2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise
    It looks like Apple’s iWatch may come with a painful compromise

    Despite the fact that the iWatch represents Apple’s first dive into an “exciting new product category” since it unleashed the original iPad back in 2010, the new device isn’t Apple’s most hotly anticipated launch this fall. In fact, it likely falls into the No. 3 spot behind the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. Consumers and investors alike are still waiting anxiously to see Apple’s take on wrist-worn wearables, but a new report suggests that the company may have been forced to forgo its typical no-compromise approach to mobile devices, and the result could be a big letdown for users. DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis issued a note recently that explores some key issues surrounding Apple’s upcoming debut smartwatch. Considering the firm’s focus — displays

  • Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown

    Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. White House-Congress tensions rose on Wednesday when Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president's upcoming decision on steps to possibly ease some immigration rules would not be affected by Republican tactics. "It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a commonsense solution (on immigration)." When lawmakers return from their summer recess on Sept. 8, they hope to sprint to another long break beginning around Sept. 19. Federal agencies were shut down for 16 days because of a lack of funds, before a bruised Republican Party relented.

  • British Filmmaker: Why My Stepbrother And Others Have Become Islamic Extremists
    British Filmmaker: Why My Stepbrother And Others Have Become Islamic Extremists

    News this week of the death of Douglas McCain, an American who joined the ISIL militia and was killed in Syria, has hit close to home for Robb Leech. The British filmmaker’s stepbrother, Richard Dart, turned to Islamist extremism in 2009 and was convicted in England for plotting to commit terrorist acts in 2012, but Leech never thought of abandoning him. Instead, he turned on his cameras and delved into the militant community to learn more.

  • Sharapova reaches US Open third round, American men in new low
    Sharapova reaches US Open third round, American men in new low

    Maria Sharapova booked her US Open third-round berth with a gritty three-set victory over Alexandra Dulgheru as US men produced an historic low in their home Grand Slam. "It was difficult," Sharapova said. Sharapova was one of the day's headliners, along with Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams on a day that saw two-time defending women's champion Serena Williams along with top men Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all having a day off.

  • Boy Comically Protests Mother's Pregnancy News
    Boy Comically Protests Mother's Pregnancy News

    One of the biggest events in the life of a family is the arrival of a new child. It's almost always a very big deal for the expectant mother, as well as the friends and family members around her. Usually the announcement of the pregnancy is met with congratulatory feedback. But in the case of Shanee Gibson Hart, from Fort Lewis, Washington, telling her young son, Tré, and toddler daughter, Amaya, was more of an ordeal than a big deal. Filming the announcement to her children in the privacy of a car, Hart broke the news, and her little man was none too happy yet quite hilarious.

  • AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza
    AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.

  • Islamic State and Syrian government committing war crimes: U.N.
    Islamic State and Syrian government committing war crimes: U.N.

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. Islamic State forces in northern Syria are waging a campaign to instill fear, including amputations, public executions and whippings, they said. Government forces have dropped barrel bombs on civilian areas, including some believed to contain the chemical agent chlorine in eight incidents in April, and have committed other war crimes that should be prosecuted, they said in a 45-page report issued in Geneva.

  • Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke
    Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

    NEW YORK (AP) — BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, "106 & Park."

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