World

Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and months in Turkey’s terrifying Agri prison, to carving out a life in Europe, Annahita Parsan’s life story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie.

Politics

Cory Booker slammed for 'mansplaining,' insulting DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Republicans are slamming Democratic Sen. Cory Booker for “mansplaining” in his grilling of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Wednesday, when he blasted her “silence and amnesia,” leaving some questioning th

World

British man has decades-old theft conviction cleared after Googling arresting officer's name

A British man’s decades-old theft conviction from the 1970s was overturned Wednesday after he Googled his arresting officer’s name and discovered he committed a similar crime.

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.

Travel

U.S. tour groups call warnings about travel to Cuba baseless; vow to continue taking Americans to island

Dozens of U.S. groups that organize trips to Cuba say they are continuing to take Americans to the island despite an urging by the U.S. State Department that people reconsider their plans to visit there.

Politics

GOP fights to retain Pennsylvania congressional seat

A special election in the Keystone State’s snow-frosted southwestern corner is the hot new race to watch.

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.

Politics

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, former Sen. Bob Dole on Wednesday received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor – for his service to the country as a “soldier, legislator and statesman.”

Health

Flu deaths prompt warnings from victims' families as outbreak continues

It doesn't matter if you run marathons or play sports, when it comes to the flu, no one is completely immune.

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

Colorado man's body found encased in concrete in crawl space

A woman has been charged with murder after her father's body was found encased in concrete in the crawl space under his home in a Denver suburb.

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.

Politics

Bob Dole receives the Congressional Gold Medal: What to know about the former Kansas senator

Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal. Here's what you need to know about the former Republican presidential nominee and WWII veteran.

Politics

Inside the Trump-Flake feud, from media criticisms to immigration

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake isn’t running for re-election, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a step back from battling President Trump.

World

Plane with 6 on board missing in Bahamas, official says

Aviation officials in the Bahamas say a search is ongoing for a small plane that was traveling to the capital of Nassau and never reached its destination.

World

EU suspends Kenya water conservation funding over killing

The European Union has suspended funding for conservation of Kenya's natural water towers after a tribesman was shot and killed by government forest service guards.

Sport

NCAA rules Orange Bowl counts as home loss for Hurricanes

The NCAA says that Miami's loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl counts as a home loss for the Hurricanes.

Health

Naval base uses unique strategy to combat suicides, stress: A dog

Suicides across the military has steadily increased since 2013 according to the Department of Defense (D.O.D), but a naval clinic on Joint Base Andrews (JBA) has a secret weapon that can sniff out members dealing with extreme stress.

World

Pickup, train collision in Mexico kills 5, injures 10

Authorities in central Mexico say a crash involving a pickup truck and a train has killed five people and injured 10 more, including six children.

United States

UC-Berkeley faces lawsuit over violent rioting at free-speech event

Four people have filed suit against the University of California, Berkeley after allegedly being assaulted last year outside of an on-campus appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos – raising concerns that this type of legal action co

United States

Alabama student investigated over videos using racial slur

The University of Alabama says social media videos of a student repeatedly using a racial slur have been reported to the school's student-conduct office.

Politics

Congress grills social media giants on efforts to curtail terror content

Congress on Wednesday demanded answers from tech giants including Facebook and Twitter about whether they’re doing enough to keep terror networks off social media, even suggesting that their reports about thwarting such efforts show they’re

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