2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days
Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate, intellectually disabled black man named Jerry Hartfield. Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years — without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried. It's the fact that 10 months have passed since the state courts in Texas (after many years of prodding) first acknowledged the terrible mistake that was made in this case.
- Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say
- Researchers say brain is at its best at age 24
Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada claim to have pinpointed 24 as the age at which cognitive motor performance begins to decline. The good news is that age seems to come with better strategies to make up for the decrease in processing speed. The results of the Canadian study, which is among the first to advance a precise age for the start of cognitive decline, were recently published in the journal PLOS One. To test cognitive motor performance, which is defined as how quickly the brain reacts to factors in the environment, researchers at Simon Fraser University recruited 3,305 players of the video game "StarCraft 2" whose ages ranged from 16 to 44.
- Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship
- A Mother's Day to Remember: Winner Gets Portrait By Anne Geddes
By Teri Whitcraft and Carrie Halperin For Allison Dearstyne of Dunkirk, Md., her first Mother’s Day as a mom may be the best ever. Last November, when she was nine months pregnant, she and her husband Richard entered a photo in the Million Moms...
- The Seedy Side of Sainthood
- Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which is the best Android phone in the world?
For smartphone fans around the world, things really started to get interesting over the past couple of months. First, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in late February, revealing a smartphone that was quite impressive and touted a number of great new features, but failed to live up to the hype stirred up by dozens of rumors. Then, HTC unveiled its own flagship phone, the HTC One (M8), and launched it the very same day. We called HTC’s new handset the best Android phone on the planet when we published our in-depth HTC One (M8) review. But now HTC’s flagship handset finally has some serious competition in the Galaxy S5. The new M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 went on sale
- Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show