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US: Fiery Train Derailment in Illinois Leads to Evacuation

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This frame grab provided by WBBM TV, Chicago, shows a freight train in flames Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Tiskilwa, Ill.
Tiskilwa - A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded Friday, sending up bright orange flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen miles away and forcing the evacuation of a small town in northern Illinois.

Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department said the train's tanker cars were shipping ethanol for Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland, and possibly other materials and chemicals, when it crashed and derailed. At least six tanker cars burned, he said.

The evacuation was strictly precautionary and there was no immediate danger, said Les Grant, a spokesman for Bureau County Emergency Management. The fire has been contained and no injuries have been reported, Grant said.

"Pretty much things are under control right now. ... The initial threat has been addressed," he said.

Authorities said evacuees from Tiskilwa, a village of about 800 people about 100 miles west of Chicago, were taken to a nearby high school.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions, and the glow from the fire could be seen from miles away.

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US, New York: Wife Who Fired 11 Shots Is Acquitted of Murder

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Barbara Sheehan outside the Queens courthouse on Thursday.
She had always admitted to killing her husband, using two guns to fire 11 bullets inside the couple's home in Queens. But she insisted she had no choice: if she had not shot him, he would have surely killed her first.

On Thursday, a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens agreed, clearing the woman, Barbara Sheehan, of second-degree murder charges in a case that had been viewed as a strenuous test of a battered-woman defense. Her son and daughter, the children of her slain husband, wept with joy.

During the trial, the jury heard how Ms. Sheehan had been relentlessly abused by her husband, Raymond Sheehan, a former police sergeant, during their 24 years of marriage. But the critical question at trial was whether Ms. Sheehan was in imminent danger when she killed her husband; New York State's self-defense law justifies the use of lethal force when a threat to a person's life is deemed immediate.

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US, California: Muslim woman removed from Southwest plane to sue

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Irum Abbasi
A Muslim-American woman is suing Southwest Airlines for discrimination because she was removed from a plane by federal security agents.

Irum Abbasi of San Diego plans to announce the lawsuit Thursday.

Abbasi is a Pakistani immigrant who's lived in the U.S. for a decade. She was on a flight from San Diego to San Jose in March when she says a flight attendant became concerned.

Abbasi, who was wearing a head scarf, told someone on her cell phone, "I have to go" because the plane was about to depart. But Abbasi says the attendant thought she said, "It's a go."

The mother of three was taken off the plane and briefly examined by TSA agents. She was placed on the next flight.

The airline later apologized. Abbasi has said she wants the crew disciplined.

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US: Cain rails against Wall Street protesters

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St. Petersburg, Fla. - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Wednesday called the Occupy Wall Street protesters anti-American and anti-capitalistic.

"Don't be jealous, don't be envious," Cain said as he signed copies of his memoir. "I don't have much patience for someone who does not want to achieve their American dream the old-fashioned way."

More than 400 people attended the event. The former head of Godfather's Pizza pulled up in front of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in a black luxury bus, and he entered the store to cheers and applause.

After winning the Sept. 24 straw poll in Florida, Cain has seen his popularity surge, especially among conservatives. He is showing well in many surveys, near front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has raised more money.

Comment: A great set of images can be found here from the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Cain doesn't seem to recognize that America has been fully run, for at least the last 12+ years, off the sweat of the middle-class. 401k plan? Dismantled or halved for most people. The ones who still have a job. Retirement, Social Security? Already sitting at the guillotine of Government axing. It's amazing how such a ..person can have such a HUGE disconnect from reality. Then again, this is America.


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US: Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All

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John Harold found himself short of workers to harvest his corn and onions after he decided to try to hire more local residents and fewer foreign laborers for his 1,000-acre farm.

Olathe, Colorado - How can there be a labor shortage when nearly one out of every 11 people in the nation are unemployed?

That's the question John Harold asked himself last winter when he was trying to figure out how much help he would need to harvest the corn and onions on his 1,000-acre farm here in western Colorado.

The simple-sounding plan that resulted - hire more local people and fewer foreign workers - left Mr. Harold and others who took a similar path adrift in a predicament worthy of Kafka.

The more they tried to do something concrete to address immigration and joblessness, the worse off they found themselves.

"It's absolutely true that people who have played by the rules are having the toughest time of all," said Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado.

