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STABBING: A Jewish settler was stabbed to death in the occupied Gaza Strip Monday by Palestinian laborers he had picked up to work in his tomato greenhouse.BOMBING: The IRA fired mortars at a joint police-army base in a predominantly Catholic town in Northern Ireland Monday, killing one civilian and wounding three others in the third attack on security forces in the past 24 hours.

GUNNED DOWN: At least three people were killed and eight wounded in South Africa's strife-torn Natal province Monday when unknown gunmen sprayed a bus with gunfire, police said.

REPORTER DIES: Henry Giniger, who covered the reconstruction and rise of France after World War II for The New York Times, is dead of lung cancer at age 71, the newspaper's Paris bureau said Monday. Giniger died at a hospital in Paris on Sunday, according to the bureau.

Across the nationRAMPAGE: Failing grades and the discipline that followed apparently provided the spark that caused an eighth-grader in Haltom City, Texas, to open fire from his bedroom window, killing a policeman and seriously injuring three neighbors before being shot dead.

MISSING: Five tugboat crew members were missing early Monday and feared dead after their vessel sank in the Atlantic off the New Jersey coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Two other crew members were rescued.

BLOCKADE: The U.S. Border Patrol is replacing a tattered chain-link fence along the Mexican border near San Luis, Ariz., with a 10-foot-high steel wall in an effort to curb crime, drug traffic and illegal immigration.

In Washington

ECONOMICS: The economic fate of city dwellers and suburbanites is closely linked, according to a study that found household incomes inside and outside city limits tend to rise and fall together. The National League of Cities report, released Sunday, showed that while incomes declined in 18 suburbs in the 1980s, incomes also fell in nearby cities in all but four locations.

RETIREMENT? Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White hasn't hired law clerks for next year, but a court spokeswoman says that does not suggest he might retire. "I wouldn't read too much into that fact," Kathy Arberg said Sunday after The Washington Post quoted anonymous sources as saying White was considering retirement.