2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A grand jury has indicted Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed. Mike Hubbard, who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the Alabama legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. ...

  • Sailing-Chinese take early Volvo Ocean Race lead

    ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — China's Dongfeng Race Team have taken a surprise lead in the Volvo Ocean Race and even a broken rudder has not halted their push toward a first-leg victory in South Africa.

  • Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4
    Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4

    The Nexus 6 is a really, really big device. And now Droid Life points us to a new video from Carphone Warehouse that gives us a close side-by-side comparison between the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 and as you can see in the picture above, the Nexus 6 is huge even when pitted against Samsung’s famously big flagship phablet. RELATED: The wait is finally over: Google’s incredible Nexus 6 is now official Among other things, the video compares the Note 4 and Nexus 6’s two enormous displays, their battery sizes, the devices’ different software features, and the devices’ two cameras. When it comes down to it, the two devices are very similar in a lot of ways and it seems that

  • Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
    Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.

  • Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence
    Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

  • Japan's justice minister undone by cheap paper fan
    Japan's justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

    TOKYO (AP) — In the heat of summer, they are ubiquitous in Japan: cheap paper fans, advertising this or that company or product, handed out at outdoor events or busy train stations. On Monday, they brought down a politician.

  • Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter, vows to fight cyberbullying, gets standing ovation
    Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter, vows to fight cyberbullying, gets standing ovation

    Shortly after joining Twitter, Monica Lewinsky received a standing ovation on Monday, vowing to put an end to cyberbullying.

  • India fuel reform puts diesel under market control
    India fuel reform puts diesel under market control

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India freed diesel prices from government control Sunday while raising natural gas tariffs in the biggest-yet reform by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, as it aims to boost the country's economy and overhaul its energy sector.

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