'Star Wars' actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her struggles with addiction and mental illness into wickedly funny books, a hit film and a one-woman stage show, died Tuesday after falling ill aboard a flight last week. She was 60.

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Trump expands inner circle with new security official, envoy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump tapped an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era and a longtime Trump Organization official to become members of his inner circle when he assumes office next month.

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Report: Turkey, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement on a cease-fire plan comprising the whole of Syria, and the two countries will work to ensure that it comes into effect at midnight Wednesday night, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Wednesday.

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Love of sewing patterns leads to world-class collection

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — If a costume designer wanted to recreate a World War I era wraparound dress, a 1940s zoot suit or even a bodice from 1875, the sewing patterns are in Rhode Island.

  • Written by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press