2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Oil prices are dropping but the fracking revolution rolls on
    Oil prices are dropping but the fracking revolution rolls on

    $75 dollars a barrel – that’s the price crude oil would have to hit for frackers in North Dakota’s Bakken fields to feel pressure to slow new production, according to Greg Zuckerman, author of “The Frackers” and a special reporter at the Wall Street Journals. “All these guys have hedged. They’ve got production [and] they’ve already got the acreage. They’re not gonna stop but maybe they’ll slow kind of new stuff.”

  • Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks
    Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

    By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State. The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools. ...

  • Father Posts Poignant Video of Daughter Who Passed Away
    Father Posts Poignant Video of Daughter Who Passed Away

    A few days before her 13th birthday, Anna van Keulen sat down at her family's piano, and as her father filmed, she performed the theme music from "Downton Abbey."

  • Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration activists in Maryland
    Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration activists in Maryland

    Hillary Clinton was heckled repeatedly by immigration activists while speaking at a campaign rally for Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor.

  • Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China
    Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China

    By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday. Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city's future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral. The protesters have blocked key intersections for a month in their demand for fully-democratic elections for the city's next chief executive in 2017. ...

  • Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled
    Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled

    The comedian says she is quitting Instagram after the photo sharing service deleted a topless photo she posted mocking an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin on horseback.

  • Gas Deal Ensures Europe Won't Freeze This Winter
    Gas Deal Ensures Europe Won't Freeze This Winter

    After months of tense and, at times, bitter negotiations, Ukraine has brokered a deal to resume natural gas shipments from Russia and keep the pipelines open through the coming winter.  The settlement includes an negotiated rate on future gas shipments and—with the help of the European Union—the settling of more $3 billion in debts owed by Ukraine.

  • Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women
    Before midterms, Obama plugs policies for women

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — With an election four days away, President Barack Obama urged women to raise their voices in favor of economic policies that benefit them and against politicians that he said belong in a "Mad Men" episode from a bygone era. Citing his own experiences as the son of a single mom and the father of two girls, he declared: "Some of this is personal."

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