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Three deaths linked to flash flooding

At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the weekend.

Forecasters issued flash-flood watches and warnings from northern Texas to St. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain reported in some places as the storm system makes a slow trek to the northeast.

The people who died were in North Texas, where more than 4 inches of rain fell overnight in the Dallas-Fort Worth area - pushing the annual rainfall total into the record books. They were washed away in the deep, rapid floodwaters.

At least one other person is missing. Firefighters in Fort Worth are waiting for the water to recede before deploying a search team. - AP

Arrest in infant death

A man was arrested Friday in the fatal shooting of a 5-month-old girl who was in the backseat of a car last month, authorities in Cleveland said. A fugitive task force arrested Davon Holmes, 19, on an aggravated-murder warrant. Cleveland police said detectives identified Holmes using tips from the public. The baby, Aavielle Wakefield, was shot in the chest as she sat in a car driven by her mother, Ieshia. Aavielle's grandmother and sister, 8, were also in the car, though no one else was injured. - AP

Hail to the tree

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off the holiday season at the White House on Friday by welcoming the Christmas tree. Workers were putting up an array of trees inside the grounds while the Blue Room centerpiece arrived via horse-drawn carriage. It's a Fraser fir grown in Pennsylvania that stands more than 18 feet tall. The first lady says this year's tree will honor the military. - AP