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HONOLULU (AP) — A vacation and the holidays haven't prevented differences between President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama. The president says in a podcast hosted by his former adviser David Axelrod that he's confident he would have won a majority of Americans if he'd run this year on the vision he's pursued for the last eight. He says Democrats didn't communicate that vision clearly enough this year. Trump responded on Twitter in all caps "NO WAY!" Trump also said Obama's record was job losses, "Obamacare" and the conflict against the Islamic State group.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) has visited a memorial to those who died when a U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing vessel 15 years ago. Shinzo visited the Ehime Maru (eh-hee-mee mah-roo) Memorial in Honolulu on today. Nine boys and men died when the USS Greeneville rammed the Ehime Maru off Oahu on Feb. 9, 2001. Abe is in Hawaii to recognize the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On Tuesday, he'll visit the USS Arizona Memorial, which honors sailors and Marines who were killed in the attack 75 years ago. He'll be joined by President Barack Obama.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ed Reinecke, who was lieutenant governor of California under Gov. Ronald Reagan but resigned after a perjury conviction tied to the investigation of the Watergate scandal, has died. Reinecke was 92. His son Mark told the Los Angeles Times that his father died from natural causes Saturday in Laguna Hills. Reinecke was elected to Congress in 1964 and was a protege of Reagan, who appointed him lieutenant governor in 1969.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina mall has been evacuated after a fight sent a crowd of after-Christmas shoppers fleeing. Police in Fayetteville say officers responded to calls from Cross Creek Mall around 5 p.m. because of a disturbance. Officers found one teen injured in a fight. Witnesses tell media outlets that there was chaos as hundreds tried to flee the mall

CHICAGO (AP) — While some parts of the northern Plains have been experiencing blizzard conditions, parts of the South face the risk of tornadoes and damaging thunderstorms. Because of unseasonable warmth, about 3 million people in parts of Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee could see severe weather.

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