Occupy Wall Street Spreads Across U.S.

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations spread nationally Thursday, as protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. About 500 protesters in downtown L.A. took over a major intersection as riot police were called in to disperse the crowds. In Philadelphia, protesters began assembling around 9 a.m. in the mostly peaceful rally that eventually drew in several hundred people. Nearly 300 people showed up in Washington, D.C., in an event that had originally been organized to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Afghan War. Meanwhile, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the Occupy Wall Street protests—going on since Sept. 17—have cost the police department $2 million in overtime.