SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to South Dakota for a scholarship program for the state's technical schools, the governor's office announced Wednesday.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson Police Department says it will no longer fully enforce an Arizona state law that requires police to question the immigration status of some people believed to be in the country illegally.
DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials have reauthorized a national heritage area dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Transit Authority was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of discriminating against people with limited English who try to use a program providing transportation to those with disabilities.
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barbershop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two lawsuits filed by people stuck in traffic jams caused by apparently politically motivated lane closings of the George Washington Bridge will move forward without New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a defendant, a lawyer in the case said Wednesday.
HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Marine suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives left an ax, a machete and two medicine bottles at the scene of his apparent suicide in woods near his suburban Philadelphia home.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a surprising reversal, federal prosecutors on Wednesday abandoned their 12-year pursuit of the death penalty for a woman convicted of helping kill five people, including two children, in Iowa to protect her boyfriend's drug business.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as far too broad on Wednesday and ordered both sides to go back to the drawing board.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.