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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) have laid wreaths at the USS Arizona Memorial to honor Americans who died in the Pearl Harbor attacks. It's the first visit by a Japanese prime minister to the memorial. More than 2,300 U.S. servicemen died in the Japanese attack that plunged the United States into World War II. Nearly half of those killed were on the Arizona, with most still entombed in the wreckage.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department spokesman says the notion that the U.S. orchestrated the United Nation's Security Council vote opposing Jewish settlements in occupied territory is "just not true". The U.S. abstained from voting on Resolution 2334 on Friday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration says it has "ironclad information" that the White House helped draft the language of the resolution.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Those who knew Carrie Fisher best are sharing kind words about the actress following her death from what media reports say was a heart attack. Harrison Ford, who played opposite her in "Star Wars," remembers Fisher as "one of a kind" and "funny and emotionally fearless." 'Star Wars" creator George Lucas says Fisher had a "very colorful personality that everyone loved."

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are capping a quiet trading day with slight gains. Materials and technology companies led the way, while energy stocks rose with the price of crude oil. The Dow continued to inch toward the 20,000-mark, gaining 11 points to 19,945. The Nasdaq climbed 24 points to an all-time high of 5,487. And the S&P gained 5 to 2,268.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the civil rights trial of a South Carolina police officer charged with murder for killing a black driver running from a traffic stop to start on May 1. Michael Slager stood trial on the murder charge in state court, but a jury couldn't reach a verdict earlier this month. State prosecutors have vowed to try him again, but no trial date has been set. Slager, who is white, is also charged in federal court with violating Walter Scott's civil rights.

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