“We’ve got four charter aircraft that will be flying directly to Miami Sunday and staying at a nice five-star hotel. 41.878003
-93.097702 January in Iowa can be cold and dreary, but employees at a cabinet company are about to get a sunny reprieve from the winter doldrums, all thanks to the boss. “We leave January 8,” company president Gary Bertch told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. “We just tried to get all of our people pumped up a little more to achieve the various goals, both customer-oriented goals and financial goals.”
That’s a heck of a lot better than getting a $5 gift card and a pat on the back. All of the more than 800 employees of Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo will get a free trip to the Caribbean next month. He offered the cruise as an incentive a year ago. The company announced the trip on its Facebook page. Then on Monday, we’ll bus over from the hotel to the port and load up on the ship.”
Bertch told his employees the trip was a reward for them after they helped the company meet its goals for the year.
“We’ve got four charter aircraft that will be flying directly to Miami Sunday and staying at a nice five-star hotel. 41.878003
A breathalyzer test recorded Floyd’s a blood alcohol content at .169. I just don’t understand what was going through her mind, other than complete stupidity,” Endicott said. “It’s stupidity. In the car was 27-year-old Elizabeth Floyd, of Goshen, who admitted to handing a sippy cup of wine to a 5-year-old child in the car as an officer approached her window, WCPO reported citing court records. Floyd was charged with endangering children, driving under the influence and failing to drive in marked lanes, according to WCPO. 39.233393
-84.161324 An Ohio mother is facing several charges after being pulled over on suspicion of DUI and allegedly handing a wine-filled sippy cup to a 5-year-old child in the back seat. Like, why would you risk being in a car, let alone drunk by yourself — to actually having a child inside the car as well and giving them a cup of wine? The caller followed the vehicle for several minutes until police arrived and pulled the driver over. “It boggles me as to why she would even do that,” Stacey Endicott, a neighbor of Floyd’s in Goshen, told WCPO. She is free on bond after a weekend court appearance. A concerned citizen called police after seeing a vehicle driving erratically Friday in Loveland, Ohio, television station WCPO reported.
“High winds today oversize vehicles not recommended,” Caltrans District 8 tweeted, along with a photo of the semi-truck on its side and several emergency vehicles at the scene. The incident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. Authorities have also not released any information about possible injuries. on the northbound 15 south of Sierra Avenue, according to CHP’s incident log. A SigAlert was issued, as the trailer blocked or partially blocked three lanes of the freeway. The agency noted the blustery conditions could create potentially hazardous driving conditions for high profile vehicles. NB 15 south is Sierra OT semi blocking lanes pic.twitter.com/5FUub34h4G
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) December 27, 2016
High winds today oversize vehicles not recommended. It was unclear how long the lanes closures would last. As high winds whipped around the region Tuesday, a big rig toppled over on the 15 Freeway in the Fontana area, blocking several lanes on the roadway and prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue a SigAlert. The crash occurred as gusty Santa Ana winds were forecast to continue in Southern California through at least Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. pic.twitter.com/P8Hud8YJRR
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) December 27, 2016
-117.435048 About an hour before the incident, CHP had also warned of a wind advisory on the 15 Freeway around nearby Foothill Boulevard.
Al-Qaisi’s sister, Nibras al-Qaisi, said that the journalist was in her house with her two sons when the gunmen stormed in. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security agencies to open an investigation into the case, calling for the prosecution of those responsible for the “intimidation of journalists.”
“Make utmost efforts in order to save her life and to preserve her safety,” a statement released by al-Abadi’s office said. local time on Monday night, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 33.312806
Gunmen have kidnapped an outspoken Iraqi journalist, Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi, after storming her home in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security officials and the journalist’s sister told CNN on Tuesday. The attackers stole cash, gold, a car and other possessions before they took her to an unknown location. The gunmen were dressed in civilian clothes and arrived in three pickup trucks at the journalist’s home around 10 p.m. She also worked as an employee in the country’s Ministry of Culture. “Please release her for the sake of her children,” Nibras al-Qaisi said,
“I don’t know what to do, I am so scared.”
