2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- California woman, no longer a fugitive, set free
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fugitive charges were dropped against a 60-year-old woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and already been sentenced to time served.
- Nigeria Navy destroys 260 illegal oil refineries
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Navy said it has destroyed 260 illegal oil refineries and burned 100,000 tons of contraband fuel, but critics say this targeting of small-time criminals fails to confront the biggest culprits in oil thefts — the politically-connected criminal cartels who sell on the international market.
- Los Angeles subway dig finds prehistoric artifacts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have long known that years before hipsters and tourists were trekking along Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, dinosaurs were doing so.
- Sam Adams beer manufacturer pulls out of South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade
- Did dad know he was shooting daughter's guest?
SPRING, Texas (AP) — A grand jury will have to determine whether a suburban Houston man who killed a 17-year-old boy in his teenage daughter's bedroom knew he was shooting the girl's guest — or thought he was shooting an intruder.
- Why African-Americans are moving back to the South
She had been born and raised in Chicago and had deep roots in the South as well, but her impressions of the region were far from idyllic. Today, as she prepares breakfast in the kitchen of their three-bedroom house in West Point – a town whose entire population would fill only a quarter of the seats at Wrigley Field – she shares his enthusiasm about the move. They recently returned from a trip to Chicago and couldn't wait to get home.
- Irish ask: What's the big deal about letting gays in St. Pat's parades?
Irish-American communities, particularly in Boston and New York, are known for being cohesive, having a strong community spirit, and, despite tilting Democratic come election, for being socially conservative. Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny has come under fire for agreeing to participate New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, because it bans marchers carrying posters promoting LGBT rights. Mr. Kenny has attempted to walk a political tightrope on the question of identity, saying: “The St. Patrick's Day parade is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality and I would be happy to participate in it.” Nonetheless, a series of gay rights groups, supported by prominent campaigners and a trade union, have asked Mr. Kenny to cancel his plans to attend the “exclusionary” parade – something the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, has already said he will do – or at least wear a rainbow pin badge in solidarity with gay groups.
- Missing plane: Piracy theory gains more credence