Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state has dealt a setback to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River. In a decision Friday, the Department of Ecol...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

SEATTLE (AP) — A new federal lawsuit aims to kill plans for building one of the world's biggest methanol refineries along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 bil...

Bamboo mats from China, Vietnam containing toxic methanol found in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A number of bamboo mats made in China and Vietnam have been found to contain excessive levels of methanol that could pose threats to human health, according to Taiwan&rsqu...

Taiwanese ingenuity wows audiences at Int'l Warsaw Invention Show

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — This year at the 13th annual International Warsaw Invention Show in Poland, Taiwanese participants took home an incredible amount of medals for their innovative creations....

Costa Rica officials say tainted alcohol kills at least 19

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Costa Rican Health Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol. The ministry said in a Friday report that the in...

Jury awards nearly $60 million to ex-student burned in class

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $60 million to a former high school student disfigured by a chemistry experiment. The Manhattan jury returned the $59.17 million verdict Mon...

Oil shippers boost security after mysterious attacks in Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia's most...

Former student burned in class experiment recounts horror

NEW YORK (AP) — A former high school student severely burned when a chemistry class experiment went horrifically wrong has testified at a civil trial that he remembered feeling the fire eat away at hi...

US says Iran took mine off tanker; Iran denies involvement

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near th...

32 Filipinos rescued from 2 stricken tankers, crew of Taiwan-bound ship in Iran

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A total of 32 Filipino sailors are reportedly safe after the two tankers they were aboard were struck by explosive devices at noon on Thursday (June 13), with the crew of one s...

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “esca...

The Latest: Japan says energy supply unaffected by attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Japan's trade min...

Tankers targeted near Strait of Hormuz amid Iran-US tensions

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and the other adrift and forcing sailors to eva...

Oil surges on Mideast tanker incident, stocks rise

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stocks mostly rose Thursday and energy prices surged after two oil tankers suffered a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman, raising tensions over a key trade route for crude. ...

Taiwanese tanker hit by 'torpedo' in Gulf of Oman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- An oil tanker chartered by Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC Corp was set ablaze after being "hit by a torpedo" around noon today (June 13), according to a senior ...