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Nov 17, 2011

U.S. gay marriage case back into high gear

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 17 (Reuters) – California’s Supreme
Court cleared the way on Thursday for supporters of the state’s
same-sex marriage ban to defend it in federal court, a crucial
ruling that allows the pitched battle to decide if gay marriage
is a U.S. right to go forward.

The case on California’s 2008 ban, the voter initiative
known as Proposition 8, could set national policy if the U.S.
Supreme Court takes it up, and the high court might agree as
early as next year to hear it, one lawyer said.

Nov 5, 2011

Agitators blamed for Oakland unrest that injured 8

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 100 demonstrators early on Thursday in clashes that activists and Oakland city officials alike blamed on agitators who provoked unrest following a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality.

Officials said eight people — five civilians and three police officers — were injured in violence that left Oakland streets littered with graffiti, smashed glass and debris. But the nature or severity of those injuries was not disclosed.

Nov 4, 2011

Oakland protests turn violent, 80 arrests

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 80 demonstrators early on Thursday in overnight clashes in downtown Oakland that followed a day of mostly peaceful Occupy Wall Street protests against economic inequality.

Officials said eight people — five civilians and three policemen — were injured in the violence that left Oakland streets littered with graffiti, smashed glass and debris.

Nov 3, 2011

Scores arrested in Oakland, agitators blamed for unrest

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Scores of protesters were arrested and eight people injured on Thursday in Oakland clashes that activists and officials blamed on agitators who provoked police after a day of mostly peaceful rallies against economic inequality.

Busloads of police in riot gear advanced on demonstrators overnight firing tear gas to disperse hundreds lingering in downtown streets hours after protesters numbering in the thousands had forced a shutdown of the busy Port of Oakland.

Nov 1, 2011

Volatile Oakland faces general strike on Wednesday

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – After Oakland emerged as a new center for the Occupy Wall Street movement — largely because an Iraq war veteran was seriously injured in a clash with police — local protest leaders decided on a tactic with a storied history in the city: a general strike.

The strike, scheduled for Wednesday, aims to disrupt commerce, with a special focus on banks and other symbols of corporate America. Protesters will also try to shut the city’s port, one of the nation’s largest, in the late afternoon.

Oct 29, 2011

Oakland protesters plan march, mayor apologizes

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – Calls for a general strike in Oakland by protesters against economic inequality gathered force on Friday as activists voted to march to the city’s busy port next week to disrupt cargo traffic there.

The Oakland demonstrators allied with the so-called Occupy Wall Street movement decided on the port action during a “general assembly” meeting by hundreds of activists gathered at an outdoor plaza near City Hall.

Oct 28, 2011

Veteran injured in Oakland ‘Occupy’ protest awake

, Oct 27 (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran
badly wounded in clashes between protesters and police on the
streets of Oakland, California was awake and lucid, hospital
officials and family members said on Thursday.

Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine struck in the
head during Occupy Wall Street protests on Tuesday night, had
been upgraded from critical to fair condition overnight.

Oct 28, 2011

Wounded Iraq vet awake after Oakland protest injury

OAKLAND (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran badly wounded in clashes between protesters and police on the streets of Oakland was awake and lucid, hospital officials and family members said on Thursday.

Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine struck in the head during Wall Street protests on Tuesday night, had been upgraded from critical to fair condition overnight.

Oct 28, 2011

Injured soldier spurs veteran support for “Occupy”

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A former soldier wounded in a protest on the streets of Oakland after surviving two tours in Iraq has put a new face on the ‘Occupy’ movement by galvanizing veteran backing for the push against economic inequality in the United States.

Former Marine Scott Olsen, 24, was sent to the hospital in critical condition after a clash on Tuesday night with police, which authorities blamed on provocation by protesters. Demonstrators have rejected blame.

Oct 27, 2011

U.S. protesters call for strike against Oakland

OAKLAND, Oct 27 (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran
hospitalized after being badly wounded in clashes between
anti-Wall Street protesters and Oakland police had his
condition upgraded on Thursday as activists called for a
general strike against the California city.

Former U.S. Marine Scott Olsen, 24, was upgraded from
critical to fair condition overnight, a spokeswoman for
Highland General Hospital in Oakland said.

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