Overheard on CNN.com: Dodging explicit content in your Facebook feed
Facebook has been hit by a widespread attack spamming porn and violent images, security experts say.
November 15th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Dodging explicit content in your Facebook feed

"They're sure it's a spam attack? And not just users uploading their Halloween photos?"
- snarkattack

You might start longing for the days of excessively personal status updates and Farmville activity clogging up Facebook news feeds. Recent reports of porn, violent images and other graphic content on the social networking site (including by some of our own CNN.com staffers) have gotten readers talking.

Facebook: Hack identified, most porn removed

"This happened to me 3 weeks ago," wrote user mongoo. "Real embarrassing. I deleted my Facebook account and haven't looked back since. I actually feel free again."

Readers described the images they encountered. "I saw the dead dog, very sad and disgusting," noted lamp29.


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Judge rules against protesters in Occupy Wall Street eviction challenge
Zuccotti Park is empty after NYPD came through early on November 11 and evicted the Occupy camp.
November 15th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Judge rules against protesters in Occupy Wall Street eviction challenge

New York Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman has ruled not to extend a temporary restraining order that prevents the eviction of protesters who were encamped at Zuccotti Park, long considered a home base for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Earlier Tuesday a New York judge issued an order Tuesday allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to Zuccotti Park, just hours after scores of riot police ordered them out and tore down their tents.

The order from New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings allowed protesters to bring tents and other equipment back into the privately owned park where the now-global Occupy movement began. Police, however, did not immediately let them in, after city officials expressed health and safety concerns about the park just as the winter months roll in.

Soon after the ruling, a large group of demonstrators - some of them apparently holding the court documents - marched back to Zuccotti Park and presented the documents to police.

The operation to clear the park began around 1 a.m., according to Bloomberg, with police handing out notices from the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, that said the continued occupation posed a health and fire hazard.

"You are required to immediately remove all property, including tents, sleeping bags and tarps, from Zuccotti Park," the note said. "That means you must remove the property now."

Police in riot gear then moved into the park, evicting hundreds of protesters.

Dozens of protesters who had camped out at the Lower Manhattan park since September 17 linked arms in defiance. Many chanted, "Whose park? Our park" and "You don't have to do this."

- CNN's Brian Vitagliano contributed to this report

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Sorting through the mess that may have ended the NBA season
With Monday's NBA news, it's increasingly unlikely that hoops fans will see their favorite stars this year.
November 15th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Sorting through the mess that may have ended the NBA season

It appears to be a whine-off between warring clans of out-of-touch rich guys. With the NBA owners and players both opting for bombast over balance in their overtures, it’s difficult to see exactly what happened Monday afternoon.

This much is certain: The NBA offered players a deal and threatened that if they didn’t bite, the deal would get worse. The National Basketball Player’s Association didn’t vote on the proposal, disclaimed interest in its union (ending collective bargain negotiations) and is threatening to file a class-action antitrust suit against the NBA. The chance of a 2011-2012 season is now slimmer than your likelihood of hitting a full-court sky hook blindfolded.

This much is uncertain: everything.

The players and owners lose a great deal of control in the courts. The range of possibilities is now vast. It could be as simple as a judge ordering both sides back to the bargaining table, or it could result in billions in damages that owners say could bankrupt the league and play out in the courts for years.

Remember, this isn’t a strike, and the players will make the case in court that the league lockout prevented them from playing, i.e. earning a paycheck. They will be represented, in part, by David Boies, an attorney with some lofty antitrust credentials.

Move past NBA Commissioner David Stern’s talk of “nuclear winter” and the players’ and NBPA ex-executive director Billy Hunter’s chatter about strong-arming and ultimatums, and it appears both sides played hardball a little too well.


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U.S. Postal Service loses $5.1 billion
November 15th, 2011
02:56 PM ET

U.S. Postal Service loses $5.1 billion

The U.S. Postal Service reported an annual loss of $5.1 billion on Tuesday, as declining mail volumes and mounting benefit costs take their toll on the agency.

The Postal Service said in a statement that its losses would have been roughly $10.6 billion if Congress had not passed legislation postponing a $5.5 billion payment required to fund the agency's retiree health benefits.

Revenues from First-Class Mail, the Postal Service's largest and most profitable product, declined 6% from the previous fiscal year to $32 billion. Total mail volume declined by 3 billion pieces, or 1.7%.

"The continuing and inevitable electronic migration of First-Class Mail, which provides approximately 49 percent of our
revenue, underscores the need to streamline our infrastructure and make changes to our business model," Postal Service CFO Joe Corbett said in a statement accompanying the figures.

