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Libya's real revolutionaries occupy Libyan parliament


Hundreds of pro-Gaddafi rebels have turned up at the Congress building
Dozens of gunmen have occupied Libya's parliament to register their anger over the formation of the new government.

The militiamen are demanding some of the ministers be removed because they have links to the late Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

At least a dozen trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns are lining the main road to the parliament.

Libya held a peaceful election in July and finally agreed the composition of a government on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Ali Zidan gained the support of the National Congress for his choice of ministers.

His list included liberal figures and Islamists in an attempt to forge a coalition acceptable to all parties.

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Hurricane Sandy death toll climbs above 110, New York hardest hit

The number of lives lost and families shattered from Hurricane Sandy continued to climb Saturday, with the death toll now at more than 110.

The number of lives claimed in New York from the super storm was reduced by one to 48, after medical examiners determined two deaths initially linked to the storm were not, and another body was found during the recovery effort.

Hardest-hit parts of the state are still buried in rubble and tunnels in metropolitan New York still flooded, leaving officials to wearily expect that the number could keep climbing.


Quebec police dismantle massive drug network

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A board listing accused drug traffickers and dealers is seen during a news conference in Montreal Thursday by the Surete du Quebec (SQ) police concerning Operation Loquace, a major drug bust in three provinces.
Canada - Quebec police forces have made 111 arrests in one of the largest crackdowns on organized crime and the drug trade in the province's history.

More arrests may be made as the investigation progresses, police say.

A total of 127 people were targeted in Operation Loquace. Of those people, 26 are still at large.

Sûreté du Québec officials say 10 other arrests were made without warrants during Thursday's raids.

Six people were allegedly leading the criminal activities and relying on other organizations to import and distribute large amounts of cocaine, police said.

Two of the alleged leaders, identified as Shane Maloney and Larry Amero, were apprehended in Montreal's Verdun borough and face charges of of conspiracy to traffic drugs, drug trafficking, conspiracy to import drugs, drug importation and gangsterism.

Amero is allegedly linked to the Hell's Angels in British Columbia.

Maloney was arrested in June after an off-duty Montreal police officer was beaten up in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.


Bomb found on British Columbia SkyTrain tracks

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The bomb squad was called in and commuters on the eastbound SkyTrain were shuttled to buses after a transit emergency alert closed the Scott Road to Gateway Skytrain stations in Surrey on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
Canada, B.C. - Police forces across British Columbia's Lower Mainland were on high alert Friday night as transit police hunt a would-be bomber.

A bomb was spotted by a passenger on an elevated SkyTrain track in Surrey this afternoon, and later removed and exploded by an RCMP bomb squad. The confirmed bomb threat is believed to be the first ever involving SkyTrain infrastructure.

Transit police spokeswoman Anne Drennan said officers will conduct a full sweep of TransLink's complete rail network throughout the night, also checking bus loops, stations, and terminals.

"We want to make sure there is nothing else out there to cause the public and our passengers harm," Drennan said.

Transit police have asked all police forces in the different Lower Mainland jurisdictions served by SkyTrain to go on "high alert" helping to monitor for tracks for suspicious activity. Extra uniformed transit police officers are stationed throughout the TransLink system, and plain clothes transit police detectives are on the lookout for the bombing suspect, Drennan said.


Police charge New York City nanny in stabbing death of kids

Yoselyn Ortega

Nanny Yoselyn Ortega pictured with Lucia Krim.
New York City police say they've charged a nanny with murder in the stabbing deaths of two children last month.

Police finally could interview 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega as she continues to recover from self-inflicted stab wounds. They charged her in her hospital bed Saturday night with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.

Police say Ortega fatally stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, on Oct. 25 in the children's Upper West Side apartment. She then stabbed herself.

A third sibling was with their mother when the killings happened. The mother returned home to discover her children dead and Ortega bleeding.

Ortega remains hospitalized under police guard.

