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CHICAGO (AP) — North Dakota's Minot International Airport has been closed because of whiteout conditions. And the airports serving Fargo and Bismarck also listed flight cancellations on their websites. A large section of the northern Plains has been pounded today by howling winds and snow. Interstate 94 remains closed west of Jamestown, North Dakota. Interstate 90, which had been closed for 260 miles between the Wyoming border and Chamberlain, South Dakota, was reopened to traffic. The storm also has caused power outages in the Dakotas and Nebraska.

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama 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) laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials Monday ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged the United States into World War II. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and then headed to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, where he laid a wreath. He stood for a moment of silence at the cemetery near downtown Honolulu, which is known as Punchbowl.

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — State and local police have responded to a melee at a Connecticut shopping mall and arrested several people. Authorities say fights broke out at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall in Manchester. There were no reports of any serious injuries. Police say several hundred teenagers were in the mall at the time and there were several fights. The mall was evacuated.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says an eruption that produced ash started just after 2 p.m. Monday at Bogoslof (BOH-goh-slawf) volcano about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage. The observatory raised the aviation alert level from a watch to a warning. Temperatures recorded on cloud tops suggested an ash cloud that reached 30,000 feet.

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