Smaller blasts heard from Harvey-flooded chemical plant


HOUSTON (AP) — At least 2 tons of highly unstable chemicals used in such products as plastics and paint exploded and burned at a flood-crippled plant near Houston, sending up a plume of acrid black smoke that stung the eyes and lungs.


  • Written by By FRANK BAJAK and REESE DUNKLIN , Associated Press

US job growth slows to 156K; unemployment up to 4.4 pct.


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, though still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

White House readies $5.9B request for Harvey recovery aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is preparing an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey aid, a down payment to ensure recovery efforts over the next few weeks are adequately funded.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Judge tosses most serious charges in Penn State frat death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out involuntary manslaughter and felony assault counts filed against members of a Penn State fraternity in a pledge's alcohol hazing-related death, ordering 12 of the frat brothers to stand trial on lesser counts.

  • Written by By MARK SCOLFORO , Associated Press