Oklahoma and Florida grand juries indicted two men reputed to be Boston mobsters and a man suspected of being the triggerman Wednesday on first-degree murder charges in the slayings of two executives of Miami-based World Jai Alai almost 20 years ago.
James "Whitey" Bulger, 71, Stephen Flemmi, 66, and John Martorano, 60, are charged in Miami-Dade County with the 1982 murder of John B. Callahan, a Boston accountant and former World Jai Alai president, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of a Cadillac at Miami International Airport.
The three were also indicted Wednesday in Tulsa in the murder of Roger Wheeler, World Jai Alai's owner, in 1981.
Adoption broker's home raided
EL CAJON, Calif. _ FBI agents searched the home Wednesday of an Internet adoption broker at the center of an international dispute over twin baby girls, and social workers removed the woman's three adopted children from the house.
Federal agents were seen carrying away a computer and several boxes from the home of Tina Johnson in El Cajon, a suburb east of San Diego.
San Diego County's Child Protective Services agency took the adopted children, two infants and a toddler, but did not give a reason, Capozzola said, adding that Johnson was seeking the return of her adopted children.
Suit alleges racial profiling
CINCINNATI _ City police have illegally targeted and harassed blacks for 30 years on the basis of race, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday contends.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Cincinnati Black United Front asked for a court order to ban so-called racial profiling.
There was no immediate response from police Chief Thomas Streicher, who has said police harassment of blacks may have occurred in the past but is not a problem now.
In space . . .
SPACE JUNK PERIL: The international space station and space shuttle Discovery had to dodge a menacing piece of space junk Wednesday: a large tool that was fumbled by an astronaut earlier in the week.
NASA did not think the 10- to 15-pound hunk of metal would come back to haunt the 10 astronauts aboard the two linked spacecraft. But it did _ to the embarrassment of Jim Voss, who accidentally let go of the piece during a spacewalk on Sunday.
Mission Control ordered commander James Wetherbee to fire Discovery's thrusters to move the joined spacecraft to a higher orbit. Without the maneuver, the 12-by-6-inch viselike tool would have passed a scant 200 feet beneath the complex.
A direct hit from such an object could punch a gaping hole in a spacecraft, causing immediate depressurization and killing everyone on board.
"MIR' CONCERNS: With just a week to go before the scheduled dumping of the Mir space station, Russian space officials tried Wednesday to reassure a nervous public they will be able to control the orbiter's descent, even in case of a power outage or computer failure.
Doctors wins $500,000 prize
NEW YORK _ A doctor who helped identify a powerful cancer-fighting gene was awarded the largest U.S. prize in medicine Wednesday,
Dr. Arnold Levine, 61, president of Rockefeller University in New York, is the inaugural winner of the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.