At least three Boston firefighters were injured, one seriously, on Wednesday when a fire broke out in a four-story building in the city's historic Back Bay neighborhood, drawing a large-scale emergency response, local officials said. All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. He described the blaze as a nine-alarm incident, the department's highest level of severity, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene. "It's a very unstable condition right now with the flames that are through the roof, and it's hard fighting it from the outside." Of the three firefighters brought to area hospitals, one was listed in serious condition while the injuries to the other two were not believed to be life-threatening, MacDonald said.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Political instability in Ukraine —coupled with potential freeze damage to winter wheat in the United States and a deepening drought in some major wheat producing countries — are conspiring to significantly drive up wheat prices, economists say.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Montana woman does not have grounds to withdraw her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of her husband, who was pushed off a cliff in Glacier National Park last summer.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony.
CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O'Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and told investigators she had fallen asleep at the controls one other time recently — even overshooting a station platform, a federal investigator said Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent was arrested Wednesday along with a onetime gang leader known as "Shrimp Boy" during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.