2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Peter Fonda's 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction
    Peter Fonda's 'Easy Rider' bike going to auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

  • Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?
    Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

  • Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

  • Jon Stewart mocks Hillary Clinton's Iowa trip: 'Willary or Won'tary'
    Jon Stewart mocks Hillary Clinton's Iowa trip: 'Willary or Won'tary'

    On Tuesday's "Daily Show," host Jon Stewart skewered Hillary Clinton's return to Iowa, her first since her defeat in the Iowa caucus during the 2008 presidential campaign.

  • EU court OKs airlines' right to charge for luggage

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court says airlines are allowed to charge passengers an extra fee for checking in luggage.

  • Australian leader warns of planned random attack
    Australian leader warns of planned random attack

    Australian police detained 15 people on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil.

  • Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
    Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

    A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

  • NSA shared Americans' private communications with Israel: Snowden
    NSA shared Americans' private communications with Israel: Snowden

    Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.

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