2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the plaza near the al Aqsa mosque had remained open to visitors during the clash, which was confined to a small area.

  • Rep. Michael McCaul Expresses Concern Over Potential Marathon Terrorist Copycat
    Rep. Michael McCaul Expresses Concern Over Potential Marathon Terrorist Copycat

    This morning on “This Week,” House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, while noting the increase in security in Boston ahead of the marathon tomorrow, expressed concern over the potential that someone may try to replicate the attack last year on the Boston...

  • Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president
    Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted their papers to run in next month's polls.

  • Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter
    Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter

    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of surfers and rowers have honored Hobie Alter's request by paddling out in the Pacific in his memory.

  • Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef
    Italy awards world’s best pizza maker title to Australian chef

    If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.

  • GRIEVING DAUGHTER ANTICIPATES EACH MOTHER'S DAY WITH DREAD

    DEAR ABBY: It has been a year since my mother passed away. The month of February was especially tough because it was the month of her birthday and also the month in which she died. Mother's Day will be here soon, and I'm already feeling bitter, anticipating all of the commercials, advertising, brunches and everything. I don't want to be bitter about Mother's Day, but I am. How do people typically celebrate Mother's Day when they have lost their mother? -- JODY IN KEARNEY, NEB. DEAR JODY: Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. ...

  • Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved
    Iran vice president says row over reactor resolved

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

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