2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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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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- Billionaire trio unite for US immigration reform
Three of the world's richest men -- Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson -- put aside their political differences to unite in scathing condemnation of US lawmakers' failure to implement immigration reform. In an opinion column in Friday's New York Times, the trio, who have a net worth of about $160 billion between them, said that a Congress paralyzed by partisanship is failing US citizens by refusing to make the compromises necessary to overhaul a system that Democrats, Republicans and President Barack Obama all say is broken. "Americans deserve better than this," the men wrote, adding that despite their political differences they would be able to draft a bill acceptable to each of them. They took particular aim at the Republican-led House of Representatives, which has stonewalled several attempts to craft legislation.
- Apple iPhone a danger to China national security: state media
Chinese state media branded Apple Inc's iPhone a threat to national security because of the smartphone's ability to track and time-stamp user locations. A report by broadcaster CCTV on Friday criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. Apple said in a statement sent to Reuters on Saturday that it was committed to protecting the privacy of its users, and that no unique information related to the user or the device was transmitted when using the location functions. We want to make sure all of our customers in China are clear about what we do and we don't do when it comes to privacy and your personal data," it said.
- British tourist severs fingers on Walt Disney World ride in Florida
A tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips in an accident on a boat ride at Florida's Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, a local emergency official said on Friday. The 57-year-old man's fingertips were severed on Thursday morning on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the resort's Magic Kingdom theme park. The injury occurred as he was holding onto a boat with his fingertips outside the vessel, said Reedy Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief Bo Jones. The severed fingertips - on the ring and pinky fingers of his right hand - were not recovered, Jones said.
- Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage
- 'X-Files' auteur Chris Carter back with new series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Carter is back.
- Anxiety grips Lebanon following blasts, arrests
- US House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'
- Erdogan vows to rewrite constitution for 'new Turkey'
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he planned to rewrite the Turkish constitution if elected president, as he outlined his vision for a booming and powerful "new Turkey" in the next decade. In a key policy speech for his campaign for the August 10 presidential election, Erdogan said that the "old" Turkey characterised by military coups and instability was now a "thing of the past". Changing the constitution would allow Erdogan to ramp up the powers of the presidency, until now a largely ceremonial post, but which he has pledged to transform if he wins the country's first direct presidential poll as expected. "A new constitution on the path to new Turkey will be one of our priorities if elected president... A new constitution means a new future," he said.