2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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YIR 2012: Superstorms and Scorchers
Mother Nature made her mark again this year and did so, unfortunately, in the most extreme ways: hellish heat, drought, superstorms and other wild weather events.
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- Michelle Beadle, WWE Join Forces To Honor The Troops
- Mall Cop-Turned Viral Sensation Doesn’t Regret Tasering Mom
- Answers to questions about the Target data breach
NEW YORK (AP) — With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.
- 'The Daily Show' Is Astonished by John Beale, the EPA's Hooky-Playing CIA Imposter
- Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist" who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions. "I think there is a re-discovery of angels in Christianity," Father Renzo Lavatori told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome. The senior clergyman was taking part in a debate this week on angelic art by the Fondazione Archivio Storico, an Italian art foundation, and was held in the Vatican-owned Palazzo della Cancelleria. Professor Valerio Massimo Manfredi, an art historian taking part in the conference, said the first mention of the word "angelos" came from the Mycenaean civilization in Greece more than 3,000 years ago.
- Brian Boitano Comes Out as Gay After Being Asked to Go to Sochi
Brian Boitano, who brought home Olympic gold home to America as a figure skater in 1988, came out as gay in a statement today, two days after being asked by the president to represent the U.S. at the Sochi Winter Olympics next February. President Obama officially named Boitano to the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi just yesterday. The delegation already included two known LGBT athletes, in tennis star Billie Jean King and hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow. Many observers saw the inclusion of King and Cahow as a deliberate rebuke to Russia's stringent anti-gay laws and lack of protection for persecuted citizens.
- Aspirin risks may outweigh benefits in healthy adults
By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new review of past studies. Adults face a crush of conflicting health messages about aspirin and the role it plays as a preventive medicine. "Too many healthy people think that aspirin will prevent heart attacks and cancer," said Dr. Peter Sandercock of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Sandercock has extensive research experience in this subject, but was not involved in the current study.
- Dog Rescued from Junkyard Helps Other Rescue Dog Recover
A captivating animal rescue video from Hope for Paws is gaining millions of views and in the process probably has a few people in tears. Eldad Hagar of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit posted the footage. First, a dog living in a trash pile is seen. The dog rescuer received an urgent call about the animal after she had been found homeless and living among garbage for months. At first sight, the outlook for this dog does not look good. She appeared ravaged and was found to be suffering from mange, parasites, bacterial infections, and malnutrition. Medicated baths would be needed to help her heal.