Wednesday, December 28, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. It was announced Tuesday, Carrie Fisher, who found fame in 1977’s classic film, Star Wars, died after suffering a major heart attack while onboard a flight from London to New York last Friday. Fisher is the daughter of Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds, and singer Eddie Fisher. Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, issued a statement saying, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother, Carrie Fisher, passed away at 8:55 this morning.” Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, stated that “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carrie’s Mother,” and that her daughter was “beloved and amazing.”

2. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited the memorial at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, Tuesday, the site of the attack by Japan that brought the United States into World War II. Abe stated, “”We must never repeat the horrors of war again, this is the solemn vow the people of Japan have taken, and he offered “sincere and everlasting condolences” to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago. Mr. Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the memorial on the site of the Arizona, although several of his predecessors have been to Pearl Harbor in the past.

3. In a show of defiance, Governor Jerry Brown, of California, stated that “California can make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of dealing with climate change, irrespective of what goes on in Washington.” The Governor also stated, “I wouldn’t underestimate California’s resolve if everything moves in this extreme climate denial direct.” Trump has denied that climate change is real and that the evidence is lacking that global warming is a fact. Trump also tweeted that global warming is a myth created by the Chinese government.

4. President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to close the Trump Foundation as the charity could pose a conflict of interest between his office as president and that of administrator of a charity. The announcement brought a statement by the Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, that the Trump Foundation cannot close while there is an active investigation against the charity.

5. Russian officials said on Monday that they do not believe that terrorism had anything to do with a plane that crashed into the Black Sea early Christmas morning. According to the Russian government, the plane crashed into the Black Sea only two minutes after taking off from an airport in Sochi. All 92 people on board were killed including members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, a military choir. They were headed to Syria for a performance at a Russian military base.


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