2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison
- Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts
The exit of Saudi's spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh's goal of toppling the Damascus regime, experts say. Riyadh, as is usual, did not elaborate on its statement this week that Prince Bandar bin Sultan was being replaced, saying only that the veteran diplomat had asked to step down. But a Saudi expert said that Washington -- irritated for some time by Prince Bandar's handling of the Syria dossier -- had in December demanded his removal. Prince Bandar was leading Saudi Arabia's efforts to finance, arm and unify the Syrian rebellion, which after three years of fighting is still far from its goal of overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
- House Republicans Might Pass Immigration Bills After All, Just as They Always Planned
Remember earlier this year when House Republicans said they would deal with immigration reform once the primaries were over? Well, according to The Wall Street Journal, House Speaker John Boehner told a group of donors that they'll pass bills addressing the issue this summer. At a fundraiser in Las Vegas last month, Boehner told a gorup that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," as several participants confirmed to the Journal's Laura Meckler. Another member of the House, Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, told a business group in Silicon Valley that he was optimistic about getting something done.
- Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom
- SpaceX Claims Milestone With Bold Reusable Rocket Test
SpaceX's audacious plan to return a rocket to Earth after a space launch today (April 18) may not have gone perfectly, but the company's founder still considers it a success — one that could help lay the foundation for fully reusable rockets in the future. SpaceX tried to guide the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in an ocean splashdown today during the launch of the company's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station. It's still unclear if the rocket stage — outfitted with landing legs — touched down softly as hoped, but billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk thinks the odds aren't good. Still, there were some notable successes regardless of what ultimately happened to the rocket stage.
- Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges
- AC/DC rock on without guitarist Malcolm Young
Australia's pre-eminent hard rock band AC/DC announced Thursday they will carry on making music without ailing rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health," the group said on their website, without disclosing the nature of his illness. "Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support." Formed in Australia in 1973 by Malcolm and brother Angus Young, AC/DC is famed for rock anthems "Let There Be Rock", "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Highway to Hell".
- PETA Enlists Kids To Tell First Lady Easter Egg Policy is Rotten
While the annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration isn’t one typically embroiled in controversy, three young girls are letting First Lady Michelle Obama know they aren’t happy about it. Well, three young girls on behalf of PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment...