2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday. The incident gained public attention with the release of a 2008 video of police officers punching and kicking Anthony Warren as he lay on the ground after leading them on a roughly 20-minute high-speed chase. ...

  • 1st Ebola case in W. African nation of Mali
    1st Ebola case in W. African nation of Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's health minister says the West African country has confirmed its first case of Ebola.

  • In NYC Ebola case, crowded city complicates efforts to track exposure
    In NYC Ebola case, crowded city complicates efforts to track exposure

    By Jonathan Allen and Julie Steenhuysen NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the United States. Dr. Craig Spencer, an emergency doctor who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Ebola-stricken Guinea earlier this month, returned to the city last Friday. ...

  • At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance
    At McDonald's despair, at Chipotle arrogance

    As McDonald's business faces headwinds, its much smaller rival Chipotle is challenging the fast food dominance of the old guard.

  • Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed over 500
    Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed over 500

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

  • Company fined $25M for work-at-home scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that promised lucrative returns for a few hours of work at home was fined $25 million on Wednesday for misleading 110,000 people to buy into the scheme that almost never paid off.

  • QUIZ: Do You know enough to work in the marijuana industry?
    QUIZ: Do You know enough to work in the marijuana industry?

    With 23 states now allowing some form of medical marijuana program, the industry is in need of workers. But because marijuana has been illegal for decades (and still is illegal federally) there can be a lack of qualified workers to support the field. The industry is trying to change that.

  • UK lawmakers slam police over Cliff Richard house search

    The search of Cliff Richard's house by police investigating allegations of child sex crimes, which was broadcast live on television, was "inept" and caused "irreparable damage" to the British singer's reputation, lawmakers said on Friday. Officers raided the home of Richard, 74, one of Britain's best-known entertainers, in August, with the search carried out in the glare of BBC cameras after the broadcaster was given advance warning. Richard has denied any wrongdoing over the allegations, which date back to the 1980s and involve an underage boy. "South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was utterly inept," said the committee's chairman Keith Vaz.

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