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Briefly: Nation Police arrest 152 protesters in California OAKLAND, Calif. — Looking out her front window in an usually quiet residential neighborhood in this city, Deanna Goldstein’s knees began to shake. More than 100 protesters were hemmed in by police in riot gear. A trash can was blazing on the street. “I came home early from downtown to get away from the craziness, but the craziness came to me,” she said. In the past, the violent protests over a white transit officer’s slaying of an unarmed black man trashed downtown Oakland businesses. But after Johannes Mehserle on Friday received the minimum two-year sentence for slaying Oscar Grant, angry demonstrators marched into residential areas near Lake Merritt for the first time, putting innocent people in harm’s way. Police arrested 152 protesters, including seven juveniles, on suspicion of crimes including vandalism, unlawful assembly and disturbing the peace. Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said 56 of those arrested were from outside the city. Investigators will be reviewing video and photographs of protesters damaging property to help prosecutors file charges, he said.

Marines: No overturn SAN DIEGO — The new commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps said Saturday

that now is the wrong time to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gays from openly serving in the military, as Amos U.S. troops remain in the thick of war in Afghanistan. “There’s risk involved; I’m trying to determine how to measure that risk,” Gen. James Amos said. “This is not a social thing. This is combat effectiveness. That’s what the country pays its Marines to do.” Last month, the Pentagon was forced to lift its ban on openly serving gays for eight days after a federal judge in California ordered the military to do so. The Justice Department has appealed, and a federal appeals court granted a temporary stay of the injunction.

Today’s news guests Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

■ ABC’s “This Week” — Sen.elect Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. ■ CBS’ “Face the Nation”— Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. ■ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. ■ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Sen.-elect Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. ■ “Fox News Sunday” — GOP Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Darrell Issa of California.

Obama calls India a creator of U.S. jobs President promotes $10 billion in trade deals during trip abroad By Ben Feller

The Associated Press

MUMBAI, India — Searching for help half a world away, President Barack Obama on Saturday embraced India as the next jobscreating giant for hurting Americans, not a cheap-labor rival that outsources opportunity from the United States. Fresh off a political trouncing at home, Obama was determined to show tangible, economic results on his long Asia trip, and that was apparent from almost the moment he set foot on a steamy afternoon in the world’s largest democracy. By the end of the first of his three days in India, he was promoting $10 billion in trade deals — completed in time for his visit — that the White House says will create about 54,000 jobs at home. That’s a modest gain compared with the extent of the enduring jobless crisis in the United States. Economists say it would require on the level of 300,000 new jobs a month to put a real

bustling financial center took in some of the country’s slums. His luxury accommodation for the night, the Taj Mahal hotel, was one of the sites of a terrorist rampage in Mumbai that killed 166 people. Obama and his wife, Michelle, paid quiet tribute to the 31 people slain at the hotel, looking over their names inscribed in a memorial before meeting with victims’ families and survivors of the shootings.

dent in an unemployment rate stuck near 10 percent. Yet to Obama, the bigger picture was the lucrative potential of an unleashed trading relationship between India and the United States. He seemed comfortable and energized away from Washington, days removed from the GOP’s Paying tribute to 31 killed election thumping. “We visit here to send a very clear message that in our deter‘Jobs strategy’ for U.S. mination to give our people a “For America, this is a jobs future of security and prosperity, strategy,” Obama said of his the United States and India stand emphasis on trade, although it united,” Obama said from an outdoor plaza, the soaring Gateway could stand as a motto for his of India and the Arabian Sea 10-day trip. behind him. He is spending today with “We’ll never forget.” young people in Mumbai and then Indian commentators seized heading onto meetings in New on the president’s failure to menDelhi, the capital, before shifting tion Pakistan, India’s neighbor later in the week ahead to Indone- and bitter rival. sia and economic talks in South Pakistan was home to the 10 Korea and Japan. assailants. In India for the first time, The president also celebrated Obama quickly got a sense of the life of a personal hero, Mohanriches and poverty, history and das K. Gandhi, a father of Indian tragedy. independence and a model of His helicopter ride into this peaceful activism.

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Briefly: World Yemen orders man found ‘dead or alive’

