2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields
    Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • Texas shooting suspect had faced other charges
    Texas shooting suspect had faced other charges

    SPRING, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, was the subject of a restraining order obtained by his own mother less than a week before the attack and faced previous allegations of domestic violence, authorities said.

  • Utah considers rejecting daylight saving time
    Utah considers rejecting daylight saving time

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah residents said Thursday that officials should reject daylight saving time and join Arizona and Hawaii as the only states that don't adjust their clocks.

  • Gaza toll nears 100, militants threaten Israeli airport
    Gaza toll nears 100, militants threaten Israeli airport

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A fourth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 11 more Palestinians on Friday, raising the death toll in the coastal enclave to at least 96, most of them civilians, Palestinian officials said. Facing a possible Israeli ground invasion, militants warned international airlines they would fire rockets at Tel Aviv's main airport. Medical officials in Gaza said at least 74 civilians, including 23 children, were among those killed in the unrelenting aerial bombardments which Israel began on Tuesday. A day after U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he was willing to help negotiate a ceasefire, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the United Nations Security Council to order an immediate truce.

  • World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

    By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "mega cities" - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a United Nations report on Thursday. Indeed, urbanization, combined with overall population growth, will boost the number of people in cities by 2.5 billion over the next three decades, with much of that growth in developing countries, especially in Asia and Africa. "Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century," Wilmoth said. He said providing such services for a dense urban population was typically cheaper and less environmentally damaging than doing the same for a dispersed, rural population.

  • Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

    By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - With less sleep, normal aging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightly faster in middle-aged and older people, according to a new brain imaging study. Sleep troubles are more common with age, and shrinkage of certain brain structures is normal. “Among older adults, sleeping less will increase the rate their brain ages and speed up the decline in their cognitive functions,” said lead study author Dr. June Lo, a researcher with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Plenty of past research has shown that lack of sleep can worsen fuzzy thinking and memory problems in the short term, and at all ages, Lo and her colleagues note in the journal Sleep.

  • U.S. bank penalties now exceed the GDP of most countries
    U.S. bank penalties now exceed the GDP of most countries

    Nobody sympathizes with Wall Street banks, but it may be time to wind down a series of seemingly endless prosecutions.

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