Boston's longest-serving mayor has died. Thomas Menino was elected in 1993 and re-elected four times. He served for more than 20 years until a series of health problems kept him from seeking a sixth term. Menino was diagnosed with advanced cancer shortly after leaving office in February. A spokeswoman says he died today in the company of his family and friends. He was 71.
At least two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas. The city's fire chief says at least four other people were taken to a hospital and five others are unaccounted for. He says the pilot was the only person on the twin-engine plane, and that both people confirmed dead were found inside the building. The FAA says the plane reported engine trouble just after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport and crashed while attempting to return.
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has risen slightly, but remains at historically low levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications increased by 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. The less volatile four-week average declined 250 to 281,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years.
Stocks are mixed in early trading on Wall Street as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are drifting lower while the Dow is climbing thanks to a strong gain for Visa. The world's largest payment-processing company reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' forecasts. Shares in No. 2 MasterCard are also rising after its third-quarter profit surged. Energy and industrial stocks are down.
Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez plan to ask a judge in Fall River, Massachusetts to move his murder trial because of intense pretrial media coverage. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2103 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez also is charged in the 2012 killings of two Boston men.
The National Football League is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. League lawyers are expected later today to urge a federal judge in San Francisco to toss out the lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players.
Economists are expecting good news this morning when the federal government releases numbers on U.S. economic growth for the third quarter this year. Experts surveyed by the data firm FactSet believe that GDP growth for July through September was a healthy annual rate of 3 percent. That would be the fourth quarter in the past five quarters in which the economy has reached at least a 3 percent growth rate.
San Antonio police have arrested a man they say kidnapped two female University of Texas at San Antonio students. Bo Jett Littleton was being held yesterday on charges including kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. Police say a woman who was partially bound escaped from Littleton's apartment near campus yesterday and contacted firefighters responding to a blaze in a trash bin outside.
A Houston woman must serve nearly seven years in prison over a South Texas traffic accident that claimed the life of a person suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Karin Yamilec Aguilar-Melgor pleaded guilty to a human smuggling charge. A total of nine immigrants were detained. One of the immigrants later died.
CBP officers arrested a Palmview man caught with more 160 pounds of marijuana. The drug bust happened Tuesday at the Pharr International Bridge. Authorities found the bundles of drugs in the Nissan pickup the 53-year-old man was driving.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook says that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. Cook says that for years he's been open with many people about his sexual orientation and that plenty of his Apple colleagues know he is gay. He writes that it wasn't an easy choice to publicly disclose that he is gay but felt that his declaration could potentially help others.
Stocks are opening mixed as investors look over more earnings reports from big companies. Gains in the Dow are almost entirely due to a big advance in Visa stock. The company yesterday announced earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Energy and industrial stocks fell the most in the S&P 500.
A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients is following through on that promise. Kaci Hickox, who stepped outside to meet briefly with reporters last night, again left her home this morning. She and her boyfriend went for a bike ride. Police were following her and monitoring her but couldn't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. Hickox contends there's no need for quarantine because she's showing no symptoms.
Federal prosecutors say four women have been arrested for sexual trafficking of minors after it was discovered they operated several apartments in Houston as brothels. Authorities said today that the women instructed several minors in the country illegally from Mexico on how to solicit and charge for sex. A federal indictment accuses 63-year-old Dolores Vargas, 53-year-old Blasina Vargas, 48-year-old Ignacio Escandon and Luisa Vargas, age unavailable, of operating the prostitution ring.
RadioShack has hired former Treasury Department adviser Harry J. Wilson to help with its turnaround efforts. The struggling Fort Worth-based consumer electronics retailer says today that Wilson will serve as chief revitalization officer, reporting to its board and CEO Joe Magnacca.
The price of oil is higher today. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 78 cents to $82.20 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the global benchmark, gained $1.09 to $87.12 a barrel in London. The U.S. Energy Department says U.S. crude oil supplies rose by 2.1 million barrels last week, about 700,000 barrels below the expectations of analysts surveyed by Platts.
Stocks are finishing the day slightly lower after the Federal Reserve said it was shutting down its bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help. The S&P 500 fell two points. The Dow lost 31 and the Nasdaq composite finished 15 points lower.
Most economists predict that the Federal Reserve won't be raising its benchmark short-term rate until at least the middle of next year. But as they ended their bond-buying program today, policy-makers pointed to gains in the job market -- a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed says the excess supply of job-seekers is "gradually diminishing."
President Barack Obama says the United States can't seal itself off from the world in the fight against Ebola. And he says doctors and nurses from the United States who have volunteered to go to West Africa are American heroes who must be treated with dignity and respect. He warns against discouraging their work by confining them when they return. Obama spoke at the White House surrounded by health care workers who have volunteered or will volunteer to serve in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.
Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of the nation's health care system. That's according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other parts of the emergency medical network. It found that the emergency care system is already overextended. And according to federal data, patients already spend an average of four and a-half hours in emergency rooms at U.S. hospitals before being admitted -- and two percent of patients leave before being seen.
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