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Apollo 11’s astronauts were ‘amiable strangers’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mission commander Neil Armstrong was the flying ace, Buzz Aldrin the scholar. Michael Collins was a crack test pilot, too, but also a wordsmith who described the trio as “amiable strangers.” Apollo 11’s astronauts had six months to gel as a crew and prepare for ...

Overseas production a daunting task

NEW YORK — Small business owners who want to manufacture their goods overseas may find it’s a daunting prospect, and a venture that has many unexpected pitfalls. Some tips to make the process easier: -- Don’t figure it all out on your own. Talk to business owners who have gone ...

Iconic original Beetle thrives in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — The Beetle is dead. Long live the Beetle. The modern edition of the iconic Volkswagen model ceased production Wed­nesday, but people in Cuautepec on the outskirts of Mexico City still rely on the original no-frills version, praising it for its affordability, reparability and, ...

Iconic Volkswagen Beetle reaches end of the road

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen halted production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938. It has been: a part of ...

Man surrenders to police

BETHLEHEM — Authorities say a man has surrendered to police after more than 21 hours atop a blast furnace that prompted evacuation of an arts and entertainment venue at the Pennsylvania site. The man climbed up and down a ladder atop the blast furnace at the old Bethlehem Steel Corp. furnace ...

Dog attacks man having a seizure

UNIONTOWN (AP) — Police said a western Pennsylvania man died after he suffered a seizure and his dog bit his neck. Homer Utterback’s girlfriend heard what sounded like something falling in their Uniontown home on Thursday. She found the 52-year-old on the floor with the dog, Petey, biting ...

Pa. GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party act­ivists. Bernadette Comfort in­stead ...

Legislative conservation committee to disband

HARRISBURG — A longstanding legislative conservation committee is slated to go out of existence in two years under a provision in the new state budget’s Fiscal Code. The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Com­mittee was created in 1968 to provide ...

State

Philadelphia Police: Man fatally beaten by mob Authorities said a man who stole a car with three young children inside was fatally beaten by their father and other men. Philadelphia police said the car was parked at a pizza restaurant with its engine running when the man drove off about ...

Remembering Apollo 11 at 50

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or ...

Teacher evaluation bill on hold until fall session

HARRISBURG — The state Senate voted in favor of a bill to change how teachers are evaluated, but it never made it to a vote in the House. Senate Bill 751, seeking to amend a 2012 state law, would decrease the weight of standardized tests, attendance and other student achievement ...

‘One small step …’

What did Neil Armstrong really say when he took his first step on the moon? Millions on Earth who listened to him on TV or radio heard this: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But after returning from space, Armstrong said that wasn’t what he had planned ...

Weakened Barry crawls ashore in La.

NEW ORLEANS — Barry rolled into the Louisiana coast Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping heavy rain that could test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly becoming a Category 1 ...

NYC outage knocks out power to subways, businesses

NEW YORK — Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens, darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. The ...

Nation briefs

Man, 75, kicks alligator, saves his dog PALM HARBOR, Florida — A 75-year-old Florida man said he kicked an alligator in the snout after it attacked his dog. Buddy Ackerman said the 8-foot gator came from a retention pond near his Palm Harbor condominium last week and grabbed the dog ...

World briefs

Libya intercepts boat with 53 migrants CAIRO, Egypt — Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted a rubber boat carrying 53 African migrants bound for Europe, including 10 women and a child, off its Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the African migrants were intercepted ...

Islamic extremist attack on Somali hotel kills 26By Abdi Guled The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist. Three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, two Americans and a Briton also were among the dead, said Ahmed Madobe, the president of Jubbaland regional state which controls Kismayo. Fifty-six people, including two Chinese, were injured in the hotel attack, he told reporters. At least four al-Shabab assailants attacked the Asasey Hotel Friday evening, beginning with a suicide car bomb at the entrance gate and followed by an assault by gunmen who stormed the hotel, which is frequented by politicians, patrons and lawmakers. The attack lasted more than 14 hours before troops shot dead all attackers inside the hotel compound, Col. Abdiqadir Nur, a local police officer, said. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, often uses car bombs to infiltrate heavily fortified targets like the hotel in Kismayo, which has been relatively quiet in recent years. The attack is a blow to the Somalia government’s efforts to hold nation-wide, one-person one-vote elections next year. Security officials cordoned off the site of the attack and prevented journalists from taking photos or video of the damaged hotel and in some cases destroyed journalists’ cameras. Government officials have not been available for further interviews. Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, died in the attack, Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan confirmed to AP. “I’m absolutely devastated by the news of the death of our dear sister Hodan Nalayeh and her husband in a terrorist attack in Somalia today. What a loss to us. Her beautiful spirit shined through her work and the way she treated people,” Omar Suleiman, a Texas-based imam who knew the victim, wrote on social media. Nalayeh was born in Somalia in 1976, but spent most of her life in Canada, first in Alberta and then in Toronto. She founded Inte­gration TV, an international web-based video production company aimed at Somali viewers around the world. She was the first Somali woman media owner in the world. Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen mourned Hodan Nalayeh’s death on Twitter, saying she “highlighted the community’s positive stories and contributions in Canada” through her work as a journalist. “We mourn her loss deeply, and all others killed in the #KismayoAttack,” he wrote. Nalayeh’s endless “positivity” and “love for people” was inspiring, said Canada’s New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath on Twitter.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali ...

Court upholds contraception exemptions

PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court upheld a lower court order that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said ...

News shows

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; investor and liberal activist Tom Steyer. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Bernie Sanders, ...

Lottery wins

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s casinos have lost a bid to shut down online lottery games that they say are too much like casino gambling, just days before the state’s first casinos launch their own online gambling portals. Friday’s decision in Commonwealth Court is a victory for the ...