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Hong Kong police break up protest...US police killings prompt British protest...Trying to pressure Israel on peace

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 11, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.



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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have vowed to return but offered no resistance as police carted them away today while other officers dismantled barriers and tents at a protest camp that had blocked streets for two and a half months. The student-led demonstrators have been protesting Beijing's restrictions on the first election for Hong Kong's leader. Today's operation appeared peaceful.

LONDON (AP) — The protests over police killings of unarmed suspects in the United States have spread to Britain. British police arrested 76 people today at a "die in" at a London shopping mall. Demonstrators gathered inside the Westfield shopping center, lying on the floor and shouting "I can't breathe," a reference to the final words of Eric Garner. Police say a small group assaulted security staff and damaged property. Garner died in New York in July as he was arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes.

PARIS (AP) — France's Senate is trying to apply a little pressure to efforts toward a lasting Mideast peace. Lawmakers narrowly approved a resolution asking the government to recognize a Palestinian state, in hopes that could be a tool in negotiations. Meanwhile, Israel has slammed the decision of the Irish parliament to adopt a non-binding resolution supporting an independent Palestinian state.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A storm expected to be one of the worst in several years is pushing into parts of the West Coast including Northern California. Forecasters are warning of possible debris slides, especially in areas affected by this year's intense and widespread wildfires that stripped away vegetation anchoring the soil. Some schools have canceled classes and communities have been preparing for emergencies.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — It's nothing to crow about for residents of the western Ohio city of Springfield. Thousands of crows roosting at night are leaving a mess and some people are comparing the invasion to the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds" as they work to drive away the flocks. Downtown businesses and city workers are using noise devices and laser pointers among other deterrents.

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