2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico
    Girl missing for 12 years found with mom in Mexico

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas girl reported kidnapped 12 years ago was found near Mexico City with her mother after authorities received a tip, and the mother was quickly flown to Texas and jailed on kidnapping charges, investigators said Wednesday.

  • Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children
    Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting Wednesday to prevent a key Syrian border town from falling into the hands of Islamic State group jihadists.

  • PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

    By Sarah McBride and Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal's biggest threat as it prepares to split from eBay next year may come from former employees who back a crop of new businesses serving shoppers who increasingly prefer to pay with mobile phones rather than personal computers. Though none of the new companies have the breadth of services offered by PayPal, which has more than 152 million users and deep ties to merchants like Home Depot both online and off, they are entering areas that the once-nimble online-payments service should own - but doesn't. ...

  • Russia halts student exchange program with US

    MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.

  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border
    Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ...

  • Dallas man arrested after ill-fated casket prank

    DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, police said on Tuesday. Once Dallas police received the call from the sister who was concerned about what her brother had brought home, they linked the incident to a report of an assailant stealing an empty casket out of a hearse parked in the lot of Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home, they said. ...

  • U.S. dollar gains bode well for large caps: Stovall
    U.S. dollar gains bode well for large caps: Stovall

    The greenback has been grinding higher this year in what could be its best annual performance since 2010 according to Sam Stovall of S&P Capital IQ.

  • Mexico: Alleged drug boss Beltran Leyva captured

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Military special forces grabbed alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a lightning raid at a restaurant Wednesday, the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country.

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