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UNDATED (AP) — Tornadoes are causing death and destruction in North Texas. Police say four people were killed tonight in Garland traffic accidents during a severe storm. Also, Dallas County sheriff's deputies are responding to damages caused by a tornado east of Dallas, including a trailer park ablaze. Another twister destroyed homes in Ellis County, south of Dallas.

UNDATED (AP) — Reports say multiple shots were fired this evening in a suburban Atlanta mall, prompting a frantic rush by shoppers to evacuate. Several news outlets report that no victims were immediately located, but several stores at The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, about 18 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, were put on lockdown.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Fire Department is investigating a blaze that caused major damage to a mosque. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is helping. An ATF special agent says the fire at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston on Friday is suspicious. She says the blaze had "multiple points of origin," which indicates a fire accelerant may have been used.

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey community is in shock after a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of an 8-year-old girl and her parents. Edgewater school officials say counselors, psychologists and social workers who will help students cope with the tragedy will be in place when school reopens on Jan. 4. The bodies were found Friday night in a luxury high-rise apartment building.

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California are searching for a 51-year-old man they say burned a Pomona woman to death. Police say it appears a domestic dispute turned violent and a suspect identified as Clarence Dear chased Dawn Hensley out of their home, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. Police say Dear is considered dangerous and are asking the public's help in finding him.

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