Ghassan has been identified as a victim of the Oakland warehouse fire. Alex was an...Posted by KQED Arts on Monday, December 5, 2016 

Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Coronado

Gomez-Hall was an administrative assistant at a West Berkeley publishing house, as well as an avid musician. He played in the band Nightmom, according to the Daily Californian. Friends remembered him as a friendly, approachable person who was always smiling.

Michela Gregory, 20, of South San Francisco

Gregory, a student at San Francisco State University, was studying child development to work with children with special needs. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she went to the Ghost Ship with her boyfriend, Alex Vega.

Vega remains unaccounted for, the newspaper said.

Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek

Hoda was an elementary school teacher at the Urban Montessori Charter School, where principal David Castillo told parents following the tragedy that Hoda was “loved and full of love,” the East Bay Times reported.

She was also previously a kindergarten teacher in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, which also lost art therapist Travis Hough in the fire.

Travis Hough, 35, of Oakland

Hough, a musician, was a member of the electronic group Ghost of Lightning. He also worked as an expressive art therapist at an elementary school in West Contra Costa County, the Times reported.

Donna Kellogg, 32, of Oakland

Kellogg, a barista, was working toward a culinary arts degree, according to the Daily Californian. She also had a passion for music, art and film.

“She was as vibrant and deeply loving and complex a soul that I have ever known,” a friend, Michael Dean, told the Daily Californian in an email.

Kellogg's parents described her to People as a free spirit who loved music, biking and the outdoors. They plan to bury her next to her brother, who died at age 18. 

our friend Donna  what a tragedyPosted by Gloria Lee on Monday, December 5, 2016

Edmund Lapine, 34, of Oakland

Lapine was a graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Calvin Johnson, founder of record label K Records, told the Olympian that Lapine was an intern there for six months a few years ago.

“He’s memorable because he’s a very snappy dresser, and we share a love for old soul 45s,” Johnson told the newspaper.

Draven McGill, 17, of San Francisco

McGill, the son of an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy, was a junior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the East Bay Times reported. The teen’s best friend, Julian Granados, remembered the choir student as “always down to have an adventure.” Granados told the newspaper that they would spend hours together, playing video games and eating junk food.

“This is an incredibly unsettling and sad event for the Asawa SOTA community, and especially for the victim’s family,” Ruth Asawa SOTA principal Barnaby Payne stated in a news release. “As sad as we are today, I know that how we react in challenging times is what defines us as a community.”

A very well written article,  and truly accurate to Draven's personality.  Please give it a read. I already miss you so much,  Draven.  Rest in peace,  buddy. Posted by Niko Rakos on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Jennifer Morris, 21, of Foster City

Morris was a student at the University of California at Berkeley, the Daily Californian reported.

Benjamin Runnels, 32, of Oakland

Runnels, who went by the name Charlie Prowler, was a jazz singer and musician with the synthpop band Introflirt, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A communications graduate from Southern Vermont College, the New York native worked in landscape to support his passion for playing music.

“He was one of those people who could pick up any instrument,” his sister, Erin Runnels, told the Chronicle. “It would be really rare that a song, whether it was Glenn Miller or the Grateful Dead or some obscure European house music, would come on without him being able to tell you something about it.”

Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye, 31, of Oakland

A music manager at Shazam, Tanouye was at the music festival at the warehouse doing what she loved to do for fun -- painting quirky designs on people’s nails, according to the Chronicle. Friends said that she had set up her booth, Underground Nail Bar, somewhere in the building.

“She was a real vibrant person, always smiling and going to concerts and stuff,” friend Anna Bleviss Whitlatch told the newspaper.

Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward

Wittenauer, who also used the name Nex Iuguolo, was a singer with the band Symbiotix.Fungi, the East Bay Times reported. A former coworker of the musician described him on social media as “deep, beautiful and other-worldly.”

“A beautiful soul we remembered with great love and sadness today,” Rebecca Denison wrote on Facebook.

The Chinese media is not happy with President-elect Trump, calling him a rookie

Over the weekend, Donald Trump blasted China on Twitter, suggesting that they should consult the United States before making domestic policy decisions. And after Trump accepted a phone call from the Taiwanese leader, the Chinese embassy lodged a formal complaint with the United States.