The organization Reporters Without Borders says Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Baghdad Governor Ali Mohsin al-Tamimi also condemned the incident in a statement released by his office. Al-Qaisi worked as a freelance journalist and her articles have appeared on several widely read news websites, including the London-based Asharq al-Awsat pan-Arab news site. The journalist’s brother-in-law was beaten by the kidnappers as he tried to fend them off.
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-77.455815 The two were reported missing the next day, according to the Police Department. Barbara Briely was in the store for about 30 minutes as the child sat out in the car, Strange told WTVR. Attempts to track the cellphone have been unsuccessful because it is either off or powered down, WTVR reported. Joanna Strange, a clerk at the gas station, told KTLA sister station WTVR that she spoke with Barbara Briely on Christmas Eve. Barbara Briely was described as African-American, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 215 pounds. but calls to Barbara Briely’s cell phone go straight to voice mail. The two were last seen at an Exxon gas station in Ruther Glen, Virginia, and appeared to be in good health. Authorities and family members are searching for a 71-year-old woman and her 5-year-old great granddaughter who haven’t been seen since they left New Jersey on Christmas Eve for a planned holiday visit in North Carolina. She was driving a silver 2014 Toyota Rav 4 with New Jersey license plate C80ELS, according to the Police Department. Barbara Briely has no history of medical issues and was familiar with the route to North Carolina, WTVR reported. Barbara Briely and great granddaughter LaMyra Briely left Mays Landing, New Jersey on their way to Morven, North Carolina on Saturday but never made it to their destination, according to the Township of Hamilton Police Department. Barbara Briely (Left) and LaMyra Briely are seen in images provided by the Township of Hamilton Police Department. “I was hoping she made it safely and now I hear this story of the poor woman missing with her great-granddaughter,” Strange told WTVR. Five-year-old LaMyra Briely was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray camouflage hoodie, WTVR reported. The great grandmother asked for the address of the Exxon and needed help using the map on her phone, Strange said. Family members said the two should have arrived in North Carolina by 11 p.m. Anyone with information on their whereabouts was asked to call the Police Department at 609-625-2700 ext.578.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama will honor those who died at Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, appearing together 75 years after Japan’s attack on Hawaii. The visit came after Trump’s repeated suggestions during the campaign that Japan should shoulder a bigger financial burden regarding US military forces stationed in the region. Since assuming office in 2009, Obama had put US-Japan relations high on his agenda. The PM is expected to visit several sites including the USS Arizona Memorial with President Obama. “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. “This will be a visit to soothe the souls of the victims. While the visit marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it also comes weeks before the end of Obama’s administration and the beginning of Donald Trump’s. The Chinese refer to the territories as the Diaoyu Islands. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us,” he said shortly after his November meeting with Trump. The attack left 2,403 dead and triggered the United States’ entry into World War II. On Monday, Abe arrived in Hawaii. (Credit: TV ASAHI)
“The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values,” according to a White House statement. US-Japan relations
Abe’s planned visit is a way of reciprocating the commitment shown by Obama to Japan-US relations, David Warren, an associate fellow of the Asia program at Chatham House in London told CNN earlier this month. On Tuesday, he and Obama will visit the USS Arizona Memorial and meet to discuss “joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance,” according to the White House. Abe was Trump’s first in-person meeting with a foreign head of state after clinching the presidency in November. Abe’s visit comes seven months after Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima in which he became the first sitting US president to visit the site where the United States dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii December 26th, 2016. The prime minister is expected to visit several sites and lay a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. His administration has shown solidarity with Japan through joint military drills as the Asian nation faces nuclear threats from North Korea and a territorial dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Abe had said he had been “very honored” to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders. Abe had implied his visit was in return for Obama visiting Hiroshima. 21.344507
-157.974891 We should never repeat the ravages of the war.”
