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Russia’s most famous human rights activist

MOSCOW — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91. “She remained ...

Dog that survived wildfire guarded home for weeks

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned. Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this ...

Trump says chief of staff Kelly leaving at year’s end

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Nick ...

News shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Angus King, I-Maine; Gov.-elect Tony Evers, ...

Comey: Russia probe looked at 4 Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told ...

Southern states facing wintry mess

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain around the South put millions of people in its sights late Saturday, threatening to bring immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and flooding to a wide area. Governors and local officials from Texas to Virginia declared ...

Six dead, 53 hurt in concert stampede

CORINALDO, Italy — Teen­agers panicked before a rap concert at a jammed Italian disco, setting off a stampede that killed five of them and a mother who had brought her daughter to the event, authorities and survivors said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 in very ...

Nation briefs

MAINE 1 million wreaths en route to Arlington AUGUSTA — One million balsam wreaths aboard a tractor-trailer caravan are on their way to the nation’s most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty U.S. service members, ...

World briefs

Belgium Prime minister reshuffles government BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Charles Michel reshuffled his government after the leading coalition party said it could not accept Belgium backing a U.N. migration pact due to be endorsed early next week. After days of teetering on the brink of ...

Former president of Colombia Belisario Betancur

BOGOTA, Colombia — Former Colombian Pres­ident Belisario Betancur, whose bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces, died Friday at age 95. Uniquely in Colombia’s ...

Background checks at issue

HARRISBURG— Penn­syl­vania’s highest court will decide whether the system of state-owned universities trampled on faculty union rights by unilaterally requiring criminal background checks and reports of arrests for serious crimes within 72 hours. The state Supreme Court this week ...

State

EASTON Jury convicts man of serial rape A jury has convicted a Pennsylvania man of serial rape and human trafficking charges that could put him in prison for life. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Seth Mull assaulted four women in the Bethlehem area and Philadelphia in a two-month span last ...

Gov. Wolf reviewing greenhouse program

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf said he’s considering whether to support a petition filed last week that asks a Pennsylvania environmental rule-making board to impose a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wolf, a Democrat, said Friday he hasn’t come to a conclusion on ...

Ticker

China demands Canada release Huawei executive China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks. Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei ...

Sears’ biggest holder bids $4.6 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock. Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, weighed down by years of declining sales and massive debt. The pace of the ...

Buzzcocks co-founder Pete Shelley

LONDON — Pete Shelley, the singer-songwriter and co-founder of the punk band the Buzzcocks, has died at age 63. On Thursday, the band confirmed his death “with great sadness” and called him “one of the U.K.’s most influential and prolific songwriters.” The Buzzcocks were part of ...

Airman remembered

HOOKSTOWN — Friends and family paid their respects to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin at a public memorial service. The services were held Thursday afternoon at Impact Christian Church, Moon Township. Due to strict military rules, Elchin’s body didn’t return to Beaver County ...

Former AG contender for old job

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday. The appointment of a new attorney ...

Drugmaker to sell generic EpiPin

TRENTON, N.J. — Generic drugmaker Sandoz announced plans Thursday to start selling a slightly cheaper version of the EpiPen in the U.S. early next year. The penlike injectors are used to halt life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites, nuts and other foods. Brand-name EpiPen, which ...

Judge transfers Avenatti’s assets to estranged wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California judge has transferred assets including an airplane and a Ferrari from porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti as part of his divorce, according to court records obtained Thursday. Orange County Judge Carol Henson on Tuesday ordered ...