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Morning Watch: Mourning, memorials as Oakland warehouse fire probe continues

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

MOURNING, MEMORIALS AMID PROBE INTO FATAL OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE

As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.

TRUMP TAPS FORMER CAMPAIGN RIVAL CARSON AS HOUSING SECRETARY

President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key administration posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY TO DISCUSS AMENDMENT 1

• A news conference at 11 a.m. today in Tallahassee could provide some insight into whatever happened to Amendment 1, the 2014 ballot measure that voters passed overwhelmingly to dedicate state money for the acquisition and preservation of conservation and recreation lands. Last we checked, some environmental groups had sued the state over what they called the misapplication of the constitutional amendment. The news conference will address opposition to the Rodman Dam in north Florida. But expect updates on the statewide dispute over Amendment 1.

FENNELLY: TAMPA, BEHOLD YOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TITLE GAME HOPEFULS

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Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his team after their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta.

We have our Final Four, Martin Fennelly writes. Two will head our way. Pac-12 champion Washington against SEC overlord Alabama in one semifinal. ACC champ Clemson against proud Big Ten East second-place finisher Ohio State. Sorry. It needed to be said. Who in the name of Bear Bryant can stop the Saban and the Death Star? takes a look at how they got here. Also, check out the complete bowl lineup to see where your team is headed, and read Matt Baker's five thoughts on who might be coming to Tampa

FROM THE FOOD EDITOR: BREAKFAST FORMS THE MAJOR HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITIONS IN MY HOUSE

[Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post]

Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Michelle Stark admits she doesn't have a ton of holiday food traditions. But the one meal she associate most closely with the holiday season isn't dinner or dessert, but breakfast. She shares her recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles with that in mind.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEK: 'HAIRSPRAY LIVE!' ON NBC, UNDONE PODCAST

Luckily, Chelsea Tatham notes that this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC.

A group prays near the site of a warehouse fire Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing. [Associated Press]

A group prays near the site of a warehouse fire Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing. [Associated Press]

Morning Watch: Mourning, memorials as Oakland warehouse fire probe continues 12/05/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2016 9:14am]
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