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Wisc. veteran recovering after injury in "Occupy Oakland" protests


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Iraq War veteran injured during a clash between police and anti-Wall Street protesters is unable to speak, but can otherwise communicate and is expected to make a full recovery.

Alameda County Medical Center Chief Surgeon Dr. Alden Harken said Scott Olsen had improved dramatically since he was hospitalized Tuesday night with a fractured skull.

By Thursday afternoon, Harken says, the 24-year-old Wisconsin native was interacting with his parents and doing math equations. The doctor says Olsen may require surgery, but that's unlikely.

Hospital spokesman Vintage Foster says Olsen smiled when Mayor Jean Quan stopped by to visit and expressed surprise at the national attention his injury has generated.

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