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DNC protesters continue march after standoff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of protesters clogged streets and blocked traffic Tuesday outside the Democratic National Convention on its opening day, making for some tense moments that ultimately brought more theater than violence. Just five blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena, where delegates are meeting this week, protesters took over an intersection for about two hours, attracting hundreds of police officers who swooped in to surround them and try to funnel them to more secure areas.

DNC protesters stop blocking intersection

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters blocked an intersection near the Democratic National Convention for about two hours on Tuesday, attracting hundreds of police officers, before they were allowed to keep walking toward the heart of Charlotte's central business district. Two protesters were taken away in handcuffs. While the afternoon demonstrations were tense, they were free of violence or mayhem.

Cops surround protesters near Democrat convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police surrounded a group of protesters Tuesday who blocked an intersection five blocks from where the Democratic National Convention is being held. At least one person was put in handcuffs at the scene along a route used by delegate buses. A group of about 200 protesters began marching around 12:30 p.m., intentionally heading outside of a designated parade route without the necessary permit. They had only made it a few blocks from a park where protesters are camping when hundreds of officers began arriving.

Dems open convention in push for tested president

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence as the opening gavel is struck at the Democratic National Convention. President Barack Obama demonstrated the power Monday in a convention-eve visit to hurricane-stricken lands in Louisiana, offering aid and empathy. His burden is a ragged economy that is at the core of the hotly competitive contest with Republican Mitt Romney.

DNC kickoff protest lively but largely uneventful

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The kickoff protest ahead of the Democratic National Convention had the benefit of sunny skies, pent-up demand from demonstrators who were rained out in Florida and the perfect setting to decry the practices of big business. But while Sunday's March on Wall Street South was spirited, it drew only a fraction of the turnout organizers were expecting and was as free of mayhem as protests a week earlier outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The march had been planned as the centerpiece of the week's protests.

China AIDS patients topple gate of gov’t office

BEIJING (AP) — About 300 AIDS patients and their relatives tore down the main gate of a government office in central China during a protest Monday over unmet demands for financial assistance. Protester Li Xia said police in Zhengzhou city beat some of the patients with batons after the group gathered outside the Henan provincial government office and blocked the main gate to demand a meeting with officials. She said one protester was dragged into the government building by police.

Groups protesting at the Republican convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Several groups, primarily labor organizations and those supporting President Barack Obama's economic and health-care stands, plan to demonstrate outside the Republican National Convention in the coming days. They include: — AFL-CIO. The largest federation of labor unions in the United States, it is planning a massive canvassing effort this fall in all 50 states to turn out voters for Obama. It urges visitors to its website to "spread the word about Romney/Ryan's harmful agenda for working families."

May Day protests disrupt downtown Seattle, Portland

SEATTLE — May Day demonstrators who marched through Seattle turned violent today, with black-clad protesters using sticks and bats to smash downtown stores and automobile windows. A small fire was also set near the U.S. District Court building.

‘Occupy’ activists protest World Economic Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland — Activists linked to the global ’Occupy’ movement used giant red weather balloons to stage a flying protest over the venue of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, as civil society groups called for global leaders to protect the poor and the environment from government budget cuts.

Spin Control: Consistency in the eye of the beholder

OLYMPIA – As the news media lurches between ignoring and overexposing the Occupy Wall Street/Spokane/Seattle/ Everywhere movement, is it too much to ask for the pontificators to show a little consistency in their love or disdain for populist rebellions in the 21st century? Conservative commentators are complaining that the Occupy (fill in the blank) protesters are inexperienced at best and ignorant at worst. Liberal commentators have essentially alibi’d the protesters by saying the movement is young, diverse and still in its nascent stages.

Local protest stays peaceful

As their cohorts in New York City were arrested in droves Saturday, organizers of the Occupy Spokane protest, which began Wednesday, say there have been no arrests locally and conflicts with police have been minimal. “They’ve done an awesome job,” organizer Jessica McPhail said of the Spokane Police Department. “One person received a ticket. Other than that, the police have been very respectful.”

Gregoire to set special session

CLE ELUM, Wash. – The state’s economic outlook is likely to get worse in the next two months. Until she knows how much worse, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she won’t call the Legislature into a special session until November. “It would be premature for me to call them back before the next forecast. They need to know how large the problem is,” Gregoire told about 250 business leaders gathered at the Suncadia Lodge for the annual “policy summit” of the Association of Washington Business.