The Afghan government said Wednesday that it was investigating reports that Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader who has not been seen publicly for more than a decade, was dead.

Shashank Bengali and Ali M. Latifi
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s push to lift the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil inched forward Tuesday with a critical Senate committee hearing on the issue.  But testimony from a union leader revealed there is fervent opposition to lifting the ban.Erica Martinson
The comedian and star of “The Daily Show” met with the president in 2011 and 2014 for an hour for discussions on reaching younger voters.Michael D. Shear
Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, will be released in November after serving 30 years in prison, a U.S. government panel decided on Tuesday.Michael D. Shear
Officials have named Walter Palmer, a dentist from the Minneapolis area, as Cecil the lion's killer.Gretel Kauffman
Some of the largest American companies are backing President Barack Obama’s push for an international climate agreement this year, the White House announced today.Erica Martinson
The remains of four early leaders of European America, who died between 1608 and 1610, have been identified in the ruins of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. One may have been a secret Roman Catholic.NICHOLAS FANDOS
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier formerly based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage who earned national attention after he walked away from his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by insurgents, was among a group of people inside a home about 8 a.m. Tuesday when deputies found 181 full-grown marijuana plants.Veronica Rocha
The pursuit of the fish poaching vessel Thunder until its sinking in April, pieced together from radio transmissions, interviews, ship records and reporting aboard two Sea Shepherd chase vessels, demonstrates the anything-goes nature of the high seas.Ian Urbina | The New York Times
After more than 24 hours of searching for missing 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton in Santa Cruz, the girl was found dead in a shed in a wooded area behind an artist community and housing center on Monday night.Stephen Baxter