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CALIFORNIA

Police clear out Occupy camp

OAKLAND — Law enforcement officers equipped with riot gear cleared out Oakland’s weeks-old anti-Wall Street encampment early Monday, arresting Occupy demonstrators and removing tents from a downtown plaza after issuing several warnings over the weekend.

Protesters appeared to put up little resistance, and officers were seen calmly leading some demonstrators away in plastic handcuffs. Warnings from authorities had been similar to those issued before officers used tear gas and beanbag projectiles to clear the encampment Oct. 25.

Officers made 32 arrests during Monday’s raid, Police Chief Howard Jordan said, adding that there were no reports of injuries to officers or protesters.

After officers blocked off the streets surrounding Frank Ogawa Plaza, some demonstrators gathered near the barricades and vowed to return. By 9 a.m., however, most had left the area.

The action came a day after police drove hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators from weeks-old encampments in Portland, Ore., arresting more than 50 people.

Oakland officials stepped up calls for an end to their city’s encampment after a man was fatally shot Thursday near the plaza.

CONNECTICUT

Billboard campaign seeks Powerball winner

HARTFORD — Lottery officials are using a billboard campaign to try to find the person who bought a $254 million Powerball ticket in Connecticut.

The person who bought the ticket at an undisclosed location in Fairfield County has until April 30 to come forward and claim the prize.

The jackpot is the biggest ever in Connecticut and the 12th largest in Powerball history.

Rumors have been swirling about people who lost winning tickets, but Connecticut Lottery Corp. spokeswoman Linda Tarnowski says that, so far, nobody has contacted lottery officials to make a claim.

FLORIDA

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