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Oklahoma feels aftershocks of the big one

SPARKS, Okla., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Aftershocks struck a jittery Oklahoma Sunday following a weekend of quakes, officials said.

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The quakes included the largest in state history Saturday night, with a magnitude of 5.6, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The heaviest aftershock was at 4.0 magnitude at 3:40 a.m. CST Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., reported. The Times said the USGS was installing more sensors in the region to analyze the series of quakes.

Austin Holland, a research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey based at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, told the Times were at least 10 aftershocks of 3.0 or more since the quake Saturday night, adding, "there's many, maybe hundreds, that are going unfelt."

Meanwhile, damage assessment began in central Oklahoma Sunday after the record 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook the region, emergency officials said.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Joey Wakefield told KOKI-TV, Tulsa, Okla., three homes sustained significant damage and Highway 62 buckled in three places near Prague Saturday night. A vehicle-sized boulder also came to rest on the roadway.

The TV station said there also were reports of damage in Muskogee.

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Aaron Bennett of Lincoln County emergency management told CNN one man in Prague suffered minor head injuries when he tripped while running out of his house.

The 10:53 p.m. quake was centered about 4 miles east of Sparks, Okla., and 44 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City at a depth of 3.1 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The shaker came less than 21 hours after a 4.7-magnitude quake hit at 2:12 a.m. about 6 miles southeast of Sparks.


U.S. lobbyists rally against tax changes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Some of the dozens of U.S. lobbyists hovering over the so-called supercommittee budget talks say care must be taken to not upset the economy.

Business association representatives appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" said their respective industries could be easily knocked off their feet by the loss of their current tax breaks.

"You have to remember that the airline industry is one that over the past 10 years has lost $55 billion, has shed a third of its workforce, 161,000 jobs," said Sean Kennedy of the Air Transport Association. "Proposals they're circulating on Capitol Hill would impose another $36 billion in taxes on this industry."

The medical industry and senior-citizen lobbies expressed concern on humanitarian grounds about Medicare cuts that could cut the number of procedures and the reimbursements to providers, the report said.

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The oil industry contends that despite healthy balance sheets, things could go down hill if changes to the tax code don't go their way. "Part of problem is that the facts aren't out there," lamented Marty Durbin of the American Petroleum Institute. "There are no loopholes. These are basic tax deductions that every industry is allowed to use."


Rollins urges Cain, Perry to engage media

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Veteran political adviser Ed Rollins said Herman Cain and Rick Perry can't evade the media and win the Republican U.S. presidential nomination.

Rollins said allegations of sexual harassment against Cain and Perry's seemingly mediocre history as a speaker and debater can't be ignored because of the press corps' role in society.

"My sense is the media is a very important part of this process," Rollins said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "It's the eyes of the American public. And you may not always like what they do or what you do, but at the end of the day you have got to deal with it, otherwise you lock yourself in a closet and do nothing but commercials on television.

"That's not a successful strategy."

Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, told CBS he was not quite so concerned about Cain's response to the harassment scandal. "He is an unconventional candidate but it's an unconventional year," he said. "His response has been unconventional, but … you're not seeing yet is as much damage as you would expect in other years or with other campaigns."

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Holiday marked by clashes in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Opposition groups say a dozen people were killed in Syria Sunday in protests coinciding with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adah.

The worst violence was reported in Homs where nine people were killed by gunfire and artillery a day after 23 lives were lost, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN.

Disturbances involving security forces and anti-government protesters were reported across Syria during what is normally an annual period of celebrations and family reunions.

Activists told CNN the Syrian government was not following through on pledges it made last week to the Arab League to ease its long-running crackdown. They said the withdrawals had been partial and temporary at best.

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