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As Occupy Oakland moves forward with its call for a general strike Wednesday, the city is still unprepared to respond in a swift, coordinated manner if altercations between protesters and police result in injuries, an Alameda County official in charge of medical preparedness said.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, drawing attention away from the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, set to take place just hours later. (more)

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The Iraqi government has ordered employees of the North Carolina-based security firm Blackwater USA to leave the country and is opening a criminal investigation following Sunday's deadly shootout in Baghdad, during which a group of Blackwater contractors escorting a convoy of U.S. officials opened fire on nearby civilians.

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From the BBC: "A former Iraqi minister has said that officials in the former interim government stole about $800 million meant for buying military equipment." Apparently there's $7 billion worth of corruption being investigated.

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A senior State Department official recently had a frank chat with Al Jazeera, saying: "I think there is great room for strong criticism, because without doubt, there was arrogance and stupidity by the United States in Iraq." Though Alberto Fernandez denies using those particular words, the BBC has verified the statement.

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