2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe

    By Kate Holton and Leila Abboud LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion to buy Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating a media powerhouse with 20 million customers. BSkyB, in which Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is also the largest shareholder, will pay for the deal using cash, debt, its stake in a TV channel and a placing of shares that represents around 10 percent of its issued share capital. BSkyB had flagged a possible deal for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia in May. The price announced on Friday was slightly lower than expected by some analysts and the cost and revenue benefits higher.

  • Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape?

    NAUBINWAY, Mich. (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.

  • Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated
    Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

  • Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role _ defendant_ in NYC
    Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role _ defendant_ in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts.

  • ‘I’ve never seen a week like this’ — aviation expert puts recent crashes in context
    ‘I’ve never seen a week like this’ — aviation expert puts recent crashes in context

    An aviation experts explains whether plane crashes are really on the rise and why issues like weather and pilot error should raise more concerns than terrorism.

  • Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash
    Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

    PARIS (AP) — French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.

  • Putin igniting dangerous nationalist fervor says top US general
    Putin igniting dangerous nationalist fervor says top US general

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military's top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an "aggressive" agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks to address alleged grievances harbored by Moscow since the demise of the Soviet Union. "If I have a fear about this, it's that Putin may actually light a fire that he loses control of," Dempsey said at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado. "There's a rising tide of nationalism in Europe right now that's been created in many ways by these Russian activities that I find to be quite dangerous," Dempsey said in remarks broadcast by the Pentagon.

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