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POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California say a domestic dispute ended in death after a man set a woman on fire. Police are searching for the 51-year-old man who fled the scene. Authorities say neighbors tried to help the woman, who died after being taken to a nearby hospital. Police say that it appears the woman and the suspect got into a heated argument that led to a fight.
NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds most Americans see 2015 as a down year, especially in the wake of mass shootings and attacks like Paris and Southern California. The Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll finds 57 percent of Americans find 2015 was worse than last year. Of those polled, 68 percent listed mass shootings in the U.S. as very or extremely important news events this year. And 48 percent plan to ring in the new year at home.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — While the South was getting hammered by heavy rain and tornadoes, Christmas brought snow to Reno and flurries to Las Vegas as wintery weather swept east from the Sierra Nevada. National Weather Service meteorologist Dawn Johnson says icy temperatures persist in Reno. Up to 2 feet of snow fell at Lake Tahoe ski areas, and up to 5 inches in Reno and Sparks.
SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of people fled a Christmas Day wildfire that destroyed more than 100 homes as it roared through a stretch of coastline popular with tourists in southern Australia. Cooler weather and light rain today eased the immediate threat from the blaze along Victoria state's scenic Great Ocean Road, but officials warned that it could continue burning for weeks. No one was killed or injured.
BEIJING (AP) — State media say 18 miners remain trapped inside a collapsed gypsum mine in the eastern province of Shandong. The official Xinhua (shihn wah) News Agency says all 29 workers were accounted for, although the 18 remained trapped at two sites and could not be immediately rescued. Chinese rescuers pulled 11 workers to safety. China's mines have long been the world's deadliest, but safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years.