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Police: Man raped, killed woman

GETTYSBURG — A man broke into an 87-year-old Penns­y­­­­lvania woman’s house the day before Thanksgiving and forced her to show him where her valuables were before he raped her twice, strangled her and tried to set the house on fire, according to a police affidavit released ...

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Global trade is at stake as Trump, Xi face off To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary. The man who calls himself a supreme dealmaker will have the opportunity this week to put himself to the ...

GM to lay off 14K workers, close as many as 5 plants

DETROIT — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced Monday. The reductions could amount to as ...

Taxes more likely for online gifts

WASHINGTON — Shop­pers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they’re being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online ...

Vernita Lee, mother of Oprah Winfrey

MILWAUKEE — Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying that Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman said that private funeral services were held. No other details were provided. Lee was a ...

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci

ROME — Italian film-maker Bernardo Bertolucci, who won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and whose erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris” enthralled and shocked the world, died Monday at his home in Rome, surrounded by family. He was 77. “He will be remembered among the greatest in ...

Deer rifle season underway across Pa.

HARRISBURG — Thanks­giving is over, but for many across Pennsyl­vania, Mon­day marks the start of an unofficial holiday: the opening of deer rifle season. The season goes until Dec. 8. Hunters are only allowed to take deer with antlers until Friday. After that, both antlered and ...

Trump defends use of tear gas

SAN DIEGO — President Donald Trump is strongly defending the U.S. use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children. Critics denounced the border agents’ action as overkill, but Trump kept to a hard ...

Stone associate will reject plea deal

WASHINGTON — An associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he is rejecting a plea offer in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. In an email to The Associated Press, Jerome Corsi, a conservative author who has pushed conspiracy theories, said he planned to reject a ...

NASA craft lands on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars’ interior landed on the planet Monday after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies, setting off jubilation among scientists who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive across 100 ...

Ukraine to impose martial law after dispute

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parlia­ment voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called “growing aggression” from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three ...

Nation

Ohio School guard accused of raping students CLEVELAND — Police said a security guard at a Cleveland high school raped multiple students. Authorities said the 29-year-old guard is charged with rape and is being held in jail on $300,000 bond. A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Metropolitan ...

World

Egypt Saudi crown prince visits Egypt CAIRO — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is visiting Egypt as part of his first tour abroad since facing international outrage over the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Egyptian state media said Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Cairo on Monday ...

Betty Bumpers, widow of ex-Arkansas governor, dies

The Associated Press Betty Bumpers, a former Arkansas first lady who advocated for childhood immunizations nationwide and pushed for limiting nuclear arms proliferation, has died. She was 93. Bumpers, long married to former Arkansas governor and four-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, ...

‘Don’t Look Now’ director Nicolas Roeg dies

The Associated Press LONDON — Nicolas Roeg, a director of provocative and otherworldly films who gave Mick Jagger and David Bowie enduring screen roles, has died. He was 90. The British director of “Don’t Look Now” and many other films died Friday night, his son, Nicolas Roeg Jr., ...

Snow forces flight cancelations

CHICAGO — A winter storm blanketed much of the central Midwest with snow on Sunday at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing blizzard-like conditions that grounded hundreds of flights and forced the closure of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. “It’s ...

Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels

MOSCOW — Russia’s coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine’s vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy said. Russia blamed Ukraine for provoking the incident, which sharply escalated ...

Dems shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker’s race

WASHINGTON — Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker. Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. And then, ...

Nation briefs

Gas leak closes Del. Memorial Bridge PENNSVILLE, New Jersey — A gas leak has shut down the Delaware Memorial Bridge in both directions. The Delaware River and Bay Authority tweeted that the leak stemmed from a chemical production facility near the twin suspension bridges that are a major ...

World briefs

Dozens die in boat accident MUKONO, Uganda — Ugandan divers retrieved 31 bodies and expected to find more in a capsized vessel in Lake Victoria, making it one of the country’s worst maritime disasters and prompting the president to call for more stringent safety regulations. The vessel ...