The Global Times, China’s English-language paper (and communist party mouthpiece), has been blasting Trump for his reckless tweeting, writing, “Trump can make a lot of noise but that does not exempt him from the rules of the major power game.”

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In another article, a Chinese user on the country’s version of Twitter wrote, “Trump will rule the country by Twitter.” Like many communist countries, China uses state-run media to voice the policies of the government (Russia does the same thing with the outlet Russia Today, which has aired Trump interviews).

RELATED: Van Jones speaks out about living in Trump’s America

One headline in the Global Times stated, “Trump wants to treat China as a fat lamb…Forget about it!”

The Chinese media has been covering Trump’s inability to stop tweeting for the past few months, even running an article discussing Trump’s tweet directed at “Saturday Night Live.” According to NBC, one paper wrote that “Trump’s reckless remarks against a major power show his lack of experience in diplomacy.”

It remains to be seen how the president-elect will deal with China. The Washington Post reported that Trump’s call with Taiwan’s leader was carefully planned and shows that he’s expecting to shake up the power dynamic in the Pacific.

Remembering Pearl Harbor attack 75 years later

It was a "day that would live in infamy," the day that the United States was attacked by the military forces of Japan at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The attack on Dec. 7, 1941 came as a surprise to the men and women serving in the tropical military compound.

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The U.S. had not yet officially taken up arms in World War II, but it was helping supply Great Britain in the battle with the Nazis. Government officials were also trying to get Japan to stop expanding its military hold in Asia and the Pacific, according to the National World War 2 Museum.

The attack, the brainchild of Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, who thought of the attack, and Capt. Minoru Genda, who planned it, came from a book written in 1925. In "The Great Pacific War," author Hector Bywater showed how a fictional attack on the U.S. fleet by the Japanese could potentially pull America into a war. 

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U.S. officials were warned of the attack when a cryptologist, or code breaker, intercepted a message from Japan that asked about ship movements and placement in Pearl Harbor. The code breaker's superior said he would get back to her on Dec. 8. On the morning of Dec. 7, a radar operator on Oahu saw planes heading toward the island and the base, but was told by his superior that they were probably planes that were scheduled to arrive on Pearl Harbor that day and not to worry about it, according to historians at the WW2 Museum.

He was mistaken.

The Japanese sent a declaration of war to the U.S. shortly before the attack, but it was delayed and was not sent to Washington until the bombings began. 

The attack by the Japanese started at 7:55 a.m. after a captain issued the code "Tora, Tora, Tora" to the planes flying over Oahu. The surprise attack was over in just over an hour and a half.

Breaking down the numbers:

  • 353 Japanese aircraft
  • 40 torpedo planes
  • 103 level bombers
  • 131 dive bombers
  • 79 bombers
  • Four heavy carriers
  • 2,403 U.S. personnel killed
  • including 68 civilians
  • 19 ships destroyed or damaged
  • Three aircraft carriers were not in the harbor and were spared
  • 29 Japanese aircraft destroyed
  • 5 Japanese small submarines destroyed
  • 129 Japanese military members killed
  • One Japanese soldier taken prisoner

Six months after the attack, in June 1942, U.S. aircraft carriers sank four Japanese carriers during the Battle of Midway, a decisive battle of the U.S. campaign against Japan, which ended in August 1945.

The remains of the USS Arizona sit just under the water at the base. A bridge stretches over the battleship that accounted for nearly half of the deaths during the attack. The crew who gave their lives are still entombed in the hull of the ship.

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Underwater view of the USS Arizona with plenty of fish. Visitors to the Arizona Memorial can also see fish when looking down from the viewing well.Posted by Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pearl Harbor continues to be an active military complex. It is the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as well as a National Historic Landmark.

Each year over the more than 70 years since the attack, aging survivors, whose numbers are dwindling, return to pay their respects to their shipmates who were killed.

