Dangerous storms: This Christmas, people will grieve and heal in southern Mississippi. They will clear rubble and restore power lines in the wake of a tornado system that killed four people and packed an emergency room with dozens of injured. Yesterday’s deadly whirlwinds were isolated to a swath near the Louisiana line, but across the country, rough weather is sweeping for hundreds miles, while roads and airways fill with holiday travelers. The National Weather Service predicts “heavy rainfall and flooding, and heavy snow from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes through Wednesday.” With a forecast late that, Christmas Day might be the better time to embark on a family trip in many parts of the country.


No break: A protest against racism and police violence packed sidewalks and some streets in New York last night, despite calls from the city’s mayor for a pause in the demonstrations. Mayor Bill de Blasio called on demonstrations to stop until after funerals for two police officers who were slain over the weekend in Brooklyn. But organizers said there was no reason to “give in to hysteria” and call off the march. De Blasio has come under fire since the shooting, facing criticism that he’s fanned tensions between the public and police. Authorities haven’t established the gunman’s motive, but Ismaaiyl Brinsley did broadcast his plans to kill police on social media


Under doctor’s care: Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital as a precautionary measure after experiencing shortness of breath, a statement from his office said. Bush, now 90, served as the nation’s 41st President and is the father of George W. Bush – the country’s 43rd President. Bush was hospitalized back in November 2012 with bronchitis, but recovered after two months.

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