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At Dakota pipeline protest, activists gird for fight ahead
CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters in North Dakota celebrated the federal government's ruling against a controversial pipeline but girded for a protracted struggle as President-elect Donald Trump's transition team said on Monday it supports the project and would review it after he takes office.

Death toll rises to 36 from warehouse fire in California: police
(Reuters) - The death toll from a huge fire that tore through a converted warehouse in Oakland, California during a dance party on Friday night has risen to 36, with 11 of the victims identified so far, police said on Monday.

New York asks U.S. government for $35 million in Trump security costs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City asked the U.S. government for up to $35 million to cover security costs for protecting President-elect Donald Trump in his home atop a Manhattan skyscraper, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

Jury seeks guidance in ex-South Carolina police officer's murder trial
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Twelve jurors weighing whether a white former South Carolina police officer is guilty of murder for a black motorist's shooting death last year told a judge on Monday they were grappling with legal terms and remained undecided on a verdict.

U.S. court puts Obamacare case on hold until Trump takes office
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday brought to an end President Barack Obama's bid to overturn a ruling that threatens to gut his signature healthcare law by putting the case on hold until after President-elect Donald Trump, who aims to repeal Obamacare, takes office.

Georgia man gets life in prison for toddler's 'hot car' murder
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man was sentenced on Monday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for intentionally leaving his toddler son to die inside a sweltering SUV on a hot summer day.