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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say more than 40 people have been shot over the holiday weekend and 45 guns have been seized. The shooting tally includes violence at a family Christmas party on the city's South Side that left two people dead and several others wounded. A police spokesman says the majority of shootings and homicides from Friday afternoon through this morning were "targeted attacks by gangs against potential rivals who were at holiday gatherings." More than 700 homicides have been reported in Chicago this year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former pitcher for the Texas Rangers has been shot to death in Arkansas. Police and family members say John Barfield was shot on Christmas Eve in downtown Little Rock after an altercation with an acquaintance. He was 52. The Pine Bluff native was a left-hander who pitched three seasons for the Texas Rangers beginning in 1989. A suspect has been arrested.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Add Minot (MY'-naht) International Airport to the list of closures in North Dakota due to winter storm conditions. Officials say severe whiteout conditions mean no airplanes can land or depart. The airport isn't expected to reopen until early tomorrow. In Minnesota, winds gusting up to 50 mph led to delays and cancellations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) has arrived in Hawaii to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. He will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial that honors sailors and Marines killed in the 1941 attack. The memorial will be closed to the public tomorrow when he visits with President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii with his family.

UNDATED (AP) — Simone Biles has been voted AP Female Athlete of the Year. The 19-year-old gymnast won a record-tying four gold medals along with a bronze for the dominant U.S. women's team 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky (leh-DEK'-ee), who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second in the voting by U.S. editors and news directors.

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