Alabama pipeline blast sparks worries about South gas prices

HELENA, Ala. (AP) — A deadly explosion that sparked a geyser of fire has shut down a vital pipeline supplying gasoline to millions of people across the Southeast, raising fears of another round of gas shortages and price increases after the pipeline's second accident and shutdown in two months.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

Iraqi's Mosul advance pauses in east, inches on in the south

BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces paused their advance in an eastern district of Mosul on Wednesday to clear a neighborhood of any remaining Islamic State militants, as forces further to the south of the city took four small villages, military officials said.

  • Written by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

S. Korea prosecutors seek arrest of friend of President Park

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for a longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday over allegations of influence-peddling and other activities that have triggered a huge political scandal that threatens Park's leadership.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press