Wishing a very happy birthday to Pearl Harbor Survivor Sterling Cale, who turns 95 today! We salute you, sir! As a...Posted by Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When their time comes, the men who served on the USS Arizona during the attack and survived the deadly morning can be interred with their shipmates ever patrolling the Pacific. As of 2016, the National Park Service says 27 sailors and two Marines have been interred into the hull of the ship. After the ceremony, an urn holding the ashes of the departed are handed to divers, who place it in an area surrounding gun turret number four.

The latest issue of our print publication, Remembrance, is now available online for you to read: by Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial on Saturday, May 14, 2016

The honor of returning to Pearl Harbor for their final watch isn't solely for survivors of the Arizona's crew from the day of the attack. Any Pearl Harbor survivor can have his ashes spread over the harbor where his ship was moored during the attack, while members of the Arizona's crew from before Dec. 7, 1941, can have their ashes spread above the historic ship.

Ex-NFL player Joe McKnight’s suspected killer is in police custody and has been charged

The man who allegedly shot and killed ex-NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and charged for the Dec. 1 incident that is being credited as the result of a road rage altercation. The New York Post reported that Ronald Gasser has been jailed and charged with manslaughter. In Louisiana, the charge of manslaughter carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison. According to the Post, the definition of manslaughter in Louisiana is a killing “committed in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection.”

RELATED: Joe McKnight’s accused killer is set free, and irate NFL players blast the police

Jefferson County Parish Sheriff Newell Normand stated that Gasser stayed in his car and surrendered his gun to cops before confessing to killing McKnight. There are varying accounts of what happened during the altercation, with one witness saying that Gasser fired a shot into McKnight’s already dead body. The Daily Mail reported that both 54-year-old Gasser and his father have long records of traffic altercations. Last week, star running back Reggie Bush honored his former teammate with a pair of cleats that bore McKnight’s image.

Cleats for tomorrow's game #RIPJoeMcKnight #FightOn — Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 3, 2016

RELATED: Ex-NFL player is tragically killed after an apparent road-rage incident ended in gunshots

Watch the emotional Oakland warehouse manager lash out at “Today” hosts asking who’s to blame for the deadly fire

Derick Almena has plenty of reasons to be upset, if not in total shock, after last weekend, when 36 people died in a raging fire inside the Oakland, Calif., warehouse he managed.

Known as the “Ghost Ship,” the old building served as home to some and as an art collective, but on Friday night, it was the scene of a dance party that became the deadliest structural fire in Oakland’s history.

On Tuesday, Almena joined “Today” for his first television interview since the blaze. He became emotional and confrontational, and refused to answer questions from hosts Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall about who should take responsibility for the fire.

RELATED: Man had to fight off swarm of bees to save woman who was trapped in a car fire

Alemana, his wife and their three children lived in the warehouse, but all were not in the space during the party.

WATCH: @MLauer and @TamronHall's full interview with Oakland warehouse manager Derick Almena — TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 6, 2016

“What am I doing here? Can I just say I’m sorry?” Almena said to start the live interview as he stood at the scene of the destruction. He went on to say he didn’t want to talk about himself and that the building was not run for profit, but as a communal space.

“I laid my three children down there every night. This is not profit. This is loss. This is a mass grave,” he said. “I’m only here to say one thing, that I am incredibly sorry. And that everything I did was to make this a stronger, more beautiful community and to bring people together. People didn’t walk through those doors because it was a horrible place.”

Then he refused to answer direct questions about whether he should be held accountable, saying as his voice rose, “I’m not going to answer these questions the way you are presenting them. I’d rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents! I’d rather let them tear up my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions!”

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It might be difficult for some to find sympathy for Almena in the wake of such significant loss of life, considering his rather insensitive Facebook post. In the hours after the fire, Almena posted a status mourning the loss of his building, but saying nothing about the loss of lives.

“Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” he wrote. “Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound.”

As has been widely reported, the building had been the subject of numerous code complaints from the city. Former tenants alleged that Almena illegally rented out the space and did not install fire alarms, sprinklers or proper electricity. The dance party was held in the warehouse without Almena securing a permit.

Almena was also on probation after pleading guilty in January to receiving stolen property.

He reportedly has spoken with authorities but not been charged in the fire.

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