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Business

Alcoa reports bigger quarterly loss

(Reuters) - Aluminum producer Alcoa Corp reported a bigger quarterly loss on Wednesday, hurt by the closure and divestiture of some smelting assets.

United States

No bail for ex-death row inmate charged with sex trafficking

An exonerated death row inmate from Delaware has been ordered held without bail on a sex trafficking charge in Hawaii.

United States

Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.

United States

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers.

United States

Award may drop name of author tied to sterilization movement

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program to better connect with young readers.

United States

Ex-Michigan teacher enters plea deal in prostitution case

A former Michigan middle school band teacher acquitted in 2002 of sexual conduct involving a student has pleaded guilty in a separate case to attempting to engage a minor for prostitution.

Sport

Rallying: Sainz stretches Dakar lead after penalty rescinded

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

Entertainment

NBC sends Katie Couric to Olympics in new embarrassment for Megyn Kelly

NBC announced it would bring back former employee Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month, a surprise move following the network’s announcement that new NBC News star Megyn Kelly wouldn’t travel to Sout

World

US withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned abo

United States

The Latest: Company investigating wedding program incident

The Latest on a federal lawsuit that claims Vistaprint sent a gay couple religious pamphlets with messages about sin and temptation rather than the wedding programs they ordered (all times local): 4:30 p.m.

United States

New Hampshire teen killed in sledding accident at Maine ski resort

A New Hampshire high school student was killed and another was seriously injured early Wednesday when the sled they were riding in an after-hours excursion at a Maine ski resort crashed into a tree.

World

Nationalists allowed to join German parliament's soccer team

A soccer team of German lawmakers has agreed to let several recently elected members of a nationalist party join its squad.

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