2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Serena Williams hits back at Russian official
    Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as "brothers" were bullying, sexist and racist, and that she supported the one-year suspension imposed by the WTA against the official.

  • Seahawks upset again, Packers march on

    By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks suffered a second straight defeat with a 28-26 loss at the St Louis Rams on Sunday while the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued their great form with a 38-17 win over Carolina. The Washington Redskins benched quarterback Kirk Cousins during their game against the Tennessee Titans and the move paid off as they ran out 19-17 winners. The Seahawks slump to 3-3 after their loss to an inventive Rams whose special teams delivered two outstanding 'fake' plays. ...

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers
    New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

    JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They're not just gazing at foliage — they're looking at cold, hard cash.

  • Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment. Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. ...

  • Japanese PM Abe suffers setback as two ministers quit

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese cabinet ministers resigned on Monday over the dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012. The resignations of the two women, including the high-profile trade and industry minister, could complicate tough decisions on key policies, including whether to go ahead with an unpopular plan to raise the sales tax and planned restarts of nuclear reactors shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. ...

  • Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on
    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

  • Can this man save California's GOP?
    Can this man save California's GOP?

    California GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari may or may not believe that he can beat Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. But what he does believe is even more grandiose and improbable than that. He believes he's on the verge of remaking the entire Golden State GOP in his own image. The crazy thing is, he could be right.

  • US makes first arms drop to Syria Kurds battling for Kobane
    US makes first arms drop to Syria Kurds battling for Kobane

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Washington made a first weapons drop to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane Monday that they hailed as a major boost for their nearly five-week resistance campaign.

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