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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense, justice and foreign policy officials say that the Trump transition team has contacted their departments, and that meetings and briefings are being set up. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the department is in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's representatives. He met today at Trump Tower with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay).

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay) says he might follow Russia's example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court. That's because his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs. Duterte says if China and Russia decide to create a new world order, he would be the first to join them and leave the U.N., which he said is dominated by the U.S.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker has done an about-face on his a proposal to ban the wearing of face coverings in public. Rep. Jason Spencer had said his bill would have updated a 1951 state law used to unmask the Ku Klux Klan. Civil rights and Muslim groups said Muslim women were being targeted. Spencer now says he is dropping his proposal "due to the visceral reaction it has created."

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The immediate future of 450 workers at the biggest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels is less sunny. First Solar says that's how many jobs are being eliminated at its Ohio plant, its only facility in the U.S. Worldwide, 1,600 positions are being slashed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says there should be a major shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol addiction. A new report says 78 people die each day from an opioid overdose and 20 million have a substance use disorder. The report refutes abstinence-only philosophies as unscientific. And it supports the use of medications that are used to treat opioid addition.

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