Posted: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2013 10:43 PM
MEXICO CITY (AP) People are feared trapped in the rubble of an office building in Mexico City that was heavily damaged by an explosion that killed at least 25 people and injured more than 100. The blast ripped through three floors of an office at the headquarters of Pemex, the state-owned oil company. Rescue crews are using dogs to locate victims.
BEIJING (AP) The explosion of a fireworks truck in central China has killed at least 26 people. State media report the blast was so powerful it destroyed a section of an elevated highway, sending vehicles plummeting 100 feet to the ground.
LOS ANGELES (AP) There has been a shakeup among Catholic leaders in Southern California. It comes following Thursday night's release of thousands of pages of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse and how it was handled. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties. Gomez says the behavior detailed in the files is "terribly sad and evil."
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) Law enforcement officials in Midland City, Ala., say hostage negotiators continue to talk with a gunman who has been holding a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker since Tuesday afternoon. The communication is through a ventilation pipe to the bunker. The child was taken from a school bus. The driver was shot dead.
ATLANTA (AP) Charges are pending against an Atlanta middle school student following a shooting in a school courtyard. Another student -- a 14-year-old -- was wounded in the neck before an armed security officer was able to take the gun away. The wounded student has been released from a hospital.