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US, Texas: Steven Seagal to go from Hollywood to border law enforcement

© Reuters/Mukhtar KholdorbekovActor Steven Seagal (C) holds a Kazakh national dagger as he visits a nomadic civilization festival, part of the "Astana" action films festival, in Astana July 3, 2011.
It's been said that what the world knows about the United States is what people see in Hollywood movies, and those perceptions could soon become reality in Texas.

Those who try to slip across the Rio Grande from Mexico into west Texas may find themselves arrested by newly sworn-in Hudspeth County Sheriff's Deputy and action film star Steven Seagal.

Seagal, currently starring in an A&E Network reality show detailing his experiences as a reserve deputy in New Orleans, contacted County Sheriff Arvin West about his interest in "patrolling the border", West said.

He was sworn in this week for the position in Hudspeth County, which runs along the Rio Grande east of El Paso, West added. Seagal, 59, could not be reached for comment.

"Mr. Seagal is not in this for the celebrity or publicity," West told Reuters. "He has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help. I think he will make a significant contribution to this office and to our community."


Canada: Man, 27, collapses, dies during Toronto marathon; cause of collapse unknown

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A 27-year-old participant in a Toronto marathon died just a few hundred metres from the finish line, police and organizers said Sunday.

The man was around 300 metres from the finish line of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon when he collapsed, Bruce Minnes, medical director for the marathon, said in a statement.

"The individual received an immediate response from a bystander who initiated CPR," the statement said.

Emergency response units working with the marathon were on the scene within moments.

The man was transported to St. Michael's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The man's identity and the cause of death were not being released until all his family members were notified.

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The Megabanks are trying to prevent bank runs in the United States

Megabanks around the world are reeling from their customers removing their capital and closing their accounts. People are standing up worldwide in a non-participational form of civil disobedience in order to do anything possible to bring down these corrupt megabanks.

There was an Italian bank run scare in at the beggining of August that really started the gears in motion for the possibilities of future bank runs.

Financial blogs predicted a run on the French banks during the economic turmoil in the EU and Eurozone countries. Many corporations in France have moved their money out of French banks and into safer short term holdings for the time being.

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Occupy Canada protesters planning 'large impact' event for Monday

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After spending their first night camped outdoors in protest, Canadians who gathered to decry corporate greed and social inequality used Sunday to hammer out their action plan for the coming week.

Many taking part in the Occupy Canada movement braved crisp autumn weather to spend the night at parks in various cities including Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver.

As the sun rose over protesters camped in Toronto's St. James Park, one demonstrator said the day would be spent making decisions via consensus.

"Today's going to be a major day for planning a large impact for Monday as a demonstration for (when) the Stock Exchange opens," said Niko Salassidis, a 20-year-old who set up the Occupy Toronto Facebook group.

"We plan to make a very large statement."

The Occupy movement, which began peacefully in cities across Canada yesterday, was inspired by the month-long Occupy Wall Street protest south of the border.

Demonstrators are speaking out against what they see as a corporate system which favours a wealthy elite but disregards the masses, or "the 99 per cent."

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UK Facing Biggest Income Drop in 35 Years

© Alan Crowhurst/Getty ImagesInstitute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says UK median income will fall while absolute poverty is forecast to rise. However, the government's newly announced Universal Credit scheme could reduce both absolute and relative poverty in the longer term.

In the next two years, the U.K. faces the largest drop in income in the last 35 years, according to a report by the economic think tank Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Median income is expected to fall by around 7 percent, in the period between 2009 - 2010 and 2012 - 2013, as absolute poverty is forecast to rise by 1.4 million.

The report says that the government's newly announced Universal Credit scheme will be able to reduce both absolute and relative poverty in the longer term, bringing just over 1 million out of poverty by 2020.


US: Police arrest 46 at Phoenix Wall Street protest

Police moved into a crowd of protesters around midnight Saturday and arrested several people following an anti-Wall Street rally in Phoenix.

Reporters and protesters on the scene saw an estimated 40 people detained at Margaret T. Hance Park just north of downtown Phoenix. In a Sunday morning news release, Phoenix police said 46 arrests had been made for criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Sgt. Trent Crump said, "most of those arrested were passive in nature and no injuries were reported to either officers or demonstrators."

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The arrests came hours after anti-Wall Street protesters gathered in Phoenix and Tucson as part of a series of protests across the country against financial institutions.

About 1,000 people attended the Occupy Phoenix event that began with a noon rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Wall Street

'Bank Transfer Day' Causes Credit Union Buzz

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Even with most credit unions closed for Columbus Day there was plenty of online buzz, and uncertainty, about what the credit union industry role might be on "Bank Transfer Day," the latest event surfacing from the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.

Industry sources, speaking off the record, suggested any wholesale switch from large banks to CUs on Nov. 5, the day designated by one Californian and carried atwitter Monday, could conceivably put net worth ratios out of whack.

The balance sheet problem was raised by several industry officials as a potential hazard as online articles focused on what "Occupy" supporters are calling now for a specific action to underscore their complaints against big banks and corporate "greed."


Occupy Santa Cruz - Bank of America refusing to close account

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Sweden: Wall Street protesters marched on Riksbank

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Following a wave of Wall Street protests worldwide on Saturday, raised voices against corporate greed were also heard in Sweden, with demonstrations in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and several other cities.

Einar Stensson, sociologist and one of the Stockholm protest's organisers, was one of many to speak at the demonstration held at central Sergels Torg in Stockholm, where several hundred had gathered on Saturday.

"The financial crisis has hit us, and we've had to pay while those responsible get away scot-free," he said to news agency TT.

"Now we're looking to get organised and create our own power, because the political parties have disassembled their own people's movements, and aren't interested in having our influence in politics," he said.


Across the World, the Indignant Rise up Against Corporate Greed and Cuts

© GettyWhen violence flared, some protestors turned against the troublemakers, trying, with limited success, to stop them.
Violence mars Rome protest, but in scores more cities tens of thousands take peacefully to the streets

Protests against corporate greed, executive excess and public austerity began to gel into the beginnings of a worldwide movement yesterday as tens of thousands marched in scores of cities. The "Occupy Wall Street" protest, which started in Canada and spread to the US, and the long-running Spanish "Indignant" and Greek anti-cuts demonstrations coalesced on a day that saw marches or occupations in 82 countries.

Some protests were small, as in Tokyo, where only 200 turned up; some were large, as in Spain, where around 60 separate demonstrations were staged; and some were muted, as in London, where nearly 2,000 intending to march on the Stock Exchange obeyed police who turned them back. As dusk fell, some 500 of them were kettled in St Paul's churchyard.

Containment tactics were also used by police in New York last night as thousands of demonstrators were penned behind barricades in Times Square. They had marched through Manhattan and protested outside the city's banks, withdrawing their money as they did.