2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate depends on Obama

    Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven Sotloff. The video could not immediately be verified.

  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board
    Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

    Former Microsoft Chief Executive is stepping down from the company's board after 14 years.

  • Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO
    Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO

    The jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The group, which relies on activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State's largest recruitment yet. "The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians," the group's director Rami Abdel Rahman said. "July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters," he said.

  • HUSBAND WHO RELIVES HIS PAST SHOULD FOCUS ON HIS PRESENT

    DEAR ABBY: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love "Wayne," and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he's always telling stories about things he has done, including past relationships, in graphic detail. I have heard all of them repeatedly, and I'm sick of them. When I tell him this he says, "Fine! I won't talk to you anymore." Wayne never talks about our past, present or future. ...

  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor
    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes between protesters and police.

  • Lance Armstrong says the big lie would have continued
    Lance Armstrong says the big lie would have continued

    Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. For more than a decade, the disgraced American cyclist Armstrong repeatedly denied he ever used banned drugs and bullied others who accused him of being a cheater. Armstrong admitted to doping during a television interview broadcast in January 2013 with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

  • Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home
    Gaza truce collapses, fighting erupts, Israel orders negotiators home

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes that health officials said killed three people including a woman and a young girl in Gaza. Accusing Gaza Islamists of breaking the truce, Israel promptly recalled its negotiators from talks in Cairo, leaving the fate of Egyptian-brokered efforts to secure a lasting peace hanging in the balance. Rockets were fired from Gaza nearly eight hours before a ceasefire - extended by a day on Monday - was due to expire. Later dozens of rockets took aim at a number of cities and one missile hit open land in the greater Tel Aviv area, causing some damage but no casualties.

  • Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey
    Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

    Authorities are negotiating with two men barricaded in a home and holding a woman and five children hostage in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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