2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Top News Stories
In a year mostly dominated by power politics and a presidential election, Mother Nature reminded us in November of her strength and authority. A spate of shootings and odd crimes captivated the news shows and online media.
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- Helicopter gunships used in Mexico resort battle
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two government helicopter gunships opened fire on 10 vehicles fleeing a luxury beach condo complex during this week's gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, Mexican authorities said.
- Credit cards stolen in massive Target breach now being sold on black market
Target confirmed earlier this week that approximately 40 million credit card and debit card numbers belonging to patrons who shopped in the company’s stores on or around Black Friday were stolen in a massive security breach that took place between November 27th and December 15th. Now, the reporter who broke the story is back with some more bad news for Target customers: Those stolen credit card numbers and associated data are now available for sale on several black market websites. “Credit and debit card accounts stolen in a recent data breach at retail giant Target have been flooding underground black markets in recent weeks, selling in batches of one million cards and going for anywhere from $20 to more than
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- France searches river for China tycoon after chopper crash
Rescue teams scoured the Dordogne river in southwestern France Saturday after a helicopter carrying a Chinese tea tycoon overflying his newly-purchased vineyard went down. The body of Lam Kok's 12-year-old son was pulled out of the river late Friday and there was little hope that the businessman, the French winemaker who sold him his chateau and their interpreter could have survived. The owner of the Brilliant group had celebrated his purchase of the Chateau de la Riviere, one of the region's oldest estates, with a lavish event Friday. After a press conference, an introduction to the staff and dinner, former owner James Gregoire was planning to take his buyer on a short tour of the 65-hectare (160-acre) vineyards and surrounding grounds.
- Today Is a Very Bad Day for Obamacare
With three days until the first enrollment deadline, Obamacare is stumbling, not running, thanks to a critical administration retreat and exasperation from key partners. Late on Thursday evening, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that those with cancelled plans would get a de facto one-year exemption from the individual mandate. With no individual mandate, healthy people won't sign up for insurance. If they don't sign up for insurance, insurers can't offer affordable plans to the sick.
- Selena Gomez Is Over It
Today in celebrity gossip: Selena Gomez cancels her world tour, William and Kate's text messages are adorable, and Kanye West has been unmasked as the mastermind behind the Kardashians' insane Christmas card. Selena Gomez, the tiny 21-year-old best known for chastely hugging Justin Bieber in front of cameras as well as starring in Spring Breakers, The Wizards of Waverly Place, and selling millions upon millions of scream-sung .mp3s, has abruptly canceled her upcoming world tour with little explanation.
- Will 'Green Bullets' Ruin Hunting?
But lead ammunition may be going the way of leaded gasoline, as an increasing number of wildlife conservationists and public health experts support the use of non-lead ammo, sometimes referred to as "green bullets." In October, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law AB 711, a bill banning the use of lead bullets by hunters. The meat from game killed with lead bullets poses dangers to people eating it, and the lead in animal carcasses left in the field can harm other wildlife, such as the endangered California condors that live on carrion. "We are thrilled that Governor Brown has made AB 711 the law of the land," State Assemblyman Anthony Rendon said in a statement.