2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Business Highlights

    ___ Businesses and investors pressing for green policy Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week ...

  • Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft
    Israel military shoots down Syrian aircraft

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.

  • IKEA's next style revolution: itself

    By Mia Shanley ALMHULT Sweden (Reuters) - Having redesigned kitchens, bathrooms and sitting rooms around the world, IKEA has decided to redesign itself. The store that inserted Scandinavian design into millions of households from Beijing to Boston needs to come up with something new to keep its leading position in an industry which is fast being transformed by travel and the Internet. Says its head of design Marcus Engman: "I think we have to - and we are - rethinking what's Scandinavian for tomorrow. ...

  • Big ammo stash found in White House intruder's car
    Big ammo stash found in White House intruder's car

    Washington (AFP) - A homeless US army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard on Monday.

  • Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup
    Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for U.S-led attacks on the militant group, the SITE monitoring service reported. Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already executed two U.S. journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for U.S. air strikes against it in Iraq. ...

  • Video showing French hostage in Algeria authentic: Paris
    Video showing French hostage in Algeria authentic: Paris

    An Algerian group linked to Islamic State group jihadists threatened to kill a French hostage within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the IS in Iraq, in a video posted Monday.

  • Senior Sen. Inouye told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his girls 'chubby,' report says
    Senior Sen. Inouye told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his girls 'chubby,' report says

    The senior senator who once told New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand not to lose "too much weight" because he liked his girls "chubby" was the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the New York Times reports.

  • U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U.S. securities regulators as part of a program that aims to incentivize insiders to report wrongdoing. The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that the whistleblower provided crucial information that helped investigators uncover a "difficult to detect" ongoing fraud. ...

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