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Tornado swirls south of Dallas...Waiting for a blizzard in Southwest... Crews battle wildfire in SoCal

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UNDATED (AP) — No deaths or injuries are reported after a tornado touched down about 30 miles south of Dallas tonight. But an emergency official in Ellis County says some homes have been destroyed and others damaged during a severe storm. Meanwhile, the death toll across the South from tornadoes and flooding now stands at 18. The wicked weather began on Wednesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Residents In the panhandle areas of Texas and Oklahoma are anticipating what the National Weather Service is calling a "historic blizzard." The wicked storm is expected to begin tonight. Some parts of the region could see as many as 14 inches of snow, with sub-zero wind chills and accumulating ice.

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A 1,238-acre wildfire in coastal Southern California is now 60 percent contained and evacuation orders have been lifted for dozens of homes. Ventura County fire officials say crews have e stopped the fires forward spread. Earlier today, a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 101 was reopened. Authorities also have reopened a part of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

BERLIN (AP) — Additional security precautions are being taken in Vienna, Austria, after a warning to several European capitals about the possibility of an attack using explosives or firearms between Christmas and New Year. But police say they see no need to call off any events because there was no concrete threat to a specific place at a particular time.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed coalition of rebels in Syria says it has captured a major dam on the Euphrates River from the Islamic State group. The coalition, known as Syria Democratic Forces, includes Syrian Kurdish, Arab and Christian groups. An SDF spokesman says the Tishrin Dam, which supplies much of northern Syria with electricity, was captured on Saturday.

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