Occupy Wall Street's weekend plans ruffle some readers' feathers
Shoppers crowd a Virginia mall for Black Friday 2010.
November 23rd, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Occupy Wall Street's weekend plans ruffle some readers' feathers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The Occupy Wall Street movement's plans for an upcoming mass demonstration, targeting major retailers on Black Friday, has lots of readers seeing red going into the Turkey Day weekend. Some scoffed at the danger involved with getting in between hyped-up shoppers and their prize, and others thought the movement's goals were misguided. Few spoke in support of the Occupy protesters.

1. Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday

"No doubt this movement will cause someone's death, making it a true black Friday," said Tralfaz. "Don't mess with shoppers looking for bargains. They have nothing to do with the people you are against and most of the ones I know would kill you to get 50% off. Your movement is about to lose all of its power and turn the masses against you." FULL POST

Russia: Address concerns or we'll target missile shield
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks about NATO's planned missile shield from his residence in Gorki on Wednesday.
November 23rd, 2011
03:10 PM ET

Russia: Address concerns or we'll target missile shield

Russia may deploy missiles that it says could destroy NATO’s planned missile defense system in Europe - and withdraw from an arms control treaty with the United States - if Russia’s concerns about the shield aren’t addressed, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Medvedev also announced that Russia will take a series of immediate steps that includes equipping new ballistic missiles “with advanced missile defense penetration systems” and drawing up plans to disable missile shield guidance systems.

“If (those immediate steps) prove insufficient, the Russian Federation will deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country, ensuring our ability to take out any part of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe,” Medvedev said in a live address on Russian television. “One step in this process will be to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad region.”

Russia also could pull out of the New START arms control agreement with the United States that Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama signed a year and a half ago.

“Conditions for our withdrawal from the New START Treaty could also arise, and this option is enshrined in the treaty,” Medvedev said.

Although NATO has said that the shield will protect Europe from attacks from areas such as the Middle East and not from Russia, the Russian government is concerned that the shield is meant to undermine its nuclear deterrent.

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Readers judge GOP contenders after national security debate
Eight major GOP presidential candidates met in Washington on Tuesday for the CNN National Security Debate.
November 23rd, 2011
01:50 PM ET

Readers judge GOP contenders after national security debate

Editor's note: This post is part of the "Overheard on CNN.com" series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community. Share your debate reaction on CNN iReport and in the comments area below.

Several key divergence points between the GOP candidates emerged Tuesday night during the CNN-sponsored national security and foreign policy debate. The debate was spirited, but who can you believe? That's a question both CNN analysts and our own readers have been trying to answer.

Who can you believe at GOP debates?

Debate coach Todd Graham once again evaluated the candidates in this opinion piece that evaluates the debate. Commenters and iReporters responded with some interesting critiques of some of the candidates.

Many analysts said Newt Gingrich gave a strong performance, with nuanced arguments and confident defenses of potentially unpopular positions on spending and illegal immigration, but commenters seemed a bit ambivalent about him.

joeinalabama: Newt has a lot of baggage, but I think he has a better grasp of how the world works than the rest of them, including Barack Obama.

TxJim: "Newt makes so much sense. Over and over and over again. Very smart man. Just completely devoid of any credibility and totally unelectable."

thestocks: "Newt is a very smart man. I think he has too many skeletons in his closet, and too many instances in his past when he supported the liberal spending policies of George W. Bush."

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Californians not getting their Thanksgiving crabs
Crabs were ready for the pot last Thanksgiving season in San Francisco.
November 23rd, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Californians not getting their Thanksgiving crabs

A couple of turkeys got a Thanksgiving pardon from President Obama at the White House on Wednesday, but beneath the Pacific Ocean, thousands and thousands of crabs will be around for a holiday they normally experience from a pot and a plate.

Dungeness crab have traditionally been served on Northern California tables along with the turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving. This year, however, a price dispute between crab fishermen and processors has left market shelves and restaurant menus bereft of the crustaceans, according to media reports from the Bay Area.

