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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor today is a "historic gesture" that shows the power of reconciliation. Obama singled out Pearl Harbor survivors in the audience saying the nation salutes them. Obama said the historic joint visit shows that wars can end and enemies can become allies.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The State Department is rejecting a claim by Israel's government that it has "ironclad" information that Washington helped draft this week's U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements in occupied territories illegal. The U.S. has long opposed the settlements but generally uses its veto to block censure of Israel. A U.S. abstention allowed the measure to pass unanimously. Secretary of State John Kerry is to give his final Mideast policy speech tomorrow.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former soldier is closer to being the first person executed by the military in more than a half-century. A Kansas federal judge has lifted a stay of execution for Ronald A. Gray, who was convicted of two killings and a series of rapes. Gray was sentenced to die in 1988 and has been held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, since. No known execution date has been set for him.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials have settled a lawsuit against two major prescription drug distributors accused of helping to fuel the state's opioid epidemic. Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen were accused of making excessively large shipments of painkillers to West Virginia. Other wholesalers are also being sued. An investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail shows drug wholesales shipped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to the state in six years. Over that period, 1,728 people statewide fatally overdosed on them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is remembering Carrie Fisher as a friend and talented actress, writer and comedienne. Fisher died today, four days after becoming ill during a flight to Los Angeles. Media reports indicate she died of a heart attack. Fisher, who was 60, was best known for her role as "Princess Leia." She also authored numerous books and had a one-woman show called "Wishful Drinking."
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