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Police set up barricades at ‘Occupy San Francisco’ site

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Police erected barricades on Thursday around a San Francisco park where hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters braced for eviction two days after failing to agree to a city plan for relocating their camp. Occupy San Francisco is believed to be the largest of a dwindling number…

Senate passes defense bill with indefinite detention provision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate voted on Thursday to broaden the armed forces’ powers over suspected militants, requiring that foreigners allied with al Qaeda be held in military custody even if they are captured in the United States. The White House has threatened to veto the provisions. Members of President…

Obama lights up 2011 national Christmas tree

WASHINGTON — With a little help from the world’s most famous green frog, US President Barack Obama and the first family Thursday lit up the national Christmas tree in the heart of the capital city. Kermit the Frog, one of the irrepressible Muppets, was on hand for the traditional lighting…

Republican strategist ‘frightened to death’ by Occupy movement

Conservative governors were advised on how to deal with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement during the Republican Governor Association meeting this week in Florida, according Yahoo News’ Chris Moody. The protest against political and economic inequalities started in New York City on September 17, and later spread across the country…

Man jailed for ‘trying to sell baby’ outside Wal-Mart

LOS ANGELES — A 39-year-old US man has been jailed for six years for allegedly trying to sell his eight-month old baby daughter for $25 outside a Walmart store in California, reports said Thursday. Patrick Fousek, who was allegedly on drugs at the time, was sentenced Wednesday after a judge…

High winds batter southern California

LOS ANGELES — Winds gusting up to 140 miles per hour (160 kph) triggered power outages, felled trees and caused traffic chaos Thursday in California and blasted several neighboring states, meteorologists said. The powerful gales — expected to continue Friday — were the “strongest easterly wind event in the past…

ACLU: FBI illegally spying on Muslim groups

NEW YORK — The FBI has spied and compiled information on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings with their representatives, a US rights organization said Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had overstepped its authority and was…

Warren could recapture Ted Kennedy seat: poll

Elizabeth Warren, a popular figure on the left of the Democratic Party, is tied in a race to recapture the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Republican Scott Brown next year, according to a poll Thursday. The poll by the University of Massachusetts puts Warren four points ahead of Brown…

Superman comic soars to new $2.16 million record

A pristine first edition of the inaugural Superman comic book, originally costing just 10 cents, has sold at auction for a record-breaking $2.16 million. The 1938 copy of Action Comics #1, in which Superman debuted, sold Wednesday, smashing a $1.5 million record set for a slightly less well-preserved copy of the first edition…

Citadel lawyer hoped to avoid criminal probe of abuse

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters)- Newly released documents tied to a 2007 internal probe of child sexual abuse allegations against a camp counselor at The Citadel show a school lawyer hoped a criminal investigation of the matter could be avoided. Local and state police are investigating The Citadel — South Carolina’s…

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