<div> <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A jury on Wednesday convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment. </div>
<p>ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A massive storm system raked the Southeast on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that overturned cars on a major Georgia interstate and demolished homes and businesses, killing at least two people.
<p>BEIRUT (AP) - Israel's air force launched a rare airstrike on a military site inside Syria, the Syrian government and U.S. and regional security officials said Wednesday, adding a potentially flammable new element to regional tensions already heightened by Syria's civil war.
<div> <p>SAN DIEGO (AP) - A powerful explosion on Wednesday ripped through a hotel near SeaWorld San Diego from a room where authorities say a couple was believed to be extracting oil from hashish, sending guests fleeing for safety. </div>
<p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company's San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
<p>TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.
<div> <p>PHOENIX (AP) - Police surrounded a Phoenix home searching for a man suspected of shooting three people, but say he wasn't there. </div>
<p>SAN DIEGO (AP) - Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.
<p>TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
<p>HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Four years ago, noticing plaques at the county courthouse commemorating slavery, the Holocaust and other atrocities, Korean-American community leader Chejin Park struck upon the idea of adding a tribute to the "comfort women" of World War II.
<p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan briefly appeared in court Wednesday for the first time in nearly a year and left with a new attorney, new trial date and new judge.
<p>VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Coast Guard said Tuesday that about 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for aboard a leaking barge that had rammed a railroad bridge near Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, which remained closed for a third day as crews slowly pumped out oil.
<p>NEW YORK (AP) - After lengthy delays, Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled its first two phones with the new BlackBerry 10 system. The Q10 will have a physical keyboard, while the Z10 has only a touch-screen keyboard. RIM says it will also change its name to BlackBerry to maintain a single brand. It will have the ticker symbol "BBRY" on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
<div> <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - In a dramatic appeal, wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Congress on Wednesday to enact tougher curbs on guns, saying, "too many children are dying" without them. </div>
<p>CHICAGO (AP) - When former Illinois Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on Wednesday after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. She said the CIA's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department.
<p>TOKYO (AP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.
<p>DENVER (AP) - Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.
<p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago.
<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for more than two days is staggering. But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is hardly the first reminder of how big the seas are, and of how agonizing it can be to try to find something lost in them.
<p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police said Monday they've solved the case of a severed human head and other body parts found two years ago near the Hollywood sign.
<p>NEW YORK (AP) - HBO says its streaming service is running again, although disappointingly late for many anxious fans of the "True Detective" series.
<p>PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) - Authorities questioned travel agents Monday at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation into what they were doing on the flight.
<p>SACRAMENTO - State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California's cash balance, receipts and disbursements in February 2014. Revenues for the month totaled $5.6 billion, surpassing estimates in the 2014-15 Governor's Budget by $968.9 million, or 20.9 percent.
<p>KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Rescue helicopters and ships searching for a Malaysia Airlines jet rushed Monday to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft. It turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean, once again dashing hopes after more than two days of fruitless search for the plane that disappeared en route to Beijing with 239 people on board.
<p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming.
<p>OKUMA, Japan (AP) - The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster.
<p>EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - A very strong earthquake that struck offshore rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damage.
<p>NEW YORK (AP) - The trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaida spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is resuming Monday with the airing of testimony from a London resident who says he participated in a 2001 shoe-bomb plot.