2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Hitler remark: Will it hurt Hillary Clinton?
Will the Hitler remark made by Hillary Rodham Clinton rebound against her? That’s what some Republicans are saying in the wake of Clinton’s comparing Vladimir Putin the architect of the Third Reich. It’s that the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner was at the center of the Obama administration’s attempt to “reset” US-Russia relations when she was secretary of State. If Putin’s Hitler, why try to make friends?
- US fighter jets, warship arrive in Ukraine region
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says six U.S. F-15 fighter jets have arrived in Lithuania to bolster air patrols over the Baltics as the stand-off over Russia's military incursion into Ukraine continues. A U.S. warship is also now in the Black Sea to participate in long-planned exercises.
- 'Nymphomaniac' film is banned in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier's movie "Nymphomaniac Volume 1" at cinemas in the country because of the film's sex scenes.
- A Tale of Two Bushes: One Runs on His Name, the Other … Not So Much
- U.S. Senators seek recovery of 'unknown' Pearl Harbor victims
Fifteen U.S. Senators on Thursday called on the military to identify the bodies of 21 "unknown" sailors from the U.S.S. Oklahoma who were killed during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and to return the remains to their families. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the senators, led by Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, noted that in recent years historians have succeeded in identifying the remains of other sailors who died in the battle that drew the United States into World War Two. The remains of the 21 men are contained in five coffins at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, where they were buried after the battleship Oklahoma was salvaged in 1943, the senators wrote. "The brave men who died protecting our great nation at Pearl Harbor deserve a final resting place of their families' choosing," the senators wrote.
- 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Proves Hollywood Learned Nothing from 'Rocky & Bullwinkle'
If there’s one thing that’ll always be true about Hollywood, it’s that it never learns its lesson. Tomorrow, DreamWorks Animation will release Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a CGI animated update of the '60s Jay Ward cartoon that aired as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. DreamWorks assures us that it’s the “Dogfather of all comedies” and has been running a concerted ad campaign all winter targeted at ... well, who knows? Things started out well—Disney’s George of the Jungle (1997), based on a separate Jay Ward show, made $105 million domestic and officially launched Brendan Fraser to stardom.
- Man who hid assets gets 17-year prison term
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California businessman accused of declaring bankruptcy and hiding his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony following a contentious divorce was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
- 'Upskirting' is legal, Massachusetts top court says
A man who snapped secret pictures up women's skirts on a Boston subway train - a practice known as upskirting - did not violate the state's Peeping Tom law, Massachusetts' top court said on Wednesday, pointing to a loophole in current legislation. Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by transit police in 2010 for using his cell phone to take pictures and video up women's' skirts on the subway and who fought to have the charges of voyeurism dismissed. The court said that, while women have a "reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt" the law "in its current form does not address it." A legal expert took the ruling as a cue for the state legislature to bolster the Peeping Tom law.