MEXICO CITY—A massive, multicolored explosion decimated a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, leaving it a charred wasteland and killing at least 29 people with dozens more injured. Television images showed a flurry of pyrotechnics exploding into the early afternoon sky as a giant plume of smoke rose above the market. Fireworks detonated in a peal of clattering bursts reminiscent of a war zone.
SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON/WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2013, Yahoo Inc. launched a project to better secure the passwords of its customers, abandoning the use of a discredited technology for encrypting data known as MD5. It was too late. In August of that year, hackers got hold of more than a billion Yahoo accounts, stealing the poorly encrypted passwords and other information in the biggest data breach on record. Yahoo only recently uncovered the hack and disclosed it last week.
Preschoolers whose natural preference is for going to bed and waking up on the late side are more likely than their early-bird peers to have sleep problems, a recent study suggests. Adults and teens with a late chronotype tend to stay up later and wake up later and to have more sleep problems than others, the researchers write Dec. 3 in the journal Sleep Medicine.
WASHINGTON - - U.S. Republican and Democratic senators called on Sunday for a special bipartisan panel to investigate cyber attacks against the United States by foreign countries with a focus on Russia's alleged efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election.
• • Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who have difficulties making it to in-person therapy sessions may be able to get treatment that's just as good by videoconference. • Researchers compared home-delivered prolonged exposure therapy — which helps patients confront memories and situations that trigger their symptoms — to the same treatment given in U.S. Veterans Affairs clinics, and found no difference in effectiveness.
LOS ANGELES—Socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has died at age 99, according to her publicist, CBSLA.com reported on Sunday. The Hungarian-born actress, perhaps best known for her nine marriages, passed away at her home on Sunday, publicist Ed Lozzi told the website. Lozzi could not be reached immediately for further comment.
NEW YORK — Alex Jasiulek tapped a new funding option known as an income share agreement to help pay for an Ivy League education.
As school shootings become more common in the U.S., they're happening less often in states with mandatory background checks on gun and ammunition purchases, a recent study suggests. While rare, these shootings are now happening more than once a week, compared with less than once a year a generation ago, researchers report in the journal Injury Prevention.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Transportation Department this week proposed requiring all new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another using short-range wireless technology to potentially avoid tens of thousands of crashes annually. Regulators, which first announced plans to pursue requiring the technology in early 2014, are proposing to give automakers at least four years to comply from the time it is finalized and would require automakers to ensure all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology."
Wells Fargo & Co. reported another decline in monthly consumer account openings, indicating that the bank is having trouble rebuilding its reputation after a sales scandal. The bank agreed in September to pay regulators $185 million to settle charges that its staff opened as many as 2 million accounts without customers' knowledge. Wells Fargo said Friday that consumer checking account openings fell 9 percent in November from the previous month, and were down 41 percent from a year earlier.