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St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver crack down on ‘Occupy’ protesters

(Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters in several U.S. cities on Saturday faced orders by officials to leave their camps, as police made arrests in St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Denver. Police arrested 27 St. Louis demonstrators at a downtown plaza early on Saturday for curfew violations, authorities said. Authorities…

After Penn State, The Citadel reveals abuse probe

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – In the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, The Citadel military college in South Carolina, revealed on Saturday that it had investigated accusations against a camp counselor but took no action. The man has since been jailed on separate charges of molesting…

GOP debate audience cheers waterboarding

The audience at Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate erupted into applause at the mention of waterboarding, an interrogation technique that is often described as torture. The National Journal‘s Major Garrett asked Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to respond to a Vietnam veteran who said he believed torture was wrong in…

‘Occupy’ protesters dig in against police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps. In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole…

Gaining Gingrich is Romney’s new challenge

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (Reuters) – Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has a new challenge to contend with as presidential candidates brace for another debate on Saturday — the rise of Newt Gingrich. The former speaker of the House of Representatives is gaining in the polls and may represent conservatives’ last best…

Police distribute eviction notices to Occupy Oakland

In the wake of an apparently unrelated shooting death that occurred near the Occupy Oakland encampment on Thursday, it appears that the city may be making another push to force the protesters to disband. A live blog at the Mercury News reported on Friday evening that “police are distributing eviction…

Shots fired near White House

News sources are reporting that shots were fired near the White House at 9:04 PM on Friday evening. According to reports, two vehicles were involved in the gunfire on the National Mall. An AK-47 has been recovered from one car that was abandoned by a fleeing suspect, who was last…

Conservative activists plotting to sabotage Scott Walker recall effort

The campaign to recall Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not officially kick off until next Tuesday, but conservative activists are already openly discussing plants to sabotage the petition drive. The Politicscoop blog reported on Friday that it has been receiving screenshots of conservatives discussing how they might circulate false…

Defense Secretary Panetta cautions against attack on Iran

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military action against Iran could have “unintended consequences” in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday, hours after Tehran warned that an attack against its nuclear sites would be met by “iron fists.” Panetta, who took over the Pentagon’s top job…

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