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Police arrest 55 in Occupy San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Police have arrested dozens of people during a raid of an Occupy San Francisco encampment outside the Federal Reserve building early Sunday.

Officer Albie Esparza says that around 4 a.m. officers arrested about 55 people for illegal lodging. No officers or demonstrators were injured, but Officer Esparza says some officers were spit on and one officer was pushed by demonstrators during the arrests.

Officer Esparza says that before police moved in on the encampment demonstrators had been warned on an hourly basis over a 24-period that they were subject to arrest.

The arrests Sunday come after at least 85 people were arrested Wednesday when police cleared a separate Occupy encampment in nearby Justin Herman Plaza.


Governor, lawmakers to work on immigration changes

MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s governor said Friday he’s working to clarify and simplify Alabama’s tough immigration law, which critics say has damaged the state’s international reputation and caused hardships for legal residents.

Republican Robert Bentley said they want to eliminate unnecessary burdens on legal residents and businesses and protect faith-based services while ensuring that everyone working in Alabama is legal.

“We recognize that changes are needed to ensure that Alabama has not only the nation’s most effective law, but one that is fair and just, promotes economic growth, preserves jobs for those in Alabama legally, and can be enforced effectively and without prejudice,” the governor said.

The governor didn’t offer any specific changes they will consider, but the law’s opponents took his comments as an encouraging sign that they will go deeper than the “tweaks” he previously said were needed.

Aides to the governor and legislative leaders said details are being worked out. The governor’s communications director, Rebekah Mason, said nothing will change regarding the employment of illegal immigrants, including requiring businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to check the legal status of new hires. “Anything beyond that is open for revision,” she said.


Media-savvy cardinal dies at age 76

PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal John Foley, who for 25 years was the voice for American viewers of the Vatican’s Christmas Midnight Mass and who led an ancient Catholic order in the Holy Land, died Sunday. He was 76.

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