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Updated at 3:28 AM

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) " President Barack Obama said the six U.S. service members killed this week in a suicide attack in Afghanistan were "outstanding, brave men and women" as he delivered a Christmas Day gesture of gratitude to U.S. troops for how much they sacrifice to keep Americans safe and free.

Updated at 12:19 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) " Three children and their mother were killed in a Southern California mobile home fire on Christmas morning, while the family's father survived the fast-moving blaze.

Updated at 4:30 AM

BEIRUT (AP) " An airstrike near the Syrian capital on Friday killed top rebel commander Zahran Allouch, the head of one of the most powerful Saudi-backed insurgent groups fighting against President Bashar Assad's government near the seat of his...

Updated at 4:17 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) " A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued to make its way around the South as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, the state's largest city.

Updated at 3:27 AM

PARIS (AP) " A crowd vandalized a Muslim prayer room in Corsica a day after an ambush left firefighters injured on the French island.

Updated at 2:09 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) " The U.S. Department of Agriculture is embarking on a partnership with universities across the country in hopes of infusing its ranks with more diversity as it faces civil rights complaints from Latino farmers and ranchers.

Updated at 12:41 AM

The latest developments on the severe storms across the U.S. (all times local):

Updated at 12:32 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) " The Las Vegas Strip, flanked by towering hotel-casinos, is a 4-mile stretch of near-constant movement, jammed with cars, buses, taxis and mobile billboards rolling alongside scores of pedestrians.

Updated at 10:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Washington Post correspondent being held by the Iranian government for more than 500 days has been allowed a Christmas Day visit with his wife and mother.

Updated at 10:02 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) " Caleb Shumway wanted to spend his winter break from college searching southeast Utah for a man who police believe shot a park ranger five years ago and vanished in red rock caves off the Colorado River.

Updated at 9:27 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) " A stranded Santa Claus whose car caught fire Christmas morning is sure to put one northern Utah fire department on his nice list next year.

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