2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Putin is winning the new cold war: Dicker
    Putin is winning the new cold war: Dicker

    Forget hiding under your desks. The next cold war is here but it’s not about weapons, but resources says Dan Dicker, President of MercBlock.

  • James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son
    James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son

    ISIL, the terrorist organization behind the tragic execution of American journalist James Foley, sent the Foley family and his employer, GlobalPost, only two communications, both sent via email. The Foley family has now made the second email public, which we have reprinted in full below. Christopher Voss, a Georgetown University professor who spent 24 years as a lead hostage negotiator for the FBI and is now the CEO of Black Swan Group, a company which applies hostage negotiation strategy to business negotiation, told The Wire in a phone interview that a number as high as $100 million is, in fact, the opposite of an attempt at negotiation. 

  • Hollywood stars light up TV, reverse is lacking

    Seasoned actors Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels and Woody Harrelson are all nominated this year for Emmys after having built much of their careers in film. McConaughey, a favorite to win a lead actor Emmy for his role in HBO crime drama "True Detective," is riding high after winning an Academy Award for last year's "Dallas Buyers Club." Voight, nominated for Showtime's "Ray Donovan," won a best actor Oscar a generation ago, while Harrelson ("True Detective") is a two-time Oscar nominee. Heart-throb George Clooney, who shot from the show "ER" into the Hollywood mega-star firmament, "was the last one who really did it," said Glenn Williamson, a professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.

  • High beef prices force the return of ‘pink slime’
    High beef prices force the return of ‘pink slime’

    Two years after consumers shunned “pink slime” – the term given to slaughterhouse scraps that are used as ground beef fillers – the dubious meat product is back.

  • Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
    Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, a 25-year-old Supreme Court case became the prism through which his actions will be legally judged.

  • China warplane in 'dangerous' intercept with US jet: Pentagon
    China warplane in 'dangerous' intercept with US jet: Pentagon

    A Chinese fighter jet flew perilously close to a US military aircraft this week in a "very dangerous" incident in international air space east of Hainan Island, the Pentagon said Friday. The episode raised tensions and underlined the growing rivalry between the United States and China, with Beijing building up its military and asserting its territorial claims across the Pacific. "On August 19, an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft that was on a routine mission," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference. The close call occurred about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of China's Hainan, he said.

  • Some tests near Imperial's Canada mine spill show high copper

    (Reuters) - A small number of water samples taken near the site of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine have shown copper levels high enough to pose a risk to fish, British Columbia officials said on Friday, but the copper did not exceed drinking water guidelines. Two samples taken deep in Quesnel Lake on Aug. 12 showed high concentrations of copper, 134 micrograms per liter and 217 micrograms per liter, according to documents posted by the province on Friday. To meet water quality guidelines for even short-term or "acute" exposure for fish, copper levels should be 8.5 micrograms per liter or less. Four other samples narrowly exceeded chronic or acute guidelines for copper exposure by aquatic life.

  • Hamas leader: Don't compare us to ISIL
    Hamas leader: Don't compare us to ISIL

    As much of the world expressed revulsion over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL executioner, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal took pains to disassociate his organization from the Islamist militant group that has conducted a murderous rampage across a large swath of Syria and Iraq.

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