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WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas day was busy for U.S. military pilots involved in the fight against the Islamic State group. The Pentagon says the United States hit IS targets in Iraq and Syria with 17 airstrikes using fighter aircraft, bombers and remotely controlled aircraft. A dozen strikes were in Iraq. All US aircraft returned safely.

DALLAS (AP) — Heavy snow and massive flooding could be in the mix Sunday, added to a succession of freakish winter weather events across the country. Tornadoes swept through the Dallas area Saturday, leaving substantial damage and at least seven people dead. Since Wednesday, tumultuous weather in the Southeast included unusual winter tornadoes that left 18 other people dead in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas.

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Pomona, California are asking for the public's help in the search for a man considered dangerous after he allegedly burned a woman to death in a domestic dispute. Police say 51-year-old Clarence Dear fled after chasing the woman out of their home, pouring gas on her and setting her on fire.

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard has three suspects and a stolen boat in custody after a 300-mile chase in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office news release, authorities were alerted to a boat theft in Fort Myers Beach, Florida early Thursday. The sheriff's office says the suspects then fled, outrunning local and federal authorities in an open fishing boat capable of speeds over 70 mph. They eventually were stopped about 65 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba.

BEIJING (AP) — State media report the owner of a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine where 17 workers are still trapped two days after the fact has jumped into a well and drowned in an apparent suicide. State media say the owner was assisting with rescue efforts on Sunday morning when he jumped. Eleven miners have been rescued and one body recovered.

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