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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles are bracing for what National Weather Service forecasters are calling a "historic blizzard." Between 6 to 15 inches of snow are in the forecast for the region, which includes Amarillo and Lubbock. High winds will drive wind chills as low as 10 below zero and cause low visibility due to blowing and drifting snow.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of northern Alabama following days of heavy rain and severe weather. The NWS is warning drivers to stay off roads in areas where flooding is expected.

HOUSTON (AP) — An official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says a fire at a Houston mosque is considered suspicious. The fire was reported Friday afternoon at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. The two-alarm fire caused major damage to the building but no one was injured. Fire officials are investigating.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say officers shot and killed a Palestinian as he tried to stab them in Jerusalem today. The incident is the latest in over three months of unrelenting violence. Since mid-September, 20 Israelis have been killed in attacks. At least 127 Palestinians have died. Israel says 87 of them were attacking or attempting to attack Israelis while the rest died in clashes with Israeli troops.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official says an Islamic extremist died in Kenya's north when a roadside bomb he was planting exploded. Officers on patrol came across five suspected members of Somalia's al-Shabab extremist group planting a roadside bomb. The official says the officers shot at the suspected rebels who panicked and detonated the bomb, killing one insurgent while the others escaped.

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