2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Astronomical Wonders
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- State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts
Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.
- UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups
- Judge issues order enforcing Ebola isolation of defiant Maine nurse
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The confrontation between the state of Maine and a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone heated up on Friday when a judge issued a temporary order enforcing a quarantine after she defied state officials and took a bike ride. The order from Charles LaVerdiere, chief judge of the Maine District Court, instructs nurse Kaci Hickox to submit to "direct active monitoring," and "not to be present in public places" like shopping centers, movie theaters or workplaces except to receive necessary healthcare. ...
- Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform
- Kerry to meet chief Palestinian negotiator Monday: US
Amid tense ties between Israel and the United States, top US diplomat John Kerry will meet the chief Palestinian negotiator Monday to discuss how to advance the frozen peace process. Kerry will welcome a Palestinian delegation, lead by Saeb Erakat, to the State Department for discussions on "the way forward" in a Middle East peace deal and the situation in the Gaza Strip, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Friday. Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.
- The Frightening Numbers Behind Our Halloween Fun
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, a record number of Americans are expected to participate in the spooky holiday in some fashion. Not only that - we're expected to spend a record-breaking $7.4 billion on Halloween this year. Before you put on your Elvis suit and starting dunking for apples or herding the kids on their trick-or-treat trips, check out exactly how you’ll be contributing to the economy by partaking of Halloween. This year, Americans plan to spend $2.2 billion on candy and handing out sweets will be the top-planned activity, says the National Retail Association.
- Here's why millennials have such a hard time sticking with one job
- How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness