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Occupy Oakland turns violent as police, protesters clash

by Jorge Hernandez on October 26, 2011

Tensions are still high in Oakland where Police in riot gear clashed with Occupy Wall Street protesters earlier this week. Only about a dozen demonstrators remain outside City Hall, defiant in the aftermath of violent skirmish that left several injured and scores arrested, The Associated Press reports. The conflict started when police began firing tear […]

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Threats prompt U.S. to pull ambassador from Syria

by Jorge Hernandez on October 24, 2011

Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, has been pulled from the Middle Eastern nation following "credible threats" made against his life. Western diplomats told Reuters that Ford left the country over the weekend. Tensions between Ford and supporters of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad increased after the ambassador showed support with a grassroots group of […]

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Powerful earthquake hits Turkey

by Jorge Hernandez on October 24, 2011

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey near its border with Iran on Sunday morning, leaving at least 200 people dead as rescuers desperately sift through the rubble looking for more survivors. More than 700 people are said to be injured, but according to The Guardian, casualties are expected to rise sharply. The hardest-hit areas were the […]

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Libyan officials say Gadhafi is dead

by Jorge Hernandez on October 20, 2011

Officials in Libya say that longtime leader and target of the recent opposition movement Col. Muammer el-Gadhafi has been killed. Gadhafi had been in hiding for months after uprisings in his nation called for the end of his reign. Video and photographs of what appear to be Gadhafi 's dead body have also been released, […]

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Greek riots continue as lawmakers meet

by Jorge Hernandez on October 20, 2011

More than 100,000 protesters grounded Greece to a halt on Wednesday in demonstrations across the beleaguered country voicing their unhappiness with proposed austerity measures that will keep the nation from bankruptcy. Police were gearing up for another clash on Thursday as protesters pledged to continue their strike, Reuters reports. There is also turmoil in parliament, […]

Officials in eastern Ohio closed schools on Wednesday after dozens of exotic animals escaped a game preserve after their owner died. At least three school districts canceled class as police hunted down big cats, bears, wolves and other creatures from Muskingum County Animal Farm, NBC reports. Police are still investigating the cause of death for […]

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Support for legalizing marijuana reaches all time high

by Jorge Hernandez on October 18, 2011

Results of a recent Gallup poll show that a surprising amount of Americans are in support of legalizing marijuana. A record high of 50 percent of respondents said they were in favor of smoking for recreational purposes, topping the previous high of 46 percent a year ago, Reuters reports. Despite strong showing, there were stark […]

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Plot thickens in Philadelphia kidnapping case

by Jorge Hernandez on October 18, 2011

A missing Florida girl who has been found in Philadelphia is believed to have been yet another victim in the growing case of a scheme to steal Social Security benefits from mentally disabled adults. Three people have been arrested in the case that police believe spanned four states and involved at least 50 people, ABC […]

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Hamas frees kidnapped Israeli soldier

by Jorge Hernandez on October 18, 2011

Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home Tuesday morning after spending five years in the custody of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Shalit's release was part of a larger prisoner swap that will see more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails, The Washington Post reports. Shalit had been held in the Gaza Strip […]