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Posted: Dec 6, 2013 6:05 AM

Updated: Dec 6, 2013 6:05 AM

DALLAS (AP) A fire in an underground electric vault in downtown Dallas during an ice storm has forced electricity to be cut to a five-block area, including City Hall, during repairs. Dallas-based utility Oncor (ON'-kor) says the fire happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Emergency responders had no immediate reports of injuries.

DALLAS (AP) An ice storm in North Texas is causing trouble for air travelers. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has reported more than 330 flights canceled Friday by various carriers, mainly morning departures. Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle have canceled nearly 500 flights through Friday morning systemwide. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 80 flights systemwide.

DALLAS (AP) An ice storm in North Texas has left tens of thousands of people without power and prompted school closures. Electric utility Oncor (ON'-kor) on Friday reported nearly 175,000 outages, mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Numerous schools in North Texas closed Friday, including the Dallas and Fort Worth districts.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) An American chemistry teacher who was killed in Libya on Thursday left Austin about 18 months ago to work at Benghazi's International School. Students there say Ronald Thomas Smith II pushed them to work hard and succeed. A good friend says Smith "had a heart for Libya" and saw the teaching job as "a great opportunity to help people."

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