2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Queen Elizabeth went nuts over nibbles, court told
Britain's Queen Elizabeth was so incensed with royal police officers eating nuts from bowls left out in the corridors of Buckingham Palace that she drew lines on the sides in a bid to catch them out, a London court heard on Thursday. In emails submitted to the phone hacking trial of journalists at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, its royal reporter said he had learnt that a memo had been issued to all officers telling them to "keep their sticky fingers out". To laughter in the court, judge John Saunders told the jury that these were "unfounded allegations". "Queen furious about police stealing bowls of nuts and nibbles left out for her in the BP (Buckingham Palace) Queen's corridors," an email from royal reporter Clive Goodman to then editor Andy Coulson said.
- US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months
- Obama disapproval rating hits new high. What's driving poll numbers?
Two new national polls show disapproval of his presidential performance at record highs. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday found that 54 percent of respondents did not approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as US chief executive. Similarly, Quinnipiac on Tuesday released a survey that put Obama at 57 percent disapproval and 38 percent approval, for a negative spread of 19 points. “A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.
- The Magic Moment When George Bush Showed Hillary Clinton His Paintings on Air Force One
President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton all shared a 16-hour flight on Air Force One to South Africa on Monday and at one wonderful point in the air, the former president went full dad and showed off his now-famous paintings to some very important people. The picture (above) was snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza and shows Clinton, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett gathered around Bush and tablet displaying his paintings. Clearly Susan Rice has the biggest reaction (in the photo) and looks like the kind of person you want to have around when you have good news to tell.
- Mob hunts down Muslims in Central African Republic
- U.S. Senators introduce bill to eliminate corn ethanol mandate
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law raises the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)that dictates that rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel. But it would eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol, which currently represents the vast majority of biofuels produced in the United States.
- Sentence in Texas teen's fatal DWI wreck stirs ire
HOUSTON (AP) — "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.
- Video Game Leads to Life-Threatening Condition for Gamer