2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Disturbing: Italian appeals court determines 60-year-old and 11-year-old have ‘romantic relationship …
The case will be retried in a lower court.
- Mormon church explains defunct ban on blacks in priesthood
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirty-five years after lifting a ban on blacks entering the priesthood, the Mormon church has offered an explanation for a practice that was in place for more than 100 years, saying it was rooted in the racism of the times. A church-produced essay, "Race and the Priesthood," ties the ban to an 1852 speech by Brigham Young, the faith's second president, who led the church to Utah, and distances the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the policy. "The justifications for restrictions echoed the widespread ideas about racial inferiority that had been used to argue for the legalization of black 'servitude,'" reads the essay, part of a series aimed at giving Mormons more context for understanding various aspects of church history, practices and doctrine. "Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form," the essay says.
- Mysterious object blocks Seattle tunnel drilling
The Transportation Department and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to find out what has blocked their tunnel boring machine. The machine called Bertha ran into something ...
- Witness on day of 2008 arrest: 'Madoff Implodes'
- U.S. Congress budget deal would trim federal worker pensions
A new budget deal that will be debated by the U.S. Congress in the coming days would trim some military spending as well as outlays for federal workers' retirement programs, Senate Budget Committee chief Patty Murray said on Tuesday. Murray also said that congressional leaders are discussing the possibility of extending some expiring federal benefits for the long-term unemployed but that such legislation will not be included in the two-year budget deal.
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- Obama's handshake with Cuba's Castro unplanned: White House aide
By Steve Holland ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday played down President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial in South Africa, saying it went no further than pleasantries and does not signal a policy change. "Nothing was planned in terms of the president's role other than his remarks," the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, told reporters traveling with Obama. "He really didn't do more than exchange greetings with (dignitaries on the podium) on his way to speak, it wasn't a substantive discussion." While the United States has relaxed prohibitions on family travel and remittances to Cuba and taken other steps to allow for greater contacts between the two countries, points of friction remain in the relationship, Rhodes said. "We continue to have the same grave concerns about both the human rights situation in Cuba and Alan Gross," Rhodes said, referring to a U.S. government contractor who has been in jail in Cuba for committing what a Cuban judge called a crime against the state.