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:

  • Empty Floors Fray Traders' Nerves

    UBS AG's trading floor in Stamford, Conn., once teemed with traders occupying a space equal to two football fields. The Guinness World Records recognized it as the biggest such facility on the planet. Stu Taylor, a former UBS managing director in trading who now runs trading-technology company Algomi Ltd., remembers when guests were brought around the gallery regularly. A spokeswoman for UBS said the trading floor was built for 1,400 traders, but wouldn't disclose the number of employees at the facility.

  • Russian TV sparks outrage with Ukraine child 'crucifixion' claim
    Russian TV sparks outrage with Ukraine child 'crucifixion' claim

    Russian state television has provoked a storm of criticism after it aired an uncorroborated report claiming that the Ukrainian army publicly nailed a three-year-old boy to a board in a former rebel stronghold. Ukraine accused Russia of ratcheting up its propaganda war by airing an interview in which a woman gave graphic details of the alleged incident in the Ukrainian flashpoint city of Slavyansk, which neither AFP nor other media have been able to confirm. Channel One television at the weekend broadcast footage of a woman who said she recently saw Ukrainian soldiers round up people in central Slavyansk, which the army took over this month after three months of clashes with separatists, and nail an insurgent's child to a notice board. A spokeswoman for Ukraine's interior ministry, Natalya Stativko, on Monday slammed the report as "following in the footsteps of Goebbels," Nazi Germany's minister of propaganda.

  • Ukraine says Russian army officers fighting with rebels
    Ukraine says Russian army officers fighting with rebels

    By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Monday accused Russian army officers of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border. A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight people near the border was probably fired from Russia, Ukrainian officials said. President Petro Poroshenko held an emergency meeting of his security chiefs after a weekend of Ukrainian air strikes on rebel positions near the border with Russia and charges by Moscow that Kiev killed a Russian man with a cross-border shell. The war of words between Kiev and Moscow and intense fighting, in which Ukrainian forces say they inflicted heavy losses on the rebels, marked a sharp escalation in the three and a half month conflict in which several hundred Ukrainian servicemen, civilians and rebels have been killed.

  • Air India flight returns to New Jersey airport after bird strike

    By David Jones NEWARK New Jersey (Reuters) - An Air India flight with 313 passengers onboard was forced to return to Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday after a bird strike caused an engine on the Boeing 777 to catch fire, according to airport officials. A few minutes after taking off, the pilot of Air India Flight 144 reported flames coming from an engine on the left side of the aircraft, according to Erica Dumas, spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The airline was searching for alternate flights for passengers to India.

  • Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in interview
    Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in interview

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.

  • FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman
    FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — J. Keith Mularski's world has expanded greatly since he stopped selling discount furniture to join the FBI in 1998. Now recognized as a foremost expert on cybercrime, Mularski's profile has risen since the U.S. Justice Department used Mularski's sleuthing to bring two indictments with worldwide ramifications.

  • New leaked images show huge size difference between iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s
    New leaked images show huge size difference between iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s

    If one were to wager on which new smartphone will be the most popular model of 2014, the smart money would likely be on Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6. With pent-up demand for an iPhone with a larger display dating back several years now, Apple will almost certainly sell as many new iPhones as its partners can manage to churn out of their factories when the iPhone 6 finally launches later this year. Just how much bigger will the iPhone 6 be? We’ve seen plenty of comparisons between previous-generation iPhones and fake iPhone 6 mockups, but now we have another basis for comparison that uses seemingly authentic iPhone 6 front panels to measure the size of Apple’s upcoming new iPhone model

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