2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Business Highlights

    ___ Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its ...

  • AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria
    AP INTERVIEW: US should hit all militants in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.

  • Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq

    By Maggie Fick SHEKHAN Iraq (Reuters) - For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq. Two weeks later, Paulis, who is a Christian, received a phone call from a man who said he was an Islamic State fighter. “We are in your warehouse. Why are you not here working and taking care of your business?” the man asked in formal Arabic. ...

  • Mystery over N. Korean leader fuels health rumors
    Mystery over N. Korean leader fuels health rumors

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his "discomfort." What follows is a smorgasbord of media speculation about what's eating Kim Jong Un.

  • New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake
    New tremors raise concern at Japan's Mount Ontake

    KISO, Japan (AP) — Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

  • 'That dress' designer revealed as Mrs. Clooney shows fashion force
    'That dress' designer revealed as Mrs. Clooney shows fashion force

    The designer of the thigh-flashing dress with which the new Mrs.Clooney wowed the crowds in Venice at the weekend was revealed Monday as Italian haute couture star Giambattista Valli.

  • Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader Call Out Interviewer for Not Seeing, Knowing Anything About Their Movie
    Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader Call Out Interviewer for Not Seeing, Knowing Anything About Their Movie

    For reporters who interview actors about upcoming movies in which they're appearing, it always helps to see the film in question. Failing that, you can always do some quick online research. Those steps would have saved KWGN Denver's Chris Parente the embarrassment he experienced while interviewing the stars of "The Skeleton Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

  • Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF
    Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind's demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover. ...

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