2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Thu, Dec 13, 2012
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- WTF: Woman Takes Selfie With Suicidal Man on Brooklyn Bridge in Background
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
- White House reverses course, says Obama lived with Kenyan uncle
- Judge says Farrah Fawcett caregiver can testify
- Wife of bounty hunter 'Dog' sees charge dismissed
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in Colorado have dismissed harassment charges against the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.
- Billionaire U.S. candy heiress pleads guilty in fatal crash
By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire candy heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, who owns a third of the Mars Inc candy company, pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor reckless driving charges stemming from a fatal accident in Virginia. Loudoun County General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh ordered Mars, 74, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her license for six months, according to online court records. Mars was driving a Porsche SUV on October 4 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan in Aldie, Virginia, according to the Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County, on the outskirts of Washington. A minivan passenger, Irene Ellisor, 86, died at the scene.
- Obama's Picture-Perfect Propaganda
It might seem like another day in Tea Party Land when a conservative columnist accuses President Barack Obama's White House of "airbrushing history" like the Stalin-era Soviet Union. It's Dana Milbank of the liberal Washington Post complaining about what's happened to White House news photographers. A New York Times photographer has publicly compared Team Obama to the Soviet Tass news agency. As the wheels come off the Barack Obama Hope-and-Change Bus, the White House is now restricting access to the very media that have done little but throw roses at the president's feet for the last five years.
- Jamaica scientist launches medical marijuana firm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A prominent Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur is launching a company that aims to capitalize on medical marijuana, a growing global industry that he asserted Wednesday could be a boon for the island's chronically limping economy.
- 100,000 Ethiopians sent back from Saudi Arabia: Addis Ababa
Ethiopia has repatriated over 100,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia, Addis Ababa's foreign ministry said Thursday, following a violent crackdown against illegal immigrants in the oil-rich kingdom. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said that up to 50,000 more citizens are still expected to come home. "Last night arrivals from Saudi reached 100,620," Tedros said in a statement, adding that "all citizens that were detained in Riyadh deportation camps are back".