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San Francisco braces for demonstrations when the Olympic torch makes its only North American stop.
As the Olympic torch made its way today through Paris, it had to be extinguished at least twice amid street protests over China's human rights record and the Chinese government's recent crackdown in Tibet. There were also protesters on hand yesterday when the torch made its way through London, and 37 people were arrested. Protests are planned for when it comes through San Francisco and New Delhi. The torch will arrive in China on May 4.
Though human rights groups complain, there is little sentiment for an Olympics boycott.
Washington is quiet about China's crackdown and rejects boycotting the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Much of the news about human-rights abuses in China emerged from the living room of Hu Jia.
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Chinese officials are acknowledging that six workers have died building venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics over the past five years. Ding Zhenkuan, deputy chief of Beijing's Municipal Bureau of Work Safety, initially told reporters no deaths had taken place at the 91,000-seat National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest" and the site for the opening and closing ceremonies. He later acknowledged two died there and then added there were six worker deaths in total at all sites, without elaborating on the other four deaths.
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Former track star Marion Jones has now become just the fourth American in history to be stripped of Olympic hardware by the International Olympic Committee. Today, the IOC formally revoked Jones's claims to the five medals—three gold and two bronze—that she won during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Earlier this year, Jones admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during her peak athletic years.