In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a biased bid to blame Israel for failure to reach a peace deal.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press; MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Japan's defense minister visits Yasukuni after Pearl Harbor

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, just back from Pearl Harbor, on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals.

  • Written by ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press

US senators: Russia should be sanctioned for election hacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. Their demands came amid ongoing discussions among U.S. officials on an imminent response to alleged Russian meddling that would ensure the U.S. takes action before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

  • Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press

Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, dies a day after daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in "Singin' in the Rain' and other Hollywood classics despite a tumultuous life, has died a day after losing her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was 84.

  • Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer

Trump takes credit for 8,000 jobs, talks with Obama

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After weeks of giving only brief comments to the media, Donald Trump made a series of public statements Wednesday, applauding the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailing his discussions with President Barack Obama.

  • Written by VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press; JOSH BOAK, Associated Press