2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Female Fights
It's an odd notion, really, that a group making up a tad more than half the American population needs its worth to be considered separately. However, female accomplishments—and political imbroglios—certainly triggered feverish online searches on Yahoo!.
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- Republicans stake out new attacks on 'Obamacare'
With President Barack Obama mounting a weeks-long offensive supporting the rebooted health care website, Republicans are lining up their own pre-election campaigns attacking the controversial law as disastrous for Americans. Aside from continued legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, critics are broadening their arsenal in the battle against the three-year-old law, as they expand on the debacle of the Healthcare.gov rollout to keep the controversy alive in the minds of voters. The continued war on Obamacare will be played out across the airwaves and in congressional hearings -- especially on the campaign trail, with top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell saying the health care law will likely be "the premier issue" of the 2014 congressional elections. "You're going to hear about Obamacare from the Republicans for the next year, and you will hear about the government shutdown from the Democrats for the next year, and those competing messages and competing images for the Republican Party are what are going to shape people's choices in 2014," Duke University political scientist David Rohde told AFP.
- WTF: Woman Takes Selfie With Suicidal Man on Brooklyn Bridge in Background
Yesterday, a crowd gathered in view of the Brooklyn Bridge when an apparently suicidal man was being coaxed by police into stepping away from the edge. A New York Post photog was on the scene when he caught a woman whipping out her iPhone and getting her selfie on, with the cops and the distraught man in the background (click through for a pic of the selfie enthusiast).
- Exercise later in life tied to healthy aging
"Regular physical activity in older age is important to remain healthy. However, taking up physical activity at old age is also beneficial," Mark Hamer told Reuters Health in an email. These findings "underscore the importance of prevention as well as rehabilitation," said Ursula M. Staudinger, who directs the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center in New York City. "When you start later in life you can still get gains," Staudinger, who was not part of the research team, said.
- White House reverses course, says Obama lived with Kenyan uncle
- Winter weather blankets US, from New Mexico to Michigan. Next up: Tennessee
The winter storm has already brought heavy snowfall to a large swath of the nation extending from Washington State to Michigan and as far south as New Mexico.
- Billionaire U.S. candy heiress pleads guilty in fatal crash
By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire candy heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, who owns a third of the Mars Inc candy company, pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor reckless driving charges stemming from a fatal accident in Virginia. Loudoun County General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh ordered Mars, 74, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her license for six months, according to online court records. Mars was driving a Porsche SUV on October 4 when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan in Aldie, Virginia, according to the Sheriff's Office in Loudoun County, on the outskirts of Washington. A minivan passenger, Irene Ellisor, 86, died at the scene.
- Judge says Farrah Fawcett caregiver can testify
- Wife of bounty hunter 'Dog' sees charge dismissed
DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in Colorado have dismissed harassment charges against the wife of TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.