Over the past few months, the White House, lawmakers and the Postal Service have all come up with plans to save the post office. One of the more controversial proposals came from the postal agency itself, which included cutting Saturday service,

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Overheard on CNN.com: Where should Occupy Wall Street protests occur?
iReporter Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere snapped this photo of Zuccotti Park after it was emptied early Tuesday.
November 15th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Where should Occupy Wall Street protests occur?

News that Occupy Wall Street protesters would be allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, located near New York's financial district, got readers fired up both about the ongoing demonstrations and about the intricacies of protesting and property.

iReporter Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere posted photos on CNN iReport showing Zuccotti Park emptied of protesters earlier in the day. Passionate back-and-forth conversations emerged throughout the morning on CNN.com, as readers discussed both whether the protests should occur, and where they should take place.

Judge orders New York to allow protesters, tents, in park

JustTruth1 said, "Would NY rather have these people all up and down Wall St. itself, sitting in public bank facilities, clogging up the subway system, the airport? They are going to protest. Give them a place to do it."

But not everyone was sure Zuccotti Park was the place to do it. guestguest2 said, "They need to prove to people that they aren't just there squatting. I think it's completely reasonable to ask them to not sleep there." gremlinus replied, "My husband suggested they find a camp elsewhere and occupy in shifts. I wonder if they will try that..."

sheepledog wrote, "Just like an old friend come to visit, their presence was nice ... at first. OWS has become the proverbial house 'GUEST' who is taking advantage of their host. Leave their garbage everywhere for someone else to clean up, expect their meals to be fixed for free, expect their host to put up with the noise, trash and unsanitary personal habits. Finally, they can't take the hint that it's time to leave. OWS had a point, it made it long ago, the people who actually had a point to make, went home to actually DO something about the situation. The ones who are left are ... well, who knows what they want."

Others had mixed feelings, but expressed support. Zombieh8 wrote, "Power to the people. While i don't agree with OWS it is fantastic to see citizens not being pawns of the govt and corporations anymore and speaking out against the injustices in this country. I'd join, but am disabled. Keep up the good work guys and gals. I am glad to see that our citizens have not forgotten their rights. The past generation was indifferent to political issues. Glad to see the next generation out there demanding change."

As has been in the case with other stories about the Occupy movement, readers heavily debated the demonstrations themselves. In one comment thread, jayman419 said, "It's a tantrum, not a protest. They're not sitting in diners that exclude them based on race. They're not staring down armed National Guardsmen trying to bring our soldiers home. They're whining, because some people have more money than they do. Some people have better jobs. That's life. It's a race. And to the winner goes the spoils. If you're not working on your ride, or out there on the track, then you're just idling on the grass consuming fuel."

JustTruth1 replied, "They aren't whining, jayman. There are systemic economic factors that have been implemented for a long time now that clearly favors 1 percent of our country to the deep detriment of the remaining 99 percent. THAT, my friend is an unfair imbalance. They have every right to make their voices heard in this great democracy of ours. Yes, OURS."

JAdams1776 wrote, "What I find disheartening is watching the Liberal vs Conservative partisan war here on the comments, with neither side even realizing that both parties are bought and paid for by the 1%. We won't have representative democracy until the money is out of politics. The intelligent, educated 1% will never allow that to happen."

He got a response from mslman71: "Money will never be out of politics, they are one in the same. They always have been and always will be. You'd do better to learn to manage it than waste energy trying to eliminate it."

What do you think? Join the conversation below and read the latest stories on CNN.com. If you would like to share your views on Occupy Wall Street protests in your area, visit CNN iReport and contribute to the Open Story.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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The Reads You Need: The raid on Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street protesters fight with police as they attempt to clear out Zucotti Park on Tuesday morning.
November 15th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

The Reads You Need: The raid on Occupy Wall Street

Editor's note: Each day we'll be trying to bring you some of the diverse voices from our site and around the web about the stories causing ripples throughout the news sphere.

You'd be hard pressed to find a subject that elicits more opinions than the Occupy Wall Street movement. We've seen everyone - and their mother - opine on the movement and its members. What should they do? Why isn't there a leader? What is success?

For the most part they've been nebulous conversations about vague ideas.  Commentators have said that the time will come when a decision has to be made about how Occupy should move forward. At its heart it remains a movement of ideas. And those ideas evolve. But as concerns about public health and acts of violence taking place at some of the "home bases" for the Occupy protests mount, more attention has focused on where the movement might go next.

That question has grown more complex since Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced police would oust protesters from camping in New York's Zucotti Park. A similar raid took place in Oakland, California, on Monday when police moved in to the Occupy encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza near City Hall. The situation in New York intensified after Occupy protesters were able to secure a temporary order allowing the group to return to Zuccotti Park - just hours after scores of police in riot gear forced them out.

