2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Robert Levinson, Who Disappeared in Iran in 2007, Was Working for the CIA
Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran in 2007, was in the country working for the CIA, according to a report from the Associated Press's Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman. Levinson, whom the U.S. has said was in the country on private business as a private citizen at the time of his kidnapping, was actually on the CIA's payroll investigating the Iranian government.
- Mysterious 'white widow' eludes police in Africa
AYLESBURY, England (AP) — She is called the most wanted woman in the world, a suspected terrorist charged with plotting to blow up resort hotels in Kenya packed with Christmas tourists, a Westerner who wrote an ode praising Osama bin Laden, a jihadist who has eluded the law even as she has traveled through Africa with four young children in tow.
- Heavy Fog Enshrouds London (Photo)
An impenetrable fog rolled into London Wednesday morning (Dec. 11), which caused some travel woes, and also produced rare views of the city's skyline from above, with only the tallest buildings poking above the mist. While many planes at London's major airports were grounded, a team of officers with the city's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) flew above the fog in a helicopter. One of the members of this Air Support Unit snapped this amazing photo with an iPhone and posted it to Twitter. Radiation fogs often dissipate in the morning, when the sun comes out again and warms the ground, according to the Met Office, the United Kingdom's national weather service.
- New video captures Asiana Airlines crash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The landing of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport appears normal at first, but about 10 seconds in to newly released video of the tragedy, the image turns into a streak of smoke as the tail shears off and the rest of the plane barrels forward. The aircraft then spins and comes to a stop in a cloud of dust.
- Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
- N. Korea announces execution of leader's 'traitor' uncle
North Korea said Friday it has executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un, branding veteran fixer Jang Song-Thaek a "traitor for all ages", as the US and South Korea voiced concern at the shock purge. In a stunning downfall, Jang -- who had been seen as Kim's political regent and the country's unofficial number two -- was executed on Thursday immediately after a special military trial, state news agency KCNA. Jang, 67, played a key role in cementing the leadership of the inexperienced Kim when he succeeded his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011, but analysts said his power and influence had become increasingly resented. "If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime," US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, adding that Washington was following developments closely.
- Mysterious object blocks Seattle tunnel drilling
The Transportation Department and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to find out what has blocked their tunnel boring machine. The machine called Bertha ran into something ...
- Why Texas just became 2014's biggest sideshow
Move over, Todd Akin: Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is 2014's version of the Republican most likely to say something crazy on the campaign trail. Stockman this week announced his candidacy in the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. 1. He compared Obama to Saddam Hussein In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, President Obama indicated that he would use executive actions to implement gun control reforms.