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.


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.


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