Four of Australia's hottest 10 days on record have been in 2013. Cooler conditions brought relief to firefighters, who were battling around 200 fires across Australia's southeast.
The Federal Reserve wrapped up a two-day meeting Wednesday in Washington. Reaction on Wall Street was mixed.
Stock market reaction muted in Germany, France, Britain, and US. First estimate of US GDP in first quarter could sway stock market sentiment.
A pretrial agreement means Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last defendant in the Haditha trial, will not serve any time in prison for his role in the killing of 24 Iraqis in 2005.