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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- ‘I’ve never seen a week like this’ — aviation expert puts recent crashes in context
- Fox, Arnett share 'TMNT' love with Comic-Con crowd
- Astronaut Tweets 'Saddest Photo' Orbiting Above Mideast Conflict
German astronaut Alexander Gerstis midway through his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Gerst has tweeted a number of stunning images of the ISS, as well as of Earth as seen from space. The image he posted on Wednesday was by far his most retweeted photo, and its subject was grim.
- Housing is slowing but still a good buy: Olefson
- Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola
By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. If confirmed, the case would be the first on record of one of the world's deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and, with 170 million people, its most populous country. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference the man, who is in his 40s, arrived at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday.
- Facebook soars as Zuckerberg’s cash-machine kicks into gear
- Why flying may get a whole lot cheaper
Has the airline industry become... sexier? Well, consumers will soon be able to fly roundtrip from Newark to Paris on an all-business-class Boeing 757 for $2,014 a couple, on the new airline La Compagnie. It's one of a host of U.S. commercial airline startups that the Wall Street Journal reports are taking off, even though the industry has been plagued by bankruptcies and other challenges.
- 'Linsanity' not on Lin's agenda in new life with Lakers
Two years ago, Jeremy Lin lit up the National Basketball Association with his explosive play for the New York Knicks but he has no desire to recreate 'Linsanity' in his new career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the 25-year-old point guard is looking forward to making "a fresh start" in Tinseltown without the weight of any self-imposed pressure as he tries to help restore the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA's leading franchises. "I'm really excited to be a part of this organization and I'm seeing this as a new start, a fresh start," Lin said after being formally introduced to the media at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo on Thursday. "I know what I want to accomplish as a player and what the right way to play is and as long as I do that, I can hold my head up high and be proud of myself." Lin, acquired by the Lakers earlier this month along with a future first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick in a trade with the Houston Rockets for the rights to Sergei Lishchuk, will never forget his spectacular spell with the Knicks.