2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Top tweets of 2012
Obama, Justin Bieber and Green Bay Packers' TJ Lang have garnered the highest number of retweets this year.
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- Vin Diesel Honors Paul Walker At Crash Site
- Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
- Katie Couric Feeds the HPV Vaccine 'Controversy'
Katie Couric is leading her talk show today with a segment that could have been written by Michele Bachmann. On Katie, Couric will interview a mother who claims her daughter died as a result of taking Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. A serious journalist, Couric hopes to look at "all sides" of the HPV vaccine debate. The HPV vaccine is considered a life-saving cancer preventer … but is it a potentially deadly dose for girls?
- Retirement Basics to Know Before You Start Investing
I could say my success was due to my high intelligence, but the truth is that it's more the result of writing about personal finance and spending much of every day reading and learning about the subject. What's the worst case outcome?
- Obama 'crossed the constitutional line,' House panel is told
Two constitutional law professors told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama exceeded his authority when he unilaterally extended the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The law professors made their comments during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority. “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.
- 11-year-old stopped from selling mistletoe, but told begging allowed
- Abbas to act against Israel at UN if peace talks fail
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - President Mahmud Abbas has warned the Palestinians will take action against Israel through international bodies if peace talks fail, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry. "The talks are going through great difficulties because of the obstacles created by Israel," Abbas told visiting Arab journalists late Monday at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. US-brokered peace talks, which resumed at the end of July after a three-year gap, have already hit a deadlock over Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank on land the Palestinians want for their future state. The Palestinians agreed to suspend action against Israel through international bodies for the duration of the talks, including at the United Nations, where they won non-member observer status in a landmark General Assembly vote in November last year.
- A Christmas Miracle: Time Warner Cable intros cheap HBO package
It looks like the cord-cutting phenomenon is finally getting big cable companies’ attention. Variety reports that Time Warner Cable “is now marketing a low-cost bundle that includes a limited bunch of TV channels and HBO” that is “aimed at ‘cord nevers’ and others who aren’t interested in paying for a typical lineup of cable channels.” The new package, dubbed “Starter TV with HBO,” will be priced at $29.99 per month for the first year and “does not include a set-top box fees or other charges.” Cable bundles have become increasingly unpopular recently as consumers are tired of paying higher monthly bills for bundles of channels that they never watch. But more cable subscribers are increasingly cutting the cord in favor of