2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Iraqi soldiers describe heavy losses as Islamic State overruns camp

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Saif Sameer Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers described on Monday how Islamic State fighters inflicted heavy losses in a chaotic raid on a military base just an hour's drive from Baghdad, highlighting the jihadists' ability to attack high-profile targets despite U.S. air strikes. Soldiers, officials and tribal sources gave differing accounts of what happened on Sunday when the militants stormed the camp at Saqlawiya that they had been besieging. ...

  • US too late on Syria: former Pentagon chief
    US too late on Syria: former Pentagon chief

    Washington (AFP) - The rise of the brutal Islamic State group can partly be blamed on President Barack Obama's failure to arm moderate Syrian rebels far earlier, said former US defense secretary Leon Panetta.

  • Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes

    By Alwyn Scott and Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes. The system will go live in 2017, when its parent company Iridium Communications Inc finishes installing 66 next-generation satellites plus spares that will provide real-time data to air traffic control centers. ...

  • U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U.S. securities regulators as part of a program that aims to incentivize insiders to report wrongdoing. The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that the whistleblower provided crucial information that helped investigators uncover a "difficult to detect" ongoing fraud. ...

  • Singer Lauryn Hill comeback gets off to rocky start in London

    By Matilda Egere-Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Lauryn Hill's five shows in Britain this month were billed as a rare treat for fans of the elusive singer-songwriter, coming less than a year after she was released from U.S. federal prison where she served three months for tax evasion. But a late start, angry tweets and poor reviews marred her first sell-out gig at the Brixton Academy in London. The 39-year-old singer, famous for her 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", arrived on stage with a five-piece band and three backing singers at 9:58 p.m. on Saturday. ...

  • Senior Sen. Inouye told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his girls 'chubby,' report says
    Senior Sen. Inouye told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his girls 'chubby,' report says

    The senior senator who once told New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand not to lose "too much weight" because he liked his girls "chubby" was the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the New York Times reports.

  • Destructive California wildfire burns on as weather heats up

    By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Crews fighting a California wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and charred 28 square miles of forest land have made progress, but officials said on Monday the return of high temperatures and low humidity could fuel a new flare-up. The so-called King Fire, which broke out on Sept. 13, was burning through drought-parched timber and brush in the popular El Dorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest, areas northeast of Sacramento. No residents have been hurt, said fire service spokesman Tom Piranio, but 2,800 people had been evacuated. ...

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies

    Shares of some top specialty retail companies were mixed at the close of trading: Autozone Inc. fell $21.06 or 4.0 percent, to $505.38. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. fell $.16 or .3 percent, to $63.69. Best Buy ...

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