Hundreds of people supporting the political party of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took to the streets of Basra on Wednesday to demand a manual recount of Iraq's March 7 election.
You‚Äôll have to wait one more day before your NCAA tournament jones is sated ‚Äď Sweet 16 play begins Thursday - but here‚Äôs something to tide you over in the interim: SI.com photo editors culled 50 years of NCAA tournament photos, featuring some of the most iconic images from the sport. Of course, there‚Äôs still plenty of basketball on Wednesday. The highlights (all times Eastern)
-Chelsea at Portsmouth (3:45 PM, Fox Soccer Channel) Chelsea's form has been brutal of late, including a loss to Manchester City, and draws at Portsmouth and Blackburn. Worst of all, they were knocked out by former coach Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League. It seems inconceivable that bottom-feeder Portsmouth could defeat the Blues but Chelsea has now slipped to third in the English standings after taking just four points from three games.
Investigators have withdrawn a request seeking a DNA sample from NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, his attorney said Wednesday.
Ed Garland, Roethlisberger's Atlanta, Georgia-based attorney, told CNN the request had been withdrawn.
Roethlisberger, who has been the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for six seasons, is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a rural Georgia nightspot earlier this month. He has not been charged.
[Updated at 10:24 a.m] Officials say three people were killed and four people were injured when an out-of-control train derailed and went downhill in Oslo, Norway.
The train operator, CargoNet, said in a statement on its Web site that 16 cars derailed in what it called a "serious" accident and that train traffic will remain affected throughout the day.
A Pakistani military attack on five suspected militant hideouts killed 21 militants Wednesday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The aerial assault targeted militant hideouts and a training center in the areas of upper Orakzai Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.
They asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for about two hours Tuesday evening amid a dispute over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem, White House officials said.
Health care - President Obama plans to sign an executive order at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday that the White House says will reaffirm an existing ban on the use of federal money for abortions. The order is part of a deal Obama struck to woo anti-abortion House Democrats. That deal assured passage of the sweeping health care reform bill.¬†
The Senate also will¬†debate possible changes to the health care law. The House has passed a series of changes that the Senate passed a few months ago. Now the Senate will consider those changes,¬†many of which Republicans plan to fight. We'll also answer¬†your questions about health care and its impact on you.¬†
Medical marijuana and your job –– Fourteen states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, which shield legal users from criminalization but don't protect them from penalties enforced by their employers. We take a look at a man who was fired from his job at Wal-Mart because of a drug test and the implications the growing medical marijuana field might have on employment.¬†
9:30 am ET - Pentagon budget hearing -¬†Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifies before a House appropriations subcommittee on the Pentagon's budget request for next fiscal year.
10:00 am ET - TSA nomination hearing -¬†A Senate homeland security panel hears from President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration.
Mike Kelleher:¬†As the director of the White House Office of Correspondence, Kelleher sifts through thousands of letters, e-mails and faxes that arrive at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue each day and selects just¬†10 for¬†President Obama to read.
"We pick messages that are compelling, things people say that, when you read it, you get a chill," Kelleher told The New York Times last April. "I send him letters that are uncomfortable messages."
The president has been using some of the more dramatic messages he's received to sell his health care plan.
In a move likely to further strain relations between the United States and Israel, the municipality of Jerusalem gave final approval Wednesday for a controversial Israeli housing project in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
An update from London on some of the stories we're expecting to develop through the day Wednesday:
UK revises Israel travel advice - British citizens traveling to Israel should be aware that their passport details could be captured for "improper uses," Britain's Foreign Office has warned. The advice follows London‚Äôs accusation that the Israeli government was responsible for forging UK passports used in an international murder plot.
Israel: Construction years away -¬†Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor¬†has said his government would take two years to implement expansion of the East Jerusalem settlements. The announcement of the plans two weeks ago sparked a diplomatic spat with the United States. Full story