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Obama Pushes FCC To Expand Broadband Access

President Obama is expected to lay out plans today intended to make it easier for cities, towns and rural communities to offer their citizens fast and cheap broadband Internet.

The move would ask the Federal Communications Commission to address state laws that prevent cities from building their own municipal Internet services. But it's likely to anger major cable and Internet companies.

Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law's $10 billion innovation lab wouldn't always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.

Only a small minority of community groups getting federal reimbursement to reduce expensive hospital readmissions produced significant results compared with sites that weren't part of the $300 million program, according to partial, early results.

A prison bus left the roadway and hit a train, just outside Odessa, Texas. Ten people were killed.

10 Dead After Texas Prison Bus Crashes Into A Train

At least 10 people have died after a prison bus left Interstate 20 and crashed into a train just outside Odessa, Texas.

Eight inmates and two correctional officers were killed, Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a press release.

Clark added that five people — four inmates and one staff member — have been taken to a hospital.

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, the French comedian better known as Dieudonne, has been arrested and held on charges of apologizing for terrorism in the wake of a Facebook post that referred to last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

Controversial French Comedian Arrested Over Facebook Post On Paris Attacks

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne has been arrested in the wake of the deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and held on charges of apologizing for terrorism. He was one of 54 people held across France; none has been linked to the attacks.

Dieudonne's alleged crime: writing "Je suis Charlie Coulibaly" (I am Charlie Coulibaly) on his Facebook account.

Mexico Charges Former Iguala Mayor In Missing Students Case

Mexico's office of the attorney general made two announcements of note Wednesday in regard to the case of the 43 missing students.

Tomas Zeron, director of criminal investigations at the office, said that they had obtained another arrest warrant against former Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez for the kidnapping of the 43 students. And he also said that Velázquez's wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, had been linked to the Guerreros Unidos organized crime group.

Pope Francis arrives for Wednesday's canonization mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis Canonizes First Sri Lankan Saint

Pope Francis gave majority Buddhist Sri Lanka its first Catholic saint today during a seaside ceremony before thousands of people who packed along the oceanfront of the capital, Colombo.

Francis is in Asia on a six-day tour intended to build the Roman Catholic Church's following on a continent that holds 60 percent of the world's population but only 12 percent of Catholics.

As church bells rang, the pope canonized Joseph Vaz, a priest who worked against the persecution of Catholics by the island's 17th century Protestant Dutch rulers.

It's been a long day. Time to unwind.

Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

People who try to reduce the stress of a long work day with a drink or two, or three, may be causing more health problems for themselves.

Around the world, people working long hours are more likely to drink too much, according to a study that analyzed data from 61 studies involving 333,693 people in 14 countries.

They found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking than people working 35 to 40 hours a week.

AirAsia Search: Singapore Ship Finds Aircraft's Fuselage

A Singapore Armed Forces ship has found the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 that went down in the Java Sea last month, the country's defense minister said today.

Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, on his Facebook page, said images taken by a remote-controlled vehicle showed part of the wing and words on the fuselage. Singapore has informed the Indonesian team that is trying to find the plane, he said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Romney's campaign plane in 2012.

What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tong?

Pity the poor guys who are trying to run for president while still serving as governors.

All the media attention this week went to former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, because Mitt suddenly decided to call in his chits and get back in the presidential conversation for 2016. Virtually every news organization in North America instantly got wide-eyed about it.

Cyclists from MTN-Qhubeka, a South African team, pose for a photo before the start of the third stage of the Vuelta, tour of Spain cycle race, in Cadiz, Spain, on Aug. 25. The team, in a first for Africa, will ride in this year's Tour de France.

A Tour De France First: An African Team Will Compete This Year

An African team will be featured for the first time ever in this year's Tour de France: South Africa's MTN-Qhubeka received a wild card today from race organizers.