LOS ANGELES — Two-thirds of New York City voters agree with the views of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have taken over a Lower Manhattan park to protest corporate greed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
By 67 percent to 23 percent, respondents said they agreed with the group’s views, and by an 87 percent to 10 percent margin, they said that the protests, which have drawn thousands to take part in the demonstrations and led to hundreds of arrests, are acceptable, according to the poll.
Politically, majorities of Democrats and independent voters agreed with the demonstrators, while a majority of Republicans disagreed, the poll found. Democrats backed the protests by 81 percent to 11 percent, while independents split 58 percent to 30 percent. Republicans opposed the protests by a 58 percent to 35 percent margin, but even those identifying themselves as Republicans agreed by 73 percent to 23 percent that the protesters had a right to remain in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the demonstrations.
CDC: Add $2 per drink for US excessive drinking
ATLANTA — The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to new federal research.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store. It’s the first such federal estimate in more than a dozen years.
The study looked at costs that included — among other things — lost work productivity, property damage from car crashes, expenditures for liver cirrhosis and other alcohol-associated medical problems, and money spent on incarceration of drunk drivers and criminals using alcohol.
The CDC estimated excessive drinking cost society nearly $224 billion in 2006, the most recent year for which all necessary statistics were available. That worked out to about $1.90 per drink, 80 cents of which was spent by federal, state or local governments, the researchers estimated. The rest came from drinkers, their families, private health insurers, employers, crime victims and others.
Most of that was related to binge drinking, in which four or five alcoholic beverages are consumed on one occasion.
Calif. boy saves mom from dog attack
COLTON, Calif. — An 11-year-old Southern California boy used his skateboard to hit and drive away vicious dogs attacking his mother.
Colton police Cpl. Ray Mendez says the 31-year-old woman was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment of bites to her chest and a leg.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the woman was walking the family pets at 10:35 a.m. Sunday when two large American bull dogs charged her dogs before turning on her.
Her son used his skateboard to hit and chase way the attacking animals.
The dogs have been quarantined at the San Bernardino city animal shelter.
Kenyan troops press assault on Somali group linked to al-Qaida
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan troops and tanks pushed 50 miles into Somalia on Monday and Kenyan aircraft bombed suspected terrorist positions in the first stage of a military campaign intended to destroy the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab.
The spokesman of al-Shabab, a group Washington says has links to al-Qaida, warned the Kenyan government that its “tall buildings won’t be left standing” if the invasion continues.
“If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones,” Ali Mohamud Rage, the spokesman, said in a not-so-veiled threat to Kenya’s booming capital, Nairobi, which hosts one of the continent’s largest Western diplomatic and aid corps, but also a large, restless Somali immigrant population that has made Kenya’s leaders cautious about intervening directly in Somali affairs.
On Saturday, however, the Kenyan government invoked its right of self-defense to go after al-Shabab forces in the group’s drought-stricken haven of southern Somalia after a wave of kidnappings raised questions about whether Kenya was able to defend its borders against Somali encroachers.