2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
    Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks

    HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island.

  • French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State
    French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

    By Oliver Holmes and Alexandria Sage BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows U.S. ...

  • A selection of what they said when Li Na retired
    A selection of what they said when Li Na retired

    BEIJING (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na of China has retired due to recurring knee injuries. In a trailblazing career, the WTA credits Li with being the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam title, at the 2011 French Open. After losing the 2013 Australian Open final to Victoria Azarenka, Li returned in 2014 to beat Dominika Cibulkova in the final at Melbourne Park for her second major title.

  • Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides
    Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday.

  • A Minute With: Jane Fonda on learning from the young comic set

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Jane Fonda says one of the blessings of growing older is that "you learn what you can and can't do" and she freely admits she doesn't have what it takes to do comedy improv. Fonda has 55 years in the business and two best actress Oscars on her shelf for 1978's "Coming Home" and 1972's "Klute." But in her new comedy film "This is Where I Leave You," she was in awe of co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Ben Schwartz when it came to going off script. ...

  • Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced
    Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a "persistent and malevolent" cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State
    Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have driven many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border to Turkey. Several thousand Kurds began crossing the frontier on Friday fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, after Islamic State (IS) fighters seized dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

  • Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash
    Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

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