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The top 10 tech 'fails' of 2012

Well, you can't win 'em all. In 2012, we saw big tech advances. Smartphones got bigger. Tablets got smaller. Social media played a role in everything from a presidential election to disaster relief.

Hobby Lobby faces millions in fines for bucking Obamacare

Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is bracing for a $1.3 million a day fine beginning January 1 for noncompliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.

U.S. population: 315 million and slowing

That's what the Census Bureau projects will be the population of the United States on New Year's Day. The number of people increased by 2,272,462 or 0.73% since the last time a population snapshot was taken -- April 1, 2010.

Looming port strike could cost economy billions

Time is running out to avoid a strike at 14 ports from Boston to Houston that could choke off half of the ocean containers carrying goods to and from American shores.

NRA president: Schools should have choice on how to arm

National Rifle Association President David Keene said Thursday that schools across the country should decide how best to defend students and faculty.

First-time jobless claims fall

The number of newly unemployed seeking jobless benefits fell more sharply than expected last week, according to the government's latest reading on the state of the labor market.

Winter storm strands travelers

A powerful winter storm left thousands of travelers stranded Thursday, particularly in the Northeast, as scores of flights were canceled or delayed.

Newtown official: We're overwhelmed, so please stop mailing us packages

Newtown, Connecticut, has received so many gifts since the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that a local official is kindly asking people to stop sending them. The mail office and workers just can't handle the volume.

Toyota to pay $1.1 billion in recall case

Toyota Motors agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class-action suit by car owners who claimed they suffered economic loss because of unintended acceleration in its cars.

'Les Misérables' tops Christmas box office

Lucky for "Les Misérables," it seems moviegoers were in the mood for music this Christmas.