UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on North Korea following its test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles in violations of council resolutions.
CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company Wednesday of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge on Wednesday sentenced an Alabama man to 55 years in prison for fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son at his parents' central Indiana home.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest Albuquerque police fatally shooting a homeless camper, the embattled Albuquerque Police Department announced Wednesday that officers shot and killed a man with a gun who opened fire on authorities.
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has ruled certain non-profit organizations in Georgia affiliated with the Catholic Church are not subject to a contraception mandate included in the president's health care law.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council lavished rare praise Wednesday on Sierra Leone, a country once known for "blood diamonds" and rebels chopping limbs off innocent civilians, which now contributes soldiers to U.N. peacekeeping missions and aspires to be a middle-income country by 2030.
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Experts gave dueling opinions Wednesday on what likely killed a pregnant Army soldier whose husband is charged with murder, leaving a military judge to sort out whether she was strangled to death, suffered a sudden heart attack or died from causes that can't be determined.
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is facing public corruption charges after prosecutors said he solicited $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as developers. Cannon is the latest mayor of a large city to face a scandal in recent years. Here is a look at some others:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Smoke and flames poured from the roof and windows of a four-story brownstone on Wednesday as firefighters battled a large fire that injured more than a dozen people and snarled traffic in Boston's densely populated Back Bay neighborhood.
An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday the state's secrecy on its lethal injections protocols was unconstitutional, a decision that could delay executions in other states where death row inmates are planning to launch similar challenges. County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled the state violated due process protections in the U.S. Constitution by not providing the name of the drug supplier, the combination of chemicals and the dosages used in executions. Oklahoma's attorney general said the office will appeal. Oklahoma and other U.S. states have been struggling to obtain drugs for executions.
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut's senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the highest statewide rate in the nation, following a call to action last month by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. On a visit to Connecticut earlier this month, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the federal minimum to the same $10.10 level, which has not gotten backing in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. "This sends a clear message to the working people in the state of Connecticut that the legislature understands the difficulty they have in doing basic things to live, and we are proud to lead the nation in moving the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour," said state Senator Gary Holder-Winfield, chairman of the legislature's Labor Committee. Connecticut's minimum wage currently stands at $8.70 per hour, and the bill would phase in the hike to $10.10 over three years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - An international theft ring used stolen bank account information to create fake ATM cards and withdraw money from cash machines in Chicago and the surrounding area, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Seventeen people were accused of stealing about $200,000 from ATMs and another $50,000 by laundering the money between May 2011 and September 2012, according to a 29-count indictment, the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement. The indictment named 15 people in the United States and two men in Bulgaria, Radoslav Pavlov, 36 and Mihail Petrov, 41. Pavlov and Petrov were accused of stealing bank information and personal identification numbers from unsuspecting account holders and sharing that information with several people in the Chicago area, according to prosecutors.
CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed associate of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's has pleaded guilty in Chicago to drug trafficking.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A teenager who accused a billionaire heir to the SC Johnson fortune of sexually abusing her for years can't testify at his trial unless she agrees to release her medical records, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, reversing a decision it issued last year.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Greenpeace activists who staged a daring demonstration at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters in Cincinnati have taken their message worldwide with protests in five more countries.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police is disputing Police Chief Gorden Eden's claims that the man had a gun and shot at officers.
At least three Boston firefighters were injured, one seriously, on Wednesday when a fire broke out in a four-story building in the city's historic Back Bay neighborhood, drawing a large-scale emergency response, local officials said. All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. He described the blaze as a nine-alarm incident, the department's highest level of severity, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene. "It's a very unstable condition right now with the flames that are through the roof, and it's hard fighting it from the outside." Of the three firefighters brought to area hospitals, one was listed in serious condition while the injuries to the other two were not believed to be life-threatening, MacDonald said.