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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The wave of severe weather that's been barreling through parts of the South since Wednesday will not let up. Warm temperatures and severe thunderstorms have spawned tornadoes. Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas were hardest hit. Eight people have died in Mississippi alone. Another tornado touched down today in Birmingham, Alabama.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cause of a deadly Southern California mobile home fire on Christmas Day is still under investigation but foul play is not suspected. A fire official in Big Bear Lake says "It's looking like it's just a tragic fire." A mother and her three young children were killed. The father was airlifted to a hospital. He was suffering from burns, cuts and smoke inhalation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Arkansas, caught fire today, but the damage is minor. Authorities say arson is suspected because investigators smelled an accelerant at the scene. Clinton lived in the home as a child before moving to Hot Springs. It's a National Historic Site.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The case against a Philadelphia woman accused of plotting to join the Islamic State group in Syria will stand. Attorneys sought to have the charge against Keonna Thomas dismissed. But a federal judge has ruled that the case should be decided at trial. Thomas is charged with attempting to provide material support for a foreign terrorist organization.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man has been arrested after he was spotted walking along a service road in a secured area of Los Angeles International Airport. A police spokesman says the man was spotted an airline employee. The road is in a prohibited area behind an airport fence that has barbed wire and is used for vehicles moving between runways and taxiways.
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