NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward
Occupy Wall Street protesters surge toward police at New York's Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning.
November 17th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

NYC sit-in arrest figure revised downward

[Updated at 8:53 p.m. ET] A total of 245 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were arrested Thursday in New York, including 64 arrested during an early evening sit-in on Centre Street near Foley Square in lower Manhattan, a police spokesman said.

Earlier Thursday, New York police spokesman and protest organizers said that 99 people were arrested during the same sit-in. In fact, 64 were arrested - all of them wearing 99% t-shirts - in that incident.

[Updated at 6:54 p.m. ET] New York police arrested 99 more Occupy Wall Street protesters early Thursday evening, a high-ranking member of the city police department said. Earlier Thursday, police said 177 people had been arrested.

Occupy Wall Street organizers had said that 99 people were prepared to be sit down in a street and be arrested - a symbolic number, as the activists purport to represent the interests of 99% of the nation's population, as opposed to the wealthiest 1%.

[Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET] Several people have been charged with felonies in connection to incidents that have occurred at recent Occupy Denver protests, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey told CNN.

Two people were charged in connection to incidents that took place on November 13, and one was charged in connection to an incident on October 29. The felony charges include inciting a riot and second-degree assault on a peace officer.

News of the Denver charges came on a day that the Occupy movement has called its national "mass day of action", which has involved protests in several large U.S. cities, marking two months since the Occupy movement began in New York.

In New York on Thursday, 177 people were arrested during Occupy protests, and five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

In Portland, Oregon, 25 people were arrested Thursday morning at the east end of the Steel Bridge, where Occupy Portland protesters were gathered, police Lt. Robert King said. All 25 were cited with disorderly conduct.

[Updated at 4:32 p.m. ET] The number of protesters arrested during "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations in New York on Thursday has reached 177, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Five police officers were injured when a liquid was thrown on their faces during confrontations with protesters, Kelly said. The officers experienced a burning on their faces, but were able to wash off the unknown substance at a nearby hospital.

Thursday was the occupy movement's national "mass day of action", marking two months since the movement began in New York. Hundreds of protesters participated in New York on Thursday - their first major show of strength since police evicted demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, where a court has said they may demonstrate but no longer camp out.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "some protesters today deliberately pursued violence," but added that most were peaceful and have "caused minimal disruptions to our city."

Protesters in New York demonstrated Thursday morning at their former home base, while others marched toward the New York Stock Exchange. Other planned events in New York included "occupy the subways," a plan to gather at 16 hubs at 3 p.m.; and "take the square" at 5 p.m., a reference to Foley Square, across from City Hall. Organizers also plan a march across the Brooklyn Bridge after the gathering at Foley Square.

Clashes between protesters and police happened Thursday at Zuccotti Park - where demonstrators were trying to lift barricades - and on a street in Lower Manhattan.

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[Updated at 3 p.m. ET] About 175 Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested in New York on Thursday, a day that demonstrators have called a national "mass day of action", New York police said.

Seven New York police officers have been injured during clashes with protesters, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

Demonstrations in New York and other U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Portland, Oregon, were marking two months since the movement began in New York.

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[Updated at 2:40 p.m. ET] Demonstrators and police clashed on a street in Lower Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, according to CNN producer Brian Vitagliano, who was at the scene. Four ambulances and a separate emergency response vehicle responded to the incident.

[Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET] Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and police have scuffled again Thursday in New York's Zuccotti Park, where waves of protesters faced off against columns of police in and around the Lower Manhattan park.

Thursday afternoon's scuffling - following a morning confrontation at the park - came as police attempted to put up metal barricades.

Protesters had lifted metal barricades in the morning, defying authorities and blocking traffic

[Updated at 1:34 p.m. ET] Twenty-five people have been arrested at an Occupy protest in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, police Officer Rosario Herrera tells CNN.

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Houston Astros to switch leagues
The Astros' Matt Downs gets a high-five from base coach Dave Clark after hitting a home run September 26 in Houston.
November 17th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Houston Astros to switch leagues

Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros will switch from the National League to the American League as soon as 2013, a stipulation to which the team’s incoming owners agreed, MLB said Thursday.

And Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball may soon expand its playoffs by adding a second wild-card spot to each league, MLB.com reported. But an MLB spokesman said that any potential postseason change is subject to negotiations on a new labor deal between baseball and the players’ union.

News about the Astros came as MLB team owners approved the team’s sale from Drayton McLane to a group led by Houston businessman Jim Crane. The deal was approved Thursday at the owners’ quarterly meetings in Milwaukee.

The league switch - which was a condition of the sale - will put the Astros in the American League West, the same division as the intrastate rival and defending American League champion Texas Rangers.

It also will give the leagues an equal number of teams - 15 each - for the first time since the Milwaukee Brewers moved from the American League to the National League in 1998.

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Overheard on CNN.com: Protest fatigue sets in for some
iReporter Jason Fialkov captured this image November 17 near Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York.
November 17th, 2011
03:48 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Protest fatigue sets in for some

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about stories, and we're listening. Overheard on CNN.com is a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The Occupy movement swarmed cities Thursday as part of a "mass day" that saw protesters in New York making their first major show of strength since camps were cleared from Zuccotti Park. Large groups also gathered in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon.

Cities face Occupy movement's 'mass day'

Several commenters said they were growing tired of the ongoing demonstrations, but others said they wanted to see the movement continue.

There was lots of back-and-forth debate that seemed to move through generations.

johnnyhouse said, "They have a right to protest, peacefully, but what are their demands and fixes for our problems? No one has said a thing except they are not going to take it anymore. Reminds me of my sons, many years ago, when they tried to run the family at times."

