2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Town official: Halloween back on as manhunt ends
    Town official: Halloween back on as manhunt ends

    The successful end to a seven-week manhunt for a suspected police killer means some northeast Pennsylvania children will get to celebrate Halloween in the traditional fashion after all.

  • Massive drill bit nearly pierces New York City subway train
    Massive drill bit nearly pierces New York City subway train

    A massive drill bit being used in an underground construction project pierced the top of a New York City subway tunnel and grazed an unoccupied train car, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says.

  • Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled
    Chelsea Handler quits Instagram after her topless Putin spoof pic is pulled

    The comedian says she is quitting Instagram after the photo sharing service deleted a topless photo she posted mocking an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin on horseback.

  • Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout
    Review: 'Interstellar' a sublime cosmic knockout

    Since his breakthrough with the backward-running "Memento," Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In "Interstellar," he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It's an absurd endeavor. And it's one of the most sublime movies of the decade.

  • Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway
    Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway

    URBANA, Md. (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.

  • Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare. ...

  • Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran defended itself on Friday against Western accusations of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, part of its judiciary, lashed out at what he called attempts to "impose your lifestyle under the banner of human rights", including gay rights. The exchange took place during a more than three hour-long review in the U.N. Human Rights Council of Tehran's record. ...

  • Africa asks: 'If Burkina can do it, why can't we?'
    Africa asks: 'If Burkina can do it, why can't we?'

    News that Burkina Faso's long-serving leader Blaise Compaore had been pushed out of power prompted an explosion of comment from across Africa Friday, with many citizens asking, "If they can do it, why can't we?" As images of tens of thousands jubilant Burkinabe were seen from Harare to Banjul, Twitter and other social media sites saw citizens pointing the finger at their own long-serving leaders. Viva Burkinabe!" wrote Kwesi Asante in Accra, Ghana. Some, like @lennoxin in Johannesburg, offered messages of support: "Super proud of the people of Burkina Faso, dictators have no place in the future of Africa, aluta continua!" (the fight continues).

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