Entries in California (5)


Occupy Wall Street: Thousands Join the Movement

Johannes Simon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Occupy Wall Street movement that has sparked protests across the nation and the world enters its fifth week today as more demonstrations are planned.

This weekend, the protests and demonstrations expanded across Europe and in Asia and Australia.

In London Sunday morning, outside St Paul's Cathedral, a colorful tent city popped up overnight, where the police have allowed the protesters to remain to demonstrate peacefully.

The cold weather did not deter the protesters as they said they will stay for as long as it takes.

Most of the protests around the world sparked by the movement were peaceful, but in Rome a small group broke away from the main protest and smashed shop windows and torched a car.

As Rome burned, the protests spread like wildfire from Berlin where 4,000 people tried to march to the cities parliamentary buildings to Frankfurt where they converged on the European Central Bank.

In the U.S., protests focused on everything from corporate greed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Saturday, protesters gathered and marched in effort to bring awareness to corporate greed in Birmingham, Ala. Occupy Birmingham organizer Allyn Hudson said demonstrators are tired of the wealthy 1 percent and corporations controlling political decisions.

"People in America are concerned with having their voices drowned out by an endless tidal wave of money that is purchasing our politicians. We want our government to be free of such influence," Hudson said.

In Sacramento, Calif., as protesters gathered at Cesar Chavez Park, among those speaking was well known war protester and California native Cindy Sheehan.

"Economic and social equality that we seek cannot be achieved without complete and unconditional peace," she said.

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Prince Harry Coming to America for Military Training

JSN Photography/WireImage(LONDON) -- Price Harry will be following in his older brother and new sister-in-law’s footsteps when he journeys to the American southwest this week -- only for the younger royal it will be with his British Apache attack helicopter unit.

Prince Henry of Wales, as he is formally known, will be deploying to the deserts of California this week where he will perform an intensive eight-week Apache program called Crimson Eagle at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field.  During his stay in the U.S. desert, the young prince will have an opportunity to fire a live missile for the first time, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles reported.

“The training in the U.S.A. will consist of environmental training, live firing and tactical exercises,” a Saint James’s Palace representative told Britain’s Sky TV.

After a two-month stay in Arizona the prince, who is known as “Captain Wales” in his unit, will be heading to NAF El Centro in Southern California’s Imperial Valley.  Eventually, Harry will join an Apache unit back home in Britain.

Prince Harry entered the military in May of 2005 and within three years was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.  In 2007, he was held back from his infantry’s regiment to the frontline in Afghanistan, as he was considered a high value target. In 2008, Harry revealed that he wished to fly military helicopters.

The Prince recently made headlines when he was photographed jumping fully clothed into a Croatian nightclub’s swimming pool.  According to Sky, those training on similar duty as Harry traditionally take a half-term trip to Las Vegas.

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DEA Busts Cross-Border Drug Tunnel

Photo Courtesy - Drug Enforcement Agency(OTEY MESA, Calif.) -- The bust of a drug-smuggling tunnel on the U.S.-Mexico border has netted about $20 million worth of marijuana.

In one of the largest tunnel-related seizures ever, the Drug Enforcement Agency seized 30 tons of marijuana from two warehouses in the United States and Mexico.

The 1,800-foot underground tunnel linked a warehouse in Otey Mesa, Calif., to a similar building in Tijuana, Mexico. DEA officials said Thursday that they believe the tunnel had been completed recently and may have been in operation for about a month.

The bust comes just two days after California voters shot down a proposition to legalize the personal use of the drug.

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes in California Gulf

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off Mexico's Baja California on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.  Initial reports put the magnitude at 6.6.

The quake was centered in the Gulf of California, 65 miles south of Los Mochis in the state of Sinaloa on the mainland.

The quake did not trigger a tsunami but could cause local waves, according to the Pacific Tsunami center. There were no initial reports of major damage. 

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Mutilated Afghan Woman Unveils New Nose

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- An Afghan woman whose nose was cut off by her husband under the Taliban's authoritarian rule was honored this weekend at an event in California, where she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time.

The woman, known as Ayesha, received the Enduring Heart Award at a benefit for the Grossman Burn Foundation, the Los Angeles-area organization that provided her facial reconstruction.  She came to the United States in August to undergo eight months of reconstructive procedures and is living with host families in California, accompanied by aides who are fluent in her language.

Ayesha receives round-the-clock care and regular counseling. The long process of reconstructive surgery continues, but this month, Ayesha was fitted with a special prosthesis, which she can apply herself every day with a special skin adhesive.

Once known simply as "Bibi," she was married to a man in the Taliban when she was 12 years old.  After enduring years of abuse, including being forced to sleep in the stables with animals, Ayesha tried to run away, but was caught. The village men handed down her sentence, and Ayesha's husband sliced off her nose and ears while his brother held her down.

Left for dead, she managed to crawl to her uncle's house, but he refused to help. A relative finally took her to a hospital run by an American military medical team where she remained for more than two months.

Ayesha's story grabbed world headlines when her disfigured face was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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