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In brief: Police shoot man at UC Berkeley

Berkeley, Calif. – A man with a gun was shot by police Tuesday inside the business school at the University of California, Berkeley, after hundreds of students and anti-Wall Street activists descended on the campus for a day of protests.

The shooting occurred at the Haas School of Business on the east side of campus, less than a half-mile away from the protest site.

The suspect raised the gun and was shot by an officer at about 2:22 p.m, roughly five minutes after the initial report of a man carrying what appeared to be a gun in an elevator at the business school, according to the school.

Ute Frey, a spokeswoman for the university, said officials did not yet know whether the suspect was part of the Occupy Cal movement.

“I just hope it wasn’t from the protest or the movement, because that’s not what the movement is about,” said Sadia Saif, a 19-year-old UC Berkeley sophomore.

The condition of the suspect was not immediately known.

Recall effort targets Walker

Madison, Wis. – Opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker launched their effort Tuesday to try to recall him from office, starting a 60-day blitz to gather more than half a million signatures to force an election next year.

The drive to collect an average of 9,000 signatures a day, fueled by anger over Walker’s successful push to take away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights, began with pajama parties and other events after midnight. Daytime activities included rallies, neighborhood canvasses and booths set up around the state Capitol.

A signing event was even held outside of Walker’s personal home in a Milwaukee suburb, where he stays with his family when he’s not in Madison. Walker bristled at how personal the recall had become.

“You see a total disregard for people’s families and others here,” Walker said Tuesday on WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee.

Talk of a recall began almost immediately after Walker released his proposal in February taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public workers and forcing them to pay more for their pensions and benefits.


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