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HONOLULU (AP) — No apology for Pearl Harbor is expected when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) visits the sunken USS Arizona site along with President Barack Obama today. Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit the memorial that rests above the vessel, where so many U.S. military died when Japan launched an attack in 1941. U.S. Navy veteran Alfred Rodrigues, who's now 96 years old, says no apology is needed. He says "War is war."
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A flight recorder from a Russian military plane that crashed Sunday has been taken to a lab outside Moscow for an initial examination. Investigators are hoping that the black box will help determine why the plane crashed two minutes after it left the Russian city of Sochi with 92 people aboard. Rescue teams have recovered at least 12 bodies and numerous body fragments. The plane was headed for Syria.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A government official says Turkey has no information to confirm a video released by the Islamic State group that supposedly shows two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. But Turkey's deputy prime minister (Numan Kurtulmus) is still warning journalists and social media not to share the video, saying it serves terror purposes to "demoralize the Turkish public."
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) —Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') has made his first public remarks since the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of international law. Abbas says he hopes a Mideast conference on Jan. 15 will set a timetable to end those settlements, as Israel plans to build thousands more homes in areas claimed by the Palestinians.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A woman on an electric scooter has been struck and killed by a car on a four-lane, divided road in Florida's Tampa Bay area. Authorities in Hillsborough County say 20-year-old Isabel Alarcon (al-ahr-KOHN') Mateus decided to ride the scooter Christmas night. Authorities say the scooter did not have rear lights and was not a legal motor vehicle. They don't suspect that alcohol was a factor.
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