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CHICAGO (AP) — The international airport in Minot North Dakota is expected to reopen soon, following a winter storm that brought freezing rain, snow and high winds. The airports serving Fargo and Bismarck also listed flight cancellations on their websites. And in parts of the South, unseasonably warm temperatures raised the risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations, days after it voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Trump wrote on Twitter Monday that the U.N. has "such great potential," but it has become "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." The Obama administration decided to abstain from Friday's U.N. vote.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) on Tuesday will become the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. On Monday, Abe laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials, including the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, near downtown Honolulu.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Fights have been breaking out at malls around the country, sending shoppers who were looking for post-holiday deals, scrambling for the exits. No one has been seriously injured. There were some false reports of gunfire. Police used pepper spread to break up a large crowd following a fight at an upscale mall near Cleveland. At a mall in Memphis, Tennessee, police say somebody yelled 'gun!' and young people stampeded through the mall.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian and actor Ricky Harris has died at age 54. There's no word what caused Harris' death Monday, but his manager tells the Los Angeles Times that Harris had a heart attack two years ago. Harris had a recurring role in Chris Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris" sitcom. His first movie role was in the 1993 drama "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.

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