ASHLAND, Miss. (AP) — Search teams are combing through damaged homes and businesses for people still missing after a series of strong storms barreled across several southern states on Wednesday. Tornadoes and other violent weather killed at least 14 people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say there's no indication that a Christmas Eve dispute which turned violent at a crowded North Carolina shopping mall was gang-related. But police say one person brandished a handgun and was killed by an off duty Charlotte officer. Police say no one else was shot and there were no other injuries.
TORONTO (AP) — A New York City man is charged with attempted murder in a machete attack in downtown Toronto on the busiest shopping day of the holiday season. Police say they do not yet have a motive behind the attack, which they believe was unprovoked. The attack Wednesday evening near Canada's largest retail mall caused serious injuries to the victim's head and leg.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sounding a cry to right injustices in the world. In his Christmas Eve homily at the Vatican, Francis said "In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice."
UNDATED (AP) — Federal Express says it won't be able to make all its scheduled deliveries on Christmas Eve because of inclement weather in parts of the U.S. and a last-minute surge of holiday shopping. But FedEx is hoping to ease the disappointment by delivering packages on Christmas Day and opening counters at its Express offices so customers can pick up the gifts themselves.
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