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‘Occupy San Francisco’ takes over building to help homeless

“Occupy San Francisco” protesters took over a vacant building owned by the city’s archdiocese Sunday afternoon, as part of their plan to use the facility as a shelter and service center for homeless people. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, about 100 protesters entered a two story building after an…

Oakland mayor’s top legal aide quits in solidarity with ‘Occupy’ protest

The chief legal adviser to Oakland mayor Jean Quan decided to resign late Sunday evening over how the city’s police have treated “Occupy Oakland” protesters. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Dan Siegel was disgusted by local authorities’ judgement on raiding the protesters’ camp near Oakland’s City Hall, calling their actions…

Man shot and killed near ‘Occupy Oakland’ camp

A man was shot Thursday evening near the “Occupy Oakland” encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza and declared dead after being rushed to the hospital, according to local media reports. NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez said she heard 6 to 8 gunshots at 4:59 PM PST, near the intersection of…

Rick Perry denies that he was on medication during NH speech

Footage of a seemingly loopy Governor Rick Perry addressing a conservative group in New Hampshire has prompted some viewers to question whether the Texas governor was drunk or possibly high on pain pills. (Perry had vertebral fusion surgery earlier this year.) Talking Points Memo quotes the governor (via the San…

Watch live: ‘Occupy Oakland’ attacked by police

With additional reporting by Andrew Jones. Hundreds of protesters at “Occupy Oakland” were facing arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning as 100 or more police officers closed in on their location. Local media reports indicated that hundreds of police showed up wearing riot gear around 4:40 a.m. and…

‘Occupy SF’ blocks Wells Fargo HQ; 11 arrested

Protesters associated with Occupy SF, an offshoot of New York’s ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration, have migrated and formed a thick cluster outside the headquarters of Wells Fargo bank, making it necessary for police officers to escort workers in and out of the building’s doors. Eleven protesters have been arrested…

‘Hacktivists’ target San Francisco subway website

The international group of hackers known as Anonymous began a cyber attack on a website of the San Francisco subway, in retaliation for the agency’s bid to shut down cellphone service to limit a protest over a fatal shooting. As of late Sunday the main website for the Bay Area…

McDonald’s furious after San Francisco bans Happy Meals

LOS ANGELES — Fast food giant McDonald’s said Wednesday it was “extremely disappointed” at a ruling by San Francisco authorities banning high-calorie Happy Meals, which entice children to eat with free toys. The response came after the Californian city’s board of supervisors voted to forbid restaurants from giving gifts with…

Court allows continued enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask’ policy, at least until mid-2011

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members of the military to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service, will continue being enforced until mid-2011 thanks to a Monday ruling by an appeals court in San Francisco. The extension, granted by the…

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