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Incredible: 2-Week Old Baby and Mother Pulled Alive From Earthquake Rubble in Turkey

ERCIS, Turkey– Rescuers have freed a woman hours after they also pulled out her 2-week-old baby girl alive from the rubble of an apartment building.

Television footage on Tuesday showed rescue workers carrying Semiha Karaduman out of the wreckage on a stretcher and moving her to an ambulance. The infant was pulled from the debris earlier.

Officials say the death toll in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey on Sunday is now 370. More than 2,000 buildings have collapsed.

Rescuers in two cities in eastern Turkey are struggling to pull out survivors from the wreckage

Rescuers in two cities, Ercis and Van, are still struggling to pull out people trapped trapping people inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. Authorities have warned survivors not to enter damaged buildings and thousands of people spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes. Some 1,300 people were injured.

Dogan news agency said rescuers had pulled five people out of the rubble alive in the early hours of Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered.

In the hardest-hit city of Ercis, 9-year-old Oguz Isler was trapped for eight hours beneath the rubble of a relative’s home. He was finally rescued, but on Tuesday he was waiting at the foot of the same pile of debris for news of his parents and of other relatives who remain buried inside.

The boy waited calmly in front of what was left of the five-story apartment block that used to be his aunt’s home. The city of 75,000, close to the Iranian border, lies in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones.

Turkish rescue workers in bright orange jumpsuits and Azerbaijani military rescuers in camouflage uniforms searched through the debris, using excavators, picks and shovels to look for Isler’s mother and father and other relatives still inside.

Dogs sniffed for possible survivors in gaps that opened up as their work progressed.

“They should send more people,” Isler said as he and other family members watched the rescuers. An elder cousin comforted him.

Mehmet Ali Hekimoglu, a medic, said the dogs indicated that there were three or four people inside the building, but it was not known if they were alive.

The boy, his sister and a cousin were trapped in the building’s third-floor stairway as they tried to escape when the quake hit. A steel door fell over him.

“I fell on the ground face down. When I tried to move my head, it hit the door,” he said. “I tried to get out and was able to open a gap with my fists in the wall but could not move my body further. The wall crumbled quickly when I hit it.”

“We started shouting: ‘Help! We’re here,”‘ he said. “They found us a few hours later, they took me out about 8 1/2 hours later. … I was OK but felt very bad, lonely. … I still have a headache, but the doctor said I was fine.”

Isler’s 16-year-old sister, Ela, and 12-year-old cousin, Irem were also saved.

“They took me out last because I was in good shape and the door was protecting me. I was hearing stones falling on it,” said Isler.

The government’s response to the quake appeared to be well-coordinated because of the country’s vast experience in dealing with killer quakes and their aftermaths. Hundreds of rescue teams from throughout Turkey rushed to the area, racing to find survivors, while Turkish Red Crescent dispatched tents, blankets and soup kitchens.

However, there was still no power and running water in Ercis. Firefighter trucks carried tons of water while giant generators were sent in on trucks.

Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.

Istanbul, the country’s largest city with more than 12 million people, lies in northwestern Turkey near a major fault line, and experts say tens of thousands could be killed if a major quake struck there.

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Occupy Wall Street: Signs of the Time for Any Non-Believer

New York (CNN) — Wall Street protests swelled Wednesday to their largest numbers yet, after local unions pledged support to a third week of demonstrations against income inequality, corporate greed, corruption and a list of other social ills.

Thousands meandered from lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park — considered a rallying point for the largely leaderless group — to Foley Square near City Hall.

The crowd then looped back to the park, punctuating a 19-day protest that promotes a wide, if not ambiguous, range of messages.

Causes range from social awareness to radical change in America’s financial and political systems, while other participants appeared content to simply get caught up in the spirit of demonstration.

Still, while the fledgling movement has struggled in its definition, demonstrators appear steadfast in their general criticism of the country’s wealthiest 1% and its purported influence.

Some carried placards and shouted slogans denouncing corporate excess, while others said they were “fed up” with high unemployment and a lack of economic opportunity. Still others said they had simply been waiting for a moment to express their voice and kick-start a conversation about inequality.

The crowd stretched along a dozen city blocks, chanting “All day, all week, occupy Wall Street.”

The protestors also have begun printing a newspaper called The Occupied Wall Street Journal in an effort to garner an additional media attention.

And following a string of arrests, they say they are pursuing a class action lawsuit against the New York Police Department and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for their “unconstitutional effort to disrupt and suppress” demonstrations.

The group seemed to gain momentum after a September 24 pepper spray incident involving protestors and New York police officers.

On October 1, police arrested hundreds of protestors as they marched across a roadway leading to the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking city traffic for hours.

