These are the 10 stories that are most important today.
1. WHO IS NOW LINKED BY DEATH
Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen, while Carrie Fisher brought the sass and sarcasm of the Baby Boomers to her work. Mother and daughter died on successive days.
2. HOW FANS ARE HONORING CARRIE FISHER
She didn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so fans have taken over a blank sidewalk star to pay tribute to the late “Star Wars” actress.
2. RELATIONS BETWEEN OBAMA, NETANYAHU CAMPS HIT ROCK BOTTOM
It took eight years of backbiting and pretending they got along before relations between President Obama’s administration and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government finally tanked.
3. WHAT IT MEANS IF TRUMP NAMES CHINA A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR
Donald Trump has vowed to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House – but independent economists say China isn’t meddling in markets to lower the yuan’s value.
4. US SENATORS SAY RUSSIA SHOULD BE SANCTIONED FOR ELECTION HACKS
They’re calling for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
5. WHERE OBAMA IS EXPANDING HIS ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY
President Barack Obama is naming two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada at sites that have become key flashpoints in battles over public lands in the West.
6. IRAQI TROOPS RESUME MOSUL FIGHT AFTER 2-WEEK LULL
Iraqi troops, backed by airstrikes, Iraqi special forces, have pushed deeper into the Islamic State-held city after a two-week lull in the operation to retake it.
7. WHY AMAZON’S ALEXA COULD BE A WITNESS TO MURDER
The hypothetical question is at the center of an Arkansas murder case in which prosecutors are seeking to obtain data from an Amazon Echo smart speaker.
8. RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH PROBE FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF EXPLOSION
A Russian military official says analysis of a crashed plane’s flight recorders has shown there was no blast on board, but stopped short though of immediately ruling out a terror attack.
9. JAPAN’S DEFENSE MINISTER VISITS WW2 SHRINE
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, just back from Pearl Harbor, visited a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted war criminals among the nation’s war dead, drawing a rapid rebuke from neighboring South Korea .
10. MAIMED LIONS SHOW CHALLENGES OF RECOVERY IN MOZAMBICAN PARK
They highlight the pressures of rebuilding a lion population that was almost wiped out during civil war, one of conservation’s more dramatic stories in Africa. (ap, 2016)