2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
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- Stunning footage of aurora borealis taken on trans-Atlantic flight
- Suspected mass grave discovered in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Officials say a suspected mass grave has been discovered in Serbia believed to contain bodies of ethnic Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 war between Serbia and Kosovo.
- A Christmas breakfast casserole that has it all
What you want on Christmas morning — a house that effortlessly fills itself with joyous sounds and delicious aromas. What you usually get on Christmas morning — towers of wrapping paper, hermetically sealed toys that can be opened by no human, and a kitchen that demands way too much of your attention.
- Is Irish Spring the Worst Soap on Earth?
Philip: Irish Spring smells good. Elle: Irish Spring is the worst soap in America. It smells like a Walmart, or a truck stop bathroom, or anywhere else where someone has tried to mask a horrible smell with an overpowering air freshener instead of actually cleaning away the source of the stink. Every person on Earth with an ounce of common sense would rather bathe under a waterfall than in a shower.
- Why Texas just became 2014's biggest sideshow
Move over, Todd Akin: Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is 2014's version of the Republican most likely to say something crazy on the campaign trail. Stockman this week announced his candidacy in the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. 1. He compared Obama to Saddam Hussein In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, President Obama indicated that he would use executive actions to implement gun control reforms.
- Are the Senkakus Worth a War?
"The U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty of 1960 obligates the United States to treat any armed attack against any territories under the administration of Japan as dangerous to [America's] own peace and safety. This would cover such islets as the Senkakus also claimed by Beijing." The United States, because of this 53-year-old treaty, is today in the middle of a quarrel between Japan and China over these very rocks in the East China Sea. This Senkakus dispute, which has warships and planes of both nations circling each other around and above the islands, could bring on a shooting war.
- Activists end hunger strike for US immigration reform
Twenty immigration reform activists ended a fourth week of fasting Thursday just steps from the US Capitol building, as they received support from top Democratic lawmakers. On a sunny, but chilly afternoon, several hundred activists marched and chanted from the Capitol, the seat of the US Congress, to pay tribute to the strikers sitting in a tent several yards (meters) away to pay tribute to the strikers sitting in. The Alliance for Citizenship, a national coalition of pro-reform groups, urged supporters to call Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor to demand reform of the country's beleaguered immigration system. The hunger strikers's efforts were recognized early on by leading Democratic members of the House of Representatives, where immigration has stalled in the face of opposition from the Republican majority after passage by the Democratically-held Senate.
- Mysterious 'white widow' eludes police in Africa
AYLESBURY, England (AP) — She is called the most wanted woman in the world, a suspected terrorist charged with plotting to blow up resort hotels in Kenya packed with Christmas tourists, a Westerner who wrote an ode praising Osama bin Laden, a jihadist who has eluded the law even as she has traveled through Africa with four young children in tow.