- Ga. woman has 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman who bought just one ticket and used family birthdays and lucky No. 7 to choose her numbers was one of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second largest in U.S. history.
- Mass. gov keeps rage in check on missing-boy case
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he's trying to "keep my own rage in check" as he presses the commissioner of his child protection agency about the case of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for months and is feared dead.
- White House task force urges limit on NSA snooping
WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential advisory panel has recommended sweeping changes to government surveillance programs, including limiting the bulk collection of Americans' phone records by stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store that data in its own facilities. Court orders would be required before the information could be searched.
- Insurers allow more time to pay under health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.
- Ex-BP engineer convicted on 1 obstruction charge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first criminal trial produced by the Justice Department's sweeping probe of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended Wednesday with a jury convicting a drilling engineer of trying to obstruct investigators by deleting text messages from his cellular phone.
- Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults
CHICAGO (AP) — Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice — including the federal agency that appointed the group.
- Witness describes car crash before woman was shot
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A young, drunk woman fatally shot on a man's porch in suburban Detroit was hurt, scared and confused a few hours earlier when she crashed her vehicle into a parked car, a witness testified Wednesday.
- Hero guide dog assured good home after NY rescue
NEW YORK (AP) — The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.
- Area evacuated near fire on Tenn. Superfund site
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters stopped trying to put out a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee Wednesday afternoon because of fears that two 1,000-gallon propane tanks there could explode.
- Urban schools improving faster than rest of US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students in the nation's largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The biggest gains by far were in the nation's capital.
- Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2013. There are 13 days left in the year.