2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Business Highlights

    ___ US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held ...

  • Britain says has received black boxes from downed Malaysian plane

    Britain said on Wednesday it had taken delivery of two black box flight recorders recovered from MH17, the Malaysian passenger jet downed over eastern Ukraine last week. "We can confirm that the two black boxes from MH17 have been delivered by the Dutch Safety Board to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough for download," a statement from the Department for Transport said. A department spokesman said it would take 24 hours to download the data from each black box, but did not know whether the data from each could be downloaded simultaneously.

  • Britain still exporting arms to Russia
    Britain still exporting arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Cameron has urged the EU to ban military sales to Russia -- accused of equipping and training separatists in eastern Ukraine -- and said Monday Britain had already halted such arms exports. The government promised in March to stop military sales to Russia.

  • Mayfly Mating Swarm at Mississippi River So Dense It Shows Up on Radar
    Mayfly Mating Swarm at Mississippi River So Dense It Shows Up on Radar

    Fair warning: Do not continue reading if bugs give you goose bumps and gross you out. We're talking lots and lots of mayflies. Mating season this summer is creating a mass buzz in the upper Mississippi River Valley. Sunday evening, wary Wisconsinites near La Crosse crawled for cover, while others caught the swarm of flies on camera.

  • The Kochs' nonprofit empire is building a network of libertarian hackers, coders and designers
    The Kochs' nonprofit empire is building a network of libertarian hackers, coders and designers

    The Koch network is teaming up with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to connect coders with D.C politicos

  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.

  • Young MH17 victim has eerie premonition of crash
    Young MH17 victim has eerie premonition of crash

    In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"

  • Fighting rages by Russia-Ukraine border as two jets downed
    Fighting rages by Russia-Ukraine border as two jets downed

    Rolling hills, sleepy villages and the crackle of gunfire: the area where two Ukrainian fighter jets were downed on Wednesday is a surreal warzone near the flight MH17 crash site. While OSCE monitors examined the abandoned debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane, the fighting raged some 45 kilometres (25 miles) to the south near Savur Mogila -- an ancient holy site and World War II monument.

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