UNDATED (AP) — A nightmare is unfolding in North Texas. Tornadoes have left a trail of death and destruction in the Dallas area. Four people were killed in vehicle accidents during a twister in Garland, east of the city. Also in nearby Sunnyvale, authorities are responding to tornado damage, including a trailer park fire. Homes have also been damaged in Ellis County, south of Dallas.
UNDATED (AP) — Residents In the panhandle area of Texas and Oklahoma are bracing for snow to really pile up. The National Weather Service is calling for a "historic blizzard." Some parts of the region could see as many as 14 inches of snow, with sub-zero wind chills and accumulating ice.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has issued a statement on the fatal police shooting of a man and woman early Saturday after authorities said officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. Emanuel says "anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances, we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city." The police have acknowledged the woman was accidentally struck.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the United States hit Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Syria with 17 airborne strikes on Christmas Day. The strikes targeting Islamic State fighters, facilities and vehicles were carried out by fighter aircraft, bombers and remotely controlled aircraft. The military says five of the strikes were in Syria and 12 in Iraq. All U.S. aircraft returned safely.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says a fire at a Houston mosque is suspicious. The ATF is helping the fire department investigate Friday's blaze that caused major damage at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. ATF Special Agent Nicole Strong says the fire had "multiple points of origin," which is an indicator that an accelerant may have been used.