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Occupy anniversary protests fall flat  NEW YORK: Protesters from Occupy Wall Street returned to the streets of New York on Monday to mark their one-year anniversary, but in such small numbers that the movement appeared to be losing steam. Dozens were arrested, including a bishop, but the action paled in comparison to the crowd of 30,000 that packed Manhattan's streets on November 17, 2011, to rally against economic inequality and wealth disparities. In New York's financial district, roughly 600 demonstrators carrying signs that read "Get money out of politics" and "We are the 99 percent" took to the streets around Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the movement one year ago. Witnesses counted some 100 arrests, and AFP reporters on the ground saw several protesters being detained, but the New York Police Department declined to put a figure on the number in custody. "We are sending the message that Wall Street bankers cannot go to work every morning without thinking ...

Cancer leading cause of death for US Hispanics, study says  CHICAGO: Cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death among US Hispanics, likely reflecting the large number of young, working-age Hispanics in America, according to a report by the American Cancer Society released on Monday. The shift mirrors a larger national trend as death rates from cancer and heart disease start to converge, Becky Siegel, an epidemiologist for the organization, said in a telephone interview. Siegel said death rates for heart disease have been ...
CAW hopes to avoid strike after targeting Ford TORONTO: Facing an end-of-day strike deadline, the Canadian Auto Workers union said on Monday it was hopeful it could reach a framework agreement with Ford Motor Co and avert a damaging work stoppage, but it warned that talks could still fall apart. While focusing on Ford, the union was still in negotiations with the other two Detroit car companies, Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors, but both automakers are still demanding "significant concessions," the ...
Occupy Wall Street plans to mark anniversary  NEW YORK: New Yorkers braced for more street protests Monday as Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary by attempting to blockade the New York Stock Exchange and re-energize the movement.   The social protest movement has seen a steep drop in support since it was founded a year ago, when hundreds of people camped in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street to protest bank bailouts and what they called the ruling "one percent."   But activists promise to make ...
Romney to pledge to fix troubled US immigration system  LOS ANGELES: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will pledge to Hispanics on Monday that if elected he will fix the troubled US immigration system in an appeal to a rising voter bloc that overwhelmingly favors Democratic President Barack Obama.   Looking to rebound after a tough week in which he fell behind Obama in the polls, Romney will couple his immigration promises with a commitment to get a handle on America's problem of rising national debt and ...
Obama to launch China WTO action on autos  WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will launch a new WTO enforcement action against Chinese auto subsidies Monday, countering his Republican foe Mitt Romney's accusations that he is too timid towards Beijing.   Obama will leverage the political power of his office, when he makes the announcement in swing state Ohio, and argue that Chinese practices in the auto sector put US manufacturers at a disadvantage, a White House official said.   "The Obama Administration is launching an enforcement action against ...
Police find 17 bodies dumped on road in western Mexico  MEXICO CITY: Seventeen bodies were found dumped along a road in western Mexico, local police said on Sunday, in what appeared to be a drug gang killing. "The 17 bodies were semi-naked, with their feet and hands tied, and they had chains around their necks," said a security officer from Tizapan El Alto, a small town near where the bodies were found. Tizapan is 110 kms (68 miles) from Guadalajara, the capital city of the state ...


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