[Updated at 9:21 p.m.] Authorities in Pakistan have rounded up a number of people for questioning, as U.S. law enforcement sought Wednesday to piece together the actions and motivations of the Times Square car bombing suspect.
Iftikhar Mian, the father-in-law of suspect Faisal Shahzad, and Tauseef Ahmed, Shahzad's friend, were picked up in Karachi on Tuesday, two intelligence officials said.
[Updated at 8:47 p.m.] An official familiar with the investigation into accused Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad said Wednesday that Shahzad felt Islam was under attack.
- From CNN Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve
[Updated at 5:19 p.m.] The suspect in last Saturday's botched bombing in Times Square was driven last July to a meeting with at least one senior Taliban leader in Pakistan by a man taken into custody Tuesday, a senior Pakistani official said Wednesday.
The official told CNN that Muhammed Rehan, who was detained Tuesday in Karachi, drove Faisal Shahzad on July 7 in a pickup truck to Peshawar.
At some point, they headed to the Waziristan region, where they met with one or more senior Taliban leaders, the official said. Rehan is believed to have links to the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is close to al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, the official said.
- CNN's Reza Sayah and Samson Desta contributed to this report.
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A look at highlights from the day's business news:
Stocks mired in sell-off
Stocks extended losses to end sharply lower Wednesday, amid more signs of a deepening crisis in Europe.
Moody's said it was considering a downgrade of Portugal's debt, while three people were reported dead due to riots in Greece.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 60 points, or 0.6 percent, to end at 10,866.83. The blue-chip index had fallen more than 100 points earlier in the trading day.
The S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 1,165.87. The Nasdaq composite was down 22 points, or 0.9 percent, to settle at 2,402.29.
The suspect in the killing of a University of Virginia student was arrested in a 2008 incident in which he threatened a police officer and was shocked with a stun gun, according to a police statement.
George Huguely, 22, was arrested hours after a roommate found Yeardly Love's body in her off-campus apartment in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Monday morning.
An administration official on Wednesday credited a routine security screening carried out early this year with helping authorities to track down Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad.
When Shahzad returned to the United States from Pakistan in February, he qualified for secondary, or more detailed, screening under Customs and Border Protection criteria and was interviewed, the administration official told CNN.
Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, who gave amnesty to armed militants in the troubled oil-rich Niger Delta region, has died, the country's information minister said Wednesday. He was 58.
Heavy storms that have battered the Southeast since the weekend have caused at least 28 deaths, 19 of them in Tennessee.
The rain has been especially cruel to Tennessee, swelling rivers to historic levels, turning roads to lakes and flooding landmarks such as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
[Updated at 5:53 p.m.] Authorities battled the Gulf of Mexico's massive oil spill with sweat, steel and fire Wednesday as patches of oil crept to within two miles of the Louisiana bayous.
Two specially equipped "burn rigs" set fire to patches of crude oil near the ruptured undersea well at the heart of the spill, a BP executive said Wednesday afternoon.
At the same time, a four-story containment vessel was loaded aboard a barge in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, en route to the well, the first step in an attempt to capture the leaking oil at an unprecedented depth.
And thousands of volunteers, wildlife officials, idled fishermen and National Guard troops mobilized to string floating booms along the beaches and across the mouths of estuaries leading toward the Gulf.
Facebook said on Wednesday it has found a bug that made some instant message conversation visible to a user's entire list of friends. The site shut down its chat service to fix the problem.
The problem emerged from what was intended to be an enhanced privacy feature. The new tool allows users to preview how their profile appears to other users.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed its first major change to the Wall Street reform package Wednesday, approving a bipartisan deal to unwind big financial firms that are considered too big to fail.
The Senate vote, 93-5, signaled that Republicans are working with Democrats to move forward on the financial overhaul package, after agreeing last week to let debate begin.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac announced Wednesday that it will seek $10.6 billion in additional federal aid, according to a statement on the company's website.
President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday significantly boosting federal support for disabled military veterans and their caregivers.
Among other things, the new law expands resources available for veterans' mental health counseling, provides expanded access to hospitals and clinics outside of the traditional Veterans Affairs system and provides stronger transportation and housing assistance for veterans living in rural areas.
Israel's prime minister and U.S. President Barack Obama's Mideast point man met Wednesday to discuss planned peace talks with the Palestinians, an Israeli government official said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. special envoy George Mitchell held a three-hour working session and plan to meet again Thursday, National Information Directorate head Nir Hefetz said. The two met one on one and with diplomats from the United States and Israel.
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[Updated at 8:36 a.m.] Three people have died in a fire caused by a petrol bomb at an Athens bank during protests in the capital, Greek firefighters told CNN on Wednesday.
[Posted at 8:15 a.m.] Police sirens and the smell of tear gas filled the streets around Greece's parliament building Wednesday after protests against government spending cuts turned violent.
Riot police in helmets and shields kept back protesters who threw bottles, sticks, and rocks. Booms pierced the air every time the police fired canisters of tear gas at the crowds.
Almost two months after national elections, Iraq's two biggest Shiite blocs announced have announced their merger after weeks of negotiations.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Alliance, a coalition of powerful Shiite parties backed by Iran, now have a bloc with 159 seats - just four seats away from the majority they'll need to form a cabinet.
Suspects on the government's Terror Watch List attempted to buy firearms or explosives 1,228 times in the past six years and won government approval in the vast majority of cases, according to a government report.
In 1,119 cases - 91 percent of all the requests - the government granted approval for the persons to proceed with the purchase, according to the General Accountability Office.