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.

  • Scots' support for independence lags on eve of referendum
    Scots' support for independence lags on eve of referendum

    By Angus MacSwan and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, polls showed support for staying in the United Kingdom just ahead of backing for independence but tens of thousands of citizens were still agonizing over which way to vote on Thursday. Leaders and supporters of both sides took to the streets on Wednesday for a final day of campaigning in a country gripped by excitement and hope balanced by a strong measure of dread and concern. Voters will be asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". ...

  • AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops
    AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops

    Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."

  • Texas set to execute woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a nine-year-old boy is scheduled to die on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, would be the second woman executed in the United States this year and the 15th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Coleman is scheduled to be put to death after 6 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. EDT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. She would also be the 517th prisoner put to death in Texas, the most of any state since 1976. ...

  • Jane Fonda: 76 & Stunning!
    Jane Fonda: 76 & Stunning!

    Giving up the style props today to Jane Fonda, who wowed in black at Monday night’s Hollywood premiere of her film, “This Is Where I Leave You.”

  • Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...

  • Forget Yellen, the real Fed news is in China
    Forget Yellen, the real Fed news is in China

    On a day when Wall Street is in suspense over details of the Federal Reserve’s exit strategy, China’s central bank showed it isn’t going anywhere when it comes to stoking its slowing economy.

  • Jon Stewart rips Obama's 'chaotic and confused' war on the Islamic State
    Jon Stewart rips Obama's 'chaotic and confused' war on the Islamic State

    Jon Stewart ripped the Obama administration for its "chaotic and confused" war on the Islamic State.

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