A refrigerator is being eyed as the "possible" point of origin in an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people Friday night, an official briefed on the probe told ABC News. The death toll in Friday night's warehouse fire in Oakland, California, is remains at 36, with 90 percent of the building site now cleared. Officials are now knocking down walls and removing debris from the area, they believe to be done searching the area the building by Wednesday. Some victims were found in the wreckage holding each other as they waited to die. Sergeant Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office says a number of victims sent text messages to family telling them they were about to die and that they loved them.
--President-elect Donald Trump continued his post-election thank-you tour, stopping in Fayetteville, North Carolina Tuesday. Where he officially announced his nomination of retired Marine General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense.
-- Trump takes on Boeing, tweeting Tuesday that the government should cancel its order with Boeing for a new Air Force One, citing costs of the project, but there may be political factors in play as well.
--Trump announced that Japanese telecom and internet company SoftBank will invest $50 billion in the United States, which the company says will create 50,000 jobs.
--The NYPD has been providing additional security for Donald Trump in New York since Election Day, to the tune of about $500,000 day — and New York Democrats are pushing for the federal government to pay for it.
LA TERROR THREAT
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 a foreign “public safety hotline” and was deemed credible enough by U.S. foreign partners to be relayed to the FBI.
The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on "Examining the Competitive Impact of the AT&T-Time Warner Transaction." Among the witnesses will be AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes and AXS TV Chairman Mark Cuban.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his department's four-day delay in arresting Ronald Gasser, the man accused of shooting and killing former NFL player Joe McKnight in an apparent road rage incident. Members of the community, outside of New Orleans, are angry it took four days for authorities to arrest the shooter, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, who initially was released without charges. In Louisiana, Sheriff Normand said, there are "very forward-leaning, stand-your-ground, self-defense, justifiable homicide laws" that, he said, create for “us an obligation to make sure that we get it right.”
Just 24 house after Syria and its ally Russia rejected a cease-fire for the battle-scarred city of Aleppo. Syrian Forces moving to take the city back. Some families deciding to move back into the war-torn city despite the danger.
75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese Air Force during World War II, with 350 aircraft flying from six aircraft carriers and destroying a large part of the U.S. Pacific fleet and killing nearly 2,500 people. The following day, both the U.S and the UK declared war on Japan
Up to 13” of snow fell in Grand Forks, ND in the last 24 hours with winds gusting over 50mph. Wind chills this morning are near -20 degrees. Bismarck got about 7” of snow in the last 2 days. Additional snow is possible today in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, but overall the blizzard is winding down. In Denver and Boulder, CO 1 to 3” of snow fell overnight, causing accidents and spinouts with temps in the teens and wind chills below zero. Today Lake Effect snow will produce 2-3 feet in western New York. Right now 19 states from California to New York are under snow warnings, watches and wind chill advisories.
President Obama delivered his final national security address to troops at Florida's MacDill Air Force Base, saying the U-S is "breaking the back of ISIL" and has diminished the profile of terrorists, calling them "thugs" and "murderers." The President also touted his national security record saying, "no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland. And it's not because they didn't try."
Hundreds of people protested a white nationalist's speaking engagement at the Texas A&M University campus. Several groups protested outside of the student center Tuesday night during and before the appearance by Richard Spencer, who leads a white nationalist organization. Some silently held placards while others loudly chanted slogans. A&M police say two non-students were arrested but gave no details. Hundreds gathered at nearby Kyle Field to hear music and speeches highlighting diversity and unity as a counter to Spencer.
As Congress wraps up for the year, members leaving the Senate will be giving their farewell speeches. Vice President Biden will also be honored by his former colleagues in the Senate with remarks from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority leader Harry Ried.
TOYS FOR TOTS
As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady will visit Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, where she will give brief remarks and deliver toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign. Mrs. Obama will be joined by stars from across Disney Channels Worldwide, including "Descendants 2" stars Sofia Carson and Cameron Boyce; "Bizaardvark" stars Madison Hu and Olivia Rodrigo; Radio Disney's Alex Aiono and a special appearance by Doc McStuffins.
TIME'S PERSON OF THE YEAR
The 2016 Person of the Year will be unveiled on Wednesday morning, when the news will also be shared on Time.com. The 11 candidates chosen by TIME are Simone Biles, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Beyoncé, Narendra Modi, The Flint Whistleblowers, Mark Zuckerberg, CRISPR Scientists, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Nigel Farage.