on trip, suu kyi visits migrants from myanmar
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on her first foreign trip in decades, encouraged impoverished Burmese migrants Wednesday. "Don't feel down, or weak. History is always changing," she told an exuberant crowd of thousands southwest of Bangkok. Many held signs saying, "We want to go home," and Suu Kyi said her visit was aimed at learning how she could help them. The Nobel Peace Prize winner lived 15 of the past 24 years under house arrest. She is now a member of Parliament.
Groups sue for gay marriage
Illinois on Wednesday became the newest battleground in the nation's fight over gay marriage, with the filing of lawsuits seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The suits, brought on behalf of more than two dozen gay and lesbian couples, were filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York advocacy group Lambda Legal. The couples seek to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
4 soldiers looted after twister
Four Missouri National Guard soldiers stole electronics from a Walmart while helping with recovery efforts the day after a tornado destroyed the store, according to records released Tuesday. The Guard said three specialists and a sergeant who admitted taking video game players, a camera and other items thought the merchandise was going to be discarded, the Joplin Globe reported. An investigating officer recommended they be demoted. The records do not address their discipline.
Suspect identified in body parts case
A porn actor is wanted in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to political party headquarters, police said Wednesday. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, they said. A torso in a suitcase was found in a garbage heap Tuesday behind an apartment Magnotta rents in Montreal. The same day, a foot was mailed to the Conservative Party of Canada in Ottawa, and a package containing a hand and addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada was found at a postal warehouse. Early testing indicates the body parts are from one man.
London: Britain's Supreme Court has endorsed extraditing WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, bringing the secret-spilling Internet activist a big step closer to prosecution in a Scandinavian court.
Greensboro, N.C.: Jurors in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial deliberated an eighth day Wednesday with no verdict. The judge released the four alternate jurors.
Hemet, Calif.: Officials say a student driving a pickup truck hit a group of teens crossing a street outside a high school Wednesday, leaving nine injured, three critically, and strewing backpacks in an intersection.
Cairo: Hosni Mubarak's two sons were accused of insider trading Wednesday, three days before they and their elderly father are to hear the verdict in a trial on corruption and complicity charges in the killing of protesters in last year's uprising in Egypt.
Washington: Congress has given itself two more months to come up with long-term solutions for the debt-burdened federal flood insurance program.