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CHICAGO (AP) — Family members of a 55-year-old woman and 19-year-old man who were fatally shot by Chicago police say officers must stop killing residents. Police have said the shooting of Bettie Jones was an accident that occurred during a domestic disturbance call. A friend of hers is asking why police "shoot first and ask questions later."

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in apparently strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area this weekend. Five people died in a flash flood in Illinois. That brings to 34 the number of deaths blamed on recent wild weather: Those in Texas and Illinois, plus 18 total in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas.

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent hundreds more troops into flood-stricken areas of northern England. Exhausted residents and emergency workers are fighting back rising river waters that have inundated towns and cities after weeks of heavy rain. Damage has spread to York, Leeds and Manchester.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Haskell Wexler, the two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer and prominent social activist, has died at age 93. Wexler's innovative approach to film helped him win Academy Awards for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and the Woody Guthrie biopic "Bound for Glory."

BETHEL, Maine (AP) — A Maine 8-year-old battling leukemia got her Christmas wish to meet New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that Hailey Steward of Bethel expressed her wish on Facebook, and that Brady responded with a video invitation to her and her parents. Hailey's father said it was "awesome" that Brady recognized his daughter's strength and determination.

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