- Obama's Sochi Olympics delegation includes 2 gay athletes
- U.S. President Barack Obama has picked two openly gay athletes to be part of the U.S. delegation at the Sochi Games, a move widely seen as a rebuke of Russia's anti-gay laws, and he'll be skipping the event.
- U.S. Federal Reserve tapers bond-buying to $75B US a month
- The U.S. Federal Reserve has decided to taper its bond-buying program by $10 billion US a month, beginning in January.
- Orlando the guide dog leaps onto NYC subway tracks to save owner
- A black Labrador guide dog jumped onto a Manhattan subway station track to save its owner, who had fainted and fallen in front of an oncoming train.
- Analysis American conservatives take aim at the 'war on Christmas'
- A Fox News rant that Santa Claus is white and "so was Jesus" is rekindling America's culture wars, and doesn't reflect today's realities about either Christmas or a changing U.S., Neil Macdonald writes.
- New NSA task force urges limits on snooping
- A presidential advisory panel has recommended sweeping limits on the government's surveillance programs, including requiring a court to sign off on individual searches of phone records and stripping the National Security Agency of its ability to store that data from Americans.
- Mark Zuckerberg, banks sued over Facebook IPO
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and dozens of banks involved in its IPO face a lawsuit that accuses them of misleading investors about its financial health ahead of the May 2012 listing.
- Treatment of migrants on Lampedusa may see EU action against Italy
- The European Union is threatening Italy with legal action as video reveals the hosing down naked of African migrants at a Lampedusa detention centred believed to have scabies.
- Woman in China 1st to die from new bird flu strain, WHO finds
- A woman in China has died of the H10N8 strain of bird flu, the first ever reported human case of the virus, the World Health Organization says.
- Ukraine leaders praise $15B backing from Russia
- Ukraine's political leaders praise a Russia-financed bailout as a guarantee of financial stability, while opposition activists say the deal is likely to worsen economic troubles as the country's dependence on Moscow increases.
- South Sudan president 'ready for dialogue' as violence kills 100s
- South Sudan's president said on Wednesday he was ready for dialogue with his rival who he has accused of trying to force him out of power through fighting that has killed up to 500 people and brought the two-year-old nation close to civil war.
- Ira Curry of Georgia has 1 of 2 Mega Millions winning tickets
- 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.
- Spain mulls extraditing woman accused in ex-Winnipegger's death
- A Puerto Rican woman wanted by U.S. federal authorities for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill her wealthy Canadian husband, told a Spanish extradition hearing Wednesday she is innocent and the victim of "corrupt and Mafioso" types.
- Updated Mohammed Morsi accused of conspiring with Hamas
- An Egyptian prosecutor says Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has committed acts of violence and terrorism in Egypt, and prepared a "terrorist plan" that included an alliance with the Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.
- Syria bombs Aleppo neighbourhoods for 4th day
- Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists say.
- Turkey is world leader in jailing journalists for 2nd year
- Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country in 2013, the second year in a row that the NATO member has outpaced China and Iran, a new prison census says.
- Typhoon Haiyan creates testing ground for crisis mappers
- The Southeast Asian country may be the perfect place to try out new tools for sifting through the social media noise during disasters to quickly help those in need.
- Jailed Greenpeace, Pussy Riot members in Russia near freedom
- Russia's parliament has voted for an amnesty bill that includes crew members of a Greenpeace ship and jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band.
- McLaren aims to eliminate windshield wipers from cars
- Some high-end sports cars may soon come without windshield wipers, relying instead on fighter-jet technology to keep their windshields clear.
- Lockerbie bombing: More charges likely, Robert Mueller says
- More people will be charged in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, almost 25 years ago, according to former FBI director Robert Mueller.
- Analysis Jang Song Thaek execution tests North Korea's Kim, China's patience
- The surprise execution of North Korea's second in command, the uncle of President Kim Jong-un, seems to have caught even China off guard, Patrick Brown writes. Either Kim is consolidating his power, or he is on the verge of losing it.
- Apple a day vs. statins produces similar outcomes
- Prescribing an apple a day to all adults could reduce deaths from heart disease and strokes about as well as cholesterol-lowering statins, research into the Victorian-era health slogan suggests.
- November set heat record for planet
- November was a hot month for planet Earth. Government scientists reported Tuesday that last month set a heat record. They say it was the warmest November on record, across Earth, since record-keeping began in 1880.
- Harold Camping, doomsday evangelist, dies at 92
- Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.
- Rare Beatles tracks briefly on sale to extend copyright
- Dozens of demo recordings, studio outtakes and some 1963 BBC performances by the Beatles are temporarily released for sale online today, in a bid to protect the rare tracks from falling into the public domain next year.