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November 26, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft has landed on Mars to explore the planet’s interior. Flight controllers announced that the spacecraft InSight touched down Monday, after a perilous supersonic descent through the red Martian skies. Confirmation came via radio signals that took more than eight minutes to cross the nearly 100 million miles between Mars and Earth.

HONG KONG (AP) — Scientists and bioethics experts are reacting with shock, anger and alarm to a Chinese researcher’s claim that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China says he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to try to help them resist possible future infection with the AIDS virus — a dubious goal, ethically and scientifically, in the opinion of some experts.

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says 69 migrants were arrested on the California side of the border after trying to cross from Tijuana to the U.S. during a confrontation where agents fired tear gas. He says nearly 1,000 people rushed vehicle lanes and went around the border crossing to try to get into the U.S. on Sunday. He says some threw rocks and bottles at U.S. agents, but there was no report of violence Monday.

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The country’s indebted and taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to rebuild homes and businesses after Hurricanes Florence and Michael that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totaling more than the building is worth. Nearly 37,000 properties from the Carolinas to California have repeatedly flooded and been rebuilt — some dozens of times — adding to the problems of a National Flood Insurance Program that must be reauthorized by Congress this month.

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