So here's a look at the 5 reads you need on the Occupy movement right now:

Did Bloomberg do Occupy Wall Street a favor?

Ezra Klein, writing for the Washington Post, asks whether, in the long run, Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have helped moved the Occupy agenda forward as winter approaches.


November 15th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Jerry Sandusky's interview confuses, infuriates critics

It's being called Jerry Sandusky’s "Hail Mary."

When the former Penn State assistant coach told NBC Monday night that he is innocent of charges of sexually abusing boys for at least 15 years, many people on social media and in opinion columns took the position that it was indeed the equivalent of a last-ditch, go-for-broke attempt to win a football game with a long pass into the end zone.

It was a move that many seem to think missed by a mile – and in some cases may have made matters worse for the man at the center of a scandal that has rocked Penn State and all of college sports.

In a telephone interview with NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams," Sandusky admitted that some details in the graphic 23-page grand jury report released earlier this month are correct.

"I could say I have done some of those things," he said. "I have horsed around with kids I have showered (with) after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

And not everyone is pleased with what transpired in Sandusky's interview with Bob Costas.

Dan Wetzel, writing for Yahoo, was scathing in his reaction to Sandusky’s explanation of what happened.

“The voice over the phone sounded as weak and pathetic as the explanations and excuses it was trying to spread,” his column began. “Want to hear from a monster? Well there was Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football assistant coach trying to defend himself to Bob Costas on Monday."

Wetzel wrote that he thought the interview gave an insight into the mind of Sandusky and his attorney, Joseph Amendola, who were hoping to sway how he was viewed in the court of public opinion before they headed to a court of law. After all, the child rape allegations have been plastered on every TV news channel, every newspaper and website worldwide. Perhaps it was an attempt to even out the scales of balance. But for Wetzel, the interview did anything but that.

“Sandusky’s denial and Amendola’s legal work may help in a court of law, where Sandusky, 67, maintains a presumption of innocence," he wrote. "It does nothing here in this opinion column, or, in the court of public opinion where his supposed lack of awareness of what is and isn’t appropriate will infuriate. There is neither an acceptable explanation nor an appropriate reason for an old man to shower with a young boy; let alone horse around, touch or wrestle with that boy in the shower.


Many legal experts also questioned why Sandusky chose to speak out at all.


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November 15th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Syrian opposition group calls for U.N. peacekeepers

A leading Syrian opposition group called for the introduction of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria Tuesday after talks with Russian government officials, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Syrian National Council chairman Burhan Ghalioun also urged Russia to demand Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation, according to Interfax, after meeting with officials at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Ghalioun, in a news conference held at Interfax's Moscow office, said that he was not asking for military intervention but rather "blue helmet" peacekeepers from the United Nations.

Russia has not changed its position on Syria's political crisis, Ghalioun said, giving Syria a sense of protection from international criticism, Interfax reported. Russia has previously accused the West of inciting opposition to the Syrian government.

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November 15th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Judge orders New York to allow protesters, tents, in park

[Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET] A New York judge issued an order Tuesday morning allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return to Zuccotti Park, just hours after scores of police in riot gear ordered them out and tore down their tents.

The order from New York Supreme Court Judge Lucy Billings allows protesters to bring tents and other equipment back into the privately-owned park where the now-global Occupy movement began.

City officials had intended to allow protests to resume at the park, but said they would not allow demonstrators to set up tents or camp. The park will remain closed until officials sort out the legal situation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"We have an obligation to enforce the laws today, to make sure that everybody has access to the park so everybody can protest. That's the First Amendment and it's number one on our minds," he said. "We also have a similar, just as important obligation to protect the health and safety of the people in the park."

A hearing was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the order.

[Posted at 4:37 a.m. ET] Police in full riot gear moved in to New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, threatening to arrest anyone who didn't evict the site that protesters have occupied for almost two months.


November 15th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

Italy PM-designate meets Berlusconi party leaders

The man tapped to haul Italy out of its debt crisis got the backing of outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's political party Tuesday as he tries to round up political support.

Angelino Alfano, the head of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, called his meeting with prime minister-designate Mario Monti "positive" and said he thought Monti's effort to form a new government "is destined to be successful."

Monti could go to the president to say he is ready to take office as early as Tuesday night.

Berlusconi resigned Saturday night, prompting cheers, flag-waving and singing in celebrations outside his office, and ending an era in Italian politics.


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November 15th, 2011
07:36 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on the race to find a solution to America's debt crisis.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Occupy Wall Street crackdown briefing - Earlier this morning, New York City police tried to break up the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others explain the action at a briefing.


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