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Rick Lord Fire rages out of control on the coast of California, tragedy in Alabama after a big blast in Birmingham, and a giant gingerbread house in Texas on this USA Update

December 17, 2013
Reporter: Rick Lord


California... dozens of homes in Big Sur are being evacuated as a wildfire sweeps through a neighborhood near the ocean. The blaze has already burned 550 acres. At least two homes have been damaged, and more could be in danger. Officials hope to have the fire contained by the end of the week. Big Sur is a popular tourist destination along the central coast with high-end resorts and panoramic views of the Pacific...

Alabama... an early morning explosion at a Birmingham apartment building has killed at least one person. Fire crews pulled the body from the rubble. A man was rescued and remains in critical condition. The blast, which happened at about 2:30 AM, may have been caused by a natural gas leak. Others in the building, including some children, were able to crawl their way to safety. Two units were completely flattened. An investigation is underway...

Texas... the world's largest gingerbread house is in the town of Bryan. More than 7000 eggs, 4000 pounds of brown sugar, and almost a ton of butter were used to make the panels. Construction crews started piecing together the 3000-square-foot home back in November. The inside is made entirely of plywood, but the only rule the Guinness Book of World Records has is that the exterior has to be edible, which it is. And by the way, the house is about 36-million calories. And that's been a sweet USA Update.

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