2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
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- Ex-Christie aide fights order to give up records
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in legal papers that there's a "real and substantial threat" of self-incrimination if she gives state lawmakers records they have requested from her as they look into a political payback scandal involving Christie's office.
- Gambler sues, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk
Nevada gamblers lost nearly $20 million on Super Bowl bets last month. But one man, who was playing table games while others were focused on the football championship, is trying to get back $500,000 he ...
- Girl bitten 100 times in New Zealand dog attack
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation.
- Florida firm to pursue disputed sunken gold
CINCINNATI (AP) — Deep-sea explorers can now recover the remaining gold from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and more recently has been embroiled in legal fights involving a fugitive treasure hunter, an Ohio judge has ruled in a court order obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
- Trainer admits guilt in New Jersey violent Jewish divorce scheme
A New York personal trainer pleaded guilty on Thursday to being part of a New Jersey ring that used violence to coerce Jewish husbands to agree to grant their wives religious divorces, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. David Hellman, 31, was one of 10 men, including two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, arrested last fall in the alleged scheme in which they hired themselves out to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorce, the prosecutors in New Jersey said. Orthodox Jewish women cannot get divorces unless their husbands consent through a document known as a "get," and wives paid tens of thousands of dollars to the ring that would abduct and beat their husbands, prosecutors said at the time of the arrests in October.
- US warship crosses Bosphorus towards Black Sea
A United States warship crossed Turkey's Bosphorus Strait Friday, headed towards the Black Sea, as tensions simmer over Ukraine's Crimea region. The US Navy said in a statement on Thursday that the ship was bound for the Black Sea to conduct military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. According to the Montreux Convention, warships of countries which do not border the Black Sea can only stay in the waters for 21 days. On Tuesday, two Russian warships crossed the Bosphorus after the Kremlin "summoned" the vessels back to its Black Sea fleet to strengthen its military presence in Crimea.
- Ford shifting truck production from Mexico to US
AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant in Ohio.
- Mom, dad, daughter accused in $7M shoplift spree