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Todd Fisher says 'we're all heartbroken' ... Trump touts jobs coming 'back' to US ... Iraqi troops move farther into Mosul



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of actress Debbie Reynolds says now his mother can be with his sister, actress Carrie Fisher. Reynolds died Wednesday at age 84, one day after losing her daughter. Todd Fisher, who is Reynolds' son and Carrie Fisher's brother says, his mother is "now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken."

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is touting plans by a Japanese mogul to bring jobs to the United States. Trump said Wednesday that tech billionaire Masayoshi Son, the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, would be moving 5,000 jobs "back" to the U.S. Son also owns the U.S. mobile carrier Sprint and controls OneWeb, which Trump says will hire 3,000 workers. Sprint has gotten rid of 9,000 workers since its 2013 acquisition by SoftBank.

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes are pushing deeper into eastern Mosul in an effort to retake the city controlled by the Islamic State group. Elite special forces moved into two Mosul neighborhoods today, while army troops and federal police advanced into other parts of the city. Stiff resistance by the militants, civilians trapped inside their homes and bad weather have slowed advances in the more than two-month-old offensive.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama has designated land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region. And in Nevada, 300,000 acres will be set aside for the Gold Butte National Monument. On the land near Las Vegas are rock art, artifacts, rare fossils and recently discovered dinosaur tracks.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee girl has died, four years after being caught in the cross-fire of a gang shootout. Keoshia Ford was 13 years old when in 2012 she was shot in the head while playing outdoors in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Times Free Press says Keoshia needed a nurse's constant care, and that this year she had just begun to respond to and recognize voices. She died Tuesday at 17 years old. The then-teen convicted of the shooting was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

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