- Iraqi armored forces charged out of occupied Kuwait and battled allied forces in Saudi Arabia throughout the day Wednesday, killing 12 U.S. Marines in the heaviest ground fighting of the Persian Gulf war. The Pentagon said the enemy was stopped and suffered heavy losses.

- U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf said Wednesday that two weeks of bombing raids have forced Iraq to abandon centralized control of its air defense. He said the allies have supremacy over Iraqi skies.- Air-sea clashes were reported in the gulf. Royal Navy attack helicopters sank three Iraqi vessels, the military said.

- The war was the major theme of President Bush's Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress. He told the nation that "we will prevail" in the conflict.

- The world's biggest oil slick, estimated at 460 million gallons, is said to be a few days away from the Saudi city of Jubail, site of the world's largest desalting plant.