Although Abe is the fourth Japanese Prime Minister to visit Pearl Harbor, he is the first to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, a US battleship in which 1,177 Marines and sailors died after it sank in the harbor during the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. “President Obama’s message for the world without nuclear upon his visit to Hiroshima was engraved in the heart of the Japanese people,” Abe said earlier this month when his visit was announced.
November 13: Leon Russell
Rocker Leon Russell, who died in his sleep at 74, worked for years as an acclaimed session pianist before finding fame in his own right in the 1970s. Emerson, 71, died in Santa Monica, California, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a coroner said. March 23: Phife Dawg
Born Malik Taylor, he found fame as rapper Phife Dawg, a founding member of pioneering group A Tribe Called Quest. before reaching greater heights as a charismatic — and controversial — solo artist. November 18: Sharon Jones
Soul and funk singer Sharon Jones spent decades in anonymity before audiences discovered her in the mid-2000s. Just before he died at 82, he released an album, “You Want It Darker,” that explored big questions about mortality and God. Come on 2016, give it a rest. February 3, 1959, when young rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. (Credit: CNN)
Sunday’s startling death of pop singer George Michael caps 12 wretched months in which we’ve already said goodbye to David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Prince, Merle Haggard and Leonard Cohen, to name just a quintet of hugely popular and influential performers. His best songs, from “When Doves Cry” to “Purple Rain” to “Kiss,” somehow sound both timeless and fresh some 30 years later. Along with Don Henley, Frey co-wrote such indelible Eagles songs as “Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California” before going on to a ’80s solo career. P. April 21: Prince
Prince Rogers Nelson’s music — a brilliant mix of pop, rock and stripped-down funk — transcended genres and generations. Many, including “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song” and “September,” will stand the test of time. Here’s a quick recap of some of the musical talent that’s been silenced this year. 40.712784
-74.005941 March 4: Joey Feek
Joey Feek was one half of the country duo Joey + Rory, most famous for competing on CMT’s music competition show “Can you Duet.” Feek died at 40 of cervical cancer, her husband said. It might be the deadliest era for pop music legends since 1970-71, when we lost Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Louis Armstrong in a sorrowful span of 11 months. The British outfit thrilled audiences with florid instrumentation and elaborate stage shows, including pyrotechnics. With her backing band, the Dap-Kings, she became legendary for her fiery live shows, earning comparisons to her idol James Brown. November 10: Leonard Cohen
Canadian crooner Leonard Cohen’s songwriting and poetry influenced countless musicians with its dark sensibility and ironic humor. March 11: Keith Emerson
Keyboardist Keith Emerson co-founded Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which Billboard calls progressive rock’s first supergroup. With such monster hits as “Faith” and “Freedom! At least we’ll always have their songs. Lake also co-founded King Crimson and later scored a big solo hit in the UK with “I Believe in Father Christmas.”
December 25: George Michael
Singer George Michael burst onto the scene with ’80s pop duo Wham! The 74-year-old was heralded as the architect of what was then known as San Francisco sound, exemplified by such trippy songs as “White Rabbit.”
February 4: Maurice White
Maurice White, founder and leader of sprawling R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, died at age 74, leaving behind a legacy of funky, spiritually uplifting hits that were loved by black and white audiences alike. ’90,” Michael blended danceable pop with progressive social commentary. Singer George Michael died at age 53. Pitchfork published some of the most epic rhymes by the diminutive, 45-year-old rapper and lyricist who spit serious magic on the mic before dying of complications from diabetes. His shocking death at 57 drew an international outpouring of grief that showed the breadth of his influence in popular culture. And it’s not even over. Jones died at 60, but not before she defiantly told Rolling Stone in July, “I have cancer; cancer don’t have me.”
