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DALLAS (AP) — Areas around Dallas are reeling after tornadoes killed at least seven people and caused significant damage. It's the latest in days of severe weather in the South that has killed at least 25 people in four states. Forecasters say several tornadoes hit near Dallas after dark but the whole picture won't become clear until daylight.

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast has been stopped in its tracks before destroying any homes. Fire crews were able to reopen a scenic highway and lift an evacuation order for dozens of homes. The 1,238-acre blaze in the steep foothills northwest of Ventura is 60 percent contained. About 600 firefighters from various agencies, aided by water-dropping helicopters, fought the blaze during the day.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say the death of a woman as police responded to a domestic dispute was accidental. The 55-year-old woman was one of two people shot and killed by the responding officer. Relatives said Bettie Jones lived downstairs from Quintonio LeGrier, the 19-year-old who prompted the initial call to police and who also was killed. The incident is under investigation.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say disturbances at a Louisville shopping mall may have involved as many as 2,000 teens. Police first responded to the mall around 7 p.m. in response to numerous unruly youths. According to the SMPD there were several fights inside the mall and they may have spread outside. Mall management eventually decided to close the mall early. Several law enforcement responded along with dogs and a helicopter.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army chief is beginning an effort to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif is traveling to Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, with "sincerity and optimism" for better border management and to discuss peace process in Afghanistan. The talks between the Taliban and Kabul have been on the hold since July, when Afghanistan announced the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

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