2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea
    A glance at disputed passages in Three Cups of Tea

    Greg Mortenson's best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea" came under intense scrutiny after 60 Minutes, author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated. Here's a look at some of those stories, what is being disputed and Mortenson's response in a recent interview with The Associated Press:

  • APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer
    APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

  • Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
    Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.

  • Fed renews zero rate pledge, but hints at steeper rate hike path

    By Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving. Many economists and traders had expected the U.S. central bank to alter the rate guidance it has provided since March, given generally improving data on the economy's performance. But the Fed repeated its assurance that rates would stay ultra-low for a "considerable time" after a bond-buying stimulus program ends. ...

  • iOS 8 Upgrade Horror Stories: Why You Should Wait
    iOS 8 Upgrade Horror Stories: Why You Should Wait

    "iOS 8 is finally here! I can't wait to downl -- wait, 6.8 gigabytes!? Who even has that much space? And why aren't my apps working anymore?"

  • Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced
    Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

  • Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin. The new engine, called the BE-4, could be ready for use in four years, and would cost substantially less than the Russian-built RD-180 engine now used to power ULA's heavy-lift Atlas 5 rockets, officials from both companies told reporters. The U.S. ...

  • NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
    NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.

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