2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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U.S. sues Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against him. The Justice Department formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team.
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- '127 hours' adventurer arrested in Denver for suspected domestic violence
Aron Ralston, whose harrowing tale of amputating his own forearm after he became trapped in a Utah canyon became a best-selling book and later a Hollywood film, was jailed in Denver on suspicion of domestic violence, court records released on Sunday show. Ralston, 38, was arrested Saturday night and was being held in the Denver County jail where he faces one count of assault and one count of "wrongs to minors," according to jail records. A spokeswoman with the Denver Police Department told Reuters she could not provide details of the incident.
- Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome: paper
(Reuters) - Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage. Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. "I was told I had brain damage.
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- Susan Boyle says Asperger's diagnosis was a relief
- Billy Joel, 4 others receive Kennedy Center Honors
- 'Frozen,' 'Catching Fire' fuel U.S., Canada box office
By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's animated princess fairy tale "Frozen" heated up movie box office charts in the United States and Canada, displacing dystopian thriller "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the top-earning film. The 3D movie, inspired by "The Snow Queen" fairytale, features the voice of Kristen Bell as a Scandinavian princess intent on finding her sister, the Queen, who has the power to freeze anything with a touch and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom. "Catching Fire," the second of the "Hunger Games" films based on novels by Suzanne Collins, brought its global total to a massive $673.4 million, according to distributor Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, a skilled archer who provides hope for an oppressed society on the edge of rebellion.
- Nigella Lawson: A brand blemished but unbowed