At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

OMAHA, Neb. — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America’s farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They’re going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world’s two largest economies.

Notre Dame rector: Fragile cathedral might not be saved

PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50% chance” the structure might not be saved because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument.

Student who saved classmates from shooting honored as Jedi

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina college student hailed by police as a hero for preventing more injuries and deaths after a gunman opened fire in a classroom has now been immortalized as a Jedi by the production company for the “Star Wars” franchise.

GOP senator ‘disturbed’ by McConnell impeachment remark

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said she was disturbed to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate over the upcoming presidential impeachment trial.

Thousands mark Christmas in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmastime in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.