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CHICAGO (AP) — A major snow storm that blew into the Great Plains on Christmas Day is fading but travel remains treacherous in parts of the Dakotas. Some portions of major highways that were closed due to blizzard conditions have reopened. Icing is still a problem. There are also outages in the Dakotas and Nebraska.

Undated (AP) — It's been an extra busy day for some mall security teams. There have been three outbreaks of violence that prompted police responses and evacuations. One happened in Fayetteville, North Carolina's Cross Creek Mall where police say teens were fighting. In Manchester, Connecticut, police say there were several arrests at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills mall. And police in Beachwood, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd following a fight at an upscale shopping mall.

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say they have recaptured five of the six inmates who broke out of jail on Christmas. The Cocke County Sheriff's Office says six inmates escaped from the jail early Sunday after removing a toilet from the wall and going through a hole behind it.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican airline Interjet says it's had to cancel some flights due to a mandatory safety inspection of its Russian-made Superjet 100 aircraft. Mexico's consumer protection agency says at least 25 flights and more than 680 passengers have been affected. Russian authorities issued the directive on Friday after cracks were found in a part on one of the Sukhoi (suh-KOY') planes. Interjet is among the largest customers for the relatively new Superjet, with more than 20 in its fleet.

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 Monday. 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.

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