LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials in two more cities have shut down local Occupy Wall Street encampments. In Los Angeles, police arrested more than 200 protesters and dismantled tents during an early morning raid on the Occupy LA site outside City Hall. Police say the arrests were mainly peaceful with no injuries. And about 50 protesters were arrested in Philadelphia overnight.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Stocks overseas are rising sharply, and U.S. stocks appear headed for a strong opening, after the announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world that they’re taking coordinated action to ease strains on the financial system. A statement by the European Central Bank says starting next Monday the banks are making it cheaper for banks to get U.S. dollars if they need them.
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — — A lawyer for a Maryland businessman accused in the disappearance in Aruba of his American travel companion says his client will soon be on a plane back to the United States. Gary Giordano was released last night after being held for nearly four months behind bars. He denies he had anything to do with the presumed death of Robyn Gardner.
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is continuing to deny that he had an affair with a Georgia businesswoman. But he acknowledges the “firestorm” sparked by Ginger White’s allegations that she had a longtime but “very casual affair” with him. Cain says he’s assessing whether the woman’s claims are too much for his candidacy to go forward.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona gun club is offering a chance for children and their families to pose for photos with Santa Claus while holding pistols and military-style rifles. Ron Kennedy, general manager of the Scottsdale Gun Club, says his customers have been looking for “a fun and safe way to express their holiday spirit and passion for firearms.”