A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime FBI handler for providing information the gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit. The state's full Third District Court of Appeals reversed its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World Jai-Alai. Bulger's notorious Winter Hill gang had targeted Callahan for death because it wanted to take over the highly profitable operation.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A mobile home belonging to the daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will be removed from its parking spot on the grounds of the governor’s mansion after it was found to be in violation of zoning laws, the governor said on Wednesday. Christina Fallin, 28, has been living in the travel trailer near the state capitol since April and will vacate the property by Sunday.
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday his top priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints where an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed. Peter Neffenger, the agency's new administrator, told a congressional panel that front-line TSA employees would be trained by September to avoid the pitfalls that led to those failures. "My highest priority is to ensure solutions to the recent covert testing failures," Neffenger said.