A synthesizer of sounds, Prince 'rewrote the rulebook'

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince could play guitar like Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix, sing like James Brown, turn out pop melodies worthy of Motown or lay down the deepest grooves this side of Sly and the Family Stone. But no one could mistake his sound for anyone but Prince.

  • Written by HILLEL ITALIE, Associated Press; NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, Associated Press; JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press

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