In brief: Four die in blast at oil refinery
Four people died at Chevron Corp's Pembroke refinery in Wales yesterday after an explosion in a storage tank undergoing maintenance led to a fire, police said.
Another worker was hospitalised for serious injuries, California-based Chevron said in a statement yesterday. An investigation is under way.
'frustrated' Adele cancels US tour
British singer Adele has cancelled the rest of her North American tour because of laryngitis.
In a statement yesterday, the singer said she was "really frustrated" but "there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor's advice and rest some more". The announcement comes days after she postponed five dates on the tour. She has now cancelled the remaining nine shows.
Yemeni president injured in attack
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebellious tribesmen struck his palace with rockets yesterday, targeting him for the first time in a dramatic escalation of fighting that has turned parts of the capital into a battleground.
One of the rockets smashed into a mosque on the palace grounds where the president was praying along with his top leadership.
Alligator is a stone-cold killer
POLICE in Missouri, US, recently encountered one tough alligator -- or so they thought. Officers responded to a call about a large alligator lurking on a pond embankment.
As instructed by a state conservation agent, an officer shot the alligator -- but the bullets bounced off, because the alligator was made of cement.
Superstore selling cannabis opens
SOME local wags are calling it the "Wal-Mart of Weed" or "Home DePot".
Seeking to capitalise on Arizona's newly enacted medical marijuana law, a California-based company this week opened a superstore-sized garden centre in Phoenix catering to those who want to grow their own cannabis.
No bums on seats, say new bus rules
DON'T get on the bus in Fort Worth, Texas, if you're not properly dressed.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has implemented a new policy that prohibits any passengers from boarding a bus with "saggy" pants that expose the person's underwear or buttocks.