2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Police chief encourages armed homeowners to fight back: 'You’re not going to have time to dial 911'
In Detroit, Michigan several incidences of armed homeowner involved shootings have been reported in recent weeks.
- Up to $600,000 taken from Houston's Lakewood megachurch safe
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - About $200,000 in cash and twice that amount in checks and written credit card information were taken from a safe at the Lakewood Church led by televangelist Pastor Joel Osteen, police said Tuesday. The theft is believed to have taken place between 2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday, when the funds were reported missing, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith. A Lakewood Church employee and an off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy, who was performing security for the Christian megachurch, reported the money missing, Smith said. ...
- Mini-skirt turbulence at Japan budget airline
A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants in revealing mini-skirts, drawing criticism that it could invite sexual harassment. Skymark Airlines came under fire from the cabin crew's labour union, which said the super-short skirt -- with a distinctively swinging sixties look -- barely covers wearers' thighs. "We're concerned that the design of this uniform may cause problems," including sexual harassment, the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants said in a statement late last month. "The airline is saying the uniform is meant to attract more customers, but this shows the company is treating women like a commodity," it added.
- Caribbean adopts plan to seek slavery reparations
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of Caribbean nations on Monday unanimously adopted a broad plan on seeking reparations from European nations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade on the region.
- Malaysia Airlines mystery revives black-box debate
The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has rekindled a debate over the iconic "black box" flight recorder and whether it's time for aircraft to start live-streaming in-flight data in real time. Civil aviation industry sources agree the technology exists for commercial airliners to immediately relay via satellite vital technical information otherwise compiled by a flight data recorder in the course of a flight. "There are no technical barriers ... and the cost barriers can be addressed," said Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the US government agency that investigates major aviation accidents. Commercial airliners typically carry two black boxes, which in fact are bright orange in color.
- Warren Buffett's 5 Lessons for Retirees
Last week Warren Buffett chaired the annual meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, a famously successful conglomerate of businesses and corporate interests based in Omaha, Neb. Buffett is a legendary investor who over the years has made billions of dollars for himself and his fellow investors. Here are a five lessons you might learn from Warren Buffett that are focused not on your health, but on your retirement savings:
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- Vietnam sends helicopters to check 'yellow object', possible plane life raft: minister
PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (Reuters) - Vietnam has scrambled rescue helicopters to check a "yellow object" floating in its waters that rescue teams suspect could be a life raft from a Malaysian plane that went missing with 239 people aboard, a minister said on Monday. A Vietnamese jet had seen the object earlier on Monday but was unable to get close enough to determine what it was, Pham Quy Tieu, Vice Transport Minister and deputy head of the country's rescue committee, told Reuters. ...