2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Fidel Castro discloses brother's words to Obama
- 2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.
- Peabody ducks retire to Jack Daniel's distillery
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A group of ducks retiring from service at Memphis' Peabody Hotel has moved to Lynchburg.
- 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Identity Theft
Last year, 16.6 million people fell victim to the crime, which resulted in financial losses of $24.7 billion, paid by consumers, companies and credit card companies. Military veterans file more complaints about identity theft than any other group, according to Scott Higgins, CEO and founder of Veterans Advantage, a national program that partners with corporations, offering discounts on various goods and services. The Federal Trade Commission even designated July 17 Military Consumer Protection Day to help educate the military about the dangers of identity theft. Just because someone isn't using your credit card illegally doesn't mean you're safe from identity theft.
- 'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.
- Gay Athletes Praise Obama's Refusal to Attend Olympics in Russia
For gay athletes in America and around the world, the White House drew a critical line in the sand with its announcement Tuesday night that the president, the vice president, and the First Lady will not attend the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia, a country the administration has sparred with over policy and criticized for human rights issues, including its anti-gay laws.
- GOP Congressman Thinks Poor Kids Should Work for 'Free' School Lunch
Yet rather than discussing how to help the more than 1 in 4 children living under the poverty line in the state, Rep. Jack Kingston, a candidate in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, is more concerned with cutting free lunch programs in public schools. Speaking at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party, Kingston told the audience, “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” The congressman is so concerned that students grasp the concepts of free-market economics, à la Milton Friedman, that he would take the situation a step further, asking kids to work for a meal—never mind that information retention plummets when students are underfed. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people—getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”
- Homeowner’s Association bylaw bans kids from playing
The Homeowner’s Association of a gated neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch, Florida recently passed a bylaw that outlaws children playing on their streets and will fine those found in violation of the regulation.