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HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — It's a horrible day in in parts of the nation's midsection. A storm system forecasters called "particularly dangerous" killed at least four people today as it swept across the region. Officials are searching for missing people. Tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Mississippi, where three were killed and a tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing a woman.

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines expect about 38 million passengers to fly over a 17-day period spanning Christmas and New Year's. According to an industry trade group, that's an increase of about 3 percent. The group says the average flight could be 90 percent full. The airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights to avoid delays. But weather can always foil their plans.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black Lives Matter is hoping to draw attention to a recent police shooting of a black man in Minneapolis. The activist group led more than a hundred people in a rolling protest today. They blocked access to a terminal and caused traffic delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after holding a brief rally that shut down part of the nation's largest mall.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels says it found malicious software on the computer system that processes customer payments. That raises the possibility that hackers may have obtained credit card numbers or other sensitive information. Hyatt says it's hired outside experts to help investigate the malware, and has taken steps to increase security on its computer systems.

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston Chipotle restaurant where 136 people were sickened with the gastro-intestinal norovirus is being allowed to reopen. The eatery near Boston College passed inspection today and can reopen tomorrow. A spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill says the company is resupplying the restaurant, which has been closed since Dec. 7.

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