Two Air France Passenger Names Probed for Terror Links

Two names on doomed Air France Flight 447's passenger list also appear on a list of radical Muslims considered a threat to France, according to French investigators.

Submarine at Jet Crash Site to Hunt Black Boxes

A French nuclear submarine reached the crash zone of Air France Flight 447 on Wednesday to comb the Atlantic depths for black boxes that should help determine what brought the Airbus down in the sea off Brazil with 228 people on board.

N. Korea: U.S. Nuke Umbrella a Declaration of War

Russia has obtained information on North Korea's plans to launch a ballistic missile but does not know when it will take place, Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian military source as saying on Wednesday.

At Least 30 Killed in Car Bomb at Southern Iraq Market

A rare car bomb ripped through a market in southern Iraq's Shiite heartland Wednesday as shoppers were buying meat and vegetables, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

Salaries Safe, Bonuses Hit

Obama to drop plan capping salaries at firms receiving bailout money while bonus limits remain, WSJ reports

18 Dead in Pakistan Hotel Blast, Taliban Eyed

Investigators searched a wrecked luxury hotel in northwestern Pakistan for evidence Wednesday after a bold homicide bombing killed 11 people, including aid workers, in what the U.N. condemned as a "heinous terrorist attack."

Oil Prices Hit 2009 High Near $71

Oil prices closed in on $71 a barrel Wednesday in Asia, reaching a 2009 high, as investors poured money into the commodity as a hedge against a weakening U.S. dollar and inflation.