2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
    NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars, get ready for another visitor or two.

  • Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop US legal appeal

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

  • Remember the CEO who quit to be a dad? He’s loving it.
    Remember the CEO who quit to be a dad? He’s loving it.

    Last month, Max Schireson gave up his job running a billion-dollar startup to spend more time with his family. And he couldn’t be happier.

  • Australian PM says police raids follow IS linked beheading plot
    Australian PM says police raids follow IS linked beheading plot

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Militants connected with radical group Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation. Abbott said there was a "serious risk from a terrorist attack" days after Australia raised its national terror threat level to "high" for the first time, citing the likelihood of attacks by Australians radicalized in Iraq or Syria. ...

  • Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'
    Biden used 'offensive' stereotype, 'should have been more careful'

    Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases

    A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Blueknight Engy Part : Approximately 3,766,300 shares changed hands, a 17,761.3 percent increase over its 65-day average volume. ...

  • Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical munitions

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians' surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin. ...

  • Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia
    Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his companies.

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