Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) - Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel says he's taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a sentence of a year's probation.
DALLAS (AP) - Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease - in fact, were less likely to die of any cause - during a 30-year Harvard study.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento police officers and firefighters are using a $3 million video simulation developed by the Army to practice for the possibility of gunmen terrorizing the capital city.
LOS ANGELES - California's attorney general launched a new initiative on Wednesday aimed at reducing one of the nation's highest rates of recidivism among people convicted of crimes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coroner's officials say the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport died two to five minutes after he was shot.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A spokeswoman for San Francisco's mayor says it cost the city $105,000 to honor the 5-year-old boy with leukemia who captivated the nation with his larger-than-life portrayal of a caped crusader.
WASHINGTON (AP) - An increase in shopping last month during the partial government shutdown suggests that the U.S. economy may be more resilient than some have feared.
LONDON (AP) - He's been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home - and his family says it's because of he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais' long and fitful journey is coming to an end.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor, on American Indians who used their native language to outwit enemies and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - University of California hospital employees picketed Wednesday at medical centers across the state in response to what union leaders called intimidation and harassment from management against workers who took part in a two-day walkout in May.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday by bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on prominent Americans, 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated weeks short of the medal's first award ceremony.
WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) - Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa says United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) - The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Silicon Valley startup incubator are barred from the Internet.