December 7: Greg Lake
The prog-rock singer and bassist died at 69 after a battle with cancer, leaving Carl Palmer as the only surviving member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The British pop star and gay icon was 53. When it comes to the deaths of musical icons, 2016 may be the worst year ever. His final album, “Blackstar,” was released just days before his death. January 28: Paul Kanter
Guitarist Paul Kantner was a founding member of the ’60s psychedelic-rock band Jefferson Airplane, which later morphed into Jefferson Starship. January 17: Glenn Frey
The Eagles co-founder, who died at 67, was known for his laid-back persona and country-tinged California sound. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash, has been called “the Day the Music Died.” This may become known as the Year the Music Died. The iconic “Ziggy Stardust” singer, who died at 69 after a quiet, 18-month battle with cancer, defied labels while producing a long string of acclaimed hits in a range of genres, from glam rock to funk to hip hop. His distinctive look and stage presence earned him the nickname, “The Master of Time and Space.” Russell played on the famed 1971 “Concert for Bangladesh” at Madison Square Garden. January 10: David Bowie
David Bowie was a master of music and makeovers, famous both for his talent and gender-bending artistry. April 6: Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Merle Haggard was a grizzled country music legend who became a voice for the working man with classics like “Okie from Muskogee” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.” He was 79 when he died from complications from pneumonia.
Saturday saw a minor decrease in holiday travel at Los Angeles International Airport, although overall this December has been the airport’s busiest yet with an increase of 400,000 travelers over last year, officials said. 26, 2016.
Here’s what happened at seven of those malls. Witnesses said they thought they had heard shots fired. No weapons were used in the fights and the incidences did not appear to be gang-related, police said. Chris Amsler said about 100 people had gathered in the food court before the brawls broke out — prompting the Colorado mall to close early on Monday afternoon.. Two people, an 8-year-old and 12-year-old, were injured, the station reported. The disturbances, some of which were captured on social media, prevented some shoppers from clearing off clearance racks and returning Christmas gifts as they intended. Then a crowd gathered outside Oak Court Mall, about 10 miles west, and started a disturbance, WMCA said. There were no reported injures or property damage — thanks in large part to local police, Kelle said. Fort Worth Police spokeswoman Tamara Velle said officers initially responded to reported gunfire inside the mall. Both malls were cleared and closed early for the night. pic.twitter.com/FYE7CUuQd9
— Sierra (@slimlatina_) December 27, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas
The security guards had no other choice but to place the Hulen Mall on lockdown. At one point, police told CNN affiliate KTVT, at least 100 people were involved in a series of fights. “Anytime we’re hearing about a mall shooting and it’s the day after Christmas, (where) you have tons of people holiday shopping … Stop the police pic.twitter.com/edKCur5k7Y
— Lala Muniz (@LalaMuniz4) December 27, 2016
It all started with a social media post that promised a fight at the Town Center at Aurora. Authorities arrested five people, all juveniles, and recovered no weapons, he said. Elizabeth, New Jersey
The first calls from the The Mills at Jersey Gardens came in just after nightfall Monday. When off-duty police officers working as security guards tried to break up a fight, people circled the officers, who called for backup, Amsler said. Aurora police tackling and dragging teen age kids, no bigger than 120 pounds and using excessive force on these children. “Once people start running in that area or chairs are getting knocked over, tables, that sort of thing, that echoes and it could resemble the sound of a gunshot to a lot of people,” he said. 41.775930
-72.521501 Officers had responded to what they believed was eight to 10 teens fighting in the Shoppes at Buckland Hills to find much more widespread violence. No shots were fired, despite reports of gunfire, Strepay said. Idiots at Cross Creek Mall./RT @BishoptheDon_: bro my first day back to fayetteville and they getting down pic.twitter.com/GaTytfCcgq
— tomdawg09 (@tomdawg09) December 26, 2016
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Eight people were arrested after several fights broke out at once at a mall in the small Hartford County town, with hundreds of teens involved, Manchester Police Captain Christopher Davis told KTLA sister station WTIC in Hartford. “You keep hearing the horror stories of the mall shootings across the nations right now,” Velle told KTVT. As police officers on duty arrived, fights broke out throughout the mall, at a movie theater and at a nearby park-and-ride lot, he said. Memphis, Tennessee
In Memphis, Tennessee, seven people were arrested after incidents at two malls, CNN affiliate WMCA reported. “Because it was such a chaotic situation with hundreds of people inside the mall, a request for mutual aid assistance was put out to surrounding jurisdictions,” Davis told the station. “(It) kind of morphed into this large disturbance,” Amsler said. I was just tryna shop dude. The mall incidents, which ranged from minor melees to mass evacuations, occurred nationwide from Colorado to Tennessee, Texas to New Jersey. No injuries were reported, CNN affiliate WATN said. Police said a group started a disturbance in the Wolfchase Galleria food court and started running, which prompted some customers to call 911, WMCA said. Shots were reported in both incidents, but police said they found no evidence of gunfire, WMCA said. That, along with a fight, led to what Elizabeth police Officer Greg Jones described as a “chaotic panic and everybody running all at once.”
