2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Housing is slowing but still a good buy: Olefson
- Wreckage, remains from missing Air Algerie flight AH5017 reported found in Mali
- U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state's Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in U.S. history. Mount St. Helens, about 95 miles (150 km) south of Seattle and 50 miles (80 km) north of Portland, erupted in an explosion of hot ash in May 1980, spewing debris over a wide area, killing 57 people and causing more than a billion dollars in damage. Scientists from across the United States are trying to get a better handle on the magma stores and internal workings of the 8,300-foot (2,530-meter) volcano to improve warning systems prior to eruption. "Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range threaten urban centers from Vancouver to Portland," lead scientist Alan Levander of Rice University in Houston said in a statement.
- U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before mid-term elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. For example, House Speaker John Boehner wrote in June that Obama's use of executive orders, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopping deportations of undocumented youths brought to the United States by their parents, risked giving him a "king-like authority." But Boehner has tamped down calls from some fellow Republicans for impeachment proceedings against Obama, which would be a first step toward removing him from office.
- Why flying may get a whole lot cheaper
Has the airline industry become... sexier? Well, consumers will soon be able to fly roundtrip from Newark to Paris on an all-business-class Boeing 757 for $2,014 a couple, on the new airline La Compagnie. It's one of a host of U.S. commercial airline startups that the Wall Street Journal reports are taking off, even though the industry has been plagued by bankruptcies and other challenges.
- How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry
- Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola
By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world's deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man, who is in his 40s, arrived at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday.
- 'Linsanity' not on Lin's agenda in new life with Lakers
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate 'Linsanity' in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to making "a fresh start" in Tinseltown without the weight of any self-imposed pressure as he tries to help restore the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA's leading franchises. "I'm really excited to be a part of this organization and I'm seeing this as a new start, a fresh start," Lin said after being formally introduced to the media at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo on Thursday. "I know what I want to accomplish as a player and what the right way to play is and as long as I do that, I can hold my head up high and be proud of myself." Lin, acquired by the Lakers earlier this month along with a future first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick in a trade with the Houston Rockets for the rights to Sergei Lishchuk, will never forget his spectacular spell with the Knicks.