2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • America's gay rights battle goes global
    America's gay rights battle goes global

    Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.

  • Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss
    Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss

    HONG KONG (AP) — Alibaba's choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city's stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant's unique management setup.

  • Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos
    Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

  • Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track incident to be heard by grand jury

    By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The case of a fatal dirt-track incident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be referred to a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday. Stewart, one of the biggest names in auto racing, struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward during a non-NASCAR sprint car race on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. ...

  • US cools talk of combat role in Iraq
    US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

    Washington (AFP) - The White House and the US military scrambled to play down a suggestion by the nation's top officer that deploying ground forces in Iraq to fight Islamic State jihadists was an option.

  • Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America
    Happy red cup leads to happy new Miss America

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup.

  • Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom's fate remains uncertain as the three surveys - from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation - showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union. The polls found 8 to 14 percent of Scotland's 4. ...

  • READERS TAKE ABBY TO TASK FOR ANSWER TO OBESE WOMAN

    DEAR ABBY: Your response to "Offended Daughter" (Aug. 10), whose mother didn't like her lounging in a bikini top at her house because of her weight, was inconsiderate, irresponsible and, frankly, offensive. You started off well, advising her to consider her mother's preference because it's her house, but your second paragraph took a wrong turn. You used your column to imply she should not feel comfortable in her own skin. You assumed her doctor thinks she's unhealthy, knowing nothing about her other than the fact she's 60 to 70 pounds more than "average. ...

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