By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Surviving members of the exiled Iranian rock band the Yellow Dogs said on Wednesday they were "blinded with rage and paralyzed with grief" over the fatal shooting of two of their bandmates in New York City. In their first extensive comments since the attack Sunday night, Koory Mirzeai and Siavash Karampour, the Yellow Dogs' bassist and singer, said in a statement they had not seen shooter Ali Rafie in more than a year before his shooting spree. Rafie briefly joined the Free Keys, another Iranian band, for live shows to fill in for their bass player, who was unable to get a visa to join the rest of the group in the United States, the statement said. "By the third show, Free Keys decided to stop working with Rafie as a result of personal and musical differences," Mirzeai and Karampour said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and improving morale is more critical currently than the department's core counterterrorism mission.
BOSTON (AP) — The son of a man killed by James "Whitey" Bulger is calling him "Satan" and a "domestic terrorist" as the Boston gangster prepares to be sentenced for a string of killings.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) is again calling his trial a sham, and his lawyer says he refused to provide any information to officials preparing a report for the judge who will sentence him.
BOSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that relatives of people gangster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) was acquitted of killing can testify at his sentencing hearing.
MIAMI (AP) — An American Airlines flight from Miami to Boston had to make an unscheduled stop in Orlando after the aircraft's windshield cracked.
SEATTLE (AP) — About 20,000 Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound area are voting Wednesday on an eight-year contract extension the company says it needs to assemble the new 777X in Washington state.
A Missouri man imprisoned for nearly a decade for murdering a newspaper editor walked free on Tuesday evening, a week after a state appeals court overturned his conviction. "I did not believe it until they took the shackles off me in Boone County Jail and I was able to hug my mother," Ryan Ferguson, 29, told CNN Wednesday morning, one of several interviews he gave to television networks. Ferguson, who has always maintained his innocence, was convicted in 2005 of the second-degree murder and first-degree robbery of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt near his car in the newspaper's parking lot in 2001. The Missouri Court of Appeals, in an opinion filed last week, found prosecutors had withheld evidence that would have affected an eyewitness's testimony and other evidence that could have worked in Ferguson's favor.
A top technology adviser to President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that a team of experts trying to fix the website used to sign up for health insurance is making progress. "We have much work still to do, but are making progress at a growing rate," said Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, in written testimony to the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The model whose face appeared on the much-maligned Obama health care website says she felt intimidated by harsh public criticism of the program.
By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii was poised to become the 15th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples on Wednesday, with the governor expected to sign a bill legalizing same-sex matrimony a day after it won a final nod from lawmakers. The measure gained final approval from the Democratic-controlled Legislature with a 19-4 vote in the state Senate on Tuesday, just 15 days after the start of a special session called by Governor Neil Abercrombie to consider the bill. Illinois' General Assembly beat Hawaii lawmakers to the punch by a week, giving final approval to a same-sex marriage bill on November 5, but Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is not expected to sign that measure until later this month. The path to legal gay marriage in Hawaii has been long and bumpy.
By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill de Blasio, New York City's next mayor, has been drinking coffee at the Little Purity diner since Nick Kolosakas opened the Brooklyn neighborhood spot six years ago. De Blasio, who will take office on January 1 as the first Democrat to lead City Hall in two decades, has made much of his regular guy persona and has sought to contrast himself with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg - New York's richest person, who lives in a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. In Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, where de Blasio and his family have lived for decades, he is often seen taking out the trash at his 11th Street house, ordering black olive pizzas at Smiling Pizza on 9th Street and renting DVDs at the movie-rental store near the Seventh Avenue subway stop. De Blasio will be the city's first mayor with a child in public school.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom.
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 will open 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. ...
The medical condition of a man who was shot by police after allegedly opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month has improved, and he is no longer in a critical condition, the Los Angeles Times reported. Asked to comment on the report, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said the one remaining male patient out of three it treated after the rampage "has been upgraded from critical to fair condition." A spokeswoman would not confirm the patient's identity. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was arrested following the November 1 shooting and has been charged with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport, offenses for which he could face the death penalty if convicted. Authorities charge that Ciancia walked into the airport's Terminal 3, took out an assault rifle from his bag and opened fire, shooting dead Gerardo Hernandez, a 39-year-old Transportation Security Administration officer at a document checkpoint, and wounding several other people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department reports the U.S. budget deficit for October. The report will be released at 2 p.m. EST.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.
For decades, if you asked your doctor what your odds were of suffering a heart attack, the answer would turn on a number: your cholesterol level.
ROSCOE, S.D. (AP) — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he's not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn.
DALLAS (AP) — While NFL teammates and friends knew Sam Hurd as a hardworking wide receiver and married father, authorities say he was fashioning a separate identity as a wannabe drug kingpin with a focus on "high-end deals" and a need for large amounts of cocaine and marijuana.