Source: The Associated Press

Comment: Let's keep in mind the circumstances in which these children were murdered:

CNBC exec's children murdered, 1 day after CNBC reports $43 trillion bankster lawsuit

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Police helicopter crashes in Atlanta, 2 dead

An Atlanta police helicopter flying low on a search for a missing 9-year-old child crashed near a major city intersection overnight, killing the two officers aboard, authorities said.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos confirmed the deaths but said no one was hurt on the ground in an area just blocks from a busy east-west artery, Interstate 20, and in a neighborhood populated by fast food restaurants, stores, a major pharmacy and other outlets.

The helicopter carrying the searchers went down about 10:30 pm. Saturday in the city's northwestern reaches. Photographs broadcast on local television soon after the crash showed what appeared to be flaming debris on a roadway.

Campos told The Associated Press by telephone that authorities were trying to determine what events had led up to the crash, but he said a search was under way for the missing child at the time. Although Campos did not elaborate, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution later reported that a missing child was subsequently found unharmed.


Several hurt during shooting at a Georgia fair

Savannah, Georgia - A shooting erupted at a crowded fair in Savannah and at least six people were taken to a hospital. Police said they detained several people for questioning.

None of the wounded appeared to have life-threatening injuries, said Julian Miller, spokesman for Savannah Chatham-County police. Few other details were immediately available.

A large crowd had gathered at the Coastal Empire Fair, located on Savannah's suburban south side, when witnesses heard gunshots about an hour before the fair's 11:30 p.m. closing time.

"They had a huge crowd here," Miller said. "At about 10:30 (p.m.), officers working the fair heard gunshots and found an undetermined number of victims."

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52 Michigan men among those accused of sexually assaulting Boy Scouts

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The scoutmaster forced boys to take off their pants and underwear for spankings and "examinations" on their genitals.

He made them swim naked as he took photos. And at night, he fondled them in their sleeping bags.

When the Boy Scouts of America learned of the scoutmaster's activities in 1978, they ejected him from the organization -- but never contacted police or the parents of those boys in Clawson's Troop 1604.

A total of 52 men, including the Clawson scoutmaster, were accused of sexually assaulting Michigan Scouts between 1960 and 1985, according to documents newly released by the Boy Scouts of America and reviewed by the Free Press.

The files are part of a 2010 lawsuit filed by an Oregon man who was repeatedly assaulted by his scoutmaster. A jury awarded him $18.5 million.

The Michigan cases reflect what happened thousands of times nationwide during those years, records show. Many of the men were professionals -- clergy, teachers, certified counselors and laborers -- and most were listed as having religious affiliations.

They were scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters, coaches of horseback riding or marksmanship and adult volunteers.

Scouting officials often tried to keep the assaults quiet and failed to notify police and parents, even in cases where the men admitted to the abuse. In some cases, officials appeared sympathetic to those accused, suggesting therapy rather than prosecution.


Bulgarians take to Facebook to lambast bad, lazy, dangerous cops

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Taking it easy
Thousands of Bulgarians have joined a Facebook group collecting photos of local police breaking rules while on duty. The law enforcement agency is already subject to special monitoring by the EU for failing to tackle corruption and organized crime.

Created less than a week ago, the "Film the Police" group already has more than 8,000 members and hundreds of allegedly incriminating photos.

Most show policemen routinely taking up disabled parking spots, and asleep en masse in a patrol car during work time. Others supposed violations are more serious; a photo of a policeman at the wheel holding a large opened bottle of beer, or an officer on a motorcycle performing a dangerous stunt on the wrong side of the road. Some are accompanied by names and comments showing specific policemen demanding bribes, or calmly looking upon a group of apparent prostitutes on the curb.


Gas pipeline inferno wreaks havoc in Moscow suburb

A massive fire caused by a gas pipeline leak struck a Moscow suburb during the night, obliterating 17 buildings. Firemen only managed to bring the raging inferno under control three hours after it broke out.

Both gas and electricity were temporarily cut off from the Northeastern Moscow suburb of Sholkovskaya near the village of Almazovo after a gas pipe caught fire, reports RIA Novosti.

The flames of the ensuing inferno reached 10 meters in height and covered an area of approximately 600 square meters.

The fire caused significant damage to the surrounding area, destroying 17 country houses. Authorities said that no one was injured in the blaze.