Ecuador hikes taxes to pay for post-quake reconstruction

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Rafael Correa said Ecuador's worst earthquake in decades caused billions of dollars of damage and he is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction.

  • Written by GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press

3 killed, dozens hurt in blast at Mexico petrochemical plant

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion rocked a petrochemical plant on Mexico's southern Gulf coast, causing evacuations in the area as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud into the air. Officials said three workers died and more than 100 people were injured.

  • Written by PETER ORSI, Associated Press E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press

Volkswagen reaches judge's deadline for diesel car fix

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge's deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

  • Written by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press TOM KRISHER, Associated Press

5 ex-cops to plead guilty in bridge shootings after Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five former New Orleans police officers say in court that they will plead guilty to lesser charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days that followed Hurricane Katrina.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press