2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror
    NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

  • U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack

    By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week. The officials cautioned on Thursday that the discussions are in preliminary stages and that no immediate action appeared likely by either U.S. President Barack Obama's administration or Congress. ...

  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting
    Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A union official says a newly hired high school teacher confronted a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Washington state school.

  • Hey Apple, it’s time you acknowledged and solved your MacBook Pro problem
    Hey Apple, it’s time you acknowledged and solved your MacBook Pro problem

    I am writing these words on a MacBook Pro. There are many like it, but this Mac is mine. My MacBook is the tool I use most in my life. My MacBook, without me, is useless. Without my MacBook, I am useless. I have learned all about its weaknesses, its strengths, its features and its accessories. I think I have mastered it, and managed to fix various issues to help keep it usable even though it’s an older machine — I even saved it from what could have been a fatal coffee incident, I swapped out the RAM and I replaced the hard drive with an SSD to speed it up. But thankfully, I never had to deal with a major issue that Apple will not

  • Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane
    Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane

    Islamic State group fighters made a new bid to cut off the Syrian border town of Kobane from neighbouring Turkey Saturday as preparations gathered pace to deploy Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements. The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq unveiled plans on Friday for up to 200 well-trained peshmerga to join Syrian Kurdish forces defending Kobane in the coming week. Kurdish news agency Rudaw said the first contingent could head to Kobane as early as Sunday but there was no immediate confirmation of that timetable. Peshmerga ministry spokesman Halgord Hekmat declined to specify what route the Iraqi Kurdish forces would take, but they are expected to travel overland through Turkey, which has said it will allow them transit.

  • New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original
    New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original

    ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film "Drumline" influenced them to attend a historically black college and university.

  • U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command
    U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. ...

  • 25 European banks set to fail health checks: sources

    By John O'Donnell and Andreas Framke FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A group of 25 banks have failed European health checks, while up to 10 of those continue to have a capital shortfall, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, providing a snapshot of the health of the region's lenders. The health checks, led by the European Central Bank, found that banks in countries including Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia and Portugal had fallen short of a minimum capital benchmark at the end of last year and that up to 10 remained in difficulty now, the sources said. ...

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