2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
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- Takata shares drop on report of US air bag probe
Shares in Japanese auto parts maker Takata sank in Tokyo on Thursday as nervous investors reacted to a report that US justice officials are investigating the firm over an air bag defect that may have killed several drivers. The embattled firm's shares fell 6.16 percent to 1,582 yen ($15) in Tokyo, after plunging 22 percent on Tuesday following an earlier air bag safety warning. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that federal prosecutors in New York are probing whether Takata made misleading statements about the safety of its bags to US regulators. According to the New York Times, at least 139 injuries have been linked to Takata air bags, including 37 reported as exploding.
- Canada parliament attacks: Live Report
- Ebola outbreak forces Liberians into exile
BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola.
- Special Report: Why Ukraine's revolution remains unfinished
By Richard Woods (Note: Contains language readers may find offensive in paragraph 12 of section headed 'FEB 21: THE DOWNFALL') KIEV (Reuters) - In the afternoon of February 20, after the morning’s dead had been cleared away, Volodymyr Melnychuk arrived outside Kiev’s October palace. Below lay Independence Square, or Maidan, covered in protesters’ camps and scarred with barricades and the detritus of battle. In fierce clashes that morning scores of protesters and government forces had been killed. A bullet hit him as he stood next to his partner of 13 years, Maria Kvyatkovska.
- On Politics: The silliest emails of the week
I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.
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- Counterinsurgency expert: Beating ISIS will require U.S. ground troops in Iraq
- Ottawa police confirm multiple suspects in parliament shooting
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Ottawa police are looking for multiple suspects in the shooting incidents on Wednesday near the Canadian war memorial and nearby Parliament Hill, a spokesman said. A Canadian soldier was shot at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa and a gunman was shot and killed in a nearby parliament building, media and witnesses reported. But buildings remained locked down. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; writing by Andrea Hopkins; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)