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Deep South grapples with yet another winter storm

People across the Deep South hunkered down Tuesday as yet another frigid winter storm blanketed the region in snow, sleet and ice, shutting down interstates, canceling flights and prompting officials to close schools and government offices. Before dawn, flurries of snow fell across parts of Texas,...

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    Thomas fire not expected to be fully contained until Jan. 7

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    Low winds offer reprieve in fight against Thomas fire

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