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Groups plan week of protests in D.C.

WASHINGTON

Labor, social groups plan to hold protests

Roughly 3,000 unemployed workers from around the country are expected in the nation's capitol for four days of protests with labor, religious and social justice groups that say Congress cares more about America's wealthiest 1 percent than it does the masses of struggling middle-class families. The "Take Back the Capitol" protest opens Monday with construction of a "Peoples Camp" on the National Mall. On Thursday, the AFL-CIO plans to coordinate simultaneous protests at congressional district offices across the country to call for extending unemployment benefits that are slated to expire Dec. 31 without congressional action.

ASHEVILLE, N.C.

Hospital says Billy Graham is better

Hospital officials said Saturday that the Rev. Billy Graham is continuing his "successful" treatment for pneumonia. A statement from Asheville's Mission Hospital said Graham's pulmonologist reports he is maintaining the improvement he showed on Friday. The 93-year-old evangelist will continue physical therapy to help his strength and mobility. Doctors said Graham stood and walked Friday during a physical therapy session. No date is set for his discharge. Graham was admitted Wednesday night after suffering from congestion, a cough and a slight fever that was later diagnosed as pneumonia.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.

McGovern in stable condition after fall

Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was alert, comfortable and in stable condition at a South Dakota hospital Saturday after hitting his head during a fall, hospital officials said. No other details were released. The hospital said his family asked for privacy. The 89-year-old former U.S. senator was taken by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital late Friday after falling outside Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Library in Mitchell. A school official said McGovern hit his head on the pavement about two hours before he was scheduled to appear on a live C-SPAN interview at the library.

Elsewhere

Brazil: Authorities said the driver of a tractor-trailor lost control and slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others in the northeastern state of Bahia on Saturday.

Guyana: New President Donald Ramotar, a 61-year-old economist, was sworn in Saturday and pledged that his minority government will work with an opposition-controlled Parliament in the South American country.

Times wires

Groups plan week of protests in D.C. 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:25pm]

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