ing about his demise. The signs, hung on pedestrian bridges and other public places but quickly taken down by authorities, reinforced fears that the death of alleged Gulf cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel SAN’A, Yemen — A Yemeni Cardenas Guillen will further judge ordered police Saturday to empower the Zetas, a gang of find a radical U.S.-born cleric hit men formed more than a “dead or alive” after the decade ago by renegade Mexican soldiers that has become al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role one of Mexico’s most brutal and feared drug gangs. in the killing of foreigners. Former allies of the Gulf carYemen is tel, the Zetas went independent under heavy earlier this year, unleashing a U.S. pressure turf battle along the northeastto crack down ern border with the United on the counStates that has at times try’s al-Qaida reached the level of all-out war. offshoot after a scheme to Reporter in coma send bombs through the MOSCOW — Two unknown mail in packal-Awlaki men waited for Russian journalages ist Oleg Kashin to come home addressed to the U.S. was and then bludgeoned him on his thwarted a week ago. head, arms and legs. Yet his ediThe group known as l-Qaida tor said it was Kashin’s manin the Arabian Peninsula gled hands — with part of one pinky broken off — that showed claimed responsibility for the his attackers wanted to make plot Friday. The cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, sure he never wrote again. Kashin, a 30-year-old was born in New Mexico to reporter for the respected KomYemeni parents and is one of mersant newspaper, was hospithe most prominent Englishtalized in a drug-induced coma language radical clerics. after the attack early Saturday His sermons advocating outside his Moscow apartment. jihad, or holy war, against the He is the latest in a line of United States have influenced journalists and activists to be militants involved in several attacks or attempted attacks on assaulted in Russia. In most cases, the perpetraU.S. soil. tors are never found, but the Kremlin appeared determined Drug lord’s death to show that this time things MEXICO CITY — A day will be different. after marines killed a reputed President Dmitry Medvedev powerful drug lord, dozens of ordered Russia’s prosecutor genominous banners apparently eral and interior minister to hung by rivals appeared Satur- oversee the investigation into day in cities across Mexico’s the attack. Gulf coast with messages gloatThe Associated Press

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Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, left, and Democratic Senator-elect Chris Coons, stand with a hatchet that is symbolically buried at the end of each election season in Delaware at Thursday’s Return Day in Georgetown, Del.

Tea party helped but also hurt Republicans, some say By Philip Elliott

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tea partybacked candidates helped and hindered Republicans, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing. Republican leaders and strategists are muttering that the same tea party activists who elevated Speaker-to-be John Boehner and the party to power in the House simultaneously hobbled the GOP’s outside shot of running the Senate. Tea partiers largely spurned establishment candidates in the GOP primaries and helped nominate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Ken Buck in Colorado. All three lost Tuesday.

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“You let the voters decide” the nominees, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said Friday. “It’s a risk. Voting is a risk.” Republicans won Senate races in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. That put them within three seats of a 50-50 split. In the case, Vice President Joe Biden would have broken the tie and allowed Democrats to retain their majority.

Lieberman a likely target If they could have managed a split, however, Republicans would have pushed hard to switch some lawmakers, with the likely target Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. He’s an independent who votes with the Democrats but strongly supported Republican John

McCain’s 2008 presidential bid. Others considered Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota a possibility. All those what-ifs fell apart, though, in three states. In Delaware, tea party activists rallied behind O’Donnell over nine-term moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle. Party leaders tried to crush O’Donnell; the state party chairman said she could not be elected dogcatcher, much less a senator. Voters went with O’Donnell and Republican officials in Washington largely abandoned the race. There were revelations about financial troubles and the emergence of TV footage in which she spoke out against masturbation and talked about dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager. On Friday, she blamed Washington Republicans for her loss to Democrat Chris Coons.

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Nation: First gay bishop announces his retirement

Nation: Woman attempts to sell her grandchild

World: Somali pirates free hijacked oil tanker

World: Airlines cancel flights due to volcanic ash

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop said Saturday that he will retire in 2013, due in part to the “constant strain” on him and his family from the worldwide backlash against his election seven years ago. Bishop V. Gene Robinson, whose consecration convulsed the global Anglican fellowship, said he was announcing his retirement early so the transition would be smooth for the Diocese of New Hampshire. He assured congregants that he is healthy and sober after seeking treatment for alcoholism five years ago. He will be 65 when he steps down. Robinson revealed his plans at the diocesan convention in Concord.

A Florida woman and her boyfriend have been charged with trying to sell her infant grandson for $30,000. Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested 45-year-old Patty Bigbee and 42-year-old Lawrence Works on Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla., after they met with an agent posing as a buyer. Both were charged with illegal sale or surrender of a child, and Bigbee was also charged with communication fraud. FDLE agent Wayne Ivey said an investigation began last month after an informant told authorities the woman was trying to sell the baby. Authorities said the woman originally wanted $75,000.

Somali pirates have freed a hijacked South Korean-operated supertanker and its 24 crew members, officials said today in Seoul amid news reports that a record ransom was paid. The Samho Dream was sailing toward a safe third country under the escort of a South Korean destroyer after being released Saturday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Its 24 crew — five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos — were all safe, ministry officials said. The tanker, loaded with about $160 million in crude oil, was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in early April.

International airlines fearful of volcanic ash canceled flights Saturday into Indonesia’s capital, while the closure of airports nearest Mount Merapi has delayed the arrival of burn cream and ventilators for those whose skin and lungs were singed by searing gases. The series of eruptions, including the deadliest in decades, has killed 138 people. With nearby airports closed because of poor visibility, hospital officials said lots of supplies — including burn cream, oxygen masks and saline solution for IVs — were stuck in Jakarta. Nursing students were pumping emergency respirators by hand.

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