2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- 2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.
- 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Identity Theft
Last year, 16.6 million people fell victim to the crime, which resulted in financial losses of $24.7 billion, paid by consumers, companies and credit card companies. Military veterans file more complaints about identity theft than any other group, according to Scott Higgins, CEO and founder of Veterans Advantage, a national program that partners with corporations, offering discounts on various goods and services. The Federal Trade Commission even designated July 17 Military Consumer Protection Day to help educate the military about the dangers of identity theft. Just because someone isn't using your credit card illegally doesn't mean you're safe from identity theft.
- Peabody ducks retire to Jack Daniel's distillery
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A group of ducks retiring from service at Memphis' Peabody Hotel has moved to Lynchburg.
- 'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.
- Homeowner’s Association bylaw bans kids from playing
The Homeowner’s Association of a gated neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch, Florida recently passed a bylaw that outlaws children playing on their streets and will fine those found in violation of the regulation.
- Babies Abound at Penguin Colony Found by Poop
A recent visit to a remote Antarctic emperor penguin colony found thousands of fuzzy penguin chicks, meaning the colony is even bigger than previously thought. A team from Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctica polar research station estimates there are 15,000 penguins living in four groups at the colony, on East Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast. "The [good] weather this season gave us the opportunity this season to spend a bit more of time counting individual emperor penguins," said Alain Hubert, the expedition leader and founder of the International Polar Foundation, which designed and built the research station. this opinion can be reinforced by the fact that I didn't find more than five dead little chicks at the overwintering place," Hubert told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet in an email interview from Antarctica.
- Massive Tsunami Could Wipe Out Hawaii's Waikiki Beach
SAN FRANCISCO — Huge tsunamis with waves as high as a four-story building could inundate the island of Oahu, washing out Waikiki Beach and flooding the island's main power plant, a new study finds. "Any of us who watched the Tohoku tsunami footage on television had to have been affected by the scale of what they saw in real time," said study co-author Rhett Butler, the interim director of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Ancient traces of historical tsunamison both Hawaii Island and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska suggest that monster earthquakes at the juncture of the Pacific and the North American plates can trigger giant tsunamis bigger than Tohoku size every 325 years. Archaeobotanist David Birney was excavating in Makauwahi Sinkhole on Kauai, Hawaii, when he found huge deposits of coral, shells, beach gravel and other marine sediments inside a cave in the area.
- Fidel Castro discloses brother's words to Obama