Russian officials pledge tough, measured answer to US order

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian vowed Friday to respond to a U.S. order to shut the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and offices in Washington and New York, but also indicated that Moscow was not inclined to raise the stakes in the diplomatic tit-for-tat between the two countries.

  • Written by By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

Gas prices surge higher as drivers rush to fill their tanks

ATLANTA (AP) — Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's strike on the Gulf Coast.

  • Written by By CLAUDIA LAUER and JEFF MARTIN , Associated Press

US clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

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  • Written by By LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer

Blasts rock Texas chemical plant as most danger moves east

HOUSTON (AP) — Fires and two explosions rocked a Houston-area chemical plant early Thursday in the wake of Harvey and its devastating floods even as floodwaters from days of relentless rain receded there and the threat of major dangers from the storm centered near the Texas-Louisiana line.

  • Written by By NOMAAN MERCHANT and JUAN A. LOZANO , Associated Press