- Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida.
- Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
- Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard
BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow.
- Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides' 2006 war.
- Fed sees strengthening economy but stays 'patient' on rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.
- NFL players who started young show more thinking problems
BOSTON (AP) — NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
- Millsap leads Hawks to 17th straight win, 113-102 over Nets
ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap played like one of the league's best players.
- Irving scores 55 as Cavs win 8th in a row minus LeBron
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat.
- AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite
PHOENIX (AP) — Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.
- Head of NCAA enforcement: Academic misconduct on rise
The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct is on the rise in college athletics and his department is currently handling 20 open investigations.