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Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 year term

The Associated Press NORRISTOWN — Declar­ing Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is ...

Charles Kao, Nobel-winning optical fiber pioneer, dies at 84

HONG KONG — Charles K. Kao, who shared a 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for pioneering work in optical fiber technology that helped to lay the foundation for modern telecommunications, has died. He was 84. Kao, a former vice chancellor of the Chinese Univer­sity of Hong Kong, died Sun­day in ...

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Why ‘gig’ economy may not be workforce of the future The “gig” economy might not be the new frontier for America’s workforce after all. From Uber to TaskRabbit to YourMechanic, so-called gig work has been widely seen as well-suited for people who want the flexibility and ...

US, China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies

BEIJING — China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other’s goods Monday and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic growth. U.S. regulators went ahead with a ...

Minivan-SUV head-on crash kills two

DARLINGTON — State police say a head-on crash of a minivan and a sport utility vehicle in western Pennsylvania killed the minivan driver and a passenger. Police in Beaver County say the minivan turned onto Route 51 in Darling­ton Township shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday “without first ...

Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39 billion bid

LONDON — Comcast has emerged as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators. After three rounds of secret bidding on Friday and Saturday, Comcast offered the higher price of $22.58 per share for Sky, the equivalent of nearly $39 billion. Rival ...

Woods one round from win

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press ATLANTA — Tiger Woods is three shots ahead and one round away from capping his comeback season with a moment that has defined his career. Winning. Woods played the most dynamic golf he has all year Saturday with six birdies in his opening seven holes ...

Child care more like Wall Street than ‘Sesame Street’

SEATTLE — A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” — including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition ...

Non-pest insects may be declining, scientists fear

OXFORD, Pa. — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, ...

Grant funds available for Pa. dairy farmers

HARRISBURG — Penn­syl­vania’s dairy industry now has $5 million, included in the state budget bills approved in June, available to help it survive an economic crisis brought on by falling milk prices and a decline in consumption of beverage milk. The grant program, called the ...

Bill to end vehicle perk could get vote in House

HARRISBURG — A House floor vote to end a state car perk for lawmakers could be in the mix as lawmakers return next week for the fall session. House Bill 482 would abolish the practice of providing a state-paid vehicle on a leased basis to lawmakers if they choose. If enacted, it would ...

Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang dies

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country’s No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party’s leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61. Quang passed away despite “utmost efforts to treat him by Vietnamese and foreign professors and ...

Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies

DETROIT — Musi­cian David DiChiera, who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. DiChiera founded the Michigan Opera Theatre in 1971 and was its longtime general director. In 1993, ...

Uno, beagle who wowed Westminster, dies at 13

Every dog might have its day, but not many ever had a night like this. Cheered on by a roaring, packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, the playful beagle responded like a true champ. Uno, who became perhaps the most popular pooch to step into a dog show ring, has died. He was 13. From a ...

State briefs

Midland Morning fire guts church An early morning fire gutted a century-old church in western Pennsylvania, but parishioners point to signs of hope. The blaze at Midland’s 105-year-old First Baptist Church in Beaver County was reported early Saturday. Crews from Midland and ...

GOP, Kavanaugh accuser in standoff

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday rejected key concessions sought by Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser if she is testify about her claim Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and threatened a Monday vote by his panel on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court ...

Tanzania ferry toll climbs past 130

KAMPALA, Uganda — Hun­dreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would ...

‘It’s like my kids are in jail’

ISTANBUL — The Chinese government has turned four of Meripet’s children into orphans, even though she and her husband are alive. The kids were left with their grandmother when the couple visited Meripet’s sick father in Turkey. But when Chinese authorities started locking up thousands ...

Nation briefs

New York Woman stabs 5 at unlicensed nursery NEW YORK — A woman stabbed five people — including three newborn babies — and then slashed her wrist early Friday inside a New York City home that was apparently being used as an unlicensed neighborhood nursery for new mothers and their ...

World briefs

Russia Alleged spy’s father: Conditions eased MOSCOW — The father of a Russian woman jailed in the U.S. on charges that she tried to infiltrate U.S. political organizations as a covert Russian agent said Friday that the U.S. authorities have eased her prison conditions. Maria Butina ...