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Oakland Rave Deadly Party Didn't Have City Permits

12/3/2016 3:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The party that's claimed the lives of 9 people and counting after an enormous fire did not obtain property city permits ... so says one official.

Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf just held a press conference discussing the deadly blaze and was joined by Planning and Building Director Darin Ranelletti. Ranelletti stated the warehouse would have needed special permits to host an event like the one Friday ... and it had not obtained those. 

Ranelletti also revealed a complaint had been made about "unpermitted construction" in the warehouse just a few weeks prior to the fire ... that claim was still under investigation. 

Firefighters attempted to gain access inside the building Saturday afternoon but said it was still too dangerous. 

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Oakland Rave 9 Killed in Warehouse Fire, No Sprinklers

12/3/2016 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

At least 9 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rave in an Oakland warehouse.

The fire broke out early Friday night around 11:30 PM during an EDM party where Golden Donna and a few other acts were performing. Officials said there was no sprinkler system in the two-story building, and no evidence smoke detectors ever went off.

A fire dept spokesman said if the fire started anywhere near the stairway -- which was made of cargo pallets -- it would have gone up immediately and trapped people on the second floor. 

Cops are still assessing the building to decide if it's safe to go inside, but say they're preparing to find dozens more victims once they're able to get in there. There are still at least 25 people missing.

Golden Donna is an alias under which Wisconsin musician Joel Shanahan performs. A Facebook message posted Saturday morning said he was safe but "heartbroken."

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The building was a residence/workshop for local artists. Photos reveal how much old timber and antiques were packed inside, which fueled the fire and made it too intense for firefighters to rescue more victims.

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Jonah Hill Nasty Car Wreck In DTLA

12/3/2016 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-main-jonah-hill-wreck-akm-exc-01Jonah Hill walked away seemingly unscathed from a pretty serious wreck in downtown L.A. ... but his whip's gonna need some work.

The actor was traveling with a buddy Saturday when the Audi he was in connected with another sedan. We're told at this point it's unclear what caused the wreck, but both vehicles were towed away.

Lucky for Hill -- an Uber was just a call away -- and he left the scene without any medical attention. 

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G-Eazy Cops Called To Video Shoot After Pissed Off Man Allegedly Attacks Crew

12/3/2016 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-g-eazy-tmz-01G-Eazy got some unwanted company at a recent music video shoot after a man allegedly attacked his crew simply because they were filming on his block.

Sources close to the rapper say he was in an L.A. neighborhood Thursday making the video. We're told things were running smoothly until one resident took issue with the production on his street. Our source says the elderly man became irate, at one point trying to take a generator and punching a producer.

We're told the situation got even more heated and a scuffle ensued with both sides calling the cops, who showed up, took a report and diffused the situation.

Law enforcement sources tell us they responded to take a report but no arrests were made.

It ain't easy bein' Eazy.

Shannon Sharpe Joe McKnight Investigators Should Not Rush to Judgment

12/3/2016 9:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL great Shannon Sharpe is calling for patience and diligence in the Joe McKnight killing -- patience on the part of outraged citizens, and diligence from the cops. 

The Hall of Famer talked to us about the protests in the wake of Ronald Gasser's release, without charges, after he admittedly shot McKnight 3 times. FS1's 'Undisputed' co-host isn't ready to say this is an open and shut case. In fact, he channeled Johnnie Cochran.

Btw, we got Shannon outside a benefit Friday night for Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans of America, held in Pacific Palisades.

Good guy, good cause.

Kanye West Meds Are the Issue

12/3/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-kanye-west-tmzKanye West is out of the hospital but not out of the woods, and it all stems from the rapper's erratic pattern of taking his meds ... sources connected with the family tell TMZ.

Our sources say Kanye has long suffered from psychological issues controllable by medication. We're told Kanye is steady on his meds, but deviated from the prescribed dosage ... and that's what led to the downward spiral and eventual mental breakdown.

