2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting
One day after Israel killed three top Hamas commanders, the radical group executed 18 Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers." According to Hamas, another 11 men were shot to death at the police headquarters in Gaza City after being sentenced to death in Gaza courts. Hamas declares beginning of campaign 'Strangling Necks' to combat 'collaborators.' 18 summarily executed since Friday morning. — Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) August 22, 2014
- Popeyes stock is finally running out of power
- Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay
Comedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document.
- So you think you can shock? Prizes take backseat at MTV awards
By Piya Sinha-Roy INGLEWOOD Calif. (Reuters) - Blood, buttocks, snakes and angry rants are just some of the surprises served up by the MTV Video Music Awards over the last three decades, and as Sunday's ceremony looms, there is stiff competition to deliver the show's next most outrageous stunt. R&B star Beyonce and newcomer rapper Iggy Azalea lead the nominees at the Video Music Awards, or VMAs, with eight nods each, and winners will receive the "Moonman" statuettes at the newly renovated Forum arena in Inglewood, California. Since launching in 1984, Viacom Inc-owned MTV's VMAs is synonymous with irreverence and unscripted moments. Key moments include Howard Stern baring his derriere as "Fartman" in 1992, Britney Spears' sultry dance with a snake in 2001, and 2009's eventful show where Lady Gaga smeared blood on herself and a ranting Kanye West ripped Taylor Swift's award out of her hand onstage.
- SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight
A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again. The rocket was a three-engine version of the F9R test vehicle that succeeds SpaceX's Grasshopper prototype. SpaceX noted that a Federal Aviation Administration representative was present during the test. SpaceX is competing with other companies -- including Boeing, Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin -- to be the first commercial outfit to take astronauts to space, possibly as early as 2017.
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- Democrats reframe debate on health care
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