But 27irishgirl replied, "The idea is to change the narrative to make you think. Because once you do, you will be horrified that what used be the largest democracy in the world no longer exists."
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White House shooting suspect to be charged with assassination attempt
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in Pennsylvania. Investigators allege he was involved in a shooting outside the White House last week.
November 17th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

White House shooting suspect to be charged with assassination attempt

A man accused of firing shots near the White House last week will be charged with attempting to assassinate the president or a member of his staff, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho, was arrested in western Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Investigators believe he was involved in a shooting Friday night that may be responsible for two bullets found on the White House exterior on Tuesday, according to the Secret Service.

One bullet hit a window and was stopped by bulletproof glass, and another was found on the White House exterior, the Secret Service said.

Ortega-Hernandez will be charged with attempted assassination, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Kitchen said at Ortega-Hernandez's first federal court hearing Thursday.

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Court: Proponents of California gay-marraige ban can defend it
Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rally in San Fransisco, California, in August 2010.
November 17th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Court: Proponents of California gay-marraige ban can defend it

The California Supreme Court ruled that "official proponents" of California's Proposition 8 - which defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman - can defend the ballot initiative in court when public officials refuse to do so.

This means a federal court fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage can continue.

Proposition 8 was approved in a California 2008 ballot, setting up a federal lawsuit by various gay couples seeking to wed. State leaders including current Gov. Jerry Brown have refused to defend the law in court, setting up the debate over who could defend Proposition 8.

Charles Cooper, attorney for Proposition 8's ballot sponsors, had said the official sponsors should be allowed to step in when the state refuses to defend such measures. The conservative group ProtectMarriage.com has been leading the legal fight to defend the initiative.

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November 17th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Who and what is the Free Syrian Army?

A group of military defectors called the Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on an air intelligence base in Harasta, an eastern suburb of Syria’s capital.

It says it has declared war on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and “is capable of striking them in any place and at any time we want.”

The group emerged amid an eight-month-long crackdown on protesters by the Syrian government, a grinding civil conflict that the United Nations says has left more than 3,500 people dead.

The Free Syrian Army has reported recent operations in other cities, including Hama, Homs and Daraa, but the sophistication of Wednesday’s attack signals “a new era of the conflict,” said Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

“Until now,” Tabler added, “most of the protests have been peaceful.”

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Overheard on CNN.com: Should FIFA president step down?
Sepp Blatter moved to clarify his comments on racism in football via a statement on FIFA's website.
November 17th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Should FIFA president step down?

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter's controversial claim during an interview with "CNN World Sport" that there is no on-field racism in soccer sparked criticism from the soccer world and from the CNN.com reader community as well. Check out what some commenters said, and let us know what you think below.

Leading figures in soccer call on Blatter to step down

Many readers were outraged. "Leadership in every walk of life seem so out of touch with reality - football obviously no exception," said trp55. A commenter named Eurosun1 said:

"Blatter is a Clown and should have been thrown on the street years ago! Every football fan I know hates this man. Especially for his lack of incorporating technologies like goal line technology and replay for referee's. Many matches have been altered as a result of unnecessary errors in judgement. Not to even get started with this man's delusional overblown ego."

"This guy is a crook," wrote user fizos. "One wonders why, with such a quality, he's not a Wall Street executive."

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China: Docking mission 'complete success' after spacecraft lands
Chinese scientists monitor the docking of the Tiangong-1 space lab module and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft on November 3.
November 17th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

China: Docking mission 'complete success' after spacecraft lands

China’s unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft landed in the country’s Inner Mongolia region Thursday, ending a mission that saw the nation complete its first space docking, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The docking is a key step toward Beijing’s goal of building a space station.

Shenzhou-8 docked twice with the lab module Tiangong-1 more than 210 miles above Earth, Chinese space officials said. Shenzhou-8 - a type of capsule that would carry astronauts in a nontest situation - disengaged from Tiangong-1 for the final time Wednesday before being brought back to Earth on Thursday.

See Xinhua graphic depicting stage of Shenzhou-Tiangong docking

Chang Wanquan, chief of China’s manned space program, said the mission was a "complete success," and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Deijang delivered a congratulatory note from the country’s central authorities, Xinhua reported.

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November 17th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Syria engulfed by more violence Thursday

Security personnel killed at least eight people across Syria and explosions and gunfire rocked the suburbs of the capital Damascus, activists said on Thursday, another day of deadly street rage portending worldwide fears of wider violence.

This comes a day after the Free Syrian Army, the band of military defectors, said it attacked an air intelligence base in Harasta outside Damascus and planted "powerful explosions inside and around the compound that shook its foundations."

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said security forces embarked on raids in Harasta on Thursday, set up checkpoints and arrested dozens.

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November 17th, 2011
07:41 AM ET

Thursday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on the efforts of the deficit "super committee" to reach a deal on reducing the national debt.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Solyndra loan hearing - Energy Secretary Steven Chu will testify on his department's loan guarantee to troubled solar company Solyndra.

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November 17th, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Mother of alleged victim says her son is afraid Sandusky may go free

The mother of one of Jerry Sandusky's alleged victims - the first to come forward in the case - said her son is afraid the former Penn State coach might go free.

The son, who is identified as Victim 1 in a report issued by a grand jury, watched an NBC interview with Sandusky this week and cried, the mother told CNN on Wednesday.

"I said, 'Well, why did you cry?' And he said, 'Because I'm afraid that he might go free,' " said the woman, whose face and voice were altered to protect her - and by extension her son's - identity.

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