FRANCE GIRDS FOR WEEK­END PROTESTS

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An­tic­i­pat­ing a fourth straight week­end of violent protests, France on Fri­day mo­bi­lized ar­mored ve­hi­cles and thou­sands of po­lice, cor­doned off Paris’ broad boule­vards and made plans to shut down tourist sites such as the Eif­fel Tower and Lou­vre.

The heavy se­cu­rity will put cen­tral Paris in a vir­tual lock­down Satur­day against what the in­te­rior minister called “rad­i­cal­ized and re­bel­lious peo­ple,” who au­thor­i­ties be­lieve will join mem­bers of the “yel­low vest” move­ment that has been hold­ing anti-gov­ern­ment demon­stra­tions. Na­tion­wide, about 89,000 po­lice will fan out in the streets, an in­crease from 65,000 last week­end.

12 dead in bank rob­bery at­tempts, po­lice shootout.

RIO DE

JANEIRO» At least 12 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were killed Fri­day when po­lice en­gaged in a shootout with bank rob­bers, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties in north­east­ern Brazil. News por­tal G1 re­ported that the rob­bers blocked off a road into the down­town and took hostages as they be­gan en­ter­ing two banks on the same street. When po­lice re­sponded, a fire­fight en­sued, lead­ing to sev­eral deaths.

Con­gress­man re­verses course, will sup­port Pelosi.

WASH­ING­TON» Demo­cratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, who had op­posed Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker, re­versed course and an­nounced Fri­day that he will sup­port her can­di­dacy.

It was the lat­est boost to Pelosi’s bid to re­gain the speaker’s gavel af­ter eight years in the mi­nor­ity and the lat­est blow to the small band of Democrats who are threat­en­ing to with­hold their votes to force a shake-up in the party’s top ranks.

Se­nate passes bill mak­ing it eas­ier to kill sea lions.

SEAT­TLE» A bill that would make it eas­ier to kill sea lions that feast on im­per­iled sal­mon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Se­nate.

State wildlife man­agers say sea lions are eat­ing more sal­mon than ever, and their ap­petites are un­der­min­ing bil­lions of dol­lars of in­vest­ments to re­store en­dan­gered fish runs. Se­nate Bill 3119, which passed Thurs­day by unan­i­mous con­sent, would stream­line the process for Wash­ing­ton, Idaho, Ore­gon and sev­eral Amer­i­can In­dian tribes to cap­ture and eu­th­a­nize po­ten­tially hun­dreds of sea lions found in the river east of Port­land, Ore.

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