2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Bear Takes Dip in Family's Pool
    Bear Takes Dip in Family's Pool

    Who doesn't love a good dip in the dead of summer? Well, for one family, that love of poolside fun extends to ursine visitors as well. A bear arrived at a family's home in Sierra Madre, California, and proceeded to enjoy the cool relaxation of the outdoor pool for 15 minutes before wandering off. One of the house's owners, Thomas See, caught the visit on tape. It's hard to blame the bear — weekend temperatures in the area were in the triple digits. See mentioned that bears had been seen in the area scrounging for trash but that one had not visited his pool before.

  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

  • "The Retiree Next Door": How successful retirees stretch their savings
    "The Retiree Next Door": How successful retirees stretch their savings

    In a new ebook, MoneyTips.com asks retirees how they managed to retire successfully.

  • Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

    By Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving. Many economists and traders had expected the U.S. central bank to alter the rate guidance it has provided since March, given generally improving data on the economy's performance. But the Fed repeated its assurance that rates would stay ultra-low for a "considerable time" after a bond-buying stimulus program ends. ...

  • Antarctica Nearing Sea Ice Record High, But Arctic Ice Still Shrinking
    Antarctica Nearing Sea Ice Record High, But Arctic Ice Still Shrinking

    For an unprecedented third year in a row, Antarctica's sea ice is poised to smash a new record this month.

  • Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies
    Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

    By Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.  After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. ...

  • Misbah: Pakistan can 'once again rule the world'
    Misbah: Pakistan can 'once again rule the world'

    Captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan can "once again rule the world" by winning the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.

  • Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist
    Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program. The $4.2 billion, five-year contract allows Boeing to sell rides to tourists, Boeing Commercial Crew Program Manager John Mulholland told Reuters, adding that the price would be competitive with what the Russian space agency now charges to fly tourists to the orbital outpost. ...

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