More than 700 arrested in Wall Street protest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police reopened the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday evening after more than 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested for blocking traffic lanes and attempting an unauthorized march across the span. The arrests took place when a large group of marchers, participating in a second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, broke off from others on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

Connecticut toddler dies after pit bull attack: police

CONWAY, Mass (Reuters) - A 20-month-old girl died after being attacked by as many as three pit bulls Friday evening inside an apartment house in West Haven, Connecticut, police said on Saturday. After a neighbor from downstairs called police, officers and paramedics arrived at the top-floor apartment at about 6:13 p.m. Friday and found the toddler on the floor, bleeding and unconscious, said West Haven Police Officer Bret Schneider.

Thousands attend funeral of executed convict Troy Davis

SAVANNAH, Georgia (Reuters) - Thousands of people packed a church in Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of Troy Davis, who was executed for the murder of a police officer in a case that drew world attention because of claims by his advocates that he was innocent. The rousing service at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah reflected a determination by his family, civil rights leaders, supporters and activists to turn his execution last week into a renewed campaign against the death penalty.

Dreams for National Slavery Museum caught in bankruptcy

CHESAPEAKE, Va (Reuters) - Exploring one of the country's darkest chapters, the United States National Slavery Museum was supposed to open four years ago on 38 acres along the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Plans for the 100,000-square-foot museum were elaborate: a 450-seat theater, full-scale replica slave ship and hundreds of donated relics such as the leg irons forebears of many Americans wore during the long, cruel voyage from West Africa.

Obama criticizes Republican rivals in speech to gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates on Saturday for not defending a gay American soldier who was booed by the crowd at a Republican debate last week. "We don't believe in standing silent when that happens," Obama said in the keynote address at the annual convention of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. gay lobby group.

Fugitive murder suspect shot dead in northern California

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) - An opium-growing recluse wanted in connection with two murders in northern California was shot to death by police officers on Saturday, capping a five-week-long manhunt through dense, rugged woodlands. Three SWAT team officers opened fire on Aaron Bassler, 35, as they encountered the fugitive walking toward them on a logging road, dressed in black and carrying a loaded assault rifle, said Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman.

Small market Brewers chase big dreams

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For years, the only September race that held any interest for Milwaukee Brewers fans was a sprint between the team's famous sausage mascots before the bottom of the sixth inning of every home game. The sausages provided some comic relief for fans weary from a string of dreary losing seasons but this Fall they are once again playing big games in Major League Baseball's smallest market with the Brewers back in the playoffs for just the second time since 1982.

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