It's still unclear if Kanye flat-out stopped taking some of the pills or just decided to take different amounts -- but we're told he made the biggest changes in the wake of Kim's Paris robbery. Doctors were able to keep Kanye in the hospital for 8 days, and during that time were able to medicate him, and get him more stable.

We're told he's getting outpatient treatment and he's okay right now, but since he's not under 24/7 observation ... it's up to him to stay on the correct dosage.

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Justin Bieber Throwing Punches ... At a Boxer, Not a Fan

12/3/2016 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-justin-bieber-launch-akm-02Justin Bieber is keeping his hands up to date in a boxing gym -- even though recent evidence shows his jab is pretty sharp.

Bieber hit up Ten Goose Boxing in Van Nuys, CA on Friday for a few rounds of sparring. This is the same gym where he's worked the mitts with his pal Floyd Mayweather in the past.

Justin might feel the need to work on his skills after his run-in with a fan in Spain last week. The fan, who hooked up with JB's left fist, would say it's not necessary. At all.

Joe McKnight Shooter Gasser Cited for Road Rage Fight Before

12/3/2016 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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Ronald Gasser, the man who shot and killed football star Joe McKnight, had an eerily similar road rage incident 10 years ago ... on the same street corner where he opened fire this week.

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Kourtney Kardashian I'm Still Riding with Disick But Not Like That

12/3/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-kourtney-kardashian-scott-disick-TMZ-01Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are together, just not ALL the way together -- nudge nudge, wink wink -- TMZ has learned.

We're told Kourtney and Scott are on better terms than they've been in years -- he's staying clean, and has been a present father -- but she still isn't sold enough to make a romantic leap.

Rumors that Scott's already won her back just aren't true, according to our sources ... who say Kourt insists there's no intimacy. We're told Scott still stays at his own house, and although they often travel together ... it's purely for co-parenting.

But as for the future -- she's open to the idea of an encore from the Lord.

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AWW! Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick Are Giving Their Relationship Another Try

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Joe McKnight New Photo of Gasser After Shooting ... Witness Says He Screamed At Body

12/3/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-joe-mcknight-shooter-ronald-gasser-picture-scene-of-accident-crime-TMZ-SPORTS-01TMZ Sports has obtained a photo of Ronald Gasser moments after he shot Joe McKnight ... and the witness who took the photo says he WAS yelling at McKnight's body after the fatal shots were fired.

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Madonna & Sean Penn Sean Penn's Got Me in Handcuffs ... Just Like the Good Old Days

12/3/2016 7:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sean Penn slapped the cuffs on Madonna and it only cost him $150k -- instead of marriage and a messy divorce.

The exes ended up on stage for Madonna's charity event -- Raising Malawi -- during Art Basel in Miami. She told the crowd she'd marry Sean again if he bid $150,000 for a necklace, and he did.

He was outbid for the jewelry. As for the marriage part? The jury's still out.

Watch what happened when Madge called Sean on stage -- she's professed love, but she's done this kinda thing before

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Paris Hilton Party Foul! Who Dumped Their Vodka on My DJ Gear??

12/3/2016 7:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton and vodka did NOT go well together for once when a spilled drink screwed up her DJ gig in Miami -- but at least the crowd got to watch her play handywoman.

P was doing a set at Wall for Art Basel, and just when she had the club jumping ... someone doused her laptop with booze!

She was cool about it at first, but check out Paris filling time and trying to direct repairs. Somehow they got it sorted out after about 10 minutes.

Party on!

Britney Spears It's Birthday Britney, Bitch

12/3/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1203-britney-spears-getty-01Britney Spears celebrated her 35th birthday with roughly 20 thousand people Friday night, and revamped an old 'do for the occasion. 

Spears performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in L.A. -- along with Justin BieberBruno Mars and a bunch of other huge acts -- and her double bun hairstyle made loyal fans nostalgic for that classic, often-imitated, never duplicated "school girl in pigtails" look.

Little messier these days, but still ... cue the track! 

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