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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- Pentagon chief talks drones with Pakistan PM
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday that US drone strikes were "counter-productive" as Washington pushed for supply routes to Afghanistan to be kept open. In the first visit by a US defence secretary for nearly four years, Hagel flew from Kabul to Pakistan to meet the premier and the country's new army chief, General Raheel Sharif. Ties have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt as well as over sanctuaries for Afghan Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan's borders. Sharif "reaffirmed Pakistan's support for the Afghan peace and reconciliation process", a Pakistan government statement said after the talks.
- Obama, Bush fly together to memorial for Mandela
By Steve Holland ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama brought former President George W. Bush with him to Africa on Monday to attend a memorial for Nelson Mandela in a high-profile show of American respect for the man who vanquished white-minority rule in South Africa. After a long flight from Washington, Obama is to speak on Tuesday at the memorial service in an 80,000-seat soccer stadium in Johannesburg, where more than 70 leaders from around the world will commemorate the life of Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95. At his side will be his immediate predecessor, Bush, a Republican, as well as Democratic former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
- McCown shines as Bears crush Cowboys
Josh McCown threw for 349 yards and Matt Forte gained 175 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chicago Bears to a 45-28 win over Dallas. McCown, who was making his fourth consecutive start in place of Jay Cutler, on Monday threw four touchdown passes and ran for another in frigid conditions at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears improved to 7-6 and snapped a two-game National Football League losing skid.
- The Queen and I - For Mandela, it was "Elizabeth" not "Ma'am"
Not many men call Britain's Queen Elizabeth II "Elizabeth", much less dare to comment on her dress style or weight. Nelson Mandela was one of them. As global leaders gathered to pay homage this week to South Africa's anti-apartheid legend who died on Thursday, one former close aide recalled the cheeky lese majeste of a statesmen who charmed enemies, celebrities and ordinary people alike. "When he paid visits to Queen Elizabeth, it was always very entertaining to see their interaction, because he called her 'Elizabeth'...no one else in the world, I think, calls her 'Elizabeth'," Zelda la Grange, who was Mandela's personal assistant for more than a decade, told Reuters.
- Snowball Fight at Univ. of Oregon Could Lead to Criminal Charges
- A Ted Cruz Coloring Book to Teach Kids About God, America, and Fat Politicians
Clearly the best thing to have been produced in the United States this year is Really Big Coloring Books's new Ted Cruz-focused coloring book, which will teach your kids all sorts of unexpected things about modern politics. This is the thing that your kids will spend hours looking at as the coloring book lies on the floor or sits on a nearby bookshelf, so it's worth breaking down the message. Here, Ted Cruz does a hip, double-point at a plant growing out of the ground. Branching off of the tea plant are two things: the Constitution and the Ten Commandments, each of which was created by the Tea Party, apparently.
- Former 'X Factor' judge Tulisa to be charged in UK
LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say they are charging singer and former U.K. "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos for allegedly helping supply cocaine to an undercover journalist.
- Witness: 100 aboard Costa ship when captain fled