2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Obama gives Ebola survivor Nina Pham a bear hug at the White House
- Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as long believed. ...
- Iraqi officials say IS militants used chlorine gas
- Remains belong to missing Virginia student
- Senate Midterm Elections
The 2014 midterm elections are just around the corner, and so far forecasts are not indicating blue skies for the Democratic Party. On Nov. 4, it's all about control of the United States Senate. Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. But after eight years, they could have the majority in both the House and the Senate again.
- Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media
- New York police brand hatchet attack 'terrorist' act
A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.
- Three pioneering women in Marine infantry course are asked to leave. Why?
Just weeks after three women passed a rigorous day-long test qualifying them to potentially lead US Marine infantrymen for the first time in history, news came that all three women have been asked to leave the course.