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Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

NEW YORK

The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City are preparing for the possibility of a punishing winter by erecting tents designed to withstand frigid temperatures and stave off hypothermia.

The tents, described as military-grade and half measuring as big as a tiny cottage, began to pop up Monday, with the first planned for medics and another designated as a safe space for women.

Jeffrey Brewer, one of the protesters working to put up the tents, said three had been erected early Monday and he was helping to install four more.

Brewer says another 20 tents are being ordered, half measuring 16-by-16-feet, and the rest measuring 11-by-11 feet.

The structures are costing the protesters a total of about $25,000, he said, paid for through some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations the group has received.

The company that owns the Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have set up camp, technically doesn't allow tents. But it has declined to enforce the rules for weeks.

Also, elected officials and labor leaders were among the nearly 1,000 black and Latino community members marching the length of Manhattan, from Washington Heights south to Wall Street, to show support for the Occupy movement.

Organizers of the 11-mile march say they want to connect black and Latino supporters from all over the city.

GEORGIA

Five people were arrested early Monday at or near a downtown park that has been an off-and-on site of Occupy Atlanta protests.

The arrests come a day after 20 demonstrators were taken to jail by officers in riot gear when a rally spilled into the streets.

Atlanta police said one protester draped in an American flag inside Woodruff Park was arrested after refusing to leave by a Sunday night curfew, and four other people on bicycles were arrested near the park — three for traffic violations and one for obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Occupy DC protesters provided a police report Monday that they say supports their account that a driver who struck three people at a weekend demonstration hit a fourth person in a separate incident a few minutes earlier.

Police had previously discussed the Friday incident in which three people demonstrating outside the city's convention center were hit, saying the driver was not charged because witness accounts suggested the demonstrators jumped in front of his car. An assistant police chief reviewing that incident Saturday with reporters said he was not aware of a fourth demonstrator being struck.

But on Monday, the demonstrators called for further investigation.

UTAH

About a dozen protesters camping on a vacant lot adjacent to the federal building in downtown Salt Lake City are being told to leave the property. The Salt Lake City Police said the protesters have been given until Tuesday morning to move their tents.

Police Chief Chris Burbank is working with protesters to find alternative sites.

Occupy Salt Lake organizer Jesse Fruhwirth (frew-WORTH') says the group is looking at their legal options to remain on the property.

The protesters are an offshoot of the main Occupy Salt Lake gathering in a nearby city park.

HAWAII

Eight protesters with Occupy Honolulu who were arrested for attempting to establish an encampment at a local park over the weekend have been released on bail.

The eight were arrested Saturday when about 40 protesters gathered at the city's Thomas Square were told by authorities to leave. The protesters were bailed out early Sunday.

The group also plans to meet and discuss plans for this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in the city.

ILLINOIS

Citations were issued to 43 Occupy Chicago protesters who blocked an intersection in the city's financial district Monday and then refused to leave.

Occupy Chicago organizers said the protesters were senior citizens who were objecting to proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other benefits.

Police say the incident lasted about an hour, and protesters were cited for impeding the flow of traffic.

NORTH CAROLINA

Participants in the Occupy Raleigh are talking to North Carolina state legislators.

The demonstrators concerned about high unemployment, state education cuts, foreclosures and health care spoke to members of the House Democrats' Business Caucus on Monday. They've been picketing on or near the grounds of the old Capitol building for the past month.

Kurt Zehnder said the opportunity was a good first step toward improving dialogue between the movement and elected officials.

CALIFORNIA

Rappers and hip hop heavyweights are supporting the Oakland Occupy protest.

MC Hammer, Raymond "Boots" Riley of hip hop group The Coup, and local rapper Mistah FAB have become a regular presence at the encampments, taking up bullhorns and staying until dawn even amid clashes with police.

The artists say despite their fame, they, too, stand for the 99 percent.

Rappers Talib Kweli, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco also have visited protesters in New York City's Zuccotti Park, and other major cities. But Oakland became a rallying point for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators nationwide after an Iraq War veteran was injured two weeks ago in a tear gas-filled confrontation with riot police.

NEW JERSEY

A state judge ruled police must return items confiscated from Wall Street protesters at a memorial across the street from the New Jersey statehouse.

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson also rejected some rules the state tried to impose on the protesters. She granted a temporary restraining order Monday against the state, saying troopers couldn't confiscate signs or personal property.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued on behalf of protesters who claim their freedom of speech was infringed on when troopers confiscated items they considered unattended.

DELAWARE

Wilmington officials have rescinded approval of a permit for Occupy Delaware protesters after the group failed to pay the required fee.

The permit would have allowed the group to stage events for seven days at Spencer Plaza, next to the federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington. But Occupy Delaware failed to submit the required $200 fee by 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Mayor James Baker instructed Wilmington police to tell Occupy Delaware participants to vacate Spencer Plaza and not to return to any other city park or plaza until they file for a new permit.

VIRGINIA

Lynchburg is the latest addition to Virginia's Occupy movement.

Media outlets report that about 15 to 20 people attended Occupy Lynchburg's first gathering Sunday at Miller Park. The group plans to meet every Sunday.

There also are local Occupy movements in Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Martinsville and Norfolk.

INDIANA

Authorities said a man who died in a tent at the Occupy Bloomington protest was not part of the movement at Peoples Park.

Monroe County coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 52-year-old Don Swank was homeless and seeking shelter. He died from natural causes Saturday morning.

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BRITAIN

A poll of managers in London's financial services industry shows many believe some of their colleagues are paid too much, while a majority say they're motivated more by salary and bonuses than enjoyment at work.

The poll released Monday was commissioned by the St. Paul's Institute at St. Paul's Cathedral. It was based on online responses of 515 managers in the finance industry between Aug. 30 and Sept. 12. That was more than a month before the Occupy movement has set up camp at St. Paul's to protest social inequality and the excesses of the banking industry.

The poll showed that 66 percent of those sampled thought bond traders earned too much, and 63 percent said chief executives of the top 100 British corporations were overpaid.

Two-thirds of respondents said that salary and bonuses was their most important motivation, with "enjoyment of work" ranked second.

The poll results showed three-fourths of respondents saying the gap between rich and poor was too large in Britain, and 70 percent thought teachers were underpaid.

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