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Police stop Occupy D.C. construction

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by Sarah Harper

Police have arrested several Occupy D.C. protesters who had started building what appeared to be a small barn in a park two blocks from the White House Sunday.

Police told protesters that they needed a permit and that they had an hour to disassemble it, according to USA Today.

This resulted in an hourslong standoff between police and protesters, during which about two dozen protesters were arrested, reported USA Today.

The New York Times wrote that the police brought in a cherry picker to get the protesters off the roof and an air mattress so they could land safely.

Protesters chanted, "We are stronger than your trucks and your horses and your riot gear and your orders," according to the New York Times.

Police officers suspended over UC Davis pepper spraying

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by Sarah Harper

Two campus police officers at the University of California, Davis, have gone on administrative leave after they were caught on video using pepper spray on Occupy protesters, the school announced Sunday.

Students began calling for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi after the incident on Friday, after which two students were sent to the hospital and ten were sent to jail, according to ABC News.

Katehi, who initially supported the police, said she takes full responsibility for the incident, in which police sprayed protesters sitting on the quad with pepper spray.

Outrage over the incident exploded after video of the incident went viral Saturday, according to the International Business Times.

Students sat in silence as Katehi walked from a school building to her car to go home Saturday evening, in what has been described as a public shaming of Katehi, according to the International Business Times.

by Sarah Harper

The mayor of Utah's second largest city revealed this week that he wrote positive articles about his town under an alias.

Mike Winder said that he needed to balance the negative crime coverage of West Valley City, Utah, reported the Associated Press.

Winder used the name Richard Burwash. He used a picture of a Peter Burwash, the president of a tennis management company who lives in Carmel, Calif., according to ABC 4 News of Salt Lake City.

ABC 4 News reported that Burwash is disturbed by Winder's unethical behavior. Winder apologized to Burwash Saturday and donated to a charity in India that the Burwash family runs.

According to the AP, Winder quoted himself in his freelance articles for Deseret News, KSL-TV's website and a community weekly.

"I was an easy source," Winder said.

Texas judge will not face charges

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by Sarah Harper

A Texas judge who was filmed beating his daughter may not face charges because too much time has elapsed, police said Thursday; however, the U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating.

A videotape shows Texas judge William Adams lashing his teenage daughter with a belt in 2004, reported NPR.

Hillary Adams, now 23, posted the video online. She secretly taped the beating when she was 16 years old.

The Associated Press reported that the family law judge regularly presides over child abuse hearings. For the next two weeks, he will not hear cases about Child Protective Services, confirmed county officials.

More than 2 million lose power in Northeast

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by Sarah Harper

At least three people died and more than 2.3 million people lost power Sunday across the Northeast after an unusual fall snow storm.

The deaths occurred in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to the New York Times.

The Associated Press reported that the unseasonable nor'easter hit areas from Maine to Maryland with high winds and heavy snowdrifts.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut said at a briefing Sunday morning that more than 750,000 Connecticut homes were without power, the New York Times reported.

It is unclear when people will regain power.


All troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year

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by Sarah Harper

President Obama announced that he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by Dec. 31.

Obama spoke with Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki Friday to make the decision public, according to CNN.

According to CNN, 150 of the 39,000 troops in Iraq will stay to help with arms sales, a U.S. official said.

"Across America, our servicemen and women will be reunited with their families," President Obama said, according to NPR.

Obama, who criticized the war from its start nine years ago, will fulfill a promise he made to citizens four years ago, reports NPR.

Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough said the U.S. will still provide Iraq with military trainers, according to NPR.

Grand jury indicts bishop for failing to report abuse

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by Sarah Harper

A grand jury has indicted a Kansas City, Mo., bishop and his diocese on a child endangerment charge, prosecutors said Friday.

Roman Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn, 58, pleaded not guilty on the charge of failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest from Independence, Mo., reported CNN News.

According to the New York Times, the case marks the first time that the leader of an American bishop has been held criminally reprimanded for the behavior of a priest in his diocese.

Finn admitted he knew about Rev. Shawn Ratigan taking pornographic photographs of girls in December, but he did not turn them into the police until May, reported the New York Times.

CNN reported that if found guilty, Finn will potentially serve up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for the class A misdemeanor.


Steve Jobs dead

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by Sarah Harper

Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple, died Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports that Apple announced Jobs' death without giving specific cause.

Jobs had pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, which is a rare form of pancreatic cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the AP, Jobs resigned from Apple six weeks ago. He handed his company to Tim Cook.

The Los Angeles Time reported that Jobs was diagnosed in 2003.

Jobs could not have done much differently to fight the cancer, said Dr. Jack Jacoub, a medical oncologist at MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley.


More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protests

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by Sarah Harper

Police have arrested more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters Saturday on New York's Brooklyn Bridge.

The Associated Press reports that even after these arrests in Brooklyn, protesters continue to camp out in protest of corporate greed.

Members of Occupy Wall Street, the group that has been speaking out against Manhattan's Financial District, were told by police to stay on the pedestrian pathway as they marched on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Police arrested those who veered onto the roadway.

Greg Basta, an official with New York Communities for Change, said that police encouraged protesters to walk on the roadway, according to the Huffington Post.

Police said that nobody was tricked into being arrested.

Protesters who have been at Zuccotti Park since Sept. 17 said they plan to stay there until the structure of Wall Street changes.

Obama prepares to waive parts of No Child Left Behind

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by Sarah Harper

The White House released a plan Thursday that will free states from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind, according to the New York Times.

President Obama's new policy will allow states to adopt new academic standards instead of being bound by the 2014 deadline for proficiency in reading and math.

The Washington Post reports that Obama will bypass Congress to overturn what was the Bush administration's signature education law.

However, this move is winning praise from governors across the country who have been unable to meet the demands of No Child Left Behind.

The new academic standards that schools will have to adopt could include linking teacher evaluation to student success and the expansion of charter schools, according to the Washington Post.

The New York Times reports that states who want the relief from No Child Left Behind will have to qualify by crafting detailed plans for raising their schools' academic standards.

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