2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest
- Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup
- Infamous speed trap town investigated over tickets
WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.
- Grappling with history, EU tests unity, new faces
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders meeting in Brussels this weekend, amid world war anniversaries, did not want for reminders of the continental conflicts that the bloc's founders meant to consign to history. They took another symbolic step away from the Cold War division of Europe, in choosing a Pole from the ex-communist east to run their Council. Meeting in sight of a huge EU banner commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland, many cited that bloody past to focus minds on halting what Lithuania's president said was already "a state of war" with Russia. "We know from European history the danger of the territorial integrity of a nation state being threatened and undermined in this way and we have to send the clearest possible signal," said British Prime Minister David Cameron of an agreement to review possible new sanctions on Moscow within the next week if President Vladimir Putin does not pull back forces from Ukraine.
- Uber car pick-up service halted in Germany
The controversial but popular car pick-up service Uber hit a roadblock on Tuesday when a German court slapped it with an injunction on the grounds it lacks the necessary legal permits. A regional court in Frankfurt ruled that the San Francisco-based firm, which allows passengers to summon cars using an app on their smartphones at prices that significantly undercut rival taxi companies, is banned from operating in Europe's biggest economy. Uber was defiant even though it faces a fine of 250,000 euros ($328,000) every time it flouts the ban. "We're still operational in Germany," it said in a statement.
- Contador changes mind on Tour of Spain victory hopes
Alberto Contador, who fractured a shin bone at the Tour de France in July, said on Monday that he had changed his mind and would now be targeting victory in the Tour of Spain. A late attack in Sunday's ninth stage lifted the Tinkoff-Saxo rider to second in the overall standings, three seconds behind Colombian Nairo Quintana. Quintana's Movistar team mate Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who started the day in the red leader's jersey, dropped to third, eight seconds off the pace. "I am now able to say I will try to win the Vuelta, another thing is if I have the legs or not," Spaniard Contador told a news conference on the rest day.
- USING MOTHER TONGUE MAKES FAMILY CONVERSATION DIFFICULT
DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration between us and the grandkids during their early years. They attend a bilingual elementary school now, and their English is superb and communication between us is great. ...
- Saudi arrests 88 suspects in alleged al-Qaida cell