2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • U.S. strikes jihadist training camp as France to join air war
    U.S. strikes jihadist training camp as France to join air war

    U.S. warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war.

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
    After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

    As a drizzly mist enveloped Edinburgh in the grim weather locals call dreich, Scots coped Friday with a potent mixture of relief and disappointment, anger and joy, after voting to reject independence. ...

  • Alibaba surges on massive demand in trading debut
    Alibaba surges on massive demand in trading debut

    By Liana B. Baker, Jessica Toonkel and Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surged in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance to get in on what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history and profit from China's growing middle class. It was an auspicious debut for the company, founded by Jack Ma in his apartment in 1999, which now accounts for 80 percent of online sales in China. ...

  • Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
    Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

    HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.

  • Billboard mocks Maureen Dowd's bad trip: 'Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation'
    Billboard mocks Maureen Dowd's bad trip: 'Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation'

    A billboard mocking The New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning op-ed columnist over her infamously bad experience with edible marijuana was unveiled by a pro-pot group in Denver on Wednesday.

  • Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia
    Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia

    El Carmen de Bolivar (Colombia) (AFP) - A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its 'cool' factor

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less ”original” than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs. She's one of the 16 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years. By comparison, some 11 percent of respondents said that Android had lost some sheen in the same time frame. ...

  • 46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back
    46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love.

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