2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Road Melts from Yellowstone Volcano's Heat
    Road Melts from Yellowstone Volcano's Heat

    Part of Firehole Lake Drive, a scenic one-way road off of Yellowstone's main loop, was shut down for repairs when oil bubbled to the surface, damaging the blacktop, the Park Service said in a statement. The closure doesn't affect the Grand Loop Road, which sees 20,000 visitors per day during the summer. Park spokesman Dan Hottle told Live Science that Firehole Lake Drive's surface hit 160 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius) on Thursday, about 30 degrees to 40 degrees F (17 to 22 degrees C) hotter than usual. The park has previously closed Firehole Lake Drive for repairs due to heat damage, Hottle said.

  • 'Better Call Saul' supporting cast announced
    'Better Call Saul' supporting cast announced

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michael McKean is joining series star Bob Odenkirk in AMC's "Better Call Saul," the much-awaited prequel to "Breaking Bad," with Jonathan Banks, another star from that wildly popular drama, also set for the new venture.

  • Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire
    Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire."

  • US House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'
    US House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

  • Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi
    Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants there, authorities said Saturday.

  • Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France
    Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France

    GRIGNY, France (AP) — It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was beaten into a coma, apparently by residents of a neighboring housing project.

  • Taliban debate merits of Islamic State's caliphate announcement

    By Saud Mehsud and Katharine Houreld WAZIRISTAN Pakistan (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban have urged Muslims to avoid extremism and remain united, a message apparently aimed at the Islamic State (ISIL), which recently declared an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. The Arabic message, posted on the Afghan Taliban's website on Thursday and translated by SITE intelligence group, addressed fighters in Iraq and Syria whose announcement of a caliphate last month poses a direct challenge to al Qaeda's dominance of global Islamist militancy.

  • 5 things to watch as Cavs bring in LeBron James
    5 things to watch as Cavs bring in LeBron James

    LeBron James' decision to come home to Cleveland is being hailed as a story about the power of forgiveness and maturity and a victory for a blue-collar Northern city over a destination spot in glitzy Miami.

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