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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) and President Barack have arrived at Pearl Harbor, where they will lay a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial, and the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor with an American president. Earlier they sat down together at the Hawaiian headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Command for what is likely Obama's last formal meeting as president with another world leader.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford is remembering his "Star Wars" co-star Carrie Fisher as "funny and emotionally fearless." The actress who played Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" movie died today at age 60. She had been in the hospital since falling ill Friday on a flight to Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., actress and yoga teacher who hadn't been heard from since Sunday afternoon has been found dead, and a suspect is in custody. Police say Tricia McCauley's body was found in her car, and an autopsy is being done to determine how she died. Police don't believe McCauley and the suspect knew each other.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Families say Nigerian officials prevented Chibok (chih-BAWK') girls freed from more than two years of captivity from spending Christmas at home with their families. A human rights lawyer says the girls wanted to spend Christmas at home but when they reached their town on Christmas Eve they were held at a legislator's house. Parents say they were taken to see their daughters, who weren't allowed to go home or to a church service. The news raises questions about Nigeria's handling of the 21 girls freed in October after negotiation with Islamic extremists.


HAVANA (AP) — Cuban officials say the island's economy shrank this year despite an increased opening with the United States. Cuba's economy minister told Parliament that the island's gross domestic product fell nearly 1 percent after seeing a growth rate of nearly 3 percent from 2011-2015. He blamed the slump on shrinking exports and financial troubles in allied Venezuela. A global drop in petroleum prices slammed Venezuela's oil-dependent economy, forcing it to cut back sales of crude oil to Cuba.


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