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Over 5,000 Turn Out in Portland For Occupy Portland Protest

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© Patrick Preston - KATU News

Update: Certain mainstream media news outlet in Portland are claiming that the protests goals are to disrupt traffic and cause problems. This is an outright lie.

The corporate controlled media is doing everything it possibly can to protect Wall Street and The Federal Reserve and in return The Intel Hub will do everything it possibly can to counter the controlled medias disgusting fake journalism and with your help we can do it!

In what may well be the biggest opening day crowd for all the Occupy Protests around the country, the Occupy Portland Protests have kicked off with over 5,000 protesters marching through the streets!

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US: Demonstrators to Protest Perceived Greed, Corruption in D.C.




The Occupy Wall Street protest that started in New York City to call attention to perceived corporate greed and government corruption has spread to dozens of other cities during the past two weeks, reaching Washington this week.

Occupy D.C. demonstrators will gather at Freedom Plaza at noon Thursday.

Dozens of them have been taking part in peacekeeping training at a local church, working in groups devising ways to get their message out while avoiding violence and confrontations with police.

"We see the problem in the United States as corporatism," organizer Kevin Zeese said. "It affects every issue. We see it in health care, where the health insurance industry controls things; big finance, where Wall Street controls things. We want to see the end of corporate rule and the shifting of power to the people."

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Ring, Ring - This is a Police State

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Yesterday my attention was drawn to an article written by Buck Sexton which appeared on The Blaze, "Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches During Traffic Stops". I didn't know cell phones were that big a deal; okay, maybe we shouldn't text while shifting and most of us would agree that hands free is better than having half your field of view blocked.
"In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined police officers can rifle through your cellphone during a traffic violation stop."
There is a problem with granting police powers which extend beyond protections built into a citizen's God given right as covered under the 4th Amendment.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

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US, Florida: Actor Billy Bob Thornton's Daughter Gets 20 Years for Child's Death

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The estranged daughter of Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton was sentenced in Florida on Thursday to 20 years in prison for killing a child in her care.

Amanda Brumfield, 32, was convicted in Orlando in May of aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of Olivia Madison Garcia, the 1-year-old daughter of one of Brumfield's close friends.

The child's mother, Heather Murphy, said after the sentencing that she was surprised at how long a prison term Brumfield received, but that it meant little to her.

"None of it satisfies me. It doesn't matter ... I won't ever see Olivia again," Murphy told reporters.

Brumfield contended at trial that Olivia fell out of her playpen and hit her head in October 2008, but prosecutors argued the child's skull fracture and brain bleeding were no accident.

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US, California: Character Actor Charles Napier Dies at 75

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In this March 12, 2011 photo, actor and author Charles Napier is shown at an appearance for his book, Square Jaw and Big Heart, at Russo's Books in Bakersfield, Calif. Napier, a character actor whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like Rambo: First Blood Part 2, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California. He was 75.
His granite jaw, toothy grin and steely stare were the tools that made Charles Napier one of the most recognizable actors movie and TV audiences never heard of.

From the dim-witted country music star John Belushi flimflammed in The Blues Brother movie to the scheming military intelligence officer who matched wits with Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood II, Napier appeared in scores of films and TV shows in a career spanning more than 40 years.

He died Wednesday at age 75 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, his longtime friend Dennis Wilson told the Bakersfield Californian. The cause of death was not given.

The actor, whose earliest roles included a memorable turn as a hippie wanderer searching for paradise in a classic 1960s Star Trek episode, continued to work until shortly before his death. He had a voice role in the animated series Archer earlier this year.

In recent years he was a sheriff in an episode of Monk, a father on Curb Your Enthusiasm and a security guard on the children's show Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. His voice was also heard on several episodes of The Simpsons as Officer Krackney and other characters.

His favorite role was as the judge in Philadelphia, the 1993 film that won Tom Hanks a best actor Oscar as an attorney stricken with HIV.

His stock in trade, however, was playing steely eyed tough guys in films like The Silence of the Lambs and even comedies like The Blues Brothers, in which he famously threatened to knock out Belushi's teeth for asking to see his musician's union card.

"I always felt I played myself or some kind of version of myself," Napier told the Bakersfield Californian earlier this year. "If you think about it, old actors probably don't even have a self."