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Mass arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests

November 18, 2011—Thousands of demonstrators have marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in one of several U.S. rallies of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. At least 300 people were arrested just in New York, many of them as trouble flared near the stock exchange. Protesters accused police of brutality, with TV images showing a man with a bloodied face being arrested. The rallies marked two months since the movement against inequality began.

Fukushima, Tokyo saw fewer births in April-June amid radiation fears

November 18, 2011—The number of births between April and June fell significantly in nuclear crisis-hit Fukushima Prefecture as well as Tokyo and two neighboring prefectures, while more deliveries were recorded in northern and western Japan further away from the center of radiation contamination, a recent survey showed. The Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which conducted the nationwide survey, said it believes many expecting mothers evacuated from those areas to give birth elsewhere.

Herman Cain asks for and receives Secret Service protection

November 17, 2011—Herman Cain on Thursday became the first Republican presidential candidate to receive Secret Service protection, a spokesman for the agency said. Cain asked for the security and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and congressional leaders approved his request Thursday, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. Elite agents were expected to begin protecting the former pizza company executive sometime Thursday.

End night raids, house searches before Afghan deal: Karzai

November 16, 2011—Afghanistan wants the United States and NATO to agree to stop carrying out night raids on Afghan homes as a precondition to signing a partnership deal with Washington, President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday. The Afghan leader has said repeatedly he wants them stopped. “We want a strategic partnership but with specific conditions: our national integrity, no night raids, no house searches,” Karzai told a meeting of around 2,000 Afghan political and community leaders in the capital city Kabul.

Attempted Assassination Charge in Shooting at White House, Prosecutor Says

November 17, 2011—An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama or his staff. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, made his first court appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Thursday, one day after he was arrested at a western Pennsylvania hotel. He will be taken back from a federal court in Pittsburgh to face the charges in Washington, D.C.

Airstrike Against Iranian Nuclear Facilities Could Kill 100s of North Koreans and Russians

November 16, 2011—As the drums for direct military intervention to derail Iran’s purported covert military nuclear weapons program beat louder in both Jerusalem and Washington, an overlooked issue is the possibility of international “collateral damage,” to use the Pentagon’s favorite euphemism for civilian casualties. On November 14, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo stated, “Hundreds of North Korean scientists and engineers are working at about 10 nuclear and missile facilities in Iran, including Natanz…” Russian technicians also remain at Iran’s first nuclear electrical energy facility, Bushehr. So, any aerial strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities could result in significant numbers of dead Russian and North Korean specialists as “collateral damage,” with all the diplomatic uncertainties that might ensue from Moscow and Pyongyang as the body bags start arriving home.

Jeff Butler Resigns from CL&P

November 17, 2011—About three weeks after the October nor’easter than left more than 800,000 homes and businesses in the dark, Jeffrey Butler, president and chief operating officer, of CL&P has resigned, effective immediately. “We reluctantly accepted Jeff’s resignation,” Northeast Utilities’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Shivery said in a statement.

Justice Dept: Homeland Security Advised Raids On Occupy Wall Street Camps

November 16, 2011—According to Rick Ellis at the Examiner, a Justice Department official says that the recent evictions of Occupy movement across the country including Salt Lake City, Denver, Portland, Oakland, and New York City were “coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.” Ellis reports that his source says though the decision to evict protesters ultimately rested with each individual jurisdiction, the local police departments “had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies” from the feds. Oakland’s mayor Jean Quan told the BBC yesterday that she had participated in a conference call with the leaders of 18 other cities to discuss [the Occupy protest situation].


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