2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- The Obamacare marketplace one year later: How you’re faring
- Obama scores coalition victory with Arab strikes
NEW YORK (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly joined.
- MOTHER BATTLES HER OWN FEARS WHILE RAISING HAPPY DAUGHTER
DEAR ABBY: I had an awful childhood. After I was finally taken into state custody, I cycled through six different foster homes. Because of it I have struggled with mental health issues for as long as I can remember. I'm 28 now and have a 4-year-old daughter who is everything to me. The problem is, I'm terrified of strangers. As a child I saw firsthand how evil people can be, and I am almost paralyzed with fear because of my hyper-vigilance. I fight the battle every day. I am in counseling and I'm trying, but I am afraid I am going to make my daughter fear the world. ...
- Charges dropped against homeless man in suite
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania have dropped charges against a homeless man found squatting inside the presidential suite of a Pittsburgh hotel last fall.
- Platform Sandals Revealed on Greek Statues Guarding Alexander-Era Tomb
Let these ancient statues be an inspiration to tall girls who want to wear heels: A pair of caryatids revealed in a tomb in Greece stand more than 7 feet tall, and they have a little extra height from their platform sandals. Archaeologists recently uncovered the feet of the wavy-haired female statues standing guard at the entrance of a huge burial complex in Amphipolis. The stone statues' delicately carved toes have survived for more than 2,300 years, and their thick-soled shoes, known as kothornoi, have even retained traces of red and yellow paint, new photos show. Called caryatids, the ancient sculptures were discovered earlier this month at the Kasta Hill site in Amphipolis, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) east of Thessaloniki in the Central Macedonia region of Greece.
- Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall
- Islamic State tells followers to attack U.S., French citizens: website
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the militant group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the militants' hands. ...
- Alibaba's Jack Ma rises to top of China rich list as tech tycoons gain
By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , has become China's richest man with a fortune estimated at $25 billion, underscoring the ascension of tech tycoons over real estate peers in the world's second biggest economy. Ma knocked Wang Jianlin, head of the Wanda property group, into second place with $24.2 billion, according to this year's list of China's super-rich published by Hurun Reports Inc. Tech billionaires accounted for half of the top 10 names and included Tencent Holdings Ltd founder Pony Ma in fifth place with a $18. ...