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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Christmas week wave of severe weather is continuing in the South. A tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, this afternoon and swept through the southwest portion of Birmingham. First responders are on the scene along Jefferson Avenue in a neighborhood about eight miles from downtown. People are reported trapped inside damaged homes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three children and their 34-year-old mother are dead after a mobile home caught fire Christmas morning in Southern California. The family's father survived the blaze. The children killed in Big Bear Lake were a 6-month-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Capt. Kevin Lacy calls it "a human tragedy."

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Arkansas say a fire that caused minor damage to former President Bill Clinton's childhood home in Hope early today was deliberately set. Arson is suspected because investigators say they smelled an accelerant at the scene. Clinton lived in the home as a child before moving to Hot Springs. It was designated as a National Historic Site in 2011.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A legendary science-fiction writer is dead. George Clayton Johnson, who authored the first "Star Trek" television episode and several classic stories for the popular 1960s TV show "The Twilight Zone," died of cancer today in Los Angeles. He was 86. Johnson also co-wrote the dark futuristic tale "Logan's Run."

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A stranded Santa Claus will certainly put a northern Utah fire department on his nice list next year. Steven Macey, a Santa-for-hire dressed in a red suit and beard, was on his way to deliver presents to a home Christmas morning when his car caught fire. After it was extinguished, Lone Peak Fire Battalion Chief Joseph McRae gave him a lift to the nearby home.

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