Mexico explosion death toll lowered to 2

EFE | Mexico City

The mayor of Mexico's capital said two people died here in a gas truck explosion Thursday at a maternity and children's hospital, correcting an earlier report indicating seven were killed in the blast.

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US ENERGY

Senate approves building Keystone XL pipeline

EFE | Washington
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would allow construction work to begin immediately on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite President Barack Obama's threat to veto it.
PEOPLE

Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa makes stage debut

EFE | Madrid
Nearly 79, Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has made his acting debut at Madrid's Teatro Español, bringing to life a character in a play he wrote, but had thought was long dead.
ENTERTAINMENT FILM

Antonio Banderas tackles pirate role in upcoming animated/live action film

EFE | Los Angeles
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has further expanded his repertoire of roles with a turn as a pirate in the upcoming animated/live action film "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," although his buccaneer is the polar opposite of the one Johnny Depp portrays in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
GOOGLE EARNINGS

Google profits rose 40.9 pct. in 4th quarter

EFE | Los Angeles
Google earned $4.757 billion during the 4th quarter of 2014, 40.9 percent more than during the same period the year before, but missing analysts' expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter.
BASKETBALL NBA/GASOL

Gasol: Bulls need more consistency to be NBA title contenders

EFE | Los Angeles
Hours before returning to the Staples Center for a game against his former squad, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls power forward Pau Gasol said his current team does not yet have the consistency to be NBA title contenders.
MEXICO ENVIRONMENT

Mexico says river clean-up underway after mining spill

EFE | Mexico City
Work has begun in northern Mexico to repair damage caused by a mining leak last August, when some 40,000 cubic meters (10.5 million gallons) of copper sulfate spilled into the Sonora River, the government said.
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