New sanctions imposed on Iran
The Obama administration slapped new sanctions on Iran's state broadcasting agency and Internet-policing agencies Wednesday as economic sanctions enacted last summer also took effect. The actions are part of an effort to force the Iranian government to curb its nuclear program. The newest sanctions, announced by the Treasury Department, are aimed at Iranian agencies and companies that stifle dissent and impede the free flow of information. The sanctions that were written into law in August will make it more difficult for Iran to bring home money it earns abroad on sales of its oil.
More clergy abuse files to be released
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said Wednesday it would release additional documents from internal clergy abuse files after alleged victims complained that 12,000 pages released last week were missing critical memos and contained excessive redactions. The documents from the file of former priest Michael Baker are from 1986 to 2000 and provide insight into how retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders dealt with him. The Associated Press reported from an unredacted copy of the Baker file last month. The archdiocese acknowledged it erred in keeping those pages sealed.
Stash of weapons, rockets rattle town
Soldiers combing abandoned jihadist hideouts and sand-dusted streets for weapons found industrial-strength explosives, raising the specter Wednesday of bomb attacks by the jihadists who fled into the desert after French forces arrived. As the French began talking about a timeline for a troop drawdown, reports of clashes near Gao raised concerns that the Islamic militants may be creeping back toward their stronghold.
Georgia: More than two dozen cars, trucks and tractor-trailers collided in a fiery pileup Wednesday on foggy Interstate 16 east of Macon, killing at least four people and sending nine to a hospital, officials said.
Solomon Islands: Six bodies have been found in the sodden wreckage left by a tsunami that flattened dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain.
Maine: A rare 148-year-old baseball card found at a rural yard sale and depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club was auctioned for $92,000 Wednesday to an unidentified buyer.