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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — It's not long before sunrise reveals the full extent of damage after a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, hitting a working class neighborhood less than 10 miles from downtown. Since Wednesday, heavy rain tornadoes and floods have plagued the South, killing at least 15 people in three states.
LONDON (AP) — Severe flood warnings are back today in parts of northwest England already hit hard in recent weeks. The Environmental Agency warnings issued today mean there is a danger of loss of life due to flooding in those areas which are expecting more heavy rain. Floods Minister Rory Stewart says rainfall in area is unprecedented. There are more than 110 additional flood alerts for other parts of England and Wales.
POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California say a 51-year-old man is still at large after burning a woman to death Christmas day following a domestic dispute. Police say that it appears the woman and the suspect got into a heated argument that led to a fight and that he doused her with gasoline.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A father watched helplessly Christmas morning as a mobile home burned with his wife and three children trapped inside. The father said he couldn't get to them because of the extent of the fast-moving fire. The father was airlifted to a hospital for treatment with burns, cuts and smoke-inhalation injuries, and his condition was unknown. Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A stranded Santa Claus found lots of good will after his car caught fire Christmas morning. Steven Macey, a Santa-for-hire dressed in a red suit and beard, was on his way to deliver presents at a home. A passing driver let him wait inside a car for authorities. A fire battalion chief gave him a ride to his appointment and that family let him borrow one of their cars. Macey says it's probably one of his best Christmases.
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