2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
    10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

  • An orange-black ribbon holds a clue to eastern Ukraine's chaos
    An orange-black ribbon holds a clue to eastern Ukraine's chaos

    As pro-Russia protests spread in eastern Ukraine, a strip of striped orange-and-black fabric has become as ubiquitous as the armed men in unmarked military fatigues. Its name is the Ribbon of Saint George. Imbued with history, it’s a powerful symbol in the ongoing information battle over Ukraine. For Russians it's a mark of allegiance to the state – both the fearsome, expansionist Russian state of old and its modern successor under President Vladimir Putin.

  • Families of missing face agonizing wait after South Korea ferry disaster
    Families of missing face agonizing wait after South Korea ferry disaster

    By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Park Seong-ho, father of a 17-year-old boy on board the ferry, but who had not been in contact, said: "I have to go now.

  • N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'
    N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

    London (AFP) - Police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.

  • Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis bites
    Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis bites

    Riot police dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes on Wednesday -- the latest in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in and taken to the roof. "They clubbed us wildly, it was brutal," Cristiano Armati, a member of the Coordinamento association which had helped occupy the building, told AFP by telephone from hospital. Rome city council said around 90 properties in the city are currently occupied by squatters.

  • Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral
    Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral

    Fasten your seat belts, stow your belongings under your seat and put your electronics in airplane mode. Southwest Airlines' Martha Cobb has a few safety announcements, and a couple of jokes to share as well. The Houston-based flight attendant known as Marty is gaining national attention thanks to a YouTube video that shows her comedic twist on the routine briefing before takeoff. "If we could pretend to have your attention for just a few moment, my ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features," she begins, immediately eliciting laughter from the cabin. She then moves to seat-belt operation. "Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra."

  • Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages
    Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages

    Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Grabbing at Railings, Wall of Water

  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 14 injured
    Firetruck rams California eatery; 14 injured

    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Fourteen people were injured, including five firefighters, when two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb Wednesday, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.

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