2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: America's Most Popular Attractions
From Disneyland to Dollywood, Yahoo! searches for travel spots are all over the map. Here, the top 10 travel destinations sought out on the Web. -- By Claudine Zap, Yahoo!
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- Eric Holder Stands By Controversial ‘Nation Of Cowards’ Speech
In a rare interview covering a wide array of topics, Attorney General Eric Holder said that he would not back away from a controversial speech he gave in 2009 in which he called the United States “a nation of cowards” on the topic of race. In Feb. 2009, in his first speech after taking office, Holder told a crowd gathered at the Justice Department to celebrate Black History Month, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” Those remarks led to vigorous and divisive debate, with critics saying that Holder’s idea of openly discussing racial issues involved a one-way conversation led by the attorney general and the Obama administration. In the interview, Holder also reiterated claims he has made in the past that both he and President Obama are treated differently than their predecessors, partially because of their race.
- Iraqi factions hit new delay in forming government
By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament failed on Sunday to break a political deadlock that is holding up the formation of a new government to tackle an Islamist-led insurgency raging less than 50 miles (80 km) from Baghdad. After a brief session, parliamentary officials put off until Tuesday efforts to reach agreement between Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians on the posts of prime minister, president and parliamentary speaker. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whose State of Law coalition is the largest individual list in parliament, is seeking a third term but faces opposition from Sunnis and Kurds who say he has ruled for the Shi'ite majority at the expense of minority communities.
- Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws
Fugitive US intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the existence of mass surveillance programmes a year ago, Snowden said the planned laws were "beyond belief". The British parliament is this week due to debate new legislation allowing Internet providers and mobile phone companies to keep details of communications between people in case they are needed in investigations. In April the European Court of Justice threw out an EU law that forced companies to retain data for at least six months, saying it breached the right to privacy.
- Boeing to launch new 737 MAX with more seats
US aerospace giant Boeing said Sunday it would launch an upgraded version of its 737 MAX airliner with new engines and more seats aimed at low-cost airlines. CEO Ray Conner told journalists at the Farnborough Air Show in Britain that the plane would have around 200 seats in an economy-class configuration. The Boeing 737 MAX planes are a family of mid-range airliners with new more efficient engines that will compete with the new Airbus A320 Neo. The new version will have 11 more seats than the current 737 MAX 8, after the addition of a door on either side of the fuselage to comply with evacuation regulations, Conner said.
- Swimming Olympian Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay: reports
Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in an interview set to be broadcast Sunday, according to media reports, after years of denying rumours about his sexuality. The five-time Olympic gold medallist makes the revelation in an interview with British presenter Michael Parkinson due to be aired later Sunday by Australia's Channel Ten, reports said. Fellow Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted: "Thorpie is and always will be a superstar in my eyes." Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, who revealed he was gay in 2008, said he could "totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him".
- Retired teacher goes on trial in wife's cliff push
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- Woods gets early new taste of Royal Liverpool