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Gaza Strip Israeli fire kills 6 Palestinians GAZA CITY — Israeli forces shot dead six Palestinians Friday, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza’s Health Ministry said. The ...

US pastor freed

Pastor Andrew Brunson (center left), and his wife, Norine Brunson, arrive at Adnan Menderes airport for a flight to Germany after his release following a trial in Izmir, Turkey, on Friday. A Turkish court on Friday convicted Brunson of terror charges, but released him from house arrest and ...

Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe

BARCELONA, Spain — Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer re­nowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85. Condolences poured in from the world of opera and Spain’s highest authorities. King Felipe ...

Social Security checks to grow in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. After a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Prison closing bill nears OK

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers moved closer Thursday to final passage of a bill providing for more public debate concerning the impact of planned closings of state prisons and state police stations. The state House of Representatives voted 175-0 without debate to approve Senate Bill 748, a measure ...

Organ donation law updated

The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Penn­syl­vania is finalizing the first major update to the organ donation law that’s been in place for a quarter century. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Thursday he plans to sign legislation that passed this week that culminates eight years of work to ...

Rocket failure investigated

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed Thursday, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth. The crew landed safely on ...

Prosecutors: Dad helped daughter in murder plot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri jail guard persuaded her terminally ill father to fatally shoot her estranged husband to resolve a custody dispute and then kill himself so it appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities allege. Elizabeth Kilgore, 35, of Quincy pleaded not guilty ...

USPS seeks stamp increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink. If approved by regulators, the 10 percent increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991. The price ...

US stocks plunge again on wide selling

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank more than 2 percent Thursday, the second day of steep declines around the globe driven by concerns about rising interest rates and trade tensions. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 546 points after dropping 831 points Wednesday. The two-day loss of ...

Panhandle devastated

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to make their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed ...

Nation briefs

Louisiana State pays to end misconduct lawsuit BATON ROUGE — Louisiana is paying $149,075 to end a sexual misconduct lawsuit against former Secretary of State Tom Schedler that was filed by one of his former employees. Schedler will personally pay $18,425 on top of the ...

World briefs

Colombia Mudslide kills 12 people BOGOTA — Colombian disaster officials said at least 12 people have died in a mudslide that swept through their mountainside homes. Officials said the slide occurred at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia and caught the ...

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Google’s Waze expands carpooling service in US Google will begin offering its pay-to-carpool service throughout the U.S. in an effort to reduce the commute-time congestion that its popular Waze navigation service is designed to avoid. The expansion announced Wednesday builds upon a ...

Amazon to boost pay for longtime workers

NEW YORK — Amazon, facing a backlash from longtime warehouse employees who say its $15 hourly minimum wage wouldn’t benefit them, will provide a bigger raise to those workers. The company said Wednesday that some adjustments are being made this week, and workers who already made $15 an ...

Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for prescriptions

WASHINGTON — Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The two bills had broad bipartisan support as a ...

Betty Grissom, widow of astronaut Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom

Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died. She was 91. Mark Grissom, 63, said Wednesday that his mother had been in good health before her unexpected ...

Lawmakers update organ donor law

HARRISBURG — Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to major legislation updating Pennsylvania’s organ donation law after years of contentious debate. Senate Bill 180, which updates Pennsylvania’s 1994 organ donation law, was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives ...

Legendary creature to be celebrated

COLUMBIA, Pa. — You’ve heard of the Yeti, Sasquatch and Bigfoot. But how about Bigfoot’s little brother? Meet the Albatwitch, a 4-foot legendary creature said to have inhabited the Chickies Rock area along the Susquehanna River. The legend (myth?) of the hairy, man-like creature will ...

Bill would repeal district judge re-election rules

HARRSIBURG — Penn­sylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to repeal the requirement that incumbent district judges must collect signatures when running for re-election, a measure prompted by security concerns. The House voted 128-65 to eliminate the need for sitting district judges to collect ...