SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Officials in Oakland, California, said the death toll of an overnight fire in a warehouse rose to 24 as of Saturday morning.

Sergeant Ray Kelly of Alameda County Sheriff's Office said about 20 percent of the warehouse, which was burnt out by a fire starting about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, had been searched.

Heavy machinery was brought in to the site on Saturday to help with cleaning up the debris and shore up the structure, designated only as a warehouse but turned into a party venue and probably a residence.

Officials initially said firefighters found nine victims of the blaze, which took place during an electronic music party in the two-story building in an industrial neighborhood in the Bay Area city east of San Francisco.

In a previous press conference, Kelly said he did not know how many people were in the building, and how many left, meaning that there was no exact number of people unaccounted for. On Sunday, he said the number could rise, as well as the death toll.

The building is now a crime scene investigated by local and federal law enforcement agencies. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf pledged a full investigation into the incident.

WASHINGTON Nike VaporMax Off White Pas Cher , Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Tuesday warned that widening income and wealth inequality in the United States could dampen consumer spending.

"Persistently high levels of income and wealth inequality may also have implications for the robustness of consumer spending, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of aggregate spending in the United States," said Brainard in a research conference in Washington D.C..

She quoted research results as saying that widening income and wealth inequality may damp consumer spending in the aggregate, as the wealthiest households are likely to save a much larger proportion of any additional income they earn compared to households in lower income groups that are likely to spend a higher proportion on goods and services.

The United States is now facing widening income and wealth gap Air Jordan 1 Off White Pas Cher , as a latest Fed survey report shows, said the Fed official.

According to the Fed report which is due to be released Wednesday, the share of income held by the top one percent of households reached 24 percent in 2015, up from 17 percent in 1988; and the share of wealth held by the top one percent rose to 39 percent in 2016 Nike Presto Off White Pas Cher , up from 30 percent in 1989.

The Fed official also warned that disparities in employment could reduce the long-run potential of the economy.

In United States, the national unemployment rate dropped to historic low of 4.4 percent in August, while the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 5.2 percent and 7.7 percent for African Americans.

"While the policy tools available to the Federal Reserve are not well suited to addressing the barriers that contribute to persistent disparities in labor market outcomes, understanding these barriers and efforts to address them is vital in assessing maximum employment as well as potential growth Nike Air Max 97 Off White Pas Cher ," said Brainard.

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A news video taken undercover at a factory last week revealed how common child laborers are in Chinese clothing factories and the black market chain behind this phenomena. After going viral Nike Blazer Off White Pas Cher , it has led to discussions on whether there should be a change in regulations regarding underage work and the aftermath.

Children assemble necklaces at a pearl factory in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. Photo: CFP

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The workers at the factory all had immature faces. Some had dyed hair, some skinny arms and some had light fuzz growing on their chins. Most of the workers were in fact teenagers; many were under 16, the legal minimum age of employment in China.

This scene was revealed in a recent clip by online news portal Pear Video, in which two reporters went undercover in a factory in Changshu Nike Air Max 90 Off White Pas Cher , East China's Jiangsu Province to shoot footage and interviews with workers, employers and agents to reveal a vast network of black market deals that stretches across half the country.

A video grab shows a teenager working in a clothes factory in Changshu, Jiangsu Province during an undercover interview by Pear Video. Photo: Pear Video

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Starting in September, videographers Han and Zhou went around factories in Changshu trying to get a job.

Changshu is a city of clothing manufacturers. In every corner of the city www.nikeoffwhitepascher.fr , you can find a small workshop that has just a few machines and workers in a rented house.

They eventually chose a workshop that made jackets and had lots of young-looking faces among its staff. It was a three-story house and the boss rented two of the floors, one for work and one as a dormitory. Han's job was to sew buttons on jackets every day and his partner was Xiaoxiong (pseudonym), a 15-year-old boy of Miao ethnicity, who had already worked there for over six months.

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