2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning even easier
    Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning even easier

    Google unveiled a new Google Maps trick that should further help users who often find themselves planning trips and/or outdoor activities with the help of the company’s popular mapping application: The desktop version of Google Maps now lets users measure distances between various points. In order to activate the feature, users simply have to load the new Google Maps desktop version and right-click on the map of their choosing, preferably on the starting point of their trip, bike run, run, or anything else, and then click “measure distance.” Then, they simply have to click anywhere on the map to create a path, with Google Maps letting them add as many points as they want along the way. Once placed on the

  • Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials
    Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction." "These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts," said Alhakim.

  • Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low
    Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

    Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water ...

  • Katie Holmes Goes Topless
    Katie Holmes Goes Topless

    Katie Holmes is heating up magazine stands with a risque photo spread! The actress, who has been divorced from Tom Cruise for two years, explained that dating is not on her radar. "Motherhood is the greatest gift," the actress, who is mom to Suri Cruise, told the mag.

  • Lawyer: Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia
    Lawyer: Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Rick Perry's Immigration Meeting With Obama Produces Photo for the Ages
    Rick Perry's Immigration Meeting With Obama Produces Photo for the Ages

    So, how did President Obama's meeting with Republican Governor Rick Perry go today? In a statement on Wednesday, Obama described the meeting as "constructive," but, well, this photo also exists. It's not immediately clear what the context of this photo was — Is Perry sad? Or maybe Perry just makes the Robert De Niro shrug face a lot for no reason.

  • Forget Star Wars VII, this is the Star Wars flick you need to watch
    Forget Star Wars VII, this is the Star Wars flick you need to watch

    It’ll be a while until Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters, so in the meantime Star Wars fans can watch a half-hour movie created by… a college football player. Called Retribution, the film was written and directed by Georgia University student Chris Conley, who started work on the short video last November. While Retribution doesn’t have the same cast and budget of actual Star Wars movies, it’s actually quite good, even though it was filmed in Conley’s University surroundings. With a simple plot, decent sound and visual effects as well as plenty of shooting and fighting (light saber action included), Retribution shows what can be done with the right amount of Star Wars passion and proper gear. Published on YouTube on Saturday, Retribution

  • Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off
    Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off

    With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway.

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