24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast is now 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported.

  • Written by FELIX MARQUEZ, Associated Press

Up to 170 states poised to sign landmark climate agreement

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As many as 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal takes a key step toward entering into force years ahead of schedule.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees, the company announced Thursday night.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Aid reaches besieged Syria town amid concerns for truce

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday there was "real but modest" progress in the country's humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Justice Department appears open to interrogation suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has signaled that it won't try to block a lawsuit arising from the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, leaving the door open for a court challenge over tactics that have since been discontinued and widely discredited.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press