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CALIFORNIA: 'Occupy' protest shuts port

Several thousand Occupy Wall Street demonstrators gathering in Oakland forced a halt to operations at the nation's fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments. Police estimated that 3,000 had gathered at the Port of Oakland by 5 p.m. Some had marched from downtown, while others had been bused to the port. Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said maritime operations had effectively been shut down, and interim police chief Howard Jordan warned that protesters who went inside the port's gates would be committing a federal offense.

WASHINGTON: Seeking new sanctions on Iran

A congressional committee approved tougher sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, hitting out at Tehran's central bank following an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. The bipartisan legislation has good prospects for clearing the House soon. In the Senate, lawmakers in both parties were working on similar legislation. "I hope we can . . . have these bills on the president's desk in time to hand the Iranian regime a nice holiday present," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a sponsor of the bill. The legislation requires the president to impose sanctions on Iran's central bank if he determines it is facilitating terrorism or the development of nuclear weapons, or supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

NEVADA: Car kills trick-or-treater

A 12-year-old girl trick-or-treating was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver as she crossed a Las Vegas street. Faith Love's death was the third auto-pedestrian fatality in recent days in the area. Aaron Francois, 15, said he saw the 2009 Mazda RX-8 hit the girl. The car appeared to be traveling much faster than the 25-mph limit in the residential neighborhood. Justin Caramanica, 41, was arrested on a felony drunken driving charge.

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