MEXICO CITY - Minutes before midnight, warning sirens blared across this earthquake-anxious capital. This, in itself, was not unusual. Temblors are common here, and in recent years Mexico City has held annual disaster drills, revamped building codes and installed sophisticated sensors to be ready for an emergency. Many residents still have keen memories of the calamitous 1985 earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people here and left a quarter-million homeless.
CHICAGO - Monsanto Co pushed Arkansas on Thursday to allow farmers to spray crops with the company's dicamba herbicide, linked to damage on plants across the U.S. farm belt. In July, Arkansas temporarily banned the use and sale of dicamba after farmers complained the herbicide was drifting away from where it was sprayed and hurting crops that could not withstand it. Arkansas previously had blocked Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, XtendiMax with VaporGrip, because the company did not provide testing data that state officials wanted. A dicamba herbicide from BASF was approved.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, siding with Democrats over his fellow Republicans, said he agreed on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with lawmakers to pass an extension of the U.S. debt limit until Dec. 15, potentially avoiding an unprecedented default on U.S. government debt. After meeting with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House, Trump said he also agreed on a funding bill until mid-December that would avert a government shutdown, and disaster aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.
EDINBURGH, Scotland—Basketball legend Dennis Rodman said on Wednesday, Sept. 6, he had skied and sung karaoke with his friend North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and would like to "straighten things out" amid a nuclear standoff with the United States. Rodman has paid several visits to Kim in the isolated state but the two rarely discuss politics, the retired National Basketball Association star told British TV show "Good Morning Britain."
The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer. Setting a cut-off date, possibly sometime in the first half of 2018, would aim to protect plants vulnerable to dicamba, after growers across the U.S. farm belt reported the chemical drifted from where it was sprayed this summer, damaging millions of acres of soybeans and other crops.
NORTON, Mass.—Justin Thomas rode a couple of lucky breaks to become the first five-time champion on the PGA Tour this season when he won the Dell Technologies Championship in Massachusetts on Monday. Thomas emerged from a three-way tussle to beat Jordan Spieth by three strokes at TPC Boston, with Australian Marc Leishman another shot back in third place. Thomas carded 66 to finish at 17-under-par 267, while Spieth bogeyed the last to shoot 67. Leishman, who led by two shots with nine holes left, faded with a 70.
DARLINGTON, S.C.—Denny Hamlin claimed his second win of 2017 and his second career Darlington Raceway victory Sunday night in the Bojangles' Southern 500. Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished second to give JGR a one-two finish.
MAUI, Hawaii — Walter Becker, co-founder of the influential jazz-rock band Steely Dan, died on Sunday, Sept. 3, at age 67, according to his website, which did not disclose the cause of death. Becker, who played lead guitar, formed Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, its keyboardist and lead vocalist. In its heyday in the 1970s, the band scored hits with "Reelin' in the Years," "Do It Again," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Deacon Blues."
FRANKFURT - Frankfurt city officials have warned that Germany's financial capital could grind to a halt on Monday, Sept. 4, if residents don't heed orders to vacate their homes to allow the defusing of a massive World War Two bomb. On Sunday, the city will evacuate some 60,000 people in the nation's biggest such maneuver since the war while officials disarm the British bomb discovered on a building site this week in Frankfurt's leafy Westend, where many wealthy bankers live.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A judge on Friday threw out the most serious charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault filed against 16 Pennsylvania State University fraternity members in the alcohol-fueled hazing death of a 19-year-old prospective member. Members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity still face lesser charges in the death of Timothy Piazza, who died on Feb. 4 after playing a drinking game at the fraternity house near campus in State College, Pennsylvania.