Crab fishermen want $2.50 a pound for their catch, but processors are offering only $2, so the fishermen are staying in port, and traps aren't going into the sea, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

"I feel terrible, because I know everyone loves Thanksgiving crab, but we can't work for nothing," Larry Collins, head of the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association, told the Chronicle.

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After exec's arrest, St. Louis paper slams Alabama on immigration, courts Mercedes
Mercedes, Alabama's largest exporter, says it's responsible for 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
November 23rd, 2011
12:35 PM ET

After exec's arrest, St. Louis paper slams Alabama on immigration, courts Mercedes

It’s not often that a newspaper can attack another state, pontificate on a hot-button national issue and deliver a targeted economic development pitch in one go.

That’s what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board did Tuesday with its open letter, “Hey, Mercedes, time to move to a more welcoming state.”

News surfaced this week that police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, recently pulled over a man because of a problem with a tag on his rental car. The man, who was German, didn’t have handy what the state considers proper identification, so he was arrested under a provision of Alabama’s immigration law, which is considered the strictest in the land.

Turns out, the man was Detlev Hager, a 46-year-old Mercedes-Benz executive traveling on business. About 10,000 people in the region rely on the company for their livelihood, according to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, which happens to be the state’s largest exporter.

Hager – one of 66 people charged with not having proper identification since October 1 – had his charges dropped after an associate tendered Hager's passport and German driver’s license, the Tuscaloosa News reported.

Not before the Post-Dispatch took its shot, though.

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November 23rd, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Noriega can be extradited to Panama, French court says

A French appeals court issued an opinion Wednesday that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega can be extradited to his home country, a court spokeswoman said.

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State TV: Yemen's president signs power transfer deal
President Ali Abdullah Saleh has appeared several times to be on the verge of agreeing to hand over power.
November 23rd, 2011
11:24 AM ET

State TV: Yemen's president signs power transfer deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal aimed at ending Yemen's months-long political crisis Wednesday, video broadcast on Saudi Arabian and Yemeni state television showed.

His executive powers would be transferred to Vice President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi "effective immediately" once Saleh signed the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, a spokesman for Yemen's embassy in Washington said before the signing.

The GCC-brokered accord, which is backed by the United States and the European Union, would allow Saleh to resign from power in exchange for immunity from prosecution. But the agreement also allows Saleh to retain his title as Yemen's president for 90 days, until elections are held, according to a Western diplomat in Yemen.

Yemen has been the scene of violent protests for months as Saleh's opponents demanded he leave power after 33 years in office.

Saleh told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that he will come to New York City for medical treatment after signing an
agreement to end his 33-year rule, Ban said Wednesday.

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Black goo disables hundreds of vehicles on Pennsylvania Turnpike
The black good affected hundreds of cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
November 23rd, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Black goo disables hundreds of vehicles on Pennsylvania Turnpike

If you hear about a sticky Thanksgiving travel mess, images of crowded airport security lines and jammed freeway interchanges probably come to mind. Your car sitting on the freeway in a mass of a black goo probably isn't what you think of.

But that's exactly what drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike faced Tuesday night after a tanker truck carrying driveway sealant sprang a leak and spread the goo over a 37-mile stretch of highway.

"This is Thanksgiving. Now we have to turn around and go back home," Laura Frick, who was traveling from Cleveland to New Jersey for the holiday, told CNN affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. "It's horrible."

The tar-like sealant was spilled in the turnpikes eastbound lanes between the New Castle and Allegheny Valley exits in western Pennsylvania, according to the turnpike's website. The truck's driver noticed the leak when he stopped at the Oakmont travel plaza, according to the WTAE report.

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Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses
Bahraini Shiite mourners chant slogans during the funeral of a man killed during anti-government demonstrators in March.
November 23rd, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses

Police used excessive force and torture against civilians arrested during protests earlier this year, an independent commission set up by Bahrain's king, Hamad al-Khalifa, found Wednesday.

Abuses of detainees included beatings with metal pipes and batons, threats of rape and electrocution, commission chairman Prof. Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni said.

The mistreatment included physical and psychological torture, he said, intended to extract information or to punish those held by security forces.

