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New York City bridge
renamed in honor of RFK
Several generations of Robert F. Kennedy's family gathered Wednesday for a ceremony renaming one of the city's major bridges in honor of the slain senator and U.S. attorney general.
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Kennedy's wife, Ethel, sons Joseph and Robert Jr., and daughter Kerry were joined Wednesday by dignitaries including former President Clinton in a park at the foot of the Triborough Bridge. Also attending was Kennedy's niece, Caroline Kennedy.
Robert F. Kennedy, who would have turned 85 today, was assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Kennedy “operated on a grand scale,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “He united us as New Yorkers and as Americans. America would not be the country it is without Robert F. Kennedy and all the Kennedys.”
The bridge, which opened in 1936, is the first major public work dedicated to Kennedy in the state he represented from 1965 to 1968. It is a complex of three spans that connect Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. Associated Press
Nestle Prepared Foods is recalling three varieties of Lean Cuisine entrees. A message from the company Tuesday said, “Lean Cuisine is taking this action after several consumers recalled finding small pieces of blue plastic material.” Nestle received one report of injury, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The meals are the Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta, the Chicken Mediterranean and the Chicken Tuscan. Consumers should look at the bar code or UPC label on the boxes and call Lean Cuisine at 800-993-8625. No other varieties of Lean Cuisine products are affected, according to the message. Los Angeles Times
An FBI agent trying to arrest a cocaine-dealing suspect at a home near Pittsburgh was fatally shot Wednesday by the man's wife, authorities said. Agent Samuel Hicks was shot about 6 a.m. in the middle-class community of Indiana Township. The 33-year-old agent was taking part in a drug-ring roundup at the home of Robert Korbe, who was taken into custody on the drug charge. Christina Korbe, 40, was charged with homicide. Her attorney, Sumner Parker, said his client had feared for her life and might have thought someone was breaking in.
Rebels appeared to be pulling back as promised Wednesday in an area home to some of the world's last remaining mountain gorillas, offering some hope that Congo's latest war may be easing. The rebels had taken control of Rwindi, the headquarters of Virunga National Park, early Monday. But on Wednesday, the main road was empty, with rebels seen only to the south. The rebels have been planning talks with the army and say they will consider a demarcation zone to keep the forces apart. It was not clear, though, when the talks would be held. Associated Press
Chinese President Hu Jintao has promised Cuba at least $78 million in donations, credit and hurricane relief to one of the few communist allies China has left. Hu also met with a thin-looking Fidel Castro before leaving for the Asia-Pacific economic summit in Peru. Cuba has already borrowed extensively from China, and it is unclear if Beijing ever expects to be paid back. Hu's country agreed to postpone for five years payments on a $7 million credit to Cuba from 1998 and delay until 2018 repayment of loans of undisclosed value from 1994 and 1995. Associated Press