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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Carrie Fisher is being remembered for her sharp sense of humor and emotional bravery as those that were closest to her mourn her loss. Though she'll forever live on as the princess who sported futuristic buns in "Star Wars," Fisher also had a career turning her personal struggles into entertainment. She wrote several books on addiction and mental illness, and developed a one woman stage show called "Wishful Drinking,"

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Seven months ago, President Barack Obama became America's first sitting president to visit the site of the atomic bomb dropping in Hiroshima. Now, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) has reciprocated with a historic trip to Pearl Harbor. During his visit to the island, Abe said Japan "must never repeat the horrors of war again." But he stopped short of apologizing for the attack that took place 75 years ago.

HAVANA (AP) — Despite an increase in tourism from the United States, Cuba's economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century. The country's growth domestic product fell by one percent. Cuban officials blame the drop on a plunge in aid from Venezuela and a decrease in revenue from the island nation's few exports.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean authorities have taken the country's former health minister into custody as they widen their investigation into a corruption scandal involving the country's impeached president. The health minister is alleged to have pressured the National Pension Service to support a controversial merger deal between two Samsung affiliates last year, even though the fund's stake in one of the companies lost an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in value.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary, Indiana, fire officials say an apartment fire that killed three young children just before Christmas was intentionally set. The children were two, four and five-years-old. Their mother and a man were taken to the hospital. Authorities say they're still looking into exactly how the blaze began.

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