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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama has paid tribute to those who died and those who survived Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) visited the memorial constructed on the hallowed waters above the sunken USS Arizona. Obama said the presence of Abe shows what is possible between nations and people. Abe offered "sincere and everlasting condolences" to the U.S. service members who died.

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.

BEIJING (AP) — China said it is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed the importance of patriotism to Beijing and adapting Catholicism to Chinese society. State media is reporting that a top religious affairs official made the remarks Tuesday at a meeting of representatives of China's official Catholic church taking place this week in Beijing. China severed relations with the Vatican in 1951 after the Communists took over, and the officially atheistic government closed churches and imprisoned priests, some for decades.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the civil rights trial of a white South Carolina police officer charged with murder for killing a black driver running from a traffic stop to start on May 1. Despite eyewitness cell phone video showing the officer shooting Walter Scott in the back from a distance, a state court jury couldn't reach a verdict earlier this month. Slager is charged in federal court with violating Walter Scott's civil rights.

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 Tuesday at age 60. She had been in the hospital since falling ill Friday on a flight to Los Angeles.

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