New WikiLeaks release likely, U.S. warns
The Obama administration said Wednesday it has alerted Congress and begun notifying foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive U.S. diplomatic files that could damage U.S. relations with friends and allies across the globe. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the release will likely erode trust in the U.S. as a diplomatic partner, and could cause embarrassment if the files include derogatory or critical comments about friendly foreign leaders. The release is expected this weekend, but WikiLeaks has not been specific about the timing.
Oil spill executive dies in plane crash
BP spokeswoman Hejdi Feick said Wednesday that James Patrick Black, an executive helping to guide recovery from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, died with two others when a Piper Malibu plane crashed Tuesday night in waters near Destin's airport. Black, 58, was the director of operations for BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. Investigators said the others killed were former Texas Solicitor General Gregory Scott Coleman, 47, and Coleman's mother-in-law, Charlene Black Miller, 63.
Washington: Beginning in March, consumers will be able to check a government database that will compile safety complaints about a wide array of products such as toys and electrical appliances. The public database was approved Wednesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Cape Canaveral: NASA managers said Wednesday that space shuttle Discovery's final launch will now be no earlier than Dec. 17. They are also looking into the possibility of launching it over the Christmas holidays or sometime in January.
Norfolk, Va.: Five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa's coast were convicted on federal piracy charges Wednesday in what experts said was the first trial of its kind since the Civil War.