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US, Florida: Burglar pleads with victim not to call 911 because it is his birthday

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Gregory Dobbs
Gregory Dobbs was taken into custody as he went to his birthday dinner, authorities said

A burglar caught rummaging through a car pleaded with the victim not tell to authorities because it was his birthday and his mother was going to be in town, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Gregory Dobbs, 38, of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, was arrested and remains in jail on a charge of burglary of conveyance.

On Oct. 28, Dobbs' birthday, Morris Schwarz saw Dobbs going through an open window into his truck and looking through his belongings, authorities said. Schwarz went to the car, but the suspect fled. He ran after the man, caught him and that's when Dobbs pleaded with him, authorities said.

Pumpkin

US: Halloween horror parties gone wrong see 50 arrests and reveller left critical after 100-man brawl

  • About 20,000 people at Ohio University Halloween party
  • 45 ambulances called and 50 arrests on Saturday night
  • California 100-man brawl sends one man to hospital
The annual Halloween block party of 20,000 people that helped earn a university the title of best party school ended this weekend with 50 arrests.

The party near Ohio University in Athens on Saturday night saw around 45 ambulances called, with most treating revellers with alcohol-related issues.

Elsewhere, in Hollywood around 100 Halloween revellers were in a heated brawl early on Sunday morning that left one man in a critical condition.
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Halloween brawl: A fight broke out between several costumed men in California which saw a 27-year-old man taken to hospital in a critical condition

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US: South Carolina Sheriff Says it's Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves

Sheriff Chuck Wright Doesn't Hold Back

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The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend.

Investigators said 46-year-old Walter Lance grabbed a woman who was walking her dog in Milliken Park on Sunday afternoon. They said Lance choked the woman, made her take off her clothing and tried to rape her. (Full Story)

Lance is in custody and was denied bond on Monday.

Sheriff Chuck Wright opened his news conference by saying, "Our form of justice is not making it."

He said, "Carry a concealed weapon. That'll fix it."

Pumpkin

US, California: On Halloween, homeless sex offender parolees pulled off streets

Halloween, jack-o-lanterns
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California's homeless sex offender parolees will be rounded up and kept indoors Halloween night under a new initiative announced under the state's annual Operation Boo crackdown.

The state corrections department began the Halloween night initiative in 1994 and has expanded it since.

Sex offenders on parole are required to remain indoors from 5 p.m. Halloween night to 5 a.m. the next day and are banned from turning on external lights or decorating their houses for Halloween.

During the curfew they may only open the door to law enforcement.

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Russian Clocks Stay on Summertime

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Northern Europe put its clocks back an hour on Sunday.
Russia has not put its clocks back for winter this year, after President Dmitry Medvedev decided the country would stay permanently in summertime. Mr Medvedev announced his decision in March, saying it was in order to relieve the stress of changing clocks.

Officials at the time talked about an annual increase in suicides. It means that this winter in Russia the mornings will be darker for longer, but there will be more daylight in the afternoons.

So, as almost all of Northern Europe set its clocks back overnight, Russia did nothing, opting instead to remain on summertime for the whole year.

But because Russia is almost alone in sticking to summertime it has meant that businesses like banks, and in particular airlines and railways, have had an extra complication this autumn.

Pumpkin

US, Virginia: Condemnation for Republican Halloween montage featuring zombie Obama with gunshot to forehead

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A screen capture shows an email from the Loudon County Republican Party depicting President Obama with a forehead wound.
A Halloween-themed graphic featuring a zombie President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead provoked widespread outrage and the attention of the Secret Service Monday after a local Republican committee in Virginia used it to scare up interest in Halloween parade political activities.

The montage, a banner on a mass email to Republicans in a Virginia county, mingles seasonal images including a jack-o-lantern, a disfigured U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a throng of flesh-hungry zombie Obama supporters.

The posterized image of a rotting, undead Obama with a bleeding, large-calibre hole an inch above his right eye prompted Democrats to cry foul and Virginia's Republican governor to denounce it as "shameful and offensive."

"This is a disgusting and violent portrayal of the president of the United States," said Democratic Party of Virginia spokesman Brian Coy.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, through spokesman J. Tucker Martin, called on the Loudoun County Republicans to "apologize for their actions, and to immediately ensure that such imagery is never used again."

