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US: Antiwar Candidate Ron Paul Moves to Top Tier in Iowa

Ron Paul

The Iowa caucuses are just seven weeks away, but Republican voters in the nation's first presidential nominating state seem as torn as ever over the GOP field.

A new Bloomberg poll of likely caucus participants shows a four-way tie in Iowa, with Rep. Ron Paul joining Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain in the top tier of candidates. Underscoring the uncertainty in the race, 60 percent of respondents said they could be persuaded to back someone other than their first choice for the nomination.

The poll, conducted November 10 - 12 by the West Des Moines-based firm Selzer & Co, shows Cain in the lead with 20 percent, while Paul comes in at 19 percent. Romney wins 18 percent support, and Gingrich earns 17 percent. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.

Shoe

US, South Carolina: Teacher Accused Of Making Students Rub Her Feet

School District Launches Investigation


Lexington County School District Three is investigating after a first-grader complained about having to rub her teacher's feet.

A district representative said the district has launched a full investigation, appropriate action has been taken and the situation has been rectified. But that's not nearly enough for some parents.

"She admitted to the children rubbing her feet," said Brenda Norris. "Just the thought of it... They immediately sent her home, but she's back there today."

Norris is far from satisfied after her 6-year-old granddaughter, who is in first grade, came home from Batesburg-Leesville Primary School last Wednesday to said she was "tired of rubbing her teacher's feet."

"'Do she take off her socks and shoes?'" Norris recounted asking. "'Grandma, she wears flip flops.'"

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US: Occupy Wall Street protesters locked in legal battle with New York's Michael Bloomberg

Anti-capitalist protesters are locked in a legal battle with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after Occupy Wall Street, their New York protest camp, was demolished and demonstrators were evicted.

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Workers clean-up Zuccotti Park after New York City police in riot gear removed Occupy Wall Street protesters

Lawyers for the protesters, who have inspired dozens of demonstrations around the world, were arguing in New York supreme court that a police raid on the camp early Tuesday morning was illegal.

Hundreds of NYPD officers wearing riot gear burst into Manhattan's Zuccotti Park at 1am, arresting more than 140 people inside the two-month-old camp and about 60 outside in chaotic scenes.

As they tore down tents, seized tonnes of equipment and binned the 5,000 books in the camp's library, police blocked photographers from observing the raid and physically removed reporters from the site.

Mr Bloomberg said he had ordered the eviction because "health and safety conditions became intolerable" in the park and protesters were encroaching on the rights of others.

"New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself," he told a press conference. But he added: "No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities".

Attention

Canada: Occupy Toronto Protesters Get Eviction Notices

'The time has come to remove your tents,' eviction notices read

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An Occupy Toronto protester remains defiant in the face of eviction notices issued by the city on Tuesday morning.
The City of Toronto issued eviction notices Tuesday calling on Occupy Toronto protesters who have been camping in a downtown park for more than a month to leave immediately.

Toronto bylaw officers began handing out the notices about 10 a.m. ET.

The notices order occupiers to "remove your tents, structures, equipment and personal belongings from the park.

"The city recognizes the rights of Canadians to gather and protest. However the city has determined that it cannot allow the current use of St. James Park to continue," they say.

"In particular, the city can no longer sanction the appropriation of St. James Park by a relatively small group of people to the exclusion of all others wishing to use the park and to the detriment of those in the vicinity of the park."

Vader

US: New York Mayor 1% Bloomberg Defends Clearing of Occupy Wall Street

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New York City Mayor 1% Bloomberg
New York's mayor on Tuesday defended the pre-dawn clearing of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, saying "inaction was not an option" as the nearly 2-month-old set-up became packed with tents and concerns grew that fires and other hazards could erupt.

Police in riot gear moved into Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan shortly after officers handed out notices to protesters at about 1 a.m. warning them the park was about to be cleared. It said residents could return after a cleanup but that they would no longer be permitted to set up tents, bring in sleeping bags or camp in the park 24/7.

"Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement, promising that the privately owned park would reopen later Tuesday. Police said they had cleared it by about 4:30 a.m.

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US, New York: Occupy Wall Street, Angry Over Eviction, Occupies a New Corner

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Hundreds of supporters of Occupy Wall Street vowed Tuesday to keep up their protests, convening at a busy corner for a meeting to discuss their next move; the city, meanwhile, appeared headed for a legal showdown over its eviction of protesters from the group's encampment.

