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Occupy Wall Street Begins Third Week With Greatest Numbers Yet, Aims Still Uncertain

Not even the failed appearance of British rockers Radiohead, whom had been rumored to be thinking of holding a surprise concert at the Occupy Wall Street protests on Friday afternoon, could dampen the spirits of the estimated 5,000 people who gathered in the base camp in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in Manhattan on Friday.

Occupy Wall Street: Voter Registration Drive (#OpVoteReg)

Looks like this Occupy Wall Street business is evolving into some thing pretty substantial, eh? Throngs of people protesting in cities around the country, all ripe for votin’. So, let’s register them to vote, shall we?

As Movement Grows, Thousands In Boston Protest Against Bank Of America’s Greed

As ThinkProgress has been reporting, hundreds of people have encamped at Wall Street in the financial district of New York City to protest the greed of the nation’s biggest banks.

Now, the movement growing in New York appears to be spreading, as more than 3,000 people marched on Bank of America in Boston yesterday and more than two dozen people were arrested during a sit-in protesting the big bank’s foreclosure policies.

Boehner’s District Suffers From E. Coli Outbreak As House Republicans Try To Gut Food Safety

As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, despite yet another outbreak of food-borne illness — this time stemming from listeria infected cantaloupes — congressional Republicans are still trying to cut back on the nation’s food safety regulations. The tainted melons have caused 16 deaths so far, making this the deadliest outbreak in more than a decade, and it comes just a month after salmonella-tainted turkey forced food-giant Cargill into the third-largest food recall on record.

Lost in the well-deserved focus on the listeria outbreak is the fact that another giant food-producer, Tyson Fresh Meats, was forced this week to recall more than 130,000 pounds of ground beef due to E. Coli contamination.

Women’s rights campaigner warns of Islamists behind Yemen uprising

A campaigner for women’s rights in Yemen has claimed that key figures in the anti-government protest movement are abusing human rights and have been responsible for some of the worst atrocities during the unrest.

“To those who talk of a pro-democracy Arab spring in my country,” she told the Observer in London, where she is seeking asylum, “I would say that it was not President Saleh who threatened my life or made me too frightened to carry on with my work or stay in Yemen, it was the opposition.”

Libyans launch grassroots efforts to stop deadly weapons flow

TRIPOLI, Libya — Alarmed at the deadly arsenals piling up in ordinary Libyan neighborhoods, self-appointed community leaders in Tripoli have begun issuing their own gun licenses and, in some cases, conducting raids to retrieve land mines and rockets stored in private homes.

Caffeinated Women May Be Fighting Depression With Every Cup

For many of us, coffee is the first thought of the day. Just thinking about it gives us the buzz, the energy and the power to ask ourselves the next question, do I make it at home or shell out another $4 at the local Starbucks as I race to work?

Well, you may decide to do both if you’ve seen new research that suggests women who drink more than one cup a day may decrease their risk of depression.

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