Gear

Armed Citizen Militia Shows Up At Occupy Phoenix

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Armed citizen militia group US Border Guard is making its presence felt at the Occupy Phoenix demonstration to protect free speech rights, arguing that the second amendment prevents the state from abusing the first amendment.

The group has been labeled "neo-nazis" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is usually a demonization tactic, but the individual shown in the clip, "JT Ready" has attended neo-nazi rallies and is closely affiliated with the fringe National Socialist Party.

The group has also operated as a "Minutemen on steroids" outfit, organizing armed patrols of the US border with Mexico.

Attention

War and the Return of Populism

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Why Obama is targeting Iran

What's behind the recent upsurge in anti-Iranian war propaganda coming out of the Obama administration? This is the question Stephen Walt posed on his blog at ForeignPolicy.com:
"What's the endgame here? What is the positive purpose to be gained from this new campaign? If there really is hard and reliable evidence of a serious Iranian plot to bomb buildings in the United States and to kill foreign emissaries on our soil, then that's one thing. But if this turns out to be a much more ambiguous business - either a rogue Iranian operation, a false flag scheme, or a case of FBI entrapment - then what are we trying to accomplish by rolling out a seemingly well-orchestrated round of new accusations, especially when there's little chance of getting the sort of 'crippling sanctions' that might actually alter Iran's behavior? Are we just trying to divert attention from other issues (the economy, the 'Arab Spring,' the failed diplomacy on Israel-Palestine, etc.), or is this somehow linked to the 2012 campaign?"
He's getting warmer. The Obama cult is drawing what sounds like its last breath on the American political scene, with the President's reelection increasingly in doubt. Yet that doesn't begin to explain why Obama is risking alienating his base with yet another overseas conflict that we can't afford, and the American people don't want. Nor does it explain why he is making unambiguous statements in support of a narrative that has been met with undisguised disdain by nearly every Iran expert with any credibility: almost no one believes the Quds force, the Iranian version of our "Special Forces," would employ an alcoholic used car salesman to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to off the Saudi ambassador and commit terrorist acts in the US (and Argentina, an allegation that appears to have been thrown into the mix for good measure). No one, that is, but the President of the United States and the anonymous high government officials who have been spinning this absurd story behind the scenes.

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Jury convicts US man of 9 murders for serial killings that terrorized Phoenix in 2006

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Mark Goudeau
A jury on Monday found a former construction worker guilty of killing nine people in the so-called Baseline Killer case that terrorized the Phoenix area during the summer of 2006.

Mark Goudeau was accused of attacking his victims as they went about daily activities, such as leaving work or washing their car. He left most of them with their pants unzipped and partially pulled down. The victims - eight of them women - ranged from 19 to 39 years old.

Police named the series of killings and other crimes after Baseline Road in south Phoenix where many of the earliest attacks happened. Goudeau lived only a few miles from many of the attack sites.

Prosecutors had called the 47-year-old Goudeau a "ravenous wolf" driven by a hunger to rape women and kill those who didn't co-operate with his demands. Defence attorneys insisted that there are likelier suspects than Goudeau and questioned DNA tests linking Goudeau to the crimes.

In all, Goudeau faced 72 counts, including the nine murders and various counts of kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery. He was found guilty of all but four counts, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on one charge.

"Hopefully there's going to be some closure in my mind now," said Alvin Hogue, 53, whose wife was killed with another woman as they cooked food inside a lunch truck in Phoenix. His wife left behind Hogue and six children, including their then 4-month-old twin boys.

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US soldier jailed for 10 years for South Korea rape

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A South Korean court on Tuesday jailed a US soldier for 10 years for raping a teenager, Yonhap news agency reported, in a case which prompted an apology from a top US diplomat. Visiting Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell (pictured) last month offered an apology to the Korean people for "the tragic and inexcusable rape"
A South Korean court on Tuesday jailed a US soldier for 10 years for raping a teenager, Yonhap news agency reported, in a case which prompted an apology from a top US diplomat.

The private was sentenced for raping the 18-year-old multiple times in Dongducheon, which hosts the US Second Infantry Division base and is near the border with North Korea.

The US military handed him over to South Korean authorities.

Visiting Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell last month offered an apology to the Korean people for "the tragic and inexcusable rape".