Meanwhile, social media sites such as Twitter seem to be spurring similar protests in other cities, though in vastly smaller numbers.

Dozens gathered in Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; and Seattle, while demonstrations were also scheduled later Wednesday in Savannah, Georgia, among other cities.

Demonstrations were also expected to take place in Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

A Twitter account called Occupy Boston mentions a citywide college walkout there later Wednesday.

Elsewhere, the Massachusetts Nurses Association said hundreds of the city’s nurses would rally with the Occupy Boston protesters later Wednesday. The association said the protest would be part of the opening day activities for a national nursing convention in Boston.

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In New York, several unions endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement and planned to join the protesters’ street theater Wednesday, labor leaders said.

The voices of #OccupyWallStreet

“It’s really simple. These young people on Wall Street are giving voice to many of the problems that working people in America have been confronting over the last several years,” said Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which has 20,000 members in the New York area.

“These young people are speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have profited on the backs of hard-working people,” Hanley added in a statement. “While we battle it out day after day, month after month, the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street sit by — untouched — and lecture us on the level of our sacrifice.”

Transport Workers Union Local 100 spokesman Jim Gannon said the Occupy Wall Street movement, which denounces social inequities in the financial system and draws inspiration from the Arab Spring revolutions in Africa and the Middle East, has advanced issues that unions typically support.

“Their goals are our goals,” Gannon said. “They brought a spotlight on issues that we’ve believed in for quite some time now. … Wall Street caused the implosion in the first place and is getting away scot-free while workers, transit workers, everybody, is forced to pay for their excesses.

“These young folks have brought a pretty bright spotlight,” Gannon added. “It’s kind of a natural alliance.”

Time magazine: ‘Indignados’ occupy Wall Street

President Michael Mulgrew of the United Federation of Teachers, the sole bargaining agent for most nonsupervisory New York City public teachers, with 200,000 members, said he was proud to support the demonstrators.

“The way our society is now headed, it does not work for 99% of people, so when Occupy Wall Street started … they kept to it and they’ve been able to create a national conversation that we think should have been going on for years,” Mulgrew said.

The labor officials couldn’t provide a projection of how many of their members will take the day off from work Wednesday and join the protests.

View a high-resolution gallery of the protests

In New York, the demonstrators have camped out in Zuccotti Park, calling for 20,000 people to flood the area for a “few months.”

The protest campaign — which uses the hashtag #occupywallstreet on the microblogging site Twitter — began in July with the launch of a campaign website calling for a march and sit-in at the New York Stock Exchange.

And for more than two weeks, demonstrations have addressed issues such as police brutality, union busting and the economy, the group said.

Open Story: Occupy Wall Street protests

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement made up largely of twenty-somethings upset about the economy, the Afghanistan war, the environment, and the state of America and the world in general.

In less than three weeks, the movement has become a magnet for countless disaffected Americans at a time when an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults say the country is on the wrong track.

Wall Street protesters inspired by Arab Spring movement

Besides the other cities, protests have also been held in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Occupy Wall Street and its offshoots have clear strains of liberal economic populism — a powerful force in U.S. history during times characterized by economic stress. That said, it would be a mistake to label or tie the movement to a specific agenda, said Susan Olzak, a Stanford University sociology professor.

“It’s difficult to classify a social protest movement early on in its history,” she said. “Clearer goals could eventually emerge, but there’s no guarantee.”

She added, “Many movements fizzle out. Others become more organized. (But) I think we run a risk (by) taking a snapshot at any one point in time and trying to categorize the movement in any one way based on that snapshot. The only way to study these protest movements is to follow them over time.”

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Attention: Need Help to Ship Food to Japan – Calling on All Members to a Networking Challenge

Presumably all of you know that the people of Japan are have a very difficult struggle repairing their nation and cleaning up the disaster that has left the country devastated.

We would like to announce that a very generous farmer has offered to donate at least one container (800, 50# bags) of USDA #1 onions to the Japanese people each week for the next two months. This is a very large amount of onions that could help the people of Japan in a variety of ways.

In order to make this happen, the farmer is only asking that the freight charges for shipping be arranged.

This being said, we are asking for any and all of those who may know of any resources that would like to contribute to this cause to please step forward and contact us immediately.

It may be one or many people who contribute to the cause, a company or organization wanted to help, a Ward or Stake contribution, or any other means that can help get this food over to the Japanese people. We are asking for your help of any ideas to make this happen.

For those who take on this charge, we will personally thank and even advertise their company on our website for helping make this possible.

If you know of anyone willing to help, please contact us and let us know immediately. We thank you for your support and look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
The LDS Emergency Resources Team

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