2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance
    Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance

    Suspect Could Face the Death Penalty For Shooting Rampage, Prosecutor Says

  • Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned kingdom

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others seeking a break from a draining and largely inconclusive conflict.

  • Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage
    Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage

    On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute today to the bravery and courage of survivors and first responders. “In my career I’ve been part of or witnessed...

  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day
    5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

  • Possible Mars Mission 'Showstopper': Vision Risks for Astronauts
    Possible Mars Mission 'Showstopper': Vision Risks for Astronauts

    Mars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes. Recently, scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA researchers are working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars and other faraway destinations. "This is one that we don't yet have a good handle on, and it can be a showstopper," Mark Shelhamer, chief scientist for the NASA Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, said last week during a presentation with the agency's Future In-Space Operations (FISO) working group.

  • Tom Cruise Has Kidnapped Laura Prepon's Heart
    Tom Cruise Has Kidnapped Laura Prepon's Heart

    Today in celebrity gossip: Tom Cruise may have found his next bride, Bryan Singer has been accused of the sexual abuse of a teenager, and Jenny McCarthy is officially engaged to a New Kid on the Block. For weeks, That '70s Show alumna Laura Prepon has had to watch as former co-stars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher prepare to usher a little person into this world, but now it's looking like she's already ushered a little person into her world! You guessed it: Laura Prepon is now dating Tom Cruise. And, you guessed it (you are great at guessing!) this newly rumored relationship is an all-Scientology affair. "It’s the buzz on the set of her show," Page Six reports of those notorious busybodies and gossipmongers better known as the Orange Is the New Black cast. But just how steamy is Laura Prepon's rumored thetan-thwarting romance with Tom Cruise?

  • Video: Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding train
    Video: Man gets kicked in the face by a conductor while taking a selfie in front of a speeding train

    No, you probably shouldn’t take selfies when standing in close proximity to large vehicles that are hurtling toward you. Gawker points us to a new video posted this week by someone named Jared Michael, who says that he recently “tried to take a selfie while a train passed a ‘safe’ distance behind.” The trouble was that he was still close enough to the tracks for the train’s conductor to reach out with his foot and kick him in the face. The results are predictably hilarious. “I guess I was still too close and got kicked in the head,” Michael writes. “I messed up.” What makes this video truly funny is Michael’s reaction to getting kicked in the head. Instead of

  • Paul Weller wins lawsuit over pictures of children

    LONDON (AP) — Paul Weller has won a privacy lawsuit against a newspaper that published paparazzi pictures of the singer's children.

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