Ultimately, though, patrons had mistaken the sound of a chair slammed during a fight for gunfire, city officials told CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey. Aurora Police Department spokesman Sgt. After breaking up the fights, officers stopped by each store to let people leave while the lockdown remained in effect, KTVT reported. He estimated 500 people were involved. we’re going to get in there as fast as we can.”
KTLA’s Erika Martin contributed to this article. Disturbances that included gunfire, massive brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the country in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas.
The deputy-involved shooting happened about 4:45 p.m. Authorities said he refused orders to drop “a sharp-bladed object” in his right hand and aggressively approached the deputies.
Zhonghua Li, 48, of Pico Rivera was fatally shot when he refused to follow orders and approached two deputies with a sharp object, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Saturday in the 3400 block of Greenglade Avenue when deputies responded to a call about a 50-year-old man with mental health problems who was allegedly attacking family members with scissors, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Two deputies arrived on the scene and saw the man in the street. 34.018342
Mentally Ill Suspect Shot By Deputies After Stabbing Family Member in Pico Rivera: LASD The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Monday identified a man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with deputies in Pico Rivera.
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The cause was not immediately known. He made a name for himself as a performer on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” in the 1990s with a pop culture-inflected routine that touched on subjects such as horror movie sound effects and movie sex. #RIP to the One and Only #RickyHarris.”
Harris, the son of a preacher, was raised in Long Beach. Ricky Harris, a comedian known for both his racy stand-up act and his appearances in family-friendly fare such as the TV series “Everybody Hates Chris,” died Monday, his manager said. But Harris’ manager, Cindy Ambers of Art/Work Entertainment, said Harris had suffered a heart attack two years ago. 33.770050
-118.193739 Actor Ricky Harris arrives at Nate Dogg aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale Funeral Service on March 26, 2011 in Long Beach. He was 54. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Fellow performers posted condolences on social media, including comedians Sinbad and Cedric the Entertainer — the latter of whom Tweeted: “Devastated!!!
He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and played at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri and Oklahoma City University before being picked by the Rangers in the 1986 draft, Baseball-Reference.com said. He appeared in 65 games with 11 starts and ended with a 4.72 ERA. Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Barfield was shot and killed in a domestic incident on Christmas Eve in Little Rock, Arkansas, authorities said. Barfield, 52, and his girlfriend were at his home when the woman’s estranged husband, William Goodman, 59, of Pine Bluff came to the residence, said Little Rock police spokesman Lt. A physical altercation ensued and Goodman shot Barfield, police said. There is no attorney listed for Goodman yet. 34.746481
-92.289595 Barfield was a lefthander who had an 8-8 record from 1989-91 with the Rangers, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Goodman was taken to the hospital, released and charged with first-degree murder. Steven McClanahan. “Barfield was dating her even though she was still married,” McClanahan said.
