Olympic Torch Route Nearly Cut In Half In San Francisco

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San Francisco police are telling spectators that the Olympic torch relay route will be several miles shorter than originally planned.

Authorities did not offer an immediate explanation for the change, but city officials had warned they might decide to truncate the six-mile route at the last minute for security reasons.

Thousands of people are gathered along the city's waterfront to await the torch.

Already Wednesday, there have been heated exchanges between supporters of China's role hosting the Olympic Games and opponents of the Beijing government's human rights record.