Bahrain should set up an independent body to investigate complaints of killings and torture during the pro-democracy protests earlier this year, Bassiouni said, and all those involved in human rights abuses should be held accountable, no matter how high their position.

The highly critical report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry also recommended a series of reforms to the country's law and better training of its security forces.

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November 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Egypt says human shield will implement a 'truce'

[Updated at 9:47 a.m. ET] A "human shield" was marching toward a major Cairo road to implement a truce Wednesday, Egyptian state television announced.

After police pulled back from Mohamed Mahmoud street - which runs from Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests since Saturday, and the Interior Ministry - state television said religious scholars were on their way "to form a human shield between the protesters and the security forces."

Near the Interior Ministry, CNN saw military police separate protesters from police but did not immediately see the clerics State TV said were also on their way to form a human shield.

Speaking after hours of clashes on the street on the fifth day of the current uprising, Adel Saeed, spokesman for the Egyptian general prosecutor's office, said "a truce has been reached between the protesters and the security forces at the Ministry of Interior through several leading religious scholars."

It was not immediately clear who may have been represented in the discussions to which Saeed referred. Protesters told CNN the fighting will start again because they don't trust the authorities.

Protesters and police have clashed since Saturday, with demonstrators demanding that military leaders push through a promised transition to a civilian authority. Occasionally, the two parties negotiate short lived cease-fires, only to have a stray rock spark the violence once more.

Some 30 people have died, and about 1,950 have been injured in the clashes, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

After the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, military leaders took control with the promise that eventually a civilian government would be elected and take over. Parliamentary elections are set to take place Monday.

But demonstrators say they are concerned the military, which would continue to be Egypt's top authority until a president is in place, wants to keep a grip on the country. Many also have voiced anger about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They say they worry the military would become a state within a state.

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November 23rd, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Embassy: Yemeni president in Saudi Arabia to sign deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday to attend a signing ceremony for a Gulf Cooperation Council proposal aimed at ending Yemen's months-long political crisis, a Yemeni official said.

Once Saleh signs the agreement, executive powers will be transferred to Vice President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi "effective immediately," Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for Yemen's embassy in Washington, said in a statement.

"This monumental agreement will hopefully bring an end to the 10-month long turmoil in the homeland," Albasha said.

Saleh will remain permanently in Saudi Arabia after he signs the deal, a presidential source said.

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Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys
A wild turkey chases a KXTV producer.
November 23rd, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Revenge of the turkeys

Thanksgiving may just be the most perilous day to be a turkey— after all, we call it Turkey Day. When the birds are under all that stress, who can blame them for wanting to take a little revenge? From chasing after mail trucks to pecking at presidents, you’ve Gotta Watch these turkeys unleash their wrath.

Wild turkey chase—A turkey might not seem like a very menacing animal — until it’s chasing you. One Sacramento TV producer went to check out reports of a turkey named “Terrible Tom” terrorizing a neighborhood. She got a lot more than she bargained for. See her hilarious reaction to this wild turkey.

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Clooney, Ronaldo may be called in Berlusconi trial
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing charges of sex with an underage prostitute.
November 23rd, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Clooney, Ronaldo may be called in Berlusconi trial

Actor George Clooney and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo could be called as witnesses in the trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of sex with an underage prostitute, the court announced Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege Berlusconi paid for sex repeatedly with an underage prostitute and later tried to pull strings to get her out of jail when she was arrested for theft.

Berlusconi resigned earlier this month over his country's debt crisis, bringing to an apparent end an 18-year era in which he dominated Italian politics.

Prosecutors say Berlusconi had sex 13 times with underage dancer Karima el Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby the heart-stealer."

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Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday
Shoppers crowd a Virginia mall for Black Friday 2010.
November 23rd, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday

The Occupy movement is taking on the biggest retail day of the season, calling on protesters to occupy major retailers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

"OCCUPY BLACK FRIDAY by occupying/boycotting large chain stores and publicly traded retail" is the message posted on the website stopblackfriday.com.

The movement contends that 1% of the country is making money at the expense of the other 99%.

"The credit cards the 99% overcharge will allow the 1% to enrich themselves gluttonously on the backs of hardworking people who simply want to provide a memorable time for their families," the website says.

