2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan
    China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

    By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald's products as far away as Japan. McDonald's Corp and KFC's parent Yum Brands Inc apologized to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to the two chains. On Tuesday, Starbucks said some of its cafes previously sold products containing chicken originally sourced from Shanghai Husi, a firm that was shut down on Sunday by local regulators after a TV report showed staff using expired meat and picking up meat from the floor to add to the mix.

  • U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare
    U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

    By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.

  • Jeter, Bauer help Fox surge to ratings win

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox can thank Derek Jeter and Jack Bauer for a strong week in the television ratings.

  • Republicans Google 'Climate Change' During Extreme Weather
    Republicans Google 'Climate Change' During Extreme Weather

    On Google, Republicans search for information about weather, climate change and global warming during extremely hot or cold weather, while Democrats search for these terms when temperatures are lower or higher than average, according to a new study, detailed July 16 in the journal Climatic Change. The findings suggest that "different types of people experience weather differently or have different perceptions about what type of weather defines climate change," Corey Lang, an economist at the University of Rhode Island and author of the study, said in a statement. Weather and climate are distinct phenomena, though the two are often confused. While scientists can't attribute a particular weather event to climate change, some types of weather, including severe storms and droughts, may become more frequent as a result of climate change.

  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio
    Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.

  • NASA Probe Sees Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site from Space (Video)
    NASA Probe Sees Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site from Space (Video)

    A NASA probe orbiting the moon has recently beamed back new images of what Apollo 11's Tranquility Base looks like now. An amazing new moon video created from data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gives space fans a new look at the Apollo 11 landing site years after astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon's surface behind. "Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, a little after 4:00 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time," NASA officials wrote in a video description. "The Lunar Module, nicknamed Eagle and flown by Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, touched down near the southern rim of the Sea of Tranquility, one of the large, dark basins that contribute to the Man in the Moon visible from Earth.

  • 7 Costly Car Rental Mistakes to Avoid

    As Americans hit the road this summer, many will drive rental cars in other parts of the country or the world. While rental cars can be convenient, the associated costs are often confusing. Here's a look at car rental mistakes that could cost you money -- and how to avoid them. If you have your own auto insurance policy, it may cover collision damage and personal liability for temporary use of a rental car (but likely not a moving truck).

  • James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid
    James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

    MADRID (AP) — After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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