2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Strong quake hits Japan
    Strong quake hits Japan

    Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.

  • Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies
    Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The 48-year-old Palestinian woman's husband was shot to death in 2012 by militants in the Gaza Strip for spying for Israel. A mother of seven, she herself was jailed by Gaza's Hamas rulers for aiding and abetting a spy — her husband.

  • Revamped 'View' begins its daytime run
    Revamped 'View' begins its daytime run

    Daytime's "The View" revealed its latest makeover Monday, opening the post-Barbara Walters era with a new set, new boss, mostly new team and a promise to be provocative again. Whoopi Goldberg ...

  • Exchange axed China listings before Ultrasonic scandal

    By Edward Taylor and Andreas Kröner FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Boerse stopped wooing German listings of Chinese companies a year ago, the stock exchange operator said on Wednesday, a day after a German-listed Chinese shoemaker Ultrasonic said top managers and cash had vanished. A spokesman for Deutsche Boerse said the decision was taken for commercial reasons, without elaborating further on why a marketing campaign in China had been discontinued. ...

  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

  • Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
    Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

    A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

  • THE KEY TO BEING WELL-LIKED IS TO MAKE YOURSELF LIKABLE

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old girl. When I'm with the high school group of kids at my church, I try to extend myself and talk, but they never reciprocate much. I always have to try to think of something to say and be careful I don't embarrass myself. Especially around guys, I feel awkward and self-conscious. I feel OK about myself, but I still get nervous. Other girls find things to talk about to each other but not me, and guys never talk to me first, either. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or being too careful. I'm an only child. ...

  • Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 homes
    Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 homes

    By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. ...

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