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:

  • Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow
    Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

    Let this cautionary tale serve as a reminder to everyone: don’t buy unauthorized parts or accessories for your smartphone. We have seen stories of combusting cell phones before, but perhaps none have been quite as unsettling as a new report from this past weekend. According to a Dallas, Texas-based Fox affiliate, a 13-year-old girl was awoken last week when she smelled something burning. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 that she slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep had caught fire in the middle of the night and had begun to burn her pillow and sheets. “I didn’t think much of it, so I went back to sleep and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,”

  • Russian Officials Continue to Believe All U.S. Intelligence Evidence is 'Fake'
    Russian Officials Continue to Believe All U.S. Intelligence Evidence is 'Fake'

    Russia's Defense Ministry has called the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence a bunch of liars. This comes after the U.S. released images implicating Russia in firing across the Ukrainian border. This past week, Russia called for the U.S. to provide evidence backing up their claims that were directly attacking Ukrainian forces. Anatoly Antonov, deputy defense minister, argued that U.S. intelligence officers had not properly assessed the situation and "mostly cited social networks." However, now that U.S. responded with actual images, the Kremlin is issuing more complaints attacking the authenticity of the evidence, rather than dealing with the implication of the evidence.  via The Washington Post. Yesterday evening, images became public which show Russian forces firing at Ukrainian forces across the border. As per the caption written by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the images "provide evidence that Russian forces have fired across the border at Ukrainian military forces, and that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine."

  • BBC rapped over latest Top Gear 'racial' slur
    BBC rapped over latest Top Gear 'racial' slur

    Britain's broadcasting watchdog criticised the BBC on Monday after Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of motoring programme Top Gear, used an "offensive racial term" in an episode on Myanmar. Regulator Ofcom said that Clarkson's use of the word "slope", as slang for a person of Asian origin, was potentially offensive and that the BBC had failed in its duty to viewers by broadcasting it. The ruling comes just three months after Clarkson was forced to apologise over footage in which he appeared to use another racist term as part of an old nursery rhyme during filming of Top Gear. The latest incident involved a two-part special on Myanmar, also known as Burma, featuring Clarkson and co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May crossing the country in trucks to build a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai.

  • Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school
    Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.

  • Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway
    Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said.

  • Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation
    Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

  • AstraZeneca taps Roche, Qiagen for new blood-based cancer drug tests

    AstraZeneca has signed up Roche and Qiagen to develop two separate diagnostic tests, both using simple blood samples, to identify patients who will benefit from its lung cancer drugs. Currently testing patients to see if their tumors contain genetic mutations that make them suitable for drug treatment involves collecting a sample of tissue by needle biopsy or during surgery. The collaboration with Qiagen involves developing such a test to accompany AstraZeneca's established lung cancer pill Iressa, while the agreement with Roche is for a companion diagnostic to go with AstraZeneca's experimental successor to Iressa called AZD9291.

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