2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border
    Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist militants besieging the town, activists said.

  • 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."

  • Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow
    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.

  • Is This Goat Talking?
    Is This Goat Talking?

    In August, Lyndsey Hyde of Tennessee posted a video to Vine featuring a goat that sounds like it is saying "What? What? What?" The 6-second clip went viral with more than 7 million views on the video-sharing app.

  • How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness
    How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness

    In 2010, a historic Election Day sweep in Kansas saw Democrats lose every statewide office. Many people wrote them off for dead, but Joan Wagnon reused to believe it. Now the 74-year-old state chair is using technology to rebuild and modernize the party.

  • U.S. focuses on Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria: U.S. Central Command

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces staged 10 air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Kobani since Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said. The raids in the Kobani area were among 12 in Syria by U.S. fighters and bombers. The Kobani strikes hit two small Islamic State units and destroyed seven fighting positions and five buildings, Central Command said. Strikes also damaged an Islamic State headquarters building near Dayr Az Zawr and a security building near Ar Raqqah. U.S. ...

  • Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers
    Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough?

  • S.Leone Ebola outbreak 'catastrophic': aid group MSF
    S.Leone Ebola outbreak 'catastrophic': aid group MSF

    Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday. Rony Zachariah of Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said after visiting Sierra Leone that the Ebola figures were "under-reported", in an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a medical conference in Barcelona. The World Health Organization (WHO) published revised figures on Friday showing 4,951 people have died of Ebola and there was a total of 13,567 reported cases.

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