A hearing was scheduled later on protesters' quest for an order to prohibit the city from banning tents, sleeping bags and campers from Zuccotti Park, a privately owned park that was cleared of protesters in a surprise early morning raid.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he had hoped to reopen the park to the public at 8 a.m., but at a news conference early Tuesday he said he wanted the issue of the restraining order to be settled before his next move.

Nuke

Fukushima Fallout: Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles In Tokyo

Washington, DC - Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen's analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO's Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.


Syringe

13-Year-Old Girl Left in "Waking Coma" and Sleeps for 23 Hours a Day After "Severe Reaction" to Cervical Cancer Jabs

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Bad reaction: Lucy Hinks, 13, began to experience extreme exhaustion soon after having the cervical cancer vaccine alongside classmates
They were told the vaccine had few side-effects and would protect their daughter from cervical cancer.

But Steve and Pauline Hinks are convinced the controversial HPV jab is behind their daughter Lucy's mystery illness which is making her sleep up to 23 hours a day.

Tests have so far ruled out a brain tumour and glandular fever and the 13-year-old's paediatric consultant is investigating potential links with the vaccine Cervarix.

The jab was used in a national vaccination programme which started in September 2008. But it has already been linked to several cases of girls displaying severe side-effects.

Before she received the vaccine, Lucy was perfectly healthy, had an excellent school attendance record and was among the top students in her year.

Comment: The article above does not mention 'the jab' by name that Lucy was given, but it is apparent that she was given the Gardasil or the HPV vaccine. Read the following articles below for more information on the documented adverse side effects associated with this 'jab':

Time for the Truth about Gardasil
New Worries About Gardasil Safety
Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out
Study Reveals Serious HPV Vaccine Problems: Fainting, Blood Clots, Death Among Risks
Deaths Associated with HPV Vaccine Start Rolling In, Over 3500 Adverse Affects Reported
Uncovered FDA Documents Reveal 26 More Gardasil Deaths
8 more deaths connected to HPV vaccine: Adverse reactions from Gardasil number in thousands

Read the stories of other mothers whose daughters received the Gardasil shot and suffered deaths as a result:

Grieving Mother Blames Gardasil
Mother Keeping Up Her Campaign Against Gardasil
"We cannot prove it, but it seems that there are way too many girls who have been injured or died after getting this vaccine."



Heart - Black

US: '4 going on 40': Day care owner, 72, convicted of sexually abusing toddler says he did it because she was 'promiscuous'

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'Low risk': Albert Gaub appealed a state ruling that classified him as having a 'moderate risk' of abusing children again
The 72-year-old owner of a day care center in Missoula, Montana, told police he sexually abused a 1-year-old girl he was looking after because she was 'promiscuous.'

After he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl for a year and a half, Albert Gaub was sentenced to 15 years in prison and classified as a moderate risk to abuse children again.

But Gaub's lawyer appealed the classification and said his client is a low-risk sex offender. He argued the state's designation was a 'substantial injustice' to Gaub.

The Montana Supreme Court disagreed and unanimously struck down the legal challenge last week.

When he was arrested in 2010, Gaub - who owned Cuddles and More day care - told police his victim was '4 going on 40,' the Attorney General's Office said.

Stormtrooper

US: New York police evict anti-Wall Street protesters

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A demonstrator yells at police officers as they order Occupy Wall Street protesters to leave Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in New York, early Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
Police wearing helmets and carrying shields moved to evict protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement early on Tuesday from the park in New York City's financial district where they have camped since September.

Authorities declared that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park -- which had become a sea of tents, tarps and protest signs with hundreds of demonstrators sleeping there -- posed a health and safety threat.

Scores of police barricaded streets around the park, which had been lit up with spotlights, and were keeping people about a block away. More people were arriving at the scene to support Occupy Wall Street after the protesters sent out a mass text message alerting followers to the raid.

"They gave us about 20 minutes to get our things together," protester Sam Wood said. "It's a painful process to watch, they are sweeping through the park."

The protesters had set up camp in Zuccotti Park on September 17 to protest a financial system they say mostly benefits corporations and the wealthy. Their movement has inspired similar protests against economic inequality in other cities, and in some cases have led to violent clashes with police.

The office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protesters should "temporarily leave" the park and remove their tents and tarps.