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Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger to appeal conviction

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday said they plan to appeal his August conviction on charges including 11 murders, less than a week after a U.S. judge sentenced the former leader of Boston's "Winter Hill" gang to two consecutive life terms in prison. In a brief, two-page filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Bulger said he was appealing the jury's verdict that found him guilty of 31 of 32 criminal counts, including racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.

AFP Americas News Agenda for November 20

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday: + Obama honors JFK as 50th anniversary of his assassination nears WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton visit the tomb of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Obama also gives a speech at a dinner for recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which JFK established. Picture. Video. (US-KENNEDY-50YEARS-OBAMA)

Kennedy's Cold War island bunker off Palm Beach now a museum

By Zachary Fagenson PEANUT ISLAND, Florida (Reuters) - The dingy, cavernous steel fallout shelter hastily built on a man-made island off Florida's east coast is a stark reminder of the harsh realities President John F. Kennedy faced from the first days of his presidency at the height of the Cold War.

Key moments in the life of John F. Kennedy

A timeline of key moments in the life of slain US President John F. Kennedy as America prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination: May 29, 1917: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born at Brookline, near Boston, Massachusetts, the second of nine children raised by wealthy businessman Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, daughter of the mayor of Boston. The Kennedys come from a line of Irish Catholic immigrants.

50 years on, America still held in Kennedy's spell

Five decades after shots rang out from the Texas Book Depository, the United States will on Friday honor President John F. Kennedy, whose assassination is often said to mark the death of American innocence. Kennedy was the fourth US president to be killed in office but the first whose death was caught on film and replayed repeatedly to a shocked nation. An acclaimed orator and the first president of the television age, his death part-way through his first term at the age of 46 froze him in time as a great symbol of promise never realized.

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger gets two life terms; 'Finally,' say families

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after a U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced him to serve two life terms plus five years for crimes he committed, including 11 murders.

Kennedy eager to make "many friends" as envoy to Japan

Caroline Kennedy, in her first public appearance as U.S. ambassador to Japan, pledged Tuesday to forge closer bilateral ties by making many friends and enhancing mutual understanding. "I look forward to meeting as many people as we can, making many friends...and studying the history and culture of this beautiful country," Kennedy told reporters in Washington, ahead of her departure for Tokyo later this week.

AFP Americas News Agenda for November 13

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday: + Kerry testifies on Iran negotiations WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry will meet members of the Senate Banking Committee in a closed-door session to discuss a failed round of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program. The committee is considering new sanctions on Tehran (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-US) --- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Obama says he's 'not happy' with health care problems, takes responsibility for fixing issues

BOSTON - Declaring himself "not happy" with health care enrolment problems, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he takes "full responsibility" for resolving the computer problems that have bedeviled the administration and undermined a key step in the health care law. "We're going to see this through," he said.

U.S. primaries a legacy of President Kennedy: historians

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Nearly fifty years after an assassin's bullet found its mark in Dallas, one of President John F. Kennedy's greatest political legacies is the power of the presidential primaries to select who will lead the nation. This legacy was a topic of discussion at a recent roundtable of historians held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to promote a PBS documentary "JFK," debuting November 11.
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