2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Scandalous Behavior
Controversy rocked some of the world's largest institutions—from the military and the NFL to the Secret Service and the BBC. Some seemingly untouchable pillars of their profession were tarnished by the scandals of 2012.
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- Mexico's landmark energy bill nears final approval
By Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Congress was on Thursday poised to complete approval of the biggest overhaul of its oil industry since nationalization 75 years ago, opening the door to investment by oil majors in a bid to reverse falling output. The energy bill is a cornerstone of an ambitious reform agenda spanning telecoms to bank lending that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will boost growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy, which for years has lagged regional peers. It aims to entice companies like Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc to operate independently in Mexico, or partner state oil giant Pemex through production- and profit-sharing, service contracts and licenses. Lawmakers in the lower house gave general approval to the bill late on Wednesday, and then began an overnight debate of its details.
- Obamas, Bushes dine together on Air Force One on way back to U.S.
Members of a uniquely exclusive club had dinner together at a uniquely exclusive venue on Tuesday: President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, for a meal on Air Force One. Traveling back from South Africa, where the two families joined former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the Obamas and Bushes dined in a conference room on the presidential plane during the return journey, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who also traveled with the Obamas to South Africa, did not return on Air Force One.
- Disturbing: Italian appeals court determines 60-year-old and 11-year-old have ‘romantic relationship …
The case will be retried in a lower court.
- Witness on day of 2008 arrest: 'Madoff Implodes'
- Hospice care offered to ill pets, grieving owners
- Tutu home burgled during visit to Mandela memorial
Burglars broke into the Cape Town home of South African peace icon Desmond Tutu when he was away speaking at Nelson Mandela's memorial, an aide said Wednesday. "I can confirm that there was a burglary last night," said Tutu aide Roger Friedman. Tutu had used the memorial to call on South Africans to follow Mandela's example. The timing of the incident is embarrassing for South Africa -- the latest in a series of unflattering episodes to occur when the eyes of the world are on the country.
- Boxing-Former heavyweight champion Tyson barred from Britain
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country's immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday. The American boxer and convicted rapist is currently in Paris having been due to arrive in Britain this week to plug his new autobiography "Undisputed Truth". Tyson, 47, was sentenced to six years in the 1992 for raping an ex-beauty queen. "For this reason Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK." Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, at age 20, and was the first heavyweight to own all three major boxing world title belts a year later.
- Woman Claws Her Way Out of Locked Bathroom as in 'Shawshank Redemption'