- Detroit architect Harold Varner dies at age 78
DETROIT (AP) — Harold Varner, an architect on the design team for Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, has died at age 78.
- 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.
- Seattle's CB Browner suspended indefinitely
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy after losing his appeal.
- Officials: Baucus to be named ambassador to China
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama intends to nominate Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as ambassador to China, Democratic officials said Wednesday, turning to a lawmaker well-versed in trade issues to fill one of the nation's most sensitive diplomatic posts.
- ADM stays in Illinois despite lack of tax breaks
CHICAGO (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Co. decided Wednesday to set up its new international headquarters in Chicago even after it failed in its bid for millions of dollars in state tax breaks. The move was the latest twist in the debate about how far Illinois and other states should go to lure and keep companies.
- AP source: Padres, Benoit agree to 2-year deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
- NYC's Bloomberg decries 'labor-electoral complex'
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the nation's biggest mayoral job with a glowing view of cities' future but a stern warning that they face a serious threat: their workforces' pension and health care costs and the politics around them.
- 'Walking Dead' creator sues AMC over profits
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of "The Walking Dead" is suing AMC over what he claims is an effort to deny him tens of millions of dollars in profit from the hit drama.
- Improving US economy leads Fed to ease stimulus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sent its strongest signal of confidence in the U.S. economy since the Great Recession, deciding that the nation's economic prospects are finally bright enough to withstand a slight pullback in stimulus spending.
- Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.
- 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.
- Venezuela's president calls for higher gas prices
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The price of the world's cheapest gasoline will start to nudge higher if Venezuela's president has his way.
- 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.
- Lawyer: $5.8M settlement in off-road race crash
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A $5.8 million agreement has been reached to settle lawsuits over a 2010 desert off-road race crash that killed eight people and injured 12 on federally owned land in California, a lawyer said Wednesday.
- Peabody ducks retire to Jack Daniel's distillery
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A group of ducks retiring from service at Memphis' Peabody Hotel has moved to Lynchburg.