2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- The 'Affluenza' Teen Might End Up in Jail After All
Ethan Couch, the 16-year-old whose "affluenza" defense got him the amazingly light sentence of just 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk driving accident, may go to jail yet. Couch, whose blood alcohol level was 0.24 (three times the legal limit for an adult of legal drinking age, which Couch is not), has been charged with their injuries as well, and prosecutors in that case will ask that he be given prison time, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: 'During his recent trial, the 16-year-old admitted his guilt in four cases of intoxication manslaughter and two cases of intoxication assault,' [Tarrant County District Attorney Joe] Shannon said in an email to the Star-Telegram. 'There has been no verdict formally entered in the two intoxication assault cases.
- North Korea Threatens to Turn South Korean Island into "A Large Graveyard"
North Korea threatened major harm on a South Korean island Tuesday, adding to a flurry of suspicious activity that has some experts worried about the embattled regime in Pyongyang. South Korean marines collected propaganda pamphlets that were carried across the border and distributed near their base on Baengnyeong Island, in the Yellow Sea. Threats like this have died down from North Korea in recent months, but the country has been busy lately, what with the executing family members dissidents and wiping out history. South Korea's defense minister, Cho Won-jin, a senior member of South Korea's parliamentary intelligence committee, on Tuesday warned that the North is preparing for a new test.
- Whole Foods will no longer sell Chobani
Whole Foods has lost its taste for Chobani. The natural and organic grocery chain said Wednesday that it will be phasing Chobani Greek Yogurt out of its stores in early 2014 to make room for other products. ...
- Monaco royal family welcomes baby boy
PARIS (AP) — Monaco's royal family has welcomed its newest member: a baby boy born to the daughter of Princess Caroline.
- Here’s how desperate some IT people are to avoid Windows 8
Microsoft knows that it has some work to do to make its desktop users happier with Windows 8. Despite this, the company is hoping to see a rapid uptick in Windows 8 adoption next year when it officially ends support for Windows XP. BusinessKorea reports, however, that some Korean IT departments are considering truly desperate measures in a bid to forgo upgrading Windows 8 once Windows XP support ends — including adopting the Linux-based Ubuntu platform. One of BusinessKorea’s sources says that although “Ubuntu does not support as wide an array of programs like Windows,” it is still “easy to install, and has evolved into a highly sophisticated program.” What’s more, the source says that “PC users today do not
- Head of Qaeda's Syria branch says does not seek rule in first TV appearance
The leader of Syria's al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front said in his first televised interview that his group was not seeking to rule Syria, but future rule must be based on Islamic law. The hardline Nusra Front is one of the most powerful groups fighting alongside rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Its leader, known as Abu Mohammed al-Golani, rarely gives public messages and had never appeared on a public forum until his interview with the pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera, parts of which were aired late on Wednesday. "The Nusra Front does not seek to rule society on its own when we reach the stage of the liberation of Sham (Syria)," Abu Golani told Al Jazeera in the pre-recorded interview.
- Filipina crowned Miss International in Japan
A Philippine beauty queen has been crowned Miss International in a pageant marred by allegations of intimidation that kept her predecessor away -- pledging to use her title to help victims of the country's devastating typhoon. Thank you Japan for giving it to me," an ecstatic Bea Rose Santiago said at the event, held late Tuesday in Tokyo. "I really wanted to meet her," the new beauty queen said. Outgoing title-holder Japanese Ikumi Yoshimatsu told foreign journalists this week in Tokyo that she had been asked by organisers to stay away from the final.
- Tennessee man charged in road-rage shooting
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man is charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a motorcyclist several times and backing his SUV into another — after almost hitting them as they exited an interstate.