"So just imagine what would happen to the 1% if the 99% did not spend on Black Friday."

The site asks protesters to target only "publicly traded large businesses" and support small businesses "that serve our local communities."

The site lists Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon.com, AT&T Wireless, Burlington Coat Factory, Dick's Sporting Goods, Dollar Tree, The Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Office Max, Toys "R" Us, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart as businesses that should be boycotted or occupied.

"We are NOT anti-capitalist, just anti-crapitalist," the site says.

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November 23rd, 2011
07:51 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

The CNN National Security Debate may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean the race to the White House has come to an end.  CNN.com Live is your home for the countdown to the 2012 presidential election.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET - Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey - It's an annual tradition that's been around since the Harry Truman administration.  This morning, President Obama will pardon the White House Thanksgiving Day turkey in Washington.

10:50 am ET - Mitt Romney in Iowa - While the other GOP presidential candidates take a break after Tuesday's debate, Mitt Romney marches on.  He travels to Des Moines to speak to employees at an insurance company.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


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November 23rd, 2011
07:41 AM ET

Yemen president to give up powers, embassy says

Executive powers in Yemen will be transferred to Vice President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi immediately after President Ali Abdullah Saleh signs an agreement in Saudi Arabia, a spokesman for the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington said in a statement Wednesday.

Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for the signing ceremony, spokesman Mohammed Albasha said.

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November 23rd, 2011
03:26 AM ET

Judge taped whipping daughter is suspended

Judge William Adams, who made national headlines after the release of a 2004 video of him beating his then-teenage daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court.

The reason for the action was not mentioned in an order of suspension that was made public Tuesday.

Adams, a court-at-law judge in Aransas County, was roundly criticized when his now-adult daughter posted online a video of him beating her with a belt when she was 16.

The video also showed the judge cursing and berating Hillary Adams.

Adams was punishing the girl for using the Internet "to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time," Hillary Adams wrote on the web posting.

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November 23rd, 2011
02:13 AM ET

Report: Yemeni president in Saudi Arabia to sign deal

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday to attend the signing of a Gulf Cooperation Council proposal aimed at ending the country's months-long political crisis, Yemen;s state-run news agency SABA reported.

Last week, Saleh told France 24 television that he would leave office "within 90 days" of an agreement with the council.

The proposed Gulf council-brokered accord, which is backed by the United States and the European Union, would allow Saleh to resign from power in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Yemen has been the scene of violent protests for months as his opponents demand he leave power after 33 years in office.

He was wounded in an attack on his compound earlier this year and spent weeks in Saudi Arabia being treated for burns.

Saleh has appeared several times to be on the verge of agreeing to hand over power, only to change course.

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November 23rd, 2011
02:00 AM ET

University to pay medical bills of pepper spray victims

University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week.

Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. And the university system has created an advisory panel to look into the incident, University of California President Mark Yudof said.

Bill Bratton, who has led police departments in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, will head the panel, Yudof said.

"My intent," Yudof said, "is to provide the chancellor and the entire University of California community with an independent, unvarnished report about what happened at Davis."

Video of the incident has sparked widespread criticism, more protests and calls for the resignation of the school's chancellor.

A campus police officer, in a sweeping motion, sprayed seated protesters at point blank range during a police attempt to clear out an Occupy encampment.

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November 23rd, 2011
01:22 AM ET

Clashes enter 5th day in Egypt

Clashes continued Wednesday between protesters and police near Tahrir Square in Cairo, marking the fifth straight day of violence in the Egyptian capital.

Angry protesters massed on Mohamed Mahmod street, a thoroughfare near the square, throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at police guarding the interior ministry building.

"The people demand the downfall of the council of shame," some chanted, referring to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the country's military-led government.

Others accused the police of acting in concert with the military leaders.

"The police and the army are one dirty hand," they chanted.

Police responded to the projectiles with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The Egyptian military mainly separated itself from the clashes, positioning troops a few blocks west of the square to secure the nearby Parliament building.

Since Saturday, protesters and police have clashed, with demonstrators demanding that military leaders push through a promised transition to a civilian authority.

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