Monday’s missile was fired from a canister on mobile launcher — features that help protect the missile and allows for quick deployment and firing — from an island off the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha. Pakistan, India’s historical adversary, was already in range before the Agni-V, according to IHS Jane’s, a military analysis company. This was the fourth successful test of the Agni-V surface-to-surface Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). “Successful test firing of Agni V makes every Indian very proud. Putin said last week that he would seek to enhance his country’s nuclear capabilities. Trump responded on Twitter, saying “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” Trump wrote. (Credit: RAVEENDRAN / AFP / Getty Images)
The Defense Ministry said the test showed the increasing strength of the country’s homemade missiles and will help as a deterrent. Missile Agni-V is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2013. Proliferation worries
The launch comes at a time when global concerns about nuclear proliferation have been on the rise, specifically with the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. Nuclear war between the two is unlikely — both maintain nuclear doctrines that mandate “No First Use” — says Shukla. President and recent comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The first one was launched in 2012. Shukla says the new missiles — which are expected to be put into service in 2017, according to Jane’s — will be “the backbone of India’s China-specific nuclear deterrent.”
“In restructuring the nuclear order, many Indian analysts believe the Agni-V may induce a more stable relationship with Beijing, although for a truly effective deterrent, they believe that India will have to further develop both its conventional armed forces and possibly a second-strike capability,” Jane’s says. Specifically, the development is likely most worrying for China — with a range of more than 3,100 miles, the Agni-V is India’s longest-range and puts Beijing within striking distance. The two countries have more than 14,000 nuclear warheads between them. India has somewhere between 100 to 120 nuclear warheads, according to the Federation of American Scientists — more than North Korea, but less than China and a similar amount as Pakistan. 20.593684
78.962880 It will add tremendous strength to our strategic defence,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter. Before the Agni-V and its predecessor, India’s longest-range missile could barely reach mainland China, says Ajai Shukla, a former Indian army colonel and a columnist at India’s Business Standard. India successfully tested its most powerful nuclear-capable missile on Monday, according to the country’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Defense Ministry.
Since assuming office in 2009, Obama had put US-Japan relations high on his agenda. “President Obama’s message for the world without nuclear upon his visit to Hiroshima was engraved in the heart of the Japanese people,” Abe said earlier this month when his visit was announced. While the visit marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it also comes weeks before the end of Obama’s administration and the beginning of Donald Trump’s. On Tuesday, he and Obama will visit the USS Arizona Memorial and meet to discuss “joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance,” according to the White House. We should never repeat the ravages of the war.”
Although Abe is the fourth Japanese Prime Minister to visit Pearl Harbor, he is the first to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, a US battleship in which 1,177 Marines and sailors died after it sank in the harbor during the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us,” he said shortly after his November meeting with Trump. The Chinese refer to the territories as the Diaoyu Islands. Abe was Trump’s first in-person meeting with a foreign head of state after clinching the presidency in November. Abe’s visit comes seven months after Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima in which he became the first sitting US president to visit the site where the United States dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945. On Monday, Abe arrived in Hawaii. The attack left 2,403 dead and triggered the United States’ entry into World War II. Abe had implied his visit was in return for Obama visiting Hiroshima. “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. 21.344507
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Abe’s planned visit is a way of reciprocating the commitment shown by Obama to Japan-US relations, David Warren, an associate fellow of the Asia program at Chatham House in London told CNN earlier this month. The visit came after Trump’s repeated suggestions during the campaign that Japan should shoulder a bigger financial burden regarding US military forces stationed in the region. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second left) and Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (third left) wave as they depart for Hawaii at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on December 26, 2016.(Credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
“The two leaders’ visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values,” according to a White House statement. The prime minister is expected to visit several sites and lay a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Abe had said he had been “very honored” to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders. “This will be a visit to soothe the souls of the victims. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama will honor those who died at Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, appearing together 75 years after Japan’s attack on Hawaii. His administration has shown solidarity with Japan through joint military drills as the Asian nation faces nuclear threats from North Korea and a territorial dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.