Cory Booker wins
U.S. Senate election

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. He will be the first black senator from New Jersey.

The rising Democratic star defeated conservative Republican Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. With three-quarters of precincts reporting, Booker had almost 56 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 43 percent.

Booker, 44, was elected to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of Frank Lautenberg (D), whose death in June at age 89 gave rise to an unusual and abbreviated campaign. If he wants to keep the seat for a full six-year term, Booker will be on the ballot again in November 2014.

— Associated Press

ATF says agent can publish sting book

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved publication of a book by an agent who told Congress about the failed gun-smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious.”

The Justice Department said the ATF was notifying the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Special Agent John Dodson, that he may publish the book but that parts will be redacted for law-enforcement reasons. “The Unarmed Truth” is scheduled for publication in December.

— Associated Press

4 die as boat capsizes off Miami: At least four people died and 11 others were rescued after a small boat, packed with suspected migrants from Haiti and Jamaica, capsized off the coast of Miami, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

— From news services