By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first office tower at Ground Zero since the September 11, 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center opened on Wednesday, marking a comeback for the Lower Manhattan site. Sheathed in glass, 4 World Trade Center is the smallest of the four main towers on the site where 2,700 people died when hijacked airplanes crashed into the towers. It stands 977 feet tall, a shorter, simpler version of One World Trade Center, which will not be completed until early 2014. It speaks to our promise to never forget," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by officials, friends, construction workers on the site and tourists snapping pictures.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that is a top supplier of weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces, a leading Senate Republican said Wednesday.
By Amanda Becker and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant on Wednesday to undermine agreements unions make with private-sector employers when organizing workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 11.3 percent of private sector workers belong to unions. The case, Unite Here Local 355 v. Mulhall, was brought by an employee of Mardi Gras Gaming, a casino and dog track in Hollywood, Florida. Martin Mulhall, the employee, said his employer violated the Labor Management Relations Act when it agreed to allow the union, Unite Here Local 355, onto its property to organize workers and when the company agreed to give the union contact information for employees in exchange for the union's support on a ballot initiative.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of the Black Panther Party who hijacked a U.S. plane and forced it to fly to Cuba nearly 30 years ago pleaded not guilty on in U.S. federal court on Wednesday to charges of air piracy. William Potts, 56, made his second court appearance since he returned last week to the United States from Cuba to face justice. A bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday was postponed until next week after Pott's public defender, Paul Korchin, learned he also faces a 1984 arrest warrant in New Jersey on armed robbery charges. Potts, also known by the aliases William Freeman and Lieutenant Spartacus, said he thought he would be welcomed in Cuba but was instead put on trial and convicted.